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Remediu Natural Contra Cancerului

  RESVERATROL-cel mai puternic antioxidant cunoscut surs: Dr.Marginean Calin Fructele şi legumele de culoare NEAGRĂ conţin... un colorant polifenolic numit RESVERATROL, adică de departe cel mai puternic factor natural anti-oxidant cunoscut !!!  Când am folosit în limbaj medical cuvântul ”anti-oxidant” primul lucru la care trebuie să vă gândiţi este ”anti-cancer” (atât prevenţie, cât şi terapie naturală), anti-îmbătrânire şi status antiinflamator ; dar nu numai atât !   Să nu cumva să uitaţi că a doua cauză de deces la nivel European este reprezentată de CANCER ; însă în România, începând cu 1997 principala cauză de deces este reprezentată de cancer şi apoi de bolile cardio-vasculare!   Dar oare această minune a cerului (Resveratrolul) să ştie să facă doar atât ? Nici pe departe ! Hai să vedem împreună :  - Întâi de toate se găseşte în general în fructele de culoare indigo-vişiniu spre negru (dar nu numai) : dude NEGRE, cireşe NEGRE, struguri NEGRI, sâmburii de struguri NEGRI (dar şi albi), mure NEGRE, corcoduşe NEGRE, coacăzeNEGRE, prunele închise la culoare, AFINE, varza roşie, ceapa roşie, merele VIOLET, salata Lollo, lintea NEAGRĂ, fasolea NEAGRĂ, dar şi din varza de Bruxelles (care poate fi consumată şi fiartă), fragi, alune. Ultimele 3 sunt varietăţile de legume şi fructe care nu prezintă culoarea NEAGRĂ, dar conţin totuşi Resveratrol într-o cantitate mică ! - Resveratrol există într-o cantitate de 50-100 mg / g pieliţă de strugure, mai mult decât dublul oricărei alte surse identificate - Are un efect de distrugere tumorală directă, acţionând împotriva oricărui tip de localizare tumorală, dar mai ales asupra celor hormono-dependente (sân, uter, ovar, testicul, prostată, ficat, stomac) şi a melanomului malign (cea mai periculoasă localizare canceroasă a pielii şi una dintre primele 3 localizări tumorale ca agresivitate) - Blochează formarea de vase de sânge în jurul tumorii, dar şi metastazarea celulelor maligne. Acest lucru mai ştie să-l facă genisteina şi daidzaina din SOIA (altă minune de plantă), acidul alfa-linolenic (omega 3) din uleiul de in şi sulforafanul din crucifere (varză, broccoli, conopidă) - Conferă o protecţie deosebită materialului genetic nuclear (ADN), ferindu-l de mutaţii - Este SINGURUL anti-oxidant care acţionează direct pe gena Matusalemică (sau ”gena longevităţii”) având capacitatea de a creşte durata şi calitatea vieţii - Are şi efect de potenţator de efect (bioflavonoid) pentru toate mineralele şi vitaminele întâlnite în cale, amplificând efectele acestora de zeci-sute de ori !!! - Are un potenţial anti-oxidant de 50 de ori superior vitaminelor C şi E la un loc - Este de 10-20 de ori mai puternic decât vitamina E în protecţia anti-oxidativă a LDL-colesterolului

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Tehnica Impotriva Sanatatii

  TELEFONUL MOBIL:   Radiofrecventele pe care le folosesc telefoanele mobile: Digi (3G) - 2100Mhz Vodafone ( GSM + 3G ) --- 900Mhz + 2100Mhz Orange ( GSM + 3G ) --- 900Mhz + 2100Mhz Cosmote ( GSM ) --- 1800Mhz Zapp ( CMDA + 3G ) --- 450Mhz / 800Mhz + 2100Mhz Retelele Wifi folosesc banda de la 2401Mhz la 2480Mghz ---standard 802.11b/g - Romania . Magnetonul din cuptorul cu microunde functioneaza la frecventa 2450Mhz. Concluzia... ? REGULI MINIME DE UTILIZARE A MOBILULUI - NU VA FI FOLOSIT DREPT CEAS DESTEPTATOR; - VA FI TINUT LA CEL PUTIN 2 M DE CAP IN TIMPUL ZILEI SI AL NOPTII ( IN LIMITA POSIBILULUI) . LUCRURILE AFISATE MAI JOS SUNT CUNOSCUTE DE MULT DE NEUROLOGI. În ultima saptamana din octombrie 2010 a fost sustinuta o teza de doctorat in Romania , la Clinica de Medicina Muncii din Cluj, iar concluziile au fost inspaimantatoare ! Studiul s-a facut utilizand tehnica de varf la nivel mondial, cea a determinarii chemoluminiscentei si a lipoperoxizilor. S-au studiat astfel efectele campurilor electromagnetice (CEM) asupra corpului uman, in special cele produse de telefonia mobila, cuptoare cu microunde, antene de telefonie mobila, retele de inalta tensiune. TOATE PRODUC cancer, imbatranire precoce, sterilitate la ambele sexe, nevroze, tulburari de somn, decalcifieri osoase, cresterea coagularii, cataracta, tulburari endocrine etc. ATENTIE !!! Convorbirile pe telefonul mobil - cu cat mai lungi, cu atat mai nocive, mai ales la start, cand testez apelul, "bipul" cu telefonul la ureche. S-a aratat cum vibratiile respective, cu telefonul la ureche, produc, la trecerea prin medii cu densitati diferite, concentrari si reflexii in anumite zone,

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Satira Romaneasca

Marş de Adio (Colegilor mei mârlamentari) Adrian Paunescu O poezie-testament, nepublicată, găsită în arhiva poetului Adrian Paunescu. La muncă, derbedei, că trece anul şi vin ăilalţi şi-o să vă ia ciolanul.         Făceaţi pe democraţii cei cucernici,   P...da  mamii voastre de nemernici.         Scuipaţi-vă-ntre voi cum se cuvine şi-apoi convingeţi-vă că e bine   C-aţi luat o ţară de mai mare dragul şi i-aţi distrus averile şi steagul.         S-ajungem colonia de ocară care-şi va cere scuze în maghiară.         Şi, prin complicităţi cu demoni aprigi, aţi desfiinţat uzine, câmpuri, fabrici.        Şi, prin vânzări de ţară infernale, aţi omorât cu voia animale.       La greul greu care mereu ne-ncearcă, răspundeţi cu un greu de moarte, parcă.         Şi i-aţi găsit şi bolii un remediu întoarceţi România-n Evul Mediu.       

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Bucura-te de viata, Femeie Frumoasa!!!!!!!!!

     Dupa 35 de ani!   Zilele trecute am cautat prin fundul sertarelor si am gasit intamplator niste fotografii vechi.Am ramas cu o poza de cand aveam 18 ani in mana uimita , melancolica...un pic trista...  Tineam in mana fotografia unei alte persoane?...Cum au trecut peste mine atatia ani?...Cata diferenta dintre mine, de acum 35 de ani...si eu ,acum...Am stat mult sa ma gandesc daca as putea sa va arat aici diferenta fizica...cat despre diferenta de trairi, gandire, visuri...                                             Eu, la 18 ani                     Eu, la aproape 53 ani

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The Best Diet to Slim

    Morning Banana Diet The Morning Banana Diet is a diet intended to cause weight loss. It gained popularity in Japan in 2008, causing shortages of bananas in food stores. Some observers considered it to be a fad diet.

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Romania

  Romanian Aviation Inventors  Henri Coanda (1886 - 1972) In 2010 celebrates a century when he made his first flight with the plane with reaction, designed by Henri Coandă; by the way, and the plane itself was a premiere aviation. So, we can be proud that the first reaction of the world engine is called the Coanda in 1910. It's not the only thing useful in aviation we have to thank his Henri Coandă; After he noticed the way they remain close to the fuselage, flames and gases from reactors, researchers and scientists have managed to formulate the principle effect of Cardona, named so in honor of the inventor. In other words, even though the plane was completely destroyed, even flew in vain.

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Paintings,Funny Pictures,Cinematographs,...

                                                    .....................................................................................                                          Love in painting         We present a collection of paintings, in which the theme is ... love .   The Love Letter Jessie Elliot Gorst Elegy of Bohemia Adolf Liebscher

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The Mind is The Power

  LEVITATION     Levitation is a phenomenon of psychokinesis (PK) in which objects, people, and animals are lifted into the air without any visibly physical means and float or fly about. The phenomenon has been said to have occurred in mediumship, shamanism, trances, mystical rapture, and demonic possession. Some cases of levitation appear to be spontaneous, while spiritual or magical adepts are said to be able to control it consciously.

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Alternative and Complementary Therapies

 Dowsing   It's an ancient art used for finding water, buried treasure and even missing people. Here's what it is, how it works, the methods and tools - and how you can learn to dowse   A man walking through an empty field holding a Y-shaped stick before him in both hands can be a peculiar sight. What is he doing? Either he's leading some bizarre, solitary parade... or he's dowsing.   WHAT IS DOWSING?   Dowsing, in general terms, is the art of finding hidden things. Usually, this is accomplished with the aid of a dowsing stick, rods or a pendulum. Also known as divining, water witching, doodlebugging and other names, dowsing is an ancient practice whose origins are lost in long-forgotten history. However, it is thought to date back at least 8,000 years. Wall murals, estimated to be about 8,000 years old, discovered in the Tassili Caves of North Africa depict tribesmen surrounding a man with a forked stick, possibly dowsing for water.   Artwork from ancient China and Egypt seem to show people using forked tools in what might have been dowsing activities. Dowsing may have been mentioned in the Bible, although not by name, when Moses and Aaron used a "rod" to locate water. The first unambiguous written accounts of dowsing come from the Middle Ages when dowsers in Europe used it to help find coal deposits. During the 15th and 16th centuries, dowsers were often denounced as practitioners of evil. Martin Luther said dowsing was "the work of devil" (and hence the term "water witching").   In more modern times, dowsing has been used to find water for wells, mineral deposits, oil, buried treasure, archaeological artifacts - even missing people. How the dowsing technique was first discovered is unknown, yet those who practice it are unwavering in their affirmations that it does work. 

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My Teen Movies

  The Sound of Music The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is based on the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, with songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and with the musical book written by the writing team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and screenplay written by Ernest Lehman. The musical originated with the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

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Traditional Spanish Food

ROSCON DE REYES Each January 6, Kings and tradition bring one of the most popular sweets in the Christmas season, the Kings Roscón. A thin-crust bun shaped ring decorated with bits of candied fruits, delights children and adults. Inside is the access key to become king for a day.                                               Ingredients       One of the most characteristic ingredients of Kings Roscón are candied fruits decorate with it. We recommend you to buy ready-made and, before putting them in the roulade, the water passes to withdraw foreign sugar. This prevents them from burning when inserting them into the oven. Also, be sure to try your whipped cream filling Roscón or truffle. It will be even more delicious

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Terapii Naturist-Complementare

Radiestezia   Răsplătiţi cu aur în veacurile vechi, alungaţi de biserică şi condamnaţi pe rug de Inchiziţie, căutătorii de apă şi-au păstrat tradiţia cu sfinţenie. Cunoştinţele lor străvechi se dovedesc şi azi folositoare. Practicată pe scară largă încă din  Antichitate, radiestezia ţinea ascunsă o taină care, abia în secolul XX, a fost demonstrată ştiinţific. Toate fiinţele şi obiectele absorb, produc şi transmit energie. Întregul univers cunoscut este construit din energie. Dar vibraţiile din mediul înconjurător se dezvăluie numai anumitor oameni, înzestraţi cu o capacitate deosebită. Radiesteziştii susţin că ei simt radiaţiile tuturor lucrurilor, fie ele ascunse în adâncul pământului, în cofraje de beton sau în organismul uman. Metodă de investigare străveche, radiestezia a fost, de-a lungul secolelor, cea mai bună sursă pentru găsirea izvoarelor de apă curată. Practicanţii ei se lăudau că puteau "vedea" şi filoanele de aur din munte sau că puteau descoperi ţiţei în adâncuri. În ultimele decenii, radiesteziştii şi-au îndreptat atenţia şi spre corpul uman, susţinând că pot depista bolile grave precum cancerul. Vibraţiile organelor bolnave, spun ei, transmit mesaje puternice, tulburătoare, care vorbesc despre lipsa de echilibru a întregului organism. Radiestezia înseamnă "sensibilitate la vibraţii", după cum se traduc cele două cuvinte care compun numele, de origine latină. Într-adevăr, cei care vor să practice această metodă de investigaţie trebuie să fie înzestraţi cu o sensibilitate aparte. Capacitatea de a percepe câmpul magnetic terestru şi energia emanată de elementele şi corpurile din natură este specifică fiinţei umane, dar tot mai mult ignorată în vremurile moderne. În veacurile trecute, însă, fântânarii, precursorii radiesteziştilor de azi, erau singurii capabili să găsească sursele de apă. Tot ei căutau şi sursele de petrol sau de pietre preţioase, după cum stau mărturie scrierile şi pictogramele din Antichitate.

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Painting Eggs

  Egg Shell Carvings       Will present a collection of carved eggs, made by different artists! Enjoy!    

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Top Beautiful Woman

     Beautiful Celebrity Legs What are we looking for when we are trying to classify which Hollywood celebrity has the most beautiful attractive legs? Few things come to mind.The Shape, tone, skin tone, blemishes, bruises, rough patches, radiance, smoothness, length…… Is that all? Absolutely not! A pair of beautiful legs must be well proportioned in relation to the rest of the body. The legs should talk to us in a flirty seductive manner. The legs should help bring out all the positive features of the person. Celebrity fashion also plays a vital role. There is a fine line between being slutty or glamorous. Forgive us if we’ve left some hot leg celebrity out of the list. It’s one of the hardest top 10 list we’ve had to do and we were all hitting our head against the wall with this one. So here we go. ‘Kicking’ us off at number 10…..     10.Natalie Portman Natalie is no longer the little girl from ‘Star Wars’. She belongs with the big girls of Hollywood now. What do big Hollywood girls with beautiful legs do? They show it off to the world.You’ve done well Natalie. Strut your stuff girlfriend!

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Holidays World

    Las Fallas-Valencia Les Falles de Sant Josep a fost, la origine, o sărbătoare organizată intre 15 si 19 Martie în toate orasele comunitatii de Valencia, Spania, de ziua sfântului Iosif, patronul al tâmplarilor. În ultima vreme ea s-a transformat într-un festival de interes turistic internațional, care durează 5 zile. Elementul de bază constă în construirea unor figuri și compoziții alegorice din lemn, cu un caracter satiric, inspirate din teme de actualitate, care sunt puse în centrele cartierelor. Ele se ard în ultima noapte a festivalului.           

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FanBox, Prietenul meu Drag

  Power User Eficient Dragii mei, m-am hotarat sa postez despre acest lucru, pentru ca dupa trei luni de Power User si dupa multe calcule si experimente pe care le-am facut, pot insfarsit sa-mi exprim parerea . M-au intrebat multi prieteni, fani, despre eficienta Power User.In prima luna , le-am spus ca au inceput sa creasca castigurile , dar foarte putin.Timpul a trecut si am vazut cum castigurile mele au crescut putin cate putin, dar constant. La inceputul celei de a doua luni de Power User, in doua zile la rand, mi-am contorizat cu aproximatie activitatea: postari, vizite pe blogurile prietenilor, cu aproximatie vizitele prietenilor pe blogurile mele, s.a.m.d.Am facut media activitatii pe cele doua zile si mi-am notat totul...inclusiv...castigul mediu din blogging in cele doua zile, care era de 1.78 $

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Iubire Femeiasca!!!

  Descântec De Ploaie Ana Blandiana Iubesc ploile, iubesc cu patimă ploile, Înnebunitele ploi şi ploile calme, Ploile feciorelnice şi ploile-dezlănţuite femei, Ploile proaspete şi plictisitoarele ploi fără sfârşit, Iubesc ploile, iubesc cu patimă ploile, Îmi place să mă tăvălesc prin iarba lor albă, înaltă, Îmi place să le rup firele şi să umblu cu ele în dinţi, Să ameţească, privindu-mă astfel, bărbaţii. Ştiu că-i urât să spui "Sunt cea mai frumoasă femeie",

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Legende Paranormale

Cer Hipnotic In Romania Bineinteles ca si alte locuri in lume sunt minunate, dar Romania are pare-se, ceva in plus. Ceva impreceptibil in aer.  In ciuda a ceea ce se spune, turistii straini care descopera Romania, revin mereu atrasi de acest ceva, indicibil. In Romania, padurea, pamantul, ploaia, campurile, aerul au miros, ca nicaieri in alta parte. Stancile par vii, iar cerurile par deschise.  Si, iata ca Bozioru, o comuna aparent oarecare, din judetul Buzau, face ca afirmatia sa nu fie doar poezie. Pe langa Complexul schiturilor rupestre, comuna Bozioru este recunoscuta pentru "cerul straniu".

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Paranormal legends

  Haunted Places in the U K   Highgate Cemetery, London   By night, Highgate Cemetery in London is like something out of a horror movie. Eerie crooked gravestones, headless angles covered in ivy, dark overgrown passages between the tombs, it’s no wonder this is Britain’s number-one ghost spot. Despite it’s chilling atmosphere, by day Highgate Cemetery showcases some of the Britain’s most spectacular Gothic architecture, offers fascinating guided tours. It’s also the burial place of Karl Marx.   Borley Rectory, Essex   The stories of Borley Rectory mainly come from the work of famous 18th-century ghost hunter, Harry Price. Price got involved in a case at the Rectory after a newspaper ran a story about a phantom nun in 1929. His investigations led to the rectory being named ‘The Most Haunted House in England’. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1939, but this has done nothing to dispel stories of spooky happenings, or stop ghost hunters visiting the site.

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Folclor Romanesc

       Lie Ciocarlie O alta melodie populara romaneasca de mare valoare, promovata prima data de  Maria Lataretu...apoi de Maria Ciobanu, Gheorghe Zamfir...si alti artisti romani, este Lie Ciocarlie.Am adaugat aici si varianta  interpretata de Vitas! Sper sa va placa!

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The Best Music 1970

  Smokie Originally called The Yen, then The Sphynx and later Essence, the band was formed in 1965 at St. Bede's Grammar School in Heaton, Bradford. It was composed of Chris Norman (lead vocals/rhythm guitar/piano) (born Christopher Ward Norman, , ?n Redcar, North Yorkshire), Terry Uttley (born Terence David Uttley, , ?n Bradford, West Yorkshire) (bass/vocals), Alan Silson (lead guitar/vocals) (born , ?n Bradford, West Yorkshire) and Ron Kelly (drums) (born Ronald Bruce Kelly, , ?n Winchester, Hampshire). As Essence, they toured small clubs in Bradford and the surrounding communities. The band became The Black Cats in 1966 and in Nov 1967 the band changed their name to The Four Corners.

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Home Natural Remedies

    Remedies To Quit Smoking On endless occasions we accept apprehend or heard the risks of smoker to health, and so this time we appetite to accord some admonition to abstain smoker calmly artlessly by application some accustomed remedies that will not affect our bloom and to advice us allay the alarming anxiety.             Almost from the moment you stop smoking, abate the adventitious of a affection advance or achievement at the aforementioned akin of nonsmokers. However, the actuality you ambition to abandon this addiction as a aboriginal step, accept absolutely capital to abdicate and a acceptable dosage of willpower. Therefore, it is account quitting, because the bloom allowances activate to be apparent about immediately, again you can use any of the afterward home remedies that are declared below:

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100 Retete De Pizza

  100 Retete De Pizza III 67. PIZZA COWBOY   Ingrediente: aluat de pizza, 450 g carne tocată de vită, ¾ cană sos barbecue, cartofi fierţi, feliaţi, fâşii de ardei verde, ¼ cană sos barbecue, brânză Cheddar rasă   Mod de preparare: Se pune carnea la dinstuit la foc mediu; se îndepărtează grăsimea. Se amestecă cu sosul barbecue (prima cantitate). Se întinde aluatul în formă, se pune carnea, feliile de cartofi, ardeii. Se împrăştie sosul rămas, brânza rasă şi se dă la copt circa 10 minute.

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Weird Things in The World

  Fairy Tale Villages II Europe   Reine - Norway Reine is a fishing village and the administrative centre of the municipality of Moskenes in Nordland county, Norway. It is located on the island of Moskenesøya in the Lofoten archipelago, above the Arctic Circle, about 300 kilometres (190 mi) southwest of the town of Tromsø. The 0.33-square-kilometre (82-acre) village has a population (2011) of 329.

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The Gypsies People , a Beautiful Culture

   Gypsy History And Culture     Gypsies are known more politically correctly as the Romani or Romany people, or the Roma. They are an ethnic group originating in the Indian subcontinent who now live throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The largest population of Roma is in the Balkans, where they have lived since around the 14th century. The term gypsies arose because the Roma were once mistakenly believed to have originated in Egypt. Their Indian origin was only recently confirmed through linguistic and genetic evidence.

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Probleme Reale Din Viata

Violenta Domestica      M-am gandit sa scriu despre acest lucru pentru ca , recunosc deschis, sunt o feminista convinsa...pentru ca, ma doare sufletul cand vad la televizor atatea cazuri de femei agresate, de copii chinuiti...loviti, ..violati..uneori chiar de proprii parinti! Am cautat pe internet statistici si m-am ingrozit.Am crezut ca dupa promulgarea legii impotriva violentei domestice din 28 februarie 2012, lucrurile se vor schimba si aici ma refer la Romania.

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Love Is The Most Sacred Feeling

    Tagore,Poems Of Love I love you, beloved.  Forgive me my love. Like a bird losing its way I am caught. When my heart was shaken it lost its veil and was naked.  Cover it with pity, beloved, and forgive me my love.   If you cannot love me, beloved, forgive me my pain. Do not look askance at me from afar. I will steal back to my corner and sit in the dark. With both hands I will cover my naked shame. Turn your face from me, beloved, and forgive me my pain.

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T-shirts With Designs 3D

    T-shirts With Designs 3D I will present a collection of shirts with designs 3D. Are wonderful!

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Cu Dumnezeu in Suflet

                                                                                         Saptamana Patimilor Rugaciune pentru postul Pastelui - Rugaciune Tata Din Ceruri    Tata din Ceruri, te rog sa-mi binecuvintezi familia, prietenii, rudele si pe cei pe care ii iubesc, si pe cei care citesc aceasta rugaciune chiar in acest moment. Arata-le Tu o noua imagine a dragostei si puterii Tale nemarginite. Duhule Sfant, te rog sa-i ajuti, chiar in acest moment. Acolo unde exista durere, te rog sa le daruiesti pacea si mila Ta. Acolo unde exista indoiala, te rog sa le inspiri o incredere innoita prin Harul Tau. Unde exista o nevoie, te rog sa le-o implinesti. Binecuvinteaza-le Tu caminul, familia, munca, da-le Intelepciune si Lumina in viata lor. Binecuvanteaza-i cand pleaca si cand se intorc acasa, mergi inaintea lor si deschide-le calea. Calauzeste-i si ocroteste-i clipa de clipa in toata viata lor. Iarta-le lor pacatele facute cu voie sau fara de voie, cu stiinta,

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Beautiful Things ...

  House Full Of Flowers I will present a few photos of the most beautiful houses, full of flowers!Enjoy!  

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Sfaturi, Chestii...Socoteli!....

    Secretele Cafelei     Eu recunosc! Iubesc cafeaua! Am lasat tutunul dupa 30 de ani..., dar o cafeluta dimineata este o placere! Un vechi proverb turcesc spune ca “Cafeaua trebuie sa fie neagra ca noaptea, tare ca moartea dar dulce ca iubirea” dar multi ignora faptul ca, pe langa proprietatile de inviorare a organismului,stimuleaza serotonina (hormonul fericirii). Cafeaua contine proteine, lipide si carbohidrati. Studiile atesta ca o cafea de dimineata este echivalentul in proteine si… acid a trei mandarine.

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Povestea Mea Din Zarnesti

  Povestea Mea Din Zarnesti Aveam 42 de ani cand am plecat din Braila, la Brasov, pe motiv de munca!In acea perioada, sotul meu ,muncea in Atlantic, cu un vapor spaniol de pescuit si cam la 6 luni, venea acasa pentru o luna sau doua.Incurajata de toata lumea,am plecat la Brasov cu baiatul, de 20 de ani atunci, si cu fetita cea mica de 6 ani.Fata cea mare, ramasese practic la camin in Galati,unde facea facultatea, venind insa la Brasov in vacante si unele sfarsituri de saptamana.Sunt foarte adaptabila si in scurt timp, ne-am indragostit cu totii de Brasov si imprejurimile lui. Satui poate de praful Baraganului, de Crivatul taios iarna si caldurile cumplite vara, ne-am obisnuit repede cu clima, cu oamenii...si eu cu munca.Am inchiriat un apartament in zona Racadaului ( chiar acolo unde vin ursii gunoieri) ,fetita cea mica si-a inceput"studiile", clasa intai....iar baiatul cel mare ,o scoala postliceala ( a doua de altfel, dar in domeniul informaticii) Sotul meu, venit intr-o perioada de odihna, ne-a dat sarcina sa vindem in Braila si sa cumparam ceva in zona, unde sa ne stabilim.

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The Cave Houses of Spain

  The Cave Houses of Spain   Setenil de las Bodegas, Cádiz Province, Spain This small town (pueblo) is located 157 kilometres (98 mi) northeast of Cadiz. It has a distinctive setting along a narrow river gorge. The town extends along the course of the Rio Trejo with some houses being built into the rock walls of the gorge itself, created by enlarging natural caves or overhangs and adding an external wall.   Street in Setenil Modern Setenil evolved from a fortified Moorish town that occupied a bluff overlooking a sharp bend in the Rio Trejo northwest of Ronda. The castle dates from at least the Almohad period in the 12th century. However, the site was certainly occupied during the Roman invasion of the region in the 1st century AD. Setenil was once believed to be the successor of the Roman town of Laccipo, but it was subsequently proved that Laccipo became the town of Casares in Malaga.

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Doua Ceaiuri

                                                                                Doua Ceaiuri              Ceaiul de anghinare      De origine mediteraneana, asadar mare iubitoare de soare si caldura, anghinarea (in engleza: artichoke) creste in special in zona de sud a tarii. Este cunoscuta popular si sub numele de anghina sau angina si este chiar si cultivata in unele judete precum Ialomita, Teleorman, Olt, Dolj, Constanta. Pentru a recunoaste plan,ta trebuie sa cautam cu privirea floarea sa de o culoare rosie-violet, ce seamana cu cea a unui ciulin, inchisa in niste solzi carnosi de culoare verde. Aceasta infloreste de la sfarsitul lunii mai pana la sfarsitul lunii septembrie. De la anghinare se folosesc in schimb frunzele. Acestea se recolteaza pentru a fi utilizate in scop terapeutic in special in luna iunie, la mijlocul acesteia. Frunzele se folosesc pentru prepararea de ceai cu un puternic efect detoxifiant pentru organism.

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A Sad Love Poems

    It Was Raining In My Soul           Healing Rain: A Sad Love Poem About Heartbreak   By Injete Chesoni   I thought my tears would make you love me again, I thought my tears would fall on the roots of our love and nourish it like rain. I thought my tears would pierce your heart, and help us to make a brand new start. I thought my tears would make you feel my anguish and pain, and draw you back into my arms again. I thought my tears would flow with yours and create for us a pool of love. I thought my tears were heavenly showers with magical healing powers. A trickling sent from the heavens above, That would fill our hearts with joy and love.

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Hanging Houses- 6 Places

   Hanging Houses- 6 Places     Hanging houses of Cuenca (Or in Spanish - Casas Colgantes), Cuenca is a city in centeral Spain, (about 140 kilometers east of Madrid), they are thought to have been built around the 15th century though the Hanging houses have been renovated quite a few times.

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Tomb of Dracula

 Tomb of Dracula     Vlad III Dracula Prince of Wallachia The Ambras Castle portrait of Vlad III, c. 1560, reputedly a copy of an original made during his lifetime

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The 10 Most Larges Yachts

  The 10 Most Larges Yachts    Business is full of luxury yachts is still a lucrative world tour trend, evidenced by the construction of some of the largest and most luxurious cruise ships in the world. The more luxurious cruise ships and large size, prestige offered even more wow!. Here are 10 of the largest and most luxurious yachts in the world .   1. MS Allure of the Seas   With a passenger capacity of 1385 people, has 25 restaurants, has a 2000 person professional crew. Royal Caribbean International Company created this ship in 2006. 72 meters high and 360 meters long, is the largest and most luxurious cruise ship first.  2. MS Oasis of the Seas   This ship is only a difference of 50mm along with MS Allure of the Seas, both owned by The Royal Caribbean International Company. Capable of driving up to 22.6 knots which is driven by six diesel engines.Offering the luxury of its exterior with 16 decks, super large theater, restaurants with menus from around the world, entertainment, cafes and all the dreams of the tourists.

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La Pescuit !

  La Pescuit!   Mie, si familiei mele , ne plac excursiile de weekend, in natura, la pescuit....Ramanem pe malul lacului, sau al raului, in zone amenajate , doua-trei zile , evident cu cortul. Stiti deja, ca locuim in Spania, in zona Valencia , in Sagunto, port la Mediterana, mai la nord cu 15 km. de Valencia.Nu prea mergem sa pescuim in mare , ramanem fideli pescuitului de apa dulce, cum ne placea si in Romania! Pe toata coasta asta a Mediteranei, muntele este relativ aproape de mare, deci daca intri in interior , 30-40 de kilometri, exista lacuri de acumulare , pline de peste , mai ales de crap.Spaniolii nu prea mananca peste de apa dulce, cu exceptia pastravului, asa ca lacurile ,raurile au suficient crap...spre bucuria pescarilor romani , bulgari , sau a turistilor din centrul si estul Europei...

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The Legend of the Danube

    The Legend of the Danube  Once upon a time, the sky was a happy place. The Sun and the Moon were always there, dressed in theit best clothes, made of silver and gold cloth, and all the stars were keeping them company in a neverending party.  There was so much light, all the time, that no evil deed could take place on Earth and the dishonest people had no place to hide. The Sun was very careful with everything that was going on and as soon as he saw something wrong going on, he would put a golden arrow in his bow and punish the guilty one.  The Sun was still a cheerful young boy and the Moon had fallen in love with him. She had decided to marry him, as she thought they were a perfect match. But he knew nothing about all this. As she talked to him about love and happiness, dressed in her glowing silver dress, he would just smile and look away, to a distant constellation.

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Corpul Uman Curiozitati

    Corpul Uman Curiozitati   1. Daca toti cei 600 de muchi din care este format corpul uman s-ar incorda in acelasi timp si in aceeasi directie, o persoana ar putea ridica o greutate de 25 de tone.   2. Creierul uman este compus din 100 de miliarde de celule nervoase.

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Flowering Shrubs

       Flowering Shrubs     Azalea Azalea, like its relative rhododendron, is a prolific spring bloomer. Though it has smaller flower clusters than the rhododendron, it has just as much style. Its conspicuous and vibrantly colorful blooms come in numerous varieties, colors and sizes - so you'll be sure to find just what you're looking for.

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Legenda Zarazei

Legenda Zarazei   Faima Zarazei s-a construit pe romanţele lui Cristian Vasile şi pe povestirile mai multor scriitori, printre care Mircea Cărtărescu. Descrisă drept o prostituată de lux deosebit de frumoasă, se spune că a pierit tânară, ucisă de un om plîătit de un admirator gelos, iar lăutarul care era îndrăgostit nebuneşte de ea i-ar fi înghiţit cenuşa. Cunoscătorii legendei s-au împărţit în două tabere: cei care spun că Zaraza este 100% ficţiune şi cei care cred că a existat o femeie care a servit ca model pentru această legendă urbană, una dintre cele mai frumoase ale Micului Paris.

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Antibiotice Naturale

   Antibiotice Naturale Ceapa si usturoiul, cunoscute si folosite de mii de ani ca remedii in diferite afectiuni au in compozitia lor numerosi antioxidanti care ucid bacteriile si radicalii liberi din sange, protejand, in acest fel, sistemul imunitar si intarindu-l. 

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Romane De Dragoste

   Romane De Dragoste       Perioada Interbelica  Perioada interbelica a fost una extrem de prolifica in randul scriitorilor romani. In aceasta perioada acestia au dat nastere unora dintre cele mai frumoase povesti de dragoste, care au marcat generatii de cititori.   La Medeleni“, de Ionel Teodoreanu   Nu e propriu-zis un roman de dragoste. „Probabil că tocmai asta m-a atras la el. Iar episodul care m-a marcat a fost sinuciderea Olguţei, un personaj tulburător cu mult înainte de a-şi curma viaţa printr-un foc de revolver. De altfel, cred că Olguţ a Deleanu e personajul feminin cel mai bine conturat - nu ştiu dacă din toată literatura română, dar cu siguranţă din opera lui Teodoreanu“, spune scriitorul Radu Paraschivescu.

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Top Printese Frumoase

    Top Printese Frumoase     Actrita Grace Kelly, care a devenit Printesa Grace de Monaco atunci când s-a casatorit cu printul Rainier în 1956, este pe primul loc in topul celor mai frumoase printese din istorie, potrivit unui sondaj realizat de site-ul BeautifulPeople.com.

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In Jurul Unui Divort

     In Jurul Unui Divort George Toparceanu   Mişu St. Popescu vrea sa divorțeze. Lung prilej de vorbe şi de ipoteze !   Unii spun ca Mişu singur e de vina,  Ca la ei în casa n-a fost zi senina.

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Viata La Tara Toparceanu

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Lettuce Diet

  Lettuce Diet   If you are serious about getting rid of excess fat going on a lettuce diet may be your best solution. These nutritional greens are high in fiber which gives a feeling of fullness. A satisfied stomach means less craving for fattening carbohydrates and rich desserts. In order to religiously stick to your lettuce diet, experiment with different kinds of salad preparations.

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The Israeli Army Diet

  The Israeli Army Diet   The Israeli Army diet was a fad diet that was popular in the 1970s. It was promoted as being based on the diet used by the Israel Defense Forces for new recruits but had no connection whatsoever with the Israeli Army.

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The Max Planck Diet

 The Max Planck Diet    The Max Planck diet, mysteriously named after the German physicist, is a restrictive eating plan that promises to help its participants lose weight at a rapid pace over a period of two weeks. The Max Planck diet lays out a specific menu for every meal of the day. This diet also claims to help you keep the weight off after your two weeks on the diet. The creator of this diet is unknown and there is no specific evidence backing claims made by proponents of the Max Planck diet.

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Insane Cities

  Insane Cities   9. The Filipino Cemetery Town With a (Living) Population of 10,000 Barring the demographics of thrill-seeking stoners, out-of-the-closet necrophiliacs, and ghosts of the damned who read Cracked, none of you have ever looked around a graveyard and wondered aloud, "Gee whiz, I could really see myself putting down roots here." Sadly, the 10,000-plus residents of Manila's North Cemetery don't really have any other options.

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Copiii Destepti Ai Lumii

 Copiii Destepti Ai Lumii   Citeau de la 2 sau 3 ani, erau extrem de talentati la arte sau mergeau la facultate la o varsta foarte frageda.   Maria Gaetana Agnesi In secolul XVII a fost un filozof italian, matematician si lingvist. La 5 ani, ea putea vorbi fluent franceza si italiana, iar la 13 ani a mai adaugat greaca, ebraica, spaniola, germana, latina si inca cateva la limbile vorbite foarte bine. La varsta de 9 ani a tinut un discurs scris chiar de ea in latina despre drepturile femeii la educatie. Academicienii, martori la discursul ei, au numit un crater de pe Venus dupa numele ei. H.P Lovecraft   Howard Phillips, un mare scriitor, a fost  si el un geniu de mic copil. A invatat sa citeasca la varsta de 2 ani, iar la 6 ani scria deja poezii complexe. A devenit unul dintre cei mai influenti autori ai filmelor horror in secolul XX. Este posibil ca Howard sa fi fost asa destept de mic, deoarece parintii lui au fost foarte bolnavi si motivatia de a deveni cineva l-a impins spre literatura.

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Iluzii Optice De Top

  Iluzii Optice De Top 1.Nu exista iluzie optica mai frumoasa decat cea pe care o ofera natura. Salar de Uyuni din Bolivia arata ca o oglinda uriasa.    2. Aceasta este o opera a artistului Leandro Erlich, sustinuta la Paris, la expozitia arta a compexului Le 104. Oamenii par ca sar peste ferestre si iti da o senzatie incredibila de 3D. 

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China Colored Mountains

  China Colored Mountains  Bright colors pleasing to the eye - the reddish sandstone of local mountains is set in the sun shades.China colored mountains dotted with fanciful drawings reminiscent of ocean waves. Today, tourists from all over the world come to the Chinese province of Gansu to admire the people here an unusual landscape. The main landmark is a unique geological formation, called "landscape Denksiya" (English Danxia Landform), which means "rosy cloud."

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Cântic De Paj

             Cântic De Paj   Miron Radu Paraschivescu       Cândva demult, un crâng de brazi Păzea un vechi castel; O şatră de ţigani nomazi A poposit în el.   Pe când făceau bărbaţii foc Din crăngile de pini,  Femei cu cărţi şi cu ghioc Porniră prin vecini.

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Ana Blandiana

                                                                           Ana Blandiana  Iti aduci aminte plaja?   Îţi aduci aminte plaja Acoperită cu cioburi amare Pe care Nu puteam merge desculţi? Felul în care Te uitai la mare Şi spuneai că m-asculţi?

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Benefits Organ Donation

    Benefits Organ Donation     Being an organ donor is important because it can be the gateway to saving or improving another person's life, and can be done through live or post-mortem donation. There are numerous benefits of organ donation. Becoming an organ donor is one of the most selfless acts that a person can engage in. The facts on organ donation are staggering: there is a dire shortage of available organs for needy patients and of those minorities seem to be the most affected.

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Winner, Romanian Student

  Winner, Romanian Student   PHOENIX — Hate driving your car when you could be a passenger? A self-driving vehicle that one day could chauffer you around town brought its inventor, a 19-year-old Romanian computer scientist, the top prize — and $75,000 — this week at the world’s premier high school research competition.

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Most Colorful Cities

      Most Colorful Cities    Cinque Terre, Italy      Cape Town, South Africa

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Vamos Ha Ganar En FanBox

  Vamos A Ser "Power User" Hoy, quiero hablarte de las maneras que puede convertirte en un usuario avanzado. En primer lugar, quiero recordarles que convirtiendose en un usuario avanzado es la mejor manera de aumentar sus ingresos de manera significativa. Básicamente, con la misma actividad, sin hacer nada extra, los ingresos se incrementaron notablemente. Ahora,hay dos formas en las que puede convertirse en un usuario avanzado.

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Mineral Water In Romania

Mineral Water In Romania Because they have curative properties, thermal waters spas in Romania are extremely popular, especially among the elderly, who turn to spas to heal certain diseases. These waters are in salt content, gas, minerals and radioactive elements, which determine their therapeutic qualities. Generally they are recommended for curing rheumatic diseases, vascular diseases and locomotion problems, skin problems, traumatic or gynecological and peripheral ischemia. Although the number of elderly people who resort to these miraculous waters is higher than the young, it is advisable to many people, regardless of age, because it helps eliminate toxins from the body or stress and sedentary lifestyle which is specific in cities.

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Sa Nu-i Uitam Niciodata

Sa Nu-i Uitam Niciodata Toti cei pe care vreau sa-i amintesc aici ne-au facut viata mai frumoasa, si la plecarea fiecaruia dintre ei, mi s-a rupt o bucatica de suflet.Da, ei, "lampagii" vietii noastre, au purtat flacara culturii si spiritualitatii romanesti. Sa speram ca plecat intr-o lume mai buna, si de acolo, stele intre stele, vor mentine flacara aprinsa si pentru generatiile viitoare. Dumnezeu sa-i odihneasca!

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Orase Disparute

  Orase Disparute   Legendele si misterele au fascinat dintotdeauna, imaginatia popoarelor fiind starnita chiar si de cel mai mic graunte de mit. De-a lungul timpului s-au tesut o multime de istorisiri cu privire la locuri aflate peste mari si tari, care tineau ascunse comori, retete ale nemuririi sau civilizatii ingenioase. Fie ca sunt reale sau mitice urmatoarele orase au prins imaginatia istoricilor, arheologilor si aventurierilor.   Orasul Cezarilor

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Curiozitatile Pamantului

  Curiozitatile Pamantului 1. Pamantul are in jur de 4.5 miliarde de ani. Pentru a stabili vechimea Pamantului, cercetatorii au analizat si datat cele mai vechi roci de pe suprafata planetei, precum si meteoritii care au fost descoperiti. Asa au ajuns la concluzia ca Pamantul s-a format in urma cu 4.5 miliarde de ani, la 10 milioane de ani dupa nasterea Soarelui.

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Orase Plutitoare

   Orase Plutitoare   Cand vine vorba de orase plutitoare, Venetia este primul si cam singurul nume care ne vine in minte. Mai sunt si altele, insa. Poate nu la fel de spectaculoase sau pur si simplu nu au primit atentia cuvenita, aceste orase au, cu siguranta, un farmec aparte, un ceva al lor specific. Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal

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Mancaruri Ciudate

  Mancaruri Ciudate   In acest articol doresc sa prezint unele dintre cele mai ciudate mancaruri din diverse colturi ale lumii. Desi in lume sunt foarte multe preparate culinare ciudate, care mai de care mai scarboase si mai neobisnuite, eu am ales 10 care ni s-au parut iesite din comun si in acelasi timp interesante. 1. Kopi Luwak, este cea mai scumpa cafea din lume, jumatate de kilogram costa intre 120 si 600 de dolari. Ce face ca aceasta cafea sa fie atat de speciala este ca boabele sunt obtinute din excrementele unui animal de marimea unei pisici, Common Palm Civet. “Boabele” de cafea colectate sunt usor spalate si prajite pentru a nu le distruge aroma.

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Minunile Cojilor

 Minunile Cojilor  1. Piersici Piersicile reprezinta un fruct adesea neglijat, dar coaja lor este buna si consumata - pentru nutrienti- si aplicata pe fata prin frecare usoara, pentru stralucirea tenului. Bogata in potasiu si vitamina A, coaja ajuta la revitalizarea pielii, iar consumarea ei poate stimula sistemul imunitar, poate indeparta toxinele din organism, poate proteja ochii de cataracta si reduce riscul de cancer, boli de inima si artrita.  Daca vrei sa o folosesti ca si exfoliant, pune putin zahar pe partea sa carnoasa si freaca usor tenul. 

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Alcoolul Drog

Alcoolul Drog   Potrivit unui studiu independent britanic, alcoolul dauneaza mai mult sanatatii decat cocaina, cannabisul sau ecstasy, fiind in plus si “drogul” cele mai nociv din punct de vedere al impactului avut asupra societatii.

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Cereti Ajutorul Ingerilor

                                                                                     Cereti Ajutorul Ingerilor      In anumite momente din viata noastra suntem insotiti, pe langa ingerul pazitor, si de alti ingeri. indeosebi in anumite faze ale dezvoltarii noastre, in copilarie, de pilda, cand este nevoie de o interventie continua, sau in diferite imprejurari in care avem nevoie de ghidarea unor ingeri cu atributii specifice.

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Ingerii Zodiilor

    Ingerii Zodiilor De cand ne nastem, santem sub protectia ingerilor. In planul astral exista entitati pe care unora le este usor sa le vada, altora sa le auda, celor mai multi din noi le este insa usor sa le simta. Ingerii ne sunt dati pentru a reusi sa trecem cu bine prin viata indiferent care sunt intamplarile pe care le avem de trait. Unele traditii esoterice sustin ca fiecare zodie este guvernata nu doar de cate o planeta, ci si de cate un inger. Este bine sa aflam cine sint acestia, ce capacitati ne pot oferi si cum putem lucra impreuna cu ei pentru a ne implini menirea acestei vieti. Este foarte important sa devenim constienti de prezenta lor si sa invatam sa le descifram mesajele, caci rolul lor este sa ne previna, sa ne sfatuiasca si sa ne indrume astfel incat orice “cazatura” sa fie atenuata si cu maxim de invatatura primita.

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Flower Essence Therapy

    Flower Essence Therapy Healing with flowers is both ancient and universal. It is the use of flower essences, which are safe and effective plant energy imprints that interface with the human Body/Mind to create harmony and balance.

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Cómo Pagar La Cuota De Procesamiento

Cómo pagar la Cuota de procesamiento   Hay varias maneras de pagar su cuota mensual de procesamiento y voy a compartir cómo hacerlo a continuación.   Además de la forma de pagar la cuota mensual que quería compartir por las que debe pagar la cuota mensual ....  El pago de su cuota mensual de procesamiento de ... Ayuda a dinamizar la comunidad por entrar en la piscina blogger para ayudar a otros a ganan con la publicidad e impulsar. Esto le ayuda demasiado ... cuando otros pagan su cuota que le beneficia también al entrar en la piscina blogger!  También ayuda a mantener sus ganancias y el sistema te recompensará por estar en buen estado y se incrementará el límite de IPL.  Si no pagamos nuestra cuota mensual no obtenemos el beneficio de nuestros ingresos y no vamos a ser capaces de ejecutar sus reintegros.  Pagar con fondos mayores:  Usted puede pagar su cuota mensual de procesamiento con sus fondos maduros SI sus ingresos exceden sus IPL utilizado.  Usted puede pagar su cuota de forma manual o automática! Para pagar su cuota de forma automática puede validar su cuenta y vincular una tarjeta de crédito o PayPal a su cuenta FanBox. Si vincula una cuenta a su cargo se retiró AUTOMÁTICAMENTE cada mes en la cuenta vinculada.            Utilice su tarjeta de débito para pagar Ahora vamos a pasar a la forma en que podemos recargar y pagar la cuota MANUAL ...

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La multi ani, Manuela!

  La multi ani, Manuela! Dragii mei prieteni, vreau sa va impartasesc un secret. Am aflat ca maine 22 iunie, este ziua de nastere a profesoarei, antrenoarei , prietenei mele, Manuela Alexuc! Vreau sa-i doresc aici, din toata inima: La multi ani!

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Puterea Energetica A Plantelor

   Puterea Energetica A Plantelor   Plante vampiri energetici Orhideea este deosebit de periculoasa pentru casa in care locuiesc oameni nehotarati, cu vointa slaba. Pentru acestia, orhideea functioneaza ca o pompa, absorbintu-le energia. Cel mai acut, vampirismul orhideei se manifesta dis-de-dimineata si in timpul noptii.   Feriga este un puternic vampir energetic. Pentru a se putea dezvolta normal are nevoie de foarte multa energie. Astfel, o puteti aseza pe televizor absorbindu-i toata energia negativa.  

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Adulter

  Adulter Sondaje moderne, carora este insa greu sa le acorzi totala incredere, sustin ca 55% dintre barbati si 35% dintre femei au obiceiul "sa calce stramb". Asta o spun sondajele, flerul insa sugereaza cercetatorilor ca cifrele sunt mult mai mari, pentru ca tentatia este o lege a naturii, greu de invins.

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Famous Witches in History

  Famous Witches in History   Witchcraft is the use of supernatural or magical powers and spells to harm human life or property with some vested interest. Almost all the religions recognize the existence of the phenomenon and also forbid its use explicitly. A witch is considered to have acquired certain unusual powers in exchange for selling the soul to a demon like Dr. Faustus, who gave his soul to Lucifer. Torture through cruel devices, like the dunking stool, was common to investigate or extract confessions or to punish by repeatedly drowning in water. Burning at the stake was the common mode of punishment if someone was found guilty of being a witch. History is full of infamous witch trials, cruel witch hunting, and witch burning events like: Salem Witch Trials, Fulda Witch Trials, The Val Camonica Witch Burnings, Scotland Witch Burnings, The Wurzberg Witch Trial, and the Witch Hunts of Africa.

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I Love Greek Music

      I Love Greek Music Greece sits at the crossroad between the Eastern and Western cultures of Asia and Europe. Being at this critical junction, Greece has experienced the ebb and flow of two cultural currents which subjected and allowed her to assimilate creatively diverse influences. Once Constantinople fell in 1453, completing the collapse of the Byzantine empire, there followed four hundred years of slavery which greatly hindered the natural development of Hellenism and restricted its spiritual evolution.

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Gypsy Folklores

         Gypsy Folklores The earliest currently known reference to Gypsies is in “The Life of St. George” composed in the monastery of Iberon on Mt. Athos in Greece in 1068. It relates events in Constantinople in 1050, when wild animals plagued an imperial park. The Emperor Constantine Monomachus commissioned the help of "a Samaritan people, descendants of Simon the Magician, who were called Adsincani, and notorious for soothsaying and sorcery, who killed the beasts.  "Atzinganoi," the Byzantine term for Gypsies, is reflected in several other languages: the German "Zigeuner," the French "Tsiganes," the Italian "Zingari," and the Hungarian "Cziganyok." 

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Sa Iubim Animalele

  Sa Iubim Animalele   Animalele ne pot ridica moralul. Pentru cei ce iubesc animalele, nu ai cum sa ramai intr-o stare proasta cand ai o pereche de ochisori cuminti care te fixeaza cu privirea, sau cand pisica ta se pune la pieptul tau si se freaca de mana ta. Studiile arata ca persoanele bolnave sunt mai putin predispuse la depresii daca au un animal de companie. Animalele de companie sunt cei mai buni prieteni ai nostri din mai multe motive

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Rautatea Boala Cumplita

  Rautatea Boala Cumplita Foarte puţini oameni ştiu că răutatea este o cumplită boală. Începutul secolului 21 a decis. Omenirea se află în mare suferinţă, tocmai datorită faptului că multe fiinţe umane suferă şi se complac, datorită ignoranţei, în stări lăuntrice chinuitoare. În felul său specific, fiecare fiinţă umană egoistă, avidă şi ignorantă suferă de pe urma dorinţelor sale neîmplinite. Dorinţa sfâşietoare de a fi iubite este prima şi cea mai mare dintre acestea.Din nefericire, foarte puţine fiinţe umane şi-au dat seama că pentru a ajunge să fie iubite mult, trebuie înainte de toate ca ele însele să iubească suficient de mult.

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Bordelurile Bucurestiului Interbelic

Bordelurile Bucurestiului Interbelic „Nu era sector al Bucureştiului care să nu aibă câte cinci, şase bordeluri in perioada interbelică”, spune istoricul Adrian Majuru. Prostituatele mai stilate işi faceau meseria în stabilimente de lux de pe bulevardele Elisabeta sau Ferdinand, la Crucea de Piatră ori în propriile apartamente, însă multe îşi căutau clienţi prin hoteluri, magazine sau teatre.Cuvântul „prostituţie” ne duce, astăzi, cu gândul la „peşti”, la femei prost îmbrăcate şi fără cultură care-şi petrec timpul pe marginea drumului, făcând această meserie obligate. În prima jumătate a secolului trecut s-a produs o schimbare de mentalitate care i-a modificat statutul de meserie interzisă şi judecată, într-o meserie deloc condamnată.

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Dragoste Interzisa

Dragoste Interzisa În timpul studiilor din India, marele filosof Mircea Eliade a trăit o frumoasă poveste de dragoste interzisă alături de indianca Maitreyi Devi. Forţat să se întoarcă în România, Mircea Eliade se hotărăşte să adune toate scrisorile şi bileţele de dragoste pentru a scrie cunoscutul roman „Maitreyi”, dedicat frumoasei indience. 

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Ipohondria by Lina Tanase

   Ipohondria Ipohondria este, in primul rand, o problema legata de nevoia de perfectiune sau perfectionism. Acesti pacienti doresc sa aiba o viata cat mai lunga, mai fericita (aspiratii normale, dealtfel), dar considera ca pentru aceasta este necesar sa aiba o focalizare excesiva a atentiei asupra starii de sanatate.  Este o tulburare psihica aparent benigna, desi destul de raspandita. Aceasta problema psihica s-a manifestat frecvent in decursul istoriei, daca ne amintim de piesa de teatru a dramaturgului francez Moliere, intitulata "Bolnavul inchipuit". 

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Eminescu, Mai Actual Ca Oricand

  Eminescu, Mai Actual Ca Oricand   Articol scris de Mihai Eminescu in anul 1870 , dar mai actual acum decat atunci. “De când lumea nu s-a văzut ca un popor să stea politiceşte sus şi economiceşte jos; amândouă ordinele de lucruri stau într-o legătură strânsă; civilizaţia economică e muma celei politice. Dacă în timpul când ni se promitea domnia virtuţii, cineva ar fi prezis ceea ce are să se întâmple peste câţiva ani, desigur ar fi fost declarat proroc mincinos.

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Reguli Ciudate In Vacanta

  Reguli Ciudate In Vacanta   Regulile de bază ale siguranţei personale, când vine vorba de călătorii şi vacanţe în ţări străine, sunt cunoscute de toată lumea. Dar există şi legi mai puţin promovate pe care turiştii pe pot încălca fără intenţie, în necunoştinţă de cauză. „Huffington Post” a adunat 10 dintre cele mai ciudate legi din toate colţurile lumii, care interzic activităţi comune în viaţa de zi cu zi. Cum ar fi...  Să mesteci gumă în Singapore.  Asiaticilor le plac străzile curate. Ca şi europenilor şi americanilor, de altfel. Doar că locuitorilor din Singapore le place atât de mult, că interdicţia adoptată acum două decenii a fost pe placul tuturor. Chiar dacă pedeapsa costă doar într-o amendă, ar fi indicat să se respecte dorinţele şi legea oraşului. 

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Protectie Impotriva Tehnicii

  Protectie Impotriva Tehnicii Nu numai telefonul mobil emite unde electromagnetice, ci toate aparatele electronice, toate dispozitivele care, în teorie, fac viaţa mai uşoară omului modern. Cu cât nivelul acestor radiaţii creşte, cu atât riscul de boli, în special de cancer, este mai mare, arată studiile.  Cum ne protejăm de radiaţiile telefonului mobil Legătura dintre utilizarea telefoanelor mobile şi apariţia cancerului este, în continuare, extrem de controversată, deşi Organizaţia Mondială a Sănătăţii (OMS) le consideră oficial un pericol „posibil“ de cancer încă din 2011, în clasa de risc 2B (alături de alte 265 de substanţe şi de factori). Cercetătorii au asociat folosirea intensă a telefonului mobil cu dezvoltarea unei forme de cancer cerebral numită gliom.

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Succes Manuela Alexuc!

      Succes Manuela Alexuc! M-am bucurat din suflet, cand, pe 10 iulie dimineata, am aflat ca Manuela Alexuc, este intre primii cinci candidati pentru presedentia FanBox, ba chiar pe locul doi, cu un procent de 12.37%. Am fost mandra si fericita pentru ea, dar si pentru noi toti. Pe 17 iulie incepe runda a doua, care se va incheia pe 24 iulie, data la care se vor anunta cei doi alesi pentru runda finala. De fapt, cred ca lucrurile astea le cunoaste toata lumea.

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Cimitirul Viu Din Sulina

    Cimitirul Viu Din Sulina Un loc unic în lume, unde îşi dorm somnul de veci, laolaltă, prinţi, prinţese şi piraţi, oameni de toate religiile. Cimitirul Sulina este plin de mistere. Lespezile mortuare, sculptate, spun poveştile peste timp!

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Robin Hood De Bucuresti

    Robin Hood De Bucuresti În Bucureştiul de altădată legea era a celor bogaţi, prea puţini dintre săraci având vreo şansă la o viaţă uşoară. Ioniţă Tunsu era haiducul temut de toţi boierii, iubit de toţi amărâţii. Era în urmă cu aproape 200 de ani, când distanţa ierarhică dintre ţărani şi boieri făcea ca viaţa celor mulţi să fie aspră. Marea majoritate a ţăranilor clăcaşi se afla sub exploatarea autorităţilor, a boierilor, a ciocoilor arendaşi şi a egumenilor greci.

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Povestea Chibritului

Povestea Chibritului   Azi pare greu de crezut, dar, până în secolul al XIX-lea, singurele mijloace de aprindere a focului de către om erau scânteile produse de un amnar şi cremene (prin ciocnirea a două corpuri dure) sau mult mai vechiul procedeu de frecare rapidă şi îndelungată a doua lemne uscate.   În forma lor empirică, primele chibrituri, “chibriturile chimice”, apar în jurul anului 1805, în Anglia. Capetele beţişoarelor erau înmuiate în topitură de sulf, apoi acoperite cu un amestec de zahăr şi clorat de potasiu. Când trebuiau aprinse, beţişoarele erau introduse într-o sticluţă, unde se atingeau de o bucată de azbest îmbibată în acid sulfuric. Aceste chibrituri au început a fi produse pe scară industrială în anul 1812. Cu toate ca ofereau o alternativă la aprinderea focului, prezentau doua inconveniente serioase: dificila şi periculoasa manipulare a recipientului de sticlă cu acid sulfuric, şi, în plus, posibilitatea de a se produce o explozie din cauza bioxidului de clor ce lua naştere din reacţie. Reprezentând totuşi un progres, aceste chibrituri au fost fabricate până pe la 1845.

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Taxe Ciudate In Istorie

  Taxe Ciudate In Istorie   Taxele reprezintã un subiect în vogã în momentul de faţã, regresul economic aducându-le în topul agendei politice în foarte multe state. Recent o comisie de experţi de la Societatea Fabian a dat publicitãţii cifre care indicã un apel la o taxare mai aprigã a celor înstãriţi. Dacã acest sentiment general justificat are vreo influenţã asupra politicii guvernamentale rãmâne de vazut, dar cu toatã aceastã tevaturã în jurul taxãrilor n-ar fi o idee rea sã aruncãm o privire asupra celor mai controversate taxe de-a lungul istoriei.

