Khairy Shalaby died he was 73.
was an Egyptian novelist
and writer. He wrote some 70 books, including twenty novels, critical
studies, historical tales, plays and short story collections. Khairy is widely regarded as having written novels “of the Egyptian street.”
Adam Talib, who translated The Hashish Waiter, said of Shalaby’s prose:
- “The most enjoyable—and the most difficult—thing about Khairy’s
prose is the way he mixes language levels (registers) within a single
sentence or paragraph. Khairy doesn’t go in for the prophetic or
philosophical or pompous-sounding stuff…and he really seems to be having
a lot of fun when he writes. I guess what I’m trying to say is that
Khairy doesn’t spend a lot of time looking up from the story. He doesn’t
look over his shoulder like some writers and he doesn’t spend too much
energy worrying about what ‘the critics’ will say. I haven’t asked him
but I’m fairly certain he’s never spent a second thinking about how this
might sound when it’s translated. …. In many ways, Arabic novels are
still having a conversation with the culture at large—they’re very
engaged—and it’s reflected in this style of novel. Khairy Shalaby is an
important artist and also a very good critic, but he doesn’t go in for
that sort of thing. Like Yusuf al-Qa’eed, Khairy tries to show that
novels don’t have to be explicitly intellectual, or about intellectuals,
to handle important political and social questions in a very
Shalaby’s The Lodging House won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2003. The Lodging House was listed by the Arab Writers Union as one of the “top 105” books of the last century. Istasia was longlisted for the 2010 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
- English translated
- The Hashish Waiter
- The Lodging House
- The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets
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(2 March 1924 – 9 September 2011)
Life and playing career
Born in Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire, England,
Hughes was a strong, uncompromising Centre Half, who could also play
wing half; he had the knack of being able to read the game-stopping
moves before they caused too many problems.
Hughes signed for Liverpool in 1943 from Tranmere where he was a
trainee; however, it wasn’t until 5 January 1946 that he made his debut
in a 2–0 FA Cup 3rd round 1st leg victory at Sealand Road, Chester, his one and only goal didn’t come until 8 December 1951 in a league game at Anfield against Preston, Hughes’ 88th-minute strike saving a point in the 2–2 draw.
During the first post-war season of 1946–47 Hughes made 30 appearances from 42 games helping the Reds win the First Division Championship, Liverpool’s first title in 24 years.
1950 proved to be a rollercoaster of a season for Hughes, on a high due to reaching the FA Cup final at Wembley only to lose to Arsenal 2–0. He then was selected to represent England at the World Cup in Brazil 
getting all of his 3 caps in the process and becoming Liverpool’s first
representative at the worlds premier football tournament,
unfortunately, one of the appearances was the embarrassing 1–0 defeat to
the USA. His debut came on 25 June 1950 in Rio De Janeiro, Chile were the opponents who were beaten 2-0 with the goals coming from Stan Mortensen and Wilf Mannion.
Hughes and Liverpool’s fortunes changed during the fifties when the
Reds fell from the top tier, they managed to fend off relegation during
the 1952–53 season but couldn’t prevent the drop a season later.
Hughes stayed on at Liverpool and had a decent season in the 1956/57
missing just one match. Hughes played his last game against Charlton
on 28 September 1957 aged 33, however, Hughes remained loyal to the
club he loved and didn’t retire for another 3 years, finally doing so in
Hughes died at home on 9 September 2011 aged 87.
- Liverpool F.C. (1943–1960) – 326 appearances, 1 goal; Football
league championship (level 1) winners medal (1947); FA Cup runners up
- England (1950) – 3 caps – All at the World Cup of 1950
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(7 August 1912 – 8 September 2011)
Early life and political activities
Võ Chí Công was born as Võ Toàn in Quảng Nam, French Indochina in 1912. He first became politically active in 1930, when he joined with Phan Bội Châu and Phan Chu Trinh, two early Vietnamese nationalists who opposed the French colonial regime. He joined the Communist Party of Indochina in 1935, and fought with the Vietnamese resistance against the Vichy French during World War II. He was arrested for his resistance activities in 1942.
Vietcong founding member
After the war, Công faded into obscurity for a time, before becoming a founding member and Deputy Chairman of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (Vietcong) in 1961. He later became Deputy Secretary of the Central Office for South Vietnam (COSVN), and was a key figure in the South Vietnamese communist party during the Vietnam War. After the reunification of Vietnam in 1976, Công was awarded a seat on the national Politburo.
Cabinet career and presidency
As a Politburo member, Công served in various cabinet posts,
including Minister of Fisheries (1976-77), Minister of Agriculture
(1977-78), and Deputy Prime Minister (1976-82), before becoming the Chairman of the Council of State of Vietnam (the contemporary equivalent of the President of Vietnam) in 1987. After his presidential term ended in 1992, Công became an advisor to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, until this advisory position was abolished in 1997.
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In 1973, Synnott joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Second Secretary. He was posted as First Secretary to UKDEL OECD Paris in 1975 and was transferred to Bonn in 1978. He returned to the FCO in 1981. In November 1985, Synnott was appointed Counsellor, Consul-General and Head of Chancery in Amman. He was Deputy High Commissioner to India
from 1993 to 1996. At the FCO, he served as Director for South and
South East Asian Affairs from 1996 until 1998. He was appointed British High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2000 until 2003. In his final posting to Iraq, Sir Hilary replaced the Danish Ambassador Ole Wøhlers Olsen who had complained at the lack of support given to his reconstruction efforts.
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Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays), died from prostate cancer he was 62.
(March 3, 1949 – September 8, 2011)
Jefferson was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft out of Carver High School in Midlothian, Virginia. He went 40–50 with a 3.71 earned run average over six seasons in the Orioles’ farm system when he debuted with the club in 1973. He pitched a ten inning complete game in his major league debut on June 23. In the second game of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, he was pitching a five hit shutout until the ninth inning with two outs when Rico Petrocelli hit a solo home run to tie the score. The Orioles responded with a run in the top of the tenth to earn Jefferson the win.
Jefferson’s rookie season was his only winning season, as he went 6–5 with a 4.11 ERA as a spot starter and middle inning relief pitcher. The Orioles captured the American League East crown, and manager Earl Weaver had Jefferson slated to be his long reliever in the post season, but he did not make an appearance in the 1973 American League Championship Series with the Oakland Athletics. Jefferson moved into the bullpen in 1974, making just two spot starts, both against the Red Sox.
Chicago White Sox
On June 15, 1975 the last place Chicago White Sox made a flurry of deals. They acquired left hander Dave Hamilton and minor league prospect Chet Lemon from the Oakland A’s for Stan Bahnsen and Skip Pitlock, and acquired Jefferson from the Orioles for Tony Muser. With the Chisox, Jefferson was moved back into the starting rotation, compiling a 5–9 record with a 5.10 ERA. He split the 1976 between starts and the bullpen before he was lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft.
