Who is Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg? The entertainment and acting world knows hims as Mark Wahlberg, he is an American actor, film and television producer, and former rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and became famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He was named No. 1 on VH1‘s 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90’s. Wahlberg is well known for his roles in films such as Fear (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), Rock Star (2001), The Italian Job (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Four Brothers (2005), The Departed (2006), Invincible (2006), Shooter (2007), Max Payne (2008), The Fighter (2010), Date Night (2010), and Ted (2012). He has also served as the executive producer of the TV series Entourage, Boardwalk Empire and How to Make It in America.
Wahlberg was born June 5, 1971 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of nine children, with siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie (died in 2003 at age 44), and Donnie. Wahlberg’s mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse’s aide, and Wahlberg’s father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, was a Teamster who worked as a delivery driver. His parents divorced in 1982. His father was of half Swedish and half Irish ancestry, and his mother is of Irish, English, and French Canadian descent. Maternally, Wahlberg is distantly related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Wahlberg had a Roman Catholic upbringing and attended Copley Square High School (but never graduated) on Newbury Street in Boston.
Assaults and conviction
Wahlberg had been in trouble 20–25 times with the Boston Police Department in his youth. By the age of thirteen, Wahlberg had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances. At fifteen, he harassed a group of black school children on a field trip by throwing rocks and shouting racial epithets.
When he was sixteen, Wahlberg approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man
on the street and, using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious
(while calling him “Vietnam fucking shit”). He also attacked another
Vietnamese man, leaving him permanently blind in one eye.
For these crimes, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pled guilty to assault, and was sentenced to two years in state prison at Boston’s Deer Island House of Correction, of which he served 45 days. In another incident, the 21-year-old Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack.
Commenting in 2006 on his past crimes, Wahlberg has stated: “I did a
lot of things that I regret, and I have certainly paid for my mistakes.”
He said the right thing to do would be to try to find the blinded man
and make amends, and admitted he has not done so, but added that he was
no longer burdened by guilt: “You have to go and ask for forgiveness and
it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right by other
people, as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go
away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good
when I wake up in the morning.”
After landing in prison following this assault, he decided to change
his ways. According to Wahlberg, “As soon as I began that life of crime,
there was always a voice in my head telling me I was going to end up in
jail. Three of my brothers had done time. My sister went to prison so
many times I lost count. Finally I was there, locked up with the kind of
guys I’d always wanted to be like. Now I’d earned my stripes and I was
just like them, and I realized it wasn’t what I wanted at all. I’d ended
up in the worst place I could possibly imagine and I never wanted to go
back. First of all, I had to learn to stay on the straight and narrow.”
Wahlberg first relied on the guidance of his parish priest to turn his back on crime. He told his street gang
that he was leaving them and had “some serious fights” with them over
it. The actor commented in 2009: “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life
and I’ve done bad things, but I never blamed my upbringing for that. I
never behaved like a victim so that I would have a convenient reason for
victimizing others. Everything I did wrong was my own fault. I was
taught the difference between right and wrong at an early age. I take
Wahlberg first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful 1980s and 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block. Mark, at age thirteen, had been one of the group’s original members, along with Donnie, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight. However, he soon quit. It was his departure that eventually allowed Joe McIntyre to take his place as the fifth member of the group.
Wahlberg began recording as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with “Good Vibrations” from the album Music for the People. The record was produced by brother Donnie and later hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, later becoming certified as a platinum single. The second single, “Wildside”, peaked at No. 5 on Billboards Hot Singles Sales chart and at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It was certified as a gold single. Marky Mark opened for the New Kids
on the Block during their last tour. The second Marky Mark and the Funky
Bunch LP, You Gotta Believe,
was not as successful as the prior, yielding only a minor hit single in
the title track. Wahlberg later collaborated with the late reggae/ragga singer Prince Ital Joe on the album Life in the Streets. The project combined rap and ragga vocals with strong eurodance music (as in the singles Happy People, German No. 1 hit United, Life in the Streets, and Babylon) courtesy of Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen as producers.
Wahlberg first displayed his physique in the Good Vibrations music video and most prominently in a series of underwear ads for Calvin Klein shot by Herb Ritts, following it with Calvin Klein television advertisements. Magazine and television promotions would sometimes feature Mark exclusively or accompanied by model Kate Moss. Annie Leibovitz also shot a famous session of Mark Wahlberg in underwear for Vanity Fair’s annual Hall of Fame issue. He also made a workout video titled The Marky Mark Workout: Form… Focus… Fitness (ISBN 1-55510-910-1).
In 2012, he launched a line of sports nutrition supplements called “Marked”.
Wahlberg dropped the “Marky Mark” moniker and began an acting career, making his debut in the 1993 TV movie The Substitute. His big screen debut came the next year, with the Danny DeVito feature Renaissance Man. A basketball fanatic, he caught the attention of critics after appearing in The Basketball Diaries in 1995, playing the role of Mickey alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film adaptation of the Jim Carroll book of the same name. He also starred in the 1996 James Foley thriller Fear.
He has earned many positive reviews after successful movies like Boogie Nights (as Dirk Diggler), Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, The Italian Job, and Four Brothers. His performance in I ♥ Huckabees was voted best supporting performance of the year in the 2004 Village Voice Critics Poll. Wahlberg was originally cast as Linus Caldwell in Ocean’s Eleven; Matt Damon played the role instead. The two later worked together in The Departed. Wahlberg was also considered for a role in the film Brokeback Mountain. It was originally intended to star him and Joaquin Phoenix,
but Wahlberg was uncomfortable with the film’s sex scenes as was
Phoenix (whose role went to Heath Ledger) and Mark’s role ultimately
went to Jake Gyllenhaal.
Wahlberg starred in the American football drama, Invincible, based on the true story of bartender Vince Papale. He is also the executive producer of the HBO series Entourage which is loosely based on his experiences in Hollywood. He also appeared as a foul-mouthed Massachusetts State Police detective in Martin Scorsese‘s critically acclaimed thriller, The Departed in 2006, which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and an NSFC Best Supporting Actor award. Wahlberg has confirmed that he was approached to star in a sequel to The Departed, but it is still early in development. The sequel would reportedly revolve around the Staff Sergeant played by Wahlberg.
To prepare for his role in Shooter, Wahlberg attended long-range shooting training at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute near Pahrump, Nevada, and was able to hit a target at 1100 yards on his second day, a feat which usually takes weeks to achieve. He has said in a number of interviews that he will retire at the age of 40 to concentrate on parenthood and professional golf. However, in early 2007 he indicated that the latter was no longer the plan as “his golf game is horrible”. He played Jack Salmon, a leading role in Peter Jackson‘s film of The Lovely Bones. In 2007, he starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night, a movie about a family of police officers in New York City.
He starred in M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Happening as Eliot Moore, which premiered in movie theatres on June 13, 2008. The same year, he played the title role in Max Payne, based on a video game of the same name. While promoting Max Payne, Mark became involved in a playful feud with Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg and threatened to “crack that big fucking nose of his”. Samberg had done an impression of Wahlberg in a Saturday Night Live skit titled “Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals”.
However, Wahlberg later appeared in a follow-up skit parodying both the
original skit, Samberg’s impression of Wahlberg, and his own threats to
Family and relationships
In the early 1990s, Wahlberg dated former child actress Soleil Moon Frye. Wahlberg and model Rhea Durham
have been together since 2001 and were married on August 1, 2009 at the
Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. The couple have four
children, Ella Rae (born September 2, 2003), Michael Robert (born March
21, 2006), Brendan Joseph (born September 16, 2008) and Grace Margaret
(born January 11, 2010). In a 2011 interview with USA Weekend, Wahlberg stated that he had taken his children to visit his old Dorchester neighborhood, saying “I want them to know that not everyone is as fortunate and how important it is to work hard and give back.”
Wahlberg is a committed Roman Catholic,
who attends daily Mass, credits his faith and a priest from his
childhood for helping him turn his life around, and recognizes the
seriousness of his faith.
Actively involved in charity, Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in May 2001 for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs.
Wahlberg is also active with The Good Shepherd Center for Homeless
Women and Children. In an interview, Mark said that it’s important to
let the homeless know that people care about them and are working to
help the impoverished get back on their feet.
Wahlberg has four tattoos done by various artists including Paul Timman. The tattoos include Sylvester the cat with Tweety Bird in his mouth on his ankle, a design of his initials “MW” with his surname “Wahlberg” on his upper right arm, and a Bob Marley tattoo with “One Love” on his upper left arm. The final tattoo, which Wahlberg holds as his most meaningful, is the rosary tattooed around his neck, with a crucifix and the words “In God I Trust” resting over his heart. On January 9, 2012 Wahlberg was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.
He spoke about his tattoos and stated he is in the process of having
them removed. Initially he was told it would take 8–10 laser treatments,
however he required over 30 treatments and is still in the process of
getting them removed. He cited his career and children as the reason for
the removal of the tattoos. His first tattoo was as a young teenager
and it was of a shamrock. As it was not professionally done, he said the
shamrock was not straight and had the Tweety Bird tattoo placed over it
after arriving in Los Angeles.
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Before Roxy Music (before 1971)
Ferry was born 26 September 1945, Washington, County Durham, UK into a working class family (his father, Fred Ferry, was a farmer who also looked after pit ponies), Ferry attended Washington Grammar-Technical School (now called Washington School) on Spout Lane from 1957 and achieved nine O levels, then studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne under Richard Hamilton. His contemporaries included Tim Head and Nick de Ville. He became a pottery teacher at Holland Park school in London. Ferry formed the band The Banshees, and later, together with Graham Simpson, the band The Gas Board.
Roxy Music and solo years (1971–1983)
Ferry formed Roxy Music with a group of friends and acquaintances, beginning with Graham Simpson, in November 1970. The line-up expanded to include saxophonist/oboist Andy Mackay and his acquaintance Brian Eno, who owned tape recorders and played Mackay’s synthesiser. Other early members included timpanist Dexter Lloyd and ex-Nice guitarist David O’List, who were replaced respectively by Paul Thompson and Phil Manzanera before the band recorded its first album. (Early Peel sessions for UK radio station Radio 1 feature O’List’s playing.)
Roxy Music’s first hit, “Virginia Plain”, just missed topping the charts, and was followed up with several hit singles and albums, with Ferry as vocalist and occasional instrumentalist (he taught himself piano in his mid-twenties) and Eno contributing synthesiser backing.
For many years, Ferry has collaborated with fashion designer Antony Price for clothing and image consultations. Price is famous for his shop on London’s Kings Road. He created suits recognised worldwide for their elegance, and gained fame when celebrities and rock stars dressed in his designs. Indeed, one comment by Nicky Haslam about Ferry was that he was more likely to redecorate a hotel room than to trash it.
After their second album, Eno left Roxy Music, leaving Ferry its undisputed leader. Ferry had already started a parallel solo career in 1973, initially performing cover versions of old standards on albums such as These Foolish Things (1973) and Another Time, Another Place (1974), both of which reached the UK Top 5. After the concert tours in support of Siren, Roxy Music temporarily disbanded in 1976 though band-members Paul Thompson, Phil Manzanera and Eddie Jobson took part in recording Ferry’s subsequent solo material. In 1976, Ferry covered a Beatles song, “She’s Leaving Home” for the transitory musical documentary All This and World War II. He went on to release three solo albums during this period, Let’s Stick Together (1976), In Your Mind (1977) and The Bride Stripped Bare (1978), but by this time his career had begun to wane.
Roxy Music reconvened in 1979, with Ferry, Manzanera, Thompson and Mackay (Jobson was no longer a member). The band recorded the albums Manifesto (1979), Flesh + Blood (1980) and Avalon (1982), the latter two reaching number one in the UK album charts. The band also achieved their first and only UK number one single, “Jealous Guy“, released in 1981 as a posthumous tribute to its author John Lennon who had been murdered some months earlier. It was the only one of their singles not written by Ferry.
After lengthy tours to promote the Avalon album in 1982, Ferry decided to put Roxy Music on hold and continue as a solo artist.
After Roxy Music (1985–2001)
Ferry continued to record, and released his sixth solo album, Boys and Girls, in 1985. The album reached number one in the UK, his first and only solo recording to do so, and also became his biggest selling album in the US.
In July 1985, Ferry performed at the London Live Aid show, again accompanied by David Gilmour. He was hit with technical difficulties on sound, the drummer’s drumstick broke at the start of the first song “Sensation” and Gilmour’s Fender Stratocaster went dead, so he had to switch to his candy-apple red Stratocaster for the rest of the performance. The difficulties in sound were overcome for “Slave to Love” (featured on the soundtrack to 9½ Weeks) and “Jealous Guy”. As with other successful Live Aid acts, his current album, Boys and Girls, remained in the chart for almost a year.
After the Avalon promotional tours, Ferry was rather reluctant to return to life on the road; however, a change of management persuaded him to try touring again in 1988 to promote the previous year’s Bête Noire release. Following the tour, Ferry teamed up again with Brian Eno for Mamouna (collaborating with Robin Trower on guitar and as producer). The album took more than five years to produce, and was created under the working title Horoscope. During production, Ferry simultaneously recorded and released another covers album, Taxi in 1993, which proved to be a greater commercial and critical success than Mamouna would be when it was finally released in 1994. In 1996, Ferry performed the song “Dance With Life” for the Phenomenon soundtrack, which was written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page. In 1999 Ferry appeared with Alan Partridge (played by Steve Coogan) on BBC’s Comic Relief.
After taking some time off from music, Ferry returned in 1999. He began to perform a mix of 1930s songs and songs of his own, including several from the Roxy collection, and recorded them on the album As Time Goes By, which was nominated for a Grammy award.
Roxy Music reunion and continuing solo career (2001–present)
Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson re-reformed Roxy Music in 2001 and toured extensively for a couple of years though the band did not record any new material. In 2002, with the help of Manzanera and Thompson, Ferry returned with his next studio album, Frantic, which also featured a collaboration with Brian Eno. The album was a mix of new original material and covers – something that Ferry had not attempted on a solo album since The Bride Stripped Bare in 1978.
In 2003, Ferry provided the entertainment for the Miss World election, a show with an expected 2 billion viewers worldwide. In 2004, Ferry starred in the short film The Porter. In 2005, it was confirmed that Roxy Music (Ferry, Eno, Mackay, Manzanera and Thompson) would be performing further shows at that year’s Isle Of Wight festival and that they would also be recording a further album of new and original songs, with no indication of when such a project would reach completion. Brian Eno confirmed that he has worked in the studio with Roxy Music once more and has co-written songs for the new album. However, Ferry later debunked the idea of a new Roxy Music album and stated that the material from these sessions will most likely be released as part of his next solo album, and that “I don’t think we’ll record as Roxy again.”
In October 2006, Bryan Ferry modelled clothing range Autograph with British retailer, Marks and Spencer. In 2007, Ferry released the album Dylanesque, a tribute album to Bob Dylan. The album charted in the UK Top 10, and Ferry undertook a UK tour.
On October 7, 2008, Ferry was honored as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards. He joined past Icons including Peter Gabriel, Ray Davies, Steve Winwood, Van Morrison, amongst others.
In 2009, Ferry provided vocals on DJ Hell‘s record, U Can Dance. A new version of the track was recorded for Ferry’s new studio album, Olympia, released in October 2010. The album contained the material he had been recorded with his former Roxy Music bandmembers, and also featured an impressive cast of other musicians such as Nile Rodgers, David A. Stewart, Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Johnny Greenwood and David Gilmour, and also featured model Kate Moss on the front cover. The album recieved excellent reviews and made the UK Top 20 as well as entering the U.S. Billboard Charts, pushed by it’s lead single “You Can Dance”.
Several of the women Ferry has been involved with have appeared as cover models on the Roxy Music albums. Ferry dated singer and model Amanda Lear, who was photographed with a black jaguar for the cover of the For Your Pleasure album. She later went on to date David Bowie.
Ferry then began a relationship with model Jerry Hall. Hall appeared in several of Ferry’s music videos, including “Let’s Stick Together” and “The Price of Love.” Ferry first met Hall when she posed for the Roxy Music album cover for Siren in Wales during the summer 1975. Hall’s autobiography Tall Tales describes the photo session, and she elaborates on how the blue body paint she wore to look like a mythical siren would not wash off; Hall says that Ferry took her back to his house, claiming he would help her to remove the paint. Her stay at Ferry’s Holland Park (London) home, following the album cover photo shoot, marked the start of their affair. Hall and Ferry moved in together, sharing homes in London and in the ritzy Bel Air section of Los Angeles. His relationship with Hall ended when she left him for Mick Jagger in late 1977. To this day, Ferry rarely speaks about Hall, but fans often speculate that his song “Kiss and Tell” from the Bête Noire album was Ferry’s response to Hall’s tell-all book about their relationship. Ferry often refuses to discuss his feelings about Hall or talk about their romantic history during interviews. Bryan Ferry’s solo album The Bride Stripped Bare is widely believed to contain allusions to his break-up with Hall—particularly the song “When She Walks in the Room”. Ferry’s original songs on the album were in fact written some time before the relationship ended, although it was recorded afterwards.
Ferry eventually settled down to married life with Lucy Helmore, and they had four sons, including huntsman and political activist Otis, Isaac, Tara and Merlin.Tara was performing in a rock band called “Rubber Kiss Goodbye” and simultaneously studying at Chelsea College of Art and Design, according to the Sunday Times (28 Sept. 2008). Merlin studied at Marlborough College for his “A” Levels.
Ferry and Helmore split in the early 2000s and were divorced in 2003. After their separation, British newspapers photographed Ferry with Katie Turner, 35 years his junior, naming her as his new ‘girlfriend’. Ferry and Turner met while she worked as one of the dancers on Roxy Music’s concert tour in 2001 (and is featured on the DVD of the 2001 Hammersmith Odeon Show). She went on to appear with Ferry on several TV shows to promote the Frantic album, and also performed on the Frantic tour in 2002. After their break-up, Ferry had a relationship with Lady Emily Compton, a socialite. In 2006, he resumed his relationship with Katie Turner for some time. Ferry is now in a relationship with Amanda Sheppard, who previously worked in public relations, until she quit her job in 2009 after Ferry offered to financially support her.
In 2008, Ferry alluded to support for the Conservative Party, referring to himself as “conservative by nature,” but essentially apolitical. Without elaborating, he stated he was “proud” of his son Otis and declared the ban on fox hunting “futile.” He also alluded to an opposition to “left-wing bitterness” and the spectre of “political correctness,” but the model of free speech he cited was the anarchic 1970s and not the Thatcher era or a more distant past. In a 2009 interview, Ferry stated: “I would support a Cameron government. I have met him, and he’s a bright guy. I hope they do well. I don’t like the way the present Government has done things, most of all putting my son in prison for four and a half months, totally unlawfully … and that’s not just my opinion: judges, all sorts, have said it was a stitch-up. It was politically motivated. The poor lad just wants to live the traditional country life.”
Ferry is a supporter of the Countryside Alliance and has played concerts to raise funds for the organisation.
In other media
In 1985, Ferry contributed the song “Is Your Love Strong Enough” to the Ridley Scott-Tom Cruise film Legend. The song (featuring guitar work by David Gilmour) plays during the end credits of the U.S. theatrical release, and was released with the Tangerine Dream version of the soundtrack on CD (although this is out of print and rare). A promotional music video was created, integrating Ferry and Gilmour into scenes from the film; this is included as a bonus in the 2002 “Ultimate Edition” DVD release.
In 2005, Ferry appeared in Neil Jordan‘s movie, Breakfast on Pluto, starring Cillian Murphy as a young Irish transvestite who goes to London in the glam 1970s to find his mother. Ferry, appearing in a bit part as Mr. Silky String, played a suave but creepy john who picks up the sexually ambiguous young man and, after a short conversation, attempts to strangle him in the front seat of his car.
Ferry is referenced in the comedy show The Mighty Boosh in the episode “Hitcher”, as Vince Noir’s adopted father and King of the Forest. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that ‘Brian Ferry’ actually resembles Terry Wogan.
The song “Which Way to Turn” from the album Mamouna, is the feature song in the 2007 Woody Harrelson movie The Walker. Ferry’s song “Slave to Love“, from the album Boys and Girls, was featured in Bitter Moon, a 1992 film directed by Roman Polanski; the entire song is also played in a scene in the 1986 movie Nine 1/2 Weeks by Adrian Lyne.
- These Foolish Things (October 1973, UK #5)
- Another Time, Another Place (July 1974, UK #4)
- Let’s Stick Together (September 1976, UK #19, US #160)
- In Your Mind (February 1977, UK #5, US #126, Aust.#1)
- The Bride Stripped Bare (April 1978, UK #13, US #159)
- Boys and Girls (May 1985, UK #1, US #63)
- Bête Noire (October 1987, UK #9, US #63)
- Taxi (13 April 1993, UK #2, US #79)
- Mamouna (5 September 1994, UK #11, US #94)
- As Time Goes By (15 October 1999, UK #16, US #199)
- Frantic (18 May 2002, UK #6, US #189)
- Dylanesque (5 March 2007, UK #5, US #117)
- Olympia (26 October 2010, UK #19, US #71)
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Consuelos was born March 30, 1971, in Zaragoza, Spain to a Mexican father and an Italian mother. He is the youngest of three children, he has a brother, who is a doctor, and a sister, who is a lawyer. Consuelos has lived in Italy and the United States since childhood. He explained on Live with Regis and Kelly that while he does not speak Spanish, he does speak Italian. He grew up in Lebanon, Illinois, and later in Tampa, Florida. He attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida, and then went to University of Notre Dame before transferring to and graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in marketing, in 1994.
