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Look who turned 65 in December!

Turning 65?  You’re not alone!  Many of our favorite movie stars are, too!
Jeff BridgesDecember 4- Jeff Bridges began his acting career in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau, on television’s Sea Hunt. Bridges is one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (1972, age 22, Best Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show), and one of the oldest ever to win (2010, age 60, Best Actor, Crazy Heart). Among his other best-known major motion films are: The Big Lebowski, Fearless, Iron Man, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Jagged Edge, Against All Odds, The Fisher King, Tucker, Seabiscuit, Arlington Road, Tron, Tron: Legacy and The Giver. Bridges is the son of showbiz parents, actor Lloyd Bridges and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges, and grew up in Los Angeles. After turning 18, Bridges joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve, where he served for seven years. His first major role was in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, and he co-starred in the 1972 critically acclaimed neo-noir boxing film Fat City, directed by John Huston. He was nominated again for best supporting actor for his performance opposite Clint Eastwood in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. In 1976, he starred as the protagonist Jack Prescott in the first remake of King Kong, opposite Jessica Lange. One of his better-known roles was in the 1982 science fiction cult classic Tron, in which he played Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer (a role he reprised in late 2010 with the sequel Tron: Legacy). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1984, for playing the alien in Starman. His role in Fearless (1993) is thought by some critics to be one of his best performances. Film critic Pauline Kael wrote that he “may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived.” In 1998, he starred as what is arguably his most famous role, The Dude, in the Coen brothers’ cult-classic film The Big Lebowski. He has said that he relates to The Dude more than any of his other roles. He received Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Contender and True Grit, the latter a collaboration with the Coen brothers. Referring to his career as an actor and his passion for music, Bridges says, “I dug what an actor did, but it took me a while to feel it, to truly appreciate the craft and the preparation. Plus, I was still playing music a lot, and I guess I had a hard time choosing: was I an actor or a musician, or could I be both?” He released his debut album Be Here Soon in January 2000 and his second album, Jeff Bridges, in August 2011. In one of the longer-running marriages in Hollywood, Bridges has been with Susan Geston since 1977, and they have three daughters.

Don JohnsonDecember 15- Don Johnson is best known for his role as James “Sonny” Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, for which he won a Golden Globe, and as the lead role in the 1990s cop series Nash Bridges. He is also a winner of the American Power Boat Association Offshore World Cup. He got his start in a high-school production of West Side Story in Wichita, Kan. His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men’s Eyes, which led to several small film roles. From 1984 to 1989—after years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor and a string of pilots, none of which became a TV series—Johnson landed a starring role as an undercover policeman. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, imagery, and its glitzy take on the police drama genre. Between seasons, Johnson gained further renown through several TV miniseries, such as the 1985 TV remake of The Long, Hot Summer. In the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges Johnson played the title role of an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. More recently, he appeared on the HBO series Eastbound & Down (October 2010) and reprised his role as Sonny Crockett for a Nike commercial with LeBron James. Johnson had a supporting role in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained. He also released two albums of pop music—one in 1986 and the other in 1989. His single, “Heartbeat,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Johnson has had four wives in five marriages, including Melanie Griffith, who he remarried after they divorced. He is currently married to San Francisco socialite and Montessori nursery school teacher Kelley Phleger, and they have three children together.

Sissy SpacekDecember 25 – Sissy Spacek first came to international attention for her roles as Holly Sargis in Badlands (1973) and as Carrie White in Brian de Palma’s horror film Carrie (1976), based on Stephen King’s first published novel, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in the film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and received Oscar nominations for her roles in Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and In the Bedroom (2001). Born in Quitman, Texas, Spacek worked for a time as photographic model before getting small roles in films. After Carrie, Spacek cemented her reputation in independent cinema with her performance in Robert Altman’s classic 3 Women (1977). At the time, Altman stated: “She’s remarkable, one of the top actresses I’ve ever worked with. Her resources are like a deep well.” Brian de Palma added: “[Spacek is] a phantom. She has this mysterious way of slipping into a part, letting it take over her. She’s got a wider range than any young actress I know.” Of her work in In the Bedroom, New York Times film critic Stephen Holden said, “Ms. Spacek’s performance is as devastating as it is unflashy. . . . It is one of Ms. Spacek’s greatest performances.” In 2012, Spacek published a memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. She is married to production designer and art director Jack Fisk, who she met in 1974 on the set of Badlands. They have two daughters.

