Sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and the baby boomers is the so-called Silent Generation. Those born between 1928 and 1945 entered the world at a time when the U.S. was recovering from the Great Depression and fighting a global war. Yet these luminaries are anything but silent: They are making themselves heard well into their seventh decade.
Born: April 24, 1942, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Though this Funny Lady has a great fear of performing live, she holds the record for the highest grossing single concert. Her show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in December 1999 brought in $14.7 million. AP Photo: Keystone/Eddy Risch
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Next: Paul McCartney
Born: June 18, 1942, Liverpool, England
Sir Paul doesn’t have to sing for his supper anymore: He’s one of the wealthiest men in Britain. A High Court judgment tallied his total fortune at £387,012,000 ($602,597,160). AP Photo: Chris Pizzello
Next: Harrison Ford
Born: July 13, 1942, Chicago
The “Raiders of the Lost Ark” star has some Washington connections: His Indiana Jones jacket and fedora are in the Smithsonian, and he went to high school with Hillary Clinton. AP Photo: Peter Kramer