In 1995, Consuelos met Kelly Ripa, his co-star on All My Children. The two eloped on May 1, 1996. The couple have three children: Michael Joseph Consuelos (born June 2, 1997), Lola Grace Consuelos (born June 16, 2001), and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos (born February 24, 2003).
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In February 1995, Consuelos had his breakthrough when he landed the role of Mateo Santos on the soap opera All My Children. There, he fell in love with his on-screen love interest Kelly Ripa, and secretly married her in Las Vegas, in May 1996. At the time, he lived on co-star Winsor Harmon‘s sofa; Harmon was one of the few to know that co-stars Ripa and Consuelos were not only dating, but married.
Ripa and Consuelos continued to tape episodes of All My Children until 2002, when Ripa wished to focus more on her other job: taking over for Kathie Lee Gifford as host of what now has become Live with Regis and Kelly. Consuelos has filled in for Philbin.
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Since leaving All My Children, Consuelos has starred in the feature film The Great Raid, which debuted in theatres in 2005. In 2006, he co-starred in the movie My Super Ex-Girlfriend as “Steve”, and in 2007 he appeared in Wedding Daze. He has been seen on the Lifetime series Missing, with Vivica A. Fox. He also had a part in Ugly Betty.
Consuelos can also be seen hosting two reality dating shows, Age of Love and Science of Love, both airing on NBC. He guest-starred on Third Watch, Friends, American Family, Fortune Hunter, SeaQuest and Hope & Faith.
On 3 October 2008 he performed the marriage ceremony for Howard Stern and model/actress Beth Ostrosky at the Le Cirque restaurant in New York City. The two couples had grown close, which was why Stern asked Consuelos to perform the wedding ceremony. Consuelos agreed, and took it upon himself to seek ordination to make it an official ceremony for Stern and Ostrosky. The guest list for the wedding included Joan Rivers, Barbara Walters, Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, and Stern’s radio co-host Robin Quivers.
Awards and honors
In 1998 and 1999, Consuelos won the American Latino Media Arts Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera”. Consuelos won “Hottest Romance” along with Ripa in 1997 at the Soap Opera Awards.
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Who is Jordin Brianna Sparks? The entertainment and music world knows her as Jordin Sparks. Sparks is an American pop/R&B singer-songwriter, model and actress from Glendale, Arizona who rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. Sparks won when she was 17 years old, making her the youngest winner in Idol history. She followed her American Idol victory with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, which has gone platinum in the U.S. and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks’ single, “No Air” is the highest selling single by any American Idol contestant, selling about 4 million digital copies worldwide. Due to the success of her debut album and its four top 20 singles, she has received numerous awards and nominations including an American Music Award in 2008 and her first Grammy nomination in 2009.
Sparks’ second album Battlefield was released in July 2009 worldwide and debuted at #7 in the U.S., three spots higher than her first album. The album’s lead single, also titled “Battlefield“, peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third top 10 single and fifth consecutive top 20 single. Sparks is the only Idol contestant to have their first five singles reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Battlefield” has sold almost 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks has sold over 9 million singles worldwide to date, making her one of the most successful idol winners. Battlefield’s second single, “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)“, was her first song to top the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play making it her first U.S. number one single. Sparks followed her success in 2010 by making her debut on Broadway. Sparks starred as Nina Rosario in the Tony Award winning broadway musical, In The Heights.
Sparks was born December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona to Jodi Weidmann Sparks and former professional football player Phillippi Sparks. Sparks has a younger brother, Phillippi “PJ” Sparks, Jr., who plays football at Mountain Ridge High School. She grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, New Jersey, while her father played as a defensive back for the New York Giants. After living in New Jersey, Sparks attended Northwest Community Christian School in Phoenix through the eighth grade. Sparks attended Sandra Day O’Connor High School until 2006, when she was homeschooled to better concentrate on her singing. Sparks is an evangelical Christian and attends Calvary Community Church in Phoenix. On her American Idol biography, she thanks her parents and God for her win. She wears a purity ring that symbolizes her desire to remain a virgin until marriage. She won an award for best young artist of the year in Arizona for three years.
Before appearing on American Idol, Sparks participated in and won such talent competitions as Coca-Cola’s Rising Star, the Gospel Music Association Academy’s Overall Spotlight Award, America’s Most Talented Kids, Colgate Country Showdown, and the 2006 Drug Free AZ Superstar Search. Prior to Idol, Sparks frequently performed the national anthem at various local sporting events, notably for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Sparks also appeared with Alice Cooper in his 2004 Christmas show and toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. Smith in 2006. In 2006, Sparks was one of six winners of the Phoenix Torrid search for the “Next Plus Size Model”. She was flown to California, where she was used in a number of Torrid ads and promotional pieces. A full-page ad for Torrid featuring Sparks ran in the December 2006 issue of Seventeen magazine.
On June 15th, 2011 Jordin had her first-ever bikini shoot for the cover of People Magazine Most Amazing Bodies issue. Jordin was interviewed by a couple media publications and when speaking about her weight loss and diet to Access Hollywood she says “My diet has pretty much remained the same, like if I want a piece of bread, I’m gonna have a piece of bread, but I’m making healthier decisions like instead of a bag of chips for a snack, I’ll see if I can find an apple, I’ve also upped my intake of vegetables and I’m drinking a lot more water.” 
In the summer of 2006, Sparks auditioned twice for the sixth season of American Idol: once in Los Angeles (only auditioned for producers) and again in Seattle after winning Arizona Idol, a talent competition conducted by Phoenix Fox station KSAZ-TV. The Seattle audition is the one seen in the January 17, 2007 broadcast of American Idol, in which she earned a “gold ticket” and the right to appear in the Hollywood Round. American Idol judge Randy Jackson made the offhand prediction that, “Curly hair will win this year.” While on the show, Sparks gained a loyal fan base known as “Sparkplugs”. On May 23, 2007, Sparks was crowned the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. She remains the youngest winner in American Idol history. Cowell said, “Jordin was the most improved over the whole season – didn’t start the best, but midway through this was the girl who suddenly got momentum.” He included that “Young girl, likeable, and the singer won over the entertainer [Lewis].” Four selected songs Sparks had performed on American Idol, including the season’s coronation song, “This Is My Now“, were made available on her self-titled EP, released on May 22, 2007, the day before the grand finale. The coronation song, “This Is My Now” peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sparks’ first top fifteen hit on the chart. The following summer, Sparks took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2007 from July 6 to September 23, 2007 along with other contestants in the top ten.
Since her win in 2007, Sparks has returned to Idol five times. She performed twice on the seventh season of American Idol, once on the Idol Gives Back results show singing “No Air” with Chris Brown and again with “One Step at a Time” on May 21, 2008 for the finale. She performed “Battlefield” on the May 13, 2009 episode of American Idol. The following year, Sparks took part in a tribute to Simon Cowell with other former contestants at the Season 9 finale on May 26, 2010. Most recently, during Season 10, Sparks performed her new song “I Am Woman” on the Top 4 results show.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||N/A||“Because You Loved Me“||Celine Dion||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood||N/A||“Some Kind of Wonderful“||Soul Brothers Six||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 (12 Women)||N/A||“Give Me One Reason“||Tracy Chapman||6||Safe|
|Top 20 (10 Women)||Dedication Week||“Reflection“||Christina Aguilera||6||Safe|
|Top 16 (8 Women)||N/A||“Heartbreaker“||Pat Benatar||1||Safe|
|Top 12||Diana Ross||“If We Hold On Together“||Diana Ross||12||Safe|
|Top 11||British Invasion||“I (Who Have Nothing)“||Ben E. King||7||Safe|
|Top 10||No Doubt/artists who inspire Gwen Stefani||“Hey Baby“||No Doubt||9||Safe|
|Top 9||American Classics||“On a Clear Day”||Tony Bennett||5||Safe
|Top 8||Latin||“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You“||Gloria Estefan||6||Safe|
|Top 7||Country||“A Broken Wing“||Martina McBride||2||Safe|
|Top 6||Inspirational||“You’ll Never Walk Alone“||Rodgers and Hammerstein||6||Safe
|Top 6||Bon Jovi||“Livin’ on a Prayer“||Bon Jovi||2||Safe|
|Top 4||Barry Gibb||“To Love Somebody“
“Woman in Love“
|Top 3||Judge’s Choice (Simon Cowell)
|“Wishing on a Star“
“She Works Hard for the Money“
“I (Who Have Nothing)”
Ben E. King
“A Broken Wing”
“This Is My Now“
2007–2008: Jordin Sparks
After winning American Idol, Sparks signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records, becoming the first Idol winner to join the label. On August 27, 2007, she released her debut single, “Tattoo“, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sparks’ first top ten hit on the chart. The song certified platinum in the United States and Australia. To date, “Tattoo” has sold over two million copies in the U.S.
Sparks released her self-titled debut studio album on November 20, 2007, which debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200. To date, it has sold over a million copies in the U.S and was certified platinum by the RIAA. “No Air“, a duet with Chris Brown, was released as the second single from the album in February 2008. In the United States, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Sparks’ best-charting single to date. It was also her first song to appear on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it reached number four. To date, the song has sold over three million copies in the U.S, making Sparks the first American Idol contestant to reach the three million mark. It also became Brown’s first song to hit three million. “No Air” also charted in Australia and New Zealand, where it reached number one, receiving platinum certifications in both countries.
On February 3, 2008, Sparks sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLII. She performed in a tribute to Aretha at the NAACP Awards in February, as well. She had previously performed in a tribute to Diana Ross in December 2007.
In support of the album, Sparks opened for Alicia Keys on the North America leg of her As I Am Tour, starting on April 19, 2008. Before the tour, a career-threatening throat injury forced Sparks to cancel a few weeks of the shows. Officials revealed she was suffering an acute vocal cord hemorrhage and was ordered strict vocal rest until the condition improved. Sparks was back on the road by April 30, 2008 and remained on the tour until June 18, 2008. Sparks later joined Keys for the tour leg in Australia and New Zealand in December 2008.
The album’s third single, “One Step at a Time“, was released in June 2008. It peaked at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Sparks her fourth top twenty hit on the chart. This makes Sparks the only American Idol contestant to have her first four singles reach the top twenty of the Hot 100. It also charted in the top twenty in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In New Zealand, the song reached number two and was certified gold by the RIANZ. In August 2008, Sparks co-headlined the Jesse & Jordin LIVE Tour with Jesse McCartney in the United States.
Sparks received two MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best Female Video for “No Air” and Best New Artist at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. While at the awards show, Sparks caused controversy by responding to a joke made by host Russell Brand during his opening monologue, in which he held up a silver ring, claiming to have relieved one of the Jonas Brothers of their virginity, saying he would “take them more seriously if they wore it (the ring) around their genitals”. Sparks who also wears a promise ring, began her introduction of T.I. and Rihanna by saying “It’s not bad to wear a promise ring because not everybody, guy or girl, wants to be a slut.” In response to the controversy over her “slut” remark, Sparks told Entertainment Weekly that she doesn’t regret the remark, commenting that “I wish I would’ve worded it differently – that somebody who doesn’t wear a promise ring isn’t necessarily a slut – but I can’t take it back now.” At the 2008 American Music Awards, Sparks won the award for Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary Category.
On January 20, 2009, Sparks performed “Faith” at the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball, hosted by President Barack Obama. Her second studio album, Battlefield was released in the United States on July 21, 2009. The album’s title track was released as the lead single on May 25, 2009 and reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. The song peaked in the top five in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In the United States, Battlefield debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, peaking higher than her debut album’s position of number ten. However, the album was notably unsuccessful compared to her debut, only selling 177,000 copies in the U.S and having failed to earn any chart certificates.
In support of the album, Sparks opened for The Jonas Brothers on the North America leg of the Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009, starting on June 20, 2009. She also opened for Britney Spears on the second leg of her Circus Tour in North America, beginning on August 24, 2009. Sparks served as a replacement for Ciara.
“S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)“, was released as the second single from Battlefield on September 15, 2009. The song topped the U.S Hot Dance Club Songs chart, becoming Sparks’ first number one on the chart and peaked in the top fifteen in the United Kingdom. During this time, she recorded the duet, “Art of Love“, with Australian artist Guy Sebastian for his fifth studio album, Like It Like That. The song reached the top ten in Australia and New Zealand and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The third single from Battlefield, “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head“, was released in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2010. The song reached a peak of #16 on the UK Singles Chart despite no physical release.
In May 2010, Sparks embarked on her first headlining tour in the United States, the Battlefield Tour. It began on May 1, 2010 and ended on July 18, 2010, stopping in over 35 major cities in the United States. In support of the DVD/Blu-Ray re-release of the Disney animated film, Beauty and the Beast, Sparks recorded a cover of the film’s title track for the soundtrack. A music video for the song was released on October 18, 2010.
2010–present: Third studio album
In a October 2010 interview, Sparks revealed she had begun working on her third studio album. During an interview with Good Day New York in November 2010, Sparks confirmed she would be recording the album in New York and Arizona. In January 2011, it was reported that Sparks and John Legend were working on songs together in the studio. In March 2011, Sparks recorded a music video for a song called “The World I Knew” for the film, African Cats, which was released on April 22, 2011. To support her third album, Sparks will serve as an opening act for the NKOTBSB summer tour. On May 5, 2011, it was revealed that Sparks’ lead single for her forthcoming album is titled “I Am Woman“. On May 12, 2011, Sparks performed “I Am Woman” on the American Idol Top 4 results show. “I Am Woman” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-two with 33,000 downloads sold. It also debuted on the US Billboard Digital Songs at number fifty-seven. Sparks performed “I Am Woman” on Regis and Kelly on June 14th..
In April 2008, it was announced that Sparks would team up with cosmetics company, Avon, to become a spokesperson for the teen-focused line Mark. In November 2008, Sparks teamed up with Wet Seal to create her own clothing line. The collection, appropriately named ‘Sparks’, began with an assortment of holiday dresses delivering to stores just in time for the busy Thanksgiving weekend. The line launched on November 19, 2008 and comes in sizes XS to XL. Sparks said, “I am so excited that Wet Seal and I have been able to create a line of clothing that will appeal to more girls than ever before.”
In 2009, she made her acting debut on Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck, guest starring as herself in the “Crossing Jordin” episode. The episode guest starring Sparks aired on October 23, 2009. Sparks also guest starred on the hit Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush. The episode aired on June 18, 2010.
On May 3, 2010, it was announced that Sparks would join the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show “In the Heights” as Nina Rosario. Sparks took part in the production from August 19 through November 14 for a consecutive 12 weeks.
In October 2010, Sparks released her debut fragrance “Because of You….” This fragrance is currently being exclusively distributed at Dots, but by November will spread to other retail stores. The perfume is described as a “fruity floriental perfume” consisting of notes of “clementine, white imperial currant and orange blossom; a heart of nectarine, sharry baby orchid and coral charm peony; and a drydown of sheer musks, vanilla bean, Baltic amber and blond woods.” Sparks wanted this product to be affordable for her fans, yet still high end. “When I was starting this project, I really wanted it to be affordable. I looked at some other celebrity fragrances, and they were like $80. Even now, I look at a fragrance that’s $80, and I can’t bring myself to spend that much.”
In 2007, Sparks was asked by a relative who works for SOS Children’s Villages USA in Florida to design a denim jacket festooned with Swarovski Crystal to support orphans. In February 2008, Sparks traveled to Ghana. She was part of the delegation of former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush to help with Malaria No More, an organization with a goal to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Sparks joined Mrs. Bush at the Maamobi Polyclinic, where the First Lady donated a number of treated bed nets to some local female traders in order to help combat the scourge of malaria in Ghana. While there, Sparks sang “Amazing Grace” to the durbar of chiefs who had gathered at the venue to give audience to Laura Bush. Sparks said, “Traveling to Ghana with Malaria No More gives me the incredible opportunity to see for myself what a difference a simple mosquito net can make in the life of a child.”
On May 20, 2009, Sparks became an endorser for the Got Milk? campaign, an American advertising campaign encouraging the consumption of cow’s milk On September 17, 2009, Sparks took part in the VH1 Divas special, a concert created to support the channel’s Save The Music Foundation The concert was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York where Sparks performed the second single from her Battlefield album, S.O.S. (Let the Music Play), as well as “A Broken Wing” with Martina McBride. In February 2010, Sparks was one of the many artists who contributed to “We Are the World 25 for Haiti“, a charity single for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Sparks teamed up with Pennyroyal Silver creator and designer, Tim Foster to create her very own necklace design for the company’s signature collection. Proceeds of the necklace funded medical units in Haiti.
On February 3, 2010, Sparks and David Archuleta performed at the “X the TXT” event, held at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. All proceeds raised by the event went to a number of charities, including the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. The following day both Sparks and Archuleta delivered teddy bears to children at the hospital. In June 2010, the “Thumbs Up to X the TXT” pledge campaign, established by “The Allstate Corporation”, made its way to Sparks’ Battlefield Tour, presented by Mike & Ike to encourage teens and their families not to text while driving. Fans at Sparks’ concerts made a pledge not to text and drive by adding their thumbprint to a traveling banner at each of her shows. The campaign began at Sparks’ Battlefield Tour on June 3, 2010 and ended on July 18, 2010. Sparks is the main spokesperson for the “I’m M.A.D., Are You?” campaign. She also supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which helps to raise money for children with cancer. Sparks traveled to Louisiana in June 2010 to visit the Gulf Coast oil spill with the Audubon Society to view the effects of the oil spill on the wildlife and marshes. Sparks is also is a member of the National Youth Leadership Committee for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, along with Nick Jonas, Genvieve Ryan, and Brodi Conover.
Awards and nominations
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Female Reality/Variety Star||Won|
|2008||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding New Artist||Won|
|BET Pre-Awards||Best Heartbreak Video (“No Air”)||Won|
|BET Awards||Viewers Choice (“No Air“)||Nominated|
|Beautiful Face Award||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Hook-Up (“No Air”)||Won|
|Choice Love Song (“No Air”)||Nominated|
|Choice Breakout Artist||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Female Video (“No Air”)||Nominated|
|Best New Artist||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist||Won|
|2009||Grammy Awards||Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (“No Air”)||Nominated|
|People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Pop Song (“No Air”)||Nominated|
|Favorite Combined Forces (“No Air”)||Won|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (“No Air”)||Nominated|
|MTV Australia Awards||Best Collaboration (“No Air”)||Nominated|
|2010||ARIA Music Awards||Most Popular Australian Single (“Art of Love” with Guy Sebastian)||Nominated|
|2009||The Suite Life On Deck||Herself||Episode: “Crossing Jordin“|
|2010||Big Time Rush||Herself||Episode: “Big Time Sparks“|
|When I Was 17||Herself||Episode: 16|
|Team Umizoomi||Voice Over|
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Early life and career
Vaughn was born August 8, 1978 in Idabel, Oklahoma. She began her performing career at the age of three in 1981 singing at church. At age nine in 1988, she sang “I’ll Be There” to win the Star Search junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion. She was married to Joseph James, with whom she has a son Jaylin. During an appearance on the Mo’Nique Show, she shared that she also has a daughter.
Outside of television, she performed in the off-Broadway musical Mama, I Want to Sing! Part 2. In 1998, Vaughn was honored with anNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Moesha. In 1992, Vaughn released her first album, Countess, featuring a variety of songs, including dance music and urban ballads. The album’s lone single, a cover of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”, charted in the top-100 of the Bilo’Nique. She starred in the UPN sitcom, The Parkers, until the show’s ending in 2004. In 2011, Vaughn made her return to situational comedy on the BET sitcom Let’s Stay Together. Vaughn portrayed the friend of the character Kita portrayed by Erica Hubbard.
Celebrity Fit Club
Vaughn appeared in the third season of Celebrity Fit Club which premiered in January 2006 on VH1. On episode four,she announced that her and husband, James, were ending their marriage. During the course of the show, she became the first cast member to ever gain weight, with a weight gain of 4 pounds. It was said on the season finale that she was simply trying to lose weight at the wrong time.
Celebrity Rap Superstar
|2001||Max Keeble’s Big Move||Office Admin. Assistant|
|1992||Fievel’s American Tails||Monique (Voice)||1 episode|
|Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper||Keisha||2 episodes|
|1996||Minor Adjustments||Monique||1 episode|
|1996–1999||Moesha||Kimberly Ann Parker||83 episodes|
|1997||Goode Behavior||1 episode|
|1999–2004||The Parkers||Kimberly Ann Parker||111 episodes|
|Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness||Dee Dee||Voice|
|Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc’s Street||Dee Dee||Voice|
|2011||Let’s Stay Together||Chanteuse||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|1989||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Young Actress Featured, Co-starring, Supporting, Recurring Role in a Comedy or Drama Series or Special||227|
|1998||NAACP Image Awards||Won||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Moesha|
|1999||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Moesha’c’|
|2000||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
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Corey Holcomb is an American stand-up comedian, radio host, and actor. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Holcomb got his start in comedy with the help of another Chicago-area comedian, Godfrey.
