Edward Abraham Snyder was an American composer and songwriter. Synder is credited with co-writing the English language lyrics and music for Frank Sinatra’s 1966 hit, “Strangers in the Night“died he was , 92.
(February 22, 1919 – March 10, 2011)
Snyder was born in New York City on February 22, 1919. He studied piano at the Juilliard School before taking a job as a songwriter at the Brill Building.
The music for “Strangers in the Night” was originally written by Croatian composer Ivo Robic but when it failed to gain recognition in the song festival for which it had been composed, Robic sold the rights to German bandleader and composer Bert Kaempfert, who used it in the spoof spy film A Man Could Get Killed. Snyder subsequently collaborated with British lyricist Charles Singleton, although Snyder always insisted that he also contributed to the final music form, and the song is now credited to all four.
The first vocal version was cut by Jack Jones in April 1966, but the best-known is that recorded by Frank Sinatra three days later. At the session an angry Sintra turned on guitarist Glen Campbell, who had been brought in at the last moment. Campbell did not know the song and busked his way through the first take while listening to the tune. Sinatra was used to recording in a single take, and when told he would have to sing it again, he glared at Campbell and shouted: “Is that guy with us or is he sleeping?”. On take two Sinatra himself added the famous “doo-bie-doo-bie-doo” improvisation at the end. In the original 1966 recording, this fades prematurely, but in a recently remastered version, it continues for an additional nine seconds. Despite its popularity, Sinatra is known to have detested the song and often expressed his distaste for it when performing it in concert.
“Strangers In The Night” has been performed an estimate of four million times since Sinatra recorded the originally, won Snyder a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Film in 1966. Snyder also composed “Spanish Eyes” for Al Martino in 1965, which later became a hit in the United Kingdom in 1973.
Eddie Snyder died on March 10, 2011, at the age of 92. He was survived by his wife, Jessie.
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Who is Kristin Elizabeth Cavallari? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Kristin Cavallari. Cavallari is an American television personality and actress. She is best known for her starring roles on the former MTV programs Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and its spin-off, The Hills.
Cavallari was born January 5, 1987 in Denver, Colorado, the second of three children of Judith Spies (née Eifrig) and Dennis Cavallari. When her mother divorced her father, her older brother Mike moved with their father to Laguna Beach, California, while she moved with her mother to the village of Barrington, Illinois, a suburb an hour northwest of Chicago. After difficulties adjusting to a new life with a stepfather and stepbrother, Kristin moved to California to live with her father. Instead Kristin was enrolled at Santa Margarita Catholic High School for her freshman year. After she attended a Driver’s Education course through Laguna Beach High School, her father enrolled her in LBHS.
2006-2010: Laguna Beach and The Hills
Cavallari was in her junior year of high school when the first season of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County began production. At the time, she was involved in an on-and-off relationship with senior Stephen Colletti. Cavallari’s romance with Colletti caused a rivalry with another cast member, Lauren Conrad. The love triangle became one of the series’ central plotline. 
In May 2009, Cavallari confirmed that she would be joining the cast of the popular MTV reality series The Hills. She appeared in the mid-season finale that aired on May 31, 2009 and appeared as a regular in the remainder of the fifth season. She inked a deal with MTV to appear as a series regular throughout two more seasons of the series following the fifth. The sixth and final season aired summer 2010.
2006-2009: Acting endeavors
After her stint on Laguna Beach, Cavallari headed to Los Angeles and briefly enrolled at University of Southern California. She signed on the UPN reality television series Get This Party Started, which premiered February 7, 2006. The series was canceled after airing two episodes due to extremely low ratings. She guest starred in another UPN series Veronica Mars in one episode. She has appeared in numerous television roles such as CSI: NY, Cane and Adventures in Hollyhood.
In 2006, she signed on as Crystal in the horror film Fingerprints. Filming took place throughout April and May 2006 in two Oklahoma towns. The film premiered at Screamfest on October 16, 2006. The film won Best Feature at the 2006 New York City Horror Film Festival. The film was released in 2007 to mixed to positive reviews. She also played a small role in “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” an independent film, directed by Goran Dukic in 2006.
