My son came home from school one day,
With a smirk upon his face.
He decided he was smart enough,
To put me in my place.
‘Guess what I learned in Civics Two,
that’s taught by Mr. Wright?
It’s all about the laws today,
The ‘Children’s Bill of Rights.’
It says I need not clean my room,
Don’t have to cut my hair
No one can tell me what to think,
Or speak, or what to wear.
I have freedom from religion,
And regardless what you say,
I don’t have to bow my head,
And I sure don’t have to pray.
I can wear earrings if I want,
And pierce my tongue & nose.
I can read & watch just what I like,
Get tattoos from head to toe.
And if you ever spank me,
I’ll charge you with a crime.
I’ll back up all my charges,
With the marks on my behind.
Don’t you ever touch me,
My body’s only for my use,
Not for your hugs and kisses,
that’s just more child abuse.
Don’t preach about your morals,
Like your Mama did to you.
That’s nothing more than mind control,
And it’s illegal too!
Mom , I have these children’s rights,
So you can’t influence me,
Or I’ll call Children’s Services Division,
Better known as C.S.D.’
Mom ‘s Reply and Thoughts
I mulled it over carefully,
I couldn’t let this go.
A smile crept upon my face,
he’s messing with a pro.
Next day I took him shopping
At the local Goodwill Store.
I told him, ‘Pick out all you want,
there’s shirts & pants galore.
I’ve called and checked with C.S.D ..
Who said they didn’t care
If I bought you K-Mart shoes
Instead of those Nike Airs.
I’ve canceled that appointment
To take your driver’s test.
The C..S.D. Is unconcerned
So I’ll decide what’s best. ‘
I said ‘No time to stop and eat,
Or pick up stuff to munch.
And tomorrow you can start to learn
To make your own sack lunch.
Just save the raging appetite,
And wait till dinner time.
We’re having liver and onions,
A favorite dish of mine.’
He asked ‘Can I please rent a movie,
To watch on my VCR?’
‘Sorry, but I sold your TV,
For new tires on my car.
I also rented out your room,
You’ll take the couch instead.
The C .S.D. Requires
Just a roof over your head.
Your clothing won’t be trendy now,
I’ll choose what we eat.
That allowance that you used to get,
Will buy me something neat.
I’m selling off your jet ski,
Dirt-bike & roller blades.
Check out the ‘Parents Bill of Rights’,
It’s in effect today!
Hey hot shot, are you crying,
Why are you on your knees?
Are you asking God to help you out,
Instead of C.S.D..?’
Send to all people that have teenagers, have already raised teenagers, have children who will soon be teenagers or those who will be parents someday OR ANYONE WHO’D JUST G E T A LAUGH
MOM (Mean Old Mother)
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As a self employed black man I encourage business with black business. The point that I hate is that black people can be loyal as hell or fickle! Their ideal of loyalty is that they will hang with you to the end…Then comes the fickle person, he is the person who is with you for what ever he can get, then he is out…
Hey, don’t call me a a hypocrite, but with out fail if you deal with 5 black folks, 2 of them have figured out a way to try and get over …
Trust is the main reason that black people don’t band together! Black people have a crab mentality that if you get to far ahead they want to pull you back down. The truth is that the world could not function with out the off the cuff thinking of the black men and women of the world.
Trust is earned with sweat equity remember that everything that glitters is not gold… Doing business is like a relationship you have to know who you are dealing with to make it to the next level!
I believe that with any person that you do business with, you have to go in with an open mind… When we learn to ban together and create a united force of unity then there is nothing we can not do!
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Susan Elizabeth Rotolo known as Suze Rotolo (pronounced /ˈsuːziː/, SOO-zee), was an American artist, but is perhaps best known as Bob Dylan‘s girlfriend between 1961 and 1964 and a strong influence on his music died from lung cancer she was , 67.. She is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, a ground-breaking street image by the CBS studio photographer, Don Hunstein. In her book, A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Rotolo described her time with Dylan and other figures in the folk music scene in Greenwich Village, New York. She also discussed her upbringing as a “red diaper” baby—a child of radicals during the McCarthy Era. As an artist, Rotolo specialized in artists’ books and taught at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
|(November 20, 1943 – February 25, 2011),|
The Freewheelin’ years, 1961—1964
Rotolo, of Italian-American descent, was born and raised in Queens, New York. Her parents were Joachim Rotolo and Mary Pezzati Rotolo, who were members of the American Communist Party. In July 1961, she graduated from Bryant High School.