Often billing himself as the “ghetto Dr. Phil“, most of Holcomb’s standup material revolves around relationships, particularly relationships gone wrong. In addition to touring the country, he has appeared as a regular on the stand-up/improv-based television shows Comic View, Def Comedy Jam, Last Comic Standing, and Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘n Out. He has appeared in two comedy specials of his own, Corey Holcomb: The Problem Is You and Comedy Central Presents: Corey Holcomb.
|Holcomb’s character Robert Tubbs on “The Cleveland Show”|
As an actor, Holcomb has appeared as guest star on several sitcoms such as Half & Half and Everybody Hates Chris, as well as minor roles in films such as Like Mike and Dance Flick. Holcomb is a recurring voice actor for the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, for which he provides the voice of Robert Tubbs, Cleveland’s rival and the ex-husband of his wife Donna. Holcomb has been a regular personality on Jamie Foxx‘s satellite radio channel The Foxxhole since 2007. He currently hosts his own program, The Corey Holcomb 5150 Show, on Monday nights on the Foxxhole, live from the Conga Room.
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Who is Noah Strausser Speer Wyle? In the entertainment world Noah Wyle is an American film, television and theatre actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. John Truman Carter III in the TV drama ER. He has also played Steve Jobs in the 1999 docudrama Pirates of Silicon Valley and Flynn Carsen in The Librarian franchise. Wyle was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine in 2001.
Wyle, the middle of three children, was born in Hollywood, California, the son of Marjorie a registered orthopedic head nurse, and Stephen Wyle, an electrical engineer and entrepreneur. His father was Jewish and his mother Episcopalian, and he was raised “fairly nondenominationally”. Wyle’s parents divorced in the late 1970s and his mother later married James C. Katz, a film restorationist with three children of his own from a previous marriage. Wyle’s paternal grandparents, Edith and Frank Wyle, founded the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. Edith Wyle was an expressionist painter who also created The Egg and The Eye, an innovative café and shop on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, which soon became the preferred hangout for artists, travelers and dreamers.
Wyle was educated at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, and graduated with the class of 1989. Wyle participated in a theater arts program at Northwestern University after his junior year of high school and appeared in high school plays, even winning an award for a play he wrote. After graduation, he studied with acting teacher Larry Moss while living in a small apartment on Hollywood Boulevard.
Wyle was first seen in the Paul Bartel film Lust in the Dust (a western exploitation/parody which starred Tab Hunter, Lainie Kazan and Divine) as an extra in the local gang running the small town of Chile’ Verde.His later parts were a mini-series and featuring in the movie Crooked Hearts (1991) in 1990. In 1993 he worked in another feature, There Goes My Baby. After appearing in several local plays in Los Angeles, he was cast in the box-office hit A Few Good Men, in which he played a Marine jeep driver who testified in court. He also appeared in the feature Swing Kids as a leader in the Hitler Youth, and in the independent movie The Myth of Fingerprints with Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Julianne Moore. Additionally, he starred as Lancelot opposite Sheryl Lee in the Television movie Guinevere. Recently, Wyle starred in the original film, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear with Sonya Walger and in its sequel The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines opposite Gabrielle Anwar and in the third part of the series The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice alongside Stana Katic. His other work has included a critically acclaimed turn as Steve Jobs in the Emmy nominated Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). He has also appeared in several feature films including: White Oleander opposite Renée Zellweger, Enough opposite Jennifer Lopez, the independent feature Donnie Darko, as the President’s interpreter in the 2000 live-television production of Fail Safe, and in the independent film, The Californians.
Wyle’s big break came when he was given the pilot script for ER and was cast as medical student John Carter. Wyle was the only major cast member of ER to have been with the show since its inception (1994) when he left after its eleventh season (2005). His performances on the show earned him Emmy Award nominations in each of its first five seasons. As part of an ensemble he was nominated several times for the Screen Actors Guild Award, he was recognized with three Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television and won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Wyle left the series at the end of the eleventh season, although he returned in guest appearances for a four-episode arc during the twelfth season. He stated that he left because he wanted to spend more time with his family and friends and to make room for the upcoming generation. However, in 2009, Wyle returned to ER during its 15th and final season for five episodes, including the series finale. According to the Guinness World Records 2005 Special 50th Anniversary Edition, Wyle became the holder of a “Highest paid TV drama actor per episode” record during the 2003/04 season, earning approximately $400,000 per episode. While on ER, Wyle’s estimated salary was $9 million a year. Wyle has also appeared in the most episodes of ER, 255, 4 more than Laura Innes.*
Along with his film and television career, Wyle has also appeared on stage appearing in a 1995 Los Angeles stage production of The 24th Day with Peter Berg. With The Blank Theatre Company, he performed in The Who, and more recently in Lobster Alice, with Nicholas Brendon, where he played the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. For his work as one of the producers of The Wild Party at the Blank Theare, he won an NAACP Theatre Award. Wyle has also produced Missouri Waltz at the theatre.
Wyle is the lead in TNT‘s new sci-fi series from Steven Spielberg titled Falling Skies. Wyle plays the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians that battle against an alien force, according to the network.
Wyle dated several women, including actress Samantha Mathis. While filming The Myth of Fingerprints in 1996, he met make-up artist Tracy Warbin. After proposing to her on Valentine’s Day in 1999, they married on May 6, 2000. Together, they have a son, Owen Strausser Speer Wyle (born November 9, 2002), and a daughter, Auden Wyle (born October 15, 2005). Warbin’s pregnancy with Auden was announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Wyle bought Bo Derek‘s ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California, in June 1999, for approximately $2.5 million. They listed their Los Feliz (Los Angeles) home at close to $4.4 million. The traditional-style house was designed by architect Paul Williams, was built in 1934 and has a theater, a detached guest house-office and a landscaped yard with city views, a pool, a koi pond, a patio and a fire pit.
 Interests and philanthropy
In 1999, Wyle made an appearance during the beginning of Steve Jobs‘ Macworld Expo keynote presentation, initially pretending to be Jobs. When the audience caught on, Jobs himself appeared and began to banter with Wyle. It was a practical joke by Jobs and Wyle in light of the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.
Wyle devotes much of his free time to the international non-profit organization Doctors of the World and to his work as a member of the Human Rights Watch Council. Wyle also serves as the voluntary artistic producer of the Blank Theatre Company in Hollywood, which stages annual young playwrights festival and whose alumni include Ed Asner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, D. B. Sweeney, James Kerwin, Amber Benson, Megan Henning, Travis Schuldt, Warren Davis, Grant Show, and Nicholas Brendon. He also recently acquired Second Stage Theater (Los Angeles) in Hollywood, where the company has mounted numerous successful productions.
Wyle was the spokesperson for The Cover the Uninsured campaign in 2004, which had as Honorary Co-Chairs former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter. The Cover the Uninsured Week is annually held in the United States of America and focuses attention on the nearly 44 million Americans who go without health care coverage. The campaign includes several events among different communities, health and enrollment fairs, press conferences and business seminars all over the U.S. Additionally, Wyle is also a vegetarian and a supporter of animal rights, having started a farm intended as sanctuary for abused and rescued animals. Wyle has also become a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, dedicated to protecting and conserving wildlife for future generations.
In 2009, Noah Wyle became a spokesperson for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), claiming that polar bears are “hanging on by a thread” and “may be extinct in our children’s lifetime, due to the effects of climate change.”
|1992||A Few Good Men||Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes|
|1993||Swing Kids||Emil Lutz|
|1994||ER||Dr. John Carter||Lead role (1994–2005; 2006, 2009)|
|1994||There Goes My Baby||Michael Finnegan|
|1995||Friends||Doctor||Episode: The One With Two Parts|
|1997||The Myth of Fingerprints||Warren|
|1999||Pirates of Silicon Valley||Steve Jobs||TV Movie|
|2000||Fail Safe||Buck||TV Movie|
|2001||Scenes of the Crime||Seth|
|Donnie Darko||Dr. Kenneth Monnitoff|
|2002||White Oleander||Mark Richards|
|2004||The Librarian: Quest for the Spear||Flynn Carsen||TV Movie, Lead role|
|2005||The Californians||Gavin Ransom|
|2006||The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines||Flynn Carsen||TV Movie, Lead role|
|Nothing But the Truth||Avril Aaronson|
|The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice||Flynn Carsen||TV Movie, Lead role|
|2009||An American Affair||Mike Stafford|
|2010||Queen Of The Lot||Arron Lambert|
|Below The Beltway||Hunter Patrick|
|2011||Falling Skies||Tom Mason||TV Series, Lead role|
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Who is Adrienne-Joi Johnson? The entertainment and acting world knows her as A.J. Johnson. Johnson is an American actress, choreographer and fitness coach. Acting since 1988, Johnson has made many guest appearances on sitcoms, television dramas and music videos; she also has numerous supporting roles in films, including House Party and Baby Boy.
Johnson was born September 3, 1963, she graduated with honors in 1985 from Spelman College, the all-female college in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a past Miss Maroon & White and the first Miss Collegiate Black America. Originally from New Jersey, the former high school homecoming queen is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was initiated into the organization while attending Spelman College during her undergraduate years.
She has appeared in A Different World, In the Heat of the Night, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Amen, the short-lived Sirens, Chicago Hope, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Touched By An Angel. She has also appeared in TV movies such as A Mother’s Courage: the Mary Thomas Story (1989), Clippers (1991), Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (1992), Love, Lies & Lullabies (1993), and The Beast (1996).
Johnson has appeared in theatrical releases and independent films such as School Daze (1988), House Party (1990), Double Trouble (1992), Sister Act (1992), The Inkwell (1994), High Freakquency (1998), Two Shades of Blue (2000), Tara (2001), Baby Boy (2001), and Skin Deep (2003).
In addition to being an actress and dancer, Johnson is also a wellness coach to celebrities and was the host of the VH1 reality fitness competition From Flab to Fab and has made numerous fitness/healthy living television and magazine appearances. Johnson has been the spokesperson for American Cancer Society (having lost her mother to cancer at age 17), weight loss products and has made appearances for Procter & Gamble, GSK Pharmeceuticals and Wal Mart.
- School Daze (1988)
- A Mother’s Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989)
- House Party (1990)
- Clippers (1991)
- Dying Young (1991)
- Murder Without Movie: The Edmund Perry Story (1992)
- Double Trouble (1992)
- Sister Act (1992)
- Love, Lies & Lullabies (1993)
- The Inkwell (1994)
- The Beast (1996)
- High Freakquency (1998)
- Master P’s I Got the Hook-up! Comedy Jam (1998)
- I Got The Hook-up (1999)
- Foolish (1999)
- Two Shades of Blue (1999)
- Baby Boy (2001)
- Touched by an Angel (2001)
- O (2001)
- Tara (2001)
- Black Listed (2003)
- Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles (2004)
- Hittin’ It (2004)
- Knocked the “F” Out (2005)
- Repos (2006)
- Master P’s Hood Stars of Comedy, Vol.1 (2006)
- Bagging With Ralphie May (2007)
- A Different World (1988)
- In the Heat of the Night (1989)
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
- CBS Summer Playhouse (1989)
- Amen (1991)
- Sirens (cast member from 1993–1995)
- NYPD Blue (1994)
- Chicago Hope (1996)
- The Jamie Foxx Show (1997) (1 episode)
- Touched by an Angel (1997)
- JAG (1998)
- Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (2000) (2 episodes)
- Flab to Flab (2004) (Host)
Awards and nominations
|1990||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture||A Mother’s Courage: The Mary Thomas Story||Won|
|1991||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female in a comedy-drama film||House Party||Nominated|
|2002||Black Reel Awards||Theatrical- Best Supporting actress in a Motion Picture||Baby Boy||Nominated|
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Who is Cynthia Ann Crawford? Cindy Crawford is an American model. Known for her trademark mole just above her lip, Crawford has adorned hundreds of magazine covers throughout her career. She was named #3 on VH1‘s 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90s. Her success at modeling made her a celebrity that has led to roles in television and film, and to work as a spokesperson.
Crawford was born February 20, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois, the daughter of Jennifer Sue Crawford-Moluf (née Walker) and John Crawford (not to be confused with actor and former Mouseketeer Johnny Crawford, of The Rifleman fame). She was discovered at the age of 16 by a newspaper photographer. He noticed Cindy at work during her summer job of detasseling corn and took a picture of her. The photo and positive feedback she received were enough to convince her to take up modeling. She entered the Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year contest at 17 and was the runner-up. The Elite modeling agency in Chicago then started representing her.
Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984, as valedictorian. She won an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, which she attended for only one quarter. She dropped out in order to pursue a full-time modeling career. After working for photographer Victor Skrebneski in Chicago, Cindy moved to Manhattan in 1986; she was signed with the Elite New York modeling agency.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy Crawford was among the most popular supermodels, and a ubiquitous presence on magazine covers, runways, and in fashion campaigns. She was repeatedly and frequently featured on the cover of many magazines, including: Vogue, W, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. A partial count in 1998 totalled over 400 appearances. Crawford also appeared in many fashion campaigns during her career, including those for Gianni Versace, Escada, Revlon, Ink. She has also worked for Omega, Maybelline, and Clairol.
In 1987, Crawford appeared during the opening credits of the Michael J. Fox film The Secret of My Success. Three years later she appeared in the video for George Michael‘s “Freedom ’90” alongside other models Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell. Subsequently, Crawford played the lost love of Jon Bon Jovi in the video for his 1994 version of “Please Come Home For Christmas“.
The red Versace dress which she wore to the 63rd Academy Awards in 1991 had a major influence on fashion, and many copies and fakes of the dress were produced. In 1992, Crawford—through GoodTimes Home Video and her company Craw Daddy Productions—made an exercise video with Radu Teodorescu named Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body; although criticised by some for being unsafe, it was hugely successful and led to two equally lucrative followups, Cindy Crawford: The Next Challenge in 1993 (again with Radu) and Cindy Crawford: A New Dimension in 2000 (the latter, made with fitness expert Kathy Kaehler and produced not long after Cindy gave birth to her first child, was aimed at new mothers getting back into shape). In 2001, Cindy also made a shorter fitness video aimed at children, Mini-Muscles with Cindy Crawford and the Fit-wits, an animated production featuring the voices of Cindy (who also appears at the beginning in live action), Radu and Kobe Bryant.
The inaugural issue of George, a short lived political magazine in the 1990s, featured Crawford dressed like George Washington on the cover. In 2005, The American Society of Magazine Editors listed it as the 22nd best magazine cover of the last 40 years.
Crawford is 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair and eyes. Her measurements are 34″-26″-35″. Crawford’s trademark is a mole (or “beauty mark“) above her upper lip. She is so closely associated with this physical feature that she appeared in an advertising campaign for chocolates featuring commercials wherein she “licked off” her own mole. During the beginning of her career, the mole was removed from her earlier modeling pictures, including her first Vogue cover. Her resemblance early in her career to model Gia Carangi led her to being known as “Baby Gia”.
Crawford has also been on TV and in films. From 1989 to 1995, Crawford was host of MTV‘s House of Style. In the early 1990s, Crawford starred in the Pepsi and Pepsi Stuff advertising. In 1995, Crawford broke into movies as the female lead in the movie Fair Game. Her performance was panned by critics– Leonard Maltin commented “In her acting debut, supermodel Crawford makes a good jogger.” The film was also a financial failure, with expenses of $50 million and $11 million takings at the box office. In 2001, she costarred as part of an ensemble cast in The Simian Line. Again the film was not successful or critically acclaimed, but Crawford’s acting was not criticized. She has had many lesser roles guest starring on TV and as supporting roles, often playing herself. For example, in 2000, she was one of the celebrities (along with Victoria Silvstedt, Anna Falchi and Megan Gale) playing themselves in the Italian comedy Bodyguards – Guardie del corpo.
In July 1988, she posed nude for Playboy magazine in a shoot by photographer Herb Ritts. In October 1998, Crawford returned to the pages of Playboy for a second nude pictorial, again taken by Ritts.
Crawford has consistently ranked highly on lists of the world’s sexiest people. She was ranked number 5 on Playboy’s list of the 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th century. A 1997 Shape magazine survey of 4,000 picked her as the second (after Demi Moore) most beautiful woman in the world. In 2002, Crawford was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine. In her forties, she claimed #26 in the 2006 Hot 100 issue of Maxim magazine.
Fashion designer Michael Kors summed up her impact:
After modelingCrawford quit modeling in 2000; however, she still appears from time to time in (and on the covers of) fashion magazines in new shoots. She continues to provide celebrity endorsement for a variety of projects. In 2005, Crawford created a line of beauty products with Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh called Meaningful Beauty for Guthy-Renker. Crawford has admitted to regularly receiving certain cosmetic procedures, including Botox and vitamin injections. She first saw a plastic surgeon at the age of 29.
In 2005, Crawford launched a new line of furniture under the “Cindy Crawford Home Collection” name. This collection is manufactured by HM Richards Inc., and is sold through many retailers including Art Van Furniture and Rooms To Go. She assisted in the creation of the line by directing the designers to include certain features, colors, or styles that fit the needs of families or reflected her own tastes. She also has a furniture line with Raymour & Flanigan and launched another home goods line with J. C. Penney in late 2009.
Crawford came back to modeling in May 2011, landing the cover of May 2011 issue of Vogue Mexico.
Crawford was married to actor Richard Gere between 1991 and 1995; although they had no children, she cited him as one of the more influential people in her life (after her parents). She has been married to Rande Gerber since May 29, 1998, with whom she has two children, Presley Walker (born July 2, 1999) and Kaia Jordan (born September 3, 2001). She currently resides in Malibu, California.
Activism and charity work
When Crawford was 10 years old, her younger brother Jeff – whom she continues to praise as “the fourth most influential person in my life” – died of leukemia. Since becoming a model, Crawford has made childhood leukemia a focal point of her charity work, donating proceeds of her calendars to medical research. She is also an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
In 2007, she became an official supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC. Crawford is on the Honorary Committee of the California Wildlife Center.
- Unzipped (1995)
- Catwalk (1995)
- Fair Game (1995) … as Kate McQueen
- 54 (1998) …as VIP Patron
- Beautopia (1998) …a critical documentary looking at the world of modeling
- Bodyguards (2000) …as herself
- The Simian Line (2001) …as Sandra
- Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body Workout (1992)
- Cindy Crawford: The Next Challenge Workout (1993)
- Cindy Crawford: A New Dimension (2000)
- MTV’s House of Style (1989–1995) …host
- Muppets Tonight!: Episode 5 (1996) as herself as special guest star
- Frasier: “Halloween” (1997) as Dorothy (voice only)
- 3rd Rock From The Sun: “36! 24! 36! Dick!” (1998) as Masha, one of the invading Venusians. The episode aired after the Super Bowl.
- Sesame Street: Elmopalooza (1998)
- The Secret World of… Supermodels (1998)
- Sex with Cindy Crawford (1998) …a one hour TV special about sex in the United States hosted by Crawford
- According to Jim: “Cars & Chicks” (2002) as Gretchen Saunders, manager of a car dealership
- Headliners & Legends: Cindy Crawford (2004)
- Sunrise (2007)
- Wizards of Waverly Place: “Fashion Week” (2009) as model Bibi Rockford
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Who is Nigella Lucy Lawson? The food critic word know Nigella Lawson as an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Lawson is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Salmon, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. empire. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1998, Lawson brought out her first cookery book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a bestseller. She went on to write her second book in 2000, How to be a Domestic Goddess, winning her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.
In 2000, she began to host her own cookery series on Channel 4, Nigella Bites, which was accompanied with another bestselling cookery book. The Nigella Bites series won Lawson a Guild of Food Writers Award; however her 2005 ITV daytime chat show was met with a negative critical reaction and was cancelled after attracting low ratings. Lawson hosted the Food Network‘s Nigella Feasts in the United States in 2006 followed by a three-part BBC Two series, Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, in the United Kingdom. This led to the commissioning of Nigella Express on BBC Two in 2007. Her own cookware range, Living Kitchen, has a value of £7 million, and she has sold more than 3 million cookery books worldwide.
Renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, Lawson has been called the “queen of food porn“. She is neither a trained chef nor cook, and has assumed a distinctly relaxed approach to her cooking.
Lawson was born 6 January 1960. Her given name originally being thought up by her grandmother, Nigella Lawson is a daughter of Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, a Conservative MP, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher‘s cabinet, and Vanessa Salmon (1936–1985), a socialite, “celebrated beauty” and heiress to the J. Lyons & Co. fortune. Her family kept homes in Kensington and Chelsea, and were noted for their luxurious life-style. In the 1960s, Peregrine Worsthorne wrote that Vanessa and her daughters looked “as if they had stepped straight out of a Visconti film set”. Lawson’s parents divorced in 1980. They both remarried; her father in 1980 to a House of Commons researcher, Therese Maclear (to whom he was married until 2008,) and her mother, in the early 1980s, to philosopher, Sir A.J. Ayer (they remained married until her mother’s death). With Lawson’s father being a prominent politician, some of the things she found most frustrating were the many judgements and pre-conceptions made about her. There was a time when Lawson did not get on with her father, mostly during her parents’ divorce, and she became friendly with her mother only when she reached adulthood. Being unhappy as a child has been attributed, by Lawson, partly to the problematic relationship she had with her mother.