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Lindsey BuckinghamOctober 3- Lindsey Buckingham, is best known as guitarist and male vocalist of the musical group Fleetwood Mac, a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. Lindsey was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987 when the pop-oriented act also featured Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, his sometimes girlfriend. The band’s second album with Buckingham and Nicks, 1977’s Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks’ song “Dreams”) and is the fourth-highest-selling album of all time. In Fleetwood Mac’s heyday, Buckingham was known for his finger-picking guitar style and wide vocal range As a member of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2011, Buckingham was ranked 100th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2011 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Buckingham has also released six solo albums and three live albums. In May 2012, Buckingham began a solo tour of the United States and in November 2012 released a completely solo live album One Man Show via download at iTunes that was recorded from a single night in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sigourney WeaverOctober 8-Sigourney Weaver, first received attention for the lead role in the four Alien films: (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection) and later for her roles in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl and Avatar. Her 1986 Academy Award nomination for Aliens is considered a landmark in the recognition of science fiction, action and horror genres, as well as a major step in challenging traditional gender roles in cinema. Weaver progressively received fame for her numerous contributions to the science fiction film history (including minor roles in Futurrama, WALL-E, Paul and The Cabin in the Woods), earning the nickname of “The Sci-Fi Queen.” She also played the lead role as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish on USA Network’s Political Animals miniseries.Weaver has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress for Aliens and Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, and Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl. She also won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Ice Storm. Weaver earned nominations for an Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award and Tony Award. She has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress in 1988 for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first person ever to have won two acting Golden Globe Awards in the same year. After making Gorillas in the Mist, she became a supporter of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is now its honorary chairwoman. In October 2006, she drew international attention at a United Nations General Assembly policy deliberation when she outlined the widespread threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling, an industrial method for harvesting fish.

Benjamin October 21 – Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, is the prime minister of Israel and chairman of the Likud party. Born in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the state’s establishment. In 2012, he was listed 23rd on the Forbes magazine’s list of “The World’s Most Powerful People.” In 2010 and 2012, he was ranked first on the list the “Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post. After joining the Israel Defense Forces during the Six-Day War in 1967, he took part in many missions and achieved the rank of captain. After he was discharged, Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988 and became prime minister in June 1996, serving until to July 1999. After he was defeated by Ehud Barak, he joined the private sector.In 2002 Netanyahu returned to politics as foreign affairs minister (2002–2003) and finance minister (2003–2005) in Ariel Sharon’s governments but departed over disagreements regarding the Gaza disengagement plan. He retook the Likud leadership in December 2005, after Sharon left to form a new party. Following the 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority, Netanyahu formed a coalition government. After his victory in the 2013 elections, he became the second person to be elected to the position of prime minister for a third term, after Israel’s founder David Ben-Gurion.

Bruce JennerOctober 28 – Bruce Jenner, a track and field athlete, won the gold medal in the Decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal. As a result of his win, Jenner became a national hero, named the top amateur athlete in the United States and the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1976. He was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1980. Following his Olympic victory and the related recognition, Jenner appeared on the front of Wheaties brand breakfast cereal as a “Wheaties champion.” Of several hundred athletes who have been so featured, Jenner is one of seven Wheaties spokesmen. His professional career also led to success in television. By 1981, he had starred in several made-for-TV movies and was Erik Estrada’s replacement briefly on the top-rated TV series CHiPs. In 1991, he married Kris Kardashian and can be seen as the stepfather of the Kardashian siblings on the cable television reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians since 2007. He has also been a businessman. His company, Bruce Jenner Aviation, sells aircraft supplies to executives and corporations.

