Union was born October 29, 1972 in Omaha, Nebraska,
the middle child in a family of four daughters. She is the daughter of
Theresa (née Glass), a former dancer, social worker, and phone company
manager, and Sylvester C. Union, an AT&T
manager and military sergeant. Union’s early childhood years were spent
as part of a rich African American community. Her large family had been
in the Omaha area for many generations. She was raised Catholic. When Union was eight years old, she and her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended Foothill High School.
In high school, Union was an all-star point guard in basketball and a
year-round athlete, also playing in soccer and ran track.
Union attended the University of Nebraska before moving on to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology.
While studying there, she interned at the Judith Fontaine Modeling
& Talent Agency to earn extra academic credits. Invited by the
agency’s owner, Judith Fontaine, Union started working as a model to pay
off college loans.
Union started her acting career in minor roles. Most were in teen movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You and Love and Basketball. In 1997, Union appeared in the sixth-season episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – “Sons and Daughters” as the Klingon N’Garen. She also appeared in Sister, Sister as Vanessa, in Smart Guy as Denise, and in five episodes of 7th Heaven as Keesha Hamilton.
In 2000, Union landed the role of Isis in the cheerleading movie Bring it On opposite Kirsten Dunst. Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. This led to Union being cast in the CBS television drama City of Angels as Dr. Courtney Ellis.
Union was cast in her first leading role in the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva with rapper L.L. Cool J.
This was her second time working with the rapper since making a cameo
in his video “Paradise” in 2002. The film received fair reviews from
critics and it showed that Union was a leading lady. Union landed the
role of Will Smith‘s character’s girlfriend Syd in the film Bad Boys II, a box office success grossing over $273 million worldwide. Union starred with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in the film Breakin’ All the Rules in 2004.
Union starred in the short-lived 2005 ABC series Night Stalker. She has also starred in the independent drama films Neo Ned and Constellation, the latter of which was released to theaters. She won an award for Best Actress in Neo Ned at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the film received awards at several festivals.
She starred in the 2005 remake of The Honeymooners with comedian Cedric The Entertainer. In 2006, she starred as Busta Rhymes‘ love interest in the music video for Rhymes’ “I Love My Chick“. Union starred in the 2007 films Daddy’s Little Girls by Tyler Perry (released on Valentine’s Day) and the Christmas film The Perfect Holiday which opened on December 12.
In an interview with Art Nouveau Magazine, Union complained about the lack of roles for black actresses and actors in Hollywood: “There used to be [roles] specifically written black, if you knew Denzel
was doing a movie you knew his wife, girl or love interest was going to
be black [but] that’s not necessarily the case anymore. You’re in that
room with every amazingly talented actress of every hue, and it’s a
dogfight, it’s hard”.
In 2008, Union appeared on Ugly Betty for three episodes (36–38) as Renee, Wilhelmina Slater‘s (Vanessa L. Williams) sister and Daniel Meade‘s (Eric Mabius) love interest. She also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo‘s “Miss Independent“.
She joined the cast of the U.S. television series Life on NBC and appeared in four episodes prior to the cancellation of series in May 2009. She appeared in the ABC series FlashForward alongside John Cho and Joseph Fiennes as Zoey Andata, a role for which she got nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In 2013, Union starred in Ava DuVernay‘s short film The Door as part of Miu Miu‘s Women’s Tales campaign.
In 2012, she worked with Tyler Perry on the romantic comedy Good Deeds playing the role of Natalie, the soon to be wife of Perry’s character Wesley Deeds. She now appears in Steve Harvey‘s movie Think Like A Man, another romantic comedy which is based on his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The movie debuted at No. 1 during the weekend of April 20, 2012. In 2013, she began as the star of the BET network show Being Mary Jane.
In 1992, at age 19, Union was attacked and raped
at her part-time job in a shoe store. Her attacker later turned himself
in and was sentenced to 33 years in prison. She has since become an
advocate for survivors of assault. Union is an Ambassador in Susan G. Komen for the Cure‘s Circle of Promise. She ran in the Global Race for the Cure in Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 2, 2012, in honor of her late friend 
Kristen Martinez, who lost her battle with breast cancer.
Union met football player Chris Howard at a party in 1999. They married on May 5, 2001, and separated in October 2005. The divorce was finalized in 2006. In 2009, Union began dating NBA player Dwyane Wade. Union and Wade became engaged in December 2013.
|1999||She’s All That||Katie|
|1999||10 Things I Hate About You||Chastity|
|1999||H-E Double Hockey Sticks||Gabrielle|
|2000||Love & Basketball||Shawnee|
|2000||Bring It On||Isis|
|2001||The Brothers||Denise Johnson|
|2001||Two Can Play That Game||Conny Spalding|
|2002||Welcome to Collinwood||Michelle|
|2003||Deliver Us from Eva||Evangeline ‘Eva’ Dandrige|
|2003||Cradle 2 the Grave||Daria|
|2003||Bad Boys II||Syd|
|2004||Something the Lord Made||Clara Thomas|
|2004||Breakin’ All the Rules||Nicky Callas|
|2005||The Honeymooners||Alice Kramden|
|2005||Say Uncle||Elise Carter|
|2006||Running with Scissors||Dorothy|
|2007||Daddy’s Little Girls||Julia|
|2007||The Box||Det. Cris Romano|
|2007||The Perfect Holiday||Nancy|
|2008||Meet Dave||Number 3 – Cultural Officer|
|2008||Cadillac Records||Geneva Wade|
|2010||The Van Zandt Shakedown||TBA|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Kristen|
|2012||In Our Nature||Vicki|
|2013||Miss Dial||Long Story Caller|
|2013||Being Mary Jane||Mary Jane Paul|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Kristen|
|1993||Family Matters||Mall girl (uncredited)||Episode: “Scenes from a Mall”|
|1995/96||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Hilary / Jennifer||2 episodes|
|1996||Malibu Shores||Shannon Everette||Episode: “The Competitive Edge”|
|1996||Goode Behavior||Tracy Monaghan||3 episodes|
|1996–99||7th Heaven||Keesha Hamilton||5 episodes|
|1997||Smart Guy||Lydia||Episode: “Don’t Do That Thing You Do”|
|1997||Dave’s World||Carly||Episode: “Oh Dad, Poor Dad”|
|1997||Hitz||Soul||Episode: “The Godfather: Not the Movie”|
|1997||Sister, Sister||Shawn / Vanessa||2 episodes|
|1997||City Guys||Katisha Grant||Episode: “The Date”|
|1997||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||N’Garen||Episode: “Sons and Daughters”|
|1998||The Steve Harvey Show||Naomi Parson||Episode: “The He-Man, Player-Hater’s Club”|
|1998/99||Clueless||Lydia / Rebecca||2 episodes|
|1999||Grown Ups||Felicia||Episode: “Pilot”|
|1999||H-E Double Hockey Sticks||Gabrielle||Movie|
|2000||ER||Tamara Davis||Episode: “Family Matters”|
|2000||The Others||Lindsay||Episode: “Theta”|
|2000||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Lana||Episode: “Too Much Pressure”|
|2000||City of Angels||Dr. Courtney Ellis||11 episodes|
|2001||Close to Home||Gabby||Movie|
|2001||Friends||Kristen Leigh||Episode: “The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress”|
|2003||The Proud Family||Sunny Stevens / Iesha (voice)||Episode: “Hooray for Iesha”|
|2004||The West Wing||Meeshel Anders||Episode: “The Benign Prerogative”|
|2004||Something the Lord Made||Clara Thomas||Movie|
|2005||Family Guy||Shauna Parks (voice)||Episode: “Peter’s Got Woods”|
|2005–06||Night Stalker||Perri Reed||10 episodes|
|2007||Football Wives||Chardonnay Lane||Movie|
|2008||Ugly Betty||Renee Slater||3 episodes|
|2009||Life||Jane Seever||4 episodes|
|2010||The BET Honors||Herself||Movie|
|2009–10||FlashForward||Zoey Andata||9 episodes|
|2010||Army Wives||Episode: “Murder in Charleston”|
|2011||NTSF:SD:SUV||Sandy Canyons||Episode: “Tijuana, We’ve Got a Problem”|
|2012||Half the Sky||Herself||Documentary|
|2013||Being Mary Jane||Mary Jane Paul||Movie|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Bring It On||Black Reel Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2003||Bring It On||MTV Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2004||Deliver Us From Eva||Black Reel Awards||Nominated|
|Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Bad Boys II||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Deliver Us From Eva||MTV Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Breakin’ All the Rules||Black Reel Awards||Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|Something the Lord Made||Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series||Nominated|
|Breakin’ All the Rules||Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Something the Lord Made||Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series||Nominated|
|2009||Cadillac Records||Black Reel Awards||Best Ensemble||Won|
|2006||Neo Ned||Palm Beach International Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2013||Think Like a Man||BET Awards||Nominated|
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The show has received recognition as one of Britain’s finest television programmes, winning the 2006 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and five consecutive (2005–2010) awards at the National Television Awards during Russell T Davies‘s tenure as executive producer. In 2011, Matt Smith became the first Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor. In 2013, the Peabody Awards honoured Doctor Who with an Institutional Peabody “for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.” The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world
and as the “most successful” science fiction series of all time—based
on its over-all broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, and iTunes
During its original run, it was recognised for its imaginative stories, creative low-budget special effects, and pioneering use of electronic music (originally produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop).
The show is a significant part of British popular culture; and elsewhere it has become a cult television favourite. The show has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series. The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989. After an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production in 1996 with a backdoor pilot in the form of a television film, the programme was relaunched in 2005 by Russell T Davies who was showrunner and head writer for the first five years of its revival, produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff. Series 1 in the 21st century, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth incarnation, was produced by the BBC. Series 2 and 3 had some development money contributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which was credited as a co-producer. Doctor Who also spawned spin-offs in multiple media, including Torchwood (2006–11) and The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–11), both created by Russell T Davies; K-9 (2009–10), the four-part video series P.R.O.B.E. (1994–96), and a single pilot episode of K-9 and Company (1981). There also have been many spoofs and cultural references of the character in other media.
Eleven actors have headlined the series as the Doctor. The transition
from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, a life process of Time Lords
through which the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to
some extent, new personality, which occurs after sustaining injury which
would be fatal to most other species. Although each portrayal of the
Doctor is different, and on occasions the various incarnations have even
met one another, they are all meant to be aspects of the same
character. The Doctor as of 2013 is portrayed by Matt Smith, who took up the role after David Tennant‘s last appearance.
On 1 June 2013, it was announced that Matt Smith would leave the series
and the eleventh Doctor would regenerate in the 2013 Christmas special. On 4 August 2013, Peter Capaldi was announced as the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor.
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Kandi Burruss? The music and entertainment world knows her
Kandi Burruss was born on May 17, 1976 in Atlanta, Georgia
and grew up the youngest of two. Kandi has stated she was definitely a
daddy’s girl before her father left the family when she was 4. Kandi was
very close to her brother Patrick, who was older by 7 1/2 years and
later died in a car accident when Kandi was a young teenager. Her first
major appearance, on BET‘s Teen Summit, introduced her to the public and helped launch her career. Kandi attended Tri- Cities High School in East Point, Georgia.
After the disbanding of Xscape, Burruss began to focus on production and songwriting. In 1999, Burruss teamed with bandmate Tameka “Tiny” Cottle to score the international number one hit “No Scrubs” for TLC. The single received a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, MTV Video Music Award, Billboard Music Award and Soul Train Music Award. That same year, Burruss scored a hit for Destiny’s Child on their second album, “The Writing’s on the Wall“. “Bills, Bills, Bills“, also topped the Billboard “Hot 100” chart & was followed by their second single “Bug a Boo“, also penned by Burruss. Kandi would go on to work with then newcomer Pink by co-writing her debut single “There You Go” off Pink‘s debut album “Can’t Take Me Home“.
Burruss was the first African-American woman ever to win ASCAP’s
Songwriter of the Year award in 2000. She won for Songwriter of the year
in the Rhythm & Soul category. She won for songwriting credits such as Destiny Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and TLC‘s “No Scrubs.”
Kandi’s writing credits continued to grow by penning for the likes of Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, Da Brat, NSYNC, N-Toon, Solo, Usher, Fantasia, Mýa, Joe, MC Lyte and Whitney Houston.
Kandi has since rewritten and executive produced “Tardy for the Party” for Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kim Zolciak‘s debut album. The song was made available to iTunes on September 1, 2009.
Kandi Koated and Reality Television (2009–present)
In early 2006, Kandi began work on her second album. The first single, “I Need“, was a promotional single only. It featured rap duo 8Ball and MJG. Another song, “Keep It Gangsta” featuring rapper Lil Scrappy, was also set to appear on the album, although it was never released as a promo single.
Failing to generate any buzz, plans for the new album were temporarily put on hold. Burruss then teamed with Atlanta female rapper Rasheeda
to form the duo Peach Candy, signed to D-Lo Entertainment. Their first
single, titled “Bam”, got little airplay and plans for this album were
also put on hold. PeachCandy EP was released on iTunes with a 5-track lineup.
In 2009, Kandi joined the second season of the Bravo reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and went back to work on her second album, then titled B.L.O.G.. Her debut EP, the Fly Above EP,
was released on October 29, 2009. The album will be released on her own
record label, Kandi Koated Entertainment, and possibly Capitol Records,
although the EP will only be released on Kandi Koated Entertainment.
