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
A Lively Photo
A Blake Lively Pic
Sleepy B
Blake Lively Pic
Leighton and Blake

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