Celebrity Birthdays, June 25: Ricky Gervais and La La Anthony

By Marie Blake,

Comedian Ricky Gervais and television personality La La Anthony are celebrating their birthdays today.

Ricky Gervais, 53


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Comedian, actor, voice actor, director, producer, musician, writer and former radio presenter Ricky Gervais turns 53 today. Gervais achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office, as well as the series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with Stephen Merchant. Aside from writing and directing the shows, Gervais played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also starred in the films Ghost Town, The Invention of Lying and Muppets Most Wanted.

Gervais has performed on four sell-out stand-up comedy tours, written the best-selling Flanimals book series and starred with Merchant and Karl Pilkington in the most downloaded podcast The Ricky Gervais Show. He hosted the Golden Globe Awards from 2010 to 2012. In his career so far, Gervais has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards and the 2006 Rose d'Or, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

Garvais has been dating producer and screenwriter, Jane Fallon, for 31 years, and does not intend on getting married or having children.

La La Anthony, 35


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Disc jockey, television personality and actress La La Anthony turns 35 today. Born Alani Vazquez, Anthony worked as a programming assistant at WHTA radio in Atlanta. While a student in high school, she received her first big break with her debut in a radio show, alongside Ludacris, called Future Flavas. After relocating to Washington, D.C., where she attended Howard University and studied Communications, she worked as a disc jockey at WHUR, the campus radio station.

In 1999, she moved to Los Angeles, California, and went to work at KKBT radio. There, she was noticed by MTV and was invited to audition. She became the co-host of MTV's Direct Effect and Total Request Live. She has also hosted the reunion specials for all seasons of VH1's Flavor of Love, I Love New York, the first season of Real Chance of Love, the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School and For the Love of Ray J. She also appeared as a dean on VH1's Charm School with Ricki Lake. Vazquez made her film debut in 2001 in Two Can Play That Game. Her filmography also includes Urban Massacre, Monster Island, You Got Served and Think Like a Man.

Anthony married basketball player Carmelo Anthony in 2010. They have a son, Kiyan, born in 2007. Anthony can be seen in Think Like a Man Too, in theaters now.

 
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