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Casanova by Lina Tanase

    Casanova Casanova, considerat de unii amantul perfect iar de altii un pierdevara, este unul dintre personajele istoriei care a fost atent studiat de psihanalisti. Lydia Flem, de exemplu, considera ca eroul nostru a fost un neinteles de societatea in care traia. Ea crede ca, de fapt, Casanova a fost un prieten credincios al femeilor. El le-a adus placerea fizica si le-a protejat mereu pentru a nu le lasa insarcinate, folosind tot timpul prezervativul din mate de animale. Asa se explica faptul ca, desi a avut zeci de amante, Casanova a avut un singur copil. Mai exact o fata.

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Benefits Of Chili Peppers

Benefits Of Chili Peppers  Studies have established that chili peppers have pain-relieving properties. Their consumption provides relief from migraine and sinus headaches. Chili pepper contains a chemical substance called Capsaicin, which controls pain transmission to the brain. Capsaicin, present in chili pepper, assists in combating nasal congestion, by stimulating secretions that help clear mucus from your throat. The antibacterial properties of chili pepper help fight chronic sinus infections.

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Povestea Sfintei Rita

  Povestea Sfintei Rita Sfânta cauzelor imposibile Privită de aproape şi dând la o parte aureola legendei, avem în faţă inima plină de omenie a unei femei care nu a trecut indiferentă pe lângă tragedia durerii şi a mizeriei materiale, morale şi sociale. Evenimentele vieţii sale sunt evenimentele de ieri, de azi şi de totdeauna.

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Rasputin by Lina Tanase

  Rasputin   It is incredible to think that of all the great figures from Russian history, the man known universally as the Mad Monk, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, is arguably the most notorious. Outside of Russia itself, this mythical and mystical figure is perhaps the first to come to mind when you think of those who have shaped the history of this great country.

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Moarte Stupida

  Moarte Stupida Unii sunt celebri in viata, iar dupa moarte sunt uitati. Altii ajung vedete de abia cand mor tocmai gratie modului stupid in care reusesc performanta asta. Mai exista si rarele cazuri de personalitati care nici in moarte nu pot sa nu iasa in evidenta. In general, moartea e inevitabila si trista, insa, in unele cazuri, un deces absurd iti poate descreti involuntar fruntea. Asta ne propunem in randurile urmatoare: 1. Fostul presedinte francez, Felix Faure, a murit (fericit), in 1899, in propriul birou in timp ce amanta sa ii facea sex oral.

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Moartea Lui Marin Preda

  Moartea Lui Marin Preda Într-o anexă a Palatului Mogoșoaia, între ani 50-90 ai secolului trecut erau găzduiți scriitori. Printre ei un locatar celebru. La etajul întii, camera nr. 6 trăia de puțin timp într-o mică încăpere, Marin Preda. Este cel mai cunoscut romancier român în viață.”Moromeții “ se studia în școli. Ultima sa carte “ Cel mai iubit dintre pămînteni “ se vînduse în peste 200.000 exemplare. La 16 mai 1980, doi cunoscuți ai scriitorului urcă scara. În cîteva ore trebuie să fie împreună la Focșani la o intilnire cu cititorii. Deși era prinzului Preda nu coborise la masă. E de presupus că scria. Dan Claudiu Tanasescu, unul din cei doi, bate la usa, nu aude nimic și atunci intră. În fața lui o priveliște neașteptată. Scriitorul era întins peste pat. Cum DCT era medic de profesie, a atins corpul și a constatat că e rigid. Marin Preda era mort. A coborît în curte, în mașină ținea o trusă medicala. S-a întors în camera 6 însoțit de redactorul șef al editurii conduse de Preda, Cornel Popescu. Diagnosticul s-a confirmat, Marin Preda era mort.

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Manastirea Caraiman

  Manastirea Caraiman Mănăstirea Caraiman a fost înființată în anul 1998, la inițiativa preacuviosului părinte Gherontie Puiu. Părintele Stareț Gherontie  Puiu s-a aflat necontenit sub ocrotirea Maicii Domnului, care l-a ales, spune el, pentru împlinirea unei sfinte misiuni: înălțarea unei mănăstiri, departe de tumultul deșertăciunilor omenești. Întregul său destin seamănă cu cel al unui martir, însă credința nestrămutată și rugăciunea l-au ajutat să împlinească faceri de bine, sub îndrumarea Maicii Domnului, care i s-a arătat de mai multe ori în vis, fiindu-i aproape în toate clipele grele.

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Drojdia De Bere

  Drojdia De Bere Drojdia de bere este un organism viu ce conţine întregul complex de vitamine B, peptide sulfuroase, proteine (cca. 50%), lipide, glucide şi oligoelemente (P, Mg, K, Zn, Cr, Ag, Au, Ca, Co, Cu, Fe, I, Mn, Sn) indispensabile vieţii.

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Templul Ursitelor

    Templul Ursitelor   “Templul Ursitelor”: se afla sub Dealul Plesu, din apropierea satului Sinca Veche din judetul Brasov. De cum ajungi aici, oboseala piere ca prin farmec sau, din contra, te apuca un somn caruia cu greu ii rezisti.

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Remedii Impotriva Batranetii

         Remedii Impotriva Batranetii Ceaiul de menta: menta este un bun intaritor al inimii. Frunzele uscate de menta - o lingurita pentru o cana de apa - dau o bautura calda foarte placuta. Aceasta se ia dimineata, o data pe zi. Calciul. Este recomandat pentru a intarzia senilitatea, care se datoreaza lipsei sale in organism. In Rusia si Siberia se bucura de mare popularitate urmatoarea reteta, foarte eficienta si pentru a preveni tuberculoza.

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Blestem De Om Sarac

Blestem De Om Sarac de Dan Puric Din balegi şi din cuib de cuci, Răsar ca viermii, politruci Şi din haznalele de bani – Costume negre cu şnapani, Viteji ca musca la arat! Şi ne-aţi minţit şi ne-aţi furat, Şi-aţi pus pe noi şi jug de boi! Blestem, blestem, blestem pe voi!

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Curiozitatile Cafelei

     Curiozitatile Cafelei 1.A fost descoperita de... capre? Se pare ca pastorul Kaldi (Etiopia) observase cum caprele sale sunt mai energice si insomniace dupa ce mancau boabe de... cafea!   2.Este un puternic antioxidant? O ceasca de cafea pe zi are rolul de a neutraliza radicalii liberi, avand efecte anticancerigene.

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Surprising Allergy Triggers

      Surprising Allergy Triggers   The cause of your sneezing, itchy nose, watery eyes, headache and a host of other symptoms may be more surprising than you think. You already know the usual suspects: pet dander, mold, pollen and dust. But could something else be causing your allergy symptoms? Our experts say yes indeed. Check out our list of allergens and allergy triggers you may have never before considered. 1. Chocolate For some people, eating chocolate can be as uncomfortable as standing in a field of pollen during the peak of spring. Your favorite chocolate bar can bring on classic allergy symptoms, says Steven Y. Park, MD, an otolaryngologist in private practice in New York and the author of Sleep, Interrupted: A Physician Reveals the #1 Reason Why So Many of Us Are Sick and Tired. “Chocolate can irritate your nose's nervous system,” he says. “Think of it as being like a migraine, where nerve endings in your nose become overly reactive.” Incidentally, he adds, chocolate, along with red wine, MSG and aged cheeses, is a known migraine trigger.

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Lenin’s Death

Mysterious Causes for Lenin’s Death Vladimir Lenin was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and a communist politician who was at the forefront of 1917 October Revolution. He headed the Soviet State during its initial years (1917-1924). He was a persuasive orator and led to the formation of a completely new Soviet Union. There are many mysteries regarding his sudden death at 6:50 P.M. on January 21, 1924. He died just a few months before his 54th birthday. Generally known cause of his death was a massive stroke. Modern day medical experts opine that the cerebral arteries of the great leader had become so calcified that they sounded like stones when tapped. Let us check out the medical history of Lenin to find some clues for his sudden death.

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Inventii Ciudate by Lina Tanase

  Inventii Ciudate Deși secolul XX este cunoscut pentru descoperiri precum teoria relativității, bomba atomică, A.D.N-ul și genomul uman, automobilul, avionul, calculatorul personal, radioul, televiziunea și internetul, merită amintite și câteva invenții considerate revoluționare la data apariției lor, dar care astăzi stârnesc amuzamentul privitorilor. 10. Costumul de baie din lemn Apărută în S.U.A. în anul 1929, această invenție urmărea să faciliteze înotul. Costumele erau confecționate din lemn de molid, fiind folosite pentru campania publicitară a unei fabrici de prelucrare a lemnului din Hoquiam, Washington.

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Felicidades Manuela Alexuc!

                                                                                   Felicidades Manuela Alexuc! He elegido hacer este blog en español, por que todo el mundo sabe que yo estoy muy unida espiritualmente de la comunidad española, y de todos sus hablantes.

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Regina Maria

Regina Maria  Inteligența sa sclipitoare, frumusețea ieșită din comun și firea pasională au transformat-o într-una dintre cele mai apreciate femei care și-au pus amprenta asupra acestui popor – este vorba despre Regina Maria, una dintre cele mai mari personalități feminine din istoria României.

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Inchisoarea Doftana

  Inchisoarea Doftana Penitenciar în perioada 1895 - 1960, apoi muzeu în perioada de glorie a comunismului, lăsat în paragină imediat după Revoluție, închisoarea Doftana și-a ratat deopotrivă trecutul și viitorul.

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Istoria Pisicii

    Istoria Pisicii Nimeni nu cunoaste cu exactitate cand sau cum au aparut pisicile pe Terra. Cei mai multi cercetatori sunt de acord, totusi, ca cel mai vechi predecesor al pisicilor a fost, probabil, un animal asemenator cu nevastuica, numit Miacis, care a trait acum aproape 40-50 milioane de ani.       Miacis este considera a fi stramosul comun al mai multor carnivore terestre, printre care si cainele si pisica. Dar, aparent, pisica a aparut cu mai multe milioane de ani inaintea primului caine. Poate ca cea mai cunoscuta dintre pisicile preistorice este Smilodon, o pisica cu dinti in forma de palos, numita uneori si tigru. Acest formidabil animal vana prin mai toata lumea, dar a disparut cu mult timp in urma.

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Santiago de Compostella

  Santiago de Compostella Santiago de Compostella este capitala istorica a provinciei spaniole Galicia, numele acestuia fiind numele spaniol al Sfantului Apostol Iacob. Numele a fost preluat de la sfant intrucat orasul este considerat a fi locul de odihna a celui mai in varsta dintre apostoli, fratele Sfantului Apostol Ioan.

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Matasea

  Matasea CELE mai frumoase articole de îmbrăcăminte din lume, între care kimonoul japonez, sariul indian şi hanbokul coreean, au ceva în comun: sunt de obicei făcute dintr-un material lucios, mătasea. Numită regina ţesăturilor, mătasea a cucerit prin eleganţa ei oameni de tot felul, de la familiile regale din trecut la oamenii de rând ai zilelor noastre. Mătasea însă nu a fost întotdeauna atât de accesibilă ca azi. În antichitate, China deţinea monopolul de producere a mătăsii. Nimeni nu ştia cum se obţine, iar cel ce divulga secretul viermelui de mătase putea fi executat ca trădător. Nu ne surprinde, aşadar, că mătasea era foarte scumpă. În tot Imperiul Roman, de pildă, mătasea era la fel de preţioasă ca aurul.

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Castelul Corvinilor, Legende

  Castelul Corvinilor, Legende Emblema orasului Hunedoara si totodata unul dintre cele mai importante monumente de arhitectura gotica din Transilvania este Castelul Corvinilor, cunoscut si sub numele de Castelul Huniazilor. Cetatea este inconjurata de o multime de legende, intretinute inclusiv de o fotografie in care pare sa se contureze o fantoma. Zeci de mii de turisti vin in fiecare an sa viziteze impresionanta constructie.

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OZN - ul Din Padurea Rendlesham

  OZN - ul Din Padurea Rendlesham Inainte de orice comentariu privind veridicitatea evenimentului trebuie specificat ca toți martorii incidentului au fost membri ai US Air Force, găzduiți în baza militară britanică Bentwaters/Wood-bridge din imediata vecinătate, de aceea toate declarațiile sunt considerate foarte serioase și credibile. In 1980, în comitatul Suffolk din Anglia, o bază ae­riană britanică se afla la trei kilometri de o bază ameri­cană.

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Scrisori De Despartire

Scrisori De Despartire Le-am gasit intamplator in internet. M-am amuzat atat de mult, incat m-am hotarat sa le postez aici, sa le cititi si sa va amuzati!

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Asteptarile Femeii In Relatie

    Asteptarile Femeii In Relatie   Ce atribute trebuie sa aiba un barbat pentru a intra in gratiile unei femei? Află mai jos răspunsul.

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Daca Nu Cer Prea Mult

 "Daca Nu Cer Prea Mult " - Ce-ai lua cu tine,  Daca s-ar pune problema Sa faci zilnic naveta între rai si iad,  Ca sa tii niste cursuri? - O carte, o sticla cu vin si-o femeie, Doamne,  Daca nu-ti cer prea mult. - Ceri prea mult, îti taiem femeia,  Te-ar tine de vorba,  Ti-ar împuia capul cu fleacuri Si n-ai avea timp sa-ti pregatesti cursul. - Te implor, taie-mi cartea,  O scriu eu, Doamne, daca am lânga mine O sticla de vin si-o femeie.

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New York City Buildings

  New York City New York City is a dream destination for those who love architecture. Probably best known for its skyscrapers, the city is also home to many historical buildings and lots of Art Deco architectural touches. There are dozens of buildings in NYC that deserve a visit, but some in particular are must-sees.

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Rica, fante de obor

       Rica Miron Radu Paraschivescu Vol.: " Cantice Tiganesti"    Bate-un vânt pe ulicioară peste inima amară, bate-un vânt prin ţigănie peste inima pustie, vânt uşor de primăvară cu parfum de domnişoară.

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Curiosities Harpy Eagle

                                     Curiosities Harpy Eagle   An alarm screech goes out through the rainforest. Monkeys of all types throw themselves off high branches and out of trees to freeze in terror. Overhead a giant eagle with a seven foot wing span easily twists and turns through the treetops, hunting for any animal caught out in the open. With a single dive it tears the unlucky creature from its branch with five inch long claws on powerful legs.

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Povestea Carnatilor de Plescoi

  Povestea Carnatilor de Plescoi    Plescoi si Plesesti, doua sate instarite care fac parte dintr-o comuna mai rasarita a judetului Buzau, Berca, zona de extractie a petrolului si a gazelor naturale, aflata intre un drum national Buzau-Brasov, si unul european E85, Bucuresti-Iasi.

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Leacuri Pentru Varice

  Leacuri Pentru Varice Dilatarea permanenta si patologica a venelor se datoreaza pierderii tonicitatii peretilor. Varicele apar intre 20-40 ani, fiind mai frecvente la femei. Se recomanda ceaiuri, comprese, apiterapie, gimnastica medicala si tratament fizio-balnear. Un prim remediu sint frunzele de varza, care, aplicate pe varice, au actiune decongestionanta. Mai sint indicate si in senzatiile de ?gambe grele". Se aplica 2-3 straturi de frunze proaspete, usor zdrobite, care se tin sub comprese toata noaptea. Se leaga fara a se stringe prea tare.

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Total Head Transplant

  Total Head Transplant   It has until now been the work of science fiction and horror films, but scientists could soon be carrying out complete human head transplants, a leading surgeon has said.  The procedure has previously been performed on monkeys but recent technological breakthroughs that make it possible to reconnect spinal cords could see the operation carried out on humans.  Neurosurgeon Dr Sergio Canavero, from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, believes the operation would take 100 surgeons up to 36 hours and would cost £8.5million. 

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Senzatiile De Deja Vu

  Senzatiile De Deja Vu Peste 70 % din populatia Terrei sustine ca a experimentat, macar o data, un straniu sentiment de familiaritate fata de lucruri care, in mod normal, ar fi trebuit sa fie total necunoscute. O vizita in premiera la un magazin in care totul pare deja cunoscut, o discutie ce lasa impresia ca a mai avut loc, desi ea nu s-a mai intamplat niciodata, sau chipul familiar al unei persoane care, in realitate, este vazut pentru prima oara, sunt doar cateva dintre simptomele neexplicate, insa considerate normale, ale senzatiei de deja vu.

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Curcubeul De Foc

  Curcubeul De Foc   „Curcubeul de foc” este numele dat unui fenomen meteo extraordinar, ce nu este însă nici curcubeu, nici nu este de foc.   Fenomenul, ce este cunoscut şi sub numele de „nori iridescenţi”, are loc atunci când picăturile de apă de dimensiuni uniforme se grupează într-un nor. Aceşti nori „curbează” lumina în cadrul unui fenomen de difracţie, aceasta fiind separată pe mai multe lungimi de undă (culori). De aceea, efectul vizual este similar cu cel al curcubeului.

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Legenda Bucurestiului

  Legenda Bucurestiului  A fost odata un padurar sarac care traia impreuna cu fiica sa, pe nume Dambovita, intr-o padure mare si adanca. Fata stia toate secretele padurii si cararile ascunse sub iarba si tufisuri.  Intr-o zi un print dintr-un taram indepartat s-a ratacit in padure. Intalnind-o pe Dambovita i-a cerut acesteia sa ii gaseasca drumul. Fiind o fata de treaba ea i-a aratat cararea. Printul a vazut-o atat de blanda si frumoasa si a cerut-o de sotie. Atunci Dambovita i-a spus ca ea deja i-a promis mana lui Bucur. Bucur era un pastor care locuia langa padure. Ca multumire, printul, care nu era nimeni altul decat Printul Muntilor, i-a daruit fetei un mic cutitas si un titirez. Daca ar fi invartit titirezul orice dorinta ar fi devenit realitate. 

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Prietenia, Cugetari

  Prietenia         Prietenia inseamna un suflet in doua trupuri.   Aristotel    Prietenia este in primul rand pacea reciproca si zborul spiritului pe deasupra amanuntelor vulgare. Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

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Legenda Muresului si a Oltului

  Legenda Muresului si a Oltului Legenda În vremurile de demult, pe vârful unui munte din Carpaţii Răsăriteni se vedea o cetate cu două turnuri. Craiul şi crăiasa aveau doi fii gemeni, care semănau ca două picături de apă. Feciorii erau asemănători la înfăţişare, dar aveau firi cu totul diferite. Se luau la ceartă repede şi se băteau până la sânge, de răi ce erau. Aşa-i lăsase Dumnezeu!

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Tristetea, Boala Sufletului

  Tristetea, Boala Sufletului Oamenii se confrunta cu probleme in zilele noastre, unii au probleme reale (dintre cele mai de nedorit), altii au impresia ca au probleme (aceia care nu au probleme dar si le fac).

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Parcul National Piatra Craiului

    Parcul National Piatra Craiului Situat in Carpatii Meridionali incluzand Creasta Pietrei Craiului in totalitate si spatiile din culoarele intramontane limitrofe, Rucar - Bran si Rucar - Zarnesti, judetul Brasov;

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Sa Trecem Peste Dezamagiri

Sa Trecem Peste Dezamagiri Dezamagirile apar din cauza asteptarilor neimplinite. Atunci cand esti dezamagita intr-o situatie sau alta, fie faci ceva cum nu trebuie, fie ai asteptari nerealiste. Asteptarile depind de fiecare, de firea unei persoane, dar si de circumstantele exterioare, de contexte si de persoanele implicate.

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Pirokinezie

  Pirokinezie În anul 2011, două fete destul de tinere,una din Filipine și cealaltă din Vietnam, au intrat în atenția mass-media datorită abilităților pirokinetice de care dau dovadă. Pirokinezia este capacitatea cuiva de a controla sau a accelera atomii unui obiect pentru ca în final acesta să degaje o energie foarte mare și combustia să se descleşteze. În termeni uzuali, pirokinezia este abilitatea de a porni incendiul doar cu puterea minții.

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Bioenergie-Biomagnetism

Bioenergie-Biomagnetism Metoda de tratare a bolnavilor cu biocamp, magnetism intern sau, stiintific spus, prin metoda bioenergetica, este cunoscuta din timpuri stravechi. Magnetismul curativ era cunoscut in Europa Evului Mediu. In acea vreme, astfel de calitati detineau, de regula, unele fete sfinte. Calugarii credeau cu tarie in puterea vindecatoare a mainilor, unii dintre ei avand ei insisi puterea de a o vindeca. Acest remediu miraculos avea o forma oarecum diferita in Asia si mai ales in India si Orientul Mijlociu.

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Jean Moscopol

    Jean Moscopol   Povestea lui Jean Moscopol începe la Brăila, la 26 februarie 1903. Părinţii lui erau greci: mama, Terpsihore, era din Constanţa, în timp ce tatăl său, Lascăr, era de prin Mesimvria, dar se stabilise la Brăila. Numele său real era Ioan Moscu. Se spune că talentul l-ar fi moştenit de la cea care l-a născut, mama sa având voce de soprană. Încă din primii ani de viaţă, micul Moscu a fost atras de muzică. Dar, pe lângă muzică, mai avea o pasiune: să construiască avioane din hârtie, stârnind invidia colegilor de clasă, ale căror planoare se prăbuşeau la scurt timp de la lansare. Institutorul Calinicos a fost primul care i-a descoperit înclinaţiile muzicale şi l-a îndrumat să studieze chitara. Ulterior, profesorul Costia l-a dus la Biserica "Buna Vestire", unde dirijorul Gherasim l-a primit cu mare bucurie, dându-i posibilitatea să se afirme pe post de sopran. Cursurile liceale le-a urmat la Galaţi, la Liceul Pelarinos. Cu mare uşurinţă a învăţat cinci limbi străine. 

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Fenomenul Tunguska

    Fenomenul Tunguska La Tunguska, in 1908, s-a produs o explozie misterioasa cu o putere echivalenta cu 1.000 de bombe de la Hiroshima. Acum, oamenii de stiinta rusi sunt mai aproape de a descifra misterul, descoperind primii meteoriti ce provin din explozia de la Tunguska.

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Curatenia Energetica

    Curatenia Energetica Locurile in care ne petrecem o mare parte din viata cotidiana sunt responsabile nu numai de confortul nostru dar si de linistea, starea de sanatate si nivelul energetic. Pentru ca energia negativa te poate imbolnavi la propriu.. Tu ce faci pentru asta? De-a lungul timpului, am invatat de la persoane intalnite in viata mea ca in afara de frecatul de zor prin casa , trebuie sa te raportezi la caminul tau ca la o fiinta draga tie. Sa-l bucuri din cand in cand cu cate un cadou, sa ii mai cumperi cate o haina noua ( lucrurile vechi si uzate atrag si pastreaza energia negativa), sa-l parfumezi ( aromaterapie) si nu in ultimul rand sa-ti iubesti caminul.

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Petrache Lupu

Petrache Lupu Multă lume s-a întrebat atunci, la 1935, şi se mai întreabă şi acum dacă Petrache Lupu este un sfânt sau nu. Despre el au scris mulţi, unii de bine, alţii de rău. Părintele Dumitru Stăniloaie vedea cu ochi buni „teofaniile” sale (arătările lui Dumnezeu), în timp ce un autor precum Mihail Urzică era pornit împotriva sa şi a minunilor înfăptuite de acesta. Dar cine a fost oare Petrache Lupu?

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Deochiul

  Deochiul Deşi fără nici un fundament logic sau ştiinţific şi considerat de mulţi doar o superstiţie sau o credinţă din bătrâni, se pare că deochiul totuşi există şi se manifestă. Unii cred că este un “furt de energie” provocat de privirea admirativă sau invidioasă a unei persoane ce are puteri magice, în timp ce alţii cred că este o vorbă ce vatămă un om sau un animal şi care se spune fără voia celui deochiat.

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Louis Armstrong, Jazz Music

  Louis Armstrong    Jazz musician and entertainer. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Mary Ann and Willie Armstrong. The date of his birth is questionable. Armstrong always claimed to have been born on July 4, 1900, a date he gave to a draft registrar in 1918. Several of his early associates insist he was born about 1898, a date that squares better with events of his youth. However, recent research strongly suggests that he was actually born on August 4, 1901, and it is this date on which many jazz scholars agree. Early chroniclers have given Daniel as his middle name, but Armstrong himself denied it.

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Obiceiuri de Sfanta Maria

  Obiceiuri de Sfanta Maria   Sfanta Maria Mare (Adormirea Maicii Domnului) este praznuita in fiecare an la 15 august. In dimineata acestei zile, femeile merg la biserica si impart struguri, prune si faguri de miere. Apoi, femeile merg in cimitir si tamaiaza mormintele rudelor.

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Blestemul lui Tutankhamon

Blestemul lui Tutankhamon Odinioară, în Egiptul antic, existau nişte preoţi magi care cunoşteau foarte bine puterea gândului, precum şi multe alte „forţe”. Pentru a proteja mumiile regilor, ale faraonilor şi ale hierofanţilor, precum şi dublul lor, ei procedau imediat după moartea unuia dintre ei la o ceremonie care dura 28 de zile. Trei sute de preoţi psalmodiau, pe un ritm special, al cărui ton era dat de către conducătorul lor Ma-Krovu („Drept-Rostitorul”), anumite incantaţii imprecatorii, execratorii. Astfel, ei „fabricau” o formă-gând de o extraordinară putere…

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Vestimentatia Zodiilor

Vestimentatia Zodiilor Vestimentația pe care o porți spune o mulțime de lucruri despre tine. În funcție de steaua sub care te-ai născut ești tentat să porți un anume stil vestimentar și să te simți în pielea ta în anumite haine comparativ cu altele. Ești curios(ă) să afli ce îmbrăcăminte ți se potrivește în funcție de semnul zodiacal cu care te identifici ? Citește continuarea acestui articol:

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Automasajul Capului

    Automasajul Capului Suntem stresati, ne plangem de migrene sau dureri de cap, nu mai suntem atenti la lucrurile pe care le avem de facut. Vestea buna este ca automasajul capului si al fetei poate fi relaxant si linistitor. Avem nevoie de 2 lingurite de ulei de migdale dulci, trei-patru picaturi de ulei esential, un scaun si 5 minute libere. 

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Viata Dramatica, Edith Piaf

    Viata Dramatica, Edith Piaf Edith Piaf a luat toate necazurile pe care viaţa i le-a scos în cale şi le-a transformat în muzică. Copilăria petrecută într-un bordel, moartea singurului copil şi a bărbatului iubit nu au oprit-o pe artista franceză din drumul spre glorie.

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Dragostea Adevarata Nu Moare

    Dragostea Adevărată Nu Moare Dragostea adevărată nu moare, iar timpul nu poate vindeca rănile pe care ea le lasă în sufletele protagoniştilor. O astfel de poveste incredibilă a trăit Alain Delon alături de Romy Schneider. Cu 50 de ani în urmă, cei doi actori se logodeau. Dar abia acum el şi-a deschis inima, şi-a dat acceptul ca iubirea lor să fie adunată într-o carte şi a povestit într-un interviu despre cea care a fost marea lui dragoste. 

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Cetati Vechi Romanesti

    Cetati Vechi Romanesti Printre multe alte obiective turistice frumoase, Romania are si niste cetati fortificate demne de vizitat din orice perspectiva: peisaje, priveliste, constructie… pana la istorie si legende. Aici aveti un top 5 al unora dintre cele mai frumoase cetati vechi din Romania.

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Curtezanele Venetiene

    Curtezanele Venetiene      Venetia secolelor XVI si XVII este marcata de prezenta curtezanelor, aceasta fiind una dintre perioadele din istorie in care prostitutia a ajuns foarte raspandita. In Venetia renascentista se gaseau doua tipuri de curtezane, curtezanele de lux, care puteau fi usor confundate cu nobilimea din cauza hainelor luxoase si a bijuteriilor, si curtezanele din clasele de jos, care erau adesea identificate cu prostituatele. Curtezanele sarace isi faceau veacul la celebrul pod Rialto, unde isi agatau clientii. La jumatatea secolului al XVI-lea, in   Venetia existau mai mult de 100.000 de curtezane.

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Valea Trandafirilor

 Valea Trandafirilor   Trandafirul, regina florilor, este unul dintre simbolurile Bulgariei. Vecinii nostri nu au ezitat sa foloseasca acest minunat simbol pentru a promova Bulgaria in intreaga lume. Trandafirul, acest dar minuant al naturii, este admirat si folosit in industria parfumurilor, in cea farmaceutica si alimentara.

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Traditie Culinara Spaniola

Adevarata Paella Valenciana

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Adevaratul Gaspacho

Adevaratul Gaspacho   Una dintre cele mai sanatoase feluri de mâncare pe timpul verii în Spania, este gaspacho. Este tipic bucatariei tradiționale andaluze și este făcut din legume.

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Zimbrul

    Zimbrul Soarta nefericită a uriașului Europei, dispărut după Primul Război Zimbrii au avut parte de o soartă nefericită. Aceste animale au dispărut din Europa de Vest încă din secolul al XIV-lea, când ultimele exemplare se stingeau în pădurile din Ardennes, un departament din nord-estul Franței.

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Povestea Inimilor

     Povestea Inimii  Intr-o zi, un tanar s-a oprit in centrul unui mare oras si a început sa le spuna trecatorilor ca are cea mai frumoasa inima din împrejurimi. Nu dupa multa vreme, in jurul lui s-a strans o mare multime de oameni si toti ii admirau inima, care era intr-adevar perfecta. Nu vedeai pe inima lui nici un semn, nici o fisura. Da, toti au cazut de acord ca era cea mai frumoasa inima pe care au vazut-o vreodata. Tanarul era foarte mandru de inima lui și nu contenea sa se laude singur cu ea. Cand deodata, de mulțime s-a apropiat un batranel. Cu glas linistit, el a rostit ca pentru sine:

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Diabetul Si Glicemia

  Diabetul Si Glicemia Diabetul este o tulburare a metabolismului glucozei, element de baza ce furnizeaza energia de care are nevoie organismul. El apare din cauza unui defect de producere a insulinei de catre pancreas sau din cauza incapacitatii celulelor de a utiliza corect glucoza (rezistenta la insulina). In ambele cazuri, glucoza se acumuleaza in sange, dand nastere hiperglicemiei.

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Rai Si Iad

Rai Si Iad   Un om își plimba liniștit câinele. Brusc, un scrâșnet de fiare. Privește omul în jur dar nu vede nimic și își continuă drumul. Iarba părea mai verde, cerul mai albastru și mergeau pe un drum poleit cu aur, pe lângă un gard din marmură – pe care nu își amintea să-l fi văzut până acum. Au ajuns la o poartă minunat lucrată, încrustată cu perle și pietre prețioase care străluceau sub razele de soare. Un om ședea în fața porții. 

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Barry, Cainele Salvator

  Barry, Cainele Salvator Barry a trăit între 1800 şi 1814, la Mănăstirea Sfântul Bernard cel Mare, aflată într-o zonă muntoasă, de la graniţa dintre Italia şi Elveţia. Călugării l-au antrenat pentru a-i recupera pe cei care se rătăceau în Munţii Alpi sau erau prinşi de îngheţ ori de avalanşe. Şi-a câştigat faima în întreaga lume după ce în contul său au fost trecute cel puţin 40 de vieţi salvate. Probabil au fost mult mai multe, însă cum salvarea oamenilor prinşi de zăpezi era una dintre activităţile zilnice ale călugărilor, e greu de crezut că aceştia mai aveau timp să facă şi contabilitatea acţiunilor în care a fost implicat Barry.

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Leacuri Manastiresti

   Leacuri Mănăstireşti Laptele De Capra Aşa cum bine ştim, cei mai longevivi oameni de pe planetă trăiesc în Munţii Caucaz, şi asta pentru că din alimentaţia de fiecare zi a lor nu lipseşte laptele de capră. Pe lângă ridicarea imunităţii, acesta are şi rolul de a echilibra toţi factorii fizici şi psihici de care organismul uman are nevoie. Cura cu lapte de capră crud fortifică plămânii, tratând până la vindecare afecţiunile cardiovasculare şi intestinale. Cancerele descoperite în faza incipientă a bolii pot fi stopate după un tratament de 90 de zile. Monahul Gheorghios Karaisaridis, din Atena, deţine taina multor leacuri mănăstireşti, unul dintre cele mai apreciate fiind tămăduirea cu lapte de capră crud.

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Niciodata

                                                                           Niciodata Adrian Paunescu Un cîntec nu-i nimic în lumea asta Mai bine să-l zdrobeşti şi apoi să taci Cînd el cu o iluzie nu umple  Ghiozdanele copiilor săraci.

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Floarea Raiului

  Floarea Raiului Priboiul, cunoscut şi sub denumirea de floarea Raiului, este o plantă medicinală din flora spontană din Europa, iar la noi în ţară este întâlnită în zonele uscate, umbroase şi răcoroase, pe soluri din zona montană şi subalpină. Se găseşte şi în bazine compacte, mai ales pe Valea Cernei, Baia de Aramă şi Tismana.

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Errol Flyn si Irene Ghica

  Errol Flyn și Irene Ghica  El era un mare actor la Hollywood, ea o prințesă din România când s-au întâlnit. Istoria de amor dintre Errol Flyn și Irene Ghica a ținut prima pagină a ziarelor epocii în 1950.

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Beneficiile Verzei

   Beneficiile Verzei  Varza face parte din familia cruciferelor şi este originară din Europa Centrală. Se cultivă de peste 4.000 de ani şi este folosită pentru tratarea multor probleme de sănătate încă din cele mai vechi timpuri. În zilele noastre s-a redescoperit efectul benefic al verzei asupra sănătăţii, oamenii de ştiinţă aplecându-se asupra proprietăţilor sale şi introducând-o în componenţa unui medicament.

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Top 10 Most Courageous Dogs

  Top 10 Most Courageous Dogs    It is often said that dogs are the only animal capable of love, usually by people who have been snubbed by an overly snooty cat.  However, time and time again, dogs have shown throughout history that they can not only show love, but the cold hard determination and bravery we’d come to expect from hardened soldiers. Sit and stay to read about the top 10  most courageous and brave dogs. 

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Mata Hari Biography

  Mata Hari Biography Mata Hari was an exotic dancer from the Netherlands who gained much fame in France as a dancer. During the First World War she was arrested on charges of espionage and executed by the French by firing squad. Evidence of her actual guilt is frequently questioned.

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Maria Callas Divina

  Maria Callas Iubitorii de operă din întreaga lume consideră că Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos a fost cea mai mare cântăreaţă de operă a tuturor timpurilor. Cunoscută ca Maria Callas, Regina della lirica s-a născut la New York, la 2 decembrie 1923.

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Rezervatia Nuferilor De La Petea

  Rezervatia Nuferilor De La Petea Loc unic în Europa   Un alb incandescent, parfumat, ce răzbate printre frunzele verzi, acoperă unul dintre lacurile asupra cărora îngheţul nu are putere. Sunt petalele nufărului termal, din rezervaţia Peţea de la Băile 1 Mai, o specie unică în întreaga Europă. Acesta îşi înalţă potirul deasupra luciului apei termale care s-a încăpăţânat să ţină în viaţă o splendoare ce vine de acum mai bine de 66 de milioane de ani.

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The Miracles From Dervent

  The Miracles From Dervent Places in Romania replete with positive energy     The Dervent Monastery is located in the Galita village, Constanta County, Romania and it is an Orthodox monk’s monastery. The church was dedicated to the “Life-giving Spring” and to “Pious Paraschiva” and the history of the monastery is very long, closely tied to the martyrdom of the Christians during the time of Diocletian – who ruled between 285 and 205.

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Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie Agatha Christie este, fără îndoială, cea mai cunoscută scriitoare din toate timpurile, cărţile sale fiind traduse în peste 40 de limbi şi vândute în 2 miliarde de exemplare. Agatha Christie a scris 78 de romane, 19 piese şi peste 100 de povestiri. Chiar există o vorbă care spune că doar Shakespeare şi Biblia au depăşit-o până acum.

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Bloguri 3 Septembrie

  Legenda Tricolorului   Când Tudor Vladimirescu, marele nostru revoluţionar de la 1821, a ridicat Ţara, chemând-o la luptă împotriva exploatării boiereşti dinăuntru şi a vrăjmaşilor din afară, dintr-unul din satele olteneşti de la munte a pornit, pentru a se înrola în oastea pandurilor şi un gospodar cu numele Dragomir, tată a trei fetiţe, una mai isteaţă ca alta.

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Boli Moderne (4/9)

  Boli Moderne   Vederea stricată de computer Dacă slujba ta presupune să îţi petreci ore în şir în faţa unui calculator, rişti - din păcate, rău de tot - să ajungi să suferi de astenopie ocupaţională (evident, astenopia de computer poate apărea şi în cazul în care nu munceşti la calculator, ci te joci la el - şi atunci nu mai e "ocupaţională"; simptomele nu-s cu nimic mai plăcute; atâta doar că de la joc n-ai decât să te scoli şi să te duci să te odihneşti când vrei, ceea ce, la muncă, nu prea ţine).

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Alcoolul La Adolescenti (4/9)

    Alcoolul La Adolescenti Ce păţeşti la maturitate dacă bei foarte mult alcool în perioada adolescenţei? Consumul excesiv de alcool în tinereţe ar putea induce apariţia demenţei timpurii    

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Secretul Japonezilor 5/9

Secretul Japonezilor     Secretele celor mai sănătoşi oameni de pe Glob stau în dietă, dar şi în mişcare făcută zilnic, spun medicii, care detaliază câteva dintre acestea.

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Scortisoara 5/9

    Scortisoara Un izvor de nutrienti, banala scortisoara este un antiseptic natural, avand nenumarate proprietati, inclusiv terapeutice, cum ar fi scaderea colesterolului, a tensiunii si imbunatatirea functionarii creierului.

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Blackbird Hill 6/9

Blackbird Hill Eight miles north of Decatur, Nebraska, on the Omaha Indian Reservation, is a hill overlooking the Missouri River. At its summit is a mound of dirt nearly 45 feet high marking the burial place of the great Omaha Indian Chief Blackbird.  The honored Indian Chief was buried here sitting upright on his favorite horse. Back in 1804, Lewis and Clark visited this gravesite, leaving behind decorations to commemorate him.

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Educatie Regala 6/9

    Educatie Regala În trecut, copiii familiilor regale britanice, care erau crescuţi aproape în exclusivitate de guvernante, nu se întâlneau niciodată cu oameni simpli şi ăşi petreceau timpul studiind istorie, latină sau greacă. Recent, părinţii regali au încercat să îşi facă odraslele să se simtă mai „normale“, permitându-le să intre în contact cu persoane ale căror vieţi sunt mai puţin fericite.

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Toamna Lui Paunescu 7/9

              Toamna Lui Paunescu

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Autosugestia 7/9

    Autosugestia   Sunt sigura ca ai auzit in nenumarate randuri zicala “Esti ceea ce gandesti” insa niciodata nu te-ai gandit in profunzime la mesajul transmis de aceasta zicala. Ei bine, lucrurile chiar stau asa, iar prin autosugestie poti obtine tot ce iti doresti, singurele limite fiind cele impuse chiar de tine. 

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Retelele Hartmann 8/9

  Retelele Hartmann Infoenergie-radiestezie  Globul pamintesc este strabatut de o vasta retea cosmo-telurica, de niste radiatii care vin din adincul Pamintului si care ne pot influenta viata.Desi nu aveau instrumente de masura ultrasofisticate, oamenii din vechime stiau foarte multe lucruri decare noi abia astazi aflam. Reteaua Hartmann este peste tot si nu o putem evita.Aceasta retea seamana cu un soi de ziduri de plasa foarte inalte care se ridica din sol.Aceasta "plasa" vibratorie radioactiva se intinde pe directia nord-sud din doi in doi metri, iar pe directiaest-vest din 2,5 in 2,5 metri. Grosimea acestor ziduri verticale - sa le numim "linii Hartmann“- variazaintre 16 si 20 cm.Reteaua se stringe si se alungeste pe masura ce ne apropiem de poli. Este ca si cum am lua globulpamintesc si am desena pe el meridianele si paralelele.Reteaua Hartmann este invizibila asa ca tot ce putem face este sa ne folosim imaginatia pentru a creeaimaginea ei.

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Sfanta Maria Mica Traditii 8/9

  Sfanta Maria Mica Traditii Calendaristic, Sfanta Maria Mica inseamna sfarsitul verii si inceputul toamnei. Acum se închide pamântul pentru reptile si insecte, pleaca rândunelele spre tarile calde, se schimba palaria cu caciula, au loc târguri si iarmaroace unde se vând si se cumpara diferite produse.

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10 House Plants that Clean the Air 9/9

    10 House Plants that Clean the Air   Areca Palm   Also known as yellow palm or butterfly palm, the areca palm is one of the most popular and graceful palms. It is tolerant of the indoor environment, releases copious amounts of moisture into the air, removes chemical toxins, and is beautiful. The areca is consistently rated among the best houseplants for removing all indoor air toxins tested. Best in direct, bright sunlight.

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Miracolul Grepfruit 9/9

  Miracolul Grepfruit Haideti sa vorbim astazi despre un fruct pe care il intalnim in mai toate recomandarile specialistilor, de orice tip: medici, cosmeticieni etc. Pentru ca am citit un studiu care spune ca romanii sunt pe primele locuri in ceea ce piveste starea precara de sanatate (diabetul face ravagii in randul populatiei noastre)  si pe ultimele locuri la pastrarea tineretii si frumusetii, astazi m-am gadit sa va spun cateva secete ale grepfrutului.

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Intuitia 10/9

Intuitia Stiu ca si voi ati avut deseori o senzatie ciudata, venita parca din interior, atunci cand v-ati aflat intr-o situatie de viata. Uneori simtim o neliniste launtrica, fie care se exprima prin ceva furnicaturi fie prin crampe in zona stomacului sau, pur si simplu ca un vis sau ca o idée ce se repeta la nesfarsit.

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Powers of Grapes 10/9

       Miracle Healing Powers of Grapes Research continues on the vast health benefits of resveratrol, found in purple or red grapes. Here are some of the amazing healing benefits of resveratrol:

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Dinti Frumosi Si Sanatosi

   Dinti Frumosi Si Sanatosi   Dantura perfecta este foarte rara si, din pacate, nu toata lumea beneficiaza de ea. De aceea ar trebui ca ingrijirea permanenta a dintilor sa fie o prioritate in programul nostru zilnic.

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Toxic Ingredients In Your Beer?

      Toxic Ingredients In Your Beer?   Are you a beer lover? Do you ever think about the ingredients that go into your tasty brew? According to a recent report by the Alliance for Natural Health Association, your favorite beverage just might be loaded with both toxic and genetically modified ingredients, including GMO corn syrup, GMO coloring and fish bladder.

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Is Romance Dead? 12/9

  Is Romance Dead? “Romantic goals change from finding boyfriends to finding hook up buddies…a guy we don’t actually really like, but we think he is really attractive and hot and good in bed.”  -Student at U of Penn

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Un Caine a Salvat o Fetita de la Moarte 12/9

Un Caine a Salvat o Fetita de la Moarte   Prietenii dintr-o viata ii numeri pe degetele de la o mana. Asa ca niciodata un prieten adevarat nu este in plus. Numai ca, putini sunt cei care se pot lauda cu prieteni adevarati. Familia Stoenescu este printre cei norocosi si care se lauda mereu cu cel  mai bun prieten al lor. Iar curiosii, cand vor sa-l cunoasca, raman putin blocati. Pentru ca Arthur, prietenul cel mai bun al familiei Stoenescu este un fox terrier. Doamna Andreea Stoenescu, gospodina familiei, specifica:

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Anexita 13/9

Anexita     Anexita este o boala inflamatorie pelvina, avand maifestari de durere in micul bazin, iradiata lombar si sacral, leucoree, dispareunie, menstre neregulate, prelungite.  Apare ca urmare a expunerii la frig sau in urma unui contact sexual. In cea de-a doua varianta, daca anexita se datoreaza unei infectii, in mometul tratamentului, se recomanda ca si partenerul sa il tina, in acest fel evitandu-se reinfectarea.

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5 Animals With Incredible Memories 13/9

5 Animals With Incredible Memories  Newsflash to humans: we are not always the best and the brightest at everything. Yep, there are plenty of other members of the animal kingdom out there with stronger senses, speedier travel time and, yes, better memories. Click through to check out some of the most impressive animal minds on the planet.

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Misterioasa Apa a Dacilor 14/9

  Misterioasa Apa a Dacilor     Intre lacurile Bolboci si Scropoasa se afla cele Sapte Izvoare, socotite prin traditie apa sfanta a dacilor.

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8 Famous Animals 14/9

  8 Famous Animals   While we’re all familiar with the standard selection of movie stars, musicians, and athletes that populate the ranks of human celebrities, the world of famous animals is often more interesting. Like humans, animal celebrities rise to fame as a result of luck, talent, or some combination of both. More often than not, though, what sets famous animals apart, is that they usually arrive at success in stranger ways. From actors and artists to animal intellectuals, click through to check out some of the most intriguing animal celebrities around.

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Cat Island 15/9

  Cat Island Has 4 Times More Cats Than People     Cat Island in Japan is appropriately named since cats outnumber residents at least 4 to 1 — and the 100 or so residents love it that way. I imagine the cats are equally happy with the arrangement, especially since these particular islanders believe that feeding a cat will bring wealth and good fortune.

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Iaurt 15/9

       Iaurt   Poate nu stiati, insa, se pare, ca acest produs alimentar a fost obtinut in urma unei greseli gospodaresti. Laptele a fost uitat  afara intr-un burduf si s-a acrit din cauza caldurii.

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Spondiloza Lombara 16/9

Spondiloza lombara   Astazi o sa va povestesc cate ceva despre o boala foarte frecvent intalnita in randurile pacientilor de toate varstele si despre care se stiu foarte putine lucruri.

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Natural Mosquito Repellents 16/9

    Natural Mosquito Repellents Before you grab that DEET-based mosquito repellent, consider using a natural option instead. DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, by any other name still stinks. And research proves that the main ingredient in commercial mosquito repellents leaves more than a bad odor.  According to a Duke University study, it damages brain cells, can cause behavioural changes, and can have harmful interactions with some medications.  The scientists also observed that it caused brain cell death in animals frequently exposed to or after prolonged use of DEET.

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Scrisoare Catre Tineri 17/9

  Scrisoare Catre Tineri Circula aceasta scrisoare pe internet si bine face! Este atat de mult adevar aici, ca mi s-a rupt sufletul. Am lasat sa poata fi copiata. Ar trebui promovata peste tot, acolo unde tinerii o pot citi. Mie imi pasa!

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4 Home Remedies For Restless Legs

  4 Home Remedies For Restless Legs When I was pregnant with my first child I had my first bout of restless legs. I felt like a marionette puppet whose strings were being pulled and had no choice but to move. This condition was devilishly frustrating as it only bothered me when I lay down to sleep for the night, and as anyone with restless legs knows, this made it nearly impossible to go to sleep. I would lie awake with my bulging belly for hours upon hours desperately trying to drift of to dreamland only to to have one my my “strings” yanked every 10 seconds. This happened night after night, with precious few nights of reprieve in between. I referred to this condition as “jumpy legs” and had no idea that others suffered a similar form of self-torture at bedtime.

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Misterul Piramidelor Din Sona 18/9

Misterul Piramidelor Din Fagaras   Pe malul sting al Oltului, in apropiere de Fagaras, este un sat ce pare uitat de lume. Singura deosebire a satului Sona de celelalte localitati rurale, sunt cateva ridicaturi de pamant, sub forma unor piramide, care au aprins imaginatia arheologilor si a istoricilor.

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Natural Treatments for Sinus Infection18/9

Natural Treatments for Sinus Infection True misery is the pain and swelling caused by sinus inflammation. The bones around the nose, the eyes and the cheeks are lined with membranes that produce mucus, which function to warm and moisten inhaled air, plus to filter out any germs. When congested and unable to drain properly, the mucus continues to accumulate, stagnate and become infected. There are a number of causes for chronic sinus infections:

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Simple Ways to Ease Anxiety18/9

  Simple Ways to Ease Anxiety When your nerves are stretched like rubber bands and your pulse rate is all awry, don’t panic! Just follow a few of these simple tips and you will soon feel relief.

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Desserts That Boost Your Health 19/9

Desserts That Boost Your Health   I have an irrepressible sweet tooth. For years, it would make its presence felt every evening, just after dinner, and I would crave a sweet bite. If nothing healthy was available, I would drift toward the fridge to pull out a slab of ice cream. By the time the guilt pangs hit, the fat had gone to waist … and hips … and belly!

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Yogurt Cake 19/9

  Yogurt Cake     I couldn’t believe it when she said it was “yogurt cake.” You have to understand: In fifth grade, it was, like, really weird to eat yogurt.

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Soia 19/9

  Soia   Soia este o parte considerabila a dietelor popoarelor asiatice, poate si datorita faptului ca ei déjà cunosc rolul important pe care il joaca in prevenirea unor boli. Soia este cunoscuta si consumata de aproximativ 5.000 de ani, avand inceputurile in China, apoi migrand catre Estul indepartat. Boabele plantei sunt bogate in proteine de foarte buna calitate si, in acelasi timp, reprezinta o sursa alternativa de proteine dietetice la varianta consumului de carne. Trebuie sa stiti ca soia este cunoscuta si consumata in trei variante: verde, rosie si galbena.

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Cele 7 Ceaiuri Minune 20/9

Cele 7 Ceaiuri Minune   Cui nu ii place sa „infulece bine, macar din cand in cand, in preajma prietenilor si familiei si sa aibe masa plina de bunatati care mai de care mai apetisante?! De la sarmale si friptura la prajituri de casa, cornulete, cozonaci etc. Doar ca, problema dupa ce mancati mult, e ca totul se cam depune si va puteti treci ca acul cantarului depaseste cifra pe care v-o doriti. Totusi exista cateva trucuri care sa va ajute sa scapati de caloriile depozitate. Sunt la indemana oricui. Doar ca trebuie preparate.

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Brownie Balls or Bars 20/9

Brownie Balls or Bars Caution! Seriously addictive! These are sort of a cross between a Tootsie Roll and a traditional brownie.

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Benefits of Blueberries 20/9

Health Benefits of Blueberries We are blessed to live in a world rich with a variety of delicious fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Each plant-based food has its own unique flavor, scent and nutritional profile — made of health giving vitamins and phytochemicals (many of which act as antioxidants).

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Infertilitatea, Remedii naturale 21/9

Infertilitatea, Remedii naturale     Infertilitatea inseamna ca unul dintre sistemele reproductive ale celor doi parteneri sa fie in imposibilitatea de a concepe. Fie ca sunt cauze profunde, medicale sau doar dezechilibre ale organismului la un moment dat, rezultatele sunt aceleasi: tristete, descurajare, suferinta si, de multe ori, cheltuieli financiare foarte mari.

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Simple Chocolate Mousse 21/9

Simple Chocolate Mousse It’s simple. I mean it. There are only two ingredients! Feel free to add a flavoring, such as your favorite extract or liqueur. I scooped the mousse into small dishes and served as is, dense and creamy, but you could also whip it for a minute until fluffy. I imagine this mousse would also be lovely as a filling in some decadent frozen dessert.

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Power of Love 21/9

Power of Love Love. Love freely. Love without limits. Love without condition.

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Dorinta De Putere 22/9

Dorinta De Putere Asistam zilnic la diverse lupte pentru putere. Nu insa pentru puterea spirituala, ci pentru puterea lumeasca, aceea de a conduce. Dar nici macar nu cred ca nevoia de a conduce este miza, ci beneficiile cu care puterea vine la pachet.

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Kombucha Health Benefits 22/9

Kombucha Health Benefits  Kombucha tea originated in East Asia, where it is used to treat a variety of health conditions. Kombucha made its way to Germany in the early 1900s and has since spread to most countries. You'll find the bottled tea for sale in health food stores and brewing in kitchens of those who tout its health benefits. Although scientific research on kombucha tea is limited, it may help to boost your immunity and improve your digestion.

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Friendship 23/9

                                                                                   Friendship 

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Trufia 24/9

Trufia În comunităţile omeneşti întîlnim adesea un spectacol dintre cele mai triste. Oamenii mai sim­ţitori, mai curaţi şi mai blînzi sunt, de obicei, obiectul batjocurii celorlalţi lipsiţi de aceste daruri. De cele mai multe ori, bunătatea, care este strîns legată de simţirea aleasă şi de curăţenie, es­te luată drept prostie. Lipsa de capacitate în a face răul şi a brutaliza este socotită ca o infirmitate morală şi deci obiect de batjocură. În om este o ciudată înclinare de a se distra şi a exprima tot­odată trufia pe această cale.

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Chocolate Energy Bars 24/9

Chocolate Energy Bars These bars are wonderful. As someone who tries very hard to stay away from processed/packaged foods, but yet is always on the go, these are a great alternative to some vending machine snack or worse, fast food. They also are much cheaper than buying high end, expensive and organic protein bars, which was a habit I needed to break for the sake of my wallet! If you make a batch of these or something like it over the weekend, then you have them for the whole week and it took you less than a half an hour. You will find that many recipes like this call for dates, both because the sugar they provide is a good source of energy for the body and because they are good at binding the other ingredients. Go ahead and give these a try as an afternoon snack if you wish to really fuel your body, not to eat processed carbohydrates and crash soon after!

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Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet 25/9

                        Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet     Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and starred Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design; it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture. Laurence Olivier spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was not credited in the film.  

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Singin' in the Rain

            Singin' in the Rain          Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Gene Kelly. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies."

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady   The script, by Alan Jay Lerner, retains Shaw's acerbic wit and delicious irony and succeeds for that reason. Both the dialogue and the song lyrics are crafted extremely well. The music itself has a few high points but there are plenty of low ones as well. The acting is impeccable: Rex Harrison's role as a happy-but-cynical misanthrope (his excuse for treating Eliza badly is that he doesn't treat anyone any better) is played out extremely well. Audrey Hepburn's transformation from a common girl to a cultured lady is extremely convincing, particularly in terms of her accent (although her songs were dubbed by Marni Nixon). The supporting cast is excellent: Eliza's father Alfred P. Doolittle is played in a irreverent and charismatic manner by Stanley Holloway who gets some of the coolest lines in the film and was my favourite character; Jeremy Brett shows a bit of the talent that would later come in handy when he played Sherlock Holmes; and Gladys Cooper as Henry Higgins' mother also gets to deliver a few barbed lines of her own ("Henry, what a disagreeable surprise").

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Pentru Un Pachet De Biscuiti 30/9

Un Pachet de Biscuiti Adrian Paunescu Am vazut de curand la televizor, cazul celor doi batrani, prinsi furand in autobuz. Mintea m-a dus imediat la poezia lui Adrian Paunescu. O stiti sigur, doar v-o amintesc!

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The Sound of Music 1/10

The Sound of Music   The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is based on the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, with songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and with the musical book written by the writing team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and screenplay written by Ernest Lehman. The musical originated with the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

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Zorba The Greek 2/10

Zorba The Greek  Based on Nikos Kazantzakis's popular novel, "Zorba the Greek," Michael Cacoyannis's most artistically and commercially successful picture contrasts two life styles–the repressed Brit versus the lusty Greek–in a rather schematic but enjoyable way. Alan Bates plays Basil, a repressed Brit (what else?), who arrives in the Greek island of Crete to concentrate on his new novel and find himself. Basil goes to work (in white clothes) at lignite mine, which he had inherited from his native Greek-UK raised father. Basil meets and befriends Alexis Zorba (Anthony Quinn), a lusty peasant who also wants to work at the mine. Opposite initially repel and then attract. The flamboyant, fun-loving Zorba is soon determined to bring some real joy and earthy delights into the timid Brit's life. He tells Basil: "Boss, why did God give us hands? To grab. Well, grab!"

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Casablanca 3/10

Casablanca Sometimes it all just comes together – the story, the cast, the dialog, the direction – and you get a movie that stands the test of time. Casablanca is a great romance, a stirring wartime adventure, a suspenseful action movie, and in the end, a terrific buddy movie. It’s listed again and again on the top ten lists of critics and fans alike. Its snappy lines are repeated by movie buffs the world over. What more could you want?

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Breast Self Examination 4/10

Breast Self Examination   Check these out! After you watch the Good Health Fairy and her friends dance their way through the steps of a breast self-exam (BSE), maybe you’ll be inspired to check yours out, too.

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What is Music Therapy? 5/10

What is Music Therapy? Music therapy is using music in different ways, different instruments and rhythms that promote health and improve your quality of life.  The therapy includes listening to music, playing a musical instrument, writing songs or talking about the lyrics.

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Bach Flower Remedies 6/10

Bach Flower Remedies Bach Flowers Remedies are a complete healing system which work on the emotional well-being of individuals to restore inner balance and harmony. There are 38 flower essences, each relating to a specific emotional state. 

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What Is Chromotherapy?

  What Is Chromotherapy? Treatment with light and colour is called chromotherapy. The principle of this treatment is that the light of different colours, i.e. electromagnetic waves of different lengths, penetrates tissues and carries certain energies with it. Every colour radiates differently, which is why different colours have a different effect on people.

