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Eddie Snyder, American composer (“Strangers in the Night”, “Spanish Eyes”)died he was , 92

Edward Abraham Snyder was an American composer and songwriter. Synder is credited with co-writing the English language lyrics and music for Frank Sinatra’s 1966 hit, “Strangers in the Night“died he was , 92.

(February 22, 1919 – March 10, 2011)

Snyder was born in New York City on February 22, 1919.[1] He studied piano at the Juilliard School before taking a job as a songwriter at the Brill Building.[1]
The music for “Strangers in the Night” was originally written by Croatian composer Ivo Robic but when it failed to gain recognition in the song festival for which it had been composed, Robic sold the rights to German bandleader and composer Bert Kaempfert, who used it in the spoof spy film A Man Could Get Killed. Snyder subsequently collaborated with British lyricist Charles Singleton, although Snyder always insisted that he also contributed to the final music form, and the song is now credited to all four.[1]

The first vocal version was cut by Jack Jones in April 1966, but the best-known is that recorded by Frank Sinatra three days later. At the session an angry Sintra turned on guitarist Glen Campbell, who had been brought in at the last moment. Campbell did not know the song and busked his way through the first take while listening to the tune. Sinatra was used to recording in a single take, and when told he would have to sing it again, he glared at Campbell and shouted: “Is that guy with us or is he sleeping?”. On take two Sinatra himself added the famous “doo-bie-doo-bie-doo” improvisation at the end. In the original 1966 recording, this fades prematurely, but in a recently remastered version, it continues for an additional nine seconds. Despite its popularity, Sinatra is known to have detested the song and often expressed his distaste for it when performing it in concert.[1]
“Strangers In The Night” has been performed an estimate of four million times since Sinatra recorded the originally, won Snyder a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Film in 1966.[1] Snyder also composed “Spanish Eyes” for Al Martino in 1965, which later became a hit in the United Kingdom in 1973.[1]
Eddie Snyder died on March 10, 2011, at the age of 92. He was survived by his wife, Jessie.[1]

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Who is Kristin Elizabeth Cavallari?

Who is Kristin Elizabeth Cavallari? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Kristin Cavallari. Cavallari is an American television personality and actress. She is best known for her starring roles on the former MTV programs Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and its spin-off, The Hills.

Early life

Cavallari was born January 5, 1987 in Denver, Colorado, the second of three children of Judith Spies (née Eifrig) and Dennis Cavallari.[2][3] When her mother divorced her father, her older brother Mike moved with their father to Laguna Beach, California, while she moved with her mother to the village of Barrington, Illinois, a suburb an hour northwest of Chicago. After difficulties adjusting to a new life with a stepfather and stepbrother, Kristin moved to California to live with her father. Instead Kristin was enrolled at Santa Margarita Catholic High School for her freshman year. After she attended a Driver’s Education course through Laguna Beach High School, her father enrolled her in LBHS.

Career

2006-2010: Laguna Beach and The Hills

Cavallari was in her junior year of high school when the first season of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County began production. At the time, she was involved in an on-and-off relationship with senior Stephen Colletti. Cavallari’s romance with Colletti caused a rivalry with another cast member, Lauren Conrad. The love triangle became one of the series’ central plotline. [1]
In May 2009, Cavallari confirmed that she would be joining the cast of the popular MTV reality series The Hills.[4] She appeared in the mid-season finale that aired on May 31, 2009 and appeared as a regular in the remainder of the fifth season. She inked a deal with MTV to appear as a series regular throughout two more seasons of the series following the fifth.[5] The sixth and final season aired summer 2010.

