CONFUCIUS – THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CHINESE PHILOSOPHER

The Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius was the founder of the school of philosophy known as the Ju or Confucianism, which is still very influential in China. He was born on 551 B.C.E in Tuo, China.

INFO OF HIS LIFE

Confucius is the Latinized name of K’ung Fu-tzu (Great Master K’ung). His original name was K’ung Ch’iu; he is also known as K’ung Chung-ni. The most detailed traditional account of Confucius’s life is contained in the Records of the Historian (Shih chi) by Ssu-ma Ch’ien, who lived from 145 B.C.E. to 86 B.C.E. Many modern scholars have dismissed this biography as only legend. Nevertheless, from this manuscript one can reconstruct a satisfactory outline of the philosopher’s life and influence.

According to the Records of the Historian, Confucius was a descendant of a branch of the royal house of Shang, the dynasty (a family of rulers) that ruled China prior to the Chou, and a dynasty which ruled China from around 1122 B.C.E. to 221 B.C.E. His family, the K’ung, moved to the small state of Lu, located in the modern province of Shantung in northeastern China.

It was believed that Confucius’s father divorced his first wife at an advanced age, because she had borne him only daughters and one disfigured son. He then married a fifteen-year-old girl from the Yen clan, who gave birth to Confucius. Ssu-ma Ch’ien refers to the relationship as a “wild union,” which very possibly indicates that Confucius was an illegitimate child, or a child born out of wedlock.

In the Analects, Confucius’s book of teachings, he writes that during his youth he was poor and was forced to acquire many different skills. It is clear that even though the fortunes of his family had declined, he was no commoner. Confucius unquestionably belonged to the aristocratic (ruling) class known as the shih. In the time of Confucius most shih served as court officials, scholars, and teachers. Confucius’s first occupation appears to have been as keeper of the Lu granary. Later he worked as supervisor of the fields. Both were low positions but consistent with his shih status.

CAREER AS A TEACHER

It is not known exactly when Confucius began his teaching career, but it does not appear to have been much before the age of thirty. In 518 B.C.E. he is said to have met the famous teacher Lao Tzu (sixth century B.C.E. ), who reportedly bluntly criticized Confucius for his stuffiness and arrogance. Confucius eventually returned to Lu around 515 B.C.E. For several years after his return he does not appear to have accepted a governmental position. Instead it appears he spent most of his time studying and teaching, gathering a large number of students around him. Although one can only guess about the school’s exact course work, it undoubtedly included instruction in ritual, music, history, and poetry.

Around 498 B.C.E. , Confucius decided to leave his home in Lu and embark on a long journey throughout eastern China. He was accompanied by several of his disciples (followers). They wandered throughout the eastern states of Wei, Sung, and Ch’en and at various times had their lives threatened. Confucius was almost assassinated (killed) in Sung. On another occasion he was mistaken for the adventurer Yang Hu and was arrested and held until his true identity became known.

Confucius was received with great respect by the rulers of the states he visited, and he even seems to have received occasional payments. He spent much of his time developing his ideas on the art of government, as well as continuing his teaching. He acquired a large following, and the solidification of the Confucian school probably occurred during these years. Not all of his disciples followed him on his travels. Several of them actually returned to Lu and assumed positions with the Chi clan. It may have been through their influence that in 484 B.C.E. Confucius was invited back to Lu.

FINAL YEARS

Confucius was warmly received in Lu, but there is no indication that he was given a responsible position. Little is known about his last years, although this would have been a logical time for him to work on the many texts and documents he supposedly gathered on his journey. Much of his time was devoted to teaching, and he seems to have remained more or less distant from political affairs. This was an unhappy period for Confucius. His only son died about this time; his favorite disciple, Yen Hui, died the very year of his return to Lu; and in 480 B.C.E. another disciple, Tzu-lu, was killed in battle. Confucius felt all of these losses deeply, and his sadness and frustration must have been intensified by the realization that his political ideas had found no support among the rulers of his own state. Confucius died in 479 B.C.E in Qufu, China. His disciples conducted his funeral and observed a mourning period for him.

CONFUCIUS’S TEACHINGS

Although we cannot be certain that Confucius wrote any of the works he is credited with, it is still possible to know something about the general nature of his philosophy. Shortly after his death his disciples compiled a work known as the Lun yü, commonly translated as the Analects but more accurately rendered as the Edited Conversations. This work consists of conversations between Confucius, his students, and an occasional ruler. The primary emphasis of the Lun yü is on political philosophy. Confucius taught that the primary task of the ruler was to achieve the welfare (well-being) and happiness of the people of his state. To accomplish this aim, the ruler first had to set a moral (good character) example by his own conduct. This example would in turn influence the people’s behavior.

