Celebrity Birthdays, June 8: Kanye West and Julianna Margulies

By Marie Blake,

Rapper Kanye West and actress Julianna Margulies are celebrating their birthdays today.

Kanye West, 37


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Rapper, songwriter, record producer, film director, entrepreneur, and fashion designer Kanye West turns 37 today. West first gained fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he received recognition for his work on rapper Jay Z's album, The Blueprint. West went on to work with other artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Janet Jackson. West was signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2002, and released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim.

West's second album, Late Registration, was released in 2005, with Graduation following in 2007. West transitioned into singing with his album 808's & Heartbreak, and followed with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010. West collaborated with numerous artists before releasing his sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013.

West has sold more than 21 million albums and 66 million digital downloads. He has won 21 Grammy Awards so far in his career, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. West runs his own record label GOOD Music and has directed several short films.

West is currently married to reality star Kim Kardashian. They have a daughter, North "Nori" West, born June 15, 2013.

Julianna Margulies, 48


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Actress and Producer Julianna Margulies turns 48 today. Margulies achieved critical and commercial success in her role as Nurse Carol Hathaway on NBC's long-running medical drama ER, for which she won an Emmy Award. Margulies appeared in the 2001 miniseries The Mists of Avalon and voiced the role of Neera in the Disney film Dinosaur. In 2009, she took the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the CBS drama The Good Wife, for which she has won a Golden Globe award, a Television Critics Association Award, and the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

So far in her career, Margulies has won eight Screen Actor Guild Awards; four for her performance as an actress in a leading role in a drama series, and four for being the member of the best ensemble cast in a drama series. Margulies has also appeared in the films Ghost Ship, Snakes on a Plane and Stand Up Guys.

Margulies married attorney Keith Lieberthal in 2007. They have one child together.

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