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Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 10:06 am

The word of the day...Hourglass
An hourglass is a device that was used to measure the passing of an hour. It has two round glass sections linked by a narrow channel, and contains sand which takes an hour to flow from the top section into the lower one.
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Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 10:10 am

The birthday of the day...Greg Allman
Gregory Lenoir Allman (born December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee), known as Gregg Allman (sometimes spelled Greg Allman), is a rock and blues singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and personally received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2006. His distinctive Southern-accented voice placed him in 70th place in Rolling Stone Magazines list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
In the mid- to late-1960s, the Allmans played in a series of bands including The Escorts and Allman Joys, mostly playing around the Southeastern United States. Toward the end of the decade, The Allman Joys relocated to Los Angeles, California, and were signed to Liberty Records, which renamed them The Hour Glass. Strongly controlled by the label, the group produced a pair of psychedelic blues albums. All the players were deeply dissatisfied with the results; Duane Allman in particular spoke bitterly of the Hour Glass' output. The label, impressed with Gregg Allman's vocal abilities and abilities as a keyboardist, placed him on at least an equal level as his elder brother, which in turn began to be problematic for the brothers' relationship.
Formation of The Allman Brothers Band
Main article: The Allman Brothers Band

After its second album, The Hour Glass broke up and Duane Allman returned to the South, playing sessions at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In a short time, he assembled the group that would become The Allman Brothers Band - Duane and Dickey Betts on guitars, Berry Oakley on bass guitar, and Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson on drums. Liberty Records still believed that Gregg Allman had more potential as a solo act, and allowed the rest of The Hour Glass to leave on condition that Allman stay in California to record for them. He quickly grew miserable with this arrangement, and when Duane called from Jacksonville, Florida in March 1969 to say that he had assembled a band that needed a singer, Gregg jumped at the opportunity. He had long wanted to play the Hammond Organ, and was given one immediately upon joining the band, which he had to learn to play in a hurry. He has played the Hammond B-3 and handled much of the lead vocal and songwriting duties for the band (when it has been together), along with occasional piano and guitar contributions, ever since.
Solo career

After the untimely death of Duane Allman, by the mid-1970s, Gregg Allman carved out a solo career. His first album, Laid Back, was released in 1973 to a positive critical reception.

It included a couple of reworked Allman Brothers songs, such as a horn-laden, swampy version of "Midnight Rider" (one of the band's most famous songs) that made it to #19 on the Billboard singles chart, and originals like "Queen of Hearts", which Allman and the band felt did not quite fit the Allman Brothers sound. There are also a few cover songs on the record, such as the traditional gospel number "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" and an acclaimed take on former California roommate Jackson Browne's song "These Days."
Allman in 2006 Photo: Andrea Klein

Allman's solo career has continued intermittently throughout the subsequent decades, sometimes touring when the Allman Brothers Band is off the road. Generally, these solo efforts - first with the Gregg Allman Band, and later with Gregg Allman & Friends - eschew lengthy guitar solos and cast Allman more in the mode of his favorite soul singers. The bands often include a horn section and are more groove-oriented. The template of mixing originals with reworked Allman Brothers songs and covers of blues, R&B, and soul songs remains in place.

Allman's biggest hit single came in 1987 with "I'm No Angel", from the album of the same name. The album went on to be certified Gold for 500,000 copies sold and led to a renewed interest in Allman and to a reformation of the Allman Brothers Band less than three years later.

Allman has also made guest appearances on albums and concert videos by a wide variety of other artists, including a concert DVD celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Radiators, playing Midnight Rider with that band.

As an actor, Allman had roles in the films Rush Week (1989) and Rush (1991), as well as in a couple of episodes of the TV series Superboy. He also had a brief speaking cameo in the Family Guy episode "Let's Go to the Hop".


When Allman was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 16, 2006, he was introduced by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and performed "Oncoming Traffic", "Melissa", and "Georgia on My Mind" solo and then ended with "Midnight Rider", backed by fellow inductees Bill Berry, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills from R.E.M. at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 10:12 am

the co-birthdays of the day...Kim Basinger
Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger (pronounced /ˈbeɪsɪŋər/ BAY-sing-ər, often mispronounced /ˈbæsɪndʒər/ bass-in-jər; born December 8, 1953) is an American film actress and former fashion model.

Following her role as a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again (1983), Basinger received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in The Natural (1984). She won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award as best supporting actress for her performance in L.A. Confidential (1997). Her film work includes major roles in Batman (1989) and 8 Mile (2002).
Not long after penning the Ford deal, Basinger was on the cover of numerous magazines. She appeared in hundreds of ads throughout the early 1970s, most notably appearing as the Breck Shampoo girl. In the meantime, she alternated between modeling work and attending acting classes at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse as well as performing in various Greenwich Village clubs.

In 1976, after a five-year stint as a cover girl, Basinger decided to put her modeling career on hold and move to Los Angeles to begin a career in acting. After appearing in small parts on a few TV shows such as Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels, her first starring role was a made-for-TV movie, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) in which she played a small town girl who goes to Hollywood to become an actress and winds up becoming a famous centerfold for a men's magazine. She was then cast as a prostitute in From Here to Eternity (1979), in which she starred alongside Natalie Wood. Basinger played the same character in a 13-episode TV spinoff. She made her feature film debut in Hard Country (1981) with Jan Michael Vincent, followed by Mother Lode (1982) with Charlton Heston.

Basinger's breakout role was as a Bond girl, Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983), starring opposite Sean Connery. She did a nude pictorial for Playboy to promote her role in the Bond film in 1983. Basinger said the Playboy appearance led to good opportunities, such as Barry Levinson's The Natural (1984), co-starring Robert Redford, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She starred opposite Mickey Rourke in the sexually provocative film 9½ Weeks (1986), which was a flop upon release. Oscar-winning writer-director Robert Benton cast her in the title role for the film Nadine (1987) with Jeff Bridges.

Basinger then played Vicki Vale in the blockbuster hit Batman (1989). Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki, but dropped out due to an injury prior to filming. Tim Burton recommended Michelle Pfeiffer to replace Young, but Pfeiffer was doing The Fabulous Baker Boys at the time. (Pfeiffer would be cast as Catwoman in Batman Returns.) After interviewing with Burton, Basinger was accepted and cast.

Directors repeated her in their films, such as Blake Edwards for The Man Who Loved Women (1983) and Blind Date (1987), as well as Robert Altman for Fool for Love (1985) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994). Other films made during that period were the comedies My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) and Wayne's World 2 (1993).

In 1992, Basinger was the guest vocalist on a re-recorded version of Was (Not Was)'s "Shake Your Head", which also featured Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, and reached the UK Top 5. In the video for Tom Petty's 1993 song "Mary Jane's Last Dance", Basinger played the role of a deceased woman Petty brings home from the morgue for a dinner date, dressing her in a wedding gown. Later, Petty is shown carrying her to a rocky shore and throwing her into the sea. In a macabre ending, she is seen floating in the water with her eyes open.

Basinger scaled back her work for most of the 1990s to take care of her family. In 1997, she then starred as a sophisticated call girl alongside Russell Crowe in the neo-noir drama L.A. Confidential. This performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award. The film's director, Curtis Hanson, would cast her once more as Eminem's troubled mother in the hit film 8 Mile (2002). More recently, she appeared mostly in television and independent films, with the exceptions of the mainstream thrillers Cellular (2004) and The Sentinel (2006). Basinger appeared in the 2008 film While She Was Out. Her 2009 film, The Informers, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. Her next film, The Burning Plain, was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and at the Savannah Film Festival in October 2008. It is slated for wide release in 2009.
Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1981 Hard Country Jodie
1982 Mother Lode Andrea Spalding
1983 Never Say Never Again Domino Petachi
The Man Who Loved Women Louise Carr
1984 The Natural Memo Paris Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1985 Fool for Love May
1986 9½ Weeks Elizabeth
No Mercy Michele Duval
1987 Blind Date Nadia Gates
Nadine Nadine Hightower
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Celeste Martin Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1989 Batman Vicki Vale Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991 The Marrying Man Vicki Anderson
1992 Final Analysis Heather Evans Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female
Cool World Holli Would Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female
The Real McCoy Karen McCoy
1993 Wayne's World 2 Honey Horné
Mary Jane's Last Dance music video for Tom Petty
1994 A Century of Cinema Herself documentary
The Getaway Carol McCoy Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female
Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Kitty Potter
1997 L.A. Confidential Lynn Bracken Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2000 I Dreamed of Africa Kuki Gallmann
Bless the Child Maggie O'Connor
2002 8 Mile Stephanie Smith
People I Know Victoria Gray
2004 The Door in the Floor Marion Cole
Elvis Has Left the Building Harmony Jones
Cellular Jessica Martin Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006 The Sentinel 1st Lady Sarah Ballentine
2007 Even Money Carol Carver
2008 While She Was Out Della Myers
2009 The Informers Laura Sloan
The Burning Plain Gina
2010 The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud Louise St. Cloud
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Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 10:15 am

* James Galway
Sir James Galway OBE (born December 8, 1939) is a Northern Ireland–born virtuoso flutist from Belfast, nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Flute". Following in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Rampal, he became one of the first flute players to establish an international career as a soloist.
After his education time he spent 15 years as an orchestral player. Galway played with the Philharmonia Orchestra as it rose to prominence in the 1950s.

He then played with Sadler's Wells Opera, Covent Garden Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He auditioned for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan, and was principal flute of that orchestra from 1969 to 1975. To Karajan's surprise and dismay, after a period of some disagreement, "Jimmy" Galway decided that he would leave to pursue a solo career.

In addition to his performances of the standard classical repertoire, he features contemporary music in his programs, including new flute works commissioned by and for him by composers including David Amram, Malcolm Arnold, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Dave Heath, Lowell Liebermann and Joaquín Rodrigo. The album "In Ireland" by "James Galway and the Chieftains" reached number 32 in the UK album charts in 1987.

He still performs regularly and is one of the world's most well-known flute players.

He is Principal Guest Conductor of the London Mozart Players, based at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, South London.

Most recently, Galway has performed for the Academy Award-winning ensemble recording the soundtracks of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy, composed by Howard Shore.

In June 2008, Galway was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame along with Liza Minnelli and B. B. King.

He currently performs on Nagahara flutes, as well as some Muramatsu Flutes.
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Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 12:36 pm


The word of the day...Hourglass
An hourglass is a device that was used to measure the passing of an hour. It has two round glass sections linked by a narrow channel, and contains sand which takes an hour to flow from the top section into the lower one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0UYIfdgNzU

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 12:36 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0UYIfdgNzU
One of my favourite videos.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 12:40 pm


* James Galway
Sir James Galway OBE (born December 8, 1939) is a Northern Ireland–born virtuoso flutist from Belfast, nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Flute". Following in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Rampal, he became one of the first flute players to establish an international career as a soloist.
After his education time he spent 15 years as an orchestral player. Galway played with the Philharmonia Orchestra as it rose to prominence in the 1950s.

He then played with Sadler's Wells Opera, Covent Garden Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He auditioned for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan, and was principal flute of that orchestra from 1969 to 1975. To Karajan's surprise and dismay, after a period of some disagreement, "Jimmy" Galway decided that he would leave to pursue a solo career.

In addition to his performances of the standard classical repertoire, he features contemporary music in his programs, including new flute works commissioned by and for him by composers including David Amram, Malcolm Arnold, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Dave Heath, Lowell Liebermann and Joaquín Rodrigo. The album "In Ireland" by "James Galway and the Chieftains" reached number 32 in the UK album charts in 1987.

He still performs regularly and is one of the world's most well-known flute players.

He is Principal Guest Conductor of the London Mozart Players, based at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, South London.

Most recently, Galway has performed for the Academy Award-winning ensemble recording the soundtracks of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy, composed by Howard Shore.

In June 2008, Galway was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame along with Liza Minnelli and B. B. King.

He currently performs on Nagahara flutes, as well as some Muramatsu Flutes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkUpto_ohEc

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 12:40 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkUpto_ohEc
In his younger days.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 12:41 pm


In his younger days.
In 1978.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Frank on 12/08/09 at 12:42 pm

9 1/2 weeks was such an interesting film when it came out.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 12:43 pm


9 1/2 weeks was such an interesting film when it came out.
That is another film I have not seen.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/08/09 at 1:14 pm


9 1/2 weeks was such an interesting film when it came out.



I have a copy of it on VHS.



Cat

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:16 pm



I have a copy of it on VHS.



Cat
I hope you still have a VHS player.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 1:19 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkUpto_ohEc

Very nice :)

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 1:22 pm


9 1/2 weeks was such an interesting film when it came out.

I don't remember to much about it other than it was erotic and I think Mickey Rourke was in it..Gosh it stinks to get old and forget things. >:(

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:23 pm


Very nice :)
I have always like that song by John Denver.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 1:29 pm


I have always like that song by John Denver.

Yes it is such a lovely song.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:31 pm


Yes it is such a lovely song.
Allegedly written in 15 minutes.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 1:35 pm


Allegedly written in 15 minutes.

Really, I guess you can write something good that fast. Just the lyrics or the music also?

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:36 pm


Really, I guess you can write something good that fast. Just the lyrics or the music also?
Once the flow of the tune and words happen, there you are.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:37 pm


Really, I guess you can write something good that fast. Just the lyrics or the music also?
On wiki:

""Annie's Song" was written as an ode to Denver's then-wife, Annie Denver (née Martell). Denver "wrote this song in about ten-and-a-half minutes one day on a ski lift" to the top of Bell Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, as the physical exhilaration of having "just skied down a very difficult run" and the feeling of total immersion in the beauty of the colors and sounds that filled all senses inspired him to think about his wife."

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:38 pm


On wiki:

""Annie's Song" was written as an ode to Denver's then-wife, Annie Denver (née Martell). Denver "wrote this song in about ten-and-a-half minutes one day on a ski lift" to the top of Bell Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, as the physical exhilaration of having "just skied down a very difficult run" and the feeling of total immersion in the beauty of the colors and sounds that filled all senses inspired him to think about his wife."

Wiki has it as ten-and-a-half minutes one.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 1:44 pm


Wiki has it as ten-and-a-half minutes one.

They both were a thing of beauty for him (his wife & the mountains)

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:48 pm


They both were a thing of beauty for him (his wife & the mountains)
It was nature that inspired John Denver.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:49 pm


It was nature that inspired John Denver.
All though he did not write "Mother Nature's Son.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/08/09 at 1:53 pm


All though he did not write "Mother Nature's Son.

Good Beatles song covered by the following:
Covers and mashups

    * Ramsey Lewis covered the song and used it as the title of his 1968 album Mother Nature's Son. The album includes other songs from The Beatles.
    * Harry Nilsson covered the song in 1969.
    * John Denver covered the song and after his death it became the title of a biography of Denver by John Collis.
    * Gryphon (band) covered the song in 1974 on the album Raindance.
    * Sheryl Crow covered it for the movie I Am Sam.
    * Danger Mouse included a sample of the song in his "mashup" version of the Jay-Z song "December 4th".
    * DJ Reset used it along with Slick Rick's La-Di-Da-Di for the "mashup" song "Mother Nature's Rick".
    * Glay covered the song on their 2007 single "Ashes".
    * Brad Mehldau covered the song in a medley on his album Largo.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/08/09 at 1:53 pm


I hope you still have a VHS player.



Of course-several of them.



Cat

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 1:57 pm


Good Beatles song covered by the following:
Covers and mashups

    * Ramsey Lewis covered the song and used it as the title of his 1968 album Mother Nature's Son. The album includes other songs from The Beatles.
    * Harry Nilsson covered the song in 1969.
    * John Denver covered the song and after his death it became the title of a biography of Denver by John Collis.
    * Gryphon (band) covered the song in 1974 on the album Raindance.
    * Sheryl Crow covered it for the movie I Am Sam.
    * Danger Mouse included a sample of the song in his "mashup" version of the Jay-Z song "December 4th".
    * DJ Reset used it along with Slick Rick's La-Di-Da-Di for the "mashup" song "Mother Nature's Rick".
    * Glay covered the song on their 2007 single "Ashes".
    * Brad Mehldau covered the song in a medley on his album Largo.

I must hear the Harry Nilsson version. I may have it already on WMP.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 2:44 pm


I must hear the Harry Nilsson version. I may have it already on WMP.
I do have it and I am listening to it right now.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/08/09 at 2:46 pm


I do have it and I am listening to it right now.
Very charming.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: gibbo on 12/08/09 at 3:16 pm

Kim Basinger had an hourglass figure. I have never seen 9½ weeks..... :(

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/08/09 at 4:26 pm


Kim Basinger had an hourglass figure. I have never seen 9½ weeks..... :(



WHAT?!?? Don't you know that is a cult classic?



Cat

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Frank on 12/08/09 at 5:45 pm


I have always like that song by John Denver.

Pretty song, beautiful.


WHAT?!?? Don't you know that is a cult classic?
Cat

Yup, it was. When it came out I was in University and all the guys just LOVED that movie...and the girls liked Mickey Rourke. He has changed a lot.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/08/09 at 6:55 pm

James Gallaway was on Sesame Street.

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: gibbo on 12/08/09 at 11:06 pm



WHAT?!?? Don't you know that is a cult classic?



Cat


My wife didn't want me to watch it........and I ALWAYS do as I'm asked!  ::)

Subject: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Frank on 12/08/09 at 11:37 pm


My wife didn't want me to watch it........and I ALWAYS do as I'm asked!  ::)

I guess there's a first for everything  ;)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 12:53 am


Very charming.

What version do you like the best?

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: gibbo on 12/09/09 at 1:14 am

Hey....it's a brand new thread!!!!  :o

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Frank on 12/09/09 at 1:15 am


Hey....it's a brand new thread!!!!  :o

Lots of new threads. Tam has been busy.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 6:18 am


Hey....it's a brand new thread!!!!  :o

Lots of new threads. Tam has been busy.

Yes she has.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 6:19 am

Photobucket is under maintence..so the word of the day will be late.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/09/09 at 7:02 am


Photobucket is under maintence..so the word of the day will be late.


Ok,I'll be here for the waiting.  :)


Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 7:08 am

The wait is over
The word of the day...Notes
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A note is a short letter. N-COUNT

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      Synonym
      message

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      Stevens wrote him a note asking him to come to his apartment.
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      I'll have to leave a note for Karen. + 'for' communication; @; written; informal

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A note is something that you write down to remind yourself of something. N-COUNT

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      I knew that if I didn't make a note I would lose the thought so I asked to borrow a pen or pencil.
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      Take notes during the consultation as the final written report is very concise. communication @; written; referential

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In a book or article, a note is a short piece of additional information. N-COUNT

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      See Note 16 on page p. 223.
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      ...`Exiles' by James Joyce, edited with an Introduction and notes by J C C Mays. communication; @; written; information; educational

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A note is a short document that has to be signed by someone and that gives official information about something. N-COUNT with supp

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      Since Mr Bennett was going to need some time off work, he asked for a sick note.
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      I've got half a ton of gravel in the lorry but he won't sign my delivery note. communication; @; written; official; documentation

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You can refer to a banknote as a note. N-COUNT Britain

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      They exchange traveller's cheques at a different rate from notes.
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      ...a five pound note. commerce; @; money

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In music, a note is the sound of a particular pitch, or a written symbol representing this sound. N-COUNT usu with supp

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      She has a deep voice and doesn't even try for the high notes.
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      If the note of D is sounded on a harp, all the corresponding D strings of other octaves will likewise resonate.
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/09/09 at 7:10 am

got to jot down some notes.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 7:11 am

The birthday of the day...Judi Dench
Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA (born 9 December 1934), is an English film, stage and television actress.

She made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she played in several of William Shakespeare's plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She branched into film work, and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer, however most of her work during this period was in theatre. Not generally known as a singer, she drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.

During the next two decades, she established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In television, she achieved success during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984 and in 1992 began a continuing role in the television romantic comedy series As Time Goes By.

Her film appearances had been infrequent until she was cast as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she has played in each James Bond film since. She received several notable film awards for her role as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown (1997), and has since been acclaimed for her work in such films as Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006), and the television production The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2001).

Regarded by critics as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, and frequently named as the leading British actress in polls, Dench has received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards include ten BAFTAs, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award.

She was married to the actor Michael Williams from 1971 until his death in 2001. They are the parents of the actress Finty Williams.
1968, she was offered the role of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. As Sheridan Morley later reported: "At first she thought they were joking. She had never done a musical and she has an unusual croaky voice which sounds as if she has a permanent cold. So frightened was she of singing in public that she auditioned from the wings, leaving the pianists alone on stage". But when it opened at the Palace Theatre in February 1968, Frank Marcus, reviewing for Plays and Players, commented that: "She sings well. The title song in particular is projected with great feeling."

After a long run in Cabaret, she rejoined the RSC making numerous appearances with the company in Stratford and London for nearly twenty years, winning several best actress awards. Among her roles with the RSC, she was the Duchess in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi in 1971. In the Stratford 1976 season, and then at the Aldwych in 1977, she gave two comedy performances, first in Trevor Nunn's musical staging of The Comedy of Errors as Adriana, then partnered with Donald Sinden as Beatrice and Benedick in John Barton's "British Raj" revival of Much Ado About Nothing. As Bernard Levin wrote in The Sunday Times: "...demonstrating once more that she is a comic actress of consummate skill, perhaps the very best we have."

But one of her most notable achievements with the RSC was her performance as Lady Macbeth in 1976. Nunn's acclaimed production of Macbeth was first staged with a minimalist design at The Other Place theatre in Stratford. Its small round stage focused attention on the psychological dynamics of the characters, and both Ian McKellen in the title role, and Dench, received exceptionally favourable notices. "If this is not great acting I don't know what is", wrote Michael Billington in The Guardian. "It will astonish me if the performance is matched by any in this actress's generation", commented J C Trewin in The Lady. The production transferred to London, opening at the Donmar Warehouse in September 1977, and was adapted for television, later released on VHS and DVD. Dench won the SWET Best Actress Award in 1977.

She had a romantic role in the BBC television film Langrishe, Go Down (1978), with Jeremy Irons and a screenplay by Harold Pinter from the Aidan Higgins novel, directed by David Jones, in which she played one of three spinster sisters living in a fading Irish mansion in the Waterford countryside.

Dench made her debut as a director in 1988 with the Renaissance Theatre Company's touring season, Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, co-produced with the Birmingham Rep, and ending with a three month repertory programme at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Dench's contribution was a staging of Much Ado About Nothing, set in the Napoleonic era, which starred Kenneth Branagh and Samantha Bond as Benedick and Beatrice. In the same season, Geraldine McEwan and Derek Jacobi also made their directorial debuts.

She has made numerous appearances in the West End including the role of Miss Trant in the 1974 musical version of The Good Companions at Her Majesty's Theatre. In 1981, Dench was due to play the title role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats, but was forced to pull out due to a torn Achilles tendon, leaving Elaine Paige to play the role. She has acted with the National Theatre in London where, in September 1995, she played Desiree Armfeldt in a major revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, for which she won an Olivier Award.
Popular success

In 1995, she took over the role of M (James Bond's boss) with the James Bond film series, starting with GoldenEye. She is the only actor from Pierce Brosnan's Bond films to remain in the franchise. She has appeared in Casino Royale (2006) and its direct sequel Quantum of Solace (2008).

She has won multiple awards for performances on the London stage, including a record six Laurence Olivier Awards. She also won the Tony Award for her 1999 Broadway performance in the role of Esme Allen in David Hare's Amy's View. Alongside her numerous award winning performances, she has also managed to take on the role of Director for a number of stage productions. Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Elizabeth I in the film Shakespeare in Love.

Judi Dench has frequently appeared with her close friend Geoffrey Palmer. They co-starred in the series As Time Goes By, where she played Jean Pargetter, becoming Jean Hardcastle after she married Lionel Hardcastle. The program spanned nine seasons. They also worked together on the films Mrs. Brown and Tomorrow Never Dies, both filmed in 1997. Dench has also lent her voice to many animated characters, narrations, and various other voice work. She plays the role of "Miss Lilly" in the children's animated series Angelina Ballerina (alongside her daughter, Finty Williams, as the voice of Angelina) and as Mrs. Calloway in the Disney animated film Home on the Range. She has narrated various classical music recordings (notably Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Britten's Canticles-The Heart of the Matter), and has appeared in numerous BBC radio broadcasts as well as commercials. Her many television appearances include lead roles in the series A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By. In the U.S., As Time Goes By has been repeated on PBS and on BBC America.
Recent years

Dench returned to the West End stage in April 2006 in Hay Fever alongside Peter Bowles, Belinda Lang and Kim Medcalf. She finished off 2006 with the role of Mistress Quickly in the RSC's new musical The Merry Wives, a version of The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Dench's more recent film career has garnered six Academy Award nominations in nine years for Mrs. Brown in 1997; her Oscar-winning turn as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love in 1998; for Chocolat in 2000; for the lead role of writer Iris Murdoch in Iris in 2001 (with Kate Winslet playing her as a younger woman); for Mrs Henderson Presents (a romanticised history of the Windmill Theatre) in 2005; and for 2006's Notes on a Scandal, a film for which she received critical acclaim, including Golden Globe, Academy Award, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

In 2007 the BBC issued The Judi Dench Collection, DVDs of eight television dramas: Talking to a Stranger quartet (1966), Keep an Eye on Amélie (1973), The Cherry Orchard (1981), Going Gently (1981), Ghosts (with Kenneth Branagh and Michael Gambon, 1987), Make and Break (with Robert Hardy, 1987), Can You Hear Me Thinking? (co-starring with her husband, Michael Williams, 1990) and Absolute Hell (1991).

Dench, as Miss Matty Jenkins, co-starred with Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton and Francesca Annis, in the BBC One five-part series Cranford. The series began transmission in the UK in November 2007, and on the BBC's U.S. producing partner station WGBH (PBS Boston) in spring 2008.

Dench became the voice for the narration for the updated Walt Disney World Epcot attraction Spaceship Earth in February 2008.

In February 2008, she was named as the first official patron of the York Youth Mysteries 2008, a project to allow young people to explore the York Mystery Plays through dance, film-making and circus. This culminated on 21 June with a day of city centre performances in York.

She worked on the 22nd Bond adventure Quantum Of Solace and reprised her role as M.

She is interested in horse racing and in partnership with her chauffeur Bryan Agar owns a four-year-old horse, "Smokey Oakey", who won the 2008 Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

She returns to the West End from 13 March-23 May 2009 in Yukio Mishima's Madame De Sade, directed by Michael Grandage as part of the Donmar season at Wyndham's Theatre. In February 2010, she will play Titania in Peter Hall's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rose Theatre Kingston Upon Thames, with Titania being seen as a portrait of Elizabeth I of England in her later years
ilmography
Year Film Role Notes
1964 The Third Secret Miss Humphries
1965 Four in the Morning Wife BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
A Study in Terror Sally
He Who Rides a Tiger Joanne
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania
1973 Luther Katherine
1974 Dead Cert Laura Davidson
1978 Langrishe, Go Down Imogen Langrishe (BBC TV film)
1985 The Angelic Conversation (narrator)
Wetherby Marcia Pilborough Nomination — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
A Room with a View Eleanor Lavish BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1987 84 Charing Cross Road Nora Doel Nomination — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1988 A Handful of Dust Mrs. Beaver BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1989 Henry V Mistress Quickly
Behaving Badly Bridget Mayor Channel 4 television serial
1995 Jack and Sarah Margaret
GoldenEye M
1996 Hamlet Hecuba
1997 Mrs. Brown Queen Victoria BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress in a Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nomination — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Tomorrow Never Dies M
1998 Shakespeare in Love Queen Elizabeth Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nomination — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nomination — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
1999 Tea with Mussolini Arabella
The World Is Not Enough M
2000 Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (narrator) (documentary)
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Elizabeth (TV)
Chocolat Armande Voizin Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nomination — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nomination — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nomination — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2001 Iris Iris Murdoch BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Nomination — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nomination — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
The Shipping News Agnis Hamm Nomination — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
2002 The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Augusta Bracknell
Die Another Day M
2003 Bugs! (narrator) (short subject)
2004 Home on the Range Mrs. Caloway (voice)
The Chronicles of Riddick Aereon
Ladies in Lavender Ursula Widdington
2005 Pride & Prejudice Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Mrs Henderson Presents Mrs. Laura Henderson Nomination — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nomination — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nomination — British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nomination — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2006 Doogal (narrator)
Casino Royale M Nominated — National Movie Award for Best Actress
Notes on a Scandal Barbara Covett British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nomination — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nomination — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nomination — London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nomination — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Nomination — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nomination — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nomination — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2007 Go Inside to Greet the Light (narrator)
2008 Quantum of Solace M
2009 Rage Mona Carvell
Nine Liliane La Fleur post-production
2011 Bond 23 M pre-production
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 7:13 am

The co-birthday's of the day...Beau Bridges
Lloyd Vernet “Beau” Bridges III (born December 9, 1941) is an American actor
ridges was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his college sweetheart, Dorothy Bridges (née Simpson). He was nicknamed "Beau" by his mother and father after Ashley Wilkes's son in Gone with the Wind, the book they were reading at the time. He has two younger brothers, Garrett and Jeff, and one younger sister, Lucinda. His brother Garrett died of sudden infant death syndrome on August 3, 1948. He has shared a close relationship with Jeff, to whom he acted as a surrogate father during his earlier life when their father was busy with work. He and his siblings were raised in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles. In 1989, he starred opposite his brother in perhaps his best known role, as one of The Fabulous Baker Boys.

In 1949, Bridges played a secondary juvenile role in the movie The Red Pony. Wanting to be a basketball star, however, he played his freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and later transferred to the University of Hawaii.

In the 1962-1963 television season, Bridges, along with his brother, Jeff, appeared on their father's CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show.

In the 1993-1994 television season, Bridges appeared again with his father in the 15-episode CBS comedy/western series, Harts of the West, set at a dude ranch in Nevada. The cast also included Harley Jane Kozak as Beau's wife, Alison Hart, and Sean Murray as older son Zane Grey Hart.

In 1995, Bridges starred with his father Lloyd and son Dylan in the two-part pilot episode of the Showtime science fiction series, The Outer Limits. In 1998, he starred as Judge Bob Gibbs in the one-season Maximum Bob on ABC. He had a recurring role in the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers (1999-2000).

In 2001, he guest-starred as Daniel McFarland, the stepfather of Jack McFarland, in two episodes of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. From 2002 to 2003, he took on the role of Senator Tom Gage, newly-appointed Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in over 30 episodes of the drama series The Agency. In January 2005, he was cast as Major General Hank Landry, the new commander of Stargate Command in Stargate SG-1. He has also played the character in five episodes of the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis.

In November 2005, he guest-starred as Carl Hickey, the father of the title character in the hit NBC Comedy My Name Is Earl. Bridges's character has since become recurring. Bridges received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for his performance.

On February 8, 2009, he won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. He, along with Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood, read Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

In 2009, he guest-starred as Eli Scruggs on the 100th episode of Desperate Housewives and received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance.
Filmography

    * Force of Evil (1948)
    * The Eleventh Hour episode Cannibal Plants, They Eat You Alive (1964)
    * Combat! episode The Short Day Of Private Putnam (1964)
    * Village of the Giants (1965)
    * The Incident (1967)
    * For Love of Ivy (1968)
    * Gaily, Gaily (1969)
    * The Landlord (1970)
    * Hammersmith Is Out (1972)
    * Child's Play (1972)
    * Lovin' Molly (1974)
    * The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
    * Swashbuckler (1976)
    * Two-Minute Warning (1976)
    * One Summer Love (1976)
    * Dragonfly (1976) aka One Summer Love
    * The Four Feathers (1977)
    * Greased Lightning (1977)
    * The President's Mistress (1978)
    * The Runner Stumbles (1979)
    * Norma Rae (1979)
    * The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
    * Silver Dream Racer (1980)
    * Night Crossing (1981)
    * Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
    * Love Child (1982)
    * Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
    * Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
    * The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
    * Alice in Wonderland (1985)
    * The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)
    * The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
    * The Iron Triangle (1989)
    * Signs of Life (1989)
    * Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989)
    * The Wizard (1989)
    * Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will? (1990)
    * Without Warning: The James Brady Story (1991)
    * Married to It (1991)
    * Sidekicks (1992)
    * The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)
    * The Man with Three Wives (1993)
    * Million Dollar Babies (1994)
    * Kissinger & Nixon (1995)
    * A Stranger To Love (1996) (Made for TV movie)
    * Jerry Maguire (1996)
    * Hidden in America (1996)
    * Nightjohn (1996)
    * The Second Civil War (1997)
    * Rocket Man (1997)
    * Maximum Bob (1998)
    * P.T. Barnum (1999)
    * Inherit the Wind (1999)
    * Common Ground (2000)
    * Sordid Lives (2000)
    * Voyage of the Unicorn (2001)
    * We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
    * Sightings: Heartland Ghosts (2002)
    * The Agency (2002-2003)
    * Out of the Ashes (2003)
    * Debating Robert Lee (2004)
    * Evel Knievel (2004)
    * 10.5 (2004)
    * Smile (2005)
    * The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
    * Into the West (2005)
    * Stargate SG-1 (2005-2007)
    * Stargate: Atlantis (2005-2006)
    * My Name Is Earl (2005-2008)
    * 10.5: Apocalypse (2006)
    * The Good German (2006)
    * I-See-You.Com (2006)
    * American Dad! (2005-2006) (voice)
    * Charlotte's Web (2006)
    * Spinning Into Butter (2007)
    * Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008)
    * Stargate: Continuum (2008)
    * Max Payne (2008)
    * Americanizing Shelley (2008)
    * Desperate Housewives (2009)
    * Don't Fade Away (2009)
    * The Closer (2009)
    * Columbus Circle (2010)
    * My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010)


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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/09/09 at 7:15 am

Beau Bridges is great,He's a good actor.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 7:17 am

* Donny Osmond
Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American singer, musician, actor and former teen idol. Osmond has also been a talk show and game show host, record producer, race car driver, and author. He is known for being half of the brother-sister singing act Donny & Marie and a member of the "Osmond Brothers" singing group. From 1991-1997 he played Joseph in the Canadian production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, impressed by his talents and the show's long run, chose Osmond to do the film version in 1999. On November 24, 2009, he was crowned Dancing with the Stars champion
After seeing the Osmond Brothers (Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay) perform at Disneyland as a barbershop quartet, Andy Williams asked the boys to audition for The Andy Williams Show. They soon became regulars on the show and gained popularity quickly. Donny made his debut on the show at the age of 5 singing "You Are My Sunshine". The brothers continued to perform on the show throughout the 1960s along with their brother Jimmy and sister Marie.

Donny became a teen idol in the early 1970s as a solo singer, in addition to playing with his older brothers. He, Bobby Sherman, and David Cassidy were the biggest "Cover Boy" pop stars for Tiger Beat magazine in the early 1970s. He had his first solo hit with "Sweet and Innocent", which peaked at #7 in the U.S. in 1971. His solo songs "Go Away Little Girl" (1971) (#1 in the U.S.), "Puppy Love" (U.S. #3), and "Hey Girl/I Knew You When" (U.S. #9) (1972) vaulted him into international fame. The fame was further advanced by his appearance on the "Here's Lucy" show, where he sang "Too Young" to Lucille Ball's niece, played by Eve Plumb, and sang with Lucie Arnaz ("I'll Never Fall In Love Again").
Comeback: 1989 — 1990

In the 1980s, Osmond re-invented himself as a solo vocal artist and abandoned the earlier television show image crafted to appeal to young viewers. He made an unlikely appearance as one of several celebrities and unknowns auditioning to sing for guitarist Jeff Beck in the video for Beck's 1985 single "Ambitious", followed in 1986 by an equally unlikely cameo in the animated Luis Cardenas music video Runaway. He spent several years as a performer, before collaborating with Peter Gabriel and returning to the US charts in 1989 with the song "Soldier of Love" and its follow-up "Sacred Emotion". The campaign to market "Soldier Of Love" received considerable airplay with the singer being presented as a 'mystery artist', before his identity was later revealed.

Donny was often reluctant to perform his earliest songs, in particular "Go Away Little Girl", but was convinced to sing the song live for KLOS-FM's 'Mark & Brian Christmas Show' on December 21, 1990.
Current music career: 1991 — present

Osmond was the guest vocalist on Dweezil Zappa's star-studded version of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" which appeared on Zappa's 1991 album Confessions. The song also included guitar solos from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Warren DeMartini, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tim Pierce.

In the 2000s, he released a Christmas album, an album of his favorite Broadway songs, and a compilation of popular love songs. In 2004, he returned to the UK Top 10 for the first time as a solo artist since 1973, with the George Benson-sampling "Breeze On By", co-written with former teen idol Gary Barlow, from the 1990s UK boy band Take That, reaching number 8.
In the mid 1970s, he and Marie co-hosted an episode of the "Mike Douglas Show", and were then were offered a show of their own, "The Donny & Marie Show", a television variety series which aired on ABC between 1976 and 1979.

Donny also co-hosted together in 20 years. Though ratings were high and they were nominated for an award as best talk show, the series was canceled. In a 1999 episode featuring Jefferson Starship promoting their album Windows Of Heaven, the hosts performed a rendition of Volunteers live with the band.
Other hosting opportunities

Osmond went on to host Pyramid, a syndicated television game show that ran two seasons in the US, from 2002-2004, and a British version of Pyramid on Challenge in 2007.

Osmond returned to ABC as host of The Great American Dream Vote, a prime-time reality/game show that debuted in March, 2007. After earning lackluster ratings in its first two episodes, the program was cancelled.

Osmond hosted the British version of the game show Identity on BBC Two during the daytime.

On April 11, 2008 Osmond also hosted the 2008 Miss USA pageant along with his sister Marie from Las Vegas.

Osmond appeared on Entertainment Tonight as a commentator covering the ABC show Dancing With the Stars during his sister Marie's run as a contestant on the 5th season of the American version of the popular show in Fall of 2007. He was seen at week 7 of the competition in tears in the audience watching Marie do a rumba after his and Marie's father passed away.
Musical theater

His first foray into Broadway musical theater was the lead role in a revival of the 1904 George M. Cohan show Little Johnny Jones. Osmond replaced another former teen idol, David Cassidy, who received negative reviews while the show was on its pre-Broadway tour. After 29 previews and only 1 performance, the show closed on March 21, 1982.

Osmond found success in musical theater through much of the 1990s when he starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for over 2,000 performances. During his performances for the musical, he suffered from Social Anxiety Disorder, which caused him to feel light-headed and extremely nervous during his performances.

He returned to Broadway on September 19, 2006, in the role of Gaston in Disney's Beauty And The Beast. He was scheduled to perform for nine weeks but due to popular demand he extended his run through December 24. Liz Smith of the New York Post wrote "I am here to tell you he is charmingly campy, good-looking and grand as the villain "Gaston," patterned after our old friend Elvis and noting "Donny is divine". On July 29, 2007, Osmond played Gaston again for the final performance of Beauty And The Beast.
Film

In the animated television series Johnny Bravo, Osmond voiced himself as a recurring character. He has also done guest spots on numerous other television shows such as "Friends", "Diagnosis Murder", and Hannah Montana. He also appeared in a Pepsi Twist commercial during the Super Bowl with his sister, Marie, and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.

In 1998, Donny Osmond was chosen to be the singing voice of Shang in Walt Disney's Mulan. He sang "I'll Make A Man Out Of You". Andrew Lloyd Webber asked the singer to do his movie version of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat saying, "to me there is no better selection".

Osmond remarked in an interview recently that with his movie appearance on College Road Trip and upcoming appearances on two Disney Channel shows he would coming about full circle since he and his family were discovered by Walt Disney.

Osmond appears in the music video of "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "White & Nerdy". The song is a parody of Chamillionaire's "Ridin'"; Osmond's role is analogous to that of Krayzie Bone's role in the original video. Yankovic asked Osmond to appear because "if you have to have a white and nerdy icon in your video, like who else do you go for?"
Dancing with the Stars

Donny and his partner Kym won season 9 of Dancing with the Stars. Donny and his dance partner Kym Johnson were crowned the champions on November 24, 2009.
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Still nice looking (in my opinion)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/09/09 at 7:18 am

At 52,still looks as good as he did back then.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/09/09 at 11:06 am

I have never been a big Donny Osmond fan but he was OUTSTANDING in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. If you haven't seen the video of it, I HIGHLY recommend it. Besides Donny looks VERY buff in it.  ;)


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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/09 at 12:45 pm

New topic now located!

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/09 at 12:46 pm


James Gallaway was on Sesame Street.
James Gallaway is someone else.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/09 at 12:50 pm


I have never been a big Donny Osmond fan but he was OUTSTANDING in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. If you haven't seen the video of it, I HIGHLY recommend it. Besides Donny looks VERY buff in it.  ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpJvUrSd_2k



Cat
We have the DVD of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat somewhere.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/09/09 at 2:28 pm

One Bad Apple is a favorite of mine.

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Written By: gibbo on 12/09/09 at 3:22 pm

I actually like ALL of your people of the day Janine...  Always thought Donny O was very talented.

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Written By: ninny on 12/09/09 at 4:48 pm


I actually like ALL of your people of the day Janine...   Always thought Donny O was very talented.

Thanks :)

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Written By: Frank on 12/09/09 at 7:12 pm

When the Osmonds became famous at the same time as the Jackson ( more or less), I preferred the Jacksons at the time.

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Written By: ninny on 12/10/09 at 5:27 am

The word of the day... Sleuth
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Written By: ninny on 12/10/09 at 5:30 am

The birthday of the day...Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December, 1960) is a Northern Irish actor and film director.
Branagh achieved some early measure of success in his native Northern Ireland for his role as the title character in the BBC's Play for Today trilogy known as the Billy Plays (1982-84), written by Graham Reid and set in Belfast.

He received acclaim in the UK for his stage performances, first winning the 1982 SWET Award for Best Newcomer, for his role as Judd in Julian Mitchell's Another Country, immediately after leaving RADA. Branagh was part of the 'new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Bruce Payne and Fiona Shaw. He and David Parfitt founded the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987, following success with several productions on the London 'Fringe', including Branagh's full-scale production of Romeo and Juliet at the Lyric Studio, co-starring with Samantha Bond. The first major Renaissance production was Branagh's Christmas 1987 staging of Twelfth Night at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, starring Richard Briers as Malvolio and Frances Barber as Viola, and with an original score by Scottish actor, musician and composer Patrick Doyle, who two years later was to compose the music for Branagh's film adaptation of Henry V. This Twelfth Night was later adapted for television and is now available on DVD.

Branagh became a major presence in the media and on the British stage when Renaissance collaborated with Birmingham Rep for a 1988 touring season of three Shakespeare plays under the umbrella title of Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, which also played a repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London. It featured directorial debuts for Judi Dench with Much Ado About Nothing (starring Branagh and Emma Thompson as Benedick and Beatrice), Geraldine McEwan with As You Like It, and Derek Jacobi directing Branagh in the title role in Hamlet, with Sophie Thompson as Ophelia. Critic Milton Shulman of the London Evening Standard wrote: "On the positive side Branagh has the vitality of Olivier, the passion of Gielgud, the assurance of Guinness, to mention but three famous actors who have essayed the role. On the negative side, he has not got the magnetism of Olivier, nor the mellifluous voice quality of Gielgud nor the intelligence of Guinness."

A year later in 1989 Branagh co-starred with Emma Thompson in the Renaissance revival of Look Back in Anger. Judi Dench directed both the theatre and television productions, presented first in Belfast then at the London Coliseum and Lyric Theatre.

More recently, in 2002, Branagh starred at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield as Richard III. In 2003 he starred in the Royal National Theatre's production of David Mamet's Edmond. Branagh directed The Play What I Wrote in England in 2001 and directed a Broadway production in 2003. From September to November 2008, Branagh appeared at Wyndham's Theatre as the title character in the Donmar West End revival of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov in a new version by Tom Stoppard. His performance was lauded as the "performance of the year" by several critics. It won him the Critics' Circle Award for Best Male Performance but did not get him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination, to the surprise of critics.
Film work
Branagh at the Roma Fiction Fest in July 2009, where he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Branagh is probably best known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, beginning with Henry V (1989), followed by Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000) and As You Like It (2006). As You Like It premiered in theatres in Europe, but was sent directly to television in the U.S., where it had its U.S. premiere on HBO in August 2007. Although Branagh played Iago in the 1995 film version of Othello, he did not direct the film; it was directed by Oliver Parker. Othello is the one Shakespeare film that Branagh has appeared in which he was directed by someone else.

Notable non-Shakespeare films that Branagh has appeared in include Dead Again (1991) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), both of which he also directed, Wild Wild West (1999), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and Valkyrie (2008). He starred as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). He also recently played the Minister, Dormandy, (a parody of PMG Tony Benn) in the film The Boat That Rocked (2009). From 1989 to 1996 Branagh mostly directed his own films, but the commercial and critical failure of Love's Labour's Lost ended his directorial career for a time. Branagh has returned to directing again in recent years, most recently with the thriller Sleuth (2007), a remake of the 1972 film. At a Film promotion for Valkyrie, Branagh confirmed he would be directing, Thor a film based on Marvel superhero. Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston is tentatively set to start filming in January 2010 for a 2011 release.

Branagh has narrated several audio books, such as The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis.
Television

Branagh has also been involved in several made-for-TV films. Among his most acclaimed portrayals is that of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the film Warm Springs (2005), for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Though the film received 16 Emmy nominations, winning five (including Best Made-For-Television Film), Branagh did not win the award for his portrayal. He did though, receive an Emmy for his portryal of SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in the TV film Conspiracy (2001), a depiction of the Wannsee Conference, where Nazi officials decided on the Final Solution. In 2002 Branagh starred in the two-part television movie Shackleton, a dramatization of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition's battle for survival, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award and an Emmy. Branagh also narrated the BBC documentaries Walking With Dinosaurs, Walking With Beasts and Walking With Monsters.

Branagh filmed three feature-length adaptations of Henning Mankell's best-selling Wallander crime novels for the BBC in mid-2008. Branagh plays the eponymous Inspector Kurt Wallander and also serves as the executive producer of the series. The three films were broadcast on BBC One in November and December 2008. Branagh won the award for best actor at the 35th Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards (2009). It was his first major television award win in the UK. The highest accolade though was when he received his first BAFTA TV on 26 April 2009 for the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series . For his performance in the episode One Step Behind, he was nominated in the Outstanding Actor, Miniseries or Movie category of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. The role has also gained him a nomination for Best Actor at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.

He is set to star as Matthew Shardlake in a BBC commissioned adaptation of C.J. Sansoms' Tudor crime novel 'Dissolution', which is in the final stages of negotiation.
Branagh has been nominated for four Academy Awards. His first two nominations were for Henry V (one each for directing and acting). He also received similar BAFTA Award nominations for his film work, winning one for his direction. His first BAFTA TV award came in April 2009, for Best Drama Series (Wallander). Branagh's two other Academy Award nominations were for the 1992 film short subject Swan Song and for his work on the screenplay of Hamlet in 1996. Branagh has co-starred several times with actress Emma Thompson, to whom he was married from 1989 to 1995. They appeared together in Look Back In Anger, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Dead Again, and Peter's Friends.

He is Honorary President of NICVA (the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action). He received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Queen's University of Belfast in 1990. He is also a patron for the charity Over The Wall.

In 1994, Branagh declined an appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Branagh was the youngest actor to receive the Golden Quill (also known as the Gielgud Award) in 2000.

He remains, up until this date, the only British or non-American actor nominated for Oscars for acting, writing and directing and one of seven actors to have achieved this honour. The other six are Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, John Huston and John Cassavetes.

On 10 July, 2009, Branagh was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RomaFictionFest.
Filmography
Actor

   * To the Lighthouse (1983) (television) as Charles Tansley
   * Ghosts (1986) (television) as Oswald
   * Fortunes of War (1987) (television)
   * A Month in the Country (1987) as James Moon
   * High Season (1988) as Rick
   * Look Back In Anger (1989) as Jimmy Porter
   * Henry V (1989) as Henry V
   * Dead Again (1991) as Roman Strauss and Mike Church
   * Peter's Friends (1992) as Andrew Benson
   * Swing Kids (1993) as Herr Knopp, Gestapo (uncredited)
   * Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Benedick
   * Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) as Dr. Victor Frankenstein
   * Othello (1995) as Iago
   * Hamlet (1996) as Hamlet
   * The Gingerbread Man (1998) as Rick Magruder
   * The Theory of Flight (1998) as Richard
   * Alien Love Triangle (1998) (short)
   * The Proposition (1998) as Father Michael McKinnon



   * The Dance of Shiva (1998) (short) as Col. Evans
   * Celebrity (1998) as Lee Simon
   * Wild Wild West (1999) as Dr. Arliss Loveless
   * The Periwig-Maker (1999) (short) (voice) as Periwig-maker
   * The Road to El Dorado (2000) (voice) as Miguel
   * Love's Labour's Lost (2000) as Berowne
   * Conspiracy (2001) (television) as Reinhard Heydrich
   * Schneider's 2nd Stage (2001) (short) as Joseph Barnett
   * Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) as A. O. Neville
   * How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2002) as Peter McGowan
   * Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
   * Shackleton (television) (2002) as Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
   * Five Children and It (2004) as Uncle Albert
   * Warm Springs (television) (2005) as Franklin D. Roosevelt
   * Valkyrie (2008) as Henning von Tresckow
   * Wallander (television) (2008) as Kurt Wallander
   * The Boat That Rocked (2009) as Minister Dormandy

Director

   * Henry V (1989)
   * Dead Again (1991)
   * Swan Song (1992, short) starring John Gielgud
   * Peter's Friends (1992)
   * Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
   * Frankenstein (1994)
   * A Midwinter's Tale (1996)
   * Hamlet (1996)
   * Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
   * Listening (2003 short)
   * The Magic Flute (2006)
   * As You Like It (2006)
   * Sleuth (2007)
   * Thor (2011)

Narrator

   * Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (Six-part TV special) (1996)
   * Great Composers (TV mini-series) (1997)
   * Cold War (CNN TV series) (1998)
   * The Making of Walking with Dinosaurs (UK version) (TV series) (1999)
   * Walking with Dinosaurs (UK version) (TV series) (1999)
   * The Science of Walking with Beasts (Australia) (Two-part TV special) (2001)
   * The Ballad of Big Al (UK version) (TV special) (2001)
   * Walking with Beasts (UK version) (TV series) (2001)
   * Walking with Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs (TV series) (2005)
   * Goebbels-Experiment, Das (Documentary) (2005)

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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/10/09 at 5:33 am

The co-birthday's of the day...Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Duncan took other security jobs while in Los Angeles while trying to get some acting work in commercials. During this time, worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G. all the while doing bit parts in television and films. A friend was covering for Duncan the night that Notorious B.I.G. was killed. This was the reason for Duncan to quit this line of work. In 1998, Duncan was cast as Bear in the film Armageddon, where he struck up a friendship with castmate Bruce Willis. It was Bruce Willis' influence that helped him to get his breakout role as John Coffey in the Frank Darabont-directed The Green Mile, a role which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Duncan then was cast in a string of films that helped to establish him as a star: The Whole Nine Yards, Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King (where he starred alongside his friend, The Rock), The Island and Daredevil as Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin. The Kingpin is, by appearance, an overweight corporate head that takes the name Wilson Fisk, but in fact he is the sole person running organized crime. Duncan signed on for the role in January 2002, though he had been attached far earlier. When Duncan was cast, he weighed 290 pounds. He was asked to gain 40 pounds for the role in order to fit the physique of Kingpin. In order to do this, he would lift weights for 30 minutes a day, and power-lifted with one or two reps a day, as well as eating whatever he wanted. Despite this, Duncan's biggest concern was that he is black, whilst Kingpin has always been portrayed as white. He spoke on the fan's loyalty to the source material by saying "they watch movies to say, 'Hey, that's not like the comic book.' But I want them to get past that and just see the movie for what it is and see me for what I am—an actor." In July 2006, Duncan showed interest in returning for the role of the Kingpin, but stated that he would not be willing to gain weight as he felt "comfortable" being down to 270 pounds. However, he jokingly showed willingness to change his mind if he was offered $20 million. Duncan suggested that the character is portrayed to have been training a lot in jail in order to become faster in combat against Daredevil, also working as a way to fit his weight loss into the story.

Duncan has also provided his voice for a number of roles including Brother Bear, The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, Quiznos commercials, and the video games Demon Stone, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Saints Row, and Soldier of Fortune, with his most recent role being God of War II, where he provides the voice of Atlas, the Titan condemned by Zeus to stand at the western edge of the earth and hold up the sky on his shoulders. He reprised his role as the Kingpin in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

In 2005, he starred in the film Sin City (again alongside Bruce Willis) as Manute, a powerful mobster. Duncan appeared in a minor role in the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and he voiced the role of the villain Massive in the Loonatics Unleashed. In 2006, he voiced the role of Numbuh 26 in the animated movie Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation ZERO. He played Balrog in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and voiced the prison commander in Kung Fu Panda.

He has also guest starred in numerous television shows. He appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody "Benchwarmers" as Zack's basketball coach, Coach Little. In 2005, Duncan guest-starred in a first-season episode of CSI: NY. He appeared as "Colt" in the second-season premiere of Chuck, "Chuck Versus The First Date". In November he appeared as a guest star on the CBS show Two and a Half Men.
Filmography
Year Movie Role Notes
1995 Friday Craps Player (uncredited)
1997 Back in Business Huge Guard
1998 Caught Up BB
The Players Club Bodyguard
Bulworth Bouncer
Armageddon Bear
A Night at the Roxbury Bouncer
1999 Breakfast of Champions Eli
Underground Comedy Movie Gay Virgin
The Green Mile John Coffey
2000 The Whole Nine Yards Franklin 'Frankie Figs' Figueroa
2001 See Spot Run Murdoch
Cats & Dogs Sam
They Call Me Sirr Coach Griffin
Planet of the Apes Attar
2002 The Scorpion King Balthazar
2003 Daredevil Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin
Brother Bear Tug
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin Reprised his role from Daredevil
2004 D.E.B.S. Mr. Phipps
George and the Dragon Tarik
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses Big Daddy
Pursued Franklin
2005 The Golden Blaze Thomas Tatum/Quake
Racing Stripes Clydesdale
Sin City Manute
The Producers Accountant (Scene later cut.)
Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Stinktooth
The Island Starkweather
2006 Air Buddies The Wolf
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Lucius Washington
Brother Bear 2 Tug
School for Scoundrels Lesher
2007 The Last Mimzy Nathaniel Broadman
American Crude Spinks
One Way The General
God of War II Atlas
Slipstream Mort / Phil
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Otis
Kung Fu Panda Commander Vachir
Delgo Elder Marley
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Cleon 'Slammin' Salmon
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Balrog
2010 The Story The Dealer
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/10/09 at 7:00 am


The word of the day... Sleuth
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            A sleuth is a detective. N-COUNT old-fashioned

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          o spy: watch, observe, or inquire secretly
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Sherlock Hemlock

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/10/09 at 10:23 am


When the Osmonds became famous at the same time as the Jackson ( more or less), I preferred the Jacksons at the time.



Me, too. couldn't stand the Osmond Brothers. Couldn't stand Jimmy.  8-P  I always liked Marie-I like the song Paper Roses (her first hit). And yeah, I did watch the Donny & Marie show.  :-[



Cat

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/10/09 at 12:08 pm



Me, too. couldn't stand the Osmond Brothers. Couldn't stand Jimmy.  8-P  I always liked Marie-I like the song Paper Roses (her first hit). And yeah, I did watch the Donny & Marie show.  :-[



Cat

I liked more songs by The Jacksons. I did like Paper Roses by Marie, and watched The Donny and Marie show.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/10/09 at 2:08 pm


The word of the day... Sleuth
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            A sleuth is a detective. N-COUNT old-fashioned

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          o spy: watch, observe, or inquire secretly
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I understand the remake with Jude Law was very bad.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/10/09 at 2:43 pm


I understand the remake with Jude Law was very bad.

I never saw it.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/10/09 at 3:15 pm


I never saw it.
I do not wish to see it.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Womble on 12/10/09 at 7:16 pm

Very nice, Ninny. Thanks for sharing.  :)

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Written By: Howard on 12/10/09 at 7:19 pm

I always like detectives.

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Written By: ninny on 12/10/09 at 10:27 pm


Very nice, Ninny. Thanks for sharing.  :)

I'm glad you liked it. :)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/11/09 at 4:39 am

The word or phrase of the day...Pajama Party
Pajama party or Sleepover may refer to the following:

    * Sleepover, an overnight party
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Written By: ninny on 12/11/09 at 4:45 am

The birthday of the day...Terri Garr
Terry Ann "Teri" Garr (born December 11, 1944) is an American actress and comedienne.
Early in her career she was sometimes credited as Terri Garr, Terry Garr, Teri Hope, or Terry Carr. Garr's movie debut was as an extra in 1963's A Swingin' Affair. She started out as a background dancer in uncredited roles for youth-oriented films like Pajama Party, a beach party film, The T.A.M.I. Show, and nine Elvis Presley features. Her first speaking role was a one-line appearance as a damsel in distress in The Monkees film Head written by Jack Nicholson. In 1974 she got her first significant film role in Francis Ford Coppola's critically acclaimed The Conversation.

She made her career breakthrough in the Mel Brooks hit comedy Young Frankenstein (1974). She then went on to appear in a string of highly successful films, often playing a housewife, in both comedies and dramas. Her most popular films include Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Oh, God! (1977), The Black Stallion (1979), One From The Heart (1982) and Mr. Mom (1983). In 1982 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role as Dustin Hoffman's actress friend in Tootsie.

Since the late 1960s she has appeared frequently on television. She, along with friend Toni Basil, began as go-go dancers on several musical variety shows such as Shindig! and Hullabaloo. In 1967 Garr made two appearances on Batman and one appearance on The Andy Griffith Show. In 1968 she was in two episodes of It Takes a Thief and a part in the Star Trek episode "Assignment: Earth". This was a backdoor pilot for a proposed series in which she would have co-starred, but the series did not sell.

In the early 1970s she was a regular cast member on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour dancing and acting in comedy sketches. She also had a recurring role as a ditzy policewoman on McCloud, and appeared on M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, and Barnaby Jones, among others. She hosted Saturday Night Live in 1980, 1983, and 1985 and was a frequent visitor on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. As a recurring guest on Late Night with David Letterman, she was renowned for her unscripted banter with personal friend David Letterman, who once goaded her into showering in his office while the camera rolled. She landed a role as recurring character Phoebe Buffay Sr. in Friends, playing the estranged birth mother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow).

For over four decades, she has appeared in a variety of television commercials, including a 1970 Safeguard ad with then-unknowns Penny Marshall and Tom Selleck. Often complaining on talk shows about being typecast in housewife roles, she nonetheless used her image to promote many household products (coffee, Band-Aid, Glade air-fresheners, etc.) in countless commercials over the years.
n October 2002, Garr publicly confirmed that she was battling multiple sclerosis. After years of uncertainty and secrecy surrounding her diagnosis, Garr explained her reasons for deciding to go public: "I'm telling my story for the first time, so I can help people. I can help people know they aren't alone, and tell them there are reasons to be optimistic because today treatment options are available". In recent interviews, she has commented that she first started noticing symptoms while in New York filming Tootsie. For the next few years, as acting jobs brought her to various locations around the world, she continued to see different doctors in different cities, until she finally found a doctor that correctly diagnosed her as having MS.

Since Garr announced that she has MS, she has become a leading advocate in raising awareness for the condition and the latest treatments for it. She is a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and National Chair for the Society's Women Against MS program (WAMS). WAMS is a nationwide education and fundraising program that helps to increase the public's awareness of MS and the National MS Society while acknowledging and encouraging the advancement of women philanthropists. In November 2005, Garr was honored as the society’s Ambassador of the Year. This honor had been given only four times since the society was founded.

She is the mother of an adopted daughter and resides in Los Angeles. On December 21, 2006, she suffered a brain aneurysm in her home; her 13-year-old daughter called 911 when she couldn't wake her up from a nap. Following surgery, her publicist Heidi Schaeffer said she expected Garr to make a full recovery. She appeared on Late Show with David Letterman on June 19, 2008, without need of a wheelchair, and just as sharp and witty as always. She was on the show to promote Expired, a movie in which she plays twins. Garr sold her Los Angeles-area house in June 2008.
Academy awards nomination

Academy Award

    * 1983: Nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" in Tootsie

Filmography
Features

    * A Swingin' Affair (1963)
    * Fun in Acapulco (1963), backup dancer
    * Kissin' Cousins (1964), backup dancer
    * Viva Las Vegas (1964), backup dancer
    * What a Way to Go! (1964), backup dancer
    * Roustabout (1964), backup dancer
    * Pajama Party (1964), backup dancer
    * The T.A.M.I. Show (1964), backup dancer
    * John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)
    * Red Line 7000 (1965)
    * The Cool Ones (1967)
    * Clambake (1967), backup dancer
    * For Pete's Sake (1968)
    * Maryjane (1968)
    * Head (1968), first speaking role
    * Changes (1969)
    * The Moonshine War (1970)
    * The Conversation (1974)
    * Young Frankenstein (1974)
    * Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
    * Oh, God! (1977)
    * Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    * Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)
    * The Black Stallion (1979)
    * Java Junkie (1979)
    * Witches' Brew (1979)
    * Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
    * One from the Heart (1982)
    * The Escape Artist (1982)
    * Tootsie (1982)
    * The Sting II (1983)
    * The Black Stallion Returns (1983)
    * Mr. Mom (1983)
    * Firstborn (1984)



    * To Catch a King (1984)
    * After Hours (1985)
    * Miracles (1986)
    * Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)
    * Out Cold (1989)
    * Let It Ride (1989)
    * Short Time (1990)
    * A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder (1990)
    * Waiting for the Light (1990)
    * Adventures in Wonderland (1991)
    * The Player (1992)
    * Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
    * Dumb and Dumber (1994)
    * Ready to Wear (1994)
    * Perfect Alibi (1995)
    * Michael (1996)
    * The Definite Maybe (1997)
    * Changing Habits (1997)
    * A Simple Wish (1997)
    * Nightscream (1997)
    * Kill the Man (1999)
    * Dick (1999)
    * The Sky Is Falling (2000)
    * Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) (voice) (direct-to-video)
    * Ghost World (2001)
    * Life Without Dick (2002)
    * Searching for Debra Winger (2002) (documentary)
    * Aloha, Scooby-Doo! (2005) (voice) (direct-to-video)
    * A Taste of Jupiter (2005)
    * Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
    * Let It Ride (2006) (documentary)
    * Expired (2007)
    * Kabluey (2007)

Short subjects

    * Where Is the Bus? (1966)
    * The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977)
    * Java Junkie (1979), shown on Saturday Night Live
    * Save the Rabbits (1994)
    * God Out the Window (2007)
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Written By: ninny on 12/11/09 at 4:49 am

The co-birthdays of the day...Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the first and only Hispanic and one of ten performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony and at the time the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award
In 1961, Moreno landed the role of Anita in Robert Wise's film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking Broadway musical, West Side Story, which was played by Chita Rivera on Broadway. Moreno won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for that role. Moreno went on to be the first actress (and the first Hispanic) to win an Emmy (1977), a Grammy(1972), an Oscar (1962) and a Tony (1975). In 1985, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago.
Other Roles

Besides appearing in Singin' in the Rain, The King and I, Summer and Smoke (1961), West Side Story, The Night of the Following Day (1968) and Carnal Knowledge in (1971), Moreno appeared on the PBS children's series The Electric Company in the 1970s, most notably as Millie the Helper. In fact, it was Moreno who screamed the show's opening line, "HEY, YOU GUYS!" She also had roles as the naughty little girl Pandora, and as "Otto", the very short-tempered director. Moreno appeared in the family variety series The Muppet Show, and she made other guest appearances on television series such as The Rockford Files, The Love Boat, The Cosby Show, George Lopez, The Golden Girls, and Miami Vice. She was also a regular on the short-lived sitcom version of Nine to Five (based on the film hit) during the early 1980s.
Broadway and television

Moreno's Broadway credits include The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The Ritz, for which she won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, and the female version of The Odd Couple. In 1993 she was invited to perform at President Bill Clinton's inauguration and later that month was asked to perform at the White House. During the mid 1990s, Moreno provided the voice of Carmen Sandiego on the animated Fox show Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

In the late 1990s, she gained exposure to a new generation of viewers when she played Sister Pete, a nun trained as a psychologist in the popular HBO series, Oz. She made a guest appearance on The Nanny as Coach Stone, Maggie's (Nicholle Tom) tyrannical gym teacher, whom Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) also remembered from her school as Ms. Wickavich.
Performing in the 21st century

Moreno continues to be active on stage and screen. In 2006, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's revival of The Glass Menagerie. She was seen on Law and Order: Criminal Intent as the dying mother of Detective Goren. She was a regular on the short-lived TV series Cane, which starred Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo.
Among Moreno's awards and recognitions are the following:

    * Academy Award as the Best Supporting Actress "West Side Story" (1961)
    * Golden Globe Award as the Best Supporting Actress "West Side Story" (1961)
    * "The Joseph Jefferson Award" Best Chicago Theatre Actress (1968)
    * Grammy Award The Electric Company Album (1972)
    * Tony Award Best Featured Actress, "The Ritz" (1975)
    * Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program (1977)
    * Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama Series (1978)
    * "The Golden Apple" Cue Magazine Award
    * Library of Congress Living Legends Award, April 2000
    * "The Sarah Siddons Awards" for her portrayal of Olive Madison in the female version of the Odd Couple
    * "Special Recognition Award" from the International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001)
    * "Presidential Medal of Freedom" from President George W. Bush in June 2004
    * Rita Moreno has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
    * On December 5, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Moreno into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.

Filmography
Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1950 So Young So Bad Dolores Guererro as Rosita Moreno
The Toast of New Orleans Tina
Pagan Love Song Terru
1952 The Ring Lucy Gomez
Singin' in the Rain Zelda Zanders
The Fabulous Señorita Manuela Rodríguez
Cattle Town Queli
1953 Fort Vengeance Bridget Fitzgibbon
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Soubrette uncredited
Latin Lovers Christina
El Alaméin Jara
1954 Jivaro Maroa
The Yellow Tomahawk Honey Bear
Garden of Evil Cantina Singer
1955 Untamed Julia
Seven Cities of Gold Ula
1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Sandra Roberts
The King and I Tuptim
The Vagabond King Huguette
1957 The Deerslayer Hetty Hutter
1960 This Rebel Breed Lola Montalvo
1961 West Side Story Anita Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe
Summer and Smoke Rosa Zacharias
1963 Cry of Battle Sisa
1968 The Night of the Following Day Vi
1969 Popi Lupe
Marlowe Dolores Gonzáles
1971 Carnal Knowledge Louise
1976 The Ritz Googie Gomez Nominated - BAFTA Award
Nominated - Golden Globe
1977 Voodoo Passion
1978 The Boss' Son Esther Rose
1980 Happy Birthday, Gemini Lucille Pompi
1981 The Four Seasons Claudia Zimmer
1991 Age Isn't Everything Rita
1993 Italian Movie Isabella
1994 I Like It Like That Rosaria Linares
1995 Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business Herself documentary
Angus Madame Rulenska
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills Belle Abromowitz Nominated - ALMA Award
1999 Carlo's Wake Angela Torello
The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story Herself documentary
2000 Blue Moon Maggie
2001 Piñero Miguel's Mother
2003 Casa de los Babys Señora Muñoz
Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico Herself documentary
2004 King of the Corner Inez
2006 Play It By Ear Ruth
Television
Year Title Role Other notes
1958 Father Knows Best
Chanthini, an exchange student
from India episode: Fair Exchange (24 Nov 1958)
1971 – 1977 The Electric Company Carmela
Otto The Director
Pandora the Little Girl, Millie the Helper 780 episodes
1974 Dominic's Dream Anita Bente
Out to Lunch Various Nominated - Emmy Award
1976 The Muppet Show Herself Episode #1.5 - Emmy Award
1978 The Rockford Files Rita Capkovic 3 episodes
Emmy Award - For episode "The Paper Palace"
Nominated - Emmy Award - For episode "Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead".
1979 Anatomy of a Seduction Nina
The Muppets Go Hollywood Herself/Host Special
1981 Evita Perón Renata Riguel
1982 – 1983 9 to 5 Violet Newstead Nominated - Emmy Award; Nominated - Golden Globe
1982 Working Waitress
Portrait of a Showgirl Rosella DeLeon Nominated - Emmy Award
1989 – 1990 B.L. Stryker Kimberly Baskin 2 episodes
1994 The Nanny Miss Wickervich/Mrs. Stone Episode - The Gym Teacher
1994 – 1998 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Carmen Sandiego voice
1994 – 1995 The Cosby Mysteries Angie Corea 2 episodes
1995 The Wharf Rat Mom
1997 – 2003 Oz Sister Peter Marie Reimondo 44 episodes
ALMA Award - 1998, 1999, 2002
Nominated - ALMA Award - 2000, 2001
1998 The Spree Irma Kelly
1999 Resurrection Mimi
2004 Copshop Mary Alice
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mildred Quintana Episode - "Night"
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Mildred Quintana Episode - "Day"
2006 – 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Frances Goren 3 episodes: "Endgame"
"The War at Home"
"Brother's Keeper"
2007 The George Lopez Show Luisa Diaz Episode - "George Testi-Lies for Benny"
Ugly Betty Aunt Mirta Episode - "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara"
Cane Amalia Duque 13 episodes
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Written By: Howard on 12/11/09 at 6:36 am


The co-birthdays of the day...Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the first and only Hispanic and one of ten performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony and at the time the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award
In 1961, Moreno landed the role of Anita in Robert Wise's film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking Broadway musical, West Side Story, which was played by Chita Rivera on Broadway. Moreno won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for that role. Moreno went on to be the first actress (and the first Hispanic) to win an Emmy (1977), a Grammy(1972), an Oscar (1962) and a Tony (1975). In 1985, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago.
Other Roles

Besides appearing in Singin' in the Rain, The King and I, Summer and Smoke (1961), West Side Story, The Night of the Following Day (1968) and Carnal Knowledge in (1971), Moreno appeared on the PBS children's series The Electric Company in the 1970s, most notably as Millie the Helper. In fact, it was Moreno who screamed the show's opening line, "HEY, YOU GUYS!" She also had roles as the naughty little girl Pandora, and as "Otto", the very short-tempered director. Moreno appeared in the family variety series The Muppet Show, and she made other guest appearances on television series such as The Rockford Files, The Love Boat, The Cosby Show, George Lopez, The Golden Girls, and Miami Vice. She was also a regular on the short-lived sitcom version of Nine to Five (based on the film hit) during the early 1980s.
Broadway and television

Moreno's Broadway credits include The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The Ritz, for which she won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, and the female version of The Odd Couple. In 1993 she was invited to perform at President Bill Clinton's inauguration and later that month was asked to perform at the White House. During the mid 1990s, Moreno provided the voice of Carmen Sandiego on the animated Fox show Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

In the late 1990s, she gained exposure to a new generation of viewers when she played Sister Pete, a nun trained as a psychologist in the popular HBO series, Oz. She made a guest appearance on The Nanny as Coach Stone, Maggie's (Nicholle Tom) tyrannical gym teacher, whom Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) also remembered from her school as Ms. Wickavich.
Performing in the 21st century

Moreno continues to be active on stage and screen. In 2006, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's revival of The Glass Menagerie. She was seen on Law and Order: Criminal Intent as the dying mother of Detective Goren. She was a regular on the short-lived TV series Cane, which starred Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo.
Among Moreno's awards and recognitions are the following:

    * Academy Award as the Best Supporting Actress "West Side Story" (1961)
    * Golden Globe Award as the Best Supporting Actress "West Side Story" (1961)
    * "The Joseph Jefferson Award" Best Chicago Theatre Actress (1968)
    * Grammy Award The Electric Company Album (1972)
    * Tony Award Best Featured Actress, "The Ritz" (1975)
    * Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program (1977)
    * Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama Series (1978)
    * "The Golden Apple" Cue Magazine Award
    * Library of Congress Living Legends Award, April 2000
    * "The Sarah Siddons Awards" for her portrayal of Olive Madison in the female version of the Odd Couple
    * "Special Recognition Award" from the International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001)
    * "Presidential Medal of Freedom" from President George W. Bush in June 2004
    * Rita Moreno has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
    * On December 5, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Moreno into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.

Filmography
Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1950 So Young So Bad Dolores Guererro as Rosita Moreno
The Toast of New Orleans Tina
Pagan Love Song Terru
1952 The Ring Lucy Gomez
Singin' in the Rain Zelda Zanders
The Fabulous Señorita Manuela Rodríguez
Cattle Town Queli
1953 Fort Vengeance Bridget Fitzgibbon
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Soubrette uncredited
Latin Lovers Christina
El Alaméin Jara
1954 Jivaro Maroa
The Yellow Tomahawk Honey Bear
Garden of Evil Cantina Singer
1955 Untamed Julia
Seven Cities of Gold Ula
1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Sandra Roberts
The King and I Tuptim
The Vagabond King Huguette
1957 The Deerslayer Hetty Hutter
1960 This Rebel Breed Lola Montalvo
1961 West Side Story Anita Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe
Summer and Smoke Rosa Zacharias
1963 Cry of Battle Sisa
1968 The Night of the Following Day Vi
1969 Popi Lupe
Marlowe Dolores Gonzáles
1971 Carnal Knowledge Louise
1976 The Ritz Googie Gomez Nominated - BAFTA Award
Nominated - Golden Globe
1977 Voodoo Passion
1978 The Boss' Son Esther Rose
1980 Happy Birthday, Gemini Lucille Pompi
1981 The Four Seasons Claudia Zimmer
1991 Age Isn't Everything Rita
1993 Italian Movie Isabella
1994 I Like It Like That Rosaria Linares
1995 Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business Herself documentary
Angus Madame Rulenska
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills Belle Abromowitz Nominated - ALMA Award
1999 Carlo's Wake Angela Torello
The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story Herself documentary
2000 Blue Moon Maggie
2001 Piñero Miguel's Mother
2003 Casa de los Babys Señora Muñoz
Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico Herself documentary
2004 King of the Corner Inez
2006 Play It By Ear Ruth
Television
Year Title Role Other notes
1958 Father Knows Best
Chanthini, an exchange student
from India episode: Fair Exchange (24 Nov 1958)
1971 – 1977 The Electric Company Carmela
Otto The Director
Pandora the Little Girl, Millie the Helper 780 episodes
1974 Dominic's Dream Anita Bente
Out to Lunch Various Nominated - Emmy Award
1976 The Muppet Show Herself Episode #1.5 - Emmy Award
1978 The Rockford Files Rita Capkovic 3 episodes
Emmy Award - For episode "The Paper Palace"
Nominated - Emmy Award - For episode "Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead".
1979 Anatomy of a Seduction Nina
The Muppets Go Hollywood Herself/Host Special
1981 Evita Perón Renata Riguel
1982 – 1983 9 to 5 Violet Newstead Nominated - Emmy Award; Nominated - Golden Globe
1982 Working Waitress
Portrait of a Showgirl Rosella DeLeon Nominated - Emmy Award
1989 – 1990 B.L. Stryker Kimberly Baskin 2 episodes
1994 The Nanny Miss Wickervich/Mrs. Stone Episode - The Gym Teacher
1994 – 1998 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Carmen Sandiego voice
1994 – 1995 The Cosby Mysteries Angie Corea 2 episodes
1995 The Wharf Rat Mom
1997 – 2003 Oz Sister Peter Marie Reimondo 44 episodes
ALMA Award - 1998, 1999, 2002
Nominated - ALMA Award - 2000, 2001
1998 The Spree Irma Kelly
1999 Resurrection Mimi
2004 Copshop Mary Alice
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mildred Quintana Episode - "Night"
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Mildred Quintana Episode - "Day"
2006 – 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Frances Goren 3 episodes: "Endgame"
"The War at Home"
"Brother's Keeper"
2007 The George Lopez Show Luisa Diaz Episode - "George Testi-Lies for Benny"
Ugly Betty Aunt Mirta Episode - "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara"
Cane Amalia Duque 13 episodes
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Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/11/09 at 10:54 am

I love Terri Garr and I absolutely adore Rita Moreno. She is an exceptional talent. Of course I'm sure everyone knows how I feel about Puerto Ricans.  ;)



Cat

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/11/09 at 1:03 pm


The word of the day... Sleuth
    *
          o
            A sleuth is a detective. N-COUNT old-fashioned

Web definitions

    *
          o spy: watch, observe, or inquire secretly

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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/11/09 at 4:29 pm


I love Terri Garr and I absolutely adore Rita Moreno. She is an exceptional talent. Of course I'm sure everyone knows how I feel about Puerto Ricans.  ;)



Cat

Both are great talents.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: gibbo on 12/11/09 at 6:55 pm


I love Terri Garr and I absolutely adore Rita Moreno. She is an exceptional talent. Of course I'm sure everyone knows how I feel about Puerto Ricans.  ;)



Cat



I was just watching a clip of her singing 'America' on youtube last night!  She was fabulous....

