Baby Boomer Night at the DNC

Sigourney Weaver, Angela Bassett and Lenny Kravitz on Wednesday

Lenny Kravitz plays "Let Love Rule" during his soundcheck on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Lenny Kravitz plays "Let Love Rule" during his soundcheck on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:17pm

Day Three’s list of celebrities speaking out for Hillary Clinton are ones that the nominee herself would be most likely to recognize.  

These are the celebrities of the baby boomer generation and follow the Democratic convention’s second night that appealed to the millennials .  

Actress Star Jones is the first major celebrity on Wednesday. At 54, she just makes the baby boomer cut-off. Jones was one of the original hosts of ABC’s “The View,” appearing on the show for nearly a decade. And, ironically, she was on Republican nominee Donald Trump’s reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” in its fourth installment.  

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Academy Award-nominated actress Sigourney Weaver took the stage to introduce a film on climate change. She’s had staying power since her screen debut in “Annie Hall” in 1977, and her first major role in 1979 in “Alien.” At 66, she starred in this year’s “Finding Dory.”  

UNITED STATES - JULY 27: Actress Sigourney Weaver speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Actress Sigourney Weaver ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Soon after Weaver, director Lee Daniels delivered remarks. Daniels, 56, directed the historical drama “The Butler” in 2012, which portrayed 20th century presidents at the White House through the eyes of an African-American butler. He also is the co-creator, executive producer and director of the widely popular television series, “Empire.”  

Another boomer celebrity was part of the gun control segment of the evening. Actress Angela Bassett, 57, famous for “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Notorious,” has been active in the fight against gun violence. She has also played various historical roles, including Rosa Parks in “The Rosa Parks Story” and Betty Shabazz in “Malcolm X.”  

UNITED STATES - JULY 27: Actress Angela Bassett speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Actress Angela Bassett (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A powerful performance wrapped up the gun control portion of the night and brought more familiar faces to the stage, this time from Broadway. The group sang, “What the World Needs Now,” and included Tyne Daly, 70, and Sharon Gless, 73, of the TV show “Cagney and Lacey.”  

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Before vice presidential nominee Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine gives his speech, musician Lenny Kravitz performed. The millennial crew knows Kravitz from “The Hunger Games” and growing up to his funk rock hits. But born in 1964, he qualifies as a baby boomer. The 52-year-old won the Grammy award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002.  

Now that the millennials and baby boomers have been showcased, let’s see who comes out for Clinton’s final night.


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