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Celebrity Spotlight & Birthdays

June 21, 2000

In the birthday spotlight:

Michael Douglas likens Tobey Maguire, his co-star in ``Wonder Boys,″ to Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart. ``I’m going to enjoy watching his career,″ Douglas says. Maguire, who was born on June 27, 1975, starred in a short-lived Fox sitcom ``Great Scott!″ in 1992. The following year, he made his feature film debut in ``This Boy’s Life,″ which starred his friend Leonardo DiCaprio. By 1997, he was attracting serious attention with his performances in ``The Ice Storm″ and ``Deconstructing Harry.″ His first starring role was in the 1998 film ``Pleasantville.″ He was also one of the stars of ``The Cider House Rules.″

Carly Simon wrote most of the songs for her new album ``The Bedroom Tapes″ (Arista) while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. ``I’m feeling so much as if music once again has come to my rescue,″ said Simon, who was born on June 25, 1945. She says she is now in good health. Simon doesn’t have a favorite song on the CD, though she enjoys moving to the beat of ``Big Dumb Guy″ and likes ``Actress,″ which was inspired by hearing little girls worrying about bad camera angles after an audition. ``I could easily put myself in that place _ a little girl putting on lipstick, imagining I was going to be a movie star one day. It became my voice. Sometimes songs start with somebody else’s voice and become my voice,″ she said.

Celebrity birthdays June 25-July 1:

June 25: Actress June Lockhart is 75. Singer Carly Simon is 55. Singer George Michael is 37. Rapper Candyman is 32.

June 26: Singer Chris Isaak is 44. Singer Patty Smyth is 43. Singer Terri Nunn of Berlin is 39. Musician Colin Greenwood of Radiohead is 31. Actor Sean Hayes (``Will and Grace″) is 30. Actor Chris O’Donnell is 30. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman (``Rushmore″) is 20.

June 27: Actress Isabelle Adjani is 45. Actor Tobey Maguire (``The Cider House Rules″) is 25. Actress Madylin Sweeten (``Everybody Loves Raymond″) is 9.

June 28: Comedian-director Mel Brooks is 74. Actress Kathy Bates is 52. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 34. Actor John Cusack is 34. Actor Gil Bellows (``Ally McBeal″) is 33. Actor Alessandro Nivola (``Love’s Labour’s Lost″) is 28.

June 29: Actor Gary Busey is 56. Singer Little Eva is 55. Comedian Richard Lewis is 53. Actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 43. Singer Evelyn ``Champagne″ King is 40. Actress Sharon Lawrence is 39. Singer Stedman Pearson of Five Star is 36.

June 30: Singer Lena Horne is 83. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 45. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 41. Actor Rupert Graves (``The Madness of King George″) is 37. Musician Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra is 31.

July 1: Singer Deborah Harry is 55. Actor Dan Aykroyd is 48. Actor Alan Ruck (``Spin City″) is 44. Actor Andre Braugher is 38. Actress Pamela Anderson Lee is 33. Actress Liv Tyler is 23. Actors Stephen and Andrew Cavarno (``Party of Five″) are 8.

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