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Aug. 3: Martha Stewart, 80
When this ambitious Jersey girl’s mother taught her how to cook and sew, she could hardly have guessed she’d be launching young Martha to future fame as the talent behind a global homemaking empire. Stewart had a notorious low point when she served time for securities fraud but now is as popular as ever. Besides being a pal and business partner of the rapper Snoop Dogg, she has a new show, Martha Gets Down and Dirty, on Discovery+.
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Aug. 4: Jeff Gordon, 50
The legendary four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner is credited with helping the sport go mainstream as he rose to become one of its biggest stars (some would say its biggest) while racing from the 1990s until 2015. He’ll continue working as a Fox Sports broadcaster through the end of the 2021, when he officially takes on a new role as the number-two executive at Hendrick Motorsports.
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Aug. 4: Barack Obama, 60
The 44th president of the United States has been building a new life as a civilian. Among many other projects, he and wife Michelle have signed on to produce documentaries and features for Netflix through their company Higher Ground Productions, whose first film, American Factory, won the Oscar for best documentary in 2020. Obama also began a podcast with Bruce Springsteen called Renegades: Born in the USA, with an accompanying book coming out in the fall.
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Aug. 8: The Edge, 60
Born David Howell Evans, the Edge found fame and a cool nickname as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist for the Irish rock band U2, which began when he and Bono were teen classmates in Dublin. Known for his understated playing style and unique strumming, he’s often been ranked among the greatest guitarists of all time. U2 producer Daniel Lanois has described him as an “innovative mind,” “a scientist” and “a poet by night.”
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Aug. 12: Pete Sampras, 50
The retired pro tennis player known as Pistol Pete began his career at age 16 in 1988 and ended it in 2002 at the U.S. Open, where he defeated his rival Andre Agassi. Despite his stardom, Sampras has always shunned the limelight; when asked if he misses tennis, the married father of two will say, according to Sports Illustrated, “I miss the game, but I don’t miss the stress of it.”
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Aug. 14: David Crosby, 80
A founding member of the ‘60s-era bands the Byrds (“Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Eight Miles High”) and Crosby, Stills and Nash (“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Wooden Ships”), Crosby has had his share of ups and downs, including spending nine months in a Texas state prison after being charged with possession of heroin and cocaine, and surviving three heart attacks. These days he’s been writing an advice column for Rolling Stone and just released his eighth solo album, For Free. Its cover image of Crosby was painted by Joan Baez.
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Aug. 28: Jennifer Coolidge, 60
This funny lady got her big break in 1999 as Steve Stifler’s seductive mom in American Pie. And in 2001, she stole scenes as manicurist Paulette Bonafonte Parcelle, opposite Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods, in Legally Blonde. You can catch Coolidge in her latest role as a wealthy woman who’s grieving her mother’s death in the six-part HBO miniseries The White Lotus, set at a Hawaiian resort.
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