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Crystal Healing Therapy 8/10

Crystal Healing Therapy When you think of crystals more than likely healing is not something you normally think of right off the bat. Most everyone knows there are many popular uses for crystal, especially the famous crystal ball, such as in house wares, jewelry, and technology. Crystals, along with gemstones, is also used for healing and other therapeutic means. This is not a recent phenomenon, but an ancient practice going all the way back to the Egyptians. Some even believe crystals were used in other ancient civilizations such as Atlantis. Now in the new millennium there is a renaissance in learning more about crystals and using these precious resources from the earth for healing.

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Iubire de Pasare Maiastra

Iubire de Pasare Maiastra   S-au iubit cu ardoare, s-au iubit cu patos, s-au iubit românește. Totul a început în 1938, la Paris, unde Dimitrie Gusti organizase o expoziție de artă populară. În Paris s-au văzut pentru întâia oară. Și s-au îndrăgostit, nebunește, încă din prima clipă. Ea abia începuse să bată la porțile afirmării, el era un sculptor de renume internațional, aflat în plină maturitate artistică. Maria Tănase avea, pe atunci, 25 de ani. Iar Constantin Brâncuși 62.

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Shiatsu 10/10

Shiatsu Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy that has been formulated over the last 100 years from the traditional Japanese amma massage which is a feel good, therapeutic massage. Shiatsu literally means fingerpressure and as such describes part of the therapy whereby natural body weight (finger, thumbs, elbows, forearms, feet and knees) is used in applying pressure to special points on the body. This is combined with stretches, joint rotations and joint manipulation to give an all-over treatment, which aims at treating the patient on a holistic level. 

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Lymphatic Drainage 11/10

  Lymphatic Drainage The Lymphatic system is our front line of defence in fighting bodily infections, detoxifying the body and transporting metabolic wastes, excess water, bacteria and toxins out of the body.

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Acupressure 12/10

Acupressure Acupressure is one of the oldest and most widespread healing methods in the world. By using deep finger pressure at certain points, practitioners can reduce tension, increase circulation and offer relief for many complaints. It is a part of Chinese Traditional Medicine and often described as "Acupuncture without the needles".

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Spiritual Healing 13/10

  Spiritual Healing The term Spiritual Healing covers a very wide range of treatment styles and may also be known by such names as Energetic Healing, Vibrational Healing or Clairvoyant Healing. Generally speaking, one of the key definitions of these modalities is that they are therapeutic and healing in some way (emotionally, mentally, physically) without the needed for the client to take any medicines or remedies. The healing is effected purely through the use of Energy, Prana, Chi or Light.

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Povestea Penicilinei 14/10

  Povestea Penicilinei   Alexander Fleming, un microbiolog britanic, s-a intors, in septembrie 1928, la treaba, in laboratorul sau, dupa ce petrecuse luna august in concediu cu familia.

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Pilates

Pilates Pilates is a unique method of body conditioning that integrates muscle control, breathing, flexibility, strength training and body awareness. Pilates is a series of movements that engage body and mind, performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus or on floor mats and supervised by extensively trained teachers.

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Povestea Sapunului 15/10

Povestea Sapunului Cele mai vechi  inregistrari privind productia de sapun apar in jurul anului 1800 i Hr in Babilonul antic. In timpul domniei lui Nabonidus(556-559 i.Hr) o  reteta de sapun care continea cenusa, ulei de samburi de susan si ulei de chiparos.  O alta formula de sapun care continea apa,  alkali, ulei de cassia a fost scrisa pe o piatra din argila babiloniana in jurul anului 2200 i.Hr.

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Povestea Zgârceniei 16/10

 Povestea Zgârceniei Într-un sat trăia un om foarte sărac ce avea mulți copii. El a plecat să-și câștige pâinea în alt sat din apropiere. După o săptămână de lucru, a primit drept plată pentru munca lui un sac de grâu.

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Indiferenta 17/10

Indiferenta Eu cred ca indiferenta este cel mai mare pacat de pe pamant! Am sa incerc sa explic putin si sa demonstrez aceasta afirmatie. Pentru inceput sa vedem dintre toate atitudinile omenesti, care dintre ele doare cel mai tare?

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Despre Orgoliu 18/10

Despre Orgoliu Sunt momente in viata noastra cand inevitabil ne lovim de orgoliu, de obicei de orgoliul altora, pentru ca acela il vedem mai bine, acela ne deranjeaza sau ne raneste. Mai putin insa ne dam seama ca in fiecare din noi este o doza de orgoliu, care uneori se dezvolta ca raspuns la orgoliul altora, sau care ii afecteaza pe ceilalti si ii determina sa ne raspunda cu aceeasi moneda. 

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Apple Cider Vinegar 19/10

Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is my favorite new DIY household product. Just as baking soda has a huge range of uses from personal self-care to household cleaning, apple cider vinegar can do pretty much anything–for your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets.

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Benefits of Walking 20/10

Benefits of Walking It’s a gentle, low-impact form of exercise that’s easy, free and suitable for people of all ages and most abilities. Here’s why it’s so good for you

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Home Remedies For Cold and Flu 21/10

Home Remedies For Cold and Flu From the pantry to the bedside, home remedies you can make in a snap help prevent seasonal colds or cure a stubborn case of the flu.

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Benefits of Speaking 22/10

Benefits of Speaking One of the most common complaints in the workplace (and even at home) is a failure to communicate effectively.

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Tolerance 23/10

  Tolerance Tolerance and diversity are terms that refer to a way of thinking about, and behaving toward, other people. In modern debate, both deal with creating a fairer society where everyone is treated the same and has the same opportunities, without prejudice arising from their physical or social characteristics. Countries across the world are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of society and people, so in response, attitudes and behaviors must change to preserve harmony and equality.

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Good Person 24/10

Good Person   Lift others up.  Treat people with respect.  Be positive.  Be true to your values.  Do your best.  Do things that bring you in contact with your passions.  Take care of yourself, your family, and your friends.   Be the person that makes others feel special.  Be known for your kindness and honesty.

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Broccoli Sprouts and Cancer 25/10

Broccoli Sprouts and Cancer Broccoli sprouts are the immature seedlings of the broccoli plant. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that contains substantial amounts of cancer protective compounds. Broccoli sprouts contain highly concentrated levels of these compounds as well as the many vitamins and nutrients that make broccoli such a healthy food.

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Home Remedies for Tired Eyes 26/10

Home Remedies for Tired Eyes Long days in front of the computer, late nights out with friends and children disrupting sleep can all mean only one thing – tired-looking and puffy eyes. Dark circles and creases under and around our eyes can make us look older, less healthy and exhausted. The obvious solution to this issue is to get more sleep, but if our lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to endless early nights (whose does?) then here are a few simple ways you can soothe your tired eyes and bring back your sparkle. Be sure to use organic products*.

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The Death Of The Flowers 27/10

The Death Of The Flowers   THE melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year,  Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sere.  Heaped in the hollows of the grove, the autumn leaves lie dead;  They rustle to the eddying gust, and to the rabbit’s tread;  The robin and the wren are flown, and from the shrubs the jay,  And from the wood-top calls the crow through all the gloomy day.

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Autumn Asthenia 28/10

Autumn Asthenia Our body has already started to feel the effects of autumn, which implies the following: changes in our mood may make us sadder, disturbed sleep, changing biorhythms. It stands to reason that a summer of physical activity along with an abundance of free time may take its toll when you go back to work, home, and return to your normal responsibilities.

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Moartea Umanitatii 30/10

Moartea Umanității  În popor există o vorbă – ”banu-i ochiul dracului”, lucru demonstrat de mai bine de trei milenii. Dorința de a se înbogăți sau de a avea mai mult decât are vecinul este un lucru specific naturii umane.

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Nestemata de Intelepciune 25/11

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Nestemata De Intelepciune 25/11

  Nestemata De Intelepciune   «Pacea mintii e una dintre nestematele intelepciunii. E rezultatul eforturilor indelungi si rabdatoare de autocontrol. Prezenta sa indica experienta matura si o cunoastere mai profunda a legilor si a mecanismelor gandirii.

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Lemon Water 26/11

Lemon Water   Lemons are extremely popular fruits - it is beneficial when had as lemon water, or applied as skin tonic. Its flavor is delectable in desserts and sorbets and its zest is used for cakes and puddings. With summer setting in, beat the heat with cooling freshness of freshly made lemonade. 

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Orange Juice 27/11

Orange Juice   New Study Identifies Health Benefits in Orange Juice Drinking orange juice every day may have important heart health benefits. A recent study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming about two cups of 100 percent orange juice every day for one month significantly lowered diastolic blood pressure among men who were slightly overweight, but otherwise healthy.(1) Improvements also were seen in other indicators of cardiovascular health, notably better functioning of the inner lining of blood vessels.

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November 27/11

November, a poem by William Morris Are thine eyes weary? is thy heart too sick To struggle any more with doubt and thought, Whose formless veil draws darkening now and thick Across thee, e’en as smoke-tinged mist-wreaths brought Down a fair dale to make it blind and nought?

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Health Benefits 28/11

Health Benefits of Grapefruit When eating or juicing grapefruit, peel off the skin but leave as much of the albedo intact as possible as it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.

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Health Benefits 29/11

Health Benefits of Pineapple Bromelain in pineapple is a protein-digesting enzyme which also effectively reduce inflammation and swelling. So drink fresh pineapple juice and say goodbye to all your pains.

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December 1 - Romania National Holiday 30/11

December 1 - Romania National Holiday   The national day of Romania also called the Union Day or the Unification Day was set after the 1989 Romanian Revolution, when the communist regime came to an end. On this day all Romanians all over the world celebrate the unification of Transylvania (the central region of Romania, where Dracula’s castle is)—which had been under Austro-Hungarian Empire—with Romania. The union of Transylvania with Romania in 1918 was the last event which marked the unification of the country. A few days before that date, three other Romanian regions became part of Romania, after being under different occupations: Banat (Austro-Hungarian occupation), Bessarabia (Russian occupation), and Bukovina (Austro-Hungarian occupation).

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Romania 1 Decembrie

Rugaciune pentru 1 Decembrie Adrian Paunescu Ne iarta, Doamne, ura si galceava de care suntem zilnic vinovati, dar catre Tine tulnicul suna-va, sa-ntorci privirea Ta catre Carpati.

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Superstitious- New Year 2.01

Superstitious- New Year   Looking for good luck, prosperity, and good health in the coming year? If you're superstitious, or believe in the power of positive thinking, here are a few things you can do to boost your chances.

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The Tradition of Three Kings Day 3.02

The Tradition of Three Kings Day January 6th is Three Kings Day. It is a date celebrated throughout Latin America, Spain, and in Hispanic communities of the United States. This is the Epiphany of the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Magi arrived bearing gifts for baby Jesus. Traditionally, children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar. In Latin America, January 6th, and not necessarily Christmas, is the day that children receive their gifts.

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Tracii, Istorie Ascunsa 4.01

Tracii, Istorie Ascunsa Istoria antică a Europei ar trebui rescrisă! Înainte ca Roma să ia ființă, înainte ca Grecia să înflorească, neamurile traco-geto-dacice au stăpânit teritorii vaste din continentul european și și-au lăsat amprenta asupra întregii sale istorii.

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The Miracle Of Love, True Story! 5.01

The Miracle Of Love, True Story! Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.

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If A Dog Was Your Teacher 6.01

If A Dog Was Your Teacher   If a dog was your teacher, these are some of the lessons you might learn…

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The Important Things In Life 7.01

The Important Things In Life Moral Story A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

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Waking Up to Water 8.01

Waking Up to Water — It's Crucial! Aside from avoiding your snooze button, it's time you make water a top priority each morning. While its importance is no secret, sipping water first thing in the morning that can significantly alter your day — for the better! Whether you're looking to lose weight or simply stay healthy, here are the exact reasons why water is crucial to your morning routine!

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The Importance of Having Friends 9.01

The Importance of Having Friends Once upon a time, a lonely hawk lived on a tree by the riverside. He was young and handsome but he had no friends. One day, he saw a beautiful she-hawk sitting on a tree and wanted to marry her but the she-hawk refused to marry him, as he had no friends.

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Gracias FanBox!

  Gracias FanBox! Soy rumana y vivo en España. Estoy de casi un año en FanBox y ahora puedo decir que ha tenido éxito y quiero dar las gracias a FanBox.

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Povestea Fricii 14.01

Povestea Fricii   "A fost odata ca niciodata o Frica. Ea s-a nascut dintr-o lacrima amestecata cu praf de stele si s-a trezit singura, singurica pe pamant.

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Setea De Dreptate 17.01

Setea De Dreptate In general suntem inclinati sa credem ca egalitatea, corectitudinea, fairness-ul sunt categorii etice care intra in scena doar atunci cand avem burta plina si suficient timp liber.

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A Beautiful True Love Story 19.01

 A Beautiful True Love Story  One day, a young guy and a young girl fell in love. But the guy came from a poor family. The girl’s parents weren’t too happy.

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Mother’s Love 20.01

Mother’s Love “Can I see my baby?” the happy new mother asked. When the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to look upon his tiny face, she gasped. The doctor turned quickly and looked out the tall hospital window. The baby had been born without ears.

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Totusi, iubirea 24 ianuarie

Totuşi, iubirea de  Adrian Păunescu Şi totuşi există iubire Şi totuşi există blestem Dau lumii, dau lumii de ştire Iubesc, am curaj şi mă tem.

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Adam and Eve 26.01

Adam and Eve Famous Couple   According to the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian religions, Adam and Eve were the first humans, and all humans have descended from them. As stated in the Bible, Adam and Eve were created by GodAdam and Eve by Hans Baldung Grien to take care of His creation, to populate the earth, and to have a relationship with Him. Their very names are indicative of their roles. Adam comes from the Hebrew adomah, meaning "man." Eve is from the Hebrew for "life."

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Samson and Delilah 27.01

Samson and Delilah Famous Couple Although their names are forever linked, the story of Samson and Delilah is not a happy one. Today the name Delilah is associated with a voluptuous, treacherous woman, yet we feel she was harshly dealt with; if she chose or was coerced to betray him, remember that Delilah was a Philistine, and Samson was attacking her land.

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Lancelot and Guinevere 28.01

Lancelot and Guinevere Famous Couple   The love of Guinevere and Lancelot is one of the most famous and certainly the most romantic tale of Camelot.

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Antony and Cleopatra 29.01

Antony and Cleopatra Famous Couple One of the most famous women in history, Cleopatra VII was the brilliant and beautiful last Pharaoh of Egypt. Although she is often portrayed as a femme fatale, Cleopatra was deeply religious and studied to be a nun. Antony and Cleopatra An accomplished mathematician and gifted linguist fluent in nine languages, Cleopatra was also skilled politician popular with her people.

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I Believe 10.03

     I Believe     All I know is what I've been sold   You read my life like a fortune told

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I Can't Live Without You 11.03

I Can't Live Without You No, I can't forget this evening Or your face as you were leaving But I guess that's just the way this story goes, You always smile.... But in you eyes your sorrow shows Yes it shows

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Om Bun 12.03

Om Bun Om bun deschide-ne poarta Da-ne o coaja si nu ne goni Si-n schimb iti vom alunga tristetea Cu vesele cantece si ghidusii.

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How Much Is That Doggie In The Window 13.03

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window   How much is that doggie in the window? The one with the ugly face. How much is that doggie in the window? I do believe her name is Sian, not Grace.

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Simona Halep 14.03

  Simona Halep   Simona Halep ( born 27 September 1991) is a Romanian professional tennis player and the current Romanian No. 1. She is currently ranked a career high number 7 in the world. Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, and won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first 7), being named the WTA's Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court's 2013 Most Improved Player.

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Las Fallas de Valencia

Las Fallas de Valencia When: 15th - 19th March  Where: Valencia, Spain  Take a chunk of medieval history, sprinkle with Mediterranean flavor, and add to it some fun, a bit of frolic and a dash of fireworks. Stir together and tightly pack the ingredients into effigies of papier-mache, wax and wood. Season with a generous helping of oil and flambé! Share with friends and fellowmen!

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Clipe de Fericire 16.03

Clipe de Fericire Lucrurile simple sunt la indemana oricui si pot avea un impact neasteptat asupra oamenilor. Cei care nu au fost binecuvantati cu frumusete, bogatie sau celebritate (daca acestea sunt motive reale pentru fericire) vor gasi bucurie si in lucrurile cele mai simple: o hartie de 10, gasita in buzunarul unor blugi uitati prin dulap, o zi insorita, un cantec care-ti aduce aminte de un moment fericit din trecut.

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Insingurare 17.03

Insingurare Ioan Rus Am obosit de când te-aştept să vii Sunt nopţile prea lungi şi mult prea grele, Copacii dorm pe umbre străvezii, Şi cerul tace-n legănări de stele.

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Health Benefits of Brier Hip

Health Benefits of Brier Hip Originally used as ornamental flower nearly 3,000 years ago, at present the shrub is cultivated or collected from wild for its well known medicinal properties. The nourishing brier tea, also known as rose tea, not only provides essential nutrients to the body, but also increases its immunity, thus protecting it against diseases. Regular consumption of Brier hip is known to increase peripheral blood circulation. The astringent, carminative, stringent, laxative and diuretic properties of the herb make it an excellent remedy for bladder inflammation, stomach disorders and diseases related to kidneys. The herb is a rich source of vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, P, K, E, flavanoids, tannins, organic acids, pectin Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron and Zinc. The medicinal properties of the herb Hip Brier has seen it being extensively used to treat diseases like: Cold Gingivitis Toothache

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Por El Amor de Una Mujer 18.03

  Por El Amor de Una Mujer    Por el amor de una mujer  Jugué con fuego sin saber  Que era yo quien me quemaba  Bebi en las fuentes del placer  Hasta llegar a comprender  Que no era a mi quien amaba.  Por el amor de una mujer  He dado todo cuanto fui  Lo más hermoso de mi vida, 

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Music Therapy 19.03

Music Therapy   Music therapy is a type of expressive psychotherapy  and it requires the use of music for therapeutic purposes. Music therapy addresses to a variety of needs such as physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of people of all ages, regardless of musical training they have. The therapist addresses the patient’s problem directly, through music, or through the relationship developed between the patient and therapist. For relaxation • Claude Debussy – Sonata for piano and harp • Nicolo Paganini – Concerto no. 4 in D minor •  Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky – Overture of “Sleeping Beauty” For peace of mind

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Maca Benefits 20.03

Maca Benefits Maca is also known as Peruvian ginseng and lepidium meyenii. Native to the Andes Mountains, this perennial plant has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years and serves as a medicinal herb and root vegetable. Maca is also known to provide a host of health benefits that include increased libido, relief from menstrual pain, and increased fertility.

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Sucul Minune 21.03

  Sucul Minune Pentru ca hidratarea este deosebit de importanta pentru reechilibrarea metabolismului celular si pentru buna functionare a fiecarei celule din corp, devine evident ca atunci cand dorim sa eliminam toxinele din organism si sa slabim ar trebui sa alegem fie alimentele bogate in apa, fie sucurile care activeaza anumite organe.

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Frica Ingrasa 22.03

Frica Ingrasa Se spune ca frica este cel mai mare dusman al omului. Este raspunzatoare de multe esecuri, boli si neintelegeri din viata noastra. Milioane de oameni se tem de trecut, de viitor, de batranete, de nebunie, de moarte. Frica este o stare de spirit dominanta, unii dintre noi temandu-se de propriile lor ganduri. Ghinionul este rezultatul neincrederii si fricii. Pentru a-l inlatura, invocati inteligenta divina, rugati-va sa va insoteasca in tot ceea ce faceti.

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Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Symptoms 23.03

Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Symptoms

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Goran Bregovic 24.03

Goran Bregovic An energetic encapsulation of Balkan music culture; Goran Bregovic is the type of charismatic individual that fills your soul with joy every time you hear his music. This all round talent has involvement in classical composition, traditional music and contemporary rock. After combining these three musical spheres he delivers some of the most highly spirited music I have come across.

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Clean Your Body - Spring 25.03

Clean Your Body - Spring     Now that we’re into the Spring season, why not clean your body as well as your home? This is the perfect time of year to give your health a boost, and prepare for Summer. Here are 5 tips to help spring you into a higher level of health for Spring. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so try these tips for three weeks, and go longer if you can!

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Primavara 26.03

Primavara Din somnul orb de noapte-ntunecoasă De unde-au stat departe de frumos Se reîntorc livezile acasă În rochii înflorite până jos

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Zaraza 27.03

  Zaraza     Când apari seniorita în parc pe-nserat Curg în juru-ti petale de crin Ai în ochi patimi dulci si luciri de pacat Si ai trupul de sarpe felin

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La Casuta Alba 28.03

La Casuta Alba     La casa  Cu albe flori in glastra Iubito la fereastra Adesea te zaresc Tu nu stii Si n-ai sa stii vreodata Fetita adorata Cat de mult te iubesc

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Iubesc Femeia 29.03

Iubesc Femeia   Femei sunt in lumea asta mare Frumoase ca seninul instelat Gasesti placeri nebune in fiecare Si-s dulci ca o clipita de pacat

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Sub Balcon Eu Ti-am Cantat o Serenada 30.03

Sub Balcon Eu Ti-am Cantat o Serenada TitI  Botez, tango        Dorul meu nebun, tot ce-aveam mai bun, Vream ca sa se spuna tie. Tainic sa soptesc, ce mult te iubesc, Si sa ma robesc, tie. Intr-o nopate cu argint de luna, Asteptind ca sa apari la geam, Am lasat chitara mea sa-ti spuna, Tot ce eu a spune nu-ndrazneam.

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Mana, Birjar! 31.03

Mana, Birjar! Jean Moscopol   Tiganii-mi canta romanta Unei femei ce-am iubit Trezind in mine speranta De ea cand mi-am amintit.

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Vrei sa ne-ntâlnim sâmbata seara 1.04

Vrei să ne-ntâlnim sâmbătă seară   Jean Moscopol     Aş vrea într-o seară să ne întâlnim Dar nu ştiu când e mai bine să ieşim Lunea n-are nici un rost Marţi e rău ca merge prost Miercuri ştii şi tu că e zi de post

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"Death Is Not The End"

"Death Is Not The End" When you're sad and when you're lonely And you haven't got a friend Just remember that death is not the end  And all that you held sacred Falls down and does not mend Just remember that death is not the end Not the end, not the end Just remember that death is not the end    Wh

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Blowin' In The Wind 2.04

Blowin' In The Wind     How many roads most a man walk down Before you call him a man ? How many seas must a white dove sail Before she sleeps in the sand ? Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly Before they're forever banned ? The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind.

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We're The World

We're The World There comes a time when we heed a certain call When the world must come together as one There are people dying And it's time to lend a hand to life The greatest gift of all

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Mi-e dor de ochii tai adanci 3.04

Mi-e dor de ochii tăi adanci Ioana Radu     Mi-e dor de ochii tăi adanci Scânteietori ca soarele de mai Mi-e dor de vraja ce-o arunci Prinos al parului balai

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Living Next Door To Alice

Living Next Door To Alice Smokie Sally called when she got the word, And she said: "I suppose you've heard - About Alice". When I rushed to the window, And I looked outside, And I could hardly believe my eyes - As a big limousine rolled up Into Alice's drive...

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Mamma 4.04

Mamma Placido Domingo   Mamma son tanto felice Perche retorno da te  La mia Canzone ti dice Che il pui belgiorno per me Mamma son Tanto felice Vivere lontano perche

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Numai Una 5.04

Numai Una     Gheorghe Cosbuc / Stefan Lazarescu   Pe umeri pletele-i curg râu,  Mladie ca un spic de grâu,  Cu sortul negru, prins în brâu,  O pierd din ochi de draga!

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Tu t'en vas

Tu t'en vas Alain Barriere & Noelle Cordier      Tu t'en vas Mais non mon coeur non ce n'est rien Que quelques semaines à s'attendre

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Viata La Tara 6.04

  Viata La Tara  George Toparceanu   Locuinta mea de vara  E la tara… Acolo era sa mor De urat si de-ntristare Beat de soare Si parlit ingrozitor! Acolo, cand n-are treaba, Orice baba Este medic comunal. Viata ce aci palpita E lipsita De confort occidental.   Nu exista berarie, Nici regie… Doar un hot de carciumar Care are marfa proasta Si-o nevasta Ce se tine c-un jandar. Cand te duci pe drumul mare La plimbare, Este praf de nu te vezi.

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Libertà 7.04

Libertà   Albano & Romina Power          Scende la sera sulle spalle di un uomo che se ne va.

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El Porompompero 7.04

  El Porompompero    Manolo Escobar   El trigo entre todas las flores ha elegido a la amapola, y yo elijo a mi Dolores, Dolores, Lolita, Lola. 

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Delilah 8.04

  Delilah Tom Jones I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window I saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind She was my woman

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Angie 9.04

    Angie THE ROLLING STONES Angie, Angie, when will those clouds all disappear? Angie, Angie, where will it lead us from here? With no loving in our souls and no money in our coats You can't say we're satisfied

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I'll Meet You At Midnight 9.04

  "I'll Meet You At Midnight SMOKIE A summer evening on Les Champs Elyses A secret rendezvous they planned for days I see faces in the crowded cafe A sound of Laughter as the music plays.

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Easter Art 10.04

                                                                                     Easter Art  Palm Sunday Lord Jesus Christ, on the first Palm Sunday you entered the rebellious city where you were to die. Enter our hearts, we pray, and subdue them to your self. And as your disciples blessed your coming and spread garments and branches in your way, make us ready to lay at your feet all that we have and are, that we too may bless your coming in the name of the Lord. Amen

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Sailing 11.04

  Sailing   ROD STEWART   I am sailing, I am sailing, home again 'cross the sea. I am sailing, stormy waters, to be near you, to be free.

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Marina 12.04

       Marina Rocco Granata   Mi sono innamorato di Marina Una ragazza mora ma carina

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Palm Sunday 13.04

     Palm Sunday   Palm Sunday is celebrated the Sunday before Easter, the Holy week leading to Easter Sunday and the resurection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem where people put palms down in front of his path.

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Noapte de mai 14.04

        Noapte de mai Veniti privighetoarea canta Si liliacul e inflorit Cantati nimic din ce e nobil Suav si dulce n-a murit

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Forgive and Forget 15.04

                                                                       Forgive and Forget   We’ve all heard it a thousand times,“You need to forgive and forget.” But is this truly how we feel? When someone really hurts you, do you still want to forgive that person? Forgiving seems almost unnatural, right? Here are a few reasons why you should forgive someone even if part of you doesn't want to.

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Hey Jude 16.04

    Hey Jude THE BEATLES Hey Jude, don't make it bad Take a sad song and make it better Remember to let her into your heart Then you can start to make it better

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Tribut Nina Cassian

                                     Nina Cassian: Vitraliu Am venit aici sa stau cu tine in cristalul iernii- ca-n vitralii vechi perechi de regi langa regine

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Colind de Pasti 18.04

                                                                         Colind de Pasti versuri: Adrian Păunescu muzică: Tatiana Stepa Lumina primăverii urcă Peste eroare și păcat, Acum treziți-vă cu toții: Hristos a înviat!

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Baila Morena 19.04

  Baila Morena Julio Iglesias Creo en los milagros desde que te ví  en esta noche de tequila boom boom  eres tan sexy, eres sexy thing  mis ojos te persiguen sólo a ti 

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Celebrate (He Lives) 20.04

    Celebrate (He Lives)  Fred Hammond   I know he lives (woah) I believe he lives (ooh) I'm sure he lives (woah) I'm sure he lives  (How ya'll doin today?) I know he lives (The savior lives) The savior lives (ooh, oh)

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Give Peace A Chance 21.04

                                                                          Give Peace A Chance    John Lennon   Two, one two three four   Everybody's talking about Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism Ragism, Tagism, this-ism, that-ism Ism ism ism

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Lady In Red 22.04

     Lady In Red Chris De Burgh   I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight I've never seen you shine so bright I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance They're looking for a little romance, give'em half a chance

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Don't Lose Hope 23.04

Don't Lose Hope Red Jumpsuit Apparatus   I told myself That I was wise That I was strong But Realized That I was much closer to wrong Do you believe in a future you can change Imagine everybody living for today Don't lose hope Even though you can't see it I know Things are getting better

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A Fi Om Bun 24.04

      A Fi Om Bun "Una din marile multumiri ale vietii e sa te stii om bun [...] " (Ioan Slavici)

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July Morning 25.04

July Morning URIAH HEEP There I was on a July morning Looking for love, With the strength of a new day dawning And the beautiful sun At the sound of the first bird singing I was leaving for home

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Rasputin 26.04

  Rasputin Boney M. There lived a certain man in Russia long ago He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow Most people looked at him with terror and with fear But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear

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What Is a Youth? 27.04

         What is a youth?   ROMEO & JULIET   What is a youth? Impetuous fire. What is a maid? Ice and desire. The world wags on

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Maria Me Ta Kitrina 28.04

  Maria Me Ta Kitrina    Maria me ta kitrina, poion agapas kalytera poion agapas kalytera ton andra sou i ton geitona;

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Kalinka 29.04

  Kalinka (Калинка) Little snowberry, snowberry, snowberry of mine! Little raspberry in the garden, my little raspberry!

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Kingston Town30.04

                    Kingston Town Harry Belafonte Down the way, where the nights are gay, and the sun shines daily on the mountain top, I took a trip on a sailing ship, and when I reach Jamaica I made a stop.

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Woman In Love 1.05

       Woman In Love Barbra Streisand  Life is a moment in space When the dream is gone It's a lonelier place I kiss the morning goodbye

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El Condor Pasa 2.05

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Altruism & happiness 3.05

            Altruism & happiness Altruism in all its forms—kindness, generosity, compassion, volunteering, and donating money—has the potential to reward the giver as much or more than the recipient.

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El Emigrante 4.05

                                                                        El Emigrante (copla) Juanito Valderrama Tengo que hacer un rosario, Con los dientes de marfil, Para que pueda besarlo, Cuando esté lejos de ti,

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It's A Heartache 5.05

           It's A Heartache Bonnie Tyler It's a heartache Nothing but a heartache Hits you when it's too late Hits you when you're down

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How To Encourage People 6.05

                                                                            How To Encourage People I believe this is by far the most effective way of encouraging others. Let them know you care. Express genuine interest by asking questions. Get them talking. I find the act of talking and thinking can fire up the engines (roar!). With some hope and luck, this can lead to positive action. But don’t be fake about it and don’t go overboard.

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Health Benefits of Cat Ownership 7.05

                         Health Benefits of Cat Ownership You love your cats for the companionship that they provide. A sympathetic ear, great listening skills, and boundless affection are all great side benefits of cat ownership, but your cat may actually be doing more for you than you think. Recent studies have shown that keeping pets has a positive impact on your health and well being, especially when that pet is a cat.

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What is an Energy Vampire? 8.05

What is an Energy Vampire? Relationships are always an energy exchange. To stay feeling our best, we must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? It's important to be surrounded by supportive, heart-centered people who make us feel safe and secure. It's equally important to pinpoint the energy vampires, who, whether they intend to or not, leech our energy. 

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Talking About Your Problems Can Help 9.05

  Talking About Your Problems Can Help Talking to someone you trust about something upsetting may help you to: Sort through the problem or to see the situation more clearly Look at the problem in a new or different way Release built-up tension. This can help you to gain new insight into the situation that is causing the problem Find out that you are not alone. You may find that many other people share your feelings Identify options or solutions you hadn't thought of before. Don't keep your problems to yourself

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 10.05

       Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Malaika - Miriam Makeba 11.05

  Malaika - Miriam Makeba   Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932. Her mother was a Swazi sangoma (traditional healer-herbalist). Her father, who died when she was six years old, was a Xhosa. When she was eighteen days old, her mother was arrested for selling umqombothi, an African homemade beer distilled from malt and cornmeal. Her mother was sentenced to a six-month prison term, so Miriam spent her first six months of life in jail. As a child, she sang in the choir of the Kilmerton Training Institute' in Pretoria, a primary school that she attended for eight years.

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How to Relax in Stressful Situations 12.05

  How to Relax in Stressful Situations You might not be able to avoid every source of stress in your life, but by learning how to relax in stressful situations, you can lessen the impact they have on your mental and physical well-being. Effective methods of relaxation range from breathing techniques to long-term strategies for a more generally relaxed state of mind. Equip yourself with some techniques for staying calm, and enjoy a more peaceful existence.

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The Dogs Sleeping However They Want 13.05

The Dogs Sleeping However They Want

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The Cats Sleeping 14.05

The Cats Sleeping  

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Most Stunning Caves 15.05

  Most Stunning Caves Tham Lod Cave, Thailand Son Doong Cave, Vietnam Son Doong Cave, Vietnam Batu Caves, Malaysia Naica Mine, Mexico

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Most Beautiful Lakes of The World 17.05

  Most Beautiful Lakes of The World Dal Lake, Kashmir Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Bizarre Animal Friends 18.05

Bizarre Animal Friends

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Photos of Animals Being Transported 19.05

Photos of Animals Being Transported

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Amazing Science 20.05

  Amazing Science   Don’t Try This at Home! Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with Potassium Iodide

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Human Flowers 21.05

Human Flowers Cecelia Webber thought it would be interesting to create flowers out of people that stand in different positions. I say she was wrong. It’s absolutely fascinating that she thought of such a thing and more important it’s incredible what she actually achieved.

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Hands Art 22.05

Hands Art Guido Daniele is not new anymore to the scene. He’s doing this thing for a long time and most of us have seen its works in advertisements. He is also known for his full body paintings, not just hand painting. You should check out his site, he has an impressive amount of pictures.

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The Unusually Phone Booths 23.05

The Unusually Phone Booths        

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Unusual and Creative Bus Stops 24.05

  Unusual and Creative Bus Stops

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The Unworthy King 25.05

The Unworthy King Story about dignity Once upon a time there was a rich, powerful, and intelligent King. But what was most noticeable about him was his arrogance. Such was his pride that he felt no one was a worthy rival with whom to share his favourite pastime, chess. So the King sent a message across the land, stating that he would give a tenth of his fortune to whoever could prove to be worthy of playing against him. In return, if the King considered that person to be unworthy, he would have their head chopped off.

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder 26.05

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, which is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

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Cycle of Evil by Lina Tanase

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Cycle of Evil 27.05

Cycle of Evil Moral Story There was once a king who was so cruel and unjust that his subjects yearned for his death or dethronement. However, one day he surprised them all by announcing that he had decided to turn over a new leaf.

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Never Give Up 28.05

Never Give Up Story This story is about a farmer and his mule. The effectiveness of the story lies in the way it focuses upon adversity and how attitude determines the course of seemingly lost cause. There was this farmer in a tiny village. 

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Paid in Full With one Glass of Milk 29.05

 Paid in Full With one Glass of Milk There was a poor boy named Howard Kelly who was going through some real bad times. He wanted to study but had no monetary support so to make the ends meet he started to sell goods from door to door. This way he could pay his school fee. But selling is a hard job. One fine day, he found he had just one thin dime left and he was hungry as well. 

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Black And White 31.05

Black And White Truely inspiring   When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with a boy in my class. I have forgotten what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day. I was convinced that “I” was right and “he” was wrong – and he was just as convinced that “I” was wrong and “he” was right.

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How to Have an Energetic Day 2.06

How to Have an Energetic Day  How often do you rely on energy drinks for an energy boost throughout the day?

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Here's Why You Yawn 3.06

Here's Why You Yawn n a recent paper published in the Journal of Medical Hypotheses, scientists Gary Hack of the University of Maryland and Andrew Gallup of Princeton University wrote that, during yawning, the sinuses act like bellows to cool off the brain. If you suffer from sinus congestion, you might yawn more.

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Facts And Curiosities About Spain 4.06

Facts And Curiosities About Spain We all know that Spain is a country with sunny days all year long and with lovely people that love to party and have siestas, but if you don’t know much more about this amazing country, here you have some fun facts and curiosities that I gathered to share with you.

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Ten Fun Facts About Chocolate 5.06

Ten Fun Facts About Chocolate

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Interesting Facts About Cats 6.06

Interesting Facts About Cats

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Today, Simona Halep 7.06

Today, Maria Sharapova vs. Simona Halep On paper Halep can absolutely beat Sharapova. To call her a counter-puncher would be a disservice to her game, which is built on intelligent aggression. She hugs the baseline, takes the ball early, and before you know it her opponent is being run ragged from side to side. Her game is subtle, and she opens angles beautifully. At 5-foot-6 she doesn’t have the luxury of pure power, so there’s never that single shot that makes you gasp. What she does have is a keen tennis brain — coaches should be urging their young players to watch her.

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Renuntare vs

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Renuntare vs Resemnare 9.06

Renuntare vs. Resemnare Se spune ca speranta moare ultima… insa cum este atunci cand chiar simti ca a murit si speranta… se cheama renuntare sau resemnare?

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Selfishness- Moral stories 10.06

Selfishness- Moral stories   Don’t be selfish A man set out on along journey, taking his best horse and his donkey. He loaded onto the donkey's back everything he needed for the trip - sacks of food, pots and pans, and blankets to sleep on. The poor donkey could scarcely move. "Please help me carry this load," he whispered to the horse. "I don't think I can manage it all alone." But the horse was very proud and thought the donkey inferior. "My dear fellow," he replied. "You were made to be a beast of burden. The only thing I carry is my master." The donkey struggled on as best he could until one day he gave a little sigh and fell dead on the road. "Most unfortunate," said the man, turning to the horse. "Now you must carry the load. You'll have to carry the donkey's body as well until we find a place to bury it." Too late the horse was sorry for his selfishness. 

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How the Poor Live 11.06

How the Poor Live   One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

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Angel Rescued Sick Girl 12.06

Angel Rescued Sick Girl   True Story This incident happened in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, in September 2008. 14-year-old Chelsea Barton was born five weeks prematurely which resulted in developmental disabilities and serious health problems all her life.

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A Box of Kisses 15.06

A Box of Kisses Some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

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Being Nice to People 16.06

Being Nice to People Being nice is often easier said than done. Getting through the day can be hard enough without having to go out of your way to smile at strangers and say "please" and "thank you." So why do it? Being nice makes people feel good and paves the way to good relationships. If that's not enough, consider that it also helps you get what you want, since people are more inclined to help you if you're nice to them. Read on to learn how to start being nice.

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Friendship and Love 17.06

Friendship and Love  Stories Two friends Once two friends argued, and one of them slapped another. This man felt a pain, but telling nothing and wrote on the sand: — Today my best friend slapped me.

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The Character 18.06

The Character  story A long time ago there was a boy. He was smart, talented and handsome. However, he was very selfish and his temper was so difficult, that nobody wanted to be friends with him. Often he got angry and said various hurtful things to people around him.

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Caring For Others 19.06

Caring For Others  Story There was a farm, where lived farmer John with his wife Molly. They hold pigs, cows and many animals in their farm. Also there lived a little mouse. 

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About Values 20.06

  About Values  Story Many years ago all feeling and emotions have gathered to spent their vacation on a coastal island. Each of them was having a good time, but one day there was announced a warning of a storm and everyone had to leave the island.

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Working Hard 23.06

Working Hard  Story George was a driver and he spend so much time at his work, that he could hardly have a meal together with his wife and three children. In the evenings he attended classes, seeking to get knowledge, that one day would help him to find a better paying job. 

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To Make The People Around You Feel Great 25.06

To Make The People Around You Feel Great We all have a few things in common. We want to be liked, loved, and happy. Some people make us feel valued. Some people make us feel special. But others can make us feel discouraged, unimportant, and small. 

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Benefits to Help Others

Benefits to Help Others   In life, everyone wants to do something that is meaningful that serves a purpose. However, when people do not do anything in life to make them feel worth living, they will put a lot of pressure on themselves which will develop into stress. One of the best methods to fulfill a meaningful purpose is through helping others and the community.

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Benefits of Peas

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Benefits of Peas 24.07

Benefits of Peas Many people think peas are just a poor man’s meat or a cheap restaurant side-dish that puts ‘green’ on your plate.

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Benefits of Eggplant 25.07

 Benefits of Eggplant   Eggplant contains many vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to one's health. Eggplants are not as popular as other vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, and lettuce, but they are nutritious and therefore good for one's health. The nutrients found in eggplants not only promote good health, but also help prevent health problems such as cancer. According to blogger/nutritionist Tracy Vandermark from Nyack College, people should include eggplant in their daily diet, because it provides various health benefits and it is a good source of nasunin, chlorogenic acid, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

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Benefits of Cucumber 25.07

      Benefits of Cucumber Most people are unaware of the immense health benefits of cucumber and would avoid eating cucumber where possible. Fresh cucumber may taste “bland” to some but its thirst-quenching and cooling properties are refreshing. It acts as an anti-oxidant when taken together with fried and barbequed foods.

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Benefits of Cauliflower 26.07

  Benefits of Cauliflower Like the other cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower has medicinal properties that are helpful for the prevention of cancers.

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Benefits of Asparagus

      Benefits of Asparagus Asparagus has an abundance of an amino acid called asparagine, that helps to cleanse the body of waste material. As a result, some people’s urine may have a foul odor after eating asparagus. Don’t worry if this happens to you. Just be glad that your kidneys are getting a good cleansing.

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Benefits of Cabbage 27.07

  Benefits of Cabbage The anti-cancer properties in cabbage makes it a powerfully healing food in combating the much feared disease, cancer. Studies after studies have shown that fresh cabbage juice has been effective in the treatment of a number of cancers and ulceration in the digestive tracts.

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Benefits of Carrot 27.07

Benefits of Carrot Carotenes, the famous ingredient in carrots, is an anti-oxidant that has powerful healing virtues for many diseases. Drinking a glass of carrot juice daily will do much more for you than many bottles of supplement tablets. Here are some disorders that can be helped by drinking carrot juice regularly:

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Benefits of Beets 28.07

Benefits of Beets Beets have long been known for its amazing health benefits for almost every part of the body. And yet, it is something that very few people take, much less its juice.

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Benefits of Radish 28.07

  Benefits of Radish  As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family the radish has high content of anti-oxidants and has been used for centuries for its sedative and depurative properties. Below are some health conditions that can benefit from a regular use of radish juice:

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Benefits of Capsicum (Bell Pepper) 29.07

  Benefits of Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Capsicums have been used for its medicinal values since ancient times but have only recently been documented by medical science. And what research has found are remarkable healing virtues.

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Benefits of Pumpkin 29.07

  Benefits of Pumpkin This bright-colored, gourd-like squash is so rich with nutrients that makes it a very valuable vegetable from the health perspective.

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Onion Benefits 30.07

  Onion Benefits 1. Improves Oral Health   People often think that onions cause bad breath. However, raw onions fight bacteria that can cause tooth decay and improve the strength of your teeth.

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Benefits of Spinach 30.07

  Benefits of Spinach 1. Anti-inflammation and Anti-cancer   There are more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach and these are powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer fighting agents. In fact, researchers have created specialized spinach extract to use in controlled laboratory studies. Medical studies show that spinach intake can potentially decrease the incidence of breast cancer in women. The science of nutria-genomics and epigenetics points more and more to the impressive value of spinach. Furthermore, inflammation plays a detrimental role in causing a variety of disease processes. The flavonoid and carotenoid content have anti-inflammatory substances and are plentiful in the leaves of the spinach plant.

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Benefits of Artichoke 31.07

  Benefits of Artichoke There are ways to cook an artichoke, such as steaming or braising, so that the entire thing, stem and all, can be consumed. However, even eating just the meat of the leaves and the heart will provide benefits.

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Benefits of Avocado 31.07

    Benefits of Avocado Maintain a healthy heart   Avocado contains vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help regulate homocysteine levels. High level of homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Avocado also contains vitamin E, glutathione, and monounsaturated fat, which help in maintaining a healthy heart.

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August ... with love :)

Andrey Kartashov Ukrainian painter Андрей Карташов was born in the city of Uzhgorod, the ancient capital of Transcarpathia, in western Ukraine. The picturesque slopes of the Carpathian mountains, the majestic open spaces, the mossy stones and ancient castles awakened in him a special feeling for the world around him, and that finally led him to the decision to devote his life to art. In 1995, Andrey graduated with honors from the College of Applied Arts of Uzhgorod. His senior project was recognized as the best end-of-study project of the year, and earned him the right to enroll, without entrance examinations, at the Lvov Academy of Arts. However, for Andrey, study at Lvov would not be sufficient; only the best academy for art, that in St. Petersburg, would satisfy his desire for the highest quality instruction possible. Once in St. Petersburg, no longer surrounded by the bright and enchanting natural beauty of Carpathia, Andrey was forced to learn a more difficult skill: to distinguish the various shades of St. Petersburg’s grey. Thank you very much!:)

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Charles H White 3.08

                                                                            Charles H. White   Born in Quebec, Canada in 1943, Charles displayed an early interest in art and by the age of ten had won his first national youth art contest. Selling many of his works while still in his teens, Charles decided to further refine his artistic talents and business skills at Brigham Young University. Charles White's more than forty years of experience in creating works of art are evident in his gardens and landscapes which capture the radiant interplay of light and shadows and infuse nature's beauty with a sense of tranquility and serenity. Each composition is classically crafted with attention to the principles of design, color, value and contrast. His time -consuming technique creates luminous, multi-layered work that welcomes the viewer into a world of tranquil beauty and timeless elegance. Over the years, Charles has enjoyed critical acclaim from both the public and his peers. He has won numerous awards at juried shows and most recently placed in the Top 200 finalists in the 1994 National Arts for the Parks competition. His originals are collected around the globe from New York to Japan and various countries throughout Europe. 

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September ...with love

Stevia A number of studies show that Stevia can be beneficial in the treatment of many health conditions. Stevia is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-glycemic, and anti-hypertensive properties which may help with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, chronic fatigue, indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn, weight loss, cold and flu, gingivitis, tooth decay, cavities, dandruff and hair loss, brittle bones or osteoporosis, streptococcus, candidiasis, bacterial infections and skin conditions such as cuts, wounds, rashes, itchiness, blemishes, acne, seborrhoeic dermatitis, dermatitis, eczema, and wrinkles. It may also improve energy levels, strengthen immune system, stimulate mental activity, and may also help in withdrawl from tobacco and alcohol addiction. DANDRUFF AND HAIR HEALTH Stevia concentrate is believed to be beneficial for dandruff, dry scalp, and dull, dry and thin hair. People have noticed stronger, dandruff-free and rejuvenated hair after the regular use of Stevia. Simply mix 3-4 drops of Stevia concentrate into your regular shampoo and wash as normal. Also, after shampooing, using stevia tea as a conditioner and rinsing it out after 5 minutes can help retain natural hair colour and strength. DIABETES Studies and researches show that Stevia may stabilize blood sugar levels, increase insulin resistance, may even promote insulin production by promoting the pancreas health, discourage glucose absorption in the blood, and inhibit candidiasis - a yeast infection that flourish with sugar. Stevia is a great low carb, low sugar and low calorie sugar alternative and the steviol glycosides are not metabolized by the body and are excreted in the urine without getting accumulated in the body. A Study also suggests that Stevia may inhibit the craving for sweet and oily or fatty foods. Drinking tea made with crushed raw Stevia leaves, or with its extract or tea bags two to three times daily may help with hyperglycemia. To make Stevia tea, heat - not boil one cup of water and let a tea bag or 1teaspoon of its leaves steep in it for 5 -7 minutes. Drink it hot or cold. Or 3-4 drops of Stevia extract can be added to warm or cold cup of water. Also stevia can be used as a natural alternative to any other artificial sweetener being used. GINGIVITIS Study shows that antibacterial properties of Stevia may help with gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay and mouth sores. It may suppress the development and reproduction of infectious organisms in the gums and teeth, inhibit the growth of plaque and may improve overall oral health. People who have used Stevia as a mouthwash has reported significant decrease in gingivitis and other mouth infections. Simply gargling with Stevia mouthwash and brushing with Stevia added toothpaste may be beneficial. To make Stevia mouthwash, add 3-4 drops of Stevia extract in half a cup of lukewarm water or steep half a cup of tea with its leaves or teabag and gargle three to four times daily especially in the morning and at night. For toothpaste, mix 2 drops of Stevia extract to the regular toothpaste. HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION People in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia have been using Stevia tea to soothe upset stomach, heartburn, and to improve indigestion and gastrointestinal function. Drinking Stevia tea after every meal may serve as a digestive aid and relieve heartburn and stomach pain. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) A few longer term studies done over a period of 1 and 2 years show that stevia may lower elevated blood pressure levels. Simply drinking Stevia tea twice daily may help stabilize the blood pressure levels. OSTEOPOROSIS A study performed on chickens shows that by adding Stevia leaf powder to chicken feed it significantly increased calcium metabolism in the chickens and had 75% decreased eggshell breakage. A patent application for possible Osteoporosis treatment with Stevia suggests that stevia may help promote absorption of calcium in the body and help improve bone density. Suggested remedy is to make Alfalfa and stevia tea by steeping Alfalfa herb and Stevia half teaspoon each for 5-7 minutes. Drink it two to three times daily. Adding vitamin D powder to the tea or taking its supplements can be beneficial too. WEIGHT LOSS Recent medical research suggests that low at carbohydrates, calories and sugar Stevia may be beneficial in weight management. One preliminary research suggests that Stevia may interfere with the functions of hypothalamus and may aid weight loss by curbing the hunger sensation. Hypothalamus is a part of the brain which controls hunger, thirst and fatigue along with its other functions. Anti-glycemic activity of Stevia may also control blood glucose levels which is one of the major causes of weight gain. Stevia works as a tonic to increase energy levels in people battling for weight loss. Suggested remedy is to drink one cup of Stevia tea or mix 10-15 drops of Stevia concentrate in one cup of cold or warm water. Drink it 15 minutes before every meal. WRINKLES AND OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS Stevia is believed to be a remarkable healing agent for skin disorders. Its antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic activity may help with wrinkles, skin blemishes, dermatitis, eczema, acne outbreaks, scarring, rashes, itchiness and chapped lips. A small amount of Stevia concentrate applied directly onto the affected skin may promote the healing process. To smooth out the wrinkles, before going to bed, apply a paste made by crushed Stevia leaves or its liquid concentrate evenly all over the face and let it dry for fifteen to twenty minutes. Wash and pat dry your face and apply a few drops of extra virgin coconut oil on the face and leave it on over night to benefit from its antioxidant effects. http://www.homeremediesweb.com/stevia-health-benefits.php Thank you very much!:)

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Linden

Linden Flower In herbal medicine, linden tea is recommended to combat anxiety and promote relaxation. A study published in the July 2008 issue of the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology" found that feeding laboratory animals an extract of linden flowers reduced their anxious behavior when placed in a maze, compared to controls. Another study published in the March 2008 issue of the same journal found that linden extract lengthened the sedation time in animals who received sleep-inducing drugs. It also calmed the animals when administered to them by itself, but these potentially significant effects still need confirmation in studies with human subjects. Colds and Congestion The ability of some linden compounds to cause sweating may have benefits when you have a cold, cough or fever, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Some components of linden flower tea might also help soothe irritated membranes in your mouth or throat that develop during an illness. A study published in the February 2000 issue of "Planta Medica" found that some polysaccharides, or complex sugars, in linden flowers adhere to the type of membrane that lines the mouth and respiratory tract. The authors concluded that linden polysaccharides may soothe these membranes when they become irritated, although this possibility still needs testing in clinical studies. Making the Tea Dried linden flowers in loose form or packed in tea bags are generally available at health-food stores. To make tea, steep a tea bag or about 1 teaspoon of dried flowers in boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes and drink up to three times daily. Linden flower tea is generally considered safe, although a minimum effective dose hasn't been established, and some people may be allergic to the flowers. Don't use linden tea if you're pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have heart disease. Always check with your health care professional before taking linden flower tea. Source : http://www.livestrong.com/article/401394-benefits-of-linden-flower-tea/ Thank you very much!:)

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Sage by Lina Tanase

Sage Growing leaves of garden sage. Nutritious - sage is rich in antioxidants (apigenin, diosmetin, and luteolin) and important nutrients, such as vitamin K. In fact, sage has been considered somewhat of a panacea (solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases) throughout history because of its wide range of uses in cooking and medicine. Treating Alzheimer's disease - taking sage may help improve memory and information processing among people who suffer from mild Alzheimer's disease. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics concluded that S. officinalis may help reduce agitation of patients, but this claim still requires further research.1 Improving memory - A 50 microl dose of sage essential oil significantly improved immediate word recall in a study of more than twenty people published in the journal Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior.2 The study authors wrote "(these results) represent the first systematic evidence that Salvia is capable of acute modulation of cognition in healthy young adults." Anti-inflammatory - researchers at the University of Vienna, Austria published a study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggesting that Salvia officinalis has important anti-inflammatory properties.. The team had been investigating the properties of herbs used in traditional Austrian medicine. Helps diabetes type 2 patients - a team at the Research Institute of Medicinal Plants in Iran found that "Salvia officinalis leaf extract has anti-hyperglycemic and lipid profile improving effects in hyperlipidemic type 2 diabetic patients." In other words, sage is good at lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with diabetes type 2. The study was published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Other potential benefits of sage, which currently lack scientific evidence, include: Alleviating stomach pains Preventing painful periods Treating asthma Treating diarrhea Reducing excessive sweating Source : http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266480.php Thank you very much!:)

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The yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

The yarrow (Achillea millefolium)   The yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a flowering plant native to Asia, Europe and North America. The name Achillea comes from Greek mythology, from Homer's Iliad. The legend says the great warrior Achilles uses yarrow to treat the wounds of his wounded warriors. This actually is the simple truth as the ingredients of this herb have such a health benefits: healing wounds, cuts and bruises. It is also called “plumajillo” in Spanish (little feather) concerning the texture of the leaves but the species name-millefolium is from Latin meaning “thousand leaves”. Health properties The healing properties of the yarrow tea come from the main ingredients: ethereal oils, flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids and bitter compound of the yarrow. The most common use of yarrow is to make a tea or it can be combined with other types of herbs as a mixture. It does not contain any dangerous ingredients,cannot cause a habit and can be used daily to strengthen the appetite and treat variety of disorders of the digestive system.The collective parts of the yarrow are the upper parts, the flowering tops and the leaves. For yarrow oil are used the leaves and branches where the flowers have not blossomed yet. However the most important and the oldest usage of the yarrow is bleeding control: healing wounds, cuts and bruises. The flowering tops are the most potent part and when crushed and rolled in the hands and rubbed on a wound it will promote clotting and loss of blood. It is also very useful for internal bleedings such as lungs and stomach bleedings and severe hemorrhoids. Besides the tea yarrow can be used in form of oil, tincture or bath. The oil is used to treat skin irritations and as sun oil. The tincture is made of yarrow leaves and flowering tops in alcohol (ratio 1:9) and the consumption is a single teaspoon mixed with few drops of water before every meal. The health properties of the yarrow are also helpful in case of: - Cancer of the uterus (daily tea consumption as much as you can handle) - Inflammation of the ovaries, wetting the bed (three baths daily) - Myoma (a long time sitting bath) - Absence of menstruation (morning cup of tea on an empty stomach) - Menopause (regular consumption of tea) - Inflammation of the nerves in the limbs (baths) - Painful rush of blood to the head (tea) - Dizziness, nausea (tea) - Eye diseases with tearing, stabbing pain in the eye (tea) - Nosebleed (tea) - Migraine (Hot tea. Regular use can cause total disappearance of migraine) The yarrow tea also has healing benefits on ulcers especially mixed with St. John`s wort, and when combined with elder flowers, chamomile and peppermint it makes a soothing and tasty remedy for colds with chills and body aches. During cold and flu seasons it is often used to prevent sicknesses or to cause sweating in case of flu and fever. The yarrow tea has a long list of health benefits like stimulating the proper function of the kidneys and digestive glands, increases appetite, relief on stomach cramps and liver problems, helps in case of digestive disorders such as constipation and diarrhea, inflammation of intestinal tract as well as rheumatic pain relief. It is strongly recommended for angina pectoris as the best help with the circulation problems and blood vessels narrowing. The yarrow also has antiseptic action, fighting bacteria and it`s very helpful with allergies with nasal secretion and irritated eyes caused by pollen, dust or molds. Besides all this benefits let`s not forget that the yarrow has been used as a companion plant due to its ability to improve the soil quality and eve rejuvenate dying plants that are grown beside. However, on the top of the list of health benefits of this exceptional herb are its blood clothing properties, healing wound, cuts and bruises. Source : http://alternative4you.com/es/blog-comida/blog-te/94-yarrow-tea-benefits Thank you very much!:)

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Noni Fruit

Noni Fruit If you cruise the aisles of your local health food store, you'll likely find noni supplements lining the shelves. Noni is commonly used for conditions such as diabetes and as a general health tonic. Manufacturers make a wide variety of claims, many of which lack clinical support. But research does indicate possible benefits, particularly for blood sugar and cholesterol management. Noni has the potential to cause side effects and may interact with certain medications, so talk to your doctor before taking noni supplements. A Tale of an Exotic Fruit Noni is a tropical plant native to Polynesia. Its fruit is used to make juice and other preparations, such as capsules, tablets and teas. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warnings to several manufacturers for making unsupported health claims, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Noni does appear to have antioxidant, immune-boosting and tumor-fighting properties, according to the center. The majority of clinical evidence showing the health benefits of noni come from animal studies, however. Lowers Cholesterol Having an abnormal level of lipids in your blood is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Because smoking cigarettes can lead to high cholesterol from oxidative stress, researchers conducted a study to examine the effects of noni. The study involved 132 participants described as heavy smokers. Participants drank noni juice or a placebo for a month. The results showed that drinking 29 to 188 milliliters of noni juice significantly reduced total cholesterol and increased levels of high-density lipoprotein -- a good form of cholesterol. Noni also reduced low-density lipoprotein -- a bad form of cholesterol. The results were published in the 2012 edition of "The Scientific World Journal." Lowers Blood Sugar Animal studies have yielded promising results in the area of blood glucose control. Researchers at the University of the West Indies conducted one such study and found that noni possesses blood sugar-lowering properties. The study involved giving noni or diabetic drugs to diabetic rats for 20 days to study the effects on blood sugar. The study found that noni was similarly effective as diabetic drugs at lowering blood sugar. The results were published in the October 2010 issue of the journal "Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine." Source : http://www.livestrong.com/article/19315-health-benefits-noni-fruit/ Thank you very much!:)