At about the time she met Dylan, Rotolo began working full time as a political activist in the office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the anti-nuclear group SANE. She and her sister, Carla Rotolo, had also entered the Greenwich Village folk scene. Rotolo first met Dylan at a Riverside Church folk concert in July 1961. They were introduced by Carla, who at that time was working as an assistant to folklorist Alan Lomax. Describing their meeting in his memoir, Chronicles, Volume One, Dylan wrote: “Right from the start I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She was the most erotic thing I’d ever seen. She was fair skinned and golden haired, full-blood Italian. The air was suddenly filled with banana leaves. We started talking and my head started to spin. Cupid’s arrow had whistled past my ears before, but this time it hit me in the heart and the weight of it dragged me overboard… Meeting her was like stepping into the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. She had a smile that could light up a street full of people and was extremely lively, had a kind of voluptuousness – a Rodin sculpture come to life.”
It was not until they met that Dylan’s writing began to address issues such as the civil rights movement and the threat of nuclear war. They started living together in early 1962 much to the disapproval of her family. As Dylan’s fame grew, Rotolo found the relationship increasingly stressful. She wrote: “Bob was charismatic: he was a beacon, a lighthouse, he was also a black hole. He required committed backup and protection I was unable to provide consistently, probably because I needed them myself.” “I could no longer cope with all the pressure, gossip, truth and lies that living with Bob entailed. I was unable to find solid ground. I was on quicksand and very vulnerable”
Rotolo left New York in June, 1962, with her mother, to spend six months studying art at the University of Perugia in Italy. Dylan’s separation from his girlfriend has been credited as the inspiration behind several of his finest love songs, including “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright“, “Tomorrow Is a Long Time“, “One Too Many Mornings“, and “Boots of Spanish Leather“
Rotolo’s political views were widely regarded as having influenced Dylan’s topical songwriting. Dylan also credited her with interesting him in the French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, who heavily influenced his writing style. The influence of Bertolt Brecht on Dylan’s songwriting has also been acknowledged by Dylan as stemming from Rotolo’s participation in Brechtian theater during their relationship. In Chronicles, Dylan describes the impact of the song “Pirate Jenny” while attending a Brecht show on which Rotolo worked. Dylan’s interest in painting can also be traced back to his relationship with Rotolo.
Rotolo emphasised her shared values with Dylan in an interview with author Robbie Woliver: “People say I was an influence on him, but we influenced each other. His interests were filtered through me and my interests, like the books I had, were filtered through him… It was always sincere on his part. The guy saw things. He had an incredible ability to see and sponge—there was a genius in that. The ability to create out of everything that’s flying around. To synthesize it. To put it in words and music.”
According to her autobiography, Rotolo became pregnant in 1963 by Dylan and had an abortion. Their relationship failed to survive the abortion, Dylan’s affair with Joan Baez and the hostility of the Rotolo family.  Suze moved out into her sister’s apartment in August 1963. They finally broke up in 1964, in circumstances which Dylan described in his “Ballad in Plain D“. Twenty years later, he apologised for the song, saying: “I must have been a real schmuck to write that. I look back at that particular one and say, of all the songs I’ve written, maybe I could have left that alone.”
Later life, 1964—2011
Rotolo traveled to Cuba in June 1964, with a group, at a time when it was unlawful for Americans to do so. She was quoted as saying, in regards to opponents of Fidel Castro that, “These gusanos [worms] are not suppressed. There can be open criticism of the regime. As long as they keep it to talk they are tolerated, as long as there is no sabotage.”