In 2008, she had a supporting role in Spring Breakdown alongside Amy Poehler as Summer. The film was released straight-to-DVD on June 2, 2009 and received mixed reviews. She also starred in the independent film Green Flash alongside Torrey DeVitto.
In 2009, she starred in the independent American high school comedy film Wild Cherry as Trish, which also starred Rumer Willis. She also starred in the straight-to-DVD film National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year as Kaitlyn. The film was released July 14, 2009 to mixed to negative reviews.
Cavallari has been involved in the “Until There’s a Cure” public service advertising campaign to raise awareness and funds for AIDS and HIV research and vaccine development. In 2006, Cavallari appeared in ads for PETA, and has also appeared as a celebrity spokesperson for “We Are Ellis Island”, a campaign for the restoration of historic buildings on Ellis Island. In February 2009, she posed for the NOH8 Campaign in support of gay marriage.
|2004 to 2005||Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County||Herself||28 episodes|
|2006||Get This Party Started||Host||2 episodes|
|2006||Veronica Mars||Kylie Marker||1 episode|
|2007||Cheerleader Camp||Julie||Television movie|
|2007||Cane||Casey||Episode: “Family Business”|
|2008||Green Flash||Lana||Direct-to-DVD release|
|2008||CSI: NY||Isabelle Vaughn||Episode: “Forbidden Fruit”|
|2008||Spring Breakdown||Seven #3|
|2009||Wild Cherry||Trish Van Doren|
|2009||National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year||Kaitlin Hays||Direct-to-DVD release|
|2009 to 2010||The Hills||Herself||23 episodes|
|2011||The Middle||Ms. Devereaux||Episode: “Friends, Lies, and Videotape”|
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Who is Colette Sheridan? The entertainment and acting world know her as Nicollette Sheridan. Sheridan is a Golden Globe-nominated British-born American actress. She has appeared in soap operas, movies and television series, and is perhaps best known for her roles as Paige Matheson on Knots Landing and as Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives.
Sheridan made her debut in Paper Dolls, but her breakthrough came in 1986, when she joined the cast of the CBS night-time soap Knots Landing as “Paige Matheson”. She started out in a recurring role, but proved to be so popular that she was a regular during the 1988-89 season. For her performance in the role, she won the 1990 Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time” and the 1991 Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time”. The same year, she was named one of People Magazine‘s “50 Most Beautiful People”. After the series ended in 1993, she appeared in several made-for-TV movies and the films Spy Hard and Beverly Hills Ninja and auditioned for the role of Grace Adler on Will & Grace (on which she would later guest-star). Despite her carefully cultivated sex symbol image, Sheridan has only done one nude scene during her career, in the low budget 1999 film Raw Nerve, opposite Mario Van Peebles.
Todd Schnitt of radio station WFLZ-FM in Tampa, Florida, placed an early-morning telephone call to Sheridan on November 18, 2004, waking her to discuss the Monday Night Football controversy (which had come to be called “Towelgate”). On January 30, 2007, the FCC levied a $10,000 fine because the station violated regulations in failing to inform Sheridan that the interview was being broadcast.
Toward the close of the fourth season of Desperate Housewives, conflicting reports circulated regarding Sheridan’s future in her role. While Hollywood.com reported in April that series creator Marc Cherry had said Sheridan would depart at the end of the season, another source stated that Sheridan was confident she would return for the series’ fifth season. By May 4, Entertainment Weekly reported that Sheridan would likely make several appearances in the upcoming season, but not necessarily as a regular cast member.
Actress Dana Delany, who plays Katherine Mayfair, confirmed that Nicollette Sheridan would be back to reprise her role for Season 5 of Desperate Housewives, and the Hollywood Reporter reported Nicollette’s character might be seducing another boyfriend, played by actor Neal McDonough.
When season five aired, Sheridan did indeed reprise her regular role as Edie, now married to to McDonough’s character, who is the centerpiece of the new season.
In February 2009 Sheridan announced she will be leaving Desperate Housewives at the end of the season. Her final episode will be in April 2009.
From 1979 to 1985, Sheridan dated the then teen-idol Leif Garrett. They began dating when she was still about 15 and lived with him in his mother’s home while still an underage (minor). As an adult, Sheridan was involved in an unsuccessful attempt to end Garrett’s drug abuse.