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Celandine

Celandine  Celandine (Chelidonium majus) is a herbaceous, perennial herb, found on plains but also in mountainous areas at maximum altitudes of 800 to 1000 meters. It grows on soft, sometimes even sandy soils, in shaded places in forests, bushes or gardens, while developing itself in a ramified fashion and reaching heights of 30-100 cm. Its flowers are yellow and they blossom in the period between May and fall. Its leaves are serrated, similar to oak leaves. All parts of the plant contain latex, a milky, yellowish-orange colored substance that has a bitter taste, which gets darker in color when being in contact with air. The plant is of European origin, (it was discovered near the Mediterranean region). Despite that, however, it has spread out easily to other areas of the world. Properties and benefits of Celandine    Celandine contains alkaloids like chelidonine, homo-chelidonine, oxy-chelidonine, methoxy-chelidonine, sanguinarine, coptisine, protopine, alocryptopine, in a percentage of about 0.2 - 0.5% depending on the part of the plant and on the time of harvesting. It also contains smaller quantities of baberine and sparteine, vitamin C (especially the leaves), resins, essential oils and mineral salts. Chelidonine and homo-chelidonine act in a similar way as morphine, sedative and narcotic on the superior nervous centers. At the same time, they also have a slight stimulating action upon respiration. Chelidonine is also responsible for anti-spastic action that the herb triggers. Sanguinarine from celandine has a stimulating effect on the medullary centers, and it even presents anti-tumoral effects of a colchinic type while the cheleritrine has the property to reduce the arterial pressure and to stimulate intestinal peristalting and the contractions of the uterus.  Apart from the described properties, celandine extracts have a remarkable antibiotic effect on many pathogenic germs. Other actions: calming, anti-septic and anti-spastic. Source:http://www.liveandfeel.com/articles/health-benefits-of-celandine-1686 Thank you very much!:)

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Belladonna

Belladonna Belladonna leaves and root are used entirely for medicinal utility and henceforth belladonna phrase will mean belladonna leaves or root only now onwards. The berries and fruits of belladonna plant are highly toxic. As an antispasmodic agent: Belladonna relaxes the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract and hence gives relief to patients suffering from asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. It also has a depressant action on the intestinal tract so slows down the peristaltic movement produced during usage of strong purgatives. This also benefits in reducing the spasms arousing during the intestinal gripping.  Ophthalmologists use homatropine, a replacement of atropine for dilating the pupil of eye for diagnostic property. Atropine present in belladonna is used to suppress vomiting and hence used as an anti-emetic. Atropine obtained from belladonna is combined with opium and compounded as powder or tincture or suppository form to treat diarrhoea and other forms of visceral pain. Hydrobromide salt form of hyoscyamine was formerly used in pain-killer called ‘twilight-sleep’ during child-birth. As a sedative or local anaesthetic effect: Because of its sedative action on the central nervous system, Belladonna is famously used for treating excitability, in shocks including those of aerial bombardments, motion sickness specifically of air and sea. Its sedative action is so strong that it is used as a ‘truth serum’ for getting information from war prisoners.Belladonna The local anaesthetic effect and the anodyne effect of belladonna are employed in liniment and plaster of belladonna to treat the peripheral pains, skin and joint pain concerned with rheumatism.   As an anticholinergic / parasympatholytic agent: Belladonna blocks the secretions like those of salivary glands, gastrointestinal system as well as sweat glands. So it is used for treating hyperacidity, ulcer or any mucosal inflammation of the gastro-enteric lining.  It is also used to check the profuse perspiration of patients suffering from tuberculosis. Miscellaneous health benefits and usage of Belladonna: Belladonna is used as an antidote to treat poisoning by physostigmine and organophosphorous esters that are used in preparing insecticides. It is also used as an antidote in opium and chloral hydrate poisoning. Apart from the entire herb use, belladonna roots are specifically used in treatment for Parkinsonism because the roots contain belladonine, which is not present in leaves. Leaf and root are used for medicinal purpose. Internal preparations of belladonna as sedative or secretion checker involve leaves whereas preparations of roots are used for external purpose. For centuries, belladonna is traditionally used for conditions like headache, inflammation, peptic ulcer, menstrual symptoms and motion sickness. It is also used as a recreational drug because of its hallucinogenic and delirium effects but this sort of use brings dangerous risk of fatal damage including memory disruption. Other Probable health uses of Belladonna Insufficient evidence is also reported for use of belladonna in treating hay-fever, hemorrhoids, colds, spasm reliever in stomach & bile-ducts and nerve problems. It is yet to study the effectiveness of belladonna in arthritis-like pain and colic-like pain. It is still undergoing research in its use for treating irritable bowel syndrome and acute enterocolitis as an adjuvant therapy. Source :http://www.theresearchpedia.com/health/health-benefits-of-herbs/what-is-belladonna-and-its-health-benefits Thank you very much!:)

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Ginseng by Lina Tanase

Ginseng   The gnarly root of the ginseng plant has been used as a medicine in China for over 5,000 years. It is known as an `adaptogen`i.e, it increases the body`s ability to adapt to stress and changing situations. The root is usually chewed or brewed as tea. It is also available as tablet, capsule and liquid extract. Ginseng is found only in the Northern Hemisphere. Two of the most common species are the American ginseng and the Asian ginseng or red ginseng, Panax ginseng, Korean ginseng. Here are some of the benefits of ginseng: Ginseng Stress reliever: Ginseng is known to reduce the levels of stress and acts as a stimulant. It also regulates metabolism and increases energy levels.  Anti-aging benefit: Ginseng helps slow the signs of aging as it is a significant source of antioxidants which halt the formation of free radicals and another anti-aging substance called maltol. Mental stimulant: Ginseng tea helps stimulate brain cells thereby improving concentration, thinking ability and memory. Aids in erectile dysfunction: Ginseng acts as a potent aphrodisiac and is believe to help those men with erectile dysfunction. Helps control weight: Ginseng tea is a natural appetite suppressant and helps in fighting obesity. Blood sugar control: Studies show that ginseng may help diabetics to control blood sugar levels as it creates sugar-lowering effects in fasting and after-meal blood sugar levels. Menstrual problems: American ginseng tea helps reduce the pain of menstrual cramps. Precaution: However, like all health supplements, it must be used under medical supervision as it can cause allergy, headaches, gastrointestinal and sleep problems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who are under medication should avoid using ginseng. Source:  http://zeenews.india.com Thank you very much!:)

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Fennel

Fennel The high concentration of essential oils in fennel gives it the aromatic fragrant and flavor.  The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in fennel make it very useful in relieving many common ailments: Anemia:  Since fennel is rich in iron and histidine, it serves as a good natural remedy for anemia. The production of hemoglobin is increased as a result of the consumption of food containing iron. Breast milk, secretion:  Lactating mothers can consume fennel juice regularly to increase the secretion of nutritious milk for their infants. Cancer:  The high content of vitamin C, flavonoids and essential oils in fennel bulb all provide synergistic healing properties for the prevention of cancer. Colic:  Colic happens because of an imbalanced intestinal flora.  The essential oils found in fennel are useful for rebalancing the flora for remedy of renal colic. Constipation:  The roughage in fennel seeds act as a stimulant in the clearance of bowels.  By taking fennel juice regularly, it helps to rebalance the digestive tract, thus promotes regular bowel movement. Diarrhea:  The essential oils in fennel like Cineole and Anethole help to remedy diarrhea. By taking fennel juice regularly, it helps to rebalance the digestive tract, thus promotes a healthy bowel movement. Diuretic:  The diuretic property of fennel helps in the removal of toxic substances from the body through frequent urination. Thus, it helps to reduce inflammation that causes rheumatism and swelling. Flatulence:  Excessive flatulence happens due to the highly imbalanced intestinal flora in the digestive tract.  Fennel has the capability to reduce the bad bacteria while increasing the good bacteria that help rebalance the digestive flora. Hair health:  The sulphur content together with all the right amino acids and essential oils in fennel help strengthen hair and reduce hair fall. High blood pressure:  The high potassium content in fennel helps reduce high blood pressure and thus decreasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. Indigestion:  The essential oils in fennel increases the secretion of digestive juices, helping in reduction of stomach inflammation and in the absorption of nutrients from the food eaten. Since fennel also has anti-acidic qualities, it is used widely also as an antacid. Menstruation disorders:  As fennel is an emmenagogue, it helps regulate the hormonal action in the female body, easing menstruation flow. Vision health:  Fennel has unique properties that can help protect from eyes inflammation, as well as with other eye disorders which are directly or indirectly connected to muscular degeneration and aging.  Due to the anti-oxidants and the necessary amino acids in fennel, they help rejuvenate and prevent aging. The juice of fennel leaves when externally applied on the eyes may help reduce eye irritations and fatigue. Source :  http://juicing-for-health.com/basic-nutrition/healing-vegetables/health-benefits-of-fennel.html Thank you very much!:)

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Sea Buckthorn by Lina Tanase

Sea Buckthorn Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a super fruit full of all the Omegas – 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7, as well as a host of antioxidants and other healing nutrients. It has been used to heal psoriasis and make skin glow, boost immunity, slow aging, and lower cholesterol, but it also has numerous other qualities that make it a superior source of vitamins and minerals we all need. Read below to learn about the various health benefits of sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn has been used in China for more than 12 centuries to heal various disorders and is used in modern times by allopathic and Ayurvedic practitioners alike. Legend has it that even Genghis Khan, the Mongol conqueror, used Sea Buckthorn to propel the fight against his enemies. The fruit grows primarily high in the Himalayan Mountains (Spiti Valley), which makes it particularly hearty. It is even called “Holy Fruit’ among the locals there. It is here, under the conditions of high altitude, exposure to extremely strong ultra violet radiation due to its proximity to the sun, and reflected light from heavy snows, severe cold, scorching heat, and dry, ‘barren’ soil, that this plant becomes a ‘super’ food. It is extremely life-giving and enhances both health and beauty. Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Sea buckthorn has multiple uses due to its protein building amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. The fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids, too. Its an absolute power house of nutrients! The leaves, berries and roots can all be used in different forms. It is a complete food that can support the body in all the following ways: Treats gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers Reverses gout Eliminates skin rashes Cures infections Improves sight, lessens eye soreness Promotes colon health Contributes to proper brain and nervous system functioning Reduces inflammatory response in the body Improves mental clarity Treats asthmatic symptoms Reduces skin markings associated with measles or mumps Reduces illness associated with cancer Lowers cholesterol Boosts lymphatic circulation and immunity Reduces hunger (due to Omega 7s) Improves the look of skin and hair (also due to Omega 7, 3, 6, and 9s) Neutralizes free radicals in the body Slows the aging process Supports internal organs Boost health of the mucous membranes lining the digestive and respiratory tracts Supports urogential system Reduces the condition of a fatty liver Helps to increase cellular vitality Source: http://beforeitsnews.com/health Thank you very much!:)

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Hibiscus by Lina Tanase

Hibiscus Hibiscus is from the mallow family, a flower plant. Hibiscus grows in tropical warm regions of the world. Red Hibiscus tea has hitted the health scene lately, although it has been used as a medicine long times traditionally. Red Hibiscus tea is often made from the hibiscus sabdariffa flower. Promote a healthful heart. Study by USDA in 2008 shows that Hibiscus tea or extract lowers blood pressure. Test was done the way that other people used the real deal hibiscus and others placebo, and only the hibiscus user group got these results. Contains a huge number of antioxidants which helps to fight against cell-damaging free radicals. Used as a aid and cure on cough, hair loss and hair greying. For this hair treatment you must get hibiscus oil and then rub it in the head. There is also hibiscus shampoos and conditioners for this. Helps maintain healthy body temperatures. Egyptian Pharaohs has been said to drink hibiscus tea to stay ‘cool’. Boosts the effectiveness of vitamin C absorbtion. Hibiscus also contains a lot vitamin C and minerals. Promotes cardiac and nervous system health. Traditional cure for nervous restlessness and in occasional difficulty of sleeping. Aids in weight control challenges. Helps support memory and concentration. Supports and boosts the immune system. Hibiscus tee may lower cholesterol. Source : http://www.lifetwink.com/ Thank you very much!:)

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Peppermint by Lina Tanase

Peppermint  Peppermint or mint tea is a favorite flavor for many regular tea drinkers. It is commonly associated with providing a cozy treat during warm weather. In addition to being quite flavorful there are also many benefits to drinking peppermint tea. Understanding these health benefits can help you take better advantage of peppermint tea so you can improve your health. 1. Relieve Stomach Problems Peppermint is considered a stomach healer that can assist with irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, stomach aches, diarrhea or constipation. People often find it easier to consume peppermint tea because it does not contain sugar like peppermint candies that may further irritate the stomach. 2. Aid Digestion Peppermint acts as a cooling carminative that helps to relieve pain in the digestive tract by helping gas to move through your stomach and intestines after you have eaten. In many cultures peppermint will be served after you have eaten to promote bile flow so your body will digest food more easily. 3. Relieve Nausea, Fever and Cough Herbalists claim that peppermint leaves can create a tea that will help to keep nausea at bay and remedy a “jumpy” or queasy stomach that many people feel when travelling in a car, airplane or boat. The antispasmodic qualities of peppermint can help to prevent vomiting that often comes with nausea or stomach aches in these conditions. The analgesic properties of the tea can help to calm and relax the stomach and intestinal muscles that can help to get rid of irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea or stomach cramps. 4. Boost Immune System Many people consume peppermint tea when they are suffering from the cold or flu because it is full of calcium, vitamin B and potassium that can give the immune system a boost. Some claim that sipping peppermint tea can help keep mild asthma cases under controls, though medical professionals doubt this information. These ingredients can help to relieve the symptoms of your illness and prevent you from getting ill in the future. 5. Reduce Bad Breath Those with bad breath can sip peppermint tea to help encourage a more pleasant smell. Drinking peppermint tea on a regular basis is claimed to help to permanently rid you of bad breath symptoms that can be uncomfortable or embarrassing, but the science behind these claims is somewhat debatable. 6. Relieve Stress The taste and smell of peppermint are known to help relieve stress. Drinking peppermint tea is found to help people sleep more easily at night because of these stress-relieving properties. Some believe that this stress relief that comes with sipping peppermint tea is linked to the immune system boost that this beverage provides. 7. Other Benefits Some claim that peppermint tea can suppress the appetite, which is helpful for those that are trying to lose weight. Others think that giving a baby peppermint tea to sip on can help to manage colic. Still others have found that drinking peppermint tea can help reduce the discomfort that is associated with headaches or migraines. Source : http://www.newhealthguide.org/Benefits-Of-Peppermint-Tea.html Thank you very much!:)

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Rose Hip

Rose Hip Although research on the health effects of rose hip is fairly limited, there's some evidence that rose hip may offer certain benefits. Here's a look at several key study findings: 1) Arthritis A number of studies suggest that rose hip may help treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis . In a 2005 study in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, researchers found that rose hip may offer osteoarthritis relief. For the study, 94 patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee were treated with either rose hip or a placebo for a three-month period. By the study's end, members of the rose hip group had experienced a significantly greater decrease in pain and in use of pain medication than those in the placebo group. Meanwhile, a 2010 study in Phytomedicine found that rheumatoid arthritis patients may benefit from adding rose hip powder to their standard care. The study involved 89 rheumatoid arthritis patients, each of whom was treated with either rose hip supplements or a placebo for six months. Members of the rose hip group ended up showing greater improvements in certain measures of physical functioning, although there was not a significant difference in pain levels between the two groups. 2) Heart Disease Rose hip may help prevent heart disease in obese people, according to a small study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For the study, 31 obese people consumed a drink containing either rose hip powder or a placebo every day for six weeks. By the study's end, members of the rose hip group showed greater improvements in a number of heart disease risk factors (such as elevated systolic blood pressure and high cholesterol ) compared to those in the placebo group. However, other risk factors (such as elevated diastolic blood pressure and increased levels of inflammation) did not differ between the two groups. 3) Diabetes Preliminary research indicates that rose hip may help fight diabetes. In a 2011 study in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, scientists found that 20 weeks of treatment with powdered rose hip helped prevent the development of diabetes in mice fed a high-fat diet. Rose hip also appeared to help regulate blood sugar levels and keep cholesterol in check. However, it's too soon to tell whether rose hip might be able to help prevent diabetes in humans. Source:http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/Rose-Hip.htm Thank you very much!:)

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Alfalfa

Alfalfa Alfalfa is a plant which sends its roots down twenty to thirty feet into the ground and brings up the minerals that are not available on the surface. For this reason, the Arabic word Alfalfa means "father of plants". Alfalfa is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that play a vital role in the strength and growth of our bones and in the maintenance of a healthy body. It contains protein and vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It also contains calcium, potassium, carotene, iron, and zinc. It can be taken in the form of seeds, leaves or tablets. What are the Benefits of Alfalfa? Alfalfa has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century to treat several health conditions. It is considered the richest land source of trace minerals. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients Alfalfa makes an amazing herbal remedy. Its specific benefits include: Curing kidney problems, and relieving fluid retention and swelling. Curing auto-immune disorder. Healing arthritis. Nourishing the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary system. Cleansing the blood, liver and bowel. Lowering cholesterol levels. Preventing strokes. Healing whooping cough. Uses of Alfalfa HOME REMEDY FOR ARTHRITIS Since alfalfa is very rich in minerals needed for the formation and strengthening of bones, a tea made from alfalfa (especially from its seeds) has shown beneficial results in the treatment of arthritis. HOME REMEDY FOR DIABETES Alfalfa is known to reduce blood sugar levels, and is therefore considered a natural treatment for diabetes. REMEDY FOR KIDNEY STONES Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc are proven to help dissolve kidney stones. You can find these vitamins and minerals in Alfalfa powder and Alfalfa sprouts. NATURAL TREATMENT FOR HAIR LOSS AND BALDING The juice of alfalfa, in combination with equal amounts of carrot and lettuce juice, taken daily, assists in the growth of hair to an amazing extent. The combination of these juices is rich in elements which are especially helpful for the growth of hair and the prevention of hair loss. Source : http://www.homeremediesweb.com/alfalfa_health_benefits.php Thank you very much!:)

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Lemon balm

Lemon balm Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is an herb often used to treat anxiety and stress. A member of the mint family, lemon balm contains terpenes (chemicals thought to produce a relaxing effect). Uses for Lemon Balm Common health claims for lemon balm include the treatment and/or prevention of these conditions: anxiety insomnia cold sores genital herpes indigestion heartburn Benefits of Lemon Balm To date, few scientific studies have focused on the health effects of lemon balm. However, findings from available research suggest that the herb shows promise in treatment of the following: 1) Cold Sores Shown to possess antiviral properties, lemon balm has been found to promote the healing of cold sores (small, painful blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus-1) in several studies. In treatment of cold sores, lemon balm is typically applied topically (in the form of a cream or ointment). Preliminary research indicates that topical application of lemon balm may also be useful in treatment of genital herpes (a condition caused by the herpes simplex virus-2). 2) Alzheimer's Disease Lemon balm may benefit people with Alzheimer's disease, according to a 2003 study. For four months, 42 older adults with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease took a daily dose of lemon balm or a placebo. At the end of the treatment period, those taking lemon balm showed a significantly better outcome on cognitive function. In addition, agitation (a problem prevalent among Alzheimer's patients) was found to be less common in the lemon balm group. 3) Anxiety In a 2006 study of 24 healthy volunteers, scientists discovered that taking a combination of lemon balm and valerian helped reduce participants' anxiety levels during a stress-inducing lab experiment. 4) Insomnia In a research review published in 2005, investigators found that lemon balm "may have some effect on sleep" but cautioned that "reports are too scanty to form any opinion about this." Learn about other natural sleep aids. How to Use Lemon Balm Although lemon balm is generally considered safe, the herb may interact with sedatives and thyroid medications. Given the lack of scientific support for lemon balm's health effects, it's important to consult your physician before using this herb in treatment of any health condition. Lemon Balm Tea Available in capsule and tincture form, lemon balm can also be consumed as a tea. When brewing lemon balm tea, make sure to keep the teapot or cup covered at all times in order to hold in the steam (thought to contain the herb's therapeutic aromatic oils). Source: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsherbalmedicine/a/lemonbalmtea.htm Thank you very much!:)

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St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort St. John's wort is best known as a natural remedy for mild to moderate depression, but it is also being studied for other conditions. 1) Depression Numerous studies in Europe, and more recently in the United States, have found that St. John’s wort is more effective than a placebo and as effective as tricyclic antidepressants for the short-term treatment (1 to 3 months) of mild to moderate depression. It appears to cause fewer side effects than many antidepressants, which is one of the main reasons it has become so popular. At least two recent studies, however, didn’t find St. John’s wort to be more effective than a placebo for major depression. Some experts consider the studies to be flawed, due to inadequate dosages and an insufficient number of participants, which led to unusual results. For example, in one of the studies, the prescription antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft) had no effect on major depression. Another study found that St. John's wort was more effective than fluoxetine (Prozac) but not a placebo. The evidence for St. John's wort for major depression remains unclear. Until we have evidence that it works for severe depression, it should not be used as a substitute for proven treatments. A study involving 150 people with minor depression or dysthymia found that St. John's wort was effective for minor depression (Hamilton Depression Scale score of up to 17), but that it wasn’t effective for people with dysthymia. Learn about 8 depression remedies. 2) Anxiety St. John's wort is also being studied as an anxiety remedy because, in some studies on depression, people taking St. John's wort also reported an improvement in anxiety. More research is needed. Find out about other natural remedies for anxiety. 3) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) St. John’s wort has also been suggested as a possible treatment for OCD because the same medications (antidepressants) are often used for OCD, and because of promising results from a preliminary study. A later study on St. John's wort, however, didn’t find it more effective than a placebo for OCD. 4) Skin Conditions Oil of St. John's wort, applied to the skin, was a folk remedy for skin injuries, nerve pain, burns and hemorrhoids. Although the oil is sold in some herbal stores, creams are also available. Some are standardized to hypericin or hyperforin, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. St. John's wort also contains tannins, naturally occurring compounds thought to relieve skin irritations, such as those resulting from minor cuts. 5) Ear Pain Some alternative practitioners recommend St. John's wort for ear pain due to an ear infection (otitis media). In one study of more than 100 children, a combination herbal ear drop that contained St. John's wort, garlic, calendula and mullein was found to be as effective as conventional ear drops. 6) Smoking Cessation St. John's wort is being explored for smoking cessation. Although it is promising, well-designed studies are needed. For other remedies for smoking cessation, read my Natural Remedies to Quit Smoking. Other Conditions St. John's wort has also been explored for conditions that can have psychological symptoms, such as insomnia, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, seasonal affective disorder and attention deficit disorder. Further studies are needed before recommendations can be made. Source : http://altmedicine.about.com/od/stjohnswort/a/stjohnswort.htm Thank you very much!:)

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Valerian

Valerian Members of the genus Valeriana are perennial herbs widely distributed in the temperate regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. Of the approximately 200 known species, the Eurasian V. officinalis is the species most often cultivated for medicinal use. The dried rhizome has a distinctive, unpleasant odor. The hollow stemmed plant can grow up to 2 m and is branched at the terminal end with opposite leaves and small white or pink flowers. Fruits are oblong, 4-ridged, and single seeded. Despite its odor, valerian was considered a perfume in 16th century Europe. The tincture has been used for its sedative properties for centuries. It is still widely used in France, Germany, and Switzerland as a sleep aid The Top 5 Health benefits of Valerian: 1. Valerian eases menstrual cramps. 2. It eases stomach cramps. 3. Valerian has a mild calming effect which is most effective for people who have trouble falling asleep. As a sleep aid, valerian is most effective if taken shortly before bedtime. 4. The valerian herb benefits people who wake up during the night. Some studies show that the herb may provide quick relief for poor sleep. But, it may take two to four weeks of daily use to bring improved sleep for people with serious insomnia. 5. The Valerian herb when taken three times or more during the day, including taking it before bedtime, relieves anxiety. Source :http://www.newsmax.com Thank you very much!:)

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Valerian by Lina Tanase

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Goldenrod

Goldenrod Goldenrod is noted for the ability to heal respiratory tract conditions; amazing for ‘upper’ infectious conditions and for the coughs + colds of lower tract conditions. As an anti-allergy herb, we often include Goldenrod in an ‘anti-allergy’ formula, especially in autumn. It is an amazing healer for skin or epithelial issues:bites, stings, cuts and other skin conditions, as well as internally for inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract (e.g. ulcers, colitis, diverticulitis) Goldenrod is renowned for healing urinary tract conditions. It facilitates detoxification throughout the urinary tract. It is excellent for prostate inflammation and for the ability to help with the elimination of uric acid. It is a helpful pain reliever, in these cases. Goldenrod contains chemicals that increase urine flow and have anti-swelling (anti-inflammatory) effects. Goldenrod is an excellent lymphatic and depurative. It detoxes primarily through both urinary + lymphatic systems. As a detoxifying herb, as well as an anti-inflammatory, it can be very helpful in cases of gout, arthritis & joint pain. It is used for both chronic + acute inflammation of lymph nodes as well as edema. It is also a mild bitter and cholagogue so is extremely supportive for liver health. Goldenrod is a very good diaphoretic ~ supports good peripheral circulation. as well as excellent vascular tonic (which supports heart health and cardiovascular system health) GOLDENROD Primary Properties: Antiallergenic Anticatarrhal antifungal anti-inflammatory antiulcerogenic aperient astringent depurative diaphoretic diuretic expectorant (secretolytic) hemostatic/styptic lymphatic prostate tonic urinary tonic vascular tonic vasodilator vulnerary Source: http://studiobotanica.com/gorgeous-goldenrod-health-benefits/ Thank you very much!:)

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Gentian flower

Gentian flower Gentian flower: medical uses The substance found in gentian flower is full of antiseptic properties and can be used as a very effective home treatment for yeast infections. The substance has been used for curing such infections long before the occurrence of modern antibiotics and topical antifungal medication.  This infection called thrush affects the mouth of infants and can also trigger nipple pain for the mother if the baby is infected. In this case, both the mother and the baby need to receive careful treatment. Even though current practitioners prescribe all sorts of antibiotics for these infections, there are some who recommend this over the counter topical treatment. As previously mentioned, there is little research data concerning gentian flower. Thus, it is advisable to discuss with a physician before using such natural remedies so as to know exactly the appropriate dosage. According to Dr. William Sears, a well-known pediatrician, gentian flower is indeed messy, but a beneficial remedy with effective results. The infection located inside the baby’s mouth shouldn’t be treated shallowly because it rapidly spreads to the mother’s nipples and can cause her nipple and breast pain. The so-called oral use of gentian flower doesn’t entail the ingestion of the dye. There are certain misconceptions regarding those purple stains around an infant’s mouth and some people consider that practitioners apply the substance directly to the baby’s white patches. In fact, the usual treatment consists of applying a small amount of the gentian substance on a cotton swab and then rubbing the swab gently on the nipples before breastfeeding. This way, both mother and baby receive proper treatment. Gentian flower is actually a dye and can sometimes be really messy. It can be washed out, but most of the time it can cause stains to your clothing. The affected area that is treated will briefly turn purple, but the colour will shortly disappear after the treatment. To reduce the staining, you can apply beforehand on your baby’s face a thin layer of olive oil to the lips and cheeks. Babies should also be undressed so as to prevent the shirts from being stained.  Source : http://www.liveandfeel.com/articles/gentian-flower-to-treat-yeast-infections-3100 Thank you very much!:)

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Passionflower

Passionflower Passion flower herb is a gentle sedative and tranquilizer. It relaxes twitching and muscle tension without impacting respiratory rate or psychological function the way  many pharmaceutical sedatives do, thus making it a powerful herbal treatment. Its balancing healing powers come from the plant’s alkaloids and bioflavonoids, unique compounds that interact positively with the body’s own methods to replace mental and physical wellness and equilibrium. Due to this there are 6 benefits of passion flower that I will be discussing below. Discover how harvesting and making use of the whole aboveground portion of the plant – stalk, leaf, and bloom – provides relief for those in need. 1) Helps With Sleeping Arguably the most common medicinal usage of passionflower tea or extracts would be to help alleviate insomnia, which is the persistent inability to fall asleep or remain asleep through the evening. More particularly, recent researchers have concluded that their findings imply low dose usage of passionflower tea yields short term subjective sleep benefits for adults with sleep issues. 2) Eases Pain Due to the antispasmodic and sedative effects, physical pain is also relieved by passion flower in a myriad of ways. Try it for premenstrual cramps or to lessen headache pain. It could also alleviate muscle discomfort and toothaches. The popular book, “The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants” suggests passionflower notably for pain which causes difficulty falling asleep. 3) Helps With Stress and Anxiety Passionflower is also generally used to fight nervousness, anxiety, and pressure. Furthermore, unlike the commonly prescribed drug oxazepam, passionflower doesn’t cause drowsiness or deterioration of work performance the next day. Investigators have concluded that passionflower is powerful for the direction of generalized anxiety disorder, but large scale trials are required before specific recommendations can be made. Source:http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/the-top-6-benefits-of-passion-flower/ Thank you very much!:)

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Coneflower

Coneflower Coneflower seeds come from the coneflower plant, native to North America and belonging to the sunflower family. There are 9 different species of coneflower, but the most popular one is purple coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea). It grows up to 1 meter tall, with long-lasting daisy-like flowers, cone-shaped, protruding centers and hairy, herbaceous leaves. Coneflower seeds need to be harvested late in the fall and then they are used in the preparation of teas, tinctures, tablets and other coneflower based supplements. Coneflower seeds are used as a natural remedy. Native Americans used them to prepare teas, poultices and tinctures that could treat infections, cold and even snake bites. If you want to prepare some coneflower seed tea, just put some coneflower seeds into 250 ml of boiling water, let it simmer for 10 minutes and then enjoy. You can also benefit from the coneflower seed curative properties from various tablets, sprays and supplements in herbal stores.  Colds Coneflower seeds have anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, coneflower based products can treat and prevent colds that may be accompanied by respiratory conditions, coughs and runny nose. Infections and viruses Coneflower has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, being able to help the body fight against bacteria and viruses that cause infections. Coneflower can increase the white blood cell count and boost the immune system, improving its ability to fight against harmful agents. Skin problems Coneflower seeds, flowers and root have proved to be very effective in treating acne and other skin conditions (such as herpes) because they could sooth the skin, decrease inflammation and eliminate bacteria within the skin tissue. Coneflower seeds have numerous health benefits. Enjoy a coneflower seed tea and keep yourself healthy! Source :  http://www.liveandfeel.com/articles/coneflower-seeds-are-a-good-remedy-for-herpes-3083 Thank you very much!:)

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Coneflower by Lina Tanase

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Chicory by Lina Tanase

Chicory Heart Disease: Inulin is not only beneficial for the digestive system, it has also been shown to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the body. This LDL cholesterol is one of the main causes behind atherosclerosis and high blood pressure, because it somewhat blocks the flow of blood when it binds to arteries and veins. It can also contribute to the possibility of heart attacks and strokes. Interestingly enough, the chemical pathway that inulin functions in to reduce the presence of LDL cholesterol is rarely active unless a person consumes a high level of carbohydrates, so this benefit has s slightly smaller range of affect. However, more research is currently being done on how chicory can help heart health in other ways. Chicory is also packed with plant phenols, which have been widely studied as anti-thrombotic and anti-arrhythmic agents. They are considered antioxidants, and studies have shown that chicory-based coffee rather than normal coffee can significantly improve the balance of blood and plasma in the body, which reduces chances of cardiovascular disease. Cancer Prevention: Although research is still ongoing in terms of the exact mechanism of prevention, chicory extract has been linked to a reduction in tumor growth in various cancer studies. Early reports indicate that it is due to the fructans within chicory, which have anti-tumor qualities and antioxidant properties. The polyphenols and phytochemicals within chicory also have a positive effect on preventing cancer of various types, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Reduce Arthritis Pain: Chicory has traditionally been used as a treatment for arthritis, and studies have shown chicory to have significant anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it works to reduce the pain from conditions like osteoarthritis. In a 2010 study, 70% of test subjects who received the chicory treatment reported a noticeable improvement in the pain associated with their osteoarthritic condition. Chicory can also be used as a general anti-inflammatory agent for aches, muscle pains, and joint soreness for this same reason. Weight Loss: Chicory is a good source of oligofructose, and inulin itself is a form of natural dietary fiber, and these help in the management of weight and attempts at weight loss. These both aid in the regulation of ghrelin, which is an amino acid primarily associated with feelings of hunger and food-seeking behavior. By reducing the amount of the ghrelin hormone, chicory can reduce the chances of overeating and promote satiety, or the feeling of fullness. This can help in weight loss efforts! Constipation: Once again, inulin’s role as a natural fiber comes as a major benefit to chicory eaters! The fiber helps to bulk up bowel movements, promote peristaltic motions, and the secretion of gastric juices. Basically, that means that digestion as a whole is improved, and constipation is greatly reduced. By maintaining a smooth and regulated digestive process, people can reduce the chances of a number of gastrointestinal conditions and diseases, including stomach and colon cancer! Immune System: Chicory has a number of helpful qualities that make it a powerful booster for your immune system. It displays clear antibacterial effects on a number of dangerous strains of bacteria, and we have already mentioned the benefits of the polyphenolic compounds in chicory in terms of the immune system. There are also phytochemicals in chicory that act as antioxidants, further sweeping out free radicals from the blood stream, which reduces the chances of contracting a number of diseases or conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Anxiety and Stress: Chicory has sedative qualities that can reduce anxiety and soothe the mind, thereby relieving stress and the dangerous effects it can have on the body. Chicory root extract can also be used as a sleep aid due to this sedative quality, and is much healthier than many of the sleeping pills on the conventional market. relieving stress and anxiety can also help reduce your chances of heart disease, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, cognitive decline, and premature aging. Kidney Health: Chicory root extract is often used as a diuretic, which increases the amount of urination. Consistent and healthy frequency of urination can help to eliminate toxins that the body stores in the liver and kidneys, and preventing the dangerous conditions that can occur when toxins are allowed to remain in the body. Also, frequent urination can eliminate excess water weight, and even reduce fat, since 4% of urine is usually fat deposits that would otherwise be stored somewhere else in the body! Source : https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-chicory.html Thank you very much!:)

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Hoodia Gordonii

Hoodia Gordoni Hoodia Gordonii is a true gift from nature that promotes weight loss. Being overweight and obese, as well as having diabetes and related problems, has taken over the world like a disastrous epidemic over the last few decades and people are ready to do just about anything to get rid of these problems. This started an endless search for natural products, synthetic medicines, and diet plans that could help people lose weight. Hoodia Gordonii is one of the most promising finds in this endless search. Over the last few years, the demand for Hoodia and Hoodia-based products has risen surprisingly. Hoodia may not be a well known name in many Asian and African countries, because obesity has not been such a big problem here due to food habits and lifestyle. However, the scenario is changing and obesity is spreading its roots in these places too, but it is a major issue in European and American countries. Let’s explore what it is, its available forms, its uses, and why it is so popular, so that before you try some Hoodia product, you are well aware of all the information. It is always safer to be informed. Although a lot of information on Hoodia is available on the Internet, let me give a few more facts and important details. Hoodia is a succulent, fleshy cactus-like plant of the Asclepiad family, which is an original inhabitant of the Kalahari desert in Africa. Among its many varieties, Hoodia Gordonii is the most popular because its extracts suppress hunger and effectively helps reduce weight and fat percentage. It is available on the market in many forms, including pills, capsules, juice, complexes, chews, diet supplements, and even lollipops. Hoodia Tea: Hoodia Tea is taking the world by storm these days as one of the most dependable and favoured Hoodia-based products. It really works fast and no adverse effects of Hoodia have been seen thus far. Hoodia Tea is a shredded and dried form of the Hoodia plant that can be consumed like tea by brewing it in warm water. Most of the Hoodia Teas available in market are seldom pure Hoodia, since they come as blends of Hoodia with Green Tea and other herbs. Source : https://www.organicfacts.net Thank you very much!:)

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Sorrel

Sorrel Some of the health benefits of sorrel include its ability to boost eyesight, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, build strong bones, increase circulation, increase energy levels, help prevent cancer, reduce certain skin conditions, lower blood pressure, increase appetite, slow the aging process, protect against diabetes, strengthen heart health, and improve kidney health. Digestive Health: The high content of dietary fiber that can be found in most varieties of sorrel mean that your digestive health can be improved by adding these leaves to your soups and salads. Dietary fiber adds bulk to food as it moves through the digestive system, improving your gastrointestinal health and reducing conditions like constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and cramping, as well as more serious gastrointestinal issues. Dietary fiber can also help to reduce total cholesterol in the body, thereby protecting heart health and reducing chances of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Blood Pressure: Sorrel has a very significant level of potassium (1 cup contains 15% of your daily recommended intake), which is an essential mineral for human health. Potassium is a vasodilator, as well as being instrumental in maintaining fluid balance throughout the body. This means that potassium reduces the stress on the cardiovascular system by relaxing the blood vessels and arteries. Lowered blood pressure reduces the chances of dangerous clotting and excessive strain on the heart that can lead to coronary heart disease and other complications. Cancer Prevention: Although the studies looking into the antioxidant components of sorrel are still ongoing, there is good evidence that sorrel contains polyphenolic compounds, flavonoids, and anthocyanins, all of which function as antioxidants in the human body. The wealth of antioxidants that sorrel contains means that it is very effective at seeking out free radicals in the body and neutralizing them before they can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. Antioxidants have a wide range of effects in the body, but cancer prevention is their most high-profile benefit. Eyesight Improvement: Vitamin A, another of the essential vitamins found in sorrel, has been closely connected to the improvement in eyesight and a reduction of macular degeneration and cataracts. Beta-carotene, which is a derivative of vitamin A, acts as an antioxidant, and combined with the other important antioxidant compounds in the body, sorrel can greatly boost eye health and prevent age-related degradation of that vital sense. Circulation and Energy: The significant levels of iron in sorrel mean that it boosts red blood cell production and prevents anemia (iron deficiency). Increased circulation boosts oxygen levels throughout the body in the vital organs, boosts hair growth, increases energy levels, and speeds up the healing process (in conjunction with the protein content of sorrel). Immune System Health: The vitamin C content in sorrel is impressive (a single cup of sorrel contains 106% of your daily recommended intake), which means that your immune system can be optimized and brought up to full strength when you add this to your diet. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, stimulates the immune system and increases the white blood cell count in the body, which is the first line of defense against pathogens and other foreign invaders in the body. Vitamin C also helps to reduce swelling, prevent scurvy, and even has analgesic (pain relief) properties when consumed in high quantities. Skin Conditions: The leaves of sorrel have been used in two ways to treat skin conditions. The leaves, when dried as an herb can be eaten, and this has been connected with a reduction in ringworm and itchy, dry skin. When fresh leaves are ground up, the liquid that is extracted can be applied topically to the area in question to reduce rashes and irritation. This is likely due to the vitamin C and vitamin A content in the leaves, as well as the other neutraceuticals found in this herb. Heart Health and Diabetes: Aside from the other heart-related benefits, it is important to remember that sorrel belongs to the oxalis family, which has been closely associated with improving the condition of diabetics and boosting heart health in general. Again, this is likely due to the organic compounds and anthocyanins found in sorrel, which interact with almost every system in the body to boost functionality and health. Kidney Health: Sorrel has been shown to have a diuretic effect, particularly when the leaves are dried and then consumed within a few days. As a diuretic, sorrel stimulates urination, which cleans out the kidneys, taking with it any extra toxins, salts, water, and even a small percentage of fat. Source : https://www.organicfacts.net/ Thank you very much!:)

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Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose Evening primrose, a wildflower that grows throughout North America and commonly called, “The King’s Cure-All,” seems to have a wide range of healing attributes. This plant gets its name from its flowers that usually bloom after sunset and/or on extremely overcast days during the months of June through September. The roots of the Evening Primrose plant are eaten in some countries in the spring, and in France it is often use it for garnishing salads. Evening Primrose Oil has been studied in use for eczema, reducing the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and reducing symptoms from Raynaud’s.  It has been found to improve blood flow and nerve function by lowering blood lipid risk factors. Evening Primrose Oil is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties that act as both a blood thinner and a blood vessel dilator. It is most famous for its use as a natural anti-inflammatory and reducing the symptoms of PMS and menopause. It is also popular as an ingredient in mature and anti-aging skin preparations to help soothe skin dryness, itchiness, and redness. high in fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA)  may reduce PMS symptoms  may help atopic eczema  helps with inflammation  nourishes skin, hair & nails  helps with menopausal symptoms  may help with rheumatoid arthritis  may help asthma symptoms  may help to lower cholesterol  may help chronic fatigue syndrome  may help with ADHD symptoms helps with hypertension symptoms  may help with diabetic neuropathy  may help with menstrual cramps  helps with joint inflammation  helps with stomach upset  may protect from coronary artery disease Source : http://www.exhibithealth.com/general-health/health-benefits-of-evening-primrose-786/ Thank you very much!:)

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Jasmine Benefits

Jasmine   Jasmine tea, with its delicate but exotic scent, is soothing to your spirit as soon as you smell it being brewed. Made by blending jasmine blossoms with green tea leaves, the tea leaves pick up the scent of the blossoms. Scenting the tea leaves gives a velvety mouthfeel to the tea, which, along with the intoxicating aroma and numerous health benefits of green tea, make jasmine tea one of the most enjoyable “health drinks” there are. Health Benefits of Jasmine While many of jasmine tea’s health benefits are a result of the green tea used as the base for jasmine tea, jasmine itself is also associated with a number of health properties. In "Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art," jasmine is identified as an aphrodisiac, or sexual stimulant, and it is also recommended to promote relaxation and help reduce stress. In her book "Flowers That Heal: Aromas, Herbs, Essences and Other Secrets of the Fairies," Judy Griffin says that the scent of jasmine also acts as an antidepressant. Cardiovascular Benefits According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, research has shown that green tea lowers overall cholesterol levels and raises the levels of HDL -- high density lipoprotein -- the “good” cholesterol. This effect is attributed to the polyphenol content of green tea, an antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect your body from damage from free radicals and environmental toxins. The antioxidant properties of green tea have also been shown to possibly be effective in preventing atherosclerosis. Anti-Cancer and Other Benefits Green tea may help protect your body from cancer due to its polyphenol content, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. The high content of ECGC, a polyphenol, is considered the primary factor in green tea's ability to protect your body from cancer. The medical center notes that green tea may play a positive role in helping prevent bladder, breast, ovarian, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, prostate, esophageal, skin and stomach cancers. People who consume large quantities of green tea each day -- 10 cups or more -- have also been shown to be less likely to develop liver disease. Green tea extract can help boost your metabolism, and the tea's catechin level can also encourage your body to burn more fat. Source : http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefit-jasmine-tea-10533.html Thank you very much!:)

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Elderflower

Elderflower This large shrubby tree with feather-like leaves bears tiny scented cream flowers in flat bunches in early summer. It is native to Europe and thrives in woods and hedges and on wasteland. Its purple berries ripen in late autumn. The name elder comes from the Anglo Saxon word ‘aeld’ meaning fire as its hollowed stems were once used to get fires going. History Elder has been used medicinally since the days of ancient Rome when Hippocrates recommended it to encourage vomiting and purging. And many medieval herbals cite it as ‘nature’s cure-all’. Elder roots were used as a diuretic while the leaves were used to make ointments for treating bruises, sprains and wounds, as well as a tea, which became a traditional cure for coughs, colds and inflammation of the mucous membranes. A tea made from the flowers was also considered a spring tonic good for purifying the blood. These days the flowers rather than the root are used in herbal medicine Current uses  For colds and flu Elderflower has antiviral and immune- boosting properties and can be made into an infusion for treating colds, flu and feverish symptoms. It is often combined with yarrow. For hay fever Elderflower is thought to strengthen the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract, increasing resistance to allergens. Drinking elderflower tea in early spring can help reduce symptoms of hay fever later in the year. For catarrh Elderflower is often used to treat chronic catarrh problems affecting the sinus and middle ear. Other uses Elderflower tea is often recommended for soothing aches and pains, while a cold elderflower infusion can be used as a wash for sore and inflamed eyes. Source: http://www.herbfacts.co.uk/pages/herb-file/elderflower.php Thank you very much!

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Chaste Tree Berry

Chaste Tree Berry Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex agnus-castus, sometimes called “the woman’s herb”, is native to central Asia and the region bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It has been used for over 2000 years to help alleviate women’s health concerns such as infertility, menstrual irregularities and other gynecological concerns. Men also use vitex Chaste Tree Berry for increasing the flow of urine, for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and for reducing sexual desire. History indicates that monks chewed chaste tree parts to make it easier to maintain their celibacy. Many believe the ability of Chaste Tree Berry to increase progesterone levels explains the positive results witnessed by herbalists and midwives who use it to help prevent recurrent miscarriages in women. No human studies or clinical trials have been performed that would support this, only traditional usage. German research indicates that Chaste Tree Berry can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy and may help prevent miscarriage. It is still considered safe to take after the third month, but may stimulate early lactation. By the end of the third month of pregnancy the placenta has taken over progesterone production on its own. If you are decide to use Chaste Tree Berry during pregnancy, please consult with a knowledgeable herbalist or midwife for guidance and supervision  Health Benefits of Chaste Tree Berry increases progesterone levels  increases the secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH)  helps with mild endometriosis  may help prevent miscarriage  relieves PMS symptoms  helps with amenorrhea  balances irregular menstruation  may reduce uterine cysts  stabilizes menstrual cycle after stopping birth control pills  helps with mood swings slower acting – allow 3 cycles to begin to see benefits  may help with acne helps with breast tenderness  helps with food cravings  helps with infertility relieves bloating  stimulates milk production in new mothers  can be taken safely through the end of the third month of pregnancy  helps with lack of ovulation  stimulates & normalizes the pituitary gland  nourishes & supports endocrine system  enhances chance of conception  helps with hot flashes Source : http://www.exhibithealth.com/general-health/health-benefits-of-chaste-tree-berry-671/ Thank you very much!:)

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Daffodils

Daffodils   Scientists have discovered narciclasine, a natural compound found in daffodil bulbs, may be a powerful therapeutic against biologically aggressive forms of human brain cancers.To make this discovery, computer-assisted techniques were used to identify targets for narciclasine in cancer cells. Researchers then grafted human melanoma brain metastatic cells into the brains of genetically altered mice. Results showed that the injected mice survived significantly longer when treated with narciclasine than those mice left untreated. The researchers believe that narciclasine selectively inhibits the proliferation of very aggressive cancer cells, while avoiding adverse effects on normal cells. Narciclasine could be used in the near future to combat brain cancers, including gliomas, and metastases such as melanoma brain metastases. It is hoped narciclasine could be given to brain cancer patients in addition to conventional therapies. "We are planning to move a derivative of narciclasine toward clinical trials in oncology within a three to four year period in order to help patients with brain cancers, including gliomas, as well as brain metastases," said Robert Kiss, co-author of the study from the Laboratory of Toxicology at the Institute of Pharmacy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles located in Belgium.   "Scientists have been digging in odd corners to find effective treatments for brain cancer for decades, and now they've found one in daffodils. It doesn't mean that you should eat daisies or daffodils for what ails you, but that modern medicinal chemistry can pluck new chemicals from stuff that grows in the garden. This is a good one!" said Gerald Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. A new research study has been published in the November 2010 print issue of The FASEB Journal .   Source : http://www.growerdirect.com/flowers-and-health-misc   Thank you very much!

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Chrysanthemum Tea by Lina Tanase

Chrysanthemum Tea   Chrysanthemum tea is a warm, herbal beverage prepared from dried chrysanthemum flowers. This tea has a delicate, slightly floral aroma and a light, refreshing taste. Chrysanthemum tea has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various internal and external health issues. Chrysanthemums can cause side effects in some people, so consult your doctor before consuming chrysanthemum tea. Avoid any type of chrysanthemum supplements if you are allergic to ragweed. Improve Cardiovascular Health The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center reports that chrysanthemum supplements increase coronary blood flow and reduce capillary permeability. According to the Herbs 2000 website, clinical trials performed in China and Japan indicated that chrysanthemum effectively reduced blood pressure levels and relieved various high blood pressure symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia and headaches. These studies also demonstrated that the strong antibiotic properties chrysanthemums might also be effective for treating angina, or chest pain that stems from coronary heart disease. More human studies need to be completed on chrysanthemum tea, however. Alleviate Cold Symptoms According to "Natural Health" magazine, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have historically used chrysanthemum tea to treat "hot colds," or colds accompanied by fevers, swollen glands and headaches. They add that chrysanthemum helps with fevers because it has a cooling effect. Combine 1 heaping teaspoon each of dried chrysanthemum flowers, dried honeysuckle flowers and dried peppermint. Pour 1 quart of boiling water on the herbs and let the concoction steep until it cools to room temperature. Drink this chrysanthemum tea every two hours to help alleviate your cold symptoms. Sponsored Links Treat Heat Rash Chrysanthemum tea can also treat heat rash. "Natural Health" magazine reports that traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that heat rash is a symptom of internal temperature imbalances. If you are suffering from heat rash, drinking chrysanthemum tea every two to three hours until heat rash is gone. "Natural Health" magazine also suggests that you avoid consuming sugary or spicy foods that might generate more heat in your body. Improve Eye Health Chrysanthemum tea might also be effective in treating eye problems, including improving the sight acuity of those who have faltering vision. Herbs 2000 reports that chrysanthemums have a long history of being used to treat blurred vision, spotty vision and watering eyes. Try sipping on chrysanthemum tea if you have sore, dry or red eyes from reading a lot or from working at a computer for long stretches of time. Other Benefits According to Herbs 2000, clinical research has discovered that the active constituents in chrysanthemums have antibiotic effects. These natural antibiotics appear to help fight several types of bacteria, particularly streptococcus and staphylococcus. Chrysanthemum tea can also ease tension headache pain, remedy bad breath and soothe dry mouths or throats. Chrysanthemum tea can help you relax by calming your nerves and clearing your mind. Source : http://www.livestrong.com/article/461896-chrysanthemum-tea-benefits/ Thank you very much!:)

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Rose Tea by Lina Tanase

Rose Tea Rose tea, also sometimes known as rose bud tea, is made from whole, dehydrated rose blossoms. These delicate pink flowers make a fragrant brew that is light-tasting, fruity and low in calories. In some cases, rose tea is made from whole petals of mature roses, which are also dried and used as the sole ingredient in rose tea. Rose tea can help relieve menstrual cramps and is rich in natural antioxidants. Menstrual Cramps Rose tea can help relieve some of the symptoms of menstruation, namely cramping, according to the 2005 study published in the “Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.” Scientists studying adolescent women in Taiwan found that drinking rose tea over a period of six months led to less cramping during menstruation, as well as relief from the psychological stress associated with cramping during periods. Scientists concluded that drinking rose tea could provide welcome and necessary relief from menstrual pain without any adverse side effects or safety concerns. Contains Vitamin C Rose petals are a natural source of vitamin C, according to a review published in the "Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences." Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which can block some of the damage that can result from exposure to toxins and free radicals. Such damage can lead to increased rates of aging. Vitamin C also provides support for your immune system, and it aids in the production of collagen, a protein essential for healthy skin and hair. Rich in Polyphenols Rose petals are rich in polyphenols, which are water-soluble. A 2007 issue of "Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung" found that rose petals were high in polyphenols as well as a range of other antioxidants, including gallic acid, which is also water-soluble and so would be present in rose tea. A 2005 study on polyphenols published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that polyphenols could potentially help prevent cardiovascular diseases as well as osteoporosis and possibly even cancer. While polyphenols are recognized for their general health benefits, however, more research is needed before polyphenols can be recommended as a treatment for specific conditions. Making Rose Tea You can make rose tea from fresh or dried petals. For dried petals, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of leaves for 1 cup of water that has been heated to just before boiling -- 194 to 203 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the tea to steep for two to three minutes. For rose tea made with fresh petals, use 2 cups of fresh rose petals -- remove the white portion at the base of the petal as it has a bitter taste -- and combine with 3 cups of water. Heat the water and petals at a gentle simmer for five minutes, and then strain. You can sweeten rose tea with some sugar or honey or drink it plain. Source :http://www.livestrong.com/article/71165-rose-tea-health-benefits/   Thank you very much!:)

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Carnations

  Carnations   Plants, flowers and herbs have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, with effective results. Flowers, from petals to roots, offer a variety of components and ingredients that may provide relief from pain, swelling and infection. Some flowers, such as carnations, have been used in the treatment of a variety of ills, from acting as a stimulant to an antispasmodic. Stress Carnations, also known as Dianthus caryophyllus, have long been brewed into teas that may help alleviate stress and nervousness. Carnations grown, cultivated and dried into tea brews have also been used to treat minor depression and fatigue. In Europe, folk medicine relied on infusions or teas brewed of carnations to help relieve nervousness and some coronary disorders, as well as for nausea caused by seasickness.  In massage oils, carnations have been used to promote healing of the skin and to increase vitality that not only softens and replenishes the skin, but creates a scent that many find soothing and calming. In ancient China, carnation flower tea was widely used to help the body and spirit relax, and to restore energy in the body. Inflammation Carnations contain substances that soothe the nervous system, reduce inflammation and swelling and can help restore natural hormonal balances in women with nervous conditions associated with hormone imbalances, according to Worldwide Health, an alternative medical resource. Carnations have long been used to reduce muscle tension in uterine tissues, reducing the discomfort of menstrual cramps. Carnations have also been used in the treatment of endometriosis, which is excessive growth of endometrium tissues that normally grow only in the uterus, but may also proliferate in other pelvic organs such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. In such cases, carnation tea or supplements have been used to relieve stress, anxiety and insomnia in those with hormone imbalances, which contribute to endometriosis, as well as other side effects of endometriosis, such as constipation, caused by excess tissue or scarred tissues in the pelvic region. Skin Carnation oils have therapeutic benefits for the treatment of skin rashes and act like a conditioner for the skin. Many women use carnation oil to treat and minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles and conditions such as rosacea and eczema. The flower has been used in a variety of cosmetics and oils as well. Nausea Carnations have been used in medicine to help reduce fevers and stomach aches, in addition to enhancing liver, stomach and heart health. In "Pharmacopoeia Londinensis," a 1618 publication of a pharmaceutical book, the carnation was used in tonic cordials or hot drinks to help fight fevers and fight against germs and pestilence. Homeopathic Remedies According to some ancient Aztec homeopathic remedies, carnations were used by this Indian culture as a diuretic when taken in an infusion of carnation flower petals in hot water. The ancient Indian tribe also used carnations for treatment and relief of chest congestion and diseases by taking about 1 tbsp. of the flower petals mixed with sugar and boiled in a syrup every three hours. Source : http://www.livestrong.com/article/70178-medicinal-uses-carnations/ Thank you very much!:)

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Nasturtium Herb

Nasturtium Herb Strongly anti-microbial, nasturtium herb has great potential for treating infections. Learn about nasturtium benefits, possible uses, and potential side effects. Nasturtium herb has bright orange-yellow flowers and circular green leaves and star-shaped veins. It is a sprawling garden plant that possesses remarkable anti-microbial benefits. Nasturtium belongs to the Tropaeolaceae family of plants and is not related to watercress, whose Latin name is nasturtium. For its medicinal properties the aerial parts of the plant are used. Nasturtium benefits are due to the presence of glucosinolates, which is a sharp mustard oil that contains volatile oils and an antibiotic substance, flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin C. Healing Benefits This plant has one specific purpose which can be beneficial in treating dozens of common problems. It is an anti-microbial herb which can serve as a natural antibiotic. Nasturtium is indicated for external and internal bacterial infections. It can be used to cleanse and protect minor scrapes and cuts, to defend and strengthen the body from infections of the respiratory tract, and to treat urinary tract infections. A good source of immune boosting vitamin C as well, nasturtium may be an ideal natural remedy for helping the body overcome the common cold and influenza. Research has proven that this plant's effectiveness as a natural antibiotic is comparable to the use of conventional antibiotic drugs. When combined with horseradish root, nasturtium herb was just as effective for treating acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and acute urinary tract infections and in fact was found to be a safer solution. In another study of treating urinary tract infections in children nasturtium, along with other natural remedies such as cranberry, probiotics, and horseradish, again proved beneficial although officially the results were not conclusive. How to Use While one of the more powerful anti-bacterial plants available, nasturtium is most effective when freshly picked from the garden and made into a compress to use for external infections or into an infusion to drink for internal infections. Despite its value as a medicinal plant and positive results in clinical trials, the freshness factor may be the reason why nasturtium is not a more widely used herb. To use externally, make a strong infusion with the freshly picked plant. Soak a clean cotton cloth in the liquid and then apply to the affected area. To make nasturtium tea, again use the fresh leaves. Steep two teaspoons in one cup of boiling water for ten minutes. To combat an infection drink three cups daily. You can also take this medicinal herb in tincture form, one dropperful up to three times a day. Source : http://www.healthguideinfo.com/herbal-medicine/p95793/ Thank you very much!:)

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Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh Black Cohosh has been consumed by Native Americans for centuries to treat many health conditions. It is commonly used in the treatment of ailments related to women such as menopause, PMS, hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness associated with menopause, menstrual abnormalities, and to induce labour and lactation. It is also often used to treat other minor to severe health issues such as sore throat, colds, hives, arthritis, constipation, backache, depression, and hypertension. Although it has traditionally been used as a folk remedy, many recent studies are now confirming the effectiveness of Black Cohosh in the treatment of these health conditions. HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES Black Cohosh has a mild sedative activity that can help in the treatment of headaches caused by anxiety, stress and depression. Simply take one capsule or drink one cup of Black Cohosh tea before the onset of severe headache or migraine. MENOPAUSE According to researchers, a woman's body does not produce a balanced amount of progesterone and estrogen hormones during menopause. A few studies have now found that the estrogenic activity of Black Cohosh may reduce the symptoms of menopause by balancing the pituitary luteinizing hormones as well as progesterone production. A study conducted on 600 women in Germany has shown that 80% of the participants had reduced menopausal symptoms after using Black Cohosh remedy. Taking one tablet of Black Cohosh twice daily may work as Hormone Replacement Therapy for menopausal women. It may minimize hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, headache and depression associated with menopause. However, since Black Cohosh is regulated by the FDA only as a food and not as a drug, it is recommended to buy it from well reputed distributors and consult with your health care provider before taking it. MENSTRUAL CRAMPS Menstrual Cramps are caused by the contraction and inflammation of the uterine muscles. Black Cohosh is an anti-inflammatory and anti spasmodic herb. Therefore, drinking a cup of Black Cohosh tea can help in the treatment of menstrual cramps, PMS and other symptoms associated with it by reducing inflammation and severe contractions and spasms. It might be beneficial to start drinking Black Cohosh tea a day before the onset of the menstrual period and drink it once daily until the symptoms fade away. RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS The anti-inflammatory, decongestant, astringent, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties of Black Cohosh may help with respiratory tract infections, asthma, bronchitis, nasal congestion, colds and flu. Drinking a cup of Black Cohosh tea twice daily may help relieve the symptoms of such sinus and respiratory conditions. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS Black Cohosh has anti-rheumatic activity that may help relieve the pains and aches caused by rheumatoid arthritis. A simple remedy for arthritis is to take one capsule of Black Cohosh supplement or a cup of Black Cohosh tea twice daily. To make a cup of Black Cohosh tea, simply steeping one tea bag for five minutes into a boiling cup of water. Source : http://www.homeremediesweb.com/black-cohosh-health-benefits.php Thank you very much!:)

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California Poppy

California Poppy California poppy contains isoquinoline alkaloids (including californidine, sanguinarine, escholzine, protopine, crytpopine, chelidonine), flavone glycosides (including rutin, quercetin and isorhamnetin) carotenoids and essential oil. It acts as a nervine, sedative, analgesic, febrifuge, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, thymoleptic, antihistamine and uterine stimulant. It is an excellent herb for the nervous system and can be thought of as a gentle balancer to the emotions and a calming remedy for times of stress; research has borne out its sedative and anxiolytic properties.[1] It is suitable for calming both children and adults, helping to reduce anxiety and tension in the day and induce sleep at night without side effects of drowsiness or stupor. It can be used to ease depression, restlessness and agitation, and is especially good for people who find it hard to let go and relax and push themselves too hard, often to the point of exhaustion. Its antispasmodic action relaxes muscles throughout the body, making it a useful remedy for soothing tense, aching muscles and treating stress-related gut problems, IBS, colic and gallbladder pain. It can also be used for relieving tension headaches and is excellent for treating bedwetting in children, asthma and spasmodic coughs where there is a stress element; in fact it can be added to prescriptions for a wide variety of stress-related conditions. By calming the nervous system California poppy influences the heart and circulation. It slows a rapid heart, relieves palpitations, and reduces blood pressure. The cognitive enhancing properties of California poppy can be useful in the treatment of behavioural disorders such as ADD, ADHD in children and young adults. It has also been used to improve intellectual capacity, memory and concentration in the elderly. Rudolf Weiss states that the effect of California poppy is towards “…establishing equilibrium,” and is not at all narcotic. It is well worth using when trying to withdraw from addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, orthodox drugs or tobacco. It has also been shown to inhibit the enzymatic degradation of catecholamines, including dopamine beta-hydroxylase and monoamine oxidase (MAO-B), as well as the synthesis of adrenaline. California poppy can be taken internally in teas and tinctures and applied externally in lotions and liniments to allay pain, including tension headaches, migraine, toothache, neuralgia, sciatica, earache, back pain, arthritic pain, sciatica and the pain of shingles. As an antimicrobial it can be applied to cuts and scrapes to ease pain and minimize risk of infection. Apparently the tincture or paste of the seed pods can be used as a wash for suppressing lactation in breast-feeding women, although I cannot personally attest to this having never applied it in this way. From an Ayurvedic perspective, California poppy cools heat in the mind by reducing excess sadhaka pitta, and so makes an excellent remedy for irritability, low self-esteem, depression, headaches, insomnia, being overly critical, over-achieving and analytical, and for OCD. As it reduces pitta in the rasa and rakta dhatus, it can be used to relieve palpitations, hypertension and pain from inflammation as in arthritis, shingles, cholecystitis and toothache.  With its anulomana action it helps reduce spasm and pain in lower abdomen and so can be used to ease colic and menstrual pain. California poppy is best avoided in pregnancy and breastfeeding and is contra-indicated in glaucoma. It should not be taken with MAOIs, tranquilizers, CNS depressants (e.g. alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, anaesthetics, tricyclic anti-depressants, anti-epileptics), and Pentobarbital.  It has a bitter taste so is preferable to take it as a tincture. The recommended dosage is 1-2.5 mls of the tincture (1:2 25%), 1-10g of the dried herb and 5-30g per cup when taken in infusions 3 times daily. California poppy is certainly one of my favourite nervine herbs and my practice would be impoverished without is as I use it in patients’ prescriptions on an almost daily basis. The poppy symbolizes the ephemeral pleasures of life - here one minute, gone the next and this herb certainly allows one to relax enough to enjoy them! Source : http://www.positivehealth.com Thank you very much!:)

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Magnolia Bark

Magnolia  Magnolia bark comes from the Magnolia officinalis tree, native to China. The tree is grown for its ornamental beauty and fragrance, but numerous health benefits lie within the bark. Magnolia bark is peeled from the tree, dried, boiled, steamed and rolled, and then stored for later use, according to Nutritional Wellness. Magnolia bark can be purchased dried, or as a supplement in the form of capsules and tinctures. Herbs can have strong medicinal effects, and should be used with caution, especially if you are on any medication. Anticancer Benefits Magnolia bark has been shown to exhibit anticancer benefits. Researchers at Jeonju University in Korea tested magnolia bark extract against human prostate cancer cells. The extract, magnolol, was taken from the bark from the root and stem of the magnolia tree. The results, published in the 2010 issue of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, show that magnolol stopped the development, invasion, growth and spread of prostate cancer cells. Other cancers that magnolia bark extracts have shown effectiveness in treating are leukemia and colorectal cancer, according to a report from Chinese Medicine News. Antidepressant Properties Along with magnolol, magnolia bark contains another active chemical called honokiol. These two compounds provide health benefits on their own, but they are also beneficial when administered together, according to researchers at Nanjing University in China. The study, published in the Nov. 28 issue of Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, shows that the extracts from magnolia bark have antidepressant properties, as they help regulate brain chemicals that are associated with depression. Researchers conclude that the effects of the magnolia bark extracts on depression could be a basis for treatment. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the liver, and lead to ALD, or Alcoholic Liver Disease, which involves the accumulation of fat around the liver which eventually damages the organ and impedes its function. When researchers at the Seoul National University in Korea tested the magnolia bark extracts, honokiol and magnolol, against ALD, the results were impressive. In the study, published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, the researchers fed rats alcohol until they developed ALD. Then, along with the alcohol diet, they administered magnolia extract, which completely reversed all of the previously induced fatty liver changes, leading researchers to conclude that magnolia extract may be a promising treatment for ALD. Source : http://www.livestrong.com/article/135217-magnolia-bark-benefits/ Thank you very much!