2006-2009: Acting endeavors

After her stint on Laguna Beach, Cavallari headed to Los Angeles and briefly enrolled at University of Southern California. She signed on the UPN reality television series Get This Party Started, which premiered February 7, 2006. The series was canceled after airing two episodes due to extremely low ratings. She guest starred in another UPN series Veronica Mars in one episode. She has appeared in numerous television roles such as CSI: NY, Cane and Adventures in Hollyhood.
In 2006, she signed on as Crystal in the horror film Fingerprints. Filming took place throughout April and May 2006 in two Oklahoma towns. The film premiered at Screamfest on October 16, 2006. The film won Best Feature at the 2006 New York City Horror Film Festival. The film was released in 2007 to mixed to positive reviews. She also played a small role in “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” an independent film, directed by Goran Dukic in 2006.
In 2008, she had a supporting role in Spring Breakdown alongside Amy Poehler as Summer. The film was released straight-to-DVD on June 2, 2009 and received mixed reviews. She also starred in the independent film Green Flash alongside Torrey DeVitto.
In 2009, she starred in the independent American high school comedy film Wild Cherry as Trish, which also starred Rumer Willis. She also starred in the straight-to-DVD film National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year as Kaitlyn. The film was released July 14, 2009 to mixed to negative reviews.

Philanthropy

Cavallari has been involved in the “Until There’s a Cure” public service advertising campaign to raise awareness and funds for AIDS and HIV research and vaccine development.[6] In 2006, Cavallari appeared in ads for PETA,[7] and has also appeared as a celebrity spokesperson for “We Are Ellis Island”, a campaign for the restoration of historic buildings on Ellis Island.[8] In February 2009, she posed for the NOH8 Campaign in support of gay marriage.[9]

Personal life

Cavallari is currently engaged to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.[10]

 Filmography

Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
2004 to 2005 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County Herself 28 episodes
2006 Get This Party Started Host 2 episodes
2006 Veronica Mars Kylie Marker 1 episode
2006 Fingerprints Crystal
2007 Cheerleader Camp Julie Television movie
2007 Cane Casey Episode: “Family Business”
2008 Green Flash Lana Direct-to-DVD release
2008 CSI: NY Isabelle Vaughn Episode: “Forbidden Fruit”
2008 Spring Breakdown Seven #3
2009 Wild Cherry Trish Van Doren
2009 National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year Kaitlin Hays Direct-to-DVD release
2009 to 2010 The Hills Herself 23 episodes
2011 The Middle Ms. Devereaux Episode: “Friends, Lies, and Videotape”

 

 

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Who is Colette Sheridan?

Who is Colette Sheridan? The entertainment and acting world know her as Nicollette Sheridan. Sheridan is a Golden Globe-nominated British-born American actress. She has appeared in soap operas, movies and television series, and is perhaps best known for her roles as Paige Matheson on Knots Landing and as Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives.

Sheridan was born November 21, 1963 Colette Sheridan in Rustington, West Sussex, England, the daughter of British actress Sally Sheridan (née Adams).[1] She is of Indian Punjabi descent through her maternal side.[2][3] Contrary to rumour, Sheridan is not related to actress Dinah Sheridan. Sheridan’s biological father has never been identified. However, Sheridan has said that she considers her mother’s late ex-boyfriend, actor Telly Savalas, to be her father (and not stepfather). Sheridan’s half-brother, Nick Savalas, is his son. Sheridan attended school at Millfield in Somerset and emigrated to the United States in 1973.[1]

