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Celebrity Birthdays in April

Robert Downey Jr., Kate Mulgrew and Martin Lawrence celebrate big ones this month

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    April 4

    En español | Robert Downey Jr., 50: He had a rough patch (drugs, alcohol), but today Downey’s sober and an A-list star. He reprises his role as billionaire superhero Tony Stark (Iron Man) in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron

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    April 7

    Bill Bellamy, 50: The actor and comedian has been killing it onstage. After a recent stand-up show in Pittsburgh, a reviewer gushed that he “tore the house down. …. The show was raunchy, relational and interactive.”

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    April 9

    Barbara Kingsolver, 60: The author (The Poisonwood Bible, Flight Behavior) believes that reading fiction can engender empathy. She’s said, “What other activity asks you politely to go inside the body and mind of another person?”

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    April 9

    Paulina Porizkova, 50: The actress and model who graced the cover of consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues in 1984-85 is still married to Ric Ocasek, front man of the Cars rock band. She’s called him “the sexiest man in the world.”

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    April 13

    Tony Dow, 70: Leave It to Beaver’s Wally Cleaver is now a successful abstract sculptor in California, creating his art from bronze and burl wood. He’s told interviewers he’s still in close touch with Jerry Mathers, the “Beav.”

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    April 16

    Martin Lawrence, 50: The star of the TV comedy Martin in the ’90s and the Bad Boys movies is now big on Twitter (@realmartymar). A recent Facebook post: “My daughters finally taught me how to use this social media thang.”

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    April 21

    Charles Grodin, 80: The Midnight Run and Beethoven star became a talk show host in the mid-’90s, taking a 12-year break before returning to acting. He’s said that seeing Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun convinced him he could be an actor, too: “He made it look so easy.”

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    April 23

    Judy Davis, 60: The Australian-born Oscar nominee (for 1984’s A Passage to India and 1992’s Husbands and Wives) is hardly famous for cheery roles. As one critic put it, “Withering contempt is her on-screen stock-in-trade.”

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    April 29

    Kate Mulgrew, 60: A breakout star from TV’s Orange Is the New Black, Mulgrew has penned a memoir, Born With Teeth, which hits bookstores this month. The former Star Trek: Voyager actress will soon appear in Drawing Home, a film about Canadian artists Peter and Catharine Whyte.

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