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Joe TheismannSeptember 9- Joe Theismann, a former quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL), achieved his most enduring fame in his 12 seasons playing for the Washington Redskins, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler and quarterback of the winning team in Super Bowl XVII. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Following his retirement from football, Theismann began a career as a sportscaster. He worked as an analyst with ESPN, primarily with Mike Patrick, for the network’s Sunday Night Football package and for one season of Monday Night Football with Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser. Theismann also worked as a color analyst on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football package with Bob Papa and Matt Millen. Theismann also co-hosts the network’s weekly show Playbook.

Bill O'Reilly, Jr.September 10-Bill O’Reilly, Jr., the television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator, is currently best known as host of the political commentary program The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. The program is routinely the highest-rated show of the three major U.S. 24-hour cable news television channels and began the trend toward more opinion-oriented prime-time cable news programming. During the late 1970s and 1980s, O’Reilly worked as a news reporter for various local television stations in the United States and eventually for CBS News and ABC News. From 1989 to 1995, he was anchor of the entertainment news program Inside Edition.O’Reilly is widely considered a conservative commentator, though some of his positions diverge from conservative orthodoxy and he characterizes himself as a “traditionalist.” Until early 2009, O’Reilly hosted The Radio Factor. He is the author of ten books, most recently The Last Days of Jesus: His Life and Times and Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General.

Twiggy (Lesley Lawson)September 19 – Twiggy (Lesley Lawson), is an English model, actress and singer who achieved prominence in the mid-1960s as a British teenage model of swinging sixties London. Known for her thin build (thus her nickname) and her androgynous look consisting of large eyes, long eyelashes and short hair, she was named “The Face of 1966” by the Daily Express and voted British Woman of the Year. By 1967, Twiggy had modeled in France, Japan and the U.S., and had landed on the covers of Vogue and The Tatler. After modeling, Twiggy enjoyed a successful career as a screen, stage and television actress. She hosted her own series, Twiggy’s People, in which she interviewed celebrities, and also appeared as a judge on the reality show America’s Next Top Model. Her 1998 autobiography, Twiggy in Black and White, entered the bestseller lists. Since 2005, she has modeled for British department store Marks & Spencer. In 2012, she worked alongside Marks & Spencer’s designers to launch an exclusive clothing collection.

Bruce SpringsteenSeptember 23 – Bruce Springsteen, nicknamed “The Boss,” is widely known for his poetic lyrics, focus on the Americana working class, sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey and lengthy and energetic stage performances. He and his “house” band, E Street Band, have performed together since the 1970s, with concerts that run over three hours in length.Springsteen’s recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born in the U.S.A. and Born to Run, showcase his talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States (making him the 15th highest-selling artist of all time) and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Springsteen has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. In 1999 he was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen’s 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, released in 2012, became his 10th No. 1 album in the United States, tying him with Elvis Presley for third most No. 1 albums of all-time. In January 2014, he released High Hopes, his first CD in which all songs are either cover songs, newly recorded outtakes from previous records or newly recorded versions of songs previously released.

Next “Solving the Medicare Puzzle” workshop date set

Troy

Announcing our next Solving the Medicare Puzzle Workshop, Thursday, September 11, at 5:30 pm at our Troy office. Please call our office at 937-492-8800 to reserve one or more seats for yourself or a friend!

Medicare Supplement policyholders are paying too much for their coverage!

If your parents were like mine, they probably taught you to spend your money wisely. Let me use a story here to make a point. Suppose you are shopping for a new refridgerator. Your first stop is at Sears where you find the perfect Frigidaire XL2014, and at a great price, $2100. But because your parents told you to shop before you buy, you decide to check a few more places. The last stop you make is at Lowes, where you find the same Frigidaire XL2014. Same make, same model, same features…they are IDENTICAL! Only the one at Lowes costs $1500. Do you go back to Sears and buy the one for $2100? Unless you own stock in Sears, or your son is the sales rep, I hope your response is…Absolutely not! Why would you spend $600 more on the same thing. But Retirees are doing that very thing with their Medicare Supplement insurance.

