Ryan John Seacrest? The entertainment and acting world knows him as Ryan Seacrest. He is an American radio personality, television host, and producer. He hosts talent competition American Idol, as well as On Air with Ryan Seacrest, a morning radio show on KIIS-FM.
He received Emmy Award nominations for American Idol, and won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974, in an Atlanta suburb, Dunwoody, Georgia, the son of Constance Marie (née Zullinger), a homemaker, and Gary Lee Seacrest, a real estate lawyer. His mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
“Instead of playing with G.I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, [Ryan] would
always have a little microphone and do shows in the house.”
At age 14, he attended Dunwoody High School. As his school’s regular morning public address system announcer, he was known as the “Voice of Dunwoody High School”.  At aged 16, while still attending high school, Seacrest won a hard-to-get internship at WSTR (FM), in Atlanta, with Tom Sullivan,
who trained him in the many aspects of radio. When the regular DJ
called in sick, Sullivan put him on the air for the very first show of
his broadcasting career. Seacrest was given the weekend overnight shift at WSTR.
Seacrest continued to work on air at WSTR until graduating from Dunwoody High School in 1992. Seacrest went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia in fall 1992. He continued his radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest left the university at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to pursue his broadcasting career.
In 1993, Seacrest hosted the first season of ESPN‘s Radical Outdoor Challenge. He also hosted three kids’ game shows, Gladiators 2000 from 1994–96 (a spinoff of the television show, American Gladiators), Wild Animal Games in 1995, and Click in 1997. Seacrest appeared as the host of the fictional game show Lover’s Lane on Beverly Hills, 90210 in “The Final Proof”. In fall 2000, Seacrest was the host of NBC Saturday Night at the Movies. From 2000 to 2001, Seacrest appeared as the host of an NBC
Saturday morning television block, which broadcast a major theatrical
film. During commercial breaks, he offered trivia on the film and a
chance to win prizes by calling in a specific number. In 2001, he hosted
a reality television program, Ultimate Revenge,
where elaborate practical jokes were played on family and friends
instigated by their own relatives and friends. It was shown on TNN from 2001 to 2003.
- American Idol
In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of a new Fox reality television series American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman. American Idol
went on to success, putting Seacrest in the national spotlight. The
following year, he became the sole host. When the show increased in
popularity, seen by some 26 million viewers weekly, Seacrest became
recognizable around the world. In 2003, Seacrest hosted the spin-off
show, American Juniors. In July 2009, Seacrest inked a deal with CKX for $45 million to continue to host American Idol, making him the highest paid reality television host to date. In April 2012, Seacrest signed a two-year, $30 million deal to stay on as host of American Idol.
- New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of ABC‘s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. On December 31, 2005, Seacrest performed much of the show’s hosting duties. Dick Clark‘s
role was limited by speech and mobility issues due to his recovery from
a stroke. Seacrest also occasionally served as a substitute host on the
CNN television program Larry King Live, and co-emceed Larry King‘s final show with Bill Maher on December 16, 2010. In 2009, ABC renamed the program Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, to reflect Seacrest’s role. The 40th Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest, delivered ABC’s biggest New Year’s numbers in twelve years at 22.6 million viewers.
When Dick Clark died, Seacrest publicly remembered his mentor’s impact on his life in a special tribute in The Hollywood Reporter. After Clark’s death, Seacrest hosted the 2013 edition of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Fergie paying tribute to Dick Clark in the pre-show.
In October 2013, Ryan Seacrest signed a multi-year contract extension
with Dick Clark Productions to continue as host and executive producer
of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
In January 2004, Seacrest became the new host of the radio program American Top 40, a syndicated weekly countdown show, created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem. The show was syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. In February 2004, Seacrest became host of Los Angeles radio station KIIS‘s morning show, replacing long-time host Rick Dees. This show, also known as On Air With Ryan Seacrest,
remains on the air. Seacrest is the host, executive producer of this
syndicated daily show airing on over 150 stations in North America, with
In January 2006, US cable channel E! announced a three-year, $21 million deal for Seacrest to host and produce various programs, including E! News and its red carpet awards show coverages (E!’s signature piece of original programming). That same year, Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP); in August 2008, Seacrest named his longtime William Morris Agent, Adam Sher, as CEO. Comcast had first-look rights for all RSP shows through January 2012. Clear Channel acquired a minority stake in RSP in early 2012, but the company no longer has a first look deal with any network.