Confucius is the first Chinese thinker to introduce concepts that became fundamental not only to Confucian philosophy but to Chinese philosophy in general. The most important of these are jen (benevolence), yi (propriety, or being proper), and li (ritual, or ceremony). Confucius believed that the chün-tzu, or “gentleman,” must set the moral example for others in society to follow. In the Lun yü jen, what has been translated as humaneness or benevolence (being kind) is a quality a chün-tzu should develop and attempt to encourage in others. Li is considered the rules and ritual that are observed in religious and nonreligious ceremonies and, as applied to the chün-tzu, composed rules of behavior. Yi represents what is right and proper in a given situation. The chün-tzu, by observing the ritual and because of his good nature, always knows what is right.

Confucius was basically a humanist and one of the greatest teachers in Chinese history. His influence on his immediate disciples was deep. His students continued to explain his theories until, in the first Han dynasty (206 B.C.E. –8 C. E.), the theories became the basis of the state ideology, the body of ideas reflecting the social needs of a culture.

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BAR REFAELI – MOST SEXIEST ISRAEL MODEL

Bar Refaeli was born on June 4, 1985, in a rural region of Israel. She was raised on a horse ranch, but her countryside origins never inhibited her imagination. She started modeling before she could even walk and talk. At eight months old, Bar was already doing commercials. After starting her career before she was even a 1-year-old, Bar had to undergo that traumatic experience that every child fears: getting braces. Of course, getting braces quickly derailed her modeling career. So for over three years, Bar resorted back to her normal life — a life void of modeling. But when the braces came off in 1997, Bar wasted no time getting right back into the industry. At the tender age of 11, she bursted back onto the modeling scene and has been there ever since.

She then appeared in numerous advertisements and infomercials in Israel. Bar’s rise to prominence seemed to happen overnight. At the age of 15, Bar began to modeling for catalogs such as Castro and Pilpel. Her undeniable good looks made her an automatic interest for most international magazines and covers. The turn of the century marked a sign of good things to come for the Israeli vixen. In 2000, she won the title of “Model of the Year” in a beauty contest, and in 2001, she won her title yet again, as her beauty and modeling talents couldn’t be denied. In 2002 and 2003, she was chosen to be the home model of the Renuar fashion network. Additionally, Bar was selected for an international fashion production and appeared in the French ELLE magazine.

It was during her rise to prominence that she attained gigs with GQ and Ralph Lauren. However, Bar claimed that it was the editorial section in an issue of ELLE France that laid claim to her celebrity. The editorial section attached her name with the face that so many people were becoming accustomed to seeing, and once her name was attached, a celebrity was born. Bar ended up doing photo shoots with Sports Illustrated magazine and Victoria’s Secret. She was the first ever Israeli to be featured in SI. Her career has essentially grown right in front of our eyes; she has developed a sense of how to work in front of a camera, and photographers are beginning to like working with her more and more. She says that working with photographers is “a cooperation between the model and the photographers.” Bar has lives the ife of a glamorous, international supermodel. She graced cover after cover and has worked with the most major brands in the world. In early 2007, Bar landed more work with SI, and signed a deal with Chanel’s makeup brands. Her romantic link with award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks mounds for her popularity.

Bar appeared in a September 2007 Paris-Match issue where she was interviewed by reporter Caroline Mangez. The six-page article had many pictures and a great interesting interview about Bar’s life in Israel, her family and her work. She also appeared on the cover of Tatler magazine for the October 2007 issue.

AGENCIES

  • Traffic Models
  • Storm Models
  • Irene Marie Management Group
  • Premier Model Management
  • Wiener Models
  • Riccardo Gay Model Management
  • Marilyn Agency
  • Ford Models – New York

ADVERTISEMENTS

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  • O’Neill
  • Pupa
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Teleno
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Yamamay

MAGAZINE COVERS

  • France: ‘Elle’ – February 13 2006; ‘Elle’ – 27 March, 17 April, 17 July 2006
  • Italy: ‘GQ’ – March 2006
  • Latvia: ‘Elle’ – August 2006
  • Norway: ‘Elle’ – July 2006
  • Spain: ‘DT’ – June 2006; ‘Elle’ – August 2006; ‘Telva’ – December 2006
  • Sweden: ‘Elle’ – July 2006
  • UK: ‘Maxim’ – May 2006

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ANGELINA JOLIE – HOLLYWOOD’S EXOTIC ACTRESS

Angelina Jolie (full name Angelina Jolie Voight) was born on 4 June, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a famous American actress and a former model. She is known for her exotic looks, her tumultuous off-screen life and her humanitarian work with refugees. Regarding her family, Angelina Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand and sister of James Haven. She is also niece of Chip Taylor and the god-daughter of Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. Her grandparents were French-Canadian and her paternal-grandfather was from Czechoslovakia. Thus, she is of Czech and English descent on her father’s side and of French-Canadian and
Iroquois on her mother’s.

