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  1. Princess Diana

    Princess Diana


    Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.

  2. Heather Locklear

    Heather Locklear


    Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, for which she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Her other notable television roles include Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty, Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker and Caitlin Moore on Spin City, for which she earned a further two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland and a main role on the TNT drama-comedy television series Franklin & Bash in 2013.

  3. Ann Coulter

    Ann Coulter


    Ann Hart Coulter (/ˈkltər/; born December 8, 1961) is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.

  4. George Clooney

    George Clooney


    George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing.

  5. Meg Ryan

    Meg Ryan


    Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra (born November 19, 1961), known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and film producer. After early roles in films such as Top Gun (1986) and Promised Land (1987), she achieved international recognition for her lead performance in When Harry Met Sally... (1989), which earned her her first Golden Globe nomination.

  6. Mike Rowe

    Mike Rowe


    Michael Gregory Rowe (born March 18, 1962) is an American television host and narrator, actor and former opera singer best known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. He can also be heard as narrator on a variety of series such as Deadliest Catch, and has appeared on commercials for Ford Motor Company.

  7. Marilyn Milian

    Marilyn Milian


    Marilyn Milian (born May 1, 1961), is a former Florida state circuit court judge who currently presides over the American television series The People's Court. She is the first Latin judge to preside over a court show. By the end of the show's 28th season (2012–13), Milian had completed twelve-and-a-half seasons presiding over The People's Court, making her the longest-presiding judge on the series.

  8. Barack Obama

    Barack Obama


    Barack Hussein Obama II (i/bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ɵˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 to Bobby Rush.

  9. Tawny Kitaen

    Tawny Kitaen


    Julie E. "Tawny" Kitaen (/kɨˈt.ən/; born August 5, 1961) is an American actress and media personality. Kitaen appeared in several videos in the 1980s for the band Whitesnake, including the hit "Here I Go Again", and "Is This Love". Kitaen was married to Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991 and to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. She began an acting career and co-starred as Tom Hanks' fiancé in 1984's Bachelor Party and had recurring parts on multiple television series such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and co-hosted America's Funniest People from 1992–1994.

  10. Katherine Kelly Lang

    Katherine Kelly Lang


    Katherine Kelly Lang (born Katherine Kelly Wegeman on July 25, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Brooke Logan on the CBS Daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (1987–present).

  11. Janet Jones

    Janet Jones


    Janet Marie Gretzky (née Jones; born January 10, 1961) is an American actress. She is married to former ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky.

  12. Eddie Murphy

    Eddie Murphy


    Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director.

  13. Ralph Carter

    Ralph Carter


    Ralph Carter (born May 30, 1961) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his work as a child and teenager, both in the Broadway musical Raisin (based on the Lorraine Hansberry drama A Raisin in the Sun) and as Michael Evans, the youngest child of Florida and James Evans, Sr. on the CBS sitcom Good Times from 1974 to 1979.

  14. Vince Neil

    Vince Neil


    Vincent Neil Wharton (born February 8, 1961) is an American vocalist and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

  15. Nastassja Kinski

    Nastassja Kinski


    Nastassja Aglaia Kinski (born 24 January 1961) is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than sixty films in Europe and the United States. She enjoyed her worldwide breakthrough with Stay As You Are (1978), then came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award-winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski–directed film Tess (1979). Other notable films in which she acted include the erotic horror Cat People (1982), two Wim Wenders dramas Paris, Texas (1984) and Faraway, So Close! (1993), and An American Rhapsody (2001). She is the daughter of the actor Klaus Kinski.

  16. Oliver Sykes

    Oliver Sykes


    Oliver Scott "Oli" Sykes (born 20 November 1986), is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist of metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead Clothing.

  17. Boy George

    Boy George


    Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer-songwriter, fashion designer and photographer, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

  18. Toby Keith

    Toby Keith


    Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961), best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon and 1997's Dream Walkin', plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998. These albums all earned gold or higher certification, and produced several chart singles, including his debut "Should've Been a Cowboy", which topped the country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since its release, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.

  19. Dave Mustaine

    Dave Mustaine


    David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well-known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

  20. Nia Peeples

    Nia Peeples


    Virenia Gwendolyn "Nia" Peeples (born December 10, 1961) is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Nicole Chapman on Fame. She is also known for her role as Emily Fields' mother on Pretty Little Liars, as Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless, and as Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger.

  21. Martin Gore

    Martin Gore


    Martin Lee Gore (born 23 July 1961) is an English singer songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, producer, remixer, and DJ. He is a founding member of Depeche Mode and has written the majority of their songs. His work now spans over three decades. Gore's best-known compositions include hits such as "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence", "Stripped","It's No Good", "In Your Room", "I Feel You", "People Are People","Precious","A Question of Time", "Policy Of Truth", "Everything Counts", "Behind the Wheel", "Shake the Disease", "Never Let Me Down Again" and many more.

  22. Scott Baio

    Scott Baio


    Scott Vincent James Baio (/ˈb./; born September 22, 1960) is an American actor and television director, best known for his roles as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, the titular character on the sitcom Charles in Charge, the main character in the musical Bugsy Malone, and for his role as Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-comedy-drama series Diagnosis: Murder.

  23. Keith Sweat

    Keith Sweat


    Keith Sweat (born July 22, 1961) is an American R&B/soul, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, radio personality, and an innovator of New Jack Swing.

  24. Melissa Etheridge

    Melissa Etheridge


    Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200, and its lead single, "Bring Me Some Water", garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. In 1993, Etheridge won her first Grammy award for her single "Ain't It Heavy" from her third album, Never Enough. Later that year, she released what would become her mainstream breakthrough album, Yes I Am. The album featured three Top 40 hits, including "I'm the Only One" (No. 8) and "Come to My Window" (No. 25), the latter which scored Etheridge her second Grammy award. Yes I Am peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, and spent 138 weeks on the chart, earning a RIAA certification of 6x Platinum, her largest to date.

  25. Billy Duffy

    Billy Duffy


    William Henry "Billy" Duffy (born 12 May 1961, Hulme, Manchester) is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist in The Cult.

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