Birthday Is Comin’ Just Wait On It: Celebs Born In July
While we celebrate America’s Independence on the Fourth, we also wish these celebs born in July a very Happy Birthday.
Some women have been known to lie about their age but Wendy Williams has been forthcoming with every aspect about her personal life and age is no exception. Celebrating her 50th birthday on July 18, Williams will be checking off something on her bucket list that she’s never done but always wanted to do. The talk show host will step outside of her comfort zone and perform a 70-minute stand-up routine. Making her comedic debut at The Venetian in Las Vegas, “The Perfect Shade Of Stand Up” will feature an all-female cast that includes Joy Behar and Lisa Lampanelli.
While other men his age may be putting it in neutral, Tom Cruise shows no signs of slowing down. The international action flick star will be turning 52 and this year he has good reason to celebrate. His latest movie “Edge of Tomorrow” was released last month and has brought in over $300 million worldwide. But it looks like he may be spending his birthday alone. Since his 2012 divorce from second wife Katie Holmes, Cruise has been a single man.
Before she made it big as a solo artist, Canadian singer Melanie Fiona was in a group with fellow Canadian, Drake. Releasing her debut album 2009, she scored a hit with the chart-climbing song “Give It To Me Right.” She followed that up by going on tour as the opening act for Alicia Keys in 2010. Fiona is working on her third studio album but will take some time out to celebrate her 31st birthday on the fourth of July.
After a career in the military, Montel Williams found success as a daytime television talk show host. His long-running “Montel Williams Show” remained on the air for an astonishing 17 seasons. Celebrating his 58th birthday on July 3rd, Williams has been an ardent supporter in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis after being diagnosed with the debilitating disease in 1999. He is in favor of legalizing medical marijuana because it relieves the neuropathic pain he experiences because of MS.
Can you believe that Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is already in her 40’s? The producer/rapper has had a long career in music stemming all the way back to the early 90’s. After releasing several albums and working with such big names as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Mary J. Blige, Elliott unexpectedly disappeared from the public eye. She re-emerged a few years later and explained that her absence was due to complications from Graves’ disease. She has made some guest appearances on songs with other artists but has yet to release any music of her own. She will turn 43 on the first of July.
His face may not ring a bell right away but the name Larry David should. He’s responsible for creating one of the most successful sitcoms in television history. David came up with the idea for a sitcom about nothing with his stand-up buddy Jerry Seinfeld. Although the show has been off of the air since 1998, 16 years later “Seinfeld” is still in reruns. David is also the genius behind HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” a show where he plays a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
Fourty-five has never looked this good. Jennifer Lopez is gearing up to turn the big 4-5 on July 24th. The Bronx native went against her parents wishes and forged ahead to make it big in the entertainment industry. After becoming a Fly Girl on the hit sketch show “In Living Color,” J. Lo launched her singing career then tackled the role of fallen Hispanic singer Selena in the biopic about her life. Two decades later, La Lopez just released her eighth album and will return to television next year to executive produce and star in the drama series “Shades of Blue.”
Forest Whitaker began acting in the mid 80’s but it wasn’t until nearly two decades later when he was cast in “Ghost Dog” that Hollywood sat up and took notice of him as the pigeon-raising, bushido-following mob hit man. Since then Whitaker has gained accolades for his acting skills and has even picked up both an Academy award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film “The Last King of Scotland.” Turning 53 on July 15th, Whitaker will no doubt celebrate with his wife of 18 years, Keisha Nash.
In her almost 28 years of life on Earth, it seems as if Lindsay Lohan has lived a few lifetimes. Getting her start in Hollywood early on, she was considered a veteran by the age of ten and became a household name after playing twin sisters in the 1998 film “The Parent Trap.” Her once promising career was left in shambles after six rehab visits and even more arrests. La Lohan will bring in her birthday overseas in London on July 2nd and is gearing up to make her stage debut in the West End production “Speed-The-Plow.”
Eleven years ago, rapper 50 Cent made his mark on the music industry. Releasing his debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” the Queens native made the move from a drug dealer to rapper and has never looked back. After solidifying his place in the industry, Fiddy, real name Curtis Jackson, started his own record label to sign other artists. Since then he’s shown his business acumen by starting his own clothing label and creating his own flavor of Vitamin Water that brought in a cool $200 million when he sold his shares. 50 Cent will enjoy his last year being in his 30’s when he turns 39 on July 6th.
Although she’s never run for office herself, Arianna Huffington has become a fixture in American politics. As late as 1998, the journalist and entrepreneur from Greece identified as a Republican but during the 2004 presidential election, she threw her support behind John Kerry. Creator of the media giant The Huffington Post, the 63-year-old has never been shy about admitting her age and relishes turning a year older on July 15.
It’s hard to believe that television journalist Geraldo Rivera is turning 71. Getting his start in front of the cameras back in 1970, he worked his way up at ABC and eventually became a correspondent for “Good Morning America” before he landed his own talk show. “Geraldo” was on the air for 11 years and its theatrics and controversial guests helped establish Rivera as the grandfather of “trash TV.” Bragging about 70 being the new 50, last year Rivera posted a photo of himself and his chiseled chest in nothing but a towel on Twitter but has since taken it down.
Fans may know him playing opposite Mel Gibson as Detective Roger Murtaugh in the “Lethal Weapon” franchise. Or they may know him as the abusive husband “Mister” who was married to Whoopi Goldberg’s character in the classic film “The Color Purple.” Danny Glover may have a long career in Hollywood but he’s been involved in activism even longer. Getting his start while enrolled at San Francisco State University, Glover was a member of the school’s Black Student Union that famously went on a five-month strike and forced the school to establish a Department of Black Studies, this first of its kind. Born on July 22nd, Glover will turn 68 this year.
He proved that white men could indeed jump. Woody Harrelson was a regular on the television show “Cheers” when he decided to reignite his film career by starring opposite Wesley Snipes in the 1992 film “White Men Can’t Jump.” Since then Harrelson has played a crippled bowler, a serial killer, a country singer and nudie magazine creator Larry Flynt. Turning 53 on July 23rd, the Texas native recently starred in the critically acclaimed HBO series “True Detective.”
Actor Wesley Snipes has something in common with his “White Men Can’t Jump” co-star Woody Harrelson: they were both born in July. Snipes, who will turn 52 at the end of the month, is a well known martial artist and action hero star but perhaps he’s better known for going up against the government and losing big time. He was found guilty of failing to file federal tax returns and was sentenced to three years. Snipes was released from prison after serving almost the whole sentence last April.