As a teenager , she dreamed of becoming a funeral director. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute from the age of 11, later attending Beverly Hills High School. Though Angelina Jolie enrolled at the film school at New York University after finishing “Gia”, she did not complete her studies. She has been long estranged from her father, blaming his infidelity for the break-up of the family , though a reconciliation was attempted by his appearing with her in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”. In 2004, Angelina Jolie indicated that she was no longer interested in pursuing a relationship with her father, but that she did not hate him because she realised that “…we only have so much energy in this life”. Soon afterwards, he claimed that she has “serious emotional problems” while she legally dropped Voight as her last name and took “Angelina Jolie” as new legal name.

Before Angelina Jolie began a career as an actress, she was a model. Her first starring role came in the 1995 film Hackers. In 1998 Angelina Jolie achieved a major critical success, starring in the TV film “Gia”, the true story of 1970-80s supermodel Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS. She won Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Satmifie awards and was nominated for an Emmy. She had roles in several box-office flops until 1999, when she co-starred in “The Bone Collector” with Denzel Washington and won an Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted”. Beside the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the latter movie also brought three Golden Globes. Her first healding blockbuster role came from “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”.

Several of her subsequent films, such as “Life or Something Like It”, “Alexander” and “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” were box-office disappointments, although Jolie herself usually received good notices. She did provide the voice of Lola in the successful animated film “Shark Tale”. Jolie quickly became one of Hollywood’s most “in-demand” actresses. Following the success of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), she was set to earn up to $15 million to star in the film “The Good Shepherd” (2006).

Apart from her acting and humanitarian endeavours, Jolie has worked as a professional model in London, New York and Los Angeles and appeared in numerous music videos, including those of Korn, Meat Loaf, Lenny Kravitz, and The Rolling Stones. As for her private life, after divorcing from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie has a wonderfull life with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has captured worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax and Zahara, and a biological child, Shiloh.

ANGELINA JOLIE DATES

  • Jenny Shimizu (1994 – 1995)
  • Jonny Lee Miller (1996 – 1999)
  • Timothy Hutton (1998 – 1999)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (2000 – 2003)
  • Colin Farrel (2003 – 2004)
  • Brad Pitt (2005 – present)

FILMOGRAPHY

  • Wanted (2008) – Fox
  • Kung Fu Panda (voice) (2008) -Master Tigress
  • The Changeling (2008)
  • Atlas Shrugged (2008) -Dagny Taggart
  • Beowulf (2007) – Grendels Mother
  • A Mighty Heart ( 2007) – Marianne Pearl
  • The Good Shepherd (2006) – Catherine the Great
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) – Jane Smith
  • Alexander (2004) – Olympias
  • Shark Tale (2004) (voice) – Lola
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) – Capt. Franky Cook
  • Taking Lives (2004) – Illeana Scott
  • Beyond Borders (2003) – Sarah Jordan
  • Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life: Tomb Raider 2 (2003) – Lara Croft
  • Life or Something Like It (2002) – Lanie
  • Original Sin (2001) – Julia Russell
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) – Lara Croft
  • Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) – Sara ‘Sway’ Wayland
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999) – Lisa Rowe
  • Bone Collector, The (1999) – Amelia Donaghy
  • Pushing Tin (1999) – Mary Bell
  • Playing by Heart (1998) – Joan
  • Hell’s Kitchen (1998) – Gloria McNeary
  • Gia (1998) (TV) – Gia Marie Carangi
  • Playing God (1997) – Claire
  • George Wallace (1997) (TV) – Cornelia Wallace
  • True Women (1997) (TV) – Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods
  • Mojave Moon (1996) – Eleanor ‘Elie’ Rigby
  • Foxfire (1996) – Margret ‘Legs’ Sadovsky
  • Love Is All There Is (1996) – Gina Malacici
  • Without Evidence (1995) – Jodie Swearingen
  • Hackers (1995) – Kate Libby (‘Acid Burn’)
  • Cyborg 2 (1993) – Casella ‘Cash’ Reese
  • Lookin’ to Get Out (1982) – Tosh

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MARILYN MONROE – HOLLYWOOD’S MOST FAMOUS BLONDE

Marilyn Monroe, whose name was Norma Jean Baker in childhood, was born to Gladys Mortenson, a film technician, whose husband, Edward Mortenson, deserted the family. Norma Jean’s natural father may have actually been another studio employee, C. Stanley Gifford. Gladys’ mental illness surfaced shortly after her daughter’s birth, and she was institutionalized much of Norma Jean’s growing years. Norma Jean was placed in a series of twelve foster homes, and once in an orphanage. She attended Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles, California.

