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List of famous people born in 1956, with photos when available. This list of celebrities born in 1956 is loosely ordered by popularity, so the most well-known people are at the top. All sorts of men and women are featured on this list, including actors, singers, musicians and athletes born in 1956. Various bits of information are available for these prominent people whose birth year is 1956, such as what schools they went to and where they were born. If you're looking for a particular famous person born in 1956 you can type their name into the "search" bar and it will take you right to them.

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Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Born in 1956
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Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will reprise the character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She is also known for her bestselling novel Postcards ...more

Age: 60

Birthplace: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Script doctor, + more

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Born in 1956
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William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. Before his role as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect, ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Commentator, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

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Bo Derek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Born in 1956
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Bo Derek is an American film and television actress, movie producer, and model perhaps best known for her role in the 1979 film 10. The film also launched a bestselling poster for Derek in a swimsuit, and subsequently she became one of the most popular sex symbols in the 1980s. Her later films were ...more

Age: 60

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor

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Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Born in 1956
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Dana Welles Delany is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, presenter, and health activist. Delany has been active in show business since the late 1970s. Following small roles early in her career, Delany garnered her first leading role in 1987 in the short-lived NBC sitcom Sweet ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Presenter

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