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this week's BIRTHDAYS

Liam Gallagher, former Oasis singer, is 42. Richard Dunne, QPR and Ireland defender, is 35. Leonard Cohen, legendary singer/songwriter, is 80. Bill Murray, comedic actor, is 64. Jerry Bruckheimer, Hollywood producer, is 71. Stephen King, novelist, is 67. Don Felder, former Eagles guitarist, is 67. Ethan Coen, filmmaker, is 57.

MONDAY

Andrea Bocelli, classical tenor, is 56. Ed Joyce, top Irish cricketer, is 36. Billie Piper, actress/singer, is 32. Nick Cave, Australian singer-songwriter, is 57. Joan Jett, 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' singer, is 56. Andy Cairns, Northern Irish singer/guitarist with Therapy?, is 49. Tom Felton, actor who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, is 27.

TUESDAY

Thomas Kilroy, Abbey playwright, author of Double Cross and The Death & Resurrection of Mr Roche, is 80. Bruce Springsteen, American rock singer, is 65. Julio Iglesias, singing superstar and father of Enrique, is 71. Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony, is 60. Jason Alexander, actor who played George Costanza in Seinfeld, is 55.

WEDNESDAY

Nia Vardalos, Greek-Canadian actress, is 52. Jack Dee, comedian, is 53. Gerry Marsden, leader of Sixties 'Merseybeat' group Gerry and the Pacemakers, is 72.

THURSDAY

Catherine Zeta Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas, will be 45 and 70 respectively. Will Smith, Hollywood superstar, is 46. Felicity Kendall, actress, is 68. Declan Donnelly, of Ant and Dec, is 39. Ronnie Whelan, former Ireland and Liverpool great, is 53. Heather Locklear, actress, is 53. Mark Hamill, actor who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, is 63. Maria Doyle Kennedy, Irish actress/singer, is 50.

FRIDAY

Olivia Newton-John, actress and singer who starred in Grease, is 66. Bryan Ferry, singer with Roxy Music, is 69. Anne Robinson, TV presenter, is 70. Serena Williams, tennis ace, is 33. Ian Chappell, former Australian cricket captain, is 71. Winnie Mandela, controversial ex-wife of Nelson, is 78. Ricky Tomlinson, actor who starred in The Royle Family, is 75. Dolores Keane, Irish singer, is 61. Bill O'Herlihy, recently retired TV presenter, is 76.

SATURDAY

Joe Dowling, theatre director, is 66. Alvin Stardust, rock singer, is 72. Avril Lavigne, pop singer, is 30. Meat Loaf, real name Marvin Aday, singer/actor, is 67. Brian Mullins, former Dublin Gaelic football star, is 60. Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, is 56. Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar-winning actress, is 42. Jayne Meadows, veteran actress, is 95.

TODAY

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