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Celebrity Birthdays for June 17 – Barry Manilow, Venus Williams and More

Barry Manilow, Venus Williams
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Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Barry Manilow
Age: 68
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: An incredibly prolific pop music career including ‘Copacabana’ and dozens of songs for musicals, films and commercials

Venus Williams
Age: 31
Occupation: Pro Tennis Player
Known For: Winning 21 Grand Slam titles, being ranked a World No. 1 on three separate occasions, and sometimes showing up on the court in rather, uh, questionable outfits

Newt Gingrich
Age: 68
Occupation: Politician
Known For: His service as 58th Speaker of the US House of Representatives, his current seemingly doomed candidacy for president and his recently reported status as one of Tiffany’s very best customers

Tommy Franks
Age: 65
Occupation: US Army General
Known For: Leading the 2001 attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks, and leading the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein

Joe Piscopo
Age: 60
Occupation: Actor and Comedian
Known For: Being a regular on ‘Saturday Night Live’ from 1980-1984 and having a rather disappointingly sad career trajectory since

Greg Kinnear
Age: 48
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Being the first host of E!’s hilarious ‘Talk Soup’ and appearing in more than 20 movies, including an Oscar-nominated turn in ‘As Good as It Gets’

Will Forte
Age: 41
Occupation: Actor, Writer, and Comedian
Known For: Eight years as a cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and gigs writing for series such as ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and ’3rd Rock From the Sun’

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