Sheridan made her debut in Paper Dolls, but her breakthrough came in 1986, when she joined the cast of the CBS night-time soap Knots Landing as “Paige Matheson”. She started out in a recurring role, but proved to be so popular that she was a regular during the 1988-89 season. For her performance in the role, she won the 1990 Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time” and the 1991 Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time”. The same year, she was named one of People Magazine‘s “50 Most Beautiful People”. After the series ended in 1993, she appeared in several made-for-TV movies and the films Spy Hard and Beverly Hills Ninja and auditioned for the role of Grace Adler on Will & Grace (on which she would later guest-star). Despite her carefully cultivated sex symbol image, Sheridan has only done one nude scene during her career, in the low budget 1999 film Raw Nerve, opposite Mario Van Peebles.
In 2004, Sheridan’s role as sexy divorcee Edie Britt in ABC‘s Desperate Housewives brought her renewed media attention. She was nominated for a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was named #48 on Maxim‘s 2006 List.[4] Less positively, she was named 2004’s “worst dressed” by Mr. Blackwell. Blackwell’s citation probably resulted from the colourful and boldly-cut gown Sheridan wore as a presenter at the American Music Awards on November 14, 2004 but he had earlier (TV Guide, July 22, 1989) praised her fashion sense: “daring … with her panache, she brings it off without a hitch. For the adventurer in all of us, she’s the one to watch”. On November 15, 2004, Sheridan was cited by the FCC for her appearance in a sketch that opened the evening’s Monday Night Football broadcast. The Desperate Housewives-inspired sketch, showing Sheridan dropping a towel to attract the attention of football player Terrell Owens who then said “ah hell”, was widely condemned as being sexually suggestive.[5][6] ABC was forced to apologize for airing it, but the citation against Sheridan was dropped on March 14, 2005. On November 22, 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) aired a controversial parody showing WWE Diva Trish Stratus dropping her towel to attract WWE Superstar Shelton Benjamin, but being caught in the act by the company’s chairman, Vince McMahon.[7]
Todd Schnitt of radio station WFLZ-FM in Tampa, Florida, placed an early-morning telephone call to Sheridan on November 18, 2004, waking her to discuss the Monday Night Football controversy (which had come to be called “Towelgate”). On January 30, 2007, the FCC levied a $10,000 fine because the station violated regulations in failing to inform Sheridan that the interview was being broadcast.

Toward the close of the fourth season of Desperate Housewives, conflicting reports circulated regarding Sheridan’s future in her role. While Hollywood.com reported in April that series creator Marc Cherry had said Sheridan would depart at the end of the season,[8] another source stated that Sheridan was confident she would return for the series’ fifth season.[9] By May 4, Entertainment Weekly reported that Sheridan would likely make several appearances in the upcoming season, but not necessarily as a regular cast member.[10]

Actress Dana Delany, who plays Katherine Mayfair, confirmed that Nicollette Sheridan would be back to reprise her role for Season 5 of Desperate Housewives,[11][12] and the Hollywood Reporter reported Nicollette’s character might be seducing another boyfriend, played by actor Neal McDonough.[13]

Personal life

When season five aired, Sheridan did indeed reprise her regular role as Edie, now married to to McDonough’s character, who is the centerpiece of the new season.
In February 2009 Sheridan announced she will be leaving Desperate Housewives at the end of the season. Her final episode will be in April 2009.[14]

From 1979 to 1985, Sheridan dated the then teen-idol Leif Garrett. They began dating when she was still about 15 and lived with him in his mother’s home while still an underage (minor). As an adult, Sheridan was involved in an unsuccessful attempt to end Garrett’s drug abuse.
Sheridan was married to actor Harry Hamlin from September 7, 1991 through 1993. Because the marriage lasted exactly two years (the amount of time required for an American citizen’s spouse to receive permanent residency), it was rumored to be a “green card marriage”. However, this is unlikely the case as both Savalas, her half brother, and TV network CBS could have sponsored her for any needed visas without her needing to resort to a false marriage.