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Cornflower

Cornflower   Cornflower is an herbaceous plant that belongs to the Compositae family and it used in medicinal preparations. It has a ramified stem covered with leaves and usually bears blue, pink, or white flowers. Only the blue colored flowers are used for medicinal purposes. Cornflowers grow 12-30 inches in height and spread up to 12 inches in width. Cornflower is an astringent herb that helps in reducing inflammation and it has strong diuretic properties that help in treating a number of health problems. Therapeutically, it can be used both internally as well as externally without the risk of any major side effects.    Nutritional Information and Properties   The flowers of this herb are rich in mineral salts and contain a bitter ingredient known as pectin. It is rich in calcium that is essential for the development and maintenance of bones. Cornflower also contains components like anthocyanins and flavonoids, which contribute greatly to its medicinal value. Being rich in potassium salts and tannin, cornflower has powerful astringent, antiseptic, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in treating a number of health concerns. These minerals also help regulate ph levels in the blood. Cornflower is also rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and other organic compounds that help detoxify the body. Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses Cornflower contains biotin that helps in strengthening the nails, prevents and treats nail infections, and treats hair problems like dandruff. Cornflower is used in many hair care and skin care products because of its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is even used in shampoos and hair rinses to treat scalp eczema. Cornflower is used for easing eye irritation and treating problems like sore eyes, conjunctivitis, and even skin irritation around the eye because of its effective anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Cornflower tea is used as an eye wash to relieve swelling and pain. The bitterness of cornflower makes it an effective natural remedy against a variety of digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, gas, and other gastrointestinal complaints. It also acts as an appetite stimulant and is therefore used for treating cases of anorexia as well. The flowers of this plant are used as an expectorant, diuretic, and stimulant for gall bladder and liver function. It also supports and regulates the functioning of the kidneys. Therefore, people suffering from kidney, liver, or spleen problems can take prescribed doses of this herb for relief from symptoms of these disorders. Cornflower is very commonly applied topically to wounds, cuts, and other ulcerations. You can either use the juice from its leaves or make a poultice and apply it to the wounds for quick relief from pain and inflammation. Cornflower is also used as an astringent oral rinse for treating mouth ulcers. Women suffering from endometriosis can take cornflower preparations to ease menstrual cramps and other related symptoms. Cornflower has a calming effect on the nervous system and it therefore beneficial to those suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, and other nervous system disorders. Source :http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/herbs/cornflower.html Thank you very much!:)

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Rosy Periwinkle

Rosy Periwinkle Also known as the Lesser or Rosy Periwinkle and the Vinpocetine, Periwinkle is a plant that grows up to 2 feet long. It seldom grows larger and usually just stays put in the ground. It has lavender flowers and is a very nice ground cover for garden enthusiasts. Periwinkle goes way back when it comes to medicinal benefits. It has been used for a long time in China and some parts of America. Native Indians used the periwinkle extract to treat painful wasp stings. Folklore says that the Europeans called the plant magical because it wards off evil spirits. Periwinkle has some great health benefits. This plant is so strong that it has been used to treat cancers such as leukemia, lymphomas, neuroblastoma and Hodgikin’s disease. I t helps in managing headaches that are brought about by anything. If a woman is experiencing strong menstruation, they can also use periwinkle to ease the discomfort. Recent studies have shown that it has shown to help with people who have poor memory. It is also a great remedy to gingivitis or gum bleeding. The plant also slows down the hearing loss process that comes with aging. This is very good news for the elderly. It also helps in treating dementia like Alzheimer’s disease and makes it more manageable. If a person is going through dialysis, periwinkle reduces the calcium build up that could occur. Preparations and Dosage Periwinkle is available over the counter as a liquid extract, in powder form, in a capsule or in filmed tablets. If you have a periwinkle plant at home, you can use it to make tea or use it as a decoction to drink. The parts of the plant that are usually used are the dried leaves, aerial parts of the flowering plant and the whole plant itself. No side effects have been recorded so as long as proper dosage is administered. Source : http://homeremedieslog.com/natural-products/medicinal-plants/periwinkle/ Thank you very much!:)

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Moringa by Lina Tanase

Moringa Moringa oleifera has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value and medicinal benefits. Different parts of Moringa contain a profile of important minerals and are a good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and various phenolics. Moringa provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol.  Moringa can act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine.  Moringa Leaves Medicinal uses and benefits • Leaves rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches. • To stop bleeding from a shallow cut, apply a poultice of fresh leaves. • There is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect when applied to wounds or insect bites. • Extracts can be used against bacterial or fungal skin complaints. • Leaf tea treats gastric ulcers and diarrhoea. • Eating Moringa food products is good for those suffering from malnutrition due to the high protein and fibre content. * Leaves treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, inflammation of the mucus membrane * The iron content of the leaves is high, and they are reportedly prescribed for anemia in the Philippines. * Dried Moringa leaves treat diarrhoea in Malawi, Africa. * The powder ground from the seeds is also used in the treatment of scurvy skin diseases (common bacterial infections of the skin).   Moringa Flowers Medicinal uses and benefits • Flower juice improves the quality and flow of mothers’ milk when breast feeding. • Flower juice is useful for urinary problems as it encourages urination. * In Haiti, villagers boil Moringa flowers in water and drink the tea as a powerful cold remedy.   Moringa Pods Medicinal uses and benefits • If eaten raw, pods act as a de-wormer and treat liver and spleen problems and pains of the joints. • Due to high protein and fibre content they can play a useful part in treating malnutrition and diarrhoea.   Moringa Seeds Medicinal uses and benefits • Used for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, sexually transmitted diseases and boils. The seeds are roasted, pounded, mixed with coconut oil and applied to the problem area. Seed oil can be used for the same ailments. • Roasted seeds and oil can encourage urination. • They can also be used as a relaxant for epilepsy. Moringa seeds are effective against skin-infecting bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. They contain the potent antibiotic and fungicide terygospermin.   Moringa roots, bark and gum Medicinal uses and benefits The roots and the bark have all of the properties described above but are more concentrated. Therefore much more care should be taken if using them as medicines. * The roots and bark are used for cardiac and circulatory problems, as a tonic and for inflammation. The bark is an appetizer and digestive. * In Senegal and India, roots are pounded and mixed with salt to make a poultice for treating rheumatism and articulars pains. In Senegal, this poultice is also used to relieve lower back or kidney pain • Fodder-branches * The alkaloid spirachin (a nerve paralysant) has been found in the roots. * The gum is diuretic, astringent and abortifacient and is used against asthma.  Source :http://miracletrees.org/moringa_medicine.html Thank you very much!

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Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman   Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, second only to Katharine Hepburn. Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 29, 1915, to a German mother, Frieda Henrietta (Adler), and a Swedish father, Justus Samuel Bergman, an artist and photographer. Her mother died when she was only two and her father died when she was 12. She went to live with an elderly uncle. The woman who would be one of the top stars in Hollywood in the 1940s had decided to become an actress after finishing her formal schooling. She had had a taste of acting at age 17 when she played an uncredited role of a girl standing in line in the Swedish film Landskamp (1932) in 1932 - not much of a beginning for a girl who would be known as "Sweden's illustrious gift to Hollywood." Her parents died when she was just a girl and the uncle she lived with didn't want to stand in the way of Ingrid's dream. The next year she enrolled in the Swedish Royal Theatre but decided that stage acting was not for her. It would be three more years before she would have another chance at a film. When she did, it was more than just a bit part. The film in question was El conde del puente del monje (1935), where she had a speaking part as Elsa Edlund. After several films that year that established her as a class actress, Ingrid appeared in Intermezzo (1936) as Anita Hoffman. Luckily for her, American producer David O. Selznick saw it and sent a representative from Selznick International Pictures to gain rights to the story and have Ingrid signed to a contract. Once signed, she came to California and starred in United Artists' 1939 remake of her 1936 film, Intermezzo (1939), reprising her original role. The film was a hit and so was Ingrid. Her beauty was unlike anything the movie industry had seen before and her acting was superb. Hollywood was about to find out that they had the most versatile actress the industry had ever seen. Here was a woman who truly cared about the craft she represented. The public fell in love with her. Ingrid was under contract to go back to Sweden to film Destino (1939) in 1939 and Noche de junio (1940) in 1940. Back in the US she appeared in three films, all well-received. She made only one film in 1942, but it was the classic Casablanca (1942) opposite the great Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid was choosing her roles well. In 1943 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Por quién doblan las campanas (1943), the only film she made that year. The critics and public didn't forget her when she made Luz que agoniza (1944) the following year--her role of Paula Alquist got her the Oscar for Best Actress. In 1945 Ingrid played in Recuerda... (1945), La exótica (1945) and Las campanas de Santa María (1945), for which she received her third Oscar nomination for her role of Sister Benedict. She made no films in 1947, but bounced back with a fourth nomination for Juana de Arco (1948). In 1949 she went to Italy to film Stromboli, tierra de Dios (1950), directed by Roberto Rossellini. She fell in love with him and left her husband, Dr. Peter Lindstrom, and daughter, Pia Lindström. America's "moral guardians" in the press and the pulpits were outraged. She was pregnant and decided to remain in Italy, where her son was born. In 1952 Ingrid had twins, Isotta and Isabella Rossellini, who became an outstanding actress in her own right, as did Pia. Ingrid continued to make films in Italy and finally returned to Hollywood in 1956 in the title role in Anastasia (1956), which was filmed in England. For this she won her second Academy Award. She had scarcely missed a beat. Ingrid continued to bounce between Europe and the US making movies, and fine ones at that. A film with Ingrid Bergman was sure to be a quality production. In her final big-screen performance in 1978's Sonata de otoño (1978) she had her final Academy Award nomination. Though she didn't win, many felt it was the most sterling performance of her career. Ingrid retired, but not before she gave an outstanding performance in the mini-series Una mujer llamada Golda (1982), a film about Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. For this she won an Emmy Award as Best Actress, but, unfortunately, she didn't live to see the fruits of her labor. Ingrid died from cancer on August 29, 1982, her 67th birthday, in London, England. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000006/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you vẻyy much!:)

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Elizabeth Taylor by Lina Tanase

Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last major star, to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since. Taylor was born in London, England, on February 27, 1932. Although she was born an English subject, her parents, Sara Sothern (née Sara Viola Warmbrodt) and Francis Lenn Taylor, were Americans, art dealers from St. Louis, Missouri (her father had gone to London to set up a gallery). Her mother had been an actress on the stage, but gave up that vocation when she married. Elizabeth lived in London until the age of seven, when the family left for the US when the clouds of war began brewing in Europe in 1939. They sailed without her father, who stayed behind to wrap up the loose ends of the art business. The family relocated to Los Angeles, where Mrs. Taylor's own family had moved. Mr. Taylor followed not long afterward. A family friend noticed the strikingly beautiful little Elizabeth and suggested that she be taken for a screen test. Her test impressed executives at Universal Pictures enough to sign her to a contract. Her first foray onto the screen was in There's One Born Every Minute (1942), released when she was ten. Universal dropped her contract after that one film, but Elizabeth was soon picked up by MGM. The first production she made with that studio was La cadena invisible (1943), and on the strength of that one film, MGM signed her for a full year. She had minuscule parts in her next two films, Las rocas blancas de Dóver (1944) and Alma rebelde (1943) (the former made while she was on loan to 20th Century-Fox). Then came the picture that made Elizabeth a star: MGM's Fuego de juventud (1944). She played Velvet Brown opposite Mickey Rooney. The film was a smash hit, grossing over $4 million. Elizabeth now had a long-term contract with MGM and was its top child star. She made no films in 1945, but returned in 1946 in El coraje de Lassie (1946), another success. In 1947, when she was 15, she starred in Recursos de mujer (1947) with such heavyweights as William Powell, Irene Dunne and Zasu Pitts, which was one of the biggest box office hits of the year. She also co-starred in the ensemble film Mujercitas (1949), which was also a huge success. Throughout the 1950s Elizabeth appeared in film after film with mostly good results. She won an Oscar nomination for her role in the George Stevens film _A Place In The Sun_, co-starring her good friend Montgomery Clift. The following year, she co-starred in _Ivanhoe_, one of the biggest box office hits of the year. Her busiest year was 1954. She had a supporting role in the box office flop Beau Brummell (1954), but later that year starred in the hits La última vez que vi París (1954) and La senda de los elefantes (1954). She was 22 now, and even at that young age was considered one of the world's great beauties. In 1955 she appeared in the hit Gigante (1956) with James Dean. Sadly, Dean never saw the release of the film, as he died in a car accident in 1955. The next year saw Elizabeth co-star with Montgomery Cliftin El árbol de la vida (1957), an overblown epic made, partially, in Kentucky. Critics called it dry as dust. In addition, Clift was seriously injured during the film, with Taylor helping save his life. Despite the film's shortcomings and off-camera tragedy, Elizabeth was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Southern belle Susanna Drake. However, on Oscar night the honor went to Joanne Woodward for Las tres caras de Eva (1957). In 1958 Elizabeth starred as Maggie Pollitt in La gata sobre el tejado de zinc (1958). The film received rave reviews from the critics and Elizabeth was nominated again for an Academy Award for best actress, but this time she lost to Susan Hayward in Quiero vivir (1958). She was still a hot commodity in the film world, though. In 1959 she appeared in another mega-hit and received yet another Oscar nomination for De repente, el último verano (1959). Once again, however, she lost out, this time to Simone Signoret for Un lugar en la cumbre (1959). Her Oscar drought ended in 1960 when she brought home the coveted statue for her performance in Una mujer marcada (1960) as Gloria Wandrous, a call girl who is involved with a married man. Some critics blasted the movie but they couldn't ignore her performance. There were no more films for Elizabeth for three years. She left MGM after her contract ran out, but would do projects for the studio later down the road. In 1963 she starred in Cleopatra (1963), which was one of the most expensive productions up to that time--as was her salary, a whopping $1,000,000. The film took years to complete, due in part to a serious illness during which she nearly died. This was the film where she met her future and fifth husband, Richard Burton (the previous four were Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd--who died in a plane crash--and Eddie Fisher). Her next handful of films were lackluster at best, including 1963's Hotel Internacional (1963) and Castillos en la arena (1965), which were shredded by most critics but were financially successful. Elizabeth was to return to fine form, however, with the role of Martha in ¿Quién teme a Virginia Woolf? (1966). Her performance as the loudmouthed, shrewish, unkempt Martha was easily her finest to date. For this she would win her second Oscar and one that was more than well-deserved. The following year, she and Burton co-starred in another box office hit, La mujer indomable (1967), again giving winning performances and being nominated for an Oscas, but losing. However, her films afterward were box office failures, including Reflejos en un ojo dorado (1967), La mujer maldita (1968) (again co-starring with Burton), Ceremonia secreta (1968), El único juego de la ciudad (1970), Salvaje y peligrosa (1972), Pacto con el diablo (1972) (with Burton again), Miércoles de ceniza (1973), La masoquista (1974) (considered by many to be her worst), El pájaro azul (1976), Pequeña música nocturna (1977), and Muertes de invierno (1979) (a controversial film which was never given a full release and in which she only had a small role). Since then she has appeared in several movies, both theatrical and made-for-television, and a number of television programs. In February 1997, Elizabeth entered the hospital for the removal of a brain tumor. The operation was successful. As for her private life, she divorced Burton in 1974, only to remarry him in 1975 and divorce him, permanently, in 1976. She had two more husbands, U.S. Senator John Warner and construction worker Larry Fortensky, whom she met in rehab. In 1959, Taylor converted to Judaism, and continued to identify herself as Jewish throughout her life, being active in Jewish causes. Upon the death of her friend, actor Rock Hudson, in 1985, she began her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers. In the 1990s, she also developed a successful series of scents. In her later years, her acting career was relegated to the occasional tv-movie or TV guest appearance. Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, from congestive heart failure. Her final resting place is Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale, California. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000072/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Grace Kelly by Lina Tanase

Grace Kelly Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace struck out on her own, heading to New York's bright lights to try her luck there. Grace worked some as a model and made her debut on Broadway in 1949. She also made a brief foray into the infant medium of television. Not content with the work in New York, Grace moved to Southern California for the more prestigious part of acting -- motion pictures. In 1951, she appeared in her first film entitled Fourteen Hours (1951) when she was 22. It was a small part, but a start nonetheless. The following year, she landed the role of Amy Kane in Solo ante el peligro (1952), a western starring Gary Cooper and Lloyd Bridges which turned out to be very popular. In 1953, Grace appeared in only one film, but it was another popular one. The film was Mogambo (1953) where Grace played Linda Nordley. The film was a jungle drama in which fellow cast members, Clark Gable and Ava Gardner turned in masterful performances. It was also one of the best films ever released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Although she got noticed with High Noon, her work with director Alfred Hitchcock, which began with Crimen perfecto (1954) made her a star. Her standout performance in La ventana indiscreta (1954) brought her to prominence. As Lisa Fremont, she was cast opposite James Stewart, who played a crippled photographer who witnesses a murder in the next apartment from his wheelchair. Grace stayed busy in 1954 appearing in five films. Grace would forever be immortalized by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Georgie Elgin opposite Bing Crosby in La angustia de vivir (1954). In 1955, Grace once again teamed with Hitchcock in Atrapa a un ladrón (1955) co-starring Cary Grant. In 1956, she played Tracy Lord in the musical comedy Alta sociedad (1956) which also starred Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The whimsical tale ended with her re-marrying her former husband, played by Crosby. The film was well received and also turned out to be her final acting performance. Grace had recently met and married Prince Rainier of Monaco. By becoming a princess, she gave up her career. For the rest of her life, she was to remain in the news with her marriage and her three children. On September 14, 1982, Grace was killed in an automobile accident in her adoptive home country at age 52. Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000038/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much! :)

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Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple Date of Birth 23 April 1928, Santa Monica, California, USA Date of Death 10 February 2014, Woodside, California, USA  (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her films and they ultimately bought millions of dollars worth of products that had her likeness on them. Dolls, phonograph records, mugs, hats, dresses, whatever it was, if it had her picture on there they bought it. Shirley was box-office champion for the consecutive years 1935-36-37-38, beating out such great grown-up stars as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. By 1939, her popularity declined. Although she starred in some very good movies like Desde que te fuiste (1944) and the El solterón y la menor (1947), her career was nearing its end. Later, she served as an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. It was once guessed that she had more than 50 golden curls on her head. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000073/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Vivien Leigh, Great Actress

Vivien Leigh Date of Birth 5 November 1913, Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India. [now India] Date of Death 8 July 1967, Belgravia, London, England, UK  (chronic tuberculosis) Vivian Mary Hartley was born on November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India, a strange place for one of the world's most celebrated actresses to be born. She was to live in this beautiful country for the next six years. Her parents wanted to go home to England but because of World War I they opted to stay in India. At the end of the war the Hartleys headed back to their home country, where Vivien's mother wanted her daughter to have a convent education. She was one of the youngest in attendance, and it was not a happy experience for her. One of the few consolations was her friendship with a classmate who also became a successful actress, Maureen O'Sullivan While there her mother came for a visit and took her to a play on London's legendary West Side. It was there that Vivien decided to become an actress. At the end of her education, she met and married Herbert Leigh in 1932 and together had a child named Suzanne in 1933. Though she enjoyed motherhood, it did not squelch her ambition to be an actress. Her first role in British motion pictures was as Rose Venables in 1935's The Village Squire (1935). That same year Vivien appeared in Things Are Looking Up (1935), Look Up and Laugh (1935) and Gentlemen's Agreement (1935). In 1938, Vivien went to the US to see her lover, Laurence Olivier, who was filming Cumbres borrascosas (1939) (she had left Herbert Leigh in 1937). While visiting Olivier, Vivien had the good luck to happen upon the Selznick brothers, who were filming the burning of Atlanta for the film, Lo que el viento se llevó (1939), based on Margaret Mitchell's novel. The role of Scarlett O'Hara had yet to be cast and she was invited to take part in a screen test for the role. There had already been much talk in Hollywood about who was to be cast as Scarlett. Some big names had tried out for the part, such as Norma Shearer, Katharine Hepburn and Paulette Goddard. In fact, most in the film industry felt that Goddard was a sure bet for the part. However, four days after the screen test, Vivien was informed that she had landed the coveted slot. Although few remember it now, at the time her casting was controversial, as she was British and many fans of the novel it was based on felt the role should be played by an American. In addition, the shoot wasn't a pleasant one, as she didn't get along with her co-star, Clark Gable. The rest, as they say, is history. The film became one of the most celebrated in the annals of cinema. Not only did it win Best Picture during the Academy Awards, but Vivien won for Best Actress. Already she was a household name. In 1940, she made two films, El puente de Waterloo (1940) and Veintiún días juntos (1940), though neither approached the magnetism of GWTW. That same year saw Vivien marry Olivier and the next year they appeared together in Lady Hamilton (1941). By the time of the filming of César y Cleopatra (1945), her life had begun to unravel. She had suffered two miscarriages, contracted tuberculosis, and was diagnosed as a manic depressive. However, she gave another excellent performance in that film and her public was still enthralled with her, although the film was not a financial success. She rebounded nicely for her role as Blanche DuBois for her second Oscar-winning performance in Un tranvía llamado deseo (1951) opposite Marlon Brando in 1951. She wasn't heard from much after that. She made a film in 1955 (The Deep Blue Sea (1955)). In 1960, her marriage fell apart, as Olivier left her to marry actress Joan Plowright. She appeared on-screen again until 1961 in La primavera romana de la Sra. Stone (1961), co-starring Warren Beatty. Vivien's final turn on the screen came in El barco de los locos (1965), and that was a small part. She died at the age of 53 after a severe bout of tuberculosis on July 7, 1967. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000046/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Greta Garbo , Great Actress

Greta Garbo Date of Birth 18 September 1905, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden Date of Death 15 April 1990, New York City, New York, USA  (pneumonia) Greta Lovisa Gustafsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 18, 1905. She was 14 when her father died, leaving the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store. The store used her for her modeling abilities for newspaper ads. She had no film aspirations until she appeared in an advertising short at that same department store while she was still a teenager. This led to another short film when Erik A. Petschler, a comedy director, saw the film. He gave her a small part in the film, _Luffarpetter (1922)_. Encouraged by her own performance she applied for and won a scholarship in a Swedish drama school. While there she appeared in two films, En lyckoriddare (1921) and _Luffarpetter (1922)_ the following year. Both were small parts, but it was a start. Finally famed Swedish director, Mauritz Stiller, pulled her from drama school for the leading role in La saga de Gösta Berling (1924). At 18, Greta was on a roll. Following Bajo la máscara del placer (1925) both Greta and Stiller were offered contracts with MGM. Her first US film was Torrent (1926). It was a silent film where she didn't have to speak a word of English. After a few more films, such as La tierra de todos (1926), Ana Karenina (1927), and La mujer ligera (1928), Greta starred in Anna Christie (1930) (her first "talkie"), which not only gave her a powerful screen presence, but also gave her an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. Unfortunately she didn't win. Later that year she filmed Romance (1930) which was somewhat of a letdown, but bounced back as lead role in Susan Lenox (1931) with Clark Gable. The film was a hit and led to another exciting title role in Mata Hari (1931). Greta continued to give intensified performances in whatever was handed her. The next year Greta was cast in another hit Gran hotel (1932). But it was MGM's Ana Karenina (1935) where she, perhaps, gave the performance of her life. She was absolutely breathtaking in the title role as a woman torn between two lovers and her son. Greta starred in Ninotchka (1939) which showcased her comedic side. It wasn't until two years later she made what was to be her last film that being La mujer de las dos caras (1941), another comedy. After World War II, Greta, by her own admission, felt that the world had changed perhaps forever and she retired, never again to face the camera. She would work for the rest of her life to perpetuate the Garbo mystique. Her films, she felt, had their proper place in history and would gain in value. She abandoned Hollywood and moved to New York City. She would jet-set with some of the world's best known personalities such as Aristotle Onassis and others. She spent time gardening flowers and vegetables. In 1954, Greta was given a special Oscar for past unforgettable performances. She even penned her biography in 1990. On April 15, 1990, Greta died of natural causes in New York and with it the "Garbo Mystique". She was 84. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001256/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Audrey Hepburn  Biography

Audrey Hepburn  Biography Date of Birth 4 May 1929, Ixelles, Belgium Date of Death 20 January 1993, Tolochenaz, Switzerland  (appendiceal cancer) Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business. After her parents divorced, Audrey went to London with her mother where she went to a private girls school. Later, when her mother moved back to the Netherlands, she attended private schools as well. While she vacationed with her mother in Arnhem, Netherlands, Hitler's army took over the town. It was here that she fell on hard times during the Nazi occupation. Audrey suffered from depression and malnutrition. After the liberation, she went to a ballet school in London on a scholarship and later began a modeling career. As a model, she was graceful and, it seemed, she had found her niche in life--until the film producers came calling. In 1948, after being spotted modeling by a producer, she was signed to a bit part in the European film Nederlands in 7 lessen (1948). Later, she had a speaking role in the 1951 film, Historia de unas jóvenes esposas (1951) as Eve Lester. The part still wasn't much, so she headed to America to try her luck there. Audrey gained immediate prominence in the US with her role in Vacaciones en Roma (1953) in 1953. This film turned out to be a smashing success, and she won an Oscar as Best Actress. This gained her enormous popularity and more plum roles. In contrast to the "sex goddesses" of the silver screen, Audrey Hepburn had a more wholesome beauty and an aura of innocence and class about her which gained her many devoted fans. Vacaciones en Roma (1953) was followed by another similarly wonderful performance in the 1957 classic Una cara con ángel (1957). Sabrina (1954), in 1954, for which she received another Academy nomination, and Ariane (1957), in 1957, also garnered rave reviews. In 1959, she received yet another nomination for her role in Historia de una monja (1959). Audrey reached the pinnacle of her career when she played Holly Golightly in the delightful film Desayuno con diamantes (1961)in 1961. For this she received another Oscar nomination. She scored commercial success again in the espionage caper Charada (1963). One of Audrey's most radiant roles was in the fine production of My Fair Lady (1964) in 1964. Her co-star, Rex Harrison, once was asked to identify his favorite leading lady. Without hesitation, he replied, "Audrey Hepburn in 'My Fair Lady.'" After a couple of other movies, most notably Dos en la carretera (1967), she hit pay dirt and another nomination in 1967's Sola en la oscuridad (1967). BY the end of the sixties, after her divorce from actor Mel Ferrer, Audrey decided to retire while she was on top. Later she married Dr. Andrea Dotti. From time to time, she would appear on the silver screen. One film of note was Robin y Marian (1976), with Sean Connery in 1976. In 1988, Audrey became a special ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF fund helping children in Latin America and Africa, a position she retained until 1993. She was named to People's magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. Her last film was Para siempre (1989) in 1989. Audrey Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 in Tolochnaz, Switzerland, from appendicular cancer. She had made a total of 31 high quality movies. Her elegance and style will always be remembered in film history as evidenced by her being named in Empire magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time."  Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000030/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn Biography Date of Birth 12 May 1907, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Date of Death 29 June 2003, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA  (natural causes) Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead, the apparent result of accidentally hanging himself while practicing a hanging trick their father had taught them. For many years after this, Katharine used his birthdate, November 8, as her own. She then became very shy around girls her age, and was largely schooled at home. She did attend Bryn Mawr College, however, and it was here that she decided to become an actress, appearing in many of their productions.  After graduating, she began getting small roles in plays on Broadway and elsewhere. She always attracted attention in these parts, especially for her role in "Art and Mrs. Bottle" (1931); then, she finally broke into stardom when she took the starring role of the Amazon princess Antiope in "A Warrior's Husband" (1932). The inevitable film offers followed, and after making a few screen tests, she was cast in Doble sacrificio (1932), opposite John Barrymore. The film was a hit, and after agreeing to her salary demands, RKO signed her to a contract. She made five films between 1932 and 1934. For her third, Gloria de un día (1933) she won her first Academy Award. Her fourth, Las cuatro hermanitas (1933) was the most successful picture of its day.  But stories were beginning to leak out of her haughty behavior off- screen and her refusal to play the Hollywood Game, always wearing slacks and no makeup, never posing for pictures or giving interviews. Audiences were shocked at her unconventional behavior instead of applauding it, and so when she returned to Broadway in 1934 to star in "The Lake", the critics panned her and the audiences, who at first bought up tickets, soon deserted her. When she returned to Hollywood, things didn't get much better. From the period 1935-1938, she had only two hits: Sueños de juventud (1935), which brought her her second Oscar nomination, and Damas del teatro (1937); the many flops included Corazones rotos (1935), La gran aventura de Silvia (1935), María Estuardo (1936), Olivia (1937) and the now- classic La fiera de mi niña (1938).  With so many flops, she came to be labeled "box-office poison." She decided to go back to Broadway to star in "The Philadelphia Story" (1938), and was rewarded with a smash. She quickly bought the film rights, and so was able to negotiate her way back to Hollywood on her own terms, including her choice of director and co-stars. The film version of Historias de Filadelfia (1940), was a box-office hit, and Hepburn, who won her third Oscar nomination for the film, was bankable again. For her next film, La mujer del año (1942), she was paired with Spencer Tracy, and the chemistry between them lasted for eight more films, spanning the course of 25 years, and a romance that lasted that long off-screen. (She received her fourth Oscar nomination for the film.) Their films included the very successful La Costilla de Adán (1949), La impetuosa (1952), and Su otra esposa (1957).  With La reina de África (1951), Hepburn moved into middle-aged spinster roles, receiving her fifth Oscar nomination for the film. She played more of these types of roles throughout the 50s, and won more Oscar nominations for many of them, including her roles in Locuras de verano (1955), El farsante (1956) and De repente, el último verano (1959). Her film roles became fewer and farther between in the 60s, as she devoted her time to her ailing partner Spencer Tracy. For one of her film appearances in this decade, in Larga jornada hacia la noche (1962), she received her ninth Oscar nomination. After a five-year absence from films, she then made Adivina quién viene esta noche (1967), her last film with Tracy and the last film Tracy ever made; he died just weeks after finishing it. It garnered Hepburn her tenth Oscar nomination and her second win. The next year, she did El león en invierno (1968), which brought her her eleventh Oscar nomination and third win.  In the 70s, she turned to making made-for-TV films, with El zoo de cristal (1973), Amor entre las ruinas (1975) and El trigo está verde (1979). She still continued to make an occasional appearance in feature films, such as El rifle y la Biblia (1975), with John Wayne, and En el estanque dorado (1981), with Henry Fonda. This last brought her her twelfth Oscar nomination and fourth win - the latter currently still a record for an actress. She made more TV-films in the 80s, and wrote her autobiography, 'Me', in 1991. Her last feature film was Un asunto de amor (1994), with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, and her last TV- film was One Christmas (1994). With her health declining she retired from public life in the mid-nineties. She died at the age of 96 at her home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000031/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Marlene Dietrich Great Actress

Marlene Dietrich Biography Date of Birth 27 December 1901, Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany Date of Death 6 May 1992, Paris, France  (kidney failure) Birth Name Marie Magdalene Dietrich Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator then as a cabaret singer. In 1924, she married and, although she and Rudolf Sieber lived together only 5 years, they remained married until his death. She was in over a dozen silent films in increasingly important roles. In 1929, she was seen in a Berlin cabaret by Josef von Sternberg and, after a screen test, captured the role of the cabaret singer in El ángel azul (1930) (and became von Sternberg's lover). With the success of this film, von Sternberg immediately took her to Hollywood, introducing her to the world in Marruecos (1930), and signing an agreement to produce all her films. A series of successes followed, and Marlene became the highest paid actress of her time, but her later films in the mid-part of the decade were critical and popular failures. She returned to Europe at the end of the decade, with a series of affairs with former leading men (she had a reputation of romancing her co-stars), as well as other prominent artistic figures. In 1939, an offer came to star with James Stewart in a western and, after initial hesitation, she accepted. The film was Arizona (1939) - the siren of film could also be a comedienne and a remarkable comeback was reality. She toured extensively for the allied effort in WW II (she had become a United States citizen) and, after the war, limited her cinematic life. But a new career as a singer and performer appeared, with reviews and shows in Las Vegas, touring theatricals, and even Broadway. New success was accompanied by a too close acquaintance with alcohol, until falls in her performance eventually resulted in a compound fracture of the leg. Although the last 13 years of her life were spent in seclusion in her apartment in Paris, with the last 12 years in bed, she had withdrawn only from public life and maintained active telephone and correspondence contact with friends and associates. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000017/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Claudia Cardinale Great Actress

Claudia Cardinale Biography Date of Birth 15 April 1938, Tunis, French Protectorate Tunisia [now Tunisia] Birth Name Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy interpretations of Sicilian women got her noticed by Italian producers, and the combination of her beauty, dark, flashing eyes, explosive sexuality and genuine acting talent virtually guaranteed her stardom. After Senilidad (1962) she rose to the front ranks of Italian cinema, and became an international star in Federico Fellini's classic Fellini 8½ (1963) with Marcello Mastroianni. American audiences may best remember her from her starring role in Sergio Leone's Hasta que llegó su hora (1968). She has two children: Patrizio, who was born out of wedlock (the father was a mysterious Frenchman) when she was 17 and later adopted by her former husband Franco Cristaldi; and Claudia, whose biological father is her longtime companion Pasquale Squitieri. At the Italian Embassy in Tunis, she was voted the most beautiful Italian girl in Tunisia. Her prize was a trip to Venice during the Venice Film Festival. After the festival she was offered movie roles, but refused them and returned to Tunis. However, six months later, a producer sold her on a career in movies, and she went to Rome with her parents, two brothers and a sister, taking a home in Castel Giubileo, a small town outside the city. She signed a contract forbidding her to cut her hair, marry or gain weight. Because of this, she told everyone that her newborn son (out of wedlock) was her baby brother. She did not reveal to the child that he was her son until he was 19 years old. Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. Has lived with Pasquale Squitieri since 1975. While her longtime companion lives in Rome, she calls Paris her home due to her popularity in France. Has been UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Defense of Women's Rights since 1999. As she had a deep voice and spoke Italian with a heavy French accent, her voice was dubbed in her early movies. La pantera rosa (1963) was meant to be her first English-speaking role; however, her voice wound up being dubbed. 1965: Told a reporter she liked a dry martini before dinner, caviar for hors d'oeuvres, lobsters or oysters for seafood, or a steak alla Fiorentina. When it came to wine, her preference was for a rich, red wine. Preferred to be called by her initials: CC. Originally intended to become a teacher in Tunis, North Africa. Her father was an Italian railroad worker. Despite having an Italian father, she grew up speaking French after her French mother. Her mentor was her late husband Franco Cristaldi. Speaks French, Italian, English, Spanish and Arabic (from having been raised in Tunisia). Long considered one of the world's great beauties, she has appeared on more than 900 magazine covers in over 25 countries. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001012/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Sophia Loren Great Actress

Sophia Loren Biography Date of Birth 20 September 1934, Rome, Lazio, Italy Birth Name Sofia Villani Scicolone Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone). Growing up in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War without any support from her father, she experienced much sadness in her childhood. Her life took an unexpected turn for the best when, at age 14, she entered into a beauty contest where she placed as one of the finalists. It was there that Sophia caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti, some 22 years her senior, whom she eventually married in 1966 once he finally obtained a divorce from his first wife. Perhaps he was the only father figure she ever had. Under his guidance, Sophia was put under contract and appeared as an extra in ten films beginning in 1950, before working her way up to supporting roles. In these early films, she was credited as "Sofia Lazzaro" because people joked her beauty could raise Lazzarus from the dead. By her late teens, Sophia was playing lead roles in many Italian features such as La favorita (1953) and Aída (1953). In 1957, she embarked on a successful acting career in the United States, starring in La sirena y el delfín (1957), Arenas de muerte (1957), and Orgullo y pasión (1957) that year. She had a short-lived but much-publicized fling with co-star Cary Grant, who was 31 years her senior. She was only 22 while he was 53, and she rejected a marriage proposal from him. They were paired together a second time in the family-friendly romantic comedy Cintia (1958). While under contract to Paramount Pictures, Sophia starred in Deseo bajo los olmos (1958), La llave (1958), Orquídea negra (1958), Capri (1960), El pistolero de Cheyenne (1960), Escándalo en la corte (1960), and La millonaria (1960) before returning to Italy to star in Dos mujeres (1960). The film was a period piece about a woman living in war-torn Italy who is raped while trying to protect her young daughter. Originally cast in the role of the daughter, Sophia fought against type and was re-cast as the mother, proving herself as a genuine actress and displaying her lack of vanity. This performance received international acclaim and was honored with an Academy Award for Best Actress. Sophia remained a bona fide international movie star throughout the sixties and seventies, making films on both sides of the Atlantic, and starring opposite such leading men as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, and Charlton Heston. Her American films included El Cid (1961), La caída del imperio romano (1964), Arabesco (1966), El hombre de La Mancha (1972), and El puente de Casandra (1976). She gained a wider respect with her Italian films, especially Matrimonio a la italiana (1964) and Una jornada particular (1977). During these years she received a second Oscar nomination and won five Golden Globe Awards. From the eighties onward, Sophia's appearances on the big screen came few and far between. She preferred to spend the majority of her time raising sons Carlo Jr. (born 1969) and Eduardo (born 1973). Her only acting credits during the decade were five television films, beginning with Sofía Loren, su propia vida (1980), a biopic in which she portrayed herself and her mother. She ventured into other areas of business and became the first actress to launch her own fragrance and design of eye wear. In 1982 she voluntarily spent nineteen days in jail for tax evasion. In 1991 Sophia received an Honorary Academy Award for her body of work, and was declared "one of world cinema's greatest treasures." Later that year, she experienced a great loss when her mother Romilda died of cancer at age 77. Her return to mainstream films in Pret-a-porter (1994) ("Ready to Wear") was well-received, although the film as a whole was not. She followed this up with her biggest U.S. hit in years, the comedy Discordias a la carta (1995) in which she played a sexy divorcée who seduces Walter Matthau. Over the next decade Sophia had plum roles in a few non-mainstream arthouse films like Soleil (1997), Between Strangers (2002) (directed by Edoardo), and Las vidas de los santos (2004). Still beautiful at 72, she posed scantily-clad for the 2007 Pirelli Calendar. Sadly, that same year she mourned the loss of her spouse, Carlo Ponti, who died at age 94. In 2009, after far too much time away from film, she appeared in the musical Nine (2009) opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. These days Sophia divides her time between Switzerland and Los Angeles where she is close to her sons and their families (Eduardo is married to actress Sasha Alexander). Despite her position as showbiz royalty, she relishes her discrete, low-profile lifestyle, claiming throughout the years "Showbusiness is what I do, not what I am." With a career that has already spanned six decades and been honored with 50 awards, Sophia Loren remains one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the international film world. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000047/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jane Fonda by Lina Tanase

Jane Fonda Biography Date of Birth 21 December 1937, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda Jane Seymour Fonda was born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. She is the sister of actor Peter Fonda and the aunt of actress Bridget Fonda. Her ancestry includes Dutch, English, Scottish, and distant French and Italian. Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by Joshua Logan to appear with her father in the 1954 Omaha Community Theatre production of "The Country Girl". Her interest in acting grew after meeting Lee Strasberg in 1958 and joining the Actors Studio. Her screen debut in Me casaré contigo (1960) (directed by Logan) marked the beginning of a highly successful and respected acting career highlighted by two Academy Awards for her performances in Klute (1971) and El regreso (1978), and five Oscar nominations for Best Actress in Danzad, danzad, malditos (1969), Julia (1977), El síndrome de China (1979), A la mañana siguiente (1986) and En el estanque dorado (1981), which was the only film she made with her father. Her professional success contrasted with her personal life, which was often laden with scandal and controversy. Her appearance in several risqué movies (including Barbarella (1968)) by then-husband Roger Vadim was followed by what was to become her most debated and controversial period: her espousal of anti-establishment causes and especially her anti-war activities during the Vietnam War. Her political involvement continued with fellow activist and husband Tom Hayden in the 1970s and early 1980s. In the 1980s she started the aerobic exercise craze with the publication of the "Jane Fonda's Workout Book". She and Hayden divorced, and she married broadcasting mogul Ted Turner in 1991. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000404/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews Biography Date of Birth 1 October 1935, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK Birth Name Julia Elizabeth Wells Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens, and at age 20, she launched her stage career in a London Palladium production of "Cinderella". Andrew came to Broadway in 1954 with "The Boy Friend", and became a bona fide star two years later in 1956, in the role of Eliza Doolittle in the unprecedented hit "My Fair Lady". Her star status continued in 1957, when she starred in the TV-production of Cinderella (1957) and through 1960, when she played "Guenevere" in "Camelot". In 1963, Walt Disney asked Andrews if she would like to star in his upcoming production, a lavish musical fantasy that combined live-action and animation. She agreed on the condition if she didn't get the role of Doolittle in the pending film production of My Fair Lady (1964). After Audrey Hepburn was cast in My Fair Lady, Andrews made an auspicious film debut in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964), which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Andrews continued to work on Broadway, until the release of Sonrisas y lágrimas (1965), the highest-grossing movie of its day and one of the highest-grossing of all time. She soon found that audiences identified her only with singing, sugary-sweet nannies and governesses, and were reluctant to accept her in dramatic roles in La americanización de Emily (1964) and Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Cortina rasgada (1966). In addition, the box-office showings of the musicals Julie subsequently made increasingly reflected the negative effects of the musical-film boom that she helped to create. Millie, una chica moderna (1967) was for a time the most successful film Universal had released, but it still couldn't compete with Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music for worldwide acclaim and recognition. Star! (1968) and Darling Lili (1970) also bombed at the box office. Fortunately, Andrews did not let this keep her down. She worked in nightclubs and hosted a TV variety series in the 1970s. In 1979, Andrews returned to the big screen, appearing in films directed by her husband Blake Edwards, with roles that were entirely different from anything she had been seen in before. Andrews starred in 10, la mujer perfecta (1979), S.O.B. Sois Honrados Bandidos (1981) and ¿Víctor o Victoria? (1982), which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She continued acting throughout the 1980s and 1990s in movies and TV, hosting several specials and starring in a short-lived sitcom. In 2001, she starred in Princesa por sorpresa (2001), alongside then-newcomer Anne Hathaway. The family film was one of the most successful G-Rated films of that year, and Andrews reprised her role as Queen Clarisse Renaldi in Princesa por sorpresa 2 (2004). In recent years, Andrews appeared in Rompedientes (2010), as well as a number of voice roles in Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek tercero (2007), Encantada: la historia de Giselle (2007), Shrek, felices para siempre (2010), and Gru - Mi villano favorito (2010). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000267/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Bette Davis Biography

Bette Davis Biography Date of Birth 5 April 1908, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA Date of Death 6 October 1989, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France  (metastasized breast cancer) Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage, and gave up dancing for acting. To her, it presented much more of a challenge. After graduation from Cushing Academy, she was refused admittance to Eva Le Gallienne's Manhattan Civic Repertory. She enrolled in John Murray Anderson's Dramatic School and was the star pupil. She was in the off-Broadway play "The Earth Between" (1923), and her Broadway debut in 1929 was in "Broken Dishes". She also appeared in "Solid South". Late in 1930, she was hired by Universal, where she made her first film, called Volver a casa (1931). When she arrived in Hollywood, the studio representative who went to meet her train left without her because he could find no one who looked like a movie star. An official at Universal complained she had "as much sex appeal as Slim Summerville" and her performance in Mala hermana (1931) didn't impress. In 1932, she signed a seven-year deal with Warner Brothers Pictures. Her first film with them was Semilla (1931). She became a star after her appearance in La oculta providencia (1932), known as the actress that could play a variety of very strong and complex roles. More fairly successful movies followed, but it was the role of Mildred Rogers in RKO's Cautivo del deseo (1934) that would give Bette major acclaim from the film critics. She had a significant number of write-in votes for the Best Actress Oscar, but didn't win. Warner Bros. felt their seven-year deal with Bette was more than justified. They had a genuine star on their hands. With this success under her belt, she began pushing for stronger and more meaningful roles. In 1935, she received her first Oscar for her role in Peligrosa (1935) as Joyce Heath. In 1936, she was suspended without pay for turning down a role that she deemed unworthy of her talent. She went to England, where she had planned to make movies, but was stopped by Warner Bros. because she was still under contract to them. They did not want her to work anywhere. Although she sued to get out of her contract, she lost. Still, they began to take her more seriously after that. Returning after losing her lawsuit, her roles improved dramatically. In 1938, Bette received a second Academy Award nomination for her work in Jezabel (1938) opposite the soon-to-be-legendary Henry Fonda. The only role she didn't get that she wanted was Scarlett O'Hara in Lo que el viento se llevó (1939). Warners wouldn't loan her to David O. Selznick unless he hired Errol Flynn to play Rhett Butler, which both Selznick and Davis thought was a terrible choice. It was rumored she had numerous affairs, among them George Brent and William Wyler, and she was married four times, three of which ended in divorce. She admitted her career always came first. She made many successful films in the 1940s, but each picture was weaker than the last and by the time her Warner Brothers contract had ended in 1949, she had been reduced to appearing in such films as the unintentionally hilarious Más allá del bosque (1949). She made a huge comeback in 1950 when she replaced an ill Claudette Colbert in, and received an Oscar nomination for, Eva al desnudo (1950). She worked in films through the 1950s, but her career eventually came to a standstill, and in 1961 she placed a now famous Job Wanted ad in the trade papers. She received an Oscar nomination for her role as a demented former child star in ¿Qué fue de Baby Jane? (1962). This brought about a new round of super-stardom for generations of fans who were not familiar with her work. Two years later, she starred in Canción de cuna para un cadáver (1964). Bette was married four times. In 1977 she received the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1979 she won a Best Actress Emmy for Madre e hija (1979). In 1977-78 she moved from Connecticut to Los Angeles and filmed a pilot for the series Hotel (1983), which she called Brothel. She refused to do the TV series and suffered a stroke during this time. Her last marriage, to actor Gary Merrill, lasted ten years, longer than any of the previous three. In 1985, her daughter Barbara Davis ("B.D.") Hyman published a scandalous book about Bette called "My Mother's Keeper." Bette worked in the later 1980s in films and TV, even though a stroke had impaired her appearance and mobility. She wrote a book, "This 'N That", during her recovery from the stroke. Her last book was "Bette Davis, The Lonely Life", issued in paperback in 1990. It included an update from 1962 to 1989. She wrote the last chapter in San Sebastian, Spain. Sadly, Bette Davis died on October 6, 1989, of metastasized breast cancer, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Many of her fans refused to believe she was gone. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000012/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve Biography Date of Birth 22 October 1943, Paris, FranceSource : Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut at age 13 in Les collégiennes (1957), and continued with small parts in minor films. Her breakthrough came with the excellent musical Los paraguas de Cherburgo (1964), in which she gave an unforgettable performance as a romantic middle-class girl who falls in love with a young soldier but gets imprisoned in a loveless marriage with another man; the director was the gifted Jacques Demy, who also cast Deneuve in the less successful Las señoritas de Rochefort (1967). She then played a schizophrenic killer in Roman Polanski's Repulsión (1965) and a married woman who works as a part-time prostitute every afternoon in Luis Buñuel's masterpiece Bella de día (1967). She also worked with Buñuel in Tristana (1970) and gave a great performance for François Truffaut in La sirena del Mississippi (1969), a kind of apotheosis of her "frigid femme fatale" persona. In the seventies she didn't find parts of that caliber, but her magnificent work in Truffaut's El último metro (1980) as a stage actress in Nazi-occupied Paris revived her career. She was also very good in the recent epic drama Indochina (1992), for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination (Best Actress). Although the elegant and always radiant Deneuve has never appeared on stage, she is universally hailed as one of the "grandes dames" of French cinema, joining a list that includes such illustrious talents as Simone Signoret, Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Huppert, and the younger Juliette Binoche. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000366/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers Biography Date of Birth 16 July 1911, Independence, Missouri, USA Date of Death 25 April 1995, Rancho Mirage, California, USA  (congestive heart failure) Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court. Ginger's mother left her child in the care of her parents while she went in search of a job as a scriptwriter in Hollywood and later to New York City. Mrs. McMath found herself with an income good enough to where she could send for Ginger. Lelee became a Marine in 1918 and was in the publicity department and Ginger went back to her grandparents in Missiouri. During this time her mother met John Rogers. After leaving the Marines they married in May, 1920 in Liberty, Missouri. He was transferred to Dallas and Ginger (who treated him as a father) went too. Ginger won a Charleston contest in 1925 (age 14) and a 4 week contract on the Interstate circuit. She also appeared in vaudeville acts which she did until she was 17 with her mother by her side to guide her. Now she had discovered true acting. She married in March, 1929, and after several months realized she had made a mistake. She acquired an agent and she did several short films. She went to New York where she appeared in the Broadway production of "Top Speed" which debuted Christmas Day, 1929. Her first film was in 1929 in A Night in a Dormitory (1930). It was a bit part, but it was a start. Later that year, Ginger appeared, briefly in two more films, A Day of a Man of Affairs (1929) and Campus Sweethearts (1930). For awhile she did both movies and theatre. The following year she began to get better parts in films such as Office Blues (1930) and The Tip-Off (1931). But the movie that enamored her to the public was Vampiresas 1933 (1933). She did not have top billing but her beauty and voice was enough to have the public want more. She suggested using a monocle and this also set her apart. One song she popularized in the film was the now famous, "We're in the Money". In 1934, she starred with Dick Powell in Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934). It was a well received film about the popularity of radio. Ginger's real stardom occurred when she was teamed with Fred Astaire where they were one of the best cinematic couples ever to hit the silver screen. This is where she achieved real stardom. They were first paired in 1933's Volando hacia Río de Janeiro (1933) and later in 1935's Roberta (1935) and Sombrero de copa (1935). Ginger also appeared in some very good comedies such as Mamá a la fuerza (1939) and La muchacha de la 5ª Avenida (1939) both in 1939. Also that year she appeared with Astaire in La historia de Irene Castel (1939). The film made money but was not anywhere successful as they had hoped. After that studio executives at RKO wanted Ginger to strike out on her own. She made several dramatic pictures but it was 1940's Espejismo de amor (1940) that allowed her to shine. Playing a young lady from the wrong side of the tracks, she played the lead role well, so well in fact, that she won an Academy Award for her portrayal. Ginger followed that project with the delightful comedy, Tom Dick and Harry (1941) the following year. It's a story where she has to choose which of three men she wants to marry. Through the rest of the 1940s and early 1950s she continued to make movies but not near the caliber before World War II. After Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957) in 1957, Ginger didn't appear on the silver screen for seven years. By 1965, she had appeared for the last time in Harlow (1965). Afterward, she appeared on Broadway and other stage plays traveling in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. After 1984, she retired and wrote an autobiography in 1991 entitled, "Ginger, My Story" which is a very good book. On April 25, 1995, Ginger died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California. She was 83. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001677/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner Biography Date of Birth 24 December 1922, Grabtown, North Carolina, USA Date of Death 25 January 1990, Westminster, London, England, UK  (bronchial pneumonia) Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM, leading quickly to Hollywood and a film contract based strictly on her beauty. With zero acting experience, her first 17 film roles, 1942-1945, were one-line bits or little better. After her first starring role in B-grade Señal de parada (1946), MGM loaned her to Universal for her first outstanding film Forajidos (1946). Few of her best films were made at MGM which, keeping her under contract for 17 years, used her popularity to sell many mediocre films. Perhaps as a result, she never believed in her own acting ability, but her latent talent shone brightly when brought out by a superior director, as with John Ford in Mogambo (1953) and George Cukor in Cruce de destinos (1956). After three failed marriages, dissatisfaction with Hollywood life prompted Ava to move to Spain in 1955; most of her subsequent films were made abroad. By this time, stardom had made the country girl a cosmopolitan, but she never overcame a deep insecurity about acting and life in the spotlight. Her last quality starring film role was in La noche de la iguana (1964), her later work being (as she said) strictly "for the loot". In 1968, tax trouble in Spain prompted a move to London, where she spent her last 22 years in reasonable comfort. Her film career did not bring her great fulfillment, but her looks may have made it inevitable; many fans still consider her the most beautiful actress in Hollywood history. Ava Gardner died at age 67 of bronchial pneumonia on January 25, 1990 in Westminister, London, England. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001257/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Raquel Welch

