Robert Phillip “Bob” Marcucci was a personal manager at Chancellor Records and Robert P. Marcucci Productions died from respiratory complications he was , 81. He discovered and managed the careers of Fabian and Frankie Avalon, amongst others. The 1980 movie, The Idolmaker, is loosely based on his life in the record industry.
|(February 28, 1930 – March 9, 2011)|
Early life and career
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bob Marcucci started in the music industry at age 25, as a song writer, after which he borrowed $10,000 from his father to launch Chancellor Records.
One of his first signed acts was Frankie Avalon, but by the time Frankie had reached the age of 17, his appeal began to decline and Marcucci was in need of a new star.
His next act was his neighbor’s 14-year-old son. Marcucci’s neighbour had suffered a heart attack during which Marcucci had gone over to help. He spotted the neighbor’s young son and after the father had recovered, inquired as to whether he would be interested in a career in music. Fabian initially declined before eventually signing on as Marcucci’s next act. After two years Fabian bought out his contract.
He was the long-time manager of manager of Hollywood gossip columnist Rona Barrett. He was co-producer of the 1984 version of The Razor’s Edge, starring Bill Murray in a rare dramatic role. The following year, he produced A Letter to Three Wives for television.
In his later years, Marcucci continued to manage artists such as Amy Dolenz, Michael T. Weiss, Ron Moss and Cheryl Powers through his production companies.
Marcucci died on March 9, 2011 at a hospital in Ontario, California, of respiratory complications and severe infections.
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Robert Maxey McNamara was a infielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly at shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1939 season. Listed at 5’10”, 170 lb., He batted right-handed died he was , 94..
(September 19, 1916 – March 9, 2011)
Born in Denver, Colorado, McNamara was one of many baseball players whose professional career was interrupted during World War II. He was the son of Charles and Dorothy McNamara, and moved with the family to Long Beach, California, where he graduated from Compton High School in 1935. A 4.0 student, he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He then went to the University of California at Berkeley on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1939. He played freshman football, basketball and concentrated on baseball, being selected an All-American and the Conference Player of the Year in 1939 during his senior year.
McNamara debuted with the Athletics of Connie Mack in 1939. In his first major league at-bat, against the New York Yankees, he drilled a single off Lefty Gomez at Yankee Stadium. Overall, he appeared in nine games, batting a .222 average (2-for-9) with one double and three runs batted in, including a walk and a strikeout with no home runs. He also played three minor league seasons, being managed by Rogers Hornsby and Pepper Martin, among others.
Following his baseball career, McNamara worked for Northrop Corporation. He rose through the accounting and finance ranks and retired as a Corporate Officer, Senior Vice-President of Finance. He married Annabelle Jane Tarr in 1939. They were married for 66 years and raised three children in Fullerton, California. He widowed in 2006.
McNamara died in Rancho Bernardo, California, at the age of 94. At the time of his death he was recognized as the ninth oldest living major league player.
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Victor Manuel Blanco, American astronomer, director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. died he was , 92.
Victor Manuel Blanco was a Puerto Rican astronomer who in 1959 discovered “Blanco 1”, a galactic cluster died he was , 92. Blanco was the second Director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, which had the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere at the time. In 1995, the telescope was dedicated in his honor and named the Victor M. Blanco Telescope; it is also known as the “Blanco 4m”.
(March 10, 1918 – March 8, 2011)
Blanco was born in the town of Guayama, Puerto Rico, where he received his primary and secondary education. As a child, Blanco would often wonder about the stars and became interested in astronomy. He moved to the city of Chicago and entered the University of Chicago where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree. During World War II, Blanco served in the US Army Air Force in the Pacific Theater. Blanco continued his studies and earned his Masters degree in Arts and later his doctorate in astronomy. Employed by the University of Puerto Rico as an assistant professor of Astrometry, Blanco was recruited in 1948 and assisted in the task of polishing the mirrors of the 200-inch Hale telescope in California. In 1949, he returned to Puerto Rico and reassumed his duties at the UPR.
