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Producer Randy Jackson and actress Selma Blair are celebrating their birthdays today.
Randy Jackson, 58
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Bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality Randy Jackson turns 58 today. In the late 1980s, Jackson was doing music sessions with the rock band Journey. He also performed on several of Kenny G's albums. Jackson has recorded, produced, or toured with many well-known artists and bands, including Mariah Carey, 'N Sync, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Fergie and Madonna.
Jackson's credits as a session musician range from playing with Blue Öyster Cult, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Ernie Isley, Billy Joel, George Michael, Stevie Nicks, Imogen Heap and Bruce Springsteen. On March 11, 2008, Jackson released an album produced entirely by himself, titled Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1. Jackson also produced the MTV reality dance competition America's Best Dance Crew.
In 2002, Jackson became one of the panel judges on the Fox reality television series American Idol, along with Paula Abdul (2002–2009), Simon Cowell (2002–2010), Kara DioGuardi (2009–2010), Ellen DeGeneres (2010), Jennifer Lopez (2011–2012, 2014-present), Steven Tyler (2011–2012), Nicki Minaj (2013), Mariah Carey (2013), Keith Urban (2013-present) and Harry Connick, Jr. (2014-present). In September 2013, it was announced that Jackson would replace Jimmy Iovine as the in-house mentor on American Idol.
Selma Blair, 42
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Film, television and theater actress Selma Blair turns 42 today. Blair made her professional acting debut in 1995 on television, in the children's sitcom The Adventures of Pete & Pete. She gained mainstream recognition after starring in the 1999 teen drama Cruel Intentions. She achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of Liz Sherman in the fantasy films Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Her other notable films include Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing, The Fog, Purple Violets and Columbus Circle.
In 2012 she returned to television as the female lead in the first two seasons of the Anger Management. Blair narrated the Holocaust-related documentary The Diary of Anne Frank, her performance drew positive reviews from critics, and earned her a Grammy award nomination.
Blair has a son, Arthur Saint Bleick, with fashion designer Jason Bleick. In September 2012, Blair and Bleick announced that they had separated after two years of dating.