Happy Birthday Sofia Vergara, Plus Other Female Stars Turning 40 in 2012

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July 10 marks the big 4-0 for the fashionable and voluptuous "Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergara. The Colombian beauty planned to celebrate the big day by skedaddling out of town with friends. She tweeted a pic of a private jet to followers, exclaiming " Here we come Mexico lindo!!! My happy birth day trip is about to start!!! http:// say.ly/yya3GZ6 ". So which other Hollywood staples are --or will be-- fabulously forty in 2012? Here's a look at a few.

Jennifer Garner joined the 40 club on April 17. The successful, highly likable girl-next-doorish actress enjoyed an amazing decade as a thirtysomething, adding husband Ben Affleck and three sweet babes to her brood. Recently, a slimmed-down Jen and her movie star beau star stepped out together with daughters Violet and Seraphina in late June to show off the newest member of the fam, baby Samuel, for the first time. Looks like more good times are in store for the former Sydney Bristow.

(Incidentally, it's not all about Jen in the Garner-Affleck house. Hottie Ben will also turn 40 in 2012, when August 15 rolls around. In addition to doting on his adorable family, the star's kept busy shooting "Runner, Runner", his latest film, alongside Justin Timberlake.)

Not enjoying quite the same level of relational satisfaction is former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Jennie Garth, who hit the big 4-0 on April 3. The soft-spoken blonde endured a tough --and excruciatingly public-- split from "Twilight" saga star Peter Facinelli, her husband of 11 years. But things seem to be looking up; on July 4, she tweeted a simple statement that spoke volumes: " Today I am thankful for my independence..."

2012 is also the big year for Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. The wife and mom of two will celebrate her fabulous 40th on September 27. The schmaltzy starlet most recently attracted media attention thanks to a 'we'd laugh but it's not really that funny' $90 t-shirt from her GOOP line. Will being in her forties change her perspective and put her more in touch with mainstream America? Nah.

Though she tries to deceive the clock by working out like a madwoman, Cameron Diaz is still set to turn 40 on August 30. The actress most recently appeared in the primarily panned but still star-studded "What to Expect When Your Expecting". But her most important role of late was as a guest at gal pal Drew Barrymore's June 4 wedding to art dealer Will Kopelman.

Finally, it may seem impossible to die-hard 1980s sitcom fans, but spunky little Samantha Micelli will hit the magic mark on December 19. Actress Alyssa Milano enters her 40s as a new mom to baby Milo, who was born August 31. In addition to loving on her little one, she spends her days tweeting about everything from history to sports (major fangirl alert!) to parenting.

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