At sixteen, Norma Jean escaped the foster system by marrying 20-year-old James Dougherty. A year later, in 1943, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine. Norma Jean took a job in an airline plant, part of the World War II factory effort, and worked first as a parachute inspector, then as a paint sprayer. When the government came through to take promotional photographs of the women working in the plant, the brunette Norma Jean learned that she photographed well, took a modeling course, and began working part-time as a photographer’s model.

Success as a photographer’s model led her to her dream of becoming an actress. In 1946, she divorced Dougherty and bleached her hair to become a blond. She signed a one-year, $125/month contract with Twentieth Century-Fox on August 26, 1946. Ben Lyon, casting director, suggested that she take the name Marilyn, and she added her grandmother’s last name, Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe played one bit part that year, all of which ended up on the cutting room floor. The next year, she signed another one-year contract, this time with Columbia. The results weren’t any better. In 1950, Marilyn Monroe posed for full-length nude shots, which the photographer Tom Kelley sold for a calendar. That same year, she appeared in a bit part in The Asphalt Jungle, and though her name wasn’t even mentioned in the credits, her appearance generated a huge amount of fan mail. Her reputation as a blond bombshell had begun to be established.

So Twentieth Century-Fox signed Marilyn Monroe to a new contract — this time, for seven years. She appeared in All About Eve. In 1946, she had her first starring role, in Niagara. In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she sang, and for the first time, she had her own dressing room. In January, 1954, Marilyn Monroe married the famous baseball player, Joe Di Maggio. The marriage was short-lived; they divorced in October. For the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe appeared in the famous photographic stunt, in a white halter dress, with her skirt blown up by a draft from a sidewalk grate, leaning down to catch her dress so that her cleavage showed. The photograph was used to advertise the film, and has become one of the iconic images of Marilyn Monroe.

But after filming The Seven Year Itch, in which she plays a prototypical “dumb blond,” Marilyn Monroe decided to work more seriously on her acting skills, to the skepticism of many critics. She broke her movie contract, and moved to New York to study at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg for a year. In 1955, she founded her own company with Milton Greene, Marilyn Monroe Productions, and signed a new contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. She made the 1956 movie Bus Stop which wowed the critics, but she’d begun to lose herself to self-doubt, depression, drugs, and alcohol. Marilyn Monroe, whose mother and maternal grandparents had all struggled with mental illness and institutionalization, began taking sleeping pills for her insomnia. She regularly consulted psychiatrists. She drank heavily, and began a habit of arriving late to work, and sometimes not being able to work at all.

She married Arthur Miller, the playwright, shortly after Bus Stop was released, and for the marriage converted to Judaism. She lived quietly for two years with her new husband. During that time, Miller was fighting his conviction for contempt-of-Congress for refusing to answer two questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The marriage, and several miscarriages, added to her self-doubt and depression, and to her use of drugs and alcohol. Marilyn Monroe’s next movie, The Prince and the Showgirl, brought mixed reviews. That was followed by Let’s Make Love, and an unhappy romantic liaison with co-star Yves Montand.

The Misfits was written for Marilyn Monroe by her husband, Arthur Miller. She performed well in the final product, though during its filming, she was often under the influence of alcohol and pills, and she was notoriously late to the set. Marilyn was affected by the death, two months after the film was completed, by co-star Clark Gable. In early 1961, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller divorced. During this period, she was also bothered by many rumors of affairs, including with the President, John F. Kennedy, and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. Filming her next project, ironically titled Something’s Got to Give, Marilyn’s lateness and addictions led to her dismissal after a month. She was briefly committed to a mental hospital. She was approved to return to the film, but never resumed filming.

Two months later, in her home in Los Angeles, Marilyn Monroe was found by her housekeeper, dead, with an empty bottle of sleeping pills next to her body. The coroner found the death was caused by an overdose of barbiturates, and pronounced it a possible suicide. No evidence of foul play was presented to the coroner. Marilyn Monroe’s funeral was planned by Joe Di Maggio; Lee Strasburg delivered the eulogy.

