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Celebrities lend voices to charity

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Imagine having William Shatner supply your outgoing voice mail message. Or maybe you’d prefer Morgan Freeman coolly telling callers to wait for the beep. Or perhaps having Betty White joke around is more your speed.

All it takes is $299 and some luck.

The advocacy group Autism Speaks is offering custom-recorded messages from those celebrities as well as Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Ed Asner.

From Dec. 3 to Dec. 9, a limited number of 20-second-long MP3 messages will be recorded by them on a first-come, first-served basis for fans to do with as they wish.

All proceeds will support autism research and advocacy efforts.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Elmarie Wendel is 80. Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch is 65. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 58. Actor Maxwell Caulfield is 53. Actor John Henton is 52. “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts is 52. Actor Oded Fehr is 42. Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is 20.

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