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/11/09 at 6:56 pm

Electric Company was my favorite children's show. :)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/12/09 at 5:43 am

The word of the day...Vegetarian
eater of fruits and grains and nuts; someone who eats no meat or fish or (often) any animal products
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Written By: ninny on 12/12/09 at 5:48 am

the birthday of the day...Bob Barker
Robert William "Bob" Barker (born December 12, 1923) is an American former television game show host. He is best known for hosting CBS' The Price Is Right from 1972-2007, making it the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history. After holding the job for 35 years and having been in television for 50 years, Barker retired in June 2007.
The Price Is Right (1972–2007)

On September 4, 1972, Barker began his most famous assignment hosting the CBS revival of The Price is Right. In the 35 years of the CBS version, he has become far more associated with the series than first host Bill Cullen was with the 1956–1965 original. In September 1977, he hosted the last three seasons of the syndicated nighttime version, originally hosted by Dennis James.

On October 15, 1987, Barker did what other MCs almost never did: renounced hair dye and allowed his hair to go gray. Fellow hosts Monty Hall, Alex Trebek, and Richard Dawson would do the same in the late 1980s.

In 2006, The Price Is Right celebrated 35 consecutive years on the air. It is the longest-running game show of all time in North America. Overall, in daytime programming (excluding Saturday and Sunday), The Price Is Right is ranked sixth among the longest-continuing daytime television programs (NBC's Today ranks the longest, followed by four daytime soap operas: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, General Hospital, and Days of our Lives), and moved into fifth in September 2009 after Guiding Light aired its final episode on CBS. It has won its time slot (11:00 a.m. Eastern) for the past 25 years with its closest competitor (currently ABC's The View) normally getting about half of TPIR's ratings.
Search Wikinews Wikinews has related news: Bob Barker to retire as host of U.S. gameshow The Price Is Right

On October 31, 2006, Barker made his announcement that he would retire from The Price Is Right in June 2007. However, Barker has revealed that FremantleMedia, the company that owns the show, had been looking for a successor in the last two to three years, and also that he had considered retirement for a while, but he had so much fun that he continued to do the show. He taped his final episode on June 6, 2007, with the show airing twice on June 15. The first airing was in the show's normal daytime slot and the second airing was in primetime as the lead-in to the Daytime Emmy Awards. Repeat episodes from Barker's final season continued to air until October 12, 2007, ending with a repeat of his final episode. On July 23 it was announced that comedian Drew Carey would take Barker's place as the new host for the show beginning on October 15, 2007.

During Barker's tenure as host, three pricing games were introduced that used his name: Barker's Bargain Bar, Barker's Marker$ and Trader Bob. Of the three, none are actively played on the show – Trader Bob was retired from the show in 1985, Barker's Marker$ was renamed following Barker's retirement, and subsequently retired, and Barker's Bargain Bar has been disassembled, and is currently on hiatus.

Barker made a guest appearance on the show for an episode that aired on April 16, 2009 to promote his new autobiography, Priceless Memories. He appeared in the Showcase round at the end of the show
Barker became a vegetarian in 1979. That same year, he began promoting animal rights. Barker began ending some episodes (later every episode) of The Price is Right with the phrase: "Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered." Even after he retired, Drew Carey continued his signature sign-off. He was named national spokesman for "Be Kind to Animals Week" in May 1985. On A&E's Biography program, he credited his wife, Dorothy Jo, with causing him to become more aware of animal rights and becoming a vegetarian, because she had done so. Bob remarked that Dorothy Jo was way ahead of her time as far as animal rights were concerned and that shortly after her death in October, 1981, he took up animal rights in order to keep doing something that she had done. Fellow game show hosts Jack Barry and Bert Convy eventually followed Barker's lead in promoting animal rights on the air.

Barker hosted the Miss USA/Universe Pageants from 1967 to 1987. In 1987, he requested the removal of fur prizes and stepped down as host when those in charge of the pageant refused.

Bob Barker's DJ&T Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to fund animal rescue and park facilities all over the country. He worked closely with Betty White as an advocate for animal rights. However in 2009, reports indicated that Barker threatened to not attend the 2009 Game Show Awards, where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award, because White would be attending. The reason for the conflict, according to the report, was over the proper treatment of an elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo. White instead did not attend and pre-recorded her comments that she was scheduled to make about Mark Goodson.

In June 2009, Barker wrote Chief Michell Hicks of the Cherokee asking that their reservation's bear exhibit be closed. On July 28, 2009, he visited the reservation and saw one of the three zoos, calling the bears' living situation "inhumane". PETA set up the visit after Barker heard from Florida congressman Bill Young, whose wife had been "appalled" by what she saw. Annette Tarnowski, the tribe's attorney general, said a federal inspector had found nothing wrong in May 2009 at two of the zoos, and that the tribe had dealt with the few violations at the third. Hicks made no promises and threatened to ban PETA if they made more trouble.
Longevity records

Barker set a longevity record as holding a weekday T.V. job continuously for 51 years, which included his years on Truth or Consequences. Only sportscaster Vin Scully, who is four years younger than Barker, has held a job longer than Barker in the American entertainment industry, albeit a seasonal job and not a daily one. (Orion Samuelson is slated to pass Barker in 2010.)

Barker has also had the second-longest run as the host of a single entertainment broadcast show (sports excluded), only a few months short of Don McNeill, who spent 35½ years as host of Don McNeill's Breakfast Club.

Barker, who was 83½ years old at the time of his retirement, holds the record of being the oldest man ever to host a regularly scheduled television game show and the oldest man ever to host a weekday television program since the inception of American network television. Barker also hosted/appeared on a five-day-a-week television program longer than anyone else in the history of television.
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Written By: ninny on 12/12/09 at 5:57 am

The co-birthday of the day...Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick (born December 12, 1940) is an American singer, actress, activist, United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, former United States Ambassador of Health, and humanitarian. She is best known for her partnership with songwriters and producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

According to Billboard magazine and Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2009 book, Dionne Warwick ranks as the 30th most popular hit maker of the entire the rock era based upon the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She also ranks as one of the 10 all-time biggest Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary hit makers of all time.
The mid 1960s to early 1970s became an even more successful time period for Warwick, who saw a string of Gold selling albums and Top 20 and Top 10 hit singles. "Message to Michael", a Bacharach-David composition that the duo was certain was a "man's song", became a top 10 hit for Warwick in May 1966. The January 1967 LP Here Where There Is Love was her first RIAA certified Gold Album and featured "Alfie", and two 1966 hits "Trains and Boats and Planes", and "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself". "Alfie" had become a radio hit when disc jockeys across the nation began to play the album cut early in 1967. "Alfie" was released as the "B" side of a Bacharach/David ballad, "The Beginning of Loneliness" in which charted in the Hot 100. Disc jockeys flipped the single and made it a double-sided hit. Bacharach had been contracted to produce "Alfie" for the Michael Caine film of the same name and wanted Dionne Warwick to sing the tune but the British producers wanted a British subject to cut the tune. Cilla Black was selected to record the song, and her version peaked at #95 upon its release in the USA. A cover version by Cher used in the USA prints of the film peaked at #33. In the UK and Australia, Black's version was a Top 10 hit. In a 1983 concert appearance televised on PBS, Warwick states she was the 43rd person to record "Alfie", at Bacharach's insistence, who felt Dionne could make it a big hit. Warwick, at first, balked at recording the tune and asked Bacharach "How many more versions of Alfie do you need?" to which Bacharach replied "Just one more, yours." Bacharach took Warwick into the studio with his new arrangement and cut the tune the way he wanted it to be, which she nailed in one take. Warwick's version peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on both the R&B Chart and the AC Charts. Warwick performed the song at the Academy Awards in 1967. Today, "Alfie" is considered a signature song for Warwick.

Later that same year, Warwick earned her first RIAA Gold Single for US sales of over one million units for the single "I Say a Little Prayer" (from her album The Windows of the World). When disc jockeys across the nation began to play the track from the album in the fall of 1967 and demanded its release as a single, Florence Greenberg, President of Scepter Records, complied and "I Say a Little Prayer" became Warwick's biggest US hit to that point, reaching #4 on the US and Canadian Charts and # 8 on the R & B Charts. Aretha Franklin would cover the tune a year later and hit US #10. The tune was also the first RIAA certified USA million seller for Bacharach-David.

Her follow-up to "I Say a Little Prayer","(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls", was unusual in several respects. It was not written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was the "B" side of her "I Say a Little Prayer" single, and it was a song that she almost didn't record. While the film version of Valley of the Dolls was being made, actress Barbara Parkins suggested that Warwick be considered to sing the film's theme song, written by songwriting team Andre and Dory Previn. The song was to be recorded by Judy Garland, who was fired from the film. Warwick performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks of 1968, disc jockeys flipped the single and made the single one of the biggest double-sided hits of the rock era and another million seller. At the time, RIAA rules allowed only one side of a double-sided hit single to be certified as Gold, but Scepter awarded Warwick an "in-house award" to recognize "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" as a million selling tune.

Warwick had re-recorded a Pat Williams-arranged version of the theme at A&R Studios in New York because contractual restrictions would not allow the Warwick version from the film to be included in the 20th Century-Fox soundtrack LP. The LP Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls, released in early 1968 and containing the re-recorded version of the movie theme (#2–4 weeks), "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and several new Bacharach-David compositions, hit the #6 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Album Chart and would remain on the chart for over a year. The film soundtrack LP, sans Warwick vocals, failed to impress the public, while Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls earned an RIAA Gold certification.

The single "Do You Know the Way to San Jose", an international million seller and a Top 10 hit in several countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Mexico, was also a double sided hit with the "B" side "Let Me Be Lonely" charting at #79.

More hits ("Promises, Promises"-#19 1968; "Who Is Gonna Love Me"-#32 1968 with "B" side "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" becoming another double sided hit, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"-#6 1969; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"-#15 1969; "This Girl's In Love With You"-#7 1969; "Make It Easy On Yourself"-#37 1970; "Who Is Gonna Love Me"-#33 1968; "The April Fools"-#37 1969 (from the film of the same name); "Let Me Go To Him"-#32 1970; "Paper Mache"-#43 1970; The Green Grass Starts to Grow"-#43-1971) followed into 1971. Warwick's final Bacharach/David penned single was March 1971's "Who Gets the Guy" and her final "official" Scepter single release was "He's Moving On" backed with "Amanda" both from the soundtrack of the motion picture adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine. Other Scepter LPs certified RIAA Gold include Dionne Warwick's Golden Hits Part 1 released in 1967 and The Dionne Warwicke Story: A Decade of Gold released in 1971. By the end of 1971, Dionne Warwick had sold an estimated thirty-five million singles and albums internationally in less than nine years and more than 16 million singles in the USA alone. Exact figures of Warwick's sales are unknown, and probably underestimated, due to Scepter Records lax accounting policies and the company policy of not submitting recordings for RIAA audit. Dionne Warwick became the first Scepter artist to request RIAA audits of her recordings in 1967 with the release of "I Say A Little Prayer".
Warwick won her second Grammy Award for the 1970 album "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"

On Wednesday, September 17, 1969, CBS Television aired Dionne Warwick's first television special entitled "The Dionne Warwick Chevy Special." Dionne's guests were Burt Bacharach, George Kirby, Glen Campbell, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Warwick had become the priority act of Scepter Records, according to the website "The Scepter Records Story" and Luther Dixon in a 2002 A&E Biography of Burt Bacharach, with the release of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" in 1963. In 1971, Dionne Warwick left the family atmosphere of Scepter Records for Warner Bros. Records for what was at the time the most lucrative recording contract ever given a female vocalist according to Variety. Warwick's last LP for Scepter was the aforementioned soundtrack for the motion picture The Love Machine (in which she appeared in an uncredited cameo), released in July 1971. In 1975, Bacharach/David sued Scepter Records for an accurate accounting of royalties due the team from Warwick and labelmate B. J. Thomas recordings and was awarded almost $600,000 and the rights to all Bacharach/David recordings on the Scepter label. The label, with the defection of Warwick to Warner Bros. Records, filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and was sold to Springboard International Records in 1976.

Following her signing with Warners, with Bacharach and David as writers and producers Dionne returned to A&R Studios in late 1971 to begin recording her first album for the new label, the self-titled album Dionne (not to be confused with her later Arista debut album) in January 1972. The album peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 Album Chart. In 1972, Burt Bacharach and Hal David scored and wrote the tunes for the motion picture Lost Horizon. The film was panned by the critics, and in the fallout from the film, the songwriting duo decided to terminate their working relationship. The breakup left Dionne devoid of their services as her producers and songwriters. Dionne was contractually obligated to fulfill her contract with Warners without Bacharach and David and she would team with a variety of producers during her tenure with the label.

Faced with the prospect of being sued by Warner Bros. Records due to the breakup of Bacharach/David and their failure to honor their contract with Dionne, she filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against her former partners for breach of contract. The suit was settled out of court in 1979 for $5 million including the rights to all Warwick recordings produced by Bacharach and David.

Warwick, for years an aficionado of psychic phenomena, was advised by famed astrologer Linda Goodman in 1971 to add a small "e" to her last name, making Warwick "WARWICKe" for good luck and to recognize her married name and her spouse, actor and drummer William " Bill" Elliott. Goodman convinced Warwick that the extra small "e" would add a vibration needed to balance her last name and bring her even more good fortune in her marriage and her professional life. The extra "e", according to Dionne "was the worst thing I could have done in retrospect, and in 1975 I finally got rid of that damn "e" and became "Dionne Warwick" again."
With the move to Arista Records and the release of "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (a tune written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings and first recorded by Cheryl Ladd in 1978) in 1979, Dionne was again enjoying top success on the charts. The song was produced by Barry Manilow. The accompanying album Dionne—not to be confused with the Warner Bros. Records album of the same name—was her first and only disc to go Platinum in the US. She had been personally signed and guided by the label's founder Clive Davis, who stated to Dionne "You may be ready to give the business up, but the business is not ready to give you up." Dionne's followup was another huge hit. "Deja Vu" was written by Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson. In 1980, Dionne was nominated for the NARAS Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "I'll Never Love This Way Again" and Best R&B Performance, Female for "Déjà Vu". Dionne became the first artist in the history of the awards to win in both categories the same year. Her followup album, 1980's No Night So Long featured the title track written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings which became a major hit and the album peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 Albums Chart and #22 on the Billboard Hot R & B Albums Chart.
"Heartbreaker" an Arista album from 1982, earned Warwick another RIAA certified Gold Album and the title tune became an international smash hit.

In January 1980, while under contract to Arista Records, Dionne Warwick hosted a two-hour TV special called Solid Gold '79. This was adapted into the weekly one-hour show Solid Gold, which she hosted throughout 1980 and 1981 and again in 1985-86.

After a top forty hit recorded in early 1982 with her friend and fellow musical legend Johnny Mathis—the Jay Graydon-produced "Friends in Love" from the album of the same name—Warwick's next big hit later that same year was her full-length collaboration with Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees for the album Heartbreaker. The song "Heartbreaker" became one of Dionne's biggest international hits, peaking on Billboard's Hot 100 at #10 in January 1983 and #1 AC in the USA and #2 in the UK. Internationally, the tune was also a smash in continential Europe, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Canada, and Asia. The title track was taken from the album of the same name which sold over 3 million internationally and earned Dionne an RIAA USA gold record award for the album. The album peaked at #25 on the Hot 100 Album Chart, #13 on the R&B Chart and #3 in the UK. Dionne stated to Wesley Hyatt in his The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits that she was not fond of "Heartbreaker" but recorded the tune because she trusted The Bee Gees' judgment that it would be a hit. The project came about when Clive Davis was attending his aunt's wedding in Florida and spoke with Barry Gibb. Barry mentioned that he had always been a fan of Dionne's and Clive arranged for Dionne and The Bee Gees to discuss a project. Dionne and the brothers Gibb hit it off and the album and the title single were released in October 1982.

In 1983, Dionne released another notable album titled How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye which was produced by Luther Vandross. Their collaboration had been a lifelong dream of Vandross, who had maintained that he wanted to work with Warwick, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross. The album's most successful single was the title track, "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye", a duet with Warwick, which peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, the Dance-pop song "Got a Date", became a moderate hit on the R&B chart. The album peaked at Number 57 on the Billboard 200 album chart and Number 19 on the R&B chart. Of note was a reunion with The Shirelles on Warwick's cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". Warwick would not release another studio album until two years later, 1984's Finder of Lost Loves—an album that would reunite her with both Barry Manilow and Burt Bacharach, who was now writing with his new lyricist partner and wife, Carole Bayer Sager.

In 1985, Warwick contributed her voice to the Multi-Grammy award winning charity song: We Are the World, along with vocalists like Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner and Diana Ross.
Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer-Sager, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Elton John, "That's What Friends Are For", 1985

In 1985, Warwick recorded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) benefit single "That's What Friends Are For" alongside Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder. The single, credited to "Dionne and Friends" raised over three million dollars for that cause. The tune peaked at #1 for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1986. In 1988, the Washington Post wrote: So working against AIDS, especially after years of raising money for work on many blood-related diseases such as sickle-cell anemia, seemed the right thing to do. "You have to be granite not to want to help people with AIDS, because the devastation that it causes is so painful to see. I was so hurt to see my friend die with such agony," Warwick remembers. "I am tired of hurting and it does hurt." The single won the performers the NARAS Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, as well as Song of the Year for its writers, Bacharach and Bayer Sager. It also was ranked by Billboard magazine as the most popular song of 1986. With this single, Warwick also released her second most successful album of the decade, titled Friends.

In July 1987, Dionne scored another Billboard Top 20 pop hit (#12) and Top 10 R&B chart hit (and #1 AC hit) with the song, "Love Power", a duet with Jeffrey Osborne. This song, another written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, was featured in Warwick's album Reservations for Two. The album's title song, a duet with Kashif, was also a moderate hit. Other artists featured on the album included Smokey Robinson and June Pointer.
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Written By: Howard on 12/12/09 at 7:03 am


the birthday of the day...Bob Barker
Robert William "Bob" Barker (born December 12, 1923) is an American former television game show host. He is best known for hosting CBS' The Price Is Right from 1972-2007, making it the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history. After holding the job for 35 years and having been in television for 50 years, Barker retired in June 2007.
The Price Is Right (1972–2007)

On September 4, 1972, Barker began his most famous assignment hosting the CBS revival of The Price is Right. In the 35 years of the CBS version, he has become far more associated with the series than first host Bill Cullen was with the 1956–1965 original. In September 1977, he hosted the last three seasons of the syndicated nighttime version, originally hosted by Dennis James.

On October 15, 1987, Barker did what other MCs almost never did: renounced hair dye and allowed his hair to go gray. Fellow hosts Monty Hall, Alex Trebek, and Richard Dawson would do the same in the late 1980s.

In 2006, The Price Is Right celebrated 35 consecutive years on the air. It is the longest-running game show of all time in North America. Overall, in daytime programming (excluding Saturday and Sunday), The Price Is Right is ranked sixth among the longest-continuing daytime television programs (NBC's Today ranks the longest, followed by four daytime soap operas: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, General Hospital, and Days of our Lives), and moved into fifth in September 2009 after Guiding Light aired its final episode on CBS. It has won its time slot (11:00 a.m. Eastern) for the past 25 years with its closest competitor (currently ABC's The View) normally getting about half of TPIR's ratings.
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On October 31, 2006, Barker made his announcement that he would retire from The Price Is Right in June 2007. However, Barker has revealed that FremantleMedia, the company that owns the show, had been looking for a successor in the last two to three years, and also that he had considered retirement for a while, but he had so much fun that he continued to do the show. He taped his final episode on June 6, 2007, with the show airing twice on June 15. The first airing was in the show's normal daytime slot and the second airing was in primetime as the lead-in to the Daytime Emmy Awards. Repeat episodes from Barker's final season continued to air until October 12, 2007, ending with a repeat of his final episode. On July 23 it was announced that comedian Drew Carey would take Barker's place as the new host for the show beginning on October 15, 2007.

During Barker's tenure as host, three pricing games were introduced that used his name: Barker's Bargain Bar, Barker's Marker$ and Trader Bob. Of the three, none are actively played on the show – Trader Bob was retired from the show in 1985, Barker's Marker$ was renamed following Barker's retirement, and subsequently retired, and Barker's Bargain Bar has been disassembled, and is currently on hiatus.

Barker made a guest appearance on the show for an episode that aired on April 16, 2009 to promote his new autobiography, Priceless Memories. He appeared in the Showcase round at the end of the show
Barker became a vegetarian in 1979. That same year, he began promoting animal rights. Barker began ending some episodes (later every episode) of The Price is Right with the phrase: "Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered." Even after he retired, Drew Carey continued his signature sign-off. He was named national spokesman for "Be Kind to Animals Week" in May 1985. On A&E's Biography program, he credited his wife, Dorothy Jo, with causing him to become more aware of animal rights and becoming a vegetarian, because she had done so. Bob remarked that Dorothy Jo was way ahead of her time as far as animal rights were concerned and that shortly after her death in October, 1981, he took up animal rights in order to keep doing something that she had done. Fellow game show hosts Jack Barry and Bert Convy eventually followed Barker's lead in promoting animal rights on the air.

Barker hosted the Miss USA/Universe Pageants from 1967 to 1987. In 1987, he requested the removal of fur prizes and stepped down as host when those in charge of the pageant refused.

Bob Barker's DJ&T Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to fund animal rescue and park facilities all over the country. He worked closely with Betty White as an advocate for animal rights. However in 2009, reports indicated that Barker threatened to not attend the 2009 Game Show Awards, where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award, because White would be attending. The reason for the conflict, according to the report, was over the proper treatment of an elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo. White instead did not attend and pre-recorded her comments that she was scheduled to make about Mark Goodson.

In June 2009, Barker wrote Chief Michell Hicks of the Cherokee asking that their reservation's bear exhibit be closed. On July 28, 2009, he visited the reservation and saw one of the three zoos, calling the bears' living situation "inhumane". PETA set up the visit after Barker heard from Florida congressman Bill Young, whose wife had been "appalled" by what she saw. Annette Tarnowski, the tribe's attorney general, said a federal inspector had found nothing wrong in May 2009 at two of the zoos, and that the tribe had dealt with the few violations at the third. Hicks made no promises and threatened to ban PETA if they made more trouble.
Longevity records

Barker set a longevity record as holding a weekday T.V. job continuously for 51 years, which included his years on Truth or Consequences. Only sportscaster Vin Scully, who is four years younger than Barker, has held a job longer than Barker in the American entertainment industry, albeit a seasonal job and not a daily one. (Orion Samuelson is slated to pass Barker in 2010.)

Barker has also had the second-longest run as the host of a single entertainment broadcast show (sports excluded), only a few months short of Don McNeill, who spent 35½ years as host of Don McNeill's Breakfast Club.

Barker, who was 83½ years old at the time of his retirement, holds the record of being the oldest man ever to host a regularly scheduled television game show and the oldest man ever to host a weekday television program since the inception of American network television. Barker also hosted/appeared on a five-day-a-week television program longer than anyone else in the history of television.
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I liked him better with his jet black hair.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/13/09 at 2:27 am

Something tells me I did not look here yeserday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/13/09 at 2:30 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAdcgouhmHY

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 5:03 am


Something tells me I did not look here yeserday.

I wondered about that.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 5:09 am

The word or phrase of the day...Chimney sweep
A chimney sweep is a person who cleans chimneys for a living.
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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 5:15 am

The birthday of the day...Dick Van Dyke
Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades. He is best known for his starring roles in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder.
Dick Van Dyke's start in television was with WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC), first as a single comedian and later as emcee of a comedy program. Van Dyke's first network TV appearance was on The Phil Silvers Show in the 1957–1958 season.

Van Dyke starred in the situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966 in which he portrayed a comedy writer named Rob Petrie. Complementing Van Dyke was a veteran cast of comedic actors including Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris, Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady), as well as a newcomer to television Mary Tyler Moore, who portrayed Rob's wife Laura Petrie. He won three Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the series received four Emmy Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series. From 1971 to 1974, Van Dyke starred in an unrelated sitcom called The New Dick Van Dyke Show in which he portrayed a local television talk show host. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, but the show was less successful than its predecessor, and was cancelled after three seasons.

In the 1970s, Van Dyke hosted his own hour-long variety show called Van Dyke & Company on NBC. It aired between September and December 1976. When Carol Burnett's main foil Harvey Korman quit her long-running variety series in 1977, Van Dyke took his place. This was the first time he played second banana on television and there were very few comedic sparks between Van Dyke and Burnett. He left after three months. From 1993 to 2001, Van Dyke portrayed Dr. Mark Sloan in the long-running television series Diagnosis Murder, a medical drama; son Barry co-starred. A 2004 special of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited was heavily promoted as the first new episode of the classic series to be shown in thirty-eight years. Van Dyke and his surviving cast members recreated their roles; the program was roundly panned by critics.

Van Dyke has made many guest appearances on other television programs throughout his lengthy career.
Film career

Van Dyke began his film career by reprising his stage role in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Despite his unhappiness with the adaptation because the focus differed from the stage version, the film was a success. That same year, Van Dyke was cast in two roles as the chimney sweep Bert and the chairman of the bank in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964). To film his scenes as the chairman, he was heavily costumed to look much older, and was credited in that role as "Nackvid Keyd" (at the end of the credits, the letters unscramble into "Dick Van Dyke"). Van Dyke's attempt at a cockney accent was cited as one of the worst film accents in a 2003 poll by Empire magazine. Mary Poppins was nonetheless successful upon release and its enduring appeal has made it one of the most famous films in cinematic history. "Chim Chim Cher-ee", one of the songs that Van Dyke performed in Mary Poppins, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Sherman Brothers, the film's songwriting duo.

Many of the comedy films in which Van Dyke starred throughout the 1960s were relatively unsuccessful, including What a Way to Go!, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., Fitzwilly, The Art of Love, Never a Dull Moment, and Divorce American Style. The musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), which co-starred Sally Ann Howes and reunited Van Dyke with the Sherman Brothers, was widely popular in Europe, but did not make an impact elsewhere.
n 1969, Van Dyke appeared in the dramedy The Comic, written and directed by Carl Reiner. Van Dyke portrayed a self-destructive silent-film era comedian who struggles with alcoholism, depression and his own rampant ego. Reiner wrote the film especially for Van Dyke, who often spoke of his admiration for silent film era comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and his hero Stan Laurel. He also began starring in a series of commercials as a spokesperson for Kodak.

In 1973, Van Dyke voiced his animated likeness for the October 27, 1973 installment of Hanna-Barbera's The New Scooby-Doo Movies, "Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke", the series' final first-run episode. The following year, Van Dyke received an Emmy Award nomination for his role as an alcoholic businessman in the television movie The Morning After (1974). Van Dyke revealed after its release that he had recently overcome a real-life drinking problem. That same year, he portrayed a murdering photographer on an episode of Columbo.

Van Dyke returned to comedy in 1976 with the sketch comedy show Van Dyke and Company, which co-starred Andy Kaufman and Super Dave Osborne. Despite being cancelled after three months, the show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series. For the next decade, he appeared mostly in low-rated TV movies. One exception was an atypical role as a murdering judge on the first episode of the TV series Matlock in 1986 starring Andy Griffith. In 1989, he guest-starred on the NBC comedy series The Golden Girls, portraying a lover of Beatrice Arthur's character. This role earned him his first Emmy Award nomination since 1977.

In 1990, Van Dyke, whose usual role had been the amiable hero, took a small but villainous turn as the crooked D.A. Fletcher in Warren Beatty's film Dick Tracy. The reviews he received for Tracy led him to star in a series of TV movies on CBS that became the foundation for his popular television drama Diagnosis Murder, which ran from 1993 to 2001. He first portrayed the character Dr. Mark Sloan in an episode of Jake and the Fatman. He continued to find television work after the show ended, including a dramatically and critically successful performance of The Gin Game, produced for television in 2003, that reunited him with Mary Tyler Moore. In 2003, he portrayed a doctor on Scrubs, and in 2006, he guest-starred as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of Murder 101 mystery films on the Hallmark Channel.

Van Dyke returned to motion pictures in 2006 with Curious George as Mr. Bloomsberry and as Cecil Fredericks in the Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum. He reprised the role in a cameo for the sequel, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" but it was cut from the film. It can be found in the special features on the DVD release.
Stage

    * The Girls Against the Boys (November 2, 1959 – November 14, 1959)
    * Bye Bye Birdie (April 14, 1960 – October 7, 1961) (left the show when it moved to the Shubert Theatre)
    * The Music Man (June 5, 1980 – June 22, 1980) (Revival)
    * Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (guest star from January 24, 2006 – January 26, 2006)

Filmography

    * Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
    * What a Way to Go! (1964)
    * Mary Poppins (1964)
    * The Art of Love (1965)
    * Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966)
    * Divorce American Style (1967)
    * Fitzwilly (1967)
    * Never a Dull Moment (1968)
    * Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
    * Some Kind of a Nut (1969)



    * The Comic (1969)
    * Cold Turkey (1971)
    * Tubby the Tuba (1976)
    * The Runner Stumbles (1979)
    * Dick Tracy (1990)
    * Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) (cameo)
    * Batman: New Times (2005)
    * Curious George (2006)
    * Night at the Museum (2006)

Television

    * The Morning Show (1955) (host)
    * CBS Cartoon Theater (1956)
    * The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams (1958)
    * Mother's Day (1958–1959)
    * Laugh Line (1959) (canceled after 3 months)
    * The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
    * Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman (1969)
    * Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby (1970)
    * The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–1974)
    * Julie and Dick at Covent Garden (1974)
    * The Morning After (1974)
    * Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974)
    * Van Dyke and Company (1976)
    * The Carol Burnett Show (cast member in 1977)
    * Supertrain (1979)
    * True Life Stories (1981)
    * The Country Girl (1982)
    * Drop-Out Father (1982)
    * Wrong Way Kid (1983) (voice)
    * Found Money (1983)
    * Breakfast with Les and Bess (1985)
    * Strong Medicine (1986)
    * Ghost of a Chance (1987)



    * The Van Dyke Show (1988)
    * Matlock (1990)
    * Daughters of Privilege (1991)
    * The House on Sycamore Street (1992)
    * The Town That Santa Forgot (1993) (voice)
    * A Twist of the Knife (1993)
    * Becker (1999) (Becker's father)
    * Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)
    * Paul O'Grady Does America (2003)
    * A Town Without Pity (2002)
    * Without Warning (2002)
    * Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2000)
    * The Gin Game (2003)
    * The Alan Brady Show (2003) (voice)
    * The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004)
    * Scrubs (2004)
    * Murder 101 (2006–2008)

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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 5:18 am

The co-birthdays of the day Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer, CC (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian theatre, film and television actor. In a career that spans over five decades and includes substantial roles in film, television, and theatre, Plummer is perhaps best known for the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music. His most recent film roles include the Disney–Pixar 2009 film Up as Charles Muntz, the Shane Acker production 9 as 1 and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Doctor Parnassus.
Plummer's eclectic career on screen began in 1958 when Sidney Lumet cast him as a young writer in Stage Struck. Since then he has appeared in a vast number of notable films which include The Man Who Would Be King, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Jesus of Nazareth, The Return of the Pink Panther, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Shadow Dancing, Inside Daisy Clover, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, Dolores Claiborne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time and Syriana.

One of Plummer's most critically acclaimed roles was that of television journalist Mike Wallace in Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated The Insider, for which he won Boston, Los Angeles, and National Society of Film Critics Awards for 'Best Supporting Actor'; he was also nominated for Chicago and Las Vegas Film Critics Awards, as well as a Satellite Award. Predicions of an Oscar nomination circulated, but such recogniton never came.

Other recent successes include his roles as Dr. Rosen in Ron Howard's Academy Award winning A Beautiful Mind, Arthur Case in Spike Lee's 2006 film Inside Man, and the philosopher Aristotle in Alexander, alongside Colin Farrell. In 2004, Plummer played John Adams Gates in National Treasure.

Owing to the box office success and continued popularity of The Sound of Music (1965), Plummer is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Captain Von Trapp, a role he reportedly disliked.

Plummer has also done some voice work, such as his role of the villainous Grand Duke of Owls in Rock-a-Doodle, the antagonistic Charles Muntz in Up and the elder leader 1 in the Tim Burton-produced action/sci-fi film 9.
Television

Among his television appearances, which number almost a hundred, are the Emmy-winning BBC production Hamlet at Elsinore, the five-time Emmy winning The Thorn Birds, the Emmy-winning Nuremberg, the Emmy-winning Little Moon of Alban and the Emmy-winning Moneychangers.

He co-starred in American Tragedy as F. Lee Bailey (for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination), and appeared in Four Minute Mile, Miracle Planet, and a documentary by Ric Burns' about Eugene O’Neill. He received an Emmy nomination for his performance in Our Fathers and reunited with Julie Andrews for a television production of On Golden Pond. He also played Herod Antipas in the miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth and was the narrator for The Gospel of John. He also co-starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black.

He narrated the animated television series Madeline as well as the animated television series David the Gnome.

Plummer has also written for the stage, television and the concert-hall. Plummer and Sir Neville Marriner rearranged Shakespeare’s Henry V with Sir William Walton’s music as a concert piece. They recorded the work with Marriner's chamber orchestra the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

He performed it and other works with the New York Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of London, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Ohio, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. With Marriner he made his Carnegie Hall debut in his own arrangements of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Honours and awards
Plummer at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

Plummer has won many honours in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Austria. He was the first winner of Canada's Genie Award, for Best Actor in Murder by Decree (1980) and has received three other Genie nominations. Plummer has won two Tony Awards (from seven nominations), and two Emmy Awards (six nominations) in the United States, and Great Britain's Evening Standard Award.

In 1968 he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour. In 2001 he received the Canadian Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award. He was made an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at New York's Juilliard School and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ottawa, and most recently the University of Guelph. Plummer was inducted into the American Theatre's Hall of Fame in 1986 and into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto in 1997.

His awards include the following:

    * London Evening Standard Award as Best Actor (1961), for his portrayal of King Henry II in the stage play, Becket
    * Genie Award (1980), for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Murder by Decree
    * Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical (1974), for his lead role in Cyrano
    * Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (1997), for his lead role in Barrymore
    * Emmy Award (1976), as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers
    * Emmy Award (1994), for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work on the Family Channel's Madeline children's series
    * Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)
    * Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre (2002)
    * Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (1999) for The Insider
    * Boston Society of Film Critics Award (1999) for The Insider
Filmography

    * Stage Struck (1958)
    * Wind Across the Everglades (1958)
    * A Doll's House (1959) (TV)
    * Playdate (1961) TV series
    * Cyrano de Bergerac (1962) (TV)
    * The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
    * Hamlet at Elsinore (1964) (TV)
    * The Sound of Music (1965)
    * Inside Daisy Clover (1966)
    * Triple Cross, original title: La Fantastique histoire vraie d'Eddie Chapman (1966)
    * The Night of the Generals (1967)
    * Oedipus the King (1967)
    * Nobody Runs Forever (aka The High Commissioner) (1968)
    * Battle of Britain (1969)
    * The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
    * Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969)
    * Waterloo (1970)
    * Don Juan in Hell (1971) (TV)
    * The Pyx (1973)
    * After the Fall (1974) (TV)
    * The Happy Prince (1974)
    * The Spiral Staircase (1975)
    * The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
    * Conduct Unbecoming (1975)
    * The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
    * Sarajevski atentat (1975)
    * Aces High (1976)
    * Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (1976) TV miniseries
    * Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
    * Uppdraget (1977)
    * The Disappearance (1977)
    * Silver Blaze (1977) (TV)
    * The Silent Partner (1978)
    * International Velvet (1978)
    * Starcrash (1979)
    * Murder by Decree (1979)
    * Riel (1979) (TV)
    * Hanover Street (1979)
    * Desperate Voyage (1980) (TV)
    * The Shadow Box (1980) (TV)
    * Somewhere in Time (1980)
    * When the Circus Came to Town (1981) (TV)
    * Dial M for Murder (1981)
    * Eyewitness (1981)
    * The Amateur (1981)
    * Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982) (TV)
    * The Scarlet and the Black (1983) (TV)
    * The Thorn Birds (1983) TV miniseries
    * Prototype (1983) (TV)
    * Lily in Love (1984)
    * Dreamscape (1984)
    * Highpoint (1984)
    * Terror in the Aisles (1984)
    * Ordeal by Innocence (1984)
    * Játszani kell (1985)
    * The World of David the Gnome (1985) TV series
    * Rumpelstiltskin (1985) Animated TV film
    * The Boy in Blue (1986)
    * Crossings (1986) TV miniseries
    * The Boss' Wife (1986)
    * An American Tail (1986) (voice)
    * Spearfield's Daughter (1986) TV miniseries
    * Nosferatu a Venezia (1986)
    * Dragnet (1987)
    * A Hazard of Hearts (1987) (TV)
    * The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)
    * The Gnomes' Great Adventure (1987)
    * Light Years (1988) (voice)
    * Shadow Dancing (1988)
    * I Love N.Y. (1988)
    * Souvenir (1989)
    * Nabokov on Kafka (1989) (TV)
    * Mindfield (1989)
    * Kingsgate (1989)



    * Where the Heart Is (1990)
    * A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990) (TV)
    * Red Blooded American Girl (1990)
    * Money (1990)
    * Madeline (1990) TV series (voice)
    * Counterstrike (1990) TV series
    * Firehead (1991)
    * Young Catherine (1991) (TV)
    * A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (1991) (TV)
    * Rock-a-Doodle (1991) (voice)
    * Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
    * Berlin Lady (1991) TV miniseries
    * The First Circle (1991) (TV)
    * Secrets (1992) (TV)
    * Impolite (1992)
    * Malcolm X (1992)
    * Liar's Edge (1992) (TV)
    * Sidney Sheldon's A Stranger in the Mirror (1993) (TV)
    * The Little Crooked Christmas Tree (1993) (TV) (voice)
    * Wolf (1994)
    * Crackerjack (1994)
    * Dolores Claiborne (1995)
    * Harrison Bergeron (1995) (TV)
    * 12 Monkeys (1995)
    * We the Jury (1996) (TV)
    * Skeletons (1996)
    * The Conspiracy of Fear (1996) (TV)
    * The Arrow (1997) (TV)
    * Babes in Toyland (1997) (voice)
    * Winchell (1998) (TV)
    * Hidden Agenda (1998)
    * The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1998)
    * The Clown at Midnight (1998)
    * Celebrate the Century (1999) TV miniseries
    * Madeline: Lost in Paris (1999) (voice)
    * The Insider (1999)
    * Nuremberg (2000) TV miniseries
    * The Dinosaur Hunter (2000)
    * Possessed (2000) (TV)
    * American Tragedy (2000) (TV)
    * Dracula 2000 (2000)
    * Star Trek: Klingon Academy (2000) (VG)
    * Leo's Journey (2001) (TV)
    * On Golden Pond (2001) (TV)
    * Lucky Break (2001)
    * Blackheart (2001)
    * A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    * Full Disclosure (2001) (V)
    * Night Flight (2002) (TV)
    * Ararat (2002)
    * Agent of Influence (2002) (TV)
    * Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
    * Tma (2002)
    * Blizzard (2003)
    * The Gospel of John (2003) (voice)
    * Cold Creek Manor (2003)
    * National Treasure (2004)
    * Alexander (2004)
    * Our Fathers (2005) (TV)
    * Must Love Dogs (2005)
    * Syriana (2005)
    * The New World (2005)
    * Inside Man (2006)
    * The Lake House (2006)
    * Man in the Chair (2007)
    * Closing the Ring (2007)
    * Emotional Arithmetic (2007)
    * Already Dead (2007)
    * The Summit (2008) TV miniseries
    * Caesar and Cleaopatra (2009)
    * Up (2009) (voice)
    * My Dog Tulip (2009) (voice)
    * 9 (2009) (voice)
    * The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Upcoming

    * The Last Station (2009)
    * Priest (2010)
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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 5:21 am

* Ted Nugent
Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent (born December 13, 1948) is an American hard rock guitarist and vocalist from Detroit, Michigan. He originally gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes. He is also noted for his vocal conservative political views and his ardent defense of hunting, conservation, unrestricted gun-ownership and anti-drug/alcohol abuse activism.
Nugent dropped the Amboy Dukes band name for good in 1975, and signed to Epic Records. Derek St. Holmes (guitar, vocals), Rob Grange (bass) and Clifford Davies (drums) were the primary additional band members for his classic 1970s multi-platinum albums: Ted Nugent (1975), Free-for-All (1976) and Cat Scratch Fever (1977). These albums produced the popular radio anthems "Hey Baby," "Stranglehold," "Dog Eat Dog" and "Cat Scratch Fever." This band lineup toured extensively, also releasing the multi-platinum live album Double Live Gonzo!, until its breakup in 1978 when St. Holmes and Grange departed. St. Holmes was replaced by Charlie Huhn and Grange by Dave Kiswiney. Davies finally left around 1982 after staying on to record Weekend Warriors (1978), State of Shock (1979), Scream Dream (1980) and Intensities in 10 Cities (1981).

On July 8, 1979, Ted was on the rock radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour. This was the original broadcast of Ted's performance of Live at Hammersmith '79 which had been recorded during the second set of a sold-out night at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1979. An album of this program, however, was not released until 1997.

During this era, Nugent was notable for his frequent declarations that he did not drink alcoholic beverages or smoke tobacco or marijuana. In an interview for VH1's Behind The Music, Nugent said this was due to his father having sternly reprimanded him when he came home smelling of alcohol after a night of drinking. This was an unusual stance for a major rock performer of the 1970s, and Nugent has been cited as an important early influence on the straight edge movement, which disavows drinking and recreational drug use.
Damn Yankees
Ted Nugent live in 2007

During the period of 1982-86, Nugent released a series of moderately successful solo albums. Near the end of the 1980s, he formed the supergroup Damn Yankees, with Jack Blades (bass/vocals, formerly of Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (guitar/vocals, formerly of Styx) and Michael Cartellone (drums/vocals). Damn Yankees (1990) was a hit, selling 5 million albums, thanks in no small part to the smash-hit power ballad "High Enough." The video for this song featured Nugent in a priest's collar, and later in a zebra-striped cape during the guitar solo. It also saw the first appearance of his famous 'WhackMaster' hat.
Back to solo

Returning to a solo career, Nugent released Spirit of the Wild in 1995, his best-reviewed album in quite some time. This album also marked the return of Derek St. Holmes to Nugent's studio band. A series of archival releases also came out in the 1990s, keeping Nugent's name in the national consciousness. He also began hosting a radio show in Detroit and took ownership in several hunting-related businesses. He created TV shows for several networks; Wanted: Ted or Alive on Versus, Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild on PBS and The Outdoor Channel, as well as Surviving Nugent and Supergroup-Damnocracy on VH1.

Ted Nugent appears on David Crowder Band's 2007 release, Remedy, playing guitar on the song "We Won't Be Quiet
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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 5:24 am

* Steve Buscemi

Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (pronounced /bʊˈʃɛmi/, boo-SHEM-ee; born December 13, 1957) is an American actor, writer and film director.
Buscemi is an associate member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group. Buscemi’s first film appearance was in the 1986 Parting Glances, in which he played Nick, a young man stricken with AIDS. He also was in Slaves of New York in 1988, and Tales from the Darkside, a 1990 film with three segments. Buscemi starred in the first, playing Bellingham, a college student who orders a mummy and unleashes it on fellow college students played by Christian Slater and Julianne Moore.

During 1990, Buscemi had a couple of additional crime roles. He played the henchman of Laurence Fishburne named Test Tube in Abel Ferrara’s King of New York, and played Mink in the Coen Brothers Millers Crossing. This marked the first of six of the Coen Brothers' films in which Buscemi appeared.

In 1991 he played the bellboy, Chet, in the Coen Brothers film, Barton Fink. His first lead role was in 1992, where he played Adolpho Rollo in Alexandre Rockwell's In the Soup. Then he finally came to public attention for playing Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs.
Steve Buscemi in 1996

Buscemi's most notable character roles include Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, Garland Greene in Con Air, Rockhound in Armageddon, Donny in The Big Lebowski and Carl Showalter in Fargo. Although usually a supporting actor, he has had critical success as a lead actor, particularly in his role as Seymour in Ghost World. Buscemi often plays characters that are neurotic and paranoid. He has appeared in a number of films by the Coen Brothers, in which he tends to die in a grisly, prolonged or unexpected manner. He frequently provides comic relief in Adam Sandler films such as Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy and Mr. Deeds. Buscemi also starred with Sandler (as brothers) in Airheads alongside Brendan Fraser. Buscemi also played a nemesis to Sandler and Kevin James in the comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He also has worked with Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Jim Jarmusch, The Coen Brothers, and Robert Rodriguez on various occasions.

In 2003, Buscemi made a brief celebrity guest appearance as himself on the long-running Fox animated television show The Simpsons in the episode "Brake My Wife, Please". Most recently, Buscemi provided the voice for Dwight, a bank robber who Marge promises to visit in jail if he turns himself in to the authorities. This episode, entitled "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", originally aired on October 14, 2007.

In 2004, Buscemi joined the cast of The Sopranos as Tony Soprano's cousin and childhood friend, Tony Blundetto. Buscemi had previously contributed to the show as director of the third season episode "Pine Barrens" (one of the most critically-acclaimed episodes of the series). He appeared in the third episode of Season 6, as a doorman in heaven (portrayed as a country club) in Tony Soprano's dream. He returned to direct the episodes "In Camelot", the seventh episode of season five, and "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...", the fifth episode of Season 6.

In 1995, Buscemi played suspected cop-shooter Gordon Pratt in the episode "End Game" at the end of a three-episode arc of Homicide: Life on the Street. He also had a role as Phil Hickle, Ellen's father and older Pete's guidance counselor, in The Adventures of Pete and Pete, as well as guest-starring in Miami Vice in 1986. Buscemi was rumored to be considered for the role of The Scarecrow in Joel Schumacher's proposed fifth installment of the Batman franchise, Batman Triumphant, before Warner Bros. cancelled the project.

In 2004, Buscemi appeared in the music video for Joe Strummer's cover of the Bob Marley track "Redemption Song". The video is shot after Strummer's death, and Buscemi appears alongside of a graffiti portrait of Strummer.
Directing

Buscemi has worked extensively as a writer-director since making his debut feature during the 1990s. His directional credits include:

    * Trees Lounge (1996)
    * Animal Factory (2000)
    * Lonesome Jim (2005)
    * Interview (2007)

In addition to feature films, he directed episodes of the television shows Homicide: Life on the Street and The Sopranos, as well as two episodes of HBO's prison-drama series Oz, entitled "U.S. Male" and "Cuts Like a Knife". He also directed an episode of 30 Rock, entitled "Retreat to Move Forward". He has also directed episodes four, five, seven and eight from Season 1 of Showtime's Nurse Jackie.

Whilst scouting a location for a film, Buscemi visited the Philadelphia Eastern State Penitentiary. He found the building so interesting that he later provided the majority of the narration for the audio tour there.
Filmography
Year Film Role Other notes
1986 Parting Glances Nick
1987 Kiss Daddy Goodnight Johnny
1988 Call Me Switchblade
Heart of Midnight Eddy
1989 Slaves of New York Wilfredo
Mystery Train Charlie the Barber Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
Lonesome Dove (TV) Luke
New York Stories
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Bellingham (Segment "Lot 249")
King of New York Test Tube
Miller's Crossing Mink
1991 Barton Fink Chet
1992 In the Soup Aldolpho Rollo
Reservoir Dogs Mr. Pink Won: Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
CrissCross Drug Dealer
1993 Twenty Bucks Frank
Rising Sun Willy 'the Weasel' Wilhelm
The Adventures of Pete & Pete (TV) Phil Hickle
Ed And His Dead Mother Ed Chilton
1994 The Search for One-eye Jimmy Ed Hoyt
The Hudsucker Proxy Beatnik Barman at Ann's 440
Airheads Rex
Pulp Fiction Buddy Holly
The Last Outlaw (TV) Former Confederate soldier and outlaw Philo
1995 Billy Madison Danny McGrath Uncredited
Living in Oblivion Nick Reve
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Mister Shhh
Desperado Buscemi
1996 Fargo Carl Showalter Nominated: Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture - Drama
Escape from L.A. Map to the Stars Eddie
Trees Lounge Tommy Also writer and director
Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (shared with Chris Hanley and Brad Wyman)
Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
1997 Con Air Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene
1998 The Big Lebowski Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos
Divine Trash Himself
The Impostors Happy Franks
The Wedding Singer David 'Dave' Veltri Uncredited
Armageddon Rockhound
1999 Big Daddy Homeless Guy
2000 28 Days Cornell Shaw
Animal Factory A.R. Hosspack Also director
2001 Ghost World Seymour Won: Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Won: Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
Won:New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Won: Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated: American Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Officer Neil Voice
The Grey Zone 'Hesch' Abramowics
Love in the Time of Money Martin Kunkle
Domestic Disturbance Ray Coleman
Monsters, Inc. Randall Boggs Voice
2002 Mr. Deeds Crazy Eyes
13 Moons Bananas The Clown
The Laramie Project Doc O'Conner
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Romero
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Romero
Coffee and Cigarettes Waiter (Segment "Twins")
Big Fish Norther Winslow
2002-2006 The Sopranos (TV) Tony Blundetto / Man Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (2001)
Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series (2004)
2004 Home on the Range Wesley Voice
2005 Lonesome Jim Director
The Island James McCord
2006 Art School Confidential Broadway Bob D'Annunzio Uncredited
Monster House Nebbercracker Voice
Charlotte's Web Templeton the Rat Voice
Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11 (TV) Narrator
2007 I Think I Love My Wife George Sianidis
Paris, je t'aime The tourist (segment 'Tuileries')
Interview Pierre Peters Also director
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Clint Fitzer
The Simpsons episode I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (TV) Dwight Voice
Delirious Les Galantine
Romance & Cigarettes Angelo
30 Rock (TV) Lenny Wosniak Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Comedy Series (2008)
2008 ER (TV) Mr. Masterson
Igor Scamper Voice
2009 Rage Frank
John Rabe Dr. Robert Wilson Nominated: German Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (2008)
G-Force Bucky (voice)
The Messenger Dale Martin
Saint John of Las Vegas John post-production
Handsome Harry Thomas Kelley post-production
2010 Saint John of Las Vegas John Alighieri
Youth in Revolt George Twisp post-production
Pete Smalls Is Dead post-production
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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 5:27 am

* Jamie Foxx
Eric Marlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), professionally known as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and singer. For his work in the film Ray, Foxx won the Academy Award and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actor. He has also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a musical/comedy and has been nominated for several Grammy Awards.
After accepting a girlfriend's dare, Foxx told jokes and did impressions at a comedy club's open mic night in 1989. When he found that female comedians were often called first to perform, he changed his name to Jamie Foxx, feeling that it was an ambiguous enough name to disallow any biases. He chose his surname as a tribute to comedian Redd Foxx.

Foxx joined the cast of In Living Color in 1991 and subsequently played a recurring role in the comedy-drama sitcom Roc. From 1996 to 2001, Foxx starred in his own sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, and in 1992 he made his film debut.
Film career
Foxx's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Foxx made his film debut in the 1992 comedy Toys. His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stone's 1999 film Any Given Sunday, where he portrayed a hard-partying American football player. He was cast in the role in part because of his background as a football player. Foxx has since evolved into a respected dramatic actor. Following Any Given Sunday, Foxx was featured as taxi driver Max Durocher in the film Collateral alongside Tom Cruise, for which he received outstanding reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His standout performance, however, was his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic Ray (2004), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Foxx is the second male in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies, Collateral and Ray. The only other male actor to achieve this was Al Pacino. In 2005, Foxx was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Following these successes, Foxx appeared in Jarhead, Miami Vice, and Dreamgirls, which were box-office hits, and lifted his profile even higher as a bankable star in Hollywood. 2007 brought him the lead role in the film The Kingdom opposite Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner and Ashraf Barhom.

In September 2007, Foxx was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He said, upon receiving the honor, " one of the most amazing days of my life."

In May 2009 Foxx played the lead role in the dramatic film The Soloist.
Music career
Foxx and Kanye West performing "Gold Digger"

Foxx began piano lessons at age five. In 1994, Foxx released an album (on the Fox record label) entitled Peep This. His music career shifted into a higher gear when, in 2004, he was featured on rapper Twista's song, "Slow Jamz", which also featured Kanye West. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, as well as number three on the UK singles chart. Foxx's second collaboration with Kanye West, "Gold Digger," in which he sang the "I Got a Woman" Ray Charles-influenced hook, went straight to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained there for 10 weeks. In 2005, Foxx was featured on the single "Georgia" by Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Field Mob. The song sampled Ray Charles' hit "Georgia on My Mind."

Foxx released his second studio album,Unpredictable in December 2005. It debuted at number two, selling 598,000 copies in its first week. The following week, the album rose to number one, selling an additional 200,000 copies. To date, the album has sold 1.98 million copies in the United States, and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA. The album also charted on the UK Albums Chart, where it peaked at number nine. Foxx became the fourth artist to have won an Academy Award for an acting role and to have achieved a number-one record album in the US. (The other three to accomplish this feat were Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Barbra Streisand.) Foxx's first single from the album, the title track "Unpredictable" (featuring Ludacris), samples "Wildflower" by New Birth. The song peaked inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and also made the UK top 20 singles chart. The second US single from the album was "DJ Play a Love Song," which reunited Foxx with Twista. In the UK, however, the second single was "Extravaganza," which saw Foxx once again collaborate with Kanye West. He was not, however, featured in the song's music video.

At the 2006 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, Foxx won Best Duet/Collaboration with Kanye West for "Gold Digger" and tied with Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" for Video of the year. On December 8, 2006, Foxx received four Grammy nominations, which included Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Love Changes featuring Mary J. Blige, Best R&B Album for Unpredictable, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Georgia by Ludacris & Field Mob featuring Jamie Foxx, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Unpredictable featuring Ludacris.

On January 22, 2007, Foxx was on Sirius Satellite Radio, announcing his new channel The Foxxhole. The channel features comedy and music primarily by African-American performers, and features much of Foxx's own material as well. The Jamie Foxx Show, a talk-radio program, airs Friday evenings on The Foxxhole, and features Johnny Mack, Speedy, Claudia Jordan, The Poetess, and Lewis Dix as his co-hosts. Guests include popular musicians, actors, and fellow comedians.

He recorded a song with country superstars Rascal Flatts entitled "She Goes All the Way" for their album, Still Feels Good. Foxx also performed background vocals for artist/songwriter Tank. He and The-Dream are featured on Plies' "Please Excuse My Hands." He also appeared on the remix of Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent" entitled "She Got Her Own." The track also features Fabolous. Foxx then collaborated with rapper The Game on the track "Around The World."

Foxx released his third album titled Intuition featuring such artists as Kanye West, T.I., Lil Wayne, and T-Pain. The album's first single, "Just Like Me" featuring T.I., was promoted by a video directed by Brett Ratner and featuring an appearance by Taraji P. Henson. The second single "Blame It" featured T-Pain and became a top 5 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and a number-one single on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The "Blame It" music video, directed by Hype Williams, features cameo appearances by Forest Whitaker, Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Howard, Quincy Jones, and Jake Gyllenhaal, among others. Foxx was also featured on T.I.'s single "Live in the Sky" from the album King.

On April 6, 2009 Foxx performed the George Strait song "You Look So Good in Love" at the George Strait Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert. Foxx has been a fan of country music for many years.

Foxx will release his fourth album, "Body", on February 2, 2010.. The first single is "Speak French".
Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1992 Toys Baker
1996 The Truth About Cats & Dogs Ed
The Great White Hype Hassan El Ruk'n
1997 Booty Call Bunz
1998 The Players Club Blue
1999 Held Up Michael
Any Given Sunday Willie Beamen Nominated — BET Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Male Performance
2000 Bait Alvin Sanders
2001 Date from Heaven
Ali Drew 'Bundini' Brown BET Award for Best Supporting Actor
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
2003 Shade Larry Jennings
2004 Breakin' All the Rules Quincy Watson Nominated — BET Award for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Collateral Max BET Award for Best Supporting Actor
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Ray Ray Charles Academy Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
BET Award for Best Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Seattle Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story Tookie BET Award for Best Actor, Network/Cable Television
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2005 Stealth Lt. Henry Purcell
Jarhead Staff Sgt. Sykes Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor
2006 Miami Vice Ricardo Tubbs
Dreamgirls Curtis Taylor, Jr. Nominated — BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 The Kingdom Ronald Fleury
2009 The Soloist Nathaniel Ayers
Law Abiding Citizen Nick Rice
2010 Valentine's Day Kelvin Briggs Post-production
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Written By: Howard on 12/13/09 at 6:50 am

I think Jamie Foxx is such a talented actor.  :)

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/13/09 at 11:38 am


I think Jamie Foxx is such a talented actor.  :)
How many times nominated?

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Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/13/09 at 3:10 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzbdIa0FCtc




Cat

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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 3:11 pm


How many times nominated?

I see at least 4 movies that he was in that he was nominated for an award.

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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 3:18 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzbdIa0FCtc




Cat

I loved that movie when I was younger, but when I watched it a few years back I just couldn't get into it. :-\\

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/13/09 at 3:22 pm


I loved that movie when I was younger, but when I watched it a few years back I just couldn't get into it. :-\\
Guaranteed to be on over the holiday season.

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Written By: ninny on 12/13/09 at 6:58 pm


Guaranteed to be on over the holiday season.

I knew it was during the holiday season when I saw it, I just couldn't remember if it was Christmas or Easter.

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Written By: Howard on 12/13/09 at 7:09 pm


I see at least 4 movies that he was in that he was nominated for an award.


What about The Jamie Foxx Show was that nominated?

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Written By: coqueta83 on 12/13/09 at 7:39 pm

Happy belated Birthday, Bob Barker!!! O0  8)

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Written By: ninny on 12/14/09 at 4:38 am

The word of the day...worker
a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
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Written By: ninny on 12/14/09 at 4:42 am

The birthday of the day...Patty Duke
Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She was able to make the rare successful transition from child star (winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16) to award-winning adult actress. She was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild (1985 to 1988).

Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder or manic depression in 1982, and since then has devoted most of her time to advocating and educating the public on mental health issues.
ne of Duke's first acting jobs was on the soap opera The Brighter Day, in the late 1950s. She also appeared in print ads and in television commercials. At the age of twelve, Duke appeared on The $64,000 Question and won $32,000. Three years later, it was revealed that the game show was rigged and she was called to testify before a congressional panel.

Duke's first major role was playing Helen Keller (with Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan) in the Broadway play The Miracle Worker, which ran for nearly two years (October, 1959 - July, 1961). Midway through the production-run, her name was placed above the title on the marquee.

The play was subsequently made into a 1962 film, for which Duke received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. At 16, Duke was the youngest person at that time to receive an Academy Award in a competitive category. Duke then appeared with Laurence Olivier and George C. Scott in a TV production of The Power and the Glory (1961). In a 1979 television movie of "The Miracle Worker", Duke played Sullivan.

In 1963, Duke landed her own series The Patty Duke Show, in which she played both main characters: Patty Lane, an American teenager occasionally getting into minor trouble in school and at home; and her 'prim and proper' "identical cousin" from Scotland, Cathy Lane. The show featured co-stars William Schallert as Patty Lane's father, Jean Byron as her mother, Paul O'Keefe as her brother and Eddie Applegate as her boyfriend, Richard. The show had some guest stars such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Paul Lynde, Sal Mineo, and the show appeared on TV for three seasons and earned Duke an Emmy Award nomination.

Despite the success of her career, Duke was deeply unhappy during her teenage years. Efforts were taken by the Rosses to portray her as a normal teenager, but Duke has indicated in her memoirs that she was a virtual prisoner of them and had little control over her own life and earnings. The Rosses kept control over Duke and her mother by allowing them only a small amount of money to survive on. The Rosses also began providing Duke with alcohol and prescription drugs when she was 13, which led to substance abuse problems later on (as an adult, Duke accused both John and Ethel Ross of sexual abuse). Upon turning 18, Duke became free of the Rosses, only to find that they had squandered most of her earnings.

In 1967, with The Patty Duke Show cancelled, Duke attempted to leave her childhood success behind and begin her adult acting career by playing Neely O'Hara in Valley of the Dolls. The film was a box office success, but audiences and critics had a difficult time accepting all-American-teenager Duke as an alcoholic, drug-addicted singing star. While the film has since become a camp (style) classic (due in large part to Duke's over-the-top performance), it almost ruined her career at the time. She won a Golden Globe for Me, Natalie in 1969, which also featured Al Pacino in his screen debut, but the film was a failure at the box office. She finally made a comeback with the 1970 television movie My Sweet Charlie. Her sensitive portrayal of a pregnant teenager on the run won Duke her first Emmy Award, but her infamous acceptance speech was rambling, angry, and disjointed. This led many in the industry to believe she was using drugs. In fact, Duke was suffering from mania, a part of bipolar disorder, which went undiagnosed until 1982.

She received her second Emmy for the TV miniseries, Captains and the Kings in 1977, and her third in 1980 for a TV version of The Miracle Worker in which she played Annie Sullivan to Melissa Gilbert's Helen Keller.
2000s

In 2002, Duke returned to New York to appear as Aunt Eller in a revival of Oklahoma!. She returned again in 2005 to attend a memorial service for her former co-star and actress from The Miracle Worker, Anne Bancroft, who had died of uterine cancer earlier in the year.

On November 2, 2004, it was announced that Duke would undergo single bypass surgery in Idaho, which was successful.

On October 4, 2007, Duke appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, talking about her bipolar disorder to a guest, advising the guest to seek out a support group.

In early 2009, Duke reprised her role(s) as Patty Lane/Cathy Lane in PSAs for The Social Security Administration for retiring online.

On March 24, 2009, she replaced Carol Kane as Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of the musical Wicked. She will remain with the production until March 28, 2010.

On July 20, 2009, Duke was given a tribute in her honor at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco entitled "Sparkle, Patty, Sparkle!" During the evening, Duke met and posed for pictures with over one thousand fans and was interviewed on stage by comic Bruce Vilanch. In addition to showing clips from her long career, Duke's 1967 film Valley of the Dolls was screened at the end of the evening. The event sold out the 1400 seat theater.
Singing

Duke had a successful singing career, garnering several Top 40 hits such as "Don't Just Stand There" in 1965, and "Dona Dona" in 1968. She performed the second song on The Ed Sullivan Show. Also during 1968, she had appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and after George Jessel's comic appearance, she was introduced and sang an old Irish song, "Danny Boy". She also sang songs on such shows as Shindig!, Kraft Musica Hall, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Merv Griffin Show. She had a hit song in her 1965 feature film, Billie, and sang on the soundtrack of the 1966 feature film, The Daydreamer, in which she voiced the character of Thumbelina.
Selected filmography
Film
Year Film Role Notes
1958 Country Music Holiday Sis Brand
The Goddess Emily Ann Faulkner, age 8
1959 4D Man Marjorie Sutherland
Happy Anniversary Debbie Walters
1962 The Miracle Worker Helen Keller Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe
1965 Billie Billie Carol
1966 The Daydreamer Thumbelina Voice
1967 Think Twentieth Herself Short Subject
Valley of the Dolls Neely O'Hara
1969 Me, Natalie Natalie Miller Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1970 My Sweet Charlie Marlene Chambers Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1972 You'll Like My Mother Francesca Kinsolving
1978 The Swarm Rita
1982 By Design Helen
1986 Willy/Milly Doris Niceman Alternative titles: I Was a Teenage Boy
Something Special
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Mrs. Boyle
1999 Kimberly Dr. Feinstenberger Alternative title: Daddy Who?
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Mrs. Keene/Earlene
2008 The Four Children of Tander Welch Susan Metler
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1963-1966 The Patty Duke Show Patty Lane/Cathy Lane 104 episodes
Nominated - Emmy Award; Nominated - Golden Globe
1976 Captains and the Kings Bernadette Hennessey Armagh Miniseries
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1979 The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan Television movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid Sarah McDavid Television movie
1982 It Takes Two Molly Quinn Television series
1985 Hail To The Chief President Julia Mansfield Television series
1987 Fight for Life Shirley Abrams Television movie
1987 Karen's Song Karen Matthews Television series
1991 A Killer Among Friends Jean Monroe Television movie
1998 The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights Patty Lane/Cathy Lane MacAllister Television movie
1998-2003 Touched by an Angel Jean 3 episodes
1999 A Season for Miracles Angel Television movie
2004 Judging Amy Valerie Bing 1 episode
2006 Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door Bridget Connelly Television movie
2009 Love Finds a Home Mary Watson Television movie
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Written By: ninny on 12/14/09 at 4:49 am

The co-birthday of the day...Dee Wallace - Stone
Dee Wallace-Stone (born December 14, 1948) is an American motion picture and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles in several popular films. These include the starring role as Elliot's separated mother in the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), her widest seen role. She also played key roles in popular cult films The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The Howling (1981) and appeared in The Stepford Wives in 1975 and 10 (1979). In total, she has appeared in more than 85 films.
Career

Wallace-Stone appeared in the television series Together We Stand (1986 — 1987) and the syndicated The New Lassie (1989 — 1992). In the latter series, she appeared with her husband Christopher Stone, with whom she also co-starred in Cujo (1983).

Wallace-Stone remains popularly known for her horror film roles. She has appeared at many horror film conventions and has a reputation for being very kind and generous with her many admirers and fans. She has also opened an acting studio to mentor young actors. Her husband died suddenly in 1995 of a heart attack while filming The Frighteners in New Zealand. Coincidentally The Frighteners told the story of a series of bizarre, inexplicable heart attack-related deaths.

Wallace-Stone starred in Rob Zombie's re-imagining of Halloween. She played Cynthia Strode, Laurie Strode's adoptive mother. Next, she appears in the horror film The Ocean and the western Between the Sand and the Sky.
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Written By: Howard on 12/14/09 at 5:45 am


The word of the day...worker
a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
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I'm a worker. :)

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Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/14/09 at 10:51 am

I have read Patty Duke's autobiography "Call Me Anna". Pretty incredible. It was so sad how the Rosses abused her and affected her throughout her life. She has made a remarkable recovery. I admire her greatly. Some things this bio leaves out is that fact that she dated Desi Arnez Jr. (which Lucille Ball was NOT happy with) and that she is the mother of Sean (Sam from Lord of the Rings) & Mackenzie Astin with John Astin (of Addams Family fame).

I remember the movie Billie and loved it as a kid. I have a copy of it that I haven't watched-because it used to be my sister's and will be hard for me to watch it.  :\'(  My sister "Dawg" said that was the last movie she watched with our sister when she handed it to me. I hope someday I will be able to watch it.



Cat

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Written By: ninny on 12/15/09 at 6:28 am

The word of the day...Heartbeat
Your heartbeat is the regular movement of your heart as it pumps blood around your body.
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Written By: ninny on 12/15/09 at 6:32 am

The birthday of the day...Don Johnson
Don Johnson (born Donnie Wayne Johnson; December 15, 1949) is an American actor known for his work in television and film. Johnson made his screen debut in the 1970 film The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, but it wouldn't be until 1984 that Johnson would land his defining role. He played the lead role of Sonny Crockett in the 1980s TV cop series, Miami Vice, which led him to huge success and fame. He also played the lead role in the 1990s cop series, Nash Bridges. Johnson is a Golden Globe winning actor for his role in Miami Vice, a winner of the APBA Offshore World Cup, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to being an actor, he is also a singer, songwriter, producer, and director
Johnson studied drama at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men's Eyes in which he played Smitty, the lead role. This exposure led to the quickly forgotten 1970 film The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. He continued to work on stage, film and television without breaking out into stardom. His notable films from this period were Zachariah (1971), The Harrad Experiment (1973), Lollipop and Roses (1974), and A Boy and His Dog (1975).
Miami Vice

After years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor (in such fare as Revenge of the Stepford Wives) and a string of failed pilots which were never followed by an actual TV series, in September 1984, Johnson's fortunes changed when he landed a starring role as Sonny Crockett in the cop series, Miami Vice. In this role, Johnson played an undercover police detective. He typically wore thousand dollar Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton t-shirts, drove a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona...really a retooled 81 corvette (later a Ferrari Testarossa) and lived on a 42-foot (13 m) yacht with his pet alligator Elvis. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, and imagery as well as a more glitzy take on the police drama genre.

In between seasons, Don Johnson gained further renown through several TV miniseries, such as the 1985 TV remake of The Long, Hot Summer.
Nash Bridges

Johnson later starred in the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges with Cheech Marin, Jaime P. Gomez and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Johnson played the title role of Nash Bridges, a detective for the San Francisco Police Department. In Nash Bridges Johnson was again paired with a flashy convertible car, this time an electric yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda.
2000s

In the fall of 2005, he briefly starred in The WB courtroom television drama show Just Legal as a jaded lawyer with a very young and idealistic protegé/partner (Jay Baruchel); the show was canceled in October 2005 after just three episodes aired. In January 2007, Johnson began a run in the London West End production of Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit.

Don Johnson also has a role in the Norwegian comedy Lange Flate Ballær 2 ("Long Flat Balls II"), directed by Harald Zwart. The movie was launched March 14, 2008 in Norway, with Johnson making an appearance at the premiere. He continues his career as actor in several new movies, as well as celebrity appearances at county fairs.
Music

Johnson released two albums of pop music in the 1980s, one in 1986 and the other in 1989. His single "Heartbeat", the title track from his first album, reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Previously, Johnson worked with Gregg Allman and Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers, co-writing the songs "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You" with Dickie Betts, which appeared on their 1979 album, Enlightened Rogues.http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy81/Dew17_bucket/donjohnson.jpg
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Written By: ninny on 12/15/09 at 6:35 am

The co-birthday of the day...Tim Conway
Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway (born December 15, 1933) is an American comedian and actor, primarily known for his roles in sitcoms, films and television. Conway is best-known for his roles as Ernest Borgnine's inept second-in-command officer, Ensign Charles Parker, in the popular 1960s WWII sitcom, McHale's Navy, and for co-starring alongside Carol Burnett on The Carol Burnett Show.
After graduating from Bowling Green State University, he joined the Army, following which he took a job answering mail for a Cleveland radio station, where he went on to become a writer in the promotional department. In 1956, Conway moved to New York City, where he auditioned for, at the urging of comedic actress Rose Marie, and gained a spot on NBC's The Steve Allen Show as a regular player. Conway continued on the show for two seasons.

McHale's Navy

Conway gained a national following from his role as the bumbling, naive Ensign Charles Parker, Executive Officer of the PT-73 in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy with actors Ernest Borgnine, and the late Joe Flynn. In addition to Flynn, he also got along well with series' lead, Ernest Borgnine, and had a wonderful on- and off-screen chemistry. As of 2009, Conway is still best friends with Borgnine, in fact, Conway mentioned in an interview that he lives not too far away from his mentor. Afterwards, he starred in a string of series. 1967's Rango starred Conway as an incompetent Texas Ranger.

The Tim Conway Show

In the 1970s, The Tim Conway Show paired Tim with Joe Flynn of McHale's Navy in a sitcom set in the confined set of a DC-3. Having "nowhere to run", this pressurized situation was ideal for the fast repartee of the lead actors. Tim got his own hour-long variety show, oddly named "The Tim Conway Razzle Dazzle Hour," which, as his other series had, folded quickly. Typical of his self-effacing humor, he ordered his car's license plate to reflect the usual duration of a Conway TV series: "13 WEEKS."

Conway was often paired with fellow funnyman Don Knotts in family films from Disney, including the popular The Apple Dumpling Gang series. In 1983, he starred in Ace Crawford, Private Eye, a parody of detective shows; it only lasted five episodes.

The Carol Burnett Show

Conway is probably best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show where his unscripted antics often caused his fellow players to fall out of character by bursting out in laughter. For example, in a sketch where Conway and Harvey Korman are having a swordfight duel in medieval garb, Korman appears to run him through. Conway pulls the thin sword "out", looks at it as if it were a dipstick, and remarks, "Hmm... down a quart!" and Korman convulses. Such guffaws became so common that, whenever Conway did a sketch with Korman, cast members would place bets on how long it would take for Korman to break up.

On many episodes of the show, Conway would have Ernie Anderson in the audience and Carol would ask him to stand up and take a bow, without explanation, as if he were a famous celebrity beyond his Cleveland bailiwick.

Conway's work on the show earned him five Emmy Awards. Two of Conway's memorable characters on the Burnett Show were:

    * "The Old Man," whose shaggy white hair, slow speech, and shuffling gait ran counter to the much needed energy levels of the various occupations he was usually found in. His comic inability to get said jobs done — usually with slapstick results to himself, and with many an ad-lib — would both frustrate and 'break up' his fellow sketch performers.
    * "Mr. Tudball," a Swedish-American businessman whose intentions of running a 'ship-shape' office were usually sunk by the bored indifference of his secretary, "Mrs. Whiggins" (Burnett). Conway's stereotypical Swedish accent (especially when frustrated) added to the humor; for example, his attempts to pronounce his secretary's name came out as "Mrs. Ah-huh-whiggins". He would also use this accent for other characters, such as an inept dentist.

Conway could also get results with no dialogue, as in a sketch in which he played a tired businessman seeking restful sleep in his hotel — and pestered by a housefly, created only by a sound effect and Conway's gazing after it. After much struggle, he manages to get the fly out of the room through the window; after returning to bed, he hears a persistent knock on his door, gets up to answer it, and opens the door, letting the fly (who was doing the knocking) back in.

Another well-remembered skit, also without a word from Conway, featured him playing Simba, the lion raised by humans then released to the wild (seen in the film Born Free). Conway, told of the upcoming eviction from the comfortable home, caused Burnett and Korman to break up with an interminable process of packing to leave.

A prime example of his ability to make his co-stars laugh uncontrollably involved Lyle Waggoner as a captured American airman, with Conway as a stereotypical blond-haired Gestapo agent charged with his interrogation. Stating that "the Fuhrer" had taken particular interest, Conway produces a small Hitler handpuppet. With Conway providing a falsetto voice, the puppet suggests that singing might relax Waggoner's character to the point he is willing to talk. In a long, drawn-out fashion, the Hitler puppet sings "I've Been Working On the Railroad", and with each passing verse, Waggoner loses more of his composure, finally laughing hysterically when puppet-Hitler screeches, "FEE-FI-Fiddely-I-O!"

In the final season of the show, Conway produced one of his most hilarious ad libs during a family sketch. Playing the character of Mickey Hart, Conway reminisces about seeing a pair of Siamese elephants during a trip to the zoo, describing how they were connected at the trunk and the sound they made. Once Burnett gained her composure she turned to Vicki Lawrence to help get the script moving again, to which Lawrence quipped, "are you sure that little asshole is through?", causing Burnett to grab her mouth in shock and both Conway and Dick Van Dyke to fall to the floor in laughter.
Dorf

Conway's more recent work includes a series of satirical how-to videos in which he plays a diminutive, dark-haired Scandinavian known as Dorf (a variation on "dwarf"), reprising his goofy Mr. Tudball accent. The Dorf character first appeared in the 1987 film Dorf on Golf and has since appeared in seven other films on a variety of sports from baseball to auto racing. Dorf on Golf was remastered for DVD in 2007.
Other roles

Conway has guest starred such programs as ABC's Coach and Channing, the latter a drama about college life in the early 1960s. He starred in such films as The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) as Gangster Amos Tucker. Conway continues to appear in movies and has cameo appearances in TV series; most of these appearances showcase his comedic talent. Currently, Tim voices the character "Barnacle Boy" in a recurring role on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon sictom SpongeBob SquarePants; in this role, he is once again paired up as the sidekick to his old McHale's Navy co-star, Ernest Borgnine (who voices Mermaid Man, the "mentor" of Barnacle Boy). He appeared several times on the sitcom Married... With Children portraying Ephraim Wanker, the hillbilly father of Peg Bundy. Conway has also guest starred occasionally on the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, playing Tom Warner, the father of Anthony Clark's stuffy character, Greg, with Conway's old Carol Burnett Show co-star Vicki Lawrence playing his wife, Greg's overbearing mother. Conway appeared in animated form in a guest shot in the October 6, 1973 episode of The New Scooby Doo Movies, "The Spirited Spooked Sports Show." In 2003, he returned to television on the short-lived WB Network comedy, On The Spot. For Max Lucado's animated cartoon Hermie and Friends he provides the voice of the title character in all eight episodes so far. He has also appeared in The Simpsons.