Rotolo married Italian Enzo Bartoccioli, a film editor who works for the United Nations, in 1967. Together they had one son, Luca, who is a guitarist in New York. In New York, Rotolo worked as an illustrator and painter, before concentrating on creating book art, making book-like objects which incorporated found art. Remaining politically active, Rotolo joined the street-theater group Billionaires for Bush and protested at the 2004 Republican National Convention in Manhattan.
Rotolo evaded discussion of her relationship with Dylan for decades. In July 2004, she was interviewed in a documentary produced by New York PBS Channel 13 and The New York Daily News; in November 2004, she made an unannounced appearance at the Experience Music Project, on a panel discussing Dylan’s early days in Greenwich Village. She and her husband also were involved in putting on a memorial event for Dave van Ronk after the singer’s death in 2002.
Rotolo appears in Martin Scorsese’s film No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, a documentary focusing on Dylan’s early career from 1961 to 1966. It played on the American Masters series on U.S. public television in September 2005. She was also interviewed nationally in 2008 by Terry Gross on NPR‘s Fresh Air to promote her book, A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties.
Rotolo’s book was published by Broadway Books on 13 May 2008. Rotolo recounted her attempts not to be overshadowed by her relationship with Dylan. She discussed her need to pursue her artistic creativity and to retain her political integrity, concluding: “The sixties were an era that spoke a language of inquiry and curiosity and rebelliousness against the stifling and repressive political and social culture of the decade that preceded it. The new generation causing all the fuss was not driven by the market: we had something to say, not something to sell.”
Jens Winther was a Danish jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader died from a stroke he was , 50.. He composed for and played in a long line of European big bands and other orchestras. His work includes compositions for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs. As a bandleader, he was noted on the international Jazz scene with his JW European Quartet (originally a quintet), particularly since 2007. In 2008, he founded the fusion band JW Electrazz. From 2009, he was based in Berlin, Germany. 
(29 October 1960 – 24 February 2011)
Jens Winther was born in Næstved, Denmark, in 1960. When aged 10 he started to play the trumpet and at 18, he moved to Copenhagen to become a professional freelance trumpeter, playing with such bands as the New Jungle Orchestra, the Erling Kroner Tentet, Candentia Nova Danica and Ernie Wilkins’ Almost Big Band. In 1982, he became a solo trumpeter in the DR Big Band and from 1985 he also started to compose for it.
In 1989, Winther left the Big Band and moved to New York City after receiving an invitation to join the two-year Jazz Composer’s Workshop under the direction of Bob Brookmeyer. At the same time, he worked as a freelance trumpeter, playing with groups and musicians such as the Toshiko Akiyoshi Band, Eddie Palmieri, Kenny Barron, Max Roach, Tito Puente, Marie Bauza Orchestra, George Mraz and Xavier Cugat Orchestra.
In 1991, after the end of the workshop, he returned to Denmark. Subsequently he composed for numerous European big bands, mainly in the Nordic countries and Germany, as well as other orchestras and was a trumpeter in various constallations, including in his own band Jens Winther Group. On 5 May 1994, his first trumpet concerto for symphony orchestra, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, was performed for the first time. In 1998, he toured with George Gruntz‘s concert band. On 29 April 1999, Winther and the Århus Symphony Orchestra performed his second trumpet concerto,The Eagle, for the first time in Århus Musikhus. He also collaborated with the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands on a number of occasions.
In 2007, he experienced an international breakthrough with his JZ European Quintet and went on a worldwide tour which included America, Canada, Australia and China. In 2008, he formed the fusion band JW Electrazz which had its world premiere on 22 March in Copenhagen Jazzhouse. In 2009, he moved to Berlin, Germany, and formed the JW Berlin Quintet.
Winther died on February 24, 2011 reportedly from a stroke in his sleep.
- 1982: Sonning’s Music Grant
- 1983: Elected as the Danish representative in the European Youth Jazz Orchestra.