Blanco later served as the Director of the Astrometry and Astrophysics Division of the United States Naval Observatory. The U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) provides a wide range of astronomical data and products, and serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense and a standard of time for the entire United States. He also served in Java, Indonesia for UNESCO in the position of astronomer.
Blanco, a professor of Astrophysics at the Case Institute of Technology (renamed Case Western Reserve University in 1967) in Cleveland, Ohio, discovered an open cluster in 1959. The stellar cluster which was named Blanco 1, in his honor, has the blue star Zeta Sculptoris in the center of its constellation. According to “The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society”, Blanco 1 exhibits subsolar ratios that are not observed among nearby field stars. Blanco and his wife Betty Blanco together with Martin McCarthy work on the stellar population in the central regions of our galaxy and in the Magellanic Clouds was pioneering. They discovered of the change in the ratio of carbon stars to M-type stars from the nuclear bulge of our galaxy to the LMC and then the SMC.
In July 1967, Blanco became the second director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). Located in Cerro Tololo mountain, Chile and founded in 1963, it is part of the National (U.S.) Optical Astronomy Observatory known as “NOAO” Blanco built the scientific, engineering, and technical staff from scratch.
When Blanco arrived at CTIO, there was a 60-inch telescope in operation. During his tenure the University of Michigan‘s 0.6-m Curtis Schmidt moved there in 1967, CTIO installed a 0.9-m reflector in 1967 and a 1.5-m reflector in 1968, and Yale University‘s 1-m reflector, was installed there in 1973. Blanco played an instrumental role in persuading various agencies to participate in the construction of a 4-m telescope. During its construction, he personally played a major role in the alignment and commissioning of the telescope. The telescope, which is the southern twin of the 4-m instrument at Kitt Peak National Observatory, opened in 1974. The 4-m became the most productive telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.
As director of CTIO, Blanco also maintained excellent relations with the Chilean astronomical community and the Chilean public at large. His tenure spanned the presidencies of Eduardo Frei Montalva, Salvador Allende, and Augusto Pinochet. Blanco was director of CTIO until 1981, when he was succeeded by Dr. Osmer.
Victor M. Blanco Telescope
On October 15, 1985, Dr. E. Bowell discovered a main belt asteroid with an orbital period of 1571.4391974 days (4.30 years) which he named 9550 Victorblanco in honor of Blanco.
On 8 September 1995, in a well attended mountain top ceremony, the CTIO 4-m telescope was officially named the “Victor M. Blanco Telescope” which is also known as “the Blanco 4m”. The Victor M. Blanco telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory is used to help scientists study cosmic acceleration, the observation that the universe seems to be expanding at an accelerating rate. A large bronze plaque affixed to the outside the main entrance to the building reads (in Spanish, then English):
Written works and academic memberships
Blanco was the co-author of many articles in astrophysics including:
- Telescopes, Red Stars, and Chilean Skies, Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 39: 1-18 (Volume publication date September 2001). 
- Carbon stars, Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica (ISSN 0185-1101), vol. 19, Dec. 1989, p. 25-37.
- Late type giants in Large Magellanic Cloud, Nature 258, 407 – 408 (04 December 1975); doi:10.1038/258407a0.
- Basic Physics of the Solar System, V. M. Blanco and S. W. McCuskey. Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1961. xii + 307 pp.
- Division IX Commission 25 Stellar Photometry & Polarimetry
- Division VII Commission 33 Structure & Dynamics of the Galactic System
- Division IV Commission 45 Stellar Classification
- Division XII Commission 50 Protection of Existing & Potential Observatory Sites
- Division IV Stars
- Division VII Galactic System
- Division IX Optical & Infrared Techniques
- Division XII Union-Wide Activities
Blanco died on March 8, 2011 at Vero Beach, Florida. He was survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty Blanco, a son, Daniel Blanco, a stepson, David Mintz, and a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Vitell.