During The Biography Channel's biography of Conway, Borgnine referred to Conway as "a credit to his profession" and Burnett said words to the effect that Conway's talent for comedy was only outstripped by his genuine kindness and good nature.

A fan of thoroughbred horse racing, and an occasional racehorse owner, Tim Conway is a co-founder, Vice President, and member of the Board of Directors of the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund.

Conway created a Collector's Edition DVD of new comedy sketches with friend, Harvey Korman; titled Together Again (2006), available on his official Web site.

Conway won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Bucky Bright in the 30 Rock episode "Subway Hero", which initially aired on April 17, 2008.

He voiced Freddy Frog and other characters in Garfield's Fun Fest.

On his 75th birthday, Conway was interviewed as a guest on The Bonnie Hunt Show and given a surprise cake by Bob Newhart.
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Written By: Howard on 12/15/09 at 3:09 pm


The birthday of the day...Don Johnson
Don Johnson (born Donnie Wayne Johnson; December 15, 1949) is an American actor known for his work in television and film. Johnson made his screen debut in the 1970 film The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, but it wouldn't be until 1984 that Johnson would land his defining role. He played the lead role of Sonny Crockett in the 1980s TV cop series, Miami Vice, which led him to huge success and fame. He also played the lead role in the 1990s cop series, Nash Bridges. Johnson is a Golden Globe winning actor for his role in Miami Vice, a winner of the APBA Offshore World Cup, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to being an actor, he is also a singer, songwriter, producer, and director
Johnson studied drama at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men's Eyes in which he played Smitty, the lead role. This exposure led to the quickly forgotten 1970 film The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart. He continued to work on stage, film and television without breaking out into stardom. His notable films from this period were Zachariah (1971), The Harrad Experiment (1973), Lollipop and Roses (1974), and A Boy and His Dog (1975).
Miami Vice

After years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor (in such fare as Revenge of the Stepford Wives) and a string of failed pilots which were never followed by an actual TV series, in September 1984, Johnson's fortunes changed when he landed a starring role as Sonny Crockett in the cop series, Miami Vice. In this role, Johnson played an undercover police detective. He typically wore thousand dollar Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton t-shirts, drove a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona...really a retooled 81 corvette (later a Ferrari Testarossa) and lived on a 42-foot (13 m) yacht with his pet alligator Elvis. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, and imagery as well as a more glitzy take on the police drama genre.

In between seasons, Don Johnson gained further renown through several TV miniseries, such as the 1985 TV remake of The Long, Hot Summer.
Nash Bridges

Johnson later starred in the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges with Cheech Marin, Jaime P. Gomez and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Johnson played the title role of Nash Bridges, a detective for the San Francisco Police Department. In Nash Bridges Johnson was again paired with a flashy convertible car, this time an electric yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda.
2000s

In the fall of 2005, he briefly starred in The WB courtroom television drama show Just Legal as a jaded lawyer with a very young and idealistic protegé/partner (Jay Baruchel); the show was canceled in October 2005 after just three episodes aired. In January 2007, Johnson began a run in the London West End production of Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit.

Don Johnson also has a role in the Norwegian comedy Lange Flate Ballær 2 ("Long Flat Balls II"), directed by Harald Zwart. The movie was launched March 14, 2008 in Norway, with Johnson making an appearance at the premiere. He continues his career as actor in several new movies, as well as celebrity appearances at county fairs.
Music

Johnson released two albums of pop music in the 1980s, one in 1986 and the other in 1989. His single "Heartbeat", the title track from his first album, reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Previously, Johnson worked with Gregg Allman and Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers, co-writing the songs "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You" with Dickie Betts, which appeared on their 1979 album, Enlightened Rogues.
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and Heartbeat was just a one hit wonder in 1986.

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Written By: ninny on 12/15/09 at 4:15 pm



and Heartbeat was just a one hit wonder in 1986.

Yes it was.

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Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/15/09 at 4:16 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gggcZvvZLeo


Gotta love the bell bottoms & platform shoes.  :D :D ;D ;D ;D




Cat

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Written By: ninny on 12/16/09 at 5:17 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gggcZvvZLeo


Gotta love the bell bottoms & platform shoes.  :D :D ;D ;D ;D




Cat

Missy and I both love this song :)..Thanks Cat

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Written By: ninny on 12/16/09 at 5:22 am

The word of the day...Hill
A hill is an area of land that is higher than the land that surrounds it.
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Written By: ninny on 12/16/09 at 5:25 am

The birthday of the day...Steven Bochco
Steven Ronald Bochco (born December 16, 1943) is an American television producer and writer. He has developed a number of popular television hits including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and NYPD Blue, as well as some notable flops such as Cop Rock.
Career

Bochco went to work for Universal Pictures as a writer and then story editor on Ironside, Columbo, McMillan and Wife and the short-lived Lorne Greene and Ben Murphy series, Griff, as well as Delvecchio and The Invisible Man. He wrote the screenplay for the 1968 TV movie The Counterfeit Killer and worked on Silent Running (1972) and Double Indemnity (1973). He left Universal in 1978 to go to MTM Enterprises where he had greater scope for producing. His first effort there was the short-lived CBS police drama Paris, notable as the first show on which James Earl Jones played a lead role.

He achieved major success for NBC with the police drama Hill Street Blues. It ran from 1981 to 1987 and Bochco was credited as co-creator and also wrote and produced. The series also garnered considerable critical acclaim and many awards, and was nominated for a total of 98 Emmy Awards throughout its run. Bochco was fired from MTM in 1985 following the failure of Bay City Blues (1983).

Bochco moved to 20th Century Fox (which now owns the MTM library) where he co-created and produced L.A. Law (1986–1994) which aired on NBC. This series was also widely acclaimed and a regular award winner, but also achieved far higher ratings success than Hill Street Blues had enjoyed.

In 1987, Bochco co-created the half-hour dramedy Hooperman which starred John Ritter but was canceled after two seasons, despite Bochco offering to take over direct day-to-day control of a third season. Hooperman was part of a lucrative deal with ABC in 1987 to create and produce ten new TV series, which prompted Bochco to form Steven Bochco Productions. From this deal came Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993) and the 1990 musical flop Cop Rock, which combined straight police drama with live-action Broadway singing and dancing. It was one of his most high-profile failures. In 1992, Bochco created an animated television series, Capitol Critters, along with Nat Mauldin and Michael Wagner.

After a lull, Bochco co-created the long-running NYPD Blue (1993–2005) with David Milch. Initially controversial at the time, the show was created with the express intention of changing the nature of network one-hour drama to compete with the more adult fare broadcast on cable networks. Other projects in this period that failed to take off include Murder One (1995–1997), Brooklyn South (1997), City of Angels (2000), Philly (2001), and Over There (2005). All five shows failed to match Bochco's earlier success though Murder One and Over There garnered critical praise and have developed cult followings.

In 2005, Bochco took charge of Commander in Chief (2005–2006) which was the creation of Rod Lurie and brought in a new writing team. However, in spring 2006, he left the show because of conflicts with ABC, and shortly afterward the program was canceled. Bochco described his experience on the show as "horrible." In 2006 Bochco produced a pilot ABC show, Hollis and Rae, and was reported at the same time to be developing a baseball drama and another legal drama for ABC in partnership with Chris Gerolmo.

It was announced in March 2007 that he has taken his first steps into internet TV with the 44-episode Cafe Confidential, each episode being 60-seconds of unscripted "confessions" by members of the public. Yet another legal drama entitled Raising the Bar is in production for TNT, this time in partnership with David Feige. Ten episodes were initially ordered by the network, and a further 15 were ordered for a second season in 2009.

According to an interview with Bochco published in September 2007, he is now winding down his involvement with network television, feeling that his tastes and current fashions in TV drama no longer coincide. "The network executives stay the same age and I keep getting older and it creates a different kind of relationship. When I was doing my stuff at NBC with Brandon (Tartikoff) and Hill Street, we were contemporaries," says Bochco. "When I sit down (now), they're sitting in a room with someone who's old enough to be their father and I'm not sure they want to sit in a room with their fathers."

Bochco has recently argued that the new home for quality prime time drama is cable, where "the atmosphere is far friendlier and the creative environment more conducive to doing original work", and that "most of what's passing for primetime drama these days isn't very good."

His impact on the nature of American prime time network television drama is considerable: prior to Hill Street Blues it was rare for American straight drama shows to have story arcs, i.e. several stories running over many episodes (with the exception of prime time soap operas such as Dallas). It was also rare to have a large regular cast. The structure of the modern "ensemble" television drama comes from Bochco who many regard as having changed the "language" of television drama.
Personal life

He married actress Barbara Bosson in 1969, who appeared as a regular on Hill Street Blues. They had two children before divorcing in 1997. He is currently married to Dayna Kalins (m. August 12, 2000). His son, Jesse Bochco, by his first wife, was a producer/director on NYPD Blue and directed the pilot episode of Raising the Bar. Jesse Bochco also appeared as Captain Furillo's son, Frank Jr. (with Bosson playing his mother) on Hill Street Blues, as well as a director in his own right. Jesse has directed several episodes of his father's shows, including NYPD Blue, Philly, Over There and Raising the Bar.
Awards
Emmy Awards

    * 1981 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues
    * 1981 Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues, "Hill Street Station" (premiere episode)
    * 1982 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues
    * 1982 Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues, "Freedom's Last Stand"
    * 1983 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues
    * 1984 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues
    * 1987 Outstanding Drama Series, for L.A. Law
    * 1987 Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, for L.A. Law, "The Venus Butterfly"
    * 1989 Outstanding Drama Series, for L.A. Law
    * 1995 Outstanding Drama Series, for NYPD Blue

Humanitas Prize

    * 1981 60-minute Category, for Hill Street Blues
    * 1999 90-Minute Category, for NYPD Blue

Edgar Awards

    * 1982 Best Episode in a TV Series Teleplay, for Hill Street Blues, "Hill Street Station"
    * 1995 Best Episode in a TV Series Teleplay, for NYPD Blue, "Simone Says"

Directors Guild of America

    * 1999 Diversity Award

Writers Guild of America

    * 1994 Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement

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Written By: ninny on 12/16/09 at 5:27 am

The co-birthdays of the day...Liv Johanne Ullmann (born 16 December 1938) is a Norwegian actress and film director, as well as one of the muses of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. A winner of the Golden Globe, Ullmann has also been nominated for both the Palme d'Or and twice for the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award.
She played lead in nine films by Bergman. A psychological actress, she was the object of critical acclaim during the 1960s and 1970s (awards include three Best Actress prizes from the National Society of Film Critics, two from the National Board of Review, a threesome from the New York Film Critics Circle, and one Golden Globe as well as a LAFCA honor).

Her work with Bergman, especially in Scenes from a Marriage, turned her into a 1970s feminist and cultural icon, as well as one of the most respected actresses. In addition, her Nordic red-blond looks fit the 1970s vogue. Ullmann was nominated twice for an Academy Award (for The Emigrants and Face to Face), and published two autobiographies (Changing and Choices) while out of work in the late 1970s. At this time Ullmann appeared with Laurence Olivier in Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (1977).

Two of Ullmann's flops were musical adaptations of classic works. The film version of Lost Horizon was a critical and commercial disaster, and the Broadway production of I Remember Mama underwent numerous revisions during a long preview period, then closed after 108 performances.

Ullmann has been a film director (notably with Bergman drama Faithless) and reprised her role from Scenes from a Marriage in 2003's Saraband, Bergman's final telemovie. Faithless was close to being awarded the Golden Palm and Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival, but it and the female lead (Swedish actress Lena Endre) lost out to Dancer in the Dark and Björk's performance in it.

Ullmann chaired the jury of Cannes Film Festival in 2002. She introduced her daughter, Linn Ullmann, to the audience with the words: "Here comes the woman whom Ingmar Bergman loves the most". Her daughter was about to receive the Prize of Honour on her famous father's behalf. In 2006 Ullmann gave up a dream of making a film based on Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House". According to her, the Norwegian Film Fund worked against her and writer Kjetil Bjørnstad. Australian actress Cate Blanchett and British actress Kate Winslet were intended for lead roles in the movie.

Ullmann narrated the Canada/Norway co-produced animated short film The Danish Poet, which won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. She was the recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence.

Ullmann is currently directing actress Cate Blanchett in A Streetcar Named Desire (play) at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia. The play's premiere will be in September 2009 and conclude in October 2009, and the production began on December 1, 2009 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the United States.
Private life

In addition to Norwegian, Ullmann speaks Swedish, English and other European languages. She is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and has traveled widely for the organization. She is also co-founder and honorary chair of the Women's Refugee Commission. In 2005, King Harald V of Norway made Ullmann a Commander with Star of the Order of St Olav. In 2006, she received a Ph.D. honoris causa from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Ullmann has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to Dr Hans Jacob Stang, a Norwegian psychiatrist, whom she divorced in 1965. According to her biographer, Ketil Bjørnstad, the marriage was marred by infidelities on both sides. In the 1980s, she married Boston real estate developer Donald Saunders, whom she divorced in 1995. Nevertheless, in 2007 the couple still lived together.

She has one child, Linn Ullmann, fathered by Ingmar Bergman according to her autobiography Changing in 1977 but born while Ullmann was married to Stang. Ullmann has two grandchildren, a boy and a girl, of her daughter's two marriages.
Filmography
As actress
Year Film Role Notes
1966 Persona Elisabeth Vogler
1968 Shame Eva Rosenberg Guldbagge Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Hour of the Wolf Alma Borg National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
1969 The Passion of Anna Anna Fromm
1971 The Emigrants Kristina Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
The Night Visitor Ester Jenks
1972 Cries and Whispers Maria (and her mother) New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Pope Joan Pope Joan
1973 Scenes from a Marriage Marianne David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
40 Carats Ann Stanley Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Lost Horizon Katherine
1974 Zandy's Bride Hannah Lund
The Abdication Queen Kristina
1976 Face to Face Dr. Jenny Isaksson Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1977 The Serpent's Egg Manuela Rosenberg
A Bridge Too Far Kate Ter Horst
1978 Autumn Sonata Eva David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress
1984 The Bay Boy Mrs. Campbell
1987 Gaby: A True Story Sari
Farewell Moscow David di Donatello for Best Actress
1988 La amiga María San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
1989 The Rose Garden Gabriele Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1991 Mindwalk Sonia Hoffman
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Narrator (voice)
1992 The Long Shadow Katherine
1994 Drømspel Ticket Seller
Zorn Emma Zorn (TV)
2003 Saraband Marianne (TV)
2006 The Danish Poet Narrator (voice)
2008 Through a Glass, Darkly Grandmother
As director
Year Film Notes
1992 Sofie Montreal World Film Festival Special Grand Prize of the Jury
Montreal World Film Festival Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Montreal World Film Festival Most Popular Film
1995 Kristin Lavransdatter (from the novel by Sigrid Undset)
1996 Private Confessions Nominated — Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo
Screened at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival
2000 Faithless Amanda Ecumenical Film Award
Goya Award for Best European Film
Nominated - Palme d'Or, 2000 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
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Written By: ninny on 12/16/09 at 5:30 am

* Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor. He is most famous for his role as Rey Curtis on the TV series Law & Order; and his appearances in the movies Blood in Blood Out, Miss Congeniality, Traffic, and Piñero. He currently stars on the A&E Network drama The Cleaner.
Bratt's best-known role has been that of Det. Rey Curtis on the television show Law & Order. In 1999, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the series. His more popular films include Miss Congeniality, Blood in Blood out and Traffic. On June 23, 2009, Bratt appeared on The View to promote The Cleaner. He also appeared in an episode of the hit series Charmed as a demon.

On October 14, 2009, it was announced that Benjamin Bratt will guest-star on ABC's hit comedy, Modern Family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bratt will play the ex-husband of Sofia Vergara's Gloria.

On October 23, it was announced that Bratt will return as Detective Reynaldo Curtis on Law & Order, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Curtis reunited with his former boss, Lt. Anita van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), which aired on December 11, 2009. Bratt was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy for the role in 1999. After four seasons, he left the show that same year to pursue a film career.
Awards and nominations

>ALMA Awards

2009 Category: Best Actor in Drama (Year in Television) for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

2002 Category: Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Pinero (2001)

1999 Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

1999 Category: Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series for Exiled (1998) (TV Movie)

1998 Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

>Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

2001 Category: Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy for Miss Congeniality (2000)

>Emmy Awards

1999 Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

>Imagen Foundation Awards

2009 Category: Best Actor - Television for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

>NCLR Bravo Awards

1996 Category: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)

>PRISM Awards

2009 Category: Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline for The Cleaner (2008) (TV)

>Razzie Awards

2005 Category: Worst Screen Couple for Catwoman (2004) shared with Halle Berry; Sharon Stone

2001 Category: Worst Screen Couple for The Next Best Thing (2000) shared with Madonna; Rupert Everett

>Screen Actors Guild Awards

2001 Category: Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic (2000) shared with Steven Bauer; James Brolin; Don Cheadle

2000 Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Jesse L. Martin

1999 Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Angie Harmon; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell

1998 Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Steven Hill; Carey Lowell; S. Epatha Merkerson

1997 Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; Carey Lowell

1996 Category: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990) shared with Jill Hennessy; Steven Hill; S. Epatha Merkerson
Filmography
Movies

    * One Good Cop (1991)
    * Shadowhunter (TV ) (1993)
    * Demolition Man (1993)
    * Blood In Blood Out (1993)
    * Clear and Present Danger (1994)
    * Texas (1994)
    * The River Wild (1994)
    * Follow Me Home (1996)
    * Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998) (TV)
    * The Next Best Thing (2000)
    * Red Planet (2000)
    * Miss Congeniality (2000)
    * Traffic (2000)
    * After the Storm (2001)
    * Piñero (2001)
    * Abandon (2002)
    * The Woodsman (2004)
    * Catwoman (2004)
    * Thumbsucker (2005)
    * The Great Raid (2005)
    * Love in the Time of Cholera (2008)
    * Trucker (2008)
    * La Mission (2009)
    * Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) (voice of Manny)

Television series

    * Nasty Boys (1989-1990)
    * Law & Order (1990, 1995-1999 & 2009)
    * E-Ring (2005)
    * The Andromeda Strain (2008 miniseries)
    * The Cleaner (2008-2009)
    * We Shall Remain (2009)
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Written By: Howard on 12/16/09 at 5:45 am

I feel over the hill.

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Written By: ninny on 12/16/09 at 12:31 pm


I feel over the hill.

I am ;D

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/16/09 at 1:12 pm


The word of the day...worker
a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
sterile member of a colony of social insects that forages for food and cares for the larvae
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Yeap!

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Written By: Howard on 12/16/09 at 4:47 pm

There's also Benny Hill.

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Written By: ninny on 12/17/09 at 4:38 am

The word or phrase of the day...Shooting Star(s)
A shooting star is a piece of rock or metal that burns very brightly when it enters the Earth's atmosphere from space, and is seen from Earth as a bright star travelling very fast across the sky.
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Written By: ninny on 12/17/09 at 4:42 am

The birthday of the day...Paul Rodgers
Paul Bernard Rodgers, born 17 December 1949, is an English rock singer-songwriter best known for being a member of Free and Bad Company. Both bands experienced international success in the 1970s. Before establishing a career as a solo artist, he was also a member of The Firm and The Law. He has recently toured and recorded with Queen. Rodgers goes by the nickname "The Voice". He is ranked number 55 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
Rodgers was born in the northern English town of Middlesbrough. He played bass (he later moved onto vocals) in local band The Roadrunners, which just before leaving Middlesbrough for the London music scene changed its name to The Wildflowers. Other members of this band were Micky Moody (later of Whitesnake) and Bruce Thomas (later of Elvis Costello and The Attractions). Rodgers appeared on the British music scene in 1968 as singer/songwriter for bluesy rockers Free. In 1970, they shot up the international radio charts with "All Right Now", which Rodgers wrote with the group's bassist Andy Fraser. It was a number one hit in more than 20 territories and recognised by ASCAP in 1990 for receiving more than a million radio plays in the US alone. The song played a pivotal role in introducing Rodgers's stylistic metier, while helping to establish the sound of the British blues/rock invasion. At the time, Free and Led Zeppelin were the biggest grossing British acts. Free released four top five albums with a combination of blues, ballads and rock. The Multi Million Award was given to Paul Rodgers in 2000 by the British Music Industry when "All Right Now" passed two million radio plays in the UK.
1970s: Bad Company
Main article: Bad Company

Rodgers formed his next band, Bad Company, with Mick Ralphs, former guitarist of Mott the Hoople. Rodgers said: "Mick and I were trying to come up with names for the band. When I called him and said 'Bad Company', he dropped the phone."

Bad Company toured successfully from 1973 to 1982, and had several hits such as "Feel Like Making Love", "Can't Get Enough", "Shooting Star", "Bad Company", and "Run With The Pack". Rodgers also showcased his instrumental talents on several tracks: "Bad Company" and "Run With The Pack" featured him on piano; "Rock And Roll Fantasy" on guitar; and on the ballad "Seagull" Rodgers played all of the instruments. Bad Company earned six platinum albums until Rodgers left in 1982 at the height of their fame to spend time with his young family.
1980s

In the early 1980s, it was rumoured that Rodgers would sing with The Rossington-Collins Band (made of up the survivors of Lynyrd Skynyrd), In October 1983, Rodgers released his first solo LP Cut Loose. He composed all of the music and played all of the instruments. The album peaked at a disappointing number 135 on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

When his friend Jimmy Page started to come around to his house, guitar in hand and Led Zeppelin at an end, the duo's first live pairing was on the US ARMS (Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis) Tour (rock music's first big charity fundraiser) which had first been mooted by Eric Clapton and, besides Rodgers and Page, would include Jeff Beck, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood and others. The inspiration behind ARMS had been former Small Faces/Faces member Ronnie Lane's own struggle with M.S. This led to Rodgers and Page's further teaming in the group The Firm , which resulted in two albums and two tours. Both Firm world tours managed only average attendance. Despite being panned by critics The Firm's two albums, The Firm and Mean Business, achieved moderate sales success and produced the radio hits "Radioactive" on which Rodgers played the guitar solo, "Satisfaction Guaranteed", and, in the UK, "All The King's Horses".
1990s

The Law, Rodgers's 1991 musical venture with former The Who and Faces drummer Kenney Jones, produced Billboard's number one AOR chart hit "Laying Down The Law" written by Rodgers, but the album peaked at number 126 on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart. A never-released second album can be found on the bootleg market. The album is often referred to as The Law II.

Rodgers acknowledged the influence of Jimi Hendrix by collaborating with Slash, Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys (Buddy Miles and Billy Cox) and recorded the track "I Don't Live Today", on the Hendrix tribute album In From The Storm. Then Rodgers teamed with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and released The Hendrix Set, a live 5-track CD, recorded in 1993 with Rodgers' interpretations of Hendrix songs. A Canadian and US tour followed.

His Grammy-nominated solo CD, Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters was released in 1993. Rodgers wrote the title track and was backed by guitarists Brian May, Gary Moore, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Buddy Guy, Richie Sambora, Brian Setzer, Slash & Trevor Rabin to name a few.

For Woodstock's 25th anniversary in 1994, Rodgers pulled together drummer Jason Bonham, bassist Andy Fraser (from Free), guitarists Slash and Schon at the last moment to perform as the Paul Rodgers Rock and Blues Revue.

In 1995 he formed a new band consisting of Jaz Lochrie on bass, Jimmy Copley on drums and Geoff Whitheorn on guitar. The band (The Paul Rodgers Band) toured extensively in Europe, USA and in the UK until 1998 and spawned three albums - Now, Live and Electric.

New studio album of 1997, Now to be re-released as a part of his first double CD set, Now and Live charted internationally in the top 30. The single "Soul Of Love" remained in rotation on more than 86 US radio stations for six months. His 1997 world tour included Russia, Japan, Canada, USA, UK, Germany, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, Brazil, Greece and Argentina.

Rodgers and Bad Company hit Billboard's US BDS charts with the number one single "Hey, Hey" in 1999, one of four new tracks off Bad Company's The Original Bad Company Anthology. The second single release, Rodgers's "Hammer Of Love", reached number two. For the first time in 20 years, all the original members of Bad Company toured the USA.
2000-present

Rodgers focused on his solo career in 2000 and released Electric, his 6th solo CD. In its debut week, the single "Drifters" was US rock radio's number one on the Most Added FMQB Hot Trax list, number two on Most Added R&R Rock and number three on Most Added Album Net Power Cuts. "Drifters" remained in the top 10 for eight weeks on Billboard's Rock charts. That year, he played sold-out concerts in England, Scotland, Australia, United States and Canada. After his appearance on TV's Late Show with David Letterman in New York, he met and jammed with B.B. King. Rodgers said: "The thrill was definitely not gone... for me. B.B. is a blues giant." That same year, Paul Rodgers, Jimmie Vaughan, Levon Helm, bluesmen Hubert Sumlin, Johnnie Johnson, James Cotton and others performed a sold out concert in Cleveland as a Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters.

The spring of 2001, Rodgers returned to Australia, England and Scotland for the second run of sold-out shows. That summer he toured the US with Bad Company.

Paul Rodgers and Bad Company released their first live CD and DVD Merchants of Cool in 2002. It included all the hits and a new single "Joe Fabulous" penned by Rodgers which hit number one at Classic Rock Radio and Top 20 on mainstream rock radio in the USA. In its debut week, the DVD sales sound scanned at number three Canada, and number four in the US. The Joe Fabulous Tour kicked off in the USA and sold out in the UK. While in London, Rodgers performed with Jeff Beck at the Royal Festival Hall. Rodgers was invited by long-time fan Tony Blair to perform at the Labour Party Conference. "I had the entire Labour Party singing the chorus of "Wishing Well", a song I wrote and shared with Free, ...'love in a peaceful world'. 'Love in a peaceful world'... over and over and over hoping the words would sink in but we went to war" recalled Rodgers. Twice in 2002, Rodgers performed on Britain's TV show Top of the Pops 2.

In 2003, Rodgers toured as a solo artist for the first time in two years playing 25 exclusive US dates. In his solo band are guitarist Howard Leese (Heart), bassist Lynn Sorensen and drummer Jeff Kathan. BBC TV/radio host Jools Holland invited Rodgers to record "I Told The Truth" for Holland's album Small World Big Band. The CD also featured Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Peter Gabriel, Michael McDonald, Ringo Starr and others. This led to Rodgers performing two sold-out nights at London's Royal Albert Hall with Holland and his 18-piece rhythm and blues orchestra, and several UK TV appearances.He also appeared with Jeff Beck, performing some songs from Beck's back catalogue (along with several other notable musicians, including John Mclaughlin, Roger Waters and the White Stripes) for part of a week-long series of charity concerts put on by Jeff Beck at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

In autumn 2004, Rodgers took part in an all-star line-up of some of the world's greatest guitarists and thousands of fans gathered at London's Wembley Arena to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. In 2005, he took part in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Four Tops.

Early in 2004, Rodgers joined Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox (Hendrix's Cry of Love), Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, Kid Rock's Kenny Olson, Alice in Chain's Jerry Cantrell, Double Trouble, Indigenous, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues legend Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters) and performed three sold-out shows in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco as "Experience Hendrix". Once again, Rodgers only played 25 concerts in the USA and Canada. He performed at Wembley for the fiftieth anniversary celebration for the Fender Stratocaster, along with David Gilmour who played Strat #001, Ronnie Wood, Brian May, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Rodgers sang and played a custom designed Jaguar Fender Strat. Rodgers was invited by The Four Tops to be part of their fiftieth anniversary TV/DVD concert celebration at Motown's Opera House and performed alongside Aretha Franklin, Dennis Edwards & The Temptations Revue, Sam Moore, Mary Wilson, Ashford and Simpson and The Four Tops. "The call from THE TOPS' Duke Fakir just about knocked me out. I've been a fan since I was a boy and had no idea that they even knew I existed!" exclaimed Rodgers. For years the media and fellow musicians have referred to Rodgers as "The Voice"'. But The Four Tops' Duke Fakir says, "Paul Rodgers is the soul of Rock!"
Paul Rodgers and Queen at the NEC, Birmingham, 6 May 2005.

In late 2004, after a successful live television performance, two of the four members of the British rock group Queen proposed a collaboration with Rodgers, in which he would sing lead vocals on a European tour. Rodgers thus joined Brian May and Roger Taylor (former bassist John Deacon retired in the late 1990s), with the group billed as Queen + Paul Rodgers and they subsequently toured worldwide in 2005 and 2006. The participants clearly stated, including on Brian May's own website, "that Rodgers would be "featured with" Queen as: "Queen + Paul Rodgers", not replacing the late Freddie Mercury". The group subsequently released a live album with songs from Queen, Bad Company and Free, called Return of the Champions, and a DVD of the same name. Both featured live recordings from their Sheffield Hallam FM Arena concert on 9 May 2005. The DVD features "Imagine" from Hyde Park. "For one glorious summer" opined music critic Sean Michaels "we were all Paul Rodgers".. Another DVD was released in 2006 from a live performance in Japan, called Super Live in Japan.

Queen + Paul Rodgers also released a single featuring "Reaching Out", "Tie Your Mother Down" and "Fat Bottomed Girls".

The summer of 2006 saw Rodgers again focused on his solo career with a world tour, which commenced in Austin Texas, U.S. in June, then on to Japan, finishing in Glasgow, Scotland, in October 2006.

On 15 August 2006, Brian May confirmed through his website that "Queen + Paul Rodgers" will begin producing a new studio album beginning in October, to be recorded at Roger Taylor's home.

In April 2007 Rodgers released a live album of his 2006 tour, recorded in Glasgow, Scotland 13 October 2006, with a DVD of the same show released the following month.

On 27-28 December 2007, Rodgers surprised many by joining the Trans-Siberian Orchestra during their Winter 2007 Tour in Houston, Texas and Dallas, Texas. Unannounced, he joined the band at the end of their show to sing "Bad Company" and "All Right Now".

Rogers was a judge for the 6th and 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.

On 27 June 2008 Rodgers and Queen performed at the Concert for Nelson Mandela to celebrate Mandela's 90th birthday.

On 14 May 2009, Paul announced he was ending his 5 year long collaboration with Queen, although did not rule out the possibility of working with them again.

On 17 November 2009, it was announced Paul would join the other surviving members of Bad Company for an 8 date U.K. tour in April 2010.
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Written By: ninny on 12/17/09 at 5:20 am

The co-birthdays of the day...Bill Pullman
William James "Bill" Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film, television, and stage actor.
During the 1980s, he primarily worked with theatre companies around New York and Los Angeles, California. His first prominent movie role was in the film Ruthless People (which starred Danny DeVito and Bette Midler). Other notable films included the lead in Spaceballs (1987), The Serpent and the Rainbow (opposite Zakes Mokae), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Independence Day (1996), and Lost Highway (1997). Pullman continues to act in both theatre and in movies, independent and big budget. His more recent films have been The Grudge and Scary Movie 4 (the latter ironically heavily spoofing The Grudge though Pullman's part spoofed The Village).

From February 2001 until February 2002, Pullman starred with Mercedes Ruehl, in Edward Albee's play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? on Broadway. The play won several awards: 2002 Tony Award for Best Play; 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play; 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Pullman was nominated, but did not win, the 2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play. He starred as Dr. Richard Massey in the End of Days miniseries, Revelations.He may co-star with Val Kilmer in the new Lewis and Clark movie, if it ever materializes. Pullman starred in Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry, at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in New York. Pullman received a second Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Peter and Jerry in 2008.

In addition to acting, Pullman is a creative writer. His first play, Expedition 6, is about the International Space Station mission Expedition 6 that was in orbit at the time that the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed on reentry, grounding the U.S. space shuttle program, which was to provide the vehicle for the crew's return to earth. The play opened at San Francisco's Magic Theater in September 2007.

Most recently, Pullman joined the cast of Peacock starring opposite Susan Sarandon, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Josh Lucas. Filming will take place in Des Moines, Iowa. He will appear on Broadway in a production of David Mamet's Oleanna, co-starring Julia Stiles.

Pullman is also a Jury Member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.
Personal life

Pullman is married to Tamara Hurwitz, and has three children, daughter Maesa (born 1988), and sons Jack (born 1989), and Lewis (born 1993).

Jack Pullman, a student at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, was arrested for assault and possessing moonshine on October 27, 2008.

He lost his sense of smell in college after an injury left him in a coma for two days.

Pullman is an avid bird watcher and co-owns a resort in Paradise Valley, AZ with Mike Tyson to house Tyson's 350 pigeons.

Pullman co-owns a cattle ranch with his brother in Montana, near the town of Whitheall, where he lives part-time.

American cultural critic Greil Marcus used Pullman as a major piece of his argument in the book The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice. In the chapter entitled "American Berserk: Bill Pullman's Face", Marcus argued that many different aspects of American culture could be clearly seen in Pullman's facial expressions in various films.

On May 24, 2008, Pullman was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received his graduate degree.
Filmography

    * Ruthless People (1986) - Earl Mott
    * Spaceballs (1987) - Lone Starr
    * The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) - Dennis Alan
    * Rocket Gibraltar (1988) - Crow Black
    * The Accidental Tourist (1988) - Julian
    * Cold Feet (1989) - Buck Latham
    * Brain Dead (1990) - Dr. Rex Martin
    * The Peter North Story (1990) - Peter North
    * Sibling Rivalry (1990) - Nicholas Meany
    * Going Under (1990) - Capt. Biff Banner
    * Bright Angel (1991) - Bob
    * Liebestraum (1991) - Paul Kessler
    * Newsies (1992) - Bryan Denton
    * A League of Their Own (1992) - Bob Hinson
    * Crazy in Love (1992) (TV) - Nick Symonds
    * Singles (1992) - Doctor Jamison
    * Nervous Ticks (1992) - York Daley
    * Sommersby (1993) - Orin Meecham
    * Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Walter
    * Malice (1993) - Andy Safian
    * Mr. Jones (1993) (uncredited) - Construction Site Foreman
    * The Favor (1994) - Peter
    * Wyatt Earp (1994) - Ed Masterson
    * The Last Seduction (1994) - Clay Gregory
    * While You Were Sleeping (1995) - Jack Callaghan
    * Casper (1995) - Dr. James Harvey
    * Mr. Wrong (1996) - Whitman Crawford
    * Independence Day (1996) - President Thomas J. Whitmore
    * Mistrial (1996) (TV) - Steve Donohue
    * Lost Highway (1997) - Fred Madison
    * The End of Violence (1997) - Mike Max
    * Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997) (TV) - George Bailey
    * Zero Effect (1998) - Daryl Zero
    * Lake Placid (1999) - Jack Wells
    * Brokedown Palace (1999) - 'Yankee' Hank Green
    * History Is Made at Night (1999) - Harry Howe/Ernie Halliday
    * The Virginian (2000) (TV) - The Virginian
    * The Guilty (2000) - Callum Crane
    * Titan A.E. (2000) (voice) - Capt. Joseph Korso
    * Lucky Numbers (2000) - Det. Pat Lakewood
    * Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies: Live (2000) (TV) - Co-Host
    * A Man Is Mostly Water (2001) - Parking Fascist
    * Ignition (2001) - Conor Gallagher
    * Igby Goes Down (2002) - Jason Slocumb
    * 29 Palms (2002) - The Ticket Clerk
    * Rick (2003) - Rick
    * Tiger Cruise (2004) (TV) - Cmdr. Dolan
    * The Grudge (2004) - Peter Kirk
    * Dear Wendy (2005) - Officer Krugsby
    * Revelations (2005) television Series - Richard Massey
    * Scary Movie 4 (2006) - Henry Hale
    * Alien Autopsy (2006) - Morgan Banner
    * Nobel Son (2007) - Max Mariner
    * You Kill Me (2007) - Dave
    * Surveillance (2008) - Sam Hallaway
    * Bottle Shock (2008) - Jim Barrett
    * Phoebe in Wonderland (2008) - Peter Lichten
    * Your Name Here (2008) - William J. Frick
    * Peacock (2009) - TBA
    * Kerosene Cowboys (2009)
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Written By: ninny on 12/17/09 at 5:25 am

* Giovanni Ribisi
Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. His film credits include Saving Private Ryan, Lost in Translation and more recently, Public Enemies and Avatar .
Ribisi began his career in network television with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The New Leave It to Beaver, "Married With Children", The Wonder Years and My Two Dads. He entered the public eye with a prominent performance in The X-Files episode "D.P.O." (an episode that also starred Jack Black), as well as with his recurring role as Frank Jr., the brother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on Friends. More recently, he has appeared in multiple episodes of My Name Is Earl, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance on the series.

Ribisi has appeared on the video of British band Keane's single "Crystal Ball", which was released worldwide on August 21, 2006. He appeared with Winona Ryder and John C. Reilly in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's music video "Talk About the Blues". In September 2008, he appeared twice on the HBO comedy series Entourage.
Personal life

Ribisi was married to Mariah O'Brien from March 18, 1997 through November 3, 2001; the couple had a daughter, Lucia, born in December 1997 and named after the doomed heroine in the Donizetti opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ribisi is an active Scientologist, and participated in the gala opening of Scientology's controversial "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum in December 2005. His twin sister, Marissa, is also a Scientologist and is married to Scientologist indie-rocker Beck.
Filmography
Film
Year Film/TV Role Notes
1983 Still the Beaver Duffy Guthrie TV
1988-1999 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus TV
1990-1991 Blossom Mitchell TV
1991-1992 Davis Rules Skinner Buckley TV
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Pete Reyes TV
The Wonder Years Jeff Bilings TV
The Commish Joey Burke TV
Family Album Elvis DeMattis TV
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston TV
Ellen Cashier TV
1995 The Outpost Scott
1996-2004 Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. TV
1996 SubUrbia Jeff
1997 First Love, Last Rites Joey
The Postman Bandit 20
1998 Saving Private Ryan T-5 Medic Irwin Wade
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMann
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis
The Gift Buddy Cole
Gone in Sixty Seconds Kip Raines
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo
2003 Basic Kendall
Cold Mountain Junior
I Love Your Work Gray Evans
Lost in Translation John
Masked and Anonymous Soldier
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dexter "Dex" Dearborn
Flight of the Phoenix Elliott
2005 The Big White Ted
2006 10th & Wolf Joey
The Dead Girl Rudy
The Dog Problem Solo
2007 Gardener of Eden Vic
Perfect Stranger Miles Haley
2008 Spirit of the Forest Cebolo
2009 Avatar Parker Selfridge
Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
2010 Columbus Circle (post-production) Detective Paul Giardello
Middle Men Wayne Beering
The Other Side (in production) Sean Splinter
The Rum Diary (post-production) Moberg
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* Marissa Ribisi
Santina Marissa Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress.
Ribisi's first major role was in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused. She wrote and acted in the film Some Girl in 1998, and has had roles in the films True Crime, The Brady Bunch Movie, Pleasantville, and Don's Plum. She has also appeared in television shows such as Felicity, Friends, Grace Under Fire and Watching Ellie, as well as the TV miniseries Tales of the City.

In October 2007, Ribisi launched a fashion line, Whitley Kros, with partner Sophia Banks.
Personal life

She married Beck Hansen in April 2004, shortly before giving birth to their son, Cosimo Henri. The couple's second child, daughter Tuesday, was born in 2007.

Like her husband, she is a Scientologist.
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Written By: ninny on 12/17/09 at 5:29 am

* Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich (born Milica Nataša Jovović Serbian: Милица Наташа Јововић/Milica Jovović; December 17, 1975) is a Ukrainian-born American model, actress, musician, and fashion designer. Over her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action themed films, for which music channel VH1 has referred to her as the "reigning queen of kick-butt".

Jovovich began modeling at eleven, when Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, and she continued her career with other notable campaigns for L'Oréal cosmetics, Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, and Versace. In 1988, she had her first professional acting role in the television film The Night Train to Kathmandu, and later that year she appeared in her first feature film, Two Moon Junction. Following more small television appearances like the "Fair Exchange" (1989) and a 1989 role as a french girl (she was 14 at the time then) on a Married with Children episode and film roles, she gained notoriety with the romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), the sequel to The Blue Lagoon. She appeared in 1993's Dazed and Confused alongside Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey. Jovovich then acted alongside Bruce Willis in the science fiction film The Fifth Element (1997), and later played the title role in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). In 2002, she starred in the video game adaptation Resident Evil, which spawned three sequels: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (2011).

In addition to her modeling and acting career, Jovovich released a critically acclaimed musical album, The Divine Comedy in 1994. She continues to release demos for other songs on her official website and contributes to film soundtracks as well; Jovovich has yet to release another album. In 2003, she and model Carmen Hawk created the clothing line Jovovich-Hawk, which ceased operations in early 2008. In its third season prior to its demise, the pieces could be found at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Harvey Nichols, and over 50 stores around the world. Jovovich also has her own production company, Creature Entertainment
Jovovich's mother had "raised to be a movie star" and in 1985, enrolled Jovovich in the Professional Actors school in California. In 1988, she appeared in her first professional role in the made for television film The Night Train to Kathmandu as Lily McLeod. Later that year she made her debut in a theatrically released picture with a small role, as Samantha Delongpre, in the romantic thriller Two Moon Junction. Following roles on the television series Paradise (1988) and Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990), Jovovich was cast as the lead as Lilli Hargrave in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). This sequel to The Blue Lagoon (1980) placed her opposite Brian Krause. Return to the Blue Lagoon led to comparisons between her and child model-turned-actress, Brooke Shields (who had starred in the original) – Jovovich was often called by press the "Slavic Brooke Shields". The role also gained her controversy, much like Shields gained in The Blue Lagoon, for appearing nude at a young age. For her portrayal of Lili, Jovovich was nominated for both "Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture" at the 1991 Young Artist Awards, and "Worst New Star" at the 1991 Golden Raspberry Awards.

In 1992, Jovovich co-starred with Christian Slater in the comedy Kuffs. Later that year, she portrayed Mildred Harris in the Charlie Chaplin biographical film Chaplin. 1993 saw Jovovich in the Richard Linklater cult film Dazed and Confused, in which she played Michelle Burroughs, on screen girlfriend to Pickford (played by her then real life boyfriend Shawn Andrews). Jovovich was heavily featured in the promotional material for the film, however, upon the film's release, she was upset to find her role was considerably trimmed from the original script. The bulk of Jovovich's role was to be shot on the last day of filming, however, she was misinformed of the date, and ultimately had one line in the film, "No", in addition to singing a line from "The Alien Song" from her album, The Divine Comedy. Discouraged, she took a hiatus from acting roles, during which time she moved to Europe and began focusing on a music career.
Breakthrough (1997-2001)

Jovovich returned to acting in 1997 with a lead in the Luc Besson directed science fiction action film The Fifth Element, alongside Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman. She portrayed Leeloo, an alien who was the "supreme being". Jovovich said she "worked like hell: no band practice, no clubs, no pot, nothing" to acquire the role and impress Besson, whom she later married on December 14, 1997, but divorced in 1999. She took part in eight months of acting classes and karate practice prior to filming. Jovovich also co-created and mastered an over 400-word alien language for her role. She wore a costume that came to be known as the "ACE-bandage" costume, a revealing body suit made of medical bandages designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. The Fifth Element was selected as the opening film for the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and its worldwide box office gross was over $263 million, more than three times its budget of $80 million. The Fifth Element was often praised for its visual style and unique costumes, and film reviewer James Berardinelli, explained "Jovovich makes an impression, although her effectiveness has little to do with acting and less to do with dialogue". Jovovich was nominated for "Favorite Female Newcomer" at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and "Best Fight" at the MTV Movie Awards. Jovovich's portrayal of Leeloo garnered a video game and a planned action figure, but the figure was never released due to licensing problems. In a 2003 interview, Jovovich said Leeloo was her favorite role to portray.

In 1998, Jovovich had a role in the Spike Lee drama He Got Game as abused prostitute Dakota Burns, appearing with Denzel Washington and Ray Allen. In 1999, she appeared in the music video for the song If You Can't Say No by Lenny Kravitz. In 1999, Jovovich returned to the action genre playing the title role in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, reuniting her with director Luc Besson. She was featured in armor throughout several extensive battle scenes, and cut her hair to a short length for the role. Jovovich received generally good reviews for her performance, although she also received a Razzie Award nomination for "Worst Actress". The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc did moderately well at the box office, gaining $66 million worldwide. Afterwards, in 2000, Jovovich appeared as the troubled Eloise in The Million Dollar Hotel, a film based on a concept story by Bono of the band U2 and Nicholas Klein. Directed by Wim Wenders, Jovovich starred alongside Jeremy Davies and Mel Gibson, in addition to providing vocals on the film's soundtrack. Afterwards, she portrayed bar owner, Lucia, in the British western film The Claim (2000), and the evil Katinka in the celebrity cameo laced comedy Zoolander (2001).
International success (2002-2006)

In 2002, Jovovich starred in the horror/action film Resident Evil, released in the United States on March 15, 2002. Based on the CAPCOM video game series of the same name, she portrayed Alice, the film's heroine who fights a legion of zombies created by the evil Umbrella Corporation. Jovovich had accepted the role of Alice because she and her brother had been fans of the video game franchise, saying, "It was exciting for me just watching him play, I could sit for 5 hours and we would sit all day and play this game." Jovovich had performed all the stunts required in the film, save for a scene that would involve her jumping to a cement platform, which her management deemed too dangerous, and had trained in karate, kickboxing, and combat-training. The film was commercially successful, grossing $17 million on its opening weekend, and gaining $40 million domestically and $102 million worldwide. Later, she portrayed the manipulative gang wife Erin in No Good Deed (2002), Nadine in the romantic comedy You Stupid Man (2002), punk rocker Fangora ("Fanny") in Dummy (2003), and provided a guest voice on the television series King of the Hill. The role of Fangora in Dummy, allowed Jovovich to act in film with Oscar-winning Adrien Brody, who was a friend prior to filming. Jovovich found it easy to identify with this role because she felt Fangora, as opposed to previous characters, possessed similar qualities to the actress' own life.

In 2004, Jovovich reprised the role of Alice in the sequel to Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse. The role required her to do fight training for three hours a day, in addition to the three months prior to filming in which she had "gun training, martial arts, everything". Apocalypse received even more negative reactions from the critics than the first film. Following the release of the film, Jovovich was unhappy with the results and director Alexander Witt's effort. She noted during an interview that year that her large action films take care of the commercial part of her career, while she acts in "independent little films that never come out" to appease her artistic side, and "It's a good balance". The following year, she was featured in Gore Vidal's faux trailer remake of Caligula, as Drusilla. In 2006, Jovovich's film, the science fiction/action thriller Ultraviolet, was released on March 3. She played the title role of Violet Song jat Shariff, a role that also involved heavily choreographed fight sequences and Gun Kata, a fictional martial art combining statistical analysis and gunplay. It was not screened for critics, but when reviewed, it was critically panned, grossing $31 million worldwide. That year Jovovich also starred in .45, as Kat, the revenge driven girlfriend of an illegal gun and drug dealer with English actor and DJ Matt Maurice.
Recent and future roles (2007-present)

In 2007, Jovovich reprised her role as Alice in Resident Evil: Extinction, the third of the Resident Evil series. The film grossed an estimated US$24 million in 2,828 theaters on its opening weekend, topping the box office gross for that week. It opened stronger than its predecessor, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which opened with $23 million in 3,284 theaters (over 450 more theaters than Extinction). In a March 2006 interview, Jovovich said that she would not appear in another action film "for a long time", expressing a desire to portray more diverse roles, but she added that talks of another sequel in the Resident Evil franchise were a "real possibility". According to the March 9' issue of interview magazine, Milla has hinted that she will indeed be back to reprise her role as "Alice" in the fourth installment. During a trip to Chateau Marmont, Jovovich told paparazzi that she was going to start shooting "number 4" at the end of the year, hinting at the fourth Resident Evil film.

Jovovich was set to portray Amalia Bezhetskaya in Azazel in 2007, however, with the announcement of her pregnancy early that year, the film was postponed until Summer 2008. Also in 2009, Jovovich starred in David Twohy's A Perfect Getaway with Kiele Sanchez, Timothy Olyphant, and Steve Zahn. The film is a thriller about a newlywed couple (Milla and Zahn) on their honeymoon in Hawaii. Filming began Spring 2008.

Jovovich is set to play Lucetta, the wife of a jailed arsonist (played by Edward Norton) in Stone, a psychological thriller starring Robert De Niro. Filming began in May 2009 at the recently closed Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan.

Jovovich played the part of Dr. Abigail Tyler in the sci-fi thriller The Fourth Kind and will star in the psychological thriller Faces in the Crowd, which is written and directed by Julien Magnat; in the latter film, she plays the survivor of a serial killer’s attack that leaves her suffering from a condition called prosopagnosia, which renders her unable to recognize faces.

Jovovich will return for her role as Alice, in the fourth movie of the Resident Evil series Afterlife, who is directed by her husband Paul W. S. Anderson
Filmography
Year Film Role Other notes
1988 Two Moon Junction Samantha Delongpre
1991 Return to the Blue Lagoon Lilli Hargrave
1992 Kuffs Maya Carlton
Chaplin Mildred Harris
1993 Dazed and Confused Michelle Burroughs
1997 The Fifth Element Leeloo
1998 He Got Game Dakota Burns
1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Joan of Arc
2000 The Claim Lucia Limited release
2001 The Million Dollar Hotel Eloise Limited release
Zoolander Katinka Ingabogovinanana
2002 Resident Evil Alice
You Stupid Man Nadine
2003 Dummy Fangora "Fanny" Gurkel Limited release
No Good Deed Erin
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Alice
2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Drusilla Short film
2006 Ultraviolet Violet Song jat Shariff
2007 .45 Kat
Resident Evil: Extinction Alice
2008 The Palermo Shooting Herself
2009 A Perfect Getaway Cydney Anderson
The Fourth Kind Dr Abigal Tyler
Azazel Amalia Bezhetskaya in production
2010 Stone Lucetta in production
Resident Evil: Afterlife Alice in production; shooting began Sept. 2009
Faces in the Crowd Isabel Shooting March 2010
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Written By: gibbo on 12/17/09 at 5:37 am

Some of those shooting star pics are cool!  :)

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Written By: Howard on 12/17/09 at 5:40 am


The word or phrase of the day...Shooting Star(s)
A shooting star is a piece of rock or metal that burns very brightly when it enters the Earth's atmosphere from space, and is seen from Earth as a bright star travelling very fast across the sky.
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I saved one of her pics as background wallpaper. :)

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Written By: ninny on 12/17/09 at 6:19 am


Some of those shooting star pics are cool!  :)

Thanks :)

I saved one of her pics as background wallpaper. :)

I thought you might. ;)

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Written By: Frank on 12/17/09 at 1:16 pm


* Giovanni Ribisi
Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. His film credits include Saving Private Ryan, Lost in Translation and more recently, Public Enemies and Avatar .
Ribisi began his career in network television with recurring and guest roles on a number of shows, including The New Leave It to Beaver, "Married With Children", The Wonder Years and My Two Dads. He entered the public eye with a prominent performance in The X-Files episode "D.P.O." (an episode that also starred Jack Black), as well as with his recurring role as Frank Jr., the brother of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on Friends. More recently, he has appeared in multiple episodes of My Name Is Earl, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance on the series.

Ribisi has appeared on the video of British band Keane's single "Crystal Ball", which was released worldwide on August 21, 2006. He appeared with Winona Ryder and John C. Reilly in Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's music video "Talk About the Blues". In September 2008, he appeared twice on the HBO comedy series Entourage.
Personal life

Ribisi was married to Mariah O'Brien from March 18, 1997 through November 3, 2001; the couple had a daughter, Lucia, born in December 1997 and named after the doomed heroine in the Donizetti opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Ribisi is an active Scientologist, and participated in the gala opening of Scientology's controversial "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" Museum in December 2005. His twin sister, Marissa, is also a Scientologist and is married to Scientologist indie-rocker Beck.
Filmography
Film
Year Film/TV Role Notes
1983 Still the Beaver Duffy Guthrie TV
1988-1999 My Two Dads Cory Kupkus TV
1990-1991 Blossom Mitchell TV
1991-1992 Davis Rules Skinner Buckley TV
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Pete Reyes TV
The Wonder Years Jeff Bilings TV
The Commish Joey Burke TV
Family Album Elvis DeMattis TV
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Tony Kingston TV
Ellen Cashier TV
1995 The Outpost Scott
1996-2004 Friends Frank Buffay, Jr. TV
1996 SubUrbia Jeff
1997 First Love, Last Rites Joey
The Postman Bandit 20
1998 Saving Private Ryan T-5 Medic Irwin Wade
1999 The Other Sister Daniel McMann
2000 Boiler Room Seth Davis
The Gift Buddy Cole
Gone in Sixty Seconds Kip Raines
2001 According to Spencer Louis
2002 Heaven Filippo
2003 Basic Kendall
Cold Mountain Junior
I Love Your Work Gray Evans
Lost in Translation John
Masked and Anonymous Soldier
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dexter "Dex" Dearborn
Flight of the Phoenix Elliott
2005 The Big White Ted
2006 10th & Wolf Joey
The Dead Girl Rudy
The Dog Problem Solo
2007 Gardener of Eden Vic
Perfect Stranger Miles Haley
2008 Spirit of the Forest Cebolo
2009 Avatar Parker Selfridge
Public Enemies Alvin Karpis
2010 Columbus Circle (post-production) Detective Paul Giardello
Middle Men Wayne Beering
The Other Side (in production) Sean Splinter
The Rum Diary (post-production) Moberg
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* Marissa Ribisi
Santina Marissa Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actress.
Ribisi's first major role was in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused. She wrote and acted in the film Some Girl in 1998, and has had roles in the films True Crime, The Brady Bunch Movie, Pleasantville, and Don's Plum. She has also appeared in television shows such as Felicity, Friends, Grace Under Fire and Watching Ellie, as well as the TV miniseries Tales of the City.

In October 2007, Ribisi launched a fashion line, Whitley Kros, with partner Sophia Banks.
Personal life

She married Beck Hansen in April 2004, shortly before giving birth to their son, Cosimo Henri. The couple's second child, daughter Tuesday, was born in 2007.

Like her husband, she is a Scientologist.
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I remember him on "The Wonder Years"

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Written By: Howard on 12/17/09 at 1:17 pm


Thanks :)I thought you might. ;)



such beautiful pics,they're gorgeous. :)

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Written By: ninny on 12/18/09 at 5:34 am

The word of the day...Park
A park is a public area of land with grass and trees, usually in a town, where people go in order to relax and enjoy themselves.
When you park a vehicle or park somewhere, you drive the vehicle into a position where it can stay for a period of time, and leave it there.
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Written By: ninny on 12/18/09 at 5:39 am

The birthday of the day...Steven Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer. In a career spanning over four decades, Spielberg's films have touched on many themes and genres. Spielberg's early sci-fi and adventure films sometimes centering on children, were seen as an archetype of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years his films began addressing such issues as The Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism.

Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for 1993's Schindler's List and 1998's Saving Private Ryan. Four of Spielberg's films, Jaws (1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), broke box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes magazine places Spielberg's personal net worth at $3.0 billion. In 2006, Premiere listed him as the most powerful and influential figure in the motion picture industry. Time listed him as one of the 100 Most Important People of the Century. At the end of the twentieth century, Life named him the most influential person of his generation.
Rejecting offers to direct Jaws 2, King Kong and Superman, Spielberg and actor Richard Dreyfuss re-convened to work on a film about UFOs, which became Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). One of the rare films both written and directed by Spielberg, Close Encounters was a critical and box office hit, giving Spielberg his first Best Director nomination from the Academy as well as earning six other Academy Awards nominations. It won Oscars in two categories (Cinematography, Vilmos Zsigmond, and a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing, Frank E. Warner). This second blockbuster helped to secure Spielberg's rise. His next film, 1941, a big-budgeted World War II farce wasn't nearly as successful and though it grossed over $92.4 million dollars worldwide (and did make a small profit for co-producing studios Columbia and Universal) it was seen as a disappointment, mainly with the critics. It has since become a cult classic thanks to television showings and home video releases.

Spielberg then revisited his Close Encounters project and, with financial backing from Columbia Pictures, released Close Encounters: The Special Edition in 1980. For this, Spielberg fixed some of the flaws he thought impeded the original 1977 version of the film and also, at the behest of Columbia, and as a condition of Spielberg revising the film, shot additional footage showing the audience the interior of the mothership seen at the end of the film (a decision Spielberg would later regret as he felt the interior of the mothership should have remained a mystery). Nevertheless, the re-release was a moderate success, while the 2001 DVD release of the film restored the original ending.

Next, Spielberg teamed with Star Wars creator and friend George Lucas on an action adventure film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first of the Indiana Jones films. The archaeologist and adventurer hero Indiana Jones was played by Harrison Ford (whom Lucas had previously cast in his Star Wars films as Han Solo). The film was considered a homage to the cliffhanger serials of the Golden Age of Hollywood. It became the biggest film at the box office in 1981, and the recipient of numerous Oscar nominations including Best Director (Spielberg's second nomination) and Best Picture (the second Spielberg film to be nominated for Best Picture). Raiders is still considered a landmark example of the action genre.
Steven Spielberg with President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan after a showing of E.T. at the White House

A year later, Spielberg returned to the science fiction genre with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It was the story of a young boy and the alien whom he befriends, who was accidentally left behind by his people and is trying to get back home to outer space. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial went on to become the top-grossing film of all time. E.T. was also nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

Between 1982 and 1985, Spielberg produced three high-grossing films: Poltergeist (for which he also co-wrote the screenplay), a big-screen adaptation of The Twilight Zone (for which he directed the segment "Kick The Can"), and The Goonies (Spielberg, executive producer, also wrote the story on which the screenplay was based).

His next directorial feature was the Raiders prequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Teaming up once again with Lucas and Ford, the film was plagued with uncertainty for the material and script. This film and the Spielberg-produced Gremlins led to the creation of the PG-13 rating due to the high level of violence in films targeted at younger audiences. In spite of this, Temple of Doom is rated PG by the MPAA, even though it is the darkest and, possibly, most violent "Indy" film yet. Nonetheless, the film was still a huge blockbuster hit in 1984. It was on this project that Spielberg also met his future wife, actress Kate Capshaw.

In 1985, Spielberg released The Color Purple, an adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about a generation of empowered African-American women during depression-era America. Starring Whoopi Goldberg and future talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey, the film was a box office smash and critics hailed Spielberg's successful foray into the dramatic genre. Roger Ebert proclaimed it the best film of the year and later entered it into his Great Films archive. The film received eleven Academy Award nominations, including two for Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. However, much to the surprise of many, Spielberg did not get a Best Director nomination. The Color Purple is the second of two Spielberg films not to be scored by John Williams, the first being Duel.

In 1987, as China began opening to the world, Spielberg shot the first American film in Shanghai since the 1930s, an adaptation of J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun, starring John Malkovich and a young Christian Bale. The film garnered much praise from critics and was nominated for several Oscars, but did not yield substantial box office revenues. Reviewer Andrew Sarris called it the best film of the year and later included it among the best films of the decade.

After two forays into more serious dramatic films, Spielberg then directed the third Indiana Jones film, 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Once again teaming up with Lucas and Ford, Spielberg also cast actor Sean Connery in a supporting role as Indy's father. The film earned generally positive reviews and was another box office success, becoming the highest grossing film worldwide that year; its total box office receipts even topped those of Tim Burton's much-anticipated film Batman, which had been the bigger hit domestically. Also in 1989, he re-united with actor Richard Dreyfuss for the romantic comedy-drama Always, about a daredevil pilot who extinguishes forest fires. Spielberg's first romantic film, Always was only a moderate success and had mixed reviews.

In 1991, Spielberg directed Hook, about a middle-aged Peter Pan, played by Robin Williams, who returns to Neverland. Despite innumerable rewrites and creative changes coupled with mixed reviews, the film made over $300 million worldwide (from a $70 million budget).

In 1993, Spielberg returned to the adventure genre with the film version of Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park, about a theme park with genetically engineered dinosaurs. With revolutionary special effects provided by friend George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic company, the film would eventually become the highest grossing film of all time (at the worldwide box office) with $914.7 million. This would be the third time that one of Spielberg's films became the highest grossing film ever.

Spielberg's next film, Schindler's List, was based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a man who risked his life to save 1,100 people from The Holocaust. Schindler's List earned Spielberg his first Academy Award for Best Director (it also won Best Picture). With the film a huge success at the box office, Spielberg used the profits to set up the Shoah Foundation, a non-profit organization that archives filmed testimony of the Holocaust survivors. In 1997 the American Film Institute listed it among the 10 Greatest American Films ever Made (#9) which moved up to (#8) when the list was remade in 2007.
Since 1997
Spielberg in 1990

In 1994, Spielberg took a hiatus from directing to spend more time with his family and build his new studio, DreamWorks, with partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. In 1997, he helmed the sequel to 1993's Jurassic Park with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which generated over $832 million worldwide despite mixed reviews, and was the second biggest hit of 1997 behind James Cameron's Titanic (which topped the original Jurassic Park to become the new recordholder for box office receipts).

His next film, Amistad, was based on a true story (like Schindler's List), specifically about an African slave rebellion. Despite decent reviews from critics, it did not do well at the box office. Spielberg released Amistad under DreamWorks Pictures, which issued all of his films from Amistad until Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in May 2008 (see below).

In 1998, Spielberg re-visited Close Encounters yet again, this time for a more definitive 137-minute "Collector's Edition" that puts more emphasis on the original 1977 release, while adding some elements of the previous 1980 "Special Edition," but deleting the latter version's "Mothership Finale," which Spielberg regretted shooting in the first place, feeling it should have remained ambiguous in the minds of viewers.

His next theatrical release in that same year was the World War II film Saving Private Ryan, about a group of U.S. soldiers led by Capt. Miller (Tom Hanks) who try to bring home a paratrooper missing in France, whose three brothers were killed in action. The film was a huge box office success, grossing over $481 million worldwide and was the biggest film of the year at the U.S./domestic box office. Spielberg won his second Academy Award for his direction. The film's graphic, realistic depiction of combat violence influenced later war films such as Black Hawk Down and Enemy at the Gates. The film was also the first major hit for DreamWorks, which co-produced the film with Paramount Pictures (as such, it was Spielberg's first release from the latter that was not part of the Indiana Jones series). Later, Spielberg and Hanks presented a TV mini-series based on Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers. The ten-part HBO mini-series follows Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The series won a number of awards at the Golden Globes and the Emmys.

In 2001, Spielberg filmed fellow director and friend Stanley Kubrick's final project, A.I. Artificial Intelligence which Kubrick was unable to begin during his lifetime. A futuristic film about a humanoid android longing for love, A.I. featured groundbreaking visual effects and a multi-layered, allegorical storyline, adapted by Spielberg himself.

Spielberg and actor Tom Cruise collaborated for the first time for the futuristic neo-noir Minority Report, based upon the sci-fi short story written by Philip K. Dick about a Washington, D.C., police captain who has been foreseen to murder a man he has not yet met. The film received strong reviews with the review tallying website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 199 out of the 217 reviews they tallied were positive. The film was praised as a futuristic homage to film noir, with its intelligent premise and "whodunit" structure. The film earned over $358 million worldwide. Roger Ebert, who named it the best film of 2002, praised its breathtaking vision of the future as well as for the way Spielberg blended CGI with live-action.

Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me If You Can is about the daring adventures of a youthful con artist (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). It earned Christopher Walken an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The film is known for John Williams' score and its unique title sequence. It was a hit both commercially and critically.

Spielberg collaborated again with Tom Hanks along with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci in 2004's The Terminal, a warm-hearted comedy about a man of Eastern European descent who is stranded in an airport. It received mixed reviews but performed relatively well at the box office. In 2005, Empire magazine ranked Spielberg number one on a list of the greatest film directors of all time.

Also in 2005, Spielberg directed a modern adaptation of War of the Worlds (a co-production of Paramount and DreamWorks), based on the H. G. Wells book of the same name (Spielberg had been a huge fan of the book and the original 1953 film). It starred Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, and, as with past Spielberg films, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) provided the visual effects. Unlike E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which depicted friendly alien visitors, War of the Worlds featured violent invaders. The film was another huge box office smash, grossing over $591 million worldwide.

Spielberg's film Munich, about the events following the 1972 Munich Massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games, was his second film essaying Jewish relations in the world (the first being Schindler's List). The film is based on Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, a book by Canadian journalist George Jonas The film received strong critical praise, but underperformed at the U.S. and world box-office; it remains one of Spielberg's most controversial films to date. Munich received five Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, Film Editing, Original Music Score (by John Williams), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director for Spielberg. It was Spielberg's sixth Best Director nomination and fifth Best Picture nomination.

Spielberg directed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which wrapped filming in October 2007 and was released on May 22, 2008. This was his first film not to be released by DreamWorks since 1997. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, and has performed very well in theaters. As of June 30, 2008, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has grossed $315 million domestically, and over $786 million worldwide.
Films

This is a table of films that Steven Spielberg has been involved in. The lists below will eventually be incorporated into this table.
Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1964 Firelight Yes Yes
1968 Amblin' Yes Yes
1971 Duel Yes
1974 The Sugarland Express Yes
1975 Jaws Yes Yes Voice of the radio respondent on the Orca's radio.
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Yes Yes
1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand Yes
1979 1941 Yes
1980 The Blues Brothers Yes Cook County Assessor's Office Clerk
Used Cars Yes
1981 Continental Divide Yes
Raiders of the Lost Ark Yes
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Yes Yes
Poltergeist Yes Yes Yes
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Yes Yes
1984 Gremlins Yes Yes Man in Electric Wheelchair
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Yes
Room 666 Yes Himself
1985 Back to the Future Yes
The Color Purple Yes
The Goonies Yes Yes
Young Sherlock Holmes Yes
1986 An American Tail Yes
The Money Pit Yes
1987 *batteries not included Yes
Empire of the Sun Yes Yes
Harry and the Hendersons Yes
Innerspace Yes
1988 The Land Before Time Yes
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Yes
1989 Always Yes Yes
Back to the Future Part II Yes
Dad Yes
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Yes
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Yes
1990 Arachnophobia Yes
Back to the Future Part III Yes
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Yes
Joe Versus the Volcano Yes
Roller Coaster Rabbit Yes
1991 A Wish for Wings That Work Yes
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Yes
Cape Fear Yes
Hook Yes
Listen Up!: The Lives of Quincy Jones Yes Himself
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation Yes
1992 The Magical World of Chuck Jones Yes Himself
1993 Jurassic Park Yes Yes
Schindler's List Yes Yes
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Yes
1994 The Flintstones Yes
1995 Casper Yes
Survivors of the Holocaust Yes
1996 AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Clint Eastwood Yes Himself
Balto Yes
The Universal Story Yes Himself
Twister Yes
1997 Amistad Yes Yes
Men in Black Yes
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Yes
1998 Saving Private Ryan Yes Yes
The Last Days Yes
The Mask of Zorro Yes
Deep Impact Yes
Invasion America Yes
1999 Forever Hollywood Yes Himself
The Last Movie: Stanley Kubrick & "Eyes Wide Shut" Yes Himself
Wakko's Wish Yes
2000 Chuck Jones: Extremes and Inbetweens - A Life in Animation Yes
Shooting War Yes
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Yes Yes Yes
Jurassic Park III Yes
Price for Peace: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki Yes
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Yes Himself
Vanilla Sky Yes Guest at David Aames' Party
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Yes Himself
Catch Me If You Can Yes Yes
Men in Black II Yes
Minority Report Yes
2003 Double Dare Yes Himself
2004 Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic Yes Himself
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Yes Himself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Yes Himself
The Terminal Yes Yes
2005 Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Yes Himself
Memoirs of a Geisha Yes
Munich Yes Yes
The Legend of Zorro Yes
War of the Worlds Yes
Directed by John Ford Yes Himself
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Yes
I Only Wanted to Live Yes
Letters from Iwo Jima Yes
Monster House Yes
Searching for Orson Yes
The Shark Is Still Working Yes Himself
2007 Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco Yes Himself
Spielberg on Spielberg Yes Himself
Disturbia Yes
Transformers Yes
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Yes
Eagle Eye Yes
2009 The Trial of the Chicago 7 Yes
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Yes
The Lovely Bones Yes
2010 Hereafter Yes
2011 Lincoln Yes Yes
When Worlds Collide Yes
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Yes Yes
Interstellar Yes Yes
Year Film Director Producer Writer Actor Role
Highest-grossing films

This is a list of the top 10 highest domestic-grossing films in which Spielberg has written, directed, or acted, according to Box Office Mojo. This does not include films in which he had a minor role, or appeared as a cameo, according to the same site. Spielberg's films have grossed domestically a total of more than $3.5 billion, with an average of $156 million per film.
Rank Title Lifetime gross (US$)
1 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 435 million
2 Jurassic Park 357 million
3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 317 million
4 Jaws 260 million
5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 242 million
6 War of the Worlds 234 million
7 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 229 million
8 Saving Private Ryan 217 million
9 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 197 million
10 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 180 million
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Written By: ninny on 12/18/09 at 5:42 am

The co-birthdays...Keith Richards
Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer, record producer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones. As a guitarist, Richards is mostly known for his innovative rhythm playing. In 2003 he was ranked 10th on Rolling Stone magazine's "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". With songwriting partner and Rolling Stones lead vocalist Mick Jagger, Richards has written and recorded hundreds of songs, fourteen of which are listed by Rolling Stone magazine among the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Richards's guitar playing shows his fascination with chords and rhythm; he conspicuously avoids flamboyant virtuosity, which he calls "the fastest-gun-in-the-west sort of thing".

Chuck Berry has been a constant inspiration for Richards. His first band Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys played many Berry numbers, and Jagger and Richards were largely responsible for bringing Berry and Bo Diddley covers into The Rolling Stones' early repertoire. Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters records were another early source of inspiration, and the basis for the style of interwoven lead and rhythm guitar that Richards developed with Brian Jones. In the late 1960s, Brian Jones's declining interest in guitar left Richards to record all of the guitar parts on many tracks, including slide guitar, which had been Jones's speciality in the band's early years. Jones's replacement guitarist Mick Taylor worked with The Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974, and Taylor's virtuosity at lead guitar led to a much more pronounced separation between lead and rhythm guitar roles, notably onstage. In 1975 Taylor was replaced by Ronnie Wood, marking a return to the style of guitar interplay that he and Richards call "the ancient art of weaving".

During the 1967/68 break in the Rolling Stones' touring, Richards began experimenting with open tunings. These tunings were most commonly used for slide guitar, but Richards explored their use in rhythm playing, developing an innovative and distinctive style of syncopated and ringing I-IV chording that can be heard on "Street Fighting Man" and "Start Me Up". Although he also frequently uses standard tuning, he particularly favours a five-string variant of open G tuning (borrowed from Don Everly of the Everly Brothers), using GDGBD unencumbered by a low 6th string. Several of his Telecasters are tuned this way (see the "Guitars" section below), and this tuning is prominent on numerous Rolling Stones tracks, including "Honky Tonk Women", "Brown Sugar" and "Start Me Up".

Richards considers acoustic guitar to be the basis for his playing, and has said: "Every guitar player should play acoustic at home. No matter what else you do, if you don't keep up your acoustic work you're never going to get the full potential out of an electric, because you lose that touch." Richards's acoustic guitar is featured on tracks throughout the Rolling Stones' career, including hits like "Not Fade Away", "Brown Sugar", "Beast of Burden" and "Almost Hear You Sigh". All the guitars on the studio version of "Street Fighting Man" are Richards on acoustic, distorted by overloading a small cassette recorder microphone, a technique also used on "Jumping Jack Flash".

Richards has described his role in the Rolling Stones as "oiling the machinery". Ian Stewart called him the musical leader of the Rolling Stones, and both Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood have noted that while other rock & roll bands follow the drummer's timing, the Rolling Stones follow Richards. "I'm not putting down Charlie in any way for doing this," Wyman stated in 1978, "but onstage you have to follow Keith. You have no way of not following him."
Vocals
Keith Richards at Duke University (2005)

Richards's backing vocals appear on every Rolling Stones album; and on most albums since Between the Buttons (1967), he has sung lead or co-lead on at least one track (see list below). Richards views the vocal training he got in his choirboy days as part of his professional arsenal, and has said of his own singing: "It's not the most beautiful voice in the world anymore, but the Queen liked it, when it was at its best ... It's not been my job, singing, but to me, if you're gonna write songs, you've got to know how to sing."

On stage, Richards began taking a regular lead-vocal turn in 1972, singing "Happy" (from the album Exile on Main Street). "Happy" has become one of Richards's "signature songs", featured on most Rolling Stones tours ever since, as well as on both of Richards's solo tours. From 1972 to 1982, Richards routinely took one lead-vocal turn during Rolling Stones concerts; since 1989 he has normally sung lead on two numbers per show. Each of the band's studio albums since Dirty Work (1986) have also featured Richards's lead vocals on at least two tracks. During concerts on the two final legs (autumn 2006 and summer 2007) of The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang Tour, Richards set his guitar aside to sing his 1969 ballad "You Got the Silver" without self-accompaniment. Prior to that he had occasionally switched from guitar to keyboards in concert, but these concerts were the first time since his choirboy days that Richards appeared on stage armed with only his voice.
Other instruments

Richards has played bass on about two dozen Rolling Stones studio recordings, from "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" (1966) through "Infamy" (2005). One unusual instance was when he and Bill Wyman joined forces to play the bowed double bass on "Ruby Tuesday" (1967) – Wyman did the fingerboard work while Richards manned the bow. The rest of Richards's bass-playing contributions have been on bass guitar, on tracks including "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1968), "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968), "Live With Me" (1969), "Before They Make Me Run" (1978), "Sleep Tonight" (1986) and "Brand New Car" (1994). He has occasionally played bass on stage, including The Dirty Mac performance in 1968 (see "Recordings with other artists", below) and on "Sympathy for the Devil" at a Rolling Stones concert at Madison Square Garden in June 1975.

Richards's keyboard playing has also been featured on several Rolling Stones tracks, including "She Smiled Sweetly" (1967), "Memory Motel" (1976), "All About You" (1980), "Thru and Thru" (1994) and "This Place Is Empty" (2005), among others. He sometimes composes on piano – "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" and "Let's Spend the Night Together" are two early examples; and he's said of his keyboard playing: "Maybe I'm a little more accomplished now – to me it's just a way of getting out of always using one instrument to write." Richards played keyboards on stage at two 1974 concerts with Ronnie Wood, and on The New Barbarians' tour in 1979; and 1977 and 1981 studio sessions featuring his piano and vocals have been well documented, though never officially released.

Richards has also contributed percussion to a few Rolling Stones tracks, including the floor tom on "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and bicycle spokes on "Continental Drift" (1989).
Songwriting

Richards and Jagger collaborated on songs in 1963, following the nearby example of the Beatles' Lennon/McCartney and the encouragement of Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who saw little future for a cover band. The earliest Jagger/Richards collaborations were recorded by other artists, including Gene Pitney, whose rendition of "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" was their first top-ten single in the UK. Richards recalls: "We were writing these terrible pop songs that were becoming Top 10 hits. ... They had nothing to do with us, except we wrote 'em."

The Rolling Stones' first top-ten hit with a Jagger/Richards original was "The Last Time" (1965); "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (also 1965) was their first international #1 recording. (Richards has stated that the "Satisfaction" riff came to him in his sleep; he woke up just long enough to record it on a cassette player by his bed.) Since Aftermath (1966) most Rolling Stones albums have consisted mainly of Jagger/Richards originals. Their songs reflect the influence of blues, R&B, rock & roll, pop, soul, gospel and country, as well as forays into psychedelia and Dylanesque social commentary. Their work in the 1970s and beyond has incorporated elements of funk, disco, reggae and punk. Richards has also written and recorded slow torchy ballads, such as "All About You" (1980).

In his solo career, Richards has often shared co-writing credits with drummer and co-producer Steve Jordan. Richards has said: "I've always thought songs written by two people are better than those written by one. You get another angle on it."

Richards has frequently stated that he feels less like a creator than a conduit when writing songs: "I don't have that God aspect about it. I prefer to think of myself as an antenna. There's only one song, and Adam and Eve wrote it; the rest is a variation on a theme."