 

But you may ask, “How do I know I’m getting the same benefits?” The answer is simple, our government did something right. Prior to 1992, Medicare Supplement insurance plans were not standardized. What this meant was that each insurance company’s Medicare supplement plans offered different benefits. This made it almost impossible for the Retiree to shop their coverage from company to company. Compare it to shopping for a car today. You can’t really compare cost from one dealer to another because the options are completely different. This one has leather seats, but the other one has On-Star. This one has a DVD player, but the other one has alloy wheels. It is impossible to truly compare cost because you are never comparing “apples to apples.” The same was true with Medicare Supplement insurance prior to 1992. But in 1992 the federal government stepped in and “standardized” Medicare Supplement insurance.

 

They did this because prior to 1992, unethical salespeople were taking coverage away from Retirees in order to save them money, and they weren’t disclosing the fact that they reduced their coverage. So the government stepped in and standardized the plans so this couldn’t happen anymore. They did this by offering 11 plans and giving them the letter names of A through N. In other words, it means you can compare a Plan F with one company to a Plan F with another company and know that the benefits are IDENTICAL. So you no longer have to say, “I know my supplement is expensive, but I don’t want to change it because it pays so well.” As long as you stick with the same Plan letter name, the new company is legally obligated to pay the same benefits as your old one.

 

So what does this mean for you? It means it would be a good idea to know what premium you pay compared to what others your age and in your area are paying for the same plan. This is important because you may be paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars more per year in premium and not be getting any better benefits. For example, the premiums for a Plan F for a 70 year old female range from $130/month on the low end up to $276/month on the high end. That’s a difference of $1,752 per year. And worse yet, the person paying $276/month is not getting any better benefits than the person paying $130. And don’t forget, you can change your medicare supplement policy any time of the year…you don’t have to wait for the Annual Enrollment Period at the end of the year.

 

If you would like to see how your premium compares, you can go to our website at www.seniormark.com and click on the “Supplement Rates” tab. And don’t worry, you will get instant numbers and we won’t collect your personal information. If you are not tech savvy just call us at 877-492-8803 and we will provide you with a free comparison report.

 

I bet your momma never thought shopping would be this easy!

Solving the Medicare Puzzle

Are you, or someone you know, feeling overwhelmed with your Medicare choices?  Is your mailbox overflowing with flyers and invitations?

Are you more confused now than you were a couple of months ago? What do all of the letters of the alphabet have to do with healthcare? Well, look no further.  Sign up today so you can be in the know!

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5:30 pm

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2551 Michigan Street

Sidney, OH 45365

To sign up, call 937-492-8800, send an e-mail to seniormark@earthlink.net, or put yes the in the “sign me up for the workshop!” box below (along with your name and e-mail address, of course!).

Hope to see you there!

 

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Look who turns 65 in June! A Moochie, but not a Gucci!

Kevin June 10- Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran, is a director, producer and former child actor who appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963. Between 1956 and 1960, Corcoran played several different (but similar) irrepressible characters, each bearing the nickname Moochie. Although he was never a Mouseketeer, Corcoran appeared in three Mickey Mouse Club serials, beginning with Adventure in Dairyland. He also co-starred in many films, including Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960).

After he retired from acting, he attended college and then returned to Disney, this time working behind the camera as an assistant director and producer. His credits from this era include Superdad (1973), The Island at the Top of the World (1974) and Pete’s Dragon (1977). He has also produced numerous projects and served as first assistant director on several non-Disney television series, including Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Quantum Leap, Profiler and Karen Sisco. Over the course of his tenure on the Angela Lansbury series Murder She Wrote, he was credited as first assistant director, assistant producer and director.

 

Meryl StreepJune 22 Meryl Streep, is widely regarded as the greatest U.S. living actress, as well as one of the greatest actresses of all time. She made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season (1977). In that same year, she made her film debut in Julia (1977). Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the first of which brought her an Academy Award nomination, and the second, her first win, for best supporting actress. She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011). With 18 Academy Award nominations in 35 years, Streep holds the record for the most nominated actor (male or female) in film history.