The album is confirmed to feature appearances from artists such as Rick Ross, Rasheeda, Gucci Mane and possibly Missy Elliott. Despite speculation that the lead single would be either “I Like Him” featuring Rick Ross and Rasheeda or “Trade Him In” featuring Gucci Mane, the lead single, “Fly Above“, was released on October 6, 2009. It was later dubbed a promo single. Kandi signed a record deal with Asylum Records in early 2010 and released her second album, Kandi Koated, on December 14, 2010. The lead single “Leave U” debuted at #89 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
chart. Kandi also made a cameo appearance along with Atlanta producer
Jermaine Dupri on the first episode in the new television series, Single Ladies.
Kandi is now working on her music and Bravo has greenlit her new reality show, The Kandi Factory. “The Kandi Factory will capture a unique look at her successful music career as Kandi transforms two music hopefuls into the next big pop star.”. She is also running a sex toy company called Bedroom Kandi.
|Ashley “A.J.” Jewell|
In late 2008, Kandi began a relationship with Ashley “A.J.” Jewell
and after dating several months, the couple became engaged to be married
in January 2009. But on October 22, after sustaining head injuries in a
brawl Jewell died 
Kandi and three of her friends started a “sex and relationship” webshow on Ustream titled Kandi Koated Nights. They have had numerous guests, including Katt Stacks, Tionna T. Smalls, Grand Hustle, Jazze Pha, Young Joc. The show began to air on television beginning in 2011.
On January 15, 2013, Kandi announced via Twitter that she is engaged to Todd Tucker, a line producer for The Real Housewives of Atlanta, whom she has been dating since 2011 while filming for the series’ fourth season. Several season 5 episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta showed and discussed the house Kandi and Todd bought and moved into together.
- 2000 (42nd Grammy Awards)
- Songwriter of the Year (Rhythm & Soul) for “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “No Scrubs” (Won)
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, she is an American
After moving to Los Angeles
to pursue an acting career in 2006, Cavallari appeared in several
television series as minor characters. In 2009, she replaced former Laguna Beach cast member Lauren Conrad in her spin-off series The Hills, which was revamped to chronicle the personal and professional lives of Cavallari, Heidi Montag, and Audrina Patridge.
In 2011, Cavallari became engaged to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. She gave birth to son Camden Jack, the first child for both, the following year. Cavallari and Cutler married in 2013.
Life and career
1987–2005: Early life and Laguna Beach
Cavallari was born January 5, 1987 in Denver, Colorado, the second of two children of Judith Spies (née Eifrig) and Dennis Cavallari. She is of Italian and German descent.
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. She attended Barrington Station Middle School, and graduated on to Barrington High School.
After difficulties adjusting to a new life with a stepfather and
stepbrother, Cavallari moved to California to live with her father.
There, Cavallari 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 Laguna Beach High School.
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 plot lines.
2006–10: Acting and The Hills
In May 2009, Cavallari confirmed that she would be joining the cast of Laguna Beach’s spin-off series, The Hills. She made her first appearance on the series during the fifth season’s mid-season finale on May 31, 2009, at Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt‘s
wedding, where she caught the bouquet. The second half of the Lauren Conrad. Despite originally signing a deal with MTV to appear in two additional seasons following the fifth, the sixth and final season concluded on July 13, 2010. season
premiered on September 29, 2009, with Cavallari assuming the position of
former main cast member and narratorCavallari was on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars and partnered with two-time champion, Mark Ballas.
Despite having high scores, Cavallari was the third to be eliminated,
shocking the audience, judges, and fellow dancers alike. One of the
judges, Len Goodman, commented that he expected to see Cavallari dancing
in the final. The cumulative average of Cavallari’s dances were higher
than of contestants who had lasted twice as long as she did.
After her stint on Laguna Beach, Cavallari headed to Los Angeles and briefly attended the Loyola Marymount University. 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 on one
episode of another UPN series, Veronica Mars. 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. 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 as Summer in Spring Breakdown alongside Amy Poehler. 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.
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. In 2006 Cavallari appeared in ads for PETA, and has also appeared as a celebrity spokesperson for “We Are Ellis Island”, a campaign for the restoration of Ellis Island. In February 2009, she posed for the NOH8 Campaign in support of gay marriage.
In January 2010, she traveled to El Salvador to do charity work. She told US Magazine,
“It really put everything into perspective and made me appreciate
everything I have, seeing how happy and excited the kids were was the
best feeling in the world”. In March 2011, Cavallari traveled to Kenya to do charity work with the non-profit organization One Kid One World.
2011–present: Motherhood and marriage
Cavallari previously dated her Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County co-star Stephen Colletti and her The Hills co-stars, Brody Jenner and Justin Brescia.
During the winter of 2004-05, when Cavallari was a senior at Laguna Beach High School, she dated Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who was then the star quarterback for the USC Trojans. She can be seen speaking of dating Leinart in early episodes of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County‘s second season.
Cavallari began dating Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the fall of 2010 and became engaged to him in April 2011. They called off the engagement in July 2011, but reconciled in November 2011. In January 2012, the couple announced Cavallari’s pregnancy. She gave birth to their first child, son Camden Jack, on August 8, 2012. Cavallari and Cutler wed on June 8, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee. In October 2013, it was announced that Cavallari is pregnant with their second child.
|2004 – 2005||Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County||Herself||28 episodes|
|2007||Get This Party Started||Host||2 episodes|
|2006||Veronica Mars||Kylie Marker||1 episode|
|2007||Cheerleader Camp||Julie||Television movie|
|2007||Cane||Casey||Episode: “Family Business”|
|2008||Green Flash aka Beach Kings||Lana||Direct-to-DVD release|
|2008||CSI: NY||Isabelle Vaughn||Episode: “Forbidden Fruit”|
|2008||Spring Breakdown||Lizzie – Seven #3|
|2009||Wild Cherry||Trish van Doren|
|2009||National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year||Kaitlin Hayes||Direct-to-DVD release|
|2009–10||The Hills||Herself||23 episodes|
|2011||The Middle||Ms. Devereaux||Episode: “Friends, Lies, and Videotape”|
|2011||RuPaul’s Drag Race||Herself||Season 3|
|2011||America’s Next Top Model||Guest Judge||Season 17, Episode 3|
|2011||Dancing with the Stars||Herself/Contestant||Season 13, Eliminated week 3|
|2012||Cupcake Wars||Guest Judge||Season 6, Episode 9: “Kristin Cavallari’s Baby Shower”|
|2012||The League||Herself||Season 4, Episode 4: “The Breastalyzer”|
|2013||The League||Herself||Season 5, Episode 3: “Chalupa vs the Cutlet”|
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Phil Robertson as an American professional hunter, businessman
Early life and education
Robertson was born April 24, 1946 in Vivian in northern Caddo Parish in far northwestern Louisiana, Robertson was the fifth of seven children of James and Merritt Robertson. He has four brothers (James, Harold, Thomas, and Silas)
and two sisters (Judith and Janice). Because of financial setbacks in
his childhood, the Robertson family had to live in rugged conditions -
no electricity, no toilet, no bathtub (although they did have one pipe
for running water), and insufficient lodging. His family rarely went
into town to buy groceries, and instead lived off the land – fruits and
vegetables they grew in their garden, the meat from deer, squirrels,
fish and other game they hunted and fished, and the pigs, chickens, and
cattle they raised.
In his book, Happy, Happy, Happy, Robertson recalls that “It
was the 1950s when I was a young boy, but we lived like it was the
1850s…but we were always happy, happy, happy no matter the
Halfway between Vivian and Hosston is the Robertson birth home, a restored log cabin.
In September 2013, it was for sale at an asking price of $750,000. The
property is owned by a Robertson cousin, Nathan Hale, who acquired it
for an initial $55,000 investment c. 2009.
College and football
As an athlete in high school, Robertson was all-state in football, baseball, and track, which afforded him the opportunity to attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston on a football scholarship in the late 1960s. There he played first-string quarterback for the Bulldogs, ahead of Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, the first overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft.
When he arrived at Tech in 1966, Bradshaw caused a media frenzy on
account of his reputation of being a football sensation from nearby Shreveport. Robertson was a year ahead of Bradshaw, and was the starter for two seasons in 1966 and 1967, and chose not to play in 1968. It was thought he had the potential for a pro career, but his mind was elsewhere.
When Paul Harvey confronted Robertson with a recruitment to play professionally for the Washington Redskins,
he declined because football conflicted with his hunting. Besides,
football was only about holding up his scholarship to him, while
Bradshaw practically lived and breathed the sport. Robertson put it in this way: “Terry went for the bucks, and I chased after the ducks.”
Degrees and first jobs
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in education,
Robertson spent several years teaching. He said while his students
claim he was an excellent teacher, spending time in a classroom brought
him to the conclusion that his time and talents would be better spent in
Early career and founding of Duck Commander
Career, decline, and salvation
Robertson initially supported his family as a teacher, also finding
income as a commercial fisherman. In the 1970s, his marriage became
strained. Robertson, now running a bar, was falling prey to alcohol, and
at times would kick his wife and children out of the house. He began to
commit many crimes, and would hide out in the woods for weeks at a time
to avoid the authorities.
The only thing that kept Kay in the marriage was the quote, “One man, one wife, for one life”.
In 1975, while Robertson was running a bar, his sister, Jan, asked a
fellow Christian man to go to the bar with her to discuss the gospel
with Robertson and hand out Bibles to the patrons. Robertson forced the
man to leave, but allowed Jan to continue handing out Bibles and warned
the patrons of the bar not to harm her. After a series of distressing
incidents and a period of time spent away from his wife and children,
Robertson returned and found the man who had come to the bar with his
sister. They discussed Robertson’s life, and after he learned of the
forgiveness offered by Jesus and the promise of Heaven, Robertson
repented of his sins and was baptized in the presence of his wife and
children. He was 28 at the time.
An avid hunter, Robertson was “in the know” about everything related
to hunting, especially that of duck hunting, and was extremely
unsatisfied with the condition of duck calls of that day. He began to
experiment with making a call that would produce the exact sound of a
duck. He aimed at making a call for duck killers, not professional
callers. He claimed that “No duck would even place in a duck calling
contest.” He invented his first Duck Commander call in 1972. He received
a patent for this call and the Duck Commander Company was incorporated in 1973. Today, the company of Duck Commander is a multi-million dollar empire, headed by his son, Willie Robertson.
Robertson is presented in Duck Dynasty
as the patriarch of the entire Robertson clan. He always sticks to his
rugged outdoor ways, which often comes into conflict with the culture of
today. He is not often seen working at the Duck Commander office, and
mostly stays at home either hunting or cooking with Kay.
A rumor circulated that Robertson and his family were under pressure to eliminate their family prayer and the use of guns from Duck Dynasty. When asked about it, the family insisted it had never happened.
When A&E decided to add bleeps to the show to add “spice”,
Robertson went to the network and told them to not make it seem like
they use profanity, as they do not. Also, while they did not cut
prayers, they did cut out the part of Robertson’s prayer where he said
“in Jesus’ name”. When A&E told them that they did not want to
offend the Muslim population, Phil asked, “What year is it?” They
replied “2012.” He pointed out that the year was 2012 A.D., or in the year of Our Lord.
He asked them why they would take someone out who the entire universe
is based on. He also asked A&E how many Muslims were watching Duck Dynasty.
On December 18, 2013 A&E indefinitely suspended Robertson
following anti-homosexual comments made by the duck magnate published in
GQ magazine. The network released the following statement: “We are
extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ,
which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the
series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E
Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the
LGBT community.” Robertson rebutted that it is an intrusion on his
freedom of speech and that he is “turntup about the firing”. 
Robertson and Marsha “Kay” Carroway
started dating in 1964, when Kay was only 14 years old. They married
two years later, in 1966. They had their first son, Alan, while they
were still attending college. 
Robertson is a devout Christian, being a member of the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe
and is outspoken about his beliefs. He is a recovering alcoholic and
left his wife Kay for a time before discovering Christ and being
baptized. In an interview prior to the release of his autobiography, he said:
My message is to get human beings to love God, love their neighbor
and for the life of me I just don’t see the downside of human beings not
being so mean to one another and actually care for one another and not
steal from one another and not murder each other for their tennis shoes.
That’s the message I have. …
America and the world, we have a love problem. I’m trying to get
people aware of that. A loving person is not going to pick up a spear or
a knife because when the Ten Commandments
were written it was before guns, and God was saying, ‘Look, quit
murdering each other.’ Now I’m just trying to say, ‘Folks, let’s try to
love one another no matter what the color of their skin.’
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LeBrock was born March 24, 1960 in New York City, but brought up in London, England. She is the daughter of a French-Canadian father who owned his own quicksilver mine and opened “The General Thurber”, a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Lake Champlain, New York. Kelly’s Irish mother, a former model, was the owner of fine antique stores in London.
Le Brock spent her early school days in Buckinghamshire England and
Lewes Sussex (1969-1976). At the age of sixteen, LeBrock returned to New
York and started her career as a high fashion and beauty model.
LeBrock began her career as a model at the age of sixteen. She went on to appear on thousands of magazine covers and in fashion spreads, including an exclusive Christian Dior campaign, and became one of Eileen Ford‘s most sought-after models. She also gained notoriety as the Pantene shampoo commercial spokeswoman whose line “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” became a pop-culture catchphrase.
LeBrock was cast as the “perfect” or “fantasy” woman in films such as The Woman in Red (1984) and Weird Science (1985). As a result, she was considered one of the sexiest women in Hollywood in the 1980s. In 1990 she starred opposite her then-husband, Steven Seagal, in Hard to Kill. LeBrock also appeared in Betrayal of the Dove (1993), Tracks of a Killer (1995), and Hard Bounty (1995).
She had roles in the films Wrongfully Accused (1998), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2002), Zerophilia (2005) and Gamers: The Movie
(2006 film). LeBrock says that she’s hoping to get back into the acting
game. She’s made four movies since 2000, and has a fifth film—a
thriller called Hidden Affairs—slated for release in 2013.
