Famous January birthdays

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Famous January birthdays
Famous January birthdays

January marks the start of the new year and birthdays for an astronaut, an artist and a former vice president. Check out these and other celebrities who celebrate turning one year older at the start of 2012.

Buzz Aldrin birthday

Buzz Aldrin - date of birth: January 20, 1930

Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moonafter Neil Armstrong in 1969. An officer in the U.S. Air Force, he was part of the crew in both the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 missions.
Muhammad Ali birthday

Muhammad Ali - date of birth: January 17, 1942

Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was nicknamed "The Greatest" because of his impressive win record . Though diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, he continues his humanitarian efforts and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
Mikhail Baryshnikov birthday

Mikhail Baryshnikov - date of birth: January 28, 1948

Dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov  began his dance career in the former U.S.S.R. with the Kirov Ballet before defecting to the United States, where he performed  with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in "The Turning Point," and was more recently recognized as one of Carrie Bradshaw's love interests in the television series "Sex and the City."
Mary J. Blige birthday

Mary J. Blige - date of birth: January 11, 1971

Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige  started her career on a high note with her successful first album "What's the 411?" in 1992. She continues to record  and perform  with her latest album released in November.
Kate Bosworth birthday

Kate Bosworth - date of birth: January 2, 1983

Kate Bosworth's background in horse riding helped earn her first movie role in "The Horse Whisperer." She continued her film career with widely varied roles in "Blue Crush," "Wonderland" and "Superman Returns" among others.
David Bowie birthday

David Bowie - date of birth: January 8, 1947

British glam rocker David Bowie saw a rise to fame with his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, which he followed with several decades of hit songs. He married this supermodel in 1992.
Drew Brees birthday

Drew Brees - date of birth: January 15, 1979

NFL quarterback Drew Brees  led his team to Super Bowl XLIV, where he won the MVP award. He published his first book "Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity" in 2010.
Dick Cheney birthday

Dick Cheney - date of birth: January 30, 1941

Former Vice President Dick Cheney first worked in the White House during the Nixon administration and served in various roles in Washington, including a 10-year run in the U.S. House of Representatives ? He took a brief hiatus from public office and served as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company .
Katie Couric birthday

Katie Couric - date of birth: January 7, 1957

Television journalist Katie Couric earned her nickname "America's Sweetheart" as co-anchor on "Today". She left "Today" after 15 years to anchor "CBS Evening News.” She stepped down as anchor in May and currently has plans to host a daytime talk show with an air date in September 2012.
Paula Deen birthday

Paula Deen - date of birth: January 19, 1947

Queen of Southern cooking, Paula Deen serves up her bubbly personality and cooking tips on her Food Network show "Paula's Home Cooking". You can try your hand at her cuisine with the help of her cookbooks.
Ellen DeGeneres birthday

Ellen DeGeneres - date of birth: January 26, 1958

Comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres added talk show host to her resume with her popular daytime show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". She married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008.
Placido Domingo birthday

Plácido Domingo - date of birth: January 21, 1941

World-renowned tenor Placido Domingo was part of the famous trio The Three Tenors He has had a successful solo career and currently serves as general director for the Los Angeles Opera.
George Foreman birthday

George Foreman - date of birth: January 10, 1949

Former two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman won his second title despite being 19 years older than his opponent . He credited his comeback with healthy eating, which led to his role as the spokesperson for the George Foreman grill.
Stephen Hawking birthday

Stephen Hawking - date of birth: January 8, 1942

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking achieved fame outside academia with his best-selling book "A Brief History of Time," among other works of popular science. In 2007 he participated in a zero-gravity flight, becoming the first quadriplegic to take the flight .
Etta James birthday

Etta James - date of birth: January 25, 1938

Blues singer Etta James is best known for her hit "At Last" but has had hits in the R&B, jazz, rock and gospel genres . She discusses her troubled past in her autobiography, "Rage to Survive".
January Jones birthday

January Jones - date of birth: January 5, 1978

Best known for her role as Betty Draper on "Mad Men," January Jones has appeared in a string of movies, most recently in "X-Men: First Class." She welcomed a son in September.
Thomas Kinkade birthday

Thomas Kinkade - date of birth: January 19, 1958

Artist Thomas Kinkade has popularized his artwork through mass production and marketing. His use of light in beautiful, serene settings is frequently seen in merchandise such as greeting cards and calendars .
Bill Maher birthday

Bill Maher - date of birth: January 20, 1956

Comedian Bill Maher discusses social and political issues in a satirical format on his talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" . He also makes frequent appearances as a commentator for several cable news shows and was a regular guest on "Larry King Live".
Sarah McLachlan birthday

Sarah McLachlan - date of birth: January 28, 1968

Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is a Grammy Award-winning artist best known for her soulful ballads . She founded Lilith Fair, a music festival that features women, in 1997.
Kate Middleton birthday

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - date of birth: January 9, 1982

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wowed the world with her wedding in April. She is considered a fashion icon and has made several "best dressed" lists.
Michelle Obama birthday

Michelle Obama - date of birth: January 17, 1964

First Lady Michelle Obama travels the country to advance her platform, "Let's Move," to end childhood obesity. In an effort to promote healthy eating, she has planted a vegetable garden at the White House.
Albert Pujols birthday

Albert Pujols - date of birth: January 16, 1980

MLB first baseman and power hitter Albert Pujols spent his entire professional career with the St. Louis Cardinals until his recent move to the Anaheim Angels.
Vidal Sassoon birthday

Vidal Sassoon - date of birth: January 17, 1928

British hairstylist Vidal Sassoon made his line of hair care products a household name with his commercial slogan "If you don't look good, we don't look good." "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie," a biographical documentary, premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
Oprah Winfrey birthday

Oprah Winfrey - date of birth: January 29, 1954

Queen of media, Oprah Winfrey rocketed to the top of the daytime talk shows with her top-rated and long-running hit "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which ended in May after 25 years of syndication. She is also an Academy Award-nominated actress and publisher of her self-titled magazine, "O, The Oprah Magazine."
Dwyane Wade birthday

Dwyane Wade - date of birth: January 17, 1982

NBA superstar Dwyane Wade has built a successful career with the Miami Heat including two trips to the NBA finals. An active philanthropist, he started Wade’s World Foundation to support at-risk children.
Eli Manning birthday

Eli Manning - date of birth: January 3, 1981

NFL quarterback Eli Manning was the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XLII in 2008. He has appeared in several commercials for Oreo cookies with his brother, Peyton, and other athletes.
Frank Langella birthday

Frank Langella - date of birth: January 1, 1938

Film actor Frank Langella got his start on the stage, and one of his most memorable roles transitioned into a popular movie . His impressive career has garnered him several awards and nominations, including an Oscar nomination for his leading role in "Frost/Nixon."
Howard Stern birthday

Howard Stern - date of birth: January 12, 1954

“Shock jock” Howard Stern hosts a long-running, highly popular and highly controversial radio talk show, “The Howard Stern Show,” which now airs on Sirius XM Radio. He authored two best-selling books, “Miss America” and “Private Parts,” which was turned into a film.

Julia Ormond birthdays

Julia Ormond - date of birth: January 4, 1965

Emmy Award-winning actress Julia Ormond captured the hearts of her fans with roles in "First Knight" and "Sabrina," among others. She is actively involved in Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS and efforts to end human trafficking.