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8 Milestone Celebrity Birthdays in March

Cheers to Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan and other stars celebrating big ones this month

spinner image (Left to right) Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan
(Left to right) Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan
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March 14: Quincy Jones, 90

spinner image Quincy Jones at Hosts 8th Annual angel Foundation TRANS4M Gala Honoring Quincy Jones on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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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

spinner image Isabelle Huppert attends the screening of "Forever Young (Les Amandiers)" during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2022 in Cannes, France.
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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.

March 18: Vanessa Williams, 60

spinner image Vanessa Williams poses backstage as she performs a concert as part of The Diamond Series at 54 Below on December 18, 2022 in New York City.
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Singer, actress and all-around superstar Vanessa Williams has come a long way since the 1984 scandal — ignited when Penthouse announced plans to publish nude photos of her — that stripped her of her Miss America crown. In the years since, she’s racked up 11 Grammy nominations, had four Top 10 hit singles (including the chart-topping “Save the Best for Last”) and had roles on TV in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. Last year, the native New Yorker appeared in her sixth Broadway show, the political farce POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. And she’s set to return as a judge on the upcoming second season of the Paramount+ drag queen singing competition Queen of the Universe.

March 22: George Benson, 80

spinner image US singer and jazz guitarist George Benson performs during the NN North Sea Jazz festival at Rotterdam Ahoy convention centre, on July 8, 2022. - After two editions cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the three-day North Sea Jazz Festival is kicking off again, from July 8 to July 10, 2022.
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The Pittsburgh-born jazz guitarist and singer has achieved legend status, earning 10 Grammys, including record of the year for “This Masquerade.” And to this day you can’t turn on an adult-contemporary radio station without hearing one of his singles, such as “On Broadway,” “Give Me the Night” and “Turn Your Love Around.” His most recent recording was the 2020 live album Weekend in London, and he’s still touring. He even set sail on last month’s Soul Train Cruise, alongside, among others, the Commodores, Babyface and Peabo Bryson.


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March 23: Chaka Khan, 70

spinner image Chaka Khan attends Angel Ball 2022 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 24, 2022 in New York City.
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The Queen of Funk first made waves with the band Rufus on hits like “Tell Me Something Good.” But she truly came into her own as a solo artist, with tunes that paired her soulful vocals with a danceable beat. She’s been rewarded with 10 Grammys — though amazingly, she hasn’t been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame despite years of nominations. Last summer, she returned to the feminist energy of her signature hit, “I’m Every Woman,” for her new single, “Woman Like Me,” which she says she wrote for the younger generation of female performers: “She’s your strength, when you're weak / Without her, where would you be? / ’Cause the world ain't a thing without a woman, a woman, like me.”

March 24: Jim Parsons, 50

spinner image Jim Parsons attends the "Spoiler Alert" New York Premiere at Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on November 29, 2022 in New York City.
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A four-time Emmy winner for his work on The Big Bang Theory, the beloved actor didn’t have to say goodbye to the role of theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper when the sitcom went off the air in 2019: He’s still narrating and producing the CBS prequel series Young Sheldon, which traces the character’s origins in late ’80s and early ’90s East Texas. Beyond TV, Parsons has had plenty of success in theater, and last year, he starred in an off-Broadway revival of the musical A Man of No Importance. He also earned some of the best reviews of his career for the romantic drama Spoiler Alert, which is based on the memoir by TV industry reporter Michael Ausiello and traces the death of his husband from cancer.

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March 26: Bob Woodward, 80

spinner image Investigative journalist Bob Woodward (L) chats with CNN Portugal correspondent in USA  Luis Costa Ribas (not seen) after having delivered remarks on "New threats for Democracy" during CNN International Summit on November 21, 2022, in Lisbon, Portugal. Under the topic "Embrace the future: The world as we want it to be", the conference celebrates the first anniversary of CNN Portugal.
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Few journalists have had as dramatic an impact on American politics as the legendary Washington Post investigative reporter, who almost double-handedly — along with Carl Bernstein — took down the Nixon White House during the Watergate scandal. During the Trump presidency, he published a trio of books called Fear, Rage and Peril, and last year, he released The Trump Tapes: Bob Woodward’s Twenty Interviews With President Donald Trump, an audiobook that contains more than eight hours of recorded conversations between the two men.

March 27: Quentin Tarantino, 60

spinner image Quentin Tarantino speaks at Secret Network panel discussion during NFT.NYC at Neuehouse on November 2, 2021 in New York City.
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Known for his stylized violence and his embrace of pulpy genre clichés, two-time Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino has had an outsize impact on the past three decades of American cinema. It’s all the more impressive, considering that he’s only released nine movies since his directorial debut, 1992’s Reservoir Dogs. Among them are Pulp Fiction, of course, as well as Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds and the revisionist Western Django Unchained. But he's said that his next film will be his last as a director; after it wraps, he plans to focus on writing novels and film criticism.

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