Her first marriage was to film producer and restaurateur, Victor Drai, in 1984; they divorced in 1986. She then was married to action star, Steven Seagal, from 1987–96 from which three children were born – Annaliza (b. 1987), Dominic (b. 1990) and Arissa (b. 1993).
In the late 1980s LeBrock was one of the first private U.S. citizens to own her own hyperbaric chamber. LeBrock also started her own brand of homeopathic remedies.
LeBrock testified to Congress in 1995 to the House Enquiry on
Insurance and Medicare Access for alternative treatments on the needs of
all Americans to have affordable access to such remedies. She is on
various scientific advisory boards and regularly lectures on this
subject.[not in citation given]
After the death of her brother, Harold, in 2008 LeBrock decided to
devote her time to the terminally ill. She currently is the celebrity
spokesperson for “Club Carson”, whose members are children suffering
- The Woman in Red (1984) –Charlotte
- Weird Science (1985) — Lisa
- Hard to Kill (1990)–Andrea Stewart
- Betrayal of the Dove (1993) as Una
- David Copperfield (1993) (TV)–Clara (voice)
- Tracks of a Killer (1995) — Claire Hawkner
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2001)
- Hard Bounty (1995) — Donnie
- Wrongfully Accused (1998) — Lauren Goodhue
- Zerophilia (2005) — Woman in RV
- Gamers (2006) — Angela’s Mom
- The Mirror (2007) — Mary Theophilu
- Hidden Affairs (slated for 2013) — character unknown as of now
In July 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car accident. LaBeouf was arrested at the scene of the car accident for misdemeanor drunk driving, and his driver’s license was suspended for one year because he refused a breathalyzer examination. As a result of the injuries he sustained from the accident, he has undergone multiple surgeries on his left hand, which has permanent damage and scarring.
In 2007, LaBeouf starred in the lead role of the commercially successful films, Disturbia, and Surf’s Up. The same year he was cast in Michael Bay‘s science fiction film Transformers as Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist of the series. Despite mixed reviews, Transformers was a box office success and one of the highest grossing films of 2007. LaBeouf later appeared in it sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), both also a box office success. In the 2014 film, Transformers: Age of Extinction LaBeouf will return but will not reprise his role as Sam Witicky instead he will voice a current unknown Autobot. In 2008, he played Henry “Mutt Williams” Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. The film was a critical and commercial success. His other films include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Lawless (2012), The Company You Keep (2012) and Nymphomaniac (2013).
LaBeouf was born June 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Shayna (née Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. His mother is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer. His father is a Vietnam War veteran who had numerous jobs. LaBeouf’s mother is Jewish and his father is a Cajun. LaBeouf was raised in his mother’s Jewish religion and had a Bar Mitzvah, though he was also baptized.
LaBeouf has described his parents as “hippies“, his father as “tough as nails and a different breed of man”, and his upbringing as similar to a “hippy lifestyle”, stating that his parents were “pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them.” The actor also accompanied his father to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous . LaBeouf has also said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback. LaBeouf says his father was “on drugs” during his childhood and was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction while LaBeouf’s mother was “trying to hold down the fort.” His parents eventually divorced, mainly due to financial problems, and LaBeouf had what he has described as a “good childhood”, growing up poor in Echo Park with his mother, who worked selling fabrics and brooches. LaBeouf’s uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and “they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps.” As a way of dealing with his parents’ divorce, he would perform for his family, mimicking his father. LaBeouf remains close to and financially supports both of his parents.
He attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles (LAUSD) and Alexander Hamilton High School, although he received most of his education from tutors. In an interview, LaBeouf said that, looking back on his childhood, he feels grateful and considers some of those memories scars.
When LaBeouf was 19, after a neighbor in his Studio City apartment complex had allegedly insulted his mother and rear-ended her car, LaBeouf brought a knife, and a friend for backup, to the neighbor’s apartment, which resulted in LaBeouf being assaulted by the neighbor and six of the neighbor’s friends.
1996–2006: Disney career
Prior to acting, LaBeouf would practice stand-up comedy around his neighborhood as an “escape” from a hostile environment At age ten, he began performing stand-up at comedy clubs, describing his appeal as having “disgustingly dirty” material and a “50-year-old mouth on the 10-year-old kid”. He subsequently found an agent through the Yellow Pages and was taken on, after pretending to be his own manager. LaBeouf has said that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career, having originally gotten the idea from a child actor whom he met that had things he wanted. LaBeouf became known among young audiences, after playing Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens in the early 2000s, a role that later earned him a Daytime Emmy Award. He has said, “[he] grew up on that show” and being cast was the “best thing” that happened to him. In the next several years, he appeared in the well-received film adaption, Holes (2003), in the starring role and made his directorial debut with the short film Let’s Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo. He has played real-life people, including golfer Francis Ouimet and the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006).
2007–2008: Career breakthrough
LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on April 13, as a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor is a serial killer, which he considered a “character-driven” role. He received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News saying, he “is able to simultaneously pull off [the character's] anger, remorse and intelligence”. He hosted Saturday Night Live on April 14, and on May 10, 2008. He next played Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Transformers.
In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) he was Indiana Jones‘ greaser son Mutt Williams. His performance was met with mixed reviews with Todd Gilchrist of IGN commenting “one can’t quite help but wonder what Spielberg saw in the young actor that inspired him to cast LaBeouf”. His next film was Eagle Eye, released on September 26. His performance received mixed reviews, with Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly saying he “makes a credible bid for action-hero status, although his occasional stabs at emotional depth don’t really go anywhere.”
2009–present: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and beyond
In February, he directed the music video for “I Never Knew You”, a single off rapper Cage‘s third album, Depart From Me. It was shot in LA and features cameos by other Definitive Jux artists. The two will also team up to make a biopic about the rapper’s life, starring LaBeouf. Of making the video, LaBeouf said, “I’m 22 and I’m directing my favorite rapper’s music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns.”
LaBeouf reprised the role of Sam Witwicky in the 2009 sequel to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Filming for the movie began in May 2008 and ended in late 2008. Due to LaBeouf’s injury from his car accident, Bay and screen writer Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect his hand throughout filming. LaBeouf said production was only delayed two days after his accident because Bay made up for it by filming second unit scenes, and LaBeouf recovered a few weeks earlier than expected, allowing him to return to the set. Near the end of filming, LaBeouf injured his eye when he hit a prop; the injury required seven stitches. He resumed filming two hours later. The movie grossed $800 million, but received mostly negative review by critics, with LaBeouf sharing a nomination for the “Worst Screen Couple of 2009″ Razzie Award with “either Megan Fox or any Transformer.”
His only 2010 movie was the Oliver Stone-directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to Wall Street (1987), playing an ambitious Wall Street trader. It became another mixed critical success for him. He reprised his role in the third Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which was released on June 28, 2011. He will play a bootlegger in John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World.
At 18, he bought his own home. He is a cigarette smoker. He has said that religion “never made sense” to him, and also that he has a “personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism”.
LaBeouf has three tattoos, which are: 1986–2004 on his inner right wrist, a dog paw tattoo on his upper left arm, and a hand with a shackle on it on his left upper side torso. He got the tattoo on his wrist as a “precautionary” to not forget his childhood. LaBeouf described the upper side torso tattoo as “an artist drawing his own prison. Just life. That’s where I’m at”. He completed the 2010 LA Marathon on March 21, 2010 with a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes and 31 seconds.
From 2004 to 2007, LaBeouf dated China Brezner, whom he met on the set of The Greatest Game Ever Played. They broke up because he became too busy with his work to put any time into the relationship, and he described the break-up as being like “rebuilding after a tornado.” He dated British actress and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps co-star Carey Mulligan from August 2009 to October 2010; they were introduced by the film’s director, Oliver Stone, prior to filming and began dating shortly after. Of that relationship he said: “I still love her. I think she’s a fucking awesome person and an incredible actress. We’re still pals. I wouldn’t take any of it back, and I don’t think she would either. It just ran its course.”
In the August 2011 issue of Details magazine he also admitted to having been in a relationship with Isabel Lucas while she was still dating Adrien Grenier and Megan Fox while she was still seeing her now husband Brian Austin Green. LaBeouf also admitted to having a brief romance with Hilary Duff.
Early in the morning of November 4, 2007, a security guard asked LaBeouf to leave a Chicago Walgreens; after refusing to do so, LaBeouf was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The criminal charges were dropped on December 12, 2007.
In March 2008, an arrest warrant was issued for LaBeouf, after he failed to make a court appearance. The hearing was in relation to a ticket he had received for unlawful smoking in Burbank, California, in February 2008. When neither LaBeouf nor a lawyer appeared at the court, at 8:30 a.m., a $1000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest. However, the court commissioner in California recalled this warrant on March 19, 2008, after the actor’s attorney arrived a day late to plead not guilty on LaBeouf’s behalf, and a pre-trial hearing was set for April 24, 2008. The charge was dismissed, after the actor paid a $500 fine.
At approximately 3 A.M. on July 27, 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car crash, at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. His Ford F-150 was hit from the side by a vehicle running a red light. LaBeouf had been gripping the top of the windowsill as he drove and, upon impact, the truck rolled onto his exposed left hand, crushing it. While responding to the accident, police officers smelled alcohol on LaBeouf’s breath. Because he refused a breathalyzer examination, authorities arrested LaBeouf at the scene for misdemeanor drunk driving, and his driver’s license was suspended for one year. Michael Bay stated that LaBeouf had been drinking hours before the car accident and he had felt that, by the time the accident had occurred, the alcohol had worn off. LaBeouf had to undergo one of many hand surgeries immediately after the accident. His passenger, Isabel Lucas, and the driver and passenger in the other car suffered only minor injuries. Due to severe damages from the accident, LaBeouf’s truck was totaled; his father keeps the vehicle at his home as a memento. Two days later, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman announced that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident as the other driver had run a red light. LaBeouf returned to the set of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, at this time, and shooting resumed. In September of that year, LaBeouf described the car accident as being “eye-opening and terrifying.” He said that, as a result of the injuries, he had screws and plates put in his left hand; there is also scarring. A screw was placed in one of his knuckles, and he had a shaved piece of bone from his hip made into a bone for his finger. In April 2009, he stated he had undergone three hand surgeries. He said that he would regain “probably about 80-something percent” use of his hand and, while he would be able to make a fist again, “there’s a knuckle [I will] never be able to move again.” In May 2010, he said that he has “completely” regained movement in his fingers. In June 2011, in an interview in Details magazine, he claimed that he and Isabel Lucas were “philandering around” before the accident occurred.
In the early morning of February 5, 2011, he was involved in an altercation with another patron at the Mad Bull’s Tavern bar in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, which resulted in the actor getting punched in the face. Both LaBeouf and the unnamed patron were placed in handcuffs and questioned by a Los Angeles Police Department officer but later released with no arrest being made.
On December 17th, 2013 LaBeouf’s critically acclaimed short film Howard Cantour.com became available online when bloggers and newspapers familiar with indie comics noticed its remarkable resemblance to Justin M. Damiano, a 2007 comic by Ghost World creator Dan Clowes. 
The short film was suddenly removed by LaBeouf, who claimed that he
wasn not “copying” Clowes, but rather was “inspired” by him and “got
lost in the creative process.” LaBeouf later issued several apologies
writing “In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got
lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper
accreditation”, and “I deeply regret the manner in which these events
have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect
for his work”. Clowes responded by saying “The first I ever heard of
the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken
to or met Mr. LaBeouf … I actually can’t imagine what was going
through his mind.”
In 2004, LaBeouf contributed an essay to the book I Am Jewish, by Judea Pearl, in which LaBeouf stated that he has a “personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism”. He has described himself as Jewish. In 2007, LaBeouf detailed that religion “never made sense” to him.
LaBeouf has three tattoos, which are: 1986–2004 on his inner right
wrist, a dog paw tattoo on his upper left arm, and a hand with a shackle
on it on his left upper side torso. He got the tattoo on his wrist as a “precautionary” to not forget his childhood. LaBeouf described the upper side torso tattoo as “an artist drawing his own prison. Just life. That’s where I’m at”.
|1998||Caroline in the City||Ethan||Episode: “Caroline and the Bar Mitzvah”|
|1999||Jesse||Moe||Episode: “Momma Was a Rollin’ Stone”|
|1999||Suddenly Susan||Ritchie||Episode: “A Day in the Life“|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Johnny||Episode: “The Occupant”|
|1999||The X-Files||Richie Lupone||Episode: “The Goldberg Variation“|
|2000||ER||Darnel Smith||Episode: “Abby Road“|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Herbert the mascot||Episode: “We’ve Got Spirit“|
|2000–2003||Even Stevens||Louis Stevens||All episodes|
|2001||The Nightmare Room||Dylan Pierce||Episode: “Scareful What You Wish For“|
|2002||The Proud Family||Johnny McBride||Episode: “I Love You Penny Proud”
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Her father, Richard Chin, is of Chinese descent with Cherokee ancestry and her mother, Christine Chin is of half Black and half English/African ancestry. Her older sister Tami Chynn
is also a singer. Her cousin Jay Hall is a vocalist and guitarist with
UK rockers Grassroutes (and previously The Royal Players), and Jay’s
brother Leon is a vocalist with ska-fusion act Electrik Custard.
Tessanne was born September 23, 1985, in Kingston, Jamaica, she was introduced to music at a very early age by her parents.
Her mother was the trumpeter and singer in her band called the
“Carnations” and her father was the band’s drummer. The family has a
recording studio in their home in Jamaica.
