PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

Look Who's Turning 40

From Leonardo DiCaprio and Victoria Beckham to Hello Kitty and Happy Days, see who's celebrating the milestone with PEOPLE


Not long after Sanrio unveiled the first drawings of the bow-clad character on Nov. 1, trendy cat lovers took to her like catnip. Now, on the heels of Hello Kitty's milestone birthday, the company has revealed a shocking secret: "Hello Kitty is not a cat," anthropologist/Hello Kitty scholar Christine R. Yano dished. "She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat." Me-wow!