by Hilton Hater at

A CW star and former South African President both celebrate birthdays today.

First, Chace Crawford - who just started shooting Gossip Girl Season 6 - turns 27, as fans don't need to worry about gifting him with anyone aside from their best wishes. He's rumored to be dating Erin Andrews, after all.

The actor doesn't need anything else in life.

  • Chace Crawford on Set
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Nelson Mandela, meanwhile, turns 94. The activist spent 27 years in prison and eventually helped turn his nation into a democracy, defeating the evils of apartheid along the way. That's almost as impressive an achievement as the whole Andrews thing for Crawford.

Other stars celebrating birthdays today include: Kristen Bell (32), Vin Diesel (45), Richard Branson (62).

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by Free Britney at

A pair of Gossip Girl stars - Chace Crawford and Kristen Bell, the unseen narrator of the CW series - celebrate their birthdays today. Woo hoo!

The hunky Chace Crawford is just 23, while the adorable Kristen Bell (who also stars on Heroes, another favorite show of our staff's) turns 28.

In honor of July 18, here are some photos of each these celebrities. Yup, a l'il somethin' for the guys and for the ladies today. Click to enlarge!

When does your favorite star celebrate surviving another year on this planet they call Earth? Check our celebrity birthdays calendar and see!

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