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Who is Ricki Lake?

Who is Ricki Pamela Lake? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Ricki Lake, she is an American actress and television host, best known for her starring role as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray and for her talk show.

Early life

Lake was born Sepetember 21, 1968, to a Jewish family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, the daughter of Jill, a homemaker, and Barry Lake, a pharmacist.[4] She attended Ithaca College and the Professional Children’s School.[5]


Notable acting roles

Lake made her film debut as Tracy Turnblad, the lead character in John Waters‘ 1988 film Hairspray. She appeared in several other Waters films including Cecil B. Demented, Cry-Baby, and Serial Mom. She also appeared in such films as Mrs. Winterbourne, Cabin Boy, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Cookie, Inside Monkey Zetterland, and the television movie Baby Cakes.
In 1989, Lake joined the cast of the Vietnam War drama series China Beach as Red Cross volunteer Holly. She later went on to have recurring role as Doug’s sister Stephanie on the TV series King of Queens. She has also guest-starred on television series including Drop Dead Diva and a voice role on King of the Hill.
Lake made a cameo appearance in the 2007 movie musical Hairspray as a William Morris talent agent, and teamed up with star Nikki Blonsky, who had reprised the role of Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 movie musical remake, and Marissa Jaret Winokur, who had reprised the role of Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway musical based on the original 1988 film, to record “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” for the soundtrack, which is played at the film’s end credits. She later reunited with original Hairspray co-star Deborah Harry for the film Grammercy Park Hotel which was released in 2008. In October 2007, Lake appeared in the Lifetime TV movie Matters with Life and Dating. She performed in a CBS television special, Loving Leah, that aired in January 2009.
Ricki Lake was originally cast in the TV show The Middle, but she was replaced by Patricia Heaton after ABC announced it had greenlighted the series as a midseason 2009 replacement.[6]

Talk show

Ricki Lake was a daytime talk show. The show specialized in topics involving invited guests and incorporated questions and comments from a studio audience.[7][8]

The show debuted in syndication on September 13, 1993 and ended first-run episodes on May 25, 2004.
In 2000, Lake told Rosie O’Donnell in an interview she had signed on for four additional years. Although Sony Pictures Television had many stations contracted through the 2004–2005 season, Lake decided to end the show in August 2004, citing (among other things) a desire to spend time with her family. She moved from Los Angeles to New York to tape the 11th season of the show, then returned to California when taping was complete.

Other projects

After her talk show was canceled, Lake went on to host the 2006 CBS limited series Gameshow Marathon, which re-created classic game shows with celebrity contestants.[9] She also signed a development deal with Gameshow Marathon production company FremantleMedia for other ventures, including creating and producing future programs and projects.
The Business of Being Born, Lake’s documentary about home birth and midwifery, was released in limited markets on January 18, 2008.[10] The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Red Envelope released the film in New York, L.A. and San Francisco in October[11] and it also screened in Australia.[12] The Business of Being Born included footage and details of Lake’s own “life-changing” home-birthing experience and followed a midwife going about her work. Tribeca called it “The Inconvenient Truth of Childbirth.”[12] Lake described it as her life’s work for the last three years and expressed hopes that the film educated and empowered people to really know their choices in childbirth.[13]

In 2009, Lake returned to television. On May 11, 2009 she replaced Sharon Osbourne as host for the third season of VH1’s Charm School.[14][15]
Lake also jointly wrote a book on the world of natural childbirth and birthing options, along with Abby Epstein and Jacques Moritz, called Your Best Birth, published by Wellness Central on May 1, 2009.[16] Lake and Epstein also launched MyBestBirth.com, an online social network, powered by Ning, intended to allow parents and medical professionals to dialogue about varying birthing options and resources.
On November 10, 2010, Lake joined fellow talkers Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, and Montel Williams as guests of Oprah Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show. This marked the first time that these talk show hosts ever appeared together on one show since their programs left the air.[17]
In March 2011 it was reported that three television studios, Twentieth Television, Universal Media Studios and CBS Television Distribution, were interested in bringing Lake back to Talk TV in 2012. This after Lake began appearing on various programs in which she expressed a desire to return to the genre.[18] On April 20, 2011, Lake signed with Twentieth, which will develop her new talk show, for a September 2012 launch. It will have more of an “Oprah”-like format than her previous series.[19]

Personal life

Ricki Lake and ex husband Rob Sussman

Lake met artist/illustrator Rob Sussman at a Halloween party in 1993. The couple married shortly after in Las Vegas.[20] Their two sons are Milo Sebastian Sussman (March 22, 1997) and Owen Tyler Sussman (June 18, 2001).[21] The couple divorced in 2003 after 10 years of marriage.
In early 2007, Lake pursued a “new routine” resulting in over 125 pounds of weight loss, taking her down to 120 pounds (55 kg) from a high of 260 (118 kg).[22] In November 2007, Lake cited sexual abuse as a child as a reason for her problems with obesity.[23]

On September 18, 2010, Lake’s rented Malibu home was destroyed by fire. She and her sons escaped without injury.[24]
On January 15, 2011, Lake finished in sixth place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Luxury Ladies Poker Event, collecting $5,587 of the prizepool.[25]


