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  • 2. Hes often involved his family in his films.

    Hes the youngest of six children. His mother and one of his sisters showed up as extras in Saturday Night Fever, and another sister, Ellen, had a role in Grease. Recently, his daughter Ella won a role in Old Dogs.


     

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  • 3. He had an affair with an older woman.

    When he was 22 and filming The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Travolta and 40-year-old Diana Hyland (playing, in an Oedipal twist, his mother) began a year-long affair. It lasted until her death in 1977.


     

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  • 4. He recently played a woman.

    That would be Edna Turnblad, in the film Hairspray. Travolta said he tried to channel Elizabeth Taylor gone-to-flesh for the part, and aimed to make himself disappear into the role. His on-screen husband was played by Christopher Walken. Travolta told MoviesOnline, Were both light on our feet, and we both have a sense of that history that I spoke of, so once he committed to being passionate about his wife, we were home. Once he said [Does great impression of Walken] "Oh, I got it. Hes crazy about her. Theyre wild in the sack. And I said, "Yes, you got it.


     

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  • 5. Hes not too worried about getting older.

    I am very healthy. Careerwise, even old men get to be in movies. So as long as I am healthy, I will continue to make movies, he told AboutFilm.

    And heres hoping he celebrates his birthday with a little Friday Night Fever!


     

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  • Cybill Shepherd

    Cybill Shepherd got her start as the beautiful, distant Jacy in The Last Picture Show. Recently, she took a star turn as a midlife lesbian in The L Word. More about Cybill:

    1. Her name is a combination of two names.

    Shepherd is named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill.


     

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  • 2. Her looks got her early attention.

    Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich cast her when he saw her modeling campaign in Glamour. The two later dated, after she turned down Elvis Presley. She also snubbed a come-on from her Taxi Driver costar, Robert De Niro, who refused to speak to her out of character while they filmed the picture.


     

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  • 3. But shes never had plastic surgery.

    I havent had anythingI dont even do Botox yet. Yet! And I dont judge anybody who does, but I see the changes in people and Im terrified to do it. First of all, you have to have a needle. [Screams] Needles! On! My! Face! Im chickenshit when it comes to that, she told Time Out New York.


     

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  • 4. Shes played Martha Stewart... twice.

    She took on the role in Martha, Inc. and Martha: Behind Bars. But shes never met the TV icon, and isnt sure shed appreciate her portrayal. She will someday, Shepherd said.


     

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  • 5 Shes open to exploring her sexuality.

    Shepherd and her daughter, Clementine Ford, both appeared on the Showtime show The L Word. Ford is gay in real life; Shepherd has said she found her own female-on-female sex scenes exciting. I have wondered about it (lesbianism)... At various times in my life I wanted to be open to the possibility of having a woman as a lover, she told ContactMusic. "I am not actively pursuing it, but it is not over yet."


     

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  • Vanna White

    Finally, theres Vanna White, who flips her own number to 54 today:

    1. She first got her start as a game-show contestant.

    Thats right: she got some notice as a would-be competitor on The Price is Right, in 1980, though she didnt make it past the first round.


     

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  • 2. Shes been hostess of Wheel of Fortune for almost 30 years.

    Thats right: she began in 1982. She says she feels really comfortable with the shows audience: So much of TV is negative these days; it's just so nice to be involved in something like this. The fans are so nice -- I run into them at airports or on the set, and they treat me like their next-door neighbor. It's, "Hi, Vanna! How are the kids?" I love it, she told About.com.


     

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  • 3. Shes had less success with acting.

    Her 1988 film Goddess of Love was thoroughly panned, but her Playboy shoot in 87 did better with its target audience. So did her autobiography in the same year, Vanna Speaks!, which made it to the best-seller list. And shes got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


     

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  • 4. She dated a centerfold herself.

    That was Playgirl model and Chippendale dancer John Gibson; they were engaged when he died in a plane crash. She later married restaurateur George San Pietro. The divorced in 2002 after having two children together.


     

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  • 5. She stays in shape.

    I work out almost every day. I do a lot of spinning - I have a spin bike at home which I use for 45 minutes a day. I also run, and do lots of push-ups and sit-ups. And I only eat when I'm hungry, she said, which is hard, because I have a terrible sweet tooth. Maybe she can indulge it a little today. Happy birthday, Vanna.


     

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