Lawson’s school years were difficult; she had to move schools nine times between the ages of 9 and 18, spending some of her childhood in the Welsh town of Higher Kinnerton. “I was just difficult, disruptive, good at school work, but rude, I suspect, and too highly-strung”, Lawson reflected. Her father originally chose not to believe the reports of her disruptive behaviour and thought the school had the wrong person. Lawson reluctantly attended a private school in the Midlands and later returned to London’s Godolphin and Latymer School sixth form where she began to show skill academically. She worked for many department stores in London, and went on to graduate from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford with a degree in mediæval and modern languages. She also lived in Florence for a period.
Lawson’s mother died of liver cancer in Westminster, London, aged 48, when Lawson was 25. Her full-blood siblings are her brother, Dominic, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, a sister, Horatia and sister Thomasina, who died of breast cancer in 1993 during her early thirties; She has a half-brother Tom, and a half-sister Emily, her father’s children by his second wife. Lawson is a cousin to both George Monbiot and Fiona Shackleton through the Salmons.
Taking part in the third series of the BBC family-history documentary series, Who Do You Think You Are?, Lawson sought to uncover some of her family’s ancestry. She traced her ancestors to Ashkenazi Jews who originate from eastern Europe and Germany, leaving Lawson surprised not to have Iberian-Sephardi ancestry in the family as she had believed. She also uncovered that her maternal great-great-great grandfather, Coenraad Sammes (later Coleman Joseph), had fled to England from Amsterdam in 1830 to escape a prison sentence following a conviction for theft. It was his daughter, Hannah, who married Samuel Gluckstein, father-in-law and business partner of Barnett Salmon and father of Isidore and Montague Gluckstein, who together with Barnett founded J. Lyons and Co. in 1887.
Lawson originally worked in publishing, first taking a job under publisher Naim Attallah. At 23, she commenced her journalism career after Charles Moore had invited her to write for The Spectator. Her initial work at the magazine consisted of writing book reviews, after which period she became a restaurant critic there in 1985. She became the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986 at the age of 26. Lawson occasionally drifted into the public’s eye, attracting unwanted publicity in 1989 when she admitted voting for Labour in an election as opposed to her father’s Conservative Party, and then criticised Margaret Thatcher in print. Regarding her political relationship with her father, Lawson has stated, “My father would never expect me to agree with him about anything in particular. And, to be honest, we never talk about politics much.”
After her stint at The Sunday Times, Lawson embarked upon a freelance writing career, realizing that “I was on the wrong ladder. I didn’t want to be an executive, being paid to worry rather than think”. In the United Kingdom, she wrote for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement, and penned a food column for Vogue and a makeup column for The Times Magazine, as well as working with Gourmet and Bon Appétit in the United States. After just two weeks working on Talk Radio in 1995, Lawson was sacked after she had stated her shopping was done for her, which was deemed incompatible with the radio station’s desired “common touch”.
1998–2002: Cookery writing and Nigella Bites
Lawson had an established sense of cooking from her childhood, having had a mother who enjoyed to cook. Lawson conceived the idea of writing a cookery book after she observed a dinner party host in tears because of an unset crème caramel. How to Eat was subsequently written in 1998, featuring culinary tips on preparation and saving time. The book became a success and sold 300,000 copies in the UK; The Sunday Telegraph dubbed it “the most valuable culinary guide published this decade”.
Lawson then wrote How to be a Domestic Goddess in 2000, which focused primarily on baking and also became a bestseller. The Times wrote, regarding the book and Lawson’s approach to its writing, “How To Be a Domestic Goddess … is defined by its intimate, companionable approach. She is not issuing matronly instructions like Delia; she is merely making sisterly suggestions”. Lawson rejected feminist criticism of her book, and stated, “Some people did take the domestic goddess title literally rather than ironically. It was about the pleasures of feeling like one rather than actually being one”. The book sold 180,000 copies in four months, and won Lawson the title of Author of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2001, fending off competition from authors such as J. K. Rowling. One commentator suggested she won the award only because her husband was about to die of cancer. Lawson retorted, “I am not against pity, but I have no desire to be tragic”. How to Eat and How to be a Domestic Goddess were published in America in 2000 and 2001. As a result of the book’s success, The Observer took on Lawson as a social affairs columnist.
Lawson next hosted her own cookery television series, Nigella Bites, which ran from 2000 to 2001 on Channel 4, followed by a Christmas special in 2001. Victor Lewis-Smith, a critic notorious for his biting criticism, commended Lawson for being “formidably charismatic”. The first series of Nigella Bites averaged 1.9 million viewers, and won her the Television Broadcast of the Year at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and the Best Television Food Show at the World Food Media Awards in 2001. The show yielded an accompanying bestselling recipe book, also called Nigella Bites, for which Waterstone’s book stores reported UK sales of over 300,000. The book won a W H Smith Award for Lifestyle Book of the Year.
The Nigella Bites series, which was filmed in her home in west London, was later broadcast on American television on channels E! and Style Network. Lawson said of the US release, “In the UK, my viewers have responded to the fact I’m trying to reduce, not add to, their burden and I’m looking forward to making that connection with Style viewers across the US”. Overall, Lawson was well received in the United States. Those who did criticise her often suggested she was too flirtatious; a commentator from The New York Times said, “Lawson’s sexy roundness mixed with her speed-demon technique makes cooking dinner with Nigella look like a prelude to an orgy”. The book of Nigella Bites became the second bestselling cookery book of Christmas 2002 in America. The series was followed by Forever Summer with Nigella in 2002 on Channel 4, the concept being, “that you cook to make you still feel as though you’re on holiday”. Also in 2002, she began to write a fortnightly cooking articles for The New York Times, and brought out a profitable line of kitchenware, called the Living Kitchen range, which is sold by numerous retailers. Her range’s value has continued to grow, starting at an estimated £2 million in 2003, and increasing to £7 million in 2007.
2003–2006: Nigella Feasts and BBC contract
In November 2003, Lawson oversaw the menu and preparations for a lunch hosted by Tony Blair at Downing Street for George W. Bush and his wife during their state visit to the UK. Laura Bush is said to be a fan of Lawson’s recipes and once included one of her soups as the starter for the 2002 presidential Christmas dinner. Lawson’s fifth book, Feast Food that Celebrates Life, released in 2004, made sales worth £3 million. In a positive review, London’s Evening Standard wrote that the book “works both as a practical manual and an engrossing read. … Nobody else writes so openly about the emotional significance of food”. Lawson appeared frequently on American television in 2004, conducting cookery slots on talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In the UK in 2005, Lawson started to host a daytime television chat show on ITV1 called Nigella, on which celebrity guests joined her in a studio kitchen. The first episode debuted with a disappointing 800,000 viewers. The show was met with a largely negative critical reaction, and after losing 40 percent of its viewers in the first week, the show was cancelled. Lawson later commented in an interview with Radio Times that on her first show, she was almost too frightened to come out of her dressing room. Lawson further stated that having to pretend to be interested in the lives of the celebrities on her show became too much of an effort. She also discovered, “I can’t ever be a presenter, and won’t do scripts”.
Her third food-based television series, called Nigella Feasts, debuted on the USA’s Food Network in Autumn 2006 for a 13-week run. Time magazine wrote a favorable review of the show; “the real appeal of Feasts … is her unfussy, wry, practical approach to entertaining and quality comfort food. … between the luscious camera shots and Lawson’s sensual enjoyment of eating, Feasts will leave you wishing for an invite”. Since the American broadcasting, Lawson signed a £2.5 million deal for the series to be shown in ten other countries across the world.
Lawson was next signed to BBC Two to host a three-part cookery show entitled Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, which began on 6 December 2006 and aired weekly. The first two episodes secured the second highest ratings of the week for BBC Two, with the first episode debuting with a strong 3.5 million. The final episode went on to become the top show on BBC Two the week that it was aired. Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen won Lawson a second World Food Media Award in 2007. Her influence as a food commentator was also demonstrated in late 2006, when after she had lauded goose fat as being an essential ingredient for Christmas, sales percentages of the product increased significantly in the UK. Waitrose and Tesco both stated that goose fat sales had more than doubled, as well as Asda‘s goose fat sales increasing by 65 percent from the previous week. Similarly, after she advised using prunes in a recipe on Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, Waitrose had increased sales of 30 percent year on year.
2007–2009: Nigella Express and Nigella’s Christmas
Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen led to the commissioning of a 13-part cookery series entitled Nigella Express. The series began to air on BBC Two on 3 September 2007, suggesting ways of making simple and quick dishes. Lawson admitted the recipes were not “particularly healthy”, although she added, “I wouldn’t describe them as junk”. The show became another ratings success and one of BBC Two’s top-rated shows each week. The first episode debuted with 2.85 million viewers, a high percentage above the channel’s slot average. The second episode’s viewing figures rose to 3.3 million, and the series peaked at 3.4 million on 22 October 2007. Her influence with the public was again demonstrated when sales of Riesling wine increased by 30 percent in the UK after she had incorporated it into her Coq au Riesling recipe on Nigella Express. Later on a separate occasion, a similar trend was seen in the sales figures of the liqueur Advocaat after Lawson had endorsed it on the show.
The television series of Nigella Express was subject to criticism from the Daily Mail when it emerged that a bus Lawson was seen travelling on during the programme had been hired and filled with extras. The producers responded by saying, “This series is a factual entertainment cooking show, not an observational documentary and it is perfectly normal procedure”. There was further controversy when it was revealed that the kitchens in which Lawson was seen cooking were in two separate locations; one in her home and the other in a London television studio. Lawson also came under criticism when viewers complained that she had gained weight since the debut episode of the series. Critics criticised the series for containing what they described as “scenes of gluttony not seen since the golden age of the Cookie Monster“ and commenting that her “largesse may have left her just that little bit larger.” The Guardian however, noted, “the food matches her appearance — flawless, polished and sexy”. The rights to Nigella Express have been sold to the Food Network in America, and to Discovery Asia. The series was nominated at the 35th Daytime Emmy Awards in the United States for Outstanding Lifestyle Program, and Lawson herself for the Outstanding Lifestyle Host.
The accompanying book to Nigella Express was released in the UK in September 2007, America in November 2007, and later in Australia in 2008. Sharing the same name as the television series, the book became another bestseller in the UK, and was outselling another television chef, Jamie Oliver, by 100,000 copies according to Waterstone’s. It was reported that over 490,000 copies had been sold by mid-December in the UK. Furthermore, the book was number one for a period on Amazon UK’s bestselling books, and was ninth on their overall list of Christmas bestsellers in any category. Paul Levy from The Guardian wrote that the tone of the recipes was “just right. One of the appealing things about Nigella’s brief introductions to each of them is that she thinks not just as cook, but as eater, and tells you whether they’re messy, sticky or fussy”. Lawson is now estimated to have sold more than 3 million books worldwide. Her Christmas book was released in October 2008 and the television show in December of the same year. An American edition of the book “Nigella Christmas” with a different cover photograph was released in November 2009 with an accompanying book tour of several US cities and a special on the USA’s Food Network.
Presenting style and image
Though Lawson has enjoyed a successful career in cookery, she is not a trained chef, and does not like being referred to as a “celebrity chef”. Furthermore, she does not see herself as a cook or an expert in her field. Throughout Lawson’s television programmes, she emphasises that she cooks for her own pleasure, for enjoyment, and that she finds cooking therapeutic. When deciding upon which recipes to feature in her books, she takes the view of the eater, stating, “If it’s something I don’t want to carry on eating once I’m full, then I don’t want the recipe… I have to feel that I want to cook the thing again”.
Lawson has adopted a casual approach to cooking, stating, “I think cooking should be about fun and family. … I think part of my appeal is that my approach to cooking is really relaxed and not rigid. There are no rules in my kitchen”. One editor, highlighting the technical simplicity of Lawson’s recipes, noted that “her dishes require none of the elaborate preparation called for by most TV chefs”.
Lawson has become renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, although she argues, “It’s not meant to be flirtatious. … I don’t have the talent to adopt a different persona. It’s intimate, not flirtatious”. The perceived overt sexuality of her presentation style has led to Lawson’s being called the “queen of food porn“. Many commentators have alluded to Lawson’s attractiveness, and she was once named as one of the world’s most beautiful women. She has been referred to as “stunningly beautiful, warm, honest, likeable and amazingly normal”, as well as being described as having “flawless skin, perfect white teeth, a voluptuous body, ample height and lots of lush, brown hair”. The media has also noted Lawson’s ability to engage with both male and female viewers; The Guardian wrote, “Men love her because they want to be with her. Women love her because they want to be her”. The chef, Gary Rhodes, spoke out against Lawson by suggesting that her viewers take preference to her smile rather than the cooking itself. Despite often being labelled as a domestic goddess, she insists that she exhibits very few of the qualities associated with the title.
Lawson is also known for her vivid and adjective-filled food descriptions in both her books and television programmes, as one critic summarized, “her descriptions of food can be a tangle of adjectives.” In a study conducted in 2007 on the readability of different recipes, the chatty and florid style of Lawson’s recipes was judged to be confusing to readers with weak reading skills. Lawson has also expressed her surprise at how many reviews in the United States have mentioned her class and posh accent.
Comedians and commentators have taken to mocking Lawson’s style of presentation, particularly in a regularly occurring impersonation of her in the BBC comedy series Dead Ringers, because they perceive that she plays overtly upon her attractiveness and sexuality as a device to engage viewers of her cookery programmes. Impressions by Ronni Ancona that further parodied Lawson’s presenting style have also been featured on the BBC One impersonation sketch show, The Big Impression.
Lawson was in a relationship with human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC until 1988, when he left her for novelist Kathy Lette.
Lawson met journalist John Diamond in 1986, when they were both writing for The Sunday Times. They married in Venice in 1992, and had two children together, both born in Hammersmith, London: Cosima Thomasina (born 1994) and Bruno Paul (born 1996). Diamond was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997, and died of the disease in March 2001, aged 47. One of his last messages to Lawson was, “How proud I am of you and what you have become. The great thing about us is that we have made us who we are.” His death occurred during the filming of Nigella Bites; “I took a fortnight off. But I’m not a great believer in breaks,” Lawson explained, but she did suffer a bout of depression. After his death, Lawson kept all of the press clippings in what she called her “Morbidobox”.
Lawson married art collector Charles Saatchi in September 2003, having drawn disapproval when she moved in with him nine months after Diamond’s death. Lawson had also come under criticism when it was suggested she started her relationship with Saatchi before Diamond’s death. Saatchi is worth a reputed £100 million, while Lawson is worth £15 million as of 2007, £8 million of which came from book sales. It widely began circulating in the media in early 2008 that Lawson had been quoted as saying her two children should not inherit any of the fortune. She strongly denied these plans in a statement on her personal website, which read, “Of course I have no intention of leaving my children destitute and starving — rather, this is a story that came from a comment I made about my belief that you have to work in order to learn the value of money”.
Although both of Lawson’s parents are Jewish, Judaism has played no significant part religiously in her life, but she believes that she has developed a somewhat “Jewish character”. She was brought up without any religion and she considers herself an atheist. In one of her newspaper articles, she has shown a liberal attitude to sexuality (“most [women] simply have, somewhere, a fantasy about having sex, in a non-defining, non-exclusive way, with other women”). She has said that she often partakes in watching football and is an avid supporter of Chelsea.
Lawson is a supporter of the Lavender Trust which gives support to young women with breast cancer. She first became involved with the charity in 2002 when she baked some lavender cupcakes to be auctioned at a fundraising event, which sold for a significant amount of money. She subsequently featured the recipe in her book, Forever Summer with Nigella.
It was revealed by leaked Whitehall documents in 2003 that Lawson declined an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2001. As the daughter of a life peer, Nigella is entitled to the courtesy title of “The Honourable” and is thus styled The Hon. Nigella Lawson. However she does not use this courtesy title.
In December 2008, Lawson caused major controversy and was featured in various newspapers for publicly advocating wearing fur. Lawson also remarked that she would love to kill a bear and then wear it.
Lawson was featured as one of the three judges on the special battle of Iron Chef America, titled “The Super Chef Battle”, which pitted White House Executive Chef Christeta Comerford and Iron Chef Bobby Flay against super chef Emeril Lagasse and Iron Chef Mario Batali, which was originally broadcast on January 3, 2010.
In January 2011, Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi moved from Belgravia to Chelsea.
|2000||Nigella Bites||5 episodes, Series 1||30 minutes|
|2001||Nigella Bites||10 episodes, Series 2||30 minutes|
|2001||Nigella Bites Christmas Special||1 episode||60 minutes|
|2002||Forever Summer||8 episodes||30 minutes|
|2005||Nigella||20 episodes||60 minutes|
|2006||Nigella Feasts||13 episodes||30 minutes|
|2006||Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen||3 episodes, Series 1||30 minutes|
|2007||Nigella Express||13 episodes||30 minutes|
|2008||Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen||3 episodes, Series 2||30 minutes|
|2009||Top Chef (season 6)||1 episode||42 minutes|
|2010||Iron Chef America: Super Chef Battle||1 episode||120 minutes|
|2010||Nigella Kitchen||13 episodes||30 minutes|
|2011||MasterChef Australia Season 3||1 episode||60 minutes|
- 2000: British Book Award — Author of the Year for How to be a Domestic Goddess
- 2001: WH Smith Book Award — How To Be A Domestic Goddess shortlisted for Lifestyle Book of the Year
- 2001: Guild of Food Writers — Television Broadcast of the Year for Nigella Bites
- 2001: World Food Media Award — Gold Ladle Best Television Food Show for Nigella Bites
- 2002: WH Smith Book Awards — Lifestyle Book of the Year for Nigella Bites
- 2007: World Food Media Award — Gold Ladle Best Food And/Or Drink Television Show for Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen
- How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, Chatto and Windus, John Wiley & Sons, (ISBN 0-471-25750-8, 1998)
- How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-6888-9, 2000)
- Nigella Bites, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-7287-8, 2001)
- Forever Summer with Nigella, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-7381-5, 2002)
- Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-7521-4, 2004) or Hyperion (ISBN 1-4013-0136-3, 2004)
- Nigella Lawson, A Biography, Gilly Smith (ISBN 1-56980-299-8, 2006)
- Nigella Express, Chatto and Windus, (ISBN 0-7011-8184-2, 2007)
- Nigella Christmas, Chatto and Windus (ISBN 0-7011-8322-5, 2008)
- Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, Chatto and Windus (ISBN 0-7011-8460-4, 2010)
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Who is Christopher Anthony John “Chris” Martin? The entertainment and music world knows Chris Martin as an English singer-songwriter, who is the lead vocalist, pianist and rhythm guitarist of the band Coldplay. He is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Chris Martin was born 2 March 1977 in Exeter, Devon, England and is the eldest of five children. His father, Anthony Martin, is a retired accountant, and his mother, Alison Martin, is a music teacher. Martin started his education at the preparatory Exeter Cathedral School. It was at the prep school that Martin formed his first band, The Rocking Honkies, with Nick Repton & Iwan Gronow. Their debut performance was met with boos from the crowd. After Exeter Cathedral, Martin boarded at Sherborne School, a boys’ independent school in Dorset. He also met future Coldplay manager Phil Harvey at the school. Martin continued his studies at University College London, staying at Ramsay Hall where he read Ancient World Studies and graduated with First Class honours in Greek and Latin. It is here he met future Coldplay bandmates Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman 
While studying at University College London, Martin met Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman. In January 1998, they formed the rock band Coldplay. The band has had internationally recognised fame and success since their debut album, Parachutes, in 2000. Since then, they have released several further albums/EP’s including: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Live 2003, X&Y, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and Prospekt’s March.
As a solo artist, Martin has written songs for a variety of acts including Embrace (“Gravity“) and Jamelia (“See It in a Boy’s Eyes“, co-written with Coldplay producer Rik Simpson). Martin has also collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Faultline, The Streets, and Ian McCulloch. He also sang a part of the vocals for the Band Aid 20 single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” at the end of 2004. In 2005, Martin collaborated with Nelly Furtado on the track “All Good Things (Come to an End)“, for her 2006 album, Loose. The two were once rumoured to be a couple, after they both performed at Glastonbury in 2002. Furtado joked about the situation, saying that “Yeah, he’s my boyfriend — he just doesn’t know it yet”.
Martin’s fascination with hip hop was shown in the summer of 2006 when he collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for the rapper’s comeback album Kingdom Come after the two met earlier in the year. Martin put some chords together for a song known as “Beach Chair” and sent them to Jay-Z who enlisted the help of hip hop producer Dr. Dre to mix it (contrary to popular knowledge it was Coldplay producer Rik Simpson and not Dre who conceived and performed the drum beats). The song was performed on 27 September 2006 by the two during Jay-Z’s European tour at Royal Albert Hall. In 2007, Martin appeared on a track titled “Part of the Plan” for Swizz Beatz‘ debut solo album One Man Band Man. Martin has also worked on a solo collaboration with Kanye West, with whom he shared an impromptu jam session during a 2006 concert at Abbey Road Studios. He performed the chorus of “Homecoming“, from West’s album Graduation.
