A beloved 'Today' show anchor, plus more stars turning 50 in 2021 (2024)

By Neia Balao 8:11pm PST, Dec 27, 2021

Want to know which stars turned 50 in 2021? Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at all the celebrities who were born in 1971, starting with this morning show star… "Today" show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie celebrated her 50th birthday on Dec. 27. She shared a beautiful Instagram post detailing how she spent her day, which included luxuriating "in a hot bath and an awesome face mask that turned out to be a hair masque omg why do they make the print so small?#thisis50," listening to her favorite songs "especially the ones that kept me company for decades. Thank you [Patty Griffin]," and she "did [my] first actual workout in 4 months – thanks@cdornerfitnessfor your brillz step aerobics sorry I could only complete 20 mins#againthisis50."

Keep reading to see who else was born in 1971…

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Jared Leto has been winning fans for decades thanks to his starring roles on "My So-Called Life" and in "Dallas Buyers Club" as well as his work fronting the band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The Oscar-winning actor-musician turned 50 on Dec. 26.

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"Married… With Children" alum and "Dead to Me" star Christina Applegate said hello to her 50s on Nov. 25. She took to Twitter to welcome the milestone, writing, "Yup. I turned 50 today. And I have MS. It's been a hard one. Sending so much love to all of you this day. Many are hurting today, and I am thinking of you. May we find that strength to lift our heads up. Mine currently is on my pillow. But I try."

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Music star Ricky Martin celebrated his milestone50th birthdayon Christmas Eve — Dec. 24.


On Christmas Day, Justin Trudeau —Canada's prime minister — celebrated his 50th birthday.


From "Beetlejuice," "Heathers" and "Edward Scissorhands" to "Mermaids," "Dracula," "Reality Bites" and "Girl, Interrupted," Winona Ryder starred in all our favorite cool movies in the '80s and '90s. These days, she's famous for her work on the hit series "Stranger Things." She turned 50 on Oct. 29!


Gena Lee Nolin — who came to fame as one of Barker's Beauties on the game show "The Price Is Right" in the '90s before joining the cast of "Baywatch" then starring on "Sheena" — marked her 50th birthday on Nov. 29.


Former NFL player and current "Good Morning America" star Michael Strahan celebrated his 50th birthday on Nov. 21.


"Community" star Joel McHale celebrated his 50th birthday on Nov. 20.


Rapper Snoop Dogg lit things up with 50 birthday candleson Oct. 20.


*NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick said bye bye bye to his 40s on Oct. 17.


British star Sacha Baron Cohen — who in 2021 was nominated for two Oscars, for best adapted screenplay for writing the "Borat" movie sequel, and best supporting actor for his performance in "The Trial of the Chicago 7" — said goodbye to his 40s on Oct. 13.


It's hard to believe, but '80s pop sensation Tiffany — who gave us hits like "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've Been" — celebrated her 50th birthday on Oct. 2.


"The Newsroom," "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Lars and the Real Girl" star Emily Mortimer turned 50 on Oct. 6. She most recently wrote and directed the period miniseries "The Pursuit of Love," which is based on the Nancy Mitford novel of the same name.


"Dharma & Greg" alum Jenna Elfman turned 50 on Sept. 30.

On Sept. 21, "Old School" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" star Luke Wilson celebrated his 50th birthday.

On Sept. 18, actress Jada Pinkett Smith marked her 50th birthday. She opened up about the milestone on her "Red Table Talk" show, explaining that the last four years have been transformative for her in terms of "coming to the self" and "having acceptance for the self" amid her personal journey. "To come to that place of really grounding myself in that understanding… that's been the most beautiful part of almost turning 50," Jada said.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who's best known as Carlton Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos," walks into his 50s on Sept. 21.

"Saturday Night Live" and "Parks and Recreation" legend Amy Poehler, who more recently created the adult animated series "Duncanville," turned the big 5-0 on Sept. 16.

"Father of the Bride" star Kimberly Williams-Paisley — a long-time country music wife — turned 50 on Sept. 14.

On Sept. 9, former child star Henry Thomas — who found fame as Elliott in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" as a boy and went on to enjoy success in movies like "Legends of the Fall" and TV shows like "The Haunting of Hill House" and "The Haunting of Bly Manor" — celebrated his 50th birthday.

Former "Dancing With the Stars" host Brooke Burke marked her 50th birthday on Sept. 8.

On Sept. 8, David Arquette celebrated his milestone 50th birthday.