Sheridan was married to actor Harry Hamlin from September 7, 1991 through 1993. Because the marriage lasted exactly two years (the amount of time required for an American citizen’s spouse to receive permanent residency), it was rumored to be a “green card marriage”. However, this is unlikely the case as both Savalas, her half brother, and TV network CBS could have sponsored her for any needed visas without her needing to resort to a false marriage.
In 2006 Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton sang a duet titled The Second Time Around for the album Bolton Swings Sinatra.
In March 2008 Nicollette Sheridan posed naked for a London Fog charity ad which also featured Nicollette’s fiancé, Michael Bolton.
On March 25, 2008 Nicollette Sheridan settled a lawsuit brought by a former manager who alleged that he was fired by the actress to avoid paying a commission.
It was confirmed on August 26, 2008 that Michael and Nicollette had broken their engagement.
|1984||Paper Dolls||Taryn Blake||13 episodes|
|1985||The Sure Thing||The Sure Thing|
|1986||Dead Man’s Folly||Hattie Stubbs||Credited as Nicolette Sheridan|
|Dark Mansions||Banda Drake|
|Knots Landing||Paige Matheson||179 episodes (1986–1993)|
|1992||Noises Off||Brooke Ashton / Vicki|
|1994||A Time to Heal||Jenny Barton|
|Shadows of Desire||Rowena Ecklund|
|Indictment: The McMartin Trial||Grace||Uncredited|
|Silver Strand||Michelle Hughes|
|1996||Spy Hard||Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14|
|The People Next Door||Anna Morse|
|1997||Beverly Hills Ninja||Allison Page/Sally Jones|
|Murder in My Mind||Callain Pearson|
|Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac||Paige Matheson||Uncredited|
|1998||I Woke Up Early the Day I Died||Ballroom Woman|
|Dead Husbands||Alexandra Elston|
|2000||Raw Nerve||Izabel Sauvestre|
|The Spiral Staircase||Helen Capel|
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||Eleanor||26 episodes (voice)|
|2002||.com for Murder||Misty Brummel|
|Haven’t We Met Before?||Eliza/Kate/Emily Winton|
|Tarzan & Jane||Eleanor||(voice)|
|2003||Static Shock||Darcy/Miss Moore||1 episode (voice)|
|Deadly Betrayal||Donna Randal|
|Will & Grace||Dr. Danielle Morty||1 episode|
|2004||Deadly Visions||Ann Culver|
|The Karate Dog||White Cat||(voice)|
|Desperate Housewives||Edie Britt||5 seasons, 91 episodes (2004–2009)|
|2007||Code Name: The Cleaner||Diane|
|2008||Fly Me to the Moon||Nadia||(voice)|
|2011||Honeymoon for One||Eve Parker|
|Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning||Zenna||(post-production) (voice)|
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Who is Lara Logan? The entertainment and news world knows her as Lara Logan a South African television and radio journalist and war correspondent. She is currently the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, a correspondent for 60 Minutes and appears in segments for CBS Evening News.
It was during her studies that Logan began working as a news reporter for the Sunday Tribune in Durban from 1988–89, and found work with the Daily News, another Durban publication, between 1990 and 1992. In 1992 she began working for Reuters Television in Africa, primarily as a senior producer. After four years she branched out into freelance journalism, finding work and assignments as a reporter and editor/producer with ITN and Fox/SKY, CBS News, ABC News (London), NBC, and the European Broadcast Union. She also found work with CNN, reporting on incidents such as the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania, the conflict in Northern Ireland, and the Kosovo war.
Logan was hired by GMTV breakfast television in the UK as a correspondent in 2000, and also worked with CBS News Radio as a freelance correspondent. Days after the attacks on 9/11, Logan begged a clerk at the Russian Embassy in London to give her an expedited visa to travel to Afghanistan. In November 2001, while in Afghanistan working for GMTV, Logan infiltrated the American-and British-backed Northern Alliance and interviewed their commander, General Babajan, at the Bagram Air Base.