Tessanne started performing when she was 6 years old with Cathy
Levy’s “Little People and Teen Players Club”, one of Jamaica’s top
performing arts schools. Most of her vocal coaching came from her mother
and also from noted vocal coach Lecie Wright. Tessanne learned
firsthand about cultural diversity when she moved to England at age 12.
She coped with the move by devoting a lot of time to writing songs.
Tessanne married Michael Cuffe in 2011. The two had been best friends for four years prior to marriage.
Upon her return to Jamaica, Tessanne joined the Jamaican rock band,
Mile High and performed for crowds at many local venues including
Jazzfest, Rockfest, and RETV Unplugged. Their style, rock reggae, was
unique. After going on tour for three years with Jimmy Cliff as a back-up singer, she decided to launch her solo career.
After Tessanne left Mile High, she started writing songs for her
debut CD. Rudy Valentino and Paul Kastick are her producers. Her debut
single, “Hideaway”, received heavy rotation on Jamaican radio and select
stations in New York. Both the single and its music video were very popular. The song was also featured on VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2007. After “Hideaway”, she has released two more singles, “Messenger” and “Black Books”, both available online on her website.
She has performed at several live shows, including The Air Jamaica
Jazz and Blues Festival 2006, the Deck cafe, The Port Royal Music
Festival, ABC Slim Traxx and her very own show “Arabian Night”. Her
mixed style is influenced by singers such as Skunk, Pat Benatar, Diana King, Céline Dion, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Bob Marley and Mahalia Jackson.
Tessanne has collaborated with fellow Jamaican artistes Shaggy (“Never Let Go”) & Protoje (“Someone Like You”), the Trinidad and Tobago soca band Kes (“Loving You”) and was featured in a track; by the legendary Jamaican band Third World, titled “By My Side”.
Other noted tracks by Tessanne are remakes of other famous artists and bands such as Foreigner‘s “I Wanna Know What Love Is“, The Who‘s “Love, Reign o’er Me“, Katy Perry‘s “Firework“, and Phish‘s “Free”. A remake of Bob Marley‘s “Could You Be Loved“
which Tessanne performed with her band Mile High also circulated
through the internet early in 2006. Other works include a live
performance of “You and Me” performed and written with her older sister Tami Chynn.
On December 6, 2010, Tessanne released her debut album available for digital download entitled In Between Words.
In September 2013 it was announced that she would be competing in Season 5 of NBC’s singing competition, The Voice. On the second episode of the blind auditions broadcast on September 24, 2013, she performed Pink‘s song “Try.” All four judges, namely Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton
wanted to mentor her but she opted for Adam Levine. On December 10,
2013, her performance of “Bridge over Troubled Water” for the Semifinal
Round became #1 on the iTunes chart, with her becoming the first
contestant to achieve the top chart position at the end of an applicable
voting window that season. On December 17, 2013, her performance of Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing“
became #1 on the iTunes chart, with her also becoming the first
contestant that season to achieve the top chart position twice. During
the Finale Results show, she was revealed to be the winner of Season 5
with Jacquie Lee as runner-up and Will Champlin in third place. After
her victory was announced, she debuted her first U.S. single “Tumbling Down,” written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
- – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
|Blind Audition||“Try“||Pink||September 24, 2013||2.14||All four chairs turned
Joined Team Adam
|Battle Rounds||“Next to Me” (vs. Donna Allen)||Emeli Sandé||October 14, 2013||7.5||Saved by Coach|
|Knockout Rounds||“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (vs. Ashley DuBose)||Kelly Clarkson||October 28, 2013||11.4||Saved by Coach|
|Live Playoffs||“Many Rivers to Cross“||Jimmy Cliff||November 4, 2013||13.10||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 12||“My Kind of Love“||Emeli Sandé||November 11, 2013||16.9||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 10||“If I Were Your Woman“||Gladys Knight||November 18, 2013||18.6||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 8||“Underneath It All“||No Doubt feat. Lady Saw||November 25, 2013||20.2||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 6||“Redemption Song“||Bob Marley||December 2, 2013||22.2||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 5 (Semifinals)||“Bridge over Troubled Water“||Simon & Garfunkel||December 9, 2013||24.5||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Finale||“Try“||Pink||December 16, 2013||26.1||Winner|
|“Let It Be” (with Adam Levine)||The Beatles||26.4|
|“I Have Nothing“||Whitney Houston||26.7|
|Live Playoffs Eliminations||“Safe and Sound” (with Team Adam)||Capital Cities||November 7, 2013||15.4|
|Live Top 12 Eliminations||“Brave” (with Sara Bareilles & the females of the Top 12)||Sara Bareilles||November 12, 2013||17.1|
|“A Hard Day’s Night” (with Adam Levine & Team Adam)||The Beatles||17.4|
|Live Top 10||“Say It, Just Say It” (with the Top 10)||The Mowgli’s||November 18, 2013||18.1|
|Live Top 10 Eliminations||“Royals” (with Caroline Pennell)||Lorde||November 19, 2013||19.4|
|Live Top 8||“One Day” (with Cole Vosbury, Ray Boudreaux, and Will Champlin)||Matisyahu||November 25, 2013||20.1|
|Live Top 8 Eliminations||“Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” (with the Top 8 and the Starbucks Chorus)||Ada R. Habershon & Charles H. Gabriel||November 26, 2013||21.2|
|“Apologize” / “All the Right Moves” (with the Top 8)||One Republic||21.4|
|Live Top 6 Eliminations||“You’ve Got the Love” (with Matthew Schuler and Jacquie Lee)||Florence + the Machine||December 3, 2013||23.2|
|“Joy to the World” / “O Holy Night” (with the Top 6)||Isaac Watts / Adolphe Adam||23.5|
|Live Top 5 (Semifinals)||“Best Day of My Life” (with the Top 5)||American Authors||December 9, 2013||24.1|
|Live Finale||“I’ll Be There” (with the Top 3)||The Jackson 5||December 16, 2013||26.1|
|Live Finale Results||“Tonight Is the Night” (with The Top 20)||Outasight||December 17, 2013||27.1|
|“Love Can Move Mountains” (with Celine Dion)||Celine Dion||27.3|
|“Hold On, I’m A Comin’” (with James Wolpert, Preston Pohl, Olivia Henken, and Grey)||Sam & Dave||27.11|
- 2010: In Between Words
- 2014: Tessanne Chin
- 2006: “Hideaway”
- 2007: “Blackbooks”
- 2008: “Messenger”
- 2008: “Broken Melody”
- 2010: “Loving You” (with Kes)
- 2010: “Are Yuh Gonna (Control)”
- 2013: “Tumbling Down“
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she is an American country and pop singer. Known for her rich vocals, Rimes
rose to stardom at Bill Mack song “Blue“, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.
age 13 following the release of the
Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue, which reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multiplatinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA). The album’s eponymous leadoff single, “Blue”, became a Top 10
hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline‘s vocal style. When she released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade.
Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award.
She has released ten studio albums and three compilation albums and two
greatest hits albums, one released in the US and the other released
internationally, through her record label of 13 years, Asylum-Curb,
and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since
1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million
album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990-00 decade. Rimes has also written four books: two novels and two children’s books.
Margaret LeAnn Rimes was born August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the only child of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler. The family moved to Garland, Texas when she was six. She was enrolled in vocal and dance classes, and was performing at local talent shows at the age of 5. Rimes began her career in musical theatre, performing in a Dallas, Texas production of A Christmas Carol, and almost landing the lead part in the Broadway production of Annie. After appearing on the network television competition show Star Search, where she clearly charmed host Ed McMahon in addition to being a one-week champion, Rimes decided to go into country music. Rimes appeared a number of times on Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, which gained the attention of national talent scouts.
By age nine, Rimes was an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also regularly performed a cappella renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the opening of the Dallas Cowboys
football games. Wilbur Rimes began recording his daughter under the
independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned eleven. She released three
albums between 1991 and 1996.
Rimes was discovered by Dallas disc jockey and record promoter Bill Mack.
Mack was impressed by Rimes’s vocal ability, and over the following
three years, he made various attempts to bring Rimes to a mainstream
level. The center of Mack’s plan to bring her success was his
self-penned composition, “Blue”, which Mack claimed he intended to be
recorded and made into a hit record by Patsy Cline, but she had been killed in a plane crash before ever recording the composition. In July 1994, Rimes recorded the song on her independent album, All That.
After signing with Curb, Rimes re-recorded a new version of “Blue”
that was released on her debut studio album, and as a single which
peaked at number ten on the Billboard Country Chart. During this time the media was reporting that Rimes was the successor to Patsy Cline’s legacy. The album Blue sold 123,000 copies in its first week, the highest figure in SoundScan history at that time. It peaked at number one on the Top Country Albums and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart, eventually selling a total of four million copies in the United States and eight million copies worldwide. Allmusic considered the album to be “delightful” and that it could “help inspire other young teens”. Rimes followed up the single with several charting country singles from her 1996 album, starting with “One Way Ticket (Because I Can)“, which reached number one on the Billboard Country Chart in 1996. She also released a duet single with Eddy Arnold from the album, a remake of his 1955 hit “The Cattle Call“. The album’s other hits included the Top 5 “The Light in Your Eyes” and the minor hit “Hurt Me”.
With the album’s success, Rimes received many major industry awards.
In 1997 at 14 years old she became the youngest person to win a Grammy, for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Blue”. She was also the first Country music artist to win the Best New Artist category. The same year she won the Country Music Association‘s
“Horizon Award” for Best New Artist Of The Year, becoming the youngest
person to ever be nominated and win a Country Music Association award.
1997–2001: Pop crossover and worldwide success
In 1997, Rimes released a compilation of previously recorded material under the Nor Va Jak label, Unchained Melody: The Early Years. The album mainly consisted of cover versions, ranging from Country to pop covers, including songs originally recorded by The Beatles, Whitney Houston, Bill Monroe, and Dolly Parton. Rimes’s version of the title track became a major country hit in early 1997 and helped increase sales for the album. In June 1997, Rimes would appear on the Disney Channel for television special called LeAnn Rimes in Concert. In September 1997, Rimes released her follow-up studio album to Blue titled You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs. The album covered classic inspirational songs, such as “Clinging to Saving a Hand” and “Amazing Grace“. It also featured pop music remakes of songs such as Debby Boone‘s “You Light Up My Life” and Bette Midler‘s “The Rose“. The album was a departure from Rimes’s previous releases as it contained more Adult Contemporary-styled music than Country. The album sold over four million copies in the United States, certifying 4× Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album contained an extended version of the single “How Do I Live“, which became a major pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number two. “How Do I Live” set a new record for becoming the longest-running single in Billboard Hot 100 history, spending 69 weeks on the chart. On October 13, 1997 she published her first novel, titled Holiday in Your Heart, along with Tim Carter.
Rimes released her third album for Curb in May 1998, Sittin’ on Top of the World. The album leaned more progressively towards Adult Contemporary and mid-tempo pop music. It included pop material written by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster. It also included a remake of Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and was produced by her father. The album was given mixed reviews. Allmusic gave the album two out of five stars. Rolling Stone said Rimes vocal style “holds her own in the more popular style of Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, wherein a spectacular voice upstages a song, grins and goes on about her business.” Upon its release, Sittin’ on Top of the World debuted at number two on the Top Country Albums chart, and number three on the Billboard 200, and sold over a million copies in the United States, certifying “Platinum” in sales by the RIAA. The album spawned the number four Country hit “Commitment“, the Top 20 Pop hit “Looking Through Your Eyes“, and the number ten country hit “Nothin’ New Under the Moon“.
Rimes released her fourth studio album for Curb, LeAnn Rimes, in October 1999, a collection of country standards. The album covered songs mainly by Patsy Cline – which included “Crazy“, “I Fall to Pieces“, and “She’s Got You” – that were primarily taken from her 12 Greatest Hits album. The album also covered Marty Robbins‘s “Don’t Worry” and Kris Kristofferson‘s “Me and Bobby McGee“. The album included one new song, “Big Deal“.
The song gained many positive reviews. Allmusic called the song, “a
return to her roots” and “a salute to one of her idols, Patsy Cline.”
The album in general received much praise. Allmusic called the album one
of her “better” efforts, since they had disliked her previous releases. Entertainment Weekly
gave the album a positive review and said that Rimes’s voice, “dares
listeners to take note of what is missing in her interpretations — the
gutsiness and gut-wrenching urgency of performers who felt what they
The album was a major success like her previous releases, debuting at
number one on the Top Country Albums chart, topping the country albums
chart for two weeks. In addition, it also peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album also sold over one million copies in the United States, and was certified “Platinum” in sales by the RIAA.
The album’s new song, “Big Deal”, was the lead single off the album,
and became a Top 10 country hit that year, peaking at number six. Also in 1999, Rimes recorded a duet with Elton John for the stage musical Aida, titled “Written in the Stars“. The song became a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The album would spawn a second single, a cover of Cline’s “Crazy” that was released outside of the United States.
In 2000, Rimes would make her full crossover into pop music. On March 8, 2000, Rimes contributed to the soundtrack from the 1999 TV movie Jesus, called Jesus: Music From & Inspired by the Epic Mini Series. The song, “I Need You“, would be released as a single from the soundtrack on July 18, 2000. “I Need You” was characterized by Allmusic as having similarities to that of Adult Contemporary and Pop music.
The song became a Top 10 country hit and also a major pop hit, reaching
number eleven on the Hot 100. Rimes would make a cameo in the 2000 film
Coyote Ugly. She would also contribute four songs for the film’s soundtrack on August 1, 2000. Two singles were released from the Coyote Ugly soundtrack. “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” was released as a single for the soundtrack on August 22, 2000 with the second single from the soundtrack, “But I Do Love You“, as the B-side track.
