Happy Birthday

Kate Spade turns 47 today. Hedge fund manager Jim Chanos is turning 52. Former Observer owner Arthur Carter is 78. Jonathan Benno, Per Se's outgoing chef who will soon be opening a restaurant of his own, is 40. Annette de la Renta, the wife of Oscar de la Renta and a charity gala fixture, is turning 70. Ryan Seacrest turns 35. Ricky Martin is celebrating his 38th. Author Mary Higgins Clark is turning 82. Heiress Marylou Whitney is 84. And actor Mekhi Phifer is 35. A few people with Christmas birthdays are listed below.

Christmas Day birthdays: Karl Rove (59); Sissy Spacek (60); cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto (49); Annie Lennox (55); artist Louise Bourgeois (98); literary agent Esther Newberg (68); chef/restaurateur Laurent Tourondel (43); Dido (38); Jimmy Buffett (63); and Helena Christensen (41).