Richards was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993. According to britishhitsongwriters.com he is the twenty-fifth most successful songwriter in UK singles chart history, based on the number of weeks that compositions he has cowritten have spent on the charts.
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Written By: Howard on 12/18/09 at 5:42 am


The word of the day...Park
A park is a public area of land with grass and trees, usually in a town, where people go in order to relax and enjoy themselves.
When you park a vehicle or park somewhere, you drive the vehicle into a position where it can stay for a period of time, and leave it there.
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Written By: ninny on 12/18/09 at 5:46 am

* Ray Liotta
Raymond Liotta (born December 18, 1955) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the crime-drama Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese. He has won an Emmy Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
One of Liotta's earliest roles was as Joey Perrini on the soap opera Another World. He appeared on the show from 1978 to 1981. He infamously made his film debut sexually assaulting Pia Zadora with a garden hose in the cult classic The Lonely Lady. In 1987, he earned his first Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of volatile ex-con Ray Sinclair in Jonathan Demme's film Something Wild (1986). In 1990, Liotta portrayed real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's film Goodfellas. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Liotta would earn more critical praise for his turn in James Mangold's film Cop Land, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.

In addition to his film roles, Liotta portrayed legendary singer Frank Sinatra in the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack (for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination) and provided the voice of Tommy Vercetti for the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. That same year he appeared as Det. Lt. Henry Oak in the Joe Carnahan–directed film Narc, receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male. He also narrated Inside the Mafia for the National Geographic Channel in 2005. Liotta had a memorable guest appearance that year on the television drama ER playing Charlie Metcalf in the episode "Time of Death". The role earned him an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series". Liotta would later spoof himself and his Emmy win in Bee Movie. He starred in the 2006 CBS television series Smith, which was pulled from the schedule after only three episodes had aired. He later appeared in Smokin' Aces (reuniting with Narc director Joe Carnahan), portraying an FBI agent named Donald Carruthers in one of the lead roles. He appeared with John Travolta in the movie Wild Hogs and with Johnny Depp in the 2001 film Blow, portraying the father of drug dealer George Jung.

Liotta has appeared in Battle in Seattle as the city's mayor and in Hero Wanted playing a detective alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.. He was also in Crossing Over, co-starring Harrison Ford. Liotta played Detective Harrison in the 2009 Jody Hill comedy Observe and Report as Seth Rogen's nemesis from the local police. He told ABC's Good Morning America in 2001 that he was offered the role of Tony Soprano by series creator David Chase but turned it down to focus on movies.
Filmography
Film
Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Lonely Lady Joe Heron
1986 Something Wild Ray Sinclair Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1988 Arena Brains The Artist Short film
Dominick and Eugene Eugene 'Gino' Luciano
1989 Field of Dreams Shoeless Joe Jackson
1990 Goodfellas Henry Hill
1992 Article 99 Dr. Richard Sturgess
Unlawful Entry Officer Pete Davis Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1994 No Escape Capt. J.T. Robbins
Corrina, Corrina Manny Singer
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Capt. T.C. Doyle
1996 Unforgettable Dr. David Krane
1997 Turbulence Ryan Weaver
Cop Land Det. Gary 'Figgsy' Figgis
1998 Phoenix Harry Collin
Forever Mine Mark Brice
1999 Muppets From Space Gate guard #1
2000 Pilgrim Jack
A Rumor of Angels Nathan Neubauer
2001 Hannibal Paul Krendler
Heartbreakers Dean Cummano
Blow Fred Jung
2002 Narc Det. Lt. Henry Oak Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
John Q Chief Gus Monroe
Ticker FBI Agent Short film
2003 Identity Rhodes
2004 The Last Shot Jack Devine
Control Lee Ray Oliver Direct-to-Video Release
2005 Revolver Macha
2006 Comeback Season Walter Pearce
2007 Slow Burn Ford Cole
Even Money Tom Carver
Smokin' Aces Donald Carruthers
Wild Hogs Jack
Bee Movie Himself Voice Role
2008 Local Color John Talia Sr.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Gallian
Battle in Seattle Mayor Jim Tobin
Hero Wanted Det. Terry Subcott
Chasing 3000 Adult Mickey
2009 Crossing Over Cole Frankel
Powder Blue Jack Doheny
Observe and Report Det. Harrison
La Linea Mark Shields awaiting release
Ticket Out Jim post-production
Snowmen Reggie Kirkfield awaiting release
2010 Youth in Revolt Lance Wescott awaiting release
Crazy on the Outside post-production
13 post-production
Date Night Joe Miletto post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978–1981 Another World Joey Perrini #2
1980 Hardhat and Legs Family CBS TV-Movie
1983 St. Elsewhere Murray "Episode: Rain"
Casablanca Sacha
1984 Mike Hammer Tony Cable "Episode: Kill Devil"
1985 Our Family Honor Officer Ed Santini
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction Jerry Damon HBO TV-Movie
1991 Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules Martin Meadows HBO TV-Movie
1995 Frasier Bob "Episode: Frasier Grinch"
1998 The Rat Pack Frank Sinatra Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2001 Family Guy Zack Episode: Brian Does Hollywood
2001, 2002 Just Shoot Me Himself Episode: Christmas? Christmas!
Episode: Liotta? Liotta!
2002 Point of Origin John Leonard Orr/Aaron HBO TV-Movie
2004 ER Charlie Metcalf "Episode: Time of Death"
Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series
Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode
2006–2007 Smith Bobby Stevens
2008 WhoBob WhatPants? Tevor TV special
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Tommy Vercetti G-Phoria Award for Best Male Voice Performance
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Written By: ninny on 12/18/09 at 5:50 am

** Brad Pitt


William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has been cited as one of the world's most attractive men, a label that entices the media to report on his off-screen life. Pitt has received two Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one.

Pitt began his acting career with television guest appearances which included a role on the CBS soap opera Dallas in 1987; later gaining recognition as the cowboy hitchhiker who seduces Geena Davis's character in the 1991 road movie Thelma & Louise. Pitt's first leading roles in big-budget productions came with A River Runs Through It (1992) and Interview with the Vampire (1994). He was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1994 drama Legends of the Fall which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. In 1995, he gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film Twelve Monkeys, the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Four years later in 1999, Pitt starred in the cult hit Fight Club. Subsequently in 2001, he starred in the major international hit Ocean's Eleven and its sequels Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). He has had his biggest commercial successes with Troy (2004) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). Pitt received his second Academy Award nomination for his performance in the title role in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Following a high-profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston for five years. As of 2009, he lives with actress Angelina Jolie in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. He and Jolie have three adopted children, Maddox, Zahara, and Pax, and have also given birth to three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Pitt owns a production company named Plan B Entertainment, which produced the 2007 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Departed, among other films. Since beginning his relationship with Jolie, he has become increasingly involved in social issues both in the United States and internationally.
The year 1994 marked a significant turning point in Pitt's career. Starring as vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in the feature film Interview with the Vampire, based upon Anne Rice's 1976 novel of the same name, Pitt was part of an ensemble cast that included Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, and Antonio Banderas. Despite winning two MTV Movie Awards at the 1995 ceremony, his performance was not well-received. According to the Dallas Observer, "Brad Pitt ... is a large part of the problem . When directors play up his cocky, hunkish, folksy side ... he's a joy to watch. But there's nothing about him that suggests inner torment or even self-awareness, which makes him a boring Louis."
A side view of a Caucasian male, who is facing to the left, with light brown hair. He is wearing a black suit and tie with a white shirt. Another Caucasian male, also wearing a suit, is visible in the background.
Pitt was named Sexiest Man Alive by People in 1995 and 2000.

Following the release of Interview with the Vampire, Pitt starred in Legends of the Fall in 1994, a film set during the first four decades of the twentieth century. Pitt portrayed Tristan Ludlow, son of Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins), a role from which Pitt garnered his first Golden Globe Award nomination in the category for Best Actor. Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas co-starred as Pitt's brothers. The film received mixed reception, but many film critics complimented Pitt's performance. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "Pitt's diffident mix of acting and attitude works to such heartthrob perfection it's a shame the film's superficiality gets in his way." The Deseret News predicted that Legends of the Fall would "further cement big-screen, romantic leading-man status".

In 1995, he starred alongside Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow in the crime film Seven as the police detective David Mills who hunts a serial killer portrayed by Kevin Spacey. Pitt accepted the role as he believed "it was a great movie" and would further expand his "acting horizons," though another consideration was Pitt's desire to move on from "this 'pretty boy' thing of mine had gotten out of hand and play someone with flaws". Variety was complimentary of Pitt's role, saying that "this is screen acting at its best. Pitt turns in a determined, energetic, creditable job as the eager young detective." The film received positive reviews and earned $327 million at the international box office.

Following the success of Seven, Pitt played the supporting role of Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliam's 1995 science-fiction film Twelve Monkeys, which received predominantly positive reviews, with Pitt praised in particular. Janet Maslin of the New York Times stated that Twelve Monkeys was "fierce and disturbing" and remarked on Pitt's performance as "giving a startlingly frenzied performance", concluding that he "electrifies Jeffrey with a weird magnetism that becomes important later in the film." Pitt won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film and received his first Academy Award nomination.

The following year, Pitt had a role in the 1996 legal drama Sleepers, based on the Lorenzo Carcaterra's novel of the same title. The film received mixed reviews. In the 1997 movie The Devil's Own, Pitt starred, opposite Harrison Ford, as the Irish Republican Army terrorist Rory Devany, a role for which Pitt was required to learn an Irish accent. In that same year, he took on the main role of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in the Jean Jacques Annaud film Seven Years in Tibet. Pitt trained for months for the role, which demanded significant mountain climbing and trekking practice, part of which included rock climbing in California and the European Alps with his co-star David Thewlis.

Pitt played the leading role in Meet Joe Black in 1998. He portrayed a personification of death inhabiting the body of a young man in order to learn what it is like to be human. The film received ambivalent reviews, and Pitt's performance was often criticized. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle concluded: "It's not just that Pitt's performance is bad. It hurts. Watching Pitt struggle, with inert face and glazed eyes, to make an audience believe that he knows all the mysteries of death and eternity is painful."
1999–2003

In 1999, Pitt portrayed Tyler Durden, a straight-shooting and charismatic mastermind in Fight Club, a film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name, directed by David Fincher. In preparation for the role, Pitt took lessons in boxing, taekwondo, and grappling, while, for the cosmetics of the part, Pitt voluntarily had pieces of his front teeth removed, which were restored on conclusion of filming. During promotion for Fight Club, Pitt said the film "is not necessarily 'take your aggressions out on someone else.' The idea is just to get in there, have an experience, take a punch more importantly and see how you come out on the other end." Fight Club premiered at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival and, despite the film's polarized reception, Pitt was praised by critics for his performance. According to Paul Clinton of CNN, "Pitt has proved he's not afraid of experimentation, and this time it pays off" while Variety remarked upon Pitt's ability to be "cool, charismatic and more dynamically physical, perhaps than his breakthrough role in Thelma and Louise". In spite of the reviews and worse-than-expected box office performance, Fight Club became a cult classic after its DVD release in 2000.
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Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, cast of Ocean's Eleven and director Steven Soderbergh in December 2001

After Fight Club, Pitt was cast as an Irish Gypsy boxer with a barely intelligible accent in Guy Ritchie's 2000 gangster film Snatch, a performance which drew both criticism and praise for Pitt. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said Pitt was "ideally cast as an Irishman whose accent is so thick even Brits can't understand him. The picture also trades on our past associations with Pitt. For years Pitt was shackled by roles that called for brooding introspection, but recently he has found his calling in black comic outrageousness and flashy extroversion."

The following year, Pitt starred opposite Julia Roberts in the romantic comedy The Mexican, a film that garnered negative reception, though enjoyed success at the box office. Pitt's next acting role was in the 2001 Cold War thriller Spy Game, a film which grossed $143 million worldwide. Pitt portrayed an operative of the CIA's Special Activities Division, alongside Robert Redford, who played his mentor. Salon.com enjoyed the film, though felt that neither Pitt nor Redford provided "much of an emotional connection for the audience". On November 22, 2001, Pitt made a guest appearance in the eighth season of the television series Friends, in which he portrayed a man with a grudge against Jennifer Aniston's character; Pitt was, at the time, married to Aniston. For this performance he was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In December 2001, Pitt had the role of Rusty Ryan in the heist film Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the 1960s Rat Pack film of the same name, joining an ensemble cast which included George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts. Ocean's Eleven, well-received by critics, was successful at the box office, earning $450 million worldwide.

In February 2002, Pitt appeared in two episodes of MTV's reality series Jackass. In the first episode he and several cast members ran wild through the streets of Los Angeles in gorilla suits and, in a later episode, took part in a staged abduction of himself. In the same year, Pitt had a cameo role in George Clooney's directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He took on his first voice-acting roles in 2003, lending his voice to the titular character of the DreamWorks animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Boomhauer's brother, Patch, in an episode of the animated television series King of the Hill.
2004–present

Pitt had two major film roles in 2004, starring as Achilles in Troy and, for the second time, as Rusty Ryan in Ocean's Twelve. Prior to the filming of Troy, based on the Iliad, Pitt spent six months sword training, later injuring his Achilles tendon on set, which delayed production for several weeks. Troy was the highest grossing film of Pitt's career to the end of 2008, earning $497 million- $364 million outside the U.S. and only $133 million domestically. Stephen Hunter of The Washington Times wrote that "in a role that requires larger-than-life dimensions, he is pretty terrific." The success of Ocean's Eleven in 2001 led Pitt to return for the 2004 sequel, Ocean's Twelve, which earned $362 million worldwide and a role in which Pitt and Clooney were reported to "have the best male chemistry since Paul Newman and Robert Redford", according to Paul Clinton of CNN.

2005 saw Pitt star in the action comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, directed by Doug Liman, in which a bored married couple discover that each is an assassin set to kill the other, with Pitt as John Smith opposite Angelina Jolie's Jane Smith. The film, earning $478 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of 2005, received reasonable reviews but was generally lauded for the chemistry between the two. The Star Tribune noting that "while the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars' thermonuclear screen chemistry."
A Caucasian with light brown hair, blue eyes and a short brown beard, in front of a turquoise background. He is wearing a white shirt and white hat.
Pitt at the premiere of Burn After Reading in 2008

Pitt's next feature film, Alejandro González Iñárritu's multi-narrative drama Babel had him appearing with Cate Blanchett in 2006. Pitt's performance in the film was well-received by critics, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer believed that he was "credible" and gave the film "visibility". Pitt later said he regarded this as "one of the best decisions of film career". The film was screened at a special presentation at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was later featured at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Babel won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama, and Pitt received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In total, the film garnered seven Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.

Reprising his role as Rusty Ryan for a second time, Pitt starred in 2007's Ocean's Thirteen, while not as lucrative as the first two films, the sequel earned $311 million at the international box office. Pitt's next film role was American outlaw Jesse James in the 2007 Western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, adapted from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name. Directed by Andrew Dominik and produced by Pitt's company Plan B, the film premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, with Pitt playing a "scary and charismatic" role, according to Lewis Beale of Film Journal International, and earning Pitt the Volpi Cup award for Best Actor in Venice. Although Pitt attended the festival to promote the film, he left early after being attacked by a fan who pushed through his bodyguards. He eventually collected the award one year later at the 2008 festival.

Pitt's next appearance was in the 2008 black comedy Burn After Reading, his first collaboration with the Coen brothers. The film received a positive reception from critics- The Guardian calling it "a tightly wound, slickly plotted spy comedy", noting that Pitt's performance was one of the funniest. He was later cast as Benjamin Button, the lead in David Fincher's 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a loosely adapted version of the 1921 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story follows a man who is born an octogenarian and ages in reverse, with Pitt's "sensitive performance" making Benjamin Button a "timeless masterpiece," according to Michael Sragow of the The Baltimore Sun. The performance earned Pitt his first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as well as a fourth Golden Globe and second Academy Award nomination, with the film itself receiving a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations and grossing $329 million worldwide.

After 2008, Pitt's work has included a leading role in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, released in August 2009 at a special presentation at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, as Lieutenant Aldo Raine, an American resistance fighter battling Nazis in German-occupied France. The film was positively recieved by critics and grossed $311 million worldwide. In addition, Pitt is set to appear in the drama The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick, co-starring alongside Sean Penn and has signed on to appear in the Lost City of Z, based on the book of the same name by David Grann, in which he will play a British explorer searching for a mysterious Amazonian civilization.
Filmography
Actor
Year Film Role Notes
1987 No Way Out Officer at party
No Man's Land Waiter
Less Than Zero Partygoer
Growing Pains Jeff TV series (two episodes: "Who's Zoomin' Who?" and "Feet of Clay" )
Dallas Randy TV series (four episodes)
1988 21 Jump Street Peter TV series (one episode: "Best Years of Your Life")
1989 Happy Together Brian
Cutting Class Dwight Ingalls
Head of the Class Chuck TV series (one episode: "Partners")
Freddy's Nightmares Rick Austin TV series (one episode: "Black Tickets")
1990 The Image Cameraman TV movie
Too Young to Die? Billy Canton TV movie
Glory Days Walker Lovejoy TV series (six episodes)
1991 Across the Tracks Joe Maloney
Thelma & Louise J.D.
Johnny Suede Johnny Suede
1992 Contact Cox
Cool World Detective Frank Harris
A River Runs Through It Paul Maclean
1993 Kalifornia Early Grayce
True Romance Floyd
1994 The Favor Elliott Fowler
Interview with the Vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Male
MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo shared with Tom Cruise
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
Legends of the Fall Tristan Ludlow Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1995 Seven David Mills MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo shared with Morgan Freeman
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Male
Twelve Monkeys Jeffrey Goines Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
1996 Sleepers Michael Sullivan
1997 The Devil's Own Francis "Frankie" Austin McQuire/Rory Devaney
Seven Years in Tibet Heinrich Harrer
The Dark Side of the Sun Rick
1998 Meet Joe Black Joe Black/Man in the Coffee Shop
1999 Fight Club Tyler Durden
Being John Malkovich Himself Cameo
2000 Snatch Mickey O'Neil Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2001 The Mexican Jerry Welbach
Spy Game Tom Bishop
Ocean's Eleven Rusty Ryan Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Friends Will Colbert TV series (one episode: "The One with the Rumor")
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2002 Full Frontal Himself
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad, Bachelor #1
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Sinbad Voice actor
Abby Singer Himself Cameo
2004 Troy Achilles Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actor, Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight shared with Eric Bana
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Male
Ocean's Twelve Rusty Ryan Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith John Smith MTV Movie Award for Best Fight shared with Angelina Jolie
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Angelina Jolie
2006 Babel Richard Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Palm Springs International Film Festival for Best Cast
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Rusty Ryan
The Assassination of Jesse James
by the Coward Robert Ford Jesse James Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup Best Actor
2008 Burn After Reading Chad Feldheimer Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Benjamin Button Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2009 Inglourious Basterds Lt. Aldo Raine Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2010 The Tree of Life Mr. O'Brien post-production
The Lost City of Z Col. Percy Fawcett pre-production
MegaMind Metro-Man pre-production
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/18/09 at 5:53 am



There's the song Rock Creek Park.

Never heard of it
There also Itchycoo Park.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJzcF0v1eOE#

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/18/09 at 6:24 am

* OOPS I missed...Christina Aguilera
Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American pop musician. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television series The New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993–1994. Aguilera signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection" for the film Mulan. She came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera (1999), which was a commercial success spawning three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. A Latin pop album, Mi Reflejo (2001), and several collaborations followed which garnered Aguilera worldwide success, though she was displeased with her lack of input in her music and image.

After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her second studio album, Stripped (2002), which received mixed reviews produced substantial sales and was elected as the 13th album of the decade of 2000s the magazine Rolling Stone. The second single, "Beautiful", was a commercial success, was elected as the 14th single of the decade of 2000s the magazine Rolling Stone and sustained the album's sales amidst controversy over Aguilera's sexual image. Aguilera's third studio album, Back to Basics (2006), included elements of soul, jazz, and blues music, and was released to positive critical reception.

Aside from being known for her vocal ability, music videos and ever-changing image, musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her childhood, and female empowerment in her music. Apart from her work in music, she has also dedicated much of her time as a philanthropist for charities, human rights and world issues. Aguilera's work has earned her numerous awards, including four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award, amongst eighteen nominations. She has become one of the most successful recording artists of the decade, selling more than 43 million records worldwide
n 1998, Aguilera sang the High "E" in full voice (and again on the song "Candyman" from her Back To Basics album for a full 8 seconds) (E5) on a cover of Whitney Houston's "Run to You" which she recorded with a tape recorder in her bathroom. She was then selected to record the song "Reflection" for the Disney production of Mulan (1998). Recording "Reflection" led to Aguilera earning a contract with RCA Records the same week. "Reflection" peaked within the top twenty on the Adult Contemporary Singles Chart, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song" in 1998. Under the exclusive representation of Steve Kurtz, Aguilera's self-titled debut album Christina Aguilera was released on August 24, 1999. It reached the top of the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts, selling eight million copies in the U.S. and over seventeen million copies worldwide. The album is also included in the Top 100 Albums of All Time list of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) based on US sales. Her singles "Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" topped the Billboard Hot 100 during 1999 and 2000, and "I Turn to You" reached #3. According to the album's songwriters, Aguilera wanted to display the range and audacity in her voice during the promotion of the album, and performed acoustic sets and appeared on television shows accompanied only by a piano. She ended the year on MTV's New Year's Special, as she performed and was MTV's first artist of the millennium. At the 42nd Grammy Awards Aguilera received a Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy nomination for "Genie in a Bottle" and despite earlier predictions, she won the award Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Aguilera's manager Kurtz told MTV that Christina was talking about recording a Spanish-language album even before she recorded her debut album. In 2000 Aguilera started recording with producer Rudy Pérez in Miami. Later in 2000, Aguilera, first emphasized her Latin heritage by releasing her first Spanish album, Mi Reflejo on September 12, 2000. This album contained Spanish versions of songs from her English debut as well as new Spanish tracks. Though some criticized Aguilera for trying to cash in on the Latin music boom at the time. According to Pérez, Aguilera was only semi-fluent, while recording. She understood the language, because she has grown up with her father, who is a native of Ecuador. He added "Her Latin roots are undeniable". The album peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and went number one on the Billboard Latin charts for a record 20 weeks. In 2001, it won Aguilera a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. The album went Gold in the US. She also won the World Music Award as the best selling Latin artist that year. Aguilera also released a Christmas album on October 24, 2000 called My Kind of Christmas. It peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified Platinum in the US. Ricky Martin asked Aguilera to duet with him on the track "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" from his album Sound Loaded; released in 2001 as the album's second single. The single reached number one on the World Chart.

In 2001, Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink were chosen to remake Labelle's 1975 single "Lady Marmalade" for the film Moulin Rouge! and its soundtrack. The single Missy Elliott produced hit number one on the Hot 100 for five weeks and was the most successful airplay-only single in history. It also reached number one in eleven other countries amd earned all four performers a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Aguilera's appearance in the music video was compared to that of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. The video won two MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year in 2001, where Aguilera accepted the award saying, "I guess the big hair paid off."

That year a single emerged into record stores called "Just Be Free", one of the demos Aguilera recorded when she was around fifteen years old. When RCA Records discovered the single, they advised fans not to purchase it. Months later, Warlock Records was set to release Just Be Free, an album which contains the demo tracks. Aguilera filed a breach of contract and unfair competition suit against Warlock and the album's producers to block the release. Instead, the two parties came to a settlement to release the album. Aguilera lent out her name, likeness and image for an unspecified amount of damages. Many of the details of the lawsuit remain confidential. When the album was released in August 2001, it had a photograph of Aguilera when she was fifteen years old.

Although Aguilera's debut album was very well received, she was dissatisfied with the music and image her management had created for her. Aguilera was marketed as a bubblegum pop singer because of the genre's upward financial trend. She mentioned plans of her next album to have much more depth, both musically and lyrically. Aguilera's views of Steve Kurtz's influence in matters of the singer's creative direction, the role of being her exclusive personal manager and overscheduling had in part caused her to seek legal means of terminating their management contract. She revealed while recording her then upcoming album, "I was being overworked. You find out that someone you thought was a friend is stealing money behind your back, and it's heartbreaking. I put faith in the people around me, and unfortunately, it bit me in the butt." Kurtz was terminated and Irving Azoff was hired as her new manager.
2002–2003: Stripped era

On October 29, 2002, after much delay, Aguilera's second full-length English album, Stripped, was released, selling more than 330,000 copies in the first week and peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200. Unlike previous work, the album showcased Aguilera's raunchier side. The majority of Stripped was co-written by Aguilera (who had recently signed a global music publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing), and was influenced by many different subjects and music styles, including contemporary R&B, gospel, soul, balladry, pop rock, and hip hop. The majority of the album was produced by Scott Storch and singer-songwriter Linda Perry who produced her more personal records. Rockwilder and singer Alicia Keys also contributed a track each. Upon initial release, the album was very well-received by critics, although Aguilera's vocals were overlooked as she began to cultivate a more sexually provocative image. After the release of the album, she took part in photoshoots for magazines, many of these photographs featured her nude or semi-nude. Her cover for Rolling Stone, featured the singer only wearing boots and a well-placed electric guitar. It was during this time Aguilera referred to herself as "Xtina", even getting a tattoo of her nickname on the back of her neck and several piercings.
Aguilera performing during the Justified/Stripped Tour.

Initially, the raunchy image had a negative effect on Aguilera in the U.S., especially after the release of her controversial "Dirrty" music video. She denied that this change was a matter of publicity, claiming that the image better reflected her true personality than did the image she cultivated back in 1999. While the video for "Dirrty" became very popular on MTV, it disappointed on the U.S. singles chart. However, the single was a hit worldwide, reaching number one in the UK and Ireland. The second single, "Beautiful" received critical praise. The classically influenced ballad reached number one in several countries and peaked at #2 in the US. "Beautiful" earned Aguilera the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Three more singles ("Fighter", "Can't Hold Us Down" featuring Lil' Kim, "The Voice Within") were released in the following two years and were hits that helped the album stay on the charts for the next two years. Stripped stayed on the U.S. and UK album charts well into 2004, and went on to be certified four-times platinum in the U.S. with over thirteen million copies sold worldwide. It appeared at number ten on Billboard's year-end album chart. Kelly Clarkson's second single "Miss Independent" was co-written by Aguilera, having been half-finished for Stripped.

Aguilera joined Justin Timberlake that June on the final leg of his international Justified tour, held in the U.S. This portion of the tour became a co-headliner called the Justified/Stripped Tour. In August, an overhead lighting grid collapsed from the ceiling of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, causing major damage to the sound and video equipment below. Because the collapse occurred hours before the show, only a few stagehands were injured, but a few shows were cancelled or postponed. In the fourth quarter of that year, Aguilera continued to tour internationally without Timberlake, and changed the name of the tour to the "Stripped World Tour". She also dyed her hair black. It was one of the top-grossing tours of that year, and sold out most of its venues. Rolling Stone readers named it the best tour of the year. That same year she hosted the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards and was a special guest performer with the Pussycat Dolls' dance troupe performing at the Roxy Theatre and Viper Room in Los Angeles. She also appeared on a Maxim spread alongside them, her second Maxim cover that year set record sales for the issue making it the top selling issue to date. By the end of the year she topped the annual Hot 100 list later saying, "We had fun working with certain clothes, or the lack thereof."

After much delay, Aguilera's first DVD live-recording from a concert tour, Stripped Live in the UK, was released in November 2004. In light of the tour's success, another U.S. tour was scheduled to begin in mid-2004 with a new theme. The tour however was scrapped because of the vocal cord injuries Aguilera suffered shortly before the tour's opening date. In a tribute to Madonna's performance at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards, Aguilera performed a kiss with the singer-actress at the 2003 edition of the ceremony in August. The incident occurred during the opening performance of Madonna's songs "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood" with fellow popstar Britney Spears.
2004–2007: Artistic development and Back to Basics

Aguilera later decided to embrace a more mature image; this move was met with more praise than criticism, with articles using punch lines such as "From Crass to Class." She eventually dyed her hair cherry blonde and recorded a jingle, "Hello", for a Mercedes-Benz ad. Shortly after, she dyed her hair flaxen blonde and cut it short, and took on a Marilyn Monroe look; she is one of the main proponents (along with Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, and Ashley Judd) in bringing back the 1920s-1940s Hollywood glamour look.

In late summer 2004, Aguilera released two singles. The first, "Car Wash", was a remake of the Rose Royce disco song recorded as a collaboration with rapper Missy Elliott for the soundtrack to the film Shark Tale. The second song was also a collaboration, but this time as a second single from one of Nelly's double-release albums, Sweat, titled "Tilt Ya Head Back". Both singles failed commercially in the U.S., but did considerably better in other parts of the world. Aguilera collaborated with jazz artist Herbie Hancock on a cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" recorded for Hancock's album Possibilities, released in August 2005. Aguilera and Hancock were later nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. She helped open the 50th Anniversary for Disneyland performing "When You Wish upon a Star", and she also collaborated with Andrea Bocelli on the song "Somos Novios" for his album Amore.

Aguilera's third English studio album, Back to Basics, released August 15, 2006, debuted at #1 in the U.S., the U.K. and eleven other countries. Aguilera described the double CD as "a throwback to the 20s, 30s, and 40s-style jazz, blues, and feel-good soul music, but with a modern twist." The album received generally positive reviews, although many critics commented on the album's length saying, "At one disc, this would have been nothing short of masterful." The critically acclaimed lead single "Ain't No Other Man" was a substantial success, reaching #2 on the World Chart, #6 in the U.S., and #2 in U.K. Producers on the album included DJ Premier, Kwamé, Linda Perry, and Mark Ronson. One track, "F.U.S.S.", was written as a response to the animosity between Aguilera and her former producer Scott Storch. In an interview she said, "That's a way of burying my experience with him. When I tried to work with him again, he made uncalled-for demands. It was disappointing that someone would get affected like that." She co-wrote all the album's tracks and was the executive producer. The follow-up singles did very well in different regions, "Hurt" in Europe and "Candyman" in the Pacific. She co-directed both music videos, the former with Floria Sigismondi who directed her "Fighter" video, and the latter, "Candyman", with director/photographer Matthew Rolston which was inspired by The Andrews Sisters. According to Sony BMG, Back to Basics has sold nearly five million units worldwide.
Aguilera performing in her Back To Basics Tour.

In late 2006 Aguilera collaborated with Sean "Diddy" Combs on a track, titled "Tell Me", from his album Press Play. She also began the "Back to Basics Tour" in Europe followed by a 41-date North American tour in early 2007. After this, she toured Asia and Australia, where it was supposed to end on August 3, however she canceled her dates in Melbourne and her final two in Auckland due to an illness. Her extravagant arena tour included cabaret, three-ring circus and juke joint sets and 10 piece costumes designed by Roberto Cavalli. The tour grossed nearly $50 million by the end of the year in North America and several millions worldwide in her Europe and Australia dates. It was the most successful US tour by a female in 2007. In early 2008, she released her concert DVD Back to Basics: Live and Down Under.

At the 49th Grammy Awards, Aguilera again won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man". She made a noteworthy performance at the ceremony paying tribute to James Brown with her rendition of his song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World". In January 2007, she was named the 19th richest woman in entertainment by Forbes, with a net worth of US$60 million.

Aguilera performed "Steppin' Out With My Baby" with Tony Bennett on his NBC special Tony Bennett: An American Classic and on Saturday Night Live. They performed at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards where both specials received Emmys. "Steppin' Out" was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.
2008–present: Keeps Gettin' Better and forthcoming album

In 2008 Aguilera was featured on the soundtrack to the film, Shine a Light, from a live recording of the song "Live With Me" with the Rolling Stones. The film's soundtrack was released on April 1, 2008. To commemorate Aguilera's ten years in the music industry, RCA Records released, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits on November 11, 2008 exclusively at Target stores in the US. The greatest hits included her first three number one singles, and other songs released from her previous three albums. "Lady Marmalade" and several Spanish singles from Mi Reflejo were included in the worldwide releases. The album's lead single, "Keeps Gettin' Better" was premiered at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and was her highest debut peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Aguilera was one of Billboard's Top 20 Artists of the Decade in their year-end charts.

Australian singer-songwriter Sia, was one of the first of confirmed producers for her forthcoming album. The following year she launched her online radio station which is part of Clear Channel's iheartradio revealing details about her upcoming projects. There she revealed that she worked with M.I.A., Santigold and Ladytron adding, "The overall versatility of this record is truly something special for me. The result was just crazy magic. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy on the record." She also worked with Goldfrapp and Tricky Stewart who revealed that the album is finished adding, “She’s mixing it up again. She’s singing R&B again, she’s doing pop. She’s doing it all, but she’s found a way to make it all meet in the middle because she’s so many different things. She’s a real serious musician.” He also revealed that the album is set for release next year due to her upcoming musical film, Burlesque set for filming this year. He and producer Danja will also contribute to the film's soundtrack.
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/18/09 at 3:36 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkXh4kRTBVk

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: gibbo on 12/18/09 at 7:24 pm

Can a man look any worse than Keith Richards (and still be alive)? :o

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Frank on 12/18/09 at 10:41 pm


Can a man look any worse than Keith Richards (and still be alive)? :o

How we will be able to tell if he's dead?

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 2:41 am


How we will be able to tell if he's dead?

Rigor Mortis ;D

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 2:47 am

The word of the day ...Roots
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The roots of a plant are the parts of it that grow under the ground. N-COUNT usu pl

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      ...the twisted roots of an apple tree.

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If you root a plant or cutting or if it roots, roots form on the bottom of its stem and it starts to grow. VERB V-ERG

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      Most plants will root in about six to eight weeks. V
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      Root the cuttings in a heated propagator. V n

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Root vegetables or root crops are grown for their roots which are large and can be eaten. ADJ ADJ n

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      ...root crops such as carrots and potatoes.

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The root of a hair or tooth is the part of it that is underneath the skin. N-COUNT

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      ...decay around the roots of teeth. + 'of'
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      ...wax strips which remove hairs cleanly from the root.

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You can refer to the place or culture that a person or their family comes from as their roots. N-PLURAL usu poss N

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      Synonym
      origins

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      I am proud of my Brazilian roots.
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      It's 21 years since she first moved to Britain from the Lebanon, but she hasn't forgotten her roots.

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Roots is used to refer to pop music, especially reggae, that is strongly influenced by the traditional music of the culture that it originally came from. N-UNCOUNT oft N n

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      ...superb roots reggae by the likes of Little Roy and Wailing Souls.

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You can refer to the cause of a problem or of an unpleasant situation as the root of it or the roots of it. N-COUNT usu 'the' N 'of' n

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      We got to the root of the problem. + 'of'
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      This lack of recognition was at the root of the dispute.
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      His sense of guilt had its roots in his childhood loss of his younger sister.
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      They were treating symptoms and not the root cause.

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Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 2:50 am

The birthday of the day...Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson (born December 19, 1933) is an American actress. A successful stage actress, Tyson is also known for appearances in the film Sounder and the television specials The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Roots.
Tyson was discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine, and became a popular fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold in 1957, but she went on to do television - the celebrated series East Side/West Side and the long-running soap opera The Guiding Light. In 1961, Tyson appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet's The Blacks, the longest running Off-Broadway non-musical of the decade, running for 1,408 performances. The original cast also featured James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Louis Gossett, Jr., Godfrey Cambridge, Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone. She appeared with Sammy Davis, Jr. in the film A Man Called Adam (1966) and starred in the film version of Graham Greene's The Comedians (1967). Tyson had a featured role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) and was in a segment of the movie Roots.
The handprints of Cicely Tyson in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

In 1972, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed Sounder. In 1974 she won two Emmy Awards for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Other acclaimed television roles included Roots, King, in which she portrayed Coretta Scott King, The Marva Collins Story, When No One Would Listen and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All for which she received her third Emmy Award. In her 1994-1995 television series Sweet Justice, Tyson portrayed a feisty, unorthodox Southern attorney named Carrie Grace Battle, a character she shaped by consulting with and shadowing the legendary Washington, DC civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree. In 2005, Tyson co-starred in the movies Because of Winn-Dixie and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The same year she was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball.

The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, a magnet school in East Orange, New Jersey, was renamed in her honor. She plays an active part in supporting the school, which serves one of New Jersey's most underprivileged African-American communities.
Credits
Film
Year Film Role Notes
1959 Odds Against Tomorrow Jazz Club bartender
The Last Angry Man (1959) Girl Left on Porch (uncredited)
1966 A Man Called Adam Claudia Ferguson
1967 The Comedians Marie Therese
1968 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Portia
1972 Sounder Rebecca Morgan Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1976 The Blue Bird Tylette, The Cat
The River Niger Mattie Williams
1978 A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich Sweets
1979 The Concorde: Airport '79 Elaine
1981 Bustin' Loose Vivian Perry
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Sipsey
1997 Hoodlum Stephanie St. Clair Nominated — Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2001 The Double Dutch Divas! Herself (short subject) (uncredited)
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie Gloria
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Myrtle NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Theatrical Film
Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Madea's Family Reunion Myrtle
2006 Fat Rose and Squeaky Celine
Idlewild Mother Hopkins
2007 Rwanda Rising Voice of Jeanette Nyirabagarwa (documentary)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
Frontiers of Faith Tony "The Bitter Cup"
1962 The Nurses Betty Ann Warner "Frieda"
1963 Naked City "Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle"
1963-1964 East Side/West Side (26 episodes)
1965 Slattery's People Sarah Brookman "Question: Who You Taking to the Main Event, Eddie?"
1965-1966 I Spy Princess Amara
Vickie Harmon Episode "So Long, Patrick Henry"
Episode "Trial by Treehouse"
1966 Guiding Light Martha Frazier
1967 Cowboy in Africa Julie Anderson Episode "Tomorrow on the Wind"
Judd for the Defense Lucille Evans Episode "Commitment"
1968-1969 The F.B.I. Julie Harmon
Lainey Harber Episode "The Enemies"
Episode "Silent Partners"
1969 Medical Center Susan Wiley Episode "The Last 10 Yards"
The Courtship of Eddie's Father Betty Kelly Episode "Guess Who's Coming for Lunch"
1970 Gunsmoke Rachel Biggs Episode "The Scavengers"
Mission: Impossible Alma Ross Episode "Death Squad"
The Bill Cosby Show Mildred Hermosa Episode "Blind Date"
Here Come the Brides Princess Lucenda Episode "A Bride for Obie Brown"
1971 Insight Episode "The Bird of the Mast"
Marriage: Year One Emma Teasley (unsold pilot)
Neighbors
1972 Emergency! Mrs. Johnson Episode "Crash"
Wednesday Night Out
1974 The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Jane Pittman Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Emmy Award for Actress of the Year - Special
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Free to Be… You and Me Herself
1976 Just an Old Sweet Song Priscilla Simmons
1977 Roots Binta (miniseries)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Wilma Blanche Rudolph
1978 King Coretta Scott King (miniseries)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
A Woman Called Moses Harriet Ross Tubman
1981 The Marva Collins Story Marva Collins NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1982 Benny's Place Odessa
1985 Playing with Fire Carol Phillips
1986 Intimate Encounters Dr. Claire Dalton
Acceptable Risks Janet Framm
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Muriel NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1989 The Women of Brewster Place Mrs. Browne
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas Etta
B.L. Stryker Ruth Hastings Episode "Winner Takes All"
Heat Wave Ruthana Richardson CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1991 Clippers Donna (unsold pilot)
1992 Duplicates Dr. Randolph
When No One Would Listen Sarah
1993 House of Secrets Evangeline
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave/Maid Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1994-1995 Sweet Justice Carrie Grace Battle Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
1996 The Road to Galveston Jordan Roosevelt NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best TV Actress
Nominated — CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1997 Bridge of Time Guardian
Riot Maggie (segment "Homecoming Day")
Nominated — CableACE Award for Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Ms. Scrooge Ms. Ebenita Scrooge
1998 Always Outnumbered Luvia
Mama Flora's Family Mama Flora NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1999 A Lesson Before Dying Tante Lou Black Reel Award for Network/Cable - Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Emily Lincoln
2000 Touched by an Angel Abby Episode "Living the Rest of My Life"
The Outer Limits Justice Gretchen Parkhurst Episode "Final Appeal"
2001 Jewel Cathedral
2002 The Rosa Parks Story Leona Edwards McCauley Black Reel Award for Network/Cable - Best Supporting Actress
2005 Higglytown Heroes Great Aunt Shirley Hero Episode "Wayne's 100 Special Somethings"
2009 Relative Stranger Pearl
Law and Order: SVU Ondine Burdett Episode "Hell"
Theatre
Year Production Role Theatre Notes
1959 Jolly's Progress Jolly (understudy) Longacre Theatre
1960 The Cool World Girl Eugene O'Neill Theatre
1961 The Blacks: A Clown Show Stephanie Virtue Diop St. Mark's Playhouse
1962 Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright Celeste Chipley
Adelaide Smith (understudy) Booth Theatre
1963 The Blue Boy in Black Joan Masque Theatre
Trumpets of the Lord Rev. Marion Alexander Astor Place Theatre
1966 A Hand Is on the Gate Performer Longacre Theatre
1968 Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights Myrna Jessup John Golden Theatre
1969 To Be Young, Gifted and Black Various Cherry Lane Theatre
Trumpets of the Lord Rev. Marion Alexander Brooks Atkinson Theatre
1983 The Corn is Green Miss Moffat Lunt-Fontaine Theatre
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 2:54 am

The co-birthdays of the day...Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. Her acting career began after she appeared in the Broadway show Annie. Her childhood role as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who's the Boss? made her famous. Her eight-year stint as Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed brought her a new round of fame.

She has a female sports apparel line, Touch. ilano began her career at eight when she won a part in an open audition for a national tour of Annie. She appeared in television commercials and off-Broadway productions.

At eleven, she earned her first major role in the TV show Who's the Boss?, alongside Tony Danza, Judith Light, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond. She starred as Samantha Micelli, the daughter of Danza's character, Tony Micelli. When Milano won the role, her family relocated from Staten Island to Hollywood.

She produced a teen workout video in 1988 called Teen Steam. In 1985, Milano was in the film Commando as Jenny Matrix, who was John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger)'s daughter. A few years later this film was shown in Japan, prompting a producer to offer Milano a five-album record deal.

On stage, she starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long by American playwright John O'Keefe, and the first American musical adaptation of Jane Eyre. She returned to the theater in 1991, when she starred in and produced a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free.
Transforming from child actress to adult actress

At the beginning of her career, Milano was known mainly for her role on Who's the Boss? (1984–1992). She tried to shed her "nice girl" image by appearing in several films targeted at adults, such as Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1993), Embrace of the Vampire (1994), Deadly Sins (1995), and Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996), where she starred opposite Johnathon Schaech and Xander Berkeley.
Recent roles

Milano portrayed Jennifer Mancini on Melrose Place (1997–1998), Meg Winston in Spin City, and most notably as Phoebe Halliwell on the eight-year run of the popular series Charmed (1998–2006). Milano and close friend Holly Marie Combs became producers for Charmed during the show's fifth season.

She played the role of Eva Savelot in MCI's 1-800-COLLECT commercials. In 2007, Milano filmed a pilot for ABC entitled Reinventing the Wheelers. The series was not picked up for the 2007–2008 season, but instead, Milano appeared in ten episodes of the show My Name Is Earl. This reunited her with Jaime Pressly, who guest-starred in the two-part Season 5 premiere of Charmed, "A Witch's Tail".

Milano's commercial work includes appearing in the "Josie" music video by Blink-182; and 2007 television ads/commercials for Veet and Sheer Cover.

Milano was part of TBS's special coverage installment Hot Corner for the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs. She reported at Fenway Park during the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. She also reported at Chase Field during the NLCS between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Milano starred in the 2008 film Pathology alongside Milo Ventimiglia and was then cast in a television sitcom, Single with Parents, which was pulled prior to production.

On March 20, 2009, it was announced that Milano would provide a voice for the upcoming Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

On March 24, 2009, her book on her baseball fandom, Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, was released. Milano has signed on to star in and produce My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, a romantic comedy in which she plays a woman with a relationship dilemma.
Personal life

Milano has dyslexia. In an interview in 2004, Milano explained how she deals with the disorder:

   "I've stumbled over words while reading from teleprompters. Sir John Gielgud, whom I worked with on The Canterville Ghost years ago, gave me great advice. When I asked how he memorized his monologues, he said, 'I write them down.' I use that method to this day. It not only familiarizes me with the words, it makes them my own."
Milano was appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, to which she donated $250,000. The Global Network is an alliance formed to advocate and mobilize resources in the fight to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Milano will work to raise awareness of NTDs by educating the mainstream media and general public of the plight faced by the one billion people who are afflicted by NTDs, and the importance in controlling and preventing this global health crisis.

Milano is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. She traveled to India, as well as Angola, to work with UNICEF field officers there. In the fall of 2004, she participated in UNICEF's "Trick or Treat" campaign as an official spokesperson. She raised approximately $50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling her own and a school's photo work. In support of PETA, she appeared in an advertisement for them, advocating vegetarianism, in a dress made entirely of vegetables.

In honor of her 37th birthday (December 19, 2009), Milano ran an online fundraising campaign for Charity:Water. Her original goal was to raise $25,000, but a donation from her husband put her over the $75,000 mark on December 18. The fundraiser is scheduled to run until December 26.
Filmography
Films
Year Film Role Notes
1984 Old Enough Diane
1985 Commando Jenny Matrix Nominated - Young Artist Award - Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film - Comedy or Drama
1986 The Canterville Ghost Jennifer Canterville TV movie
1988 Crash Course Vanessa Crawford TV movie aka Driving Academy
Dance 'til Dawn Shelley Sheridan Nominated - Young Artist Award - Best Young Actress in a Special, Pilot, Movie of the Week, or Miniseries
1989 Speed Zone! Lurleen aka Cannonball Fever
1992 Little Sister Diana
Where the Day Takes You Kimmy
1993 The Webbers Fan TV movie
Conflict of Interest Eve
Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story Amy Fisher TV movie
Candles in the Dark Sylvia Velliste TV movie
1994 Confessions of a Sorority Girl Rita Summers TV movie
Double Dragon Marian Delario/Power Corps Chief
1995 Deadly Sins Cristina
Embrace of the Vampire Charlotte Wells
The Surrogate Amy Winslow TV movie
1996 Jimmy Zip Francesca Short Film
Poison Ivy II: Lily Lily Leonetti
Fear Margo Masse
Glory Daze Chelsea
To Brave Alaska Denise Harris TV movie
Public Enemies Amaryllis
1997 Below Utopia Susanne
Hugo Pool Hugo Dugay
1998 Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure Frances Ella 'Fizzy' Fitz TV movie
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Angel Nominated - Annie Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Diamond Hunters Tracey Van der Byl TV movie
2002 Buying the Cow Amy
Kiss the Bride Amy Kayne
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Cyndi
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone 26 Voice
2007 The Blue Hour Allegra
2008 Wisegal Patty Montanari TV movie
Pathology Gwen Williamson
2010 My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Jesse Young Currently in post-Production
also credited as producer
TV series
Year Title Role Seasons Notes
1984–92 Who's the Boss? Samantha Micelli 1–8 Young Artist Award - Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Series (1986)
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama Series (1986)
Best Young Female Superstar in Television (1988)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite TV Actress (1988, 1989)
Blimp Award - Favorite TV Actress (1990)
1997–98 Melrose Place Jennifer Mancini 6 & 7 Left after only 7 episodes in Season 7 to take a lead role on the WB show Charmed.
1998–06 Charmed Phoebe Halliwell 1–8 She and Holly Marie Combs became producers at the beginning of season 5.
Nominated - Blimp Award - Favorite TV Actress (2005)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards - TV - Choice Actress (2006)
2007 Reinventing the Wheelers Annie TV pilot
2008 Single with Parents Lou TV pilot
2010 Romantically Challenged Rebecca Thomas Slated to air during the mid-season of 2010
TV appearances
Year Title Role Episode title Notes
1990 Série rose "Softly from Paris" Season 4, episode 1
The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV?
1995 The Outer Limits Hannah Valesic "Caught in the Act" Season 1, episode 16
1997-2001 Spin City Meg Winston "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Season 2, episode 11
"Rain on My Charades" Season 5, episode 17
1998 Fantasy Island Gina Williams "Superfriends" Season 1, episode 2
2004 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius April Gorlock "Win, Lose and Kaboom" Voice, season 2
2001 Family Guy Herself "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington" Season 3, episode 3
2007-2008 My Name Is Earl Billie Cunningham — Recurring in Season 3, episodes 6-22.
2009 Castle Kyra Blaine "A Rose for Everafter"
Discography
The discography of American pop singer Alyssa Milano includes four studio albums, two compilations, and eleven singles. These albums were only commercially available in Japan, with the exception of one single that was only available in France and a charity single that was available in the US.
Studio albums
Year Information Peak positions
JPN
1989 Look in My Heart

   * First Studio Album
   * Released: March 25, 1989
   * Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


68
1989 Alyssa

   * Second Studio Album
   * Released: October 25, 1989
   * Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


15
1991 Locked Inside a Dream

   * Third Studio Album
   * Released: May 21, 1991
   * Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


19
1992 Do You See Me?

   * Fourth Studio Album
   * Released: September 18, 1992
   * Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD


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Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 2:58 am

* Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (pronounced /ˈdʒɪlənhɑːl/; born December 19, 1980) is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at age ten. He has appeared in diverse roles since his first lead role in 1999's October Sky, followed by the 2001 indie cult hit Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teen and onscreen brother to his real-life sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. In the 2004 blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow he portrayed a student caught in a cataclysmic global cooling event, alongside Dennis Quaid as his father. He then played against type as a frustrated Marine in Jarhead (2005). The same year, he won critical acclaim as Jack Twist in the film Brokeback Mountain opposite Heath Ledger.

Gyllenhaal has become an activist, promoting various political and social causes. He appeared in Rock the Vote advertising, campaigned for the Democratic Party in the 2004 election, and promoted environmental causes and the American Civil Liberties Union.
During childhood, Gyllenhaal had regular exposure to filmmaking due to his family's deep ties to the industry. As an 11-year-old he made his acting debut as Billy Crystal's son in the 1991 comedy film City Slickers. His parents did not allow him to appear in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks because it would have required him leaving home for two months. In subsequent years, his parents allowed him to audition for parts, but regularly forbade him to take them if he were chosen. He was allowed to appear in his father's films several times. Gyllenhaal appeared in the 1993 film A Dangerous Woman (along with sister Maggie); in "Bop Gun" a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street; and in the 1998 comedy Homegrown. Along with their mother, Jake and Maggie appeared in two episodes of Molto Mario, an Italian cooking show on the Food Network. Prior to his senior year in high school, the only other film not directed by his father in which Gyllenhaal was allowed to perform was the 1993 film Josh and S.A.M., a little-known children's adventure.

Gyllenhaal graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles in 1998, then attended Columbia University, where his sister was a senior and from which his mother had graduated, to study Eastern religions and philosophy. Gyllenhaal dropped out after two years to concentrate on acting, but has expressed intentions to eventually finish his degree. Gyllenhaal's first lead role was in October Sky, Joe Johnston's 1999 adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography Rocket Boys, in which he portrayed a young man from West Virginia striving to win a science scholarship to avoid becoming a coal miner. The film earned $32 million and was described in the Sacramento News and Review as Gyllenhaal's "breakout performance."
From Donnie Darko to the London stage

Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal's second major film, was not a box office success upon its initial 2001 release, but eventually became a cult favorite. The film, directed by Richard Kelly, is set in 1988 and stars Gyllenhaal as a troubled teenager who, after narrowly escaping death, experiences visions of a 6 foot (1.8 m) tall rabbit named Frank who tells him that the world is coming to an end. Gyllenhaal's performance was well-received by critics; Gary Mairs of culturevulture.net claimed that "Gyllenhaal manages the difficult trick of seeming both blandly normal and profoundly disturbed, often within the same scene."
Gyllenhaal as Donnie Darko

After the critical success of Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal's next role was as the lead character in 2002's Highway, a film ignored by audiences and critics alike. His performance was described by one critic as "silly, cliched and straight to video." Gyllenhaal had more success starring opposite Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival; he also starred in Lovely & Amazing with Catherine Keener. In both films he plays an unstable character who begins a reckless affair with an older woman. Gyllenhaal later described these as "teenager in transition" roles. Gyllenhaal later starred in the Touchstone Pictures romantic comedy Bubble Boy, which was loosely based on the story of David Vetter. The film portrays the title character's adventures as he pursues the love of his life before she marries the wrong man. The film was panned by critics, with one calling it an "empty-headed, chaotic, utterly tasteless atrocity".

Following Bubble Boy, Gyllenhaal starred opposite Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Ellen Pompeo in Moonlight Mile, as a young man coping with the death of his fiancée and the grief of her parents. The story, which received mixed reviews, is loosely based on writer/director Brad Silberling's personal experiences following the murder of girlfriend Rebecca Schaeffer.

Gyllenhaal was almost cast as Spider-Man for Spider-Man 2 due to director Sam Raimi's concerns about original Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire`s health. Maguire recovered, however, and the sequel was shot without Gyllenhaal. Instead, Gyllenhaal starred in the blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow in 2004, co-starring Dennis Quaid as his father.

In his theatrical debut Gyllenhaal starred on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This is Our Youth. Gyllenhaal said, "Every actor I look up to has done theatre work, so I knew I had to give it a try." The play, which had been a critical sensation on Broadway, ran for eight weeks in London's West End. Gyllenhaal received favorable critical reviews and an Evening Standard Theatre Award in the category "Outstanding Newcomer."
Brokeback Mountain and after

2005 was a prolific year for Gyllenhaal, who starred in the critically praised films Proof, Jarhead, and Brokeback Mountain. In Proof, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins, Gyllenhaal played a graduate student in mathematics who tries to convince Paltrow's character to publish a revolutionary proof to a problem puzzling the mathematicians' community. In Jarhead, Gyllenhaal played against his usual "sensitive yet disturbed" type by displaying an aggressive masculinity as a violent U.S. Marine during the first Gulf War. He also auditioned to be Batman for one of the biggest blockbusters Batman Begins and came close to getting the role but Christian Bale was ultimately chosen for it.
Gyllenhaal (right) in the movie poster for Brokeback Mountain

In Brokeback Mountain, Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger play young men who meet as sheep herders and embark upon a sexual relationship that begins in the summer of 1963 and continues until the death of Gyllenhaal's character in 1981. The film was often referred to in the media with the shorthand phrase "the gay cowboy movie," though there was differing opinion on the sexual orientation of the characters. The film won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival. The film went on to win four Golden Globe Awards, four British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, and three Academy Awards. Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his performance, but lost to George Clooney for Syriana. Gyllenhaal also won the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for the same role and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination and Best Film Ensemble nomination from the Screen Actors Guild. Also for Brokeback Mountain, he and Ledger won an MTV Movie Award for "Best Kiss" in 2006. Shortly after the 2006 Academy Awards, Gyllenhaal was invited to join the Academy in recognition of his acting career. Most recently, Gyllenhaal was awarded the 2006 Young Artist Award for Artistic Excellence by The Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards for his role.

Gyllenhaal expressed mixed feelings about the experience of being directed by Ang Lee in Brokeback Mountain, but generally had more praise than criticism for Lee's directing style. While complaining of the way Lee tended to disconnect with his actors once filming began, Gyllenhaal praised his encouraging direction of the actors and sensitive approach to the material. At the Directors Guild of America Awards on January 28, 2006, Gyllenhaal also praised Lee for "his humbleness and his respect for everyone around him."

When asked about his kissing scenes with Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, Gyllenhaal said, "As an actor, I think we need to embrace the times we feel most uncomfortable." When asked about the more intimate scenes with Ledger, Gyllenhaal likened them to "doing a sex scene with a woman I'm not particularly attracted to." Following the release of Brokeback Mountain, rumors circulated regarding the actor's sexual orientation. When asked about such gossip during an interview, Gyllenhaal said:
“ You know it's flattering when there's a rumor that says I'm bisexual. It means I can play more kinds of roles. I'm open to whatever people want to call me. I've never really been attracted to men sexually, but I don't think I would be afraid of it if it happened.
Gyllenhaal attending the premiere of Proof in 2005.

Gyllenhaal narrated the 2005 short animated film The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, based on Mordicai Gerstein's book of the same name about Philippe Petit's famous stunt. In January 2007, as host of Saturday Night Live, he put on a sparkly evening dress and sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the musical Dreamgirls for his opening monologue, dedicating the song to his "unique fan base... the fans of Brokeback."

In 2007, Gyllenhaal starred in David Fincher's Zodiac, which was based on a true story. He played Robert Graysmith, a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist and author of two books about the Zodiac serial killer. Gyllenhaal starred opposite Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, and Reese Witherspoon in the October 2007 release Rendition, a Gavin Hood-directed political thriller about the U.S. policy of extraordinary rendition. In 2009, he appeared with Tobey Maguire in Jim Sheridan's remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish language film Brothers. His upcoming roles include the comedy Nailed, which he filmed in South Carolina with Jessica Biel, and Doug Liman's as yet untitled film about the race for lunar colonization.

Internationally viewed as a sex symbol, Gyllenhaal was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2006. He was also listed in People's "Hottest Bachelors of 2006". In response to mainstream press lists like these, thousands of gay and bisexual men were polled for the 2007 and 2008 "AfterElton.com Hot 100 List." Gyllenhaal was ranked at #1 in both consecutive years. He was ranked at #2 on the Gay Wired Magazine poll of male actors who have played gay characters in movies.

On the show Entourage, Gyllenhaal, though not featured on screen, was the replacement for Vincent Chase in Aquaman 2 after Chase was fired. This was likely a reference to Spider-Man 2, when Gyllenhaal almost replaced Tobey Maguire.

On May 20, 2008 it was announced that Gyllenhaal will play the lead role in the movie adaptation of the video game Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Production has started and the film has a current release date of May 28, 2010.
Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1991 City Slickers Danny Robbins
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Leon
A Dangerous Woman Edward as Jacob Gyllenhaal
1998 Homegrown Jake/Blue Kahan
1999 October Sky Homer Hickam Jr.
2001 Donnie Darko Donald J. "Donnie" Darko
Bubble Boy Jimmy Livingston
Lovely & Amazing Jordan
2002 Highway Pilot Kelson
Moonlight Mile Joe Nast
The Good Girl Thomas 'Holden' Worther
2003 Abby Singer Himself (Cameo)
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Sam Hall
2005 Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
Jarhead Anthony Swofford ("Swoff")
Proof Harold 'Hal' Dobbs
2007 Zodiac Robert Graysmith
Rendition Douglas Freeman
2009 Brothers Tommy Cahill
Nailed Howard Birdwell
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Prince Dastan
Damn Yankees Joe Hardy
Love and Other Drugs
Awards
Year Group Award Result Film
2002 Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance - Male Won
Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Nominated Donnie Darko
2003 Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Won
DVD Exclusive Awards DVD Premiere Award, Best Actor Nominated Highway
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star - Male Nominated The Good Girl
2005 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Won Brokeback Mountain
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best Performance Won
Best Kiss Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Palm Springs International Film Festival Achievement-Actor Award Won
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Satellite Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor Nominated Jarhead
National Arts Awards Young Artist Award for Artistic Excellence Won
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama Nominated Rendition
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Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 3:00 am

* Kristy Swanson
Kristen Nöel "Kristy" Swanson (born December 19, 1969) is an American actress best known for playing Buffy Summers in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Swanson started in TV advertising roles, and went on to make several one-off appearances in TV series such as Cagney and Lacey and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1986, she debuted on the big screen in two John Hughes films: Pretty In Pink, in a non-speaking role, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off as a character who announces a convoluted excuse for Ferris' absence in class. Her first starring role was later in 1986, in Wes Craven's Deadly Friend as Samantha - "the girl next door." The next year she played Cathy in the adaptation of V. C. Andrews' best-seller Flowers in the Attic.

By 1990, Swanson had made many television appearances, including multiple appearances in Knots Landing (1987-1988), Nightingales (1989), her first starring role in a TV series, although it only lasted a season, and a short-lived Burt Reynolds vehicle called B.L. Stryker (1989).

Throughout the '90s, she centered mostly in films. She played the title role in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was a box office bomb but had a profitable rental life. She appeared in both starring and supporting roles in movies such as Hot Shots!, The Program, The Chase, or her most critically acclaimed role, that of Kristen Connor, a student discovering her sexuality in John Singleton's Higher Learning. She also appeared in the film adaptation of the comic-book The Phantom and the dark comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag with Joe Pesci. Most of these films failed at the box office, and she reverted to TV work in the late '90s.

In the 1998-1999 season of Early Edition, Swanson played Erica Paget, a love interest of the main character, Gary Hobson. In 1999 Swanson played Vanessa, the girlfriend of Adam Sandler in the movie Big Daddy. In 2000, she returned to a television series, as the star of Grapevine, a revamp of a 1992 TV series. It was cancelled after 5 episodes.

Swanson posed nude for Playboy magazine in November 2002 in a cover-featured pictorial. She appeared in and won the 2006 FOX television program Skating with Celebrities, partnered with Lloyd Eisler.

On May 8, 2007, Swanson appeared in the Law and Order: Criminal Intent episode "Bombshell", playing a fictionalized variation on Anna Nicole Smith.

In 2007, she became a spokesperson of the Medifast diet. In the following year, she guest-starred in 3 episodes of the lesbian web series 3Way.

In July 2009 she filmed the film What If..., co-starring Kevin Sorbo and Debby Ryan, scheduled for a 2010 Valentine's Day DVD release.

She is currently filming the film "A Root Beer Christmas" in Utah.
Personal life

Swanson was born in Mission Viejo, California, the daughter of physical education teachers Rosemary and Robert Swanson. She has Swedish ancestry.

Swanson married her Skating With Celebrities partner, Lloyd Eisler, on February 7, 2009 in San Luis Obispo. Their first child, a son named Magnus, was born on February 16, 2007. They currently reside in Santa Clarita, California.
Filmography

Movies
Year Title Role Notes
2010 A Root Beer Christmas Currently filming
2010 What If... Wendy Walker
2009 The Closer Kaitlyn Short film
2006 Living Death Elizabeth Harris
2006 The Black Hole Shannon Muir TV movie
2005 Six Months Later Linda Short film
2005 Forbidden Secrets Alexandra Kent Lambeth TV movie
2005 Bound by Lies Laura Cross
2003 Silence Julia Craig
2003 Red Water Kelli Raymond TV movie
2001 Zebra Lounge Louise Bauer
2001 Soul Assassin Tessa Jansen
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Christie Boner
2000 Meeting Daddy Laurel Lee
1999 Big Daddy Vanessa
1999 Supreme Sanction Jenna TV movie
1998 Pleasantville Concerned "Colored" Girl Uncredited
1998 Ground Control Julie Albrecht
1997 Bad To The Bone Francesca Wells TV movie
1997 Tinseltown Nikki Randall
1997 Lover Girl Darlene Ferrari
1997 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Laurie Bennett
1996 Marshal Law Lilly Nelson TV movie
1996 The Phantom Diana Palmer
1995 Higher Learning Kristen Connor
1994 Getting In Kirby Watts
1994 The Chase Natalie Voss
1993 The Program Camille Shafer
1993 The Chili Con Carne Club Julie Short film
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers
1992 Highway to Hell Rachel Clark
1991 Hot Shots! Kowalski
1991 Mannequin: On the Move Jessie
1990 Diving In Terry Hopkins
1990 Dream Trap Sue Halloran
1988 Nightingales Becky Granger TV movie
1987 Flowers in the Attic Cathy Dollanganger
1987 Not Quite Human Erin Jeffries TV movie
1987 Juarez Cathy Dodge TV movie
1986 Deadly Friend Samantha Pringle
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Simone Adamley
1986 Mr. Boogedy Jennifer Davis TV movie
1986 Miracle of the Heart: A Boy's Town Story Stephanie Gamble TV movie
1986 Pretty in Pink Duckette

Series
Year Series Role Episodes
2008 3Way Leslie Lapdalulu 3 episodes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lorelei Mailer 1 episode
2004 CSI: Miami Roxanne Price 1 episode
2003 Just Shoot Me! Allison Cavanaugh 1 episode
2000 Grapevine Susan Crawford 5 episodes
1998-99 Early Edition Erica Paget 20 episodes
1989 B.L. Stryker Lynn Ellingsworth 2 episodes
1989 Nightingales Becky Granger 13 episodes
1987-88 Knots Landing Jody Campbell 5 episodes
1987 Growing Pains Rhonda 1 episode
1986 Valerie Linda Perkins 1 episode
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Female Student #2 1 episode
1985 Cagney & Lacey Stephanie Brandon 1 episode
1985 Call to Glory 2 episodes
1984 It's Your Move Laura 1 episode
Awards and nominations

Wins

   * 1989: Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Horror or Mystery Motion Picture - Flowers In The Attic

Nominations

   * 1988: Young Artist Award for Best Young Female Superstar in Motion Pictures - Deadly Friend
   * 1987: Young Artist Award for Exceptional Young Actress Starring in a Television Special or Movie of the Week - Mr. Boogedy
   * 1986: Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress - Guest in a Television Series - Cagney & Lacey episode "On The Street"

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/19/09 at 3:01 am

I'll catch up later.

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Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 6:43 am


I'll catch up later.

There's a lot..I got carried away :-[

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Written By: Howard on 12/19/09 at 6:56 am


The birthday of the day...Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson (born December 19, 1933) is an American actress. A successful stage actress, Tyson is also known for appearances in the film Sounder and the television specials The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Roots.
Tyson was discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine, and became a popular fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold in 1957, but she went on to do television - the celebrated series East Side/West Side and the long-running soap opera The Guiding Light. In 1961, Tyson appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet's The Blacks, the longest running Off-Broadway non-musical of the decade, running for 1,408 performances. The original cast also featured James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Louis Gossett, Jr., Godfrey Cambridge, Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone. She appeared with Sammy Davis, Jr. in the film A Man Called Adam (1966) and starred in the film version of Graham Greene's The Comedians (1967). Tyson had a featured role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) and was in a segment of the movie Roots.
The handprints of Cicely Tyson in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

In 1972, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed Sounder. In 1974 she won two Emmy Awards for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Other acclaimed television roles included Roots, King, in which she portrayed Coretta Scott King, The Marva Collins Story, When No One Would Listen and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All for which she received her third Emmy Award. In her 1994-1995 television series Sweet Justice, Tyson portrayed a feisty, unorthodox Southern attorney named Carrie Grace Battle, a character she shaped by consulting with and shadowing the legendary Washington, DC civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree. In 2005, Tyson co-starred in the movies Because of Winn-Dixie and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The same year she was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball.

The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, a magnet school in East Orange, New Jersey, was renamed in her honor. She plays an active part in supporting the school, which serves one of New Jersey's most underprivileged African-American communities.
Credits
Film
Year Film Role Notes
1959 Odds Against Tomorrow Jazz Club bartender
The Last Angry Man (1959) Girl Left on Porch (uncredited)
1966 A Man Called Adam Claudia Ferguson
1967 The Comedians Marie Therese
1968 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Portia
1972 Sounder Rebecca Morgan Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1976 The Blue Bird Tylette, The Cat
The River Niger Mattie Williams
1978 A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich Sweets
1979 The Concorde: Airport '79 Elaine
1981 Bustin' Loose Vivian Perry
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Sipsey
1997 Hoodlum Stephanie St. Clair Nominated — Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2001 The Double Dutch Divas! Herself (short subject) (uncredited)
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie Gloria
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Myrtle NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Theatrical Film
Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Madea's Family Reunion Myrtle
2006 Fat Rose and Squeaky Celine
Idlewild Mother Hopkins
2007 Rwanda Rising Voice of Jeanette Nyirabagarwa (documentary)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
Frontiers of Faith Tony "The Bitter Cup"
1962 The Nurses Betty Ann Warner "Frieda"
1963 Naked City "Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle"
1963-1964 East Side/West Side (26 episodes)
1965 Slattery's People Sarah Brookman "Question: Who You Taking to the Main Event, Eddie?"
1965-1966 I Spy Princess Amara
Vickie Harmon Episode "So Long, Patrick Henry"
Episode "Trial by Treehouse"
1966 Guiding Light Martha Frazier
1967 Cowboy in Africa Julie Anderson Episode "Tomorrow on the Wind"
Judd for the Defense Lucille Evans Episode "Commitment"
1968-1969 The F.B.I. Julie Harmon
Lainey Harber Episode "The Enemies"
Episode "Silent Partners"
1969 Medical Center Susan Wiley Episode "The Last 10 Yards"
The Courtship of Eddie's Father Betty Kelly Episode "Guess Who's Coming for Lunch"
1970 Gunsmoke Rachel Biggs Episode "The Scavengers"
Mission: Impossible Alma Ross Episode "Death Squad"
The Bill Cosby Show Mildred Hermosa Episode "Blind Date"
Here Come the Brides Princess Lucenda Episode "A Bride for Obie Brown"
1971 Insight Episode "The Bird of the Mast"
Marriage: Year One Emma Teasley (unsold pilot)
Neighbors
1972 Emergency! Mrs. Johnson Episode "Crash"
Wednesday Night Out
1974 The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Jane Pittman Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Emmy Award for Actress of the Year - Special
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Free to Be… You and Me Herself
1976 Just an Old Sweet Song Priscilla Simmons
1977 Roots Binta (miniseries)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Wilma Blanche Rudolph
1978 King Coretta Scott King (miniseries)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
A Woman Called Moses Harriet Ross Tubman
1981 The Marva Collins Story Marva Collins NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1982 Benny's Place Odessa
1985 Playing with Fire Carol Phillips
1986 Intimate Encounters Dr. Claire Dalton
Acceptable Risks Janet Framm
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Muriel NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1989 The Women of Brewster Place Mrs. Browne
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas Etta
B.L. Stryker Ruth Hastings Episode "Winner Takes All"
Heat Wave Ruthana Richardson CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1991 Clippers Donna (unsold pilot)
1992 Duplicates Dr. Randolph
When No One Would Listen Sarah
1993 House of Secrets Evangeline
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave/Maid Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1994-1995 Sweet Justice Carrie Grace Battle Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
1996 The Road to Galveston Jordan Roosevelt NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best TV Actress
Nominated — CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1997 Bridge of Time Guardian
Riot Maggie (segment "Homecoming Day")
Nominated — CableACE Award for Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Ms. Scrooge Ms. Ebenita Scrooge
1998 Always Outnumbered Luvia
Mama Flora's Family Mama Flora NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1999 A Lesson Before Dying Tante Lou Black Reel Award for Network/Cable - Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Emily Lincoln
2000 Touched by an Angel Abby Episode "Living the Rest of My Life"
The Outer Limits Justice Gretchen Parkhurst Episode "Final Appeal"
2001 Jewel Cathedral
2002 The Rosa Parks Story Leona Edwards McCauley Black Reel Award for Network/Cable - Best Supporting Actress
2005 Higglytown Heroes Great Aunt Shirley Hero Episode "Wayne's 100 Special Somethings"
2009 Relative Stranger Pearl
Law and Order: SVU Ondine Burdett Episode "Hell"
Theatre
Year Production Role Theatre Notes
1959 Jolly's Progress Jolly (understudy) Longacre Theatre
1960 The Cool World Girl Eugene O'Neill Theatre
1961 The Blacks: A Clown Show Stephanie Virtue Diop St. Mark's Playhouse
1962 Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright Celeste Chipley
Adelaide Smith (understudy) Booth Theatre
1963 The Blue Boy in Black Joan Masque Theatre
Trumpets of the Lord Rev. Marion Alexander Astor Place Theatre
1966 A Hand Is on the Gate Performer Longacre Theatre
1968 Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights Myrna Jessup John Golden Theatre
1969 To Be Young, Gifted and Black Various Cherry Lane Theatre
Trumpets of the Lord Rev. Marion Alexander Brooks Atkinson Theatre
1983 The Corn is Green Miss Moffat Lunt-Fontaine Theatre
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Isn't she's Mike Tyson's Mother?  ???

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Written By: ninny on 12/19/09 at 8:14 am



Isn't she's Mike Tyson's Mother?  ???

Umm No.

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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 4:56 am

The word of the day...Dwarf
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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 4:59 am

The birthday of the day...Jenny Agutter
Jennifer Ann Agutter (born 20 December 1952) is a BAFTA- and Emmy award-winning English actress best known in recent years for her role as Tessa Phillips in the British TV drama series Spooks (broadcast on American PBS television and released on DVD in the US under the title MI-5). She is also known for playing Alex Price in An American Werewolf in London, Jessica 6 in Logan's Run, and Jill Mason in Equus.
Agutter first came to the attention of television audiences as Kirsty in the twice a week BBC soap "The Newcomers". Kirsty was the daughter of the new Managing Director, but could only appear during the school holidays and was listed in the credits as "Jennifer". Later, she appeared as Roberta in the BBC children's drama series of The Railway Children, and went on to play the same part in Lionel Jeffries' 1970 film of the book. Her quality of ingenuousness had led to an earlier more serious role in the thriller I Start Counting (1969). She also won an Emmy for her television role as Fritha in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Snow Goose (1971). Agutter continued a transition to adult roles in Walkabout (1971), playing a teenage schoolgirl who was lost in the Australian outback with her younger brother. She first auditioned for the role in 1967 but funding problems delayed filming until 1969. The delay in production meant Agutter was 16 at the time of filming, and the director took advantage of her new legal status by including nude scenes in the film. Among them was a five-minute skinny-dipping scene, which was cut from the original US release. She commented during an interview at the 2005 Bradford Film Festival at the National Media Museum that she was shocked by the film's explicitness when she first viewed it, but is still on good terms with director Nicolas Roeg.

Agutter moved to Hollywood at 21 and appeared in a number of films over the next decade, including The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Logan's Run (1976), Equus (1977), Sweet William (1980), and An American Werewolf in London (1981). Since 1990, Agutter has deliberately focused on the upbringing of her son and much of her work focused away from film and television work and rather involved audio recordings and supporting various charities, notably the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, of which she is a patron (she is also a carrier of the disease). Nonetheless, she had a guest role in Series 6 of Red Dwarf, and appeared in the TV series TECX, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, and And The Beat Goes On. In 2000, she made her third appearance in a production of The Railway Children, produced by Carlton TV and this time playing the role of the mother. In 2002, Agutter featured in the BBC television series Spooks and in 2007, she starred in the first episode of the new series of David Jason's ITV television series Diamond Geezer. In 2007, she also guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama The Bride of Peladon.

Agutter enjoys an unusual and enduring popularity among the generation of men who grew up watching her films, first as a child actress and then as an adult. She puts this down to the fact that having grown up with the films, audiences have come to relate to her characters through their own personal experiences. She believes that the innocence of the characters she played in her earlier films combined with the costumes and nudity in some of her later adult roles such as Logan's Run (1976), Equus (1977) and An American Werewolf in London (1981) are "perfect fantasy fodder".
Personal life

Agutter remained single during her many years of residence in Los Angeles, and it has been reported she never lived with a man until she was married. In 1989 while attending an arts festival in Bath she met Johan Tham, a Swedish hotelier who at the time was a director of Cliveden Hotel in Buckinghamshire. In 1990, she became pregnant by Tham and they subsequently married on 4 August of that year. Their son Jonathan was born on 25 December 1990. They live in Camberwell, London. For many years Agutter, a great admirer of Cornwall, has owned a second home on The Lizard, the most southerly point on the English mainland.
Filmography
Filmography
Year Title Format Role Other notes
1964 East of Sudan Film Debut aged 11
1966 A Man Could Get Killed Film Linda Frazier
1968 Gates to Paradise Film Maud
Star! Film Pamela Roper
1969 I Start Counting Film Wynne
1970 The Railway Children Film Bobbie Waterbury
The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens TV Film
1971 Walkabout Film Girl
1972 Shelley Television Mary Shelley BBC series
1976 Logan's Run Film Jessica 6
The Eagle Has Landed Film Molly Prior
1977 Equus Film Jill Mason
1978 China 9, Liberty 37 Film Catherine Sebanek
The Riddle of the Sands Film Clara
1980 Sweet William Film Ann Walton
1981 Othello Film Desdemona
An American Werewolf in London Film Nurse Alex Price
1984 Secret Places Film Miss Lowrie
1985 Love's Labour's Lost Television Rosaline
Magnum, P.I. Television Krista Villeroch
1987 Dark Tower Film Carolyn Page
1990 Child's Play 2 Film Joanne Simpson
Darkman Film Burn Doctor uncredited cameo
1993 Red Dwarf Television Prof. Mamet
2000 The Railway Children Television Mother ITV
2001 The Parole Officer Film Victor's Wife
2002 At Dawning Escaping woman
Spooks Television Tessa Phillips
2004 Number One Longing, Number Two Regret Film Kenosha
The Alan Clark Diaries Television Jane Clark BBC TV series
2005 New Tricks, Season 2, Episode 1 Television Yvonne Barrie BBC TV Series
2007 Diamond Geezer Television Vanessa ITV series
Irina Palm Television
2008 The Invisibles Television Barbara Riley BBC TV series
2009 Monday Monday Television Jenny Mountfield ITV1 TV series
Awards

    * BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress 1978 - Equus
    * Emmy: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama 1972 - The Snow Goose
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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 5:05 am

The co-birthday of the day...Dick Wolf
Richard Anthony Wolf (born December 20, 1946), usually billed as simply Dick Wolf, is an American Emmy Award-winning producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise.
olf worked as an advertising copywriter at Benton & Bowles creating commercials for Crest toothpaste, all the while writing screenplays in the hopes of a film career. It was at this time that he briefly collaborated on a screenplay with Oliver Stone, who was also a struggling screenwriter at the time. He moved to Los Angeles after a few years and had three screenplays produced; one of these films, Masquerade starring Rob Lowe and Meg Tilly, was well received. He started his television career as a staff writer on Hill Street Blues and was nominated for his first Emmy for an episode on which he was the only writer. He moved from there to Miami Vice where he was a supervising producer.