By February 2002 “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” became a crossover Pop
hit, reaching number 11 in United States and becoming the highest
selling single of 2001 in Australia. “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” won
Rimes a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for “Favorite Song from a Movie.”
In January 2001, Curb Records released another compilation of previously recorded material, I Need You. The album topped the Top Country Albums chart for one week, and also peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200. I Need You did not garner praise from many critics and was mainly given negative reviews. Rolling Stone gave the album two and a half out of five stars and called the album, “synthetic-feeling.” Despite very little praise from critics, the album was sold well, and was certified “Gold” in sales by the RIAA.
Rimes would later go on to publicly disown the album, which she stated
was compiled together from studio outtakes her father had produced and
that it was released without her knowledge or input.
At the time, during the litigation with her label, Rimes was asking
that her label, Curb, give her the rights to all past recordings and
videos, give up all publishing interests in her compositions and destroy
all currently available recordings.”
In mid-October 2001, Curb released a compilation of patriotic and inspirational songs, titled God Bless America, in order to benefit the disaster recovery for the September 11 attacks. It included the title track, which she released as a single, as well as inspirational songs such as “The Lord’s Prayer” and “The Sands of Time”.
2002–04: I Need You, Twisted Angel, Greatest Hits
In March 2002 Rimes reissued the I Need You album with nine of
the songs originally released on the album, an extended version of the
song You Are, the song “Light the Fire Within”, which she sang at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and four bonus remixes. Rimes would later that year release her fifth studio album titled Twisted Angel, which contained more adult material. After battling managerial control over her career the previous year, Twisted Angel became the first album released by Rimes that was not produced by her father. Instead, Rimes executive produced the album. A month following the album’s release, Twisted Angel was certified “Gold” by the RIAA, her second Gold-certified album.
The album received mainly negative reviews by most music critics and
magazines. Allmusic stated that the album could possibly “alieniate her
from her original fans” and “the songwriting is a little uneven.” Rolling Stone gave the album two out of five stars, stating that the album sounded too “country-pop crossover.” The album peaked at number three on the Top Country Albums chart and number 12 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Two singles were spawned from the album between 2002 and 2003, however
none of the singles were Top 40 hits on the country or pop charts. The
lead single, “Life Goes On“, reached the Top 40 only on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, peaking at number 9. The second single, “Suddenly“, only peaked at 43 on the US Country charts, 47 on the UK charts and 53 on the Australian charts.
The following year when Rimes turned 21, she released her first children’s book, titled Jag, in July and she also released a Greatest Hits compilation in November.
The album recapped Rimes’s major hits under Curb records from “Blue” in
1996, to “Life Goes On” in 2002. The album peaked at Number 3 on the
Top Country Albums chart and Number 24 on the Billboard 200 in November. Featured on the album was the song, “We Can“, which was originally released as a single for the Legally Blonde 2 soundtrack in July 2003. The album would eventually be certified “Platinum” in 2007.
In 2004, Rimes released her second greatest hits album, The Best of LeAnn Rimes, internationally in February. Rimes would also team up with country singer and idol Reba McEntire to contribute to the 2004 Dr. Pepper commercial campaign. She would also release the sequel to Jag, titled Jag’s New Friend, in September and in October she also issued her first holiday-themed and sixth studio album titled, What a Wonderful World.
2005–06: Return to country; This Woman
In January 2005, Rimes released her seventh studio album, This Woman, her first album of contemporary country music in many years. Although the album received mixed reviews from magazines and critics, it was Rimes’s best-selling album in over five years, reaching number three on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top Country Albums chart in 2005, selling more than 100,000 copies within its first week. Rimes explained to the Chicago Sun-Times
that the album helped mature her as a person, “I have 10 years of
experience, so it’s tough to get anything past me in this business. I’ve
become a very strong woman because of all I’ve gone through, good and
bad.” This Woman would eventually be certified “Gold” later in 2005, after selling more than 500,000 units nationwide. The album’s singles were Rimes’s first Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart in five years. The three singles released from the album — “Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense“, “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way“, and “Something’s Gotta Give” — all peaked within the Top 5 on the country charts between 2005 and 2006. From the album, Rimes was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Something’s Gotta Give”. In addition, she was also nominated for an American Music Award for “Favorite Female Country Artist.” In 2006, Rimes recorded a cover version of Barbara Mandrell‘s “If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want to Be Right)“, for a tribute album to Mandrell’s career titled, She Was a Country When Country Wasn’t Cool: A Tribute to Barbara Mandrell. Rimes also would record a track for Disneyland‘s 50th anniversary celebration album titled, “Remember When.”
In summer 2006, Rimes released the studio album Whatever We Wanna,
which was released exclusively outside of the United States and Canada.
It was originally planned on being released in North America, however
due to the success of This Woman, it was never released. The album spawned three singles, “And It Feels Like“, a duet with Brian McFadden titled, “Everybody’s Someone” and “Strong”. The album leaned more towards Pop Rock and R&B music instead of country.
Rimes would release one final single in the US from her album This Woman in August 2006 called “Some People” which would peak at 34 on the US country charts.
In October 2007, Rimes released her ninth studio album, Family. The album was a mix of country, pop, and rock music, and included the duet with Bon Jovi, “Til We Ain’t Strangers Anymore“. Family was the first album released by Rimes in which every track was co-written by Rimes herself. Rolling Stone said the songs on the album are “uneven” and rated it three and half out of five stars. Allmusic gave Family four out of five stars and said that the album, “illustrates her range as a singer along with some true strength as a writer.” The album helped nominate Rimes for the Academy of Country Music‘s “Top Female Vocalist” award in 2008. The album’s lead single, “Nothin’ Better to Do” was released in mid-2007, and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Country Chart before the end of the year. Two more singles were released from the album, “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine” and “What I Cannot Change.” Before releasing Family, Rimes would once again collaborate with singer, Reba McEntire for her album Reba: Duets, which was released on September 18, 2007.
Both artist would later go on to perform the duet from the album, “When
You Love Someone Like That”, at the 41st CMA Music Awards. The duet would also be included on the album.
In 2008, Rimes toured with Kenny Chesney where she opened every show on his 2008 Poets and Pirates Tour, along with other artists on select dates such as Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban, Sammy Hagar, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, and Luke Bryan. In late 2008, Rimes was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “What I Cannot Change”, the third single from the album.
In 2008, she recorded For Good with Delta Goodrem for the Wicked 5th Anniversary album. LeAnn teamed up with Joss Stone for a CMT Crossroads special aired in fall 2007.
In 2009, Rimes published What I Cannot Change along with song
co-writer, Darrell Brown. It was released on April 14, 2009 and contains
a bonus CD with an exclusive live performance of the song and both
Brown and Rimes reading excerpts from the book.
2010–present: Lady &Gentlemen and Spitfire
Despite singing new material at several live shows earlier in the
year, it was announced, on May 24, 2010 by Rimes via her Twitter
account, that her new studio album would be a cover album of country
songs, titled Lady & Gentlemen. The first single from the album was a cover of John Anderson’s 1983 single, “Swingin’“. Rimes first debuted the song at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. The single was released on June 8, 2010. On December 10, 2010, Rimes released her second single titled “Crazy Women“
to radio. “Crazy Women,” A re-recording of “Blue” and “Tonight the
Bottle Let Me Down” were announced, in the same post, as the three extra
tracks that Rimes went back in the studio to add to the album. A third
single, “Give“, debuted at No. 60 in July 2011. Rimes announced via her Twitter account on July 17, 2011 that the new release date for her Lady & Gentlemen album would be September 27, 2011. She also stated that her next studio album is already done and will be released next year. Rimes went back into the studio in March to record fifteen more songs for her new album, Spitfire.
On April 4, 2012, Rimes was featured on the song, “The Choice”, which
was released by Soles4Souls as a charity single to help the foundation
put 500,000 pairs of shoes on children who live without. The official first single to be released from Spitfire, “What Have I Done”, was released to digital download to on November 20, 2012, but was replaced by the second single, “Borrowed”, released on December 18, 2012, for radio release. The album was released to digital download in the UK and Australia on April 15, 2013, with the physical CD copy of the album released on April 22, 2013 in the UK, and on April 26, 2013 in Australia. The album was released in the US on June 4, 2013. Spitfire is Rimes’ last album under her contract with Curb Records. Spitfire sold only 10,798 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Vocal ability and musical stylings
Since her debut in 1996, Rimes’s soprano voice and vocal style have often been compared to and identified with Patsy Cline.
Cline showed distinctive emotional expression in most of her material.
Rimes has also used distinctive emotional expression in many of her
songs, most notably her first single, “Blue“,
which was sung in the style of Cline. Rimes’s vocal similarities to
Cline had brought wide interest to the idea that Rimes was the successor
to Cline’s legacy, and brought her novelty appeal. Many music critics
have argued that Rimes’s vocals were only a reproduction of Cline’s
original sound, while others have disagreed. Allmusic has called Rimes’s vocals “rich and powerful.” Her vocal ability has also brought Rimes to comparisons to past teenage country stars, including 50s country star Brenda Lee and 70s country star Tanya Tucker.
Rimes was also known for choosing mature material that was beyond her
age range. In her first album, Rimes recorded such material as Deborah Allen‘s “My Baby”, whose lyrics provocatively say, “my baby is a full-time lover, my baby is a full-grown man.” Other material such as Diane Warren‘s “How Do I Live“
had also been considered too mature for Rimes’s age and was the main
reason why her version of the song was not chosen to be used in the
soundtrack for the film Con Air. Rimes also has a vocal range that goes from D3 to Eb6 which is just a little over three octaves.
Rimes has given credit to artists from various music genres, mainly country and pop. She has stated that Barbra Streisand, Wynonna Judd and Reba McEntire were primary influences on her career.
Rimes has said the main influence on her career was Patsy Cline. She
has covered many of Cline’s hit songs since the beginning of her career.
Her 1999 self-titled album is primarily a tribute to Cline, as Rimes
recorded five out of ten songs for the album that were hits for Cline
years before. Rimes has also stated that Judy Garland was an influence as well.
Film and television
After beginning to date actor Andrew Keegan in 1998, Rimes said to the press that she had some ideas about possibly getting involved in an acting career. Rimes moved to Los Angeles, California later in the year with her mother to pursue an acting career. That year Rimes played a role in the Made for television movie, Holiday in Your Heart,
which is based on a book she had helped write. For participating in the
film, Rimes was awarded the “Rising Star” award from the Lone Star Film & Television Awards. She made her official film debut in 2000 for Coyote Ugly, providing the singing voice for Piper Perabo’s character Violet Sanford
and making a cameo appearance towards the end of the film. In addition,
she also recorded four songs for the film’s soundtrack, including the
Top 20 Pop hit, “Can’t Fight the Moonlight.” In 2005 Rimes hosted the country music television competition, Nashville Star on the USA television network. However she only held the position for one season after deciding to depart from the show’s cast.
In early June 2007, she was chosen at the last minute to record the leading song for the soundtrack of Evan Almighty called “Ready For A Miracle” (previously recorded by Patti LaBelle). The song can be heard in the movie, during the end credits, and in the trailers of Evan Almighty. Rimes played in the movie Good Intentions with her friend Elaine Hendricks which is filming near Atlanta, Georgia. Rimes plays Meg Galligan in the made for TV movie, Northern Lights, based on the Nora Roberts novel of the same name. The film aired on the Lifetime network on March 12, 2009.
In 2007, Rimes began hosting The Colgate Country Showdown, a nation wide televised country music talent competition, similar to that of American Idol or Nashville Star. In 2011, Rimes hosted the show for her fifth consecutive year, when the show switched sponsorship, to Texaco.
On May 21, 2000, Rimes filed a lawsuit against her father, Wilbur Rimes, and her former manager, Lyle Walker, in Dallas, Texas.
Rimes claimed that her father and former manager took over seven
million dollars from her in the preceding five years. Rimes also alleged
that both men made unreasonable fees and took advantage of Rimes’s
in order to acquire financial gain. Rimes sought unspecified damages
because her attorney was not sure of how much money had been lost in the
preceding five years. According to Rimes’s lawyer, her mother hired two
accountants to investigate how much was taken from Rimes’s fortune, and
it was estimated that the men acquired around eight million dollars in
royalties. In 2002, Rimes’s lawsuit with her father was “settled on undisclosed terms.” Rimes reconciled with her father for her wedding.
In November 2000, Rimes filed a second lawsuit against her label,
Asylum-Curb. Rimes wanted permission to be released from the contract
that was signed by her parents on Rimes’s behalf when she originally
signed with the label in 1995. She also wanted her label to turn over
the rights of her music, video work, and publishing interests, and
destroy all of her recordings that were currently available to the label
at the time of the lawsuit. Part of Rimes’s legal battles ended in December 2001, when Asylum-Curb started a new contract with Rimes.
Amid the legal battles, Rimes fell in love with backup dancer Dean
Sheremet. The two had met when he was chosen to dance during Rimes’s
hosting of the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards. After her first date with Sheremet, Rimes told InStyle Magazine: “This is the guy I want to marry.”
The couple married the next year, in 2002. In July 2009, the couple
separated and in September 2009, Rimes announced their plans to divorce.
The divorce was finalized on June 19, 2010, exactly six months after
Sheremet filed divorce documents for dissolution of marriage.