Year↓ Film↓ Role↓ Notes↓
1988 Hairspray Tracy Turnblad
1988 The In Crowd Dancer Uncredited
1988 Working Girl Bridesmaid
1989 Cookie Pia
1989 Baby Cakes Grace
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Donna
1990 Cry-Baby Pepper Walker
1992 Where the Day Takes You Brenda
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Charlotte Uncredited
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Bella the Stalker
1993 Skinner Kerry Tate
1994 Cabin Boy Figurehead
1994 Serial Mom Misty Sutphin
1996 Mrs. Winterbourne Connie Doyle/Patricia Winterbourne
2000 Cecil B. Demented Libby
2006 Park Peggy
2007 Hairspray Talent agent
2008 The Business of Being Born

Executive producer
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes↓
1987 Kate & Allie Teri 1 episode
1988 ABC Afterschool Special Carmen 1 episode
1989 Baby Cakes Grace Television movie
1989 Starting Now Ricki Ross Television series pilot
1989–1990 China Beach Holly Pelegrino 13 episodes
1990 Gravedale High Cleofatra (Voice) Unknown episodes
1991 The Chase Tammie Television movie
1991 Riders in the Sky Broadway Baby 1 episode
1992 Based on an Untrue Story Velour Television movie
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen Television movie
2000–2001 The King of Queens Stephanie Heffernan 6 episodes
2004 Higglytown Heroes Carpenter Hero 1 episode
2006 King of the Hill Lila (Voice) 1 episode
2007 The Middle Frankie Heck 1 episode
2007 Matters of Life and Dating Linda Television movie
Executive producer
2009 Loving Leah Rabbi Gerry Television movie
Co-executive producer
2009 Charm School with Ricki Lake Head-mistress 10 episodes
2010 Drop Dead Diva 1 episode
2010 The Oprah Winfrey Show Herself Guest, “Talk Show Reunion”

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1994 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated Outstanding Talk Show Host Ricki Lake
1989 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Hairspray


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Who is Steve Kerr?

Who is Stephen Douglas Kerr? The entertainment and  sports world knows him as Steve Kerr, he is  a retired American professional basketball player and sports commentator. He shot .454 from three point range over his career and is currently (April 28, 2011) the most accurate three-point shooter in NBA history.[1] Kerr is a five-time NBA champion, and the only NBA player to win four consecutive championships in the last 30 years. He is also the only player to win four consecutive rings without being a member of the Boston Celtics dynasty.
On June 2, 2007, the Phoenix Suns named Kerr the team’s President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. Kerr helped Managing Partner Robert Sarver buy the Suns in 2004 and became one of Sarver’s trusted basketball advisors. Kerr announced his retirement from the Suns in June 2010.[2]

Early life

Kerr was born September 27, 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Malcolm Kerr, an American academic who specialized in the Middle East, Kerr spent much of his childhood in Lebanon and other Arab states. He attended Cairo American College in Egypt and Palisades High School (now Palisades Charter High School) in Pacific Palisades, California. On January 18, 1984, Kerr’s father, who was then serving as president of the American University of Beirut, was assassinated by suspected militant nationalists in Beirut.[3]

Basketball career

Kerr was minimally recruited out of high school because he could not jump and was two steps slower than other point guards.[4] Kerr played basketball for the University of Arizona from 1983 to 1988. In summer 1986, Kerr was named to the USA Basketball team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Spain. The team became the last American Men’s Senior Team composed strictly of amateur players to capture a gold medal. Kerr injured his knee during the tournament, forcing him to miss an entire season (1986–87) at Arizona. After returning to the team, Kerr became a fan favorite due to his leadership and long-range shooting. He helped the Wildcats reach the Final Four of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament in 1988, along with future NBA teammate Sean Elliott, future NBA journeyman Tom Tolbert, and future Major League Baseball All-Star Kenny Lofton. He also set a NCAA record for three point percentage in a single season (114-199, 57.3%).

NCAA Career Statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year↓ Team↓ GP↓ GS↓ MPG↓ FG%↓ 3P%↓ FT%↓ RPG↓ APG↓ SPG↓ BPG↓ PPG↓
1983-84 Arizona 28 22.6 .516 .692 1.2 1.3 0.3 0.0 7.1
1984-85 Arizona 31 33.4 .568 .803 2.4 4.0 0.6 0.1 10.0
1985-86 Arizona 32 38.4 .540 .899 3.2 4.2 1.6 0.0 14.4
1986-87 Arizona Redshirt
1987-88 Arizona 38 32.6 .559 .573 .824 2.0 3.9 1.2 0.1 12.6
Career[5] 129 32.1 .548 .573 .815 2.2 3.4 1.0 0.1 11.2
Kerr with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Chicago Bulls

Kerr was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1988 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1989. He spent over three seasons (1989 to 1992) there, and then part of the 1992–93 season with the Orlando Magic. In 1993, he signed with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls made the playoffs in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, but without Michael Jordan‘s presence for all of 1994 and much of 1995, though, they could not advance to the Finals. However, with Jordan back fulltime for the 1995–96 season, the Bulls went an NBA-record 72–10 and defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA championship.
Kerr played a major part of the Bulls’ victory in the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. In the final seconds of Game 6, with the score tied at 86, he took a pass from Michael Jordan and hit the game-clinching shot. The Bulls won the game, earning back-to-back championships for the first time in four seasons. Kerr also won the 3-Point Shootout at the 1997 All-Star Game.
In the last minute of Game 2 of the 1998 Finals series against Utah, he missed a three-pointer, grabbed his own rebound and laid it to Michael Jordan who scored an easy lay-up. The play helped Chicago win this game and even the series at 1–1. The Bulls won the series in six games.