Streep has also received 28 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight—more nominations and more competitive (non-honorary) wins than any other actress or actor. Further, her work has earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, two Australian Film Institute awards, five Grammy Award nominations and a Tony Award nomination, among several others. In 2004, Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award and in 2011 the Kennedy Center Honor for her contribution to American culture through performing arts, the youngest actor in each award’s history. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts. In 2003, the government of France made her a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. Her latest film, in 2013, was August: Osage County, for which Streep received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations.
Phyllis GeorgeJune 25 – Phyllis George is a former Miss Texas 1970 and Miss America 1971 and was First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. She later became a businesswoman, actress and sportscaster. As a cohost in 1974 for The NFL Today, the pregame shows for the National Football League, she was one of the first females to have a nationally prominent role in television sports coverage. She also covered horse racing events for CBS, including the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Additionally, George had a brief stint on a television news version of People in 1978 and a job as a morning television talk show host as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News in 1985. Since that time, she has sporadically returned to the media spotlight, hosting her own prime-time talk show, 1994’s A Phyllis George Special, on which she interviewed then-president Bill Clinton, and a 1998 talk show called Women’s Day on the cable network Pax. George also appeared as a guest star on The Muppet Show in 1979.

George founded two companies in her business career: By George chicken fillets, which she later sold to Hormel Foods, and Phyllis George Beauty, which markets a line of cosmetics and skincare through television shopping network HSN. She has also written or co-authored five books—three about crafts, one on dieting and her most recent, Never Say Never (2002), a self-help book.

 

Vera Ellen WangJune 27 – Vera Ellen Wang, a fashion designer and former figure skater, is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite female figure skaters. Her works have been mentioned in several television shows, including Sex and the City, The West Wing, Ugly Betty and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and in the movie Bride Wars. Wang began figure skating at the age of eight and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That year she was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd. When she failed to make the U.S. Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry, although Wang continues to enjoy skating.

Wang has made gowns for many well-known public figures, such as Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Sandra Bullock and Michelle Obama. She has designed costumes for figure skaters, including Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan. In 1990, she opened her own design salon in New York and has since opened bridal boutiques in New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Wang has also expanded her brand name through her fragrance, jewelry, eyewear, shoe and houseware collections. In 2011, she launched a store that sells bridal gowns at more affordable prices.

Workshop Offered in Troy

Are you turning 65 and wondering what the next step is?

We will be holding our next Medicare Solving The Medicare Puzzle Workshop:

Thursday, June 12 @ 5:30 pm – Location: Troy office — 1385 Stonycreek Road.

This is an introductory session explaining the 4 parts of Medicare and what an individual’s options are when they turn 65 or retire and go on Medicare. We have had an excellent response to these workshops, so if you know of someone who could benefit, please let them know.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP: Toll Free – 877-492-8803, or comment on this post!

 

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Turning 65? You’re in good company! See who else joins you this month!

Billy JoelMay 9- Billy Joel, pianist, singer-songwriter and composer, had his first hit in 1973, “Piano Man.” Since then, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 is the third best-selling album in the United States, by discs shipped. In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Joel had 33 Top 40 hits, all of which he wrote, including “Big Shot,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Everybody Loves You Now.” He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He has sold over 150 million records worldwide. Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999) and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and, in 2013, received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts. With the exception of the 2007 songs “All My Life” and “Christmas in Fallujah,” Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993’s River of Dreams. However, he continues to tour and plays songs from all eras of his solo career.
Dave Thomas

May 20 Dave Thomas, a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer, is best known for his portrayal of Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the films Bob & Doug and Strange Brew, which he also directed. Starting out his career as a copywriter at an ad agency, he first achieved fame as a cast member of the Canadian syndicated TV comedy series SCTV, where he portrayed, among other characters, Doug McKenzie of beer-swilling brothers Bob and Doug McKenzie. In 1984 he wrote for and acted in The New Show, produced by Lorne Michaels during his hiatus from Saturday Night Live. In 1993, he co-starred in ABC’s Grace Under Fire with Brett Butler and Tom Poston and continued with the show for five seasons. In 2001 Thomas co-starred in the Paramount feature Rat Race. As of 2001, Thomas has been the executive creative director of Animax Entertainment, an animation studio. Thomas has had a long career doing voices for animation, including Animaniacs, Duckman, Catdog, The Adventures of Tarzan, Justice League of America and multiple roles on The Simpsons and Family Guy. In 2007, Thomas and Rick Moranis reprised their roles as the McKenzie brothers in a one hour special “Bob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary” for CBC Television. In 2008, Thomas revived the McKenzie brothers in a new animated series, Bob & Doug. In 2012 and 2013 Thomas guest starred in the dramatic shows Perception and Bones as well as comedy shows Comedy Bang Bang and How I Met Your Mother.
Jim BroadbentMay 24 – Jim Broadbent an English theatre, film and television actor, is known for his roles in Iris (2001), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), Hot Fuzz (2007), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), The Iron Lady (2011) and Cloud Atlas (2012). He also appears in the later Harry Potter films as Horace Slughorn. Broadbent also starred in the drama television film Longford (2006), receiving the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.