Rimes’ marriage to Sheremet ended in 2009 following press coverage of her extramarital affair with actor Eddie Cibrian while she worked with him on Northern Lights (a Lifetime made-for-TV film); Brandi Glanville,
Cibrian’s wife at the time and the mother of his two sons filed for
divorce as a result of the adultery in August 2009, ending eight years
In June 2010 Rimes spoke for the first time about the end of her first
marriage stating; “I take responsibility for everything I’ve done. I
hate that people got hurt, but I don’t regret the outcome.” On December 27, 2010, it was announced via Billboard that Rimes and Cibrian were engaged. Rimes and Cibrian wed on April 22, 2011 at a private home in California.
In the years since, Rimes’ singing career has been mostly overshadowed
by negative tabloid coverage of the affair and her ongoing feud with
Cibrian’s ex-wife Brandi Glanville.
In 2008, she opened up about her lifelong struggle with the autoimmune disease psoriasis. She participated in a PSA to raise awareness about the disease, then later became one of the spokesperson for Sheer Cover makeup.
Rimes lent her voice to the 2008 song “Just Stand Up.” The proceeds
benefited Stand Up to Cancer. As a result of SU2C fundraising endeavors,
the SU2C scientific advisory committee, overseen by the American Association for Cancer Research, was able to award $73.6 million towards cancer research.
On December 19, 2010, she performed “The Rose,” joined by The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
in remembrance of the many gay teenagers who committed suicide in 2010.
On her weblog she wrote on June 18, 2011: “I believe in equality for
everyone. I believe everyone should have the right to love and commit to
whomever they want. [...] All I know is that in God’s eyes we are all
the same. I just wish we could see through the eyes of God more often.”
- Studio albums
- 1991: Everybody’s Sweetheart
- 1992: From My Heart to Yours
- 1994: All That
- 1996: Blue
- 1997: You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs
- 1998: Sittin’ on Top of the World
- 1999: LeAnn Rimes
- 2001: I Need You
- 2002: Twisted Angel
- 2004: What a Wonderful World
- 2005: This Woman
- 2006: Whatever We Wanna
- 2007: Family
- 2011: Lady & Gentlemen
- 2013: Spitfire
Film and television
|1998||Days of Our Lives||Madison||TV series (2 episodes), April 30 to May 1, 1998|
|2003||American Dreams||Connie Francis||TV series (1 episode: “Where the Boys Are”)|
|2006||Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes||Kelly Deegan||TV film|
|2009||Northern Lights||Meg Galligan||TV film|
|2009||I Get That a Lot||Waitress||TV special (1 episode)|
|2011||Drop Dead Diva||Lana Kline||TV series (1 episode: “Hit and Run”)|
|2011||Reel Love||Holly Whitman||TV film|
|2013||Anger Management||Wynona||TV series (1 episode: “Charlie Dates a Serial Killer’s Sister”)|
|1997||LeAnn Rimes in Concert||Disney Channel special|
|1997||Holiday in Your Heart||TV film|
|1999||Moesha||1 episode: “Ohmigod, Fanatic”|
|2004||Extreme Makeover Home Edition||Guest star|
|2010||Extreme Makeover Home Edition||Guest star|
|2012||Interiors, Inc||1 episode: “HININ-102H”|
- Holiday in Your Heart (1997) with Tom Carter
- Jag (2003)
- Jag’s New Friend (2004)
- What I Cannot Change (2009) with Darrell Brown
Country Music Association awards
Academy of Country Music awards
|1996||Top New Female Vocalist|
|Single of the Year for “Blue“|
|1997||Best New Artist||Herself||Won|
|Best Female Country Vocal Performance||“Blue”||Won|
|1998||“How Do I Live”||Nominated|
|2007||“Something´s Gotta Give”||Nominated|
|2008||“Nothin’ Better To Do”||Nominated|
|2009||“What I Cannot Change”||Nominated|
|2008||Album Of The Year||“These Days” (as featured artist)||Nominated|
American music awards
|1997||Favorite New Artist||Only American music award|
CMT music awards
|2008||Collaborative Video of the Year||“‘Til We Ain’t Strangers Anymore” (w/ Bon Jovi)|
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Alf Richard Bjercke was a Norwegian business magnate, consul and sports official died he was 90..
(30 May 1921 – 9 December 2011)
He was born in Oslo as a grandson of Alf Bjercke. Alf Bjercke (1851–1933) was a notable businessman, especially within paint and lacquer, and politician. Both are descendants of politician Lars Thorstensen Tønsager.
Alf R. Bjercke attended primary school at Majorstuen, in a class together with Øistein Parmann, Birger Mathisen and Rolf Kirkvaag. He later took what he himself has described as a “lousy” examen artium. He studied chemical technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1939 to 1941. He pledged the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), but his studies were interrupted because of Bjercke’s wish to participate in World War II. He served with the Royal Norwegian Air Force-in-exile, in Canada and the United Kingdom, from 1941 to 1945. He did not return to MIT after the war, but instead started a career in the family business. He also served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1949, and reached the rank of major as Senior Intelligence Officer in NATO’s Northern HQ. He was initiated in 1989 at his chapter’s centennial celebration.
In 1950 he became co-owner of the family company, named Alf Bjercke. He served as CEO from 1966 to 1971. When Alf Bjercke (the company) was incorporated into Jotun in 1972, Bjercke served as chairman of the board until 1983 and then chaired the corporate council until 1988. He has also chaired the employers’ association for paint and coating companies. He has also started other companies and brands, including Fjordplast and the first Norwegian bottled water brand Norwater. From 1963 to 1993 he was the consul-general for Tunisia in Norway.
At the age of 69, Bjercke took up private research on Norwegian dragoons in Schleswig-Holstein from 1758 to 1762. These dragoons were border guards, but never saw military action. His interest in the topic spawned when he discovered that a distant ancestor from the Eidsvoll area had been such a dragoon. In 1999 the University of Kiel published a work by Bjercke, Norwegische Kätnersöhne als königliche Dragoner. He would try to submit this work to the University of Oslo as a thesis, possibly earning the dr.philos. degree. An obstacle was his lack of a formal degree of higher education. The candidacy for the doctorate met opposition in the university, and the case was delayed for several years before the university finally rejected to take it up for doctoral assessment.
Bjercke has also released an autobiography: Back-up av et rikt liv (2001), as well as many other books.
Bjercke was among the founders of the Anders Lange Party, later known as the Progress Party. He later resigned his membership because he disagreed on a number of issues. From 1974 to 1976 he was a board member of the Oslo Conservative Party. He also served one term in Oslo city council. Some time around Siv Jensen‘s takeover as party leader he rejoined the Progress Party.
Bjercke was also a founder of the Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers, and has been a board member. He has also held board/council memberships in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the World Wildlife Fund, Norway and the Norway-America Association, and has been involved in Rotary International. He has been an initiator for restoration of the world’s oldest steamship Skibladner for traffic, and has vice-chaired the board that is responsible for the ship Christian Radich. Representing the sports club IF Ready, he was deputy chairman of the Norwegian Athletics Association in 1968, before being elected to chairman at the 1968 congress, serving from 1969 to 1972. He was a member of the Norwegian Olympic Committee during the leadership period. He led the athletic team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
Bjercke has been decorated with the Order of St. Olav, and has also been decorated by the Tunisian state as a Commander, by the Emperor Haile Selassie I with an Off. of the Star of Ethiopia and by Rotary International with the Paul Harris Medal with 5 sapphires.
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Robert Brown, American politician, Georgia State Senator (1991–2011), died from suicide by gunshot (body discovered on this date) he was 61
Robert Lofton Brown was a Democratic member of the Georgia State Senate,
representing the 26th District. He was first elected in an August 1991
special election and served until June 2011, when he resigned to run for
Mayor of Macon, Georgia died from suicide by gunshot (body discovered on this date) he was 61.. He was elected by his fellow Democrats as Minority Leader in 2004 and served in that position until his resignation.
(January 30, 1950 – December 8, 2011)
On December 8, 2011, Brown’s body was found in his Macon home. The
local coroner revealed that Brown died from what appeared to be a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
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Dobie Gray was an American singer and songwriter, whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater died he was 71.. His hit records included “The ‘In’ Crowd” in 1965 and “Drift Away“, which was one of the biggest hits of 1973, sold over one million copies, and remains a staple of radio airplay.
(July 26, 1940 – December 6, 2011)
Life and career
He was born near Houston, Texas, by his own account in Simonton although some sources suggest the nearby town of Brookshire. His birth name was most likely Lawrence Darrow Brown, who is listed in Fort Bend County
birth records as being born in 1940 to Jane P. Spencel and Jethro
Clifton Brown. Other sources suggest he may have been born Leonard
Victor Ainsworth, a name he used on some early recordings.
His family sharecropped. He discovered gospel music through his grandfather, a Baptist minister. In the early 1960s he moved to Los Angeles, intending to pursue an acting career while also singing to make money. He recorded for several local labels under the names Leonard Ainsworth, Larry Curtis, and Larry Dennis, before Sonny Bono
directed him towards the small independent Stripe Records. They
suggested that he record under the name “Dobie Gray”, an allusion to the
then-popular sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. His first taste of success came in 1963 when his seventh single “Look At Me”, on the Cor-Dak label and recorded with bassist Carol Kaye, reached #91 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, his first album, Look!, failed to sell. Greater success came in early 1965 when his original recording of “The ‘In’ Crowd” (recorded later that year as an instrumental by Ramsey Lewis, and also covered in 1965 by Petula Clark) reached #13. Written by Billy Page and arranged by his brother Gene, and produced by Fred Darian, Dobie Gray’s record reached #11 on the US R&B chart, and #25 in the UK. The follow-up, “See You at the Go-Go”, recorded with such top session musicians as Kaye, Hal Blaine, and Larry Knechtel, also reached the Hot 100, and he issued an album, Dobie Gray Sings For ‘In’ Crowders That Go Go Go, which featured some self-penned songs.
Gray continued to record, though with little success, for small labels such as Charger and White Whale, as well as contributing to movie soundtracks. He also spent several years working as an actor, including 2½ years in the Los Angeles production of Hair. In 1970, while working there, he joined a band, Pollution, as singer and percussionist. They were managed by actor Max Baer Jr. (best known as “Jethro” in The Beverly Hillbillies) and released two albums of soul-inspired psychedelic rock, Pollution I and Pollution II. The band also included singer Tata Vega and guitarist/singer James Quill Smith.
He also worked at A & M Records on demo recordings with songwriter Paul Williams.
In 1972, he won a recording contract with Decca Records (shortly before it became part of MCA) to make an album with producer Mentor Williams—Paul’s brother—in Nashville. Among the songs they recorded at the Quadrafonic Sound Studios, co-owned by session musicians Norbert Putnam and David Briggs, was Mentor Williams’ “Drift Away“, featuring a guitar riff by Reggie Young. Released as a single, the song rose to #5 on the US pop chart and remains Dobie Gray’s signature song. It placed at #17 in the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1973.
The follow-up, a version of Tom Jans‘ much-covered song “Loving Arms”, hit #61. Gray also released three albums with MCA, Drift Away, Loving Arms, and Hey, Dixie,
but later stated that MCA were unsure of how to market the
albums—”They didn’t know where to place a black guy in country music.”
In the mid-1970s, he moved permanently to Nashville and signed for Capricorn Records, writing songs in collaboration with Troy Seals. His last solo hit singles were “If Love Must Go”, #78 in 1976, and “You Can Do It”, #37 in 1978. He increasingly concentrated on songwriting, writing songs for a variety of artists including Ray Charles, George Jones, Johnny Mathis, Charley Pride, and Don Williams. He also toured in Europe, Australia and Africa in the 1970s. He performed in South Africa only after persuading the apartheid authorities to allow him to play to integrated audiences, becoming the first artist to do so. His popularity in South Africa continued through numerous subsequent concert tours.
Dobie Gray re-emerged as a recording artist for Capitol Records in the mid-1980s, recording with producer Harold Shedd. He placed two singles on the US country chart in 1986-87, including “That’s One to Grow On” which peaked at #35. His country albums included From Where I Stand in 1986, and he made several appearances at Charlie Daniels‘ popular Volunteer Jam concerts. He also sang on a number of TV and radio jingles. In 1997, he released the album Diamond Cuts, including both new songs and re-recordings of older material.
In 2000, Wigan Casino DJ Kev Roberts, compiled The Northern Soul Top 500, which was based on a survey of northern soul fans. Gray’s “Out On The Floor”, a 1966 recording which had been a British hit in 1975, made the Top 10.
“Drift Away” became a hit again in 2003, when it was covered by Uncle Kracker on his No Stranger to Shame album as a duet with Dobie Gray, who was also featured in the video. It hit #9 and placed at #19 in the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2003.
On December 6, 2011, Gray’s official website stated that he had died. According to the Associated Press, he died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee after a long battle with cancer. Sources differed as to his age; his official site stated he was 71, while the AP stated he was 69.