Martin’s primary influence is the British rock band Radiohead. In a 2008 Rolling Stone interview Martin stated: “Sometimes I feel like they [Radiohead] cleared a path with a machete, and we came afterward and put up a strip mall. I would still give my left [testicle] to write anything as good as OK Computer.” Martin is very vocal about his love for Norwegian new wave/Synthpop band a-ha. In 2005 he stated the following in an interview: “I found myself in Amsterdam the other day and I put a-ha’s first record on. I just remembered how much I loved it. It’s incredible songwriting. Everyone asks what inspired us, what we’ve been trying to steal from and what we listened to as we were growing up – the first band I ever loved was a-ha.” Martin has also performed live together with Magne Furuholmen of a-ha.
U2 has been an important influence on Martin both musically and politically, in which he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, in the section on U2, saying: “I don’t buy weekend tickets to Ireland and hang out in front of their gates, but U2 are the only band whose entire catalog I know by heart. The first song on The Unforgettable Fire, “A Sort of Homecoming“, I know backward and forward – it’s so rousing, brilliant, and beautiful. It’s one of the first songs I played to my unborn baby.” Martin also comments on Bono‘s effect on his own charity and political involvement he is even known to joke with friends referring to himself as “Crono”.
He is known to be a fan of artists such as Manchester rock band Oasis, Irish pop group Westlife, British pop groups Girls Aloud and Take That, and Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. Solo artists Martin likes include Leona Lewis, Noel Gallagher, and Kylie Minogue.
Martin and Coldplay guitarist Jon Buckland made cameo appearances in the film Shaun of the Dead as supporters of the fictional charity ZombAid. Martin has a second cameo in this film as a Zombie. In 2006 Martin had a cameo role in the second series episode four of the Ricky Gervais- and Stephen Merchant-created comedy Extras. He also appears singing in the closing credits of the 2009 film Brüno alongside Bono, Sting, Slash, Snoop Dogg, and Elton John. Martin also played one gig with the “Sid James Experience”.
Martin has been particularly outspoken on issues of fair trade and has campaigned for the charity Oxfam‘s Make Trade Fair campaign. He traveled to Ghana and Haiti to meet farmers and view the effects of unfair trade practices. When performing he usually has variations of “Make Trade Fair”, “MTF” or an equal sign written on the back of his left hand and the letters “MTF” can be seen emblazoned on his piano.
He was a vocal critic of President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Martin was a strong supporter of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, most notably during his acceptance speech for the 2004 Grammy Awards Record of the Year, accepting for “Clocks“. Martin also supported the Democratic Party candidate for President in 2008, giving a shout-out to Barack Obama at the end of a performance of “Yellow” on 25 October 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live.
On 1 April 2006, The Guardian reported that Martin was backing the British Conservative Party leader David Cameron and had written a new theme song for the party titled “Talk to David”. This was later revealed to be an April Fool’s joke. Whilst touring Australia in March 2009, Martin and the rest of Coldplay were the opening act at the Sound Relief benefit concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, for the bushfires and floods in Victoria and Queensland. Whilst performing the final song “Fix You“, Martin leapt off the stage and proceeded to run through the crowd with thousands of fans chasing him. The song had finished well before he made it back on stage but he managed to sing the final refrain under exhaustion. He was so tired that he let the crowd sing it for him as well. At the end of the performance he was quoted to saying ‘I hope no-one got hurt’. He reportedly had to lie down for half an hour back stage and was suffering from heat exhaustion. The band then played a sold-out gig in Sydney that night.
Martin met American actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 2002 backstage at a Coldplay gig after the death of the actress’s father, Bruce Paltrow. The couple married a year later on 5 December 2003. Their daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, was born on 14 May 2004 in London. Their second child, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born on 8 April 2006 in New York City. Simon Pegg and Martin’s bandmate Jonny Buckland are Apple’s godfathers. Martin is a longtime friend of Pegg, having met him in 2001, and appears in Shaun of the Dead, one of Pegg’s movies.
Martin does not smoke or drink alcohol.
In a 2005 Rolling Stone magazine interview, Martin said of his religious views: “I definitely believe in God. How can you look at anything and not be overwhelmed by the miraculousness of it?” In the same interview he spoke of going through a period of spiritual confusion, stating “I went through a weird patch, starting when I was about sixteen to twenty-two, of getting God, religion, superstition, judgement all confused”.
|2006||Extras||Himself||“Chris Martin” (Season 2: Episode 4)|
|2010||The Simpsons||Himself||“Million Dollar Maybe” (Season 21: Episode 11)|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Himself||Cameo appearance
With Jon Buckland
- See Coldplay discography for his work with said group.
|2002||“Where Is My Boy?”
“Your Love Means Everything, Pt. 2″
|Faultline||Your Love Means Everything||Featured vocals|
|“Gold in Them Hills”||Ron Sexsmith||Cobblestone Runway||Featured vocals|
|2003||“Sliding”, “Arthur”||Ian McCulloch||Slideling||Piano, backing vocals|
|“See It in a Boy’s Eyes“||Jamelia||Thank You||Co-writer, backing vocals|
|2004||“Everybody’s Happy Nowadays”||Ash||Orpheus||Backing vocals|
|“Gravity“||Embrace||Out of Nothing||Writer|
|“Do They Know It’s Christmas?“||Band Aid 20||–||Featured vocals|
|2006||“All Good Things (Come to an End)“||Nelly Furtado||Loose||Co-writer, background vocals|
|“Beach Chair“||Jay-Z||Kingdom Come||Producer, featured vocals|
|2007||“Homecoming“||Kanye West||Graduation||Co-writer, featured vocals, piano|
|2009||“Lukas”, “Fun”, “Want“||Natalie Imbruglia||Come to Life||Co-writer|
|2009||“Dove of Peace”||Brüno||Brüno||Featured vocals|
|2010||“Most Kingz”||Jay-Z||–||Featured vocals|
|2010||“Me and Tennessee”||Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw||Country Strong||Writer|
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Who is Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keeffe? The entertainment and acting world knows Jonathan Rhys Meyers as an Irish actor and model.
Meyers is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors. He has been the face of several advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss fragrances.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born 27 July 1977 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Mary Geraldine Myers and musician John O’Keeffe. His stage name is derived from his mother’s maiden name, Meyers. He was raised Roman Catholic by his family. Born in Dublin, he moved to Cork at one year old and was raised there with his three younger brothers named Jamie, Alan and Paul, who are all professional musicians. When he was three, his parents separated. His mother raised Rhys Meyers and his brother Alan while his other two brothers went to live at their grandmother’s house with their father. Rhys Meyers attended North Monastery School.
Rhys Meyers was expelled from the North Monastery Secondary School at age 16 for truancy and spent much of his time hanging out in pool halls. Casting agents looking for Irish boys to appear in War of the Buttons spotted Rhys Meyers at a Cork pool hall, the Victoria Sporting Club, and invited him to audition. Although he was passed over for War of the Buttons, the casting agents encouraged him to pursue a career in acting. His first film role came soon afterward, in A Man of No Importance (1994). In 1996, he appeared in Michael Collins, as the title character‘s assassin. In 1999, he appeared in Ride with the Devil as psychopathic guerrilla fighter Pitt Mackeson.
Rhys Meyers has starred in television series including Gormenghast (2000) and in the CBS 4-hour mini-series Elvis (2005) as Elvis Presley alongside Randy Quaid as Colonel Tom Parker and Rose McGowan as Ann-Margret. Meyers did not sing for his role in the miniseries. The latter earned him an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win. He has starred in the CBC/Showtime co-production The Tudors (2007) as Henry VIII. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama in 2007 for the role.
His film roles range from a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in Velvet Goldmine (1998) to a dedicated girls’ football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002). He appeared in Vanity Fair (2004) opposite Reese Witherspoon. He co-starred opposite Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie in Oliver Stone’s epic Alexander (2004). In 2005, Rhys Meyers starred in Woody Allen‘s film Match Point, for which he received a Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, he appeared in Mission: Impossible III. Subsequent projects included August Rush (2007) and The Children of Huang Shi (2008), Shelter, co-starring Julianne Moore, and From Paris with Love (film) (2010), co-starring John Travolta.
Rhys Meyers, a self-taught singer and guitarist, has appeared in a number of musical roles. His first such role was that of rock star Brian Slade in Velvet Goldmine; two of the songs he sang (“Baby’s On Fire” and “Tumbling Down”) are on the film’s soundtrack. He sang briefly in the TV miniseries version of The Magnificent Ambersons, performed in studio scenes of the miniseries Elvis and played the flute in Gormenghast. In the 2007 music drama August Rush, Rhys Meyers performed on-screen as singer-songwriter Louis Connelly and is credited for four songs on the soundtrack – “Break”, “Moondance”, “Something Inside” and “This Time”. Of the four, “This Time” and “Break” were considered in the Best Original Song category of the 80th Academy Awards. “This Time” was not released as a single but peaked at #84 of the Canadian Hot 100.
Rhys Meyers was chosen as the face for the Versace men’s collection of Autumn/Winter 2006 and Spring 2007, and he has also been the face of the Hugo Boss men’s fragrance range since 2005.He is signed to Independent Models in London.
In February 2008, he became a celebrity ambassador for the Cork-based charitable organization The Hope Foundation.
On 5 October 2008, Rhys Meyers received an Honourary Patronage from the Trinity College Philosophical Society in Dublin, Ireland.
In May 2005, Rhys Meyers checked into rehab facility Promises in California seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. On 24 April 2007, the Associated Press reported that Rhys Meyers returned to treatment. The actor’s representative Meredith O’Sullivan confirmed the news to People magazine citing his need to take a break from his busy schedule in order to maintain sobriety.
On 27 February 2009, the actor checked into rehab a third time, seeking help for alcohol addiction. He checked out on 15 March 2009.
In May 2010, it was reported that Rhys Meyers was banned for life from flying on United Airlines due to “belligerent” and “disruptive” behaviour in an incident involving alcohol at John F. Kennedy airport.
On the evening of Tuesday 28 June 2011, Rhys Meyers was rushed to hospital. The actor overdosed on pills while in his central London home, and refused treatment from paramedics. 
|1996||The Killer Tongue||Rudolph|
|1996||The Disappearance of Finbar||Finbar Flynn|
|1996||Michael Collins||Collins’ assassin|
|1996||Samson and Delilah||Young Samson||TNT TV movie|
|1997||The Maker||Josh Minnell|
|1997||Telling Lies in America||Kevin Boyle|
|1998||Velvet Goldmine||Brian Slade||Nominated—London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year|
|1998||The Governess||Henry Cavendish|
|1999||The Loss of Sexual Innocence||Nic|
|1999||Ride with the Devil||Pitt Mackeson|
|2001||Tangled||Alan Hammond||Straight to DVD|
|2001||Happy Now||Mark Wraith|
|2002||Bend It Like Beckham||Joe|
|2003||The Tesseract||Sean||Straight to DVD|
|2003||Octane||The Father||Straight to DVD|
|2003||I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead||Davey Graham|
|2003||The Emperor’s Wife||Chamberlain|
|2003||The Lion in Winter||King Philip II||Showtime TV movie|
|2004||Vanity Fair||Captain George Osborne|
|2005||Match Point||Chris Wilton|
|2005||Elvis||Elvis Presley||Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||Declan|
|2007||August Rush||Louis Connelly|
|2008||The Children of Huang Shi||George Hogg|
|2008||A Film with Me in It||Pierce||Cameo|
|2010||From Paris with Love||James Reese|
|2002||The Magnificent Ambersons||George Amberson Minafer||A&E miniseries|
|2007-10||The Tudors||King Henry VIII||2007–2010 (38 episodes)
Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television (2008)
Nominated—Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television (2009)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (2008, 2009)
- Nominated: London Film Critics Circle Awards, British Newcomer of the Year (1998), Velvet Goldmine, The Disappearance of Finbar, The Governess
- Won: Venice International Television Festival, Canal Grande Award for the Best Young Promising Actor (2002), The Magnificent Ambersons
- Won: Chopard Trophy, Outstanding Newcomer (2005), Match Point
- Won: GQ UK Men of the Year Awards, Lab Series Man of the Year (2006)
- Won: Monte Carlo Television Festival Golden Nymph Awards, Best Performance by an Actor — Drama (2008), The Tudors
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Who is George Lopez? The entertainment and acting world knows George Lopez as an American comedian, actor, and talk show host. He is mostly known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom George Lopez. His stand-up comedy examines race and ethnic relations, including the Mexican American culture. He was the host of the late-night talk show Lopez Tonight on TBS until its cancellation on August 10, 2011.
Lopez, a Mexican-American, was born April 23, 1961 in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. He was deserted by his father when he was 2 months old & by his mother when he was 10 years old, but was raised by his maternal grandmother, Benita Gutierrez, a factory worker, and step-grandfather, Refugio Gutierrez, a construction worker.
In 1999, Lopez hosted a major morning radio show for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles. He was the first Latino to have headlined the keystone morning radio slot on an English-language station in LA — the nation’s top radio market.
In 2000, after several years of performing stand-up comedy, Lopez was approached by actress Sandra Bullock for Lopez to produce and star in a comedy. Bullock was concerned about the lack of Hispanic-oriented sitcoms on American television and pushed to get a sitcom on television that starred Hispanics without being exclusively about the Hispanic American community. Long criticized by Hispanic American groups for lack of Latinos on their television shows, ABC quickly picked up the television series. In 2002, Lopez became one of the few Latinos to star in a television comedy series, following in the footsteps of Freddie Prinze, Desi Arnaz and John Leguizamo. George Lopez is an American situation comedy that originally aired on ABC from 2002–2007. Lopez is the co-creator, writer, producer, and star of the show.
On March 8, 2007, it was announced that George Lopez would join the Nick at Nite lineup. It first aired on Nick at Nite on September 10, 2007. On May 15, 2007, ABC announced that the series would be canceled after its sixth season. The show last aired on ABC September 7, 2007. The show also entered syndication in the fall of 2007. Never a huge Nielsen hit in primetime, the show became a surprise success in syndication.
Lopez was a cast member and commentator for HBO’s hit sports show Inside the NFL for the 2003–2004 football season.
Lopez guest starred as the mayor of Reno, Nevada in the fifth season of Reno 911! in 2008.
On March 28, 2009, it was announced that Lopez would be getting his own late night talk show on TBS. Lopez hosted a late-night talk show entitled Lopez Tonight on TBS Monday through Thursday at midnight Eastern Time. The show debuted in November 2009. In November 2010, the show moved back to midnight ET to accommodate a new show with former Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien. Lopez supported and even advocated for the move, making it different from the 2010 Tonight Show conflict that saw O’Brien depart NBC after a proposal to push Tonight back 30 minutes for Jay Leno to return to the 11:35 p.m. slot. On August 10, 2011 Lopez received a cancellation notice from TBS. The network decided not to renew Lopez Tonight for a third season. 
Lopez earned praise for his performance in the HBO Films drama, Real Women Have Curves, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received the 2002 Audience Award. Previously, Lopez was featured in the drama Bread and Roses. The film, directed by British filmmaker Ken Loach, received critical acclaim after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. He recently starred in the ABC Wonderful World of Disney Christmas film Naughty or Nice. Lopez also starred in the Robert Rodríguez-directed film The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl which opened in June 2005.
In 2010, Lopez appeared in The Spy Next Door, with Jackie Chan, and starred as a villain named Glaze.
In 2011, Lopez reprised his role as Papi for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and was the voice of a toco toucan in the box-office animated hit Rio, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway (actress), will.i.am, and Jamie Foxx.
Lopez wrote an autobiography entitled Why You Crying, which was released on the Touchstone/Fireside division of Simon & Schuster and entered in the New York Times Bestsellers top twenty. The book is co-written by Emmy Award winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian.
In January 2009, Lopez appeared in the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
He is a two-time host of the Latin Grammy Awards and a co-host of the Emmy Awards.
He also hosted a Season 9 elimination on the 21 of April, on American Idol, after donating the most money on Idol Gives Back and he “judged the judges”.
On December 21, 2010, Lopez announced on Good Day L.A. that he would run for Mayor of Los Angeles in about 8 years.
In an interview with Piers Morgan, Lopez stated that if Sarah Palin ever becomes the President of the United States, he would emigrate to Canada.
In 1993, Lopez married Ann Serrano. The couple have a daughter, Mayan Lopez. On September 27, 2010, Lopez announced that he and his wife had decided to end their marriage. Serrano filed for divorce on November 23, 2010, citing “irreconcilable differences”. The divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011.
In 2009 a DNA test read by Mariah Carey on Lopez Tonight revealed Lopez to be of 55% European, 32% Native American, 9% East Asian, and 4% African descent.
Lopez has a genetic condition that caused his kidneys to deteriorate. His doctors had told him in April 2004 that he was going to require an organ transplant but he postponed the operation until after finishing the fourth season of George Lopez so as not to hurt the 170 people who worked on his show. In 2005, his wife, Ann, donated one of her kidneys to Lopez. The transplant was successful; Lopez lost 45 lbs. after the operation due in part to having his health so vastly improved. He brought awareness to the issue on his show; his character’s son, Max, was diagnosed with a similar illness.
Charity work and honors
Lopez was a featured celebrity golfer in the 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Lopez and his pro partner finished third in the Pebble Beach event. George was the top ranking celebrity at completion of the golf tournament. Since 2006, Lopez has served as the host of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He is a member at Lakeside Country Club in Burbank, California and has a 13 handicap.
A native of Los Angeles who grew up in San Fernando Valley’s Mission Hills, Lopez devotes much time to the community. He has his own charity: The Ann & George Lopez Foundation (www.thelopezfoundation.org). He has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fund-raising efforts benefiting earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala. In February 2004, George was presented the 2004 Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University, presented by its president and dean for his artistic work and charitable endeavors.
Lopez has received several honors for his work and contributions to the Latino community. In September 2004, George was honored with the “Spirit of Liberty Award” presented by People for the American Way. In August 2005, Time magazine recognized George as one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America”.
Lopez criticized Jay Leno, someone he once considered a “close friend”, during an interview on radio station WOMX-FM in Orlando, Florida, on January 24, 2007, stating: “He’s the biggest two-faced dude in TV.” He also called him a back-stabber, and said he is not a proficient interviewer.
Lopez is also known for his conflict with Carlos Mencía. In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Lopez accused Mencía of appropriating 13 minutes of his material in Mencía’s HBO special. He also claimed he had a physical altercation with Mencía over the alleged appropriation.
Lopez frequently mentions his dislike for Erik Estrada. According to Lopez, he met Estrada when he was a teenager and Estrada was in the zenith of his career. Estrada refused to shake the teenager’s hand, and Lopez has disliked him ever since. Lopez mentioned the story while guest-hosting The Jim Rome Show, and saying “Fuck that puto.” In his comedy special America’s Mexican, Lopez uses this as a warning to everyone that celebrities should always be nice to their fans because they do not know who the fans will grow up to be.
After receiving the news that his show was cancelled in 2007, Lopez criticized Steve McPherson, the president of ABC Entertainment, for using racially motivated reasons for his decision. The actor told the Los Angeles Times that “TV just became really, really white again,” and lashed out against ABC by saying “So a Chicano can’t be on TV, but a caveman can?” in reference to Cavemen, which was replacing George Lopez in the schedule. Cavemen got a horrible reception from critics and viewers and was cancelled after just 13 episodes. Lopez blamed ABC for causing over a hundred of his show’s staff to become jobless.
On March 24, 2011 George Lopez called Kirstie Alley a “pig” during her stint on Dancing with the Stars. Kirstie posted on Twitter, “Don’t worry about George’s comments…just remember what happens to the big bad, drunk woolf…falls in a boiling pot of vodka.Piggy laughs” as a response to the comment. George later apologized on Twitter by saying, “I misjudged the joke. No malice was intended and I apologize to Kirstie.” After the apology, Kirstie fired back on Twitter, “@georgelopez I don’t need or want ur apology…I want your kidney dude..on behalf of ur X and all the women uv insulted…give it back”.
|1990||Ski Patrol||Eddie Martinez|
|1993||Fatal Instinct||Murder Investigator|
|2001||Bread and Roses||Perez||Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture|
|2002||Real Women Have Curves||Mr. Guzman|
|2005||The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl||Mr. Electricidad/ Mr. Electric/Tobor|
|2006||Balls of Fury||Ernie Rodriguez|
|2008||Swing Vote||John Sweeney|
|Henry Poole Is Here||Father Salizar|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua||Papi||voice only|
|2009||Shannon’s Rainbow||Captain Martin|
|Mr. Troop Mom||Eddie Serrano|
|2010||The Spy Next Door||Glaze||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor (shared with Valentine’s Day and Marmaduke)|
|2011||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Papi||voice only
Nominated—Imagen Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film
Nominated—Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
|The Smurfs||Grouchy Smurf||voice only|
|Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Ricky Raccoon|
|The Brothers García||Mr. Fender||Episode “The Student Buddy”|
|Curb your Enthusiasm||Himself|
|2002–2007||George Lopez||George Lopez||119 episodes
Imagen Award for Best Actor – Television (won 2004; nominated 2005, 2006, 2007)
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Series
Nominated—BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (nominated 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star – Male
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series (shared with Constance Marie)
|2004||Naughty or Nice||Henry Ramiro|
|2006||Freddie||George||“Freddie Gets Cross Over “|
|2007–2008||The Naked Brothers Band||Himself||3 episodes|
|2008||Reno 911||Mayor of Reno||3 episodes|
|2009–2011||Lopez Tonight||Himself (Host)||Nominated—People’s Choice Award for Favorite Talk Show Host|
|2011||America’s Got Talent||Grouchy Smurf (voice)||July 27 (Season 6, Qtr Finals 3 results)|
|2001||Right Now, Right Now||Himself|
|2006||Why You Crying?||Himself|
|El Mas Chingon?||Himself|
|2007||America’s Mexican||Himself||HBO Special|
|2009||Tall, Dark, & Chicano||Himself||HBO Special|
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Who is Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr? The professional golf world knows Fuzzy Zoeller is an American professional golfer. He is one of three golfers to have won The Masters in his first appearance in the event. He also won the 1984 U.S. Open, which earned him the 1985 Bob Jones Award.