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Richard John Campbell was an English classical musician, best known as a founder member of the early music ensemble Fretwork and for his newer association with the Feinstein Ensemble, specialising in historically-accurate performance of 18th century music died he was , 55..
(21 February 1956 – 8 March 2011)
Early Life and Education
Campbell was born in Hammersmith, London, where his parents were teachers, and was educated at Marlborough College and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he studied Classics. After rejecting a career as a Latin teacher as having ‘dubious prospects’, he went to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Guildhall.
With Fretwork, he recorded 31 albums, and also performed on film soundtracks including Coffee and Cigarettes and The Da Vinci Code. Fretwork is known for its global touring and, as well as performances of early music, commissioning new compositions for viol consort.
Campbell was Professor of Viola da Gamba and Violone at the Royal Academy of Music. As a gamba soloist he has been associated since 1981 with Sir John Eliot Gardiner‘s English Baroque Soloists and their performances and recordings of JS Bach and Francois Couperin. He has performed as gamba-soloist or principal cellist with ensembles including Northern Sinfonia, the orchestra of The Sixteen, Ex Cathedra of Birmingham, the City of London Sinfonia, the St James’s Baroque Player], Florilegium, and Paul McCreesh‘s Gabrieli Players. He was a founding member of Jakob Lindberg’s Dowland Consort, Philip Picket’s Musicians of the Globe and, Charles Humphries’s ensemble Kontraband.
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Did you know that you should never pre-shampoo your hair before adding a perm?
Did you know that you should never drink coffee or hot drinks before relaxing your hair?
Now if you didn’t know, now you know…
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Who is Bianca Tai? The entertainment and cheer-leading world knows her as Bianca La Russa. La Russa, is a dancer who just made the Oakland Raiders cheer-leading team.
Bianca Russa father is “Tony” La Russa, Jr. he is a Major League Baseball manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.
La Russa has two older sister Andrea and Averie. They were from her Tony La Russa’s when he was married to Luzette Sarcone from 1965–1973.
La Russa and second wife Elaine had Bianca & Devon, and the family reside in Alamo, California.
LaRussa are the founders of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, which saves abandoned and injured animals as well as running programs to bring dog and cat visits to abused children, hospital patients, seniors and shut-ins. La Russa is also a vegetarian.
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BARACK OBAMA PUBLISHES HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO PROVE HE’S AMERICAN.
I am happy yet so disappointed that Phillip Berg, Donald Trump and talk show host like Michael Savage were on board with the notion that the President was not an american born citizen.
Forget the fact that he was a lawyer that went to College graduated and was a senator and now a president. President Obama hand was forced by the billionaire and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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Who is Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson? The entertainment world knows her as Emma Watson, Watson is a French-born British actress who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger, one of three starring roles in the Harry Potter film series. Watson was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having acted only in school plays. From 2001 to 2007, she starred in five Harry Potter film instalments alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. She will return for the final two instalments: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due to be released in 2009, and the two parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Watson’s work in the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than £10 million.
From the age of six, Watson expressed a desire to become an actress. By 10, she had starred in school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. She had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. “I had no idea of the scale of the film series”, she said in a 2007 interview with Parade magazine; “if I had I would have been completely overwhelmed”.
In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling‘s bestselling novel. Of importance to the casting directors were the lead role of Harry Potter and the two supporting roles of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Harry’s two friends. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast, respectively, as Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Rowling supported Watson from her first screen test.
Watson’s debut as Hermione came in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. Critics praised the performances of the three leads, often singling out Watson for particular acclaim. The Daily Telegraph called her performance “admirable”, and IGN said she “stole the show”. Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher’s Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.
A year later, Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment of the series. Though the film received mixed reviews because of its pace and direction, critics were positive about the performances. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films, while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for “under-employing” Watson’s hugely popular character. Watson received an Otto Award from the German magazine Die Welt for her performance. In 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released. Watson was appreciative of the more assertive role Hermione played, calling her character “charismatic” and “a fantastic role to play”. Although critics turned away from Radcliffe’s acting talent, labelling him wooden, Watson continued to be praised; The New York Times lauded her performance, saying “Luckily Mr. Radcliffe’s blandness is offset by Ms. Watson’s spiky impatience. Harry may show off his expanding wizardly skills … but Hermione … earns the loudest applause with a decidedly unmagical punch to Draco Malfoy’s deserving nose”. Although Prisoner of Azkaban remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film as of January 2008, Watson’s personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film.