Seacrest remains managing editor of E! News and produces its red carpet awards show coverage but, as of January 2012, he no longer hosts E! News on a daily basis.
In April 2012, Seacrest signed a deal with NBCUniversal expanding his on-air role beyond E! to NBC. He contributed to the Today Show,
Olympics coverage, entertainment programming, as well as news and other
special events. Seacrest will remain managing editor of E! News and host and produce its red carpet awards show coverage.
An Associated Press profile portrayed Seacrest as using both the deal with E! and the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve involvement as a springboard towards a long-lasting career in television production and ownership.
RSP produces the hit series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the highest-rated show on the E! network, and the spin-offs Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami. RSP also produced the Emmy Award-winning ABC reality series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. RSP also produced two new reality series in 2012 including Melissa and Tye, which aired on CMT and Shahs of Sunset for Bravo. Bravo announced a second season of Shahs of Sunset on April 18, 2012. RSP’s new show Married to Jonas premiered on August 19, 2012 on E! and was renewed for a second season.
On January 31, 2012, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital announced they would invest up to $300M in Ryan Seacrest Media. A consortium headed by Seacrest (with partners AEG and CAA) agreed to rebrand Mark Cuban‘s HDNet television network as AXS TV.
In 2010, Seacrest, along with his family, launched nonprofit
organization Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF), intended to enhance the
quality of life of children considered to be in need of help. Its
actions include the construction of broadcast media centers in hospitals
intended to educate children about using radio, television and new
media technologies, including in ways that the RSF considers to be
creative. RSF has two centers at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In April 2012, Seacrest named Selena Gomez as Ambassador to the Foundation.
In April 2010, Seacrest began dating Julianne Hough, a professional dancer, actress, and singer known for participating in Dancing with the Stars. On March 15, 2013, it was announced that their relationship had ended. 
They were dating for over two years before the split.
- Radio 
- On Air with Ryan Seacrest:
Host, executive producer of this syndicated daily show airing on over
150 stations in North America alone, with affiliates worldwide
- American Top 40: Host of this syndicated weekly countdown show since 2004
- 2003 Radio Music Awards: Co-host
- 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles: Since 2004, Morning Drive Personality with co-host Ellen K.
- Former On-Air Personality at KYSR, WSTR
- 98.7 FM, 1pm to 4pm
- Knocked Up as a parody of himself
- Get Smart as himself (hosting American Top 40)
- Shrek Forever After as voice of the father of “Butter Pants”
- New Year’s Eve as himself (hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve)
- American Idol: Co-Host (season 1); Host (season 2–present)
- American Juniors: Host (2003)
- Bank of Hollywood: Producer (2009–present)
- Channel 1 News: News Anchor/Reporter: Co-anchor with Maria Menounos
- Click: Host
- CNET Central: Co-Host
- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Host (2005–present), executive producer
- E! News: co-host
- Super Bowl XLII (2008): Host for pregame and halftime shows
- Gladiators 2000: Co-Host
- Wild Animal Games: Host
- The New Edge: Host
- Ultimate Revenge: Host
- Fear Factor: Contestant
- Reality Check: Jack Craft
- The NBC Saturday Night Movie: Host
- Hey Arnold!: Fighting Families Host
- Larry King Live: Guest host, substitute host
- Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade: (2005–present): Host
- America’s Party: Live from Las Vegas: Host
- Good Day Live: Guest host
- Disneyland 2000: 45 Years of Magic: Host
- Robot Chicken: (2005) Himself
- 59th Primetime Emmy Awards: Host
- Mind of Mencia: (2005) Himself
- Blind Date: Himself
- Punk’d: Himself
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Executive Producer
- Denise Richards: It’s Complicated: Executive Producer
- 2009 Academy Awards Host on E!
- Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution: Executive Producer
- Shahs of Sunset: Executive Producer
- Melissa & Tye: Executive Producer
- Married to Jonas Executive Producer
- The Million Second Quiz: Host
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Anne Griswold Tyng was an architect and professor. She is best known for having collaborated with Louis I. Kahn at his practice in Philadelphia died she was 91.. She served as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania for 27 years, following 29 years of collaboration with Kahn. She was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and Academician of the National Academy of Design.
(July 14, 1920 – December 27, 2011)
Tyng’s parents, Ethel Atkinson (née Arens) and Walworth Tyng, were from a wealthy Boston family and were living as Episcopalian missionaries in China when Tyng was born in 1920, in Lushan, Jiangxi province.
As a young woman, Tyng showed her developed sense of mathematics and design. The Tyng Toy,
a construction set for children, illustrated her mastery of form. The
Tyng Toy allowed a small selection of pieces to be combined into a wide
variety of toys and pieces of furniture, ranging from a stool to a
Tyng graduated from the architecture school at Harvard University in 1944. She was one of the first women to do so. She was the only
woman to enter the architecture licensing exam in 1949 and, at the
test, one of the male proctors turned his back on her and refused to
She obtained her Ph.D at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tyng was a theorist known for her pioneering work in space frame
architecture and her passion for mathematics. Her Ph.D. thesis, titled Simultaneousness, Randomness and Order, continues the combination of these interests. She received a number of grants from the Graham Foundation for further investigation into this field.
Tyng moved to Philadelphia
and landed a job at Louis Kahn’s architectural practice, Stonorov and
Kahn, in 1945. Her fascination with complex geometrical shapes had a
strong influence on several projects, such as the Trenton Bath House and the triangular ceiling of Yale Art Gallery.
Many wonder at how her intimate relationship with Kahn affected his
architecture. She is named in many sources as his partner and muse. For
example, the concept for Kahn’s famous “City Tower” design was largely
Tyng’s invention.
After a seven-year relationship with Kahn she became pregnant and,
because of the potential scandal, Tyng departed in the Autumn of 1953
for Rome. During her year in Italy, where their daughter, Alexandra, was born, Kahn wrote weekly to Tyng.
Aged 82, Anne Tyng appeared in Nathaniel Kahn‘s documentary My Architect
discussing her insights into his work and her experience with Louis
Kahn. Dr. Tyng returns to the building in which Kahn and Tyng first
collaborated, the Trenton Bath House, for the first time since its completion, finding it neglected and in disrepair. The building was completely renovated in 2009.
Tyng’s influence on Kahn’s work was finally recognised, very late in her life. The Institute of Contemporary Art held a retrospective exhibition of her work in 2010.
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Dan Terry was an American big band leader, arranger, and trumpet and flugelhorn player, who appeared in Birdland with Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Chris Connor, Johnny Smith, and other jazz luminaries died he was 87.. He also made half a dozen LP recordings, including 20 sides on Columbia Records in 1954, and wrote music for and performed in the films The Hustler and The Manchurian Candidate.
(December 22, 1924 – December 27, 2011)
The son of a choirmaster, he was born Daniel Kostraba in Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States. After working with George Summerson’s territory band in high school, he went to New York City and worked with Muggsy Spanier before entering the United States Marine Corps. After leaving the service, he moved to Los Angeles to lead the Hollywood Teenagers Band before returning to New York in 1948 to play with Sonny Dunham for eight months. Terry then studied theory at the College of the Pacific on the GI Bill from 1948-49.
Terry then formed his own band and went out on the road. Engagements
included the Totem Pole Ballroom in Boston, the Aragon and Trianon
Ballrooms in Chicago, Glen Island Casino, Tahoe Village, Chase Hotel in St. Louis,
Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, and the
Statler Hotel in New York, as well as appearing at college proms and
concerts from coast to coast. He also recorded four sides arranged by Marty Paich for Vita Records in 1952, including “Autumn in New York” and “Terry Cloth.”
Terry’s band went into Birdland in 1954, playing there with Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and others. Also in 1954, Terry was signed by Columbia Records along with Pete Rugolo and Les Elgart, and recorded 20 sides included on the records Teen Age Dance Session (Columbia) and Teen Age Dance Party (Harmony). That same year, he was also featured in the Universal film short, Birth of a Band, with Connie Haines and Don Gordon.