Life and career
Zoeller was born November 11, 1951 in New Albany, Indiana. He attended the University of Houston and became a professional golfer in 1973. He has won two major championships: the 1979 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club and the 1984 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club.
Zoeller is one of only three golfers to have won The Masters in his first appearance in the event. The other two were the winners of the first two Masters, Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen. Zoeller was voted the 1985 Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
In 2002, Zoeller joined the Champions Tour and won the Senior PGA Championship, a senior major, that year. He also won the 2004 MasterCard Championship.
Zoeller is often jokingly critical of his colleagues on the golf course, for instance, asking “Where are the windmills and animals?” on a newly designed golf course, or heckling Craig Stadler, saying, “Nice clods, Stadler. Did you get those at a Buster Brown fire sale?” For much of his career, Zoeller was most famous for waving a white towel in mock surrender from the fairway of the 72nd hole of the 1984 U.S. Open, after Greg Norman holed a long putt on the 72nd green to tie Zoeller for the tournament lead. At the end of the 18-hole playoff the next day between Norman and Zoeller (which Zoeller won by a whopping 8 strokes), Norman waved a white towel himself, returning the joke.
But at the 1997 Masters tournament, Zoeller made an off-hand remark regarding Tiger Woods. After finishing tied for 34th place with a score of 78, Zoeller, referring to the following year’s Masters Champions Dinner, for which the defending champion selects the menu, said, “He’s doing quite well, pretty impressive. That little boy is driving well and he’s putting well. He’s doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it.” Zoeller then smiled, snapped his fingers, and walked away before turning and adding, “or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.” K-Mart and Dunlop ceased sponsoring Zoeller after the incident.
“I know Fuzzy, and it was obvious to me that he was attempting to be funny,” number-one ranked golf pro Tom Lehman said. “He probably would have said the same thing to Tiger’s face and they both would have yukked it up…[But] it wasn’t the best timing, and it wasn’t in good taste. It’s not appropriate.”
“I’ve been on the tour for 23 years and anybody who knows me knows that I am a jokester,” Zoeller said. “It’s too bad that something I said in jest was turned into something it’s not. But I didn’t mean anything by it and I’m sorry if I offend anybody. If Tiger is offended by it, I apologize to him, too. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Tiger as a person and an athlete.”
Zoeller later offered an apology directly to Woods, which Woods accepted.
On June 1, 2009, he launched a new venture, “Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka.”
On February 13, 2007, Zoeller sued the Miami foreign-credential evaluation firm of Josef Silny & Associates. The lawsuit alleged that defamatory statements appeared in the Wikipedia article about Zoeller in December 2006, originating from a computer at that firm. According to the suit, the edits suggested Zoeller had committed acts of alcohol, drug, and domestic abuse. Defendant Josef Silny said a computer consultant would investigate. However, Zoeller finally dropped the lawsuit in December 2007 after being unsuccessful in finding the poster. Zoeller was unable to sue Wikipedia for the statements due to protections accorded to providers of “interactive computer services” under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Amateur wins (3)
- 1972 Florida State Junior College Championship (individual)
- 1973 Old Capital Invitational (Indiana)
- 1973 Indiana State Amateur
PGA Tour wins (10)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning Score||Margin of Victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Jan 28, 1979||Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational||-6 (76-67-67-72=282)||4 strokes|| Billy Kratzert,
|2||Apr 15, 1979||Masters Tournament||-8 (70-71-69-70=280)||Playoff||Ed Sneed, Tom Watson|
|3||May 17, 1981||Colonial National Invitation||-6 (67-69-68-70=274)||4 strokes||Hale Irwin|
|4||Apr 18, 1983||Sea Pines Heritage||-9 (67-72-65-71=275)||2 strokes||Jim Nelford|
|5||Sep 28, 1983||Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic||-15 (63-70-70-64-73=340)||4 strokes||Rex Caldwell|
|6||Jun 17, 1984||U.S. Open||-4 (71-66-69-70=276)||Playoff||Greg Norman|
|7||Mar 10, 1985||Hertz Bay Hill Classic||-9 (70-72-66-67=275)||2 strokes||Tom Watson|
|8||Feb 2, 1986||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||-11 (69-66-70=205)||3 strokes||Payne Stewart|
|9||Apr 20, 1986||Sea Pines Heritage||-8 (68-68-69-71=276)||1 stroke|| Chip Beck,
|10||Jul 13, 1986||Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic||-10 (70-68-72-64=274)||2 strokes||Jodie Mudd|
Other wins (4)
- 1985 Skins Game
- 1986 Skins Game
- 1987 Merrill Lynch Shoot-Out Championship
- 2003 Tylenol Par-3 Challenge
Champions Tour wins (2)
Senior major championship is shown in bold.
Other senior wins (3)
- 2002 Senior Slam
- 2008 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game (with Peter Jacobsen)
- 2009 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game (with Ben Crenshaw)
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1979||Masters Tournament||6 shot deficit||-8 (70-71-69-70=280)||Playoff1||Ed Sneed, Tom Watson|
|1984||U.S. Open||1 shot lead||-4 (71-66-69-70-67=276)||Playoff2||Greg Norman|
1Defeated Ed Sneed and Tom Watson in a sudden death playoff – Zoeller 4-3 (-1), Sneed 4-4 (E) and Watson 4-4 (E).
2Defeated Greg Norman in a 18 hole playoff – Zoeller 67 (-3), Norman 75 (+5).
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||T8||T14||T14||T11||T8||T29||T52||CUT|
|The Open Championship||DNP||T80||DNP||T14||3||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
“T” indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
Champions Tour major championships
|2002||Senior PGA Championship||−2 (69−71−70−68=278)||2 strokes||Hale Irwin, Bobby Wadkins|
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Who is Adam Noah Levine? The entertainment and music world knows Adam Levine as an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the front man and guitarist for the pop rock band Maroon 5. He is also a coach on the American talent show The Voice.
Levine was born March 18, 1979 in Los Angeles, the son of Patsy Noah and Fred Levine. His uncle is Slate writer and editor Timothy Noah. He has a brother, Michael, and a sister, Julia Milne. When he was six, he made the winning shot of his local YMCA championship basketball game (on a team his father coached) with no time left on the clock. He has said that the incident changed his life and gave him the confidence to be successful.
Levine attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts Camp (Hancock, NY) with best friend Jesse Carmichael, guitar player of the band known at that time as Kara’s Flowers. He graduated from Brentwood School in 1997.
Levine is Jewish on his father’s side and a Protestant on his mother’s side. He refused a Bar Mitzvah and is an atheist. 
Original band Kara’s Flowers
Having met at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, CA, the band released their first album entitled The Fourth World in 1997 as high school seniors. That same year the band appeared on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. The album had little success, and its only single, “Soap Disco”, failed commercially. Disappointed with the results of their album, the band went on hiatus and went their separate ways.
Levine and Carmichael left Los Angeles to study at Five Towns College, a small music and performing arts school in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York. This was the first time the two Los Angeles natives were exposed to a completely different music scene, a cultural awakening for the young men. On MTV News, in 2002, Levine said, “That’s when I started waking up to the whole hip hop, R&B thing. We had friends named Chaos and shit. It was not Brentwood High.”
Maroon 5 and mainstream success
During this time, Levine worked a two-week stint as a waiter at Johnny Rockets. After dropping out of Five Towns College, Levine and Jesse reunited with Mickey and Ryan, but added former Square guitarist, James Valentine in 2001. Renaming the band Maroon 5, Levine and his friends began to compile all of their new found musical influences into their music. While Levine was working as a writer’s assistant on the television show “Judging Amy,” he spent time writing the lyrics about his ex-girlfriend, Jane. Those lyrics became the album “Songs About Jane.”
Levine has collaborated with various musical acts. In 2005, Levine was featured on the Ying Yang Twins song “Live Again”. He appeared on Kanye West‘s Late Registration album, on the third single, “Heard ‘Em Say“. He is also featured in the song “Wild Horses” on Alicia Keys‘ third album Alicia Keys: MTV Unplugged. Over the next year, he co-wrote the track “Say It Again” on Natasha Bedingfield‘s album N.B.. He also performed the background vocals on this song. Most recently, Levine offered his vocals on Gym Class Heroes’ newest album in the song “Stereo Hearts.”
Levine has made several notable comic appearances on television. During 2007, he appeared on the 33rd season premiere of Saturday Night Live in an SNL Digital Short called Iran So Far with Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Jake Gyllenhaal. Levine played himself while singing a humorous bridge to a “love song” for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In 2008, he appeared on Comedy Central‘s “Night Of Too Many Stars”. Levine also had a cameo on Jimmy Kimmel Live for the night of stars and endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election.
In October 2008, Levine collaborated with First Act to create the First Act 222 Guitar, fashioned to Levine’s specifications. The guitar was made available for purchase at Target retail stores.
Levine has stated in various interviews that he does not plan on continuing in Maroon 5 forever, and may stop after the tour for Maroon 5’s third album.
Levine made a guest appearance as himself on the season three finale of 30 Rock in the episode Kidney Now!.
In 2009, Levine recorded “Gotten”, a song for Slash‘s first solo album Slash released in April 2010. “Gotten” was premiered at amazon.com on March 29, 2010.
Levine is also featured as a singer for his band’s song “She Will be Loved” in the music rhythm game Band Hero.
In February 2010, he was among approximately 80 musicians who sang on the charity-single remake of “We Are the World” called “We Are the World 25 for Haiti“.
Levine is one of the contestant judges and coach mentors on the singing TV show, The Voice. The winner, Javier Colon, was on Levine’s team.
Levine’s ex-girlfriend Jane is the muse behind the name of the band’s debut album Songs About Jane. In a 2004 interview, he claimed that she had not contacted him despite the success of the album. They have since made up, and by 2007, Levine referred to them as being “close friends”.
Levine is a “car junkie”, his favorite car being his 1971 Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet.
In 2006, Levine broke his sternum while lifting weights, what he called “one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced.” He began using spotters while lifting weights before giving up weightlifting completely when he began yoga in 2007.
In September 2010, Levine said on the Howard Stern Show he had been dating Russian Sports Illustrated swimsuit and Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna seriously for about eight months. The couple met when Maroon 5 performed at the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release party in Las Vegas.
Levine stripped naked for testicular cancer awareness for a centerfold in Cosmopolitan UK’s February 2011 issue.
|centerfold in Cosmopolitan|
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Who is Lauren Nicole London? The entertainment and acting world knows Lauren London as an American film and television actress, model, and occasional music video actress. Beginning her career in music videos and later transitioning into film and television, London earned recognition for her performances in the film ATL as well as the television shows 90210 and Entourage. Along with her acting career, London is also a spokesmodel for the Sean John women’s collection.
London was born December 5, 1984 in Los Angeles to an African American mother and a caucasian Jewish father. After attending Palisades High School, Lauren was home schooled, giving her time to audition for films, music videos and commercials.
London had made appearances in music videos by artists such as Tyrese, Ludacris, Pharrell, and Snoop Dogg. Her breakout year came in 2006, where she made her television debut in the “Everybody Hates Funerals” episode of the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. That same year, London landed her first film role as well, playing hip hop artist T.I.‘s romantic lead in the film ATL. For her work, London was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the year’s Black Movie Awards. In 2007, London landed a role on the HBO comedy series Entourage, playing the character Turtle’s (Jerry Ferrara) love interest. Later, based on her performance in ATL, London was given her role in 2007’s This Christmas without having to audition. London, along with pop/R&B singers Cassie and Asia Nitollano, became one of the spokesmodels for the Sean John women’s collection in 2007 as well. In 2008, London landed the role of the character Christina in the first season of the show 90210, originally thought to be a possible romantic interest of Tristan Wilds‘ character Dixon Wilson. London’s next film role was the character Ivy in the 2009 release Next Day Air. The same year, she played the character Cammy Alcott in the Chris Columbus film I Love You Beth Cooper. London has appeared on the cover of such magazines as Jewel and King as well.
London returned to films since the birth of her son. She appeared in Tyler Perry‘s new movie Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, which was released on April 22, 2011. She played Renee, Bow Wow’s character’s girlfriend.
London gave birth to her first son, Lennox Samuel Ari, was born on September 9, 2009 whose father is rapper Lil Wayne. The two had previously been romantically linked and engaged in 2007.
She is close friends with Khloe Kardashian and fellow Sean John model Cassie.
|2006||ATL||Erin “Nu Nu” Garnett|
|2007||This Christmas||Melanie ‘Mel’ Whitfield|
|2009||I Love You, Beth Cooper||Cameron “Cammy” Alcott|
|2009||Next Day Air||Ivy|
|2011||Madea’s Big Happy Family||Renee|
In her acting career, London has performed in relatively small roles in episodes for a number of television shows. This list includes appearances in various episodes of shows, while excluding appearances as herself on talk shows, interview shows, ceremonies, and the like.She currently played in the TV Show “Single Ladies”
|2006||Everybody Hates Chris||Monay||1 episode|
|2008–2009||90210||Christina Worthy BlingestBash 2 (MTV)||3 episodes|
|2009||Keeping Up with the Kardashians||Herself||1 episode|
|2011||Single Ladies (TV series)||Shelley||1 episode|
|2002||“From tha Chuuuch to da Palace“||Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell|
|“Signs of Love Makin'”||Tyrese|
|2003||“Stand Up“||Ludacris feat. Shawnna|
|2004||“Drop It Like It’s Hot“||Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell|
|2006||“That Girl“||Pharrell feat. Charlie Wilson and Snoop Dogg|
|2006||“What You Know“||T.I.|
|2007||“Drivin’ Me Wild“||Common feat. Lily Allen|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Black Movie Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||ATL||Nominated|
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Who is Kendall Nicole Jenner? The entertainment and acting world knows Kendal Jenner as a commercial model and TV personality who is featured on the E! reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Jenner was born November 3, 1995 in L.A . She signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2010. She was featured in 2011 Winter/Spring issue of “TeenProm” and she had a photoshoot for designer Marc Clark’s Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook. In 2010 she appeared in One Call’s music video, Blacklight. As of 2011, she has modeled for the Sherri Hill dress line, which specializes in dresses for proms and pageants.
Jenner is the eldest daughter of Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner. She has a younger sister, Kylie Jenner. Through her mother, she has three older half-sisters, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Khloé Kardashian, and one older half-brother, Rob Kardashian. Through her father, she has three older half-brothers, Burton Jenner, Brandon Jenner, and Brody Jenner, and a half-sister, Casey Jenner. .
- 2007–present: Keeping Up With The Kardashians as Herself
- 2008: E! True Hollywood Story as Herself
- 2010: Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami as Herself
- 2011: Khloe & Lamar as Herself
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Who is Kellan Christopher Lutz? The entertainment and acting world knows Kellan Lutz as an American fashion model, and film and television actor, who is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight series.
Lutz is the middle child of one sister and six brothers. He was born March 15, 1985 in Dickinson, North Dakota, and was raised throughout North Dakota, the Midwest, and Arizona. After graduating from high school he moved to California to attend Chapman University for chemical engineering, but later decided to pursue an acting career instead.
Lutz has acted on a number of television shows. He had recurring roles on Model Citizens and The Comeback, and smaller roles in episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, CSI: NY, Summerland, Six Feet Under, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Heroes. He was also in the films Stick It, Accepted, and Prom Night. Additionally, Lutz has performed on the California stage and was the host of Bravo‘s Blow Out. He also appeared in the 2006 commercial for Hilary Duff‘s fragrance With Love… Hilary Duff, and in the 2007 music video for her single, “With Love“. In 2008 he appeared in another music video, Hinder‘s “Without You“. In the same year, Lutz also appeared in the miniseries Generation Kill, based on the book by Evan Wright.
Lutz played Emmett Cullen in the film adaptation of the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and reprised his role for the sequel, released in November 2009. He also appeared as George Evans in the 90210 spinoff on The CW. Lutz will be reuniting with his Twilight co-star and close friend, Ashley Greene, in the film Warrior. Lutz also appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street as Dean, “a well-liked, well-off high school jock”, in April 2010, and as Poseidon in Dawn of War. Lutz is one of the candidates for the lead role in the upcoming film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. He was considered for the lead role in Conan the Barbarian but eventually lost out to Jason Momoa.
Lutz is currently signed with Ford Models. He is one of the models featured in the 2010 Calvin Klein X underwear campaign.
In Lutz’s free time, he likes to take part in extreme skateboarding, weight training, track, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, racquetball, badminton, snow skiing, snowboarding, dance, and numerous other activities. He also has a passion for horror films, and prefers to perform his own stunts when making films.
Lutz supports animal charity PETA and stars in a video supporting the adoption of animals instead of buying them.
Lutz is also a supporter of rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, in particular with St. Bernard Project.
|2007||Ghosts of Goldfield||Chad||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Prom Night||Rick Leland|
|2008||Deep Winter||Mark Rider|
|2009||The Forgotten Ones||Jake||Direct-to-video|
|2009||The Twilight Saga: New Moon||Emmett Cullen||Teen Choice Award for Scene Stealer – Male|
|2010||A Nightmare on Elm Street||Dean Russel||Cameo|
|2010||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Emmett Cullen|
|2010||Love, Wedding, Marriage||Charlie|
|2011||Arena (2011 film)||David Lord||post-production|
|2011||A Warrior’s Heart||Conor Sullivan||post-production|
|2011||Guardians of Luna||Carson Stone||filming|
|2011||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1||Emmett Cullen||post-production|
|2012||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2||Emmett Cullen||post-production|
|2004||The Bold and the Beautiful||Rob||Episode #1.4409|
|2005||CSI: NY||Alex Hopper||Episode: “Tri-Borough“|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Critter||Episode: “Hold My Hand“|
|2005||Summerland||Fordie||Episodes: “Safe House“; “The Space Between Us“|
|2005||The Comeback||Chris MacNess||13 episodes|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Chris Mullins||“Empty Eyes“|
|2007||Heroes||Andy||“Five Years Gone“|
|2008||Generation Kill||Cpl Jason Lilley||Miniseries|
|2008–2009||90210||George Evans||6 episodes|
|2009||Valley Peaks||Kyle McBride||Episodes: “Welcome to the VP”; “Motorcycle Free or Die Hard”|
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White was born July 28, 1969 in Manchester, Connecticut on July 28, 1969, White grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and Levant, Maine. White is a passionate Boston Red Sox fan. During his youth, he bounced back and forth between Boston and Maine. He attended the University of Massachusetts Boston but did not finish; however, while there he did launch a boxing program for inner-city youth.
White has a background as an aerobics instructor. In 1992, White established Dana White Enterprises in Las Vegas. He conducted aerobics classes at three gyms in the Las Vegas area and began managing MMA fighters Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.
While working as a manager, White learned that Semaphore Entertainment Group, the parent company of the UFC, was looking for a buyer for the UFC. White contacted childhood friend Lorenzo Fertitta, an executive at Station Casinos, and a former commissioner of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Within a month, Lorenzo and his older brother Frank bought the UFC, with White installed as its president. White currently owns 9% of Zuffa, LLC, the entity the Fertitta brothers created to own and manage the UFC.
On April 1, 2009, White was videotaped in a verbal tirade against Loretta Hunt, a sportswriter for Sherdog, in response to an article she wrote. In the video posted on his YouTube account, White used derogatory language in an obscenity-laced rant. The video was pulled from his official UFC YouTube page but has been widely republished across the internet and come under fire, including by GLAAD for his use of anti-gay slurs. White would later apologize for his slurs. He specifically did not include Hunt in the apology. Hunt responded by saying “I stand by the story. It’s accurate.”
In December 2010 White donated $50,000 for a life-saving surgery for the 7-month-old daughter of a popular Thai MMA trainer at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. In a similar act of charity in 2010, White donated approximately $8,000 to help pay for the brain tumor treatment of two-year-old British girl, Ruby Owen. The young girl’s family had described themselves as being “shocked and over the moon”. Ruby Owen’s uncle, being a UFC fan had contacted White via email and asked if he could help by donating to the Ruby Owen fund raising website. White and Owen have never officially met. In an act of compassion towards a fan, he gave $300 dollars to one man without hesitation who said that he “just received a speeding ticket while racing across town to meet him”. Shortly after being named 2009 Nevada Sportsman of The Year, White added $100,000 from his pocket to the $250,000 total raised for the fund raising marathon sponsored by ESPN Radio 1100 for Las Vegas. 
Feud with M-1 Global
After signing negotiations with M-1 Global Russian Heavyweight MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko fell through in 2009, White and the UFC became the subject of debate and criticism from fans and experts alike. On several occasions, White referred to Emelianenko as “a fake, a phony and a farce. 