- Look (Stripe, 1963)
- Dobie Gray Sings For “In” Crowders (Charger, 1965)
- Pollution (Prophecy/Atlantic, 1970)
- Pollution II (Prophecy/Atlantic, 1971)
- Drift Away (Decca/MCA, 1973) US #64
- Loving Arms (MCA, 1974) US #188
- Hey Dixie (MCA, 1975)
- New Ray Of Sunshine (Capricorn, 1976)
- Let Go (Capricorn, 1977)
- The Best Of Dobie Gray (Gallo, 1978)
- Dobie Gray & Mary Wells (Gusto Inc., 1978)
- Midnight Diamond (Capricorn, 1978) US #174, R&B #72
- Dobie Gray (Infinity, 1979)
- Welcome Home (Equity / Robox, 1981)
- From Where I Stand (Capitol/EMI/Amer., 1986)
- Love’s Talkin’ (Capitol/EMI/Amer., 1987)
- Dobie Gray: His Very Best (Razor & Tie, 1996)
- Diamond Cuts (Dobie Gray Prods., 1998)
- Soul Days (CDMemphis, 2001)
- Dobie Gray: The Ultimate (Universal Hip-O, 2001)
- Songs Of The Season (Dobie Gray Prods., 2001)
- Dobie Gray: A Decade of Dobie (1969–1979) (UMG/Select-O-Hits, 2005)
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|US R&B||US AC||US Country||CAN||CAN AC||CAN Country||UK|
|1963||“Look at Me”||91||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1965||“The ‘In’ Crowd“||13||11||—||—||8||—||—||25|
|“See You at the Go-Go”||69||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|“Good Old Song”||103||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974||“Watch Out for Lucy”||107||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975||“Out on the Floor”||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||42|
|1976||“If Love Must Go”||78||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|“Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em & Forget ‘Em”||94||71||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979||“You Can Do It”||37||32||—||—||58||—||—||—|
|1986||“That’s One to Grow On”||—||—||—||35||—||—||—||—|
|“The Dark Side of Town”||—||—||—||42||—||—||48||—|
|“From Where I Stand”||—||—||—||67||—||—||—||—|
|1987||“Take It Real Easy”||—||—||—||82||—||—||—||—|
|“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country|
|Year||Single||Artist||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US||US Adult||US AC||US Pop||NZ|
|2003||“Drift Away“||Uncle Kracker||9||2||1||10||25||No Stranger to Shame|
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1989 until 1994, and a revival of the same show beginning in September 2013.
Other television shows and films Hall has appeared in are Martial Law, Star Search (host), Coming to America (1988) and Harlem Nights (1989). Hall is also known for his appearance as Alan Thicke‘s sidekick on the talk show Thicke of the Night.
In 2012, Hall was the winning contestant on NBC‘s reality-competition game show Celebrity Apprentice 5.
Arsenio was born February 12, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Fred and Anne Hall. His father is a Baptist minister. Hall performed as a magician when he was a child. He graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in Warrensville Heights, Ohio in 1973. After he graduated, he attended Ohio University, where he was on the speech team with Nancy Cartwright and Leon Harris. He then transferred to and graduated from Kent State University.
Hall later moved to Chicago, and then Los Angeles, to pursue a career in comedy, making a couple of appearances on Soul Train. In 1984, he was the announcer/sidekick for Alan Thicke during the short-lived talk show Thicke of the Night (a role for which he has on occasion noted his confusion with Monty Hall). Arsenio was the original voice of Winston Zeddemore in the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters from 1986–1987. In 1988, he co-starred in the comedy film Coming to America with Eddie Murphy.
In 1986, the Fox network introduced The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, created to directly challenge The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
After a moderate start, ratings for the show sagged. Behind-the-scenes
relations between Rivers and network executives at Fox quickly eroded,
and Rivers left in 1987. The series was subsequently renamed The Late Show, and featured several hosts, including Ross Shafer, Suzanne Somers, Richard Belzer and Robert Townsend before it was cancelled in 1988.
Hall was also chosen to host the show in the fall of 1987, and his
stint proved to be immensely popular, developing a cult following which
eventually led to Hall landing his own show in syndication.
From January 2, 1989 until May 27, 1994, he had a Paramount contract to host a nationwide syndicated late night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show.
The show became a breakout, late-night success, especially rating high
among the coveted younger demographic and known for its audience’s
distinctive alternative to applause: chanting “Woof, Woof, Woof!,” while
pumping their fists. The practice soon became such a ritual that by
1991 had become a “pop culture stamp of approval” — one that Hall said had become “so popular it’s getting on people’s nerves.” The gesture made it into films of the time: the title character played by Julia Roberts did it in a polo scene in Pretty Woman (1990), and characters played by Penny Marshall and Michael J. Fox did it in The Hard Way. In Disney’s Aladdin
(1992), the Genie character voiced by Robin Williams performs the
gesture while mimicking the physical appearance of Hall. This popular
gesture can also be found in the 1993 Mel Brooks’ comedy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights. It was also seen in the movie Passenger 57, in which an old woman confuses the character played by Wesley Snipes with Arsenio Hall. After saving the day, the passengers on the hijacked plane do the gesture toward the protagonist.
He also had a rivalry with Jay Leno, after the latter was named host of The Tonight Show, during which time Hall said that he would “kick Jay’s ass” in ratings.
Hall used his fame during this period to help fight worldwide prejudice against HIV/AIDS, after Magic Johnson contracted the disease. Hall and Johnson filmed a PSA about the disease that aired in the early 1990s.
Other television and radio work
Between 1988—1991, Hall hosted the MTV Video Music Awards.
Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on numerous talk shows, in
special features, as a voice actor, on game shows and other award shows.
Since The Arsenio Hall Show ended, Hall had a leading role on television shows such as the
hort-lived sitcom Arsenio (1997) and Martial Law with Sammo Hung (1999—2000), as well as hosted the revival of Star Search (2003—2004). While hosting Star Search, he popularized the catchphrase “Hit me with the digits!”.Hall appeared as himself in Chappelle’s Show in March 2004, when Chappelle was imagining “what Arsenio is doing right now” in a dinner scene. Hall has guest co-hosted Wednesday evenings on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KLSX 97.1 FM radio. Hall also hosted MyNetworkTV‘s comedic web video show The World’s Funniest Moments and TV One‘s 100 Greatest Black Power Moves. Hall also appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher in May 2012, in a discussion commemorating the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Hall was considered to be the host of the syndicated version of Deal or No Deal and filmed a pilot (there were six taped). However, by the time the syndicated series began on September 8, 2008, Howie Mandel was chosen as the host.
He also appeared regularly on The Jay Leno Show, and was a guest on Lopez Tonight. George Lopez credits Arsenio for being the reason he had a late night show; Lopez appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show more times than any other comedian. Lopez requested Hall be a co-host on Lopez Tonight (November 25, 2009) since he regarded Hall as his inspiration and the first “late night party show host”. Hall has filled-in as guest host for NBC’s Access Hollywood Live (2011) and CNN‘s evening talk/interview program Piers Morgan Tonight in 2012.
In 2012, Hall was a contestant on the fifth edition of The Celebrity Apprentice, which began airing February 19, 2012. Hall represented his charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation,
which is dedicated to advancing economic and social equality by
engaging minorities in every aspect of their communities; increasing
academic and innovative achievement; and raising HIV/AIDS awareness,
treatment and prevention. While Hall clashed with Aubrey O’Day, he befriended a majority of the cast. On May 20, 2012, in the live season finale, Hall was chosen as the Celebrity Apprentice winner, being “hired” by billionaire real estate investor Donald Trump over the other celebrity finalist, singer Clay Aiken. For winning The Celebrity Apprentice,
Hall won the $250,000 grand prize for his charity, in addition to any
money he won for his charity for tasks he and his team won when he was a
team leader on the show.
A revival of Hall’s syndicated late-night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, premiered September 9, 2013 on Tribune owned stations and other networks via CBS Television Distribution.
Hall has one son, born in 1999. Since his birth, Hall mostly took time off to raise his son before resuming The Arsenio Hall Show in 2013. Hall had an interest in returning to the business eventually, but his decision wasn’t confirmed until he appeared on Lopez Tonight in 2009 (although he initially considered a weekend show because he didn’t want to compete in ratings against his friend George Lopez).
According to reports in 2009, Arsenio made it public that he had dated Paula Abdul in the past, dating back over 20 years earlier.
When asked about his charity selection on The Celebrity Apprentice, Hall said that about a month or so before he agreed to be on the show, his cousin died due to HIV/AIDS. He also stated that he’d spend the rest of his life fighting in her memory.
- 1988 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Coming to America)
- 1989 American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Coming to America)
- Hall received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, Spring 1992.
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Apartment Victim|
|1988||Coming to America||Semmi/Extremely Ugly Girl/Morris/Reverend Brown|
|1989||Harlem Nights||Crying Man|
|1989||Paula Abdul: Straight Up||Himself||(Video)|
|1992||Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You||Himself – Host||(Video)|
|2005||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||Himself|
|2005||The Proud Family Movie||Dr. Carver/Bobby Proud||(Voice)|
|2006||Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!||Captain Crothers||(Voice)|
|2009||Black Dynamite||Tasty Freeze|
|1981, 1989||Soul Train||Himself||2 episodes|
|1982||Elvira’s Movie Macabre||Dr. Mustapha Abdul Raheem Jamaal X Muhammad/Tyrone|
|1983||The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour||Himself – Host|
|1983–1984||Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour||Himself|
|1983–1984||Thicke of the Night||Actor / Himself (1984)|
|1985||The Motown Revue Starring Smokey Robinson||Actor / Regular|
|1985||New Love, American Style||Actor|
|1986||The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Cleavon|
|1986–1987||The Real Ghostbusters||Winston Zeddemore|
|1987||Uptown Comedy Express||Himself|
|1987–1988||The Late Show||Himself – Host|
|1989||Comic Relief III||Himself|
|1989–1994||The Arsenio Hall Show||Himself – Host|
|1989, 1992||Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee||Himself||2 episodes|
|1989||The Phil Donahue Show||Himself|
|1990||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Himself|
|1991||The Howard Stern Show||Himself|
|1992||The Jackie Thomas Show||Himself|
|1996–2012||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Himself||Multiple appearances|
|1997||The Rosie O’Donnell Show||Himself|
|1997||Behind the Music||Himself|
|1997||The Chris Rock Show||Himself|
|1998||Intimate Portrait||Himself – Narrator|
|1998||The Magic Hour||Himself|
|1998–2000||Martial Law||Terrell Parker|
|2000||The Norm Show||Joe|
|2001||E! True Hollywood Story||Himself|
|2003–2004||Star Search||Himself – Host|
|2003||Real Time with Bill Maher||Himself|
|2004||The Wayne Brady Show||Himself|
|2004||The Sharon Osbourne Show||Himself|
|2008–2009||The World’s Funniest Moments||Himself – Host|
|2008||Pioneers of Television (PBS)||Himself||2 episodes|
|2009–2010||The Jay Leno Show||Himself – Correspondent|
|2009||Up Close with Carrie Keagan||Himself|
|2009||Made in Hollywood||Himself|
|2010, 2012||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||Himself – Alternate Reality Host||2 episodes|
|2010, 2012||Chelsea Lately||Himself (2010) / Soundtrack (2012)|
|2011||Access Hollywood Live||Himself – Guest Host|
|2012||The Celebrity Apprentice 5||Himself||Winner of competition|
|2012||Piers Morgan Tonight||Himself – Guest Host|
|2012||The Wendy Williams Show||Himself|
|2013–present||The Arsenio Hall Show||Himself – Host|
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(2 January 1954 – 2 December 2011)
Jurina was born in Našice. In 1980 he was a member of the Yugoslav handball team which finished sixth. He played all six matches and scored 33 goals.
Four years later he was part of the Yugoslav team which won the gold medal. He played all six matches and scored five goals.
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Chiyono Hasegawa, Japanese supercentenarian, nation’s oldest person and world’s second oldest living person, died she was 115.
Chiyono Hasegawa was a Japanese supercentenarian. Aged 115 years 12 days at the time of her death, she was the oldest verified person in Japan since the death of Kama Chinen on 2 May 2010, and the oldest verified person in Asia died she was 115.. She was the 2nd oldest verified living person in the world behind American woman Besse Cooper.
Hasegawa remains one of the 30 oldest undisputed people ever. She was
the 26th verified and undisputed person to reach age 115, and only the
third undisputed Japanese and Asian person to reach this age. She was
the oldest person to die in 2011. She is also the first person aged 115
or more at the time of her death not to get the World’s Oldest Person title since 2007.
In September 2008 on Senior Citizen’s Day, Chiyono Hasegawa, then
111, and her 61-year-old grandson were visited by Governor Furukawa of Saga Prefecture.
On 2 May 2010, the day she became the oldest verified living Japanese
person, Hasegawa attended a ceremony held at her nursing home which
announced her new record.
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Bruno Bianchi, French cartoonist and animator (Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats), co-creator of Inspector Gadget, died he was 56.
Bruno Bianchi was a French cartoonist and animator died he was 56.. Bianchi worked extensively as an artist, film and television director and screenwriter for animated productions, including the series Inspector Gadget, Rainbow Brite, Heathcliff and its spinoff film, Heathcliff: The Movie in 1986.
(c. 1955 – December 2, 2011)
In 1980, Bianchi directed two series for DiC Audiovisuel, the studio he had been working for since 1977. One of them was Cro et Bronto (Cro and Bronto),
a series of 45 episodes á 1 minute and 20 seconds each, about a stone
age man trying to catch and eat a brontosaurus. The other series, Archibald le Magichien (Archibald the Magic Dog),
was an educational show, running for 46 episodes, about a magic
anthropomorphic dog (in reality an old wizard who had lost the magic
formula allowing him to become himself again). Archibald befriends a
young boy named Pierre and go on many highbrow adventures with him,
teaching him important lifestyle lessons along the way. This series was
presumably the first major collaboration between Bianchi and Jean Chalopin, who, as the founder and CEO of DiC, developed the show. Both Cro et Bronto and Archibald le Magichien are very hard to find today.
In 1981-82, Bianchi co-created the animated television series Inspector Gadget together with Andy Heyward and DiC’s founder Jean Chalopin.
Bianchi also served as main character designer and supervising director
on the show, which ran for two seasons and became one of the most
iconic series created by DiC.
