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March 14: Quincy Jones, 90
Jones has 80 Grammy nominations and 28 wins to his name — more than any other living person! He’s produced big-time tunes like “We Are the World” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and scored films such as The Wiz and The Color Purple, the 1985 adaptation of the Alice Walker novel that costarred Oprah Winfrey. Jones also produced and scored the 2005 Broadway musical version of Walker’s book. Next, he’s reteaming with director Steven Spielberg and Winfrey to produce the next chapter in The Color Purple saga, starring Fantasia and hitting theaters in December.
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March 16: Isabelle Huppert, 70
Huppert celebrated a half-century in cinema last year — though many American moviegoers may still be unfamiliar with her work, which often skews more art house than megaplex. A two-time best actress winner at both the Cannes and Venice film festivals, she first gained awards attention stateside with 2016’s Elle. Her performance as a woman dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe, and last year she starred in two different films that received nods for the 2023 Academy Awards: the Polish road movie EO and the period comedy Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, in which she plays the haughty director of Dior.