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Ralph Fiennes (born Dec. 22, 1962)
Ralph Fiennes (born Dec. 22, 1962): Before he was Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies, Fiennes was best known for Oscar-nominated performances in “Schindler’s List” and “The English Patient.”
Jordin Sparks (born Dec. 22, 1989)
Jordin Sparks (born Dec. 22, 1989): Sparks was only 17 when she won “American Idol” in 2007, and she remains the youngest contestant to win. Her most recent album is 2009’s “Battlefield.”
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Diane Sawyer (born Dec. 22, 1945)
Diane Sawyer (born Dec. 22, 1945): Sawyer has had a long career as a TV journalist, and is currently an anchor on “ABC World News.” She’s also well-known as the long-time host of “Good Morning America” and served as a White House press aide in the ‘70s.
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Susan Lucci (born Dec. 22, 1946)
Susan Lucci (born Dec. 22, 1946): Lucci played Erica Kane on “All My Children” from 1970 until the show was canceled in 2011. She won a Daytime Emmy 1999, the 19th time she was nominated.
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Ryan Seacrest (born Dec. 24, 1974)
Ryan Seacrest (born Dec. 24, 1974): The “American Idol” host is also known for covering awards show red carpets and hosting the “American Top 40” radio show. He has also taken over hosting “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” from long-time star Dick Clark, who died in April 2012.
Sissy Spacek (born Dec. 25, 1949)
Sissy Spacek (born Dec. 25, 1949): Spacek initially wanted to be a singer, and won an Oscar for her performance as country singer Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek sang in the movie, and was nominated for a Grammy, too. She is also well-known as the title character in “Carrie” and for her haunting performance in “Badlands.”
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Annie Lennox (born Dec. 25, 1954)
Annie Lennox (born Dec. 25, 1954): Annie Lennox rocketed to fame in the ‘80s as half of the Eurythmics. She eventually shed her signature androgynous look but her soulful voice continues to mesmerize.
Denzel Washington (born Dec. 28, 1954)
Denzel Washington (born Dec. 28, 1954): Washington got his big break in "St. Elsewhere," and then went on to "Glory," for which he won his first Oscar. He won another for "Training Day." You can see him in theaters now in "Flight."
Jane Levy (born Dec. 29, 1989)
Jane Levy (born Dec. 29, 1989): You can see Levy on TV in her breakout as the star of "Suburgatory," still in its 2nd season. Look for her to take over Bruce Campbell's role in the upcoming remake of "Evil Dead."
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Jude Law (born Dec. 29, 1972)
Jude Law (born Dec. 29, 1972): Law's work in "Gattaca" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley," for which he was nominated for an Oscar, was beloved by critics. He was nominated again for "Cold Mountain," and is immensely popular as Dr. Watson in the recent Sherlock Holmes movies.
Patti Smith (born Dec. 30, 1946)
Patti Smith (born Dec. 30, 1946): Smith is known as the godmother of punk, but she never limited herself to one genre, and her sound is always evolving. She's also known for her poetry and other writing.
Matt Lauer (born Dec. 30, 1957)
Matt Lauer (born Dec. 30, 1957): Lauer started his career in TV journalism in 1979, eventually working his way up to hosting "The Today Show." He's been a host on that show since 1997.
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Tiger Woods (born Dec. 30, 1975)
Tiger Woods (born Dec. 30, 1975): This golfer got an early start to his career; he turned pro in 1996 when he was only 21 years old. He has won 74 official PGA Tour events, and is almost as famous for his endorsements as he is for his golf game.
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Ben Kingsley (born Dec. 31, 1943)
Ben Kingsley (born Dec. 31, 1943): Kingsley, born Krishna Bhanji, is perhaps most famous for playing the title role in "Gandhi," a biopic of the great Indian leader. His performance in "Sexy Beast" was as violent as his Gandhi was peaceful, and also beloved by critics. He also starred as Itzhak Stern in "Schindler's List."
Val Kilmer (born Dec. 31, 1959)
Val Kilmer (born Dec. 31, 1959): This former Batman may be best known as starring as Ice Man opposite Tom Cruise's Maverick in "Top Gun." His performance as Jim Morrison in "The Doors" was loved by critics and audiences.
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Anthony Hopkins (born Dec. 31, 1937)
Anthony Hopkins (born Dec. 31, 1937): Hopkins' performance as Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" was unforgettable, and introduced him to a new generation of fans. Movie lovers with longer memories already knew him for his career as a character actor. Catch him now on the big screen in "Hitchcock."
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Cuba Gooding Jr. (born Jan. 2, 1968)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (born Jan. 2, 1968): Gooding's exuberant ("Show me the money!") performance in "Jerry Maguire" won him an Oscar and made him a household name. He's been in other big movies, such as "Radio," but "Jerry Maguire" remains his biggest hit.