Toronto Blue Jays
Jefferson set many career highs with the Blue Jays in 1977. His 33 starts and 217 innings pitched were by far his best. Despite setting a Blue Jay franchise record with nine walks in a game against Baltimore on June 18, Jefferson’s strikeout-to-walk ratio was also a career best 1.37 as he struck out 114 batters versus 83 walks.
Perhaps the most memorable outing of Jefferson’s career came on May 16, 1980 against eventual 22–game winner Mike Norris
and the Oakland A’s. Jefferson held the A’s to just four hits over
eleven innings while striking out ten. Norris was equally brilliant, but
the Jays managed to squeak out a run in the bottom of the eleventh to
earn Jefferson the win.
Things went south quickly for Jefferson after that performance as he
lost his next five decisions. He made his final appearance for Toronto
on September 1, facing five batters and retiring just one while giving
up three earned runs, allowing an inherited runner to score and committing an error. He was placed on waivers with a 4–13 record and 5.47 ERA.
He was selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 11, and made just one appearance for the club, beating the Chicago Cubs.
Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the California Angels.He started the 1981
season in the Angels’ starting rotation, but after going 0–4 with a
4.68 ERA in his first five starts, was moved into the bullpen. He
pitched far better in relief, going 2–0 with a 1.04 ERA in 21
appearances. He spent Spring training 1982 with the Orioles, but did not make the club.
Jefferson he was in the top ten in the league in walks allowed three times, top ten in losses twice, top ten in earned runs allowed twice, and second in the league in home runs allowed in 1978. He led the league in errors committed by a pitcher with eight in 1977.
In 2011, Jefferson died of prostate cancer.
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Mary Fickett, American actress (All My Children), died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease died she was 83
Mary Fickett was an American actress, best known for her roles in the American television dramas, The Edge of Night — as Sally Smith (1961), and as Dr. Katherine Lovell (1967–68) — and as Ruth Parker Brent on All My Children (1970–1996; 1999–2000) died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease died she was 83..
Early life and career
Fickett was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Bronxville, a suburb of New York City. She attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and made her theatrical debut in 1946 on Cape Cod. In 1949, she made her Broadway debut appearing in I Know My Love, a comedy starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Fickett studied acting at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner and started her television career working on “Television Theatre” programs like Kraft Television Theatre in the 1950s. Her first feature film was Man on Fire alongside Bing Crosby in 1957. In 1958, she received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Sunrise at Campobello, opposite Ralph Bellamy.
During the 1960s, she was featured in Calendar, a forerunner to CBS’ The Early Show; she appeared alongside host Harry Reasoner.
Fickett had two children from her three marriages. Her third and
final marriage was to Allen Fristoe (a daytime TV director) from June
1979 until his death in 2008.
All My Children
In January 1970, the American Broadcasting Company launched its new soap opera All My Children, created by Agnes Nixon. Fickett was an original cast member playing Ruth Parker Brent,
a nurse at the local hospital and wife of alcoholic car salesman Ted
Brent. Her character quickly found an attraction to the widowed Dr. Joe
Martin (Ray MacDonnell).
The pair tried to ignore their attraction until Ruth’s husband was
killed in a car accident. Ruth and Joe married on screen but found their
happiness cut short by the Vietnam War. Agnes Nixon had always intended for her soap to deal with important issues of the day, so to facilitate Richard Hatch exiting the role of Phil Brent his character was drafted into service.
Ruth became an anti-war protester and made some of the first
anti-Vietnam speeches aired on American Daytime Television. This
storyline decision, although troubling to television executives at the
time, won Fickett the first Emmy Award given to a performer in daytime television, in 1973. She received a Daytime Emmy
nomination in 1974 for her performance in a storyline that involved her
son being missing in action. This was another milestone for daytime TV,
as it was the first time a war scene was aired on daytime television.
The audience saw Phil being hit by a bullet and going down, then carried
away by a young Vietnamese boy (played by the adopted son of a friend
of Nixon).
Joe and Ruth were happily married, but found they could not conceive a
child together. To have the child they always wanted they began
proceedings to adopt Tad Gardner, a child that had been abandoned. A
problem arose when Tad’s father, Ray Gardner, arrived in town wanting
money and filed a lawsuit to stop the adoption proceedings. He then
tried to extort money from the Martin family, in exchange for stopping
the lawsuit. Joe refused to do this and kicked him out of his house, but
Ruth called him back saying they could “sort things out”. Fickett’s
second controversial storyline started when Ray showed up in a drunken
rage and raped Ruth. She received her second Daytime Emmy nomination for this storyline in 1976.
In the mid-1990s Fickett decided that she wanted to slow down her
schedule and spend more time with her family. She allowed her contract
to expire and expected to go on recurring status, meaning she could
still appear on the program but did not have to meet any contractual
obligations or minimum number of appearances. Negotiations with the
producers of the program broke down and the role of Ruth Martin was
recast with Lee Meriwether
taking on the character in 1996. In 1999, Meriwether was fired and
Fickett rehired on recurring status. She resumed the role of Ruth and
supported several front burner storylines including son Tad’s romance
with Dixie and the breakdown of son Jake (Joe) Martin’s marriage to
Gillian. After another year, Fickett decided to call it quits from the
busy schedule of soap opera acting and retired in December 2000. In
2002, the producers wanted to bring the character of Ruth back, but
Fickett remained in retirement, so Meriwether was rehired and played
Ruth whenever the occasion arose.
In 2007, Fickett moved in with her daughter, Bronwyn Congdon, in Colonial Beach, Virginia, where she remained bedridden. Fickett died September 8, 2011, aged 83, at her Callao, Virginia home, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, according to her daughter. ABC dedicated September 21, 2011 episode of All My Children in Fickett’s memory.
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Max Henri Boisot was Professor of Strategic Management at the ESADE business school in Barcelona, Associate Fellow at Templeton College, University of Oxford, and Senior Associate at the Judge Institute of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge died from cancer, he was 67..
He was also a research fellow at the Sol Snider Center, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His book Knowledge Assets was awarded the Ansoff Prize for the best book on strategy in 2000. The I-Space framework which is central to his work is an acknowledged early influence on the development of the Cynefin framework.
He attended Gordonstoun and later studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking his PhD in technology transfer at Imperial College London.
After working as a manager for construction firm Trafalgar House, in
1972 Boisot co-founded an architectural partnership, Boisot Waters
Cohen, and from 1975 to 1978 acted as a consultant on projects in France
and the Middle East.from 1983 to 1989, he was Director and Dean of China Europe Management Institute in Beijing China.
Max Boisot died from cancer on 7 September 2011, aged 67.