- 1987 Ben Webster Prize
- 1999: 2nd prize in the International Competition of Jazz Themes, Monaco
- 1998: Award from the Danish National Art Foundation for the Album “The Escape”
- 1990: 1st prize in the International Competition of Jazz Themes, Monaco
- 1991: 1st prize in the International Competition of Jazz Themes, Monaco
- 1992: 3-year scholarship as a composer from the Danish National Art Foundation
- 1995 Honorary Award from the organisation of Danish Jazz, Beat and Folk Authors
- * Danish Grammy for the best Danish Jazzrecording of the year
- 1996: 1st prize in the International Competition of Jazz Themes, Monaco (First time ever a musician has won the prize three times)
- 2009: Lifelong grant from the Danish Arts Foundation
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Adney Y. Komatsu, American religious leader (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) died he was , 87.
Adney Yoshio Komatsu was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1975 until his death died he was , 87.. Komatsu was the first person of Asian descent to become a general authority of the LDS Church.
(August 2, 1923 – February 23, 2011)
Born of Japanese parents in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Komatsu became a convert to the LDS Church in 1941 at age 17. He was the first Latter-day Saint of Japanese descent to become a bishop of the church. Later, Komatsu became the first person of Asian descent to serve as a Regional Representative of the Twelve Apostles. In 1965, Komatsu became the first person of Asian descent to preside over a mission of the Church; he was president of the church’s Northern Far East Mission from 1965 to 1968.
On April 4, 1975, Church President Spencer W. Kimball asked Komatsu to become an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a General Authority of the Church. In 1976, when the calling of Assistant to the Twelve was discontinued, Komatsu was ordained to the office of Seventy and became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He served in this capacity until October 1993, when he was given general authority emeritus status and excused from full-time ecclesiastical duties. During his tenure as a general authority, Komatsu served for several years as the president of the Tokyo Japan Temple.
Komatsu married Japan native Judy Nobue Fujitani in the Laie Hawaii Temple in 1950; the couple have four children. Komatsu died in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Jean Lartéguy was the nom de plume of Jean Pierre Lucien Osty, a French writer, journalist, and former soldier died he was , 90.. He was born in 1920 in Maisons-Alfort, Val-de-Marne and died in 2011. Larteguy is credited with first envisioning the “ticking time bomb” scenario in his 1960 novel Les centurions.
(5 September 1920 – 23 February 2011)
Lartéguy was born into what he called “one of those families of poor mountain peasants whose names are found inscribed on war memorials, but not in history books.” Both his father and uncle had served in the First World War. With his country conquered by the Germans, Lartéguy escaped from France into Spain in March 1942. He remained there for nine months and spent time in a Franquist jail before joining the Free French Forces as an officer in the 1st Commando Group (1er groupe de commandos). During the war, he fought in Italy; Vosges and Belfort, France; and Germany. He remained on active duty for seven years until becoming a captain in the reserves in order to enter the field of journalism. Lartéguy received numerous military awards, to include: Légion d’honneur, Croix de guerre 1939-1945, and the Croix de guerre T.O.E.
After his military service, Lartéguy worked as a war correspondent, particularly for the magazine Paris Match. He covered conflicts in Azerbaijan, Korea, Palestine, Indochina, Algeria, and Vietnam. In pursuit of a story, Lartéguy volunteered for the French Battalion and was wounded by an enemy hand grenade during the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. In Latin America, he reported on various revolutions and insurgencies, and in 1967 encountered Che Guevara shortly before his capture and execution. In the July 1967 issue of Paris Match, Lartéguy wrote a major article entitled “Les Guerilleros“, where he wrote: “At a time when Cuban revolutionaries want to create Vietnam’s all over the world, the Americans run the risk of finding their own Algeria in Latin America.”
In 1955, he received the Albert Londres Prize for journalism.
His experiences as a soldier and war correspondent influenced his writing. Some of the most emphasized topics in his writing are decolonization, nationalism, the expansion of Communism, the state of post-war French society, and the unglamorous nature of war. Several of his book titles were translated into English, with the most successful being his Algerian War series: The Centurions and The Praetorians. The former was adapted into a major motion picture in 1966, entitled Lost Command and starred Anthony Quinn.
Also, with his novel The Centurions, Lartéguy is credited with being the first to envision the ‘ticking time bomb‘ scenario, which has regained relevance in recent debates on the use of torture in a counter-terrorism role. His novels have been read by military professionals, to include General David Petraeus, in the new context of modern terrorism.