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LADY GAGA – THE CRAZIEST DRESSING SINGER

Lady Gaga is a theatrical dance-pop performer whose debut single, the international chart-topping hit “Just Dance,” established her as an up-and-coming superstar upon its release in 2008. Born Stefani Germanotta on March 28, 1986, the New York native attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girl Catholic school in Manhattan, before proceeding to study music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at age 17. Influenced by flamboyant glam rockers such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury (she would later draw her stage name from the Queen song “Radio Ga-Ga”) as well as ’80s dance-poppers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, she began playing the piano at a young age and started writing original material as a teenager. In 2007, she began to make a name for herself on the downtown Manhattan club scene with a performance art show billed as Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue (co-featuring Lady Starlight; born Colleen Martin, a DJ and makeup professional), and music industry insiders began to take note. While Lady Gaga was initially signed to Def Jam in 2007, nothing came of that association, and ultimately it was pop-rap superstar Akon who took her under his wing, signing her to his vanity label Kon Live in association with Interscope Records.

In addition to working for Interscope as an in-house songwriter, Lady Gaga began preparing the launch of her solo career. Her debut single, “Just Dance,” was released to radio in April 2008, and her full-length album debut, The Fame, followed in August. Featuring fellow Akon affiliate Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance” slowly gathered momentum throughout 2008’s latter half. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in August, at which time it had already become a massive club hit, but it didn’t reach number one until January 2009. Internationally, the song proved similarly popular, reaching the Top Ten throughout much of Western Europe and beyond. In the wake of Lady Gaga’s international breakthrough success with “Just Dance,” the follow-up single “Poker Face” was an even larger hit, topping singles charts across the board with its combination of pop melodicism and club-worthy production. Two additional tracks — “LoveGame” and “Paparrazi” — also cracked the Top Ten, and The Fame was still enjoying a spot on the Billboard Top 40 when its follow-up, The Fame Monster, appeared in November 2009.

Although originally planned as a bonus disc (to be packaged alongside The Fame in a deluxe edition of Lady Gaga’s debut), The Fame Monster was quickly expanded to eight tracks, thus warranting its own release. Meanwhile, the leadoff single “Bad Romance” became Gaga’s fifth consecutive Top Ten single.

ALBUMS

  • The Fame (2008)
  • The Fame Monster (2009)

AWARDS

ASCAP AWARD

  • “Just Dance” – Ascap Pop Music Award – Most Performed Songs
  • “Paparazzi” – Ascap Pop Music Award – Most Performed Songs

BET Awards 2010

  • Video Phone with Beyonce, Video of the Year

Billboard Award

  • 2009 – Billboard Rising Star
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot 100 Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot Digital Songs Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot Pop Songs Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Canadian Hot 100 Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for European Hot 100 songs
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Electronic/Dance album
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for European Top 100 albums
  • Latin Billboard Music Awards for Crossover Artist of the Year, Solo

BMI Awards

  • “Poker Face” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs
  • “Just Dance” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs
  • “Love Game” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs

Brit Awards

  • The Fame – Best international Album
  • International Female Solo Artist
  • International Breakthrough Act

Echo Awards

  • Best International Female Artist – 2010
  • Best International Newcomer – 2010
  • “Poker Face” – Best International/National Hit of the Year – 2010

ESKA Music Awards

  • ESKA Award for Best New Artist – 2009

GLAAD Media Awards

  • Outstanding Music Artist – 2010

Grammy Awards

  • Best Dance Recording – Pokerface – 2010
  • Best Electronic/Dance Album – The Fame – 2010

Japan Gold Disc Award

  • Best New Artist International
  • The three Best New Artist

Meteor Music Awards

  • Best International Female – 2010

MP3 MUSIC Awards

  • Love Game – The RCD Award – Radio / Charts / Downloads – 2010

MTV Music Awards

  • Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica: Mejor Artista Nuevo Internacional
  • Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica: Canción del Año
  • MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act
  • Best Dance Video – PokerFace – MTV Japan
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist – Pokerface
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects – Paparazzi
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction – Paparazzi

Much Music Awards

  • MuchMusic Video Award for Best International Artist Video – Pokerface

NME Awards

  • NME Award for Best Dressed
  • NME Award for Worst Dressed

NRJ Music Awards

  • International Revelation of the Year

People’s Choice Awards

  • Favorite Pop Artist
  • Favorite Breakout Artist

Premios Oye Awards

  • The Fame – Premios Oye for English – Album of the Year
  • The Fame – Premios Oye for English – Best New Artist
  • Poker Face – Premios Oye for English – Record of the Year