Wolf's Law & Order is the second-longest-running dramatic show in television history, making it one of television's most successful franchises. The show has been picked up for a record-tying 20th season by NBC, beginning September 25, 2009. It has been nominated for the most consecutive Emmy Awards of any primetime drama series. Wolf serves as creator and executive producer of the three current Law & Order drama series from Wolf Films and NBC Universal Television – Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: UK. A third spinoff of the original franchise, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, was cancelled after its first season. In addition, he was the creator and executive producer of NBC's courtroom reality series Crime & Punishment, which chronicled real-life cases prosecuted by the San Diego District Attorney’s office.

Wolf's company also produced Twin Towers, the 2003 Academy Award-winning Short Documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. Currently, Wolf is involved with the production of a theatrical film that will document the popular rock group The Doors.

Wolf's personal honors include the Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival, the 2002 Creative Achievement Award from NATPE; the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the Leadership and Inspiration Award from the Entertainment Industries Council, the Governor’s Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the 1997 achievement award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors, the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicist’s Guild of America, the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio, and a 2003 Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Wolf is also an Honorary Consul general of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality’s prestigious annual Television Festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.

On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7040 Hollywood Boulevard.

In addition to having been a classmate of former President George W. Bush, Wolf was the employer of Fred Thompson, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008 with help of the national attention he gained playing the district attorney on Law & Order. Wolf supported Thompson in his bid, as he did Bush's, as it has been reported that he contributed money to Thompson even before he officially announced he was runnin
Credits

    * Skateboard (1978)
    * Miami Vice (1984-1989) TV Series
    * No Man's Land (1987)
    * Masquerade (1988)
    * Gideon Oliver (1989) TV Series
    * Christine Cromwell (1989) TV Series
    * Nasty Boys (1990) TV Series
    * H.E.L.P. (1990) TV Series
    * Law & Order (1990-present) TV Series
    * School Ties (1992)
    * Mann & Machine (1992) TV Series
    * The Human Factor (1992) TV Series
    * South Beach (1993) TV Series
    * New York Undercover (1994-1998) TV Series
    * The Wright Verdicts (1995) TV Series
    * Swift Justice (1996) TV Series
    * Feds (1997) TV Series
    * Players (1997-1998) TV Series
    * Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998) (TV)
    * The Invisible Man (1998) (TV)
    * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-present) TV Series
    * D.C. (2000) TV Series
    * Deadline (2000-2001) TV Series
    * Arrest & Trial (2000) TV Series
    * Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-present) TV Series
    * Crime & Punishment (2002-2004) TV Series
    * Twin Towers (2003)
    * Dragnet (2003) TV Series
    * Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) TV Series
    * Conviction (2006) TV Series
    * Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
    * Paris Enquêtes Criminelles (2007)
    * Law & Order: UK (2009-present) TV Series

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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 5:08 am

* Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons (born 20 December 1948) is a British audio engineer, musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of several successful albums, including The Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons' own group, The Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings, have also been successful commercially.In October 1967, at age 18, Parsons went to work as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios, where he earned his first credit on the LP, Abbey Road. He became a regular there, engineering such projects as Paul McCartney's Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, five albums by The Hollies, and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, for which he received his first Grammy Award nomination. He was known for doing more than what would normally be considered the scope of a recording engineer’s duties. He considered himself to be a recording director, likening his contribution to recordings to what Stanley Kubrick contributed to film. This is apparent in his work with Al Stewart's Year of the Cat, where Parsons added the saxophone part and transformed the original folk concept into the jazz-influenced ballad that put Al Stewart onto the charts. It is also heard in Parsons’ influence on the Hollies’ He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother and The Air That I Breathe, sharp departures from their popular 1960s hits Stay, Just One Look, Stop! Stop! Stop! or Bus Stop. Parsons was also known to have swapped shifts during the engineering of The Dark Side of the Moon so he could work entirely on the project.

Parsons also produced three albums by Pilot, a Scottish pop rock band consisting of Ian Bairnson on guitar, Stuart Tosh on drums, and David Paton on lead vocals, guitars, and on bass. Their hits included "January" and "Magic".

Apparently inspired by his influential contribution to Stewart’s work, he initiated The Alan Parsons Project with producer and songwriter (and occasional singer) Eric Woolfson in 1975. The Project consisted of a revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists, most notably the members of Pilot and (on the first album) the members of American rock band Ambrosia. Unlike most rock groups, the Alan Parsons Project rarely performed live, although they did release a number of music videos. After releasing ten albums, the Project terminated after 1987, and Parsons continues to release work in his own name and in collaboration with other musicians; Parsons and his band now regularly tour many parts of the World.

Although an accomplished vocalist, keyboardist, bassist, guitarist and flautist, Parsons sang infrequent and incidental parts on his albums. While his keyboard playing was very audible on the Alan Parsons Project albums, very few recordings feature his flute. During the late 1990s, Parsons career travelled an interesting full circle, having started out in the music industry at the World famous Abbey Road Studios in London as an assistant engineer in the late 1960s, he briefly returned to run the studio in its entirety, a role he reportedly managed to combine with the demands of a hectic performing and recording schedule, Parsons also continued with his selective production work for other bands.

Of all his collaborations, guitarist Ian Bairnson worked with Parsons the longest, including Parsons' post-Woolfson albums, Try Anything Once, On Air, and The Time Machine.

As well as receiving gold and platinum awards from many nations, Parsons has received ten Grammy Award nominations for engineering and production. In 2007 he received a nomination for Best Surround Sound Album for A Valid Path.

The Project’s song, "Sirius", has been used for years by sports teams such as the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Kansas City Chiefs, VfB Stuttgart and Leinster Rugby as background music for their home team player introductions. (In addition, the song the Bulls use as background music for the visiting team introductions is Pink Floyd’s "On the Run", from The Dark Side of the Moon, engineered by Parsons). "Sirius" was also used by professional wrestler Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as his theme music during his first stint in the World Wrestling Federation during the 1980s. The song was used in the 2000 Michael Jordan film Michael Jordan to the Max, as well as the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. In 2008, the song was featured as part of a Dr. Pepper soda commercial, featuring Julius Erving.

In May 2005, Parsons appeared at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, to mix front-of-house sound for Southern California-based Pink Floyd tribute band Which One’s Pink? and their performance of The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety.

Indie band Grandaddy made a promotional CD with the track “Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland”.

Since 2003 he has toured under a revised name, The Alan Parsons Live Project (with Woolfson’s permission). The globe-trotting band features guitarist Godfrey Townsend, drummer Steve Murphy, keyboardist Manny Focarazzo, and bass guitarist John Montagna. The 2004-2005 shows offered vocalist P. J. Olsson’s track "More Lost Without You", while the later 2006 shows presented The Crystal Method-featured "We Play the Game" and opened with "Return to Tunguska" along with successes spanning the Project years.
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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/20/09 at 5:29 am


The birthday of the day...Jenny Agutter
Jennifer Ann Agutter (born 20 December 1952) is a BAFTA- and Emmy award-winning English actress best known in recent years for her role as Tessa Phillips in the British TV drama series Spooks (broadcast on American PBS television and released on DVD in the US under the title MI-5). She is also known for playing Alex Price in An American Werewolf in London, Jessica 6 in Logan's Run, and Jill Mason in Equus.
Agutter first came to the attention of television audiences as Kirsty in the twice a week BBC soap "The Newcomers". Kirsty was the daughter of the new Managing Director, but could only appear during the school holidays and was listed in the credits as "Jennifer". Later, she appeared as Roberta in the BBC children's drama series of The Railway Children, and went on to play the same part in Lionel Jeffries' 1970 film of the book. Her quality of ingenuousness had led to an earlier more serious role in the thriller I Start Counting (1969). She also won an Emmy for her television role as Fritha in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Snow Goose (1971). Agutter continued a transition to adult roles in Walkabout (1971), playing a teenage schoolgirl who was lost in the Australian outback with her younger brother. She first auditioned for the role in 1967 but funding problems delayed filming until 1969. The delay in production meant Agutter was 16 at the time of filming, and the director took advantage of her new legal status by including nude scenes in the film. Among them was a five-minute skinny-dipping scene, which was cut from the original US release. She commented during an interview at the 2005 Bradford Film Festival at the National Media Museum that she was shocked by the film's explicitness when she first viewed it, but is still on good terms with director Nicolas Roeg.

Agutter moved to Hollywood at 21 and appeared in a number of films over the next decade, including The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Logan's Run (1976), Equus (1977), Sweet William (1980), and An American Werewolf in London (1981). Since 1990, Agutter has deliberately focused on the upbringing of her son and much of her work focused away from film and television work and rather involved audio recordings and supporting various charities, notably the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, of which she is a patron (she is also a carrier of the disease). Nonetheless, she had a guest role in Series 6 of Red Dwarf, and appeared in the TV series TECX, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, and And The Beat Goes On. In 2000, she made her third appearance in a production of The Railway Children, produced by Carlton TV and this time playing the role of the mother. In 2002, Agutter featured in the BBC television series Spooks and in 2007, she starred in the first episode of the new series of David Jason's ITV television series Diamond Geezer. In 2007, she also guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama The Bride of Peladon.

Agutter enjoys an unusual and enduring popularity among the generation of men who grew up watching her films, first as a child actress and then as an adult. She puts this down to the fact that having grown up with the films, audiences have come to relate to her characters through their own personal experiences. She believes that the innocence of the characters she played in her earlier films combined with the costumes and nudity in some of her later adult roles such as Logan's Run (1976), Equus (1977) and An American Werewolf in London (1981) are "perfect fantasy fodder".
Personal life

Agutter remained single during her many years of residence in Los Angeles, and it has been reported she never lived with a man until she was married. In 1989 while attending an arts festival in Bath she met Johan Tham, a Swedish hotelier who at the time was a director of Cliveden Hotel in Buckinghamshire. In 1990, she became pregnant by Tham and they subsequently married on 4 August of that year. Their son Jonathan was born on 25 December 1990. They live in Camberwell, London. For many years Agutter, a great admirer of Cornwall, has owned a second home on The Lizard, the most southerly point on the English mainland.
Filmography
Filmography
Year Title Format Role Other notes
1964 East of Sudan Film Debut aged 11
1966 A Man Could Get Killed Film Linda Frazier
1968 Gates to Paradise Film Maud
Star! Film Pamela Roper
1969 I Start Counting Film Wynne
1970 The Railway Children Film Bobbie Waterbury
The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens TV Film
1971 Walkabout Film Girl
1972 Shelley Television Mary Shelley BBC series
1976 Logan's Run Film Jessica 6
The Eagle Has Landed Film Molly Prior
1977 Equus Film Jill Mason
1978 China 9, Liberty 37 Film Catherine Sebanek
The Riddle of the Sands Film Clara
1980 Sweet William Film Ann Walton
1981 Othello Film Desdemona
An American Werewolf in London Film Nurse Alex Price
1984 Secret Places Film Miss Lowrie
1985 Love's Labour's Lost Television Rosaline
Magnum, P.I. Television Krista Villeroch
1987 Dark Tower Film Carolyn Page
1990 Child's Play 2 Film Joanne Simpson
Darkman Film Burn Doctor uncredited cameo
1993 Red Dwarf Television Prof. Mamet
2000 The Railway Children Television Mother ITV
2001 The Parole Officer Film Victor's Wife
2002 At Dawning Escaping woman
Spooks Television Tessa Phillips
2004 Number One Longing, Number Two Regret Film Kenosha
The Alan Clark Diaries Television Jane Clark BBC TV series
2005 New Tricks, Season 2, Episode 1 Television Yvonne Barrie BBC TV Series
2007 Diamond Geezer Television Vanessa ITV series
Irina Palm Television
2008 The Invisibles Television Barbara Riley BBC TV series
2009 Monday Monday Television Jenny Mountfield ITV1 TV series
Awards

    * BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress 1978 - Equus
    * Emmy: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama 1972 - The Snow Goose
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Walkabout, now there is a good film!

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Written By: Womble on 12/20/09 at 6:22 am

I like Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run. Nice bio, Ninny. Thanks for sharing.  8-P

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Written By: danootaandme on 12/20/09 at 6:25 am

I have always appreciated Jenny Agutter and think she is one of the great under-appreciated talents in the industry

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Written By: Howard on 12/20/09 at 6:54 am

Didn't Alan Parsons Project sing "Eye In the Sky"? ???

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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 9:03 am


Walkabout, now there is a good film!

I like Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run. Nice bio, Ninny. Thanks for sharing.  8-P

I have always appreciated Jenny Agutter and think she is one of the great under-appreciated talents in the industry

Thanks, I wasn't even sure if anybody would recognize her name.

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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 9:05 am


Didn't Alan Parsons Project sing "Eye In the Sky"? ???

Yes they did :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMAGwMAXTpU#
For your listening enjoyment.

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Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/20/09 at 12:06 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrWQdQmJU7I



Cat

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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 12:36 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrWQdQmJU7I



Cat

Thanks Cat :)

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Written By: Howard on 12/20/09 at 1:45 pm


Yes they did :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMAGwMAXTpU#
For your listening enjoyment.



Thanks Ninny.  :)

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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 2:39 pm



Thanks Ninny.   :)

Your Welcome :)

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Written By: gibbo on 12/20/09 at 2:42 pm


Thanks, I wasn't even sure if anybody would recognize her name.


Not recognize her name?  ... Are you kidding?  ;D  I was one of those males who grew up watching her films and just may have fantasied about her on occasion!  ::)

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Written By: ninny on 12/20/09 at 8:53 pm


Not recognize her name?  ... Are you kidding?  ;D  I was one of those males who grew up watching her films and just may have fantasied about her on occasion!  ::)

I thought there was one member here who may have mentioned that he liked her before ;)

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Written By: Frank on 12/20/09 at 10:49 pm


Not recognize her name?  ... Are you kidding?  ;D  I was one of those males who grew up watching her films and just may have fantasied about her on occasion!  ::)

I agree with gibbo.
Jenny Agutter, she was quite good looking. Didn't fantasize, but did some window shopping  ;)
Logan's run, American Werewolf in London..

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Written By: ninny on 12/21/09 at 6:48 am

The word of the day...Snake
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A snake is a long, thin reptile without legs. N-COUNT
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Something that snakes in a particular direction goes in that direction in a line with a lot of bends.
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Written By: ninny on 12/21/09 at 6:52 am

The birthday of the day...Samuel l. Jackson
Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American film and television actor. After Jackson became involved with the Civil Rights Movement, he moved on to acting in theater at Morehouse College, and then, films. He had several small roles, before meeting his mentor, Morgan Freeman, and the director Spike Lee. In 1991, after gaining critical acclaim for his role in Jungle Fever, he joined the casts of more films, including Goodfellas, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance and Jurassic Park. In 1994, he was cast as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, where he received several award nominations and critical acclaim.

Jackson has since appeared in over 100 films including Die Hard with a Vengeance, The 51st State, Jackie Brown, Unbreakable, The Incredibles, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, as well as the Star Wars prequel trilogy and small roles in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Inglourious Basterds. Jackson's many roles have made him one of the highest grossing actors at the box office. Jackson has won multiple awards throughout his career and has been portrayed in various forms of media including films, television series, and songs. In 1980, Jackson married Latanya Richardson, with whom he has one daughter, Zoe.
After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers. Jackson then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march. In a Parade interview Jackson revealed: "I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn’t shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different — not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence." In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees (including a nearby Martin Luther King, Sr.) hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school's curriculum and governance. The college eventually agreed to change its policy, but Jackson was charged with and eventually convicted of unlawful confinement, a second-degree felony. Jackson was then suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions (although he would later return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972). While he was expelled, Jackson was employed as a social worker in Los Angeles. Jackson decided to remain in Atlanta, where he met with Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and others active in the Black Power movement. Jackson revealed in the same Parade interview that he began to feel empowered with his involvement in the movement, especially when the group began buying guns. However, before Jackson could become involved with any significant armed confrontation, his mother sent him to Los Angeles after the FBI told her that he would die within a year if he remained with the Black Power movement.
Acting career
1970s – 1980s
"Casting black actors is still strange for Hollywood. Denzel gets the offer first. Then it's Danny Glover, Forest Whitaker and Wesley Snipes. Right now, I'm the next one on the list."
—Jackson reacting to his new fame in 1993.

Jackson initially went to Morehouse College to major in Architecture, but decided to change his major to Drama after taking a public speaking class and appearing in a version of The Threepenny Opera. Jackson began acting in multiple plays, including Home and A Soldier's Play. He appeared in several TV films, and made his feature film debut in the blaxploitation film Together for Days (1972). After these initial roles, Jackson proceeded to move from Atlanta to New York City in 1976 and spent the next decade appearing in stage plays such as The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running, which both premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater. At this point in his early career, Jackson developed alcoholism and cocaine addictions, resulting in him being unable to proceed with the two plays as they continued to Broadway (actors Charles S. Dutton and Anthony Chisholm took his place). Throughout his early film career, mainly in minimal roles in films such as Coming to America and various TV films, Jackson was mentored by Morgan Freeman. After a 1981 performance in the play A Soldier's Play, Jackson was introduced to director Spike Lee who would later include him in small roles for the films School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989). He also played a minor role in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas as real-life Mafia associate Stacks Edwards and also worked as a stand-in on The Cosby Show for Bill Cosby.
1990s

After completing these films, Jackson's cocaine addiction worsened. By this point he was using crack and had overdosed. As a result, his family entered him into a New York rehab clinic. When he successfully completed rehab, Jackson appeared in Jungle Fever, as a crack cocaine addict, a role which Jackson called cathartic as he was recovering from his addiction. The film was so acclaimed that the 1991 Cannes Film Festival awarded a special "Supporting Actor" award just for him. After this role, Jackson became involved with multiple films, including Strictly Business, Juice, Patriot Games, and then moved on to two comedies: National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (his first starring role) and Amos & Andrew. Jackson then worked with director Steven Spielberg in Jurassic Park.

After a turn as the criminal Big Don in the 1993 Tarantino-penned True Romance directed by Tony Scott Jackson played his breakout role of Jules in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction in 1994, the role which made him internationally recognised. For this performance, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA Best Supporting Actor award win.

With a succession of unsuccessful films such as Kiss of Death, The Great White Hype, and Losing Isaiah, Jackson began to receive poor reviews from critics who had praised his performance in Pulp Fiction. This ended with his involvement in the two successful box office films A Time To Kill, where he depicted a father who is put on trial for killing two men who raped his daughter, and Die Hard with a Vengeance, starring alongside Bruce Willis in the third installment of the Die Hard series. For A Time to Kill, Jackson earned a NAACP Image for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and a Golden Globe nomination for a Best Supporting Actor.

Quickly becoming a box office star, Jackson continued with three starring roles in 1997. In 187 he played a dedicated teacher with a terrible secret. He received an Independent Spirit award for Best First Feature alongside first-time writer/director Kasi Lemmons in the drama Eve's Bayou, for which he also served as executive producer. He joined up again with director Quentin Tarantino and received a Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor and a fourth Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of arms merchant Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown. In 1998, he worked with other established actors such as Sharon Stone and Dustin Hoffman in Sphere and Kevin Spacey in The Negotiator, playing a hostage negotiator who resorts to taking hostages himself when he is falsely accused of murder and embezzlement. In 1999, Jackson starred in the horror film Deep Blue Sea, and as Jedi Master Mace Windu in George Lucas' Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In an interview, Jackson claimed that he did not have a chance to read the script for the film and did not learn he was playing the character Mace Windu until he was fitted for his costume (he later said that he was eager to accept any role, just for the chance to be a part of the Star Wars saga).
2000s
Jackson's handprints in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

On June 13, 2000, Jackson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which can be found at 7018 Hollywood Blvd. He began the next decade in his film career as a Marine colonel put on trial in Rules of Engagement, co-starred with Bruce Willis for a third time in the supernatural thriller Unbreakable, and starred in the 2000 remake of the 1971 film Shaft. Jackson's sole film in 2001 was The Caveman's Valentine, where he plays a homeless musician in a murder thriller. The film was directed by Kasi Lemmons, who previously worked with Jackson in Eve's Bayou. In 2002, he played a recovering alcoholic attempting to keep custody of his kids while fighting a battle of wits with Ben Affleck's character in Changing Lanes. He returned for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, increasing his role from a small role to a supporting role. Mace Windu's purple lightsaber in the film was the result of Jackson's suggestion; he wanted to be sure that his character would stand out in a crowded battle scene. Jackson then acted as a NSA agent alongside Vin Diesel in xXx and a kilt-wearing drug dealer in Formula 51. In 2003, Jackson again worked with John Travolta in Basic and then as a police sergeant alongside Colin Farrell in the television show remake S.W.A.T. In 2004, Jackson played a mentor to Ashley Judd in the thriller Twisted, and lent his voice to the computer-animated film The Incredibles as the superhero Frozone. Jackson once again appeared in a Tarantino film, by cameoing in Kill Bill, Vol. 2.

In 2005, he began with the sports drama, Coach Carter, where he played a coach (based on the actual coach Ken Carter) dedicated to teaching his players that education is more important than basketball. Jackson also returned for two sequels: XXX: State of the Union, this time commanding Ice Cube, and the final Star Wars prequel film, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. His last film for 2005 was The Man alongside comedian Eugene Levy. On November 4, 2005, he was presented with the Hawaii International Film Festival Achievement in Acting Award.

On January 30, 2006, Jackson was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater; he is the seventh African American and 191st actor to be recognized in this manner. He next starred opposite of actress Julianne Moore in the box office bomb Freedomland, where he depicted a police detective attempting to help a mother find her abducted child, while quelling a citywide race riot. Jackson's second film of the year, Snakes on a Plane, gained cult film status months before it was released based on its title and cast. Jackson's decision to star in the film was solely based on the title. To build anticipation for the film, he also cameoed in the 2006 music video Snakes on a Plane (Bring It) by Cobra Starship. On December 2, Jackson won the German Bambi Award for International Film, based on his many film contributions. On December 15, 2006, Jackson starred in Home of the Brave, as a doctor returning home from the Iraq War.

On January 30, 2007, Jackson was featured as narrator in Bob Saget's direct-to-DVD Farce of the Penguins. The film was a spoof of the box office success March of the Penguins (which was narrated by Morgan Freeman). Also in 2007, he portrayed a blues player who imprisons a young woman (Christina Ricci) addicted to sex in Black Snake Moan, and the horror film 1408, an adaptation of the Stephen King short story. In 2008, Jackson reprised his role of Mace Windu in the CGI film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, followed by Lakeview Terrace where he played a racist cop who terrorizes an interracial couple. In November of the same year, he starred along with Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes (who both died prior to the film's release) in Soul Men. In 2008, he portrayed the villain, The Octopus, in the film The Spirit, and in 2009 he narrated several scenes in Inglourious Basterds.

Throughout Jackson's career, he has appeared in many films alongside mainstream rappers. These include Tupac Shakur (Juice), Queen Latifah (Juice/Sphere), Method Man (One Eight Seven), LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea/S.W.A.T.), Busta Rhymes (Shaft), Eve (xXx), Ice Cube (xXx: State of the Union), Xzibit (xXx: State of the Union), David Banner (Black Snake Moan), and 50 Cent (Home of the Brave). Additionally, Jackson has appeared in four films with actor Bruce Willis (National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Unbreakable) and the actors were slated to work together in Black Water Transit before both dropped out.
Filmography
Year Film Role Director Notes
1972 Together for Days Stan Michael Schultz First feature film for Jackson and Schultz.
1978 The Trial of the Moke
1981 Ragtime Gang Member No. 2 Milos Forman
1987 Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie's uncle Robert Townsend In a sketch that precedes concert footage.
Uncle Tom's Cabin]]
1988 Coming to America Hold-Up Man John Landis
School Daze Leeds Spike Lee
1989 Do the Right Thing Mister Señor Love Daddy Spike Lee
The Exorcist III Blind Dream Man William Peter Blatty, Paul Baxley
Sea of Love Black Guy Harold Becker
Dead Man Out Calvin Fredricks
1990 Goodfellas Parnell Steven "Stacks" Edwards Martin Scorsese
Mo' Better Blues Madlock Spike Lee
Def by Temptation Minister Garth James Bond III
Betsy's Wedding Taxi Dispatcher Alan Alda
A Shock to the System Ulysses Jan Egleson
The Return of Superfly Nate Cabot Sig Shore
1991 Strictly Business Monroe Kevin Hooks
Jungle Fever Gator Purify Spike Lee
1992 Juice Trip Ernest Dickerson
Patriot Games LCDR Robby Jackson Phillip Noyce
White Sands Greg Meeker Roger Donaldson
Jumpin' at the Boneyard Mr. Simpson Jeff Stanzler
Johnny Suede B-Bop Tom Di Cillo
Fathers & Sons Marshall Paul Mones
1993 True Romance Big Don Tony Scott
Menace II Society Tat Lawson Hughes brothers
Loaded Weapon 1 Sgt. Wes Luger Gene Quintano, Charles Picerni Sr.
Amos & Andrew Andrew Sterling E. Max Frye
Jurassic Park John Raymond Arnold Steven Spielberg
The Meteor Man Dre Robert Townsend
1994 Fresh Sam Boaz Yakin
Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield Quentin Tarantino
Against The Wall Jamaal John Frankenheimer Television movie.
The New Age Dale Michael Tolkin
Hail Caesar Mailman Anthony Michael Hall Cameo.
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Richard Theodore Greener
1995 Kiss of Death Calvin Hart Barbet Schroede
Die Hard with a Vengeance Zeus Carver John McTiernan
Losing Isaiah Kadar Lewis Stephen Gyllenhaal
Fluke Rumbo Carlo Carlei Voice.
Shaquille O'Neal: Larger than Life Narrator
1996 The Great White Hype Rev. Fred Sultan Reginald Hudlin
A Time to Kill Carl Lee Hailey Joel Schumacher
The Long Kiss Goodnight Mitch Henessey Renny Harlin
Hard Eight Jimmy Paul Thomas Anderson
Trees Lounge Wendell Steve Buscemi
Teens and Guns: Preventing Violence For use in schools.
The Search for One-eye Jimmy Colonel Ron Sam Henry Kass
1997 One Eight Seven Trevor Garfield Kevin Reynolds
Eve's Bayou Louis Batiste Kasi Lemmons Debut as a producer.
Jackie Brown Ordell Robbie Quentin Tarantino
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
The Directors: John Frankenheimer Robert J. Emery
1998 Sphere Harry Adams Barry Levinson
The Negotiator Lt. Danny Roman F. Gary Gray
The Red Violin Charles Morritz Francois Girard
Out of Sight Con man Steven Soderbergh Uncredited cameo
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Mace Windu George Lucas
Deep Blue Sea Russell Franklin Renny Harlin
Forever Hollywood Todd McCarthy, Arnold Glassman
2000 Rules of Engagement Col. Terry L. Childers William Friedkin
Shaft John Shaft John Singleton
Unbreakable Elijah Price M. Night Shyamalan
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Romulus Ledbetter Kasi Lemmons Executive producer.
2002 Changing Lanes Doyle Gipson Roger Michell
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Mace Windu George Lucas
xXx Agent Augustus Gibbons Rob Cohen
The 51st State (Formula 51) Elmo McElroy Ronny Yu
Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator
The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies Host
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Ed Bell
2003 Basic Sergeant Nathan West John McTiernan
S.W.A.T. Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson Clark Johnson
No Good Deed Jack Friar Bob Rafelson
2004 Twisted John Mills Philip Kaufman
Kill Bill Vol.2 Rufus Quentin Tarantino
The Incredibles Lucius Best/Frozone Brad Bird Voice.
In My Country Langston Whitfield John Boorman
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Jack Johnson Voice.
The N-Word Himself Todd Williams
2005 Coach Carter Coach Ken Carter Thomas Carter
xXx: State of the Union Agent Augustus Gibbons Lee Tamahori
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Mace Windu George Lucas
The Man Derrick Vann Les Mayfield
2006 Freedomland Lorenzo Council Joe Roth
Snakes on a Plane Neville Flynn David R. Ellis
Home of the Brave Will Marsh Irwin Winkler
Honor Deferred Narrator
2007 Farce of the Penguins Narrator Bob Saget Voice.
Black Snake Moan Lazarus Woods Craig Brewer Also sang on the soundtrack.
1408 Gerald Olin Mikael Håfström
Resurrecting the Champ Bob Satterfield Rod Lurie
Cleaner Tom Cutler Renny Harlin
Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story Narrator John Walker
Stax 50th Anniversary Concert David Leonard
2008 Jumper Agent Roland Cox Doug Liman
Iron Man Nick Fury Jon Favreau Uncredited cameo.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mace Windu Dave Filoni Voice.
Lakeview Terrace Abel Turner Neil LaBute
Soul Men Louis Hinds Malcolm D. Lee
The Spirit The Octopus Frank Miller
2009 Mother and Child Paul Rodrigo García
Astro Boy Zog David Bowers Voice only.
Inglourious Basterds Narrator Quentin Tarantino Voice only, uncredited.
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Fear Harry Kloor, Dan St. Pierre Voice only, post-production.
Blown Julian Lezard Martha Fiennes Pre-production.
Vengeance: A Love Story John Dromoor Harold Becker Pre-Production.
2010 Unthinkable TBA Gregor Jordan Completed.
Iron Man 2 Nick Fury Jon Favreau Post-production.
The Other Guys Adam McKay Filming.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Agent Augustus Gibbons Pre-production.
2011 Thor Nick Fury Kenneth Branagh Pre-production.
Running Wild TBA Kevin Kerslake Pre-Production.
The First Avenger: Captain America Nick Fury Joe Johnston Announced.
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Written By: ninny on 12/21/09 at 6:55 am

The co-birthdays of the day...Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou and, excluding a 15 year hiatus, has appeared in films ever since. She has won two Academy Awards and received several other awards and nominations. She announced her retirement from acting in 1991, but returned to film in 2005 with Monster in Law, and later Georgia Rule, released in 2007. She also produced and starred in several exercise videos released between 1982 and 1995.

Fonda has been an activist for many political causes, one of the most notable and controversial of which was her opposition to the Vietnam War. She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women. She describes herself as a liberal and a feminist. Since 2001, Fonda has been a Christian. She published an autobiography in 2005 and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her stage work in the late 1950s laid the foundation for her film career in the 1960s. She averaged almost two movies a year throughout the decade, starting in 1960 with Tall Story, in which she recreated one of her Broadway roles as a college cheerleader pursuing a basketball star, played by Anthony Perkins. Period of Adjustment and Walk on the Wild Side followed in 1962. In Walk on the Wild Side, Fonda played a prostitute, and earned a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer.

In 1963, she appeared in Sunday in New York. Newsday called her "the loveliest and most gifted of all our new young actresses". However, she also had her detractors—in the same year, the Harvard Lampoon named her the "Year's Worst Actress". Fonda's career breakthrough came with Cat Ballou (1965), in which she played a schoolmarm turned outlaw. This comedy Western received five Oscar nominations and was one of the year's top ten films at the box office. It was considered by many to have been the film that brought Fonda to stardom at the age of twenty-eight. After this came the comedies Any Wednesday (1966) and Barefoot in the Park (1967), the latter co-starring Robert Redford.
Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda (then married) near their home in Malibu, from Look Magazine, May 13, 1969, photo by Douglas Kirkland

In 1968, she played the lead role in the science fiction spoof Barbarella, which established her status as a sex symbol. In contrast, the tragedy They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) won her critical acclaim, and she earned her first Oscar nomination for the role. Fonda was very selective by the end of the 1960s, turning down lead roles in Rosemary's Baby and Bonnie and Clyde.
1970s

Fonda won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1971, again playing a prostitute, the gamine Bree Daniels, in the murder mystery Klute. She won her second Oscar in 1978 for Coming Home, the story of a disabled Vietnam War veteran's difficulty in re-entering civilian life.

Between Klute in 1971 and Fun With Dick and Jane in 1977, Fonda did not have a major film success, even though she appeared in films such as A Doll's House (1973), Steelyard Blues and The Blue Bird (1976). From comments ascribed to her in interviews, some have inferred that she personally blamed the situation on anger at her outspoken political views - "I can't say I was blacklisted, but I was greylisted." However, in her 2005 autobiography, My Life So Far, she categorically rejected such simplification. "The suggestion is that because of my actions against the war my career had been destroyed ... But the truth is that my career, far from being destroyed after the war, flourished with a vigor it had not previously enjoyed." From her own point of view, her absence from the silver screen was related more to the fact that her political activism provided a new focus in her life. By the same token her return to acting with a series of 'issue-driven' films was a reflection of this new focus. "When I hear admonitions ... warning outspoken actors to remember 'what happened to Jane Fonda back in the seventies', this has me scratching my head: And what would that be...?"

In 1972, Fonda starred as a reporter alongside Yves Montand in Jean-Luc Godard's and Jean-Pierre Gorin's film Tout va bien. The film's directors then made Letter to Jane, in which the two spent nearly an hour discussing a news photograph of Fonda.

Through her production company, IPC Films, she produced films that helped return her to star status. The 1977 comedy film Fun With Dick and Jane is generally considered her "comeback" picture. She also received positive reviews and an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of playwright Lillian Hellman in the 1977 film Julia. During this period, Fonda announced that she would make films only that focused on important issues, and she generally stuck to her word. She turned down An Unmarried Woman because she felt the part was not relevant. She followed with popular and successful films such as The China Syndrome (1979), about a cover-up of an accident in a nuclear power plant; and The Electric Horseman (1979) with her previous co-star, Robert Redford.
1980s

In 1980, Fonda starred in Nine to Five with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. The film was a commercial and box office success. Fonda had long wanted to work with her father, hoping it would help their strained relationship. She achieved this goal when she purchased the screen rights to the play On Golden Pond specifically for her father and herself. The film, which also starred Katharine Hepburn, brought Henry Fonda his only Academy Award for Best Actor, which Jane accepted on his behalf, as he was ill and home bound. He died five months later.

Fonda continued appearing in feature films throughout the 1980s, most notably in the role of Dr Martha Livingston in Agnes of God. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of an alcoholic murder suspect in the 1986 thriller The Morning After. She ended the decade by appearing in Old Gringo. This was followed by the romantic drama Stanley & Iris (1990), which would be her final film for 15 years.
In a 1988 interview with Barbara Walters, Fonda expressed regret for some of her comments and actions, stating:

    "I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families. I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless..."

In a 60 Minutes interview on March 31, 2005, Fonda reiterated that she had no regrets about her trip to North Vietnam in 1972, with the exception of the anti-aircraft gun photo. She stated that the incident was a "betrayal" of American forces and of the "country that gave me privilege". Fonda said, "The image of Jane Fonda, Barbarella, Henry Fonda's daughter ... sitting on an enemy aircraft gun was a betrayal ... the largest lapse of judgment that I can even imagine." She later distinguished between regret over the use of her image as propaganda and pride for her anti-war activism: "There are hundreds of American delegations that had met with the POWs. Both sides were using the POWs for propaganda... It's not something that I will apologize for." Fonda said she had no regrets about the broadcasts she made on Radio Hanoi, something she asked the North Vietnamese to do: "Our government was lying to us and men were dying because of it, and I felt I had to do anything that I could to expose the lies and help end the war."
Feminist causes

Fonda has been a longtime supporter of feminist causes, including V-Day, a movement to stop violence against women, inspired by the off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues, of which she is an honorary chairperson. She was present at their first summit in 2002, bringing together founder Eve Ensler, Afghan women oppressed by the Taliban, and a Kenyan activist campaigning to save girls from genital mutilation.
Jane Fonda in the lobby of the theater immediately after the conclusion of the telecast of the 62nd Academy Awards (Ted Turner is holding Jane's arm), March 26, 1990

In 2001, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; the goal of the center is to prevent adolescent pregnancy through training and program development.

On February 16, 2004, Fonda led a march through Ciudad Juárez, with Sally Field, Eve Ensler, and other women, urging Mexico to provide sufficient resources to newly appointed officials helping investigate the murders of hundreds of women in the rough border city.

Fonda strongly feels that many gender stereotypes are damaging to individuals of both genders and thus, in 2004, she served as a mentor to the first ever all-transsexual cast of The Vagina Monologues.

In the days before the Swedish election on September 17, 2006, Fonda went to Sweden to support the new political party Feministiskt initiativ in their election campaign.

In My Life So Far, Fonda says that she considers patriarchy to be harmful to men as well as women. She also states that for many years, she feared to call herself a feminist, because she believed that all feminists were "anti-male". But now, with her increased understanding of patriarchy, she feels that feminism is beneficial to both men and women, and states that she "still loves men". She states that when she divorced Ted Turner, she felt like she had also divorced the world of patriarchy, and was very happy to have done so.
Native Americans

Fonda went to Seattle, Washington in 1970 to support a group of Native Americans who were led by Bernie Whitebear. The group had occupied part of the grounds of Fort Lawton, which was in the process of being surplussed by the United States Army and turned into a park. The group was attempting to secure a land base where they could establish services for the sizable local Urban Indian population. Fonda went to help the endeavor because she felt "Indians had a right to part of the land that was originally all theirs." The endeavor succeeded and the Daybreak Star Cultural Center was constructed in the city's Discovery Park.
Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1960 Tall Story June Ryder
1962 Walk on the Wild Side Kitty Twist
The Chapman Report Kathleen Barclay
Period of Adjustment Isabel Haverstick Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1963 In the Cool of the Day Christine Bonner
Sunday in New York Eileen Tyler
1964 Les Félins (Joy House, The Love Cage) Melinda
La Ronde (Circle of Love) Sophie
1965 Cat Ballou Catherine 'Cat' Ballou Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1966 The Chase Anna Reeves
La Curée (The Game Is Over) Renee Saccard
Any Wednesday Ellen Gordon Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1967 Hurry Sundown Julie Ann Warren
Barefoot in the Park Corie Bratter Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
1968 Spirits of the Dead Contessa Frederica
Barbarella Barbarella
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Gloria Beatty Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1971 Klute Bree Daniels Academy Award for Best Actress
Fotogramas de Plata for Best Foreign Movie Performer
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1972 Tout va bien Suzanne
1973 Steelyard Blues Iris Caine
A Doll's House Nora Helmer
Golden Globe Henrietta Award, World Film Favorite - Female
1976 The Blue Bird The Night
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Jane Harper
Julia Lillian Hellman BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1978 Coming Home Sally Hyde Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Comes a Horseman Ella Connors
California Suite Hannah Warren
Golden Globe Henrietta Award, World Film Favorite - Female
1979 The China Syndrome Kimberly Wells BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — American Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
The Electric Horseman Alice 'Hallie' Martin
Golden Globe Henrietta Award, World Film Favorite - Female
1980 Nine to Five Judy Bernly
1981 On Golden Pond Chelsea Thayer Wayne American Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Rollover Lee Winters
1984 The Dollmaker Gertie Nevels Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Terror in the Aisles archival footage
1985 Agnes of God Dr. Martha Livingston
1986 The Morning After Alex Sternbergen Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1989 Old Gringo Harriet Winslow
1990 Stanley & Iris Iris Estelle King
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself
2003 V-Day: Until the Violence Stops Herself
2005 Monster-in-Law Viola Fields
2007 Georgia Rule Georgia Randall
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/21/09 at 6:58 am

* Keifer Sutherland
Kiefer William Fredrick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born 21 December 1966) is a British-born Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox thriller drama series 24. He is an Emmy Award- and Golden Globe award-winner. He is the son of actor Donald Sutherland.
Stand By Me was the first film Sutherland made in the United States. As of 2008, Sutherland has appeared in more than 70 films, most notably The Lost Boys, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, A Few Good Men, Flatliners, Young Guns, The Vanishing, The Three Musketeers, Stand by Me, Eye for an Eye, Dark City, To End All Wars and A Time To Kill, The Sentinel and Mirrors. In 2005, Sutherland was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, where both of his parents have also been inducted. Sutherland was also the first Inside the Actors Studio guest to be the child of a former guest; his father, Donald, appeared on the show in 1998. Sutherland was featured on the cover of the April 2006 edition of Rolling Stone, in an article entitled "Alone in the Dark with Kiefer Sutherland". The article began with Sutherland revealing his interest to be killed off in 24. However, he stated, "Don't get me wrong. I love what I do." It also revealed that he devotes 10 months a year working on 24.

He has starred in Japanese commercials for Calorie Mate, performing a parody of his Jack Bauer character. Sutherland also provides voiceovers for the current ad campaign for the Ford Motor Company of Canada. In mid-2006, he voiced the Apple Computer advertisement announcing the inclusion of Intel chips in their Macintosh computer line. He also voices the introduction to NHL games on the Versus network in the U.S. Recently, he has starred in Argentine TV commercials for Citroën C4 sedan. He has recently done voice-over for a commercial for Bank of America's "Keep the Change" program. He voiced Sgt. Roebuck in Treyarch's video game Call of Duty: World at War.

Sutherland will executive produce the two-hour pilot of Phenomenon. Maggie Murphy will also be an executive producer for the show. The Sci Fi Channel ordered a script to be written. The show revolves around a mysterious young female prodigy who leads a crack team of experts in investigating odd and supernatural anomalies of nature. Sutherland is currently the top celebrity producer of The 1 Second Film.

As a big fan, he also narrated "The Feeling On Ice" documentary that was included on UK band The Feeling's DVD "The Feeling: Come Home". Recently he voiced the words of a character in the movie "Monsters vs. Aliens".

In 2009, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
24
Kiefer Sutherland signs an autograph at Green Hill conference in 2007

Since 2001, Sutherland is most widely associated with the role of Jack Bauer, on the critically acclaimed television series 24. After being nominated four times for the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" Primetime Emmy Award, Sutherland won the award in 2006 for his role in 24's fifth season. His father, Donald, was also an Emmy winner; he won an Emmy award for his role in Citizen X in 1996. In the opening skit of the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards, Sutherland made an appearance as his 24 character, Jack Bauer. He was also nominated for Best actor in a Drama Television Series in the 2007 Golden Globe Awards for 24. According to his latest contract, his salary of $40 million for three seasons of the show make him the highest-earning actor on television. Sutherland constantly emphasizes that the show is merely "entertainment." Patrick Finnegan visited the set of 24 in February 2007 to urge the show's makers to reduce the number of torture scenes and Sutherland accepted an invitation from the U.S. military to tell West Point cadets it is wrong to torture prisoners. In an interview with OK! Magazine, Howard Gordon tells that it would be an "unbearable loss" if they killed off Sutherland's character.

On 24 March 2009, Sutherland reported to the Associated Press that he will be back for an 8th season.
Filmography
Acting
Year Film Role Notes
1983 Max Dugan Returns Bill Appeared alongside his father, Donald Sutherland
1984 The Bay Boy Donald Campbell
1985 Amazing Stories Static Series
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Victor
Trapped in Silence Kevin Richter Series
Stand by Me Ace Merrill
At Close Range Tim
1987 Crazy Moon Brooks
Promised Land Danny
The Lost Boys David
The Killing Time The Stranger
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Tad Allagash
Young Guns Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock
1969 Scott Denny
1989 Renegades Buster McHenry
1990 Young Guns II Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock
Flatliners Nelson
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Karl Hulten
The Nutcracker Prince The Nutcracker Prince Voice
Flashback John Buckner
1992 Article 99 Dr. Peter Morgan
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Sam Stanley
A Few Good Men Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick
1993 Last Light Denver Bayliss
The Three Musketeers Athos
The Vanishing Jeff Harriman
1994 The Cowboy Way Sonny Gilstrap
1996 Eye for an Eye Robert Doob
Freeway Bob Wolverton
A Time to Kill Freddie Lee Cobb Appeared alongside his father, Donald Sutherland
1997 Armitage III: Poly-Matrix Ross Sylibus Voice
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Curtis Freley
1998 Dark City Dr. Daniel Schreber
A Soldier's Sweetheart Rat Kiley
Break Up John Box
Ground Control Jack Harris
1999 Eye of the Killer Detective Michael "Mick" Hayden
Watership Down Hickory Series; voice for three episodes of season 2 only
2000 Beat William S. Burroughs
Woman Wanted Wendell Goddard
Picking Up the Pieces Bobo
The Right Temptation Michael Farrow-Smith
2001 Cowboy Up Hank Braxton
To End All Wars Lt. Jim Reardon
2001–present 24 Jack Bauer Series
2002 Dead Heat Phally
Desert Saints Arthur Banks
Behind the Red Door Roy
2003 Phone Booth The Caller Theatrical release was delayed due to the Beltway sniper attacks in October 2002.
The Land Before Time X Bron Voice
Paradise Found Paul Gauguin
2004 Taking Lives Hart
NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience Narrator
2005 The Flight That Fought Back Narrator TV movie
River Queen Doyle
2006 I Trust You to Kill Me Himself
The Sentinel David Breckinridge
The Wild Samson the Lion Voice
2006–7 The Simpsons The Colonel; Jack Bauer Series; voice in "G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)" and "24 Minutes"
2007 Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Raistlin Majere Voice
2008 Mirrors Ben Carson
Call of Duty: World at War Sgt. Roebuck Video game; voice
Corner Gas Himself "Final Countdown"
24: Redemption Jack Bauer TV movie
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Gen. W.R. Monger Voice
2010 Twelve Lionel Filming
Directing
Year Film Notes
1993 Last Light TV movie
1995 Fallen Angels Series; 1 episode
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M.
2000 Woman Wanted
2008 Broken Music video
Little Toy Gun Music video
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Written By: ninny on 12/21/09 at 7:03 am

* Ray Romano
Raymond Albert "Ray" Romano (born December 21, 1957) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, best known for his roles on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and in the Ice Age film series.His early comedy career started when he competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989 and included many outlets such as Comedy Central, where he had been a recurring guest voice on the show Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He also was a contestant on Star Search in the stand-up comedy category. He was originally cast to play Joe on the American television sitcom NewsRadio, but was fired, to be replaced by Joe Rogan. He then appeared on Late Show with David Letterman doing his stand up routine which formed his ties with CBS. Shortly thereafter, he became the star of his own show, Everybody Loves Raymond on CBS, that featured a cast and format more suitable to Romano's brand of humor.

Romano and his comedian friend Kevin James starred in the salesman comedy Grilled, as two guys of the same profession who are both very desperate to land a big sale. Romano was featured on a 2000 episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, on which he won US$125,000 for the NYPD's D.A.R.E. Unit. His older brother, Richard Romano (born in 1956) is a sergeant with the NYPD. He also has a younger brother, Robert Romano (born 1965).

In 2001, Romano was named one of E!'s top twenty entertainers of the year. In the same year, he was featured with his brother (a teacher at a school in Long Island) on a New York Police Department recruiting poster. In 2004, he became the highest paid television actor in history for his role of Raymond on CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond. It was later revealed on E! that he had broken another record by his show having the highest revenue, at US$3.9 billion.

On December 13, 2003, Romano was featured as a special guest star, sending a birthday card to Bob Barker in his eightieth-birthday bash on the seventh "Million Dollar Spectacular" special of the long-running daytime CBS series The Price Is Right.

Romano was the subject of the documentary film 95 Miles to Go. The film documents Romano's road-trip for a series of gigs across the south of the United States. The film was released in theaters on April 7, 2006 by ThinkFilm. In August 2006, Romano was interviewed in front of a live audience at UCLA by fellow stand-up veteran, David Steinberg, for an episode of Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg. The program first aired on the TV Land network in March 2007.

Romano is set to return to TV with a new dramedy for TNT in 2009 called Men of a Certain Age, which he co-created with former Everybody Loves Raymond writer Mike Royce.
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* Jane Kaczmarek
Jane Frances Kaczmarek (born December 21, 1955) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the character of Lois on the television series Malcolm in the Middle. She lives in San Marino, California.
Kaczmarek, a Polish American, was born in Greendale, Wisconsin, the daughter of Evelyn, a teacher, and Edward Kaczmarek, a defense department worker. She majored in theater at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She later studied at the Yale School of Drama for her graduate degree and was a part of its theater company. She has had several Broadway hits, including Lost In Yonkers and Raised In Captivity, where she won an LA Drama Critics’ Award. Her first television role was that of Margie Spoletto on For Lovers Only (1982). Her first major role was that of Linda Bauer on Equal Justice from 1990-1991.

Kaczmarek has also appeared in over forty television roles, the most notable including:

    * Connie Lehman in "The Paper Chase: The Second Year" and "The Paper Chase: The Third Year" (1983-1984)
    * Maureen Culter, girlfriend of Martin Crane (John Mahoney) on Frasier in "Police Story" (052 - 1996) and "Dad Loves Sherry, the Boys Just Whine" (082 - 1997)
    * Janet Rudman on Law & Order in "Censure" (414 - 1994)
    * "David's Mom", mother of David (Tobey Maguire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) in Pleasantville (1998)
    * Carol Anderson, biological mother of Julie Emrick on Felicity in 5 episodes (1999-2000)
    * Holly in five episodes of Cybill (1996-1997)
    * Helene Thompson in three episodes of Party of Five (1995-1999)
    * Lois, mother of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), Reese (Justin Berfield), Francis (Christopher Masterson), Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan), and baby Jamie, and wife of Hal (Bryan Cranston) in 151 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006
    * Trudy Kessler, Courtroom Judge in 25 episodes of Raising the Bar from 2008 to 2009
    * the voice of Judge Constance Harm in several episodes of The Simpsons from 2001 to present.

Malcolm in the Middle

In 2000, Kaczmarek was cast to play Lois in the FOX mid-season replacement Malcolm in the Middle. TV Guide dubbed her role in the series as a "true breakout; a female Homer Simpson", and critics hailed her for her comic talents. Later, Kaczmarek would credit the show for bringing out her comedic side, claiming, " I couldn’t even get auditions for comedies. I played very unfunny people."

Kaczmarek was nominated seven times for an Emmy for her performance on the show, one for every year. She also earned three Golden Globe nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, was honored with a Television Critics Association Award in 2000 and 2001, plus an American Comedy Award and a Family Television Award in 2001.
Awards and nominations

Golden Globe Awards:

    *
          o 2001 - Best Actress TV Series Comedy - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2002 - Best Actress TV Series Comedy - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2003 - Best Actress TV Series Comedy - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)

Emmy Awards:

    *
          o 2000 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2001 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2004 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2006 - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)

Screen Actors Guild Awards:

    *
          o 2001 - Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2003 - Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)

Satellite Awards:

    *
          o 2002 - Best Performance By An Actress In A Series Comedy Or Musical - Malcolm In The Middle (nominated)
          o 2004 - Best Performance By An Actress In A Series Comedy Or Musical - Malcolm In The Middle

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Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/21/09 at 11:53 am

I was looking for a video of Richard Pryor doing his joke about snakes making you run into trees but I couldn't find it.  :\'( :\'( :\'(



Cat

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Written By: gibbo on 12/21/09 at 2:57 pm

That Snakes on a Plane was a really bad movie.  ;D  I liked Jane Fonda's early movies despite her controversial period.

I see you manged to get both Sutherland's (father and son) into pics... ;) That must have been when they did Klute together...

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Written By: ninny on 12/21/09 at 4:08 pm


That Snakes on a Plane was a really bad movie.  ;D  I liked Jane Fonda's early movies despite her controversial period.

I see you manged to get both Sutherland's (father and son) into pics... ;) That must have been when they did Klute together...

I never saw Snakes on a Plane..I could take or leave Jane Fonda (I did like On Golden Pond)....And once in a while I can be clever,or just be lucky ;D

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Written By: Howard on 12/21/09 at 4:31 pm

There's Also Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

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Written By: ninny on 12/22/09 at 6:28 am


There's Also Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

I remember him

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Written By: ninny on 12/22/09 at 6:33 am

The word of the day...Gardener
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A gardener is a person who is paid to work in someone else's garden. N-COUNT
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A gardener is someone who enjoys working in their own garden growing flowers or vegetables.
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Written By: ninny on 12/22/09 at 6:36 am

The birthday of the day...Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, known simply as Ralph Fiennes (pronounced /ˈreɪf ˈfaɪnz/; born 22 December 1962), is an English actor. He has appeared in films such as Schindler's List, The English Patient, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Strange Days, Maid in Manhattan and the Harry Potter films. Most recently he appeared in The Hurt Locker. Fiennes has won a Tony Award and has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. In 2001, Fiennes received the William Shakespeare Award from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Fiennes is a UNICEF UK ambassador Fiennes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He began his career at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park and, also during the late 1980s, the National Theatre before becoming a star in the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fiennes first worked on screen in 1990 and then made his film debut in 1992 as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights opposite Juliette Binoche, for which he received substantial acclaim and praise throughout Europe.

1993 was his "breakout year". He had a major role in the very controversial Peter Greenaway film The Baby of Mâcon with Julia Ormond. Though the film was poorly received, Fiennes' career suffered no lasting consequences, and later that year he became known internationally for portraying the amoral Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. For this he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He did not win the Oscar, but did win the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for the role. His portrayal as Göth also earned him a spot on the American Film Institute's list of top 50 movie villains.

In 1994, he portrayed American academic Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show, and in 1996 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the World War II epic romance The English Patient. Fiennes' work has ranged from thrillers (Red Dragon) to animated Biblical epic (The Prince of Egypt) to campy nostalgia (The Avengers) to romantic comedy (Maid in Manhattan) and offbeat dramedy (Oscar and Lucinda).

Fiennes was cast as Lord Voldemort in the 2005 fantasy film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and has retained this role for both Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will be released in two parts in 2010 and 2011. However, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as Voldemort appeared as an 11 year-old, he was played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Fiennes' nephew.

The Constant Gardener was released in 2005 with Fiennes in the title role. The film is set in the slums of Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya. The situation affected the crew to the extent that they set up the Constant Gardener Trust in order to provide basic education around these villages. Fiennes is a patron of the charity. His 2007 performance in the play Faith Healer gained him a nomination for a 2006 Tony Award.

In 2008 he reteamed with frequent collaborator director Jonathan Kent to play the title role in Sophocles' Oedipus the King at the National Theatre in London. He will also appear in a 2010 West End revival of Uncle Vanya. Also, he played the Duke of Devonshire in The Duchess (2008).

In February 2009 he was the special guest of the Belgrade's Film Festival FEST. He plans to make a movie in Serbian capital of Belgrade in 2010 after a Shakespeare book. His plans to do it in 2009 are prolonged because of the economic crisis in the world. He also reunited with Kathryn Bigelow for her Iraq War opus, The Hurt Locker in 2009, appearing as an English mercenary.
Fiennes in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2003 during his visit as a UNICEF UK ambassador.
Personal life

Fiennes met actress Alex Kingston while both were students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After dating for ten years, they married in 1993. However, they divorced in 1997. In 1995, Fiennes started dating Francesca Annis, an actress 18 years his senior, who played his mother in Hamlet. In February 2006 the couple separated after tabloid reports revealed that Fiennes had had an affair with Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan
Selected filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1990 A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia T. E. Lawrence TV
1992 Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights Heathcliff
1993 The Baby of Mâcon The Bishop's son
Schindler's List Amon Göth BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1994 Quiz Show Charles Van Doren
1995 Strange Days Lenny Nero Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
1996 The English Patient Count László de Almássy Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Oscar and Lucinda Oscar Hopkins
1998 The Avengers John Steed
The Prince of Egypt Ramesses II (voice)
1999 Sunshine Ignatz Sonnenschein/Adam Sors/Ivan Sors European Film Award for Best European Actor
Onegin Evgeny Onegin
The End of the Affair Maurice Bendrix Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
2000 The Miracle Maker Jesus Christ (voice)
2002 Spider Spider Nominated — European Film Award for Best European Actor
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
The Good Thief Tony Angel (uncredited)
Red Dragon Francis Dolarhyde
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Maid in Manhattan Christopher Marshall
2005 The Chumscrubber Mayor Michael Ebbs
Chromophobia Stephen Tulloch
The Constant Gardener Justin Quayle Evening Standards British Film Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Victor Quartermaine (voice)
The White Countess Todd Jackson
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Lord Voldemort
2006 Land of the Blind Joe
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Lord Voldemort
Bernard and Doris Bernard Lafferty Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2008 In Bruges Harry Waters Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Duchess William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
The Reader Older Michael Berg
2009 The Hurt Locker Contractor Team Leader
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Lord Voldemort (appears in archive footage only)
2010 Cemetery Junction Mr Kendrick filming
Clash of the Titans Hades filming
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Lord Gray filming
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Lord Voldemort post-production
Coriolanus Coriolanus pre-production
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Lord Voldemort filming
Stage

    * Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (1985) - Role: Curio - Directed by Richard Digby Day - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London
    * A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1985) - Role: Cobweb - Directed by Toby Robertson - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London
    * A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1986) - Role: Lysander - Directed by David Conville and Emma Freud - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London and New Shakespeare Company's European Tour
    * Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1986) - Role: Romeo - Directed by Declan Donnellan - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London
    * Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello (1987) - Role: Son - Directed by Michael Rudman - National Theatre's Olivier Theatre, London
    * Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (1987) - Role: Arkady Nikolayevich Kirsanov - Directed by Michael Rudman - National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre, London
    * Ting Tang Mine by Nick Darke (1987) - Role: Lisha Ball - Directed by Michael Rudman - National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, London
    * Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (1988) - Role: Claudio - Directed by Di Trevis - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
    * The Plantagenets: Henry VI, The Rise of Edward IV, Richard III His Death by William Shakespeare (1988-1989) - Role: Henry VI, ghost of Henry VI - Directed by Adrian Noble - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Barbican Theatre, London
    * King John (1989) by William Shakespeare - Role: Dauphin - Directed by Deborah Warner - The Other Place Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and The Pit Theatre, London
    * The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (1989) - Role: Bert Jefferson - Directed by Ron Gene Saks - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Barbican Theatre, London
    * Playing with Trains by Stephen Poliakoff (1989) - Role: Gant - Directed by Ron Daniels - The Royal Shakespeare Company - The Pit Theatre, London
    * Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare (1990) - Role: Troilus - Directed by Sam Mendes - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
    * King Lear by William Shakespeare (1990) - Role: Edmund - Directed by Nicholas Hytner - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
    * Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare (1991) - Role: Berowne - Directed by Terry Hands - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Barbican Theatre, London
    * Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1995) - Role: Hamlet, with Francesca Annis as Gertrude - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Hackney Empire, London and Belasco Theatre on Broadway, NY
    * Ivanov by Anton Chekhov translated by David Hare (February-April 1997) - Role: Ivanov - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Almeida Theatre, London
    * Coriolanus by William Shakespeare (2000) - Role: Coriolanus - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Gainsborough Film Studios in Shoreditch, London and BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City
    * Richard II by William Shakespeare (2000) - Role: Richard II - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Gainsborough Film Studios in Shoreditch, London and BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City
    * The Play What I Wrote by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben (2001) - Role: Sir Ralph Fiennes - Directed by Kenneth Branagh - The Duo The Right Size - Wyndham's Theatre, West End
    * The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton (2003) - Role: Carl Jung - Directed by Howard Davies - National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, London
    * Brand by Henrik Ibsen (2003) - Role: Brand - Directed by Adrian Noble - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End
    * Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (2005) - Role: Mark Anthony - Directed by Deborah Warner - Barbican Centre, London & tour
    * Faith Healer by Brian Friel (2006) - Role: Frank Hardy - Directed by Jonathan Kent - Gate Theatre, Dublin and Booth Theatre on Broadway, New York City
    * First Love by Samuel Beckett - Sydney Festival 2007
    * God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (2008) - Role: Alain Reille - Gielgud Theatre, West End
    * Oedipus the King by Sophocles (2008) - Role: Oedipus - National Theatre, London

Selected television credits

    * Prime Suspect (1991)

Selected other projects, contributions

    * When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics) - "Sonnet 129" ("Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame")

Awards and nominations

Awards

    * 1993 - New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor - Schindler's List
    * 1994 - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Schindler's List
    * 1994 - NSFC Award, DFWFCA Award, and CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor - Schindler's List
    * 1995 - ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year - Schindler's List
    * 1995 - Tony Award for Best Actor - Hamlet
    * 1999 - European Film Award for Best Actor - Sunshine
    * 2005 - Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for his body of work as a thespian
    * 2006 - Honorary Fellowship of UCD Dramatic Society for services to theatre
    * 2007 - Spike TV's 2007 Scream Awards for Most Vile Villain - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    * 2007 - The James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society.

Nominations

    * 1994 - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor - Schindler's List
    * 1994 - Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Schindler's List
    * 1994 - MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Schindler's List
    * 1996 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast - The English Patient
    * 1997 - Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role - The English Patient
    * 1997 - BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - The English Patient
    * 1997 - Golden Globe and Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - The English Patient
    * 1999 - Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production - The Prince of Egypt
    * 2000 - BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - The End of the Affair
    * 2000 - Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Sunshine
    * 2001 - ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year - The End of the Affair
    * 2003 - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor - Red Dragon
    * 2003 - Teen Choice Award - Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Jennifer Lopez) - Maid in Manhattan
    * 2006 - BAFTA Award - Best Actor - The Constant Gardener
    * 2006 - Annie Awards - Best Voice/Animation - Wallace & Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    * 2006 - MTV Movie Awards - Best Villain - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    * 2008 - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - The Duchess

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Written By: ninny on 12/22/09 at 6:40 am

The co-birthdays of the day...Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is an American television journalist for the ABC News division of the ABC network. On December 21, 2009, she began anchoring World News with Diane Sawyer, the network's flagship news program.

Until December 11, 2009, Sawyer was a long-time co-anchor of ABC News's morning news program, Good Morning America (GMA).

In 2001 she was named one of the thirty most-powerful women in America by the Ladies' Home Journal. In 2007 she ranked 62nd on "Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women".  Sawyer was a local television news reporter and weather girl for WLKY-TV in Louisville.

In 1970, White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler hired her to serve in the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Sawyer continued through Nixon's resignation from the presidency in 1974 and worked on the Nixon-Ford transition team in 1974–1975, after which she decamped with Nixon to California and helped him write his memoirs, published in 1978. She also helped prepare Nixon for his famous set of television interviews with journalist David Frost in 1977.

Years later, Sawyer would be suspected to be Deep Throat, the source of leaks of classified information to journalist Bob Woodward during the Watergate scandal. In 2005 Deep Throat was identified as W. Mark Felt but prior to that, Rabbi Baruch Korff, a longtime Nixon confidant and defender known as "Nixon's rabbi," said on his deathbed that he believed Sawyer was Deep Throat. Sawyer laughed it off, and she was one of six people to request and receive a public denial from Woodward.

In 1978, Sawyer joined CBS News as a political correspondent and became a co-anchor, with Bill Kurtis, of the CBS Morning News in 1981. In 1984, she became a correspondent for 60 Minutes, a CBS News investigative television newsmagazine; she remained for five years.

In 1989, she moved to ABC News to co-anchor Primetime Live, a newsmagazine, with Sam Donaldson. From 1998 to 2000, she would become a co-anchor for ABC's 20/20, also a newsmagazine, co-anchoring on Wednesdays with Donaldson and on Sundays with Barbara Walters.

In 1999, Sawyer returned to morning news, under a lucrative contract, as the co-anchor of GMA with Charles Gibson. The assignment was putatively temporary, but her success in the position, measured by a close in the gap with front-runner Today, NBC News's morning program, sustained her in the position far longer than anticipated.

On September 2, 2009, she was announced as the successor to Gibson, who retired as ABC World News anchor on Friday, December 18, 2009. She left GMA on December 11, 2009, and was scheduled to become the ABC World News anchor in January 2010. However, on December 1, 2009, The New York Times reported that instead of moving to ABC World News in January 2010, Sawyer will start on December 21, 2009, three days after Gibson's departure . Along with Katie Couric of CBS News, two of the three network news anchors on broadcast television will be women.
Career timeline

    * 1984–1989 — 60 Minutes correspondent
    * 1989–1998; since 2000 — Primetime Live co-anchor
    * 1998–2000 — 20/20 co-anchor
    * January 1999–December 11, 2009 — Good Morning America co-anchor
    * December 21, 2009 — ABC World News anchor

Notable interviews (selected)



Sawyer has interviewed many political figures including U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. She conducted the first interview with U.S. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton after his first election to the presidency in 1992.

On February 12, 2007, she interviewed Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Her interview with President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was his first Western television interview in a decade.

She has also interviewed:

    * Fidel Castro, President of Cuba
    * Robert McNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defense
    * Manuel Noriega, general and the military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989
    * Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the United States House of Representatives



    * Nancy Reagan, First Lady
    * Hyman G. Rickover, U.S. Admiral
    * Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice

She was allowed to take a special tour of North Korea.

From the entertainment world, Sawyer has interviewed — especially as a host of GMA:

    * Clay Aiken, singer (interviewed twice)
    * Bobby Brown, singer
    * Ellen DeGeneres, comedienne (after DeGeneres came out as a lesbian)
    * Dixie Chicks, country-music group
    * Michael J. Fox, actor
    * Mel Gibson, actor
    * Whitney Houston, singer



    * Michael Jackson, singer
    * Madonna, singer
    * Roman Polanski, director
    * Lisa Marie Presley, singer–songwriter
    * Rihanna, singer
    * Britney Spears, singer

Sawyer also interviewed drug king pin Rayful Edmond III of Washington, D.C., in 1989 and once again in 1997 on 60 Minutes.
Personal life

On April 29, 1988, she and Mike Nichols, a film director, were married; they have no children. Nichols has Daisy (born 1974), Max (born 1964), and Jenny (born 1977) from his three previous marriages. Sawyer had previously had relationships with Frank Gannon, a Nixon aide; and Richard Holbrooke, a U.S diplomat
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Written By: ninny on 12/22/09 at 6:45 am

* Héctor Elizondo....Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is a Golden Globe–nominated and Emmy Award–winning American actor. Born in New York, Elizondo excelled in sports and later contemplated becoming an educator. He took dancing classes. Elizondo's first major role was that of "God" in a play for which he won an Obie award. Since then Elizondo has participated in over 80 movies and has made numerous television appearances...From 1962 to 1963, Elizondo studied dance at the Ballet Arts Company at Carnegie Hall and in 1963 he landed parts in two Off-Broadway shows: Kill the One-Eyed Man and The Great White Hope. His first major success came when he played "God" in guise of a Puerto Rican steam room attendant in the play Steambath. Elizondo won an Obie award for his performance. Many of his roles involve playing a friend or sympathizer to the lead character. As a voice-actor, he played Bane, one of the more aggressively themed characters in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. In 1974, Elizondo played against type as ex-mafioso-turned-subway hijacker "Mr. Grey" in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

In the 1980s, Elizondo befriended Garry Marshall; Marshall was impressed with his talent and it was to become a lifelong friendship, which would bring benefits for both. Their first movie together was Young Doctors in Love. In some of the movies in which Elizondo appeared, he went uncredited and he would not have minded staying that way for the movie Pretty Woman, however it was Marshall who insisted on crediting him. His role in Pretty Woman only lasted 10 minutes, but it led to his receiving a Golden Globe nomination. Elizondo has participated in over 80 movies and 12 of them have been Marshall's. In 1999, he guest-starred in Runaway Bride as "Fisher" the husband of the male protagonist's ex.

In 2001, he was featured in the short-lived television drama Kate Brasher and portrayed security head Joe in the movie The Princess Diaries, a role he reprised in the 2004 sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

He is probably best known to the television audience as Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS television series Chicago Hope created by well known television creator David E. Kelley. He has won both an Emmy and ALMA award and was nominated for a Satellite Award and several SAG Awards for playing this role. He's also the only person to stay on the show for its entire original run.

On April 30, 2008, it was announced by USA Network that Elizondo will become Adrian Monk's new therapist, Dr. Neven Bell, on their award-winning series Monk. Elizondo replaced actor Stanley Kamel, who died suddenly on April 8, 2008.
Personal life

Elizondo has been married three times. He has a son from his first marriage. Elizondo is currently married to Carolee Campbell, his wife since 1969.
Filmography
Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1963 The Fat Black Pussycat
1969 The Vixens Inspector
1970 The Landlord Hector
1971 Valdez Is Coming Mexican Rider
Born to Win Vivian
1972 Deadhead Miles Bad Character
Pocket Money Juan
Stand Up and Be Counted Lou Kellerman
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Grey
1975 Report to the Commissioner Captain D'Angelo
1976 Diary of the Dead Stan
1977 Thieves Man Below
1979 Cuba Capt. Raphael Ramirez
1980 American Gigolo Det. Sunday
1981 The Fan Police Insp. Raphael Andrews
1982 Young Doctors in Love Angelo/Angela Bonafetti
1984 The Flamingo Kid Arthur Willis
1985 Private Resort The Maestro
1987 Overboard Garbage Scow Skipper Uncredited
1988 "Astronomy" Short film
Beaches Judge Uncredited
1989 Leviathan G.P. Cobb
1990 Pretty Woman Bernard Thompson
Taking Care of Business Warden Toolman
1991 Final Approach Dr. Dio Gottlieb
Necessary Roughness Coach Ed Gennero
Frankie and Johnny Nick
1992 There Goes the Neighborhood Norman Rutledge
Samantha Walter
1993 Being Human Dom Paulo
1994 Backstreet Justice Steve Donovan
Beverly Hills Cop III Jon Flint
Getting Even with Dad Lt. Romayko
Exit to Eden Dr. Martin Helifax
1995 Perfect Alibi Det. Ryker
1996 Dear God Vladek Vidov
1997 Turbulence Lt. Aldo Hines
1999 The Other Sister Ernie
Entropy The Chairman
Runaway Bride Fisher
2001 Tortilla Soup Martin Naranjo
The Princess Diaries Joe
How High Bill the Crew Coach
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Bane Release Direct-to-Video
2004 Raising Helen Mickey Massey Uncredited
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Joe
2006 I-See-You.Com Greg Rishwain
The Celestine Prophecy Cardinal Sebastian
2007 Music Within Ben Padrow
Georgia Rule Izzy
Love in the Time of Cholera Don Leo
2010 Valentine's Day Edgar post-production
Through the Eyes of a Son: The Lou Rawls Story Nick Venet pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Edge of Night Dimitri
1969 The Jackie Gleason Show Episode: The Honeymooners - Mexican Hat Trick
1971 The Impatient Heart Mr. Hernandez TV-Movie
1972 All in the Family Carlos Mendoza Episode: "The Elevator Story"
1973, 1976 Kojak Det. Nick Ferro
Carl Dettrow Episode: "Web of Death"
Episode: "A Need to Know"
1974 Maude Cop Episode: "Speed Trap"
1975 Baretta Jerry Damon Episode: "The Fire Man"
Columbo: A Case of Immunity Hassan Salah TV-Movie
1975, 1978 The Rockford Files John Micelli
Frank Falcone Episode: "Say Goodbye to Jennifer" and "A Good Clean Bust with Sequel Rights"
1976 Popi Abraham Rodriguez 11 episodes
Wanted: The Sundance Woman Pancho Villa TV-Movie
1978 The Dain Curse Ben Feeney TV-Movie
The Eddie Capra Mysteries Episode: "Dying Declaration"
1980 Freebie and the Bean Det. Sgt. Dan 'Bean' Delgado 7 episodes
1982 Medal of Honor Rag TV-Movie
Bret Maverick Mr. Gomez Episode: "The Hidalgo Thing"
Honeyboy Emilio Ramirez TV-Movie
1983 Feel the Heat Monkey Moreno
Casablanca Capt. Louis Renault 5 episodes
Woman of San Quentin Capt. Mike Reyes TV-Movie
1984 a.k.a. Pablo Jose Sanchez/Shapiro 6 episodes
Hill Street Blues Insp. Joe Keenan Episode: "Ewe and Me, Babe"
1985 Murder: My Reason of Insanity Ben Haggarty TV-Movie
Out of the Darkness Father George TV-Movie
Foley Square Jesse Steinberg 14 episodes
1986 Courage Nick Miraldo TV-Movie
Amazing Stories Meadows Episode: "Life on Death Row"
Matlock Det. Joe Peters Episode: "The Cop"
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson Morris King TV-Movie
Night Heat Episode: "The Kid"
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Dave Whiteman 13 episodes
1988 Addicted to His Love Det. Currigan TV-Movie
1989 Kojak: Ariana Edson Saunders TV-Movie
The Equalizer Episode: "Past Imperfect"
Your Mother Wears Combat Boots Sergeant Burke TV-Movie
1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion Vic Ramos TV-Movie
Dark Avenger Capt. David Strauss TV-Pilot
Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files Hasan Demir TV-Movie
1991 Chains of Gold Lt. Ortega TV-Movie
Finding the Way Home Ruben TV-Movie
1991–1993 The Pirates of Dark Water loz Voice
21 episodes
1992 The Burden of Proof Alejandro 'Sandy' Stern Miniseries
Fish Police Don Calamari Voice
Episode: "Beauty's Only Fin Deep"
Mrs. Cage Lt. Angel TV-Movie
1993 Jonny's Golden Quest Voice
TV-Movie
Tales from the Crypt Leo Burn Episode: "As Ye Sow"
Animaniacs Stradivarius Voice
Segment: "The Cat and the Fiddle"
1994 Picket Fences Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: "Rebels with Causes"
1994, 1995 Aladdin Malcho Voice
Episodes: "The Return of Malcho" and "While the City Snoozes"
1994–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Phillip Watters 141 episodes
1995 Batman: The Animated Series Sheldon Fallbrook Voice
Episode: "The Terrible Trio"
Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects Attacama Voice
TV-Movie
1996 Gargoyles Zafiro Voice
Episode: "The Green"
1997 Borrowed Hearts Javier Del Campo TV-Movie
1998 Mikhail Baryshnikov 's Stories from My Childhood Voice
Episode: "Ivan and His Magic Pony"
Early Edition Dr. Phillip Watters Episode: "Mum's the Word"
Safe House Dr. Simon TV-Movie
2001 Kate Brasher Joe Almeida 6 episodes
2001–2004 American Experience Narrator Episodes: "Zoot Suit Riots" and "Remember the Alamo"
2002 Fidel Eddie Chibas Miniseries
The West Wing Dr. Dalton Millgate Episode: "Dead Irish Writers"
Street Time Fariz Hammoud Episodes: "No Excuses", "Betrayal" and "Reversal of Fortune"
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Dr. Guitirrez Voice
Episode: "3-D Struction"
2003 The Dating Experiment Narrator
Without a Trace Father Henry Stevens Episode: "Revelations"
Miracles Father 'Poppi' Calero 4 episodes
2004 Century City Martin Constable 9 episodes
Jack & Bobby Gerald Cruz Episode: "Chess Lessons"
2004, 2005, 2006 Justice League Lt. Kragger Voice
Episodes: "Starcrossed (1-3)", "Hunter's Moon" and "Ancient History"
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Wan Shi Tong Voice
Episode: "The Library"
2007 Cane Pancho Duque 13 episodes
2007, 2009 Grey's Anatomy Carlos Torres Episodes: "My Favorite Mistake", "Sweet Surrender" and "Invasion"
2008–2009 Monk Dr. Neven Bell
Awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

    * 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
    * 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Turbulence
    * 1998: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series" - Borrowed Hearts
    * 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Television Series in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope
    * 2000: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film" - Runaway Bride
    * 2000: Won, "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
    * 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" - Tortilla Soup

Emmy Awards

    * 1992: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special" - Mrs. Cage
    * 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
    * 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
    * 1997: Won, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
    * 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

Golden Globe Awards

    * 1991: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Pretty Woman

Imagen Foundation Awards

    * 2005: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor in a Film" - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

NCLR Bravo Awards

    * 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Television Series Actor in a Crossover Role" - Chicago Hope

Satellite Awards

    * 1997: Nominated, "Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

SAG Awards

    * 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
    * 1997: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope
    * 1998: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Chicago Hope

Temecula Valley International Film Festival

    * 2006: Won, "Lifetime Achievement Award"
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Written By: ninny on 12/22/09 at 6:50 am

* Robin Gibb..Robin Hugh Gibb CBE (born 22 December 1949) is a singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the singing/songwriting trio the Bee Gees, cofounded with his twin brother Maurice Gibb (1949-2003), and elder brother Barry.