Her skill as a reporter persuaded CBS News to offer her an official role within their organisation in 2002. Logan spent much of the next four years reporting from the field, including war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, often as an embedded journalist with the American Armed Forces. Many of her reports were for 60 Minutes II, and she was also a regular contributor to shows such as CBS Evening News, The Early Show and Face The Nation. She was promoted to the position of the Chief Foreign Correspondent for CBS News in February 2006.
Haifa Street fighting
In late January 2007, Logan filed a report about fighting along Haifa Street in Baghdad. When CBS News refused to run the report on the nightly news because the footage was “a bit strong,” Logan tried to win public support to reverse this decision. Logan said, “I would be very grateful if any of you have a chance to watch this story and pass the link on to as many people you know as possible. It should be seen. And people should know about this.” Logan went on to use some of the Haifa Street material during a 60 Minutes report about life in Baghdad under the surge.
Michael Hastings controversy
In June 2010, a Rolling Stone magazine article by Michael Hastings quoted four-star Army General Stanley A. McChrystal and his staff contemptuously criticizing civilian government officials. As a consequence of the article, President Obama fired McCrystal as his top commander in Afghanistan on 23 June 2010.Logan said Hastings’s reporting was “sensational”, and, by relaying “insults and banter”, he had violated an “unspoken agreement” and “element of trust” between reporters and military personnel. ABC News reported that an unnamed source, identified as a “military official”, had noted the lack of written ground rules between Hastings’ staff and Hastings. The official nonetheless was confident that Hastings had published comments from what McChrystal staffers had assumed discussions that were off-the-record. Rolling Stone editor Eric Bates countered that prior to publishing the Hastings article, the magazine had abided by all of the “express requests for off-the-record and background or not-for-attribution” made by the military.
Matt Taibbi wrote a Rolling Stone blog entry titled “Lara Logan You Suck”, in which he said “If there’s a lower form of life on the planet earth than a “reputable” journalist protecting his territory, I haven’t seen it”, and found Logan ignorant of journalistic responsibilities. Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com said Logan had shown herself to be “like the most devoted member of McChyrstal’s P.R. staff or even his family.” CNN’s former chief military correspondent, Jamie McIntyre said Logan’s mention of Hastings’ lack of military service was “clueless and unhelpful”, adding that Logan’s “ill-conceived attack” had “unfortunately reinforced the worst stereotype of reporters who ’embed’ with senior military officers but are actually ‘in bed’ with them”. McIntyre said Logan’s statements on Hastings provided the “smoking gun” to those “looking for evidence combat reporters are too dazzled by the shiny stars on the commander’s epaulets.”
Protests in Egypt
On 3 February 2011, Time magazine reported that while covering the Egyptian Revolution, Logan and her crew were arrested by the Egyptian army in Cairo. Logan said the government wanted to prevent further film coverage. She said that prior to the arrest: “We were heavily heavily intimidated and bullied” and “accused of being agents and spies for Israel.” Logan later said of the arrest: “We were not attacked by crazy people in Tahrir Square. We were detained by the Egyptian army. Arrested, detained, and interrogated. Blindfolded, handcuffed, taken at gunpoint, our driver beaten. It’s the regime that arrested us. They arrested [our producer] just outside of his hotel, and they took him off the road at gunpoint, threw him against the wall, handcuffed him, blindfolded him. Took him into custody like that.”
On 15 February 2011, CBS News released a statement revealing that some four days earlier, Logan had been beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square following the resignation of then President Hosni Mubarak. CBS News indicated that she was overwhelmed along with her camera crew and security staff before being saved by a group of women and Egyptian soldiers. Logan returned to her hotel after the assault and was flown out of the country within hours on a chartered network jet.
Logan’s husband, Joseph Burkett, is a U.S. Federal Government defense contractor from Texas, whom she met in Afghanistan. They live in Washington, D.C., with their two-year-old son and Burkett’s daughter. Her first husband, Jason Siemon, was a professional basketball player in the United Kingdom.
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Who is Max Azria? The entertainment and fashion world knows Max Azria as a French fashion designer of Tunisian descent who founded the contemporary women’s clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA. Azria is also the designer, chairman and CEO of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands. He is based in Los Angeles.
After 11 years of designing a line of women’s apparel in Paris, Azria moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1981 and launched Jess, a series of new-concept retail boutiques for women’s apparel.