- Information and Organization: The Manager as Anthropologist. London: Collins (1987)
- (Editor) East-West Collaboration: the Challenge of Governance in Post-Socialist Enterprises, London: Routledge (1993)
- Information Space: A Framework for Learning in Organizations Institutions and Cultures, London: Routledge (1995)
- Knowledge Assets: Securing Competitive Advantage in the Information Economy, Oxford: Oxford University Press (1998). ISBN 978-0-19-829607-2
- Explorations in Information Space: Knowledge, Agents and Organization, co-authored with Ian C. MacMillan and Kyeong Seok Han, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2007). ISBN 978-0-19-925087-5
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Grierson started out at Queen’s Park before then manager Bill Struth brought him to Rangers in 1952. He made his competitive debut in a 5–0 defeat to Hearts on 9 August. He scored his first and second goals for the club a week later in a League Cup match against Aberdeen.
Those goals were to be some of many. In his four seasons at Ibrox he netted 59 times in total. He was Rangers top scorer in his first season after scoring 31 goals. He won the League championship and Scottish Cup that season. Grierson also won a Glasgow Cup in 1953. He is noted as scoring the first ever live goal on Scottish television.
He left Rangers in 1956 and joined Falkirk where he won the Scottish Cup in 1957. He scored 23 league goals for the Bairns but left them in 1960 to join Arbroath. He retired to Newton Mearns, in East Renfrewshire. Derek died on 7 September 2011, aged 79.
At the Falkirk v Rangers Scottish League Cup third round match,
played on 21 September 2011, Grierson was remembered during a minutes
silence at the beginning of the match, in memory of his contribution to
both clubs during the 1950s
He also played at Wembley for Scotland Amateurs and scored in a 2–1
win to clinch the British Championship. He won seven amateur caps. As an
amateur, he was selected for trials for the Great Britain side that was
to take part in the Helsinki Olympic Games of 1952. Manager Walter Winterbottom was duly impressed and Grierson made the squad – one of only three Scots selected.
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Jang Hyo-Jo, South Korean baseball player (Samsung Lions, Lotte Giants), died from liver cancer he was 55
(July 6, 1956 – September 7, 2011)
He was born in Daegu, Jang is widely regarded as one of the best KBO
hitters for average of all time. He still holds several records as of
2011, including the highest career batting average (.331) and most
career batting titles with 4.
Jang played college baseball at Hanyang University in Seoul. Upon graduation from Hanyang University in February 1979, he joined the POSCO baseball club in the Korean amateur league. In September 1982, Jang competed in the 1982 Amateur World Series as a member of the South Korean national baseball team and helped his team to win its first world championship as a starting right fielder. After the competition, Jang announced his interest to join the KBO Draft, and he was eventually drafted by the Samsung Lions in the third round of the 1983 KBO Draft.
In his first pro season (1983), Jang won the batting title with a .369 batting average, being the first KBO
player to win the batting title as a rookie. He posted career-highs in
home runs (18) and stolen bases (25) as well. However, he lost the
Rookie of the Year award to Park Jong-Hoon of the OB Bears, which has been considered one of the most controversial KBO elections of all time.
In 1985, Jang won his second batting title with a .373 batting
average and led the Lions to its first KBO championship. He became his
third batting champion with .329 in 1986 and won his fourth title with a
career-best .387 batting average in 1987.
After the 1988 season, Jang was traded with Kim Si-Jin to the Lotte Giants for Choi Dong-Won and Kim Yong-Chul.
In 1991, Jang was runner-up in batting average with .347 and first in on-base percentage with .452. In 1992, his last pro season, Jang earned his first Korean Series
ring but he dipped down to batting a career-low .265, with 0 home runs
and 25 runs batted in. After the 1992 season with the Giants, Jang
announced his retirement.
In a ten-season career, Jang batted .331 with 78 home runs and 437
RBI in 961 games and ended with a .430 on-base percentage. He had 1009
career hits in 3050 at-bats.
Jang also topped the KBO in on-base percentage in six seasons and won
five straight Golden Gloves from 1983 to 1987 for defensive excellence.
Following his playing career, Jang coached for the Lotte Giants in 1994 and the Samsung Lions in 2000.
Jang was named manager of the Lions’ second tier team in 2010.
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Marshall was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He played in his father’s swing group and in R&B bands while in high school. He moved to New York City in 1956, developing his percussion style under the influence of Max Roach and Art Blakey. Two years later he played in the quartet of Charlie Mariano and with Toshiko Akiyoshi; after two years’ service in the Army, he returned to play with Akiyoshi again in 1965. He worked with Mike Nock for a year in the house band of the New York nightclub The Dom, and also worked with Stan Getz and Sam Rivers, and accompanied Dionne Warwick on tours.
In 1967 he was a member of The Fourth Way, a fusion group which included Nock, Michael White, and Ron McClure. This group toured the San Francisco Bay Area through the early 1970s; after this Marshall played with Jon Hendricks and The Pointer Sisters.
Marshall was a member of the group Almanac with Bennie Maupin (flute, tenor saxophone), Cecil McBee (bass) and Mike Nock (piano). They released one album in 1977.
In the 1980s he worked in the project Bebop & Beyond, who recorded tribute albums to Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.
Marshall underwent heart surgery in 1984, temporary sidelining his career, but he continued to perform on the recorder. He then taught at the San Francisco School of the Arts, and issued his second release as a leader in 1999. In the 2000s he worked on the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Marshall died of a heart attack on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
Marshall is survived by his wife, Sue Trupin of San Francisco, CA,
and his five sons: Andre and Alcide Marshall of Oakland, CA, Jeru
Marshall of Baytown, TX, David Marshall of Boston, MA, and Andre Charles
of San Francisco, CA. He was also blessed with five grandsons: Andre
and Khari Marshall of Oakland, CA, Gage and Trexton Marshall of Baytown,
TX, and Zabrien Rodriquez of Baytown, TX.
- Dance of the Sun (Timeless Records, 1977)
- Holy Mischief (1999)
With Toshiko Akiyoshi
- Long Yellow Road (Asahi Sonorama, 1961)
With John Handy
- Where Go the Boats (Warner Bros., 1978)
With Bobby Hutcherson
- Waiting (Blue Note, 1976)
- The View from the Inside (Blue Note, 1976)
- Highway One (Columbia, 1978)
- Conception: The Gift of Love (Columbia, 1979)
With Ahmad Jamal
- Genetic Walk (20th Century, 1975)
With John Klemmer
With Art Pepper
- San Francisco Samba (Contemporary, 1977)
With Archie Shepp
- California Meeting: Live on Broadway (Soul Note, 1985)
With Kenny Burrell
- Sky Street (1975, Fantasy Records)
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Gabriel Valdés, Chilean politician and diplomat, President of the Senate of Chile (1990–1996), Foreign Minister (1964–1970), died he was 92
(July 3, 1919 – September 7, 2011)
Valdes served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile under President Eduardo Frei Montalva from 1964 to 1970. A vocal opponent of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, which held power from 1975 to 1990, Valdés worked for Chile’s transition to democracy.