During the 1998 off-season, Kerr was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, where he spent the rest of his career, save for the 2001–02 season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Spurs made it to the Finals for the first time in their history, and Kerr won his fourth ring in a row when the Spurs beat the New York Knicks for the 1999 NBA championship. He is the only non-Boston Celtic to win four straight NBA titles.
In the 2003 playoffs, Kerr made key contributions in Game Six of the Spurs’ Western Conference Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks. Among those were four clutch three-pointers that helped to eliminate the Mavericks. The Spurs eventually won the NBA championship that year by beating the New Jersey Nets in a six-game Finals series, led by Kerr, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili, among others.
Kerr ended his career as a dependable bench player who could make jump shots and three-pointers in critical moments. Even when he was with the Chicago Bulls, and both he and Michael Jordan were on the floor at the same time, when a free throw had to be taken due to a technical foul, Kerr was usually the one to take the shot.
Kerr announced his retirement after the 2003 NBA Finals. He played 910 regular season games but started only 30, 20 of them in the 1991–92 season. His career totals are: 5,437 points (6 ppg), 1,060 rebounds (1.2 rpg), and 1,658 assists (1.8 apg). He also retired as the league’s all-time leader in three-point shooting percentage for a season (.524 in 1994–95) and career (.454).

NBA Career Statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

[edit] Regular season

Year↓ Team↓ GP↓ GS↓ MPG↓ FG%↓ 3P%↓ FT%↓ RPG↓ APG↓ SPG↓ BPG↓ PPG↓
1988-89 Phoenix 26 0 6.0 .435 .471 .667 0.7 0.9 0.3 0.0 2.1
1989-90 Cleveland 78 5 21.3 .444 .507 .863 1.3 3.2 0.6 0.1 6.7
1990-91 Cleveland 57 4 15.9 .444 .452 .849 0.6 2.3 0.5 0.1 4.8
1991-92 Cleveland 48 20 17.6 .511 .432 .833 1.6 2.3 0.6 0.2 6.6
1992-93 Cleveland / Orlando 52 0 9.3 .434 .231 .917 0.9 1.3 0.2 0.0 2.6
1993-94 Chicago 82 0 24.8 .497 .419 .856 1.6 2.6 0.9 0.0 8.6
1994-95 Chicago 82 0 22.4 .527 .524 .778 1.5 1.8 0.5 0.0 8.2
1995-96 Chicago 82 0 23.4 .506 .515 .929 1.3 2.3 0.8 0.0 8.4
1996-97 Chicago 82 0 22.7 .533 .464 .806 1.6 2.1 0.8 0.0 8.1
1997-98 Chicago 50 0 22.4 .454 .438 .918 1.5 1.9 0.5 0.1 7.5
1998-99 San Antonio 44 0 16.7 .391 .313 .886 1.0 1.1 0.5 0.1 4.4
1999-00 San Antonio 32 0 8.4 .432 .516 .818 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.0 2.8
2000-01 San Antonio 55 1 11.8 .421 .429 .933 0.6 1.0 0.3 0.0 3.3
2001-02 Portland 65 0 11.9 .470 .394 .975 0.9 1.0 0.2 0.0 4.1
2002-03 San Antonio 75 0 12.7 .430 .395 .882 0.8 0.9 0.4 0.0 4.0
Career[6] 910 30 17.8 .479 .454 .864 1.2 1.8 0.5 0.1 6.0

[edit] Playoffs

Year↓ Team↓ GP↓ GS↓ MPG↓ FG%↓ 3P%↓ FT%↓ RPG↓ APG↓ SPG↓ BPG↓ PPG↓
1989-90 Cleveland 5 14.6 .286 .000 1.2 2.0 0.8 0.0 1.6
1991-92 Cleveland 12 12.4 .439 .273 1.000 0.5 0.8 0.4 0.0 3.7
1993-94 Chicago 10 18.6 .361 .375 1.000 1.4 1.0 0.7 0.0 3.5
1994-95 Chicago 10 19.3 .475 .421 1.000 0.6 1.5 0.1 0.0 5.1
1995-96 Chicago 18 19.8 .448 .321 .871 1.0 1.7 0.8 0.0 6.8
1996-97 Chicago 19 17.9 .429 .381 .929 0.9 1.1 0.9 0.1 5.0
1997-98 Chicago 21 19.8 .434 .463 .818 0.8 1.7 0.3 0.0 4.9
1998-99 San Antonio 11 8.8 .267 .231 .833 0.8 0.7 0.2 0.0 2.2
2000-01 San Antonio 9 11.2 .480 .333 .500 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.1 3.3
2001-02 Portland 3 13.0 .429 .250 1.000 1.3 1.7 0.3 0.0 6.3
2002-03 San Antonio 10 4.6 .636 .833 .750 0.3 0.6 0.1 0.0 2.2
Career[7] 128 15.6 .426 .370 .876 0.9 1.2 0.5 0.0 4.3

Post-playing career NBA analyst

From 2003 to 2007, Kerr was a broadcast analyst for Turner Network Television (TNT), offering commentary alongside renowned analyst Marv Albert. During his tenure he performed a segment sponsored by Coors Light called Steve’s Refreshing Thoughts in which he brought up interesting facts in NBA history. In the same time period, Kerr also contributed to Yahoo! as an NBA commentator.
He has provided his voice for the in-game commentary of EA Sports video games NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, NBA Live 08, NBA Live 09 and NBA Live 10 with Albert.
It was confirmed on June 28, 2010 that he would return as an NBA analyst for TNT starting with the 2010-11 NBA season.[8] Starting in 2011, Kerr will call the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship on Turner Sports and CBS, teaming up with lead broadcasters Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg for the First Four and Final Four games, and with Albert in other rounds.