In 1989, Azria launched BCBGMAXAZRIA, named for the French phrase “bon chic, bon genre,” a Parisian slang meaning “good style, good attitude”. Azria was credited for offering designer fashion at affordable price points and, as a result, was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1998. The BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway collection was first presented at New York Fashion Week in 1996.
Azria also maintains two eponymous designer collections, Max Azria Atelier and Max Azria. Launched in February 2004, Max Azria Atelier is a collection of couture gowns created for celebrity clients and red-carpet events. Sharon Stone, Halle Berry, Fergie and Alicia Keys have worn the label on the red carpet. In February 2006, Azria debuted Max Azria, a ready-to-wear collection with a directional aesthetic, on the runway at New York Fashion Week. During the 2009 awards season, Angelina Jolie wore Max Azria to the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards and the 2009 Critics Choice Awards.
Azria acquired the Hervé Léger fashion house in 1998, marking the first time in history that an American designer had acquired a French couturier. In early 2007, Azria relaunched the Hervé Léger label with his own designs, which were quickly embraced by celebrities and trendsetters worldwide. Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kate Winslet are among the celebrities who have worn the label for red carpet events.
In Fall 2008, Max Azria presented BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway, Max Azria and Hervé Léger by Max Azria at New York Fashion Week, marking the first time an American designer produced three major fashion shows during one New York Fashion Week.
Azria launched a young contemporary collection called BCBGeneration in 2008. In June 2009, Azria teamed up with Miley Cyrus to create a line for Walmart called Miley Cyrus & Max Azria. Azria also designed clothing for Cyrus’ 2009 American tour.
BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP is a global fashion house with a portfolio including more than 20 brands. Max Azria is the CEO, chairman and head designer alongside his wife, Lubov Azria, who acts as chief creative officer.
There are currently over 550 BCBGMAXAZRIA boutiques worldwide, including locations in London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Azria’s collections are also sold in specialty stores and major department stores across the globe, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, the UK’s Harvey Nichols, Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford, Taiwan’s Mitsukoshi and Singapore’s Takashimaya stores.
BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP campaigns regularly feature notable models, including Eva Herzigova, Karen Elson and Jessica Stam. The company frequently works with internationally renowned photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi and David Sims. BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP clothing are frequently featured in major fashion publications such as Vogue, InStyle and Vanity Fair. As well as online sites such as Style.com and iFashion Network
Awards and honors
Azria has received many awards throughout his career, including the California Designer of the Year (1995), Atlanta Designer of the Year (1996), The Fashion Performance Award (1997), The Otis Fashion Achievement Award (2000), Hollywood Life’s Breakthrough Award (2004) and The Dallas Fashion Award (2005). Azria also received the Wells Fargo Century Fashion Achievement Award at the 2007 L.A. Fashion Awards and the 2008 Fashion Excellence Award at the 33rd Annual Dallas Fashion Awards. He received the latter in recognition of the successful relaunch of his Hervé Léger brand.
Max Azria is married to Lubov Azria, chief creative officer for BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP. He has six children, including Joyce Azria, who was named creative director of BCBGeneration in 2009. He and his family currently reside in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California.
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Crime Mob, 2004–2007
Crime Mob first garnered national attention in 2004 with their single “Knuck If You Buck“, which was eventually certified Platinum. They released their debut album, Crime Mob later that summer. Their next charting single, “Rock Yo Hips“, was released in August 2006 and was followed by a second album, Hated on Mostly, in March 2007.
Solo career, 2008–present
|“||I feel like it’s the best decision to make because the choices and opportunities that was presented in front of me the whole time while I was in the group, I’m able to take that now and not feel bad about it or not feel like I’m being disloyal to the group.||”|
She released a number of mixtapes Bitch Muzik Vol. 1, Bitch Muzik Vol. 2, P.M.S (Pardon My Swag) etc.
In 2010, Diamond appeared on the remix version of “My Chick Bad“, a Ludacris single, along with Trina and Eve. 2010 summer saw the release of her debut single Lotta Money which managed to gain some attention on BET’s 106 & Park. The video features Gucci Mane who is otherwise not featured in the song. Diamond recently released a song called “Red Lipstick”, which is rumored to be her official second single.