Valdes served as President of the Senate of Chile, considered the second most important office in the country after the presidency, from 1990 to 1996. He retired from the Senate in 2006.
Gabriel Valdés died from bronchitis on September 7, 2011, at his home in Santiago, Chile, at the age of 92. He had recently been admitted as a patient at Clínica Alemana for treatment of a long illness.
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Hiroe Yuki was a Japanese badminton player. She won numerous major international titles from the late 1960s to the late 1970s died she was 62..
(15 November 1948 – 7 September 2011)
Yuki was among the most notable of a cadre of fine players who helped Japan to win all but one of the six Uber Cup (women’s world team) competitions held between 1966 and 1981. With the possible exception of Etsuko Toganoo she was Japan’s most successful ever player at the prestigious All-England Championships
winning four singles titles (1969, 1974, 1975, 1977) there, as well as a
doubles title (1971) in partnership with her friendly rival Noriko Takagi.
She overcame an Achilles tendon rupture early in her career to compile her impressive record. She won the bronze medal at the 1977 IBF World Championships in women’s singles.
In 1986, she married Kenji Niinuma, a Japanese popular enka singer, and together they later had two children, a son and a daughter. In 2002, Yuki was inducted into the World Badminton Hall of Fame.
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Who is Ashley Tyler Ciminella? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Ashley Judd, she is an American actress, who is best known for playing a number of strong characters in films such as Ruby in Paradise, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Where the Heart Is and High Crimes.
Ashley was born April 19, 1968 as Ashley Tyler Ciminella in Granada Hills, California. She is the daughter of Naomi Judd, a country music singer and motivational speaker, and Michael C. Ciminella, a marketing analyst for the horseracing industry. Ashley’s elder half-sister, Wynonna, also is a country music singer. At the time of her birth her mother was unemployed and did not become well-known as a singer until the early 1980s. Judd’s parents divorced in 1972, and in 1973 her mother took her back to her native Kentucky, where Judd spent the majority of her childhood. She also lived in Marin County, California, for two years during grade school.
Judd attended thirteen schools before college, including the Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky, Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland Kentucky and Franklin High School in Tennessee. She briefly tried modeling in Japan during one school break. An alumna of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky, she majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater and women’s studies. She spent a semester studying in France as part of her major, a move that mirrored her role as Reed in the television series Sisters. She graduated from the UK Honors Program and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa, but did not graduate with her class. Forgoing her commitment to join the Peace Corps, after college she drove to Hollywood, where she studied with well-respected acting teacher, Robert Carnegie, at Playhouse West. During this time, she worked as a hostess at The Ivy restaurant and lived in a Malibu rental house, which later burned down during the great Malibu fires of fall 1993. On May 9, 2007, it was announced Judd had completed her bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Kentucky. In a May 2007 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Judd explained she had completed her degree requirements in 1990 with 27 more hours taken than the required 120 hours, but had mistakenly thought she was one class short. She only needed to “sign a piece of paper” in order to graduate. DeGeneres then surprised Judd by presenting her with her diploma, which Ellen had acquired from the university.
Judd appeared as Ensign Robin Lefler, a Starfleet officer, in two 1991 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Darmok” and “The Game“. From 1991 to 1994, she had a recurring role as Reed, the daughter of Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), on the NBC drama Sisters. She made her feature film debut with a small role in 1992’s Kuffs. In 1993 Judd fought for and was cast in her first starring role playing the title character in Victor Nuñez‘s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winning, Ruby in Paradise. She received rave reviews playing Ruby Lee Gissing, a young woman trying to make a new life for herself, and it was this performance that would launch her career as an actress. Oliver Stone, who had seen her in Nuñez’s film, cast Judd in Natural Born Killers, but her scenes were later cut from the version of the film released theatrically. The following year she gained further critical acclaim for her role as Harvey Keitel‘s estranged daughter in Wayne Wang‘s Smoke and also as Val Kilmer‘s wife in Michael Mann‘s Heat. That same year she also played the role of Callie in Philip Ridley‘s dark, adult fairy tale, The Passion of Darkly Noon.
By the end of the 1990s, Judd had managed to achieve significant fame and success as a leading actress, after leading roles in several thrillers that performed well at the box office, including Kiss the Girls in 1997 and 1999’s Double Jeopardy. Several of her early 2000s films, including 2001’s Someone Like You and 2002’s High Crimes, received only mixed reviews and moderate box office success; although, she did receive positive recognition, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, for her performance in the 2004 biography of Cole Porter, De-Lovely, opposite Kevin Kline.
Judd is currently the magazine advertising “face” of American Beauty, an Estée Lauder cosmetic brand sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores, and H. Stern jewelers. In June 2007, Goody’s Family Clothing announced they were going to be releasing three fashion clothing lines with Judd in the Fall to be called – “AJ”, “Love Ashley” and “Ashley Judd.” Regarding the clothing line, Judd said, “I’m thrilled to be involved in a clothing line that provides simple, lovely solutions for women’s wardrobes. I’ve always loved items that you can throw on easily and know that you’ll feel and look good. This line does just that, while keeping with the best of current styles and trends.”
In December 1999, Judd became engaged to Scottish auto racer Dario Franchitti, who was at the time driving in Champ Car World Series (he has since raced in IndyCars and NASCAR). The two were married at Skibo Castle, near Dornoch, Scotland, on December 12, 2001. She and her husband divide their time between a home in Scotland and their farm outside Franklin, Tennessee.
Although Judd is best known for regularly attending University of Kentucky basketball games (frequently sitting in the student section), she has also attended several Kentucky football games. Last year, Judd was a guest columnist for a local Kentucky newspaper, writing about the NCAA championships. She is frequently sought out for celebrity camera shots during televised games. Judd posed for a poster wearing only a hockey jersey for fund raising purposes for the University of Kentucky‘s hockey team. She is also an avid practitioner of yoga, cooking and gardening.
In February 2006, Judd entered a program at Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas and stayed for 47 days. She was there because of personal issues, including depression and codependency.
A disagreement between Judd and Indy race car driver Milka Duno took place during the 2007 Indy Racing League season. After the final race of the 2007 season, the actress stated to the assembled news media, “I know this is not very sportsmanlike, but they’ve got to get the 23 car (Duno) off the track. It’s very dangerous. I’m tired of holding my tongue. She shouldn’t be out there. When a car is 10 miles (an hour) off the pace, it’s not appropriate to be racing. People’s lives are at stake.”
Judd was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky on May 9, 2009. In July 2009, Judd enrolled at Harvard‘s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) program. On May 27, 2010, Judd received her degree.