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand Biography Date of Birth 24 April 1942, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Barbara Joan Streisand Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institutes Lifetime Achievement honor and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award. Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, to Diana (née Ida Rosen), a singer turned school secretary, and Emanuel Streisand, a high school teacher. Her father was of Galician Jewish descent, and her mother was of Russian Jewish ancestry. As a child, she attended the Beis Yakov Jewish School in Brooklyn. She was raised in a middle class family, and grew up dreaming to become an actress (or even an actress / conductor, as she happily describes her teenager years in one of her concerts). After a brief period as nightclub singer in New York and Off-Broadway performer, in which she began to rise interest and admiration thanks to her original and powerful vocal talent, Streisand debuted on Broadway in the 1962 musical comedy "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" by Harold Rome, receiving a Tony Award Best Supporting Actress nomination and a New York Drama Critics Poll award. The following year, she reached great commercial success with her first Columbia solo releases "The Barbra Streisand Album"(multiple Grammy winner, including "Best Album of the Year") and "The Second Barbra Stresand Album" (her first RIAA Gold Album); her first albums, mostly devoted to composer Harold Arlen, brought her also critical praise and, most of all, large popularity in all US. In 1964 she continued to increase her fame due to a new original Broadway show, "Funny Girl" by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, a musical based upon the life of 30's comedienne Fanny Brice; the show main song "People" became her first hit and Barbra appeared on Time magazine cover. After many TV show appearances as guest star, like "The Judy Garland Show" (for which she was nominated for an 1963 Emmy), she signed an exclusive contract with CBS for a series of annual TV special: "My Name is Barbra" (1964, Emmy winner) and "Color me Barbra" (1965, her first work in color) were extremely successful. After a brief London stage period and the birth of her son Jason Gould (with then-husband Elliott Gould), in summer 1967 she gave a memorable free concert in New York, "A Happening in Central Park", that was filmed and later cut as a TV special; then, she flew to Hollywood for her first movie, the film version of her Broadway success "Funny Girl": the picture, directed by William Wyler, opened in 1968 and became an hit even abroad, making Barbra an international "superstar" and multiple award winner, including her first Oscar as Best Actress. After continuing screen musical experiences with Gene Kelly's "Hello Dolly" (1969) and Vincente Minnelli's "On a clear day You Can See forever" (1970), she preferred to run into comedies, like "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) and smash hit "What's Up Doc"(1972) and dramas, like almost surreal "Up the Sandbox" (1972) and celebrated classic "The Way We Were" (1973), by Sydney Pollack with Robert Redford, in which Streisand gave of her finest performance. The song "The Way We Were" (written by Marvin Hamlish and the Bergmans) became one of Barbra's biggest hits and most memorable and famous songs. Returning on TV for a new special conceived as a musical journey all around many different World styles, "Barbra Streisand and other Musical Instruments" (1973), she returned (for contractual reasons) to her Fanny Brice role in "Funny Lady"(1975) and she adventured herself into her first extremely personal filming project "A Star is Born" (1976), one of the biggest hits of the year, for which she won Best Actress Golden Globe and her second Oscar for the song "Evergreen". Always extremely busy on the discography side, with a generally -at least- new album per year throughout all the 70's and 80's, she collected many high successful projects in the period, including songs as "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (duet with Neil Diamond), "Enough is Enough" (with Donna Summer) , "The Main Event" (from a Barbra's comedy with friend Ryan O'Neal) and the album "Guilty", written for her by Bee Gee's Barry Gibb, that sold more than 10 million copies Worldwide. Streisand debuted as a director with the musical drama "Yentl" (1983), portraying a Jewish girl who has access to the world of culture disguised as a man. The movie received generally positive reviews and the beautiful score by Michel Legrand and lyricist Marilyn and Alan Bergman stands up as one of Streisand's finest musical works. At the 1983 Oscars, the movie was presented with many nominations (winning in 2 categories) but not received a Best Directing nomination, causing great controversy and bitterness among fans: nowadays, this exclusion is still considered among the biggest "snubs" in Oscar History. After the unexpected immense success of Grammy Award winner "The Broadway Album" (1985), that contributed to introduce the world of American musical theatre (with great regard for Sondheim's) to an all new generation of audiences, Streisand gave a memorable concert, after 20 years of stage silence, simply named "One Voice" (1986), to an all star audience; she subsequently returned to the cinemas in the adaptation of "Nuts"(1987), a drama directed by Martin Ritt, in the sensitive role of a prostitute accused of murder who fights for not being considered mentally "insane" by law. In 1991, Barbra directed "The Prince of Tides", probably the pinnacle of her screen career, playing the role of a psychiatrist who tries to help a man (Nick Nolte) in finding pieces of his past life: the motion pictures received 7 Oscar Nominations (but again NOT for Best Directing) and a nomination from Director Guilds of America. In 1994 she returned on stage after 27 years for a series of all sold out concerts (for the televised version of one of these, she won another Emmy). In the '90s, she broke several personal records: with two #1 albums ("Back to Broadway", 1993 and "Higher Ground",1997) she became the only artist to achieve n°1 album in Billboard in the 60s,70s,80s and 90's; eventually, she extended this record with a fifth decade of success in 2009 with the jazz album "Love is the Answer". In 1996, she starred in her third and last picture as director, "The Mirror Has Two Faces", along with Jeff Bridges and Lauren Bacall, one of the very few pictures with a "happy ending". "The girl got the guy" even in the real life: in 1997 Barbra married well know TV actor James Brolin. Focusing herself again in concerts in 2000 ("Timeless") and in 2006-2007 (with even a European tour), Barbra made only two more films, having a supporting role as sex therapist mother in the Ben Stiller's funny saga "Meet the Fockers" (2004) and "Little Fockers" (2010), alongside Dustin Hoffmann and Robert De Niro. She published a book devoted to her "Passion for Design" (2010) and celebrated her friendship with the Bergmans with an entire album of their songs, "What Matters Most" (2011), that debuted in the top 10. After a long pause from active filming, she is working to a film version of the well known Jule Styne's musical "Gipsy" and returned in a starring role for the 2012 holiday season with "Guilt Trip", a mother/son picture, co-starring Seth Rogen and directed by Anne Fletcher. In almost 50 years of career, Streisand has contributed to the show business industry in an a personal and unique way, collecting a large fan-base that embraces more generations: despite the immense powerful and recognizable vocal range, most of her funny, often self deprecating, humor, side by side her serious dramatic sensible performances and strong politics, Streisand originality shines in her constant and pure research for "Beauty": a strong and romantic conception in which Love stands out as the main feeling to find in ourselves to be shared with others. That's her extremely positive and optimistic message that sounds "evergreen" nowadays more than ever. Not bad for a girl who came from Brooklyn with a "who-cares-if-I'm-not-a-beauty" look and an immense talent, whose perfection is undoubtedly the result of her imperfections. She is good friends with singer/songwriter Neil Diamond, with whom she dueted on the smash hit song, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". They both attended the same high school and sang together in the school choir. Barbra has one son, Jason Gould, with ex-husband Elliott Gould. She is now married to James Brolin. Her honors include the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign, an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013 and induction by France as a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000659/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Gina Lollobrigida by Lina Tanase

Gina Lollobrigida Biography Date of Birth 4 July 1927, Subiaco, Lazio, Italy Birth Name Luigina Lollobrigida Gina Lollobrigida was born on July 4, 1927 in Subiaco, Italy. Destined to be called "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", Gina possibly had St. Brigid as part of her surname. She was the daughter of a furniture manufacturer, and grew up in the pictorial mountain village. The young Gina did some modeling and, from there, went on to participate successfully in several beauty contests. In 1947, she entered a beauty competition for Miss Italy, but came in third. The winner was Lucia Bosé (born 1931), who would go on to appear in over 50 movies, and the first runner-up was Gianna Maria Canale (born 1927), who would appear in almost 50 films. After appearing in a half-dozen films in Italy, it was rumored that, in 1947, film tycoon Howard Hughes had her flown to Hollywood; however, this did not result in her staying in America, and she returned to Italy (her Hollywood breakout movie would not come until six years later in the John Huston film La burla del diablo (1953)). Back in Italy, in 1949, Gina married Milko Skofic, a Slovenian (at the time, "Yugoslavian") doctor, by whom she had a son, Milko Skofic Jr. They would be married for 22 years, until their divorce in 1971. As her film roles and national popularity increased, Gina was tagged "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", after her signature movie La mujer más guapa del mundo (1955). Gina was nicknamed la "Lollo", as she embodied the prototype of Italian beauty. Her earthy looks and short "tossed salad" hairdo were especially influential and, in fact, there's a type of curly lettuce named "Lollo" in honor of her cute hairdo. Her film Cuando llegue septiembre (1961), co-starring Rock Hudson, won the Golden Globe Award as the World's Film Favorite. In the 1970s, Gina was seen in only a few films, as she took a break from acting and concentrated on another career: photography. Among her subjects were Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí and the German national soccer team. A skilled photographer, Gina had a collection of her work "Italia Mia", published in 1973. Immersed in her other passions (sculpting and photography), it would be 1984 before Gina would grace American television on Falcon Crest (1981). Although Gina was always active, she only appeared in a few films in the 1990s. In June 1999, she turned to politics and ran, unsuccessfully, for one of Italy's 87 European Parliament seats, from her hometown of Subiaco. Gina was also a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies. As she told "Parade" magazine in April 2000: "I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake". (We're glad she made that "mistake"). Gina went on to say: "I've had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I've had too many admirers". Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0518178/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Judy Garland

Judy Garland Biography Date of Birth 10 June 1922, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA Date of Death 22 June 1969, Chelsea, London, England, UK  (accidental barbiturate overdose) One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota, the youngest daughter of vaudevillians Frank and Ethel Gumm. Her mother, an ambitious woman gifted in playing various musical instruments, saw the potential in her daughter at the tender age of just 2 years old when Baby Frances repeatedly sang "Jingle Bells" until she was dragged from the stage kicking and screaming during one of their Christmas shows and immediately drafted her into a dance act, entitled "The Gumm Sisters", along with her older sisters Mary Jane Gumm and Virginia Gumm. However, knowing that her youngest daughter would eventually become the biggest star, Ethel soon took Frances out of the act and together they traveled across America where she would perform in nightclubs, cabarets, hotels and theaters solo. Her family life was not a happy one, largely because of her mother's drive for her to succeed as a performer and also her father's closeted homosexuality. The Gumm family would regularly be forced to leave town owing to her father's illicit affairs with other men, and from time to time they would be reduced to living out of their automobile. However, in September 1935 the Gumms', in particular Ethel's, prayers were answered when Frances was signed by Louis B. Mayer, mogul of leading film studio MGM, after hearing her sing. It was then that her name was changed from Frances Gumm to Judy Garland, after a popular '30s song "Judy" and film critic Robert Garland. On 12 March 1946 in Los Angeles, California, Judy gave birth to their daughter, Liza Minnelli, via caesarean section. It was a joyous time for the couple, but Judy was out of commission for weeks due to the caesarean and her postnatal depression, so she spent much of her time recuperating in bed. She soon returned to work, but married life was never the same for Vincente and Judy after they filmed El pirata (1948) together in 1947. Judy's mental health was fast deteriorating and she began hallucinating things and making false accusations toward people, especially her husband, making the filming a nightmare. She also began an affair with aspiring Russian actor Yul Brynner, but after the affair ended, Judy soon regained health and tried to salvage her failing marriage. She then teamed up with dancing legend Fred Astaire for the delightful musical Desfile de Pascua (1948), which resulted in a successful comeback despite having Vincente fired from directing the musical. Afterwards, Judy's health deteriorated and she began the first of several suicide attempts. In May 1949, she was checked into a rehabilitation center, which caused her much distress. She continued working on stage, appearing several times with her daughter Liza. It was during a concert in Chelsea, London, that Judy stumbled into her bathroom late one night and died of an overdose of barbiturates, the drug that had dominated her much of her life, on the 22nd of June 1969 at the age of 47. Her daughter Liza Minnelli paid for her funeral, and her former lover James Mason delivered her touching eulogy. She is still an icon to this day with her famous performances in El mago de Oz (1939), Cita en St. Louis (1944), Desfile de Pascua (1948), and Ha nacido una estrella (1954). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000023/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth Biography Date of Birth 17 October 1918, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 14 May 1987, New York City, New York, USA  (Alzheimer's disease) Margarita Carmen Cansino was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps. She joined her family on stage when she was eight years old when her family was filmed in a movie called La Fiesta (1926). It was her first film appearance, albeit an uncredited one. Rita was seen dancing by a 20th Century Fox executive and was impressed enough to offer her a contract. Rita's "second" debut was in the film Cruz Diablo (1934) at age 16. She continued to play small bit parts in several films under the name of "Rita Cansino" until she played the second female lead in Sólo los ángeles tienen alas (1939) when she played Judy McPherson. By this time, she was at Columbia where she was getting top billing but it was the Warner Brothers film La pelirroja (1941) that seemed to set her apart from the rest of what she had previously done. This was the film that exuded the warmth and seductive vitality that was to make her famous. Her natural, raw beauty was showcased later that year in Sangre y arena (1941), filmed in Technicolor. She was probably the second most popular actress after Betty Grable. In Desde aquel beso (1941) with Fred Astaire, was probably the film that moviegoers felt close to Rita. Her dancing, for which she had studied all her life, was astounding. After the hit Gilda (1946), her career was on the skids. Although she was still making movies, they never approached her earlier success. The drought began between La dama de Shanghai (1947) and Champagne Safari (1954). Then after Salomé (1953), she was not seen again until Pal Joey (1957). Part of the reasons for the downward spiral was television, but also Rita had been replaced by the new star at Columbia, Kim Novak. After a few, rather forgettable films in the 1960s, her career was essentially over. Her final film was La ira de Dios (1972). Her career was really never the same after Gilda (1946). Her dancing had made the film and it had made her. Perhaps Gene Ringgold said it best when he remarked, "Rita Hayworth is not an actress of great depth. She was a dancer, a glamorous personality, and a sex symbol. These qualities are such that they can carry her no further professionally." Perhaps he was right but Hayworth fans would vehemently disagree with him. Rita, herself, said, "Every man I have known has fallen in love with Gilda and wakened with me". By 1980, Rita was hit with Alzheimer's Disease. It ravaged her so, and she finally died at age 68 on May 14, 1987, in New York City. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000028/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Olivia de Havilland by Lina Tanase

Olivia de Havilland Biography Date of Birth 1 July 1916, Tokyo, Japan Birth Name Olivia Mary de Havilland Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather, whose family was from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Her parents divorced when Olivia was just three years old, and she moved with her mother and sister to Saratoga, California. After graduating from high school, where she fell prey to the acting bug, Olivia enrolled in Mills College in Oakland. It was while she was at Mills that she participated in the school play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and was spotted by Max Reinhardt. She so impressed Reinhardt that he picked her up for both his stage version and, later, the Warner Bros. film version in 1935. She again was so impressive that Warner executives signed her to a seven-year contract. No sooner had the ink dried on the contract than Olivia appeared in three more films: El predilecto (1935), Alibi Ike (1935) and El capitán Blood (1935), the latter with the man with whom her career would be most closely identified, heartthrob Errol Flynn. He and Olivia starred together in eight films during their careers. In 1939 Warner Bros. loaned her to David O. Selznick for the classic Lo que el viento se llevó (1939). Playing the sweet Melanie Hamilton, Olivia received her first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, only to lose out to one of her co-stars in the film, Hattie McDaniel. After GWTW, Olivia returned to Warner Bros. and continued to churn out films. In 1941 she played Emmy Brown in Si no amaneciera (1941), which resulted in her second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress. Again she lost, this time to her sister Joan for her role in Sospecha (1941). After that strong showing, Olivia now demanded better, more substantial roles than the "sweet young thing" slot into which Warners had been fitting her. The studio responded by placing her on a six-month suspension, all of the studios at the time operating under the policy that players were nothing more than property to do with as they saw fit. As if that weren't bad enough, when her contract with Warners was up, she was told that she would have to make up the time lost because of the suspension. Irate, she sued the studio, and for the length of the court battle she didn't appear in a single film. The result, however, was worth it. In a landmark decision, the court said not only that Olivia did not have to make up the time, but that all performers were to be limited to a seven-year contract that would include any suspensions handed down. This became known as the "de Havilland decision"; no longer could studios treat their performers as mere cattle. Returning to screen in 1946, Olivia made up for lost time by appearing in four films, one of which finally won her the Oscar that had so long eluded her. It was Vida íntima de Julia Norris (1946), in which she played Josephine Norris to the delight of critics and audiences alike. Olivia was the strongest performer in Hollywood for the balance of the 1940s. In 1948 she turned in another strong showing in Nido de víboras (1948) as Virginia Cunningham, a woman suffering a mental breakdown. The end result was another Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but she lost to Jane Wyman in Belinda (1948). As in the two previous years, she made only one film in 1949, but she again won a nomination and the Academy Award for Best Actress for La heredera (1949). After a three-year hiatus, Olivia returned to star in Mi prima Raquel (1952). From that point on, she made few appearances on the screen but was seen on Broadway and in some television shows. Her last screen appearance was in El quinto mosquetero (1979), and her last career appearance was in the TV movie The Woman He Loved (1988). During the hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of GWTW in 1989, she graciously declined requests for all interviews as the only surviving one of the four main stars. Today she enjoys a quiet retirement in Paris, France. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000014/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot Biography Date of Birth 28 September 1934, Paris, France Nickname BB Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Her mother was 14 years younger than Brigitte's father and they married in 1933. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career, and found herself in the French magazine "Elle". Her incredible beauty readily apparent, Brigitte next tried films. In 1952, she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte Lemoine in Le trou normand (1952). Two more films followed and it was also the same year she married Roger Vadim. The two had known each other years earlier and she wanted to marry him when she was 17, but her parents quashed any marriage plans until she turned 18. The union lasted only five years. Capitalizing on her success in French films, Brigitte made her first American production in Acto de amor (1953) with Kirk Douglas, but she continued to make films in France. Brigitte's explosive sexuality took the United States by storm, and the effect she had on millions of American men who had not seen a woman like her in a long, long time--if ever--was electric. Rise to the phrase "sex kitten" and fascination of her in the United States consisted of magazines photographs and dubbed over French films--good, bad or indifferent, her films drew audiences--mainly men--into theaters like lemmings. In 1965, she appeared as herself in the American-made Querida Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart (she only appeared in one scene). Just before she turned 40, Brigitte retired from movies after filming L'histoire très bonne et très joyeuse de Colinot Trousse-Chemise (1973). She prefers life outside of stardom. While it enabled her to become internationally famous, it also carried with it annoyances. It was not anything for her to have "fans" enter her house or wander around the grounds of her home in the hopes of getting a glimpse of her or to take something that belonged to her. Paparazzi constantly hounded her with their cameras. She has been so soft-hearted that some people even have taken advantage of her generosity. After her life in the spotlight, Brigitte went on to become a leading spokesperson for animal rights and started the "Foundation Brigitte Bardot" dedicated solely to that cause. Her work in that realm is, perhaps, far greater than any film she could have made. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000003/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford Biography Date of Birth 23 March 1906, San Antonio, Texas, USA Date of Death 10 May 1977, New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack) Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs. She was a good dancer, though, and -- perhaps seeing dance as her ticket to a career in show business -- she entered several contests, one of which landed her a spot in a chorus line. Before long, she was dancing in big Midwestern and East Coast cities. After almost two years, she packed her bags and moved to Hollywood. Crawford was determined to succeed, and shortly after arriving she got her first bit part, as a showgirl in El jazz-Band del follies (1925). Three films quickly followed; although the roles weren't much to speak of, she continued toiling. Throughout 1927 and early 1928, she was cast in small parts, but that ended with the role of Diana Medford in Vírgenes modernas (1928), which elevated her to star status. Crawford had cleared the first big hurdle; now came the second, in the form of talkies. Many stars of the silents saw their careers evaporate, either because their voices weren't particularly pleasant or because their voices, pleasing enough, didn't match the public's expectations (for example, some fans felt that John Gilbert's tenor didn't quite match his very masculine persona). But Crawford wasn't felled by sound. Her first talkie, Untamed (1929), was a success. As the 1930s progressed, Crawford became one of the biggest stars at MGM. She was in top form in films such as Gran hotel (1932), Así ama la mujer (1934), No más mujeres (1935), and Love on the Run (1936); movie patrons were enthralled, and studio executives were satisfied. By the early 1940s, MGM was no longer giving her plum roles; newcomers had arrived in Hollywood, and the public wanted to see them. Crawford left MGM for rival Warner Bros., and in 1945 she landed the role of a lifetime. Alma en suplicio (1945) gave her an opportunity to show her range as an actress, and her performance as a woman driven to give her daughter everything garnered Crawford her first, and only, Oscar for Best Actress. The following year she appeared with John Garfield in the well-received De amor también se muere (1946). In 1947, she appeared as Louise Graham in El amor que mata (1947); again she was nominated for a Best Actress from the Academy, but she lost to Loretta Young in Un destino de mujer (1947). Crawford continued to choose her roles carefully, and in 1952 she was nominated for a third time, for her depiction of Myra Hudson in Miedo súbito (1952). This time the coveted Oscar went to Shirley Booth, for Vuelve pequeña Sheba (1952). Crawford's career slowed after that; she appeared in minor roles until 1962, when she and Bette Davis co-starred in ¿Qué fue de Baby Jane? (1962). Their longstanding rivalry may have helped fuel their phenomenally vitriolic and well-received performances. (Earlier in their careers, Davis said of Crawford, "She's slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie," and Crawford said of Davis, "I don't hate [her] even though the press wants me to. I resent her. I don't see how she built a career out of a set of mannerisms instead of real acting ability. Take away the pop eyes, the cigarette, and those funny clipped words, and what have you got? She's phony, but I guess the public really likes that".) Crawford's final appearance on the silver screen was in a flop called Trog (1970). Turning to vodka more and more, she was hardly seen afterward. On May 10, 1977, Joan died of cancer in New York City. She was 72 years old. She had disinherited her adopted daughter Christina and son Christopher; the former wrote a tell-all book called "Mommie Dearest", published in 1978. The book cast Crawford in a negative light and was cause for much debate, particularly among her friends and acquaintances, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Crawford's first husband. (In 1981, 'Faye Dunaway' starred in _Mommie Dearest (1981)' which did well at the box office.) Crawford is interred in the same mausoleum as fellow MGM star Judy Garland, in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001076/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard Biography Date of Birth 6 October 1908, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA Date of Death 16 January 1942, Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, USA  (airplane crash) Carole Lombard, the 5' 2" beauty was a comedy hit during the 30s and 40s. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 6, 1908 under the name of Jane Alice Peters. Young Jane Alice loved the Friday night movie night with her family and would perform the night before's show in the morning. Her mother and her father divorced in October of 1914. Jane Alice, her two older brothers, and their mother, Elizabeth Knight Peters moved to Los Angeles. When she was 12 she had a small part in a silent film called a Perfect Crime. An executive in 1925 from FOX PICTURES asked her to do a screen test, which was a success, but the film, which was to be her first spy film, Marriage in Transit (1925), wasn't. Carole Lombard, the actress, was born. In early 1927 she was tested by the Mack Sennet Studio, who put her under contract, only this time it was a comedy, not a spy film. Lombard became the top comedienne at the studio as she molded herself into the comedy life. Paul Stei, a Pathe director, saw her in a Sennet comedy and immediately put her under contract for $150 a week. Several films later she took a side step when director, Cecil B. DeMille called for her and then changed his mind. When she left Pathe in 1930 at the age of 18 she returned to FOX. She soon signed with Paramount for $300 a week but after 6 years was earning the sum of $35,000 a week! In October 1930 she met William Powell and then eight months later they were married on the day of June 26, 1931. Carole age 23 and William age 39 were married for 23 months but divorced in 1933. They stayed friends and film partners. In 1937 in Al servicio de las damas (1936) (with Powell) earned her an Academy Award Nomination. There was a new person now, the crowned King of Hollywood" Clark Gable. They had made one movie together Casada por azar (1932) in 1932. They were married, in March 1939, after Gable was separated from his wife Rhea Langham. They bought and lived in a 20 acre ranch in San Fernando Valley. They weren't Hollywood Socialites; they weren't glamorous; they wanted a simple life out of Hollywood's bright lights. They nick named each other Ma and Pa and were role modeled as the ideal marriage. Tragedy struck on a war bond tour that Carole and her mother were on. The plane they were traveling in (TWA Flight #3) crashed. Her last words, in her home state of Indiana, to all the people were just before boarding the plane, "Before I say goodbye to you all - come on - join me in a big cheer- V for victory!" All 22 passengers died in the crash. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001479/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Marilyn Monroe by Lina Tanase

Marilyn Monroe Biography Date of Birth 1 June 1926, Los Angeles, California, USA Date of Death 5 August 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA  (drug overdose) Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a film-cutter at RKO Studios who, widowed and mentally ill, abandoned her to sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine, the LA Orphans' Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church. At sixteen, she worked in an aircraft plant and married a man she called Daddy; he went into the military, she modeled, they divorced in 1946. She owned 200 books (including Tolstoy, Whitman, Milton), listened to Beethoven records, studied acting at the Actors' lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown. 20th Century Fox gave her a contract but let it lapse a year later. In 1948, Columbia gave her a six-month contract, turned her over to coach Natasha Lytess and featured her in the B movie Ladies of the Chorus (1948) in which she sang three numbers : "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy", "Anyone Can Tell I Love You" and "The Ladies of the Chorus" with Adele Jergens (dubbed by Virginia Rees) and others. Joseph L. Mankiewicz saw her in a small part in La jungla de asfalto (1950) and put her in Eva al desnudo (1950), resulting in 20th Century re-signing her to a seven-year contract. Niágara (1953) and Los caballeros las prefieren rubias (1953) launched her as a sex symbol superstar. When she went to a supper honoring her in the La tentación vive arriba (1955), she arrived in a red chiffon gown borrowed from the studio (she had never owned a gown). That same year, she married and divorced baseball great Joe DiMaggio (their wedding night was spent in Paso Robles, California). After La tentación vive arriba (1955), she wanted serious acting to replace the sexpot image and went to New York's Actors Studio. She worked with director Lee Strasberg and also underwent psychoanalysis to learn more about herself. Critics praised her transformation in Bus Stop (1956) and the press was stunned by her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. True to form, she had no veil to match her beige wedding dress so she dyed one in coffee; he wore one of the two suits he owned. They went to England that fall where she made El príncipe y la corista (1957) with Laurence Olivier, fighting with him and falling further prey to alcohol and pills. Two miscarriages and gynecological surgery followed. So did an affair with Yves Montand. Work on her last picture Vidas rebeldes (1961), written for her by departing husband Miller was interrupted by exhaustion. She was dropped from the unfinished Something's Got to Give (1962) due to chronic lateness and drug dependency. On August 4, 1962, Marilyn Monroe's day began with threatening phone calls. Dr. Ralph Greenson, Marilyn's physician, came over the following day and quoted later in a document "felt it was possible that Marilyn Monroe had felt rejected by some of the people she had been close to". Apart from being upset that her publicist slept too long, she seemed fine. Pat Newcombe, who had stayed the previous night at Marilyn's house, left in the early evening as did Greenson who had a dinner date. Marilyn was upset he couldn't stay, and around 7:30pm she telephoned him while he was to tell him that her second husband's son had called him. Peter Lawford also called Marilyn, inviting her to dinner, but she declined. Lawford later said her speech was slurred. As the dark and depressing evening for Marilyn wore on there were other phone calls, including one from Jose Belanos, who said he thought she sounded fine. According to the funeral directors, Marilyn died sometime between 9:30pm and 11:30pm. Her maid unable to raise her but seeing a light under her locked door, called the police shortly after midnight. She also phoned Ralph Greenson who, on arrival, could not break down the bedroom door. He eventually broke in through French windows and found Marilyn dead in bed. The corner stated she had died from acute barbiturate poisoning, and it was a 'probable suicide'. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000054/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Doris Day by Lina Tanase

Doris Day Biography Date of Birth 3 April 1924, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Birth Name Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff Doris Day was born in Cincinnati to German Catholic parents. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older. Her father and mother divorced when she was about ten. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. She and Jerry took a brief trip to Hollywood to test the waters. They felt they could succeed, so she and Jerry returned to Cincinnati with the intention of packing and making a permanent move to Hollywood. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career. She discovered that she could sing, and at age 15 (but saying she was 18) began touring with the Les Brown Band, where she met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married. Jorden turned out to be a temperamental and physically abusive husband and, soon after the birth of her son Terry in 1942, she initiated divorce proceedings. In 1946, after touring with bands, radio work, and entertaining the troops with Bob Hope, she met and married George Weidler but this union lasted only eight months. In 1948, she made her first film, Romance on the High Seas (1948), at Warner Brothers. She met Martin Melcher, who became her manager and later, on her 29th birthday, her husband. In 1958, her brother Paul died and around this time, her husband started to make her sign to do films that she did not want to make. This eventually led to her becoming ill from nervous exhaustion. By the time Martin Melcher died in 1968, Doris discovered she was millions of dollars in debt. She learned that Melcher had squandered virtually all of her considerable earnings, but she was eventually awarded $22 million by the courts in a case against a man that Melcher had unwisely let invest her money. She married for the fourth time in 1976 and since her divorce in 1980 has devoted her life to animals. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000013/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood Biography Date of Birth 20 July 1938, San Francisco, California, USA Date of Death 29 November 1981, Santa Catalina Island, California, USA  (drowning and other undetermined factors) Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was just four years old, Natalie appeared in her first film, Happy Land (1943). A production company had come to Santa Rosa, California, where the Gurdins were living and Natalie won a bit part of a crying little girl who had just dropped her ice cream cone. With stars in her eyes for her daughter, Mrs. Gurdin packed the family and moved south to Los Angeles in the hopes that more films would come her daughter's way. Unfortunately they did not, at least not at first, and the family continued to scrape by much as they had done in Santa Rosa. In 1946 Natalie tested for a role in Mañana es vivir (1946). She was only seven at the time, and flunked the screen test. Natalie's mother convinced the studio heads to give her another test, and this time she was convincing enough that they gave Natalie the role. In 1947's De ilusión también se vive (1947), she won the hearts of movie patrons around the country as Susan Walker in a film that is considered a Christmas classic to this day. Natalie stayed very busy as a child actress, appearing in no less than 18 films in the late 1940s and early 1950s. When she was 16 Natalie appeared in Rebelde sin causa (1955) with James Dean, Sal Mineo and Dennis Hopper. She played Judy, a rebellious high school student who was more concerned with hanging out with the wrong crowd than being a sweet teenager like her contemporaries. The result was her first Academy Award nomination and a defining moment in her development as an adult actress. She appeared in Esplendor en la hierba (1961), West Side Story (1961), La reina del Vaudeville (1962), and Amores con un extraño (1963). While Natalie was reported to be unhappy making "West Side Story", the film did win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. In short, it was a smash hit. Although she wasn't nominated for an Academy Award in that one, she did receive nominations for her roles in "Splendor in the Grass" and "Love with the Proper Stranger". After Propiedad condenada (1966) in 1966, Natalie stayed away from Hollywood for three years to have time for herself and to consider where she was going. When she did return her star quality had not diminished a bit, as evidenced by her playing Carol Sanders in the hit Bob, Carol, Ted y Alice (1969). From that point on Natalie didn't work as much. She made a few television appearances, but nothing of substance with the exception of the TV mini-series De aquí a la eternidad (1979). After making La última pareja (1980), Natalie began work on Proyecto Brainstorm (1983) in the fall of 1981 with Christopher Walken. She did not live to see it released. On November 29, 1981, she was sailing on the yacht she shared with her husband, Robert Wagner, and their friend Walken, when Natalie fell in the ocean while trying to board the dinghy tied up alongside the yacht and drowned. She was 43 years old. Natalie had made 56 films for TV and the silver screen and it's hard to say what she could have done while making her comeback. "Brainstorm" was finally released in 1983. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000081/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Romy Schneider

Romy Schneider Biography Date of Birth 23 September 1938, Vienna, Austria Date of Death 29 May 1982, Paris, France  (cardiac arrest) Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissí (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation in Christine (1958), the remake of Max Ophüls's Amoríos (1933), where Magda Schneider once starred herself. During the shooting, she fell in love with her co-star Alain Delon and eventually moved with him to Paris. At that time, she started her international career collaborating with famous directors such as Luchino Visconti and Orson Welles. After Delon had broken up with her in 1964, she married Harry Meyen shortly after. Although she gave birth to a boy, David-Christopher, their relationship was difficult, so they divorced in 1975. Being unsatisfied with her personal life, she turned to alcohol and drugs, but her cinematic career -especially in France- remained intact. She was the first actress, receiving the new created César Award as "Best Actress" for her role in Lo importante es amar (1975). Three years later, she was awarded again for Una vida de mujer (1978). After a short marriage to her former secretary Daniel Biasini, being the father of her daughter Sarah Biasini, she suffered the hardest blow of her life when her son was impaled on a fence in 1981. She never managed to recover from this loss and died on 29 May 1982 in Paris. Although it was suggested she committed suicide caused by an overdose of sleeping pills, she was declared to have died from cardiac arrest. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002769/bio Thank you very much!:)

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Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine Biography Date of Birth 22 October 1917, Tokyo, Japan Date of Death 15 December 2013, Carmel, California, USA Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health. Mrs. de Havilland and the two girls settled in Saratoga while their father went back to his practice in Japan. Joan's parents did not get along well and divorced soon afterward. Mrs. de Havilland had a desire to be an actress but her dreams were curtailed when she married, but now she hoped to pass on her dream to Olivia and Joan. While Olivia pursued a stage career, Joan went back to Tokyo, where she attended the American School. In 1934 she came back to California, where her sister was already making a name for herself on the stage. Joan likewise joined a theater group in San Jose and then Los Angeles to try her luck there. After moving to L.A., Joan adopted the name of Joan Burfield because she didn't want to infringe upon Olivia, who was using the family surname. She tested at MGM and gained a small role in No más mujeres (1935), but she was scarcely noticed and Joan was idle for a year and a half. During this time she roomed with Olivia, who was having much more success in films. In 1937, this time calling herself Joan Fontaine, she landed a better role as Trudy Olson in No luches contra el amor (1937) and then an uncredited part in Olivia (1937). Although the next two years saw her in better roles, she still yearned for something better. In 1940 she garnered her first Academy Award nomination for Rebeca (1940). Although she thought she should have won, (she lost out to Ginger Rogers in Espejismo de amor (1940)), she was now an established member of the Hollywood set. She would again be Oscar-nominated for her role as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth in Sospecha (1941), and this time she won. Joan was making one film a year but choosing her roles well. In 1942 she starred in the well-received Sé fiel a ti mismo (1942). The following year she appeared in La ninfa constante (1943). Once again she was nominated for the Oscar, she lost out to Jennifer Jones in La canción de Bernadette (1943). By now it was safe to say she was more famous than her older sister and more fine films followed. In 1948, she accepted second billing to Bing Crosby in El vals del emperador (1948). Joan took the year of 1949 off before coming back in 1950 with September Affair (1950) and Nacida para el mal (1950). In 1951 she starred in Paramount's Cariño, ¿por qué lo hiciste? (1951), which turned out badly for both her and the studio and more weak productions followed. Absent from the big screen for a while, she took parts in television and dinner theaters. She also starred in many well-produced Broadway plays such as Forty Carats and The Lion in Winter. Her last appearance on the big screen was Las brujas (1966) and her final appearance before the cameras was Good King Wenceslas (1994). She is, without a doubt, a lasting movie icon. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000021/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Ali MacGraw

Ali MacGraw Biography Date of Birth 1 April 1939, Pound Ridge, New York, USA Birth Name Elizabeth Alice MacGraw Ali MacGraw was born on April 1, 1939 in Pound Ridge, New York, USA as Elizabeth Alice MacGraw. She is an actress, known for Love Story (1970), La huida (1972) and Convoy (1978). She was previously married to Steve McQueen, Robert Evans and Robin Martin Hoen. Steve McQueen (31 August 1973 - 9 August 1978) (divorced) Robert Evans (24 October 1969 - 7 June 1973) (divorced) (1 child) Robin Martin Hoen (24 October 1960 - 1962) (divorced) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. She worked as a fashion stylist on Manhattan photo shoots in her early 20s, until she was eventually asked to work before the cameras as a model. Made a special appearance at the 74th Annual Academy Awards in 2002. Representing "Chalfonte-Haddon Hall", Ali was voted Atlantic City's prettiest hotel waitress for the summer 1957 season. Paramount Production head Robert Evans was developing several high profile projects for her when she filed for divorce. The roles she walked away from to marry lover Steve McQueen were Daisy in El gran Gatsby (1974) and Evelyn in Chinatown (1974). Had her footprints and autograph engraved at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after only four films. In April 2006, at the age of 68, she made her stage debut on Broadway in the play "Festen.". In July 2006, she filmed a public service announcement for People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA.) Described her problems with alcohol and men in her autobiography "Moving Pictures" (1995). Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California. Former sister-in-law of producer Charles Evans. Former mother-in-law of Charis Michelsen. Grandmother of Jackson Evans, born December 2010. Mother-in-law of Roxy Saint. Her father had Scottish ancestry. Her maternal grandparents, Maurice Klein and Pauline Donner, were Jewish emigrants from Hungary. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0532298/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Julie Christie

Julie Christie Biography Date of Birth 14 April 1941, Chabua, Assam, India Birth Name Julie Frances Christie Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses", was born in Chukua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1941, the daughter of a tea planter, Frank St. John Christie, and his wife, Rosemary (Ramsden), who was a painter. Her family was of English, and some Scottish, origin. The young Christie grew up on her father's tea plantation before being sent to England for her education. Finishing her studies in Paris, where she had moved to improve her French with an eye to possibly becoming a linguist (she is fluent in French and Italian), the teenager became enamored of the freedom of the Continent. She also was smitten by the bohemian life of artists and planned on becoming an artist before she enrolled in London's Central School of Speech Training. She made her debut as a professional in 1957 as a member of the Frinton Repertory of Essex. Christie was not fond of the stage, even though it allowed her to travel, including a professional gig in the United States. Her true métier as an actress was film, and she made her screen debut in the science-fiction television serial A for Andromeda (1961) in 1961. Her first film role was as the unlikely wife of Leslie Phillips' in the Ealing-like comedy Ladrones anónimos (1962), which was followed up by an ingénue role in another comedy, Al volante y a lo loco (1962). The producers of the "James Bond" series were sufficiently intrigued by the young actress to consider her for the role that subsequently went to Ursula Andress in Agente 007 contra el doctor No (1962), but dropped the idea because she was not busty enough. Christie first worked with the man who would kick her career into high gear, director John Schlesinger, when he choose her as a replacement for the actress originally cast in Billy, el embustero (1963) (1963). Christie's turn in the film as the free-wheeling "Liz" was a stunner, and she had her first taste of becoming a symbol if not icon of the new British cinema. Her screen presence was such that the great John Ford cast her as the Irish prostitute, Daisy Battles, in El soñador rebelde (1965) (1965). Charlton Heston wanted her for his film El señor de la guerra (1965), but the studio refused her salary demands. Although Amercan magazines portrayed Christie as a "newcomer" when she made her breakthrough to super-stardom in Schlesinger's seminal Swinging Sixties film Darling (1965), she actually had considerable work under her professional belt and was in the process of a artistic quickening. Schlesinger called on Christie, whom he adored, to play the role of mode "Diana Scott" when the casting of Shirley MacLaine fell through. (MacLaine was the sister of the man who would become Christie's long-time paramour in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Warren Beatty, whom some, like actor Rod Steiger, believe she gave up her career for. Her Doctor Zhivago (1965) co-star, Steiger -- a keen student of acting -- regretted that Christie did not give more of herself to her craft). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001046/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine Biography   Date of Birth 24 April 1934, Richmond, Virginia, USA Birth Name Shirley MacLean Beaty Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and Scottish. Shirley was the tallest in her ballet classes at the Washington School of Ballet. Just after she graduated from Washington-Lee High School, she packed her bags and headed for New York. While auditioning for Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Me and Juliet", the producer kept mispronouncing her name. She then changed her name from Shirley MacLean Beaty to Shirley MacLaine. She later had a role in "The Pajama Game", as a member of the chorus and understudy to Carol Haney. A few months into the run, Shirley was going to leave the show for the lead role in "Can-Can" but ended up filling in for Haney, who had broken her ankle and could not perform. She would fill in for Carol, again, three months later, following another injury, the very night that movie producer Hal B. Wallis was in the audience. Wallis signed MacLaine to a five-year contract to Paramount Pictures. Three months later, she was off to shoot Pero... ¿quién mató a Harry? (1955). She then took roles in Hot Spell (1958) and La vuelta al mundo en ochenta días (1956), completed not too long before her daughter, Sachi Parker (born Stephanie), was born. With Shirley's career on track, she played one of her most challenging roles: "Ginny Moorhead" in Como un torrente (1958), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She went on to do Furia en el valle (1958) and La casamentera (1958). In 1960, she got her second Academy Award nomination for El apartamento (1960). Three years later, she received a third nomination for Irma la dulce (1963). In 1969, she brought her friend Bob Fosse from Broadway to direct her in Noches en la ciudad (1969), from which she got her "signature" song, "If My Friends Could See Me Now". After a five-year hiatus, Shirley made a documentary on China called The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975), for which she received an Oscr nomination for best documentary. In 1977, she got her fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination for Paso decisivo (1977). In 1979, she worked with Peter Sellers in Bienvenido, Mr. Chance (1979), made shortly before his death. After 20 years in the film industry, she finally took home the Best Actress Oscar for La fuerza del cariño (1983). After a five-year hiatus, Shirley made Madame Sousatzka (1988), a critical and financial hit that took top prize at the Venice Film Festival. In 1989, she starred with Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Julia Roberts in Magnolias de acero (1989). She received rave reviews playing Meryl Streep's mother in Postales desde el filo (1990) and for Tess y su guardaespaldas (1994). In 1996, she reprised her role from "Terms of Endearment" as "Aurora Greenway" in La fuerza del cariño, la historia continúa (1996), which didn't repeat its predecessor's success at the box office. In mid-1998, she directed Bruno (2000), which starred Alex D. Linz. In February 2001, Shirley worked with close friends once again in Esas chicas fabulosas (2001), and co-starred with Julia Stiles in Carolina (2003) and with Kirstie Alley in Las brujas de Salem (2002). MacLaine as her own website which includes her own radio show and interviews, the Encounter Board, and Independent Expression, a members-only section of the site. In the past few years, Shirley starred in a CBS miniseries based on the life of cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash--Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (2002), and wrote two more books, "The Camino" in 2001, and "Out On A Leash" in 2003. After taking a slight hiatus from motion pictures, Shirley returned with roles in the movies that were small, but wonderfully scene-stealing: Embrujada (2005) with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, En sus zapatos (2005) with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, in which Shirley was nominated for a Golden Globe in the best supporting actress category, and Dicen por ahí... (2005) with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner. Shirley completed filming of Cerrando el círculo (2007), directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, in 2007. Her latest book is entitled "Sage-ing While Ag-ing"; Shirley's latest film is Historias de San Valentín (2010), which debuted in theaters on February 12, 2010. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000511/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster Biography Date of Birth 19 November 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Alicia Christian Foster Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Her parents divorced three years before she was born, and she was conceived when her mother was visiting her father for child support. Alicia's siblings nicknamed her "Jodie," a name she has used in her profession. When she was just three years old, Jodie began acting in commercials, most notably for Coppertone sunblock. When she was five, Jodie landed her first acting role on the TV show Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). She stayed very busy as a child actress, working on television programs such as El show de Doris Day (1968), Área 12 (1968), Buscando novia a papá (1969), Mamá y sus increíbles hijos (1970), Bonanza (1959), and La ley del revólver (1955). In movies, her roles included playing Raquel Welch's daughter in Kansas City Bomber (1972) and a delinquent tomboy in Alicia ya no vive aquí (1974). Jodie first drew attention from critics with her appearance in Taxi Driver (1976), in which she played a prostitute at the tender age of 12 (she was 13 when the movie premiered) and received her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She went on to have a very successful career in her early teens with leading roles in the Disney films Viernes loco (1976) and El secreto del castillo (1977). The last film Jodie made during this era was the coming-of-age drama Zorras (1980), before enrolling at Yale University. Tragedy struck Jodie during her Freshman year when a crazed and obsessed fan named John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan to impress her. Having spent nearly her entire life in the spotlight, Jodie Foster has had one of the most substantial film careers in Hollywood history. She is one of the most respected and highest-paid actresses working today, and there is no doubt that there will be many great things ahead for this child actress turned two-time Oscar-winning superstar. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000149/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep Biography Date of Birth 22 June 1949, Summit, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Mary Louise Streep Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 18 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep, Jr., a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of German and Swiss-German descent, and her mother was of English, Irish, and German ancestry. Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. She gave an outstanding performance in her first film role, Julia (1977), and the next year she was nominated for her first Oscar for her role in El cazador (1978). She went on to win the Academy Award for her performances in Kramer contra Kramer (1979) and La decisión de Sophie (1982), in which she gave a heart-wrenching portrayal of an inmate mother in a Nazi death camp. A perfectionist in her craft and meticulous and painstaking in her preparation for her roles, Meryl turned out a string of highly acclaimed performances over the next decade in great films like Silkwood (1983); Memorias de África (1985); Tallo de hierro (1987); and Un grito en la oscuridad (1988). Her career declined slightly in the early 1990s as a result of her inability to find suitable parts, but she shot back to the top in 1995 with her performance as Clint Eastwood's married lover in Los puentes de Madison (1995) and as the prodigal daughter in La habitación de Marvin (1996). In 1998 she made her first venture into the area of producing, and was the executive producer for the moving Juramento hipocrático (1997). A realist when she talks about her future years in film, she remarked that "...no matter what happens, my work will stand..." Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000658/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Anita Ekberg

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Sally Field by Lina Tanase

Sally Field Biography Date of Birth 6 November 1946, Pasadena, California, USA Birth Name Sally Margaret Field Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field. Sally attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. Her acting career began in 1965, when she landed the role of Frances Elizabeth 'Gidget' Lawrence in Gidget (1965); it was canceled after only one season because of bad ratings. She went on to star in The Flying Nun (1967), which ran for three seasons. She also appeared in her first film in 1967, Camino de Oregón (1967) opposite Kirk Douglas. In the next few years she appeared in numerous TV movies and TV shows such as Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (1971), Marriage: Year One (1971), The Girl with Something Extra (1973), and Sybil (1976). In 1977 she starred alongside Burt Reynolds in the box office hit Los caraduras (1977), which led to a less successful sequel in 1980. In 1979 she starred in the popular film Norma Rae (1979) and she received her first Oscar for that role. In the years that followed she starred in films such as Ausencia de malicia (1981), Bésame y esfúmate (1982), En un lugar del corazón (1984) (she received her second Oscar for her role), El romance de Murphy (1985), Lo que cuenta es el final (1988) and Magnolias de acero (1989). In 1993 she starred alongside Robin Williams and Pierce Brosnan in the popular comedy Señora Doubtfire, papá de por vida (1993). A year after, she played the role of Tom Hanks character's mother (even though she's only ten years older than he is in real life) in the film Forrest Gump (1994). The film was a huge commercial success and won six Academy awards. Since then she has appeared in TV movies and miniseries such as Una mujer independiente (1995), Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997), De la Tierra a la Luna (1998) and David Copperfield (2000). In 2000 she appeared in the film La fuerza del amor (2000) with Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, and in 2003 she starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in Una rubia muy legal 2 (2003). She also appeared in 12 episodes of Urgencias (1994) from 2000 to 2006. In recent years she has played the role of matriarch Nora Walker in the hit television show Cinco hermanos (2006), which earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007. Sally has been married twice, first to Steven Craig from 1968 to 1975. They had two sons together, Peter Craig and Eli Craig. Her second marriage was to film producer Alan Greisman from 1984 to 1993. They had one son together, Samuel Greisman (born December 2, 1987). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000398/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Anita Ekberg by Lina Tanase

Anita Ekberg Biography Date of Birth 29 September 1931, Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden Birth Name Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the United States. She quickly got a film contract with Howard Hughes's RKO that did not lead anywhere (but Anita herself has said that Hughes wanted to marry her). Instead, she started making movies with Universal, small roles that more often than not only required her to look beautiful. After five years in Hollywood, she found herself in Rome, where Federico Fellini's La dolce vita (1960) meant her breakthrough. She stayed in Italy and made around 20 movies during the next ten years, some roles memorable, some to be forgotten. Her two marriages gave her a lot of attention from the press. During the 1970s, the roles became less frequent, but she made a marvellous comeback with Fellini's Entrevista (1987). Anita Ekberg retired from acting in 2002 after 50 years in the motion picture industry. Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001179/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave Biography Date of Birth 30 January 1937, Greenwich, London, England, UK Born into a distinguished acting family, Vanessa Redgrave knew a lot about acting technique when she started making films in the 1960s. Three decades later she has shown that an actress can improve with age. In his review of Un mes en el lago (1995), Roger Ebert sees Redgrave "at the absolute peak of physical and mental perfection". No one had any idea of what kind of a woman was in the photographs in the park in Blow-Up (Deseo de una mañana de verano) (1966). Her rich auburn hair was long, her physique lean, her countenance inscrutable. Three decades later a Redgrave who takes the pictures has hair that is short, the auburn shade muted. The physique is still lean and it is strong from the work it has taken to keep it that way. And the countenance is a lot easier to read. Add expertise with body language and a superb sense of timing and here is a comedienne who should still be carrying films when she is in her 90s. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000603/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm#mini_bio Thank you very much!:)

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Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon Biography Date of Birth 4 October 1946, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Susan Abigail Tomalin Susan Sarandon was born in New York City, New York, to Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television producer and advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention, there was a casting call for a film with several roles for the kind of young people who had disrupted the convention. Two recent graduates of Catholic University in Washington DC, went to the audition in New York for Joe (1970). Chris Sarandon, who had studied to be an actor, was passed over. His wife Susan got a major role. That role was as Susan Compton, the daughter of ad executive Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick). In the movie Dad Bill kills Susan's drug dealer boyfriend and next befriends Joe (Peter Boyle)-- a bigot who works on an assembly line and who collects guns. Five years later, Sarandon made the film where fans of cult classics have come to know her as "Janet", who gets entangled with transvestite "Dr. Frank 'n' Furter" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). More than 15 years after beginning her career Sarandon at last actively campaigned for a great role, Annie in Los búfalos de Durham (1988), flying at her own expense from Rome to Los Angeles. "It was such a wonderful script ... and did away with a lot of myths and challenged the American definition of success", she said. "When I got there, I spent some time with Kevin Costner, kissed some ass at the studio and got back on a plane". Her romance with the Los búfalos de Durham (1988) supporting actor, Tim Robbins, had produced two sons by 1992 and put Sarandon in the position of leaving her domestic paradise only to accept roles that really challenged her. The result was four Academy Award nominations in the 1990s and best actress for Pena de muerte (1995). Her first Academy Award nomination was for Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1980). Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000215/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer Biography Date of Birth 29 April 1958, Santa Ana, California, USA Birth Name Michelle Marie Pfeiffer Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer, and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work. Her parents were both originally from North Dakota. Her father had German and British Isles ancestry, and her mother was of half Swiss-German and half Swedish descent. Pfeiffer graduated from Fountain Valley High School in 1976, and attended one year at the Golden West College, where she studied to become a court reporter. But it was while working as a supermarket checker at Vons, a large Southern California grocery chain, that she realized her true calling. She was married to actor/director Peter Horton ("Gary" of Treintaytantos (1987)) in 1981. They were later divorced, and she then had a three year relationship with actor Fisher Stevens. When that did not work out, Pfeiffer decided she did not want to wait any longer before having her own family, and in March 1993, she adopted a baby girl, Claudia Rose. On November 13th of the same year, she married lawyer-turned-writer/producer David E. Kelley, creator of Picket Fences (1992), Chicago Hope (1994), El abogado (1997), and Profesores de Boston (2000). On August 5, 1994, their son John Henry was born. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000201/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver Biography Date of Birth 8 October 1949, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Susan Alexandra Weaver Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins), was an English actress who had sacrificed her career for a family. Sigourney grew up in a virtual bubble of guiltless bliss, being taken care by nannies and maids. By 1959, the Weavers had resided in 30 different households. In 1961, Sigourney began attending the Brearley Girls Academy, but her mother moved her to another New York private school, Chapin. Sigourney was quite a bit taller than most of her other classmates (at the age of 13, she was already 5' 10"), resulting in her constantly being laughed at and picked on; in order to gain their acceptance, she took on the role of class clown. She then entered her most productive career period and snatched Academy Award nominations, in both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, for her intense portrayal of Dian Fossey in Gorilas en la niebla (1988) and her delicious performance as a double-crossing, power-hungry corporate executive in Armas de mujer (1988). She ended up losing in both, but made up for it to a degree by winning both Golden Globes. After appearing in a documentary about fashion photographer Helmut Newton, Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989), and reprising her role in the sequel Los cazafantasmas II (1989), she discovered she was pregnant and retired from public life for a while. She gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte Simpson, on 13 April 1990, and returned to the movies as a (now skinhead) Ripley in Alien 3 (1992) and a gorgeous "Queen Isabella of Spain" in 1492, la conquista del paraíso (1992), her second film with director Ridley Scott. She starred in the political comedy Dave, presidente por un día (1993) alongside Kevin Kline, and then a Roman Polanski thriller, La muerte y la doncella (1994). In 1995, she was seen in Jeffrey (1995) and Copycat (Copia mortal) (1995). The next year, she "trod the boards" in "Sex and Longing", yet another Durang play. She hadn't performed in the theater in many years before that play, her last stage performances occurring in the 1980s in "As You Like It" (1981), "Beyond Therapy" (1981), "The Marriage of 'Bette and Boo'" (1985) and "The Merchant of Venice" (1986). In 1997, she was the protagonist in Grimm's Blancanieves: la verdadera historia (1997), La tormenta de hielo (1997) and Alien resurrección (1997). Her performance in La tormenta de hielo (1997) got her a BAFTA prize and another Golden Globe nod. She also gave excellent performances in Mi mapa del mundo (1999) and the sci-fi spoof Héroes fuera de órbita (1999). Her next comedy, Lío en La Habana (2000), wasn't quite so warmly welcomed critically and financially, however. She next played a sexy con artist in Las seductoras (2001) and had a voice role in Big Bad Love (2001). Her father died at the age of 93. Sigourney herself has recently starred in Tadpole (2000) and is planning a cinematic version of El coraje de todos (2002), the enthralling September 11th one-act drama she played on stage on late 2001. At age 60, she played a crucial role in Avatar (2009), which became the top box-office hit of all time. The film reunited her with her Aliens (El regreso) (1986) director James Cameron. Her beauty, talent, and hard-work keeps the ageless actress going, and she has continued to win respect from her fans and directors. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000244/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange Biography Date of Birth 20 April 1949, Cloquet, Minnesota, USA Birth Name Jessica Phyllis Lange Jessica Lange was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA on April 20, 1949, to Dorothy Florence (Sahlman) and Albert John Lange, a traveling salesman and teacher. She is of Finnish (mother) and Dutch and German (father) descent. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model for many years, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong (1976). The film attracted much unfavorable comment and, as a result, Lange was off the screen for three years. She was given a small but showy part in Bob Fosse's Empieza el espectáculo (1979), before giving a memorable performance in Bob Rafelson's El cartero siempre llama dos veces (1981), as an adulterous waitress. The following year, she won rave reviews for her exceptional portrayal of actress Frances Farmer in Frances (1982) and a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Sydney Pollack's Tootsie (1982) (as a beautiful soap-opera actress). She was also outstanding as country singer Patsy Cline in Karel Reisz's Dulces sueños (1985) and as a lawyer who defends her father and discovers his past in La caja de música (1989). Other important films include Martin Scorsese's El cabo del miedo (1991) (as a frightened housewife) and Tony Richardson's Las cosas que nuncan mueren (1994), for which she won a Best Actress Academy Award as the mentally unbalanced wife of a military officer. She made her Broadway debut in 1992, playing "Blanche" in Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire". In addition to acting, Lange is a photographer with two published works,and is a humanitarian, holding a position as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, specializing in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Congo and Russia.   Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001448/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston Biography Date of Birth 8 July 1951, Santa Monica, California, USA Nicknames Angel Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas, in Ireland and England, and in 1969 first dipped her toe into the acting profession, taking a few small roles in her father's movies. However, in that year her mother died in a car accident, at 39, and Huston relocated to the United States, where the tall, exotically beautiful young woman modeled for several years. While modeling, Huston had a few more small film roles, but decided to focus more on movies in the early 1980s. She prepared herself by reaching out to acting coach Peggy Feury and began to get roles. The first notable part was in Bob Rafelson's remake of the classic noir movie El cartero siempre llama dos veces (1981) (in which Jack Nicholson, with whom Huston was living at the time, was the star). After a few more years of on-again, off-again supporting work, her father perfectly cast her as calculating, imperious Maerose, the daughter of a Mafia don whose love is scorned by a hit man (Nicholson again) in his film adaptation of Richard Condon's Mafia-satire novel El honor de los Prizzi (1985). Huston won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, making her the first person in Academy Award history to win an Oscar when a parent and a grandparent (her father and grandfather Walter Huston) had also won one. Huston thereafter worked prolifically, including notable roles in Francis Ford Coppola's -Jardines de piedra (1987), Barry Sonnenfeld's film versions of the Charles Addams cartoons La familia Addams (1991) and La familia Addams: la tradición continúa (1993), in which she portrayed Addams matriarch Morticia, Wes Anderson's Los Tenenbaums. Una familia de genios (2001) and Life Aquatic (2004). Probably her finest performance on-screen, however, was as Lilly, the veteran, iron-willed con artist in Stephen Frears' Los timadores (1990), for which she received another Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress. A sentimental favorite is her performance as the lead in her father's final film, an adaptation of James Joyce's Dublineses (Los muertos) (1987) -- with her many years of residence in Ireland, Huston's Irish accent in the film is authentic. Endowed with her father's great height and personal boldness, and her mother's beauty and aristocratic nose, Huston certainly cuts an imposing figure, and brings great confidence and authority to her performances. She clearly takes her craft seriously and has come into her own as a strong actress, emerging from under the shadow of her father, who passed away in 1987. Huston married the sculptor Robert Graham in 1992, The couple lived in the Los Angeles area before Graham's death in 2008. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001378/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Sharon Stone by Lina Tanase