Born on Isle of Man, to English parents, the trio started their musical career in Australia, and found major success when they returned to England. With record sales estimated in excess of 100 million, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time. Robin Gibb is the fifth most successful songwriter in UK chart history based on the number of weeks his compositions have spent on the chart...Traditionally, Robin's role in the group has been that of lead singer, for which he vied constantly with his elder brother Barry Gibb during the group's first period of British success in the late 1960s. This eventually resulted in Robin leaving the group to begin a solo career after his song "Lamplight" was relegated to the 'B' side of Barry's "First of May". Meanwhile, there were rumours of drug problems, and his parents threatened to have him made a ward of court (the UK age of majority at that time being 21, and Robin then only 19).

Although initially successful, with a number 2 hit, "Saved by the Bell", his album, Robin's Reign, was less successful and he found that being a solo artist was less than satisfying. He reunited with his brothers, who had disbanded the Bee Gees in search of their own solo careers, when Robert Stigwood created RSO records in 1970. The initial post-reunion albums Two Years On, Trafalgar and To Whom It May Concern suggested that the rift had not totally healed, with an element of split songwriting teams, Barry on the one hand and Robin and Maurice on the other together with different music publishers, in contrast to a uniform construction before the split. Only when they relocated to Los Angeles to record Life In A Tin Can did it appear that they were as one on disk. Upon reinventing themselves with "Blue-Eyed Soul" the Bee Gees went on to their second period of phenomenal success in the disco-era late 1970s.

He also made an appearance on the Sesame Street Fever album, singing on the title track, then doing a song for Oscar the Grouch called "Trash", along with speaking on at least one other song.

While continuing in the group, Robin also promoted his solo career, and during the 1980s he released three further solo albums (How Old Are You, Secret Agent, and Walls Have Eyes) which were more successful in Continental Europe than in the UK or USA. However, his 1984 single "Boys Do Fall in Love" did reach the Billboard top 40.

In the same week as his twin brother Maurice's sudden death, Robin's next solo album, Magnet, was released in Germany on 27 January 2003 (Label: SPV), and worldwide shortly afterwards. It features the old Bee Gees classic "Wish You Were Here" in a new acoustic version. The lead single, "Please" has coincidental lyrics about "loss". With Maurice's death, his two surviving brothers Robin and Barry announced that they would no longer perform as the Bee Gees.

Robin has recently sung the vocals to the opening titles to "The Dame Edna Treatment".

On May 18, 2008, Robin released the song "Alan Freeman Days" in tribute of Australian DJ Alan Freeman. The song was mainly issued as a download only track although a promotional CD was issued by Academy Recordings. In December of the same year that song was followed by yet another downloadable song entitled "Wing and a prayer" which although it shares the same name as a song the Bee Gees issued on their 1989 One album is actually a reworking of the song "Sing Slowly Sisters" that had remained unreleased since 1970. A week later Robin issued yet another song as a download, "Ellan Vannin (Home Coming Mix)", featuring the King Williams College Choir from the Isle of Man.

A new solo album entitled 50 St Catherine's Drive, originally scheduled for release in 2008, remains unreleased. In August of 2009 a brief 50-second clip of "Instant Love" from said album appeared as a preview. The song itself is a collaboration with his son Robin-John and a second version featuring Robin-John on vocals appears in a short film called "Bloodtype: The Search" in which Robin-John appears
In 1968 Gibb married Molly Hullis, a secretary in Robert Stigwood's organisation. The couple had survived the Hither Green rail crash, which killed 49 people on the 5th November 1967. They have two children, Spencer and Melissa, but they eventually divorced in 1980 after years of living separate lives, with Robin almost permanently in the USA and Molly remaining in the UK.

Gibb's second wife, Dwina Murphy Gibb, is an author and an artist. She is interested in druidry and is a follower of the Brahma Kumaris. The couple have a son, Robin-John. Robin and Dwina divide their time among the Isle of Man, Miami, and Thame in Oxfordshire.

On November 4 2008, at the private Portland Hospital in London, Robin and Dwina's housekeeper, 33 year old Claire Yang, gave birth to Robin's child, Snow Evelyn Robin Juliet Gibb. Friends report Dwina feeling furious and betrayed.

Dwina ordered the woman, who had enjoyed an eight year relationship with the singer, out of their mansion home but Robin paid for refurbished farmhouse accommodation for the mother and baby girl close by in Oxfordshire.
Awards

In 1994, Robin Gibb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1997 the Bee Gees were inducted as a group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Robin was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2001/2002 New Year's Honours List, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry. The official presentation ceremony at Buckingham Palace was delayed until 2004 owing to Maurice's death.

Robin and Barry Gibb both received Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Music from The University of Manchester in May 2004.

On 10th July 2009, both Robin and Barry were made Freemen of the Borough of Douglas. The award, was also bestowed posthumously on Maurice, therefore confirming the freedom of the town of their birth to all three brothers.
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Written By: Howard on 12/22/09 at 3:22 pm

I think Robin Gibb had a tremendous voice.

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Written By: ninny on 12/23/09 at 5:02 am


I think Robin Gibb had a tremendous voice.

Yes both him & Barry.

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Written By: ninny on 12/23/09 at 5:29 am

The word of the day...Children
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Related phrases

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      A child is a human being who is not yet an adult.
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Written By: ninny on 12/23/09 at 5:33 am

The birthday of the day...Susan Lucci
Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is an American actress, best known for portraying iconic character Erica Kane on the daytime drama All My Children. Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide, with New York Times and Los Angeles Times citing her as the highest-paid actor in daytime television. In the past, her salary has been reported as over $1 million a year.
Lucci is best known for playing the larger-than-life diva Erica Kane on the ABC television soap opera All My Children, on which she has appeared since the show's inception on January 5, 1970. She and Ray MacDonnell, who plays her former father-in-law, Dr. Joe Martin, are the only original cast members left on the show today. Lucci's long tenure on the show has made her an iconic presence on daytime; she is closely identified with both the role of Erica and with daytime television itself.

Lucci was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her work on All My Children almost every year since 1978. When Lucci didn't win the award after several consecutive nominations, her image in the media began to be lampooned, as she became notoriously synonymous with never winning an Emmy. NBC's Saturday Night Live exploited this by asking her to host an episode (unusual for a daytime serial actor), where her monologue parodied the cast, crew, and even stagehands carrying Emmys of their own in her presence. In addition, she appeared in a 1989 television commercial for the sugar substitute "Sweet One," intended to portray her as the opposite of her villainess character, yet throwing one of Erica Kane's characteristic tantrums, shouting "11 years without an Emmy! What does a person have to do around here to get an Emmy?"

After 18 failed nominations, it came as a shock to both her and the viewing audience when she finally won in 1999. When presenter Shemar Moore announced Lucci's name, the audience erupted in a standing ovation, lasting several minutes. As the sobbing actress took to the stage, cameras caught All My Children co-stars Kelly Ripa and Marcy Walker weeping openly, along with long-time supporter, actress and television host Rosie O'Donnell. Actor Ingo Rademacher was seen bowing in the aisles and talk show host Oprah Winfrey rushing the stage cheering from the wings. Lucci's win and subsequent teary-eyed speech made headline news on television and in print for several weeks thereafter.
Primetime television and film

Lucci has appeared in a number of television shows and television films. In 1990, she began a series of guest spots on the popular nighttime soap opera Dallas. She hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live in October of that year; in one skit, she appeared as Erica Kane competing on a game show.

In 1995, Lucci appeared in the Lifetime television film Ebbie. This film was an updated version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Lucci played a Scrooge-like department store owner visited by Marley and the three ghosts on Christmas. Critics praised her performance, and the film has become a holiday favorite.
Dancing with the Stars

Lucci competed in Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars with dance partner Tony Dovolani. Lucci said that Dancing had asked her to appear before, but she had turned it down in part because of the travel it would require (Dancing tapes in Los Angeles, while All My Children tapes in New York). She changed her mind, though, in part because of the experience of fellow All My Children star Cameron Mathison, who finished fifth in season 5. She was voted off the show on November 5, 2008, finishing sixth in the competition.
Lucci's father, Victor, was a first-generation American. Phyllis Diller, contrary to various internet rumors, is not her mother. Lucci has been married since September 13, 1969 to Austrian businessman Helmut Huber. They are the parents of soap opera actress Liza Huber (who played Gwen Hotchkiss on the daytime serial Passions until that series' cancellation by NBC in September 2007) and Andreas Huber, an aspiring professional golfer. She became a grandmother when her daughter, Liza, gave birth on December 23, 2006 — Lucci's 60th birthday. The baby was named Royce Alexander. Liza gave birth to Lucci's second grandchild, Brendan, on August 16, 2008.
Awards
Won

    * Daytime Emmy Awards: 1999, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children
    * Gracie Allen Awards: (2005) Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama for All My Children
    * Women in Film Lucy Awards: (1994) Lucy Award
    * Soap Opera Digest Awards
          o (2003) SOAPnet Diamond Award - For Glittering Excellence in Daytime Television
          o (1993) Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress for All My Children
          o (1988) Soap Opera Digest Award Editor's Choice

    * People's Choice Awards: (1992) People’s Choice Award
    * Crystal Apple Awards: (1994) Crystal Apple Award
    * American Academy of Achievement Awards: (1991)

    * Made in NY Awards: (2005) MINY

Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards

Nominations: (1978, 1981-1993, 1995-1999, 2001-2002) Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children. Lucci holds the record for repeat nominations in one category, having been nominated a total of 21 times for this award but only won once.
Other awards

    * Soap Opera Digest Awards
          o (2005) Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Couple for All My Children

-Shared with Walt Willey

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          o (1992) Soap Opera Digest Award 'Best Love Story: Daytime or Prime Time

-Shared with Walt Willey

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          o (1989) Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Super Couple: Daytime for All My Children

-Shared with Larkin Malloy

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          o (1986) Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Contribution by an Actor/Actress to the Form of Continuing Drama who is currently on a Daytime Serial for All My Children

TV/Guest roles

    * All My Children (Erica Kane: 1970-Present)
    * That's So Raven (Ms. Romano: 2005)
    * Hope and Faith (Jacqueline Karr: 2004)
    * Blood on Her Hands (Isabelle Collins: 1998)
    * Seduced and Betrayed (Victoria Landers: 1995)
    * Ebbie (Elizabeth 'Ebbie' Scrooge: 1995)
    * French Silk (Claire Laurent: 1994)
    * Between Love and Hate (Vivian Conrad: 1993)
    * Double Edge (Maggie Dutton/Carmen Moore: 1992)
    * The Woman Who Sinned (Victoria Robeson: 1991)
    * Dallas (Hillary Taylor/Faux Sheila Foley: 1990-1991)
    * The Bride in Black (Rose D'Amore-Malloy: 1990)
    * Lady Mobster (Laurel Castle: 1988)
    * Haunted by Her Past (aka Secret Passions) (Karen Beckett: 1987)
    * Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (Darya Romanoff: 1986)
    * Mafia Princess (Antoinette Giancana: 1986)
    * The Fall Guy (Veronica Remy: 1984)
    * Invitation to Hell (Jessica Jones: 1984)
    * Fantasy Island (Gina Edwards: 1983)
    * The Love Boat (Paula: 1982)
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Written By: ninny on 12/23/09 at 5:37 am

The co-birthdays of the day...Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III; December 23, 1964) is an American musician and singer-songwriter who serves as the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists for the American rock band Pearl Jam. Vedder left the Southern California music scene and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1990 to join Pearl Jam where he rose to fame amid the grunge movement of the early 1990s. He is notable for his "golden baritone" vocal style, and is considered a cultural icon of alternative rock. He has also been involved in other music outside of Pearl Jam, including soundtrack work and contributions to albums by other artists. In 2007, Vedder released his first solo album as a soundtrack for the film Into the Wild. Pearl Jam was formed in 1990 by Ament, Gossard, and McCready, who then recruited Vedder and drummer Dave Krusen. The band originally took the name Mookie Blaylock, but was forced to change it when the band signed to Epic Records in 1991. After the recording sessions for Ten were completed, Krusen left Pearl Jam in May 1991. Krusen was replaced by Matt Chamberlain, who had previously played with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. After playing only a handful of shows, one of which was filmed for the "Alive" video, Chamberlain left to join the Saturday Night Live band. As his replacement, Chamberlain suggested Dave Abbruzzese, who joined the group and played the rest of Pearl Jam's live shows supporting the Ten album.

Ten broke the band into the mainstream, and became one of the best selling alternative albums of the 1990s. The band found itself amidst the sudden popularity and attention given to the Seattle music scene and the genre known as grunge. The single "Jeremy" received Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Hard Rock Performance in 1993. Pearl Jam received four awards at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards for its music video for "Jeremy", including Video of the Year and Best Group Video. Ten was ranked number 207 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and "Jeremy" was ranked number 11 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest songs of the '90s.
Eddie Vedder appeared on the cover of the October 25, 1993 issue of Time, as part of the feature article discussing the rising popularity of the grunge movement. Vedder had declined to participate, and was upset with the magazine about the cover.

Following an intense touring schedule, the band went into the studio to record what would become its second studio album, Vs., released in 1993. Upon its release, Vs. set at the time the record for most copies of an album sold in a week, and spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard 200. Vs. was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 1995. From Vs., the song "Daughter" received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and the song "Go" received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Feeling the pressures of success, with much of the burden of Pearl Jam's popularity falling on Vedder, the band decided to decrease the level of promotion for its albums, including refusing to release music videos. Vedder's issue with fame came from what he stated as "what happens when a lot of these people start thinking you can change their lives or save their lives or whatever and create these impossible fudgein' expectations that in the end just start tearing you apart." In 1994, the band began a much-publicized boycott of Ticketmaster, which lasted for three years and limited the band's ability to tour in the United States. During the mid-1990s, Vedder faced what he called a "pretty intense stalker problem." Vedder would refer to the issue in the song "Lukin" from No Code.

Later that same year the band released its third studio album, Vitalogy, which became the band's third straight album to reach multi-platinum status. It was at this time that Vedder began to be featured more on rhythm guitar. Many of the songs on Vitalogy appear to be based by Vedder around the pressures of fame. The album received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album in 1996. Vitalogy was ranked number 492 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The lead single "Spin the Black Circle" won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Hard Rock Performance. Although Abbruzzese performed on the album Vitalogy, he was fired in August 1994, four months before the album was released. The band cited political differences between Abbruzzese and the other members; for example, he disagreed with the Ticketmaster boycott. He was replaced by Jack Irons, a close friend of Vedder and the former and original drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Regarding the approach Pearl Jam took after its initial success, Vedder stated, "We've had the luxury of writing our own job description...and that description has basically been cut down to just one line: make music." The band subsequently released No Code in 1996 and Yield in 1998. In 1998, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring. Pearl Jam enlisted former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron as Irons' replacement on an initially temporary basis, but he soon became a permanent replacement for Irons. "Do the Evolution" (from Yield) received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. In 1998, Pearl Jam recorded "Last Kiss", a cover of a 1960s ballad made famous by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. It was released on the band's 1998 fan club Christmas single; however, by popular demand, the cover was released to the public as a single in 1999. "Last Kiss" peaked at number two on the Billboard charts and became the band's highest-charting single.

In 2000, the band released its sixth studio album, Binaural, and initiated a successful and ongoing series of official bootlegs. The band released seventy-two such live albums in 2000 and 2001, and set a record for most albums to debut in the Billboard 200 at the same time. "Grievance" (from Binaural) received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band released its seventh studio album, Riot Act, in 2002. Pearl Jam's contribution to the 2003 film, Big Fish, "Man of the Hour", was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2004. The band's eighth studio album, the eponymous Pearl Jam, was released in 2006. The band released its ninth studio album, Backspacer, in 2009.

On Pearl Jam records, Vedder uses the pseudonym "Jerome Turner" for his non-musical (usually design and artwork) contributions. He has also at times used the pseudonym of "Wes C. Addle" ("West Seattle").
Collaborations

In addition to playing with Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog, Vedder has performed or recorded with numerous well-known artists. He has appeared on albums by The Who, Ramones, Neil Young, Neil Finn, Bad Religion, Mark Seymour, Cat Power, Mike Watt, Fastbacks, Wellwater Conspiracy, Jack Irons, and John Doe, and has also recorded with The Strokes, Nusrat Fathe Ali Khan, The Supersuckers, Susan Sarandon, and Zeke. In the months of June and July 2006, Vedder made live performances jamming with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, singing on many tracks, including lead vocals on "The Waiting" and backing vocals on "American Girl". Vedder performed three songs with the remaining members of The Doors at the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He also performed with R.E.M. at the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Vedder made a guest appearance at the Ramones' last show on August 6, 1996 at the Palace in Hollywood.
Other work

Vedder had a brief acting cameo in the 1992 movie, Singles, along with Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. He appeared as himself, playing drums in lead actor Matt Dillon's backing band, Citizen Dick. He was also interviewed for the 1996 grunge documentary, Hype!. He appears in the 2003 Ramones documentary, End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. In 2007, he made a cameo as himself in the comedy film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. He appears in the 2007 Tom Petty documentary, Runnin' Down a Dream, the 2008 political documentary, Slacker Uprising, and the 2009 Howard Zinn documentary, The People Speak.

Vedder is known for his outspoken left-wing social and political views. Discussing his views on current issues in the United States, Vedder said, "People on death row, the treatment of animals, women's right to choose. So much in America is based on religious fundamentalist Christianity. Grow up! This is the modern world!"

In 1992, Spin printed an article by Vedder, entitled "Reclamation", which detailed his views on abortion. Vedder was outspoken in support of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 2000, and Pearl Jam played a series of concerts on the 2004 Vote for Change tour, supporting the candidacy of John Kerry for U.S. President. Vedder told Rolling Stone magazine, "I supported Ralph Nader in 2000, but it's a time of crisis. We have to get a new administration in." Vedder supported the candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008.

In his spare time, Vedder is a surfer and active in surf-related conservation efforts, most notably The Surfrider Foundation. Vedder shows his support for environmental activism by sporting an Earth First! tattoo on his right calf. The logo is of a monkey wrench crossed with a stone hammer. Vedder is also a vegetarian.

Vedder is a longtime and outspoken supporter for the Free the West Memphis 3 movement, a cause that advocates the release of three teenagers (now in their 30's) who were convicted in 1994 of the gruesome murders of three little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. In an interview with Larry King on December 19, 2007, Damien Echols, who is on death row for the murders, said that Vedder has been the "greatest friend a person could have" and that the two of them have collaborated on songs while he is in prison. The song "Army Reserve" on Pearl Jam's 2006 self-titled album features a lyrical collaboration between Vedder and Echols.
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Written By: ninny on 12/23/09 at 5:40 am

* Adrian Belew...Adrian Belew (born Robert Steven Belew, December 23, 1949, in Covington, Kentucky) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is perhaps best known for his work as a member of the progressive rock group King Crimson (which he has fronted since 1981) and for his unusual approach to guitar playing, which features bizarre electronic tones, unorthodox playing techniques and a wide variety of sonic effects (including guitar-based impressions of animals, birds, insects, vehicles and mechanical sound).

Widely recognized as an "incredibly versatile player, Belew has released a number of solo albums for Island Records and Atlantic Records which blend Beatles-inspired pop-rock with more experimental fare. In addition to King Crimson, he is a member of the more straightforward pop band The Bears and fronted his own band, Gaga, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He has also worked extensively as a session musician, most famously with Talking Heads, David Bowie, Caifanes, Frank Zappa, and Nine Inch Nails.

In addition to his readily recognisable guitar sounds, Belew is noted for the distinct, nasal, sometimes manic feel of his vocals. His singing voice is often compared to that of Talking Heads singer David Byrne (an easy comparison after his early 80's work with that band).

His 2005 single "Beat Box Guitar" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.

Belew has recently moved into instrument design, collaborating with Parker Guitars to help design his own Parker Fly signature guitar.
Not inclined to formal music study, he was nonetheless a quick developer and rapidly became a high-school guitar hero. Mostly teaching himself by listening to records, Belew was ignorant of the studio trickery and sound manipulation used to create particular guitar lines, and so found ways of replicating them himself manually using unusual playing techniques and a growing interest in effects and treatments. As he matured as a player and mastered various playing styles, Belew gradually became preoccupied with finding his own sound rather than "sounding like everybody else". He eventually found his own style by applying himself to making his guitar mimic sound effects - car horns, animal noises, industrial sound - and applying those sounds to relatively standard songs. (While Belew is frequently tagged as an "experimental" guitarist, he has a firm attachment to the relatively traditional song which is rare among such musicians).

In the mid-1970s (and having now formally changed his first name to "Adrian", a name he had always liked and wanted to use), Belew moved to Nashville to pursue a full-time career as a professional musician. By 1977, he was playing with the regionally-popular cover band Sweetheart, but wondering whether (at age 27) he had missed his chance to make a living with original music.
Work with Frank Zappa (1977-1978)

In 1977, while playing at a Sweetheart gig in Nashville, Belew was discovered by singer/guitarist/composer Frank Zappa, who'd been tipped off regarding the band's talents by his chauffeur. Zappa approached Belew and discussed auditioning him for an upcoming tour, although he did not make good on this offer for the best part of a year, during which time Sweetheart split up. Once the formal invitation came, Belew flew out to Los Angeles and found himself auditioning alongside more formally-trained musicians. Believing that he'd messed up his first audition, Belew persuaded Zappa to give him a second one. Zappa was impressed enough to hire Belew on a handshake deal for a year.

Belew toured with the Zappa band and appeared on Zappa's controversial 1979 album Sheik Yerbouti - most notably performing a Bob Dylan impersonation on the song "Flakes". He also appeared in Zappa's 1979 concert film Baby Snakes. Belew describes his year in Zappa's band as a "crash course" in music theory due to Zappa's rigorous rehearsals and often technically demanding music: "I went to the Frank Zappa School of Rock."
Work with David Bowie (1979)

After seeing a Zappa concert, art-rock star David Bowie offered to hire Belew once the Zappa tour was finished. Belew then played on Bowie's "Heroes" tour in 1978, recorded for the double live album Stage, and contributed to Bowie's next album, Lodger (the latter produced by Brian Eno). (Twelve years later, he would return to working with Bowie, acting as musical director on the 1990 Sound+Vision Tour, while also playing guitar and singing.)
Talking Heads, Gaga and beginning of solo career (1979-1982)

By now a frequent visitor to New York City, Belew became friends with the up-and-coming new wave/art-rock band Talking Heads. Invited to join the band onstage for performances of their signature song "Psycho Killer", Belew impressed them with his wild and unorthodox guitar soloing and became an infrequent guest performer on occasional live concerts.

In 1980, Belew formed a new band, Gaga, for which he served as the primary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and (via backing tapes) drummer. In July of that year, Gaga was invited to open several New York-area concerts for guitarist Robert Fripp's band The League of Gentlemen.

At the same time, Belew had been tapped by both Talking Heads and their producer Brian Eno to add guitar solos to several tracks on their new album Dream Attack (eventually renamed Remain in Light). Belew was subsequently added to the expanded nine-piece Talking Heads live band for the subsequent tours in late 1980 and early 1981 (documented in the second half of the band's 1982 live album The Name of This Band is Talking Heads). Belew's involvement with Talking Heads extended to playing on a variety of side projects: Jerry Harrison's solo album The Red and the Black, several tracks on David Byrne's soundtrack to the Twyla Tharp dance piece The Catherine Wheel and most notably the debut album by Tom Tom Club (the spin-off project by Talking Heads rhythm section Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz), for which Belew performed on most of the tracks (even performing the entire instrumentation for the track 'L'Elephant').

At the time, the internal relationships in Talking Heads were particularly strained. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz approached Belew together with the suggestion that he should replace Byrne as the band's frontman - an offer which Belew politely turned down.

By now Belew's rising profile had gained him a solo record contract with Island Records. Members of Gaga joined Belew in Compass Point, Nassau (where the Tom Tom Club album was being recorded) and backed him on a set of parallel sessions which would result in Belew's first solo album, 1982's Lone Rhino.
King Crimson (1981-present)
Main article: King Crimson

In 1981, having been impressed by Belew's work with Gaga and David Bowie, Robert Fripp (former leader of the pioneering progressive rock group King Crimson) asked Belew to join a new four-piece band called Discipline as singer and second guitarist. Belew agreed to join, provided that he be allowed to continue the pursuit of his solo career. The band was completed by the former King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford and the New York session ace Tony Levin on bass and Chapman Stick. While on tour in 1981, Discipline reconfigured itself as a new formation of King Crimson. This made Belew the first guitarist to play alongside Fripp in the group, and also the first King Crimson singer to write all his own lyrics.

In spite of several splits or hiatuses in group existence (1985-1993, 2004-2008, and arguably 1997-1999), Belew has retained his position as King Crimson frontman ever since (despite a period in the early 1990s during which Fripp unsuccessfully approached singer David Sylvian for the position in a new version of the band). Belew has also participated in some of the ProjeKcts, a series of instrumental and experimental King Crimson side projects, predominantly playing electronic drums. King Crimson has used Belew's studio outside Mount Juliet, Tennessee, for rehearsals and recording since 2000.
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/23/09 at 6:52 am


The word of the day...Children
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            Children is the plural of child.

Related phrases

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      child
      A child is a human being who is not yet an adult.
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I use to be a child myself.

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Written By: Frank on 12/23/09 at 11:23 am


Yes both him & Barry.

Bee gees were quite popular in the late 70s. They sang some wonderful songs.
Sadly, we don't see that kind of talent today.

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Written By: ninny on 12/23/09 at 2:39 pm


I use to be a child myself.

No do say ;D

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/23/09 at 2:45 pm


Bee gees were quite popular in the late 70s. They sang some wonderful songs.
Sadly, we don't see that kind of talent today.




Today's singers don't have much talent,unfortunately.

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Written By: ninny on 12/23/09 at 3:41 pm



Today's singers don't have much talent,unfortunately.

That's for sure.

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Written By: Frank on 12/23/09 at 4:08 pm



Today's singers don't have much talent,unfortunately.

Where did all the talent go? Have all the good songs already been written?

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Written By: Howard on 12/23/09 at 9:55 pm


Where did all the talent go? Have all the good songs already been written?



Probably so. :(

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Written By: ninny on 12/24/09 at 2:58 am

The word of the day...Kitchen
kitchen is a room that is used for cooking and for household jobs such as washing dishes.
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Written By: ninny on 12/24/09 at 3:02 am

The birthday of the day...Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Higgins Clark, née Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins (born December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York), is an American author of suspense novels. Each of her forty-two books have been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remain in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its seventy-fifth printing.

Clark began writing at an early age. After several years working as a secretary and copy editor, Clark spent a year as a stewardess for Pan-American Airlines before leaving her job to marry and start a family. She supplemented the family's income by writing short stories. After her husband died in 1959, Clark worked for many years writing four-minute radio scripts, until her agent convinced her to try writing novels. Her debut novel, a fictionalized account of the life of George Washington, did not sell well, and she decided to leverage her love of mystery/suspense novels. Her suspense novels became very popular, and as of 2007 her books have sold more than 80 million copies in the United States alone.

Her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, is also a suspense writer.
Clark's initial contract to be a radio scriptwriter obligated her to write 65 four-minute programs for the Portrait of a Patriot series. Her work was good enough that she was soon asked to write two other radio series. This experience of fitting an entire sketch into four minutes taught Clark how to write cleanly and succinctly, traits that are incredibly important to a suspense novel, which must advance the plot with every paragraph. Despite the security offered by her new job, money was tight in the beginning as she strove to raise five children aged five to thirteen alone. For their first Christmas without Warren, Clark's only gifts to her children were personalized poems describing the things she wished she could have purchased for them.

By the late 1960s, the short story market had collapsed. The Saturday Evening Post, which in 1960 named Clark's short story "Beauty Contest at Buckingham" one of their ten best of the year, had decided to stop publishing fiction, and many of the popular ladies magazines were focusing on self-help articles instead. Because her short stories were no longer able to find a publisher, Clark's agent suggested that she try writing a full-length novel. Leveraging her research and experience with the Portraits of a Patriot series, Clark spent the next three years writing a fictionalized account of the relationship between George and Martha Washington. The book did sell, and although the advance was small, it gave Clark confidence that she could indeed finish a full-length book and find a publisher. The novel "was remaindered as it came off the press," and, to make matters worse, four months after the publication of the novel, Clark's mother Nora Higgins died.
Entering the Suspense Genre (1970-1980)

To ensure that her children would not have to struggle financially, Clark was determined that they should have good educations. To provide a good example she entered Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 1971, graduating summa cum laude in 1979, with a B.A. in philosophy. Her children followed her example. The two eldest, Marilyn and Warren, have become judges, and Patty works at the Mercantile Exchange in New York City. David is the president and CEO of Talk Marketing Enterprises, Inc, and Carol has authored many popular suspense novels.

During this time Clark became increasingly frustrated with her employer, and, although two of her children were partially dependent on her for their college tuition, she quit her job and joined two of her former colleagues in forming their own company to write and market radio scripts. To scrape up the $5000 she needed to start the business, Clark was forced to pawn her engagement ring, and, for the eight months it took the company to become profitable, she did not receive a salary, further straining the family finances.
Where Are the Children? book cover

Clark continued writing even during these hard times. Encouraged by her agent to try writing another book, Clark returned to the suspense stories that she loved as a child and which had provided her first success as a short story writer. While she was in the midst of writing the story, her younger brother Johnny died, leaving her the sole surviving member of her family. To temporarily forget her heartache, Clark threw herself into her writing, and soon finished the novel.

Very quickly after the novel, Where are the Children? was completed, Simon and Schuster agreed to purchase it for the relatively small sum of $3000. Three months later, in July 1974, Clark received word that the paperback rights for the novel had sold for one hundred thousand dollars. For the first time in many years she had no immediate financial worries.

Where Are the Children? became a bestseller and was favorably reviewed. Two years after its publication Clark sold her second suspense novel for $1.5 million.
Additional Adventures (1981-present)

In 1981, Clark happened to be in Washington, D.C. the day President Ronald Reagan was shot. Because she had a press pass she was able to join the media waiting to hear the President's prognosis. When the doctor finally arrived to start the press conference, Clark was one of the few people chosen to ask a question.
Second Marriage

Clark dated throughout her widowhood, and underwent a "disastrous" marriage in 1978 that was annulled several years later. In 1996, she remarried, to John J. Conheeney, the retired CEO of Merrill Lynch Futures, after they were introduced by her daughter, Patty. The couple lives in Saddle River, New Jersey and also have homes in Manhattan, Spring Lake, New Jersey, and Dennis, Massachusetts.
Other Writing Genres

Clark's debut novel about George Washington, Aspire to the Heavens was retitled Mount Vernon Love Story and rereleased in 2002, the same year as her autobiography, Kitchen Privileges, which relied heavily on the journals she has kept all of her life. In 2006 Clark announced that she would be fulfilling one of her dreams by publishing her first children's book. Ghost Ship was published by Simon and Schuster, who have also published her suspense novels.

She has also written several Christmas themed mystery novels with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark. Although popular with readers, some critics have complained that the books are of lesser qaulity than the bulk of Mary's work, partly because the tone is much lighter than her solo output.
Writing Success

As of 2007, Clark has written twenty-four suspense novels, which have sold over 80 million copies in the United States. All of her suspense novels have been best-sellers, and as of 2007 all are still in print, including Where are the Children?, which is in its 75th printing. In 2001, the hardcover edition of Clark's On the Street Where You Live was Number One on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller list at the same time that the paperback version of her novel Before I Say Good-bye reached Number One on the New York Times Paperback Besteller list. Her books are also number one bestsellers in France, and have earned her the distinction of being named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2000. She has also been honored in France with the Grand Prix de Literature Policier (1980) and the Deauville Film Festival Literary Award (1999).

Known as "The Queen of Suspense", Clark is a "master plotter" who has the ability to slowly draw out the tension while making the reader think everyone is guilty. Her novels feature strong, independent young women who find themselves in the midst of a problem that they must solve with their own courage and intelligence. The heroines come across as real people who make sensible decisions, which makes it easier for readers, who sometimes think " "that could have happened to me, or to my to daughter," to relate to the situations. Clark's books are written for adults, yet because she chooses not to include explicit sex or violence in her stories, they have become popular with children as young as twelve.

Many of the books deal with crimes involving children or with telepathy. While Clark is well aware that many people claiming to be psychics are behaving fraudulently, she believes that she has met people with genuine ESP powers. Clark's mother, on looking at a photo of her eighteen year old son in his brand new Navy dress blues told her daughter that "He has death in his eyes," and the young man died shortly after. A psychic Clark visited just as her second novel, Where Are the Children, was being published in paperback told her that she would become very famous and make a great deal of money. Although at the time she laughed off the prediction, the following week her novel reached the bestseller lists and she sold the movie rights shortly after, truly launching her career.
Work Habits

Before beginning the actual writing of her books, Clark prefers to develop an outline and perhaps detailed character biographies. Each chapter is continuously revised as she writes, so that when she is ready to move on to the next chapter, the current chapter is considered done and is sent directly to her editor. By the time the editor receives the last chapter, the book is primarily done.

Creativity abounds in Clark's office, a tower-like room featuring skylights and windows, located on the third floor of her house. Every morning after a light breakfast, Clark arrives in her office around 8 a.m. and works until about 2 pm, unless she is near the end of her book, when she might extend her schedule to work up to 17 hours per day. Once a year Clark lectures on a cruise ship, allowing her to travel and to do some writing in a more novel location.
Recognition

Clark has won numerous awards for her writing. In addition to those previously referenced, she has won the Horatio Alger Award (1997) and the Passionists' Ethics in Literature Award (2002), as well as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University Spirit of Achievement Award (1994) and the National Arts Club's Gold Medal in Education (1994). She has been awarded eighteen honorary doctorates, including one from her alma mater, Fordham University.

Her success has also been recognized by groups representing her heritage. The American-Irish Historical Society granted her the Gold Medal of Honor in 1993, and in 2001 she won the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She has also been named a Bronx Legend (1999).

Clark has served as the Chairman of the International Crime Congress in 1988 and was the 1987 president of the Mystery Writers of America. For many years she also served on the Board of Directors of the Mystery Writers of America. Simon and Schuster, which have published all of Clark's novels and in the late 1990s signed her to a $64-million, four book contract, have funded the Mary Higgins Clark Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America to authors of suspense fiction for each of the ten years between 2001 and 2011. The announcement that an award would be given in her honor was made at the 55th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards, where Clark was inducted as a Grand Master.

Her devotion to her religion has also been widely recognized. In the highest honor that can be offered to a layperson by the Pope, Clark has been made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, and has also been honored as a Dame of Malta and a Dame of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. The Franciscan Friars have given her a Graymoor Award (1999) and she has been awarded a Christopher Life Achievement Award. Clark also serves as a board member for the Catholic Communal Fund and as a member of the Board of Governors at Hackensack Hospital.
Bibliography
Fiction

    * 1968 Aspire To The Heavens (reissued in 2000 as Mount Vernon Love Story)
    * 1975 Where Are The Children?
    * 1977 A Stranger is Watching
    * 1980 The Cradle Will Fall
    * 1982 A Cry in the Night
    * 1984 Stillwatch
    * 1987 Weep No More, My Lady
    * 1989 While My Pretty One Sleeps
    * 1989 The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories
    * 1990 Voices in the Coal Bin (short story, only available as an audio book with Carol Higgins Clark's That's the Ticket)
    * 1991 Loves Music, Loves to Dance
    * 1992 All Around the Town
    * 1993 I'll Be Seeing You
    * 1993 Death on the Cape and Other Stories
    * 1993 Milk Run and Stowaway (Two stories. Like Voices in the Coal Bin, never officially published out of anthologies)
    * 1994 Remember Me
    * 1994 The Lottery Winner and Other Stories
    * 1995 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
    * 1995 Silent Night
    * 1996 Moonlight Becomes You
    * 1996 My Gal Sunday: Henry and Sunday Stories
    * 1997 Pretend You Don't See Her
    * 1998 You Belong to Me
    * 1998 All Through The Night
    * 1999 We'll Meet Again
    * 2000 Before I Say Good-Bye
    * 2000 Deck the Halls (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
    * 2001 On The Street Where You Live
    * 2001 He Sees You When You're Sleeping (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
    * 2002 Daddy's Little Girl
    * 2003 The Second Time Around
    * 2004 Nighttime Is My Time
    * 2004 The Christmas Thief (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
    * 2004 You Belong to Me
    * 2005 No Place Like Home
    * 2006 Two Little Girls in Blue
    * 2006 Santa Cruise (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
    * 2007 Ghost Ship: A Cape Cod Story
    * 2007 I Heard That Song Before
    * 2008 Where Are You Now?
    * 2008 Dashing Through the Snow (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
    * 2009 Just Take My Heart

Non-Fiction

    * 1993 Mother (with Amy Tan and Maya Angelou)
    * 2001 Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir'

Movie adaptations

    * 1982 A Stranger Is Watching
    * 1986 Where Are The Children?
    * 2002 We'll Meet Again
    * 2002 Lucky Day

Television adaptations

    * 1983 The Cradle Will Fall
    * 1987 Stillwatch
    * 1992 Weep No More, My Lady
    * 1992 Double Vision
    * 1992 A Cry in the Night (starring daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
    * 1992 Terror Stalks the Class Reunion
    * 1995 Remember Me (Clark appears as the character Mary)
    * 1997 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
    * 1997 While My Pretty One Sleeps (Clark appears as the character Mary)
    * 1998 Moonlight Becomes You
    * 2001 You Belong to Me
    * 2001 Loves Music, Loves to Dance
    * 2002 He Sees You When You're Sleeping (directed by David Winning)
    * 2002 Pretend You Don't See Her
    * 2002 Lucky Day
    * 2002 Haven't We Met Before?
    * 2002 All Around The Town
    * 2004 I'll Be Seeing You
    * 2004 Before I Say Good-Bye
    * 2004 Try to Remember
    * 2005 The Cradle Will Fall
    * 2005 A Crime of Passion

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Written By: ninny on 12/24/09 at 3:07 am

The co-birthday of the day...Ricky Martin

Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known by his stage name Ricky Martin, is a Grammy Award- and Latin Grammy Award- winning, Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991.

His career has spanned over three decades and has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of Ricky Martín Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin) a non-profit charity organization.

In 2008, he became a single father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino.
Ricky Martin rose to fame when boy a member of the Latin American boy band Menudo after which he became a solo artist in 1990. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin Pop and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow (Latin American singers).
Solo work

After completing high school, Martin left San Juan and moved to New York City. Later, Martin moved to Cancún where he started acting, first in theater productions, and then in a soap opera ("telenovela") titled Alcanzar Una Estrella II (Reach for a Star 2). A film based on the series was produced in which Martin played "Pablo," earning a Heraldo Award in 1993.

While acting in Mexico, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the company's Latin imprint, in 1990. He released his first solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin, in 1991, which included the single "Fuego Contra Fuego." The hit release earned gold records in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and he performed a string of sold-out concert dates across South America.

In 1993, Martin released his second solo album, Me Amarás, which sold more than a million copies worldwide.

In 1994, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He received a role as bartender and singer (Miguel Morez) in the American soap opera General Hospital.

In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career through his third album, A Medio Vivir. With this album, Martin made a shift from formulaic hit ballads to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds. With the hit "Maria", which epitomizes this new sound. "Maria" broke Martin into Europe through Spain. With the ballad "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo", Martin began his expansion from Latin American and Spanish-speaking audiences to the European and Asian markets.
Broadway

After the conclusion of a worldwide tour, Martin returned to New York to appear in a Broadway production for the first time. He played the romantic lead, Marius Pontmercy, in Les Miserables.

While on Broadway, Martin returned to the studio and recorded his fourth album, Vuelve, which was certified platinum by the RIAA and went on to sell eight million copies worldwide. He was chosen to sing the anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the famous hit "The Cup of Life"/"La Copa de la Vida", that reached number one on the charts in 60 countries.
Crossover to English

After several years as a major star in Spanish-speaking countries, Martin prepared his first English album in 1999. The self-titled album contained material by producers such as Desmond Child, Diane Warren, William Orbit, George Noriega and his longtime childhood friend (producer/singer) Robi Draco Rosa. The album also featured special guests Madonna (on the Spanish-English duet "Be Careful (Cuidado con mi Corazón)") and Meja (Private Emotion). As Turkey was one of the countries where Martin's popularity was at its peak, he sang the song with Sertab Erener, Turkish winner of the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, instead of Meja in Turkish versions of the album.

The first and most prominent single was "Livin' la Vida Loca," which reached number one in many countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and South Africa. He followed up with the hit "She's All I Ever Had" which peaked at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100. This album became one of the top-selling albums of 1999, and was certified 7 times platinum, selling over 22 million copies worldwide to date.

After the success of Ricky Martin, a new English-language album, Sound Loaded, was released in November 2000. Though the album did debut in the top ten (number four), it failed to reach number one. Three singles were released from Sound Loaded: the first was "She Bangs," which was followed by a duet with Christina Aguilera called "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely". Unlike the first two singles released from Ricky Martin, neither of the first two singles from this album reached the U.S. Top Ten on Billboard's Hot 100; they reached twelve and thirteen respectively. The third single, "Loaded" reached ninety-seven on Billboard's Hot 100. Sound Loaded eventually sold two million copies in the USA.

In 2001, Martin released a Spanish Greatest Hits album entitled La Historia, which went to number one in the Latin Charts and stayed there for five weeks. The album contained reworkings of two of his early songs Fuego contra fuego and El amor de mi vida. In the same year, he released his English greatest hits album, The Best of Ricky Martin, which went on to sell over one million copies. The album contained no new material save for two remixes of the track Amor. Both remixes were released to radio in some European countries and a single was also released.

In 2003, Martin released a new Spanish album "Almas del Silencio" ("Souls of Silence"). The first single, "Tal Vez", went to number one on the Latin Charts and stayed there for twelve weeks. He said of the new album: "I really needed to go back to focus, to my center, to the beginning. I had the need to search within, and really dig deep, and find those emotions that, because of the adrenaline and the euphoria that I lived for a couple of years, were probably sabotaged." Almas del Silencio debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200, reached number one on the Latin Albums charts and stayed there for six weeks. The next singles, "Jaleo" and "Y Todo Queda en Nada", reached number one on the Latin Charts, and the album sold more than 1 million copies worldwide .

On October 11, 2005 Martin released his first English language album since 2000's Sound Loaded and the tenth album of his career. Most of the songs on the album, called Life, were co-written by Martin. He commented on the album: "I was really in touch with my emotions. I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger. It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. It's about feeling. And all my emotions are part of this production." The album debuted at number six on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The first single from the album was "I Don't Care"/"Qué Más Da", featuring guest appearances by Fat Joe, Amerie and drummer Joseph Quevedo "Joey Q".

Another single was released "Drop It on Me", which did not chart. Soon after, Martin announced his Latin American tour called Una Noche con Ricky Martin/One Night Only, promoting his latest album Life. Starting in Latin America, the tour premiered on November 15 in Mexico City. After finishing the first leg of the tour (which included Latin America and the U.S.), he released his next single, "It's Alright" (Spanish version: "Déjate Llevar"). A different version appeared in France, which included additional vocals by French R&B singer M. Pokora. The song went to number 4 in France.

Martin performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Turin. A few days later, he announced the second leg of his world tour (which included Europe and Africa) called One Night Only/Una Noche Con Ricky Martin World Tour. The second leg started on April 21 in Manchester, U.K., and ended on June 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel, including shows that sold-out in two hours (Italy and Finland). In addition, he performed at the World Cup Fan Party in Berlin (Brandenburger Tor) on June 7, 2006, and at Lebanon's Beiteddine Festival on May 27 at the BIEL seafront hall in Beirut and on May 28 in Egypt , his first concerts in the Arab world following a promise to Queen Noor on his 2005 visit to the Arab Conference in Jordan. During this visit, he recorded an Arabic/Spanglish version of "Drop It on Me", "Enta Omri" with Arabic pop star Cheb Mami. An anticipated 8 month tour ended early due to a lack of advertising.

In 2007, Martin began a international promotional tour titled Blanco y Negro which included a performance at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and concluded with a presentation at the Madison Square Garden on October 14, 2007

In 2008, Martin released a greatest hits album entitled Ricky Martin 17.
Wiki letter w.svg This section requires expansion.

On June 2009, the singer announced he was working on a new studio album, the first since 2005's 'Life'. The album, which will feature tracks in both English and Spanish, is expected to be ready for spring of 2010, with a first single releasing near the beginning of the year. His collaborators include producer Lester Mendez, who has penned hits for everyone from Nelly Furtado to Carlos Santana. It would be his 9th studio album and his 11th album overall.

The singer also announced through his Twitter account that he's currently penning a book, although the content of said book is still unknown.
MTV Diary and MTV Unplugged

MTV aired "MTV Diary: Ricky Martin" in November 2006, showcasing scenes from the "One Night Only" tour, on the road and onstage. MTV Latin America and MTV Tr3́s co-produced the "Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" show to be taped in Miami on August 17, 2006 and premiered on MTV Latin America, MTV Tr3́s and MTV Puerto Rico in October 2006.

"Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" was released by Sony BMG on November 7, 2006 in both separate CD and DVD formats, and in May 2007, was re-released together in a CD/DVD combo-package. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart with the original CD purchase is a separate Ricky Martin DVD titled "Making of Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged", which includes a 40 minute behind the scenes documentary and the music video to "Tu Recuerdo". (It should be noted the music video for "Tu Recuerdo" is just an extracted live performance of the song from MTV Unplugged.)

The first single of the album, "Tu Recuerdo", featuring La Mari from Chambao, reached number one on the U.S. Latin Charts. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Latin Charts and number thirty-eight on Billboard 200.

This album includes Puerto Rican influences, particularly "Tu Recuerdo" (based mainly on a Puerto Rican "aguinaldo jíbaro", and finishing with an "aguinaldo orocoveño") and "Pégate", a Puerto Rican plena. Christian Nieves plays the Puerto Rican cuatro on both tracks. Viento de agua and Joseph Quevedo played the plena drums in "Pégate".
Personal life
Ricky Martin at a Puerto Rican Day annual parade in New York City.

Martin has been nominated one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine and its sister magazine People en Español in 2000 and 2006 respectively.

In the past Ricky stated he was in love with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba, with whom he had an off and on again relationship for over 14 years. They even talked of starting a family together. And at one point Ricky Martin planned on proposing. However with the release of "Life", Martin confirmed he and De Alba had parted ways.

During the Livin' la Vida Loca era, Martin's personal life went under the microscope due to his large gay following and he was constantly questioned about his sexual orientation. Neither avoiding the questions nor answering that he is straight stopped the gay rumors. In the magazine Plus 7 Days he said: "I am a modern man, live a full life, do not feel any barriers inside myself," Ricky says. "I perceive the contemporary world as an open forum, where nothing is taboo except criminal activity. If I were gay, why not admit it? ... I am a normal man. I love women and sex. I am a real hot-blooded Puerto Rican, but I have never been attracted by sex with a man."

In The Sunday Express on the gay rumors Martin said: "What are you going to do? I don't have a problem with homosexuality. I'm gay-friendly—I'm not gay."

In August 2008, Ricky became the father of twin boys. The babies were delivered via gestational surrogacy and were already a few weeks old. At the time of the press release, the children were already under Ricky's full-time care. On December 10, 2008, Martin told People magazine that the boys are named Matteo and Valentino. Martin's rep released a statement after the twins' birth, saying, "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children."

In June 2009, Martin spoke about his sexuality in an interview with Hispanic magazine TV Aqui, reportedly hinting that he was bisexual. He stated that his "heart could belong to a woman or a man". Later reports refuted this as a publicity stunt by TV Aqui. The reliable gay publication The Advocate revealed in an article "Ricky Martin Coming Out A Lie": "Last week, via a leaked cover line and a vague Twitter post, Puerto Rican magazine TV Aqui suggested that Ricky Martin had inched toward the closet door in its latest issue by saying his heart “could belong to a man or a woman. Now, with the issue on newsstands, it turns out the magazine cover text and Twitter post were nothing more than a ploy to get people to buy the magazine -- because that isn’t what he said at all. In translated text of the video footage, Martin says: "Eh, the heart of Ricky Martin? Look, whether it has or doesn't have a male owner or a female owner, I have never spoken about that topic, so don't…"
Humanitarian work
Main article: Ricky Martín Foundation

Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin (English: Ricky Martín Foundation), a non-profit organization. Among the events promoted by the foundation was a summer camp, which included Martin's personal participation.

Martin has been honored with many accolades for his humanitarian efforts including

    * The Leadership in the Arts Award
    * Billboard's Spirit of Hope Award
    * The Alma Award
    * Vanguard Award
    * International Humanitarian Award by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.
    * Hispanic Heritage Award for his humanitarian work through the Sabera Foundation in rescuing three orphan girls from the streets of Calcutta (September 2002)

Ricky Martin has also collaborated with the International Organization for Migration on the "Llama y Vive" (Call and Live), a campaign which is aimed to facilitate prevention of human trafficking, protection of the youngest victims of child trafficking, and prosecution of the traffickers. For his work against human trafficking, the U.S. State Department named Martin one of its "Heroes in Ending Modern-Day Slavery" in 2005.
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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/24/09 at 5:50 am


The word of the day...Children
    *
          o
            Children is the plural of child.

Related phrases

    *
      child
      A child is a human being who is not yet an adult.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6pphVs8bF0

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/24/09 at 5:53 am


* Robin Gibb..Robin Hugh Gibb CBE (born 22 December 1949) is a singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the singing/songwriting trio the Bee Gees, cofounded with his twin brother Maurice Gibb (1949-2003), and elder brother Barry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6pphVs8bF0
Quick Quiz Question...

What is the link between Teach Your Children by Crosby Stills & Nash and The Bee Gees?

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/24/09 at 6:57 am


The co-birthday of the day...Ricky Martin

Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known by his stage name Ricky Martin, is a Grammy Award- and Latin Grammy Award- winning, Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991.

His career has spanned over three decades and has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of Ricky Martín Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin) a non-profit charity organization.

In 2008, he became a single father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino.
Ricky Martin rose to fame when boy a member of the Latin American boy band Menudo after which he became a solo artist in 1990. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin Pop and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow (Latin American singers).
Solo work

After completing high school, Martin left San Juan and moved to New York City. Later, Martin moved to Cancún where he started acting, first in theater productions, and then in a soap opera ("telenovela") titled Alcanzar Una Estrella II (Reach for a Star 2). A film based on the series was produced in which Martin played "Pablo," earning a Heraldo Award in 1993.

While acting in Mexico, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the company's Latin imprint, in 1990. He released his first solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin, in 1991, which included the single "Fuego Contra Fuego." The hit release earned gold records in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and he performed a string of sold-out concert dates across South America.

In 1993, Martin released his second solo album, Me Amarás, which sold more than a million copies worldwide.

In 1994, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He received a role as bartender and singer (Miguel Morez) in the American soap opera General Hospital.

In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career through his third album, A Medio Vivir. With this album, Martin made a shift from formulaic hit ballads to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds. With the hit "Maria", which epitomizes this new sound. "Maria" broke Martin into Europe through Spain. With the ballad "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo", Martin began his expansion from Latin American and Spanish-speaking audiences to the European and Asian markets.
Broadway

After the conclusion of a worldwide tour, Martin returned to New York to appear in a Broadway production for the first time. He played the romantic lead, Marius Pontmercy, in Les Miserables.

While on Broadway, Martin returned to the studio and recorded his fourth album, Vuelve, which was certified platinum by the RIAA and went on to sell eight million copies worldwide. He was chosen to sing the anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the famous hit "The Cup of Life"/"La Copa de la Vida", that reached number one on the charts in 60 countries.
Crossover to English

After several years as a major star in Spanish-speaking countries, Martin prepared his first English album in 1999. The self-titled album contained material by producers such as Desmond Child, Diane Warren, William Orbit, George Noriega and his longtime childhood friend (producer/singer) Robi Draco Rosa. The album also featured special guests Madonna (on the Spanish-English duet "Be Careful (Cuidado con mi Corazón)") and Meja (Private Emotion). As Turkey was one of the countries where Martin's popularity was at its peak, he sang the song with Sertab Erener, Turkish winner of the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, instead of Meja in Turkish versions of the album.

The first and most prominent single was "Livin' la Vida Loca," which reached number one in many countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and South Africa. He followed up with the hit "She's All I Ever Had" which peaked at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100. This album became one of the top-selling albums of 1999, and was certified 7 times platinum, selling over 22 million copies worldwide to date.

After the success of Ricky Martin, a new English-language album, Sound Loaded, was released in November 2000. Though the album did debut in the top ten (number four), it failed to reach number one. Three singles were released from Sound Loaded: the first was "She Bangs," which was followed by a duet with Christina Aguilera called "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely". Unlike the first two singles released from Ricky Martin, neither of the first two singles from this album reached the U.S. Top Ten on Billboard's Hot 100; they reached twelve and thirteen respectively. The third single, "Loaded" reached ninety-seven on Billboard's Hot 100. Sound Loaded eventually sold two million copies in the USA.

In 2001, Martin released a Spanish Greatest Hits album entitled La Historia, which went to number one in the Latin Charts and stayed there for five weeks. The album contained reworkings of two of his early songs Fuego contra fuego and El amor de mi vida. In the same year, he released his English greatest hits album, The Best of Ricky Martin, which went on to sell over one million copies. The album contained no new material save for two remixes of the track Amor. Both remixes were released to radio in some European countries and a single was also released.

In 2003, Martin released a new Spanish album "Almas del Silencio" ("Souls of Silence"). The first single, "Tal Vez", went to number one on the Latin Charts and stayed there for twelve weeks. He said of the new album: "I really needed to go back to focus, to my center, to the beginning. I had the need to search within, and really dig deep, and find those emotions that, because of the adrenaline and the euphoria that I lived for a couple of years, were probably sabotaged." Almas del Silencio debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200, reached number one on the Latin Albums charts and stayed there for six weeks. The next singles, "Jaleo" and "Y Todo Queda en Nada", reached number one on the Latin Charts, and the album sold more than 1 million copies worldwide .

On October 11, 2005 Martin released his first English language album since 2000's Sound Loaded and the tenth album of his career. Most of the songs on the album, called Life, were co-written by Martin. He commented on the album: "I was really in touch with my emotions. I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger. It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. It's about feeling. And all my emotions are part of this production." The album debuted at number six on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The first single from the album was "I Don't Care"/"Qué Más Da", featuring guest appearances by Fat Joe, Amerie and drummer Joseph Quevedo "Joey Q".

Another single was released "Drop It on Me", which did not chart. Soon after, Martin announced his Latin American tour called Una Noche con Ricky Martin/One Night Only, promoting his latest album Life. Starting in Latin America, the tour premiered on November 15 in Mexico City. After finishing the first leg of the tour (which included Latin America and the U.S.), he released his next single, "It's Alright" (Spanish version: "Déjate Llevar"). A different version appeared in France, which included additional vocals by French R&B singer M. Pokora. The song went to number 4 in France.

Martin performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Turin. A few days later, he announced the second leg of his world tour (which included Europe and Africa) called One Night Only/Una Noche Con Ricky Martin World Tour. The second leg started on April 21 in Manchester, U.K., and ended on June 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel, including shows that sold-out in two hours (Italy and Finland). In addition, he performed at the World Cup Fan Party in Berlin (Brandenburger Tor) on June 7, 2006, and at Lebanon's Beiteddine Festival on May 27 at the BIEL seafront hall in Beirut and on May 28 in Egypt , his first concerts in the Arab world following a promise to Queen Noor on his 2005 visit to the Arab Conference in Jordan. During this visit, he recorded an Arabic/Spanglish version of "Drop It on Me", "Enta Omri" with Arabic pop star Cheb Mami. An anticipated 8 month tour ended early due to a lack of advertising.

In 2007, Martin began a international promotional tour titled Blanco y Negro which included a performance at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and concluded with a presentation at the Madison Square Garden on October 14, 2007

In 2008, Martin released a greatest hits album entitled Ricky Martin 17.
Wiki letter w.svg This section requires expansion.

On June 2009, the singer announced he was working on a new studio album, the first since 2005's 'Life'. The album, which will feature tracks in both English and Spanish, is expected to be ready for spring of 2010, with a first single releasing near the beginning of the year. His collaborators include producer Lester Mendez, who has penned hits for everyone from Nelly Furtado to Carlos Santana. It would be his 9th studio album and his 11th album overall.

The singer also announced through his Twitter account that he's currently penning a book, although the content of said book is still unknown.
MTV Diary and MTV Unplugged

MTV aired "MTV Diary: Ricky Martin" in November 2006, showcasing scenes from the "One Night Only" tour, on the road and onstage. MTV Latin America and MTV Tr3́s co-produced the "Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" show to be taped in Miami on August 17, 2006 and premiered on MTV Latin America, MTV Tr3́s and MTV Puerto Rico in October 2006.

"Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" was released by Sony BMG on November 7, 2006 in both separate CD and DVD formats, and in May 2007, was re-released together in a CD/DVD combo-package. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart with the original CD purchase is a separate Ricky Martin DVD titled "Making of Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged", which includes a 40 minute behind the scenes documentary and the music video to "Tu Recuerdo". (It should be noted the music video for "Tu Recuerdo" is just an extracted live performance of the song from MTV Unplugged.)

The first single of the album, "Tu Recuerdo", featuring La Mari from Chambao, reached number one on the U.S. Latin Charts. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Latin Charts and number thirty-eight on Billboard 200.

This album includes Puerto Rican influences, particularly "Tu Recuerdo" (based mainly on a Puerto Rican "aguinaldo jíbaro", and finishing with an "aguinaldo orocoveño") and "Pégate", a Puerto Rican plena. Christian Nieves plays the Puerto Rican cuatro on both tracks. Viento de agua and Joseph Quevedo played the plena drums in "Pégate".
Personal life
Ricky Martin at a Puerto Rican Day annual parade in New York City.

Martin has been nominated one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine and its sister magazine People en Español in 2000 and 2006 respectively.

In the past Ricky stated he was in love with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba, with whom he had an off and on again relationship for over 14 years. They even talked of starting a family together. And at one point Ricky Martin planned on proposing. However with the release of "Life", Martin confirmed he and De Alba had parted ways.

During the Livin' la Vida Loca era, Martin's personal life went under the microscope due to his large gay following and he was constantly questioned about his sexual orientation. Neither avoiding the questions nor answering that he is straight stopped the gay rumors. In the magazine Plus 7 Days he said: "I am a modern man, live a full life, do not feel any barriers inside myself," Ricky says. "I perceive the contemporary world as an open forum, where nothing is taboo except criminal activity. If I were gay, why not admit it? ... I am a normal man. I love women and sex. I am a real hot-blooded Puerto Rican, but I have never been attracted by sex with a man."

In The Sunday Express on the gay rumors Martin said: "What are you going to do? I don't have a problem with homosexuality. I'm gay-friendly—I'm not gay."

In August 2008, Ricky became the father of twin boys. The babies were delivered via gestational surrogacy and were already a few weeks old. At the time of the press release, the children were already under Ricky's full-time care. On December 10, 2008, Martin told People magazine that the boys are named Matteo and Valentino. Martin's rep released a statement after the twins' birth, saying, "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children."

In June 2009, Martin spoke about his sexuality in an interview with Hispanic magazine TV Aqui, reportedly hinting that he was bisexual. He stated that his "heart could belong to a woman or a man". Later reports refuted this as a publicity stunt by TV Aqui. The reliable gay publication The Advocate revealed in an article "Ricky Martin Coming Out A Lie": "Last week, via a leaked cover line and a vague Twitter post, Puerto Rican magazine TV Aqui suggested that Ricky Martin had inched toward the closet door in its latest issue by saying his heart “could belong to a man or a woman. Now, with the issue on newsstands, it turns out the magazine cover text and Twitter post were nothing more than a ploy to get people to buy the magazine -- because that isn’t what he said at all. In translated text of the video footage, Martin says: "Eh, the heart of Ricky Martin? Look, whether it has or doesn't have a male owner or a female owner, I have never spoken about that topic, so don't…"
Humanitarian work
Main article: Ricky Martín Foundation

Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin (English: Ricky Martín Foundation), a non-profit organization. Among the events promoted by the foundation was a summer camp, which included Martin's personal participation.

Martin has been honored with many accolades for his humanitarian efforts including

    * The Leadership in the Arts Award
    * Billboard's Spirit of Hope Award
    * The Alma Award
    * Vanguard Award
    * International Humanitarian Award by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.
    * Hispanic Heritage Award for his humanitarian work through the Sabera Foundation in rescuing three orphan girls from the streets of Calcutta (September 2002)

Ricky Martin has also collaborated with the International Organization for Migration on the "Llama y Vive" (Call and Live), a campaign which is aimed to facilitate prevention of human trafficking, protection of the youngest victims of child trafficking, and prosecution of the traffickers. For his work against human trafficking, the U.S. State Department named Martin one of its "Heroes in Ending Modern-Day Slavery" in 2005.
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I liked him better with Menudo.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Womble on 12/24/09 at 7:27 am

Nice job as usual, Ninny. Thanks for posting.  :)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/24/09 at 12:24 pm


The word of the day...Kitchen
kitchen is a room that is used for cooking and for household jobs such as washing dishes.
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How appropriate considering we are trying to put our kitchen back together after the disastrous remodeling.



The co-birthday of the day...Ricky Martin

Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known by his stage name Ricky Martin, is a Grammy Award- and Latin Grammy Award- winning, Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991.

His career has spanned over three decades and has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. He is the founder of Ricky Martín Foundation (in Spanish Fundación Ricky Martin) a non-profit charity organization.

In 2008, he became a single father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino.
Ricky Martin rose to fame when boy a member of the Latin American boy band Menudo after which he became a solo artist in 1990. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin Pop and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow (Latin American singers).
Solo work

After completing high school, Martin left San Juan and moved to New York City. Later, Martin moved to Cancún where he started acting, first in theater productions, and then in a soap opera ("telenovela") titled Alcanzar Una Estrella II (Reach for a Star 2). A film based on the series was produced in which Martin played "Pablo," earning a Heraldo Award in 1993.

While acting in Mexico, Martin was signed to Sony Discos, the company's Latin imprint, in 1990. He released his first solo album, the Spanish-language Ricky Martin, in 1991, which included the single "Fuego Contra Fuego." The hit release earned gold records in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and he performed a string of sold-out concert dates across South America.

In 1993, Martin released his second solo album, Me Amarás, which sold more than a million copies worldwide.

In 1994, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He received a role as bartender and singer (Miguel Morez) in the American soap opera General Hospital.

In 1995, Martin refocused on his music career through his third album, A Medio Vivir. With this album, Martin made a shift from formulaic hit ballads to a more risky fusion of music centered around traditional Latin sounds. With the hit "Maria", which epitomizes this new sound. "Maria" broke Martin into Europe through Spain. With the ballad "Te Extraño, Te Olvido, Te Amo", Martin began his expansion from Latin American and Spanish-speaking audiences to the European and Asian markets.
Broadway

After the conclusion of a worldwide tour, Martin returned to New York to appear in a Broadway production for the first time. He played the romantic lead, Marius Pontmercy, in Les Miserables.

While on Broadway, Martin returned to the studio and recorded his fourth album, Vuelve, which was certified platinum by the RIAA and went on to sell eight million copies worldwide. He was chosen to sing the anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the famous hit "The Cup of Life"/"La Copa de la Vida", that reached number one on the charts in 60 countries.
Crossover to English

After several years as a major star in Spanish-speaking countries, Martin prepared his first English album in 1999. The self-titled album contained material by producers such as Desmond Child, Diane Warren, William Orbit, George Noriega and his longtime childhood friend (producer/singer) Robi Draco Rosa. The album also featured special guests Madonna (on the Spanish-English duet "Be Careful (Cuidado con mi Corazón)") and Meja (Private Emotion). As Turkey was one of the countries where Martin's popularity was at its peak, he sang the song with Sertab Erener, Turkish winner of the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, instead of Meja in Turkish versions of the album.

The first and most prominent single was "Livin' la Vida Loca," which reached number one in many countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and South Africa. He followed up with the hit "She's All I Ever Had" which peaked at #2 on The Billboard Hot 100. This album became one of the top-selling albums of 1999, and was certified 7 times platinum, selling over 22 million copies worldwide to date.

After the success of Ricky Martin, a new English-language album, Sound Loaded, was released in November 2000. Though the album did debut in the top ten (number four), it failed to reach number one. Three singles were released from Sound Loaded: the first was "She Bangs," which was followed by a duet with Christina Aguilera called "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely". Unlike the first two singles released from Ricky Martin, neither of the first two singles from this album reached the U.S. Top Ten on Billboard's Hot 100; they reached twelve and thirteen respectively. The third single, "Loaded" reached ninety-seven on Billboard's Hot 100. Sound Loaded eventually sold two million copies in the USA.

In 2001, Martin released a Spanish Greatest Hits album entitled La Historia, which went to number one in the Latin Charts and stayed there for five weeks. The album contained reworkings of two of his early songs Fuego contra fuego and El amor de mi vida. In the same year, he released his English greatest hits album, The Best of Ricky Martin, which went on to sell over one million copies. The album contained no new material save for two remixes of the track Amor. Both remixes were released to radio in some European countries and a single was also released.

In 2003, Martin released a new Spanish album "Almas del Silencio" ("Souls of Silence"). The first single, "Tal Vez", went to number one on the Latin Charts and stayed there for twelve weeks. He said of the new album: "I really needed to go back to focus, to my center, to the beginning. I had the need to search within, and really dig deep, and find those emotions that, because of the adrenaline and the euphoria that I lived for a couple of years, were probably sabotaged." Almas del Silencio debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200, reached number one on the Latin Albums charts and stayed there for six weeks. The next singles, "Jaleo" and "Y Todo Queda en Nada", reached number one on the Latin Charts, and the album sold more than 1 million copies worldwide .

On October 11, 2005 Martin released his first English language album since 2000's Sound Loaded and the tenth album of his career. Most of the songs on the album, called Life, were co-written by Martin. He commented on the album: "I was really in touch with my emotions. I think this album is very multi-layered, just like life is. It's about feeling anger. It's about feeling joy. It's about feeling uncertainty. It's about feeling. And all my emotions are part of this production." The album debuted at number six on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The first single from the album was "I Don't Care"/"Qué Más Da", featuring guest appearances by Fat Joe, Amerie and drummer Joseph Quevedo "Joey Q".

Another single was released "Drop It on Me", which did not chart. Soon after, Martin announced his Latin American tour called Una Noche con Ricky Martin/One Night Only, promoting his latest album Life. Starting in Latin America, the tour premiered on November 15 in Mexico City. After finishing the first leg of the tour (which included Latin America and the U.S.), he released his next single, "It's Alright" (Spanish version: "Déjate Llevar"). A different version appeared in France, which included additional vocals by French R&B singer M. Pokora. The song went to number 4 in France.

Martin performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Turin. A few days later, he announced the second leg of his world tour (which included Europe and Africa) called One Night Only/Una Noche Con Ricky Martin World Tour. The second leg started on April 21 in Manchester, U.K., and ended on June 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel, including shows that sold-out in two hours (Italy and Finland). In addition, he performed at the World Cup Fan Party in Berlin (Brandenburger Tor) on June 7, 2006, and at Lebanon's Beiteddine Festival on May 27 at the BIEL seafront hall in Beirut and on May 28 in Egypt , his first concerts in the Arab world following a promise to Queen Noor on his 2005 visit to the Arab Conference in Jordan. During this visit, he recorded an Arabic/Spanglish version of "Drop It on Me", "Enta Omri" with Arabic pop star Cheb Mami. An anticipated 8 month tour ended early due to a lack of advertising.

In 2007, Martin began a international promotional tour titled Blanco y Negro which included a performance at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and concluded with a presentation at the Madison Square Garden on October 14, 2007

In 2008, Martin released a greatest hits album entitled Ricky Martin 17.
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On June 2009, the singer announced he was working on a new studio album, the first since 2005's 'Life'. The album, which will feature tracks in both English and Spanish, is expected to be ready for spring of 2010, with a first single releasing near the beginning of the year. His collaborators include producer Lester Mendez, who has penned hits for everyone from Nelly Furtado to Carlos Santana. It would be his 9th studio album and his 11th album overall.

The singer also announced through his Twitter account that he's currently penning a book, although the content of said book is still unknown.
MTV Diary and MTV Unplugged

MTV aired "MTV Diary: Ricky Martin" in November 2006, showcasing scenes from the "One Night Only" tour, on the road and onstage. MTV Latin America and MTV Tr3́s co-produced the "Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" show to be taped in Miami on August 17, 2006 and premiered on MTV Latin America, MTV Tr3́s and MTV Puerto Rico in October 2006.

"Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged" was released by Sony BMG on November 7, 2006 in both separate CD and DVD formats, and in May 2007, was re-released together in a CD/DVD combo-package. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart with the original CD purchase is a separate Ricky Martin DVD titled "Making of Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged", which includes a 40 minute behind the scenes documentary and the music video to "Tu Recuerdo". (It should be noted the music video for "Tu Recuerdo" is just an extracted live performance of the song from MTV Unplugged.)

The first single of the album, "Tu Recuerdo", featuring La Mari from Chambao, reached number one on the U.S. Latin Charts. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Latin Charts and number thirty-eight on Billboard 200.

This album includes Puerto Rican influences, particularly "Tu Recuerdo" (based mainly on a Puerto Rican "aguinaldo jíbaro", and finishing with an "aguinaldo orocoveño") and "Pégate", a Puerto Rican plena. Christian Nieves plays the Puerto Rican cuatro on both tracks. Viento de agua and Joseph Quevedo played the plena drums in "Pégate".
Personal life
Ricky Martin at a Puerto Rican Day annual parade in New York City.

Martin has been nominated one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine and its sister magazine People en Español in 2000 and 2006 respectively.

In the past Ricky stated he was in love with Mexican TV host Rebecca de Alba, with whom he had an off and on again relationship for over 14 years. They even talked of starting a family together. And at one point Ricky Martin planned on proposing. However with the release of "Life", Martin confirmed he and De Alba had parted ways.

During the Livin' la Vida Loca era, Martin's personal life went under the microscope due to his large gay following and he was constantly questioned about his sexual orientation. Neither avoiding the questions nor answering that he is straight stopped the gay rumors. In the magazine Plus 7 Days he said: "I am a modern man, live a full life, do not feel any barriers inside myself," Ricky says. "I perceive the contemporary world as an open forum, where nothing is taboo except criminal activity. If I were gay, why not admit it? ... I am a normal man. I love women and sex. I am a real hot-blooded Puerto Rican, but I have never been attracted by sex with a man."

In The Sunday Express on the gay rumors Martin said: "What are you going to do? I don't have a problem with homosexuality. I'm gay-friendly—I'm not gay."

In August 2008, Ricky became the father of twin boys. The babies were delivered via gestational surrogacy and were already a few weeks old. At the time of the press release, the children were already under Ricky's full-time care. On December 10, 2008, Martin told People magazine that the boys are named Matteo and Valentino. Martin's rep released a statement after the twins' birth, saying, "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children."

In June 2009, Martin spoke about his sexuality in an interview with Hispanic magazine TV Aqui, reportedly hinting that he was bisexual. He stated that his "heart could belong to a woman or a man". Later reports refuted this as a publicity stunt by TV Aqui. The reliable gay publication The Advocate revealed in an article "Ricky Martin Coming Out A Lie": "Last week, via a leaked cover line and a vague Twitter post, Puerto Rican magazine TV Aqui suggested that Ricky Martin had inched toward the closet door in its latest issue by saying his heart “could belong to a man or a woman. Now, with the issue on newsstands, it turns out the magazine cover text and Twitter post were nothing more than a ploy to get people to buy the magazine -- because that isn’t what he said at all. In translated text of the video footage, Martin says: "Eh, the heart of Ricky Martin? Look, whether it has or doesn't have a male owner or a female owner, I have never spoken about that topic, so don't…"
Humanitarian work
Main article: Ricky Martín Foundation

Martin is the founder of Fundación Ricky Martin (English: Ricky Martín Foundation), a non-profit organization. Among the events promoted by the foundation was a summer camp, which included Martin's personal participation.

Martin has been honored with many accolades for his humanitarian efforts including

    * The Leadership in the Arts Award
    * Billboard's Spirit of Hope Award
    * The Alma Award
    * Vanguard Award
    * International Humanitarian Award by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.
    * Hispanic Heritage Award for his humanitarian work through the Sabera Foundation in rescuing three orphan girls from the streets of Calcutta (September 2002)

Ricky Martin has also collaborated with the International Organization for Migration on the "Llama y Vive" (Call and Live), a campaign which is aimed to facilitate prevention of human trafficking, protection of the youngest victims of child trafficking, and prosecution of the traffickers. For his work against human trafficking, the U.S. State Department named Martin one of its "Heroes in Ending Modern-Day Slavery" in 2005.
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First saw Ricky Martin on General Hospital. Can you say "YUM"? Of course I'm sure people know how I feel about Puerto Rican men.  ;)



Cat

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Written By: Frank on 12/24/09 at 1:30 pm


Quick Quiz Question...

What is the link between Teach Your Children by Crosby Stills & Nash and The Bee Gees?

I know the Bee gees also had a song called "Teach your chldren'

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/24/09 at 1:31 pm


I know the Bee gees also had a song called "Teach your chldren'
That is not the answer I am thinking of.

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Written By: Frank on 12/24/09 at 1:32 pm


That is not the answer I am thinking of.

Both are 3 man bands?
Bee Gees had a song "Children of the world"

Am I getting closer?

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Written By: Howard on 12/24/09 at 7:11 pm

Who remembers old school menudo?

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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 4:01 am



How appropriate considering we are trying to put our kitchen back together after the disastrous remodeling.




First saw Ricky Martin on General Hospital. Can you say "YUM"? Of course I'm sure people know how I feel about Puerto Rican men.  ;)



Cat

I hope the kitchen comes out fine..No do tell you love Puerto Rican men ;D

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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 4:01 am


Nice job as usual, Ninny. Thanks for posting.  :)

Glad you liked it. :)

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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 4:11 am

The word or phrase of the day...Merry Christmas
used as a greeting at Christmas to say that you hope that somebody has an enjoyable holiday
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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 4:15 am

The birthday of the day...Sissy Spacek
Mary Elizabeth "Sissy" Spacek (born December 25, 1949) is an American actress and singer. Her screen debut was in the 1972 film Prime Cut co-starring Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman.

In the 1970s, she began starring in critically-acclaimed films directed by Terrence Malick, Brian de Palma and Robert Altman. Her performance as the blood-spattered title character in de Palma's 1976 horror film Carrie made her famous. She is one of the very few actresses ever nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in a horror film (Carrie).

In 1980, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter. She has been nominated a total of 6 times. Spacek is known mainly as a dramatic actress, but has also made comedies. The films Spacek has starred in have earned over $700 million world wide.  Spacek started out as a country singer, recording one single ("John, You've Gone Too Far This Time"), about John Lennon, an expression of her shock over the Two Virgins cover under the name 'Rainbo'. With the help of her cousin, actor Rip Torn, she was able to enroll in Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.
1970s

Her first credited role was in the 1972 cult classic Prime Cut, in which she played Poppy, a young girl sold into sexual slavery. This was a striking debut, Spacek demonstrating her capacity for combining intense sexuality with a child-like blankness, a characteristic that would mark almost all of her work in the seventies. This role led to TV work which included a small role in The Waltons, where she uttered the well known line "When are you going to stop being John Boy and start being John Man?". But her landmark role of this period and the role that brought her to international attention, came in 1973: Holly in Terrence Malick's Badlands. As Holly, the 15-year old, baton-twirling girlfriend of mass-murderer Kit (played by Martin Sheen), Spacek gave a memorable and sinister performance. Narrating the film's grotesque events in almost comically-listless monotone, Holly is a truly bewildering character, apparently devoid of shock, sentiment, or the capacity for an appropriate response to anything. Spacek has described Badlands as the "most incredible" experience of her career. It was on the set of Badlands that Spacek met art director Jack Fisk, whom she would soon marry.