General manager position with the Suns

On April 15, 2004, Kerr was announced as a member of a potential group of buyers that would acquire his old team, the Suns, from Jerry Colangelo for US$300 million. He became part of Suns management, acting as a consultant.[9][10]

On June 2, 2007, Kerr announced his departure from his broadcasting position at TNT and his commentating position at Yahoo! to assume duties as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns beginning with the 2007–2008 season. He replaced Mike D’Antoni.
On Feb 6, 2008, reports surfaced that Kerr was planning to trade Phoenix Suns forward Shawn Marion and guard Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat in exchange for Shaquille O’Neal, which he did. The Suns were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the first round of the playoffs.
On December 10, 2008, Kerr continued to remake the Suns roster by trading away Boris Diaw, Raja Bell, and Sean Singletary to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley, and the Charlotte Bobcats 2010 Second Round draft pick.[11]
On June 25, 2009, Kerr decided to trade the 5th all time leading scorer, Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a future second-round draft pick and cash.
On May 5, 2010, the Suns wore Los Suns jerseys in Game 2 against the Spurs as to be united against the controversial Arizona immigration law. Kerr himself compared the law to Nazi Germany.[12]
On June 15, 2010 Kerr stepped down as President and GM of the Suns.

Coinciding careers

Kerr and Robert Horry, another famous reserve player and clutch shooter, alternated NBA Championships for a decade, and combined to win 12 championships over a 14-year period. Either Kerr or Horry was on the roster of an NBA Finals team from the 1993-94 season through the 2002-03 season, with every one resulting in a victory. Horry‘s teams were victorious in the NBA Finals in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2007, while Kerr’s teams were winners in the NBA Finals in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003. Each won three titles playing for Phil Jackson-coached teams and two with the San Antonio Spurs.


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Who is Russell Brand?

Who is Russell Edward Brand? The Comedy and entertainment world knows him as Russell Brand, he is an English comedian, actor, columnist, singer, author and radio/television presenter.
Brand’s childhood and early adulthood were marked with personal misfortune and addiction. After successfully exiting rehab, Brand achieved fame in the UK in 2003 for his Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Although he had previously acted in movies and television, his first major role was in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall which led to a starring role in 2010’s Get Him to the Greek. He has also been a voice actor for animated films such as 2010’s Despicable Me and the 2011 film Hop. He starred in the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film Arthur.
Brand is noted for his eccentricity and his controversies in the British media, including his dismissal from MTV for dressing up as Osama Bin Laden and controversies while presenting at various award ceremonies. The 2008 prank telephone calls he made to Andrew Sachs while co-hosting The Russell Brand Show with Jonathan Ross led to his resignation from the BBC and major policy changes in that organisation. His prior drug use and promiscuity influenced his comedic material and public image. He married American pop singer Katy Perry in October 2010.[4]

Early life

Brand was born June 4, 1975, in Orsett Hospital, Grays, Essex, England, the only child of Barbara Elizabeth and photographer Ronald Henry Brand.[5] Brand’s parents separated when he was six months old, and he was raised by his mother; he has described his childhood as isolated and lonely.[6] When Brand was seven, he was sexually abused by a tutor.[7] When Brand was eight, his mother contracted uterine cancer; a year later she contracted breast cancer.[8] Brand stayed with relatives while his mother underwent treatment.[8] When Brand was 14, he suffered from bulimia nervosa. He left home at age 16 because of differences with his mother’s live-in partner.[8] His mother had lymphoma during this time and he began using recreational drugs such as cannabis, amphetamines, LSD and ecstasy[8][9] Brand said during an interview on National Public Radio‘s Weekend Edition Saturday that he had “a strange relationship with his father, whom he saw sporadically and who took him to visit prostitutes during a trip to the Far East”.[10] After Brand’s parents divorced, his father remarried twice.[11] Later, he also began using cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. 

Brand attended Grays School Media Arts College, a comprehensive. He made his theatrical debut at the age of 15, playing the role of Fat Sam in a school production of Bugsy Malone, which prompted him to become an actor. He began working as an extra, and applied to study at the Italia Conti Academy. He was accepted, and Essex council funded his tuition for an introductory year, with potential funding for three additional years. Brand joined the Academy in 1991, but was expelled during his introductory year for his bad behaviour and use of drugs. Afterward, Brand had small acting roles in children’s show Mud and police dramaThe Bill.
In 1995, Brand applied for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Drama Centre London and was accepted to Drama Centre. He was expelled in the final term of his last year for smashing a glass over his head and then stabbing himself in the chest and arms after his hearing a criticism of his performance. After leaving Drama Centre, Brand decided to focus on comedy, and began writing material with Karl Theobald. They formed a short-lived double act, Theobald and Brand on Ice.



Brand’s first significant stand-up appearance was at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000. Although he finished fourth, his performance attracted the attention of an agent, Nigel Klarfeld of Gagged and Bound Comedy Ltd.[12] That year, he also made his Edinburgh debut as one-third of the stand-up show Pablo Diablo’s Cryptic Triptych, alongside ventriloquist Mark Felgate and Anglo-Iranian comic Shappi Khorsandi.
In 2004, he took his first one-man show, the confessional Better Now to the Edinburgh Festival, giving an honest account of his heroin addiction. He returned the following year with Eroticised Humour. He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006. Brand drew on embarrassing incidents in his own life and the tabloid press’s treatment of him since he became famous. The show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live.