Q Awards

  • “Just Dance” – Q Awards for Best Video, 2009

Swiss Music Awards

  • “Poker Face” – Swiss Music Award for International Best Song, 2009

Teen Choice Awards

  • “Just Dance” – Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Hook Up, 2009

The Record of the Year

  • Poker Face – The Record Of The Year, 2009

TMF Awards

  • TMF Award for Best Female Artist International
  • TMF Award for Best Pop International
  • TMF Award for Best New Artist International

UK Music Video Awards

  • “Paparazzi” – UK Music Video Awards for Best International Video, 2009

Virgin Media Music Awards

  • “The Fame” – Virgin Media Music Awards for Best Album
  • Virgin Media Music Awards for Shameless Publicity Seeker

World Music Awards

  • “Poker Face” – World Music Awards for Best Song of the Year
  • “The Fame” – World Music Awards for Best Album of the Year
  • World Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Artist
  • World Music Awards for Best New Artist
  • World Music Awards for Best Selling Artist of America

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO – THE HANDSOME GUY

Leonardo DiCaprio (full name Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio) was born on November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is a three-time Academy Award-nominated,SAG Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor who garnered world wide fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997).

He is the only son of George DiCaprio, who is an underground comic artist and distributor of comic books, and Irmelin Indenbirken is a former legal secretary. Leonardo had attended John Marshall High School and Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.His acting career started in 1989 but he became famous when he received the role in “Titanic” in 1997. Other roles he had had until now were in movies like “Gangs of New York”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Blood Diamond”, “The Departed” or “The Aviator”.

He posed for many magazines until now and also won many awards. In 2005 he won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama with the role in “The Aviator”. Between 2002 and 2005 he had a romantic relationship with Gisele Bundchen.

His career is now a successful one and there is no doubt it will continue being this way many years from now on. Besides being talented and intelligent he is also a handsome guy and women would love dating him. He participates at many charity actions and likes helping others.

In 1997 he was among People Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”. He likes actors like Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson. He has Italian and German origins. When he has free time he likes watching baseball cards, comic books and visit museums. Kate Winslet is one of his good friends.
FILMOGRAPHY

– Inception (2010)
– The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (2009)
– The Chancellor Manuscript (2009)
– Shutter Island (2009)
– Freedom Within the Heart (2008)
– Revolutionary Road (2008)
– Body of Lies (2008)
– Blood Diamond (2006)
– The Departed (2006)
– The Aviator (2004)
– Catch Me If You Can (2002)
– Gangs of New York (2002)
– Don’s Plum (2001)
– The Beach (2000/I)
– Celebrity (1998)
– The Man in the Iron Mask (1998/I)
– Titanic (1997)
– Marvin’s Room (1996)
– Romeo + Juliet (1996)
– Total Eclipse (1995)
– The Basketball Diaries (1995)
– The Quick and the Dead (1995)
– The Foot Shooting Party (1994)
– What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
– This Boy’s Life (1993)
– Poison Ivy (1992) (as Leonardo Di Caprio)
– Growing Pains (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
– Roseanne (1 episode, 1991)
– Critters 3 (1991)
– Santa Barbara (1984) TV series (unknown episodes, 1990)
– The New Lassie (1 episode, 1990)
– Parenthood (1990) TV series (unknown episodes)

AWARDS

Academy Awards, USA

  • 2007 – Got nomination for Oscar, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Blood Diamond (2006)
  • 2005 – Got nomination for Oscar, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator (2004)
  • 1994 – Got nomination for Oscar, category Best Actor in a Supporting Role for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Austin Film Critics Association

  • 2006 – Won Austin Film Critics Award, category Best Actor for The Departed (2006)

BAFTA Awards

  • 2007 – Got nomination for BAFTA Film Award, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Departed (2006)
  • 2005 – Got nomination for BAFTA Film Award, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator (2004)

Berlin International Film Festival

  • 1997 – Won Silver Berlin Bear, category Best Actor for Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • 1998 – Won Blockbuster Entertainment Award, category Favorite Actor – Drama for Titanic (1997)
  • 1997 – Won Blockbuster Entertainment Award, category Favorite Actor – Romance for Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2007 – Got nomination for BFCA Award, category Best Actor for Blood Diamond (2006)
  • 2007 – Got nomination for BFCA Award, category Best Actor for The Departed (2006)
  • 2005 – Got nomination for BFCA Award, category Best Actor for The Aviator (2004)

