Celebs Turning 50 In 2012

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  • Yes, Sheryl Crow is just one among a surprisingly large group hitting the midcentury mark in 2012. Here they are:

    Sheryl Crow - Feb. 11

    The multi-talented composer and performer has survived breast cancer as well as a relationship with cyclist Lance Armstrong. This month she’s appearing at a benefit concert along with a couple of other heavy hitters: Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine.
  • Jim Carrey - Jan. 17 The wacky comedian has always done it his way, even if his way can be kind of yucky at times (like his Youtube drooling over 23-year-old actress Emma Stone). After he broke up this year with his long-term girlfriend, Jenny McCarthy, Carrey flipped for New York City student Anastasia Vitkina. She’s also 23. Allegedly.
  • Garth Brooks - Feb. 7 The affable country star was recently voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And although he hasn’t recorded a new album since 2007, he doesn’t have to sweat too much over it. With sales of 123.5 million records, he’s the third-best selling American artist, just behind Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
  • Jon Bon Jovi - March 2 The appealing lead singer of the “lite-metal” band that carries his name has carved out an acting career as well, most recently appearing in “New Year’s Eve.” And after all these years, he’s still so popular that a fake Internet posting about his (non-existent) death went viral.
  • Rosie O'Donnell - March 21 The acerbic comedian has been through a lot in the past few years – her marriage to longtime partner Kelli Carpenter broke up, she had a brief relationship with another woman and she’s getting ready to marry her new girlfriend, Michelle Rounds. The mother of four is also trying out another talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s network.
  • Star Jones - March 24 Although Jones, an attorney, began her TV career as a straightforward legal commentator on Court TV, she eventually branched out in less dignified directions. She was a spokeswoman for Payless Shoes, a co-host on the argumentative “View” and a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Most recently, though, she seems to be getting back to her news roots as a commentator on "Today."
  • Marcia Cross - March 25 In recent years, the Desperate Housewife has turned into Doting Mom, cooing over Eden and Savannah, her four-year-old twin daughters with husband Tom Mahoney. The upcoming season of Desperate Housewives is its last, and Cross says she’s ready to leave Wisteria Lane permanently. “I’ve been working so hard ,” she told an interviewer. “I’m looking forward to having a rest.”
  • Paula Abdul - June 19 The former Lakers cheerleader, pop star and American Idol judge still manages to look girlish even as she’s hitting the half-century mark. On Idol, she famously tussled with Simon Cowell, but on The X Factor, she’s had to answer to angry fans. Abdul took a lot of heat for her role in the elimination of 13-year-old Rachel Crow from the Factor competition.
  • Tom Cruise - July 3 – The one-time All-American hunk (“Top Gun”) may have seemed a bit eccentric over the past several years, what with lectures to Matt Lauer on psychiatriy and the infamous sofa stomp on “Oprah.” But he can still open a movie, and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” is projected to be the number-one movie of 2012.
  • Wesley Snipes - July 31 – It’s safe to say that the past couple of birthdays for Snipes have been sad ones. Since 2010, the star of the “Blade” action flicks has been serving a prison sentence after being convicted on federal tax evasion charges. Snipes gets out in 2013, and it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll be able to resurrect his career.
  • Steve Carell - Aug. 16 Carell made probably the most spectacular leap ever from TV to movie stardom, moving from “The Office” to hits like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” Now he’s planning a one-shot return to the small screen as a voiceover on “The Simpsons.” (Doesn’t every A-list star do that?)
  • Jodie Foster - Nov. 19 Although she’s probably most famous for her role as an FBI agent in the horrific “Silence of the Lambs,” Foster’s latest movie, “Carnage,” chronicles the verbal violence between two middle-class couples in New York City. The couples are arguing about their sons; Foster, herself the mother of two boys, can probably identify.
  • Jon Stewart - Nov. 28 – Since 1999, the acerbic anchor of "The Daily Show" has been making conservative heads explode with his ceaseless jabs about anything Republican. But although he’s been steadily lambasted by Fox News stalwards like Bill O’Reilly, this year Stewart has the last laugh: his comedy/news program did better than the “fair and balanced” network’s average prime-time lineup.