Secret Policeman’s Ball

Brand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at the 2006 Secret Policeman’s Ball. In March 2007, he co-hosted an evening of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs with Noel Fielding. In December 2007, Brand performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.
His second nationwide tour, in 2007, was called Russell Brand: Only Joking and released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin’ Life.
Brand began performing in the US, and recorded a special for Comedy Central titled Russell Brand in New York, which aired in March 2009.[13] Brand began touring the UK, America and Australia from January to April 2009 on a tour called Russell Brand: Scandalous.[14] In October, a further four dates that were performed in November were added to raise money for Focus 12, the drug charity for which Brand is a patron.[15] Russell Brand: Scandalous was released on DVD on 9 November 2009.


Brand’s first presenting role came in 2000 as a video journalist on the MTV. He presented Dancefloor Chart, touring nightclubs in Britain and Ibiza, and hosted the tea-time request show Select. However, Brand was fired after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the 11 September 2001 attacks and bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.[16]
After leaving MTV, Brand starred in RE:Brand, a British documentary and comedy television programme that aimed to take a challenging look at cultural taboos. It was conceived, written, and hosted by Brand, with the help of his comic partner on many projects, Matt Morgan. The series was shown on the now-defunct digital satellite channel UK Play in 2002.
In 2004, he hosted Big Brother’s Eforum on E4, a sister show to Big Brother 5. The show gave celebrity guests and the public the chance to have their say on the goings-on inside the Big Brother house. For Big Brother 6, the show’s name changed to Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Following Celebrity Big Brother 5, Brand said he would not return to host the Big Brother 8 series of Big Brother’s Big Mouth. In a statement, Brand thanked all the producers for “taking the risk of employing an ex-junkie twerp” to front the show. Of his time presenting the show, he said, “The three years I’ve spent on Big Brother’s Big Mouth have been an unprecedented joy”.[17]
Brand hosted a one-off special called Big Brother According to Russell Brand, in which Brand took a surreal, sideways look at Big Brother through the ages. On 8 January 2008, Brand was the fifth celebrity to “hijack” the Big Brother house,[18] in the E4 show Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack. Brand next returned to MTV in the spring of 2006 as presenter of the chat show 1 Leicester Square, which initially aired at 8 pm on Sundays before being shifted to a post-watershed time of 10 pm on Mondays, allowing for a more adult-oriented theme. Guests have included Tom Cruise, Uma Thurman, The Mighty Boosh, and Boy George. A second series began in September 2006 on MTV UK. After Big Brother 7 finished, Brand presented a debate show called Russell Brand’s Got Issues, on digital channel E4. The viewing figures for the first episode were seen as disappointing, being beaten by nearly all of E4’s main multi-channel rivals despite a big publicity and promotional campaign for the show. The poor ratings prompted the network to repackage the show as The Russell Brand Show and move it to Channel 4.[19] The first episode was broadcast on 24 November on Channel 4,[20] and it ran for five weeks.
Brand presented the 2006 NME Awards. At the ceremony Bob Geldof, who was accepting an award from Brand, said at the podium, “Russell Brand – what a cunt“, to which Brand replied, “Really it’s no surprise [Geldof]’s such an expert on famine. He has after all been dining out on ‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘ for 30 years”.[21] Brand hosted the 2007 BRIT Awards and presented Oasis with an “Outstanding Contribution to Music” award at the event.[22] He also hosted one hour of Comic Relief. On 7 July 2007, he presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.
On 12 December 2007, BBC Four aired Russell Brand On the Road, a documentary presented by Brand and Matt Morgan about the writer Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road. Brand returned to Channel 4 to host Russell Brand’s Ponderland, in which he discussed topics like childhood and science through stand-up comedy. The show first aired on 22 October 2007, and continued for the next five nights. A second series began on 30 October 2008, drawing more than a million viewers, and was broadcast every Thursday night for four weeks, plus a Christmas special that aired in December.

2008 MTV Awards

Brand was later announced as the host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, which drew scepticism from the American media, as he was relatively unknown to the American public. Brand’s stint as host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards was not without controversy.[23] At one point, he said the night “marked the launch of a very new Britney Spears era”, referring to it as “the resurrection of [Spears]”. He also said, “If there was a female Christ, it’s Britney”.[24] Brand implored the audience to elect Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and later called then–U.S. President George W. Bush “a retarded cowboy fella”, who, in England, “wouldn’t be trusted with scissors”.[24][25] He made several references to the purity rings worn by the Jonas Brothers, but apologised for the comments later in the show.[26] These comments led to Brand receiving death threats by some offended viewers.[27] Brand claimed that MTV asked him to host the 2009 awards after the ratings for the 2008 show were 20% up from the previous year.[28]. Also in 2008 Brand hosted a one off stand up comedy show called Comedy Live Presents: Russell Brand and Friends shown on Channel 4 on 25 January 2008. Brand hosted the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on 13 September 2009, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[29][30] The ratings for the 2009 show were the best since the 2004 VMAs.[31] In 2011, Brand guest hosted an episode of the hit American sketch comedy Saturday Night Live.


In 2002, Brand appeared on the TV shows Cruise of the Gods and White Teeth. In 2005, he played Tommy in the BBC sitcom Blessed, which was written and directed by Young Ones creator Ben Elton. Brand auditioned for the part of Super Hans in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, but was rejected by the writers in favour of Matt King.[32]
In 2007, Brand appeared in Cold Blood for ITV, playing an ex-con called Ally. Brand played a recovering crack addict named Terry in the pilot for the ITV comedy The Abbey, written by Morwenna Banks.[33]
He voiced the Earth Guardian in Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind.