Sharon Stone Biography Date of Birth 10 March 1958, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA Birth Name Sharon Yvonne Stone Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy (Lawson), accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania and, at that same age, entered Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in creative writing and fine arts. She was a very smart girl, became a bookworm, and once was told that a suitable job for her (and her brains) was to become a lawyer. However, her first love was still the black-and-white movies, especially those featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. So, the 17-year-old Sharon got herself into the Miss Crawford County and won the beauty contest. From working part-time as a McDonald's counter girl, she worked her way up to become a successful Ford model, both in TV commercials and print ads. In 1980, she made her film debut as an extra in Woody Allen's Recuerdos (1980). Her first speaking part was in Wes Craven's horror movie, Bendición mortal (1981). She struggled through many parts in B-movies, such as Las minas del rey Salomón (1985) and Acción Jackson (1988). She was also married in 1984 to Michael Greenburg, the producer of MacGyver (1985), but they divorced two years later. She finally got her big break with a memorable supporting role in the popular Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Desafío total (1990), and also posed nude for Playboy, a daring move for a 32-year-old actress. But it worked; she was cast in the breakthrough role as a sociopath novelist, "Catherine Tramell", in Instinto básico (1992). Her interrogation scene has become a classic in film history and her performance captivated everyone, from MTV viewers, who honored her with Most Desirable Female and Best Female Performance Awards, to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. After she got famous, she didn't want to be typecast, so she played a victim in Sliver (Acosada) (1993), and, in Entre dos mujeres (1994), she was the aloof, estranged wife of Richard Gere. Afterwards, so she got herself again into more aggressive roles, such as El especialista (1994) with Sylvester Stallone and Rápida y mortal (1995) with Gene Hackman. But it wasn't until she played a beautiful but drug-crazy trophy wife of Robert De Niro in Casino, de Scorsese (1995) that she got far more than just fame and fortune--she also received the acknowledgment of the movie industry for her acting ability. She received her first Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. She did a couple films after wards, teaming up with Isabelle Adjani in Diabólicas (1996), and as a woman waiting for her death penalty in Condenada (1996). In 1998, she married a newspaper editor,Phil Bronstein but they divorced later in 2004. She received her third Golden Globe nomination for Un mundo a su medida (1998), a film that her company, "Chaos", also co-executive produced. The next year, she played the title role in Gloria (1999) and entered her first comedic role in La musa (1999), which gave her another Golden Globe nomination. Sharon Stone, a diva who thoroughly enjoys her hard-won stardom, is now a mother of three children: Roan, Laird and Quinn. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000232/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton Biography Date of Birth 5 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Diane Hall Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Scottish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. After appearing in summer stock for several months, she got her first major stage role in the Broadway rock musical "Hair." As understudy to the lead, she gained attention by not removing any of her clothing. In 1970, Woody Allen cast her in his Broadway play "Play It Again, Sam," which had a successful run. It was during this time that she became involved with Allen and appeared in a number of his films. The first one was Sueños de un seductor (1972), the screen adaptation of the stage play. That same year Francis Ford Coppola cast her as Kay in the Oscar-winning El padrino (1972), and she was on her way to stardom. She reprized that role in the film's first sequel, El padrino. Parte II (1974). She then appeared with Allen again in El dormilón (1973) and La última noche de Boris Grushenko (1975). In 1977 she broke away from her comedy image to appear in the chilling Buscando al señor Goodbar (1977), which won her a Golden Globe nomination. It was the same year that she appeared in what many regard as her best performance, in the title role of Annie Hall (1977), which Allen wrote specifically for her (her real last name is Hall, and her nickname is Annie), and what an impact she made. She won the Oscar and the British Award for Best Actress, and Allen won the Directors Award from the DGA. She started a fashion trend with her unisex clothes and was the poster girl for a lot of young males. Her mannerisms and awkward speech became almost a national craze. The question being asked, though, was, "Is she just a lightweight playing herself, or is there more depth to her personality?" For whatever reason, she appeared in but one film a year for the next two years and those films were by Allen. When they broke up she was next involved with Warren Beatty and appeared in his film Rojos (1981), as the bohemian female journalist Louise Bryant. For her performance she received nominations for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe. For the rest of the 1980s she appeared infrequently in films but won nominations in three of them. Attempting to break the typecasting she had fallen into, she took on the role of a confused, somewhat naive woman who becomes the tool of Middle Eastern terrorists in La chica del tambor (1984). To offset her lack of movie work, Diane began directing. She directed the documentary Heaven (1987), as well as some music videos. For television she directed an episode of the popular, but strange, Twin Peaks (1990). In the 1990s she began to get more mature roles, though she reprized the role of Kay Corleone in the third "Godfather" epic, El padrino. Parte III (1990). She appeared as the wife of Steve Martin in the hit El padre de la novia (1991) and again in Vuelve el padre de la novia (Ahora también abuelo) (1995). In 1993 she once again teamed with Woody Allen in Misterioso asesinato en Manhattan (1993), which was well received. In 1995 she received high marks for Héroes a la fuerza (1995), her first major feature as a director. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000473/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg Biography Date of Birth 13 November 1955, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Caryn Elaine Johnson Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway. She moved to California and worked with improv groups, including Spontaneous Combustion, and developed her skills as a stand-up comedienne. She came to prominence doing an HBO special and a one-woman show as Moms Mabley. She has been known in her prosperous career as a unique and socially conscious talent with articulately liberal views. Among her boyfriends were Ted Danson and Frank Langella. She was married three times and was once addicted to drugs. Goldberg first came to prominence with her starring role in El color púrpura (1985). She received much critical acclaim, and an Oscar nomination for her role and became a major star as a result. Subsequent efforts in the late 1980s were, at best, marginal hits. These movies mostly were off-beat to formulaic comedies like La ratera (1987), The Telephone (1988) and Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986). She made her mark as a household name and a mainstay in Hollywood for her Oscar-winning role in the box office smash Ghost (Más allá del amor) (1990). Whoopi Goldberg was at her most famous in the early 1990s, making regular appearances on Star Trek: La nueva generación (1987). She admitted to being a huge fan of the original La conquista del espacio (1966) series and jumped at the opportunity to star in "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Goldberg received another smash hit role in Sister Act: una monja de cuidado (1992). Her fish-out-of-water with some flash seemed to resonate with audiences and it was a box office smash. Whoopi starred in some highly publicized and moderately successful comedies of this time, including Made in America (1993) and Escándalo en el plató (1991). Goldberg followed up to her success with Sister Act 2: de vuelta al convento (1993), which was well-received but did not seem to match up to the first. As the late 1990s approached, Goldberg seemed to alternate between lead roles in straight comedies such as Eddie (1996) and Cómo triunfar en Wall Street (en un par de horas) (1996), and took supporting parts in more independent minded movies, such as En lo profundo del océano (1999) and Cómo Stella recuperó la marcha (1998). Goldberg never forgot where she came from, hosting many tributes to other legendary entertainment figures. Her most recent movies include Ratas a la carrera (2001) and the quietly received Mejor en el cielo (2001). Goldberg contributes her voice to many cartoons, including El guardián de las palabras (1994) and El capitán Planeta y los planetarios (1990), as Gaia, the voice of the earth. Alternating between big-budget movies, independent movies, tributes, documentaries, and even television movies (including Dino Rex (1995)). Whoopi Goldberg is accredited as a truly unique and visible talent in Hollywood. Perhaps she will always be remembered as well for Comic Relief, playing an integral part in almost every benefit concert they had. Currently, Whoopi Goldberg is the center square in Hollywood Squares (1998) and frequently hosts the Academy Awards. She also is an author, with the book "Book". Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000155/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn Biography Date of Birth 21 November 1945, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Nickname Go-Go Goldie Jean Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura (Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn (Edward Rutledge Hawn), a band musician. She has a sister, Patricia, and a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. She was raised in the Jewish religion. Her mother was Jewish and the daughter of Hungarian immigrants. Her father was Presbyterian, and had German and English ancestry. At the age of three, Goldie began taking ballet and tap dance lessons and, at the age of ten, she danced in the chorus of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of "The Nutcracker". At the age of 19, she ran and instructed a ballet school, having dropped out of college, where she was majoring in drama. Before going into the film business, she worked as a professional dancer. Hawn began her acting career on the TV sitcom Good Morning, World (1967), but the series was canceled after 26 episodes. She then joined the cast of the comedy variety show Laugh-In (1967), which made her a household name around the country and earned her an Emmy Award. She made her feature film debut as a giggling dancer in Una banda loca, loca (1968). In 1969, she co-starred with Walter Matthau in the critical and box office hit, Flor de cactus (1969), for which she won an Oscar. After her Academy Award win, her career took off and she followed with roles in successful comedies, such as Hay una chica en mi sopa (1970) and Shampoo (1975), and more dramatic roles in La chica de Petrovka (1974) and Loca evasión (1974). In 1978, she starred alongside Chevy Chase in the box office hit, Juego peligroso (1978). In 1980, she starred in another box office hit, La recluta Benjamín (1980), where she also served as producer. During the 1980s, she starred in movies such as Amigos muy íntimos (1982), Protocolo (1984), and Gatos salvajes (1986). In 1987, she appeared with her partner, Kurt Russell, in Un mar de líos (1987), which became both a critical and box office disappointment. Her career slowed down after that until 1990, when she starred alongside Mel Gibson in Dos pájaros a tiro (1990). In 1992, she starred in the successful film, La muerte os sienta tan bien (1992), with Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis, which was followed by another successful film, Esposa por sorpresa (1992), which co-starred Steve Martin. In 1996, she played the role of an aging alcoholic actress in the comedy, El club de las primeras esposas (1996), with Diane Keaton and Bette Midler; it became a critical and financial success. She also starred in the Woody Allen film, Todos dicen I Love You (1996) and Forasteros en Nueva York (1999), which reunited her with Steve Martin. In 2001 and 2002, she starred in Enredos de sociedad (2001) with Warren Beatty, and Amigas a la fuerza (2002) with Susan Sarandon. Goldie has been married twice. First to actor/director Gus Trikonis, from 1969 to 1974. In 1975, she married musician Bill Hudson and became a mother, for the first time, in 1976, when she gave birth to their son, Oliver Hudson. In 1979, she had her second child with Hudson, daughter Kate Hudson. The marriage ended in divorce in 1980. Since 1983, she has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000443/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Maia Morgenstern

Maia Morgenstern Biography Date of Birth 1 May 1962, Bucharest, Romania Maia Morgenstern is a Romanian film and stage actress, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film". In the English-speaking world, she is probably best known for the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. In Romania, she has been nationally known since her 1992 role as Nela in Balanta, a film known in the United States as The Oak, set during the waning days of Communist Romania. Born in Bucharest, in a Jewish family, she graduated from the Film and Theatre Academy of Bucharest in 1985. She then played at Teatrul Tineretului (Youth Theater) in Piatra Neamt; until 1988, and at the Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat (State Jewish Theatre) in Bucharest 1988-1990. From 1990-1998 she was a member of the company of the National Theatre in Bucharest, and since 1998 of Teatrul Bulandra, also in Bucharest; in addition, she continues to act at the State Jewish Theatre and other Bucharest theaters and elsewhere in Romania. Among her notable stage roles in recent years, in a Romanian-language production of The Blue Angel (Ingerul Albastru in Romanian) at Bucharest's Odeon Theater, in 2001-2002 she played (to great critical acclaim) Lola Lola, the character made famous by Marlene Dietrich. At the same time, she was also playing the role of Kathleen Hogan in a Romanian-language production of Israel Horovitz's Park Your Car in Harvard Yard at the State Jewish Theater. Morgenstern has appeared in numerous films, primarily in Hungarian and Romanian-language roles. In The Passion of the Christ, she performs a role in Aramaic, but like the other actors in the cast of that film, she simply memorized her lines phonetically. Her surname, Morgenstern, means "Morning Star" in German, a title of the Virgin Mary, the character she played in The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson, a devout Traditionalist Catholic, thought this of great significance when casting her. In interviews, she has defended The Passion against allegations of anti-Semitism, saying that the high priest Caiaphas is portrayed not as a representative of the Jewish people, but as a leader of the establishment, adding that "Authorities throughout history have persecuted individuals with revolutionary ideas." She has been married twice, and has 3 children: Tudor Aaron, Eva Leea Cabiria and Ana Isadora. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0605164/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Demi Moore by Lina Tanase

Demi Moore Biography Date of Birth 11 November 1962, Roswell, New Mexico, USA Birth Name Demetria Gene Guynes Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on drinking, arguing and beating, until Guynes finally committed suicide. Demi quit school at age 16 to work as a pin-up-girl. At 18, she married rock musician Freddy Moore; the marriage lasted four years. At 19, she became a regular on the soap opera General Hospital (1963). From the first salaries, she started partying and sniffing cocaine. That lasted more than three years, until director Joel Schumacher threatened to fire her from the set of St. Elmo, punto de encuentro (1985) when she turned up high. She got a withdrawal treatment and returned clean within a week... and stayed clean. With determination and a skill for publicity stunts, like the nude appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair while pregnant, she made her way to fame. Thanks to the huge commercial success of Ghost (Más allá del amor) (1990) and the controversial pictures Una proposición indecente (1993) and Acoso (1994), she's Hollywood's most sought-after and most expensive actress. In 2009, Demi Moore and spouse Ashton Kutcher launched The Demi and Ashton Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization directed towards fighting child sexual slavery. Its first campaign in "Real Men Don't Buy Girls". On April 23, 2011, Demi and Ashton appeared together for their first on-air interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight (2011) to promote their foundation and start the work towards ending child sexual slavery. The foundation's website enables people to educate themselves, show support and take action or make a donation. They first got involved in the issue in 2008 and that a great deal of the early work just involved starting discussions, raising awareness and creating urgency. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000193/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt Biography Date of Birth 15 June 1963, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Helen Elizabeth Hunt Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television. Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California. She and her Loco por ti (1992) co-star, Paul Reiser, were both given $1,000,000 per episode salaries for the 1999 TV season. Attended UCLA for 1 month. Celebrates Thanksgiving every year with Anthony Edwards. Did a guest voice on "Los Simpson: Dumbbell Indemnity (1998)" as Moe's girlfriend, Renee. The voice of Moe is Hank Azaria, Helen's real-life love at that time. Got the role in Twister (1996) based on her performance in The Waterdance (1992). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000166/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones Biography Catherine Zeta-Jones was born on September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a candy factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of Welsh and Irish ancestry. Her brothers are David Jones (b. 1967), a development executive, and Lyndon Jones (b. 1972), who works at her production company. Catherine showed an interest early on in entertainment. She starred on stage in "Annie", "Bugsy Malone" and "The Pajama Game". At age 15, she had the lead in the British revival of "42nd Street". She was originally cast as the second understudy for the lead role in the musical but when the star and first understudy became sick the night the play's producer was in the audience, she was given the lead for the rest of the musical's production. She first made a name for herself in the early 1990s when she starred in the Yorkshire Television comedy/drama series The Darling Buds of May (1991). The series was a smash hit and made her one of the United Kingdom's most popular television actresses. She subsequently played supporting roles in several films including Cristóbal Colón: el descubrimiento (1992), the miniseries Catalina la Grande (1996) and a larger part as the seductive Sala in The Phantom: El héroe enmascarado (1996) before landing her breakthrough role playing the fiery Elena opposite Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas in La máscara del Zorro (1998). She starred in many big-budget blockbusters like La trampa (1999), La guarida (1999) and Traffic (2000), for which many believed she was robbed of an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. In November 2000, she married actor Michael Douglas. She gave birth to their son Dylan Michael in August 2000 followed by daughter, Carys, in April 2003. She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her accomplishments in film and television. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001876/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Julia Roberts by Lina Tanase

Julia Roberts Biography Date of Birth 28 October 1967, Smyrna, Georgia, USA Birth Name Julia Fiona Roberts Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her love of animals, Julia originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but later studied journalism. When her brother, Eric Roberts, achieved some success in Hollywood, Julia decided to try acting. Her first break came in 1988 when she appeared in two youth-oriented movies Mystic Pizza (1988) and Satisfacción (1988). The movies introduced her to a new audience who instantly fell in love with this pretty woman. Julia's biggest success was in the signature movie Pretty Woman (1990), for which Julia got an Oscar nomination, and also won the People's Choice award for Favorite Actress. Even though Julia would spend the next few years either starring in serious movies, or playing fantasy roles like Tinkerbell, the movie audiences would always love Julia best in romantic comedies. With La boda de mi mejor amigo (1997) Julia gave the genre fresh life that had been lacking in Hollywood for some time. Offscreen, after a brief marriage, Julia has been romantically linked with several other actors. Julia has also become involved with UNICEF charities and has made visits to many different countries, including Haiti and India, in order to promote goodwill. Julia is one of the most popular and sought-after talents in Hollywood. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000210/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock Biography Date of Birth 26 July 1964, Arlington, Virginia, USA Birth Name Sandra Annette Bullock Sandra Bullock was born in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of Irish, English, French, and German descent. Sandra grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister. She often performed in the children's chorus of whatever production her mother was in. That singing talent later came in handy for her role as an aspiring country singer in Esa cosa llamada amor (1993). Her family moved back to the Washington area when she was adolescent. She later enrolled in East Carolina University in North Carolina, where she studied acting. Shortly afterward she moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage. This led to acting in television programs and then feature films. She gave memorable performances in Demolition Man (1993) and Vaya par de amigos (1993), but did not achieve the stardom that seemed inevitable for her until her work in the smash hit Speed - Máxima potencia (1994). She now ranks as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. For her role in Un sueño posible (2009) she won the Oscar, and her blockbusters La proposición (2009), Cuerpos especiales (2013) and Gravity (2013) made her a bankable star. With $56,000,000, she was listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the highest-paid actress in the world. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000113/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jessica Alba by Lina Tanase

Jessica Alba Biography Date of Birth 28 April 1981, Pomona, California, USA Birth Name Jessica Marie Alba Jessica Alba was born in Pomona, California, on April 28, 1981, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark Alba. Her mother is of Danish and French-Canadian descent, and her father is of Mexican ancestry (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican, and distant Sephardi Jewish, roots). Her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, when she was an infant. Three years later, her Air Force father brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, Texas, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, she was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later, she was signed by an agent. She studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet. In 1996, she appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as "Young Eve". The next year, she appeared on the The Dini Petty Show (1989), a Canadian talk show, and spoke about her role in Las nuevas aventuras de Flipper (1995) and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S. (1999), featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998, she appeared in Brooklyn Sur (1997) as "Melissa". That same year, she was in two episodes of Sensación de vivir (1990) as "Leanne" and in two episodes of Vacaciones en el mar: La nueva tripulación (1998). She appeared in "Teen Magazine" in 1995 and various European magazines in the following several years. More importantly, she was featured in the February 1999 issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine. She also had major roles in two movies that year: Nunca me han besado (1999) and El diablo metió la mano (1999). In 2000, she had roles in Paranoia (2000) and starred in the sci-fi TV series Dark Angel (2000), gaining worldwide recognition. Her first starring role in a major studio film was the 2003 release "Honey," Universal Pictures' contemporary urban drama that grossed over $60 million worldwide. She has since made over 25 feature films that have earned a combined box office total of over $800 million, including comedies and dramas, from gritty independents to major studio blockbusters. In 2005, she starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed "Sin City," directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm 'The Invisible Girl' in Marvel's action-franchise blockbuster "Fantastic Four," which was released by 20th Century Fox in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success with over $300 million in revenue. Jessica has received Golden Globe and People's Choice Award nominations, was voted TV Guide readers' Breakout Star of the Year, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards for "Dark Angel." She won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Female Actress for her performance in "Fantastic Four" and an MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance in "Sin City." She received another Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Horror/Thriller for "The Eye" and was honored by the Young Hollywood Awards as Superstar of Tomorrow in 2005. She has received ALMA Awards for her performances in "Dark Angel" and "Machete," as well as a Fashion Icon in 2009. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004695/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner Biography Date of Birth 19 June 1954, Springfield, Missouri, USA Birth Name Mary Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1977. Kathleen made her film debut in Fuego en el cuerpo (1981), her role as the relentless Matty Waker brought her astronomical success, and is remembered as one of the sexiest roles in film history. After her initial success, Kathleen continued to flourish with performances in Un genio con dos cerebros (1983), Tras el corazón verde (1984), La joya del Nilo (1985), El honor de los Prizzi (1985), Peggy Sue se casó (1986), La guerra de los Rose (1989), and Los asesinatos de mamá (1994). Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000678/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour Biography Date of Birth 15 February 1951, Hayes, Hayes and Harlington, Middlesex, England, UK Birth Name Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg Jane Seymour was born on February 15, 1951 in Hayes, Hayes and Harlington, Middlesex, England as Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg. She is an actress and producer, known for La doctora Quinn (1993), De boda en boda (2005) and Vive y deja morir (1973). She was previously married to James Keach, David Flynn, Victor Geoffrey Planer and Michael Attenborough. James Keach (15 May 1993 - 12 April 2013) (divorced) (2 children) David Flynn (18 July 1981 - 1992) (divorced) (2 children) Victor Geoffrey Planer (1977 - 1978) (divorced) Michael Attenborough (1971 - 1973) (divorced) Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005412/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Charlize Theron by Lina Tanase

Charlize Theron Biography Date of Birth 7 August 1975, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa Nickname Charlie Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle. Theron got an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker". There wasn't much for a young actress or dancer to do in South Africa, so she soon traveled to Europe and United States of America, where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She was also able to work as a photo model. However, an injured knee put a halt to her dancing career. Her mother bought her a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in 1994 and Charlize started visiting all of the agents on Hollywood Boulevard but without any luck. She went to the bank to cash a check for $500 she'd got from her mother and became furious when she learned that the bank could not cash her check because it was an out-state check. She made a scene and an agent gave her his card, in exchange that she learn the language, which she did by watching soap operas on TV. Her first role was as a young mother in a park in a B-film in 1995, but it was a non-speaking role with three seconds of screen time. Her next role was as "Helga" in Dos días en el valle (1996), which landed her the role of "Tina" in The Wonders (1996). Since then, she has starred in movies like Pactar con el diablo (1997); Mi gran amigo Joe (1998); Las normas de la casa de la sidra (1999); La leyenda de Bagger Vance (2000) and The Italian Job (2003). An important day in her life was February 29th, 2004 when she was awarded with her first Academy Award for her performance in Monster (2003). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000234/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes Biography Date of Birth 18 December 1978, Toledo, Ohio, USA Birth Name Kate Noelle Holmes Born two months premature at four pounds, Kate Noelle Holmes made her first appearance on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. She is the daughter of Kathleen (Stothers), a philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., a lawyer. Her parents have said that her strong-willed personality is probably from being born premature. Being the youngest in the Holmes clan, completing the family of three other sisters and one brother, Katie was always the baby. She is of English, Irish, Scottish, German, and French-Canadian ancestry. As a teenager, she began attending modeling school. When she was sixteen, her teacher invited her to go to a modeling competition with other girls from her class. She competed in the International Modeling and Talent Association by singing, dancing, and reciting a monologue from Matar a un ruiseñor (1962). By the end of that time in New York, Katie won many awards. But she said she didn't want to model because it wasn't challenging enough. So when she was seventeen, Katie went to Los Angeles to audition for movies. Luckily, on her second audition, she was cast in the movie, La tormenta de hielo (1997), directed by Ang Lee. Katie's character was Libbets Casey, a rich New Yorker, who is pursued by two of the main characters. It was a small part, but it marked the beginning of her professional acting career. After the excitement of her first movie, Katie began sending in audition tapes for pilot shows. During that time, she was also starring in her all-girls Catholic high school musical, Damn Yankees, as Lola. After Kevin Williamson received her audition tape for his new show, Dawson crece (1998), the producers wanted her to come to Hollywood right away and read live for them. But because they wanted her to come on the opening night for Damn Yankees, Katie had to tell them she couldn't make it. Fortunately, the show's producers wanted her so much for that role, they rescheduled her callback and the result was she got the part as Joey Potter. During her first year with Dawson crece (1998), Katie was able to do two movies, El detective cantante (2003) is a dark musical where the main character (Robert Downey Jr.) is a writer in a hospital for skin conditions who writes a dark world of seduction and murder in his mind. Katie Holmes plays the kind Nurse Mills who tends to his every need. She also gets to lip sync and dance in this movie. In 2004, she starred in the romantic movie Una hija diferente (2004), in which she played the President's (Michael Keaton) daughter, Samantha, who wants to go to college without any Secret Service tagging along. In 2005, Holmes co-starred in Batman Begins (2005), where she played Rachel Dawes, a childhood sweetheart and love interest to Batman/Bruce Wayne. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005017/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz Biography Date of Birth 28 April 1974, Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain Birth Name Penélope Cruz Sánchez Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. At 15, however, she heeded her true calling when she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition. The resulting contract landed her several roles in Spanish TV shows and music videos, which in turn paved the way for a career on the big screen. Cruz made her movie debut in El laberinto griego (1993) (The Greek Labyrinth), then appeared briefly in the Timothy Dalton thriller Framed (1992). Her third film was the Oscar-winning Belle Epoque (1992), in which she played one of four sisters vying for the love of a handsome army deserter. The film also garnered several Goyas, the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Awards. Her resume continued to grow by three or four films each year, and soon Cruz was a leading lady of Spanish cinema. Carne trémula (1997) (Live Flesh) offered her the chance to work with renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (who would later be her ticket to international fame), and the same year she was the lead actress in the thriller/drama/mystery/sci-fi film Abre los ojos (1997), a huge hit in Spain that earned eight Goyas (though none for Cruz). Her luck finally changed in 1998, when the movie-industry comedy La niña de tus ojos (1998) won her a Best Actress Goya. Cruz made a few more forays into English-language film, but her first big international hit was Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre (1999), in which she played an unchaste but well-meaning nun. As the film was showered with awards and accolades, Cruz suddenly found herself in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Her next big project was Woman on Top (2000), an American comedy about a chef with bewitching culinary skills and a severe case of motion sickness. While in the US, she also signed up to star opposite Johnny Depp in the drug-trafficking drama Blow (2001) and opposite Matt Damon in Billy Bob Thornton's Todos los caballos bellos (2000). Cruz says she's wary of being typecast as a beautiful young damsel, but it's hard to imagine disguising her wide-eyed charms and generous nature. Fortunately, with Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (2001) (a remake of Abre los ojos (1997)) and a John Madden collaboration looming in her future, Damsel Penelope isn't likely to disappear just yet. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004851/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Pamela Anderson by Lina Tanase

Pamela Anderson Biography Date of Birth 1 July 1967, Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada Birth Name Pamela Denise Anderson A native of Canada, Pamela Denise Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia and later moved to the city of Vancouver. It was while she was attending a British Columbia Lions football game that Anderson was "discovered" in a most unusual way. Dressed in a Labatt's Beer T-shirt, her image was transmitted on the stadium's widescreen. The fans cheered the beautiful girl, and she was brought down to the 50-yard line and introduced to the appreciative crowd. As a result, she was signed to a commercial contract with Labatt's and became the company's Blue Zone girl. The campaign was so popular that other commercials and advertising assignments for Anderson soon followed. Due to the recognition from these commercials, she was soon approached to do her first cover for Playboy Magazine. Pamela has since gone on to grace the cover again an astounding five times, more than any other woman in the magazine's history. With the success and recognition she garnered from Playboy, Anderson soon moved to Los Angeles, California where she spent two seasons in the top-ten ABC-TV situation comedy Un chapuzas en casa (1991), as Lisa, the Tool Time Girl. It was on "Home Improvement" that she captured the attention and affection of viewing audiences, nationwide. At the same time, Anderson was cast as C.J. Parker on the internationally successful series Los vigilantes de la playa (1989), but because of the impossible scheduling requirements of working on two series, she eventually left "Home Improvement" and remained full-time on "Baywatch". She now stars on one of the most phenomenally popular television programs of all time, which is seen in 140 countries, worldwide. Recently, Anderson made the transition into the feature film arena, starring in Dark Horse Entertainment's action comedy Barb Wire (1996). In addition, Anderson was featured in the CBS movie-of-the-week Come Die with Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery (1994), a hip and updated Mike Hammer mystery, co-starring Rob Estes. Pamela was married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, and they had two children, Brandon and Dylan. However, the couple divorced in early 1998. Both have had a rocky relationship in the past and continued to date on and off, but then headed to court over custody of their two sons. Meanwhile, she starred in and produced her television series V.I.P. (1998), which ran for four seasons until 2002. During the spring of 2001, she dated singer Kid Rock, but they broke up in the fall of 2003. Eventually, she reunited with ex-husband Tommy Lee after she found out she was diagnosed with hepatitis C, which she contracted when they shared the same needle for their tattoo. By the fall of 2003, the new network Spike-TV launched her latest action series, a cartoon, developed by Stan Lee, called Stripperella (2003). She is an active participant in various organizations, including PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and dedicates her time by taking part in religious practices with children from around the world. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000097/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Angelina Jolie 29.10

Angelina Jolie Biography Date of Birth 4 June 1975, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Angelina Jolie Voight Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who has become popular by taking on the title role in the "Lara Croft" series of blockbuster movies. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees. She often appears on many "most beautiful women" lists, and she has a personal life that is avidly covered by the tabloid press. In her earliest years, Angelina began absorbing the acting craft from her parents - her father is the Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight and her mother is Marcheline Bertrand, who had studied with Lee Strasberg. At age 11, Angelina began studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she was seen in several stage productions. She undertook some film studies at New York University and later joined the renowned Met Theatre Group in Los Angeles. At age 16, she took up a career in modeling and appeared in some music videos. Her good looks may derive from her ancestry, which is German and Slovak on her father's side, and French-Canadian, Dutch, German, Czech, and remote Huron, on her mother's side. In the mid-1990s, Jolie appeared in various small films where she got good notices, including Hackers, piratas informáticos (1995) and Jóvenes incomprendidas (1996). Her critical acclaim increased when she played strong roles in the made-for-TV movies Coraje de Mujer (1997), and in George Wallace (1997) which won her a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. Jolie's acclaim increased even further when she played the lead role in the HBO production Gia (1998). This was the true life story of supermodel Gia Carangi, a sensitive wild child who was both brazen and needy and who had a difficult time handling professional success and the deaths of people who were close to her. Carangi became involved with drugs and because of her needle-using habits she became, at the tender age of 26, one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS. Jolie's performance in Gia (1998) again garnered a Golden Globe Award and another Emmy nomination, and she additionally earned a SAG Award. Jolie has stated that she now plans to spend most of her time in humanitarian efforts, to be financed by her actress salary. She devotes one third of her income to savings, one third to living expenses and one third to charity. In 2002, Angelina adopted a Cambodian refugee boy named Maddox, and in 2005, adopted an Ethiopian refugee girl named Zahara. Jolie's dramatic feature film Amar peligrosamente (2003) parallels some of her real life humanitarian experiences although, despite the inclusion of a romance between two westerners, many of the movie's images were too depressingly realistic -- the film was not popular among critics or at the box office. In 2004, Jolie began filming Sr. y Sra. Smith (2005) with co-star Brad Pitt. The film became a major box office success. There were rumors that Pitt and Jolie had an affair while filming "Smith". Jolie insisted that because her mother had been hurt by adultery, she herself could never participate in an affair with a married man, therefore there had been no affair with Pitt at that time. Nonetheless, Pitt separated from his wife Jennifer Aniston in January 2005 and, in the months that followed, he was frequently seen in public with Jolie, apparently as a couple. Pitt's divorce was finalized later in 2005. Jolie and Pitt announced in early 2006 that they would have a child together, and Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh that May. They also adopted a three-year-old Vietnamese boy named Pax. The couple continues to pursue movie and humanitarian projects. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001401/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger Biography Date of Birth 25 April 1969, Katy, Texas, USA Birth Name Renée Kathleen Zellweger Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger, a marketing executive born on February 15, 1967. Renée got interested in acting in high school while working on the drama club. She also took an acting class at the University of Texas (Austin), where she began looking towards acting as a career. After graduation, she wanted to continue acting, but Hollywood is a tough town to break into, so Renée decided to stay in Texas, and auditioned for roles around Houston, where she managed to grab roles in such films as Bocados de realidad (1994) and Empire Records (1995). While on the set for the sequel, La matanza de Texas: La nueva generación (1994), she befriended Matthew McConaughey, another Hollywood up-and-comer. He was working on a project at the time that Renée was interested in, auditioned for, and won the role in the film Amor del calibre 45 (1994), which earned her enough critical praise that she decided to move to Los Angeles. Another role in El que caminaba solo (1996) followed which led to her big break. Cameron Crowe was busy casting his next film, Jerry Maguire (1996), starring Tom Cruise. Crowe was considering such actresses as Cameron Diaz, Bridget Fonda, Winona Ryder, and Marisa Tomei, when he heard of Zellweger's performance in El que caminaba solo (1996). He auditioned Zellweger and was sure he'd found his Dorothy Boyd. Renée followed her huge success with a few small independent films and after receiving further critical praise, she felt confident enough to reenter the world of big-budget Hollywood films. She starred opposite Meryl Streep in the tear-jerker Cosas que importan (1998). She also took a role in Yo, yo mismo e Irene (2000), opposite Jim Carrey, and soon after began dating Carrey. The two denied their relationship at first, but finally gave in and admitted it; today they are no longer together. Also in 2000, she starred in the title role in Persiguiendo a Betty (2000), where she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. In 2001, she received even more critical and commercial success in the title role in El diario de Bridget Jones (2001). She received her first Academy Award nomination for her role, which was followed by her second Oscar-nominated role in the musical Chicago (2002). She then again wowed audiences with her fierce yet warm portrayal of Ruby Thewes in the film adaptation of Cold Mountain (2003), which won Zellweger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, which was her first Academy Award. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000250/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jennifer Aniston by Lina Tanase

Jennifer Aniston Biography Date of Birth 11 February 1969, Sherman Oaks, California, USA Nicknames Jen Jenny Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City where her parents divorced when she was 9. Jennifer was raised by her mother and her father landed a role, as "Victor Kiriakis", on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives (1965). Jennifer had her first taste of acting at age 11 when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club. It was also at the Rudolf Steiner School that she developed her passion for art. She began her professional training as a drama student at New York's School of Performing Arts, aka the "Fame" school. It was a division of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. In 1987, after graduation, she appeared in such Off-Broadway productions as "For Dear Life" and "Dancing on Checker's Grave". In 1989, she landed her first television role, as a series regular on Molloy (1989). She also appeared in The Edge (1992), Un chico listo (1990), and had a recurring part on La cabeza de Herman (1991). By 1993, she was floundering. Then, in 1994, a pilot called "Friends Like These" came along. Originally asked to audition for the role of "Monica", Aniston refused and auditioned for the role of "Rachel Green", the suburban princess turned coffee peddler. With the success of the series Friends (1994), Jennifer has become famous and sought-after as she turns her fame into movie roles during the series hiatus. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000098/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger Biography Date of Birth 8 December 1953, Athens, Georgia, USA Birth Name Kimila Ann Basinger Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. She is the daughter of Ann Lee (Cordell) and Donald Wade Basinger, a loan manager. Both her parents had been in entertainment; her father had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, a trait she has credited as having come from her father. As a schoolgirl, she was very shy. To help her overcome this, her parents had Kim study ballet from an early age. By the time she reached sweet sixteen, the once-shy Kim entered the Athens Junior Miss contest. From there, she went on to win the Junior Miss Georgia title and traveled to New York to compete in the national Junior Miss pageant. Kim, who had blossomed to a 5' 7" beauty, was offered a contract on the spot with the Ford Modeling Agency. At the age of 20, Kim was a top model, commanding $1,000 a day. Throughout the early 1970s, she appeared on dozens of magazine covers and in hundreds of ads, most notably as the Breck girl. Kim took acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse, performed in various Greenwich Village clubs, and sang under the stage name Chelsea. Kim moved to Los Angeles in 1976, ready to conquer Hollywood. Kim broke into television doing episodes of such hit series as Los ángeles de Charlie (1976). In 1980, she married Ron Snyder (they divorced in 1989). In movies, she had roles like being a Bond girl in Nunca digas nunca jamás (1983) and playing a small-town Texas beauty in Nadine (1987). Her biggest success was in the role of photojournalist Vicki Vale in the blockbuster hit Batman (1989). This took her to a career high. With perhaps too much disposable income, Kim headed up an investment group that purchased the entire town of Braselton, in her native Georgia, for $20 million (she would later have to sell it). In 1993, Kim married Alec Baldwin, and in 1995 they had a daughter, Ireland Eliesse. Kim took some time off to stay at home with her child. Kim, who loves animals and is a strict vegetarian, devoted energy to animal rights issues and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), even posing for some ads. In 1997, Kim gave an Oscar-winning performance in the film noir classic L.A. Confidential (1997). Kim's salary for Soñé con África (2000) was $5,000,000, putting her firmly in the category of big-name movie star. And no doubt there are still many great things ahead, in the career of cover girl turned Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000107/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Nicole Kidman by Lina Tanase

Nicole Kidman Biography Date of Birth 20 June 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Birth Name Nicole Mary Kidman Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. The family moved almost immediately to Washington, D.C., where Nicole's father pursued his research on breast cancer, and then, three years later, made the pilgrimage to her parents' native Sydney, Australia. Young Nicole's first love was ballet, but she eventually took up mime and drama as well (her first stage role was a bleating sheep in an elementary school Christmas pageant). In her adolescent years, acting edged out the other arts and became a kind of refuge -- as her classmates sought out fun in the sun, the fair-skinned Kidman retreated to dark rehearsal halls to practice her craft. She worked regularly at the Philip Street Theater, where she once received a personal letter of praise and encouragement from audience member Jane Campion (then a film student). Kidman eventually dropped out of high school to pursue acting full-time. She broke into movies at age 16, landing a role in the Australian holiday favorite Bush Christmas (1983). That appearance touched off a flurry of film and television offers, including a lead in Los bicivoladores (1983) and a turn as a schoolgirl-turned-protester in the miniseries Vietnam (1987) (for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award). With the help of an American agent, she eventually made her US debut opposite Sam Neill in the at-sea thriller Calma total (1989). Kidman's next casting coup scored her more than exposure. While starring as Tom Cruise's doctor/love interest in the racetrack romance Días de trueno (1990), she won over the Hollywood hunk hook, line and sinker. After a whirlwind courtship (and decent box office returns), the couple wed on December 24, 1990. Determined not to let her new marital status overshadow her fledgling career, the actress pressed on. She appeared as a catty high school senior in the Australian film La primera experiencia (1991), then as Dustin Hoffman's moll in the gangster flick Billy Bathgate (1991). She reunited with Cruise for Un horizonte muy lejano (1992), the story of young Irish lovers who flee to America in the late 1800s, and starred opposite Michael Keaton in the tear-tugger Mi vida (1993). Despite her steady employment, critics and moviegoers still had not quite warmed to Kidman as a leading lady. She tried to spice up her image by seducing Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), but achieved her real breakthrough with Gus Van Sant's Todo por un sueño (1995). As a fame-crazed housewife determined to eliminate any obstacle in her path, Kidman proved that she had an impressive range and deadly comic timing. She took home a Golden Globe and several critics' awards for the performance. In 1996, Kidman stepped into a corset to work with her countrywoman and onetime admirer, Jane Campion, on the adaptation of Henry James's Retrato de una dama (1996). A few months later, she tore across the screen as a nuclear weapons expert in El pacificador (1997), adding "action star" to her professional repertoire. She and Cruise then disappeared into a notoriously long, secretive shoot for Stanley Kubrick's sexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The couple's on-screen shenanigans prompted an increase in public speculation about their sex life (rumors had long been circulating that their marriage was a cover-up for Cruise's homosexuality); tired of denying tabloid attacks, they successfully sued The Star for a story alleging that they needed a sex therapist to coach them through love scenes. Family life has always been a priority for Kidman. Born to social activists (mother was a feminist; father, a labor advocate), Nicole and her little sister, Antonia Kidman, discussed current events around the dinner table and participated in their parents' campaigns by passing out pamphlets on street corners. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, 17-year-old Nicole stopped working and took a massage course so that she could provide physical therapy (her mother eventually beat the cancer). She and Cruise adopted two children: Isabella Jane (born 1993) and Connor Antony (born 1995). Despite their rock-solid image, the couple announced in early 2001 that they were separating due to career conflicts. Her marriage to Cruise ended mid-summer of 2001. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000173/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Natalie Portman by Lina Tanase

Natalie Portman Biography Date of Birth 9 June 1981, Jerusalem, Israel Birth Name Natalie Hershlag Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington, D.C., when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard University. She was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of 11. She was pushed towards a career in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting. She was featured in many live performances, but she made her powerful film debut in the movie El profesional (Léon) (1994) (aka "Léon"). Following this role Natalie won roles in such films as Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), and Mars Attacks! (1996).  It was not until 1999 that Natalie received worldwide fame as Queen Amidala in the highly anticipated US$431 million-grossing prequel Star Wars: Episodio I - La amenaza fantasma (1999). She then she starred in two critically acclaimed comedy dramas, A cualquier otro lugar (1999) and La fuerza del amor (2000), followed by Closer (2004), for which she received an Oscar nomination. She reprised her role as Padme Amidala in the last two episodes of the Star Wars prequel trilogy: Star Wars: Episodio II - El ataque de los clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episodio III - La venganza de los Sith (2005). She received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Cisne negro (2010). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000204/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart Biography Date of Birth 25 December 1899, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 14 January 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer of the esophagus) The son of a moderately wealthy Manhattan surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium) and a famed magazine illustrator, Humphrey Bogart was educated at Trinity School, New York City, sent to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in preparation for medical studies at Yale. He was expelled from Phillips and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. From 1920 to 1922, he managed a stage company owned by family friend William A. Brady (the father of actress Alice Brady), performing a variety of tasks at Brady's film studio in New York. He then began regular stage performances. Alexander Woollcott described his acting in a 1922 play as inadequate. In 1930, he gained a contract with Fox, his feature film debut in a ten-minute short, Broadway's Like That (1930), co-starring Ruth Etting and Joan Blondell. Fox released him after two years. After five years of stage and minor film roles, he had his breakthrough role in El bosque petrificado (1936) from Warner Bros. He won the part over Edward G. Robinson only after the star, Leslie Howard, threatened Warner Bros. that he would quit unless Bogart was given the key role of Duke Mantee, which he had played in the Broadway production with Howard. The film was a major success and led to a long-term contract with Warner Bros. From 1936 to 1940, Bogart appeared in 28 films, usually as a gangster, twice in Westerns and even a horror film. His landmark year was 1941 (often capitalizing on parts George Raft had stupidly rejected) with roles in classics such as El último refugio (1941) and as Sam Spade in one of his most fondly remembered films, El halcón maltés (1941). These were followed by Casablanca (1942), El sueño eterno (1946), and Cayo Largo (1948). Bogart, despite his erratic education, was incredibly well-read and he favored writers and intellectuals within his small circle of friends. In 1947, he joined wife Lauren Bacall and other actors protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee witch hunts. He also formed his own production company, and the next year made El tesoro de Sierra Madre (1948). Bogie won the best actor Academy Award for La reina de África (1951) and was nominated for Casablanca (1942) and as Captain Queeg in El motín del Caine (1954), a film made when he was already seriously ill. He died in his sleep at his Hollywood home following surgeries and a battle with throat cancer. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000007/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Cary Grant

Cary Grant Biography Date of Birth 18 January 1904, Horfield, Bristol, England, UK Date of Death 29 November 1986, Davenport, Iowa, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage) Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant," Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." His early years in Bristol, England, would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. The real truth, however, was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he wouldn't see his mother again until he was in his late 20s). He left school at 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join Bob Pender's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920, was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the US. Their show on Broadway, "Good Times," ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. Mae West wanted Grant for Lady Lou (1933) because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. Grant was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62. One biographer said Grant was alienated by the new realism in the film industry. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he had invented a man-of-the-world persona and a style--"high comedy with polished words." In Atrapa a un ladrón (1955), he and Grace Kelly were allowed to improvise some of the dialogue. They knew what the director, Alfred Hitchcock, wanted to do with a scene, they rehearsed it, put in some clever double entendres that got past the censors, and then the scene was filmed. His biggest box-office success was another Hitchcock 1950s film, Con la muerte en los talones (1959) made with Eva Marie Saint since Kelly was by that time Princess of Monaco. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000026/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando Biography Date of Birth 3 April 1924, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Date of Death 1 July 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pulmonary fibrosis) Marlon Brando, Jr. was born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Marlon Brando, Sr., a calcium carbonate salesman, and his artistically inclined wife, the former Dorothy Julia Pennebaker. "Bud" Brando was one of three children. His ancestry included English, and smaller amounts of Irish, German, Dutch, French Huguenot, Welsh, and Scottish; his surname originated with a distant German immigrant ancestor named "Brandau". His oldest sister Jocelyn Brando was also an actress, taking after their mother, who engaged in amateur theatricals and mentored a then-unknown Henry Fonda, another Nebraska native, in her role as director of the Omaha Community Playhouse. Frannie, Brando's other sibling, was a visual artist. Both Brando sisters contrived to leave the Midwest for New York City, Jocelyn to study acting and Frannie to study art. Marlon managed to escape the vocational doldrums forecast for him by his cold, distant father and his disapproving schoolteachers by striking out for The Big Apple in 1943, following Jocelyn into the acting profession. Acting was the only thing he was good at, for which he received praise, so he was determined to make it his career - a high-school dropout, he had nothing else to fall back on, having been rejected by the military due to a knee injury he incurred playing football at Shattuck Military Academy, Brando Sr.'s alma mater. The school booted Marlon out as incorrigible before graduation. Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949, a decision for which he was severely criticized when his star began to dim in the 1960s and he was excoriated for squandering his talents. No actor ever exerted such a profound influence on succeeding generations of actors as did Brando. More than 50 years after he first scorched the screen as Stanley Kowalski in the movie version of Tennessee Williams' Un tranvía llamado deseo (1951) and a quarter-century after his last great performance as Col. Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), all American actors are still being measured by the yardstick that was Brando. It was if the shadow of John Barrymore, the great American actor closest to Brando in terms of talent and stardom, dominated the acting field up until the 1970s. He did not, nor did any other actor so dominate the public's consciousness of what WAS an actor before or since Brando's 1951 on-screen portrayal of Stanley made him a cultural icon. Brando eclipsed the reputation of other great actors circa 1950, such as Paul Muni and Fredric March. Only the luster of Spencer Tracy's reputation hasn't dimmed when seen in the starlight thrown off by Brando. However, neither Tracy nor Olivier created an entire school of acting just by the force of his personality. Brando did. Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000008/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire Biography Date of Birth 10 May 1899, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Date of Death 22 June 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia) Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was loaned to MGM to appear in Alma de bailarina (1933) before starting work on RKO's Volando hacia Río de Janeiro (1933). In the latter film, he began his highly successful partnership with Ginger Rogers, with whom he danced in 9 RKO pictures. During these years, he was also active in recording and radio. On film, Astaire later appeared opposite a number of partners through various studios. After a temporary retirement in 1945-7, during which he opened Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Astaire returned to film to star in more musicals through 1957. He subsequently performed a number of straight dramatic roles in film and TV. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000001/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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James Dean by Lina Tanase

James Dean Biography Date of Birth 8 February 1931, Marion, Indiana, USA Date of Death 30 September 1955, Cholame, California, USA  (road accident) James Dean was born in 1931 and raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting. He received rave reviews for his work as the blackmailing Arab boy in the New York production of Gide's "The Immoralist", good enough to earn him a trip to Hollywood. His early film efforts were strictly bit parts: a sailor in the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis overly frantic musical comedy ¡Vaya par de marinos! (1952); a GI in Samuel Fuller's moody study of a platoon in the Korean War, A bayoneta calada (1951) and a youth in the Piper Laurie-Rock Hudson comedy ¿Has visto a mi chica? (1952). He had major roles in only three movies. In the Elia Kazan production of John Steinbeck's Al Este del Edén (1955) he played Caleb, the "bad" brother who couldn't force affection from his stiff-necked father. His true starring role, the one which fixed his image forever in American culture, was that of the brooding red-jacketed teenager Jim Stark in Nicholas Ray's Rebelde sin causa (1955). George Stevens' filming of Edna Ferber's Gigante (1956), in which he played the non-conforming cowhand Jett Rink who strikes it rich when he discovers oil, was just coming to a close when Dean, driving his Porsche Spyder race car, collided with another car while on the road near Cholame, California on September 30, 1955. He had received a speeding ticket just two hours before. James Dean was killed almost immediately from the impact from a broken neck. He was 24. His very brief career, violent death and highly publicized funeral transformed him into a cult object of apparently timeless fascination. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000015/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper Biography Date of Birth 7 May 1901, Helena, Montana, USA Date of Death 13 May 1961, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (prostate cancer) "Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine, a 600-acre ranch that had originally been a land grant to the builders of the railroad through that part of Montana. In 1910, Gary's mother, who had been ill, was advised to take a long sea voyage by her doctor. She went to England and stayed there until the United States entered World War I. Gary and his older brother Arthur stayed with their mother and went to school in England for seven years. Too young to go to war, Gary spent the war years working on his father's ranch. "Getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning in the dead of winter to feed 450 head of cattle and shoveling manure at 40 below ain't romantic", said the man who would take the Western to the top of its genre in Solo ante el peligro (1952). So well liked was Cooper that he aroused little envy when, in 1939, the U.S. Treasury Department said that he was the nation's top wage earner. That year he earned $482,819. This tall, silent hero was the American ideal for many people of his generation. Ernest Hemingway who lived his novels before he wrote them, was happy to have Gary Cooper play his protagonists in Adiós a las armas (1932) and Por quién doblan las campanas (1943). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000011/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy Biography Date of Birth 5 April 1900, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Date of Death 10 June 1967, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack following lung congestion) Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war. At Ripon College he did well in the lead of "The Truth" and decided on acting as a career. In New York he roomed with O'Brien while they attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1923 they both got nonspeaking parts as robots in "R.U.R". In stock he supported himself with jobs as bellhop, janitor and salesman. John Ford saw his critically acclaimed performance in the lead role in in The Last Mile (1932) and signed him to Río arriba (1930) for Fox. Despite appearing in 16 films there over the next 5 years, Tracy never achieved star status there (during his stint the studio had floundered and was absorbed into Darryl F. Zanuck's 20th Century Pictures). In 1935 he signed with MGM under the aegis of Irving Thalberg and his career flourished. He became the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars for Capitanes intrépidos (1937) and in a project he initially didn't want to star in, Forja de hombres (1938). He was nominated for San Francisco (1936), El padre de la novia (1950), Conspiración de silencio (1955), El viejo y el mar (1958), La herencia del viento (1960), Vencedores o vencidos (1961), and Adivina quién viene esta noche (1967). He had a brief romantic relationship with Loretta Young in the 1930s and a lifelong one with Katharine Hepburn beginning in 1942. His Catholic beliefs precluded ever divorcing his wife Louise, though they lived apart. Tracy suffered from severe alcoholism and diabetes (from the late 1940's), which unfortunately impacted his willingness to accept several tailor-made roles in films that would become big hits. Although his drinking problems were well known, he was inarguably considered one of the best actors in Hollywood among his peers (he had a well deserved reputation for keeping co-stars on their toes for his oddly endearing scene-stealing tricks) and remained in demand. A few weeks after completion of Stanley Kramer's Adivina quién viene esta noche (1967), during which he suffered from lung congestion, he died of a heart attack. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000075/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Clark Gable

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Clark Gable by Lina Tanase

Clark Gable Biography Date of Birth 1 February 1901, Cadiz, Ohio, USA Date of Death 16 November 1960, Los Angeles, California, USA  (coronary thrombosis) Clark Gable's mother died when he was seven months old. At 16 he quit high school, went to work in an Akron (Ohio) tire factory and decided to become an actor after seeing the play "The Bird of Paradise". He toured in stock companies, worked oil fields and sold ties. In 1924 he reached Hollywood with the help of Portland, Oregon, theatre manager Josephine Dillon, who coached and later married him (she was 17 years his senior). After playing a few bit parts he returned to the stage, becoming lifelong friends with Lionel Barrymore. After several failed screen tests (for Barrymore and Darryl F. Zanuck), Gable was signed in 1930 by MGM's Irving Thalberg. Joan Crawford asked for him as co-star in Danzad, locos, danzad (1931) and the public loved him manhandling Norma Shearer in Un alma libre (1931) the same year. His unshaven lovemaking with bra-less Jean Harlow in Tierra de pasión (1932) made him MGM's most important star. At one point he refused an assignment and the studio punished him by loaning him out to (at the time) low-rent Columbia Pictures, which put him in Frank Capra's Sucedió una noche (1934), which won him an Oscar. He returned to far more substantial roles at MGM, such as Fletcher Christian in La tragedia de la Bounty (1935) and Rhett Butler in Lo que el viento se llevó (1939). When his third wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the US Army Air Force and was off the screen for three years, flying combat missions in Europe. When he returned the studio regarded his salary as excessive and did not renew his contract. He freelanced, but his films didn't do well at the box office. He announced during filming of Vidas rebeldes (1961) that, for the first time, he was to become a father. Two months later he died of a heart attack. He was laid to rest beside Carole Lombard at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000022/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier Biography Date of Birth 20 February 1927, Miami, Florida, USA Birth Name Sidney L. Poitier A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother, in order to forestall a growing tendency toward delinquency. In the U.S., Poitier first experienced the racial chasm that divides the country, a great shock to a boy coming from a society with a majority of African descent. A determination to find and create opportunities for African-Americans was born in him because of the poor treatment he received on the streets of Miami. At 18, he went to New York, did menial jobs and slept in a bus terminal toilet. A brief stint in the Army as a worker at a veteran's hospital was followed by more menial jobs in Harlem. An impulsive audition at the American Negro Theatre was rejected so forcefully that Poitier dedicated the next six months to overcoming his accent and performance ineptness. On his second try, he was accepted. He was spotted in a rehearsal and given a bit part in a Broadway production of "Lysistrata," for which he got excellent reviews. By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film Un rayo de luz (1950). Poitier's performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles, each considerably more interesting and prominent than most African American actors of the time were getting. Nevertheless, the roles were still less interesting and prominent than those white actors routinely obtained. But seven years later, after turning down several projects he considered demeaning, Poitier got a number of roles that catapulted him into a category rarely if ever achieved by an African American man of that time, that of starring leading man. One of the films, Fugitivos (1958), gave Poitier his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Five years later, he won the Oscar for Los lirios del valle (1963), the first African American to win for a leading role. Poitier maintained activity on stage, on screen, and in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. His roles in Adivina quién viene esta noche (1967) and Rebelión en las aulas (1967) were for their time landmarks in the breaking down of social barriers between African Americans and whites, and Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. He took on directing and producing chores in the Seventies, achieving success in both arenas. Although he has reduced the frequency of his roles in recent years, he remains one of the most respected and beloved figures in American cinema of the twentieth century. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001627/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Charles Chaplin

