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February 16 & 17: Happy Birthday Rene Russo and Michael Bay

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Rene Russo is celebrating her 64th birthday today; she is today’s WTHH birthday.  She was signed to a contract by the Ford Modeling Agency in her late teens—the story is she was spotted by an agent at a Rolling Stones concert—and spent over a decade as a top model with a number of magazine covers to her credit.  In the mid-1980s she moved into acting.  After a screen debut in the short-lived ABC series Sable in 1987, she moved into feature film work 1989’s Major League.  Her breakout role was as Internal Affairs investigator Lorna Cole in Lethal Weapon 3, following which she costarred with Clint Eastwood in In the Line of Fire, and played Z-list actress Karen Flores in Get Shorty.

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February 17: Happy Birthday Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jim Brown

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns 36 today.  He began acting as a child and started to become well known for a pair of roles he played as a teenager, Tommy Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun and Cameron James in 10 Things I Hate About You.  He scaled back his acting career for a few years while studying at Columbia University, but eventually dropped out and returned to film and television.  One of his first films after doing so was a film noir pastiche set in a high school:

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