On June 26th, 2010 following Emelianenko’s first legitimate defeat of his career to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Fabricio Werdum, White shared a simple “:)” via Twitter. The same symbol was expressed by White following Emelianenko’s 2nd round doctor stoppage loss to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the opening round of the 2011 Strikeforce GP. White followed this with an insult to Fedor’s manager and M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelstein. This began a war of words on the social networking site. M-1 Global’s director of operations, Evgeni Kogan, stood up for Finkelstein and invited White to repeat his words to Finkelstein in person. When fans attempted to reason with White, they were met with similar contempt and insults
Fedor Emelianenko and White have never officially met, although White has claimed to have met Emelianenko on a “crazy island in the middle of nowhere”. In 2011, Emelianenko denied that this encounter ever took place.
- Nevada Sportsman of the Year (2009)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards
- World MMA Awards
- Leading Man of the Year 2010
- Armed Forces Foundation
- Patriot Award
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Who is Joseph Rogan? The entertainment and commentating world knows him as Joe Rogan who is an American comedian, video blogger, actor, writer, martial artist, activist and color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In 1994, Rogan co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team.  The show was cancelled after nine episodes.
From 1995-1999, Rogan co-starred on the critically acclaimed comedy NewsRadio. He portrayed Joe Garrelli, the electrician at WNYX, a news radio station in New York City. 
In 2002, he appeared on one episode of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo’s boyfriend.
During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of Taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15. He went on to become a four-time state champion in Massachusetts, and a U.S. Open Taekwondo champion. His record as a kickboxer is 2-1.
In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California. After Gracie relocated to Chicago, Rogan later began training under Jean Jacques Machado, (a cousin of the Gracie family), eventually earning his brown belt under Machado. In addition, Rogan holds a brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.
Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show. He hosted from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006 before the show was canceled by NBC. Rogan will return as the host of Fear Factor in an upcoming rebooted edition of the show, which will air fall 2011 on NBC.
In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a regular podcast with concurrent live Ustream availability. Frequently co-hosted by his friend and the show’s producer Brian “Redban” Reichle, the podcast features an array of guests from the pursuits of comedy, acting and Mixed Martial Arts. Now known as The Joe Rogan Experience, the show is regularly found in the Apple iTunes top 10 most downloaded comedy, and was named one of iTunes “Best of 2010″ audio podcasts in its first year. He refers to himself as a werewolf commonly on the podcast, admittedly after the Twilight series.
On May 21, 2008, Rogan announced on the Kevin and Bean radio show in Los Angeles that his girlfriend Jessica had a baby girl, and confirmed the news on his fan forum. The couple married in 2009. On episode 22 of The Joe Rogan Experience (recorded May 25, 2010), Rogan announced that “baby Rogan number two was just born the other day”.
Although raised Roman Catholic, Rogan stated in September 2010, during a guest appearance on the Alex Jones radio show, that he does not follow any organized religions because he feels it is all the work of man. Rogan also said that he is not completely opposed to the concept of a “higher power” such as a God, however views the concept of God as part of nature that exists in everything.
One of the recurring themes in his stand-up comedy and life is the use and support of cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT. Rogan supports the medical and recreational use of cannabis. He has also starred in the marijuana documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. He has an isolation tank in his basement. Rogan was featured in the 2010 History Channel documentary, Marijuana: A Chronic History, as an advocate of legalized medical use of marijuana. He is also the presenter of the 2010 documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, released in October 2010.
On February 10, 2007, Rogan confronted comedian Carlos Mencia on stage at the Comedy Store on Sunset, accusing him of plagiarism. Rogan posted a video of the altercation with audio and video clips from other comedians, including George Lopez, Reverend Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir, among others.
- I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (CD) (August 22, 2000)
- Live from the Belly of the Beast (DVD) (May 4–5, 2001)
- Joe Rogan: Live (DVD) (September 1, 2006)
- Shiny Happy Jihad (CD) (April 10, 2007)
- Talking Monkeys In Space (CD & DVD) (2010) Comedy Central Records
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Who is Christopher Edward Hansen? The entertainment and new reporting world know Chris Hansen as an American television infotainment personality. He is known for his work on Dateline NBC, in particular the former segment known as To Catch a Predator, which revolved around catching potential Internet sex predators using a sting operation.
Hansen was born March 26, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan but grew up in northern Detroit suburbs of West Bloomfield and Birmingham. In an interview with the Lansing City Pulse, Hansen said that watching the FBI and police investigate the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa inspired him to become a journalist. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications.[
Hansen became a reporter for Lansing NBC affiliate WILX in 1981 during his senior year at Michigan State University. He then reported for WFLA in Tampa, various radio stations and newspapers in Michigan, WXYZ in Detroit, and WDIV as an investigative reporter and anchor from 1988. In May 1993, Hansen joined NBC News as a correspondent for the newsmagazine Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric.
Hansen’s notable work for Dateline includes coverage of the Columbine massacre, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack, the Unabomber and the TWA Flight 800 disaster; as well as investigative reports on Indian child slave labor and on counterfeit prescription drug sales in China. Hansen was responsible for most of Dateline’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as stories on terrorist groups and the operations of Al-Qaeda. He exposed how a group linked to Osama Bin Laden had tried to buy missiles and nuclear weapons components, and he also worked on an exclusive report detailing an attempted 1994 terrorist attack in France. His series on the lack of security at airports resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration opening an investigation and ultimately revising its policies.
To Catch a Predator
In conjunction with the website Perverted-Justice, Hansen hosted a series of Dateline NBC reports under the title To Catch a Predator. Volunteers from Perverted-Justice impersonated teenagers online and arranged to meet with adults for sex. The meeting places were usually “sting houses”, where camera crews from NBC and sometimes police awaited the would-be pedophile.
Capitalizing on the success of Hansen and his Predator investigations, Dateline NBC created three Tuesday night spin-offs of its original concept; Hansen hosted To Catch a Con Man and To Catch an I.D. Thief. In March 2007, Hansen’s book, To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home, was released in the American market.
Louis Conradt, Jr. controversy
Louis William “Bill” Conradt, Jr. was a district attorney in Texas who became inextricably linked to To Catch a Predator after he committed suicide when the Kaufman County SWAT team entered his house, with Dateline cameras recording the action.
Conradt’s death prompted criticism of the show, already attacked by some in the legal and journalistic profession for breaking down the walls between the press and the police. A year later, Rolling Stone and Esquire magazines published articles criticizing To Catch a Predator. Hansen was criticized for his predator series; among the accusations he faced was that he colluded with law enforcement authorities to conduct the stings. Hansen denied these accusations, claiming that he and law enforcement agencies conducted “parallel investigations” and that he barely talked to law enforcement during the cases. In the Esquire article, Luke Dittrich accused Hansen of deception.
In September 2007, Esquire interviewed Hansen about the show and, in particular, the case of Conradt. In the interview, Hansen defended To Catch a Predator and its practices, but admitted he never saw the MySpace page that he mentioned in his own blog and on the show to incriminate Conradt.
According to the Esquire interview, Murphy detective Sam Love claims that Hansen asked the Murphy Police Department to obtain a search warrant for Conradt, since Conradt had stopped communicating with the decoy. Hansen denied doing so, and claimed no knowledge of anyone from NBC or Perverted-Justice making such a request. Hansen admitted to several other inconsistencies or gaps in his personal memory. He claimed that NBC cameramen were never on Conradt’s property; footage obtained by Esquire showed a cameraman on the property even before Kaufman County, Texas SWAT team members had arrived. Hansen claimed that members from Perverted-Justice were never at the scene.
In June 2008, NBC settled a lawsuit with Patricia Conradt, the sister of Louis Conradt. The amount of the settlement is not public. The Los Angeles Times reported that To Catch a Predator was being dropped from regular production as a result of the controversies surrounding it.
State investigators subsequently found three laptops, a cell phone and several computer disks in Conradt’s home, all containing child pornography.
Hansen has appeared on such television programs as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Adam Carolla Show, Today, Scarborough Country, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rise Guys Morning Show, The Don and Mike Show, The Opie and Anthony Radio Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Glenn Beck Program, and Diggnation.
On January 9, 2007, Hansen appeared on the BET news series, American Gangster. The special, which was hosted by actor Ving Rhames, focused on Detroit drug lords, the Chambers Brothers gang. Hansen gave insight into the lives of the brothers based on the reporting he had done on them in the 1980s and 1990s as a reporter for ABC affiliate WXYZ (Channel 7) and NBC affiliate WDIV (Channel 4). On January 13, 2008 he attended the NBC Golden Globes Winners Special which was poorly attended by the nominees due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.
Hansen has received seven Emmy Awards, four Edward Murrow awards, three Clarion awards, the Overseas Press club award, an IRE, the National Press Club award, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Award; as well as awards for excellence from the Associated Press and United Press International.
He is married to Mary Joan Hansen; the couple has two sons. The family resides in Connecticut.
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Who is Christina Hambley Brown? The entertainment and new world knows her as Tina Brown,(AKA) Lady Evans, is a journalist, magazine editor, columnist, talk-show host and author of The Diana Chronicles, a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. Born a British citizen, she took United States citizenship in 2005 after emigrating in 1984 to edit Vanity Fair. Having been editor-in-chief of Tatler magazine at only 25 years of age, she rose to prominence in the American media industry as the editor of Vanity Fair from 1984 to 1992 and of The New Yorker from 1992 to 1998. In 2000 she was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to overseas journalism, and in 2007 was inducted into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. As an editor, she has also been honored with four George Polk Awards, five Overseas Press Club awards, and ten National Magazine Awards. In October 2008 she partnered Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp to found and edit The Daily Beast. Two years later, in November 2010, The Daily Beast announced that it will merge with the American weekly news magazine Newsweek in a joint venture to form The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Brown will serve as Editor-in-Chief of both publications.
Tina Brown was November 21, 1953 in Maidenhead, and she and her elder brother, Christopher Hambley Brown (who became a movie producer) grew up in Little Marlow, in Buckinghamshire, a Thames village in the countryside west of London. Her father, George Hambley Brown, was a prominent figure in the British film industry. He produced the first Agatha Christie films, starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. His other films included The Chiltern Hundreds (1949); Hotel Sahara (1951), starring Yvonne De Carlo; Guns at Batasi (1964), starring Richard Attenborough and Mia Farrow. In 1939, he had an early marriage to the actress Maureen O’Hara; according to O’Hara, it was never consummated owing to her parents’ intervention, and it was annulled. George later met and married Brown’s mother, (1948), Bettina Iris Mary Kohr, who was an assistant to Laurence Olivier. In her later years, Bettina wrote for an English-language magazine for expatriates in Spain where she and her husband lived in retirement until moving to New York in the early eighties to be with their daughter and grandchildren.
In Brown’s own words she was considered “an extremely subversive influence” as a child, resulting in her expulsion from three boarding schools. Offences included organising a demonstration to protest against the school’s policy of allowing a change of underwear only three times a week, referring to her headmistress’ bosoms as “unidentified flying objects” in a journal entry, and writing a play about her school being blown up and a public bathroom being erected in its place.
Brown entered Oxford university at the age of 17. She studied at St. Anne’s College, and graduated with a BA in English Literature. As an undergraduate, she wrote for Isis, the university’s literary magazine, to which she contributed interviews with the columnist Auberon Waugh and the actor Dudley Moore. Brown’s sharp, witty prose garnered her publication in the New Statesman while she was still an undergraduate at Oxford. Her friendship with Waugh served as a boost to her writing career, as he used his influence to get attention drawn to her ability. Later, she went on to date the writer Martin Amis. While still at Oxford, she won the Sunday Times National Student Drama Award for her one-act play Under the Bamboo Tree. A subsequent play, Happy Yellow, in 1977 was mounted at the London fringe Bush Theatre and later performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1973, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh introduced Brown’s writings to Harold Evans, editor of The Sunday Times, and in 1974 she was given freelance assignments in the UK by Ian Jack, the paper’s features editor, and in the US by its color magazine edited by Godfrey Smith. When a relationship developed between Brown and Evans, she resigned to write for the rival The Sunday Telegraph. Evans divorced his wife in 1978 and on August 20, 1981 Evans and Brown were married at Grey Gardens, the East Hampton, New York home of then The Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn. Brown lives in New York City with Sir Harold Evans and their two children, a son, George born in 1986 and a daughter, Isabel, born in 1990.
After graduating, while doing freelance reporting, Brown was invited to write a weekly column by the literary humour magazine, Punch. These articles and her freelance contributions to The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph earned her the Catherine Pakenham Award for the best journalist under 25. Some of the writings from this era formed part of her first collection Loose Talk, published by Michael Joseph.
In 1979 at the age of 25 Brown was invited to edit the tiny, almost extinct society magazine Tatler by its new owner, the Australian real estate millionaire Gary Bogard and transformed it into a modern glossy magazine with covers by celebrated photographers like Norman Parkinson, Helmut Newton, and David Bailey, and fashion by Michael Roberts. Tatler featured writers from Brown’s eclectic circle including Julian Barnes, Dennis Potter, Auberon Waugh, Georgina Howell and Nicholas Coleridge (who today is the managing director of Conde Nast UK). Brown herself wrote in every issue, contributing irreverent surveys of the upper classes. She travelled through Scotland to portray the owners’ stately homes. She also wrote short satirical profiles of eligible London bachelors under the pen-name Rosie Boot. Tatler led the coverage of the rise of Lady Di and became the go-to magazine for information about Diana’s world. She joined NBC’s Tom Brokaw in running commentary for The Today Show on the royal wedding. Tatler increased its sale from 10,000 to 40,000 and was named magazine of the year in the industry awards of 1978. In 1982 when S. I. (“Si”) Newhouse Jr., owner of Condé Nast Publications, bought Tatler Brown resigned to become a full-time writer again. The break didn’t last long and Tina was lured back to Conde Nast.
In 1983 Brown was brought to New York by Newhouse to advise on Vanity Fair, a title that he had resurrected earlier that year. (Vanity Fair had previously ceased publication in 1936) Edited first by Richard Locke and then by Leo Lerman, it was dying with an unviable circulation of 200,000 and 12 pages of advertising. She stayed on as a contributing editor for a brief time, and then was named editor-in-chief on January 1, 1984. She recalls that upon taking over the magazine she found it to be “pretentious, humourless. It wasn’t too clever, it was just dull.”
The first contract writer she hired was not a writer but a movie producer whom she met at a dinner party hosted by the writer Marie Brenner. The producer told her he was going to California for the trial of the strangler of his daughter. As solace, Brown suggested for him to keep a diary and his report (headlined Justice) proved the launch of the long magazine career of Dominick Dunne
Early stories such as Justice and livelier covers brightened the prospects of the magazine. In addition, Brown signed up among others Marie Brenner, Gail Sheehy, Jesse Kornbluth, T.D. Allman, Lynn Herschberg, James Kaplan, Peter J. Boyer, John Richardson, James Atlas, Alex Shoumatoff and Ben Brantley. The magazine became a mix of celebrity and serious foreign and domestic reporting. Brown persuaded the novelist William Styron to write about his depression under the title Darkness Visible, which subsequently became a best-selling nonfiction book. At the same time Brown formed fruitful relationships with photographers Annie Leibovitz, Harry Benson, Herb Ritts, and Helmut Newton. Annie Liebovitz‘s portrayal of Jerry Hall, Diane Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg and others came to define Vanity Fair. Its most famous cover was August 1991’s of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore.
Three stories put Vanity Fair on the map: Harry Benson‘s cover shoot of Ronald and Nancy Reagan dancing in the White House; Helmut Newton‘s notorious portrait of accused murderer Claus von Bulow in his leathers with his mistress Andrea Reynolds with reporting by Dominick Dunne, and Brown’s own cover story on Princess Diana in October 1985 entitled The Mouse that Roared. It broke the news of the fracture in the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales. These three stories from June to October 1985 saved the magazine after a year when rumors were rife that it was to be folded into The New Yorker just acquired by S.I. Newhouse.
Thereafter Vanity Fair became a tremendous editorial and commercial success. Sales rose from 200,000 to 1.2 million. In 1988 she was named Magazine Editor of the Year by Advertising Age magazine. Advertising topped 1,440 pages in 1991 and with circulation revenues, especially from profitable single copy sales at $20 million, selling some 55 percent of copies on the newsstand, well above the industry average sell through of 42 percent. Despite this success, occasional references later appeared to Vanity Fair losing money. Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer who suggested as much in his book Power: Why Some People Have It – And Others Don’t was quickly rebutted by Bernard Leser, president of Conde Nast USA during Brown’s tenure. In a letter to the editor of the Evening Standard, Leser stated Pfeffer’s claim was “absolutely false” and affirmed that they had indeed earned “a very healthy profit.”  Leo Scullin, an independent magazine consultant, called it a “successful launch of a franchise.” Under Brown’s editorship Vanity Fair won four National Magazine Awards, including a 1989 award for General Excellence.
One of her editorial decisions was in October 1990, two months after the first Gulf War had started, when she removed a picture of Marla Maples (a blonde) from the cover and replaced it with a photograph of Cher. The reason for her last minute decision, she told the Washington Post, was that “In light of the gulf crisis, we thought a brunette was more appropriate.”
The New Yorker
In 1992, Brown accepted the company’s invitation to become editor of The New Yorker, the fourth in its 73 year history and the first female to hold the position having been preceded by Harold Ross, William Shawn and Robert Gottlieb. She has related in speeches that before taking over, she immersed herself in vintage New Yorkers, reading the issues produced by founding editor Harold Ross. “There was an irreverence, a lightness of touch as well as a literary voice that had been obscured in later years when the magazine became more celebrated and stuffy.” She added: “Rekindling that DNA became my passion.”
Anxieties that Brown might change the identity of The New Yorker as a cultural institution prompted a number of resignations. Of them George Trow, who had been with the magazine for almost three decades, accused Brown of “kissing the ass of celebrity” in his resignation letter. (To which Brown reportedly replied “I am distraught at your defection but since you never actually write anything I should say I am notionally distraught.”) The departing Jamaica Kincaid described Brown as “a bully” and “Stalin in high heels.”
But Brown had the support of some New Yorker stalwarts including John Updike, Roger Angell, Brendan Gill, Lillian Ross, Calvin Tomkins, Janet Malcolm, Harold Brodkey and Philip Hamburger and newer staffers like Adam Gopnik and Nancy Franklin. During her editorship she let 79 go and engaged 50 new writers and editors including most of whom remain to this day: David Remnick (whom she nominated as her successor), Malcolm Gladwell, Anthony Lane, Jane Mayer, Jeffrey Toobin, Hendrik Hertzberg, Simon Schama, Lawrence Wright, Connie Bruck, John Lahr and editors Pamela McCarthy and Dorothy Wickenden. Brown introduced the concept of special double issues such as New Yorker’s first annual fiction issue and the Holiday Season cartoon issue. She also cooperated with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates to devote a whole issue to Black in America.
Brown broke the magazine’s long standing taboo against treating photography seriously when in 1992 she invited Richard Avedon to be its first staff photographer. She also approved of controversial covers from a new crop of artists, including Edward Sorel‘s October 1992 cover that had people buzzing about the meaning of a punk rock passenger sprawled in the backseat of an elegant horse-drawn carriage: was it Brown’s self mocking riposte to fears she would downgrade the magazine? A year later a national controversy was provoked by her publication of Art Spiegelman‘s Valentine’s Day cover of a Jewish man and a black woman in an embracing kiss, a comment on the mounting racial tensions between blacks and the ultra-Orthodox Jews in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York.
During Brown’s tenure, the magazine was honored with 4 George Polk Awards, 5 Overseas Press Club Awards, and 10 National Magazine Awards, including a 1995 award for General Excellence, the first in the magazine’s history. Newsstand sales rose 145 percent The New Yorker’s circulation increased to 807,935 for the second half of 1997 up from 658,916 during the corresponding period in 1992. Critics maintained it was hemorrhaging money. Newhouse remained supportive. At the start he said, viewing the magazine under Brown as a start-up (which routinely lose money), “It was practically a new magazine. She added topicality, photography, color. She did what we would have done if we invented the New Yorker from scratch. To do all that was costly. We knew it would be.” Under Brown its economic fortunes improved every year. In 1995 losses were about $17 million, in 1996 $14 million, by 1997 they’d been cut back to $11 million.
In 1998, Brown resigned from the New Yorker following an invitation from Harvey and Bob Weinstein of Miramax Films (then owned by the Disney Company) to be the chairman in a new multi-media company they intended to start with a new magazine, a book company and a television show. The Hearst company came in as partners with Miramax.
Tina Brown next created Talk magazine, a monthly glossy, and appointed Jonathan Burnham and Susan Mercandetti to manage Talk Books. The magazine was due to be launched during a party at the Brooklyn Navy yard in New York City but was banned by the mayor Rudy Giuliani, who did not feel it was an appropriate use of the site. The star-studded event mixing political leaders, writers and Hollywood, was then moved to Liberty Island, where on August 2, 1999 more than 800 guests – including Madonna, Salman Rushdie, Demi Moore and George Plimpton- arrived by barge for a picnic dinner at the feet of the Statue of Liberty under thousands of Japanese lanterns and a Grucci fireworks display. An interview with Hillary Clinton in its very first issue caused an immediate political sensation when she claimed that the abuse her husband suffered as a child led to his adult philandering. Despite having achieved a circulation of 670,000 Talk magazine’s publication was abruptly halted in January 2002 in the wake of the advertising recession following the September 11, 2001 attacks and the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center. It was Brown’s first very public failure but she had no regrets about embarking on the project. “My reputation rests on four magazines – three great successes, one that was a great experiment. I don’t feel in any way let down. No big career doesn’t have one flame out in it and there’s nobody more boring than the undefeated.”