Spacek's iconic and career-defining role came in 1976 with Brian De Palma's Carrie, in which she played Carrie White, a universally bullied and despised teenager with telekinetic powers. Spacek's fragile beauty and painfully vulnerable charm made Carrie a far more sympathetic character than the character in Stephen King's original novel, and her performance is blistering in its emotional honesty. Yet, incredibly, Spacek had to work hard to persuade director de Palma to engage her for the role, set as he was on an alternative actress, whose identity remains to this day shrouded in mystery. Rubbing Vaseline into her hair, and donning an old sailor-dress her mother had made for her as a child, Spacek turned up to the audition with the odds stacked against her, but blew her competition out of the water. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the film. (Veteran actress Piper Laurie, who played Carrie's religiously maniacal mother Margaret White, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.)

After Carrie Spacek played the small but amusing role of topless house-keeper Linda Murray in Alan Rudolph's bizarre ensemble piece Welcome to LA (1976), but cemented her reputation as one of the best actresses in independent cinema in Robert Altman's 1977 classic 3 Women. As Pinky Rose, the literally vacant waif who will suck the soul out of Shelley Duvall's tragically superficial Millie Lammoreaux, Spacek would reveal an astonishing range, shifting from quasi-retarded child-oaf to glamorously brittle queen bitch within the film's first hour. Altman himself was deeply impressed by her performance, stating: 'She's remarkable, one of the top actresses I've ever worked with. Her resources are like a deep well.' Meanwhile, de Palma now enthused: 'Sissy's a phantom. She has this mysterious way of slipping into a part, letting it take over her. She's got a wider range than any young actress I know.' Spacek also helped to finance then-brother-in-law David Lynch's directorial debut, the instantaneous art-house/horror classic Eraserhead (1976), and is thanked for her trouble in the credits of that film.

In 1979's Heart Beat, Spacek played the debonair socialite Carolyn Cassady, slipping (under the influence of John Heard's Jack Kerouac and Nick Nolte's Neal Cassady) into a frustrating combination of drudgery and (mild) debauchery. The film was not a hit, but emerges as a minor gem, insightful into the hypocrisies of 1950s United States and the disappointments of failed transgression.
1980s

Spacek began the decade with an Oscar in 1980 for Coal Miner's Daughter, in which she played country music star Loretta Lynn. Film critic Roger Ebert credited the success that was Coal Miner's Daughter, "to the performance by Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn. With the same sort of magical chemistry she's shown before, when she played the high school kid in Carrie, Spacek at twenty-nine has the ability to appear to be almost any age onscreen. Here she ages from about fourteen to somewhere in her thirties, always looks the age, and never seems to be wearing makeup."
The handprints of Sissy Spacek in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

Spacek was also nominated for a Grammy Award for her singing on that film's soundtrack album. She followed this with her own country album, Hangin' Up My Heart in 1983; the album spawned one hit single, "Lonely But Only For You," a song written by K.T. Oslin which reached #15 on the Billboard Country chart.

The 1980s were a solid decade for Spacek. She consolidated her position as one of Hollywood's leading actresses, even if the disquieting 'edge' of her seventies persona was dulled somewhat. She starred alongside Jack Lemmon in Costa-Gavras's political thriller Missing (1982), Mel Gibson in the rural drama The River (1984), and Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange in 1986's Crimes of the Heart. She was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for all of these roles. Other notable performances of the decade included poignant star turns in husband Jack Fisk's directorial debut Raggedy Man (1981), and opposite Anne Bancroft in the harrowing suicide drama 'Night Mother (1986). She also showed her lighter side by agreeing to play the voice of the brain in the Steve Martin comedy The Man with Two Brains (1983). By the end of 1986 Spacek retired to her farm in Virginia to raise her children and would not appear in another film until 1990.
1990s

The 1990s saw Spacek slowly come back to Hollywood, after her self-imposed hiatus. She had a supporting role as Kevin Costner's wife in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991), she made a number of comedies, TV movies, and the occasional interesting film. Most notable were her hilarious turn as the villainous Verena Talbo in 1995's whimsical but underrated ensemble piece The Grass Harp (which reunited her with both Piper Laurie and Jack Lemmon), a fiercely sympathetic supporting performance (opposite Nick Nolte again) as the waitress Margie Fogg in Paul Schrader's terrifying father-son psychodrama Affliction (1997), and a brilliant study in middle-aged, stuttering low confidence, as Rose Straight in David Lynch's charming family epic The Straight Story (1999).
2000s

The last decade has seen Spacek excel in a number of film roles. In 2001, she was nominated again for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Todd Field's In the Bedroom. New York Times film critic Stephen Holden said of her work in the film:

   "Ms. Spacek's performance is as devastating as it is unflashy. With the slight tightening of her neck muscles and a downward twitch of her mouth, she conveys her character's relentlessness, then balances it with enough sweetness to make Ruth seem entirely human. It is one of Ms. Spacek's greatest performances.

Her portrayal of a grieving mother consumed by revenge, Ruth Fowler, won extraordinary praise and garnered the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards for Best Actress.

Other notable performances of this decade include her moving portrayal of quietly unfaithful wife Ruth in Rodrigo Garcia's incredible feminist L.A.-based puzzle Nine Lives (2005), and a recent turn as a woman suffering from Alzheimer's in the television movie Pictures of Hollis Woods (2007). In 2008, Spacek had a cameo appearance in the Christmas movie Four Christmases (2008) and a lead role in the independent drama, Lake City (2008).

Spacek joined the HBO drama Big Love for a multi-episode arc as a powerful Washington, D.C., lobbyist.
Personal life

Spacek married production designer Jack Fisk in 1974. Fisk directed her in the films Raggedy Man and Violets Are Blue and was Oscar-nominated for his production design in 2007's There Will Be Blood. They have two daughters, Schuyler Fisk and Madison Fisk. Schuyler has appeared in several film roles, and is now pursuing a career as a singer. Spacek and her family live on a horse ranch near Charlottesville, Virginia. She is also an ardent crusader for women's rights.
Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1970 Trash Girl extra at bar uncredited
1972 Prime Cut Poppy
1973 The Girls of Huntington House Sara TV film
Badlands Holly Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1974 Ginger in the Morning Ginger TV film
The Migrants Wanda Trimpin
1975 Katherine Katherine Alman TV film (also known as The Radical)
1976 Carrie Carrie White National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Welcome to L.A. Linda Murray
1977 3 Women Pinky Rose New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1978 Verna: U.S.O. Girl Verna Vane TV film
1980 Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Heart Beat Carolyn Cassady
1981 Raggedy Man Nita Longley Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1982 Missing Beth Horman Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1983 The Man with Two Brains Anne Uumellmahaye voice (uncredited)
1984 The River Mae Garvey Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Terror in the Aisles archival footage
1985 Marie Marie Ragghianti
1986 Violets Are Blue Augusta 'Gussie' Sawyer
'night, Mother Jessie Cates
Crimes of the Heart Rebeca 'Babe'/'Becky' Magrath Botrelle Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1990 The Long Walk Home Miriam Thompson
1991 Hard Promises Christine Ann Coalter
JFK Liz Garrison
1992 A Private Matter Sherri Finkbine TV film
1994 A Place for Annie Susan Lansing TV film
Trading Mom aka "The Mommy Market" Mrs. Mommy Martin; Mama, Snappy French;
Mom, the Nature-Hiker; Natasha, the Circus Performer
1995 The Good Old Boys Spring Renfro Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
The Grass Harp Verena Talbo
Streets of Laredo Lorena Parker TV mini-series
1996 Beyond the Call Pam O'Brien TV film
If These Walls Could Talk Barbara Barrows (segment "1974") TV film
1997 Affliction Margie Fogg
1999 Blast from the Past Helen Thomas Webber Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Straight Story Rose 'Rosie' Straight Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
2000 Songs in Ordinary Time Marie Fermoyle TV film
2001 In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler AFI Actress of the Year
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Midwives Sibyl Danforth Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2002 Last Call Zelda Fitzgerald Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Tuck Everlasting Mae Tuck Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004 A Home at the End of the World Alice Glover
2005 Nine Lives Ruth Locarno International Film Festival Award for Best Actress Ensemble
The Ring Two Evelyn
North Country Alice Aimes
2006 An American Haunting Lucy Bell
Summer Running: The Race to Cure Breast Cancer Mrs. Flora Good
2007 Gray Matters Sydney
Hot Rod Marie Powell
Pictures of Hollis Woods Josie Cahill Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2008 Lake City Maggie
Four Christmases Paula (Brad's Mom)
2009 Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People Narrator TV mini-series
Get Low For People

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Discography
Albums
Year Album US Country Label
1983 Hangin' Up My Heart 17 Atlantic
Singles
Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1980 "Coal Miner's Daughter" 24 — 7 Coal Miner's Daughter (Soundtrack)
"Back in Baby's Arms" — — 71
1983 "Lonely But Only for You" 15 110 13 Hangin' Up My Heart
1984 "If I Can Just Get Through the Night" 57 — 41
"If You Could Obly see Me Now 79 - -
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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 4:19 am

The co-birthday of the day...Jimmy Buffett...James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a movie producer best known for his "island escapism" lifestyle and music including hits such as "Margaritaville" (No. 234 on RIAA's list of "Songs of the Century"), and "Come Monday". He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads". His band is called the Coral Reefer Band.

Aside from his career in music, Buffett is also a best-selling writer and is involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best known songs, "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "Margaritaville". He owns the Margaritaville Cafe restaurant chain and co-developed the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant concept with OSI Restaurant Partners (parent of Outback Steakhouse), which operates the chain under a licensing agreement with Buffett.Buffett began his musical career in Nashville, Tennessee during the late 1960s as a country artist and recorded his first album, the folk rock Down to Earth, in 1970. During this time Buffett could be frequently found busking for tourists in New Orleans. Country music singer Jerry Jeff Walker took him to Key West on a busking expedition. Buffett then moved to Key West and began establishing the easy-going beach bum persona for which he is known. Following this move, Buffett combined country, folk, and pop music with coastal as well as tropical lyrical themes for a sound sometimes called "gulf and western." Today, he is a regular visitor to the Caribbean island of Saint Barts and other islands where he gets inspiration for many of his songs and some of the characters in his books.

Buffett's third album was the 1973 A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. A1A followed in 1974, Havana Daydreamin' appeared in 1976, followed by 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, which featured the breakthrough hit song "Margaritaville". Many fans believe Buffett's best work was represented by these earlier albums ( COBO-Church of Buffett, Orthodox re the canon)

With the untimely death of friend and mentor Jim Croce in September 1973, ABC Dunhill tapped Buffett to fill his space. Earlier, Buffett had visited Croce's farm in Pennsylvania and met with Croce in Florida (see Jimmy Buffett "The Man from Margaritaville Revealed" - Steve Eng page 144 and "Jimmy Buffett Scrap Book" by Mark Humphrey page 120)

During the 1980s, Buffett made far more money off his tours than albums and became known as a popular concert draw. He released a series of albums during the following twenty years, primarily to his devoted audience, and also branched into writing and merchandising. In 1985, Buffett opened the first of the "Margaritaville" restaurants in Key West, bringing new visibility and life to the Margaritaville name. During the 1980s Buffett played at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He briefly changed the name of the band from "Coral Reefers" to the "Coral Reef Band" to suit the HLS&R's request as they thought "Reefers" was a drug related reference. HLS&R is a charity event that provides student grants to children and young adults that compete in agriculture contests (FFA).

Two of the more out-of-character albums were Christmas Island, a collection of Christmas songs, and Parakeets, a collection of Buffett songs sung by children and containing "cleaned-up" lyrics (like "a cold root beer" instead of "a cold draft beer").

In 1997, Buffett collaborated with novelist Herman Wouk to create a short-lived musical based on Wouk's novel, Don't Stop the Carnival. Broadway showed little interest in the play, ( post the failure of Paul Simon's The Capeman) and it only ran for six weeks in Miami. He released the soundtrack for the musical in 1998.

In August 2000 Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played on the White House lawn for then President Bill Clinton.

In 2003, he partnered in a partial duet with Alan Jackson for the song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," a number one hit on the country charts. This song won the 2003 Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year. This was Buffett’s first award of any kind for his music in his 30 year career.

Buffett's album, License to Chill, released on July 13, 2004, sold 238,600 copies in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan. With this, Buffett topped the U.S. pop albums chart for the first time in his three-decade career.

Buffett continues to tour throughout the year although he has shifted recently to a more relaxed schedule of around 20–30 dates, and rarely on back-to-back nights, preferring to play only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, thus the title of his 1999 live album Buffett Live — Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Purchasing tickets is difficult with most of his concerts selling out in minutes.

In the summer of 2005 Buffett teamed up with Sirius radio and introduced channel 31: Radio Margaritaville, and as of November 2008 is also on XM radio channel 55. Until this point Radio Margaritaville was solely an online channel. The channel broadcasts from the Margaritaville restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, Florida. The channel is still available online at RadioMargaritaville.com.

In August 2006, he released the album Take The Weather With You. The song "Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On" on this album refers to 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Also on the album he pays tribute to Merle Haggard with his rendition of "Silver Wings" and covers, with Mark Knopfler playing on the track, "Whoop De Doo."

Of the over 30 albums Jimmy Buffett has released, as of October 2007, he has 8 Gold Albums and 9 Platinum or Multi Platinum Albums. In 2003 Buffett won his first ever Country Music Award (CMA) for his song "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" with Alan Jackson, and was nominated again in 2007 for the CMA Event of the Year Award for his song "Hey Good Lookin" which featured Alan Jackson and George Strait.

On December 8, 2009, Jimmy Buffett released his 28th studio album entitled Buffet Hotel.
Writing
Jimmy Buffett at the Miami Book Fair International of 1989

Buffett has written three No. 1 best sellers. Tales from Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant? both spent over seven months on the New York Times Best Seller fiction list. His book A Pirate Looks At Fifty went straight to No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller non-fiction list, making him one of seven authors in that list's history to have reached No. 1 on both the fiction and non-fiction lists. The other six authors who have accomplished this are Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Styron, Irving Wallace, Dr. Seuss and Mitch Albom.

Buffett also co-wrote two children's books, The Jolly Mon and Trouble Dolls, with his eldest daughter, Savannah Jane Buffett. The original hard cover release of the The Jolly Mon included a cassette tape recording of him and Savannah Jane reading the story accompanied by an original score written by Michael Utley.

Buffett's novel A Salty Piece of Land, was released on November 30, 2004, and the first edition of the book included a CD single of the song "A Salty Piece Of Land", which was recorded for License to Chill. The book was a New York Times best seller soon after its release.

Buffett's latest title, Swine Not?, was released May 13, 2008.

Buffett is currently writing a follow-up to his autobiography A Pirate Looks At Fifty, which he says may take up to ten years to write and complete. s in Florida, Alabama and the Caribbean affected by the four major hurricanes that year.

Buffett performed in Hong Kong on January 18, 2008 for a concert that raised US$63,000 for the Foreign Correspondents' Club Charity Fund. This was his first concert in Hong Kong and it sold out within weeks. Not only did Buffett perform for free, but he also paid for the concertgoers' tequila and beer.

In addition, many Parrothead club activities are focused on charity work, although Buffett is not directly involved with them.
Controversy

The earliest controversy with Buffett was his recording of "God's Own Drunk" found on the album Living and Dying in ¾ Time. In 1983 the son of the late entertainer Lord Buckley sued Buffett for $11 million for copyright infringement claiming that Buffett took parts of the monologue from Buckley's A Tribute to Buckley and claimed it as his own work in "God's Own Drunk". The suit also alleged that Buffett's "blasphemous" rendition presented to the public a distorted impression of Lord Buckley. They got an injunction against Buffett which prevented him from performing the song until the lawsuit was settled or resolved. So, in 1986 when Buffett would get to the part of his show where he would normally perform "God's Own Drunk," he would say that he still isn't allowed to play it because of the lawsuit and instead played a song he wrote called "The Lawyer and the Asshole" in which he accuses Buckley's son and lawyers as being greedy and tells them to "kiss his ass."

On October 6, 2006, it was reported that Buffett had been detained by French custom officials in Saint Tropez for allegedly carrying over 100 pills of ecstasy. Buffett’s luggage was searched after his Dassault Falcon 900 private jet landed at Toulon-Hyères International Airport. He paid a fine of $300 and was released. A spokesperson for Buffett stated the pills in question were prescription drugs, but declined to name the drug or the health problem for which he was being treated. Buffett released a statement that the "ecstasy" was in fact, a Vitamin B supplement known as Foltx.

This was not the first time Buffett had been assumed to be carrying drugs. In January 1996 his Grumman HU-16 airplane nicknamed "Hemisphere Dancer" was shot at by Jamaican police who believed the craft to be smuggling marijuana. The aircraft sustained minimal damage. On board the plane with Buffett were U2's Bono, and Island Records producer Chris Blackwell, and co-pilot Bill Dindy. The Jamaican government acknowledged the mistake and apologized to Buffett who penned the song "Jamaica Mistaica" for his Banana Wind album based on the experience.

On February 4, 2001, he was ejected from the American Airlines Arena in Miami during a Miami Heat/New York Knicks basketball game for cursing. After the game, referee Joe Forte said that he ordered the singer moved during the fourth quarter because "there was a little boy sitting next to him and a lady sitting by him. He used some words he knows he shouldn't have used."

However, Forte apparently didn't know who he'd just removed from the arena. Heat coach Pat Riley tried to explain who Buffett was to Forte and was censured himself because the referee thought Riley was insulting him by asking if he'd ever been a "Parrothead," the nickname for Buffett fanatics.

Though Buffett didn't comment immediately after the incident, he did appear on The Today Show three days later and talked with Matt Lauer about the ejection.
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* Annie Lennox...Annie Lennox (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish musician and recording artist. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Lennox showed aptitude in music when she was a child and later studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She began her recording career as a member of the British pop band The Tourists, and subsequently formed the synth pop duo Eurythmics with former bandmate David A. Stewart. The duo gained international prominence over the course of the 1980s with singles such as "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and "Here Comes the Rain Again".

In the 1990s, Lennox embarked on a solo career beginning with her debut Diva (1992), which produced the hit singles "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass". In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the original soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Following the release of her fourth studio album Songs of Mass Destruction (2007), Lennox released her first compilation album The Annie Lennox Collection in 2009.

In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, leading such events as an anti-war rally in London on 3 January 2009 in response to the conflict in Gaza. She also objected to the unauthorised use of the 1999 Eurythmics song "I Saved the World Today" in an election broadcast for Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Known as a pop culture icon for her distinctive contralto vocals and visual performances, Lennox has been named "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. She has earned the distinction of 'most successful female British artist in UK music history' due to her global commercial success since the early 1980s. Including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 80 million records worldwide.
Between 1977 and 1980, Lennox was the lead singer of The Tourists, a moderately successful British pop band and her first collaboration with Dave Stewart. During the time they were in The Tourists, Stewart and Lennox were involved in a relationship, though this had ended by the time they formed Eurythmics.

Lennox and Stewart's second collaboration, the 1980s synthpop duo Eurythmics, resulted in her most notable fame, as the duo's alto, soul-tinged lead singer. Early in Eurythmics' career, Lennox was known for her androgyny, wearing suits and once impersonating Elvis Presley. Eurythmics released a long line of singles in the 1980s, including "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Here Comes the Rain Again","Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves", "Who's That Girl?", "Would I Lie to You?", "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)", "Missionary Man", "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart", "Thorn in My Side", "The Miracle of Love" and "Don't Ask Me Why", among others. Though Eurythmics never officially disbanded, Lennox made a fairly clear break from Stewart in 1990. Thereafter, she began a long and equally-successful solo career.

Lennox and Stewart reconvened Eurythmics in the late 1990s with the album Peace, their first album of new material in ten years. A subsequent concert tour was completed, with profits going to Greenpeace. Lennox and Stewart later collaborated on two new pieces for their 2005 Eurythmics compilation album, Ultimate Collection, of which "I've Got a Life" was released as a single in October 2005. The promotional video for the song features Lennox and Stewart performing in the present day, with images of past Eurythmics videos playing on television screens behind them. Lennox also appears in a man's suit with a cane, reminiscent of her "Sweet Dreams" video image from 1983. The single peaked at number fourteen in the UK singles chart and was a number-one U.S. Dance hit.

Lennox has received eight BRIT Awards, the most of any female artist. Four of the awards were given during her time with Eurythmics, and another was given to the duo for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1999. The closest any other female artist has come to this record is Dido, with four awards.

From the beginning of her career, Lennox has experimented with her image - both as an artist and as a woman. She matured as a public figure in the late 20th century, just as MTV and the medium of video were becoming the obvious vehicles for selling contemporary popular music. She has managed her image astutely, both as a means of interpreting and marketing her music; this was most obviously (and expertly) emphasised in the music video for "Little Bird" in 1992, in which many Lennox lookalikes were featured...all dressed as her many different personae from past videos - both solo and Eurythmics eras.
Solo work
Early solo work

Though it was produced by Dave Stewart, the 1988 single with Al Green, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (a cover version of Jackie DeShannon's 1969 hit), was recorded for the soundtrack of the movie Scrooged. Credited to Lennox and Green, it therefore can be considered her first release outside a band identity. This one-off single peaked at #2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #9 US Hot 100 and was a top 40 hit in the UK. Lennox performed the song, "Everytime We Say Goodbye," a Cole Porter song, that same year for a cameo appearance in the Derek Jarman film Edward II. She then made a memorable appearance with David Bowie and the surviving members of Queen at 1992's Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at London's Wembley Stadium, performing "Under Pressure".
Diva (1992)
Ending her long association with Stephen Lipson, Lennox's fourth solo album, Songs of Mass Destruction, was recorded in Los Angeles, California, with veteran producer Glen Ballard (known for the production of Alanis Morissette's album, Jagged Little Pill). The album was mixed in Miami, Florida, by Grammy Award-winner Tom Lord-Alge. It was released on 1 October 2007, and is the last studio album of Lennox's contract with BMG. It peaked at #7 in the UK and #9 in the US. The album's first single was "Dark Road", released on 24 September 2007.

Lennox stated that she believed the album consisted of "twelve strong, powerful, really emotive songs that people can connect to." If she achieves that, she says, "I can feel proud of , no matter if it sells ten copies or 50 million."

Lennox described it as "a dark album, but the world is a dark place. It's fraught, it's turbulent. Most people's lives are underscored with dramas of all kinds: there's ups, there's downs - the flickering candle." She added, "Half the people are drinking or drugging themselves to numb it. A lot of people are in pain."

One song on the album, "Sing", is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 prominent female artists: Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angelique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Kelis, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright. Included among the group are TAC activist members own vocal group known as "The Generics", whose CD of music inspired Lennox to make "Sing".

To promote Songs of Mass Destruction, Lennox embarked on a primarily North American tour called "Annie Lennox Sings", which she announced on 13 September 2007. Lasting throughout October and November, 2007, the tour included 18 stops: San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boulder, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, New York City (two dates), Philadelphia, and Boston. The venues generally were at medium-size theatres, except in New York, where one of the dates was a United Nations fundraiser at midtown restaurant Cipriani. This was the third solo tour of Lennox's career, though she has yet to tour her home country as a solo artist.

Retailer Barnes & Noble has an exclusive version of the album which contains two bonus tracks: an acoustic version of "Dark Road" and a new song, "Don't Take Me Down." Barnes & Noble's version also contains a second disc with the music video of "Dark Road" and audio commentary by Lennox about each song on the album. Artist Carina Round accompanied Lennox on the tour as an opener, promoting her third album, Slow Motion Addict.
The Annie Lennox Collection (2009)

Finishing out her contract with Sony BMG, Lennox released the compilation album The Annie Lennox Collection. Initially intended for release in September 2008, the release date was pushed back several months to allow Lennox to recuperate from a back injury. The compilation was eventually released in the US on 17 February 2009, and in the UK and Europe on 9 March 2009. Included on the tracklisting are songs from her four solo albums, one from the Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack, and two new songs. One of these is a cover of Ash's single, "Shining Light", for which a music video has been produced and features Lennox playing all the parts of the band. The single became Lennox's first UK top 40 solo hit since 1995, peaking at #39. The other is a cover of a song by the English band Keane, originally the B-side of their first single in 2000. Lennox renamed the song from its original title "Closer Now" to "Pattern Of My Life". The track was released as the second single (download only), in the UK on 24 May 2009. A limited 3-disc edition of the album included a DVD compilation featuring most of Lennox's solo videos since 1992, and also features a second CD of rarer songs including a version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" with Alicia Keys and Lennox's Oscar winning "Into the West" from the third Lord of the Rings film.

The album entered the UK album chart at #2 and remained in the top 10 for seven weeks. It is Lennox's fifth top 10 solo album and fourth Top 3 album. The collection debuted and subsequently peaked at #34 on the US Top 200 Billboard Album chart.
Departure from Sony BMG and future

Lennox's recording contract with Sony BMG concluded with the release of "Songs Of Mass Destruction" and her subsequent retrospective album "The Collection", and much was made in the press in late 2007/early 2008 about the apparent animosity between Lennox and the record company. Lennox stated that while on a trip to South Africa in December 2007 to appear at the 46664 campaign in Johannesburg, the regional company office of the label failed to return phone calls and e-mails she made to them for three weeks, and had completely failed to promote the Sing project as planned. Upon her return to the UK, Lennox met with the head of Sony BMG UK, Ged Docherty, who was "mortified" by the problems she had encountered with the South African branch. However the debacle (partly fuelled when Lennox's dissatisfaction with the South African office was made public on her blog) led to press reports falsely stating that she was being dropped by Sony BMG. The record company themselves quickly refuted the rumour stating that Lennox's contract had merely been fulfilled and that they hoped she would consider remaining with them. The British Daily Mirror newspaper subsequently printed a retraction of its story about her being dropped by the label.
Gay icon

Like many strong females in the public eye, Lennox has garnered a prominent following by members of the LGBT community. According to The Advocate, "er distinctive voice and provocative stage persona have made Lennox a longtime gay icon." With Eurythmics' music videos earning regular rotation on MTV in the early 1980s, Lennox took part in the shaping of popular culture alongside other gay icons such as Boy George, Madonna, Morrissey, and Michael Stipe.
AIDS activism

In 1990, Lennox recorded a version of Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" for the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, a benefit for AIDS awareness. A video was also produced.

Her song 'Sing' was subsequently born out of Lennox's involvement with Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), both of which are human rights groups which seek education and health care for those affected by the HIV AIDS virus. Lennox established a 'Sing' website to promote her activities in support of AIDS awareness issues.

Lennox opened the 2009 Edinburgh Festival of Politics with a stinging attack on Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa. She said that the Pope’s denunciation of condoms on his recent tour of Africa had caused “tremendous harm” and she criticised the Roman Catholic Church for causing widespread confusion on the continent. Lennox also condemned the media’s obessesion with "celebrity culture" for keeping the AIDS pandemic off the front page. In an attempt to counter this, during her address, she wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "HIV positive". Lennox wore similar T-shirts at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden on 30 October 2009, and again while appearing on The Graham Norton Show on 30 November 2009 (where she performed the new song "Full Steam", a duet with with singer David Gray).
Lennox has received a variety of major awards during her career:

American Music Awards

    * 2008 - AMA Award of Merit for her work and her humanitarian efforts

Academy Awards

    * 2004 - Best Original Song (for "Into The West")

Grammy Awards

    * 1984 - Best New Artist (Eurythmics) (nominated)
    * 1986 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Eurythmics) for "Would I Lie to You?" (nominated)
    * 1987 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Eurythmics) for "Missionary Man"
    * 1993 - Album Of The Year for Diva (nominated)
    * 1993 - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Diva (nominated)
    * 1993 - Best Music Video - Long Form for Diva
    * 1996 - Best Pop Album for Medusa (nominated)
    * 1996 - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "No More I Love You's"
    * 2004 - Best Pop Album for Bare (nominated)
    * 2005 - Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for "Into The West"

(dates listed above refer to year the awards ceremony was held; all recordings were released previous year to ceremony date)

BRIT Awards

    * 1984 - Best British Female Artist
    * 1986 - Best British Female Artist
    * 1989 - Best British Female Artist
    * 1990 - Best British Female Artist
    * 1993 - Best British Female Solo Artist
    * 1993 - Best British Album (for Diva)
    * 1996 - Best British Female Solo Artist
    * 1999 - Outstanding Contribution to British Music (Eurythmics)

Golden Globe Awards

    * 2004 - Best Original Song - Motion Picture (for "Into The West")

Honorary degrees

    * 2009 - Honorary Degree at the University of Edinburgh (awarded 20th October 2009), in recognition of her work on HIV/AIDS, and her success as a recorded artist.

Other Awards

    * 2002 - Billboard Century Award by Billboard

Other work

    * Lennox became patron of the Master's Course in Humanitarian and Development Practice for Oxford Brookes University, Oxford in 2006. A spokesperson said that the university was "delighted that as a long-term supporter of human rights and social justice campaigns Ms Lennox has agreed to act as patron for its unique MA programme."
    * Lennox has been an active humanitarian throughout her career. During 1999's "Peacetour" for the Eurythmics album Peace, she and Dave Stewart gave all their profits to Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
    * Annie Lennox supports the Burma Campaign UK, an NGO that addresses the suffering in Burma and promotes democratisation.
    * On 25 April 2007, Lennox performed "Bridge over Troubled Water" during the American Idol "Idol Gives Back" fundraising drive.
    * On 11 December the same year she performed on the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with a variety of artists, which was broadcast to over 100 countries.
    * She performed at the 'Freddie Mercury Tribute' concert just after his death, singing 'Under Pressure' with David Bowie.
    * In September 2007, Lennox founded the SING Campaign, a global charity aimed at bringing attention and relief to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by a speech given in South Africa on the subject by Nelson Mandela, Lennox recorded a song and music video called "SING" to launch the effort.
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Written By: Womble on 12/25/09 at 4:36 am

Wonderful Bios & photos, Ninny. You've outdone yourself again. Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas!!!! :) :) :)

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Written By: Howard on 12/25/09 at 6:56 am


* Annie Lennox...Annie Lennox (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish musician and recording artist. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Lennox showed aptitude in music when she was a child and later studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She began her recording career as a member of the British pop band The Tourists, and subsequently formed the synth pop duo Eurythmics with former bandmate David A. Stewart. The duo gained international prominence over the course of the 1980s with singles such as "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and "Here Comes the Rain Again".

In the 1990s, Lennox embarked on a solo career beginning with her debut Diva (1992), which produced the hit singles "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass". In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the original soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Following the release of her fourth studio album Songs of Mass Destruction (2007), Lennox released her first compilation album The Annie Lennox Collection in 2009.

In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, leading such events as an anti-war rally in London on 3 January 2009 in response to the conflict in Gaza. She also objected to the unauthorised use of the 1999 Eurythmics song "I Saved the World Today" in an election broadcast for Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Known as a pop culture icon for her distinctive contralto vocals and visual performances, Lennox has been named "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. She has earned the distinction of 'most successful female British artist in UK music history' due to her global commercial success since the early 1980s. Including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 80 million records worldwide.
Between 1977 and 1980, Lennox was the lead singer of The Tourists, a moderately successful British pop band and her first collaboration with Dave Stewart. During the time they were in The Tourists, Stewart and Lennox were involved in a relationship, though this had ended by the time they formed Eurythmics.

Lennox and Stewart's second collaboration, the 1980s synthpop duo Eurythmics, resulted in her most notable fame, as the duo's alto, soul-tinged lead singer. Early in Eurythmics' career, Lennox was known for her androgyny, wearing suits and once impersonating Elvis Presley. Eurythmics released a long line of singles in the 1980s, including "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Here Comes the Rain Again","Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves", "Who's That Girl?", "Would I Lie to You?", "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)", "Missionary Man", "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart", "Thorn in My Side", "The Miracle of Love" and "Don't Ask Me Why", among others. Though Eurythmics never officially disbanded, Lennox made a fairly clear break from Stewart in 1990. Thereafter, she began a long and equally-successful solo career.

Lennox and Stewart reconvened Eurythmics in the late 1990s with the album Peace, their first album of new material in ten years. A subsequent concert tour was completed, with profits going to Greenpeace. Lennox and Stewart later collaborated on two new pieces for their 2005 Eurythmics compilation album, Ultimate Collection, of which "I've Got a Life" was released as a single in October 2005. The promotional video for the song features Lennox and Stewart performing in the present day, with images of past Eurythmics videos playing on television screens behind them. Lennox also appears in a man's suit with a cane, reminiscent of her "Sweet Dreams" video image from 1983. The single peaked at number fourteen in the UK singles chart and was a number-one U.S. Dance hit.

Lennox has received eight BRIT Awards, the most of any female artist. Four of the awards were given during her time with Eurythmics, and another was given to the duo for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1999. The closest any other female artist has come to this record is Dido, with four awards.

From the beginning of her career, Lennox has experimented with her image - both as an artist and as a woman. She matured as a public figure in the late 20th century, just as MTV and the medium of video were becoming the obvious vehicles for selling contemporary popular music. She has managed her image astutely, both as a means of interpreting and marketing her music; this was most obviously (and expertly) emphasised in the music video for "Little Bird" in 1992, in which many Lennox lookalikes were featured...all dressed as her many different personae from past videos - both solo and Eurythmics eras.
Solo work
Early solo work

Though it was produced by Dave Stewart, the 1988 single with Al Green, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (a cover version of Jackie DeShannon's 1969 hit), was recorded for the soundtrack of the movie Scrooged. Credited to Lennox and Green, it therefore can be considered her first release outside a band identity. This one-off single peaked at #2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #9 US Hot 100 and was a top 40 hit in the UK. Lennox performed the song, "Everytime We Say Goodbye," a Cole Porter song, that same year for a cameo appearance in the Derek Jarman film Edward II. She then made a memorable appearance with David Bowie and the surviving members of Queen at 1992's Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at London's Wembley Stadium, performing "Under Pressure".
Diva (1992)
Ending her long association with Stephen Lipson, Lennox's fourth solo album, Songs of Mass Destruction, was recorded in Los Angeles, California, with veteran producer Glen Ballard (known for the production of Alanis Morissette's album, Jagged Little Pill). The album was mixed in Miami, Florida, by Grammy Award-winner Tom Lord-Alge. It was released on 1 October 2007, and is the last studio album of Lennox's contract with BMG. It peaked at #7 in the UK and #9 in the US. The album's first single was "Dark Road", released on 24 September 2007.

Lennox stated that she believed the album consisted of "twelve strong, powerful, really emotive songs that people can connect to." If she achieves that, she says, "I can feel proud of , no matter if it sells ten copies or 50 million."

Lennox described it as "a dark album, but the world is a dark place. It's fraught, it's turbulent. Most people's lives are underscored with dramas of all kinds: there's ups, there's downs - the flickering candle." She added, "Half the people are drinking or drugging themselves to numb it. A lot of people are in pain."

One song on the album, "Sing", is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 prominent female artists: Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angelique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Kelis, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright. Included among the group are TAC activist members own vocal group known as "The Generics", whose CD of music inspired Lennox to make "Sing".

To promote Songs of Mass Destruction, Lennox embarked on a primarily North American tour called "Annie Lennox Sings", which she announced on 13 September 2007. Lasting throughout October and November, 2007, the tour included 18 stops: San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boulder, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, New York City (two dates), Philadelphia, and Boston. The venues generally were at medium-size theatres, except in New York, where one of the dates was a United Nations fundraiser at midtown restaurant Cipriani. This was the third solo tour of Lennox's career, though she has yet to tour her home country as a solo artist.

Retailer Barnes & Noble has an exclusive version of the album which contains two bonus tracks: an acoustic version of "Dark Road" and a new song, "Don't Take Me Down." Barnes & Noble's version also contains a second disc with the music video of "Dark Road" and audio commentary by Lennox about each song on the album. Artist Carina Round accompanied Lennox on the tour as an opener, promoting her third album, Slow Motion Addict.
The Annie Lennox Collection (2009)

Finishing out her contract with Sony BMG, Lennox released the compilation album The Annie Lennox Collection. Initially intended for release in September 2008, the release date was pushed back several months to allow Lennox to recuperate from a back injury. The compilation was eventually released in the US on 17 February 2009, and in the UK and Europe on 9 March 2009. Included on the tracklisting are songs from her four solo albums, one from the Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack, and two new songs. One of these is a cover of Ash's single, "Shining Light", for which a music video has been produced and features Lennox playing all the parts of the band. The single became Lennox's first UK top 40 solo hit since 1995, peaking at #39. The other is a cover of a song by the English band Keane, originally the B-side of their first single in 2000. Lennox renamed the song from its original title "Closer Now" to "Pattern Of My Life". The track was released as the second single (download only), in the UK on 24 May 2009. A limited 3-disc edition of the album included a DVD compilation featuring most of Lennox's solo videos since 1992, and also features a second CD of rarer songs including a version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" with Alicia Keys and Lennox's Oscar winning "Into the West" from the third Lord of the Rings film.

The album entered the UK album chart at #2 and remained in the top 10 for seven weeks. It is Lennox's fifth top 10 solo album and fourth Top 3 album. The collection debuted and subsequently peaked at #34 on the US Top 200 Billboard Album chart.
Departure from Sony BMG and future

Lennox's recording contract with Sony BMG concluded with the release of "Songs Of Mass Destruction" and her subsequent retrospective album "The Collection", and much was made in the press in late 2007/early 2008 about the apparent animosity between Lennox and the record company. Lennox stated that while on a trip to South Africa in December 2007 to appear at the 46664 campaign in Johannesburg, the regional company office of the label failed to return phone calls and e-mails she made to them for three weeks, and had completely failed to promote the Sing project as planned. Upon her return to the UK, Lennox met with the head of Sony BMG UK, Ged Docherty, who was "mortified" by the problems she had encountered with the South African branch. However the debacle (partly fuelled when Lennox's dissatisfaction with the South African office was made public on her blog) led to press reports falsely stating that she was being dropped by Sony BMG. The record company themselves quickly refuted the rumour stating that Lennox's contract had merely been fulfilled and that they hoped she would consider remaining with them. The British Daily Mirror newspaper subsequently printed a retraction of its story about her being dropped by the label.
Gay icon

Like many strong females in the public eye, Lennox has garnered a prominent following by members of the LGBT community. According to The Advocate, "er distinctive voice and provocative stage persona have made Lennox a longtime gay icon." With Eurythmics' music videos earning regular rotation on MTV in the early 1980s, Lennox took part in the shaping of popular culture alongside other gay icons such as Boy George, Madonna, Morrissey, and Michael Stipe.
AIDS activism

In 1990, Lennox recorded a version of Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" for the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, a benefit for AIDS awareness. A video was also produced.

Her song 'Sing' was subsequently born out of Lennox's involvement with Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), both of which are human rights groups which seek education and health care for those affected by the HIV AIDS virus. Lennox established a 'Sing' website to promote her activities in support of AIDS awareness issues.

Lennox opened the 2009 Edinburgh Festival of Politics with a stinging attack on Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa. She said that the Pope’s denunciation of condoms on his recent tour of Africa had caused “tremendous harm” and she criticised the Roman Catholic Church for causing widespread confusion on the continent. Lennox also condemned the media’s obessesion with "celebrity culture" for keeping the AIDS pandemic off the front page. In an attempt to counter this, during her address, she wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "HIV positive". Lennox wore similar T-shirts at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden on 30 October 2009, and again while appearing on The Graham Norton Show on 30 November 2009 (where she performed the new song "Full Steam", a duet with with singer David Gray).
Lennox has received a variety of major awards during her career:

American Music Awards

   * 2008 - AMA Award of Merit for her work and her humanitarian efforts

Academy Awards

   * 2004 - Best Original Song (for "Into The West")

Grammy Awards

   * 1984 - Best New Artist (Eurythmics) (nominated)
   * 1986 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Eurythmics) for "Would I Lie to You?" (nominated)
   * 1987 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (Eurythmics) for "Missionary Man"
   * 1993 - Album Of The Year for Diva (nominated)
   * 1993 - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Diva (nominated)
   * 1993 - Best Music Video - Long Form for Diva
   * 1996 - Best Pop Album for Medusa (nominated)
   * 1996 - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "No More I Love You's"
   * 2004 - Best Pop Album for Bare (nominated)
   * 2005 - Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for "Into The West"

(dates listed above refer to year the awards ceremony was held; all recordings were released previous year to ceremony date)

BRIT Awards

   * 1984 - Best British Female Artist
   * 1986 - Best British Female Artist
   * 1989 - Best British Female Artist
   * 1990 - Best British Female Artist
   * 1993 - Best British Female Solo Artist
   * 1993 - Best British Album (for Diva)
   * 1996 - Best British Female Solo Artist
   * 1999 - Outstanding Contribution to British Music (Eurythmics)

Golden Globe Awards

   * 2004 - Best Original Song - Motion Picture (for "Into The West")

Honorary degrees

   * 2009 - Honorary Degree at the University of Edinburgh (awarded 20th October 2009), in recognition of her work on HIV/AIDS, and her success as a recorded artist.

Other Awards

   * 2002 - Billboard Century Award by Billboard

Other work

   * Lennox became patron of the Master's Course in Humanitarian and Development Practice for Oxford Brookes University, Oxford in 2006. A spokesperson said that the university was "delighted that as a long-term supporter of human rights and social justice campaigns Ms Lennox has agreed to act as patron for its unique MA programme."
   * Lennox has been an active humanitarian throughout her career. During 1999's "Peacetour" for the Eurythmics album Peace, she and Dave Stewart gave all their profits to Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
   * Annie Lennox supports the Burma Campaign UK, an NGO that addresses the suffering in Burma and promotes democratisation.
   * On 25 April 2007, Lennox performed "Bridge over Troubled Water" during the American Idol "Idol Gives Back" fundraising drive.
   * On 11 December the same year she performed on the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with a variety of artists, which was broadcast to over 100 countries.
   * She performed at the 'Freddie Mercury Tribute' concert just after his death, singing 'Under Pressure' with David Bowie.
   * In September 2007, Lennox founded the SING Campaign, a global charity aimed at bringing attention and relief to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by a speech given in South Africa on the subject by Nelson Mandela, Lennox recorded a song and music video called "SING" to launch the effort.
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I remember Annie Lennox with that wild orange hair she had in the 80's.http://astrologyexpressed.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/al.jpg  :o

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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 2:03 pm


Wonderful Bios & photos, Ninny. You've outdone yourself again. Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas!!!! :) :) :)

Your Welcome..Merry Christmas :)

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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 2:04 pm


I remember Annie Lennox with that wild orange hair she had in the 80's.http://astrologyexpressed.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/al.jpg  :o

Oh yes the orange hair,I remember it well ;D

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Written By: Howard on 12/25/09 at 3:15 pm

If that wasn't 80's I don't know what was.

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Written By: gibbo on 12/25/09 at 4:44 pm

Merry Christmas Janine (and all)... :)

Annie Lennox (and The Eurythmics) were one of my favourite band's in the 80's....I just love her voice!

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Written By: Frank on 12/25/09 at 4:47 pm


Merry Christmas Janine (and all)... :)

Annie Lennox (and The Eurythmics) were one of my favourite band's in the 80's....I just love her voice!

Yup, great band

If that wasn't 80's I don't know what was.

Howard, this is one of your best posts ever. You got that right!

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Written By: ninny on 12/25/09 at 5:00 pm


Merry Christmas Janine (and all)... :)

Annie Lennox (and The Eurythmics) were one of my favourite band's in the 80's....I just love her voice!

Merry Christmas..Annie has a great voice :)

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Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 3:49 am

The word or phrase of the day...Boxing Day
Boxing Day is a bank and public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Greenland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Nigeria and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa this public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill. Though it is not an official holiday in the United States, the name "Boxing Day" for the day after Christmas has some currency among Americans, particularly those that live near the Canada – United States border.The name derives from the tradition of giving seasonal gifts, on the day after Christmas, to less wealthy people and social inferiors, which was later extended to various workpeople such as labourers and servants.

The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions, the needy and people in service positions. The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown and there are some claims that it goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era.

In the United Kingdom it certainly became a custom of the nineteenth century Victorians for tradesmen to collect their 'Christmas boxes' or gifts in return for good and reliable service throughout the year on the day after Christmas.

The establishment of Boxing Day as a defined public Holiday under the legislation that created the UK's Bank Holidays started the separation of 'Boxing Day' from the 'Feast of St Stephen' and today it is almost entirely a secular holiday with a tradition of shopping and post Christmas sales starting.
Public holiday

Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated on 26 December, St. Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas Day. Unlike St. Stephen's Day, Boxing Day is a secular holiday but is always on 26 December: the public holiday is generally moved to the following Monday if 26 December is a Saturday. If 25 December is a Saturday or Sunday then both the Monday and Tuesday may be public holidays. However, the date of observance of Boxing Day varies between countries.

In Ireland—when it was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland—the UK's Bank Holidays Act 1871 established the feast day of St Stephen as a non-moveable public holiday on 26 December. Since Partition, the name "Boxing Day" is used only by the authorities in Northern Ireland (which remained part of the United Kingdom). There, Boxing Day is a moveable public holiday in line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971 established "Boxing Day" as a public holiday in Scotland. In the Australian state of South Australia, 26 December is a public holiday known as Proclamation Day
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Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 3:54 am

The birthday of the day...John Walsh
John Walsh (born December 26, 1945) is the host of the TV show America's Most Wanted. Walsh is known for his anti-crime activism, which he became involved with following the murder of his son, Adam, in 1981. Twenty-seven years later on December 16, 2008, the now deceased serial killer Ottis Toole was named as the killer of Walsh's son...In the summer of 1979, Walsh was a partner in a hotel management company in Hollywood, Florida. He and his wife, Revé, had a six-year-old son, Adam. On July 27, 1981, Adam was abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall, across from the Hollywood Police station. Revé had dropped Adam off in the Sears toy department while she looked for a lamp. When she returned about 7 minutes later, Adam was missing. Police records in Adam's case released in 1996 show that a 17-year-old security guard asked four boys to leave the department store. Adam is believed to have been one of them. Sixteen days after the abduction, his severed head was found in a drainage canal more than 120 miles away from home. His other remains were never recovered.

Many names had been mentioned in connection to the case in the nearly three decades since the murder, but that of serial killer Ottis Toole most persistently nagged detectives. John Walsh had long said he believed that Toole, a drifter, was responsible for the crime, saying investigators found a pair of green shorts and a sandal similar to what Adam was wearing at Toole's home in Jacksonville, Florida. In January 2007, deceased serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer fell under suspicion for the murder of Adam. This speculation was discounted by Walsh in an America's Most Wanted statement on February 6, 2007.

The Walsh family soon began a campaign to help missing and exploited children. Despite bureaucratic and legislative problems, John and Revé's efforts eventually led to the creation of the Missing Children Act of 1982 and the Missing Children's Assistance Act of 1984.

The prime suspect in Adam's abduction and murder, Toole, who died in prison in 1996 while serving a life sentence for other crimes, was officially identified as the killer on December 16, 2008 by the Hollywood Police Department, and the case was considered closed. Over the years, Toole had twice confessed to the killing, but both times he later recanted his admissions. In addition to the Walsh murder, Toole had claimed responsibility for hundreds of other murders, but police determined that most of these confessions were lies. John Walsh was told by Toole's niece that her uncle confessed on his deathbed in prison that he killed Adam.
Aftermath

Following the crime, the Walsh family founded the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to legislative reform. The centers, originally located in West Palm Beach, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Orange County, California; and Rochester, New York; merged with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), where John Walsh serves on the Board of Directors.

Today, Walsh continues to testify before Congress and state legislatures on crime, missing children and victims' rights issues. His latest efforts include lobbying for a Constitutional amendment for victims' rights.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (Pub.L. 109-248) was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on July 27, 2006 following a two-year journey through the United States Congress and was intensely lobbied for by Walsh and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Primarily, it focuses on a national sex offender registry, tough penalties for not registering as a sex offender following release into society, and access by citizens to state websites that track sex offenders.

By the late 1980s, many malls, department stores, supermarkets, and other such retailers have adopted what is known as a "Code Adam," a movement first made by Wal Mart stores in the southeastern United States. A "Code Adam" is announced when a child is missing in a store or if a child is found by a store employee or patron. If the child is lost or missing, all doors are to be locked and a store employee is posted at every exit, while a description of the child is generally broadcast over the intercom system. "Code Adam" as a term has become synonymous with a missing child, and is a predecessor to an "Amber Alert," which serves as a system of broadcast-driven community notification.
Career in television

John and Revé Walsh were portrayed by actors Daniel J. Travanti and JoBeth Williams in Adam, a 1983 NBC television movie dramatizing the days following Adam's disappearance. The real Walshs appeared at the end of the broadcast to publicize photographs of other children who had vanished but were still missing. Later, a sequel called Adam: His Song Continues was produced and aired.
John Walsh presents a fugitive on America's Most Wanted

Walsh has also been the host of the FOX television show America's Most Wanted since 1988. He was selected as host after the completion of the program's pilot and a lengthy search. By that time, Walsh was already well known because of the murder of his son and his subsequent actions to help missing and exploited children. Walsh continues to host the show, which is now the longest-running show of any kind in FOX history and has contributed to the capture of more than 1,000 fugitives.

Walsh was host of The John Walsh Show, a daily daytime talk show which aired in syndication (mostly on NBC stations, as NBC produced the series) from 2002 to 2004.

In July 2005, Walsh attempted to assist the family of missing teen Natalee Holloway. Walsh was critical of the Aruban crime investigation and, along with television personality Dr. Phil, urged Americans to boycott Aruba. Walsh was a special guest on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired on August 14, 2005. The episode visited the home of Colleen Nick, who is the parent of Morgan Nick (disappeared in 1995, still missing). Walsh has featured the Morgan Nick case on America's Most Wanted several times.
Family

After the murder of Adam, the Walshes had three more children: Meghan, Callahan, and Hayden.

Meghan was born a year after Adam was murdered. Revé Walsh told local newspapers at the time that "there is no substitute for Adam." She also said "Meghan will make me miss Adam more. He always wanted a sister." Meghan is currently an artist and resides in New York City.

Callahan was born in 1985, and is currently attending college in Florida, majoring in business, and is involved in music projects. He has considered following in his father's footsteps in television broadcasting and as a political advocate for children.

Hayden (born 1995) is the youngest child. He attends school and somtimes accompanies his father when filming TV shows, including America's Most Wanted. On the July 27, 2006 show of Larry King Live, Larry King said that Hayden resembled Adam.
Tributes

In 2002, rapper Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony wrote a song for the show (AMW) and dedicated it to Adam and John Walsh, encouraging abduction survivors not to keep their abductions a secret, as Bizzy Bone did after being abducted in the early 1980s.

On August 16, 2006, John Walsh's hometown of Auburn, New York named a street after him.

In 2005, John Walsh appeared as himself in Outsiders #18 (January 2005), a comic book series published by DC Comics. In the story, written by Judd Winick, Walsh aided the eponymous superhero team in going public on America's Most Wanted with information regarding a child slave trader, which eventually led to a solid lead gained from the tips that poured in.

For a few years in the early 1990s, due to his presence on the Fox network, Walsh also appeared on their Saturday morning educational kids segments, Totally For Kids. Walsh would appear with the segments' usual roster of child actors to help illustrate scenarios in which children could often be in danger, and the solutions they could seek. Subjects ranged from encounters with strangers to child abuse. Most installments Walsh appeared in culminated with reminder to dial 911 in an emergency, showing a kid dressed up in a phone costume.

A punk rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, named itself "John Walsh" in order to spread a positive message to teens. With lyrics such as "the speeding criminal is the coward," and "Don't spend the years being hurt / Don't spend your life loving jerks," they tackle themes from domestic violence to drunk driving.

In October 2008, John Walsh was awarded the Operation Kids 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. for his dedication to protecting children and to raise funds for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which Walsh co-founded with his wife.
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Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 3:57 am

The co-birthday of the day...Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich (born December 26, 1963) is a Danish drummer best known as one of the founders of American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle class family. A tennis prodigy in his youth, Ulrich moved to Los Angeles, California at age seventeen to pursue his training, but instead of playing tennis, he ended up as a drummer. After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, he met James Hetfield and formed Metallica..Lars' father, Torben Ulrich, who was an acclaimed tennis pro from the late 1940s into the early 1980s, was also a musician, playing jazz with giants such as Stan Getz and Miles Davis; legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon was Ulrich's godfather. In February 1973, Torben Ulrich obtained five passes for five of his friends to a Deep Purple concert that was being held in the same Copenhagen stadium as one of his tournaments. When it was discovered that one of the friends could not go, their ticket was handed over to the nine year-old Lars. The young Ulrich found himself mesmerized by the performance, buying the band's Fireball album the very next day. The concert and the album had a considerable impact on Ulrich, inspiring his entrance into the world of rock and roll and later on, heavy metal. As a result of his newfound interest in music, he received his first drum kit from his grandmother at the age of twelve, a Ludwig. Lars' original goal and reason for moving to America was to play tennis, but the plan was later changed when he formed Metallica.

Later on in life, in 1981, Lars discovered a British heavy metal band called Diamond Head. He was so excited about their style of music after getting hold of their 1980 debut Lightning to the Nations that he traveled all the way from San Francisco to London in order to see the band perform live at the Woolwich Odeon. However, the young Lars had not planned the trip out particularly well and was left without anywhere to stay after the gig. Still, he managed to meet the band backstage and explain the lengths he had taken to see them. The band warmed to him and lead guitarist Brian Tatler let him stay with him in Birmingham, where Lars spent the next few weeks touring with the band. Lars still remains a big fan of the band and even helped mix their Best Of album.
Lars spitting water on his fans during a show in London, 15 September 2008.

In the same year Lars met James Hetfield in Downey, California and formed the thrash metal band Metallica. He got the name "Metallica" from a friend, Ron Quintana, who was thinking up names for a heavy metal magazine he was starting up, and Metallica was one of the options, the other being "Metal Mania". Lars encouraged him to pick Metal Mania, and kept the name Metallica for himself. He became known as a pioneer of fast thrash drum beats, featured on many of Metallica's early songs, such as "Metal Militia" from Kill 'Em All, "Fight Fire With Fire" from Ride the Lightning, "Battery" from Master of Puppets and "Dyers Eve" from ...And Justice for All. He has since been considerably influential due to both the popularity of his band, as well as his limited drum techniques, such as the double bass in the song "One" (...And Justice for All) and the opening of "Enter Sandman" (Metallica / "The Black Album"). Since the release of Metallica, Ulrich adopted a more focused and precise style of drumming, and reduced his kit from a 9-piece to a 7-piece.
Personal life

Ulrich has been married twice. His first marriage was in 1988 to Debbie Jones, a British woman he met on tour, but they were divorced in 1990 because of Ulrich's constant absence while touring and recording The Black Album. His second marriage was to Skylar Satenstein, an emergency medicine physician, from 1997 to 2004. They had two sons, Myles (b. August 5, 1998) and Layne (b. May 6, 2001). Satenstein was the inspiration for "Skylar", the love interest for Will Hunting (Matt Damon) in the movie Good Will Hunting, as Satenstein and Damon dated during college. Ulrich and Satenstein divorced in March 2004.

Ulrich has dated Danish actress Connie Nielsen since late 2003, early 2004 and the couple had their first child, Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, born in San Francisco on May 21, 2007. Nielsen also has another son named Sebastian (b. 1990).

Ulrich is a noted collector of art. His father, Torben, was also very fond of art and paintings, so Ulrich grew up surrounded by art and music, and both have always been a part of his life. After founding Metallica, he began visiting museums and art galleries during the band's long periods on the road. In an interview from 2002 Ulrich said: "I felt I could lose myself in art and get away from the music world. It became this great hiding place."

In 2008, in an interview with Stereo Warning, he said: "We had art all over the house when I was growing up. It's been a passion of mine for 20-25 years. It's one area where I can go and be myself. It's not about being in Metallica or being the drummer in a rock band. I'm accepted for who I am in the art circles. I love going into artist spaces and galleries and auction houses. It's great because it has absolutely nothing to do with Metallica. It's my place of sanctuary."

When he and the rest of Metallica were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Ulrich was the first Danish person to receive the honor.
In popular culture

Ulrich's involvement in the conflict with Napster was parodied in "Christian Rock Hard", an episode of the satirical animated TV series South Park. In the episode, the children are taught not to download illegally because multi-millionaires like Ulrich now have to wait a little longer to buy extravagant things (also, when Kyle has his "weekly epiphany" and proclaims that bands should be about music, the artists react with "we're just about the money," with Ulrich nodding). Other such references can be found in the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Don't Download This Song" and the MC Lars song "Hurricane Fresh".

Lars made a brief appearance on the Linkin Park live DVD, Live in Texas, dressed up as a green-fisted bunny man during their performance of "From the Inside".

Lars is featured, along with the other Metallica members, in the film The Darwin Awards. He portrays himself at a concert when two of the film's characters are involved in a freak accident as the band performs on stage.

Lars also appears with his band Metallica in the Simpsons episode "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer".

Lars also made an appearance on the television show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Lars made an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show on April 27, 2009.

Lars made an appearance on the Iron Maiden film Flight 666.

Lars made an appearance in the film Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Lars made an appearance on the Sam Dunn film Global Metal.

Lars is said to be the greatest metal drummer of all time by "Dr. Gregory House" in the episode "Known Unknowns".

Lars has also been announced to have a cameo in Guns N' Roses' new video "Better", which is yet to be released.
Equipment

Ulrich endorses Tama Drums (where he is one of the few endorsees to have a full signature drum kit), Zildjian Cymbals and Remo Drumheads. He is rarely, if ever, seen without these brands onstage. He has, however, been known to use a mixture of brands when recording in the studio, including Ludwig Drums, Gretsch Drums and Sabian Cymbals. Ulrich was an endorser of Calato Regal Tip drumsticks, but changed to Easton Ahead in 1994. Tama Drums has produced two Lars Ulrich Signature Snare drums, one with a steel shell (with diamond plate-like finish) and another made out of bell brass which currently is Tama's most expensive snare drum on the regular catalogue. Both snare drums measure 14x6.5".
Current tour kit (2008–2009)

    * Drums – Tama Starclassic Maple, LU Magnetic Orange
          o 10"×8" Tom
          o 12"×10" Tom
          o 16"×14" Floor Tom
          o 16"×16" Floor Tom
          o 22"×16" Bass Drum (×2)
          o 14"×6.5" Lars Ulrich Signature Snare Drum
                + Note: Ulrich uses the standard Lars Ulrich Signature LU1465 snare live on tour (diamond plate), while he uses both the LU1465 and LU1465BB (bell brass) in the studio, depending on what type of sound he wants.

    * Cymbals – Zildjian
          o 14" Z Custom Dyno Beat Hi-Hats
          o 19" A Custom Projection Crash
          o 18" A Custom Projection Crash (×2)
          o 17" A Custom Projection Crash
          o 18" Oriental China Trash
          o 20" Oriental China Trash
                + Note: Ulrich will occasionally use a 20" A Custom Ping Ride when playing live.

    * Drumheads - Remo
          o Toms — Coated Emperor | Clear Ambassador
          o Bass — Clear Powerstroke 3 | Ebony Powerstroke 3
          o Snare — Coated Controlled Sound (black dot on reverse) | Clear Hazy Ambassador

    * Hardware - Tama and Drum Workshop
          o Tama IronCobra Power-Glide Single Pedal (×2)
          o Tama IronCobra Lever-Glide Hi-Hat Stand
          o Tama Roadpro Cymbal Stand w/Counterweight (×3)
          o Tama Roadpro Cymbal Stand (×2)
          o Tama Roadpro Double Tom Stand
          o Tama Roadpro Snare Stand
          o Tama Cymbal Holder (×2)
          o Tama Multi-Clamp (×2)
          o Tama Hi-Hat Attachment
          o Tama Ergo-Rider Drum Throne
          o DW Drop-Lock Hi-Hat Clutch

    * Other
          o Ahead Lars Ulrich Signature 16-1/4" length, .595" diameter

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Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 4:00 am

* Jared Leto..Jared Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in films such as Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, Panic Room, American Psycho, Requiem for a Dream, and Chapter 27. He is lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main-songwriter for the American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. In 1992, Leto moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, but also accepted some part-time acting roles. Two years later, he landed a role in the TV show My So-Called Life in which he played Jordan Catalano, opposite Claire Danes. After the show ended in 1995, Leto acted in several films such as How to Make an American Quilt, Girl, Interrupted, Urban Legend, The Thin Red Line, Prefontaine and Fight Club.

However, it was his portrayal of heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream in the year 2000, that garnered him more critical praise. The same year he portrayed a misfortuned yuppie colleague of Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman, in Mary Harron's American Psycho. After that, he returned with David Fincher for Panic Room, then teamed up with Jake Gyllenhaal in Highway in 2002, then acted opposite Colin Farrell in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and later with Nicolas Cage in Lord of War.

Leto is a vegan and especially mentions this in interviews where he talked about his increase of weight for the film Chapter 27 (starring alongside Lindsay Lohan) in which he plays John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman. He gained more than 60 pounds for this role.

He is set to star in the film Mr. Nobody playing the role of the eponymous Nemo Nobody. The film is set to be released in 2010.
Music
Main article: 30 Seconds to Mars

Aside from his film career, Jared Leto is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and sole songwriter of the band 30 Seconds to Mars. He started the band in 1998 with his brother, Shannon Leto, who is the band's drummer. The band has released three full-length albums: the eponymous debut 30 Seconds to Mars, 2005's A Beautiful Lie and 2009's This Is War. They began opening for other bands and started their first headlining tour, Forever Night Never Day, in March 2006. In May 2007, the band started touring Europe as the opening act for Linkin Park. In August 2008, Virgin Records filed a $30 million lawsuit against Jared and 30 Seconds to Mars, claiming the band refused to deliver three albums as required by its contract. According to the lawsuit, the band "repudiated" a 1999 contract in July. In late April 2009 the lawsuit with EMI was annulled and 30 Seconds To Mars decided to re-sign with Virgin Records. Their third album This Is War was released on December 8, 2009, while the first single, "Kings and Queens" premiered Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

Leto directed the videos for the songs "The Kill", "From Yesterday" and "Kings & Queens" under the alias of Bartholomew Cubbins , and "A Beautiful Lie" under the alias of Angakok Panipaq.

For most shows, Leto uses either one of two custom-made Steve McSwain guitars, a white one called "Pythagoras" or a black one called "Artemis". The guitars: one a baritone and the other with a 25 1/2" scale length, have the image of a gryphon which he drew for McSwain. Occasionally he plays a white Gibson SG 61' Reissue as seen in the video for "A Beautiful Lie". Jared also plays a Gibson Maestro acoustic guitar for acoustic performances. Jared uses Mesa/Boogie amps, more specifically the Triple Rectifier model and matches them with Mesa/Boogie speaker cabinets as well.

Leto has cited how the De Havilland Law from decades ago was instrumental in resolving the band’s contract issues and how Olivia de Havilland, the Gone With the Wind actress, helped in a roundabout way.

Recently, the band collaborated with rapper Kanye West on the song Hurricane from their latest album This Is War.
   * Leto got the award for "Prince of Darkness" at the Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. (Aired October 28, 2006).
   * Leto received an award for Breakthrough Crossover Artist given at the 6th Annual Hollywood Life Awards held in December 2006.

Filmography
Year Movie Character Notes
1994 My So-Called Life Jordan Catalano TV show Brother Shannon Leto also has a minor role in some episodes
Cool and the Crazy Michael
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Beck
1996 The Last of the High Kings (Summer Fling) Frankie Griffin Learned to speak with Irish accent
1997 Prefontaine Steve Prefontaine
Switchback Lane Dixon
1998 Basil Basil
Urban Legend Paul Gardener
The Thin Red Line Second Lieutenant Whyte
1999 Black and White Casey
Fight Club Angelface Had platinum Blonde hair for role
Girl, Interrupted Tobias "Toby" Jacobs
2000 American Psycho Paul Allen
Sunset Strip Glen Walker
Requiem for a Dream Harry Goldfarb Lost 28 pounds for this role.
2002 Panic Room Junior
Highway Jack Hayes Brother Shannon Leto has a role in this movie as well
2003 Phone Booth Actor uncredited cameo
2004 Alexander Hephaestion
2005 Lord of War Vitaly Orlov Learned Russian for this role.
2006 Lonely Hearts Raymond Fernandez
2007 Chapter 27 Mark David Chapman Gained 62 pounds for this role, with Lindsay Lohan.
2010 Mr. Nobody Nemo Nobody
Discography
Main article: 30 Seconds to Mars discography

   * 2002 - 30 Seconds to Mars
   * 2005 - A Beautiful Lie
   * 2009 - This Is War
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/26/09 at 6:52 am


The word or phrase of the day...Boxing Day
Boxing Day is a bank and public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Greenland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Nigeria and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa this public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill. Though it is not an official holiday in the United States, the name "Boxing Day" for the day after Christmas has some currency among Americans, particularly those that live near the Canada – United States border.The name derives from the tradition of giving seasonal gifts, on the day after Christmas, to less wealthy people and social inferiors, which was later extended to various workpeople such as labourers and servants.

The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions, the needy and people in service positions. The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown and there are some claims that it goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era.

In the United Kingdom it certainly became a custom of the nineteenth century Victorians for tradesmen to collect their 'Christmas boxes' or gifts in return for good and reliable service throughout the year on the day after Christmas.

The establishment of Boxing Day as a defined public Holiday under the legislation that created the UK's Bank Holidays started the separation of 'Boxing Day' from the 'Feast of St Stephen' and today it is almost entirely a secular holiday with a tradition of shopping and post Christmas sales starting.
Public holiday

Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated on 26 December, St. Stephen's Day, the day after Christmas Day. Unlike St. Stephen's Day, Boxing Day is a secular holiday but is always on 26 December: the public holiday is generally moved to the following Monday if 26 December is a Saturday. If 25 December is a Saturday or Sunday then both the Monday and Tuesday may be public holidays. However, the date of observance of Boxing Day varies between countries.

In Ireland—when it was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland—the UK's Bank Holidays Act 1871 established the feast day of St Stephen as a non-moveable public holiday on 26 December. Since Partition, the name "Boxing Day" is used only by the authorities in Northern Ireland (which remained part of the United Kingdom). There, Boxing Day is a moveable public holiday in line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971 established "Boxing Day" as a public holiday in Scotland. In the Australian state of South Australia, 26 December is a public holiday known as Proclamation Day
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Do they actually go boxing on that day?

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 7:02 am


Do they actually go boxing on that day?

I think they go out and buy & exchange more gifts..Like give gifts to the needy and maybe the postal worker or maybe someone like you at the supermarket.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/26/09 at 7:05 am


I think they go out and buy & exchange more gifts..Like give gifts to the needy and maybe the postal worker or maybe someone like you at the supermarket.


like Salvation Army and City Harvest?

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 3:07 pm


like Salvation Army and City Harvest?

Could be. I'm sure someone like Phil,Frank or Peter would know.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/26/09 at 3:17 pm


Both are 3 man bands?
Bee Gees had a song "Children of the world"

Am I getting closer?
Try again

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: gibbo on 12/26/09 at 6:14 pm


Try again


Ummm.... Maurice's wife is related to Graham Nash.  Okay...I just made that up...but it might be true!

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/26/09 at 6:50 pm

Didn't Jared Leto portray John Lennon's killer in a film a year or so ago? ???

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Womble on 12/26/09 at 7:18 pm

Interesting as usual. Thanks for sharing, Ninny.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 8:21 pm


Didn't Jared Leto portray John Lennon's killer in a film a year or so ago? ???

Yep..Chapter 27    Mark David Chapman    Gained 62 pounds for this role, with Lindsay Lohan.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/26/09 at 8:30 pm


Interesting as usual. Thanks for sharing, Ninny.

Thanks a lot :)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Frank on 12/26/09 at 10:41 pm


Ummm.... Maurice's wife is related to Graham Nash.  Okay...I just made that up...but it might be true!


I know the answer. None of their wives had affairs with Tiger Woods. :D

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: gibbo on 12/27/09 at 2:18 am


I know the answer. None of their wives had affairs with Tiger Woods. :D


It just hasn't come out yet.... ;)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/27/09 at 2:20 am


The word or phrase of the day...Boxing Day

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He He!!

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/27/09 at 5:31 am

The word of the day...Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture, marked by participants lighting a kinara (candle holder). It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, primarily in the United States.

Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Ron Karenga and was first celebrated from December 26, 1966 to January 1, 1967.
Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African American holiday. Although the historical Juneteenth African American holiday had been celebrated since 1867, Karenga said his goal was to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society." The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s.

Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and common humanist principles.

The first Kwanzaa stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service on October 22, 1997, with artwork by Synthia Saint James. In 2004, a second Kwanzaa stamp, designed by Daniel Minter, was issued; this has seven figures in colorful robes symbolizing the seven principles.

During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an alternative to Christmas, that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion that black people should shun. However, as Kwanzaa gained mainstream adherents, Karenga altered his position so that practicing Christians would not be alienated, then stating in the 1997 Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, "Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday."

The origins of Kwanzaa are not secret and are openly acknowledged by those promoting the holiday. Many Christian African Americans who celebrate Kwanzaa do so in addition to observing Christmas.
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Written By: ninny on 12/27/09 at 5:36 am

The birthday of the day...John Amos
John Amos (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor and former football player. His television work includes roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, the miniseries Roots, and a recurring role in The West Wing. He has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous motion pictures in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.  John Amos (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor and former football player. His television work includes roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, the miniseries Roots, and a recurring role in The West Wing. He has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous motion pictures in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.Amos is perhaps best known for playing characters Gordy Howard--weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970 until 1973--James Evans, Sr., the sporadically-employed husband of Florida Evans--appearing three times on the sitcom Maude before continuing the role in 57 episodes of Good Times from 1974 to 1976. While playing an chronically unemployed father of three on the show, in real life Amos is only eight years older than the actor who played his oldest son: Jimmie Walker, and nearly 19 years younger than his screen wife, Esther Rolle. Amos, much like series' co-star Rolle, wanted to portray a positive image of an African American family, struggling against the odds in the ghetto of Chicago, but saw the premise slighted by lighter comedy, and expressed dissatisfaction. Unhappy with the scripts and tension with producers, he quit the show after the third season. His character James Evans died in a car accident in the first episode of the fourth season, and the series continued without him.
Other television roles

Amos was part of the Emmy award winning cast on the miniseries Roots, playing the adult Kunta Kinte in 1977. He also portrayed Captain Dolan on television show Hunter from 1984 to 1985. He co-starred in the CBS police drama The District, and guest-starred on a number of other television programs including The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the House, The A-Team, and Martin as Sgt. Hamilton Strawn (Tommy's father). He was a frequent guest on The West Wing, portraying Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He played a pilot, Buzz Washington, in a remote Alaskan town in the ABC series, Men in Trees. He also appeared in a Season 1 episode of "Touched by An Angel," although he was credited as Jon (not John) Amos. Most recently, he guest starred on USA Network's original drama/comedy Psych. Amos costarred with Anthony Anderson in the TV series All About the Andersons in 2003 and made an appearance on My Name Is Earl in September 2008.

Stage
Amos is the writer and producer of Halley's Comet, a critically acclaimed one-man play that he performs around the world.

Projects In Development
Back In Shape With John Amos and T and Gangs At Sea.
Film roles

Amos has had roles in several films, such as Coming to America, Vanishing Point, The Beastmaster and Die Hard 2. He also starred in Let's Do It Again (1975) as Kansas City Mack with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Amos was also featured in the movie The World's Greatest Athlete with Tim Conway and Jan-Michael Vincent. He was also in Ice Cube's and Dr. Dre's video for Natural Born Killaz and played a police officer in The Players Club. Amos also co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the 1989 movie Lock Up. In 2006 he played Jud in Dr. Dolittle.Amos has the distinction of winning more TV Land Awards than anyone, taking home trophies for his roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times and the TV miniseries Roots.

Actor and humanitarian John Amos, an outstanding graduate of East Orange High School and the recipient of New Jersey Education Association's (NJEA) 2009 Award for Excellence. The award is granted to New Jersey public school graduates who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their fields of expertise.
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Written By: ninny on 12/27/09 at 5:41 am

The co-birthday of the day...Agnes Nixon
Agnes Nixon (born Agnes Eckhardt; December 10, 1927) is an American writer and producer.

She attended Northwestern University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

She is best known as the creator of soap operas such as One Life to Live and All My Children. Having a key role in the production of these programs, she was either executive producer or consulting producer for both shows for many years: on One Life to Live from 1968 to 1975, and All My Children from 1970 to 1981. She continued to write the program with Wisner Washam until 1983, and again with him from 1988 to 1992, continuing on as a consultant in recurring capacities until 2000. From 1970 until 1992, every episode of All My Children was written by either Agnes Nixon or her protégé Wisner Washam (her role with One Life to Live was more limited once she surrendered the day-to-day aspects of the show in 1975).

Because of her long career and the number of successful shows she has created or been a part of, she is often termed the "Queen" of the modern soap opera. Her creations and her writing have had the most effect on modern audiences, second only to her mentor Irna Phillips.
Nixon began her career in soaps working for Irna Phillips. Phillips' other protégé around that time was William J. Bell, who also went on to become a noted writer in his own right.

Under Phillips' tutelage, she was a writer on As the World Turns, and was head writer for Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light and, notably, on Another World, where she created the character of Rachel, an early prototype of one of her more lasting creations, Erica Kane.

During her time on Guiding Light, Nixon is believed to have written the first medical-related storyline on a soap opera. A friend of Nixon's had died from cervical cancer, and Nixon wanted to do something to educate women about getting a Pap smear. She wrote it into Guiding Light by having the lead character, Bert Bauer, encounter a cancer scare. This storyline aired in 1962; Nixon had to work around some difficulties of getting this storyline to air, as she could not make use of the words “cancer,” “uterus,” and “Pap test”. However, after this storyline the number of women who took a Pap smear surged dramatically . In 2002 she received a special Sentinel for Health "pioneer award" for her work on Guiding Light.

When she left Another World, she left the tutelage of Phillips (and the restrictions of sponsor Procter & Gamble) to create her own shows.
One Life to Live

By the mid 1960s, Nixon had created the bible for what would become All My Children. ABC executives passed on the program, but asked her to create a show that would reflect a more "contemporary" tone; that creation was One Life to Live. Nixon, "tired of the restraints imposed by the WASPy, non-controversial nature of daytime drama, presented the network with a startingly original premise and cast of characters. Although the show was built along the classic soap formula of a rich family and a poor family, One Life to Live emphasized the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the people of Llanview, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia."

Premiering in 1968, One Life to Live initially reflected changing social structures and attitudes. The first few years of the show were rich in issue stories and characters including Jewish characters, Polish-American families, and the first African-American leads, Carla Gray (Ellen Holly), and Ed Hall (Al Freeman, Jr.). Gray's story, for example, had her develop from a character who was passing as white to one who embodied black pride, with white and black loves along the way, to antagonize racists. One Life to Live has been called "the most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters."

On July 21, 2008, Nixon appeared on One Life to Live for its 40th anniversary.
All My Children

With the success of One Life to Live, Nixon was given the greenlight for All My Children, which began as a half-hour soap opera in 1970.

The show was successful from its beginning, combining its study of social clashes with acting talent including Ruth Warrick and Rosemary Prinz. Nixon helmed the writing team for over a decade, until 1983.

It is on All My Children that Nixon had the most impact; her long tenure as writer helped shaped the show and its characters. She again introduced many social issues into storylines, including the anti-war movement, homosexuality, the AIDS epidemic, and daytime's first abortion by a major character, in this case Erica Kane. (In a controversial move, the storyline was undone in 2006 and Erica's fetus was revealed to have lived and implanted into a surrogate, a procedure that is medically impossible.)
All My Children was a half-hour show for the first seven years of its run, and virtually none of those episodes exist. ABC erased the tapes of those early episodes so the tapes could be reused. When ABC went to Nixon and said that they wanted her to expand the show to an hour, one of her conditions was that the tapes of the show would be archived and preserved by the network. Episodes began to be saved in 1976, while All My Children expanded to an hour on April 25, 1977.
    * She was inducted into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame at a Planet Hollywood restaurant in 1994.
    * She received the Trustees Award for Continued Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1981.
    * At one point, Nixon raised eyebrows and caused a great deal of upset in the writers' circle by her adamant refusal to join the Writers Guild of America. As the executive producers of her shows she feared that a writers' strike would force her to stop her writing activities, but still be required to produce the show. In spite of this, she has won five Writers Guild of America Awards for Best Written Daytime Serial.
    * Primetime Emmy: Outstanding Program Achievement in Daytime Drama - One Life to Live- shared with Doris Quinlan.

