Ah January — the first month of the new year, and that means it’s time to celebrate your favorite celebrities who were born in January.
That’s right! Scroll on for our extensive list of all the biggest names who were born as Capricorns…
Born on January 3, 1965, the actor Mel Gibson was the sixth of eleven children born to Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent.
The Academy Award-winning actor Bradley Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent and worked for a local NBC station. Bradley’s father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker.
The Academy Award-winning Eddie Redmayne was born on January 6, 1982, in London, England. He is the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was noted civil and mining engineer, Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne. He has English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. She spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New York, as her parents were divorced at a young age.
The iconic actress and comedian passed on December 31, just missing her 100th birthday on January 17. Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California, and was the third child of Bill Costner, who was a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison. His mother is Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), who was a welfare worker.
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in Pittman Center, Tennessee, and raised in Sevierville, Tennessee to Avie Lee Parton, a housewife & Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer. Parton grew up with 11 siblings in the Smoky Mountains. Her family was so poor that both she and her family struggled to keep clean, she revealed in a 1978 interview with Larry Grobel.
The singer-songwriter was born on January 25, 1981, in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, to Terria Joseph (née Teresa M. Augello). Terria was a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, while Craig Cook, was a flight attendant. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is Caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry.
The comedian Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. Her mother is Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and her father is Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is a musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. Her parents divorced when she was 16 years old and her mother remarried to salesman Roy Gruessendorf.
Actor Elijah Wood was orn January 29, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Debbie (Krause) and Warren Wood, who ran a delicatessen. He has an older brother, Zach, and a younger sister, Hannah Wood. He is of English, German, Austrian, and Danish descent.
Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, the USA as Orpah Gail Winfrey. While her name was originally “Orpah”, after the biblical figure in the Book of Ruth, it has been alleged that there was a misspelling on her birth certificate or a struggle with the pronunciation of her name eventually led to “Oprah” being adopted as her given name.
Actor-singer Justin Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) and Randall Timberlake, whose own father was a Baptist minister.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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