Born and raised in Kentucky, this American country music phenomenon has a career spanning 60 years. With chart-toppers like “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, Loretta Lynn is a prolific musician. She released 60 albums, selling 45 million worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Famer is so revered and well-loved, her song, “You’re Looking at Country,” was covered by Metallica in 2019.
At age 15, Loretta Lynn married her husband and, soon after, had her first child. When her husband gave her a guitar for Christmas, she took to it immediately and began to write and perform songs. Just seven years later, she got signed and released her first album, “Honky Tonk Girl”.
Dick Van Dyke (born 1925)
With a career that has spanned over 70 years, Dick Van Dyke is still hard at work. One of his most intriguing projects was a rap album for kids he produced with the drummer from Red Hot Chili Peppers! Born in Missouri during the Great Depression, he never knew his family was poor because everyone else was poor too.
He started his showbiz career on radio and Broadway and became a household name after starring in the acclaimed CBS sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Apart from "Mary Poppins", Van Dyke has acted in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Bye Bye Birdie", and many others. He's won five Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy, plus the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jackie Mason (born 1931)
Born Yacov Moshe Maza to an Orthodox Jewish family and a long string of rabbis, Mason grew up and became ordained too. But it didn’t last. He left the synagogue to become a comedian because, as he said, “Someone in the family had to make a living.” Mason likes to joke about politics and other controversial topics.
Mason is also an actor and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and in "The Jerk" with Steve Martin. His own production, a one-man show called "The World According to Me", was an enormous hit and won several awards. The beloved comedian died in 2021.
Ed Asner (born 1929)
Hollywood legend, Ed Asner won more Emmys than any other male actor, and was nominated a total of 20 times! He was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985. His 60-year-long career is best known for his award-winning role in "Lou Grant" -- an hour-long comedy-drama that started a spin-off TV show from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
Asner has been very active politically, which was controversial at times. He publicly opposed U.S. involvement in Central America during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. The actor has four children, and regarding them, he’s known to have said, “Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.” He died of natural causes in 2021, at the age of 94. Many public figures paid tribute to him, including Zooey Deschanel, Ben Stiller and The Muppets.
Katharine Ross (born 1940)
Katharine Ross was born and raised in California. Her interest in film and acting started in college. As a beauty, roles quickly came her way. Her film debut was a role in the Civil War-era film, "Shenandoah". She hit it big with a starring role in "Games" and then with "The Graduate". Her fame ignited like wildfire and she befitted the ideal of beauty for the groovy Hippie generation.
Even though she's been divorced four times, she shares one of Hollywood’s most wonderful love stories with her current husband, Sam Elliott. After being in a couple of films together, they got married in 1984. The two have been married for more than 30 years and have a daughter together.