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Mel Gibson (born Jan. 3, 1956)
Mel Gibson (born Jan. 3, 1956): This Australian-American actor is best known for "Road Warrior," the "Lethal Weapon" franchise and "Braveheart." He spent $25 million of his own money to bring his project "The Passion of the Christ" to the big screen.
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Patty Loveless (born Jan. 4, 1957)
Patty Loveless (born Jan. 4, 1957): Loveless, who is reported to be a distant cousin of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gale, has had five number one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Her first was "Timber, I'm Falling in Love," in 1989. Throat problems silenced her briefly in 1992, but her voice returned beautifully after surgery.
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Diane Keaton (born Jan. 5, 1946)
Diane Keaton (born Jan. 5, 1946): A relationship with Woody Allen led to a long, productive collaboration including "Annie Hall," the film she's best known for. She made headlines for bravely doing a nude scene at age 57 in "Something's Gotta Give."
January Jones (born Jan. 5, 1978)
January Jones (born Jan. 5, 1978): You probably know her as Betty Draper. But if you aren't a "Mad Men" fan, you may recognize her as Emma Frost from "X-Men: First Class."
Robert Duvall (born Jan. 5, 1931)
Robert Duvall (born Jan. 5, 1931): Duvall has turned up in a slew of landmark movies. He was Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the title character in "THX 1138," which was George Lucas' directorial debut. He had major roles in "The Godfather: Part II" and "Apocalypse Now." He's still working hard, and you can catch him on the big screen in "Jack Reacher."
David Bowie (born Jan. 5, 1947)
David Bowie (born Jan. 5, 1947): Bowie's career spans four decade and a diverse array of musical styles. His talent for reinventing himself is almost equal to his musical ability. He's an actor, too, playing Jareth the Goblin King in "Labyrinth" and Nikola Tesla in "The Prestige," among other roles.
Rowan Atkinson (born Jan. 6, 1955)
Rowan Atkinson (born Jan. 6, 1955): Atkinson has a degree in electrical engineering from Oxford University, but he also has a monumental talent for silliness and physical comedy. You may know him from "Blackadder" or as Mr. Bean in the TV show of the same name, or the movie "Bean."
Katie Couric (born Jan. 7, 1957)
Katie Couric (born Jan. 7, 1957): Couric started her TV journalism career in 1979, eventually working up to a co-anchor job on the "Today" show. Her interviews of Sarah Palin aired shortly before the 2008 election and were considered to have a negative effect on the McCain-Palin ticket. See her on TV on her ABC talk show "Katie."
Nicolas Cage (born Jan. 7, 1964)
Nicolas Cage (born Jan. 7, 1964): Cage's real last name is Coppola — he's director Francis Ford Coppola's nephew. The actor has had no trouble finding stardom without his uncle's famous name. He's played quirky roles in films like "Wild at Heart," "Raising Arizona" and "Adaptation," as well as action hero roles in "The Rock" and "Ghost Rider." He won an Oscar for his portrayal of a dying alcoholic in "Leaving Las Vegas."
Kate Middleton (born Jan. 9, 1982)
Kate Middleton (born Jan. 9, 1982): Catherine Duchess of Cambridge is married to Prince William of England. The two met while studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and were married in April 2011. She is expecting their first child.
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Dave Matthews (born Jan. 9, 1967)
Dave Matthews (born Jan. 9, 1967): Dave Mathews started the Dave Mathews Band in Charlottesville, Va., in 1991. Their 1996 album "Crash" was a commercial success, and the group has been enormously successful. Mathews also acts, and was featured in the movie "Lake City."
Pat Benatar (born Jan. 10, 1953)
Pat Benatar (born Jan. 10, 1953): Benatar started out singing classical songs and musical theater, and took up rock as an adult. She had a string of hits in the '80s — songs such as "Love is a Battlefield" and "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" — and won a Grammy in 1984.
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Joan Baez (born Jan. 9, 1941)
Joan Baez (born Jan. 9, 1941): Baez is known mainly as a folk singer, but also performs pop, country, gospel and rock. She dated and toured with Bob Dylan. She is also a vocal pacifist, was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., protested the Vietnam War and opposes the death penalty.
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Rod Stewart (born Jan. 10, 1945)
Rod Stewart (born Jan. 10, 1945): Stewart had his first big hit with "Maggie May" in 1971. His sound and look evolved through the '70s and '80s, but his experiments with New Wave coincided with a career slump. He's seen a resurgence with his series of "Great American Songbook" albums. He survived thyroid cancer in 2000 and had to relearn how to sing.