- La ville étranglée (1955)
- Les âmes errantes (1956)
- La tragédie du Maroc interdit (1957)
- Les dieux meurent en Algérie (1960)
- Les baladins de la Margeride (1962)
- Les mercenaires (1963) (Originally published as Du sang sur les collines, without success, reprinted with the new title after the success of Les centurions)
- Les chimères noires (1963), translated into English as The Hounds of Hell
- Guerre d’Algérie, two volumes
- Les centurions (1963), translated into English as The Centurions, adapted into film as Lost Command
- Les prétoriens (1964), translated into English as The Praetorians
- Le mal jaune (1965), translated into English as Yellow Fever, (Reprint of two previously published titles: La ville étranglée and Les âmes errantes)
- Un million de dollars le Viet (1965)
- Sauveterre (1966), translated into English
- Les guérilleros (1967)
- Les chimères noires (1967)
- Les tambours de bronze (1969), translated into English as The Bronze Drums
- Ces voix qui nous viennent de la mer (1969)
- Tout homme est une guerre civile, two volumes
- Le prêtre astronome (1969)
- Les libertadors (1970)
- Lettre ouverte aux bonnes femmes (1972)
- Les Rois mendiants (1975)
- Enquête sur un crucifié (1976)
- Tout l’or du diable (1976)
- Les rois mendiants (1977)
- Les naufragés du soleil, three volumes
- Le gaur de la rivière noire (1978)
- Le cheval de feu (1980)
- Le baron céleste (1982)
- Dieu, l’or et le sang (1980)
- Le commandant du nord (1982)
- Marco Polo espion de Venise (1984)
- Soldats perdus et fous de Dieu, Indochine 1954-1955 (1986)
- L’or de Baal (1987)
- Tahiti (1988)
- Le Roi noir, (1991)
- Mourir pour Jérusalem (1995), (non-fiction)
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William Nicholas Stone Courtney was a British television actor, most famous for playing Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who died he was , 81..
(16 December 1929 – 22 February 2011)
Courtney was born in Cairo, Egypt, the son of a British diplomat, and was educated in France, Kenya and Egypt. He served his National Service in the British Army, leaving after 18 months as a private, not wanting to pursue a military career. He next joined the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and after two years began doing repertory theatre in Northampton. From there he moved to London.
Prior to Doctor Who, Courtney made guest appearances in several cult television series, including The Avengers (1962, 1967), The Champions (1968) and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) and as a racing driver in Riviera Police (1965).
Director Douglas Camfield originally considered Courtney for the role of Richard the Lionheart in The Crusade (1965), a role that ultimately went to Julian Glover, kept Courtney in mind for future casting. His first appearance in Doctor Who was in the 1965 serial The Daleks’ Master Plan, directed by Camfield, where he played Space Security Agent Bret Vyon opposite William Hartnell as the Doctor. Camfield liked Courtney’s performance, and when the director was assigned the 1968 serial The Web of Fear, he cast Courtney as Captain Knight. However, when David Langton gave up the role of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to work elsewhere, Camfield recast Captain Knight and gave the part to Courtney instead.
Lethbridge-Stewart reappeared later that year in The Invasion, promoted to Brigadier and in charge of the British contingent of UNIT, an organization that protected the Earth from alien invasion. It was in that recurring role that he is best known, appearing semi-regularly from 1970 to 1975. Courtney made return appearances in the series in 1983, and his last Doctor Who television appearance was in 1989 in the serial Battlefield (although like many other former cast members, he returned to the role for the charity special Dimensions in Time). Coincidentally, he appeared with Jean Marsh in both his first and last regular Doctor Who television appearances.
Courtney has played Lethbridge-Stewart, either on television or in audio plays, alongside every subsequent Doctor up to and including Paul McGann, as well as substitute First Doctor Richard Hurndall. He did not appear in the revived series. While he has acted with Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant in the Big Finish audio dramas Sympathy for the Devil and UNIT: The Wasting, Tennant was playing a different character, Colonel Ross Brimmicombe-Wood, on both occasions. In 2000 he got back in uniform to recreate the character of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart for a couple of sketches in the third season of ‘The Harry Hill Show’.
