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Celebrity Spotlight & Birthdays

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In the birthday spotlight:

For someone who says he isn't worried about building a career, Joshua Jackson is well on his way. Jackson, who was born on June 11, 1978, is familiar to TV audiences as Pacey on the WB network's ``Dawson's Creek.'' He had two new films this spring: ``The Skulls'' and ``Gossip.'' ``I have high expectations of myself as a person, but my ambition is more to succeed as a human being than a business entity,'' Jackson says.


Ally Sheedy is back in business after more than a decade of living with irrelevance. ``There was a whole period of time when I just could not get seen for a job,'' says Sheedy, who was born on June 13, 1962. Now a slew of edgy, indie roles has brought renewed attention to the star of the 1985 film ``The Breakfast Club.'' She won the National Society of Film Critics' best actress award for her role in the 1998 film ``High Art.'' She played the part of a lesbian drug addict. ``As far as my career is concerned, as far as my work is concerned, `High Art' is the best thing that ever happened to me,'' she says.


Celebrity birthdays June 11-17:

June 11: Actor Gene Wilder is 65. Actor Chad Everett is 64. Musician Frank Beard of ZZ Top is 51. Musician Dan Lavery of Tonic is 31. Actor Joshua Jackson is 22.

June 12: Singer Vic Damone is 72. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 70. Musician Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick is 49. Actor Timothy Busfield is 43. Musician John Linnell of They Might Be Giants is 41. Rapper Grandmaster Dee of Whodini is 38.

June 13: Actor Malcolm McDowell is 57. Singer Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook is 51. Actor Richard Thomas is 49. Comedian Tim Allen is 47. Actress Ally Sheedy is 38. Actresses Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen are 14.

June 14: Musician Alan White of Yes is 51. Singer Boy George is 39. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 32.

June 15: Country singer Waylon Jennings is 63. Actor Jim Belushi is 46. Actress Julie Hagerty is 45. Actress Helen Hunt is 37. Actress Courteney Cox Arquette is 36. Rapper-actor Ice Cube is 31. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is 27.

June 16: Actress Laurie Metcalf is 45. Actor Eddie Cibrian (``Third Watch'') is 27.

June 17: Singer Barry Manilow is 54. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 49. Actor Mark Linn-Baker is 46. Actor Greg Kinnear is 36. Actor Jason Patric is 34. Actor-rapper Herculeez with Herculeez and Big Tyme is 15.
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