Leonardo DiCaprio celebrates 40th birthday

hellomagazine.com Happy birthday, Leonardo DiCaprio! As the award-winning actor celebrates turning 40, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Leonardo and for you...

This is what Leo, who is a Scorpio, can be expecting today:

From an early age we are taught to observe social niceties. We must say 'please', 'thank you' and 'how do you do?' We may be considered rude if we go straight to the point without first discussing the weather. Perhaps some of us, sometimes, are so fearful of causing offence that we stick only to the blandest of topics and avoid the nitty-gritty at all costs. Yet how can it be outrageous to say something that truly needs to be said? And how can it be wise for you to allow a situation that lacks true communication to continue?

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Born in 1974, Leonardo's name came about because his mother Irmelin was admiring a DaVinci painting in Italy when she felt him kick for the first time.

He first started acting at the age of six, and came to the attention of Hollywood in the 1992 film This Boy's Life opposite Robert De Niro.

Leo won critical acclaim the following year for his portrayal of Johnny Depp's disabled younger brother in the film What's Eating Gilbert Grape, which would earn  him his first Oscar nomination at the age of just 19.

He went on to star in the 1996 classic Romeo and Juliet, but it was 1997's Titanic that shot Leo to worldwide stardom, with his face gracing posters on bedroom walls around the world.

In the following years, Leo starred in various films which failed to light up the box office, but in 2002 he returned to the spotlight for the right reasons, with nearly every film of his, including Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, Blood Diamond, The Departed, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception, Django Unchained, and The Wolf of Wall Street gaining critical acclaim.

Leo has been nominated for five Academy Awards, and ten Golden Globes, winning a globe in 2005 for The Aviator and in 2014 for The Wolf of Wall Street.

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A committed and passionate activist, Leo donates time and money to global warming, computer literacy for children, Haiti, and the Wildlife Conservation Charity. In 1998 he founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which aims to promote environmental and humanitarian issues through fund-raising, campaigning, and media projects.

Leo's personal life has been a regular focus in the media, and he has had several high-profile partners, including Gisele Bunchen and Bar Refaeli. In 2013 he began dating model Toni Garrn but recent rumours suggest the pair have split.

He has remained close friends with his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet over the years, and officiated her wedding to Ned Rocknroll in 2013.

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