Broadbent started out in theater before taking roles in movies, starting with Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985), and establishing himself in Mike Leigh’s Life Is Sweet (1990). He proved his ability as a character actor in films including The Crying Game (1992), Enchanted April (1992), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), The Borrowers (1997) and Little Voice (1998) before taking a leading role in another Mike Leigh film, Topsy-Turvy (1999). In 2001, Broadbent starred in three of the year’s most successful films: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Moulin Rouge! and Iris, for which he won an Oscar for his role as author Iris Murdoch’s husband, who is portrayed taking care of his wife in her final years when she has Alzheimer’s.

 

Pam GrierMay 26 – Pam Grier, became famous in the early 1970s after starring in a string of women-in-prison and blaxploitation (originally made specifically for an urban black audience) films like The Big Bird Cage (1972), Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974) and Sheba Baby (1975) in which she played bold and assertive women. Her career was revitalized in 1997 after her appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. The film review website Rotten Tomatoes has ranked her as the second greatest female action heroine in film history, and Tarantino once said that she may have been cinema’s first female action star.

With the demise of blaxploitation, in the 1980s Grier appeared in more character roles, including a prostitute in Fort Apache the Bronx (1981), a witch in Something Wicked this Way Comes (1983) and Steven Seagal’s detective partner in Above the Law (1988). Grier is also known for her six seasons of work on the television series, The L Word, which centered on the lives of a group of lesbians and bisexuals. She received an Emmy Award nomination for her work in the 1995 HBO animated program Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child. In 2010, Grier began appearing in a recurring role as the villain on the hit science fiction series Smallville. That same year, Grier wrote her memoir, Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.

 
Tom BerengerMay 31 – Tom Berenger, television and motion picture actor, is probably best known for his portrayal of Staff Sergeant Barnes in the 1986 Platoon, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Berenger started in soap operas and got Hollywood’s attention in 1977 with a small but noticeable role as a murderer in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. In 1978, he starred in In Praise of Older Women and, in 1979, he played Butch Cassidy in Butch and Sundance: The Early Days. In the 1980s, Berenger starred in several significant films, including The Big Chill (1983), Platoon (1986), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987) and Major League (1989). In the mid-1990s he was most recognizable in his role from the movie Sniper.

In more recent years, Berenger has continued to have an active acting career in film and television, although often at a supporting level. His most notable television appearance was on Cheers in its last season as Rebecca Howe’s blue collar-plumber love interest, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2012 Berenger appeared in the TV miniseries Hatfields & McCoys as Jim Vance, for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the role. He most recently has appeared in the science fiction thriller Inception.

Which Three’s Company Star turned 65 in April? Read on to find out!

John OatesApril 7- John Oates, a songwriter, producer and rock, R&B and soul guitarist, is best known as half of the rock and soul duo Hall & Oates (with Daryl Hall). Although Oates’s main role in the duo was guitarist, he also co-wrote many of the songs they recorded, including (with Hall): “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone” and “Out of Touch,” as well as (with then girlfriend Sara Allen and Hall) “You Make My Dreams,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Maneater” and “Adult Education.” He also sang lead vocals on several singles that did not make it to the Top 10, such as “How Does It Feel to Be Back,” “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” (a remake of the 1965 song performed by the Righteous Brothers) and “Possession Obsession” (with Allen and Hall). Oates also co-wrote and sang backup on the song “Electric Blue,” recorded by the band Icehouse, which was a Billboard Top Ten hit. He also co-wrote, produced and sang duet with the Canadian group the Parachute Club on the 1987 song “Love is Fire,” which was a Top 30 hit in Canada. In 2004, Oates was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 