The character is referenced in the Series 4 episode “The Poison Sky” and is said to be “stuck in Peru”. Fifteen years after Dimensions in Time, Courtney returned as Lethbridge-Stewart (now, Sir Alistair), freshly returned from Peru, in “Enemy of the Bane“, a two-part story in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures aired in December 2008, starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. The story pitted Sir Alistair and Sarah Jane against Commander Kaagh and Mrs. Wormwood who try to wake Horath using the Tanguska Scroll. It was intended by the Sarah Jane Adventures production team that Courtney would reappear in the following year’s The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith so that Lethbridge-Stewart would meet the Tenth Doctor, but Courtney was recovering from a stroke and unable to take part.
After Doctor Who
Courtney continued to act extensively in theatre and television after his main Doctor Who appearances, guest-starring in such popular television programmes as Minder (1984), All Creatures Great and Small (1980, episode “Matters Of Life And Death”), Only Fools and Horses (1988) and Yes, Prime Minister (1986). In 1982 he was cast alongside Frankie Howerd in the World War II-set comedy series Then Churchill Said to Me but the series remained untransmitted for over a decade due to the outbreak of the Falklands War. He also had a regular role in the comedy French Fields between 1989 and 1991. He also appeared in the Big Finish Productions audio drama Earthsearch Mindwarp, based on a James Follett novel, broadcast on the digital radio station BBC 7.
He also appeared in an episode of the long-running BBC TV series The Two Ronnies alongside Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett as the character of ‘Captain Dickie Chapman’, a fellow prisoner-of-war (POW) in Colditz during World War II, in a sketch based on the original BBC serial, Colditz.
In 1985, Courtney played ‘The Narrator’ in The Rocky Horror Show. Amanda Redman also starred in the production as Janet. In 1989 he portrayed Temple in the BBC Radio 4 adaption of John Wyndham‘s Survival.
Courtney starred as Inspector Lionheart opposite fellow Doctor Who actor Terry Molloy in the audio series The Scarifyers, from Cosmic Hobo Productions. The first two Scarifyers adventures, The Nazad Conspiracy and The Devil of Denge Marsh, were broadcast on BBC 7 in 2007; the third, entitled For King and Country in 2008, and fourth, The Curse of the Black Comet, in 2010. He regularly made personal appearances at science fiction conventions and was also from 1997 the honorary president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. His theatrical agent was former Doctor Who actress Wendy Padbury.
In 1998, Courtney released his autobiography, titled Five Rounds Rapid! (ISBN 978-1852277826) after an infamous line of dialogue the Brigadier had in the 1971 Who serial The Dæmons. He recorded his memoirs, subtitled A Soldier in Time for release on CD in 2002 by Big Finish. In 2008 he appeared in the film Incendiary, as the Archbishop of Canterbury, alongside Ewan McGregor.
An updated autobiography, Still Getting Away With It (ISBN 978-1871330731), was published in 2005, with co-author Michael McManus. Until his death, he lived in London with his second wife, Karen.
Courtney’s death was reported by SFX and The Stage early in the morning of 23 February 2011. The exact cause of death was not given in these early reports. Doctor Who audio play producers Big Finish, with whom Courtney had worked on several releases in his continuing role as the Brigadier, confirmed the date of his death as 22 February 2011. The BBC reported that he had “died in London at the age of 81”. According to his official web site, he died following a long illness. Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss called him “a childhood hero and the sweetest of gentlemen”. Former Doctor Tom Baker also paid tribute, having visited him on the Friday before his death. Baker wrote “We shall miss him terribly” in a newsletter on his website, in which he also indicated that Courtney had been battling cancer.
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Who is Elisha Ann Cuthbert? The entertainment and acting world knows her Elisa Cuthbert as a Canadian film and television actress. Cuthbert is known as the former co-host of the Canadian children’s television series Popular Mechanics for Kids. In 1998, she had her first film role in Airspeed. She followed this up in 2003 with a role in Old School. Her most prominent role is as Kim Bauer in the American action-thriller television series 24. She is currently starring as Alex on the ABC comedy series Happy Endings.