- 2007: Bitch Music
- 2008: Bitch Music Vol. 2: Ms. Boojhetto
- 2009: P.M.S. (Pardon My Swag)
- 2010: Bitch Music: Part Three
- 2010: Cocaine Waitress
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Did you know that he is one of only four managers to be named Manager of the Year in both of baseball’s major leagues?
Did you know that in 2006 La Russa, Jr. became the first manager ever to win multiple pennants in both leagues and became one of only two managers to win the World Series in both leagues?
Did you know that La Russa With a 2,552–2,217–4 (.535) record as a manager (through Oct. 4, 2009), he is ranked third all-time for total number of Baseball All-time Managerial Wins list, trailing only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763).
Did you know that La Roussa is also second all-time for games managed (4,773), trailing only Mack who set the record at 7,755 (3,731–3,948–76), passing McGraw at 4,769 (2,763–1,948-58), on October 1, 2009?
Did you know that he is one of only four managers to be named Manager of the Year in both of baseball’s major leagues?
Did you know that on August 22, 2007, La Russa. Jr. passed Bucky Harris to become the third-highest manager of all-time in total games managed in baseball history in his 4,409th game; behind only Mack and McGraw?
Did you know that with the resignation of longtime NBA head coach Jerry Sloan from the Utah Jazz on February 10, 2011, La Russa also became the longest tenured bench boss among all the Big Four sports leagues?
Now if you didn’t know, now you know…
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Sona Aslanova was a Soviet and Azerbaijanian soprano, Meritorious Artist of Azerbaijan Republic known for her historic performances of Azerbaijani, Russian, and international classical and folk vocal music repertoire died she was , 86.
(4 October 1924 – 9 March 2011)
Sona Aslanova studied and then taught operatic singing at the Baku Conservatory. Among her professors was Sofia Lisenko-Golskaya, a student of Francesco Lamperti.
She sang in numerous live and recorded broadcasts on the radio and appeared in many films both as a singer and as an actress. Among her most recognized roles is Nigar from Koroglu, Asya from |Arshin Mal Alan, and Asli from Asli and Kerem. All three operas were written by Uzeyir Hajibeyov, who also guided her as she began her operatic career.
Aslanova represented Azerbaijan on tours to Soviet republics and to a number of foreign countries. She worked side by side with such prominent Azerbaijani figures in the arts as the singers Bulbul and Rashid Behbudov. 
- Doğma Xalqıma (Koroglu)(1954), film-opera, as Nigar video
- Görüş (1955) as Firəngiz video
- Bizim Küçə (1961)
- Telefonçu Qız (1962), episodic role video
- Əmək və Qızılgül (1962)
- Arşın Mal Alan (1965), film-operetta, as voice of Asya video
- Bizim Cəbiş Müəllim (1969), as Ana video
- O Qızı Tapın (1970)
- Gün Keçdi (1971)
- Ömrün Səhifələri (1974), episodic role video
- Bir az da Bahar Bayramı (1979)
- İstintaq (1979)
- Anlamaq İstəyirəm (1980)
- Üzeyir Ömrü (1981)
- Qəmbər Hüseynli (2007)
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David S. Broder, American journalist (The Washington Post), died from complications from diabetes he was , 81.
David Salzer Broder was an American journalist, writing for The Washington Post for over forty years. He also was an author, television news show pundit, and university lecturer died from complications from diabetes he was , 81..
For more than half a century, Broder reported on every presidential campaign, beginning with the 1956 Eisenhower–Stevenson race. Known as the “dean” of the Washington press corps, Broder made over 400 appearances on NBC‘s Meet the Press.
Upon Broder’s death in March 2011, President Barack Obama called him the “most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation.”
(September 11, 1929 – March 9, 2011)
Early life and education
David Salzer Broder was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, the son of Albert “Doc” Broder, a dentist, and Nina Salzer Broder.
He earned a bachelors degree in liberal arts from the University of Chicago in 1947 and continued his studies there, receiving a master’s degree in political science in 1951. While at Chicago, he met fellow student Ann Creighton Collar, and they were married in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1951. They had four sons and seven grandchildren.