Central Ohio Film Critics Association

  • 2007 – Won COFCA Award, category Best Actor for The Departed (2006)

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2006 – Got nomination for CFCA Award, category Best Actor for The Departed (2006)
  • 1993 – Won CFCA Award, category Most Promising Actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Chlotrudis Awards

  • 1997 – Won Chlotrudis Award, category Best Supporting Actor for Marvin’s Room (1996)

Empire Awards, UK

  • 2007 – Got nomination for Empire Award, category Best Actor for The Departed (2006)

Golden Globes, USA

  • 2009 – Got nomination for Golden Globe, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • 2007 – Got nomination for Golden Globe, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Blood Diamond (2006)
  • 2007 – Got nomination for Golden Globe, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Departed (2006)
  • 2005 – Won Golden Globe, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Aviator (2004)
  • 2003 – Got nomination for Golden Globe, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • 1998 – Got nomination for Golden Globe, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Titanic (1997)
  • 1994 – Got nomination for Golden Globe, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Hollywood Film Festival

  • 2004 – Won Hollywood Film Award, category Actor of the Year

Irish Film and Television Awards

  • 2007 – Won Irish Film and Television Audience Award, category Best International Actor for The Departed (2006)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

  • 1993 – Won Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award

MTV Movie Awards

  • 2005 – Won MTV Movie Award, category Best Male Performance for The Aviator (2004)
  • 2003 – Got nomination for MTV Movie Award, category Best Kiss for Gangs of New York (2002), shared with Cameron Diaz.
  • 2003 – Got nomination for MTV Movie Award, category Best Male Performance for Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • 1998 – Won MTV Movie Award, category Best Male Performance for Titanic (1997)
  • 1998 – Got nomination for MTV Movie Award, category Best Kiss for Titanic (1997), shared with Kate Winslet.
  • 1998 – Got nomination for MTV Movie Award, category Best On-Screen Duo for Titanic (1997), shared with Kate Winslet.
  • 1997 – Got nomination for MTV Movie Award, category Best Kiss for Romeo + Juliet (1996), shared with Claire Danes.
  • 1997 – Got nomination for MTV Movie Award, category Best Male Performance for Romeo + Juliet (1996).
  • 1997 – Got nomination for MTV Movie Award, category Best On-Screen Duo for Romeo + Juliet (1996), shared with Claire Danes.

National Board of Review, USA

  • 2006 – Won NBR Award, category Best Ensemble for The Departed (2006), shared with Matt Damon; Jack Nicholson; Mark Wahlberg.
  • 1993 – Won NBR Award, category Best Supporting Actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

National Movie Awards, UK

  • 2010 – Got nomination for National Movie Award, category Performance of the Year for Shutter Island (2010)

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • 2007 – Got nomination for OFCS Award, category Best Actor for The Departed (2006)
  • 2005 – Got nomination for OFCS Award, category Best Actor for The Aviator (2004)

Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • 2009 – Won Ensemble Performance Award, for Revolutionary Road (2008), shared with Kate Winslet; Kathy Bates; Michael Shannon.

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • 2007 – Got nomination for People’s Choice Award, category Favorite On-Screen Match-Up for The Departed (2006), shared with Matt Damon; Jack Nicholson.

Razzie Awards

  • 2001 – Got nomination for Razzie Award, category Worst Actor for The Beach (2000)
  • 1999 – Won Razzie Award, category Worst Screen Couple (As twins) for The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

Satellite Awards

  • 2008 – Got nomination for Satellite Award, category Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • 2006 – Won Satellite Award, category Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Departed (2006)
  • 2006 – Got nomination for Satellite Award, category Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for Blood Diamond (2006)
  • 1998 – Got nomination for Golden Satellite Award, category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Titanic (1997)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2007 – Got nomination for Actor Award, category Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Blood Diamond (2006)
  • 2007 – Got nomination for Actor Award, category Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for The Departed (2006)
  • 2007 – Got nomination for Actor Award, category Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for The Departed (2006), shared with Matt Damon; Jack Nicholson; Vera Farmiga.
  • 2005 – Got nomination for Actor Award, category Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator (2004)
  • 2005 – Got nomination for Actor Award, category Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for The Aviator (2004), shared with Jude Law; Alan Alda; Alec Baldwin.
  • 1998 – Got nomination for Actor Award, category Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Titanic (1997), shared with Suzy Amis; Kathy Bates; Frances Fisher.
  • 1997 – Got nomination for Actor Award, category Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Marvin’s Room (1996), shared with Meryl Streep; Diane Keaton; Robert De Niro.

