Looking at the photos of Jill Biden, Suze Orman, and Bonnie Tyler it’s hard to line up the assumptions we grew up with about age 70 with these vibrant women. At one point when we were younger, 70 seemed so OLD, but these high achievers prove that nothing needs to be out of bounds as we look ahead. There is still so much juice to squeeze from life, and we applaud those who show us how it’s done.
June 3: Jill Biden, 70
“Teaching is not what I do. It’s who I am,” Biden has said. That’s truly evident as she makes history by continuing to work at an outside job while serving as the First Lady of the United States. Biden is a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College, the latest position over a 45-year career. Not surprisingly, one of her causes as First Lady is education; other focuses include cancer research and support for military families.
June 5: Suze Orman, 70
Suze Orman has devoted her life to helping people–especially women–get more control over their lives by getting more control over their money. She’s written 10 bestselling books, won several Emmys, and is an all-around superstar evangelist for fiscal responsibility and personal empowerment, looking at the ways the two concepts are connected. “Lasting net worth comes only when you have a healthy and strong sense of self-worth,” she has said.
June 8: Bonnie Tyler, 70
We first heard her gravely, gutsy voice in 1978 on her big hit, “It’s a Heartache. ” Other hits followed, including the number-one single “Total Eclipse of the Heart. This past year, she released a new album, The Best Is Yet to Come. “I realize some of you have suffered from the virus and loss of family and friends and my heart aches for you,” she said when the album was released. “Music can lighten our load and is always my personal retreat.”
Other Milestone Birthdays in June
Julianna Margulies, the actress who was lucky enough to be George Clooney’s romantic partner on ER and also be the lead in her own TV series, The Good Wife, turns 55 on June 8th.
Marla Gibbs, who won Emmy nominations as the maid on The Jeffersons, becomes a nonagenarian on June 14th.
Mary Stuart Masterson, best known for playing Idgie in Fried Green Tomatoes, celebrates age 55 on June 28th.