From January to October 2005, Sheridan was engaged to Swedish personal trainer, Nicklas Söderblom. After their break-up, Sheridan returned to ex-boyfriend Michael Bolton, to whom she became engaged in March 2006. Sheridan was reportedly pregnant with his child but both of them have denied these rumours.[15]
In 2006 Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton sang a duet titled The Second Time Around for the album Bolton Swings Sinatra.[16]
In March 2008 Nicollette Sheridan posed naked for a London Fog charity ad which also featured Nicollette’s fiancé, Michael Bolton.[17]
On March 25, 2008 Nicollette Sheridan settled a lawsuit brought by a former manager who alleged that he was fired by the actress to avoid paying a commission.[18]
It was confirmed on August 26, 2008 that Michael and Nicollette had broken their engagement.[19]

Filmography

Year Film/Television Role Notes
1984 Paper Dolls Taryn Blake 13 episodes
1985 The Sure Thing The Sure Thing
1986 Dead Man’s Folly Hattie Stubbs Credited as Nicolette Sheridan
Dark Mansions Banda Drake
Knots Landing Paige Matheson 179 episodes (1986–1993)
1990 Deceptions Adrienne Erickson
Lucky/Chances Lucky Santangelo
1991 Paradise Lily 1 episode
1992 Noises Off Brooke Ashton / Vicki
Somebody’s Daughter Sara
1994 A Time to Heal Jenny Barton
Shadows of Desire Rowena Ecklund
1995 Virus Marissa Blumenthal
Indictment: The McMartin Trial Grace Uncredited
Silver Strand Michelle Hughes
1996 Spy Hard Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14
The People Next Door Anna Morse
1997 Beverly Hills Ninja Allison Page/Sally Jones
Murder in My Mind Callain Pearson
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac Paige Matheson Uncredited
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Ballroom Woman
Dead Husbands Alexandra Elston
2000 Raw Nerve Izabel Sauvestre
The Spiral Staircase Helen Capel
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Eleanor 26 episodes (voice)
2002 .com for Murder Misty Brummel
Haven’t We Met Before? Eliza/Kate/Emily Winton
Tarzan & Jane Eleanor (voice)
2003 Static Shock Darcy/Miss Moore 1 episode (voice)
Deadly Betrayal Donna Randal
Lost Treasure Carrie
Will & Grace Dr. Danielle Morty 1 episode
Becker Anna 1 episode
2004 Deadly Visions Ann Culver
The Karate Dog White Cat (voice)
Desperate Housewives Edie Britt 5 seasons, 91 episodes (2004–2009)
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Diane
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Nadia (voice)
2011 Honeymoon for One[13] Eve Parker
Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning Zenna (post-production) (voice)

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Who is Lara Logan?

Who is Lara Logan? The entertainment and news world knows her as Lara Logan a South African television and radio journalist and war correspondent. She is currently the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, a correspondent for 60 Minutes and appears in segments for CBS Evening News.

Early life

Logan was born 29 March 1971 in Durban, South Africa. She attended high school at Durban Girls’ College, and later attended the University of Natal in Durban, graduating in 1992.[1][2]

Career

It was during her studies that Logan began working as a news reporter for the Sunday Tribune in Durban from 1988–89, and found work with the Daily News, another Durban publication, between 1990 and 1992.[1] In 1992 she began working for Reuters Television in Africa, primarily as a senior producer.[1] After four years she branched out into freelance journalism, finding work and assignments as a reporter and editor/producer with ITN and Fox/SKY, CBS News, ABC News (London), NBC, and the European Broadcast Union. She also found work with CNN, reporting on incidents such as the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania, the conflict in Northern Ireland, and the Kosovo war.[1]
Logan was hired by GMTV breakfast television in the UK as a correspondent in 2000, and also worked with CBS News Radio as a freelance correspondent. Days after the attacks on 9/11, Logan begged a clerk at the Russian Embassy in London to give her an expedited visa to travel to Afghanistan.[3] In November 2001, while in Afghanistan working for GMTV, Logan infiltrated the American-and British-backed Northern Alliance and interviewed their commander, General Babajan, at the Bagram Air Base.[3]
Her skill as a reporter persuaded CBS News to offer her an official role within their organisation in 2002. Logan spent much of the next four years reporting from the field, including war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, often as an embedded journalist with the American Armed Forces. Many of her reports were for 60 Minutes II, and she was also a regular contributor to shows such as CBS Evening News, The Early Show and Face The Nation. She was promoted to the position of the Chief Foreign Correspondent for CBS News in February 2006.[1]