Talk Miramax Books flourished as a boutique publishing house until it was detached from Miramax in 2005 and made part of Hyperion at Disney. Out of 42 books published during Brown’s time, 11 have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List including Leadership by Rudy Giuliani, Leap of Faith by Queen Noor of Jordan and Madam Secretary by Madeline Albright.
Brown went on to host a series of specials for CNBC. The network followed up by signing her to host a weekly talk show of politics and culture titled Topic [A] With Tina Brown, which debuted on May 4, 2003. The program welcomed guests ranging from political figures, such as the then Prime Minister of the UK, Tony Blair, and Senator John McCain, to celebrities, such as George Clooney and Annette Bening. Topic A struggled to find an audience on Sunday nights airing after a day of infomercials. It averaged 75,000 viewers in 2005, about the same as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (79,000) and John McEnroe’s McEnroe (75,000.) On being offered a lucrative deal with tight deadlines to write a book about Princess Diana, Brown resigned, airing her last Topic A interviews on May 29, 2005.
The Diana Chronicles
Brown’s biography of Princess Diana, was published just before the 10th anniversary of her death in June 2007. The Diana Chronicles went straight to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for hardback nonfiction, with two weeks in the number one position. It was received well: John Lanchester in The New Yorker wrote
The Daily Beast
On October 6, 2008 Brown had teamed up with Barry Diller to launch The Daily Beast, an online news magazine that mixes original journalism with news aggregation. The website’s name comes from the fictional newspaper in Evelyn Waugh‘s 1938 novel Scoop.
The Daily Beast had an immediate impact with an early sensation when Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley, Jr., chose The Daily Beast rather than the magazine his father founded (National Review), to announce he could not support the republican candidate in the 2008 presidential election: “Sorry, Dad, I’m voting for Obama.” Early recognition of The Daily Beast came in a series of awards: Online Journalism Award 2009 for Online Commentary/Blogging, Christopher Buckley; OMMA Awards 2009 Winner – Politics; Winner – News; MinOnline Top 21 Social Media Superstars 2009 for Tina Brown; MinOnline 2010 Best of the Web Awards: New Site (co-winner); Webby Award nominations for Best Practices and Best News 2009
In August 2010, Time Magazine‘s review of the 50 Best Websites of 2010 named The Daily Beast among the top five news and information sites. (The Onion at 16, The Guardian at 17, The Daily Beast at 18, National Geographic at 19, and WikiLeaks at 20)
The Daily Beast’s writers include Christopher Buckley, Peter Beinhart, Les Gelb, Mart McKinnon, Meghan McCain, John Avlon, Lucinda Franks, Bruce Reidel, Lloyd Grove, Tunku Varadarajan and Resa Aslan.
In a joint venture with Perseus Book Group, The Daily Beast formed a new imprint, Beast Books, that focuses on publishing timely titles of no more than 50,000 words by Daily Beast writers – first as e-books, and then as paperbacks in as little as four months. The first Beast Book was entitled Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America by John P. Avlon.
Partnering with Diane von Furstenberg, Vital Voices and the UN Foundation in 2010, The Daily Beast brought some of the world’s most inspiring female leaders together at the Hudson Theatre in New York City for the first annual Women in the World Summit. The mission of the three-day summit was to focus on the global challenges facing women, from equal rights and education, to human slavery, literacy and the power of the media and technology to affect change in women’s lives. Attendees included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Leymah Gbowee, Sunitha Krishnan, Madeleine Albright, Edna Adan Ismail, Queen Rania of Jordan, Cherie Blair and Valerie Jarrett.
On November 12, 2010 The Daily Beast and Newsweek announced that they would merge their operations in a joint venture to be owned equally by Sidney Harman and IAC/InterActiveCorp. The new entity is to be called The Newsweek Daily Beast Company with Tina Brown as Editor-in-Chief and Stephen Colvin as CEO.
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Who is Miranda Leigh Lambert? The entertainment and country music world knows Miranda Shelton. Shelton is an American country music/Texas Country artist who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and later signed to Epic Records. Lambert made her debut with the release of “Me and Charlie Talking”, the first single from her 2005 debut album Kerosene. This album, which was certified Platinum in the United States, also produced the singles “Bring Me Down”, “Kerosene“, and “New Strings”. All four singles were Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
After Epic’s Nashville division closed, Lambert was transferred to Columbia Records Nashville for her second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was released in early 2007. Although the title track failed to make top 40, the next three singles (“Famous in a Small Town“, “Gunpowder & Lead“, and “More Like Her“) were all Top 20 hits, with “Gunpowder & Lead” becoming her first Top 10 country hit in July 2008. Lambert’s third album, Revolution, was released in September 2009. Five singles have been released from the album, including Lambert’s two Number One hits “The House That Built Me,” which spent four weeks at the top of the chart, and “Heart Like Mine“. Lambert has also been honored by the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards.
Miranda Leigh Lambert was born November 10, 1983 in Longview, Texas and raised in Lindale, Texas. Her father, Richard Lee “Rick” Lambert, is a retired police officer who in later life became a private investigator in partnership with her mother, Beverly June Lambert (née Hughes). Miranda was taught about guns by her father at an early age and later became an avid deer hunter. Her parents took her to a Garth Brooks concert when she was nine and this started her interest in country music. Her father wrote and performed country music and she soon began singing in talent contests under his tutelage.
At age sixteen, Lambert began appearing on the Johnny High Country Music Review in Arlington, Texas, the same show that helped launch the career of LeAnn Rimes. Lambert quickly landed a recording session in Nashville, but left the studio after she became frustrated with the “pop” sound of music. She then went back to Texas and asked her dad to teach her how to play guitar so she could write her own songs.
While still in high school, Lambert made her professional singing debut. She fronted the house band at the Reo Palm Isle Ballroom in Longview, Texas, a long-running venue that has showcased Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and is where Brooks & Dunn started out as a bar room band.
In 2003, Lambert auditioned for the talent competition Nashville Star, eventually becoming a third-place finisher on the show. On September 15, 2003, she signed with Epic Records. Her debut single, “Me and Charlie Talking” (co-written by her father and Heather Little), was released in summer of 2004 as the lead-off single to her debut album. Titled Kerosene, Lambert’s first album comprised twelve songs, eleven of which she co-wrote. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, and eventually gained a Platinum certification by the RIAA for shipments of over one million copies, selling more than 930,000 copies up to July 2008. Overall, the album produced four Top 40 singles on the Billboard country charts, including the title track which was a Top 20 hit. Lambert also toured with Keith Urban and George Strait in early 2006. In 2007, she toured with Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith.
2007-2008: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Lambert’s second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was released on May 9, 2007. She wrote eight of the album’s eleven tracks, including its four singles. Much of the track “Gunpowder & Lead,” the album’s third single and her highest-charting single, was written while she was taking a concealed handgun class in her home town.
In 2005, at the 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Lambert won the Cover Girl Fresh Face of Country Music Award. She was also nominated for the Country Music Association‘s Horizon Award in 2005; in 2007, Lambert also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her single “Kerosene”. She also won the Top New Female Vocalist award at the 2007 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards. At the 2008 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won Album of the Year.
Lambert was ranked #90 on the 100 Greatest Women (of Country Music) by Country Universe in 2008.
In February 2009, Miranda Lambert entered the studio to record her third album, Revolution, which was to be released on September 29, 2009. Lambert co-wrote all but four of the album’s 15 tracks; the album also includes co-writes from Blake Shelton, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. Ahead of the album’s release, an EP, titled Dead Flowers, was issued on September 8, 2009. The EP, available exclusively at Best Buy, featured the Revolution album track “Dead Flowers” and three bonus tracks previously included on limited editions of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
During this time, Lambert (along with two other singers), became the new face of Cotton Inc.’s revived “The Touch, The Feel of Cotton” campaign. She has appeared in ads to promote cotton, and the website features a free download of the full version of her song, “Fabric of My Life.”
Lambert debuted her new single, “Dead Flowers“, at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009. It was released to country radio on May 4, 2009, and was a minor Top 40 hit on the charts.
On September 24, 2009, Lambert and her band performed all the tracks on Revolution in sequence at the Ryman Auditorium, five days before its scheduled release date.
Upon the release of Revolution, Lambert’s work was met with significant critical praise. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85, based on 11 reviews, which indicates “universal acclaim”.
Rolling Stone magazine praised the album saying, “Lambert remains country’s most refreshing act, and not just because she makes firearms seem like a matter-of-fact female accessory.” Entertainment Weekly magazine said, “She’s found stylistic shades of songwriters twice her age…” and that the album is “…a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year.” Boston Globe commented that “Revolution’’ is the sound of Miranda Lambert coming into her own.” Slant magazine also had high praises reserved for the album saying, “Miranda Lambert expands on her fascinating, fully realized artistic persona on Revolution.”
The album’s second single, “White Liar“, was released on August 17, 2009, and debuted at #50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In February 2010, “White Liar” became Lambert’s highest-charting single to date, reaching a peak of #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
In promotion of Revolution, Miranda Lambert launched a headlining tour; Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars kicked off in March 2010 and included stops in over 22 cities, as well as a performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
“The House That Built Me,” the album’s third single, was released on March 8, 2010 and became a #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It retained this position for four weeks and it received a platinum certification from the RIAA on July 8, 2010.
“Only Prettier” followed as the album’s fourth single in July 2010 and its accompanying music video became somewhat viral. The music video for “Only Prettier” was directed by Trey Fanjoy and filmed in Joelton, Tennessee in June 2010, and premiered on VEVO on August 3, 2010. It features a 1950s theme and cameo appearances by fellow country artists Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. In the video, Lambert and her friends portray two rival cliques attending a high school sock hop. The alter-egos are shown doing things such as spiking the punch, stuffing their bras and smoking. Ultimately, the alter-egos have a bad time at the party, while Lambert, Pickler, Bundy and Scott enjoy themselves the entire night. Additionally, Lambert is also shown performing with her band on stage at the event. The humorous video introduced Lambert to a larger audience outside of her Country music base.
On September 1 it was announced Miranda led nominations with an impressive 9 CMA awards, setting a record for the female with the most nominations in a single year by the organization. Miranda performed at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 10, 2010. That same night she won the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year and Revolution won Album of the Year. Lambert and Sheryl Crow performed “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as a tribute to country legend Loretta Lynn, who also entered the stage to join them and finished the song with Crow and Lambert as backup. Later that night, Lynn presented the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA award to Lambert.
In December 2010, “Only Prettier“, eventually reached a peak of number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Lambert her seventh Top 20 hit. The fifth single from Revolution was “Heart Like Mine“, which later would become Lambert’s second number one hit.
On February 13, 2011, Lambert won a Grammy Award in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for “The House That Built Me.”
On April 4, 2011 during the taping of the Academy of Country Music’s ‘Girls’ Night Out’ television special in Las Vegas, Lambert debuted her new project, girl group Pistol Annies. The group consists of Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. They released their single, “Hell On Heels”, in May 2011.
Miranda Lambert is currently working on two albums which is her fourth solo album and her band “Pistol Annies” debut album.
In 2006, Lambert began dating fellow country singer Blake Shelton. Lambert sang background vocals on Shelton’s 2008 country cover of Michael Bublé‘s song “Home“. The two recorded and co-wrote duet “Bare Skin Rug,” for his studio album Startin’ Fires released later in 2008. Shelton also co-wrote three songs on Revolution, and provided background vocals on “Maintain the Pain.” On May 9, 2010, Shelton proposed to Lambert, after seeking (and receiving) her father’s blessing and they became engaged. The two got married on May 14, 2011 at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. Wearing her mother’s wedding dress, Miranda walked down the aisle and exchanged vows with Blake in front of five hundred fifty family members and friends, including fellow celebrities Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers. After the ceremony, Miranda expressed her excitement saying, “I’m married to my best friend! Looking forward to a lifetime of laughter.”
- Miranda Lambert (2001)
- Kerosene (2005)
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007)
- Revolution (2009)
|2005||Country Music Association||Horizon Award||Nominated|
|2006||CMT Music Awards||Female Video of the Year — “Kerosene”||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Video of the Year — “Kerosene”||Nominated|
|Country Music Association||Horizon Award||Nominated|
|2007||Grammy Awards||Best Female Country Vocal Performance — “Kerosene”||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music||Top New Female Vocalist||Won|
|Female Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Country Music Association||Female Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Grammy Awards||Best Female Country Vocal Performance — “Famous in a Small Town”||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Female Video of the Year — “Famous in a Small Town”||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music||Top Female Vocalist||Nominated|
|Album of the Year — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Won|
|Single Record of the Year — “Famous in a Small Town”||Nominated|
|Country Music Association||Female Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Single of the Year — “Gunpowder & Lead”||Nominated|
|2009||Academy of Country Music||Top Female Vocalist||Nominated|
|Single Record of the Year — “Gunpowder & Lead”||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Female Video of the Year — “More Like Her”||Nominated|
|Country Music Association||Female Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||Grammy Awards||Best Female Country Vocal Performance — “Dead Flowers”||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music||Top Female Vocalist of the Year||Won|
|Album of the Year — Revolution||Won|
|Single Record of the Year — “White Liar”||Nominated|
|Song of the Year — “White Liar”||Nominated|
|Video of the Year — “White Liar”||Won|
|MusicRow Awards||Song of the Year – “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year – “White Liar”||Nominated|
|Female Video of the Year – “White Liar”||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Female Country Artist||Nominated|
|Choice Music: Country Song – “The House That Built Me”||Nominated|
|16th Inspirational Country Music Awards||Mainstream Inspirational Country Song, “The House That Built Me”||Nominated|
|Inspirational Country Music Video, “The House That Built Me”||Nominated|
|8th French Country Music Awards||Best Female Vocalist of the Year (Meilleure Chanteuse)||Nominated|
|Country Music Association||Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|Female Vocalist of the Year||Won|
|Album of the Year – Revolution||Won|
|Musical Event – “Bad Angel” (with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson)||Nominated|
|Single of the Year – “The House That Built Me”||Nominated|
|Single of the Year – “White Liar”||Nominated|
|Song of the Year – “White Liar”||Nominated|
|Song of the Year – “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|Music Video of the Year – “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|Music Video of the Year – “White Liar”||Nominated|
|American Country Awards||Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Female Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year – Revolution||Nominated|
|Single by a Female Artist – “White Liar”||Nominated|
|Music Video by a Female Artist – “White Liar”||Nominated|
|2011||Grammy Awards||Best Female Country Vocal Performance — “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|Best Country Collaboration with Vocals — “Bad Angel” (with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson)||Nominated|
|Best Country Album — Revolution||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music||Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|Top Female Vocalist of the Year||Won|
|Single Record of the Year — “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|Song of the Year — “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|Video of the Year — “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|Video of the Year — “Only Prettier”||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Female Video of the Year — “The House That Built Me”||Won|
|Video of the Year — “The House That Built Me”||Nominated|
|Collaborative Video of the Year — “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (with Loretta Lynn and Sheryl Crow)||Nominated|
Sun City Carnival Tour(w/ Kenny Chesney,Lady Antebellum,Sugarland & Montgomery Gentry (2009)
“Amarican Saturday Night Tour 2010″ (w/Brad Paisley,Justin Moore)(2010)
Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars (w/Chris Young,Randy Houser,Luke Bryan,Eric Church,James Otto,David Nail,Wade Bowen,Jake Owen,Cross Canadian Ragweed((2010)
CMT On Tour: Miranda Lambert Revolution(w/Eric Church & Josh Kelley(2010)
“Miranda Lambert: Revolution Tour 2011″(w/Justin Moore,Josh Kelley & Little Big Town) (2011)
Lambert’s road band and crew consists of the following:
- Aden Bubeck — bass guitar
- Chris Kline — keyboard, harmonica, pedal steel, percussion, guitar
- Alex Weeden — lead guitar
- Scotty Wray — rhythm guitar, lap steel guitar, resonator guitar, banjo
- Keith Zebroski — drums
- Scott Fowler — backline tech
- Jason “Pone” Macalik — front of house engineer, backup bus driver
- Chris Newsom — monitor engineer, production manager, stage manager
- Sammy Bones — backline tech
- Jordan Powell — tour manager
- Jose “Puma” Raices — merchandise manager
- Aaron Luke — lighting director
- Charlie Sherman — bus driver
- David Sherman — bus driver
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Who is Isabel Rosario Dawson? The entertainment and acting world knows Rosario Dawson as an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Clerks II, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Unstoppable.
Dawson was born May 9, 1979 in New York City. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent. Rosario’s biological father, Patrick C. Harris. When she was eighteen, she married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who “loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter” (Dawson has stated that “He’s always been my dad”). Rosario Dawson has one younger brother, Clay (b. 1983). Her parents divorced in 2006.
At the age of 26, Dawson’s mother moved the family into an abandoned building squat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she and her husband gut renovated an apartment and installed the plumbing and electrical wiring for the building, creating affordable housing where their family and two children would grow up. Dawson has cited this when explaining how she learned “If you wanted something better, you had to do it yourself.”
As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street. At the age of 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Harmony lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids. She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent, He Got Game, and Men in Black II.
In 1999, Dawson teamed up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit “1999.” The new remixed version featured the actress in an introductory voice over, offering commentary on the state of the world in the year before the new millennium. The same year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers‘ video for the song “Out of Control” from the album Surrender. She is also featured on the track “She Lives In My Lap” from the second disc of the OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end. In 2001, Rosario appeared in the movie, Josie and the Pussycats
Dawson starred as “Naturelle,” the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee film drama, 25th Hour. In the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander, she played the bride of Alexander the Great. In the autumn of 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theater‘s “Shakespeare in the Park” revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona. It was her first appearance on stage. “That park is so beautiful,” she said of New York’s Central Park.
In the film adaptation of the popular musical Rent in 2005, she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez, replacing the original Mimi, Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was pregnant and unable to play the part. She also appeared in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller where she played Gail, a prostitute-dominatrix. Also in that year, she appeared in a graphically violent scene in the Rob Zombie film The Devil’s Rejects. Though the scene was cut from the final film, it is available in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.
She starred as Becky in 2006’s Clerks II, and mentioned in Back to the Well, the making-of documentary, that the donkey show sequence was what made her decide to take the role. In May of the same year, Dawson, an avid comic book fan, co-created the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce. She was at the 2007 Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino throwback movie Death Proof in 2007, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grind House. She teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent. On July 7, 2007, Dawson presented at the American leg of Live Earth.
In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith in Seven Pounds and in the Steven Spielberg produced Eagle Eye. Beginning in August, she starred in Gemini Division, an online-based TV series. In the computer animated series Afterworld she voiced the character Officer Delondre Baines. On January 17, 2009, Dawson hosted Saturday Night Live. Later in the year, she voiced the character of Artemis in the animated Wonder Woman film.
In 2009, Dawson performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn‘s A People’s History of the United States.
In 2009, Dawson also voiced the character of Velvet Von Black in Rob Zombie’s animated feature, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto
For the Kasabian album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, she is featured singing on the track, “West Ryder Silver Bullet.”
In 2010, she starred in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as Persephone, and Unstoppable, as railway yardmaster Connie.
Dawson appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010.
Rosario dated rapper and businessman, Jay Z, in early 2000. She claimed in an interview with the NY Daily news that the rapper took her virginity. Dawson also dated former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for two years. They lived together in Los Angeles until they separated in November 2006. In December 2008, Dawson confirmed on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that she had been dating an international DJ whom she met in a French cafe.
Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Stay Close.org (a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump), International Rescue Committee, and Voto Latino, and she participated in the Vagina Monologues. She is on the V-Day Board. She attended both the Democratic National Convention as well as the Republican National Convention in 2008. In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, involving Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign, a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence.
Dawson is a supporter of Arsenal Football Club. On February 16, 2011, before an Arsenal FC vs FC Barcelona UEFA Champions League match, Dawson wrote on her official Twitter account: “I’ll be happy with either team winning cuz I love them both but yes I’m a Gunner first & foremost sooooo #gooooArsenal.”
Awards and nominations
- 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
- 2004, Rising Star Award Won
- Black Movie Awards
- 2006, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Rent) Nominated
- 2006, Best Actress (Rent) Nominated
- 2006, Best Ensemble (Rent) Nominated
- 2006, Best Supporting Actress (Sin City) Nominated
- 2003, Best Supporting Actress (25th Hour) Nominated
- 2000, Best Actress (Light It Up) Nominated
- Broadcast Film Critics
- 2006, Best Song (Rent) “Seasons of Love” Nominated
- 2009, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Seven Pounds) Won
- 2006, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
- 2000, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Light It Up) Nominated
- 2006, Best Kiss (Sin City) Nominated
- 2006, Best Supporting Actress Comedy or Musical (Rent) Won
- 2006, Gamer’s Choice: Breakthrough Performance Won
- 2009, Best Female Actor in a Dramatic Web Series Won
- 2001, Film – Choice Breakout Performance (Josie and the Pussycats) Nominated
- 2010, Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) Nominated