He began working as a journalist while pursuing his masters degree, serving as editor of The Chicago Maroon and later at the Hyde Park Herald. He was drafted into the US Army in 1951, where he wrote for the newspaper U.S. Forces Austria (USFA) Sentinel, until he was discharged from the Army in 1953.
In 1953, Broder reported for the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, IL, covering Livingston and Woodford counties in the central part of the state. From there he moved to the Congressional Quarterly in Washington DC, in 1955, where he apprenticed under senior reporter Helen Monberg and got his first taste of covering Congressional politics. During his four-and-a-half years at CQ, Broder also worked at The New York Times as a freelance writer.
In 1960, Broder joined the Washington Star as a junior political writer covering the presidential election that year between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. During his five years at the Star, he was promoted to national political news reporter and was a weekly contributor to the paper’s op-ed page.
Broder left the Star for The New York Times in 1965, hired by well-known Times political reporter and columnist Tom Wicker to serve in its Washington bureau.
Washington Post columnist
After 18 months at The Times, Broder moved to The Washington Post, where he would remain for over forty years, beginning as a reporter and weekly op-ed contributor. Later, he was given a second weekly column. Broder’s columns were distributed initially through The Washington Post Wire Service and then later syndicated through The Washington Post Writers Group. His columns were carried by more than 300 newspapers for many years.
The longtime columnist was informally known as the “Dean” of the Washington press corps and the “unofficial chairman of the board” by national political writers.
In May 2008, Broder accepted a buyout offer from The Washington Post Co., effective January 1, 2009, but continued to write his twice-weekly Post column as a contract employee. In a letter to the publications that run his column, Broder said: “This change will allow me to focus entirely on the column, while freeing up the Post to use its budget for other news-section salaries and expenses.”
In June 2008, Ken Silverstein, a columnist at Harper’s magazine alleged that Broder had accepted free accommodations and thousands of dollars in speaking fees from various business and healthcare groups, in one instance penning an opinion column supporting positions favored by one of the groups. Deborah Howell, The Washington Post‘s ombudsman at the time, wrote that Broder’s acceptance of speaking fees appeared to be a violation of the paper’s policy on outside speeches, as was the fact that some of the groups that paid Broder also lobby Congress. Howell pointed out that Broder said “he had cleared his speeches with Milton Coleman, deputy managing editor, or Tom Wilkinson, an assistant managing editor, but neither remembered him mentioning them.”
Broder won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1973 and was the recipient of numerous awards and academic honors before and after.
Meet the Press and other broadcast media
For many years Broder appeared on Washington Week, Meet the Press, and other network television news programs. It was announced at the close of the August 10, 2008 broadcast of Meet the Press that Broder was celebrating his 400th appearance on that program, on which he first appeared July 7, 1963. He appeared far more often than any other person, other than the program’s panelists. The next closest person to Broder was Bob Novak, who had appeared on Meet the Press fewer than 250 times.
Broder was a weekly guest on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio’s The Bob Edwards Show starting in October 2004. On the premiere broadcast, Broder was joined by CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite as the program’s first guests. Broder also contributed to The Bob Edwards Show as a political commentator.
In 2001, Broder became a lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism while continuing to write full-time at The Washington Post. He generally lectured one class a year on politics and the press, the class meeting at the newspaper. Merrill College Dean Thomas Kunkel described Broder as the nation’s “most respected political journalist” when he announced Broder’s hire. Broder has also lectured at Duke University (1987–1988).
He is author or co-author of eight books:
- Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money (Harcourt, 2000) ISBN 978-0-15-100464-5
- The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point with Haynes Johnson (Little, Brown and Company, 1996) ISBN 978-0-316-46969-2
- The Man Who Would be President: Dan Quayle with Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, 1992) ISBN 978-0-671-79183-4
- Behind the Front Page: A Candid Look at How the News is Made (Simon & Schuster 1987) ISBN 978-0671449435
- Changing of the Guard: Power and Leadership in America (Simon & Schuster, 1980) ISBN 978-0-671-24566-5
- The Party’s Over: The Failure of Politics in America (Harper and Row, 1972) ISBN 978-0-06-010483-2
- The Republican Establishment: The Present and Future of the G.O.P. with Stephen H. Hess (Harper and Row, 1967) ISBN 978-0-06-011877-8
- The Pursuit of the Presidency 1980 with the staff of The Washington Post (Berkeley Books, 1980) ISBN 978-0425047032
Reception by peers
Broder was called “relentlessly centrist” by The New Yorker‘s political commentator Hendrik Hertzberg. Frank Rich of The New York Times often described Broder as the nation’s “bloviator-in-chief”.
