With Cher turning 65 last week, baby boomers are coming to terms with icons of their generation getting in line for their Medicare cards. Not that the government sponsored healthcare program for senior citizens would cover Cher's extensive plastic surgeries . But the idea that the trendsetters of one of the hippest generations in history are now, er -- geriatric is enough to send one bolting out the door for some Botox.
The pioneering Cher set the stage for Janet Jackson's infamous 2004 wardrobe malfunction on the Super Bowl halftime show, although in Cher's case fashion faux pas were always devilishly deliberate. The chic and slender wife of Sonny Bono dared to expose her navel on national TV during the sexual revolution of the 70s, and her fishnet body stocking was considered risque for even MTV.
Though technically a senior citizen, you won't find Cher or her peers playing pinochle or sporting silver hair any time soon. The singer of the hit song "If I Could Turn Back Time" seems less intent on time traveling then continuing to push the envelope for a generation that was once warned by the Beatles not to trust anyone over 30.
Cher is not the only celebrity to celebrate her 65th birthday this year. Here are some more famous baby boomers who could join her for early bird dinners:
Naomi Judd: The woman the Houston Chronicle called a "sexty-five-year-old entertainer" seems to have no plans to retire any time soon. She appeared on a realityTV show with daughter Wynonna Judd on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network this year, a documentary-style series that followed the mother-daughter pair on their first concert tour together in ten years.
Donald Trump: The Donald reinvented himself this year by toying with the American public about a possible presidential campaign and hailing himself as a hero for finally getting Barack Obama to provide his long-form birth certificate. Trump ultimately said "never mind," perhaps not wanting to provide a birth certificate for the furry critter living on his head.
Linda Ronstadt: Though she never became first lady of California (Ronstadt dated Jerry Brown during his first term as governor of California in the 70s), the soon-to-be-senior folk rocker has become passionate about politics in recent years. In 2004 she was fired from a Las Vegas casino after praising Michael Moore's movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" which derided then-president George Bush's foreign policy, and more recently Ronstadt has become active in protesting Arizona's policies against illegal Mexican workers.
Sally Field: The former flying nun shows no signs of clipping her wings. She plays an annoying interfering matriarch in the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters" and hawks an osteoporosis drug aimed at the older set. Fortuitously for the "You like me, you really like me" Oscar winning actress, when she turns 65 in November, Fields will no longer give a fig about what people think of her.
Sylvester Stallone: Turning 65 will not put this A-lister's career on the rocks. The action star is playing a hit man who teams up with a New York City cop in the movie "Headshot," and he voiced the part of Joe the Lion in "Zookeeper" slated for a July release (with fellow seniorette Cher, coincidentally, voicing the part of Janet the Lioness.)
Suzanne Somers: The former "Three's Company" star, thigh mistress and menopause maven stays rich and thin -- if not young -- promoting a prodigious stable of products designed to keep American women trim, fit and hot-flash free.
Which of your favorite celebrity baby boomers are turning 65 this year?
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- Sonny Bono
- Donald Trump
- faux pas
- Linda Ronstadt
- sexual revolution
- the Super Bowl