Ashley Judd’s philanthropic contributions have centered around becoming a global ambassador for YouthAIDS, a prevention program under the Population Services International. She has been a member of their Board of Directors since 2004, also. Judd has travelled with YouthAIDS to places affected by illness and poverty such as Cambodia, Kenya, Rwanda, and many others.
Inspired by her travels, which allowed her to witness the life of the poor and uneducated, she has since become an advocate for preventing poverty and promoting awareness internationally. She has donated her time and met with political and religious leaders, heads of states, diplomats, and leaders on behalf of the deprived to convey the message to those who have the power to bring about political and social change.
Judd has also donated her time and resources towards filming three award-winning documentaries for YouthAIDS which aired internationally on the Discovery Channel, in National Geographic, and on VH1. She personally advocates for a balanced and integrated approach to empower human rights and global health, and to prevent social atrocities.
Other organizations Judd have been involved with include the Women for Women International, and Equality Now, along with other non-governmental organizations which center around bringing attention to social, educational, health, economic, cultural, and financial funding of the unfortunate.
Ashley Judd has supported the following Charities & Foundations:
- Children’s Medical Research Institute
- Creative Coalition
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Eracism Foundation
- Five & Alive
- Jeans for Genes
- Listen Campaign
- Malaria No More
- Population Services International
- Women for Women International
- Equality Now
In 2008, Judd supported Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In 2009, she appeared in a one-minute video advertisement for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, in which Judd condemned Alaska governor Sarah Palin for supporting aerial wolf hunting. In response, Palin stated the reason these wolves are killed is to protect the caribou population in Alaska, and she called the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund an “extreme fringe group”. In 2010, Judd signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s petition to urge Governor Steve Beshear to protect Kentucky’s homeless animals through tough enforcement of the state’s Humane Shelter Law.
Judd is active in humanitarian and political causes. She was appointed Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program of the international NGO Population Services International (PSI), promoting AIDS prevention and treatment, and speaks and demonstrates at pro-choice events. Judd was honored November 10 as the recipient of the fourth annual USA TODAY Hollywood Hero, awarded for her work with PSI. Judd received the award at a private award gala on the evening of November 10, 2009 at The Montage Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills. Guests enjoyed special celebrity tributes to Ashley Judd, dinner, a silent auction and an exciting live auction, with all proceeds to benefit PSI. On October 29, 2006, Judd appeared at a “Women for Ford” event for Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr. She has also campaigned extensively locally and nationally for a variety of Democratic candidates, including President Barack Obama in critical swing states.
On September 8, 2010, CNN interviewed Judd about her second humanitarian mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Judd traveled with the Enough Project, a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. In the interview, Judd discussed her efforts to raise awareness about how conflict minerals fuel sexual violence in Congo. During her trip, Judd visited hospitals for victims of sexual violence, camps for displaced persons, mines, and civil society organizations. On September 30, 2010, CNN.com published an Op-ed titled “Ashley Judd: Electronics fuel unspeakable violence” by Ashley Judd and the Enough Project’s co-founder John Prendergast regarding the continued violence in Congo. Her Op-ed discusses the recent provision in the Dodd-Frank Reform bill that requires companies to prove where their minerals originated. On November 26, 2010, The Huffington Post published an Op-ed by Ashley Judd titled “Costs of Convenience”. The Op-ed is excerpted from Ashley Judd’s trip diary from her trip to eastern Congo. Judd describes the link between her cell phone, laptop, MP3 player, and e-reader and the continued rape and sexual violence in Congo. Judd also explains the immediate need for electronics companies to commit to tracing, auditing, and certifying the minerals in their products to guarantee a clean supply chain.
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The character was originally named Chloe Stewart but was changed to Miley Stewart.
Cyrus learned about the casting for a new Disney show at the age of
11 through a Nashville talent agent. She sent in a tape auditioning for
the show’s best friend role, but received a call asking her to audition
for the lead. After she sent in a tape and was flown to Hollywood for
further auditions, Cyrus was told that she was too young and too small
for the role. However, Cyrus’ persistence and ability to sing in
addition to act caused the show’s producers to invite her back for
further auditions. Producers eventually narrowed the large pool of
candidates down to three actresses, including Cyrus and Taylor Momsen, and gave the part to Cyrus, then twelve. According to Disney Channel president Gary Marsh, Cyrus was chosen because of her energetic and lively performance and was seen as a person who “loves every minute of life,” with the “everyday relatability of Hilary Duff and the stage presence of Shania Twain.”
Cyrus’ casting also led to the casting of her real life father, Billy Ray Cyrus,
as the father of her character on the show. Cyrus was initially wary;
according to her mother and co-manager, Tish Cyrus, “Miley’s concern at
the time was, oh my gosh, people are going to think I only got this part
because of my dad.”
However, worried that her family would otherwise have to be separated
as they had been when her father first landed the lead in the television
series Doc, Cyrus relented and helped audition her father for the part.
Miley was born in the fictional town of Crowley Corners in Tennessee
on November 23, 1992 (Cyrus’s real birth date). Her family consisted of
her parents Robby and Susan Stewart and an older brother named Jackson.
She also has many relatives in her extended family including her
grandmother Ruthie Stewart, Aunt Dolly (played by Dolly Parton), Uncle Earl and Aunt Pearl, and a cousin named Luanne. The characterizations given to most of her family members poke fun at country bumpkin
stereotypes. She also had a pet pig named Luanne and a pet hamster
named Leslie. She has a horse named Blue Jeans, who came from Tennessee
to Malibu to live with Miley and her family.
Miley received a love for music from her father, who was a popular
country music star. Her parents recognized Miley’s potential and gave
her a guitar on December 25, 2000. This event is shown in the episode “I
Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak” when Miley views it on her laptop.
By the time she was 12 years old, Miley had become a famous pop star under the stage name
“Hannah Montana.” She goes to great lengths to disguise herself as
Hannah in order to keep her true identity a secret, because she is
worried that if people knew her secret they would like her just because
she’s famous. The only people who knew she’s Hannah before revealing her
identity to the world in I’ll Always Remember You, outside of her family are her best friends, Lilly Truscott, Oliver Oken and her bodyguard Roxy. However, in the episode “Hannah Montana to the Principal’s Office” it is shown that the President of the United States knows her secret.
Apart from her life as a pop star, Miley leads a very normal life. She is fond of camping and hanging out at the beach, but is not at all athletic. She has a fear of spiders and visiting the dentist.
She also occasionally struggles with her school work and her self
confidence. She often goes through over-the -top schemes to deal with
In the first season, Miley is an 8th grader at Seaview Middle School, and in the second season she enters Seaview High School. She became a sophomore in early episodes in Season 3 and later, a junior during the season before the beginning of Season 4. Despite her father offering her the option of homeschooling, Miley decided to attend Public School in order to be a “normal kid,” a decision she sometimes finds herself regretting. Due to her double life, she is often in awkward positions and is forced to lie in order to keep her secret.