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2010 – Got nomination for Teen Choice Award, category Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller for Shutter Island (2010)
  • 2009 – Got nomination for Teen Choice Award, category Choice Celebrity Activist
  • 2007 – Got nomination for Teen Choice Award, category Choice Movie Actor: Drama for The Departed (2006); Blood Diamond (2006)
  • 2005 – Got nomination for Teen Choice Award, category Choice Movie Actor: Drama for The Aviator (2004)
  • 2003 – Won Teen Choice Award, category Choice Movie Liar for Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • 2003 – Got nomination for Teen Choice Award, category Choice Movie Liplock for Gangs of New York (2002), shared with Cameron Diaz.
  • 1999 – Got nomination for Teen Choice Award, category Film – Choice Hissy Fit for Celebrity (1998)

TV Land Awards

  • 2007 – Got nomination for TV Land Award, category Little Screen/Big Screen Star (Men)

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • 2005 – Got nomination for VES Award, category Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects Film for The Aviator (2004)

Young Artist Awards

  • 1992 – Got nomination for Young Artist Award, category Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series for Growing Pains (1985)
  • 1991 – Got nomination for Young Artist Award, category Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series for Parenthood (1990)
  • 1991 – Got nomination for Young Artist Award, category Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series for Santa Barbara (1984)

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BEYONCE KNOWLES – SEXY SINGER/ACTRESS

American singer and actress. Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, she began singing with the original members of the popular R&B group Destiny’s Child — LaToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland and  LaTavia Roberson — as a pre-teen.

The girls went through various incarnations, singing a mix of gospel, rhythm and blues, and hip hop, before they officially became Destiny’s Child in 1995. Knowles’ father, Mathew, served as manager of the group. After performing in the Houston area, the group appeared on Star Search, the popular television talent competition.

Although they did not win the competition, a contract with Columbia Records soon followed. Their first release, Destiny’s Child (1997), was a tremendous success in Europe. Upon the album’s release, the group kicked off a tour of sold-out shows there. Their second effort, The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), brought them wider acclaim back home. The album generated three top-ten hits on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

In 2000, despite internal conflicts that resulted in the departure of Luckett and Roberson from the group, Destiny’s Child continued to promote their sophomore effort, playing as a supporting act for Christina Aguilera’s summer tour. In 2001, still calling themselves Destiny’s Child, the group released their third album, Survivor.

In 2004, after launching a successful solo career with Dangerously in Love, Knowles won five Grammy Awards, tying a record for most wins by a female artist. Her second solo effort, B’Day, was released in September 2006 to coincide with the singer’s twenty-fifth birthday. In its first week, B’Day sold more than 540,000 copies in the U.S.

Beyoncé Knowles has also made a start in acting, making her debut in MTV’s Hip Hopera: Carmen in 2001 and co-starring as Foxxy Cleopatra in Mike Myers’ James Bond parody Goldmember in 2002. Other films include 2004’s The Fighting Temptations and 2006’s The Pink Panther.

Her starring role as Deena Jones, a Diana Ross-like character in the big-screen adaptation of the 1981 Broadway hit musical Dreamgirls earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2006. Beyoncé’s song “Listen” was nominated for an  Academy Award.

Knowles’ was romantically linked to hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, since September 2002. They performed together in music videos for two of her hit singles, Crazy in Love and Deja Vu. The couple married in April 2008. Among the guests sighted at the wedding were Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles, her father and manager  Mathew, her sister Solange, Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and friend Gwyneth Paltrow.

ALBUMS

Studio albums

  • 2003: Dangerously in Love
  • 2006: B’Day
  • 2008: I Am… Sasha Fierce

Movie soundtracks

  • Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • The Fighting Temptations (2003)
  • The Pink Panther (2006)
  • Dreamgirls (2006)
  • Cadillac Records (2008)

Video releases

  • Live at Wembley (2004)
  • BET Presents Beyoncé (2006)
  • Beyoncé The Ultimate Performer (2006)
  • B’Day Anthology Video Album (2007)
  • The Beyoncé Experience Live (2007)
  • I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (2009)
  • I Am… Live in London (2010)
  • Beyoncé: Destined For Stardom (2010)

Filmography

  • 2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera
  • 2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • 2003 The Fighting Temptations
  • 2004 Fade to Black
  • 2006 The Pink Panther
  • 2006 Dreamgirls
  • 2007 My Night at the Grammys
  • 2008 Cadillac Records
  • 2009 Obsessed
  • 2009 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

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