Terry appeared in Carnegie Hall with his band for the Charlie Parker
Memorial Concert along with Dinah Washington and a host of other jazz
celebrities. He also toured with the “Birdland All Stars” in concerts at
Boston Arena and Carnegie Hall as a featured artist with the Count
Basie Band. The September 25, 1954, Carnegie Hall performance was
featured in a live album called Birdland All-Stars at Carnegie Hall with Count Basie and Lester Young on Roulette Records.
In 1958, he and his “Band with the Hi-Fi Sound” recorded “Coca-Cola
Rock” and “Bull Fiddle Walk” on Devere Records with the Freddie Martel
In the 1960s, Terry wrote music for and performed in the films The Hustler and The Manchurian Candidate. He also served on the music staff for Dean Martin and Hollywood Palace shows, six television specials with Jackie Gleason, Gleason’s recordings on Capitol Records, and twelve albums with George “The Fox” Williams
for CBS. Terry owned and operated Big Daddy’s Nightclub at the Travel
and Transportation Building at the 1965 New York World’s Fair, and
served as Musical Director at Basin Street East from 1962 to 1965. He
also served as Musical Conductor for Sammy Davis with the Will Mastin
Trio, Frances Langford, Noonan and Marshall, and Yma Sumac.
After returning to the West Coast, Terry recorded the album Lonely Place, which was released as HT-1005 on Happy Tiger Records in 1969.
He then moved to Las Vegas, where he was prominent in the city’s music
community in the 1970s and early 1980s. He played trumpet and led his
big band in performances at the Pussycat A-Go-Go Club, the Tropicana, Mint, Thunderbird, and Sahara Hotels, and in 1979, a four-week engagement at the Dunes Hotel with weekly radio broadcasts on KDWN-AM.
While there, he served as president of Copyrite Music, Inc., a complete
music service which included composing, conducting, arranging, and
From 1976-1977, Terry lived in Toronto,
where he formed the Horns of Toronto. He and the band appeared at
various venues, including the Savarin Nightclub, The Forum at Ontario
Place, the Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell, Sheraton Grand Hotel, and the Leisure Lodge in Cambridge, Ontario.
In the 1990s, Terry settled in San Diego, where he formed the Horns of San Diego and an offshoot, the San Diego Youth Swing Band,
a group designed to give high school musicians an opportunity to
perform his library of big band arrangements. Musicians in the band
included trumpeter Igmar Thomas and drummer Mikey Cannon. He produced
the band’s album Bein’ Green on the Metronome label in 1999.
In addition to his recordings and touring, Terry worked as a jazz radio announcer for 40 years at radio stations in Stockton, California, Las Vegas, Middletown, Orange County, New York, and Phoenix, Arizona.
Dan Terry died in Danville, Illinois in December 2011, aged 87.
- Vita Records: Hollywood, CA – 1952 – Produced and recorded “Autumn in New York” and the minor hit “Terry Cloth”
- Teenage Dance Session (Columbia Records: New York, 1954)
- Teenage Dance Party (Harmony Records: New York, 1957)
- “Coca-Cola Rock” and “Bull Fiddle Walk” (Devere Records: New York,
1958) – 45 rpm single featuring Dan Terry and His Band with the Hi-Fi
- Good Feeling Blues (Cinema Records: New York, 1962) – A&R
Director. Produced and recorded live album in concert at Virginia
- Reedtime (Metromome Records: New York, 1962) – Produced and recorded experimental orchestra featuring soprano saxophones
- Lonely Place (Metronome Records: Hollywood, 1969) – Produced and recorded album, released by Happy Tiger Records
- Dan Terry Big Big Band (Metronome Records: Las Vegas, 1981) – Produced and recorded album
- Bein’ Green (Metronome Records: San Diego, 1999) – Produced and recorded San Diego Youth Swing Band album
- Birth of a Band, Universal Pictures & Will Cowan Productions, Inc. Starred in the musical short with his band and Connie Haines.
- The Manchurian Candidate, Composed and arranged the music for the rally sequence of the film and appeared directing the marching band he contracted.
- The Hustler, 20th Century Fox, Robert Rossen, director. Appeared in the picture with his Dixieland Band. Composed and arranged the music for the party sequence with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, receiving screen credits.
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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
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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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