Russel Brand as Flash Harry in St Trinian’s

Brand had a small role in the 2006 movie Penelope, though his first major film role was as Flash Harry in the 2007 film St Trinian’s. He did not reprise the role for the sequel, St. Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.

Russel Brand and Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

His breakthrough role was in the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he played Aldous Snow, the boyfriend of the title character (played by Kristen Bell). Brand received rave reviews for his performance as Snow, and he revealed the character was changed from an author to a rockstar because of his audition.[34]
Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories, which was released on Christmas Day 2008.[35]

He reprised the role of Aldous Snow for a buddy comedy titled Get Him to the Greek, co-starring Jonah Hill.[36] He reunited with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow for the film.[37]
Brand had a role in Julie Taymor‘s version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as Trinculo.[38][39][40]
In 2010, Brand voiced Dr. Nefario in the Universal movie Despicable Me,[41] and guest starred in The Simpsons episode “Angry Dad: The Movie” as himself. Brand also starred in the 2011 live action/CGI animated film Hop, in which he voiced the film’s main protagonist E.B. Hop opened at number one at the Friday box office in the US, earning $11.4 million.[42] The same month, April 2011, he played the title character in a remake of Arthur,[43] written by Peter Baynham.
Brand is set to star as Lonny in a movie adaption of 80s musical Rock Of Ages, which is to be released in cinemas in June 2012. His other upcoming projects include a remake of Drop Dead Fred.[44] Brand will also appear in an Oliver Stone film.[45] Sandler has cast Brand in another film and will produce yet another, co-written by Brand and Matt Morgan, about a con-man posing as a priest; it is tentatively titled Bad Father.[46][47] and he is also set to star as Fred Mumford in a movie adaption of the hit 70s programme Rentaghost.


Brand’s radio career began in early 2002, when he hosted a Sunday afternoon show with Matt Morgan on London’s Indie Rock station Xfm. Brand was fired from the job after reading pornographic material live on-air.[48]
Brand co-hosted The Russell Brand Show beginning in April 2006 on BBC 6Music. In November 2006, the show transferred to BBC Radio 2 and aired on Saturdays from 9 – 11pm. The show regularly drew about 400,000 listeners.[49] In an episode of the show broadcast on 18 October 2008, Brand and fellow Radio 2 DJ Jonathan Ross made a series of phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs that crudely discussed Sachs’ granddaughter. Sunday tabloid The Mail on Sunday broke the story and regarded the phone calls as obscene. Both presenters were later suspended by the BBC due to the incident,[50] and Brand resigned from his show.[51][52] The BBC was later fined £150,000 by Britain’s broadcast regulator for airing the calls.[53]
Brand returned to radio when he and Noel Gallagher hosted a football talk show on 19 April 2009 for talkSPORT which led to a 250% boost in web traffic.[54][55]
Brand returned to talkSPORT in 9 October 2010, with a Saturday night show that will last 20 weeks. The show will feature clips and back-stage recordings from his Booky Wook 2 promotional tour. Brand will be joined by a host of guests, including the likes of Noel Gallagher and Jonathan Ross.[56]


From May 2006 till May 2009, Brand wrote a column for The Guardian that focused on West Ham United and the England national football team. A collection of the columns from May 2006 through June 2007 was released on 15 November 2007 in a book titled Irons in the Fire.[57] A second collection of the columns from June 2007 through May 2008 was released on 16 October 2008, titled Articles of Faith. The book also includes Brand interviewing Noel Gallagher, James Corden and David Baddiel about football.[58]

Brand’s autobiography, My Booky Wook, published by Hodder & Stoughton, was released on 15 November 2007 and received favourable reviews. The Observer commented that “Russell Brand’s gleeful tale of drugs and debauchery in My Booky Wook puts most other celebrity memoirs to shame”.[59]
Brand signed a £1.8 million two-book deal with HarperCollins in June 2008. The first book was Articles of Faith, with the second being Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal released on 30 September 2010.[60][61]


Brand recorded a cover of The Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four” with composer David Arnold for the 40th anniversary of Sgt. 

Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall in which he appeared as Aldous Snow, lead singer of the fictional band Infant Sorrow.[62] He reprised his role as Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek and recorded sixteen songs for the soundtrack.
Brand appeared on the 2010 version of 3 Lions alongside Robbie Williams.[63]

Personal life

Brand lives in Los Angeles.[64] He had been a vegetarian since the age of 14,[65] and became a vegan on October 24, 2011.[66] PETA named him 2011’s Sexiest Vegetarian.[67] He dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion, describing himself as looking like an “S&M Willy Wonka“.[68] He has bipolar disorder,[69] has suffered from bulimia,[65] and also went through a period of self-harming.[70] Brand has shown interest in the Hare Krishna Movement and chants the Hare Krishna mantra for drug rehabilitation.[71] During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her show in October 2010, Brand talked about his love of Transcendental Meditation.[72][73]


After a string of high-profile relationships, Brand developed a
reputation in the media as a ladies’ man. His dating life won him The Sun‘s Shagger Of The Year award in 2006,[74] 2007,[75]
and 2008. The award has been renamed “The Russell Brand Shagger of the
Year Award” in honour of Brand having won three years in a row.[76]