Cuthbert was born November 30, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta, the daughter of Patricia, a homemaker, and Kevin, an automotive design engineer. She has two younger siblings, Jonathan and Lee-Ann, and she grew up in Greenfield Park, near Montreal, Quebec. In 2000, she graduated from Centennial Regional High School and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.
When she was nine, Cuthbert started modeling for various lines of children’s clothing and also became a foot model. She made her first televised appearance as an extra in the horror-themed series for children Are You Afraid of the Dark?; she later became a series regular on the show. Cuthbert also co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids, which was filmed in Montreal. Her reporting captured the attention of then–First Lady Hillary Clinton, who invited her to visit the White House.
Cuthbert landed her first role in a feature film in the family drama Dancing on the Moon (1997). She appeared in several other Canadian family-themed movies and an airplane thriller, Airspeed. Cuthbert starred in the Canadian television movie Lucky Girl in 2001 and was awarded a Gemini Award for her performance.
Soon after her move to Los Angeles, Cuthbert was cast in the role of Kim Bauer, daughter of federal agent Jack Bauer in the television series 24. She appeared in the show’s first three seasons, but not in its fourth; she guest-starred in two episodes in the fifth season. She also reprised her role as Kim Bauer in 24: The Game and again guest-starred in five episodes of the seventh season and in two episodes of the eighth season.
2002–2005: Commercial success
She began her Hollywood film career with small roles in Old School and Love Actually in 2003.
Cuthbert’s next film, The Girl Next Door, cast her in her first lead role as an ex–porn star, Danielle, opposite Emile Hirsch. Cuthbert had initial reservations about taking the part, but was persuaded by director Luke Greenfield into accepting. She researched the role, speaking to actual adult actresses from Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment. Upon its release, the film received comparisons to Risky Business, – although Cuthbert claims her character was not directly based on Rebecca De Mornay‘s character. Critics were divided; some praised the film for its boldness, while others, notably Roger Ebert, decried it as gimmicky and exploitative. Ebert wrote that he saw Cuthbert’s character Danielle as “quite the most unpleasant character I have seen in some time.”
In her next big-screen outing, Cuthbert starred with Paris Hilton and Chad Michael Murray in the 2005 remake of the classic horror film House of Wax. Cuthbert, along with the rest of the cast, was made up to look haggard. In one scene, her character was to attempt to open her mouth while her lips were sealed with glue. For the sake of realism, Cuthbert opted for real superglue over prosthetics. House of Wax was largely panned, with critics citing a range of flaws. It was called “notable for having some of the most moronic protagonists ever to populate a horror film,” though out of those characters, critics tended to think Cuthbert “fares the best.” Though receiving negative reviews the film was a box office success. Others noted Cuthbert as an “exception,” playing her role “earnestly” and “fine.”
2006–2007: Career transition
Cuthbert’s next film project was the indie film The Quiet, which she not only co-starred in but also co-produced and helped finance. She played Nina, a temperamental 17-year-old cheerleader who suffers from sexual abuse. Cuthbert looked to her younger cousin for inspiration as to how to play a teenager. The Quiet, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and received a limited release in Los Angeles and New York City on August 25, 2006, before expanding regionally on September 1.
Cuthbert appeared in the music video for Weezer‘s “Perfect Situation” in early 2006, where she played the group’s fictional original singer who threw a tantrum that led to Rivers Cuomo, the unlikely roadie, becoming the frontman of the band. Cuthbert also had a small role in Paris Hilton’s music video for the song “Nothing In This World“.
In 2007, Cuthbert appeared in the film, Captivity, a thriller centered around a fashion model taunted by a psychopath who has imprisoned her in a cellar, a role for which she was nominated for a Razzie award as “worst actress.”