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Naomi Judd (born Jan. 11, 1946)
Naomi Judd (born Jan. 11, 1946): Judd and her daughter Wynonna Judd had a very successful country music act in the 1980s called the Judds. They won numerous Grammys, and songs such as "Why Not Me" and "Heartland" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Country chart. Judd's younger daughter, Ashley Judd, is an actress.
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Howard Stern (born Jan. 12, 1954)
Howard Stern (born Jan. 12, 1954): Stern was a hugely popular radio DJ in Washington, D.C. in the '80s, but he gained a national audience when he took his show to New York. Several appearances on "Late Night With David Letterman" put him on the road to stardom. Having decided that conventional radio was too restrictive, he moved his act to Sirius satellite radio. His first book, "Private Parts," was made into a movie.
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Kirstie Alley (born Jan. 12, 1951)
Kirstie Alley (born Jan. 12, 1951): Alley may be best-known for playing Rebecca Howe on "Cheers." She was hugely popular in the "Look Who's Talking" movie series. She recently starred in a reality show about her life, and has written a couple of books.
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Rush Limbaugh (born Jan. 12, 1951)
Rush Limbaugh (born Jan. 12, 1951): Limbaugh left college to become a DJ at a Top 40 radio station, but didn't find fame and rating success until he moved to conservative talk radio. Although he often finds himself embroiled in controversy, most recently after calling law student Sandra Fluke a slut, he has the highest-rated talk show on U.S. radio.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (born Jan. 13, 1961)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (born Jan. 13, 1961): This funny former "Saturday Night Life" cast member is best known for her long run as Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld." She was also found success and Emmy gold with her shows "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Veep."
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LL Cool J (born Jan. 14, 1968)
LL Cool J (born Jan. 14, 1968): James Todd Smith shortened the nickname Ladies Love Cool James to LL Cool J. He was a major star in the early days of hip-hop. He won a Grammy for his 1992 song "Mama Said Knock You Out." He also acts, most recently starring as Sam Hanna in "NCIS: Los Angeles."
Kate Moss (born Jan. 16, 1974)
Kate Moss (born Jan. 16, 1974): Kate Moss was a skinny teen when she shot to stardom. Her lean look was completely different look from the tall, curvy supermodels popular in the late '80s, and endured accusations of anorexia. Moss still models, and has taken up fashion design as well.
James Earl Jones (born Jan. 17, 1931)
James Earl Jones (born Jan. 17, 1931): There's more to Jones than the famous voice of Darth Vader in the "Star Wars" series and Mufasa in "The Lion King." He's a star on stage and in movies and TV, and was honored with a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2011.
Zooey Deschanel (born Jan. 17, 1980)
Zooey Deschanel (born Jan. 17, 1980): Before she was the "New Girl" on TV, this daughter of a film family was best known as the sweet singing co-star of "Elf." You may also remember her as the title character in "(500) Days of Summer."
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Kid Rock (born Jan. 17, 1971)
Kid Rock (born Jan. 17, 1971): Kid Rock Is Bob Ritchie's stage name. He got his start in hip-hop, but one of his biggest hits was "Picture," a country collaboration with Sheryl Crow.
Betty White (born Jan. 17, 1922)
Betty White (born Jan. 17, 1922): White starred as Sue Ann on "Mary Tyler Moore," but she may be best known as Rose on "The Golden Girls." At 88, she was the oldest person to host "Saturday Night Live," and won an Emmy for her work. She currently plays Elka on "Hot in Cleveland."
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Michelle Obama (born Jan. 17, 1964)
Michelle Obama (born Jan. 17, 1964): Obama is the first African-American first lady of the United States. She graduated from Princeton and has a law degree from Harvard. She met Barack Obama when they worked at the same law firm. They have two daughters.
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Muhammad Ali (born Jan. 17, 1942)
Muhammad Ali (born Jan. 17, 1942): Ali was still known by his birth name, Cassius Clay, when he won the world heavyweight boxing championship in 1964. He changed his name when he converted to Islam. Ali's was one of the first famous voices to oppose the Vietnam war.
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Kevin Costner (born Jan. 18, 1955)
Kevin Costner (born Jan. 18, 1955): Costner was hugely popular in the late '80s and '90s, starring in blockbusters such as "The Bodyguard," "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams." His film "Dances With Wolves" was hugely successful, but "Waterworld" is still considered one of the biggest flops in the history of Hollywood.
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Dolly Parton (born Jan. 19, 1946)
Dolly Parton (born Jan. 19, 1946): Parton has been a country singer since she was a teenager, and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry when she was 13. She wrote and sang such hits as "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You." She acts, too, starring in "Nine to Five" and "Steel Magnolias." She has been married to Carl Dean since she was 20 years old.