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Happy Birthday Veronica Lake, Hollywood's quintessential femme fatale

If there’s a name synonymous with femme fatale and scene-stealer, it’s Old Hollywood legend Veronica Lake.

She would have been 91 today. The film noir starlet was famous for her enchanting presence in films like Sullivan’s Travels, The Blue Dahlia, and The Glass Key.

“Lake brought to the screen an air of mystery, contained sensuality and quiet wit that lit up the screen. But, as she herself said, she just wasn’t cut out to be a movie star — at least not as Hollywood in the Forties envisioned that role — and her later life was marked by broken marriages, addiction and illness,” writes Time magazine in “Veronica Lake: Hollywood Rebel and Self-Proclaimed ‘Sex Zombie’.”

The actress took a break from film work after the 1940s but continued working on the stage and the small screen. Time writes that the latter part of her life was full of personal tumult — multiple marriages, issues with alcohol and mental illness, and familial drama. Lake died in July 1973 from hepatitis and kidney injury.

Her smoldering legacy lives on, in countless fashion spreads attempting to emulate her mermaid curls and sultry makeup, in a thousand New Hollywood actress copycats, and in the old Hollywood film archives continuing to allure modern audiences.

'The Onion' turns 25: Our 25 favorite headlines

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In August of 1988, two college juniors named Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson founded a satirical newspaper. They called their creation The Onion, published it for about a year, then sold it for $16,000 — likely never dreaming that it would grow into one of the comedy world’s most venerable institutions.

25 years later, the paper has become a national juggernaut — one that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “There’s always a slight looming terror of running out of jokes because we’ve done so many jokes, and we have this manic insistence on never repeating a joke that we’ve done,” current editor-in-chief Will Tracy told NPR’s Renee Montagne earlier today. “But then, we’re able to remind ourselves that, oh no, there’s still awful people doing awful things every day, so that’ll give us more material in reality to draw from.”

Of course, awful people doing awful things aren’t the only subjects of Onion headlines. The satirical giant has spent the past quarter century making fun of everyone and everything — and while trying to name the paper’s 25 greatest heds is a little like trying to choose between your own demented children, there are certainly several that stand the test of time. Check out a list of favorites below — and don’t let this story stop you from citing more greatest hits in the comments.

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Lisa Kudrow: 50 things she taught us for her 50th birthday

It’s strange but true: Lisa Kudrow, forever immortalized as 20-something (and, later, 30-something) Phoebe Buffay on Friends, enters her sixth decade on Earth today.

And while it’d be easy to mark this golden jubilee by, say, somberly contemplating the ravages of time and our own mortality, we’d rather be a bit more celebratory.

So here’s to you, Lisa Kudrow — and, more specifically, everything we’ve learned from you and Phoebe over the years. (Michelle Weinberger and Valerie Cherish deserve some special recognition as well.) How have your lessons enriched our lives? Let us count the ways:

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Immortal Tom Cruise supposedly celebrates 51st birthday

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Fun fact #1: Tom Cruise was born on the third of July. Method acting!

Fun fact #2: He shares his birthday with noted Top Gun enthusiast Franz Kafka. READ FULL STORY

Happy birthday, Lindsay Lohan! 27 reasons we're still fascinated by you

27 years ago today, Lindsay Morgan Lohan — née Lindsay Dee Lohan — was born in New York City.

It would be easy enough to mark the occasion by snarking about the state of her career — or with a much darker headline. Somehow, though, doing that wouldn’t feel right. Despite everything — and I do mean everything — Lindsay has said, done, and struck with her car over the past nine-ish years, there’s still a part of me (and maybe even a part of you) that wants to see her bounce back from her self-imposed train-wreckitude and emerge newly born, like a phoenix rising from an ashy nest of hair extensions and cigarette butts.

But why, exactly, am I rooting for Lindsay — and still fascinated by her, after all these years? Let me count the ways:

1. Her ace black and white court attire. It’s the duality of Lohan, guys!

2. Mean Girls, which — let’s face it — may as well be reasons 2-27 on this list. Some movies give an actor a lifetime pass, no matter what else they do professionally or in their personal lives; Mean Girls is one of those movies.

3. Her first-ever television appearance — on Letterman, in 1992, as a trick-or-treater dressed as garbage.

4. Her close and, by all accounts, genuine friendship with Charlie Sheen.

5. Her intense love triangle with Hilary Duff and Aaron Carter, circa 2003.

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Three star-making moments for three birthday girls: Mindy Kaling, Solange Knowles, & Minka Kelly

Mindy Kaling, Minka Kelly, and Solange Knowles are famous for vastly different reasons — but when you think about it, they’ve actually got a lot in common. All three have enviably perfect dark locks; all three have vastly more Twitter followers than you;  all three have been toiling in the fame mines for at least 10 years, slowly climbing the ladder from Fringe Festival plays/uncredited appearances in 2 Fast 2 Furious prologues/Disney Channel music videos to mainstream success.

Each member of the trio also happens to have been born on this day — 34, 33, and 27 years ago, respectively. Mindy is celebrating her birthday by donating to some of her fans’ favorite charities. Solange feted the occasion last night with her pal Erykah Badu. Minka’s present to herself, evidently, is a day largely free of Twitter. We’ll take a slightly different approach by looking back at each lady’s career — specifically, the early moments that indicated big things were coming for all three.

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Paul McCartney and Blake Shelton: They say it's your birthday!

In today’s musical birthdays …

Beatles icon Paul McCartney turned 71 on Tuesday, but his age didn’t stop him from performing at Bonnaroo over the weekend and being voted “Pop’s Coolest Dad.” His life has been dedicated to music, activism and staying relevant in a changing world. Well, considering he spent the last year of his life performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, closing out the London Olympics (for the low price of $1.57) and performing at a relief concert for Hurricane Sandy victims, we’d say he’s doing a pretty good job.

Blake Shelton, meanwhile, might be getting a special birthday present this year: a victory on The Voice! Two of the remaining three acts on the singing competition are from Team Blake, and adding another Voice win (he’s already won twice) would definitely make his 37th birthday a special day. But just in case, the country star still has plenty to celebrate. This year alone, he took home some hardware at the CMA Awards, one ACM Awards and CMT Music Awards.

Read more:
Blake Shelton’s tornado-relief benefit raises $6 million
Paul McCartney to perform on special one-hour ‘Colbert Report’

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