In He Was a Quiet Man, Cuthbert played Vanessa, a quadriplegic, starring opposite Christian Slater. The film was in limited release in 2007, and it was released on DVD in early 2008
2008–present: Current and future projects
In 2008, Cuthbert appeared in My Sassy Girl, a remake of a Korean film, starring alongside Jesse Bradford. Her next film is the family comedy The Six Wives of Henry Lefay with actor Tim Allen, in which she plays his daughter. She starred in the Canadian mini-series Guns. She appeared as a guest judge in season two, episode two of Project Runway Canada, where designers were challenged to create a “party dress” for Cuthbert.
Cuthbert reprised her character Kim Bauer in the seventh season of 24 for five episodes. She also was scheduled to star in the CBS drama pilot Ny-Lon, playing a New York literacy teacher/record-store clerk who embarks on a transatlantic romance with a London stockbroker. The project, which was based on a British series starring Rashida Jones and Stephen Moyer, has since been canceled.
Cuthbert is slated to voice Cleo, “the feline daughter of a wealthy kitty litter baron,” in Cat Tale, an animated film set in a civilized world of cats and dogs.
On December 7, 2009, it was announced that Elisha has joined the cast of The Forgotten in a recurring role. ABC announced that she will play Maxine Denver, a strong and successful Chicago professional who is forced to put her skepticism of “amateur detectives” aside when The Forgotten Network begins investigating a case close to home.
Cuthbert stars in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings with Zachary Knighton, Casey Wilson, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe. The series aired it’s first two episodes on April 13, 2011.
In the media
Cuthbert regularly secures a place in FHM and Maxim‘s annual “hottest women” lists. Her highest ranking was #4 in the 2008 UK Edition of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. She was ranked #14 in 2003, #10 in 2004, #5 in 2005, #22 in 2006, #10 in 2007 and #7 in 2009. The U.S. Edition ranked her #53 in 2003, #63 in 2004, and #54 in 2006. She was not listed in the U.S. 2005 list. Cuthbert was ranked #10 by AskMen.com readers in the list “Top 99 Women of 2007.” Maxim named her #92 in its 2006 Hot 100 list, #6 in 2008, and #43 in 2009, and the magazine features her in its Girls of Maxim Gallery. As of 2006, Cuthbert has stated that she would refuse to be photographed nude in film roles or magazines and uses body doubles whenever necessary, specifying that she would “like to keep some things to herself.”
Her current partner is Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. In 2005 she maintained a blog on the NHL website, though she did not post for most of the season. She was once involved romantically with then-Los Angeles Kings player Sean Avery. Avery was suspended six games for the remarks about Cuthbert’s new relationship and was not invited to rejoin his team, the Dallas Stars, following his suspension.
|1996||Dancing on the Moon||Sarah|
|1997||Mail to the Chief||Madison Osgood|
|1997||Nico the Unicorn||Carolyn Price|
|1999||Time at the Top||Susan Shawson|
|2000||Who Gets the House?||Emily Reece|
|2001||Lucky Girl||Katlin Palmerson|
|2003||Love Actually||American Goddess Carol|
|2003||Old School||Darcie Goldberg|
|2004||The Girl Next Door||Danielle (aka “D”)|
|2005||House of Wax||Carly Jones|
|2006||The Quiet||Nina Deer|
|2007||He Was a Quiet Man||Vanessa|
|2008||My Sassy Girl||Jordan Roark|
|2009||The Six Wives of Henry Lefay||Barbara Lefay/Barby|
|1997–2000||Popular Mechanics for Kids||Herself|
|1999–2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Megan|
|2004||MADtv||Herself and Kim Bauer||24 parody|
|2001–2004, 2006, 2009–2010||24||Kim Bauer||79 episodes|
|2010||The Forgotten||Maxine Denver||6 episodes|
|2011–present||Happy Endings||Alex||13 episodes|
|2006||Nothing in This World||Paris Hilton||Popular girl|
|2001||Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series||Lucky Girl||Won|
|2003||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Star – Female||24||Nominated|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure/Thriller||House of Wax||Nominated|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Rumble||House of Wax||Nominated|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller||Captivity||Nominated|
|2003||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||24||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||24||Nominated|
|2005||MTV Movie Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance, Female||The Girl Next Door||Nominated|
|2005||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||The Girl Next Door||Nominated|