THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS

TODAY

Blake Lively, Gossip Girl actress, is 26. Martin Amis, novelist, is 64. Elvis Costello, rock star, is 59. Sean Connery, most people's favourite 007, is 83. Tim Burton, film director, is 55. Claudia Schiffer, supermodel, is 43. Alexandra Burke, singer, is 25. Gene Simmons, Kiss frontman and reality TV star, is 64. Frederick Forsyth, bestselling author and Sunday Independent contributor, is 75. Joanne Whalley, actress, is 52. Conrad Black, former media tycoon and convicted fraudster, is 69.

MONDAY

Macaulay Culkin, actor, is 33. Amanda Schull, actress, is 35. Ben Bradlee, Washington Post editor who oversaw coverage of Watergate, is 92. Melissa McCarthy, comedienne, is 43.

TUESDAY

Bernhard Langer, German champion golfer, is 56. Tuesday Weld, actress, is 70. Paul Reubens, actor most famous for his character 'Pee-wee Herman', is 61. Glen Matlock, original Sex Pistols bassist, is 57. Jeff Kenna, former Irish footballer, is 43. Sarah Neufeld, Arcade Fire violinist, is 34. Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad actor, is 34. 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan is 44. Dietmar Hamann, RTE pundit, is 40.

WEDNESDAY

Jason Priestley, actor, is 44. Shania Twain, singer, is 48. Jack Black, comic movie star, is 44. LeAnn Rimes, singer, is 31. David Soul, actor/singer star of Starsky & Hutch, is 70. Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is 27. David Fincher, film director, is 51.

THURSDAY

Dick Spring, former Labour leader, is 63. Richard Attenborough, legendary actor, director and producer, is 90. Joel Schumacher, director, is 74. Lenny Henry, comedian, is 55. William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, is 78. Elliott Gould, actor, is 75. Rebecca De Mornay, actress, is 54. John McCain, former US presidential candidate, is 77.

FRIDAY

Dana Rosemary Scallon, Ireland's first Eurovision Song Contest winner and former presidential candidate, is 62. Cameron Diaz, actress, is 41. Paul Oakenfold, DJ and record producer, is 50. Andy Roddick, retired tennis player, is 31. Warren Buffett, investor, is 83. Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player, is 65. Mark Strong, English actor, is 51. Robert Crumb, cartoonist and musician, is 70.

SATURDAY

Van Morrison, Belfast-born singer-songwriter, is 68. Richard Gere, actor, is 64. Clive Lloyd, ex-West Indies cricket captain, is 69. Chris Tucker, actor, is 41. Ian Harte, former Ireland international, is 36. Colm O'Rourke, Sunday Independent columnist and former Meath footballer, is 56. Padraig Harrington, top Irish golfer, is 42.

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