Bianchi worked as a producer, artist, animator, television and film director, and writer for numerous other DiC Entertainment, Saban Entertainment and S.I.P. Animation productions from the 1980s until the early 2000s. His credits include Heathcliff, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, M.A.S.K., Rainbow Brite, Iznogoud, W.I.T.C.H., Diplodos, Beverly Hills Teens, Princess Sissi and Gadget and the Gadgetinis (a spinoff of Inspector Gadget).
In 2008, Bianchi founded his own studio, named Ginkgo Animation, following the closure of S.I.P. International.
Biachi died on December 2, 2011, at the age of 56. He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris on December 6, 2011.
- 1980: Cro et Bronto (TV series)
- 1980: Archibald le Magichien (TV series)
- 1983: Inspecteur Gadget (“Inspector Gadget”) (TV series)
- 1984: Les Entrechats (“Heathcliff”) (TV series)
- 1985: Jayce et les Conquérants de la Lumière (“Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors”) (TV series)
- 1985: Blondine au pays de l’arc-en-ciel (“Rainbow Brite”) (TV series)
- 1985: Rock ‘n’ Wrestling (TV series)
- 1985: M.A.S.K. (TV series)
- 1986: Les Popples (TV series)
- 1986: Heathcliff: The Movie
- 1987: Diplodos (TV series)
- 1992: Les Aventures de Carlos (“Around the World in Eighty Dreams”) (TV series)
- 1995: Space Strikers (“20,000 Lieus dans L’Espace”) (animated TV series)
- 1995: Iznogoud (animated TV series)
- 1996: The Why Why? Family (TV series)
- 2000: Jim Knopf (TV series)
- 2001: Gadget et les Gadgetinis (TV series)
- 2004: The Tofu Family (TV series)
- 1984: Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats (TV series)
- 1995: Iznogoud (animated TV series)
- 1996: The Why Why? Family (TV series)
- 2000: Jim Knopf (TV series)
- 2001: Gadget et les Gadgetinis (TV series)
- 2004: The Tofu Family (TV series)
- 2005: “Alpha Teens On Machines” (TV series)
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Robert Lawrence Balzer has been called the first serious wine journalist in the United States died he was 99.. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa. At the age of 24, he was put in charge of the wine department of his family’s grocery/gourmet market in Los Angeles, California. Because he knew nothing about wine, he quickly educated himself on the subject. Balzer soon championed quality California wines and stocked his shelves with the best American wines available. He promoted wine in his customer newsletter and was asked by Will Rogers, Jr. to write a regular wine column in his local newspaper in 1937.
(June 25, 1912 – December 2, 2011)
In 1948 Balzer published California’s Best Wines, the first of his 11 books. His wine writings include articles published in travel Holiday for over twenty years, a weekly column in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Robert Lawrence Balzer’s Private Guide to Food and Wine. In 1973, Balzer organized the New York Wine Tasting of 1973 which was a precursor to the matching of French and Californian wine at the Judgment of Paris. Balzer oversaw food and wine at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan in 1981 and 1985 and for George H. W. Bush in 1989.
Balzer died on December 2, 2011 in Orange, California at the age of 99.
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(née Ihlenfeld; 18 March 1929, Landsberg an der Warthe – 1 December 2011, Berlin)
Wolf was born in Landsberg an der Warthe in the Province of Brandenburg; the city is now Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland. After World War II, Wolf and her family, being Germans, were expelled from their home on what had become Polish territory. They crossed the new Oder-Neisse border in 1945 and settled in Mecklenburg, in what would become the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. She studied literature at the University of Jena and the University of Leipzig. After her graduation, she worked for the German Writers’ Union and became an editor for a publishing company.
She joined the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) in 1949 and left it in June 1989. She was a candidate member of the Central Committee of the SED from 1963 to 1967. Stasi records found in 1993 showed that she worked as an informant (Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter) during the years 1959–61.
The Stasi officers criticized what they called her “reticence”, and
they lost interest in her cooperation. She was herself then closely
watched for nearly 30 years. During the Cold War, Wolf was openly critical of the leadership of the GDR, but she maintained a loyalty to the values of socialism and opposed German reunification.
Wolf’s breakthrough as a writer came in 1963 with the publication of Der geteilte Himmel (Divided Heaven). Her subsequent works included Nachdenken über Christa T. (The Quest for Christa T.) (1968), Kindheitsmuster (Patterns of Childhood) (1976), Kein Ort. Nirgends (1979), Kassandra (Cassandra) (1983), Störfall (Accident) (1987), Medea (1996), Auf dem Weg nach Tabou (On the Way to Taboo) (1994), and Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud (2010) (City of Angels or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud). Christa T
was a work that—while briefly touching on a disconnection from one’s
family’s ancestral home—was concerned with a woman’s experiencing
overwhelming societal pressure to conform.
Kassandra is perhaps Wolf’s most important book, re-interpreting the battle of Troy as a war for economic power and a shift from a matriarchal to a patriarchal society. Was bleibt (What Remains), described her life under Stasi surveillance, was written in 1979, but not published until 1990. Auf dem Weg nach Tabou (1995; translated as Parting from Phantoms) gathered essays, speeches, and letters written during the four years following the reunification of Germany. Leibhaftig
(2002) describes a woman struggling with life and death in 1980s
East-German hospital, while awaiting medicine from the West. Central
themes in her work are German fascism, humanity, feminism, and
Wolf died 1 December 2011 in Berlin, where she lived with her husband, Gerhard Wolf. She was buried on 13 December 2011 in Berlin’s Dorotheenstadt cemetery.
Wolf’s works have sometimes been seen as controversial since German reunification. Upon publication of Was bleibt,
West German critics such as Frank Schirrmacher argued that Wolf failed
to criticize the authoritarianism of the East German Communist regime,
whilst others called her works “moralistic”. Defenders have recognized
Wolf’s role in establishing a distinctly East German literary voice. Fausto Cercignani’s
study of Wolf’s earlier novels and essays on her later works have
helped promote awareness of her narrative gifts, irrespective of her
political and personal ups and downs. The emphasis placed by Cercignani
on Christa Wolf’s heroism has opened the way to subsequent studies in
Wolf received the Heinrich Mann Prize in 1963, the Georg Büchner Prize in 1980, and the Schiller Memorial Prize in 1983, the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis
in 1987, as well as other national and international awards. After the
German reunification, Wolf received further awards: in 1999 she was
awarded the Elisabeth Langgässer Prize and the Nelly Sachs Literature Prize, and Wolf became the first recipient of the Deutscher Bücherpreis (German Book Prize) in 2002 for her lifetime achievement. In 2010, Wolf was awarded the Großer Literaturpreis der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste.
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Alan Grigsby Sues was an American comic actor widely known for his roles on the 1968–1973 television series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In died from a heart attack he was 85..
Alan’s on-screen persona was campy, outrageous and contained verbal
slapstick. Typical of his humor was a skit that found him following a
pair of whiskey-drinking cowboys to a Wild West bar and requesting a frozen daiquiri. Alan’s recurring characters on the program included Big Al the Sportscaster and Uncle Al the Kiddie’s Pal. Alan also parodied castmate Jo Anne Worley when she left the show, appearing in drag.
(March 7, 1926 – December 1, 2011)
Alan was born on March 7, 1926, in Ross, California. His parents were Alice (née
Murray) and Melvyn Sues, who raised racehorses, requiring the family to
move frequently. Alan served in the Army in Europe during World War II.
Alan used World War II veterans’ benefits to pay for acting lessons
at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he performed, later making his Broadway
debut in the stage play Tea and Sympathy, directed by Elia Kazan, which had a successful run in New York City beginning in 1953.
During this period, Alan met and married Phyllis Gehrig, a dancer and
actress, subsequently starting a vaudevillian nightclub act in Manhattan
— with which they toured North America before divorcing in 1958.
After touring the country with his wife, Alan was able to get more
work in stand-up comedy (at Reuben Bleu and Blue Angel, both clubs in
Manhattan), worked with Julius Monk, and joined an improv/sketch group with The Mad Show, which led to his being cast in Laugh-In.
Outside of Laugh-In, Alan appeared in the classic Twilight Zone episode “The Masks“,
in a non-comic role. This episode called for his character to be of
college (or, possibly even high school) age, as evidenced by references
to his being captain of the football team and doing well in school.
Being 38 at the time, his looks ran counter to this, with a comb-over and thinning hair. He also had supporting roles in the films Move Over, Darling (1963) and The Americanization of Emily (1964).
After Laugh-In, Alan also portrayed Moriarty onstage in Sherlock Holmes (opposite John Wood, and later Leonard Nimoy),
which, according to Alan, was “one of my favorite roles, because it’s
so against type, and I loved the makeup”. The makeup for Moriarty was
used in several books about makeup as an example of shadowing and
Alan appeared in television commercials for Peter Pan Peanut Butter during the 1970s, as a tongue-in-cheek Peter Pan. He also toured with Singin’ in the Rain, playing the Elocution Instructor. In addition, he appeared in several movies, and provided voiceovers including Oh! Heavenly Dog and Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July.
Alan appeared in the short films Lord of the Road (1999) and Artificially Speaking (2009), the latter making its premiere at the 2009 Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles.
In 2008, fifty years after his divorce from Phyllis, she conducted a lengthy interview with Alan at his home for her website.
Alan had recently finished recording an audio stories CD collection, entitled Oh, Nothing..,
which was released for sale December 22, 2011 on his website. The
project is compiled of several comedic stories and anecdotes from his 50
years in theater, film and television.
Alan died on December 1, 2011, at Ceders-Sinai Medical Center, West
Hollywood, where he was taken after suffering an apparent heart attack
while watching television with his beloved dog, Doris, according to his friend and accountant, Michael Michaud.
Michael Michaud said that, even though Alan never disclosed publicly
during his career that he was gay, his over-the-top, flamboyant,
stereotypically gay mannerisms displayed on Laugh-In were an
inspiration to many viewers when they were young, as he was “the only
gay man they could see on television at the time.”
Alan was survived by various family members, including his late
brother’s widow, her daughter and her daughter’s husband and their three
children, and by many long-standing friends.
A private Memorial was held for Alan at his house in West Hollywood
on March 25, 2012, where he was remembered, on a sunny California
afternoon, with much humor and affection. Many surviving “Laugh-In”
Alan’s ashes were scattered on the ocean off the Connecticut coast.
- Tea and Sympathy (1953–1955) — Ralph
- Happy Birthday (1956)
- The Mad Show (1966–1967) Off-Broadway
- Good News (1972) Community theatre — Kenley Players (Ohio)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1974–1976) — Professor Moriarty
- The Three Musketeers (1976)
- Singin’ in the Rain (national tour 1995–1999) — Director/elocutionist
- Two for the Show (1998–2000) — One-man stage show, multiple characters
- Move Over, Darling (1963) — Court Clerk
- The Americanization of Emily (1964) — Officer Enright
- Oh! Heavenly Dog (1980) — Freddie
- Snowballing (AKA Smooth Moves) (1984) — Roy
- A Bucket of Blood (1995) — Art Buyer
- Lord of the Road (1999)
- Artificially Speaking (2009) — Sparky Schlosser
- The Twilight Zone “The Masks” (1964) — Wilfred Harper, Jr.
- The Wild Wild West (1965) — Matt Dawson
- Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968–1972) — Regular performer
- Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979) — Scratcher the jealous Reindeer
- The Brady Brides “Cool Hand Phil” (1981) — Duke
- Punky Brewster “Tangled Web” (1987) — Andre Sockstein
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch “Good Will Haunting” (1998) — Bellevuedere
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(October 10, 1919 – December 1, 2011)
Silverstein was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Boys High School and graduated from the Pratt Institute with a degree in fine arts. During World War II, Silverstein served in the Army Air Forces, doing graphic design. After the war, he attended the Chicago Institute of Design, where he was exposed to avant-garde design.
Silverstein worked for a variety of employers, including labor unions and an advertising agency. He was art director for Amerika, a Russian magazine prepared by the U.S. State Department for distribution in the Soviet Union.
In 1952, Silverstein joined the promotions department at The New York Times. He helped make the newspaper more readable in 1967, when he enlarged the typeface. In 1976, he changed the format of the front page from eight columns
to six. Also that year, he helped introduce the new weekday sections of
the newspaper (“SportsMonday”, “Science Times”, “Living”, “Home”, and
Silverstein was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame in 1984. At the time, Massimo Vignelli
said, “We are affected by all the factors in the environment around us,
and nothing is more ubiquitous than the newspaper. By changing the Times and influencing so many newspapers in other cities, we are indebted to him for improving the quality of our lives.”
After his 1985 retirement, Silverstein continued to consult to The New York Times and other newspapers. He was responsible for the new look of 35 regional newspapers as well as papers in Brazil, Kenya, and Spain.
Purificacion Quisumbing, Filipino human rights advocate, Chairperson of Commission on Human Rights (2002–2008), died from multiple myeloma she was 77.
(c. 1934 – December 1, 2011)
In March 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council re-elected Quisumbing to a second, three-year term on the council’s advisory committee.
Quisumbing died on December 1, 2011, at the age of 77. She was survived by her husband, Leonardo Quisumbing, a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and their 2 daughters.
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Mr Ebbo was one of the pioneering bongo Flava artistes. He rose to national fame with his single “Mimi Mmasai” in early 2000s. His other hits include “Bado” and “Kamongo“. Most of his recordings were made at Motika Studios in Tanga. He performed in traditional Masai costumes.
In 2003 he was named to head a government campaign endorsing privatisation, for which he composed the song “Ubinaf-sishaji” (privatisation).
He died of leukemia on December 1, 2011 at Mission Usa River Hospital in Arusha. He left a widow with two daughters.
- Fahari Yako (2002)
- Bado (2003)
- Kazi Gani (2004)
- Alibamu (2005)
- Kamongo (2006)
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