With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), both Watson and the Harry Potter film series reached new milestones. The film set records for a Harry Potter opening weekend, a non-May opening weekend in the US, and an opening weekend in the UK. Critics praised the increasing maturity of Watson and her teenage co-stars; the New York Times called her performance “touchingly earnest”. For Watson, much of the humour of the film sprang from the tension among the three lead characters as they matured. She said, “I loved all the arguing … I think it’s much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems.” Nominated for three awards for Goblet of Fire, Watson won a bronze Otto Award. Later that year, Watson became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue. 2006 found Watson playing Hermione in The Queen’s Handbag, a special mini-episode of Harry Potter in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday.
The fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was a financial success, setting a record worldwide, opening-weekend gross of $332.7 million. Watson won the inaugural National Movie Award for Best Female Performance. As the fame of the actress and the series continued, Watson and fellow Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint left imprints of their hands, feet, and wands in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on 9 July 2007.
Watson’s first non-Harry Potter role was in the 2007 TV film Ballet Shoes,
as Pauline Fossil.  She said of the project, “I was all set to go back to school after finishing Harry Potter [and the Order of the Phoenix] but couldn’t resist Ballet Shoes. I really loved it”. A BBC adaptation of Noel Streatfeild‘s novel of the same name, the film stars Watson as aspiring actress Pauline Fossil, the eldest of three sisters around whom the story revolves. Director Sandra Goldbacher commented, “Emma was perfect for Pauline … She has a piercing, delicate aura that makes you want to gaze and gaze at her”. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on Boxing Day in the United Kingdom, to an estimated audience of 5.2 million (22 percent of the viewing total). The film received generally poor critical reviews, and The Times described it as “progress[ing] with little emotional investment, or magic, or dramatic momentum”. However, the performances of its cast were generally praised; The Daily Telegraph wrote the film “was certainly well done, not least because it confirmed how good child actors are these days”.
Watson starred in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux,
released in December 2008. She voiced the character of Princess Pea in the film, a children’s comedy which also starred Matthew Broderick and Tracey Ullman.
Although Radcliffe and Grint had confirmed their commitment to acting, Watson had expressed uncertainty about her future. Speaking to Newsweek in 2006, she said, “Daniel and Rupert seem so sure … I love to perform, but there are so many other things I love doing.”
However, despite rumours that she had refused the final two Harry Potter installments, Watson signed for the sixth and seventh films in March 2007. She explained the decision was tough as filming would continue to dominate her life for three to four years, but in the end “the pluses outweighed the minuses”. Filming for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film, began in late 2007 and has since finished.
Watson’s extended family has grown as her divorced parents both have children by new partners. Her father has identical twin girls, Nina and Lucy, and a four-year old son, Toby. Her mother’s partner has two sons (Emma’s stepbrothers), who “regularly stay with her”. Watson’s full brother, Alexander, has appeared as an extra in two Harry Potter films, and her half-sisters were cast as the young Pauline Fossil in the BBC’s Ballet Shoes adaptation.
After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, Watson attended The Dragon School, an independent preparatory school, until June 2003 and then moved to Headington School, an independent school for girls, also in Oxford. While on film sets, Watson and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day; despite the focus on filming she maintained high academic standards. In June 2006, Watson took GCSE examinations in 10 subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades; she was a target of friendly ridicule on the Harry Potter set because of her straight-A exam results. She received A grades in her 2008 A level examinations in English Literature, Geography and Art, and in her 2007 AS (advanced subsidiary) level in History of Art. Watson is currently taking a gap year, with filming of the two part adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows starting in February 2009, after which she “definitely wants to go to university” to study English. Though rumoured to have secured a place to read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, she’s “still deciding whether to take up a university place at Oxbridge or an Ivy League college.”
