Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953): No one who grew up in the 1980s could forget -- or for a time, escape -- singer and MTV favorite Lauper, who is best known for her chart-topping song, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Lauper took home her first Tony award in 2013, for best original score for "Kinky Boots."
Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936)
Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936): A singer-songwriter since the 1960s, Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee” (which his then-girlfriend Janis Joplin sang) acted in the 1970s (best known for “A Star Is Born” and “Convoy”). The Country Music Hall of Famer memorably collaborated with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as The Highwaymen.
George Michael (born June 25, 1963)
George Michael (born June 25, 1963): Singer and songwriter Michael rose to fame in the 1980s in the pop duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley. Bouncy songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” made the telegenic duo mainstays on MTV in its early days. Michael went solo in 1987; his album, “Faith” won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
John Cusack (born June 28, 1966)
John Cusack (born June 28, 1966): For a lot of people, Cusack will always be Lloyd Dobler, the lovestruck character he played in “Say Anything,” but the actor has worked steadily since that 1989 movie, and this year will appear as President Richard Nixon in the film “The Butler.”
Kathy Bates (born June 28, 1948)
Kathy Bates (born June 28, 1948): Bates was unforgettable as an obsessed fan in “Misery,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award. She has acted extensively on stage, in film and on television, and she has directed as well.
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Nicole Scherzinger (born June 29, 1978)
Nicole Scherzinger (born June 29, 1978): Born in Honolulu, Scherzinger began her music career as a member of Eden's Crush. In 2003, she joined the Pussycat Dolls, a best-selling girl group. A solo single, "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)," was a chart-topper in 18 countries. She has appeared as a judge on the singing-competition show “The X Factor” in Great Britain and the Uned States.
Michael Phelps (born June 30, 1985)
Michael Phelps (born June 30, 1985): Swimmer Phelps has won a record-setting 22 Olympic medals. He also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13). Makes sense that he’s a water sign.
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Cheryl Cole (born June 30, 1983)
Cheryl Cole (born June 30, 1983): Cole found fame in 2002, when she auditioned for the British reality TV show "Popstars: The Rivals." She won a spot in the girl group Girls Aloud. She was part of the group until early 2013, when Girls Aloud announced that they had split up
Mike Tyson (born June 30, 1966)
Mike Tyson (born June 30, 1966): Tyson was boxing’s heavyweight champion of the world in the late 1980s. He’s long been a controversial figure: he was convicted of raping a beauty pageant contestant in 1992 and spent three years in prison, and he bit off a piece of boxer Evander Holyfield's ear, mid-fight, in 1997. He has appeared as himself in many TV shows and movies, including “The Hangover” franchise.
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Dan Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952)
Dan Aykroyd (born July 1, 1952): Comedian and actor Aykroyd was part of the legendary original “Saturday Night Live” cast of the 1970s, where he was known for his impersonations, as the father in the Coneheads family and as one half of the “Wild and Crazy Guys” duo (with Steve Martin). He created the Blues Brothers act with fellow SNL comedian John Belushi.
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Pamela Anderson (born July 1, 1967)
Pamela Anderson (born July 1, 1967): Canadian-born bombshell Anderson began her career modeling in Labatt beer ads and moved on to he pages of Playboy. She appeared on TV's “Home Improvement,” and became a household name on “Baywatch.” Her personal life was reliable tabloid fodder -- she's been married to rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock and socialite Rick Solomon.
Missy Elliott (born July 1, 1971)
Missy Elliott (born July 1, 1971): Elliott, a rapper and singer-songwriter, has won five Grammy Awards. She’s the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA. Elliott’s best-known hits include "Hot Boyz," "Get Ur Freak On," "Work It" and "Lose Control." She has also worked extensively as a songwriter and producer for other artists.
Lindsay Lohan (born July 2, 1986)
Lindsay Lohan (born July 2, 1986): The child star turned cautionary tale doesn’t appear to be the typical Cancer, which the website Astrology.com describes as “maternal, domestic and love to nurture others,” although Lohan does seem to have these Cancer characteristics: “They can be overly sensitive, easily hurt and prone to brooding.”
Cheryl Ladd (born July 2, 1951)
Cheryl Ladd (born July 2, 1951): Ladd adorned many a teenage boy’s wall in the 1970s, when she replaced Farrah Fawcett on the hit TV show “Charlie’s Angels.” Earlier, she was the singing voice of Melody on the animated series “Josie and the Pussycats.” Her daughter Jordan Ladd is also an actress.
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Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962)
Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962): The media has followed Cruise’s every move for 30 of his 51 years, covering his exploits as a teen heartthrob, Oscar-nominated actor, film producer, husband, ex-husband, father, couch-jumper and Scientologist.
Montel Williams (born July 3, 1956)
Montel Williams (born July 3, 1956): Williams is best known for hosting an eponymous TV talk show from 1991 to 2008. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999; in 2000, he created the MS Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on research and education.
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Malia Obama (born July 4, 1998)
Malia Obama (born July 4, 1998): It's appropriate that the older daughter of President Barack Obama and wife Michelle was born on the Fourth of July. The teenager is kept from the public eye, but we know she attends Sidwell Friends School.
Huey Lewis (born July 5, 1951)
Huey Lewis (born July 5, 1951): Lewis is a singer-songwriter, harmonica player adn sometimes actor who fronts the band Huey Lewis and the News. The band's third album, 1983’s “Sports,” is one of the best-selling pop releases of all time and features the hits “Heart of Rock & Roll” and “I Want a New Drug.”
