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Lisa Kudrow, who turns 60 on July 30, is nothing like the ditzy characters she embodied on “Friends” and in “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.” After studying Biology at Vassar College, the L.A. native worked in medical research before her childhood friend, comedian Jon Lovitz, encouraged her to join The Groundlings comedy troupe. Before she played kooky massage therapist Phoebe Buffay on “Friends,” Kudrow acted as Phoebe’s twin sister Ursula, the spacey waitress, on “Mad About You.” The Emmy Award-winning actress and her husband, French advertising executive Michael Stern, have one adult son. She’ll next be seen in the upcoming horror-comedy film “The Parenting” and in a “Time Bandits” series on Apple+ based on the 1981 movie.
King of Comedy
Before he turned 20, comedian Dave Chappelle did stand-up at the Apollo Theater (he was booed offstage!); acted in Mel Brooks' “Robin Hood: Men in Tights;'' opened for Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall; and performed on HBO’s “Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.” After his mega-successful “Chappelle’s Show" on Comedy Central, Chappelle headlined several hit comedy specials for Netflix. The son of two professors, Chappelle donated the Primetime Emmy he won for hosting “Saturday Night Live” to his old high school in Washington D.C. He and his wife Elaine are parents to three children. The youngest, Sanaa, played his onscreen daughter in “A Star is Born.” The family lives on a 65-acre farm in Yellow Spring, Ohio, where Chappelle – who turns 50 on August 24 – hopes to one day build a restaurant and comedy club.
Kristen Wiig started out working odd jobs in Hollywood, including waitressing in the Universal Pictures dining hall where she served the same executives who later greenlit “Bridesmaids,” which she co-wrote and starred in. After earning her comedy cred on “Saturday Night Live,” Wiig landed film roles in the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot and “Wonder Woman 1984,” playing the villainous Cheetah. She and her husband, comedian and filmmaker Avi Rothman, welcomed twins, Luna and Shiloh, in 2020. Rothman appeared alongside Wiig in “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” another film she wrote. Wiig, who turns 50 on August 22, will soon play a divorced former beauty contestant in the new Apple+ comedy series “Mrs. American Pie.”
Born in Cypress, California, John Stamos – who turns 60 on August 19 – worked at his father’s Greek restaurants flipping burgers in high school. At age 19, he landed a recurring role on “General Hospital,” which catapulted him to teen heartthrob status. As Uncle Jesse on “Full House” and later on the Netflix spinoff “Fuller House,” Stamos cemented his stardom. A drummer since he was 4 years old and a longtime fan of The Beach Boys, Stamos has performed with the band on tour. He and his wife, actress Caitlin McHugh, are the parents of a son, Billy, born in 2018. Stamos’ memoir “If You Would Have Told Me,” will be published in October.
Live with Kathie Lee!
Born Kathryn Lee Epstein in Paris to an American naval officer and a singer, Kathie Lee Gifford became Maryland Junior Miss at age 17, and made her screen debut in “Days of Our Lives” at the age of 22. The former Carnival Cruise line spokesperson spent 15 years opposite the late Regis Philbin on “Live!” and more than a decade co-hosting the fourth hour of “TODAY” with Hoda Kotb. After losing her husband, the NFL player and “Monday Night Football” commentator Frank Gifford in 2015, Gifford moved to Nashville in 2019 where she produces religious movies and music. Mother to Cassidy and Cody, Gifford is grandmother to Frank Gifford Jr. – named after her late husband. The Emmy-award winning performer, who turns 70 on August 16, is also godmother to Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
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