Miley is especially close with her father, from whom she receives
much good advice and emotional support. She also values her
relationships with her best friends Lilly and Oliver. However Miley is
shown to be very uncomfortable with the fact that they’re dating and
even stops them from being a couple. Her relationship with Lilly
occasionally suffers the occasional setback, but they always make up. In
the episode ‘What I Don’t Like About You’, Miley is asked to choose a
side between a fight Lilly and Oliver had. But Miley, showing what a
kind friend she was, made a mini-Indiana Joannie movie, which made Lilly
and Oliver forgive each other. Miley’s relationship with her brother
Jackson is often hostile. The two siblings constantly fight and trash
talk each other. However, in a few private conversations, both Miley and
Jackson say that they love and appreciate each other, but they are both
unwilling to admit this in public.
Miley also has several dating relationships, many of which are short lived.
Oliver Oken (played by Mitchel Musso):
Miley and Lily’s best male friend. “In I Honestly Love You (No Not
You)”, Miley believes that Oliver is in love with her when she overhears
him (while asleep in the hospital because of a broken ankle) say “I
love you”. However after a talk with her dad she thinks that Oliver will
move on and so will Lilly but when Lilly announces that she is in love
with Oliver, Miley ends up telling her the truth. Lilly and Miley hatch a
plan to get Oliver back but only to find out that he was practicing
saying “I love you” so he could say it to Lilly. They both say that they
love each other in the end of the episode. (It is mentioned in this
episode that neither Oliver nor Miley have romantic feelings for each
other). However, Oliver did used to have romantic feelings towards
Hannah Montana before he knew she was Miley. Miley,at first, didn’t want
to tell him who she was, just in case he had romantic feelings for her
as Miley, but when she eventually told him, he saw her as just a friend.
Leslie “Jake” Ryan (played by Cody Linley):
Jake is a famous television star. Miley and Jake meet when he briefly
attends Seaview Middle School. Jake is attracted to Miley because she is
the only person at school who is not starstruck by his arrival. Miley
at first denies having feelings for him, but she tries to “make him
jealous” by using another guy. It works in a fortunate result of her and
Jake kissing, but Jake tells Miley he has to go shoot a movie in
Romania and she stands him up. Jake then reappears in “Achy Jakey Heart“
Part 1 and tries to win Miley back. She decides to give him a chance,
after Jake revealing feelings for her on live national TV. Miley soon
tells Jake that she’s Hannah Montana, because Jake told his secret to
Miley. Jake tries to play normal like Miley, but when he cannot handle
the pressure of not getting what he wants, the two decide to be just
friends, although it is revealed to the audience in “Jake… Another
Piece of My Heart,” that both Jake and Miley still have feelings for
each other, but neither one is willing to admit it. In “He Could Be The
One”, Miley chooses Jake over Jesse (her guitarist) because they have so
much history and she believes he could be the one. They then officially
start dating. It was unknown whether they were still together or not
because Jake had never been seen or mentioned since the episode “He
could be the one”. However,in the season 4 episode “California Screamin”
it is implied that the two are still together as Miley talks about Jake
quite often in the episode suggesting that they haven’t broken up. In
the season 4 episode “It’s the End of Jake As We Know It” Oliver gets a
picture texted to his phone of Jake cheating on Miley, so Miley beats
Jake up on the taping of a Christmas special with guest star Sheryl Crow. This ends their relationship for good.
Travis Brody (played by Lucas Till):
Travis is a childhood friend from Tennessee. It is said in the movie
that they both used to like each other when they were younger. The two
become reacquainted during Miley’s return to Tennessee in Hannah Montana: The Movie.
He discovers that Miley is Hannah Montana and the two kiss, assuming
that they get together. However, even though the movie does not show it,
it is implied that they broke up due to the fact that Miley went back
to California and their relationship would not work long distance. Also,
he is not mentioned during the episodes following the movie.
Jesse (played by Drew Roy):
Is a part of Hannah’s band in episode “He Could Be The One”. Hannah
pretends to like Jesse, so that Robby will be thankful of Jake. But she
starts to have real feelings for him. Miley then has to listen to her
heart and chose the guy who could “be the one.” She ends up choosing
Jake over Jesse. In the season 4 episode “Been Here All Along”, She goes
out on a date with Jesse (as Miley), but gets angry when he took a
phone call from his father, since she blow off her “father- daughter
day” with her dad, but when Jesse tells her that he took the call
because his dad is stationed in Afghanistan and they don’t get to talk
often, Miley is inspired to hold a concert as Hannah for military
families. In another episode in the 4th season Miley reveals to Jesse
that she is Hannah. Yet to her surprise he already knows. Jesse can’t
take the pressure of dating Hannah and Miley and ends it with Miley. In
the end of the episode, Jesse comes back to Miley and then she reveals
her secret to the whole world.
Although she never plays instruments while performing as Hannah,
Miley can play the piano and the guitar. She owns several acoustic and
electric guitars, including a black strat copy she nicknamed “Whammy Bar Wally” and a pink sparkle electric acoustic Stardust Series Daisy Rock guitar. In Hannah Montana: The Movie, Miley plays a custom built Gibson acoustic guitar.
While her father is her main songwriter, Miley has written a few of
her own songs. In “She’s a Supersneak,” Miley writes the song “I Miss
You” about her mother after learning her father is dating another woman.
(In real life, the song was written by Miley Cyrus for her grandfather Ron Cyrus.) In Hannah Montana: The Movie, Stewart writes “Butterfly Fly Away” and “The Climb“.
Stewart wrote “Butterfly Fly Away” after an argument with Travis (Till)
and her dad breaking off his relationship for her. In the story, “The
Climb” began when she was in the hen house writing. Travis (Till) told
her that the song didn’t represent who she is or how she feels. Later in
a concert, she performs it live revealing the entire song with its new
lyrics. Then, in the episode “He Could Be the One” Miley wrote a song
called “I’m Just Having Fun”. While practicing with her band, Miley
decided the song needed lyrical innovation and revamping. Then, when she
was mad at her father; Miley altered the lyrics to a “I don’t care what
you say, I don’t care what you say, just ’cause your my daddy doesn’t
mean you get it your way”. She decided to give up on the song, but later
with her guitar player she finally made it into “He Could Be the One”,
inspired by Jake (Cody Linley)and
Jesse ( her guitar player ). In the 4th season, Miley writes a bunch of
new songs that are heard and played throughout the season. She made a
song with Iyaz called “Gonna Get This”.
Hannah Montana is Miley Stewart’s alter ego. The character was originally going to be named Alexis Texas, but the name was changed to Hannah Montana. Hannah exists as a secret identity, an extremely popular and influential worldwide popstar.
