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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.

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.