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Celebrity Birthdays for June 19 – Phylicia Rashad, Paula Abdul and More

Phylicia Rashad, Paula Abdul
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Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Phylicia Rashad
Age: 64
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Her role as no-nonsense Clair Huxtable on ‘The Cosby Show,’ being the first African-American actress to win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ and her former marriage to retired football star Ahmad Rashad

Paula Abdul
Age: 50
Occupation: Singer, Dancer, Choreographer and TV Personality
Known For: Hit singles including ‘Straight Up’ and ‘Forever Your Girl,’ choreography work for artists like Janet Jackson, and eight years as the perpetually ditzy judge on ‘American Idol’

Gena Rowlands
Age: 82
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Oscar-nominated roles in the films ‘Gloria’ and ‘A Woman Under the Influence,’ and her performance in the chick-flick weeper ‘The Notebook’

Salman Rushdie
Age: 65
Occupation: Author
Known For: His fourth novel, 1988′s ‘The Satanic Verses,’ which drew violent protests from Muslims and resulted in the declaration of a fatwa against him by the Ayatollah Khomeini

Ann Wilson
Age: 62
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Musician
Known For: Being the lead singer for the band Heart and possessing what is almost inarguably one of the best female voices in rock history, which she showed off on sublime hits such as ‘Magic Man,’ ‘Crazy on You’ and ‘Barracuda’

Kathleen Turner
Age: 58
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Starring roles in the films ‘Peggy Sue Got Married,’ ‘Romancing the Stone’ and ‘The War of the Roses,’ as well as making grown men lust for a cartoon when she voiced sexy Jessica Rabbit in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’

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