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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/27/09 at 6:04 am


The word of the day...Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture, marked by participants lighting a kinara (candle holder). It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, primarily in the United States.

Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Ron Karenga and was first celebrated from December 26, 1966 to January 1, 1967.
Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African American holiday. Although the historical Juneteenth African American holiday had been celebrated since 1867, Karenga said his goal was to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society." The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s.

Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and common humanist principles.

The first Kwanzaa stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service on October 22, 1997, with artwork by Synthia Saint James. In 2004, a second Kwanzaa stamp, designed by Daniel Minter, was issued; this has seven figures in colorful robes symbolizing the seven principles.

During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an alternative to Christmas, that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion that black people should shun. However, as Kwanzaa gained mainstream adherents, Karenga altered his position so that practicing Christians would not be alienated, then stating in the 1997 Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, "Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday."

The origins of Kwanzaa are not secret and are openly acknowledged by those promoting the holiday. Many Christian African Americans who celebrate Kwanzaa do so in addition to observing Christmas.

Can I find a song with this word......

No.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/27/09 at 6:06 am


Can I find a song with this word......

No.
But in the meantime!

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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/27/09 at 7:00 am


The birthday of the day...John Amos
John Amos (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor and former football player. His television work includes roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, the miniseries Roots, and a recurring role in The West Wing. He has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous motion pictures in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.  John Amos (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor and former football player. His television work includes roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, the miniseries Roots, and a recurring role in The West Wing. He has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous motion pictures in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.Amos is perhaps best known for playing characters Gordy Howard--weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970 until 1973--James Evans, Sr., the sporadically-employed husband of Florida Evans--appearing three times on the sitcom Maude before continuing the role in 57 episodes of Good Times from 1974 to 1976. While playing an chronically unemployed father of three on the show, in real life Amos is only eight years older than the actor who played his oldest son: Jimmie Walker, and nearly 19 years younger than his screen wife, Esther Rolle. Amos, much like series' co-star Rolle, wanted to portray a positive image of an African American family, struggling against the odds in the ghetto of Chicago, but saw the premise slighted by lighter comedy, and expressed dissatisfaction. Unhappy with the scripts and tension with producers, he quit the show after the third season. His character James Evans died in a car accident in the first episode of the fourth season, and the series continued without him.
Other television roles

Amos was part of the Emmy award winning cast on the miniseries Roots, playing the adult Kunta Kinte in 1977. He also portrayed Captain Dolan on television show Hunter from 1984 to 1985. He co-starred in the CBS police drama The District, and guest-starred on a number of other television programs including The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the House, The A-Team, and Martin as Sgt. Hamilton Strawn (Tommy's father). He was a frequent guest on The West Wing, portraying Admiral Percy Fitzwallace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He played a pilot, Buzz Washington, in a remote Alaskan town in the ABC series, Men in Trees. He also appeared in a Season 1 episode of "Touched by An Angel," although he was credited as Jon (not John) Amos. Most recently, he guest starred on USA Network's original drama/comedy Psych. Amos costarred with Anthony Anderson in the TV series All About the Andersons in 2003 and made an appearance on My Name Is Earl in September 2008.

Stage
Amos is the writer and producer of Halley's Comet, a critically acclaimed one-man play that he performs around the world.

Projects In Development
Back In Shape With John Amos and T and Gangs At Sea.
Film roles

Amos has had roles in several films, such as Coming to America, Vanishing Point, The Beastmaster and Die Hard 2. He also starred in Let's Do It Again (1975) as Kansas City Mack with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Amos was also featured in the movie The World's Greatest Athlete with Tim Conway and Jan-Michael Vincent. He was also in Ice Cube's and Dr. Dre's video for Natural Born Killaz and played a police officer in The Players Club. Amos also co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the 1989 movie Lock Up. In 2006 he played Jud in Dr. Dolittle.Amos has the distinction of winning more TV Land Awards than anyone, taking home trophies for his roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times and the TV miniseries Roots.

Actor and humanitarian John Amos, an outstanding graduate of East Orange High School and the recipient of New Jersey Education Association's (NJEA) 2009 Award for Excellence. The award is granted to New Jersey public school graduates who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their fields of expertise.
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John Amos is a legend.  :)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/28/09 at 5:35 am

The word of the day...Training
Training is the process of learning the skills that you need for a particular job or activity.
Training is physical exercise that you do regularly in order to keep fit or to prepare for an activity such as a race
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/28/09 at 5:36 am

There's also vocational training.

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Written By: ninny on 12/28/09 at 6:01 am

The birthday of the day...Denzel Washington
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and film producer. He has garnered much critical acclaim for his work in film since the 1990s, including for his portrayals of real-life figures, such as Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas and Herman Boone.

Washington has been awarded three Golden Globe awards and two Academy Awards for his work. He is notable as the second African American man (after Sidney Poitier) to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, which he received for his role in the 2001 film Training Day


His big break came when he starred in the popular television hospital drama, St. Elsewhere from 1982 to 1988. He was one of a few actors to appear on the series for its entire six-year run. In 1987, after appearing in several minor television, film and stage roles, such as "Carbon Copy" in 1981, A Soldier's Story" in 1984 ,"Hard Lessons" in 1986 and "Power"in the same year. Washington starred as South African Anti-Apartheid political activist Steve Biko in Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom, a role for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1989, Washington won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing a defiant, self-possessed ex-slave in the film Glory.

Malcolm X transformed Washington's career, turning him, practically overnight, into one of Hollywood's most respected actors. He turned down several similar roles, such as an offer to play Martin Luther King, Jr., because he wanted to avoid being typecast. The next year, in 1993, he took another risk in his career by playing Joe Miller, the homophobic lawyer of a homosexual man with AIDS in the movie Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks. During the early and mid 1990s, Washington became a renowned Hollywood leading man, starring in several successful thrillers, including The Pelican Brief and Crimson Tide, as well as in comedy Much Ado About Nothing and alongside legendary singer Whitney Houston in the romantic drama The Preacher's Wife.

While filming the 1995 film Virtuosity, Washington refused to kiss his white female co-star, Kelly Lynch, during a romantic scene between their characters. During an interview, Lynch stated that while she wanted to, "Denzel felt very strongly about it. I felt there is no problem with interracial romance. But Denzel felt strongly that the white males, who were the target audience of this movie, would not want to see him kiss a white woman." Lynch further stated, "That's a shame. I feel badly about it. I keep thinking that the world's changed, but it hasn't changed quick enough." A similar situation occurred during the filming of The Pelican Brief when Julia Roberts expressed in an interview her desire to have her character in the film engaged in a romantic relationship with Washington's character.

In 1999, Washington starred in The Hurricane, a movie about boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, whose conviction for triple murder was overturned after he had spent almost 20 years in prison. Various newspaper articles have suggested that the controversy over the film's accuracy may have cost Washington the Oscar for which he was nominated. Washington did receive a Golden Globe Award in 2000 and a 'Silberner Bär' (Silver Berlin Bear) at the Berlin International Film Festival for the role.

He also presented the Arthur Ashe ESPY Award to Loretta Claiborne for her courage. He appeared as himself in the end of The Loretta Claiborne Story movie. Washington has been cited as an example of human physical attractiveness due to the symmetry of his facial feature
In 2000, Washington appeared in the Disney film, Remember the Titans, which grossed over $100 million at the United States box office. He was nominated and won an Oscar for Best Actor for his next film, the 2001 cop thriller, Training Day, as Det. Alonzo Harris, a rogue LAPD cop with questionable law-enforcement tactics. The role was a much-acclaimed change-of-pace for the actor, who was known for playing many heroic leads. Washington was the second African-American performer ever to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor, the first being Sidney Poitier, who happened to receive an Honorary Academy Award the same night that Washington won for Best Actor. Washington holds the record for most Oscar nominations by an actor of African descent; so far he has earned five.

After appearing in 2002's box office success, the health care-themed John Q., Washington directed his first film, a well-reviewed drama called Antwone Fisher, in which he also co-starred.

Between 2003 and 2004, Washington appeared in a series of thrillers that performed generally well at the box office, including Out of Time, Man on Fire, and The Manchurian Candidate. In 2006 he starred in Inside Man, a Spike Lee-directed bank heist thriller co-starring Jodie Foster and Clive Owen, and Déjà Vu released in November 2006.

In 2007, he co-starred with Russell Crowe in American Gangster. Later, Denzel directed and starred in the drama The Great Debaters with Forest Whitaker. Washington next appeared as New York City subway security chief Walter Garber in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, a remake of the '70s thriller, The Taking of Pelham One, Two Three, opposite John Travolta and directed by Tony Scott; the film opened in June 2009.
1981 Carbon Copy Roger Porter
1984 License to Kill Martin Sawyer
A Soldier's Story Pfc. Melvin Peterson
1986 Hard Lessons George McKenna
Power Arnold Billings NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1987 Cry Freedom Steve Biko Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1989 The Mighty Quinn Xavier Quinn
For Queen and Country Reuben James Festival du Film Policier de Cognac Award for Best Actor
Glory Pvt. Trip Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990 Heart Condition Napoleon Stone
Mo' Better Blues Bleek Gilliam
1991 Ricochet Nick Styles
1992 Mississippi Masala Demetrius Williams NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Malcolm X Malcolm X Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Male
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Silver Bear for Best Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1993 Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro of Aragon
The Pelican Brief Gray Grantham Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
Philadelphia Joe Miller Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo shared with Tom Hanks
1995 Crimson Tide Lt. Commander Ron Hunter NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Crimson Tide Lt. Commander Ron Hunter NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Male
Virtuosity Lt. Parker Barnes
Devil in a Blue Dress Easy Rawlins
1996 Courage Under Fire Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
The Preacher's Wife Dudley
1998 Fallen Detective John Hobbes
He Got Game Jake Shuttlesworth Nominated — Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
The Siege Special Agent Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard FBI
1999 The Bone Collector Lincoln Rhyme
The Hurricane Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Black Reel Award for Best Actor
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Silver Bear for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2000 Remember the Titans Coach Herman Boone BET Award for Best Actor
Black Reel Award for Best Actor
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
The Loretta Claiborne Story Himself
2001 Training Day Detective Alonzo Harris Academy Award for Best Actor
American Film Institute Award for Actor of the Year - Male - Movies
Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2002 John Q John Quincy Archibald Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actor
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Antwone Fisher Dr. Jerome Davenport also as director
Black Reel Award for Best Director
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Producers Guild of America Stanley Kramer Award
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Director
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Director
2003 Out of Time Police Chief Matthias Lee Whitlock Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2004 Man on Fire John Creasy Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
The Manchurian Candidate Major Ben Marco
BET Award for Best Actor
2006 Inside Man Detective Keith Frazier Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Déjà Vu Special Agent Doug Carlin
Nominated — BET Award for Best Actor
2007 American Gangster Frank Lucas Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Male
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Great Debaters Melvin B. Tolson also as director
Christopher Award for Best Feature Film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Walter Garber
2010 The Book of Eli Eli
Unstoppable
Inside Man 2 Det. Keith Frazier
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Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/09 at 6:03 am


The word of the day...Training
Training is the process of learning the skills that you need for a particular job or activity.
Training is physical exercise that you do regularly in order to keep fit or to prepare for an activity such as a race

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Written By: ninny on 12/28/09 at 6:06 am

The co-birthday of the day...John Legend..John Stephens (born December 28, 1978), better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American recording artist, musician and actor. He is the recipient of six Grammy Awards, and in 2007, he received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend's career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. Legend added his voice to those of other artists, assisting in them reaching chart-topper hits. He lent his voice to that of Kanye West, on Slum Village's "Selfish", and Dilated Peoples' "This Way". Other artists included Jay-Z's "Encore", and sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys' 2003 song "You Don't Know My Name" and Fort Minor's "High Road." Legend played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything".  Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, in December 2004. It debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week. It sold 2.1 million copies in the United States and was certified Platinum by the RIAA; it sold three million copies worldwide. The album produced two singles: "Ordinary People" (US and UK top 30) went straight to number one and "Used to Love U" (US top 100, UK top 30).
2006–2007: Once Again

The first single from his second album, Once Again, was "Save Room". The album was released October 24, 2006, and boasts production from Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, and will.i.am. In an interview with MTV, Legend said that this album contained his favorite song that he had written to date, entitled "Again." He said he came up with the idea for the song and wrote some of it while sitting on a subway. He stated that the song was also the inspiration for the album's title.

In August 2006, Legend appeared in an episode of Sesame Street. He performed a song entitled "It Feels Good When You Sing a Song", a duet with Hoots the Owl. He also performed during the pregame show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.
2008–present: Evolver

Legend released his third studio album Evolver, in October 2008. Rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast is featured on the first single of the album on a song titled "Green Light". "It's going to be a surprise for a lot of John Legend fans, because it is a lot more upbeat than John is — than people think John is," Andre insisted. "I was actually happy to hear it. This is a cool John Legend song". The next single from Evolver was confirmed as "Everybody Knows".

Speaking in July 2008 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning "Blues & Soul", Legend explained his reasons for titling the album 'Evolver': "Well I think people sometimes come to expect certain things from certain artists. They expect you to kind of stay in the same place you were at when you started out. Whereas I feel I want my career to be defined by the fact that I'm NOT gonna stay in the same place, and that I'm always gonna try new things and experiment. So, as I think this album represents a manifestation of that, I came up with the tile 'Evolver'."
Collaborations

   * In 2005, he was featured in the Fort Minor song "High Road".
   * In 2006, he is also featured in Sérgio Mendes's collaboration album, Timeless. Legend sang "Please Baby Don't". Additionally, He collaborated with Jay-z (for his Kingdome Come album) for the song "Do U Wanna Ride".
   * In 2007, John lent his vocals for the Rich Boy track "Ghetto Rich".
   * John Legend collaborated with Colombian Rock artist Juanes at the 2008 Latin Grammys. Legend sang in Spanish along with Juanes, on the bilingual version of the song "Si tu estas ahi" also known as "If You Are Out There".
   * He is featured in the Black Eyed Peas song, "Like That". The song "Ordinary People" was originally meant to be for a Black Eyed Peas project, but Legend decided to keep it for himself and recorded the song after he had been signed to Columbia Records.
   * Legend was working with Michael Jackson on a future album. In a Dutch interview with reporter Tom Theunisz he was asked about this collaboration. His response was that he had written one song for the upcoming album, but was unsure about whether Jackson would be using it.
   * Legend also sang "The Girl is Mine" and the national anthem along with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.
   * Legend is featured on the sixth track, "Heartbreaker", of MSTRKRFT's second album Fist of God.
   * He collaborated with Fergie for her song "Finally" on her 2006 debut album "The Dutchess".
   * Legend is featured in T.I.'s song "Slide Show" on his album Paper Trail. A music video for "Slide Show" was released on August 10, 2009, featuring a video collage; it is unknown as of yet, however, if it is an official single.
   * He is also featured in the song "Magnificent" by Rick Ross. The music video has cameo appearances from DJ Khaled saying and wearing "We the Best!!", Birdman, Ace Hood, Triple C's, and Special Ed. It was released on March 3, 2009, and it was directed by music video director Gil Green. It was filmed at Gulfstream Park Racetrack in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
   * Legend also collaborated with Reggae legend Buju Banton on the track 'Can't Be My Lover'. The track is one of the biggest mixes of R&B and Reggae/Dancehall in years.
   * In 2009, Legend recorded a duet with Brazilian singer Ana Carolina called "Entre Olhares". He sings in English, and she sings in Portuguese.
   * In the Summer of 2009, he record a duet with ex-member of Sin Bandera, Noel Schajris, called "No Importa" (It Doesn't Matter). He sings in English and Spanish.
   * John Legend plans to collaborate with british born talent Stefan Vitalis, to produce a soulful and dynamic record.

Music videos and acting career

John Legend's cover of Stevie Wonder's 1974 hit song Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing appeared in Will Smith/Eva Mendes' Hitch (film) and on the soundtrack of the movie.

The 2007 video for his single, "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)", features Alexandre Rodrigues and Melvin Bragg from the critically acclaimed film, City of God.

Legend's songs in movies:

   * "Refuge" appears on the soundtrack to the 2006 film The Second Chance.
   * "Dare to Dream" is in the 2007 movie Pride.
   * "Someday" is part of the soundtrack to the 2007 film August Rush.

Legend has a minor, non-speaking role in the 2008 movie Soul Men where he plays the deceased lead singer of a fictitious soul group that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac.
   * He performed "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch at the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game in Pittsburgh, PA.

   * He appeared on the season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm, singing a cover of You Don't Know Me. He also appeared on an episode of the television series "Las Vegas" in February 2007 performing his single "Save Room" solo at the end of the episode.

   * In 2007, he performed with John Mayer and Corinne Bailey-Rae at the Grammy Awards. He later appeared with Bailey Rae in several live performances.

   * Legend appears in a recent commercial for a Lexus SUV, in which Legend is shown listening to Nina Simone's "Backlash Blues" (recorded live in Paris, 1968, on The Great Show LP) and describing his experience with the music. He is also notable for performing closing music in many of Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs' keynote presentations.

   * In January 2008, he sang in a video for Barack Obama produced by Will.I.Am called "Yes We Can".

   * Legend performed "America The Beautiful" at WrestleMania XXIV on Sunday March 30, 2008 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida .

   * In a 2008 Target commercial, Legend performed a piece of his song "Slow Dance" to pitch his new album "available exclusively at Target." The commercial was shown during online streaming episodes of NBC programs.

   * Legend performed several numbers live in front of hundreds of thousands of fans during the July 4, 2008 celebration on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia.

   * Legend performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver in September 2008.

   * Legend appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on October 31, 2008. He was a member of the panel and performed "If You're Out There" at the end of the show.

   * Legend appeared on CNN Heroes 2008, which was taped November 22, 2008, and was televised November 27, 2008.

   * John Legend appeared to perform the song in duet with Colombian rock singer Juanes during the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on November 13, 2008. The version they performed was sang mostly in Spanish by both singers, with only a few lines in English.

   * On Sunday, January 18, 2009, he performed at the We Are One:The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, singing James Taylor's "Shower the People" with James Taylor and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

   * On Friday, February 13, 2009, he was a guest and performed on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show. John performed his song, "Everybody Knows" from his album, Evolver.
   * Legend performed at the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Launch party at LAX in Las Vegas on February 12, 2009.
   * Legend performed at the 2009 NBA All-Star Game Halftime show on February 15, 2009
   * John Legend made an appearance on 106 & Park, and brought his new video "Everybody Knows" on Feb. 18, 2009.
   * Legend performed at the 81st Academy Awards on February 22, 2009, singing Down to Earth (Peter Gabriel song) nominated for Best Original Song
   * On an episode of The Colbert Report which aired March 7, 2008, Legend performed "The Girl Is Mine" with Stephen Colbert. It was a remake of the Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney hit. Legend returned to The Colbert Report on April 14, 2008, performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with Stephen Colbert, opening the show's week in Philadelphia. He later appeared in Colbert's Christmas special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, where he performed an ode to nutmeg.

   * On Sunday, May 17, 2009, Legend was the commencement speaker for the University of Pennsylvania's 2009 graduation ceremonies. Amy Goodman happened to be in the audience, and she televised the speech the following Tuesday, May 19, 2009 on Democracy Now!..

   * On Friday, June 12, 2009 Legend co-hosted ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning on the ESPN2/ESPN Radio simulcast with Mike Greenberg. Legend sat in for Mike Golic.

Charities and endorsements
Legend performs during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

On 7 July 2007, Legend participated in the Live Earth concert in London, performing "Ordinary People". On July 8, 2007, he participated in the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, with India.Arie. On July 11, 2007, he participated in the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, with Amy Winehouse.

On September 21, 2008, Legend performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK in conjunction with the Peace One Day concert. He sang Green Light, and If You're Out There.

Legend recently launched The Show Me Campaign, through which his fans are encouraged to donate funds toward improving the living situations and prospects of victims of extreme poverty in Mbola, Tanzania. Legend, in early 2008, began touring with Professor Jeff Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute to promote sustainable development as an achievable goal.

Legend returned to his hometown of Springfield, Ohio on Christmas Eve 2007 for a "Coming Home Christmas Benefit Concert" in the auditorium of North High School. The performance featured several local talent from Springfield, including Legend's younger brother Vaughn Anthony Stephens who helped organize the concert. The performance also featured a tribute to Jason Collier and proceeds went to a scholarship fund set up in his name for local high schoolers.

Legend is currently a spokesperson for Bailey's alcoholic beverage. He also spoke on behalf of The Polka Dotz at Milwaukee's 2008 German Fest.
Legend performed and spoke at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Barack Obama Presidential campaign in April 2008. He later performed "If You're Out There" from the album Evolver and a duet of Will.i.am's "Yes we can" at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Legend performed a half-hour set list in support of Barack Obama in his hometown of Springfield, as well as at The Ohio State University and Wright State University campuses on September 29, 2008.

Legend will contribute a share of the proceeds of some tickets for his August 13, 2009 concert at Madison Square Garden to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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Written By: ninny on 12/28/09 at 6:08 am


Is that our bus in the background?

I know I'm out of shape and could use some training ;D

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/09 at 6:10 am


I know I'm out of shape and could use some training ;D
We all need some training after the holiday season.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/28/09 at 6:12 am

* Edgar Winter..Edgar Holland Winter (born December 28, 1946, in Beaumont, Texas) is an American musician. Edgar is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on the keyboards, and as a vocalist, saxophonist and percussionist, well-versed in jazz, blues and rock. He was most successful in the 1970s with his band The Edgar Winter Group. He is easily recognized by his albinism.
As teens Edgar and his elder brother Johnny Winter began performing together at local establishments such as Tom's Fish Camp. The two played in R&B and blues groups; Johnny and the Jammers, The Crystaliers, and The Black Plague. By the time he was of college age Edgar had become competent on keyboards, saxophone, bass, guitar and drums. In 1969, Winter appeared with Johnny for two songs ("I Can't Stand It" and "Tobacco Road") at the Woodstock Festival.

After recording with his brother, Edgar was signed to his own Epic Records contract in 1970 and recorded two R&B flavored albums, Entrance and Edgar Winter's White Trash. In 1972 he formed The Edgar Winter Group which included Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff. It was with this band that he had his biggest successes: first with the album They Only Come Out at Night (1972) which featured the #1 hit instrumental "Frankenstein" which pioneered the use of the synthesizer as a lead instrument. During the performances, Winter showed his virtuosity performing on the keyboards, synthesizer, trumpet, and drums, all within the confines of the single song on stage. The song reached number one in the U.S. in May 1973 and the top 15 single "Free Ride"; which reached number 14 that same year, then the album Shock Treatment which featured the song "Easy Street."
Winter playing saxophone 2006 in Winter Park, Florida

The preponderance of vocals and songwriting by Hartman on Shock Treatment led to the release of Jasmine Nightdreams (1975) with all vocals by Winter. It was nominally a solo album, but it used the same personnel as the Edgar Winter Group. A full band album followed, the Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, featuring songs and vocals by Derringer.

Success was waning, however, and Edgar teamed with brother Johnny for a live album of blues and early rock classics, including "Harlem Shuffle" (later a revival hit for the Rolling Stones). The album, Together (1976) also fell below expectations, so the White Trash was reformed. In 1977, they recorded Recycled, and toured as an opening act to support the album. The tour was cut short by a tragic plane crash, which killed some members of the tour's headliner, Lynyrd Skynyrd. This was followed by two solo albums, an attempt at literate disco on the Edgar Winter Album and a return to 1970s rock with Standing on Rock, in 1981. Since then there have been more obscure solo albums and session work, namely with David Lee Roth on Crazy from the Heat in 1985, which included a cover version of the song "Easy Street".

With over 20 albums and many television and radio appearances both to promote his music and to give his opinion on everything politically incorrect, Edgar Winter's music is solidly in the popular vein. Winter's 1970s albums are bluesier than his later albums, but there are blues tunes like "Big City Woman" on his 1990 album Not a Kid Anymore. In 2005, "Frankenstein" was featured in the PlayStation 2 music video game Guitar Hero. It has also been covered by Gary Hoey on the 2003 album Wake Up Call, as well as by Derek Sherinian on his album Inertia. "Free Ride" is the main song used in the Disney/Pixar video game Cars, a video game spin off of the animated film of the same name, the initial guitar riff is used on the menu screens and the full song is featured during game play.

In 2006, Winter joined Hamish Stuart, Rod Argent, Richard Marx, Billy Squier, and Sheila E touring with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In 2008, he appeared in the 10th All-Starr Band with Colin Hay, Billy Squier, Hamish Stuart, first timer Gary Wright and, on drums, Gregg Bissonette. Winter is a Scientologist. He has appeared in at least seven issues of the Church of Scientology magazine Celebrity between 1995 and 2005, which list the Scientology courses that he has completed.

Winter also produced, arranged, and performed on the album Mission Earth (1986). This album's words and music were written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard is said to have left detailed instructions and audio tapes for the musicians and producers to follow when making the album. Edgar described Mission Earth as "both a return to rock’s primal roots and yet highly experimental." Winter had glowing words for Hubbard when he wrote, "Ron's technical insight of the recording process was outstanding." Winter also described Hubbard's delineation of counter-rhythm in rock as something "which was nothing short of phenomenal, particularly inasmuch as it had then been entirely unexplored and only later heard in the African-based rhythms of Paul Simon's work, some five years after Ron’s analysis.
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Written By: ninny on 12/28/09 at 6:13 am


We all need some training after the holiday season.

So true and there still is New Years Eve Parties to go to.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/09 at 6:16 am


So true and there still is New Years Eve Parties to go to.
Maybe training after the New Years Eve Parties.

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Written By: ninny on 12/28/09 at 6:16 am


Maybe training after the New Years Eve Parties.

Sounds good :)

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/28/09 at 6:19 am


Sounds good :)
But lets enjoy the holiday season first.

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Written By: Howard on 12/28/09 at 5:01 pm


But lets enjoy the holiday season first.


We all do.

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Written By: Womble on 12/28/09 at 6:56 pm

Very nice bios. Thanks for sharing, Ninny.  :)

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Written By: gibbo on 12/28/09 at 11:49 pm

Training?  This is my favourite training skit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnSeKHnB_k8

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Written By: ninny on 12/29/09 at 2:39 am


Very nice bios. Thanks for sharing, Ninny.  :)

Thanks :)

Training?  This is my favourite training skit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnSeKHnB_k8

Very nice :)

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Written By: ninny on 12/29/09 at 2:47 am

The word of the day...Cowboy
A cowboy is a male character in a western
A cowboy is a man employed to look after cattle in North America, especially in former times.
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Written By: ninny on 12/29/09 at 2:52 am

The birthday of the day...Jon Voight
Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight (born December 29, 1938) is an American film and television actor. He came to prominence at the end of the 1960s, with a performance as a would-be hustler in 1969's Best Picture winner, Midnight Cowboy, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination. Throughout the following decades, Voight built his reputation with an array of challenging roles, appearing in such landmark films as Deliverance (1972), and Coming Home (1978), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor. Voight's portrayal of sportscaster/journalist Howard Cosell, in the 2001 biopic Ali, earned critical raves and his fourth Oscar nomination. He starred in the seventh season of 24 as the villain Jonas Hodges.

Voight is the father of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven, as well as brother of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor and geologist Barry Voight.
In 1969, Voight was cast in the groundbreaking Midnight Cowboy, a film that would make his career. Voight played Joe Buck, a naïve male hustler from Texas, adrift in New York City. He comes under the tutelage of Dustin Hoffman's Ratso Rizzo, a tubercular petty thief and con artist. The film explored late sixties New York and the development of an unlikely, but poignant friendship between the two main characters. Directed by John Schlesinger and based on a novel by James Leo Herlihy, the film struck a chord with critics. Because of its controversial themes, the film was released with an X rating and would make history by being the only X-rated feature to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Both Voight and co-star Hoffman were nominated for Best Actor but lost out to John Wayne, star of that year's True Grit.

In 1970 Voight appeared in Mike Nichols' adaptation of Catch-22, and re-teamed with director Paul Williams to star in The Revolutionary, as a left wing college student struggling with his conscience.

Voight appeared in 1972's Deliverance, directed by John Boorman, from a script that poet James Dickey had helped to adapt from his novel of the same name. The story of a canoe trip gone awry in a feral, backwoods America. The film and the performances of Voight and co-star Burt Reynolds received great critical acclaim and were popular with audiences.

On 12 December 1971 Voight married model and actress Marcheline Bertrand. Their son James Haven was born in 1973, followed by daughter Angelina Jolie in 1975. Both children would go on to enter the film business, James as an actor and writer, and Angelina as a movie star in her own right. Angelina went on to receive three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency.

Voight played a directionless young boxer in 1973's The All American Boy, then appeared in the 1974 film, Conrack, directed by Martin Ritt. Based on Pat Conroy's autobiographical novel The Water Is Wide, Voight portrayed the title character, an idealistic young schoolteacher sent to teach underprivileged black children on a remote South Carolina island. The same year he appeared in The Odessa File, based on Frederick Forsyth's thriller, playing a young German journalist who discovers a conspiracy to protect former Nazis still operating within Germany. This film first teamed him with the actor-director Maximilian Schell, for whom Voight would appear in 1976's End of the Game, a psychological thriller based on a story by Swiss novelist and playwright, Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

In 1978, Voight portrayed the paraplegic Vietnam veteran Luke Martin in Hal Ashby's film Coming Home. Voight, who was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, for his portrait of an embittered paraplegic, reportedly based on real-life Vietnam veteran-turned-anti-war activist Ron Kovic, with whom Fonda falls in love. The film included a much-talked-about love scene between the two. Jane Fonda won her second Best Actress award for her role, and Voight won for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Voight's marriage to Marcheline Bertrand failed in 1978. The following year, Voight once again put on boxing gloves, starring in 1979's remake of the 1931 Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper vehicle, The Champ, with Voight playing the part of an alcoholic ex-heavyweight and a young Rick Schroder playing the role of his adoring son. The film was an international success, but less popular with American audiences.
Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1969 Midnight Cowboy Joe Buck BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1970 The Revolutionary "A" Adapted from the novel by Hans Koning
1970 Catch-22 1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder
1972 Deliverance Ed Gentry Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1974 The ODESSA File Peter Miller
Conrack Pat Conroy
1975 End of the Game Walter Tschanz
1978 Coming Home Luke Martin Academy Award for Best Actor
Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1979 The Champ Billy Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1982 Lookin' to Get Out Alex Kovac Co-writer
1983 Table for Five J.P. Tannen
1985 Runaway Train Oscar "Manny" Manheim Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
1986 Desert Bloom Jack Chismore
1989 Eternity Edward/James Co-writer
1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning Dr. Robert Peter Gale (TV)
1992 The Last of His Tribe Professor Alfred Kroeber CableACE Award for Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
The Rainbow Warrior Peter Willcox
1995 Heat Nate
Tin Soldier Yarik Director
1996 Mission: Impossible James Phelps
1997 The Rainmaker Leo F. Drummond Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Rosewood John Wright
Anaconda Paul Sarone
U Turn Blind Man
Most Wanted Gen. Adam Woodward, alias Lt. Col. Grant Casey
1998 Enemy of the State Thomas Brian Reynolds
The General Ned Kenny
1999 Varsity Blues Coach Bud Kilmer
A Dog of Flanders Michel La Grande
Noah's Ark Noah
2001 Zoolander Larry Zoolander
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Lord Richard Croft
Pearl Harbor Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ali Howard Cosell Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Uprising Maj. Gen. Jürgen Stroop Nominated — Emmy Award for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Siggy (Sigfried Mannheim) Television mini-series
2003 Holes Mr. Sir
2004 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Eddie Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
National Treasure Patrick Gates
SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Bill Biscane/Kane Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
The Manchurian Candidate Senator Thomas Jordan
The Karate Dog Hamilton Cage Executive Producer
2005 Pope John Paul II John Paul II Nominated — Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2006 The Legend of Simon Conjurer Dr. Crazx
Glory Road Adolph Rupp
2007 Transformers Secretary of Defense John Keller
September Dawn Jacob Samuelson
Bratz Principal Dimly
National Treasure: Book of Secrets Patrick Gates
2008 Pride and Glory Francis Tierney Sr.
An American Carol George Washington
Tropic Thunder Himself Cameo appearance
24: Redemption Jonas Hodges (TV)
Four Christmases Creighton
2009 24 Jonas Hodges (TV)
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Written By: ninny on 12/29/09 at 2:55 am

The co-birthday..Jude Law
David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972) is an English actor, film producer and director.

He began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre in 1987, and had his first television role in 1989. After starring in films directed by Andrew Niccol, Clint Eastwood and David Cronenberg, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his performance in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000 he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, Cold Mountain.

In 2006, he was one of the top ten most bankable movie stars in Hollywood. In 2007, he received an Honorary César and he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government
In 1987 Law began acting with National Youth Music Theatre. He played various roles in the Edinburgh Fringe-awarded play The Ragged Child. One of his first major stage roles was Foxtrot Darling in Philip Ridley's The Fastest Clock In The Universe. Law went on to appear as Michael in the West End production of Jean Cocteau's tragicomedy Les parents terribles, directed by Sean Mathias. For this play he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Newcomer, and he received the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

Following a title change to Indiscretions, the play was reworked and transferred to Broadway in 1995, where Law acted opposite Kathleen Turner, Roger Rees and Cynthia Nixon. This role earned him a Tony Award nomination and the Theatre World Award. In 1989, Law got his first television role in a movie based on the Beatrix Potter children's book, The Tailor of Gloucester. After minor roles in British television, including a two-year stint in the Granada TV soap opera Families and the leading role in the BFI /Channel 4 short "The Crane", Law had his breakthrough with the British crime drama Shopping, which also featured his future wife Sadie Frost.

In 1997, he became more widely known with his role in the Oscar Wilde bio-pic Wilde. Law won the "Most Promising Newcomer" award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards for his role as Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas, the glamorous lover of Stephen Fry's Oscar Wilde. In Andrew Niccol's science fiction film Gattaca he played the role of a disabled former swimming star living in a eugenics-obsessed dystopia. In Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil he played the role of the ill-fated hustler murdered by an art dealer, played by Kevin Spacey. He also played a mob hitman in Sam Mendes's 1930s period drama Road to Perdition.
2000s

Law was one of the Top Ten 2006 A-list of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood, following the criteria of James Ulmer in the Ulmer Scale. On 1 March 2007, he was honoured with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres conferred by the French government, in recognition of his contribution to World Cinema Arts. He was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley in 1999, and then again for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Cold Mountain in 2003. Both films were directed by Anthony Minghella.

For The Talented Mr. Ripley he learned to play saxophone and earned a MTV Movie Award nomination with Matt Damon and Fiorello for performing the song "Tu vuò fà l'americano" by Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno. He learned ballet dancing for the film Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001).

Law, an admirer of Laurence Olivier, used the actor's image in the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Using computer graphics, footage of the young Olivier was merged into the film, playing Dr. Totenkopf, a mysterious scientific genius and supervillain.

He portrayed the title character in Alfie, the remake of Bill Naughton's 1966 film, playing the role originated by Michael Caine. He took on another of Caine's earlier roles in the 2007 film Sleuth adapted by Nobel Laureate in Literature Harold Pinter, while Caine played the role originated by Sir Laurence Olivier.

Law is one of three actors who took over the role of actor Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He had this to say about the role:

    "I have always loved Terry Gilliam's films. Their heart, their soul, their mind, always inventive, touching, funny and relevant. When I got the call, it was a double tug. I liked Heath very much as a man and admired him as an actor. To help finish his final piece of work was a tribute I felt compelled to make. To help Terry finish his film was an honour paid to a man I adore. I had a great time on the job. Though we were all there in remembrance, Heath's heart pushed us with great lightness to the finish."

Along with Law, actors Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell portray "three separate dimensions in the film." He appeared opposite Forest Whitaker in the dark sci-fi comedy Repo Men! and as Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie's adaption of Sherlock Holmes, alongside Robert Downey, Jr. and Rachel McAdams. Law stars as a celebrity supermodel in the film Rage.
Hamlet

In May 2009, Law returned to the London stage to portray the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse West End season at Wyndham's Theatre. The BBC reported "a fine and solid performance" but included other reviews of Law's interpretation that were mixed. There was a further run of the production at Elsinore Castle in Denmark from 25-30 August 2009. In September 2009 the production transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre in New York. Again, the critics failed to agree on the merit of Law's interpretation: London's Daily Mail found only positive reviews, but The Washington Post felt that the much-anticipated performance was "highly disappointing
In 2004, Law launched a campaign to raise £2.5 million towards the Young Vic Theatre's £12.5 million redevelopment project. He is currently Chair of the Young Vic committee and has said that he is proud to help make the Young Vic "a nurturing bed" for young directors. He is an enthusiastic football fan and a supporter of the English football club Tottenham Hotspur. In 2006, he joined Robbie Williams in the "Soccer Aid" celebrity football match to benefit UNICEF.

In 2006, he starred in an anthology of Samuel Beckett readings and performances directed by director Anthony Minghella. With the Beckett Gala Evening at the Reading Town Hall, more than £22,000 was donated for the Macmillan Cancer Support. Also in 2006, Frost and Law directed a Shakespeare play in a South African orphanage. He travelled to Durban with Frost and their children in order to help children who have lost their parents to AIDS. In July 2007, as patron of the charity, he helped kick off the month-long tour of the AIDS-themed musical Thula Sizwe by The Young Zulu Warriors. Also in 2007, he encouraged the Friends of the Earth/The Big Ask campaign, asking British Government to take action against climate change.

Law does charity work for organizations such as Make Poverty History, the Rhys Daniels Trust, and the WAVE Trauma Centre. He supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Pride of Britain Awards.

He is the chair of the Music For Tomorrow Foundation to help rebuild Katrina-devastated New Orleans.

Jude Law is an ambassador of HRH The Prince of Wales' Children and the Arts Foundation. He supports Breast Cancer Care, and in December 2008 he supported the Willow Foundation with a small canvas for their campaign Stars on Canvas. In April 2009 he supported the charity Education Africa with the gift of a mask he had painted and signed himself. The campaign was launched on eBay by Education Africa.

Stars including Dame Judi Dench and Jude Law have helped save St Stephen's Church in Hampstead. The celebrities supported the campaign, which raised £4.5 million to refurbish the Victorian church in north London. The building reopened in March 2009 as an arts and community centre
Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
1989 The Tailor of Gloucester Sam, Mayor's Stableboy (TV)
1990 Families Nathan Thompson (TV)
1991 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Joe Barnes (TV)
1992 The Crane Young Man
1993 The Marshal Bruno (TV)
1994 Shopping Billy
1996 I Love You, I Love You Not Ethan
1997 Bent Stormtrooper
Wilde Lord Alfred Douglas Evening Standard British Film Award — Most Promising Newcomer
Gattaca Jerome Eugene Morrow
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Billy Carl Hanson
1998 Music From Another Room Danny
Final Cut Jude
The Wisdom of Crocodiles Steven Grlscz aka Immortality
1999 eXistenZ Ted Pikul
Presence of Mind Secretary
The Talented Mr. Ripley Dickie Greenleaf BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Suspense
Santa Fe Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Empire Award — Best British Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award — British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated — MTV Movie Award — Best Musical Performance
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Teen Choice Award — Film Choice Breakout Performance
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Tube Tales (director) "A Bird in the Hand"
2000 Love, Honour and Obey Jude
Happy M'Gee Tony M'Gee
2001 Enemy at the Gates Vasily Zaitsev Nominated — European Film Award Audience Award for Best Actor
Artificial Intelligence: A.I. Gigolo Joe Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Road to Perdition Harlen Maguire Nominated — Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Awards for Best British Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
2003 Cold Mountain W. P. Inman Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — IFTA Award – People's Choice Award for Best International Actor
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Awards for Best British Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award — Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
Nominated — Golden Satellite Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
2004 I ♥ Huckabees Brad Stand
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Sky Captain / Joseph Sullivan Also Producer
Nominated — MTV Movie Award - Best Kiss shared with Gwyneth Paltrow
Nominated — Visual Effects Society Awards 2004 - Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film
Alfie Alfie
Closer Dan National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
The Aviator Errol Flynn Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket Voice
ShoWest Convention /ShoWest Award — Male Star of the Year
Nominated — People's Choice Award — Favorite Leading Man
2006 All the King's Men Jack Burden
Breaking & Entering Will Francis
The Holiday Graham Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Cameron Diaz
2007 My Blueberry Nights Jeremy
Sleuth Milo Tindle Also producer
2009 Rage Minx
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Tony (2nd transformation)
Sherlock Holmes Dr. Watson
2010 Repo Men Remy, a repo man
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Written By: ninny on 12/29/09 at 2:59 am

* Mary Tyler Moore..Mary Tyler Moore (born December 29, 1936) is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms.

Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and for her earlier role as Dick Van Dyke's wife on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966). She also appeared in a number of films, most notably 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was the polar opposite of the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Moore has also been active in charity work and various political causes, particularly on behalf of Animal rights and Diabetes mellitus type 1.
At the age of 17, Moore aspired to be a dancer. She started her career as "Happy Hotpoint", a tiny elf dancing on Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials during the 1950s series Ozzie and Harriet. She filmed 39 TV spots in five days, ultimately earning about $6,000 from the first job of her career. Her time as "Happy Hotpoint" ended when it became difficult to conceal her pregnancy in the dancing elf costume.

Moore anonymously modelled on the covers of a number of record albums and auditioned for the role of the older daughter of Danny Thomas for his long-running hit TV show, but was turned down. Much later, Thomas explained that "no daughter of mine could have that nose." Moore's first regular television role was as a telephone receptionist on the show Richard Diamond, Private Detective; in that series, only her legs were shown and voice heard. About this time, she guest starred on John Cassavetes's NBC detective series Johnny Staccato. In 1960, she guest starred in two episodes, "The O'Mara's Ladies" and "All The O'Mara's Horses", of the William Bendix-Doug McClure NBC western series, Overland Trail. Several months later, she appeared in the first episode, entitled "One Blonde Too Many", of NBC one-season The Tab Hunter Show, a sitcom starring the former teen idol as a bachelor cartoonist.

In 1961, Moore appeared in several bit parts in movies and on television, including Bourbon Street Beat, 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside Six, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Steve Canyon, Hawaiian Eye, and Lock Up in 1961 where a woman named Laura helped save her from prison.

In 1961, Carl Reiner cast her in The Dick Van Dyke Show, an acclaimed weekly series based on Reiner's own life and career as a writer for Sid Caesar's television variety show, telling the cast from the outset that it would run no more than five years. The show was produced by Danny Thomas's company, and Thomas himself recommended her. He remembered Mary as "the girl with three names" whom he had turned down earlier. Moore's energetic comic performances as Van Dyke's character's wife, begun at age 24 (hence she was 11 years Van Dyke's junior), made both the actress and her signature tight capri pants extremely popular, and she became internationally famous. When she won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Laura Petrie, she said, through her tears, quite incorrectly, "I know this will never happen again!"

In 1970, after having appeared earlier in a pivotal one-hour musical special called "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman", Moore and husband Grant Tinker successfully pitched a sitcom centered on Moore to CBS. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a half-hour newsroom sitcom featuring Ed Asner as her gruff boss Lou Grant, a character that would later be spun off into an hour-long dramatic series. The premise of the single working woman's life, alternating during the program between work and home, became a television staple that would often be used in the future. After six years of ratings in the top 20, the show slipped to number #39 during its seventh season. Producers argued for its cancellation due to its falling ratings, afraid that the show's legacy might be damaged if it were renewed for another season. To the surprise of the entire cast including Mary Tyler Moore herself, it was announced that they would soon be filming their final episode. After the announcement, the series finished strongly and the final show was the most watched show during the week it aired. The series had become a touchpoint of the Women's Movement because it was one of the first to show, in a serious way, an independent working woman.

After a brief respite, Moore threw herself into a completely different genre. She attempted two failed variety series in a row: Mary, which featured David Letterman, Michael Keaton, Swoosie Kurtz and Dick Shawn in the supporting cast and lasted three episodes, which was re-tooled as The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, a backstage show within a show, with Mary portraying a TV star putting on a variety show. To arouse curiosity and nostalgic feelings, Dick Van Dyke appeared as her guest, but the program was canceled within three months. About this time, she also made a one-off musical/variety special for CBS, titled Mary's Incredible Dream, which featured John Ritter, among others. It did poorly in the ratings and, according to Moore, was never repeated and will likely never be aired again due to legal problems surrounding the show.

In the 1985-86 season, she returned to CBS in a series titled "Mary", which suffered from poor reviews, sagging ratings, and internal strife within the production crew. According to Moore, she asked CBS to pull the show, as she was unhappy with the direction of the program and the producers.

She also starred in the short-lived "warmedy", Annie McGuire, in 1988.

In the mid-1990s, she had a cameo and a guest starring role as herself on two episodes of Ellen. She subsequently also guest starred on Ellen DeGeneres's next TV show, The Ellen Show, in 2001.

In 2004, Moore reunited with her Dick Van Dyke Show castmates for a reunion "episode" called The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited. In August 2005, Moore guest-starred as Christine St. George, a high-strung host of a fictional TV show on three episodes of Fox sitcom That '70s Show. Moore's scenes were shot on the same soundstage where The Mary Tyler Moore Show was filmed in the 1970s.
Theatre

Moore appeared in several Broadway plays. She starred in Whose Life Is It Anyway with James Naughton, which opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on February 24, 1980 and ran for 96 performances, and in Sweet Sue, which opened at the Music Box Theatre (transferred to the Royale Theatre) on Jan. 8, 1988 and ran for 164 performances. She was the star of a new musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's in December 1966, but the show, titled Holly Golightly, was a notorious flop that closed out-of-town before reaching Broadway. An urban legend has it that when Mary, as Holly, announced that she miscarried her baby, the audience applauded.

She appeared in previews of the Neil Simon play Rose's Dilemma at the off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club in December 2003 but was fired before the show opened, because she was not able to learn her lines.

During the 1980s, Moore and her production company produced five plays: Noises Off, The Octette Bridge Club, Joe Egg, Benefactors, and Safe Sex.
Movies

Moore made her film debut in 1961's X-15. She subsequently appeared in a string of 1960s films (after signing an exclusive contract with Universal Pictures), including 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie with Julie Andrews and 1968's What's So Bad About Feeling Good? and Don't Just Stand There!. In 1969 she starred opposite Elvis Presley as a nun in Change of Habit. Moore's future television castmate Ed Asner also appeared in that film (as a cop). After that film's disappointing reviews and reception at the box office, Mary returned to television, and did not appear in another theatrical film for the next eleven years.

Moore was nominated for the Best Actress for 1980's Ordinary People. Other feature film credits include Six Weeks, Just Between Friends, Flirting with Disaster, Keys to Tulsa, Labor Pains and Cheats.

Moore has appeared in a number of telefilms, such as Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes, Run a Crooked Mile, Heartsounds, The Gin Game (based on the Broadway play; it reunited her with Dick Van Dyke again), Mary and Rhoda, Lincoln (as Mary Todd Lincoln), Finnegan Begin Again, The Best Year, Miss Lettie and Me, Stolen Babies and Payback.
In addition to her acting work, Moore is the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. In this role, she has used her fame to help raise funds and raise awareness of diabetes mellitus type 1, which she has, almost losing her vision and at least one limb to the disease.

In 2007, in honor of Moore's dedication to the Foundation, JDRF created the "Forever Moore" research initiative which will support JDRF's Academic Research and Development and JDRF's Clinical Development Program. The program works on translating basic research advances into new treatments and technologies for those living with type 1 diabetes.

She also adopted a Golden Retriever puppy from Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue in Hudson, Massachusetts. She also is an animal rights activist and promoted her cause on the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom Ellen. She has worked for animal rights for many years. On the subject of fur, she has said, "Behind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story."

She is also a co-founder of Broadway Barks, an annual animal adopt-a-thon held in New York City. Moore and friend Bernadette Peters work to make New York City a no-kill city and to promote adopting animals from shelters.

In honor of her father, George Tyler Moore, who was a life-long American Civil War enthusiast, in 1995 Moore donated funds to acquire an historic structure in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for Shepherd College (now Shepherd University) to be used as a center for Civil War studies. The center, named the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War is housed in the historic Conrad Shindler house (ca. 1795), which is named in honor of her great, great, great-grandfather, who owned the structure from 1815-52. Moore also contributed to the renovation of the house used as headquarters during 1861-1862 by Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Use of the house had been offered to Jackson by its owner, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, commander of the 4th Virginia Infantry and a great-grandfather of Mary Tyler Moore.

Moore supports embryonic stem cell research. When President George W. Bush announced that he would veto the Senate's bill supporting the research, she said, "This is an intelligent human being with a heart, and I don't see how much longer he can deny those aspects of himself.
Filmography
Television

    * Richard Diamond, Private Detective
    * The Tab Hunter Show (1960), guest star in first episode
    * The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)
    * The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)
    * Rhoda (1974-1978)
    * Phyllis (1976-1977)
    * How To Survive the '70s (special) (1978)
    * Mary (1978)
    * First, You Cry (1978)
    * The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979)
    * Heartsounds (1984)
    * Finnegan Begin Again (1985)
    * Mary (1985-1986)
    * Lincoln (1988)
    * Annie McGuire (1988)
    * The Last Best Year (1990)
    * Thanksgiving Day (TV series) (1990)
    * Stolen Babies (1993)



    * New York News (1995)
    * Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden (1996)
    * Ellen (1996)
    * Payback (1997)
    * Good as Gold (2000)
    * Mary and Rhoda (2000)
    * Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (2001)
    * The Ellen Show (2001)
    * Miss Lettie and Me (2002)
    * The Gin Game (2003)
    * Blessings (TV movie) (2003)
    * The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004)
    * Snow Wonder (2005)
    * That '70s Show (2006)
    * Lipstick Jungle (2008)
    * Oprah (May 19, 2008)
    * "Good Morning America" (March 31, 2009)

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1958 Once Upon a Horse... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
1961 X-15 Pamela Stewart
1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie Miss Dorothy Brown
1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Liz
Don't Just Stand There! Martine Randall
1969 Run a Crooked Mile Elizabeth Sutton (TV)
Change of Habit Sister Michelle Gallagher
1980 Ordinary People Beth Jarrett Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1982 Six Weeks Charlotte Dreyfus
1986 Just Between Friends Holly Davis
1996 Flirting with Disaster Pearl Coplin Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Blue Arrow Granny Rose (voice)
1997 Keys to Tulsa Cynthia Boudreau
1998 Reno Finds Her Mom Herself
2000 Labor Pains Esther Raymond
2002 Cheats Mrs. Stark
2009 Against The Current Mom
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Written By: Howard on 12/29/09 at 6:50 am


The word of the day...Cowboy
A cowboy is a male character in a western
A cowboy is a man employed to look after cattle in North America, especially in former times.
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don't forget The Naked Cowboy. ;)

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Written By: ninny on 12/29/09 at 8:52 am



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don't forget The Naked Cowboy. ;)

But he's not naked ;D

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Howard on 12/29/09 at 2:55 pm


But he's not naked ;D


But he's in his tighty whities.

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/29/09 at 7:14 pm


But he's in his tighty whities.

Yes he is :)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: Womble on 12/29/09 at 7:22 pm

I've always been a fan of Mary Tyler-Moore but never knew half the things about her you mentioned in her bio, Nnny. Nice job. thanks for posting.  :)

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Written By: gibbo on 12/30/09 at 3:13 am



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don't forget The Naked Cowboy. ;)


Sounds like Howard is missing Sir Billzy... ;)

Subject: Re: ninny's New Person & Word of the Day

Written By: ninny on 12/30/09 at 4:44 am


Sounds like Howard is missing Sir Billzy... ;)

LOL ;D

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Written By: ninny on 12/30/09 at 4:48 am

The word of the day...Golfer
A golfer is a person who plays golf for pleasure or as a profession.
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Written By: ninny on 12/30/09 at 5:00 am

The birthday of the day...Tiger Woods
Eldrick Tont Woods (born December 30, 1975), better known as Tiger Woods, is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2008, having earned an estimated $110 million from winnings and endorsements.

Woods has won 14 professional major golf championships, the second highest of any male player, and 71 PGA Tour events, third all time. He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. Additionally, Woods is the second golfer to have achieved a career grand slam three times along with Jack Nicklaus. Woods has won 16 World Golf Championships and has won at least one event each of the 11 years they have been in existence.

Woods has held the number one position in the world rankings for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record ten times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has the record of leading the money list in nine different seasons. He has been named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year a record-tying four times, and is the only person to be named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year more than once.

Since his record-breaking win at the 1997 Masters Tournament, golf's increased popularity is attributed to Woods' presence. He is credited for dramatically increasing prize money in golf, generating interest in new audiences as the first non-white person to win the Masters, and for drawing the largest TV audiences in golf history. He has been named "Athlete of the Decade" by the Associated Press in December 2009.

On December 11, 2009, Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage after his past infidelities came to light
With the announcement "Hello world," Tiger Woods became a professional golfer in August 1996, and signed endorsement deals worth $40 million from Nike, Inc. and $20 million from Titleist. He played his first round of professional golf at the Greater Milwaukee Open, tying for 60th place, but went on to win two events in the next three months to qualify for the Tour Championship. For his efforts, Woods was named Sports Illustrated's 1996 Sportsman of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. He began his tradition of wearing a red shirt during the final round of tournaments, a link to his college days at Stanford and a color he believes symbolizes aggression and assertiveness.

The following April, Woods won his first major with a score of 18 under par, The Masters, by a record margin of 12 strokes, becoming the youngest Masters winner and the first African American to do so. He set a total of 20 Masters records and tied 6 others. He won another three PGA Tour events that year, and on June 15, 1997, in only his 42nd week as a professional, rose to number one in the Official World Golf Rankings, the fastest-ever ascent to world No. 1. He was named PGA Player of the Year, the first golfer to win the award the year following his rookie season.

While expectations for Woods were high, his form faded in the second half of 1997, and in 1998 he only won one PGA Tour event. He answered critics of his "slump" and what seemed to be wavering form by maintaining he was undergoing extensive swing changes with his coach, Butch Harmon, and was hoping to do better in the future.
1999–2002: Slams

In June 1999, Woods won the Memorial Tournament, a victory that marked the beginning of one of the greatest sustained periods of dominance in the history of men's golf. He completed his 1999 campaign by winning his last four starts—including the PGA Championship—and finished the season with eight wins, a feat not achieved in the past 25 years. He was voted PGA Tour Player of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the second time in three years.

Woods started 2000 with his fifth consecutive victory and began a record-setting season, where he would win three consecutive majors, nine PGA Tour events, and set or tie 27 Tour records. He went on to capture his sixth consecutive victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a comeback for the ages. Trailing by seven strokes with seven holes to play, he finished eagle-birdie-par-birdie for a 64 and a two-stroke victory. His six consecutive wins were the most since Ben Hogan in 1948 and only five behind Byron Nelson's record of eleven in a row. In the 2000 U.S. Open, he broke or tied a total of nine U.S. Open records with his 15-shot win, including Old Tom Morris's record for the largest victory margin ever in a major championship, which had stood since 1862, and became the Tour's all-time career money leader. He led by a record 10 strokes going into the final round, and Sports Illustrated called it "the greatest performance in golf history." In the 2000 Open Championship at St Andrews, which he won by eight strokes, he set the record for lowest score to par (−19) in any major tournament, and he holds at least a share of that record in all four major championships. At 24, he became the youngest golfer to achieve the Career Grand Slam.

Woods's major championship streak was seriously threatened at the 2000 PGA Championship, however, when Bob May went head-to-head with Woods on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club. Woods played the last twelve holes of regulation seven under par, and won a three-hole playoff with a birdie on the first hole and pars on the next two. He joined Ben Hogan (1953) as the only other player to win three professional majors in one season. Three weeks later, he won his third straight start on Tour at the Bell Canadian Open, becoming only the second man after Lee Trevino in 1971 to win the Triple Crown of Golf (U.S., British, and Canadian Opens) in one year. Of the twenty events he entered in 2000, he finished in the top three fourteen times. His adjusted scoring average of 67.79 and his actual scoring average of 68.17 were the lowest in PGA Tour history, besting his own record of 68.43 in 1999 and Byron Nelson's average of 68.33 in 1945. He was named the 2000 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, becoming the first and only athlete to be honored twice. Woods was ranked as the twelfth best golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine just four years after he turned professional.

The following season, Woods continued dominating. His 2001 Masters Tournament win marked the only time within the era of the modern Grand Slam that any player has been the holder of all four major championship titles at the same time, a feat now known as the "Tiger Slam." It is not viewed as a true Grand Slam, however, because it was not achieved in a calendar year. Surprisingly, he was not a factor in the three remaining majors of the year, but finished with the most PGA Tour wins in the season, with five. In 2002, he started off strong, joining Nick Faldo (1989–90) and Jack Nicklaus (1965–66) as the only men to have won back-to-back Masters Tournaments.

Two months later, Woods was the only player under par at the U.S. Open, and resurrected buzz about the calendar Grand Slam, which had eluded him in 2000. All eyes were on Woods at the Open Championship, but his third round score of 81 ended Grand Slam hopes. At the PGA Championship, he nearly repeated his 2000 feat of winning three majors in one year, but bogeys at the thirteenth and fourteenth holes in the final round cost him the championship by one stroke. Nonetheless, he took home the money title, Vardon Trophy, and Player of the Year honors for the fourth year in a row.
2003–04: Swing adjustments
Woods putting at Torrey Pines during a practice round at the 108th U.S. Open

The next phase of Woods's career saw him remain among the top competitors on the tour, but lose his dominating edge. He did not win a major in 2003 or 2004, falling to second in the PGA Tour money list in 2003 and fourth in 2004. In September 2004, his record streak of 264 consecutive weeks as the world's top-ranked golfer came to an end at the Deutsche Bank Championship, when Vijay Singh won and overtook Woods in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Many commentators were puzzled by Woods's "slump," offering explanations that ranged from his rift with swing coach Butch Harmon to his marriage. At the same time, he let it be known that he was again working on changes to his swing, this time in hopes of reducing the wear and tear on his surgically repaired left knee, which was subjected to severe stress in the 1998–2003 version of his swing. Again, he anticipated that once the adjustments were complete, he would return to his previous form.
2005–2007: Resurgence

In the 2005 season, Woods quickly returned to his winning ways. He won the Buick Invitational in January and in March he outplayed Phil Mickelson to win the Ford Championship at Doral and temporarily return to the Official World Golf Rankings number one position (Singh displaced him once again two weeks later). In April, he finally broke his "drought" in the majors by winning the 2005 Masters Tournament in a playoff, which regained him the number one spot in the World Rankings. Singh and Woods swapped the #1 position several times over the next couple of months, but by early July Woods had reclaimed the top spot for good, propelled further by a victory at the 2005 Open Championship, a win that gave him his 10th major. He went on to win six official money events on the PGA Tour in 2005, topping the money list for the sixth time in his career. His 2005 wins also included two at the World Golf Championships.
Woods on the green at The Masters in 2006.

For Woods, the year 2006 was markedly different from 2005. While he began just as dominantly (winning the first two PGA tournaments he entered on the year) and was in the hunt for his fifth Masters championship in April, he never mounted a Sunday charge to defend his title, allowing Phil Mickelson to claim the green jacket.

Then, on May 3, 2006, Woods's father, mentor and inspiration, Earl, died after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Woods took a nine-week hiatus from the PGA Tour to be with his family. When he returned for the 2006 U.S. Open, the rust was evident—he missed the cut at Winged Foot, the first time he had missed the cut at a major as a professional, and ended his record-tying streak of 39 consecutive cuts made at majors. Still, a tie for second at the Western Open just three weeks later showed him poised to defend his Open crown at Hoylake.

At the 2006 Open Championship, Woods almost exclusively used long irons off the tee (he hit driver only one time the entire week—the 16th hole of the first round), he missed just four fairways all week (hitting the fairway 92 percent of the time), and his score of −18 to par (three eagles, nineteen birdies, 43 pars, and seven bogeys) was just one off of his major championship record −19, set at St Andrews in 2000. The victory was an emotional one for Woods, who dedicated his play to his father's memory.

Four weeks later at the 2006 PGA Championship, Woods again won in dominating fashion, making only three bogeys, tying the record for fewest in a major. He finished the tournament at 18-under-par, equaling the to-par record in the PGA that he shares with Bob May from 2000. In August 2006, he won his 50th professional tournament at the Buick Open—and at the age of thirty years and seven months, he became the youngest golfer to do so. He ended the year by winning six consecutive PGA Tour events, and won the three most prestigious awards given by the PGA Tour (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Byron Nelson Awards) in the same year for a record seventh time.

At the close of his first eleven seasons, Woods's 54 wins and 12 major wins had surpassed the all time eleven-season PGA Tour total win record of 51 (set by Byron Nelson) and total majors record of 11 (set by Jack Nicklaus). He was named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for a record-tying fourth time.

Woods and tennis star Roger Federer, who share a major sponsor, first met at the 2006 U.S. Open tennis final. Since then, they have attended each other's events and have voiced their mutual appreciation for each other's talents.

Woods began 2007 with a two-stroke victory at the Buick Invitational for his third straight win at the event and his seventh consecutive win on the PGA Tour. The victory marked the fifth time he had won his first tournament of the season. With this win, he became the third man (after Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead) to win at least five times in three different events on the PGA Tour (his two other events are the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and WGC-CA Championship). He earned his second victory of the year at the WGC-CA Championship for his third consecutive and sixth win overall at the event. With this victory, he became the first player to have three consecutive victories in five different events.

At the 2007 Masters Tournament, Woods was in the final group on the last day of a major for the thirteenth time in his career, but unlike the previous twelve occasions, he was unable to come away with the win. He finished tied for second two strokes behind winner Zach Johnson.
Tiger Woods drives the ball down range at the inaugural Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am Tournament, part of the AT&T National PGA Tour event, July 2007.

Woods earned his third victory of the season by two strokes at the Wachovia Championship, the 24th different PGA Tour tournament he won. He has collected at least three wins in a season nine times in his 12-year career. At the U.S. Open, he was in the final group for the fourth consecutive major championship, but began the day two strokes back and finished tied for second once again. His streak of never having come from behind to win on the final day of a major continued.

In search of a record-tying third consecutive Open Championship, Woods fell out of contention with a second-round 75, and never mounted a charge over the weekend. Although his putting was solid (he sank a 90-footer in the first round), his iron play held him back. "I wasn't hitting the ball as close as I needed to all week," he said, after he finished tied for twelfth, five strokes off the pace.

In early August, Woods won his record 14th World Golf Championships event at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by 8 strokes for his third consecutive and sixth victory overall at the event. He became the first golfer to win the same event three straight times on two different occasions (1999-2001) and (2005-2007). The following week, he won his second straight PGA Championship by defeating Woody Austin by two strokes. He became the first golfer to win the PGA Championship in back-to-back seasons on two different occasions: 1999-2000 and 2006-2007. He became the second golfer, after Sam Snead, to have won at least five events on the PGA Tour in eight different seasons.

Woods earned his 60th PGA Tour victory at the BMW Championship by shooting a course record 63 in the final round to win by two strokes. He sank a fifty-foot putt in the final round and missed only two fairways on the weekend. He led the field in most birdies for the tournament, and ranked in the top five in driving accuracy, driving distance, putts per round, putts per green, and greens in regulation. Woods finished his 2007 season with a runaway victory at the Tour Championship to capture his fourth title in his last five starts of the year. He became the only two-time winner of the event, and the champion of the inaugural FedEx Cup. In his 16 starts on Tour in 2007, his adjusted scoring average was 67.79, matching his own record set in 2000. His substantial leads over the second, third, and fourth players were similar in 2000 (1.46 (Phil Mickelson), 1.52 (Ernie Els), 1.66 (David Duval)) and 2007 (1.50 (Els), 1.51 (Justin Rose), 1.60 (Steve Stricker)).
2008: Injury-shortened season

Woods started the 2008 season with an eight-stroke victory at the Buick Invitational. The win marked his 62nd PGA Tour victory, tying him with Arnold Palmer for fourth on the all time list. This marked his sixth victory at the event, the sixth time he has begun the PGA Tour season with a victory, and his third PGA Tour win in a row. The following week, he was trailing by four strokes going into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic, but made six birdies on the back nine for a dramatic one-stroke victory. He took home his 15th World Golf Championships event at the Accenture Match Play Championship with a record-breaking 8 & 7 victory in the final.

In his next event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods got off to a slow start, finishing the first round at even par and tied for 34th place. After finishing the third round in a five-way tie for first place, he completed his fifth consecutive PGA Tour victory with a dramatic 24-foot putt on the 18th hole to defeat Bart Bryant by a stroke. It was also his fifth career victory in this event. Geoff Ogilvy stopped Woods's run at the WGC-CA Championship, a tournament Woods had won in each of the previous three years. He remains the only golfer to have had more than one streak of at least five straight wins on the PGA Tour.

Despite bold predictions that Woods might again challenge for the Grand Slam, he did not mount a serious charge at the 2008 Masters Tournament, struggling with his putter through each round. He would still finish alone in second, three strokes behind the champion, Trevor Immelman. On April 15, 2008, he underwent his third left knee arthroscopic surgery in Park City, Utah, and missed two months on the PGA Tour. The first surgery he had was in 1994 when he had a benign tumor removed and the second in December 2002. He was named Men's Fitness's Fittest Athlete in the June/July 2008 issue.
Tiger Woods walks off the 8th green at Torrey Pines during a practice round at the 2008 U.S. Open

Woods returned for the 2008 U.S. Open in one of the most anticipated golfing groupings in history between him, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, the top three golfers in the world. Woods struggled the first day on the course, notching a double bogey on his first hole. He would end the round at +1 (72), four shots off the lead. He scored -3 (68) his second day, still paired with Mickelson, managing 5 birdies, 1 eagle and 4 bogeys. On the third day of the tournament, he started off with a double bogey once again and was trailing by 5 shots with six holes to play. However, he finished the round by making 2 eagle putts, a combined 100 feet (30 m) in length, and a chip-in birdie to take a one shot lead into the final round. His final putt assured that he would be in the final group for the sixth time in the last eight major championships.

On Sunday, June 15, Woods began the day with another double bogey, and trailed Rocco Mediate by one stroke after 71 holes. He winced after several of his tee shots, and sometimes made an effort to keep weight off of his left foot. Woods was behind by one stroke when he reached the final hole. Left with a 12-foot putt for birdie, he made the shot to force an 18-hole playoff with Mediate on Monday. Despite leading by as many as three strokes at one point in the playoff, Woods again dropped back and needed to birdie the 18th to force sudden death with Mediate, and did so. Woods made par on the first sudden death hole; Mediate subsequently missed his par putt, giving Woods his 14th major championship. After the tournament, Mediate said "This guy does things that are just not normal by any stretch of the imagination," and Kenny Perry added, "he beat everybody on one leg."

Two days after winning the U.S. Open, Woods announced that he would be required to undergo reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery on his left knee and would miss the remainder of the 2008 golf season including the final two major championships: The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. Woods also revealed that he had been playing for at least 10 months with a torn ligament in his left knee, and sustained a double stress fracture in his left tibia while rehabbing after the surgery he had after the Masters. Publications throughout the world asserted his U.S. Open victory as "epic" and praised his efforts especially after learning of the extent of his knee injury. Woods called it "My greatest ever championship - the best of the 14 because of all the things that have gone on over the past week."

Woods' absence from the remainder of the season caused PGA Tour TV ratings to decline. Overall viewership for the second half of the 2008 season saw a 46.8 percent decline as compared to 2007.
2009: Returning to the PGA Tour

Called "one of the most anticipated returns in sports" by the Associated Press, Woods' first PGA Tour event after an eight month layoff came at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He lost to Tim Clark in the second round. His first stroke play event was the WGC-CA Championship at Doral where he finished 9th (-11). Woods won his first title of the year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he was five strokes behind Sean O'Hair entering the final round. Woods shot a final round 67 and made a 16-foot birdie putt at the final hole to defeat O'Hair by one stroke. Afterwards, he would continue to perform consistently. At The Masters, he finished sixth, four strokes behind eventual winner Ángel Cabrera. Then, despite having the 18-hole lead at the Quail Hollow Championship, he finished two strokes behind Sean O'Hair. At The Players Championship, he played in the final grouping on Sunday, but finished eighth.

Woods won his second event of 2009 at the Memorial Tournament. He trailed by four shots after three rounds but shot a final round 65, which included two consecutive birdies to end the tournament. The win was Woods' fourth at the event. Woods won his third event of the 2009 season on July 5 at the AT&T National, an event hosted by Woods himself. However, for the third time going into a 2009 major, Woods failed to capitalize on his preceding win. Instead, at the 2009 Open Championship, he missed the cut for only the second time in a major championship since turning professional.

On August 2, Woods captured the Buick Open for his fourth win of the season, a three-shot victory over three other players. After firing an opening-round 71 that put him in 95th place and outside of the cutline, Woods responded with a second-round 63, nine-under par, that vaulted him into contention. A third-round 65 put him atop the leaderboard and he coasted to victory with a final-round 69 for a 20-under 268 four-round total. This was the biggest turnaround pro victory to date.

Woods won his 70th career event the following week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He went head-to-head against Pádraig Harrington on Sunday until the 16th, where Harrington made a triple bogey 8 on the par 5 and Woods made birdie. Tiger went on to win the event by 4 strokes over Harrington and Robert Allenby.

At the 2009 PGA Championship, Woods shot a 5-under 67 to take the lead after the first round. He remained leader or co-leader through the second and third rounds. Going into the final round, Woods had a 2 stroke lead at 8-under. However, at the 68th hole, Woods was overtaken for the first time atop the leaderboard by Yang Yong-eun. Yang eventually won the tournament by three strokes over Woods who finished second. It marked the first time that Woods would fail to win a major when leading or co-leading after 54 holes and the first time he had lost any tournament on American soil when leading by more than one shot. It also meant that Woods would end the year without a major for the first time since 2004.

Woods won his 71st career title at the BMW Championship. The win moved him to first place in the FedEx Cup standings going into the final playoff event. It was his fifth win at the BMW Championship (including three wins as the Western Open) and marked the fifth time he had won an event five or more times in his career on the PGA Tour. Woods finished second at The Tour Championship to win his second FedEx Cup title.

At the 2009 Presidents Cup, Woods had an impressive and equally spectacular performance in which he won all five of his matches at the event. He joined his friend Mark O'Meara, who won all five of his matches at the 1996 Presidents Cup, and Shigeki Maruyama, who accomplished this feat in the 1998 Presidents Cup. In all three instances, their respective teams won the competition. Woods was paired with Steve Stricker all four rounds of the competition in foursomes and four-ball. On the first day of foursomes, they won 6 and 4 over the team of Ryo Ishikawa and Geoff Ogilvy. In Friday's match of four-ball, they won over the team of Ángel Cabrera and Geoff Ogilvy, 5 and 3. On Saturday, they beat the team of Tim Clark and Mike Weir after trailing for most of the match by winning the 17th and 18th holes to win 1-up in morning foursomes, and in the afternoon four-ball they defeated the team of Ryo Ishikawa and Y. E. Yang by the score of 4 and 2. In the singles match, Woods was paired with his nemesis from the 2009 PGA Championship, Yang. Yang grabbed the quick 1-up lead on the first hole, but on the third hole lost the lead and Woods went onto win the match by a score of 6 and 5. In addition, Woods was the one who clinched the Cup for the United States, which was his first time ever in his career he had the honor and opportunity to do this in a team event competition.

In November 2009, Woods was paid $3.3 million to play in the JBWere Masters, held at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, Australia from November 12 to 15. The event was sold out for the first time. He went on to win at 14 under par, two strokes over Australian Greg Chalmers, marking his 38th European Tour win and his first win of the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Woods has established several charitable and youth projects.

   * The Tiger Woods Foundation: The Tiger Woods Foundation was established in 1996 by Woods and his father Earl. It focuses on projects for children. Initially these comprised golf clinics (aimed especially at disadvantaged children), and a grant program. Further activities added since then include university scholarships, an association with Target House at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; the Start Something character development program, which reached one million participants by 2003; and the Tiger Woods Learning Center. The Tiger Woods Foundation recently has teamed up with the PGA Tour to create a new PGA tour event that will take place in the nation's capital (Washington, D.C.) beginning in July, 2007.
   * In The City Golf Clinics and Festivals: Since 1997, the Tiger Woods Foundation has conducted junior golf clinics across the country. The Foundation began the “In the City” golf clinic program in 2003. The first three clinics were held in Indio, California, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and were targeted to all youth, ages 7–17, and their families. Each three-day event features golf lessons on Thursday and Friday of clinic week and a free community festival on Saturday. Host cities invite 15 junior golfers to participate in the annual Tiger Woods Foundation Youth Clinic. This three-day junior golf event includes tickets to Disney Resorts, a junior golf clinic, and an exhibition by Tiger Woods.
   * Tiger Woods Learning Center: This is a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) educational facility in Anaheim, California which opened in February 2006. It is expected to be used by several thousand students each year in grades 4 to 12. The center features seven classrooms, extensive multi-media facilities and an outdoor golf teaching area.
   * Tiger Jam: An annual fundraising concert which has raised over $10 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation. Past performers at Tiger Jam include Sting, Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder.
   * Chevron World Challenge: An annual off-season charity golf tournament. The event carries generous prize money, and in 2007 Woods donated his $1.35 million first-place check to his Learning Center.
   * Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team: An eighteen member team which competes in the annual Junior World Golf Championships.

Woods has also participated in charity work for his current caddy, Steve Williams. On April 24, 2006 Woods won an auto racing event that benefited the Steve Williams Foundation to raise funds to provide sporting careers for disadvantaged youth
   * PGA Tour wins (71)
   * European Tour wins (38)
   * Japan Golf Tour wins (2)
   * Asian Tour wins (1)
   * PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)
   * Other professional wins (15)
   * Amateur wins (21)

Major championships
Wins (14)


   * Complete through the 2009 season.
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Written By: ninny on 12/30/09 at 5:04 am

The co-birthday of the day...Davey Jones
Davy Jones (born David Thomas Jones 30 December 1945) is an English pop singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of The Monkees. Jones was born in Manchester, England on 30 December 1945. He lost his mother to emphysema when he was 14 years old. His father had hopes for him as a jockey, and just after his mother died, his father sent him to live with Basil Foster to train. Basil was approached by a friend who worked in the theatre on the West End of London during casting. Basil said, "I've got the kid." Jones then became more interested in being in show business. As a teenager he appeared on British TV soap operas, including Coronation Street. He appeared to great acclaim in the musical Oliver! as the Artful Dodger, playing the role both in London and on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award. On 9 February 1964, he appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver on the Ed Sullivan show, the same episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. Jones says of that night, "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that."

Ward Sylvester of Screen Gems (then the television division of Columbia Pictures) signed Jones to a contract, following his Ed Sullivan appearance. A pair of American television appearances followed, in episodes of Ben Casey and The Farmer's Daughter. He also recorded a single and album for Colpix Records, which charted but weren't huge hits.

From 1965 to 1971, Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a TV show of the same name. With Screen Gems producing the series, Jones was shortlisted for auditions, as he was the only Monkee who was signed to a deal with the studio, but still had to meet producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider's standards.

He appeared in one episode of The Brady Bunch and in two episodes of Love, American Style. He also appeared, in animated form, on an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies plus Spongebob Squarepants in Spongebob Vs. The Big One as himself.

As a Monkee, Jones sang lead vocals on many of the group's songs, including "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer." After the show went off the air and the group disbanded, he continued to perform solo, later joining with fellow-Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as a short-lived group called Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.

He guest-starred as himself on the TV Show Sabrina The Teenage Witch and sang Daydream Believer to Sabrina.

In 1978 he appeared with Micky Dolenz in Harry Nilsson's play The Point at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Jones as Oblio and Dolenz as The Count. Also, Jones makes a cameo appearance as himself in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob vs. The Big One" (his appearance was meant to be a pun on Davy Jones' Locker).

In recent years, Jones performed with his former bandmates in reunion tours and appeared in several productions of Oliver! as Fagin. He continued to race horses with some success in his native England, while residing in Beavertown, Pennsylvania, United States. He owns and races horses in the United States and served as a commercial spokesman for Colonial Downs racetrack in Virginia. He has a residence in Stuart, Florida.

In April 2006, Jones recorded the single "Your Personal Penguin," written by children's author Sandra Boynton, as a companion piece to her new board book of the same title. On 1 November 2007, th