Brand first met American singer/songwriter Katy Perry in summer 2009 when Perry filmed a cameo for Brand’s film Get Him to the Greek (although the cameo did not make it into the final cut of the film).[77] Brand and Perry began dating after meeting again several months later in September 2009[78] at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards,
where Brand, as host, remarked “Katy Perry didn’t win an award and
she’s staying at the same hotel as me, so she’s gonna need a shoulder to
cry on. So in a way, I’m the real winner tonight.” Perry says she threw
a bottle of water at Brand to get his attention and then they went
clubbing together the same night.[79] The couple became engaged in December 2009 when Brand proposed to Perry while on a holiday in India.[80][81][82] The couple married on 23 October 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony, near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the same location where Brand proposed.[83][84]
After 14 months of marriage, Brand filed for divorce from Perry on 30
December 2011 in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.[85][86]
After Brand and Perry reached an agreement on financial issues, a judge
granted the divorce request in February 2012; however the divorce will
not become effective until July 2012 due to California law requiring a
six-month wait.[87]

Substance abuse and legal issues

Brand is a former heroin and sex addict and a recovering alcoholic. He has had numerous run-ins with the police, having been arrested 12 times.[89][90] During the time of his addiction, he was known for his debauchery. Brand was ejected from The Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh,[91] and he infamously introduced his drug dealer to Kylie Minogue during his time at MTV.[92] He has abstained from drug use since 2002 and is now a patron of the addiction charity Focus 12.[93] His abandonment of drugs and alcohol was instigated by his agent, John Noel, after Brand was caught taking heroin in a bathroom during his Christmas party.[94] Brand regularly attends AA and NA meetings[95] and cites his practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique as a significant factor in his recovery from drug addiction.[96]
On 16 September 2010, Brand was arrested on suspected battery charges after he allegedly attacked a paparazzo who blocked his and Perry’s way to catch a flight at the Los Angeles International Airport.[97][98] On 17 September 2010, he was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail. Footage of the incident was later sent to TMZ.[99] Perry later defended Brand’s actions, and offered an insight into the reasons for his outburst, posting on Twitter that, “If you cross the line & try and put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me.”
Also according to Katy Perry’s Twitter timeline, Brand was deported from Japan on Sunday 22 May 2011. Perry’s tweet included the hashtag #tokyodreamscrushed[101] The story was later picked up by the media.[89]


Film credits
Title↓ Year↓ Role↓ Notes
St Trinian’s 2007 Flash Harry
Penelope 2008 Sam
Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 Aldous Snow
Bedtime Stories 2008 Mickey
Get Him to the Greek 2010 Aldous Snow
Despicable Me 2010 Dr. Nefario Voice
The Tempest 2010 Trinculo
Hop 2011 E.B./”Hoff Knows Talent” Production Assistant Voice/Live-action
Arthur 2011 Arthur Bach
Rock of Ages 2012 Lonny Barnett


Award↓ Award category↓ Year↓ Result↓
Time Out Best Stand-Up 2006 Won[102]
Loaded Laftas Best Stand-Up 2006 Won[103]
British Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2006 Won[104]
33rd Annual Television and Radio Awards Best Television Performer in a Non-Acting Role 2007 Won[105]
Channel 4 100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007 69th[106]
British Comedy Awards Best Live Stand-Up 2008 Won[107]
British Comedy Awards Outstanding Contribution to Comedy 2011 Won[108]


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Who is Mark Consuelos?

Who is Mark Andrew Consuelos? The entertainment world knows him as Mark Consuelos a Spanish-born American television and film actor.


Personal life

Consuelos was born March 30, 1971, in Zaragoza, Spain[1] to a Mexican father and an Italian mother.[2] He is the youngest of three children, he has a brother, who is a doctor, and a sister, who is a lawyer. Consuelos has lived in Italy and the United States since childhood. He explained on Live with Regis and Kelly that while he does not speak Spanish, he does speak Italian. He grew up in Lebanon, Illinois, and later in Tampa, Florida.[1] He attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida, and then went to University of Notre Dame before transferring to and graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in marketing, in 1994.[3]

In 1995, Consuelos met Kelly Ripa, his co-star on All My Children. The two eloped on May 1, 1996. The couple have three children: Michael Joseph Consuelos (born June 2, 1997), Lola Grace Consuelos (born June 16, 2001), and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos (born February 24, 2003).


Consuelos had a starring role in the educational serial Connect With English, which aired on public television stations as part of the Annenberg/CPB Project.

Mark in All My Children

In February 1995, Consuelos had his breakthrough when he landed the role of Mateo Santos on the soap opera All My Children.[1] There, he fell in love with his on-screen love interest Kelly Ripa, and secretly married her in Las Vegas, in May 1996. At the time, he lived on co-star Winsor Harmon‘s sofa; Harmon was one of the few to know that co-stars Ripa and Consuelos were not only dating, but married.[4]
Ripa and Consuelos continued to tape episodes of All My Children until 2002, when Ripa wished to focus more on her other job: taking over for Kathie Lee Gifford as host of what now has become Live with Regis and Kelly. Consuelos has filled in for Philbin.