"Rush Hour" film franchise star Chris Tucker marked his 50th birthday on Aug. 31.

"Manhunt" and "Entourage" alum Carla Gugino — who just starred in the 2021 action flick "Gunpowder Milkshake" — blew out 50 candles on her birthday cake on Aug. 29.

Justin Theroux, who starred as Kevin Garvey on HBO's "The Leftovers" and has written movies including "Tropic Thunder" and "Zoolander 2," has a very big reason to celebrate on Aug. 10: He's turning 50!

Bridget Moynahan, who made her feature film debut in 2000's "Coyote Ugly," stepped into her 50s on April 28. The actress-model, who shares son Jack with ex Tom Brady, currently portrays Erin Reagan on the crime drama series "Blue Bloods."

"Brady Bunch" movies and "Arrested Development" alum Christine Taylor — who co-starred with hubby Ben Stiller in "Zoolander" and "Dodgeball" — turned 50 on July 30. She can currently be seen on "Search Party."

Ewan McGregor celebrated his 50th birthday on March 31.

Emmy-winning "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm celebrated his 50th birthday on March 10. He recently starred in Steven Soderbergh's 2021 crime drama "No Sudden Move."

Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Regina King celebrated her 50th birthday on Jan. 15. She'll next appear in the star-studded 2021 Western "The Harder They Fall."

Happy birthday, Sandra Oh! The Emmy-nominated "Killing Eve" and "Grey's Anatomy" star turned 50 on July 20.

On June 5, actor Mark Wahlberg turned the big 5-0. He recently starred in the 2021 sci-fi flick "Infinite."

Bravo star Erika Jayne turned 50 on July 10 amidst a lot of legal woes, some of which are playing out on the current season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

On July 1, rapper Missy Elliott blew out 50 candles on her birthday cake.

Corey Feldman — who's entertained audiences in everything from "The Goonies" and "Stand By Me" to "The Lost Boys" and "Gremlins" — turned 50 on July 16.

On June 28, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk celebrated his 50th birthday.

Angela Kinsey, who portrayed Angela Martin on "The Office," turned the big 5-0 on June 25.

"Parenthood" alum Monica Potter celebrated her milestone 50th birthday on June 30.

From Broadway to the big screen, Idina Menzel has crafted an extraordinary career in showbiz! The "Frozen" franchise star, who will next appear in the 2021 "Cinderella" remake, turned 50 on May 30.

Marvel Cinematic Universe star Paul Bettany, who plays Vision in the "Avengers" franchise and on the Disney+ series "WandaVision" — turned 50 on May 27.

"Riverdale" star Mark Consuelos had a big birthday on March 30: He turned 50!

"Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed" alum Shannen Doherty turned 50 on April 12.

Former "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" host Chris Harrison entered a new decade when he turned 50 on July 26 — just a few months after he exited the franchise that made him famous.

"Jacka**" franchise star Johnny Knoxville blew out the candles on his 50th birthday cake on March 11.

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola, who earned the 2004 Academy Award for best original screenplay for writing "Lost in Translation," turned 50 on May 14. Her latest movie is 2020's "On the Rocks," which she directed, wrote and produced.

The Netherlands' Queen Maxima — King Willem-Alexander's wife of nearly 20 years — celebrated her 50th birthday on May 17.

On March 27, "Castle," "Firefly" and "The Rookie" star Nathan Fillion celebrated his 50th birthday.

"ER" and "Falling Skies" star Noah Wyle celebrated his milestone 50th birthday on June 4.

Michael C. Hall — the Golden Globe-winning actor who played the titular serial killer on Showtime's "Dexter" and will return for a 2021 revival — turned 50 on Feb. 1.

Former "Doctor Who" star David Tennant celebrated his 50th birthday on April 18.

Former "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Denise Richards blew out 50 candles on her birthday cake on Feb. 17. The former Bond girl is currently in the midst of a lengthy stint on "The Bold and the Beautiful."

Detroit rap-rocker Kid Rock celebrated his 50th birthday on Jan. 17.

"24" and "Mr. Show" alum Mary Lynn Rajskub kick-started a new decade when she turned 50 on June 22.

On March 22, Keegan-Michael Key celebrated his 50th birthday.

"Billions," "Band of Brothers" and "Homeland" star Damian Lewis turned 50 on Feb. 11.

Grammy winner (turned doula and certified midwife!) Erykah Badu celebrated her 50th birthday on Feb. 26.

