Happy 21st Birthday, Blake Lively!

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We know her as Serena van der Woodsen, but Blake Christina Lively - born August 25, 1987 in Tarzana, California - is nothing like her glamourous television counterpart. The actress is as far from it as you can get!

Despite a rising career that includes a starring role in Gossip Girl, as well as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel, Blake Lively is smart, humble, grounded and down-to-earth. And she turns 21 years old today!

Happy birthday, Blake. We <3 you. Below, the Gossip Girl Insider interns have put together a little photo tribute to the actress. Click to enlarge any of these - and follow this link for many, many more Blake Lively photos!

Blake Got Back
Lively and Stylish
Blake Lively in Cosmopolitan
TRL with Blake
Beauty and Brains
More Penn Badgley and Blake Lively
Orange You Glad ...
Blake: The Best of New York
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley Love
Blake is Beautiful
Number One in Our Minds
Sunny Blake
Bringing Sexy Blake
Blake Lively Photo
Blake
A Lively Photo
A Blake Lively Pic
Sleepy B
Blake Lively Pic
Leighton and Blake
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8g59ys

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Oh and forgot to say i love the new season of Gossip Girl!

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Heyy Blake im you biggest FAN!!!!!!
And i just had to wish you a happy birthday!!!!!!!!!
so here it is happy birthday!!!!!!!

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Its great that you have been raised up as a good girl -humble, grounded, smart, family-oriented, respectful to parents, learn how to see the good of each person.
Indeed you are one of a kind. My the Great God Almighty continously bless you with good projects, movies that will give you awards as an actress in the future. And yes, no to drugs, just have moderate parties and be an example to other young American kids. More power to you. Happy, happy, happy birthday. Have a happy lovelife too.

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Happy birthday darl !
have a good one !
much love xxx

Blairena

Happy B-day Blake! We love you!!!!!

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Belle- haha i cracked up when you said that your sister is 21 too today, but not as cool... haha thats great!.... i know a girl turning 21 today too!!

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...My sister is 21 today too! But she's not as cool. But hey thought I throw that in there. Blake is awesome and finally legal to do all the stuff Serena does!

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well happy birthday blake i hope you get everything a girl could possibly want for her birthday xxx

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happy birthday, hope you go out have alot on fun on your 21st. your the best.

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