Haifa Street fighting

In late January 2007, Logan filed a report about fighting along Haifa Street in Baghdad.[4] When CBS News refused to run the report on the nightly news because the footage was “a bit strong,”[5] Logan tried to win public support to reverse this decision. Logan said, “I would be very grateful if any of you have a chance to watch this story and pass the link on to as many people you know as possible. It should be seen. And people should know about this.”[5][6] Logan went on to use some of the Haifa Street material during a 60 Minutes report about life in Baghdad under the surge.

Michael Hastings controversy

In June 2010, a Rolling Stone magazine article by Michael Hastings quoted four-star Army General Stanley A. McChrystal and his staff contemptuously criticizing civilian government officials. As a consequence of the article, President Obama fired McCrystal as his top commander in Afghanistan on 23 June 2010.[7][8][9]Logan said Hastings’s reporting was “sensational”, and, by relaying “insults and banter”, he had violated an “unspoken agreement” and “element of trust” between reporters and military personnel.[10] ABC News reported that an unnamed source, identified as a “military official”, had noted the lack of written ground rules between Hastings’ staff and Hastings. The official nonetheless was confident that Hastings had published comments from what McChrystal staffers had assumed discussions that were off-the-record. Rolling Stone editor Eric Bates countered that prior to publishing the Hastings article, the magazine had abided by all of the “express requests for off-the-record and background or not-for-attribution” made by the military.[11]
Matt Taibbi wrote a Rolling Stone blog entry titled “Lara Logan You Suck”, in which he said “If there’s a lower form of life on the planet earth than a “reputable” journalist protecting his territory, I haven’t seen it”, and found Logan ignorant of journalistic responsibilities.[12] Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com said Logan had shown herself to be “like the most devoted member of McChyrstal’s P.R. staff or even his family.”[13] CNN’s former chief military correspondent, Jamie McIntyre said Logan’s mention of Hastings’ lack of military service was “clueless and unhelpful”, adding that Logan’s “ill-conceived attack” had “unfortunately reinforced the worst stereotype of reporters who ‘embed’ with senior military officers but are actually ‘in bed’ with them”. McIntyre said Logan’s statements on Hastings provided the “smoking gun” to those “looking for evidence combat reporters are too dazzled by the shiny stars on the commander’s epaulets.”[14]

Protests in Egypt

On 3 February 2011, Time magazine reported that while covering the Egyptian Revolution, Logan and her crew were arrested by the Egyptian army in Cairo. Logan said the government wanted to prevent further film coverage.[15][16] She said that prior to the arrest: “We were heavily heavily intimidated and bullied” and “accused of being agents and spies for Israel.”[17] Logan later said of the arrest: “We were not attacked by crazy people in Tahrir Square. We were detained by the Egyptian army. Arrested, detained, and interrogated. Blindfolded, handcuffed, taken at gunpoint, our driver beaten. It’s the regime that arrested us. They arrested [our producer] just outside of his hotel, and they took him off the road at gunpoint, threw him against the wall, handcuffed him, blindfolded him. Took him into custody like that.”[15][18]
On 15 February 2011, CBS News released a statement revealing that some four days earlier, Logan had been beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square following the resignation of then President Hosni Mubarak.[19] CBS News indicated that she was overwhelmed along with her camera crew and security staff before being saved by a group of women and Egyptian soldiers. Logan returned to her hotel after the assault and was flown out of the country within hours on a chartered network jet.[20][21][22]

Personal life

Joseph Burkett

Logan’s husband, Joseph Burkett, is a U.S. Federal Government defense contractor from Texas, whom she met in Afghanistan.[23][24] They live in Washington, D.C., with their two-year-old son and Burkett’s daughter.[25] Her first husband, Jason Siemon, was a professional basketball player in the United Kingdom.[3]

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