Watson’s work in the Harry Potter series has brought her more than £10 million, and she has acknowledged she will never have to work for money. However, she has declined to quit school to become a full-time actress, saying “People can’t understand why I don’t want to … but school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality”. She has been positive about working as a child actress, saying her parents and colleagues helped make her experience happy. Watson enjoys a close friendship with her fellow Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, describing them as a “unique support system” for the stresses of film work.
Watson lists her interests as dancing, singing, field hockey, tennis, art, fly fishing, and donates to WTT (Wild Trout Trust). She describes herself as “a bit of a feminist“, and admires fellow actors Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts.
As she has grown older, Watson has become something of a budding fashion devotee. She has said she sees fashion as something very similar to art, which she studied in school. In September 2008, she told a blogger, “I’ve been focusing on art a lot, and fashion’s a great extension of that.”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
|2001||Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||Hermione Granger||Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US and India|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Hermione Granger|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Hermione Granger|
|2005||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Hermione Granger|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Hermione Granger|
|2007||Ballet Shoes||Pauline Fossil||Television film shown on BBC One|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Princess Pea||Voice part|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Hermione Granger|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1||Hermione Granger|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||Hermione Granger|
|2011||My Week with Marilyn||Lucy||In production|
|2002||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress||Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||Won|
|2002||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Saturn Award||Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||Nominated|
|2002||Empire||Empire Award||Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||Nominated|
|2002||American Moviegoer Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress||Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||Nominated|
|2003||Otto Awards||Best Female Film Star (Silver)||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Won|
|2004||Otto Awards||Best Female Film Star (Silver)||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Won|
|2004||Total Film||Child Performance of the Year||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Won|
|2004||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Young Actress||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Nominated|
|2005||Otto Awards||Best Female Film Star (Gold)||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Won|
|2005||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Young Actress||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Nominated|
|2006||Otto Awards||Best Female Film Star (Bronze)||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Won|
|2006||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Team||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Nominated|
|2007||ITV National Film Awards||Best Female Performance||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Won|
|2007||UK Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards||Best Movie Actress||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Won|
|2008||UK Sony Ericsson Empire Awards||Best Actress||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Nominated|
|2008||Constellation Award||Best Female Performance||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Won|
|2008||Otto Awards||Best Female Film Star (Gold)||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Won|
|2008||SyFy Genre Awards||Best Actress||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Won|
|2008||Glamour Awards||Best UK TV Actress||Ballet Shoes||Nominated|
|2009||Scream Awards||Best Fantasy Actress||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Nominated|
|2010||National Movie Awards||Performance of the Year||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Nominated|
|2010||MTV Movie Awards||Best Female Performance||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Actress Fantasy||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Nominated|
|2011||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Star Under 25||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1||Nominated|
|2011||Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1||Nominated|
|2011||National Movie Awards||Performance of the Year||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1||Nominated[131|
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Who is Ali Landry? The entertainment and acting world knows Landry as a former Miss USA (1996), model and actress. She is perhaps best known as the Doritos Girl from her 1998 Super Bowl commercial, and for her portrayal of Rita Lefleur on the UPN sitcom Eve. In 1998, she was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world.
Landry was born July 21, 1973 grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. This southern region of Louisiana is referred to as “Acadiana“, or Cajun country. Landry is of French (Cajun) descent. She attended Cecilia High School, graduating in 1991. In high school, she was captain of the cheerleaders. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and majored in mass communication. She is an alumnni of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Her first foray into pageantry came in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA. She represented Louisiana in the 1990 Miss Teen USA pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July 1990, where she placed first in the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions, but was ranked seventh during the final competition and couldn’t reach the final 6.
In 1995, Landry won the 1996 Miss Louisiana USA title, becoming the first former Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss crown. She went on to compete in the 1996 Miss USA pageant, which was broadcast live from South Padre Island, Texas in February 1996 — she placed third highest after the preliminary competition and second highest on average during the final Top 10 competition. She was the highest placed of the Top 6 finalists and eventually went on to win the 1996 title.
