Big birthdays–the ones that end in zero up until the age of 70 and then the ones that end in divisibles of five after that–deserve a special shout out. So we have four amazing women in the NextTribe demo to celebrate this year–including two of our favorite actresses in the world, plus one who has done spoofs of both of them.
Judi Dench, December 9th: 85 years old
How do we love Dame Dench? Let us count the ways. 1) Her first stage role was as a snail when she was in junior school. 2) She won an Oscar playing Queen Elizabeth I in only four scenes in Shakespeare in Love. Talk about efficiency. 3) She plays a smart and stylish “M” to Daniel Craig’s James Bond. 4) Even after winning so many acting awards, she still admits to being insecure. 5) She has “Carpe Diem” tattooed on her right wrist.
Sissy Spacek, December 25th, 70 years old
A Christmas baby, Sissy Spacek (a gift to us) has had a beautiful run, starting with the tale of crime and love, Badlands, and continuing through so many iconic performances like Carrie and Coal Miner’s Daughter. She also has had a good run in love, staying married for 44 years to one man, art director Jack Fiske. (They have two grown daughters together.) Recently we got to see her in Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford. Let’s hope the run continues for a good long time.
Maggie Smith, December 28th, 85 years old
We like to think of the scrumptious possibility that baby Judi Dench and baby Maggie Smith passed each other in prams at some point in their early lives in England. It certainly cheers us to know the two are good friends today and to imagine the two dames celebrating their big days together. Dame Maggie may be best known as that hilariously irascible and snobbish bon-mot producer, Dowager Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey (which she claims to never have watched), but she has a long and impressive filmography and has won two Oscars. Certainly the Dowager couldn’t turn her nose up at that.
Tracey Ullman, December 29th, 60 years old
The nice irony here is that Tracey Ullman has done wonderful spoofs of both Dame Judi and Dame Maggie. Tracey sends up Dench’s status as a “National Treasure” in such a memorably wicked way that Dench herself proclaims to love it. We are big fans of all that Ullman does and have even gone ga-ga in print over the three seasons of her TV series, Tracey Ullman’s Show. She makes us laugh and calls out bitter truths of life after age 50. And, as NextTribe has always maintained, If you get older without a sense of humor, there’s no hope for you. That means Tracey Ullman should be prescribed as medicine!