Mark in My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Since leaving All My Children, Consuelos has starred in the feature film The Great Raid, which debuted in theatres in 2005. In 2006, he co-starred in the movie My Super Ex-Girlfriend as “Steve”, and in 2007 he appeared in Wedding Daze.[1] He has been seen on the Lifetime series Missing, with Vivica A. Fox.[1] He also had a part in Ugly Betty.
Consuelos can also be seen hosting two reality dating shows, Age of Love[1] and Science of Love, both airing on NBC. He guest-starred on Third Watch, Friends, American Family, Fortune Hunter, SeaQuest and Hope & Faith.[1]
On 3 October 2008 he performed the marriage ceremony for Howard Stern and model/actress Beth Ostrosky at the Le Cirque restaurant in New York City. The two couples had grown close, which was why Stern asked Consuelos to perform the wedding ceremony. Consuelos agreed, and took it upon himself to seek ordination to make it an official ceremony for Stern and Ostrosky. The guest list for the wedding included Joan Rivers, Barbara Walters, Billy Joel and wife Katie Lee, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, and Stern’s radio co-host Robin Quivers.

Awards and honors

In 1998 and 1999, Consuelos won the American Latino Media Arts Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera”. Consuelos won “Hottest Romance” along with Ripa in 1997 at the Soap Opera Awards.[3]


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Dudley E. Faver, American Air Force major general and academic died he was , 94.

Major General Dudley Ervin Faver  was a retired United States Air Force Major General who was director, Secretary of the Air Force Personnel Council, Washington, D.C.

(August 17, 1916 – August 5, 2011)

Early life

Faver was born in 1916 in Sweetwater, Texas.[2] He graduated in 1933 from Newman High School, Sweetwater, Texas and received his bachelor of arts degree in 1937 at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas. After graduation, he taught at Levelland High School in Levelland, Texas, in which he eventually became the principal.[3] He became a qualified pilot while awaiting assignment to flight training and obtained his private flying license in 1940.[1]
Faver entered the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in March 1941. He attended primary flight training at the Ryan School of Aeronautics in Hemet, California, basic flight training at Moffett Field, California and advanced flight training at Mather Air Field,
California. He graduated from flight training in the Class of 41-H and
received his commission as a second lieutenant in October 1941. His
first assignment was to Mather Air Field as a flight instructor where he
continued until March 1943 and conducted training in all three phases
of flight instruction.[1]

Military career

As a member of the initial cadre, Faver was a part of the formation of the Instrument Flying Instructor School at Randolph Field, Texas, and moved with it in April 1943 to Bryan Field,
Texas. He began duty at Bryan as a flight and academic instructor and
was later appointed director of Ground School. He remained with the
school as chief of Academics and Training Analysis when it was
transferred to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, in December 1945. Faver served in that capacity until he was transferred to the Alaskan Air Command in April 1947.[1]

Dudley E. Faver

During the reorganization that followed the formation of the Air
Force, Faver was assigned as assistant deputy chief of staff for
operations in the Alaskan Air Command and later as director of
Operations and Training Division.[1]
Faver entered the Command and Staff School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in the summer of 1949. Following his graduation, he reported to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and assumed command of the U.S. Air Force Instrument Instructor Pilot School.[1]
After assisting in preparation of the training program for the new B-47 Strato-jet bomber during March 1951 at Air Training Command Headquarters, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Faver was reassigned to Wichita Air Force Base, Kansas, as executive officer of the Training Wing, B-47 Combat Crew Training, which he remained until March 1953.[1]
After being promoted to commander of the 3540th Flying Training
Group, in April 1953, Faver transferred to Pinecastle Air Force Base,
Florida (later McCoy Air Force Base) and remained there until February 1954, when he was ordered to duty at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. In the Pentagon
for 42 months, he began his tour as deputy chief of the Officer Manning
Control Branch, Officer Assignment Division, in which he was named
chief of the unit shortly after.[1]
Faver completed studies with the Air War College in the summer of 1958 and was assigned to the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Laon Air Base, France, as director of operations.[1]
In February 1959, he was assigned to Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as director of ballistic missiles. He was reassigned in the same capacity to Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany in June 1960.[1]
Following his European tour of duty in 1961, Faver returned to Texas
during August to assume command of the 3320th Technical School at
Amarillo Technical Training Center, Amarillo Air Force Base,
Texas, an organization involved in a variety of technical training,
with detachments located “virtually around the globe”. He assumed
command of the 3500th Pilot Training Wing, Reese Air Force Base, Texas in January 1964. He was promoted to brigadier general on April 21, 1966.[1]
In July 1966, Faver was reassigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as
the deputy director of personnel training and education, Deputy Chief of
Staff for Personnel. On November 14, 1966, he was reassigned as deputy
director, personnel planning, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel.[1]
His awards include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters and the Army Commendation Medal. He retired on March 1, 1973.[1]

Post-military and personal life

Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1973, Faver was appointed by president Richard Nixon to be the Regional Administrator for the new Office of Energy in Denver, Colorado.[4] During his time in Denver, he initiated a new Masters Degree Program for experienced professional managers at Denver University.[4] He moved Lubbock, Texas in 1980 to lecture at Texas Tech College of Business on topics such as management.[4]
He also served as the Executive Director of the Texas Tech Association
of Parents, which later established the Dudley E. Faver Scholarship in
his honor.[5] Faver has also served as Governor of District 5730 in Rotary International.[4] He retired from Texas Tech in 2005.[2]
A lecture series was established in his name by the Center for Global
Understanding in 2006, which held it’s first session on August 16,
2006, with Faver as it’s first speaker, one day before his 90th
Faver has been married to Dorris Kirk-Maxey (born c. 1919),[3] since 1965, where he met her while she was an instructor at Texas Tech University.[3][4] They have two children,[6] Harriet Fields of Tacoma, Washington,[7] and Jim Maxey of California.[4]
Faver died in Lubbock, Texas, on August 5, 2011.[8]


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