Look Who's Turning 40
The former Posh Spice has no regrets in this banner year, and why should she? She's a fashion mogul, married to a hot athlete and is mom to an adorable brood. "I looked at [turning 40] and said to myself, 'I have four incredible children, an incredible husband, a business that's doing very well,'" the star, born April 17, told British Vogue. "I've worked hard and achieved a lot. I don't think I could have achieved more."
From Romeo amp Juliet to The Great Gatsby, DiCaprio remains a Hollywood heartthrob, but what still eludes the blue-eyed bachelor is marriage. That, however, might be the next thing he accomplishes after his Nov. 11 birthday. "I take it as it comes. We'll see what happens in the future. I don't try to determine what the future will be, I take it day by day," the actor told Extra of getting hitched, adding that he's "feeling great" about the big 4-0.
Not long after Sanrio unveiled the first drawings of the bow-clad character on Nov. 1, trendy cat lovers took to her like catnip. Now, on the heels of Hello Kitty's milestone birthday, the company has revealed a shocking secret: "Hello Kitty is not a cat," anthropologist/Hello Kitty scholar Christine R. Yano dished. "She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat." Me-wow!
This Oscar nominee has proudly shared that "women can play sexy at any age," which she continues to prove. The Enchanted Adams, who turned 40 on Aug. 20, manages to have one of the most dynamic careers in Hollywood, thanks to parts in quirky flicks like Her, as well as upcoming projects such as Big Eyes and Lullaby. In her words, "I'm a little more fearless now."
Here's proof that things gets better with age: Since making his name on Saturday Night Live, Fallon, born Sept. 19, has become the king of late night, thanks to his coveted gig as the host of the Tonight Show. His History of Rap and spot-on celeb impressions leave audiences laughing, but what puts a smile on Fallon's face? One-year-old daughter Winnie. As the first-time dad told PEOPLE, "My life has never been this cool."
In the years since Hungarian sculptor and professor Erno Rubik dreamed up the 3-D puzzle, people are still trying to solve the cube's tricky design. Considered the world's best-selling toy, the Rubik's Cube has remained such a cultural touchstone that even Justin Bieber couldn't resist the urge to solve it on live television.
After turning 40 on March 5, Mendes took on another milestone: Motherhood. In September the actress welcomed her first child, a daughter, with longtime beau Ryan Gosling. The new mom's gorgeous-at-any-age trick? A chic coif. "I think a great beauty tip for me, that I actually learned from my mother is, she always believes that if your hair is set and your hair is done, you can get away with having no makeup or a mediocre outfit," she told ABC News.
The Oscar winner declared that and that seems to be true for the beauty, who has a bustling family life (with hubby Javier Bardem and their two kids, Leonardo, 3, and Luna, 1) and an equally busy career. Cruz also believes in aging gracefully, telling Elle, "My definition of beauty is without rules. It can be the face of a beautiful 90-year-old woman that is full of stories and emotion. Beauty is what somebody's eyes communicate."
On Jan. 15, 1974, Richie Cunningham and his crew brought viewers back to a simpler time – the 1950s. The show, starring Ron Howard as wholesome Richie and Henry Winkler as the supercool Fonzie, quickly became a hit, spawning popular catchphrases ("Ayyyyy!" "Sit on it!"), as well as several spin-offs, including Laverne amp Shirley and Mork amp Mindy. The comedy was so influential that the term "jump the shark" was born from an episode in which Fonzie attempts to waterski over the giant fish.
Don't expect Phoenix to become more mellow as he enters his fourth decade on Oct. 28. Whether trying out a rapping career or jumping on the man-bun bandwagon shortly after falling in love with his Siri-like pal in Her, the Oscar nominee always keeps us on our toes. "In private, I live a very quiet life," the famous vegan has said. "I’ve never bungee-jumped. I’ve never sky-dived out of a plane. But in my work I like that intensity. My extreme sport is acting."
If this is 40, consider us sold! The world's most famous waif is now a mom and wife but still busy as ever as the face of campaigns for Rimmel and Burberry and a designer at Top Shop. "I turned 40 and I felt more comfortable in my skin, probably more comfortable than I ever have. It's an actual feeling," the supermodel, who celebrated her big day on Jan. 16, told The Sunday Times. "I'm still nervous at times, but not as nervous."
The country superstar admits that turning 40 is an "abstract concept," but that doesn't mean she can ignore it. "Some days I can feel it. Heck, there are days when I feel like I am 100," the Sugarland singer told Country Weekly of her Sept. 12 milestone. "But seriously, I feel disconnected to '40' as a number, even though I know it's a reality. I guess I look at it more as having 40 years of life experience that I have come to appreciate. I love being enriched by knowing now what I didn't know then."
This former Batman has famously beefed up – and down – for roles, but he acknowledges that it's no longer so easy. "I think I'm certainly getting older. I thought I was going to lose the weight I gained for American Hustle. I said, two months, flat, that'll do it. I was 185 and I went up to 228 for it. And I'm still working that off! It's almost six months later," the star, born Jan. 30, told USA Today. "Now I know that when I was in my early 20s it would have been two months and that's it."
Candy that crackles and fizzles in your mouth? How could it not become an instant favorite with kids! Today, these powerful packets are still as popular as ever, even with adults, and are available in flavors ranging from strawberry to green apple to chocolate. OK, but what makes Pop Rocks pop? The tiny pieces of hard candy are filled with carbon dioxide, which is released when it comes into contact with moisture. You're welcome!
Zack Morris is 40? We guess Gosselaar, born March 1, couldn't pull off any time outs in real life. Still busy, the former Saved by the Bell heartthrob currently stars on the TNT legal comedy Franklin amp Bash and has graduated from mischievous high schooler to real-life proud papa of three kids.
She'll always be Kelly Kapowski to us – and that might be because Thiessen still has the same teen queen glow she did on Saved by the Bell. Her secret? The White Collar star drinks tons of water, uses sunscreen, and gets regular facials, she tells PEOPLE. After turning 40 in January, Thiessen says, "So far I'm doing okay. I'm feeling pretty good. The thing that makes me young and old is my kid. She can make me feel super, super young, and at the same time she can make me feel really old."
Romy and Michele attempted to claim that they invented the handy pieces of sticky paper, but it was 3M scientists Arthur Fry and Steven Silver who were the actual inventors. Created in 1974, the adhesives didn't hit U.S. shelves until 1980. Four decades later, they remain the most recognizable scraps of paper found in any office.
These days, the American Idol host is a full-fledged media mogul and as he nears the big 4-0 on Dec. 24, he admits that he may have to start acting a bit more adult in his personal life. So, Seacrest adopted a dog, which he told PEOPLE, "is me saying to myself, 'You should have a little responsibility' ... I'm turning 40 and it's a turning-point number. You go, 'Wait, you've got to grow up a little bit.'"
At 40, Jewel, born May 23, says she's more confident than ever in her personal and professional lives. "It's weird, I never thought a snaggle-toothed, big-nosed girl from Alaska would [be considered 'hot']," the recently separated singer, who has a new album in the works, told the Huffington Post. "But I enjoy it, especially as I've gotten older."