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50 people who turned 50 in the past year

Updated 7:22 AM ET, Fri January 17, 2014
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First lady Michelle Obama, who turns 50 this year, has accomplished much in her lifetime: She earned degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School before going on to work for a Chicago law firm. She later entered academia and public service. Obama, who will celebrate her birthday Friday, January 17, grew up on the South Side of Chicago as the daughter of a homemaker and a utility company employee. And she is not the only one to turn the big 5-0. Here are 50 others who are marking that milestone. Charles Dharapak/ap
Dot Jones, who plays Shannon Beiste on the hit TV show "Glee," turned 50 on January 4. Rebecca Sapp/WireImage/Getty Images
Martin Bashir, the journalist and political commentator known for his series of interviews with Michael Jackson, turned 50 on January 19, 2013. Nick Wass/Invision/AP
Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, a Hall of Fame basketball player who won two NBA titles with the Houston Rockets, turned 50 on January 21, 2013. Mike Stobe/Getty Images
Actor John Michael Higgins, known for his role as David Letterman in the HBO show "The Late Shift," turned 50 on February 12. Barry King/FilmMagic
Actor and comedian Steven Michael Quezada, aka Steven Gomez from the hit television show "Breaking Bad," turned 50 on February 15. Steve Snowden/Getty Images
Basketball legend Michael Jordan, who won six NBA titles and 10 scoring titles in his career, turned 50 on February 17. He is now majority owner and chairman of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known as the comedian Larry the Cable Guy, turned 50 on February 17. Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Grammy Award-winning singer Seal turned 50 on February 19. Chris Weeks/Getty Images for G-Star
Charles Barkley, a Hall of Fame basketball player who is now an NBA analyst for TNT, turned 50 on February 20. Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images
Actor William Baldwin turned 50 on February 21. paul archuleta/WireImage/getty images
Joel Osteen, the popular megachurch pastor from Houston, turned 50 on March 5. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/getty images
Actress Alex Kingston, perhaps best known for her roles on the television series "ER" and "Doctor Who," turned 50 on March 11. Michael Kovac/Getty Images for BAFTA LA
Bret Michaels, front man of the rock band Poison and star of VH1's show "Rock of Love," turned 50 on March 15. Janette Pellegrini/WireImage/getty images
Vanessa Williams, the singer and actress who was the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America, turned 50 on March 18. Walter McBride/Getty Images
Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kathy Ireland turned 50 on March 20. Michael Buckner/Getty Images
Director Quentin Tarantino, known for movies such as "Pulp Fiction," "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained," turned 50 on March 27. Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/getty images
The Rev. Bernice King, daughter of the late civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., turned 50 on March 28. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Musician Julian Lennon, son of the late Beatle John Lennon, turned 50 on April 8. Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/getty images
American fashion designer Marc Jacobs turned 50 on April 9. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," turned 50 on April 9. William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire/getty images
Television host and comedian Conan O'Brien turned 50 on April 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Actor Eric McCormack, known for playing lawyer Will Truman on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," turned 50 on April 18. Jeff Golden/WireImage/getty images
Actor and martial artist Jet Li turned 50 on April 26. Ju Huanzong/XINHUA /LANDOV
Actor and comedian Mike Myers, known for his roles in "Wayne's World" and the "Austin Powers" series, turned 50 on May 25. Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair Warner on the television show "The Facts of Life," turned 50 on May 29. Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/getty images
Actor Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfory in the "Harry Potter" films and Col. William Tavington in "The Patriot," turned 50 on June 6. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, turned 50 on June 6. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Actor Johnny Depp, who like Pitt was named "Sexiest Man Alive" twice by People magazine, turned 50 on June 9. ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn, who most recently appeared in the television shows "Big Love" and "Criminal Minds," turned 50 on June 10. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
Actress Helen Hunt, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the 1997 film "As Good as It Gets," turned 50 on June 15. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Greg Kinnear, who appeared with Hunt in "As Good as it Gets" and has appeared in many other movies and television shows, turned 50 on June 17. Snap Stills/Rex/REX USA
Singer and 1980s pop star George Michael turned 50 on June 25. ANT/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/getty images
Actress Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano in the HBO series "The Sopranos," turned 50 on July 5. Steve Sands/Getty Images
Actress and television host Lisa Rinna turned 50 on July 11. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Gorilla Doctors
Actress Lisa Kudrow, best known as Phoebe Buffay on the TV series "Friends," turned 50 on July 30. Charley Gallay/WireImage/getty images
James Hetfield, the front man of rock band Metallica, turned 50 on August 3. Michael Stewart/WireImage/getty images
Actor Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy," turned 50 on August 3. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Actor Mark Strong, who played villains in the movies "Kick-Ass," "Green Lantern" and "John Carter," turned 50 on August 5. Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic/getty images
Uncle Jesse! Actor John Stamos, who played Jesse Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom "Full House," turned 50 on August 19. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
King Mohammed VI of Morocco turned 50 on August 21. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos turned 50 on August 22. Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images
Actor Tate Donovan, who has appeared in television shows "Damages," "The O.C." and "Hostages," turned 50 on September 25. Jeff Neumann/CBS /Landov
Former baseball slugger Mark McGwire, who is now batting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, turned 50 on October 1. Elsa Garrison/Getty Images
Actress Elisabeth Shue, best known for her roles in "The Karate Kid," "Leaving Las Vegas" and the television show "CSI," turned 50 on October 6. Neil Jacobs/CBS via Getty Images
Tom Cavanagh, actor and co-host of the podcast Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, turned 50 on October 26. Bobby Bank/WireImage/getty images
Actor Dermot Mulroney, who appeared in films "My Best Friend's Wedding," "The Wedding Date" and "About Schmidt," turned 50 on October 31. Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Trevor Project
Actress Tatum O'Neal, who at 10 years old was once the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, turned 50 on November 5. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Actress Nicollette Sheridan, who played Edie Britt on the TV show "Desperate Housewives," turned 50 on November 21. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/getty images
Actor Brad Pitt, who has been chosen as the "Sexiest Man Alive" twice by People magazine, turned 50 on December 18. Kerry Brown/twentieth century fox