He earned a mention in two books chronicling the media’s coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon and George McGovern, including Timothy Crouse’s The Boys on the Bus and Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72.
Broder’s work was also cited in two autobiographies by key figures in the history of The Washington Post: Personal History by Post publisher Katherine Graham in 1997 and A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures by Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in 1995. More recently, Broder was included in former Post columnist Dave Kindred’s 2010 book on the paper’s struggles in the changing media landscape: Morning Miracle: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life. Broder is also mentioned in Bill Clinton’s biography First In His Class by David Maraniss.
Broder earned a place in a work of fiction, meriting a mention by a White House senior staffer to fictional U.S. President Jed Bartlet (portrayed by actor Martin Sheen) on the NBC-TV series The West Wing.
Awards and recognition
- Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, 1973
- 4th Estate Award from the National Press Club, 1988
- White Burkett Miller Presidential Award in 1989
- Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award(Colby College), 1990
- National Press Foundation’s Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award, 1992
- Illinois State Society Distinguished Illinoisans Award, 1997
- National Society of Newspaper Columnists Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997
- William Allen White Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism, 1997
- Honorary Doctor of Political Science, DePauw University, May 18, 2003
- Washingtonian Magazine’s 50 Best Journalists, 2005
- University of Chicago Alumni Medal,  June 2005
- Jefferson-Lincoln Award, Panetta Institute for Public Policy, 2007
- Washingtonian Magazine’s 50 Best Journalists 2009
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Cleveland State University, 1981
- Doctor of Literature, Wittenberg University, 1982
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Yale University, 1984
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Kalamazoo College, 1988
- Honorary Degree, Rider University, 1989
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Lawrence University, 1989
- Honorary Degree, University of Michigan, 1994
- Doctor of Humane Letters, College of William & Mary, 1995
- Doctor of Journalism, University of Miami, 1999
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Muhlenberg College, 2000
- Doctor of Political Science, DePauw University, 2003
- Honorary Degree, Clark University, 2005
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Bryant University, 2006
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ball State University, 2006
- Doctor of Humanities, Santa Clara University, 2007
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Bradley University, May 17, 2008.
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|December 7, 1922 – March 9, 2011)|
He married to Francisca “Paquita” Roses. They were the parents of 8 children: Maritess, Tina, Johnny, Ces, Pita, Rossi, Malu, and Cita. Two of their daughters became popular movie stars in the 1970s: Maritess and Tina Revilla. His only son, Johnny Revilla, now plays character roles. Among his grandchildren who joined show business are Bernard and Mico Palanca, Bianca Araneta and Lexi Schulze.
Together with his onscreen movie partner, Tessie Quintana, Goyena appeared in Prinsesang Basahan, Hawayana, Tia Loleng, Virginia, and Isabelita. Goyena, together with Cecilia Lopez and Jonny Reyes, starred in Anak ng Berdugo.
He stopped acting in 1958. He then resumed acting in the early 1990s. In 1995, he played Don Eugenio Lopez in Chito Rono’s Eskapo. Chito got him again in 2001 to play the grandfather of Danilo Barrios in Yamashita. His last film was Annie B. with Jolina Magdangal in 2004.
|Sa Tokyo Ikinasal||Fidel||1948|
|Kaaway ng Babae||1948|
|Ibigin Mo Ako, Lalaking Matapang||1949|
|Tenyente Carlos Blanco||Tenyente Carlos Blanco||1952|
|Mahal Kita Walang Iba||Lolo Manolo||1992|
|Ang Kuya Kong Siga||1993|
|Eskapo||Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr.||1995|
|Wanted Perfect Murder||Mr. Payonggayong||1997|
|Pagdating ng Panahon||Himself||1998|
|Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure||Carmelo Rosales||2001|
|Annie B. (last appearance)||2004|
Goyena died on March 9, 2011, aged 88, from a pulmonary embolism.
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