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Dalai Lama (born July 6, 1935)
Dalai Lama (born July 6, 1935): The 14th Dalai Lama, born Lhamo Dondrub, was selected as the rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at age 2 and was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1950, at age 15. During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama fled to India, where he denounced the People's Republic of China and established a Tibetan government in exile. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and he is well known for his advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.
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Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946)
Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946): Actor Stallone is inseparable from two of his on-screen personas. He wrote and starred in six films about boxer Rocky Balboa (the first was the top-grossing film of 1976 and won three Oscars, including Best Picture), and he has starred in four movies about troubled Vietnam War veteran John Rambo.
Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry Hardrict (born July 6, 1978)
Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry-Hardrict (born July 6, 1978): Identical twins Tia and Tamera starred from 1995 to '99 in “Sister, Sister,” a sitcom about twins who were adopted separately at birth and are reunited accidentally. The sisters now star in “Tia and Tamera,” a reality show about their lives as wives and mothers.
Ringo Starr (born July 7, 1940)
Ringo Starr (born July 7, 1940): Drummer Starr, known as “the funny one” in the Beatles, was the last member to join the band, replacing Pete Best in 1962. His bandmates usually wrote one song per album for Starr to sing; “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Yellow Submarine” are a couple of examples.
Kevin Bacon (born July 8, 1958)
Kevin Bacon (born July 8, 1958): Is he better known for his acting or “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”? Bacon got his start auspiciously in “Animal House” and “Diner” then cut loose in “Footloose” (1984) and has worked steadily ever since (hence the ease of playing “Six Degrees"). He currently stars in the TV series “The Following.”
Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956)
Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956): Actor Hanks, allegedly the nicest guy in Hollywood, got his start on the 1980s sitcom “Bosom Buddies.” The surprise hit movie “Splash” plunged him into stardom’s deep end, and he’s been a Tinseltown favorite for the almost 30 years since, winning multiple Oscars along the way. The younger generation know him as the voice of Woody in Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” movies.
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Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1956)
Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1956): Actor Smits is best known for his work on television since the 1980s. He played attorney Victor Sifuentes on "L.A. Law," NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the "NYPD Blue," and Matt Santos on "The West Wing." He also played Bail Organa in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.
Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947)
Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947): Guthrie is a folk singer and the son of renowned folkie Woody Guthrie. Like his father, Arlo is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice. His best-known work is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," a satirical talking blues song from 1969 that runs 18 minutes long.
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Sofia Vergara (born July 10, 1972)
Sofia Vergara (born July 10, 1972): The Colombia-born beauty was a teenage model who took a break to marry her high school sweetheart and have a son. Vergara divorced in the late 1990s and moved to Miami. Her big acting break came with her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchet on the hit sitcom “Modern Family.”
Jessica Simpson (born July 10, 1980)
Jessica Simpson (born July 10, 1980): Simpson is a singer and actor who co-starred with her then-husband, Nick Lachey, in the reality TV show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.” She is also a fashion designer, which led to her role as a mentor on the NBC reality show “Fashion Star.” She and her fiancé, Eric Johnson, have one child together and are expecting their second child this summer.
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Bill Cosby (born July 12, 1937)
Bill Cosby (born July 12, 1937): The comedian and actor starred as a father of five in the most popular TV show of the 1980s, “The Cosby Show,” after two decades of making people laugh as a stand-up comedian and as co-star of the TV show "I Spy." He also created the educational cartoon comedy series "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids." Cosby really did have five children, but one them, Ennis, was killed in 1997.
Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967)
Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967): Ferrell is an actor and comedian best known for playing (in film) Buddy the Elf, anchorman Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby in “Talladega Nights,” and Frank “the Tank” Ricard in “Old School.” On TV, he’s acclaimed for playing George W. Bush, James Lipton, Alex Trebek and the cowbell.
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Vin Diesel (born July 18, 1967)
Vin Diesel (born July 18, 1967): Actor Diesel had his breakout role in 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan.” The next year, he provided his distinctively gravelly low voice for the Iron Giant in the animated film of the same name. He’s best known now for his starring roles in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. The seventh movie in the series will be released in 2014.
Robin Williams (born July 21, 1951)
Robin Williams (born July 21, 1951): Actor and comedian Williams landed in our living rooms in the late 1970s as the alien Mork in the sitcom “Mork and Mindy.” He transitioned to movies and won critical acclaim and box office success in such films as "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Dead Poets Society," "Awakenings," "Good Will Hunting," "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Birdcage."
Selena Gomez (born July 22, 1992)
Selena Gomez (born July 22, 1992): Disney’s everyteen, and the envy of Justin Bieber fans worldwide, will be able to drink legally as of this birthday. Now that she’s all grown up, Gomez seems to be shedding her squeaky-clean image with such movies as “Spring Breakers.” She became a sister for the first time in June, when her mother and stepfather had a baby girl.
Danny Glover (born July 22, 1946)
Danny Glover (born July 22, 1946): Actor and activist Glover gained his first major film success in 1985 in "The Color Purple." He's perhaps best known for the four "Lethal Weapon" movies he's made with Mel Gibson. In 1998, he was appointed a United Nations goodwill ambassador.