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Famous May Birthdays

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May."  ~Edwin Way Teale

If your baby is due to arrive with the May flowers, then he or she is in the good company of Adele (May 5), Stevie Wonder (May 13), Madeleine Albright (May 15) and Bob Dylan (70). Check out these other famous folks -- entertainers, athletes, politicians and more -- who celebrate birthdays in May.

May 1

Rita Coolidge (1945) -- wife and singing partner of Kris Kristofferson

Tim McGraw (1967) -- country superstar, married to Faith Hill 

May 2

Bianca Jagger (1945) -- political activist and ex-wife of Mick Jagger

Englebert Humperdinck (1936) -- beloved English singer of Release Me fame

May 3

Mary Hopkin (1930) -- Welsh folk singer best known for Those Were the Days

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469) -- ruthless Italian political philosopher

May 4

Pia Zadora (1954) -- Butterfly actress and Hollywood outcast

Randy Travis (1959) -- award-winning Christian country singer, actor

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May 5

Adele (1980) -- Grammy Award-winning singer, Best New Artist 2009

Chris Brown (1989) --  R&B singer debuted at age 16, notorious for beating up former girlfriend Rihanna

May 6

Gabourney Sidibe (1983) -- New York actress best known for her starring role in 2009's Precious

George Clooney (1961) -- Oscar-winning actor and perennial bachelor 

May 7

Traci Lords (1968) -- American film actress, made her debut in porn at age 16

Tim Russert (1950) --  deceased MSNBC broadcast journalist and host of Meet the Press

May 8

Melissa Gilbert (1964) -- portrayed Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie

Enrique Iglesias (1975) -- heartthrob singer, son of Julio Iglasias

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May 9

Candice Bergen (1946) -- Edgar Bergen's daughter, starred as TV's Murphy Brown

Billy Joel (1949) -- talented singer and piano man, was married to Christie Brinkley

May 10

Amanda Borden (1977) -- American gymnast, won 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medalist

Phil and Steve Mahre (1957) -- twin brothers who became Olympic champion Alpine skiers

May 11

Laetitia Casta (1978) -- GUESS? Jena girl and Victoria's Secret model

Corey Monteith (1982) -- plays quarterback Finn Hudson on the popular TV series Glee

May 12

Mary Kay Ash (1918) --  Texas entrepreneur, founded Mary Kay cosmetics

Burt Bacharach (1928) -- songwriter whose hits included The Look of Love

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May 13

Bea Arthur (1922) -- tall, deep-voice actress of Maude and The Golden Girls fame

Robert Pattinson (1986) -- Twilight vampire Edward Cullen

May 14

Cate Blanchett (1969) -- acclaimed actress appeared in Elizabeth and Lord of the Rings

George Lucas (1944) -- brilliant director behind the Star Wars movies

May 15

Anna Maria Alberghetti  (1936) -- Italian soprano, debuted at age 13 at Carnegie Hall

Emmitt Smith  (1969) -- Dallas Cowboys running back with 18,355 career rushing yards

May 16

Janet Jackson (1966) -- pop star, little sister of the late Michael Jackson

Pierce Brosnan (1953) -- played TV's Remington Steele and later the big screen's James Bond

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May 17

Enya (1961) -- Irish New Age singer of 1995's The Memory of Trees

Dennis Hopper (1936) -- dramatic film actor starred in Easy Rider, Hoosiers and Speed

May 18

Tina Fey (1970) -- Saturday Night Live's first female head writer

George Strait  (1952) -- handsome country singer, had a string of 18 No. 1 hits

May 19

Grace Jones  (1948) -- leggy model, singer and actress, played May Day in A View to a Kill

Pete Townshend (1945) -- lead guitarist of The Who

May 20

Naturi Naughton  (1984) -- 3LW singer, had acting rolls in Notorious and Fame

David Paterson (1954) -- the first African-American governor of New York

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May 21

Peggy Cass (1924) -- Broadway actress and frequent panel member on To Tell the Truth

Raymond Burr (1917) -- TV actor of Perry Mason and Ironside fame

May 22

Mary Cassatt (1907) -- artist best known for painting mothers and children

Sir Laurence Olivier (1907) -- premier dramatic actor of plays and films

May 23

Joan Collins  (1933) -- TV actress played scandalous Alexis Carrington on Dynasty

Marvin Hagler (1952) -- U.S. middleweight boxing champion from 1980 to 1987

May 24

Priscilla Presley (1945) -- the wife of Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973

Gary Burghoff (1943) -- played Radar O'Reilly on M*A*S*H 

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May 25

Stacy London (1969) -- advertising consultant and fashion expert on What Not to Wear

Frank Oz (1944) -- talented puppeteer of Yoda, Cookie Monster and Miss Piggy

May 26

Sally Ride (1951) -- first American woman astronaut in space (1983)

Al Jolson (1886) -- star of the first talking movie: The Jazz Singer (1927)

May 27

Lisa Left Eye Lopes (1971) -- member of the hip-hop group TLC, died in a car crash

Henry Kissinger (1923) -- Richard Nixon's Secretary of State, won the Nobel prize in 1973

May 28

Gladys Knight (1944) -- frontwoman for Gladys Knight & the Pips

Rudolph Giuliani (1944) -- New York mayor, served during the World Trade Center attacks

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May 29

Melanie Janine Brown (1975) -- aka Mel B. and Scary Spice of The Spice Girls 

Bob Hope (1903) -- comedian in vaudeville, radio, television and movies, entertained troops

May 30

Wynonna Judd (1964) -- younger member of the mother-daughter country duo The Judds

Benny Goodman (1909) -- bandleader and clarinetist during the Swing Era

May 31

Lea Thompson (1961) --  popular 1980s actress, played Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future films

Peter Yarrow (1938) -- sing Puff, the Magic Dragon as part of the musical trio Peter, Paul & Mary 

With whom do you share your May birthday?

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