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4 Milestone Birthdays This Month: Celebrating Good Hearts and Bad-Asses

In these times, we welcome every opportunity to mark a joyful event, like a big birthday. Here we say "Happy Birthday" to four stars known for good works or achingly sharp humor.

Roma Downey, 60, on May 6th

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Roma Downey spent so much time playing a heavenly creature on TV’s Touched by an Angel that it’s easy to think of her with a halo over her head. Indeed, other roles reinforce that idea: She’s played Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a History Channel miniseries The Bible that she also produced. Other producing projects include Son of God, A.D.: The Bible Continues, Ben Hur, and Messiah. She’s also known for good works; she’s an ambassador for Operation Smile and has received a prestigious award from the Salvation Army. It should be no surprise that she received a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology in 2015. She’s got plenty of years left to show us more goodness. What a blessing.

Tina Fey, 50, on May 18th

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We’re thrilled to welcome Tina Fey into the 50s. She’s the kind of member every club wants to claim. We’ve loved everything she’s done—from Liz Lemon to Sarah Palin to that Amy Schumer video about the last fuckable day. Fey’s last line in that memorable skit—that she’s going home “to wax my beard”—cracks us up every time. We hope we’ll see more funny stuff from Fey about body changes, menopause, and invisibility. We can’t wait to see what she has to say about night sweats. We whole-heartedly believe in the fortifying power of a good laugh.

Kristin Scott Thomas, 60, on May 24th

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Until last year, we would have said Kristin Scott Thomas is best known for her role as the love-triangle-lynch-pin, Katharine Clifton, in The English Patient. But then she appeared in a small guest-starring role on the wondrous Season Two of Fleabag and gave a monologue about menopause that became a rallying cry for all of us who have lived through hot flashes or ever will.

Some of the essential parts:

“We have it all going on in here inside, we have pain on a cycle for years and years and years and then just when you feel you are making peace with it all, what happens? The menopause comes, the fucking menopause comes, and it is the most wonderful fucking thing in the world.

“And yes, your entire pelvic floor crumbles and you get fucking hot and no one cares, but then you’re free, no longer a slave, no longer a machine with parts. You’re just a person.” Bravo!! And Happy 60th!

Priscilla Presley, 75, on May 24th

For more than 60 years, Priscilla Presley has lived on the public stage. Elvis fell in love with her when she was 14 (which seems creepy now), but they waited till she was a respectable 22 before they married. We hate the diminishing nature of the identifier “so and so’s wife,” but that’s how she first made her mark, since she hadn’t had time to establish herself as her own person before becoming the King’s spouse. She made up for that after their divorce, becoming a successful businesswoman and, as the executor of Elvis’s estate, turning his home Graceland into a money-making enterprise. She also became an actress in her own right, starring as Jenna Wade on Dallas for years. Recent media reports say she’s now romantically linked to an old friend, Sir Tom Jones, which seems to us like a good match. We wish her every happiness.

By NextTribe Editors


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