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Celebrity birthdays: Richard Gere turns 65

31 AUGUST 2014

Happy birthday Richard Gere! As the Hollywood actor turns 65, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Richard and you...

This was what Richard, who is a Virgo, can be expecting today:

In your emotional life now, a discussion needs to be held. You may feel reluctant to enter a conversation because you feel you know how it will all turn out. But you don't know. You're making an assumption. You are working on the basis of information received so far. There is more information still to be attained. Crucial facts can be unearthed. Insights that alter everything await discovery. How are you going to find all these things out? There simply is no other way. Just trust and allow some talking to take place.

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Richard Gere

Richard Gere couldn't be much further from the stereotype of a Hollywood star. He isn't that interested in glamorous parties, and the most offensive thing he's done in recent years was to annoy neighbours by building a meditation hut on top of his Greenwich Village home. He became interested in Buddhism in his early 20s and says his faith is the most important thing in his life.

Born in Philadelphia on 31 August 1949, he was raised on a farm in upstate New York before winning a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts. He majored in philosophy and drama, but as his interest in acting grew, he decided to drop out and pursue a career on stage and on screen.

It wasn't an easy choice and the youngster spent several years waiting tables and looking for acting work. He was sure of his destiny, however, and is said to have once told Robert DeNiro while serving him in a restaurant that he was going to be "equally successful".

He finally was able to show his talents to the world when he landed his role as a male prostitute in American Gigolo. While being a hit with the critics, rumours abounded that he was gay. Richard doggedly refused to answer questions on the matter, saying: "Cosmically, there's nothing wrong with being heterosexual, homosexual or omnisexual with being anything so long as you don't hurt anybody, yourself included."

Over the coming years Richard was linked with a string of glamorous women including super model Cindy Crawford, to whom he was married for four years.

The charming actor has starred in hit feature films such as Pretty Woman, Shall We Dance, Runaway Bride and The Double.

Recently the star has been rumoured to date Top Chef Padma Lakshmi after his divorce from Carey Lovell last year.

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