She is the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to actually win the Miss USA crown (her predecessor Shanna Moakler, previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA, Miss New York USA and first runner-up to Miss USA Chelsi Smith, only inherited the title after Smith became Miss Universe).
Landry competed in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in May that year. She placed first in the preliminary competition and was ranked second in the evening gown and interview events during the final competition. She was second going in to the next round of six delegates, but she was eliminated after the judges’ questions.
Until 1999, Landry was the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete at Miss Universe. Her record at all three pageants was not surpassed until 2000 when Miss USA 2000, Lynnette Cole made the top 5 at all three pageants.
Landry has done much modeling for photographers and magazines. As a spokeswoman for the Doritos chips brand, she appeared in celebrated TV commercials airing during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super Bowl football games. She was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998. Her house was featured on E!‘s celebrity homes and on MTV’s Cribs. She has been listed as one of FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World numerous times. She was twice named on Stuff Magazine‘s 100 Sexiest Women list. Askmen.com has named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women and 99 Most Desirable Women in the World.
In 2002, she hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV. From 2003 to 2006, she was a regular cast member of the UPN sitcom Eve.
Landry has participated in the show Fear Factor and was runner-up. She is an avid athlete and also participated in the Boston Marathon.
Currently, she hosts the English and Spanish-language versions of Spotlight to Nightlight, an interview show on Yahoo where she talks with celebrity mothers about parenting issues. She also launched a lifestyle line, Belle Parish in 2009. Belle Parish launched with a children’s clothing line in September 2009 and will be in stores Spring 2010. The line is inspired by her Southern upbringing and the keepsake items her mother saved from her childhood.
Landry later met actor and TV personality Mario Lopez when he emceed the Miss Teen USA 1998 pageant and she was a commentator. They were engaged during the summer of 2003 and married on April 24, 2004, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in front of 50 guests at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Two weeks later she had the marriage annulled over infidelities committed by Lopez during the relationship.
She married film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde on April 8, 2006 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Their daughter Estela Ines Monteverde was born on July 11, 2007. Just annoused that she is pregnant with her 2nd child in late April 2011
Landry and her husband Alejandro Monteverde made the film Bella together. Bella was directed by Monteverde and was produced by their business partners Sean Wolfington, Eduardo Verastegui, Leo Severino, and Denise Pinckley. Monteverde and the filmmakers received honors for Bella from the Toronto Film Festival, the Smithsonian and the White House. The Smithsonian Latino Center honored Monteverde with their “Legacy Award.”
The director of the Department of Citizenship also gave Monteverde the “American by Choice” award for Bella’s positive contribution to Latino art and culture in the U.S.
US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush saw the film and invited Bella’s director to sit with Laura Bush in her private box during the annual State of the Union speech in 2007.
- Bella (2006)
- Who’s Your Daddy? (2003) (V)
- Outta Time (2002)
- Repli-Kate (2002)
- Soulkeeper (2001)
- Beautiful (2000)
- Hung Tom Chung (2000)
- The Superstars (2009) (ABC)
- Eve (2003–2006) (TV series, playing Rita) (UPN)
- Beach Week (Travel Channel)
- Will You Marry Me? (2003) (TV)
- Spy TV (2002) (TV series, host of second season)
- Full Frontal Fashion (host)
- Fastlane (recurring role)
- Farmclub.com (2001) (TV series)
- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (co-host)
- Fear Factor
- Inside Schwartz
- Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
- Significant Others
- Bold and the Beautiful
- Dorito’s commercials
- Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1998–1999) (TV series, regular guest star)
- America’s Greatest Pets (1998) (TV series, host)
- Sunset Beach (1997) (TV series)
- Secret’s Out (ReelzChannel)
- The Best Commercials You’ve Never Seen (and Some You Have) 2 (1999) (TV Special, host)
- The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest… (2008) (TV series, commentator)