On Nov. 10, actor Walton Goggins — who's starred on everything from "The Shield" and "Justified" to "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Righteous Gemstones" — blew out 50 candles on his birthday cake.

Tony Award-winning actress Renée Elise Goldsberry — who originated the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway musical "Hamilton" — turned 50 on Jan. 2.

Emmy- and BAFTA-winning actor Martin Freeman — the star of such varied fare as the original British version of "The Office," the "The Hobbit" trilogy and TV's "Sherlock" — celebrates his 50th birthday on Sept. 8.

Peter Sarsgaard turned 50 on March 7.

"The Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin celebrated his 50th birthday on Feb. 25.

On Jan. 24, Miss USA 1993 and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore celebrated her milestone 50th birthday.

On Jan. 11, Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige celebrated her 50th birthday.

Jeremy Renner, who portrays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the forthcoming Disney+ "Hawkeye" series, joined the 50s club on Jan. 7.

Country music singer Sara Evans turned the big 5-0 on Feb. 5.

The Roots drummer and frontman Questlove turned 50 on Jan. 20.

Ralphie's all grown up! Actor-turned-producer Peter Billingsley celebrated his 50th birthday on April 16.

Writer-director Patty Jenkins — who helmed the 2017 blockbuster "Wonder Woman" and its 2020 sequel — celebrated her 50th birthday on July 24.

"Get Low," "Yeah" and "Turn Down for What" rapper Lil Jon celebrated his 50th birthday on Jan. 17.

On Aug. 20, English comedy star and "Britain's Got Talent" judge David Walliams marked his 50th birthday.

Broadwaystar and "Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp turned the big 5-0 on Oct. 26.

A beloved 'Today' show anchor, plus more stars turning 50 in 2021 (2024)


What female celebrities are turning 50 in 2023? ›

Indira Varma, actress from "Game of Thrones," "Paranoid" Juliette Lewis, actress from "Natural Born Killers," "Hysterical Blindness" Neve Campbell, actress from "Party of Five," "Scream" Tyra Banks, model, actress, host of "America's Next Top Model" and "Dancing with the Stars"

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Which films turn 50 in 2023?
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  • 3 of 25. 'American Graffiti' Universal. ...
  • 4 of 25. 'The Way We Were' Columbia. ...
  • 5 of 25. 'Magnum Force' Columbia. ...
  • 6 of 25. 'Paper Moon' Paramount. ...
  • 7 of 25. 'Live and Let Die' MGM. ...
  • 8 of 25. 'Enter the Dragon' Warner Bros.
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What celebrity will celebrate her 50th birthday on December 19? ›

Alyssa Milano, December 19

Best known for her breakout role as Samantha Micelli on Who's the Boss?, the Brooklyn-born actress and activist has gone on to appear regularly on TV for decades, as a lead on Charmed, Insatiable and Mistresses and as the host of Project Runway All Stars.

Who is the best looking actress 2023? ›

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Who is the most trending person right now 2023? ›

Here is the list of the most famous persons in the world right now in 2023:
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Which musician is celebrating his 50th birthday this year 2023? ›

Rufus Wainwright performs his 50th Birthday Celebration at The Montauk Point Lighthouse on July 13, 2023 in Montauk, New York.

What does turning 50 mean to a woman? ›

Fifty means fewer years in front of me than behind. It means not wasting time or brain space on things that ultimately don't matter. Finally, 50 means being grateful for every breath I take and every moment I get to be with those I love.”

What to expect turning 50? ›

Many physical changes that come with age you already know — the graying hair and receding hairline, the wrinkles around your eyes, and a greater chance of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

What birthday is it when you turn 50? ›

The 50th birthday is considered a golden birthday, worthy of a festive jubilee. Don't get the 50th theme of gold and a “golden birthday” confused—your golden birthday is the day you turn the age of your actual date, such as turning 22 on the 22nd.

Who is the famous celebrity in 2023? ›

According to recent trends, the upcoming prominent celebrity in 2023 is Austin Butler, an American actor who gained recognition for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in the musical biopic “Elvis” in 2022.

Who is on Celebrity 2023? ›

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Aesha ScottBelow Deck starThird place on 30 April 2023
Nathan HenryGeordie Shore starEliminated 10th on 27 April 2023
Adam CooneyFormer AFL playerEliminated 9th on 27 April 2023
Woody WhitelawRadio presenterEliminated 8th on 26 April 2023
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Who is a popular celebrity 2023? ›

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