Hannah’s many fans are not aware that she is really just a normal
teenage girl, and Miley tries to keep her two lives separate from each
Hannah’s blonde wig is the primary difference between her and the
brunette Miley, although Hannah also wears more extravagant clothes,
make-up, and sometimes large sunglasses. In the Hannah Montana story, the famous blonde wig was picked out for Miley by Roxy. (In real life, the wig was not chosen until the second episode. The original wig seen in the pilot
was a slightly different style.) Miley Stewart also mentions that she
intentionally patterned Hannah’s look after her godmother Dolly Parton.
Miley previously experienced an image crisis in “Yet Another Side of
Me” in which she grew concerned that Hannah’s look might become
outdated. After considering a “Techno Hannah,” “Half-Dolla Hannah,” (Hip hop) and the “Anti-Hannah,” (Grunge) Miley decides that her fans like her for who she is.
Starting in the third season, Hannah’s look changes slightly. Her wig
is shorter and wavy and her fashion changes as well. This is discussed
on the DVD Keeping It Real in the bonus feature “Miley’s Makeover – Hannah Gets a New Look.” Cyrus and her team describe the new look as an “’80s flavored style with the glitz and glam of modern fashion.” It is also revealed in Super(stitious) Girl, as part of Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana, that she wears a single pink glove during concerts and it is also shown in music videos like It’s All Right Here and Let’s Get Crazy
that she does. It symbolizes how Hannah Montana is growing up as well.
In season 4, she gets a new wig that’s long again but curlier.
Hannah Montana’s music career is very successful although there have
been a few slips. In the pilot episode she is said to be continuing a
“smash tour” which was being sold out. In “Yet Another Side of Me,” Robby says that he has written 15 straight number ones for her. However, he may have been exaggerating since in “Miley Hurt the Feelings of the Radio Star” he says he has written 14 number ones for her. Hannah also wins several awards including a Silver Boot “Booty” award for best country pop crossover with the song “True Friend,” and an International Music Award for Female Artist of the Year. She is also honored with her own diamond on the Hollywood Parade of Diamonds, a parody of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She also sings for the Queen of England and the President of the United States (President Martinez in a crossover episode and mentioned performing for President Obama
and Sasha and Malia Obama in season 4’s “Hannah Montana to the
Principal’s Office”). Hannah’s greatest rival is fellow pop star Mikayla
(Selena Gomez) who is determined to steal Hannah’s fans.
Beyond her music career, Hannah also does some acting. She guest stars on the television show Zombie High as Zaronda, Princess of the Undead. Jake Ryan’s character saves Zaronda from the portal to the underworld. Hannah later stars in her own feature film, Rob Reiner’s Indiana Joannie and the Curse of the Golden Cobra, alongside Chace Crawford. Hannah also endorses perfume and skin care products.
As a well known celebrity, Hannah makes regular appearances on talk
shows and attends glamorous parties. Despite being fictional, Hannah
knows many real life celebrities, including some who are friends of
Miley Cyrus, such as Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers.
- Hannah Montana (2006)
- Hannah Montana 2 (2007)
- Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
- Hannah Montana 3 (2009)
- Hannah Montana Forever (2010)
- Live albums
- Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008) – CD + DVD
Miley has several reasons for creating Hannah. She is afraid that if
the kids at school discover she is famous they won’t treat her the same. While she enjoys the attention of her fame as Hannah, she equally enjoys the option of “stepping out” of her role. Miley also values her privacy and doesn’t want fans or paparazzi
photographers mobbing her when she goes out in public. In this way,
Hannah Montana presents a unique inversion of typical celebrity
experiences. While most celebrities become famous as themselves and
later need disguises to not be noticed in public, Hannah Montana became
famous while in disguise, and now has the freedom to be in public as
As a secondary benefit, Miley also sometimes uses Hannah for specific purposes such as spying.
She also uses Hannah in other ways. In “Money for Nothing, Guilt for
Free,” Hannah raises money for a school charity drive in which Miley is
competing. In “Bye Bye, Ball,” Hannah performs at a restaurant in order
to get a baseball autographed for Jackson. And in “Ready, Set, Don’t
Drive,” Hannah obtains a drivers license after Miley fails the test.
Hannah also sometimes tries to use her dual personality as an excuse.
For example, in “You Gotta Not Fight for Your Right to Party,” Miley
asks Robby to only ground Miley, not Hannah, because “Hannah didn’t do
Beyond the show
Hannah Montana as a character has found fame beyond the television
show, primarily as a recording artist and music performer. Three of the
seven released soundtracks (Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, and Hannah Montana: The Movie) topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. From September 2006 to October 2006, she performed several songs from Hannah Montana during the The Party’s Just Begun Tour as an opening act for The Cheetah Girls.
Then, from October 2007 to January 2008, Miley Cyrus performed in a
successful concert tour as Hannah Montana. The tour, called the Best of Both Worlds Tour, became a classic example of life imitating art
as Hannah Montana’s fictional popularity seen in the television show
became a real-life fan base which bought out every concert. The
popularity of Hannah Montana has also given Miley Cyrus the opportunity
to become a pop star in her own right.
Hannah also appears in Hannah Montana: The Movie, the Hannah Montana book series, and two other Disney Channel shows in cameo appearances. The character appeared in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode “That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana” along with Raven Baxter, and The Suite Life on Deck episode “Wizards on Deck With Hannah Montana” which also includes characters from Wizards of Waverly Place. (Although the characters from Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana never interact)
Keeping Miley’s secret involves a two sided effort. As Hannah, she
must keep her fans unaware that she is really a normal kid, and as
Miley, she must keep her friends unaware that she is really Hannah
Montana. In interviews, Miley Cyrus spoke of the implausibility of being
able to keep a secret such as Miley and her family do in the show in a
world of intense media scrutiny. The show however, remains workable
primarily based on suspension of disbelief.
In the show, three other people (Robby, Lilly, and Oliver) also wear
disguises when around Hannah to prevent anyone from drawing a connection
to Miley (Jackson is himself, only as a childhood friend). Hannah also
typically swaps limos as she leaves concert venues to keep the paparazzi
from following her home.
Miley must also rely on the silence of the people who know her secret.
These include her family members, Robby, Jackson, Mammaw Ruthie, Aunt
Dolly, Uncle Earl and Aunt Pearl, her cousin Luann, her friends Lilly
Truscott and her parents, Oliver Oken and his mother, Jake Ryan, Farmine
and Roxy, as well as Officer Diaria and his daughter Kelsey, Siena and
the President of the United States. (This group grows exponentially at
the end of Hannah Montana: The Movie.)