Scott TurowApril 12 Scott Turow, known for his legal thrillers, is both author and practicing lawyer. His nine fiction and two nonfiction books have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 25 million copies. Four of his books were made into movies, including Presumed Innocent. Turow’s first book, One L, was based on his experience as a law student at Harvard Law School in 1977. In 1978, Turow became an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, serving in that position until 1986, and prosecuted several high-profile corruption cases. After leaving that position, he began to write novels, starting with The Burden of Proof, Presumed Innocent, Pleading Guilty and Personal Injuries, which Time magazine named as the Best Fiction Novel of 1999. All four became bestsellers, and Turow won multiple literary awards, most notably the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers’ Association. In 1990, Time magazine featured Turow on the cover and described him as “Bard of the Litigious Age.” Currently Turow is a partner of the international law firm Dentons and works pro bono in most of his cases, including a 1995 case where he won the release of Alejandro Hernandez, who had spent 11 years on death row for a murder he did not commit.

 

Jessica LangeApril 20 – Jessica Lange considered one of the most celebrated actors of the modern era, has won many awards for her work in film, theater and television, including two Oscars, two Emmys, five Golden Globes and one Screen Actors Guild Award. Starting out as a model, Lange made her professional film debut in the 1976 remake of the 1933 action-adventure classic, King Kong. In 1982, she became the first performer in 40 years to receive two Oscar nominations in the same year: winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a soap opera star in Tootsie and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the troubled actress Frances Farmer in Frances. In the following years, Lange received three more nominations: for Country (1984), Sweet Dreams (1985) and Music Box (1989), before being nominated a sixth time and winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a manic depressive housewife in Blue Sky (1994). She later won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ famed aunt, Big Edie, in HBO’s Grey Gardens (2009) and won her first Screen Actors Guild Award, along with a second Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the first season of CD FX’s anthology horror show, American Horror Story.

 

In addition to acting, Lange is a photographer with two published works. She has also been a foster parent and currently holds a Goodwill Ambassador position for UNICEF, specializing in HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Russia. In 2014, Marc Jacobs chose her to be the premiere model of his new high-end beauty line.
Patti Ann LuPoneApril 21 – Patti Ann LuPone, an actress and singer, is best known for her work in stage musicals and is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner. She received the first of six (as of 2013) Tony Award nominations for the 1975 musical The Robber Bridegroom. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Eva Perón in the 1979 original Broadway production of Evita. In 1985, she played Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables and Moll in The Cradle Will Rock, winning the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in both. Other stage musical performances include her Tony-nominated role as Reno Sweeney in the 1987 revival of Anything Goes, her Olivier-nominated role as Norma Desmond in the 1993 original production of Sunset Boulevard in London, her Tony-nominated role as Mrs. Lovett in the 2005 production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, her Tony Award-winning role as Mama Rose in the 2007 revival of Gypsy and her Tony-nominated role as Lucia in the 2010 original production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

 

She co-starred in the 2007 Los Angeles Opera production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and won two Grammy Awards for the 2008 recording, for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. LuPone has also made appearance on TV, including the TV movie The Song Spinner (1995), for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, and in movies, including Witness (1985), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Parker (2013).

 
Joyce Ann DeWittApril 23 – Joyce Ann DeWitt is most famous for playing Janet Wood on the ABC sitcom Three’s Company, which ran from 1977 to 1984, about three single roommates who platonically share an apartment. She made her TV debut in ABC detective series Baretta, which ran from 1975 to 1978. After Three’s Company ended in 1984, DeWitt quit acting for several years, but later resumed acting, first in a regional playhouse and then made several brief appearances on TV shows. In 2003, DeWitt co-produced and hosted the 2003 NBC television film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three’s Company. In 2011, DeWitt starred in the play Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage in New York. Her charity work includes participating in the Capitol Hill Forum on Hunger and Homelessness and hosting presentations for the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood, the International Awards Ceremony at the White House for the Presidential End Hunger Awards, and, with co-host Jeff Bridges, the World Food Day Gala at the Kennedy Center.