Despite these careful efforts, her father seems to enjoy writing
Hannah songs which explicitly speak of her double life, such as “The Best of Both Worlds,”
“Just Like You,” “The Other Side of Me,” “Rock Star,” “Old Blue Jeans,”
“Just a Girl,” “Supergirl,” and “Ordinary Girl.” In frustration of
this, Miley once complained “You might as well tattoo ‘I’m really Miley
Stewart’ on my forehead!” Also, in the episode Get Down Study-udy-udy,
Rico has almost discovered Miley’s secret according to the “Bone Dance”
which was created by Miley by rewritting the lyrics of “Nobody’s Perfect” and her voice singing it
In Hannah Montana: The Movie, Hannah reveals herself as Miley
during a concert in Crowley Corners, Tennessee,(her hometown) but her
fans do not want her to stop being Hannah, and so they promise to keep
her secret. This event is actually mentioned in For (Give) a Little Bit
during an argument between Miley and Jackson, meaning that the movie
would fit right in the middle of season 3 as if it were a part of the
Near the end of the series, in I’ll Always Remember You,
Miley reveals her secret on The Jay Leno Show by taking off her wig and
singing a song called “Wherever I Go” as Miley. She gets a standing
ovation and the episode ends with Miley smiling. Lilly and Robby also
take off their disguises.
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Who is Robin Rene Roberts? The entertainment and news world knows knows her as Robin Roberts, she is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC‘s morning show Good Morning America.
Roberts was born November 23, 1960 is a media icon who grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where she played basketball and tennis, among other sports. She attended Pass Christian High School and graduated as the class of 1979 salutatorian. Her parents are Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts and Lucimarian Roberts. In a 2006 presentation to the assembled student body at Abilene Christian University, Roberts credited her parents as cultivating the “three Ds: Discipline, Determination, and “De Lord.”
She is the youngest of four children with siblings Sally-Ann, Lawrence,
Jr. “Butch”, and Dorothy. Her father was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen.
Roberts attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, graduating cum laude in 1983 with a degree in communication. She followed in the footsteps of her older sister Sally-Ann Roberts, an anchor at the CBS affiliate WWL in New Orleans.
Roberts noted on the January 13, 2007, edition of Costas on the Radio that she was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Louisiana State University
but thought the school too big and impersonal after visiting the
campus. On her way back to Pass Christian from that visit, she saw a
road sign for Southeastern Louisiana University, stopped to visit and
decided to enroll. The only scholarship left was a tennis scholarship,
and she was promised that there would be a journalism scholarship by the
time she would graduate. She went on to become a standout performer on
the women’s basketball team, ending her career as the school’s third
all-time leading scorer (1,446 points) and rebounder (1,034). She is one
of the only three Lady Lions to score 1,000 career points and grab
1,000 career rebounds. During her senior season, she averaged a
career-high 15.2 points per game. On February 5, 2011, Southeastern
hosted a ceremony to retire Roberts’ jersey 21.
Roberts began her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 1984, she moved to WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 1986, she was sports anchor and reporter for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. She was also a sports anchor and reporter at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1988 to 1990. She was also a radio host for radio station V-103 while in Atlanta.
ESPN and ABC News
She joined ESPN as a sportscaster in February 1990 and became well known on Sportscenter for her catchphrase, “Go on with your bad self!” Roberts began to work for ABC News, specifically as a featured reporter, for Good Morning America in June 1995.
In 2001, Roberts received the Mel Greenberg Media Award, presented by the WBCA. For many years, Roberts worked at both ESPN and Good Morning America, contributing to both programs. During that time, she served primarily as the news anchor at GMA. In 2005, Roberts was promoted to co-anchor of Good Morning America.
In the fall of 2005, she anchored a series of emotional reports from the Mississippi Gulf Coast after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina; her hometown of Pass Christian was especially hard hit, with her old high school completely reduced to rubble.
Roberts has earned three Emmy Awards for her sportscasting work at ESPN.
On May 30, 2010 Roberts drove the Pace Car for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
Roberts is inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
as part of the hall’s class of 2012 for her contributions to and impact
on the game of women’s basketball through her broadcasting work and
On July 31, 2007, Roberts announced during the live broadcast of Good Morning America
that she had been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. She
noticed a lump through self-examination the day they were working on Joel Siegel‘s farewell on Good Morning America. (Siegel died from colon cancer.) Roberts underwent surgery on August 3, and six days later it was announced by ABC News that Roberts was planning to return to the anchor desk on August 13.
Roberts announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
on September 5, 2007, that she was healthier now than before the cancer
but still faces future treatment. She also revealed that a mammogram did not detect her cancer but a follow-up ultrasound did. Roberts shaved her head during chemotherapy treatment. She wore a wig on Good Morning America
because she “didn’t want to distract viewers from the news.” On April
21, 2008, Roberts stopped wearing the wig. As of January 10, 2008,
Roberts had completed her eight chemotherapy treatments. She then had 6½
weeks of radiation treatment, which was completed as of March 28, 2008.
In early 2007 Roberts published a book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By,
of which she said, “I’m a big believer that you have to put yourself in
position for good things to happen to you.” She discussed the book and
her Christian faith on the CBN.
On June 11, 2012, five years after the start of Roberts’s fight with breast cancer, she announced on Good Morning America that she has MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. Roberts also announced that her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts,
is an almost exactly perfect match for bone marrow, and the transplant
will happen in either the late summer or the fall. She has stated that
with the help of her faith, her family and her GMA family she knows that
she will overcome this condition. 
Special guest appearance on Hannah Montana Forever
Roberts guest starred as herself on Hannah Montana (season 4) in the tenth episode of the season, “Can You See the Real Me?“, in which Roberts interviewed Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) about her former double life as Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana.
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Did you know that Tom Lee park hosts events throughout the year,
perhaps most notably the major weekend events during Memphis in May?
Did you know that Tom Lee Park is a popular location for walkers, joggers, roller bladders and cyclists?
Late during the afternoon of May 8, 1925, Lee steered his 28 ft (8.5 m) skiff Zev upriver after delivering an official to Helena, Arkansas.
Also on the river was a steamboat, the M.E. Norman, carrying members of the Engineers Club of Memphis, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and their families.
Did you know that Tom Lee witnessed the M.E. Norman capsize in the swift current
15 mi (24 km) downriver from Memphis at Cow Island Bend. Although he
could not swim, he rescued 32 people with five trips to shore?
Did you know that because Lee acted
so fast that only 23 people died?
Did you know that to honor the hero Tom Lee, the Memphis Engineers Club raised enough money to purchase a house for Lee and his wife?
Did you know that Tom Lee died of cancer
on April 1, 1952 at John Gaston Hospital?
Did you know that two years after his death,
the park along the Memphis Riverfront was named in his honor and a
granite obelisk was erected?
|David Alan Clark|
The sculpture depicts the rescue of a survivor saved from
drowning in the Mississippi River.
Did you know that the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, held the
third weekend of May, is the world’s largest pork barbecue cooking
competition, attracting hundreds of competitors to Tom Lee Park from
around the world?
Now if you didn’t know, now you know…
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