Charles Chaplin Biography Date of Birth 16 April 1889, Walworth, London, England, UK Date of Death 25 December 1977, Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 16th, 1889 to Charles and Hannah (Hill) Chaplin, both music hall performers, who were married on June 22nd, 1885. After Charles Sr. separated from Hannah to perform in New York City, Hannah then tried to resurrect her stage career. Unfortunately, her singing voice had a tendency to break at unexpected moments. When this happened, the stage manager spotted young Charlie standing in the wings and led him on stage, where five-year-old Charlie began to sing a popular tune. Charlie and his half-brother, Syd Chaplin spent their lives in and out of charity homes and workhouses between their mother's bouts of insanity. Hannah was committed to Cane Hill Asylum in May of 1903 and lived there until 1921, when Chaplin moved her to California. Chaplin began his official acting career at the age of eight, touring with The Eight Lancashire Lads. At 18 he began touring with Fred Karno's vaudeville troupe, joining them on the troupe's 1910 US tour. He traveled west to California in December 1913 and signed on with Keystone Studios' popular comedy director Mack Sennett, who had seen Chaplin perform on stage in New York. Charlie soon wrote his brother Syd, asking him to become his manager. While at Keystone, Chaplin appeared in and directed 35 films, starring as the Little Tramp in nearly all. In November 1914, he left Keystone and signed on at Essanay, where he made 15 films. In 1916, he signed on at Mutual and made 12 films. In June 1917, Chaplin signed up with First National Studios, after which he built Chaplin Studios. In 1919 he and Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith formed United Artists (UA). Chaplin's life and career was full of scandal and controversy. His first big scandal was during World War I, during which time his loyalty to England, his home country, was questioned. He had never applied for US citizenship, but claimed that he was a "paying visitor" to the United States. Many British citizens called Chaplin a coward and a slacker. This and his other career eccentricities sparked suspicion with FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and the House Un-American Activities Council (HUAC), who believed that he was injecting Communist propaganda into his films. Chaplin's later film El gran dictador (1940), which was his first "talkie", also created a stir. In the film Chaplin plays a humorous caricature of Adolf Hitler. Some thought the film was poorly done and in bad taste. However it grossed over $5 million and earned five Academy Award Nominations. Another scandal occurred when Chaplin briefly dated 22-year-old Joan Barry. However Chaplin's relationship with Barry came to an end in 1942, after a series of harassing actions from her. In May of 1943 Barry returned to inform Chaplin that she was pregnant and filed a paternity suit, claiming that the unborn child was his. During the 1944 trial blood tests proved that Chaplin was not the father, but at the time blood tests were inadmissible evidence and he was ordered to pay $75 a week until the child turned 21. Chaplin was also scrutinized for his support in aiding the Russian struggle against the invading Nazis during World War II, and the U.S. government questioned his moral and political views, suspecting him of having Communist ties. For this reason HUAC subpoenaed him in 1947. However HUAC finally decided that it was no longer necessary for him to appear for testimony. Conversely, when Chaplin and his family traveled to London for the premier of Candilejas (1952), he was denied re-entry to the United States. In reality, the government had almost no evidence to prove that he was a threat to national security. He and his wife decided, instead, to settle in Switzerland. Chaplin was married four times and had a total of 11 children. In 1918 he wed Mildred Harrisand they had a son together, Norman Spencer Chaplin, who only lived three days. Chaplin and Mildred were divorced in 1920. He married Lita Grey in 1924, who had two sons, Charles Chaplin Jr. and Sydney Chaplin. They were divorced in 1927. In 1936, Chaplin married Paulette Goddard and his final marriage was to Oona O'Neill (Oona Chaplin), daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1943. Oona gave birth to eight children: Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, Victoria Chaplin, Eugene, Jane, Annette-Emilie and Christopher Chaplin. In contrast to many of his boisterous characters, Chaplin was a quiet man who kept to himself a lot. He also had an "un-millionaire" way of living. Even after he had accumulated millions, he continued to live in shabby accommodations. In 1921 Chaplin was decorated by the French government for his outstanding work as a filmmaker, and was elevated to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1952. In 1972 he was honored with an Academy Award for his "incalculable effect in making motion pictures the art form of the century." He was created Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1975 New Year's Honours List. No formal reason for the honour was listed. The citation simply reads "Charles Spencer CHAPLIN, Film Actor and Producer". Chaplin's other works included musical scores he composed for many of his films. He also authored two autobiographical books, "My Autobiography" in 1964 and its companion volume, "My Life in Pictures" in 1974. Chaplin died of natural causes on December 25, 1977 at his home in Switzerland. In 1978 Chaplin's corpse was stolen from its grave and was not recovered for three months; he was re-buried in a vault surrounded by cement. Charlie Chaplin was considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of American cinema, whose movies were and still are popular throughout the world, and have even gained notoriety as time progresses. His films show, through the Little Tramp's positive outlook on life in a world full of chaos, that the human spirit has and always will remain the same. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000122/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Richard Burton

Richard Burton Biography Date of Birth 10 November 1925, Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK Date of Death 5 August 1984, Céligny, Geneva, Switzerland  (cerebral haemorrhage) Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins, a coal miner. He received a scholarship to Oxford University to study acting and made his first stage appearance in the early 1940s. His first film appearances were in non-descript movies such as The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949), Waterfront (1950) and Green Grow the Rushes (1951). Then he started to get noticed by producers and audiences with his lead in Mi prima Raquel (1952), La túnica sagrada (1953) and Alejandro Magno (1956), added to this he was also spending considerable time in stage productions, both in the UK and USA, often to splendid reviews. The late 1950s was an exciting and inventive time in UK cinema, often referred to as the "British New Wave", and Burton was right in the thick of things, and showcased a sensational performance in Mirando hacia atrás con ira (1959). He also appeared with a cavalcade of international stars in the WW2 magnum opus El día más largo (1962), and then onto arguably his most "notorious" role as that of "Marc Antony" opposite Elizabeth Taylor in the hugely expensive Cleopatra (1963). This was, of course, the film that kick-started their fiery and passionate romance (plus two marriages), and the two of them appeared in several productions over the next few years including Hotel Internacional (1963), Castillos en la arena (1965), the dynamic ¿Quién teme a Virginia Woolf? (1966) and La mujer indomable (1967). However, Burton was often better when he was off on his own giving higher caliber performances, such as those in Becket (1964), the brilliant thriller El espía que surgió del frío (1965) and alongside Clint Eastwood in the actioner El desafío de las águilas (1968). His audience appeal began to decline somewhat during the early 1970s as fans turned to younger, more virile male stars, however Burton was superb in Ana de los mil días (1969), he put on a reasonable show in Comando en el desierto (1971), was over the top in Barba Azul (1972), and wildly miscast in the ludicrous El asesinato de Trotsky (1972). By 1975, quality male lead roles were definitely going to other stars, and Burton found himself appearing in some movies of dubious quality, just to pay the bills, including El hombre del clan (1974), El hereje (Exorcista II) (1977) and Alarma: catástrofe (1978). However in 1978, he appeared with fellow UK acting icons Richard Harris and Roger Moore in Patos salvajes (1978) about mercenaries in South Africa, and whilst the film had a modest initial run, over the past twenty five years it has picked up quite a cult following! His two last great performances were as the sinister "O'Brien" in 1984 (1984), and in the TV mini series La isla de Ellis (1984). He passed away on August 5th, 1984 in Celigny, Switzerland from a cerebral hemorrhage. Burton was an avid fan of Shakespeare, poetry and reading, having once said "home is where the books are". Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000009/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas Biography Date of Birth 9 December 1916, Amsterdam, New York, USA Birth Name Issur Danielovitch Demsky Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. His parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel Danielovitch, were Jewish immigrants from Chavusy, Mahilyow Voblast (now in Belarus). Although growing up in a poor ghetto, Douglas was a fine student and a keen athlete and wrestled competitively during his time at St. Lawrence University. However, he soon identified an acting scholarship as a way out of his meager existence, and was sufficiently talented to gain entry into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He only appeared in a handful of minor Broadway productions before joining the US Navy in 1941, and then after the end of hostilities in 1945, returned to the theater and some radio work. On the insistence of ex-classmate Lauren Bacall movie producer Hal B. Wallis screen-tested Douglas and cast him in the lead role in El extraño amor de Martha Ivers (1946). His performance received rave reviews and further work quickly followed, including an appearance in the low-key drama Al volver a la vida (1948), the first time he worked alongside fellow future screen legend Burt Lancaster. Such was the strong chemistry between the two that they appeared in seven films together, including the dynamic western Duelo de titanes (1957), the John Frankenheimer political thriller Siete días de mayo (1964) and their final pairing in the gangster comedy Otra ciudad, otra ley (1986). Douglas once said about his good friend: "I've finally gotten away from Burt Lancaster. My luck has changed for the better. I've got nice-looking girls in my films now". After appearing in "I Walk Alone", Douglas scored his first Oscar nomination playing the untrustworthy and opportunistic boxer Midge Kelly in the gripping El ídolo de barro (1949). The quality of his work continued to garner the attention of critics and he was again nominated for Oscars for his role as a film producer in Cautivos del mal (1952) and as tortured painter Vincent van Gogh in El loco del pelo rojo (1956), both directed by Vincente Minnelli. In 1955 Douglas launched his own production company, Bryna Productions, the company behind two pivotal film roles in his career. The first was as French army officer Col. Dax in director Stanley Kubrick's brilliant anti-war epic Senderos de gloria (1957). Douglas reunited with Kubrick for yet another epic, the magnificent Espartaco (1960). The film also marked a key turning point in the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had been blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red Scare" hysteria in the 1950s. At Douglas' insistence Trumbo was given on-screen credit for his contributions, which began the dissolution of the infamous blacklisting policies begun almost a decade previously that had destroyed so many careers and lives. Douglas remained busy throughout the 1960s, starring in many films,. He played a rebellious modern-day cowboy in Los valientes andan solos (1962), acted alongside John Wayne in the World War II story Primera victoria (1965), again with The Duke in a drama about the Israeli fight for independence, La sombra de un gigante (1966), and once more with Wayne in the tongue-in-cheek western Ataque al carro blindado (1967). Additionally, in 1963 he starred in an onstage production of Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", but despite his keen interest, no Hollywood studio could be convinced to bring the story to the screen. However, the rights remained with the Douglas clan, and Kirk's talented son Michael Douglas finally filmed the tale in 1975, starring Jack Nicholson. Into the 1970s Douglas wasn't as busy as previous years; however, he starred in some unusual vehicles, including alongside a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the loopy western comedy Cactus Jack (1979), then with Farrah Fawcett in the sci-fi thriller Saturno 3 (1980) and then he traveled to Australia for the horse opera/drama El hombre de río Nevado (1982). Unknown to many, Kirk has long been involved in humanitarian causes and has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the US State Department since 1963. His efforts were rewarded in 1981 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1983 with the Jefferson Award. Furthermore, the French honored him with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. More recognition followed for his work with the American Cinema Award (1987), the German Golden Kamera Award (1987), The National Board of Reviews Career Achievement Award (1989), an honorary Academy Award (1995), Recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award (1999) and the UCLA Medal of Honor (2002). Despite a helicopter crash and a stroke suffered in the 1990s, he remains active and continues to appear in front of the camera. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000018/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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John Wayne by Lina Tanase

John Wayne Biography Date of Birth 26 May 1907, Winterset, Iowa, USA Date of Death 11 June 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung & stomach cancer) John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He had English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert. Until the ranch failed, Marion and his younger brother Robert E. Morrison swam in an irrigation ditch and rode a horse to school. When the ranch failed, the family moved to Glendale, California, where Marion delivered medicines for his father, sold newspapers and had an Airedale dog named "Duke" (the source of his own nickname). He did well at school both academically and in football. When he narrowly failed admission to Annapolis he went to USC on a football scholarship 1925-7. Tom Mix got him a summer job as a prop man in exchange for football tickets. On the set he became close friends with director John Ford for whom, among others, he began doing bit parts, some billed as John Wayne. His first featured film was Tragedia submarina (1930). After more than 70 low-budget westerns and adventures, mostly routine, Wayne's career was stuck in a rut until Ford cast him in La diligencia (1939), the movie that made him a star. He appeared in nearly 250 movies, many of epic proportions. From 1942-43 he was in a radio series, "The Three Sheets to the Wind", and in 1944 he helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a Conservative political organization, later becoming its President. His conservative political stance was also reflected in El Alamo (1960), which he produced, directed and starred in. His patriotic stand was enshrined in Boinas verdes (1968) which he co-directed and starred in. Over the years Wayne was beset with health problems. In September 1964 he had a cancerous left lung removed; in March 1978 there was heart valve replacement surgery; and in January 1979 his stomach was removed. He received the Best Actor nomination for Arenas sangrientas (1949) and finally got the Oscar for his role as one-eyed Rooster Cogburn in Valor de ley (1969). A Congressional Gold Medal was struck in his honor in 1979. He is perhaps best remembered for his parts in Ford's cavalry trilogy - Fort Apache (1948), La legión invencible (1949) and Río Grande (1950). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000078/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck Biography Date of Birth 5 April 1916, La Jolla [now in San Diego], California, USA Date of Death 12 June 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cardiorespiratory arrest and bronchial pneumonia) Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother. He never felt he had a stable childhood. His fondest memories are of his grandmother taking him to the movies every week and of his dog, which followed him everywhere. He studied pre-med at UC-Berkeley and, while there, got bitten by the acting bug and decided to change the focus of his studies. He enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and debuted on Broadway after graduation. His debut was in Emlyn Williams' play "The Morning Star" (1942). By 1943 he was in Hollywood, where he debuted in the RKO film Días de gloria (1944). Stardom came with his next film, Las llaves del reino (1944), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Peck's screen presence displayed the qualities for which he became well known. He was tall, rugged and heroic, with a basic decency that transcended his roles. He appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Recuerda... (1945) as an amnesia victim accused of murder. In El despertar (1946), he was again nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Globe. He was especially effective in westerns and appeared in such varied fare as David O. Selznick's critically blasted Duelo al sol (1946), the somewhat better received Cielo amarillo (1948) and the acclaimed El pistolero (1950). He was nominated again for the Academy Award for his roles in La barrera invisible (1947), which dealt with anti-Semitism, and Almas en la hoguera (1949), a story of high-level stress in an Air Force bomber unit in World War II. With a string of hits to his credit, Peck made the decision to only work in films that interested him. He continued to appear as the heroic, larger-than-life figures in such films as El hidalgo de los mares: Capitan Horacio Hornblower (1951) and Moby Dick (1956). He worked with Audrey Hepburn in her debut film, Vacaciones en Roma (1953). Peck finally won the Oscar, after four nominations, for his performance as lawyer Atticus Finch in Matar a un ruiseñor (1962). In the early 1960s he appeared in two darker films than he usually made, El cabo del terror (1962) and Capitán Newman (1963), which dealt with the way people live. He also gave a powerful performance as Capt. Keith Mallory in Los cañones de Navarone (1961), one of the biggest box-office hits of that year. In the early 1970s he produced two films, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972) and La paloma (1974), when his film career stalled. He made a comeback playing, somewhat woodenly, Robert Thorn in the horror film La profecía (1976). After that, he returned to the bigger-than-life roles he was best known for, such as Mac Arthur, el general rebelde (1977) and the monstrous Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele in the huge hit Los niños del Brasil (1978). In the 1980s he moved into television with the mini-series Azules y grises (1982) and Escarlata y negro (1983). In 1991 he appeared in the remake of his 1962 film, playing a different part, in Martin Scorsese's El cabo del miedo (1991). He was also cast as the progressive-thinking owner of a wire and cable business in Con el dinero de los demás (1991). In 1967 Peck received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He was also been awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom. Always politically progressive, Peck was active in such causes as anti-war protests, workers' rights and civil rights. He died in June 2003, aged 87. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000060/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon Biography Date of Birth 8 February 1925, Newton, Massachusetts, USA Date of Death 27 June 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA  (bladder cancer) Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School, then located in nearby Brookline. After RCDS, he went to high school at Phillips Andover Academy. Jack was a member of the Harvard class of 1947, where he was in Navy ROTC and the Dramatic Club. After service as a Navy ensign, he worked in a beer hall (playing piano), on radio, off Broadway, TV and Broadway. His movie debut was with Judy Holliday in Una rubia fenómeno (1954). He won Best Supporting Actor as Ensign Pulver in Escala en Hawaii (1955). He received nominations in comedy (Con faldas y a lo loco (1959), El apartamento (1960)) and drama (Días de vino y rosas (1962), El síndrome de China (1979), Tributo (1980) and Desaparecido (1982)). He won the Best Actor Oscar for Salvad al tigre (1973) and the Cannes Best Actor award for "Syndrome" and "Missing". He made his debut as a director with Kotch (1971) and in 1985 on Broadway in "Long Day's Journey into Night". In 1988 he received the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000493/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Tony Curtis by Lina Tanase

Tony Curtis Biography Date of Birth 3 June 1925, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 29 September 2010, Henderson, Nevada, USA  (cardiopulmonary arrest) Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks", and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself, so he learned how to take care of both himself and younger brother Julius. Curtis grew up in poverty, as his father Emanuel, who worked as a tailor, had the sole responsibility of providing for his entire family on his meager income. This led to constant bickering between Curtis' parents over money, and Curtis began to go to movies as a way of briefly escaping the constant worries of poverty and other family problems. The financial strain of raising two children on a meager income became so tough that, in 1935, Curtis' parents decided that their children would have a better life under the care of the state, and briefly had Tony and his brother admitted to an orphanage. During this lonely time, the only companion Curtis had was his brother Julius, and the two became inseparable as they struggled to get used to this new way of life. Weeks later, Curtis' parents came back to reclaim custody of Tony and his brother, but by then Curtis had learned one of life's toughest lessons: the only person you can count on is yourself. In 1938, shortly before Tony had his Bar Mitzvah, tragedy struck when Tony lost the person most important to him, when his brother Julius was killed after being hit by a truck. After this tragedy, Curtis' parents became convinced that a formal education was the best way that Tony could avoid the same "never knowing where your next meal is coming from" life that they had. However, Tony rejected this as he felt that learning about literary classics and algebra wasn't going to advance him in life as much as some real hands-on life experience would. Tony was to find this real-life experience, a few years later, when he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. Tony spent the next three years getting the life experience he desired, as he did everything from working as a crewman on a submarine to honing his future craft as an actor by performing as a sailor in a stage play at the Navy Signalman School in Illinois. In 1945, Curtis was honorably discharged from the navy and when he realized that the GI Bill would allow him to go to acting school without paying for it, Tony now saw that his lifelong pipe-dream of being an actor might actually be achievable. Tony auditioned for the New York Dramatic Workshop, and after being accepted on the strength of his audition piece (A scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in pantomime) Tony enrolled in early 1947. Tony then began to pay his dues by appearing in a slew on stage productions, including "Twelfth Night" and "Golden Boy". Tony then saw a small theatrical agent named Joyce Selznick, who was the niece of film producer David O. Selznick. After seeing his potential, Sleznick arranged an interview for Tony to see David O. Selznick at Universal Studios, where Tony was offered a seven-year contract. After changing his name to what he saw as an elegant, mysterious moniker "Tony Curtis" (named after the novel El caballero Adverse (1936) by Hervey Allen and a cousin of Tony's named Janush Kertiz), Tony began making a name for himself by appearing in small, offbeat roles in small-budget productions. Tony's first notable performance was a two-minute role in El abrazo de la muerte (1949), with Burt Lancaster, in which he makes Lancaster jealous by dancing with Yvonne De Carlo. This off-beat role resulted in Curtis being typecast as heavies for the next few years, such as playing a gang-member in City Across the River (1949). Curtis continued to build up a show-reel by accepting any paying job, as he acted in a number of bit-part roles for the next few years. It wasn't until late 1949 that Tony finally got the chance to demonstrate his acting flair, as he was cast in an important role in an action-western, Sierra (1950). On the strength of his performance in this, Tony was finally cast in a big-budget movie, Winchester 73 (1950). While Tony only appears in this movie very briefly, it was a chance to for him to act alongside a Hollywood legend, James Stewart. As his career developed, Curtis wanted to act in movies that had some kind of social relevance, movies that would challenge audiences, so he began to appear in movies such as Espartaco (1960) and Fugitivos (1958). Tony was advised against appearing as the subordinate sidekick in Espartaco (1960), playing second fiddle to the equally famous Kirk Douglas. However, Curtis saw no problem with this as they had recently acted together in dual leading roles in Los vikingos (1958). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000348/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn Biography Date of Birth 21 April 1915, Chihuahua, Mexico Date of Death 3 June 2001, Boston, Massachusetts, USA  (pneumonia and respiratory failure due to complications from throat cancer) Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at an LA film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico, his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he grew up in the Boyle Heights and the Echo Park neighborhoods. In Los Angeles he attended Polytechnic High School and later Belmont High, but he eventually dropped out. The young Quinn boxed (which stood him in good stead as a stage actor, when he played Stanley Kowalski to rave reviews in Chicago), then later studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright at the great architect's studio, Taliesin, in Arizona. Quinn was close to Wright, who encouraged him when Quinn decided to give acting a try. After a brief apprenticeship in theatre, Quinn hit Hollywood in 1936 and picked up a variety of small roles in several films at Paramount, including an Indian warrior in Buffalo Bill (1936), which was directed by the man who later became his father-in-law, Cecil B. DeMille. As a contract player at Paramount, Quinn mainly played villains and ethnic types, such as an Arab chieftain in the Bing Crosby-'Bob Hope' vehicle Ruta de Marruecos (1942). As a Mexican national (he did not become an American citizen until 1947), he was exempt from the draft. With many actors in the service fighting World War II, Quinn was able to move up into better supporting roles. He had married DeMille's daughter Katherine DeMille, which enabled him to move in the top circles of Hollywood society. In the 1960s Quinn told Life magazine that he would fight against typecasting. Unfortunately, the following decade saw him slip back into playing ethnic types again, in such critical bombs as El griego de oro (1978). He starred as the Hispanic mayor of a southwestern city in the short-lived 1971 TV series El hombre y la ciudad (1971), but his career lost its momentum during the 1970s. Aside from playing a thinly disguised Aristotle Onassis in the cinematic roman-a-clef "The Greek Tycoon", his other major roles of the decade was as Hamza in the controversial 1977 movie Mahoma, el mensajero de Dios (1977) (a.k.a. "Mohammad, Messenger of God", as the Italian patriarch in La herencia Ferramonti (1976), yet another Arab in Caravanas (1978) and a Mexican patriarch in Los hijos de Sánchez (1978). In 1983 he reprised his most famous role, Zorba the Greek, t on Broadway in the revival of the musical "Zorba", for 362 performances. Though his film career slowed during the 1990s, he continued to work steadily in films and television.Quinn lived out the latter years of his life in Bristol, Rhode Island, where he operated a restaurant. He died in hospital in Boston from pneumonia and respiratory failure linked to his battle with throat cancer. He was 86 years old. Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000063/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Paul Newman

Paul Newman Biography Date of Birth 26 January 1925, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA Date of Death 26 September 2008, Westport, Connecticut, USA  (lung cancer) Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store. Paul's mother, a practicing Christian Scientist of Slovak decent, and his uncle Joe, had an interest in creative arts, and it rubbed off on him. He acted in grade school and high school plays. The Newmans were a well-to-do family, and Paul grew up in a nice home in Shaker Heights. By 1950, the 25 year-old Newman had been kicked out of Ohio University for unruly behavior, served three years in the Navy during World War II as a radio operator, graduated from Ohio's Kenyon College, married his first wife, Jackie, and had his first child, Scott. 1950 was also the year that Paul's father died. When he became successful in later years, Newman said if he had any regrets it would be that his father wasn't around to see it. He brought Jackie back to Shaker Heights and he ran his father's store for a short period. Then, knowing that wasn't the career path he wanted to take, he moved Jackie and Scott to New Haven, Connecticut, where he attended Yale University's School of Drama. While doing a play there, Paul was spotted by two agents, who invited him to come to New York City to pursue a career as a professional actor. After moving to New York, Paul acted in guest spots for various television shows and in 1953 came a big break. He got the part of understudy of the lead role in the successful Broadway play Picnic. Through this play, he met actress Joanne Woodward, who was also an understudy in the play. While they got on very well and there was a strong attraction, Paul was married and his second child, Susan, was born that year. During this time, Newman was also accepted into the much admired and popular New York Actors Studio, although he wasn't technically auditioning. In 1954, a film Paul was very reluctant to do was released, El cáliz de plata (1954). He considered his performance in this costume epic to be so bad that he took out a full-page ad in a trade paper apologizing for it to anyone who might have seen it. He had always been embarrassed about the film and reveled in making fun of it. He immediately wanted to return to the stage, and performed in The Desperate Hours. In 1956, Newman got the chance to redeem himself in the film world by portraying boxer Rocky Graziano in Marcado por el odio (1956), and critics praised his performance. In 1957, with a handful of films to his credit, he was cast in El largo y cálido verano (1958), co-starring none other than Joanne Woodward. During the shooting of this film, they realized they were meant to be together and by now, so did Paul's wife Jackie. After Jackie gave Paul a divorce, he and Joanne married in Las Vegas in January of 1958. They went on to have three daughters together and raised them in Westport, Connecticut. In 1959, Paul received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in La gata sobre el tejado de zinc (1958). The 1960s would bring Paul Newman into superstar status, as he became one of the most popular actors of the decade, and garnered three more Best Actor Oscar nominations, for El buscavidas (1961), Hud, el más salvaje entre mil (1963) and La leyenda del indomable (1967). In 1968, his debut directorial effort Raquel, Raquel (1968) was given good marks, and although the film and Joanne Woodward were nominated for Oscars, Newman was not nominated for Best Director. He did, however, win a Golden Globe for his direction. 1969 brought the popular screen duo Paul Newman and Robert Redford together for the first time when Dos hombres y un destino (1969) was released. It was a box office smash. Throughout the 1970s, Newman had hits and misses from such popular films as El golpe (1973) and El coloso en llamas (1974) to lesser known films as El juez de la horca (1972) to a now cult classic El castañazo (1977). After the death of his only son, Scott, in 1978, Newman's personal life and film choices moved in a different direction. His acting work in the 1980s and on is what is often most praised by critics today. He became more at ease with himself and it was evident in Veredicto final (1982) for which he received his 6th Best Actor Oscar nomination and in 1987 finally received his first Oscar for El color del dinero (1986). Friend and director of Marcado por el odio (1956), Robert Wise accepted the award on Newman's behalf as he did not attend the ceremony. Films were not the only thing on his mind during this period. A passionate race car driver since the early 1970s, Newman became co-owner of Newman-Haas racing in 1982, and also founded "Newman's Own", a successful line of food products that has earned in excess of $100 million, every penny of which Newman donated to charity. He also started The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, an organization for terminally ill children. He was as well known for his philanthropic ways and highly successful business ventures as he was for his legendary actor status. Newman enjoyed a 50-year marriage to Joanne in Connecticut, their main residence since moving away from the bright lights of Hollywood in 1960. Renowned for his sense of humor, in 1998 he quipped that he was a little embarrassed to see his salad dressing grossing more than his movies. During his later years, he still attended races, was much involved in his charitable organizations, and in 2006, he opened a restaurant called Dressing Room, which helps out the Westport Country Playhouse, a place that Paul took great pride in. In 2007, he made some headlines when he said that he was losing his invention and confidence in his acting abilities and that acting is "pretty much a closed book for me." He died a the next year. Whether he was on the screen or not, Paul Newman remained synonymous with the anti-heroism of the 1960s and 1970s cinema, and with the rebellious nature his characters so often embodied. 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Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen Biography Date of Birth 24 March 1930, Beech Grove, Indiana, USA Date of Death 7 November 1980, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico  (heart attack following surgery) He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular culture. McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, to Julia Ann (Crawford) and William Terence McQueen, a stunt pilot. His first lead role was in the low-budget sci-fi film La masa devoradora (1958), quickly followed by roles in Asalto al banco de St. Louis (1959) and Cuando hierve la sangre (1959). The young McQueen appeared as Vin, alongside Yul Brynner, in the star-laden Los siete magníficos (1960) and effectively hijacked the lead from the bigger star by ensuring he was nearly always doing something in every shot he and Brynner were in together, such as adjusting his hat or gun belt. He next scored with audiences with two interesting performances, first in the WWII drama Comando (1962) and then in El amante de la muerte (1962). Riding a wave of popularity, McQueen delivered another crowd pleaser as Hilts, the Cooler King, in the knockout WWII POW film La gran evasión (1963), featuring his famous leap over the barbed wire on a motorcycle while being pursued by Nazi troops (in fact, however, the stunt was actually performed by his good friend, stunt rider Bud Ekins). McQueen next appeared in several films of mixed quality, including Compañeros de armas y puñetazos (1963); Amores con un extraño (1963) and La última tentativa (1965). However, they failed to really grab audience attention, but his role as Eric Stoner in El rey del juego (1965), alongside screen legend Edward G. Robinson and Karl Malden, had movie fans filling theaters again to see the ice-cool McQueen they loved. He was back in another western, Nevada Smith (1966), again with Malden, and then he gave what many consider to be his finest dramatic performance as loner US Navy sailor Jake Holman in the superb El Yang-Tsé en llamas (1966). McQueen was genuine hot property and next appeared with Faye Dunaway in the provocative crime drama El caso de Thomas Crown (1968), next in what many consider his signature role, that of a maverick, taciturn detective in the mega-hit Bullit (1968), renowned for its famous chase sequence through San Francisco between McQueen's Ford Mustang and the killer's black Dodge Charger. Interestingly, McQueen's next role was a total departure from the action genre, as he played Southerner Boon Hogganbeck in the family-oriented Los rateros (1969), based on the popular William Faulkner novel. Not surprisingly, the film didn't go over particularly well with audiences, even though it was an entertaining and well made production, and McQueen showed an interesting comedic side of his acting talents. He returned to more familiar territory in 1971, with the race film Las 24 horas de Le Mans (1971), a rather self-indulgent exercise, and its slow plot line contributed to its rather poor performance in theaters. It wasn't until many years later that it became something of a cult film, primarily because of the footage of Porsche 917s roaring around race tracks in France. McQueen then teamed up with maverick Hollywood director Sam Peckinpah to star in the modern western Junior Bonner (1972), about a family of rodeo riders, and again with Peckinpah as bank robber Doc McCoy in the violent La huida (1972). Both did good business at the box office. McQueen's next role was a refreshing surprise and Papillon (1973), based on the Henri Charrière novel of the same name, was well received by fans and critics alike. He plays a convict on a French penal colony in South America who persists in trying to escape from his captors and feels their wrath when his attempts fail. The 1970s is a decade remembered for a slew of "disaster" movies and McQueen starred in arguably the biggest of the time, El coloso en llamas (1974). He shared equal top billing with Paul Newman and an impressive line-up of co-stars including Fred Astaire, Robert Vaughn and Faye Dunaway. McQueen does not appear until roughly halfway into the film as San Francisco fire chief Mike O'Halloran, battling to extinguish an inferno in a 138-story skyscraper. The film was a monster hit and set the benchmark for other disaster movies that followed. It was, however, McQueen's last film role for several years, as he began a long fight against cancer, often resorting to offbeat therapies in an attempt to beat the disease. After a four-year hiatus he surprised fans, and was almost unrecognizable under long hair and a beard, as a rabble-rousing early environmentalist in El enemigo del pueblo (1978), based on the Henrik Ibsen play. By 1979, the spreading cancer was taking its toll on his body. McQueen's last two film performances were in the unusual western Tom Horn (1980), then he portrayed real-life bounty hunter Ralph "Papa' Thorson (Ralph Thorson) in Cazador a sueldo (1980). Steve McQueen passed away on November 7, 1980, only 50 years of age, and his ashes were scattered at sea. He married three times and had a lifelong love of motor racing, once remarking, "Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting." Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000537/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis by Lina Tanase

Jerry Lewis Biography Date of Birth 16 March 1926, Newark, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Joseph Levitch Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work, they starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures. Lewis is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented.[1] On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001471/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Oliver Hardy

Oliver Hardy Biography Date of Birth 18 January 1892, Harlem, Georgia, USA Date of Death 7 August 1957, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cerebral thrombosis) Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad (1914). He appeared in he 1914-15 series of "Pokes and Jabbs" shorts, and from 1916-18 he was in the "Plump and Runt" series. From 1919-21 he was a regular in the "Jimmy Aubrey" series of shorts, and from 1921-25 he worked as an actor and co-director of comedy shorts for Larry Semon. In addition to appearing in two-reeler comedies, he found time to make westerns and even melodramas in which he played the heavy. He is most famous, however, as the partner of British comic Stan Laurel, with whom he had played a bit part in The Lucky Dog (1921). in the mid-1920s both he and Laurel wee working for comedy producer Hal Roach, although not as a team. In a moment of inspiration Roach teamed them together, and their first film as a team was 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). Their first release for Roach through MGM was Sugar Daddies (1927) and the first with star billing was From Soup to Nuts (1928). They became a huge hit as a comedy team, and after several years of two-reelers, Roach decided to star them in features, their first of which was De bote en bote (1931). They clicked with audiences in features, too, and starred in such classics as Laurel y Hardy en el Oeste (1937), Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1933) and Cabezas de chorlito (1938). They eventually parted ways with Roach and in the mid-1940s signed on with Twentieth Century-Fox. Unfortunately, Fox did not let them have the autonomy they had at Roach, where Laurel basically wrote and directed their films, though others were credited, and their films became more assembly-line and formulaic. Their popularity waned and less popular during the war years, and they made their last film for Fox in 1946. Several years later they made their final appearance as a team in a French film, a troubled and haphazard production eventually, after several name changes, called Atoll K (1951), generally regarded to be their worst film. Hardy appeared without Laurel in a few features, such as Zenobia (1939) with Harry Langdon, El luchador de Kentucky (1949) in a semi-comedic role as a frontiersman alongside John Wayne and Lo quiso la suerte (1950), in a cameo role. He died in 1957. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001316/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel Biography Date of Birth 16 June 1890, Ulverston, Cumbria, England, UK Date of Death 23 February 1965, Santa Monica, California, USA  (heart attack) Stan Laurel came from a theatrical family, his father was an actor and theatre manager, and he made his stage debut at the age of 16 at Pickard's Museum, Glasgow. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. While with that company he was Charles Chaplin's understudy, and he performed imitations of Chaplin. On a later trip he remained in the United States, having been cast in a two-reel comedy, Nuts in May (1917) (not released until 1918). There followed a number of shorts for Metro, Hal Roach Studios, then Universal, then back to Roach in 1926. His first two-reeler with Oliver Hardy was 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). Their first release through MGM was Sugar Daddies (1927) and the first with star billing was From Soup to Nuts (1928). Their first feature-length starring roles were in De bote en bote (1931). Their work became more production-line and less popular during the war years, especially after they left Roach and MGM for Twentieth Century-Fox. Their last movie together was Stan y Oliver toreros (1945) except for a dismal failure made in France several years later (Atoll K (1951)). In 1960 he was given a special Oscar "for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy". He died five years later. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0491048/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Louis de Funès

Louis de Funès Biography Date of Birth 31 July 1914, Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine, France Date of Death 27 January 1983, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France  (heart attack) Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction. Young Louis de Funès was fond of drawing and piano playing. He dropped out of school and worked various jobs, mostly as a jazz pianist at Pigalle, making his customers laugh every time he made a grimace. He studied acting for one year at the Simon acting school. There he made some useful contacts, including Daniel Gélin among others. During the occupation of Paris in the Second World War, he continued his piano studies at a music school, where he fell in love with a secretary, named Jeanne de Maupassant, a grand-niece of writer Guy de Maupassant. She had fallen in love with "the young man who played jazz like god"; they married in 1943, and had two sons born in 1944 and 1949. Funès continued playing piano at clubs, knowing there wasn't much call for a short, balding, skinny actor. His wife and Daniel Gelin encouraged him until he managed to overcome his rejection. He made his film debut in 1945, at the age of 31, and went on playing about one hundred film roles in the next twenty years. Louis de Funès shot to international fame in the 1960's after his roles in such slapstick comedies as 'Le gendarme de St. Tropez' (The Gendarme of St. Tropez 1964) and the Fantomas (1964) trilogy. He brilliantly portrayed a funny French policeman, whose hilarious hyperactivity, uncontrolled anger, and sardonic laughter produced a highly comic effect. Funès was voted the most favorite actor in France in 1968, and remained very popular in Europe during the 1970's. He also continued to play on stage during his career as a film star, and was acclaimed for his stage works in classic French theatre. Funès was instrumental in making film adaptations of such theatre plays as 'Oscar continues' and the Moliere's 'Le Misere', among other plays. Nicknamed "the man with the forty faces per minute", Louis de Funès played bit parts in over eighty films, before he got his first leading roles, eventually becoming the leading French comedian. He co-starred with the major French actors of the time, including Jean Marais and Mylène Demongeot in the Fantomas trilogy, and also Jean Gabin, Fernandel, Bourvil, Coluche, Annie Girardot, and Yves Montand. Funès's collaboration with director 'Gerard Oury' produced a memorable tandem of Funès-Bourvil. He also worked with Jean Girault in the famous 'Gendarmes' series. In a departure from the Gendarme image, Funès collaborated with Claude Zidi, who wrote for him a new character full of nuances and frankness in Muslo o pechuga (1976), which is arguably the best of his roles. Funès played over 130 roles in film and over 100 roles on stage. From 1943-1983 Louis de Funès was married to Jeanne Barthelemy de Maupassant. Their son, named 'Olivier De Funes' , had a brief acting career before becoming a pilot with Air France, his other son, named Patric de Funes, became a medical doctor. Louis de Funès was also a rose grower, a variety of roses has been named the "Louis de Funès rose" after him. He died of a heart attack and complications of a stroke on January 27, 1983, in Nantes, France. He was laid to rest in the Cimetière du Cellier, and a monument of him was erected in the rose-garden of his wife's castle. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000086/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Roger Moore by Lina Tanase

Roger Moore Biography Date of Birth 14 October 1927, Stockwell, London, England, UK Birth Name Roger George Moore Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. He first wanted to be an artist, but got into films full time after becoming an extra in the late 1940s. Moore also served in the British military during the Second World War. He came to America in 1953. Suave, extremely handsome, and an excellent actor, he got a contract with MGM . His initial foray met with mixed success, with movies like Diane (1956) and Melodía interrumpida (1955), as well as La última vez que vi París (1954). Moore went into television in the 1950s in shows like Ivanhoe (1958) and Aventuras en Alaska (1959), but probably got the most recognition from Maverick (1957), as cousin Beau. In 1962, he got his big breakthrough, at least internationally, as El Santo (1962). The show made him a superstar and he became very successful thereafter. Moore ended his run as the Saint, and was one of the premier stars of the world, but he was not catching on in America. In an effort to change this, he agreed to star with Tony Curtis in ITC's Los persuasores! (1971), but although hugely popular in Europe, it did not catch on in the United States and was cancelled. Just prior to making the series, he starred in the dark Tinieblas (1970), which proved there was far more to Moore than the light-hearted roles he had previously accepted. Next, he was offered and accepted the role of James Bond, and once audiences got used to the change of style from Connery's portrayal, they also accepted him. Vive y deja morir (1973), his first Bond movie, grossed more outside of America than Diamantes para la eternidad (1971)Connery's last outing as James Bond. He went on to star in another six Bond films, before bowing out after Panorama para matar (1985) in 1985. He was 57 at the time the film was made and was looking a little too old for Bond - it was possibly one film too many. In between times, there had been more success with appearances in films such as Un toque de suerte (1975), Gritar al diablo (1976), Patos salvajes (1978), Evasión en Atenea (1979) and Rescate en el Mar del Norte (1979). Despite his fame from the Bond films and many others, the United States never completely took to him until he starred in Los locos del Cannonball (1981) alongside Burt Reynolds, a big hit there. After relinquishing his role as Bond, his work load tended to diminish a little, though he did star in the American box office flop Fuego, nieve y dinamita (1990), as well as the comedy Atraco a falda armada (1990), with Michael Caine. He did the overlooked comedy Bed & Breakfast (1991), as well as the television movie El inmortal (1994), and then the major Jean-Claude Van Damme flop The Quest (En busca de la ciudad perdida) (1996). Moore then took second rate roles such as Spice Girls: la película (1997), and the American television series The Dream Team (1999). Although his film work may have slowed down, he is still very much in the public eye, be it appearing on television chat shows or hosting documentaries. Roger Moore was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 31 December 1998 in the New Year Honours list for services to UNICEF and on 14 June 2003, in the Queen's Birthdays honours, was promoted to Knight Commander of the same order his services to the charities UNICEF and Kiwanis International. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000549/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer Biography Date of Birth 13 December 1929, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Birth Name Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario, the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott) and John Orme Plummer, a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University. He is a great-grandson of Canadian Prime Minister John Abbott (who served from 1891 to 1892), and a great-great-great-grandson of Anglican clergyman John Bethune. He has English, Scottish, and Anglo-Irish ancestry. Plummer was raised in Senneville, Quebec, by Montreal. Until the 2009 Academy Awards were announced, it could be said about Plummer that he was the finest actor of the post-World War II period to fail to get an Academy Award. In that, he was following in the footsteps of the late great John Barrymore, whom Plummer so memorably portrayed on Broadway in a one-man show that brought him his second Tony Award. The Academy Award was a long time in coming and richly deserved. Aside from the youngest member of the Barrymore siblings (which counted Oscar-winners Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore in their number), Christopher Plummer is the premier Shakespearean actor to come out of North America in the 20th century. He was particularly memorable as Hamlet, Iago and Lear, though his Macbeth opposite Glenda Jackson was -- and this was no surprise to him due to the famous curse attached to the "Scottish Play" -- a failure. Though he likely always be remembered as "Captain Von Trapp" in the atomic bomb-strength blockbuster Sonrisas y lágrimas (1965) (a film he publicly despised until softening his stance in his 2008 autobiography "In Spite of Me"), his later film work includes such outstanding performances as the best cinema Sherlock Holmes--other than Basil Rathbone -- in Asesinato por decreto (1979), the chilling villain in Testigo silencioso (1978), his iconoclastic Mike Wallace in El dilema (1999), the empathetic psychiatrist in Una mente maravillosa (2001), and as Leo Tolstoy in La última estación (2009). It was this last role that finally brought him recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, when he was nominated as Best Actor in a supporting role. Plummer remains one of the most respected and honored actors performing in the English language. He's won two Emmy Awards out of six nominations stretching 46 years from 1959 and 2005, and one Genie Award in five nominations from 1980 to 2004. For his stage work, Plummer has racked up two Tony Awards on six nominations, the first in 1974 as Best Actor (Musical) for the title role in "Cyrano" and the second in 1997, as Best Actor (Play), in "Barrymore". Surprisingly, he did not win (though he was nominated) for his masterful 2004 performance of "King Lear", which he originated at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and brought down to Broadway for a sold-out run. His other Tony nominations show the wide range of his talent, from a 1959 nod for the Elia Kazan-directed production of Macleish's "J.B." to recognition in 1994 for Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", with a 1982 Best Actor (Play) nomination for his "Iago" in William Shakespeare's "Othello". As it is, as attested to in his witty and well-written autobiography, Christopher Plummer has been amply rewarded in life. In 1970, Plummer - a self-confessed 43-year-old "bottle baby" - married his third wife, dancer Elaine Taylor, who helped wean him off his dependency on alcohol. They live happily with their dogs on a 30-acre estate in Weston, Connecticut. Although he spends the majority of his time in the United States, he remains a Canadian citizen. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001626/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Sean Connery

Sean Connery Biography Date of Birth 25 August 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Birth Name Thomas Sean Connery Thomas Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. His mother, Euphamia McBain (Maclean), was a cleaning lady, and his father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and truck driver. He also has a brother named Neil Connery, who works as a plasterer in Edinburgh. He is of Irish and Scottish descent. Before going into acting, Sean had many different jobs, such as a Milkman, lorry driver, a laborer, artist's model for the Edinburgh College of Art, coffin polisher and bodybuilder. He also joined the Royal Navy, but was later discharged because of medical problems. At the age of 23, he had a choice between becoming a professional footballer or an actor, and even though he showed much promise in the sport, he chose acting and said it was one of his more intelligent moves. No Road Back (1957) was Sean's first major movie role, and it followed by several Tv-movies such as Anna Christie (1957), Macbeth (1961) and Anna Karenina (1961) and guest appearances on TV-series, and also films such as Ruta infernal (1957), Brumas de inquietud (1958), Darby O'Gill y el rey de los duendes (1959), La ciudad bajo el terror (1961). In 1962 he appeared in El día más largo (1962) with a host of other stars, His big breakthrough came in 1962 when he starred as secret agent James Bond in Agente 007 contra el doctor No (1962). He played James Bond in six more films: Desde Rusia con amor (1963), James Bond contra Goldfinger (1964), Operación Trueno (1965), Sólo se vive dos veces (1967), Diamantes para la eternidad (1971), and Nunca digas nunca jamás (1983). After and during the success of the Bond-films he has maintained a successful career as an actor and has appeared in films, including Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Marnie, la ladrona (1964), The Hill (1965), Asesinato en el Orient Express (1974), El hombre que pudo reinar (1975), El viento y el león (1975), Los héroes del tiempo (1981), Los inmortales (1986), El nombre de la rosa (1986), Los intocables de Eliot Ness (1987) (which earned him an Oscar for best actor in a supporting role), Indiana Jones y la última cruzada (1989), La caza del Octubre Rojo (1990), Sol naciente (1993), La Roca (1996), Descubriendo a Forrester (2000), and La liga de los hombres extraordinarios (2003). Sean married actress Diane Cilento in 1962 and they had a son, Jason Connery, born on January 11, 1963, he followed in his father's footsteps and also became an actor. The marriage ended in divorce in 1973. In 1975 he married Micheline Roquebrune and they have stayed married, they have no children together. He is also a grandfather. His son, Jason and his ex-wife, actress Mia Sara had a son, Dashiell Quinn Connery, in 1997. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000125/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller Biography Date of Birth 2 June 1904, Freidorf, Banat, Romania Date of Death 20 January 1984, Acapulco, Mexico  (series of strokes) Johnny Weissmuller was born in Timisoara, Romania,  though he would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the US Olympic team. A sickly child, he took up swimming on the advice of a doctor. He grew to be a 6' 3", 190-pound champion athlete - undefeated winner of five Olympic gold medals, 67 world and 52 national titles, holder of every freestyle record from 100 yards to the half-mile. In his first picture, Glorifying the American Girl (1929), he appeared as an Adonis clad only in a fig leaf. After great success with a jungle movie, MGM head Louis B. Mayer, via Irving Thalberg, optioned two of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan stories. Cyril Hume, working on the adaptation of Tarzán de los monos (1932), noticed Weissmuller swimming in the pool at his hotel and suggested him for the part of Tarzan. Weissmuller was under contract to BVD to model underwear and swimsuits; MGM got him released by agreeing to pose many of its female stars in BVD swimsuits. The studio billed him as "the only man in Hollywood who's natural in the flesh and can act without clothes". The film was an immediate box-office and critical hit. Seeing that he was wildly popular with girls, the studio told him to divorce his wife and paid her $10,000 to agree to it. After 1942, however, MGM had used up its options; it dropped the Tarzan series and Weissmuller, too. He then moved to RKO and made six more Tarzans. After that he made 16 Jungle Jim (1948) programmers for Columbia. He retired from movies to run private business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0919321/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jack Lemmon by Lina Tanase

Jack Lemmon Biography Date of Birth 8 February 1925, Newton, Massachusetts, USA Date of Death 27 June 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA  (bladder cancer) Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School, then located in nearby Brookline. After RCDS, he went to high school at Phillips Andover Academy. Jack was a member of the Harvard class of 1947, where he was in Navy ROTC and the Dramatic Club. After service as a Navy ensign, he worked in a beer hall (playing piano), on radio, off Broadway, TV and Broadway. His movie debut was with Judy Holliday in Una rubia fenómeno (1954). He won Best Supporting Actor as Ensign Pulver in Escala en Hawaii (1955). He received nominations in comedy (Con faldas y a lo loco (1959), El apartamento (1960)) and drama (Días de vino y rosas (1962), El síndrome de China (1979), Tributo (1980) and Desaparecido (1982)). He won the Best Actor Oscar for Salvad al tigre (1973) and the Cannes Best Actor award for "Syndrome" and "Missing". He made his debut as a director with Kotch (1971) and in 1985 on Broadway in "Long Day's Journey into Night". In 1988 he received the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000493/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain Biography Date of Birth 31 March 1934, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name George Richard Chamberlain Richard Chamberlain became THE leading heartthrob of early 1960s TV. As the impeccably handsome Dr. Kildare, the slim, butter-haired hunk with the near-perfect Ivy-League charm and smooth, intelligent demeanor, had the distaff fans fawning unwavering over him throughout the series' run. While this would appear to be a dream situation for any new star, to Chamberlain it brought about a major, unsettling identity crisis. Born George Richard Chamberlain in Beverly Hills on March 31, 1934, he was the second son of Elsa Winnifred (von Benzon) and Charles Axiom Chamberlain, a salesman. He has English and German ancestry. Richard experienced a profoundly unhappy childhood and did not enjoy school at all, making up for it somewhat by excelling in track and becoming a four-year letterman in high school and college. He also developed a strong interest and enjoyment in acting while attending Pomona College. Losing an initial chance to sign up with Paramount Pictures, the studio later renewed interest. Complications arose when he had to serve his military obligation in Korea for 16 months. Chamberlain headed for Hollywood soon after his discharge and, in just a couple of years, worked up a decent resumé with a number of visible guest spots on such popular series as La ley del revólver (1955) and Mr. Lucky (1959). But it was the stardom of the medical series Doctor Kildare (1961) that garnered overnight female worship and he became a huge sweater-vested pin-up favorite. It also sparked a brief, modest singing career for the actor. The attention Richard received was phenomenal. True to his "Prince Charming" type, he advanced into typically bland, soap-styled leads on film befitting said image, but crossover stardom proved to be elusive. The vehicles he appeared in, A cualquier precio (1963) with Joey Heatherton and Alegre amanecer (1965) opposite Yvette Mimieux, did not bring him the screen fame foreseen. The public obviously saw the actor as nothing more than a TV commodity. More interested in a reputation as a serious actor, Chamberlain took a huge risk and turned his back on Hollywood, devoting himself to the stage. In 1966 alone he appeared in such legit productions as "The Philadelphia Story" and "Private Lives," and also showed off his vocal talents playing Tony in "West Side Story". In December of that year a musical version of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring Richard and Mary Tyler Moore in the sparkling George Peppard/Audrey Hepburn roles was headed for Broadway. It flopped badly in previews, however, and closed after only four performances. Even today it is still deemed one of Broadway's biggest musical disasters. An important dramatic role in director Richard Lester's Petulia (1968) led Richard to England, where he stayed and dared to test his acting prowess on the classical stage. With it, his personal satisfaction over image and career improved. Bravura performances as "Hamlet" (1969) and "Richard II" (1971), as well as his triumph in "The Lady's Not for Burning" (1972), won over the not-so-easy-to-impress British audiences. And on the classier film front, he ably portrayed Octavius Caesar opposite Charlton Heston's Asesinato de Julio César (1970) and Jason Robards' Brutus; composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Ken Russell's grandiose La pasión de vivir (1970) opposite Glenda Jackson; and Lord Byron alongside Sarah Miles_ in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972). While none of these three films were critical favorites, they were instrumental in helping to reshape Chamberlain's career as a serious, sturdy and reliable actor. With his new image in place, Richard felt ready to face American audiences again. While he made a triumphant Broadway debut as Reverend Shannon in "The Night of the Iguana" (1975), he also enjoyed modest box-office popularity with the action-driven adventure movies Los tres mosqueteros (Los diamantes de la reina) (1973) as Aramis and a villainous role in El coloso en llamas (1974), and earned cult status for the Aussie film La última ola (1977). On the television front, he became a TV idol all over again (on his own terms this time) as the "King of 80s Mini-Movies". The epic storytelling of El conde de Monte Cristo (1975), El pájaro espino (1983) and Shogun (1980), all of which earned him Emmy nominations, placed Richard solidly on the quality star list. He won Golden Globe awards for his starring roles in the last two miniseries mentioned. In later years the actor devoted a great deal of his time to musical stage tours as Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady", Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Ebenezer Scrooge in "Scrooge: The Musical". Enormously private and having moved to Hawaii to avoid the Hollywood glare, at age 69 finally "came out" with a tell-all biography entitled "Shattered Love," in which he quite candidly discussed the anguish of hiding his homosexuality to protect his enduring matinée idol image. Since then, he has accepted himself and shown to be quite a good sport in the process, appearing as gay characters in the film Os declaro marido y marido (2007), and in TV episodes of Will y Grace (1998), Mujeres desesperadas (2004) and Cinco hermanos (2006). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000328/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Anthony Hopkins

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Anthony Hopkins by Lina Tanase

Anthony Hopkins Biography Date of Birth 31 December 1937, Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK Birth Name Philip Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre, invited by Laurence Olivier, who could see the talent in Hopkins. In 1967, he made his first film for television, A Flea in Her Ear (1967). From this moment on, he enjoyed a successful career in cinema and television. In 1968, he worked on El león en invierno (1968) with Timothy Dalton. Many successes came later, and Hopkins' remarkable acting style reached the four corners of the world. In 1977, he appeared in two major films: Un puente lejano (1977) with James Caan, Gene Hackman, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Elliott Gould and Laurence Olivier, and Maximilian Schell. In 1980, he worked on El hombre elefante (1980). Two good television literature adaptations followed: Othello (1981) and El jorobado de Notre Dame (1982). In 1987 he was awarded with the Commander of the order of the British Empire. This year was also important in his cinematic life, with La carta final (1987), acclaimed by specialists. In 1993, he was knighted. In the 1990s, Hopkins acted in movies like 37 horas desesperadas (1990) and Regreso a Howards End (1992), Lo que queda del día (1993) (nominee for the Oscar), Leyendas de pasión (1994), Nixon (1995) (nominee for the Oscar), Sobrevivir a Picasso (1996), Amistad (1997) (nominee for the Oscar), La máscara del Zorro (1998), ¿Conoces a Joe Black? (1998) and Instinto (1999). His most remarkable film, however, was El silencio de los corderos (1991), for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He also got a B.A.F.T.A. for this role. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000164/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Woody Allen by Lina Tanase

Woody Allen Biography Date of Birth 1 December 1935, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA   Birth Name Allan Stewart Konigsberg Woody Allen was born on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewelry engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish and Lithuanian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy, he became intrigued with magic tricks and playing the clarinet, two hobbies that he continues today. Allen broke into show business at 15 years when he started writing jokes for a local paper, receiving $200 a week. He later moved on to write jokes for talk shows but felt that his jokes were being wasted. His agents, Charles Joffe and Jack Rollins, convinced him to start doing stand-up and telling his own jokes. Reluctantly he agreed and, although he initially performed with such fear of the audience that he would cover his ears when they applauded his jokes, he eventually became very successful at stand-up. After performing on stage for a few years, he was approached to write a script for Warren Beatty to star in: ¿Qué tal, Pussycat? (1965) and would also have a moderate role as a character in the film. During production, Woody gave himself more and better lines and left Beatty with less compelling dialogue. Beatty inevitably quit the project and was replaced by Peter Sellers, who demanded all the best lines and more screen-time. It was from this experience that Woody realized that he could not work on a film without complete control over its production. Woody's theoretical directorial debut was in What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966); a Japanese spy flick that he dubbed over with his own comedic dialogue about spies searching for the secret recipe for egg salad. His real directorial debut came the next year in the mockumentary "Take the Money and Run." He has written, directed and, more often than not, starred in about a film a year ever since, while simultaneously writing more than a dozen plays and several books of comedy. While best known for his romantic comedies Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), Woody has made many transitions in his films throughout the years, transitioning from his "early, funny ones" of "Bananas," "Love and Death" and "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask;" to his more storied and romantic comedies of "Annie Hall," "Manhattan" and "Hannah and Her Sisters;" to the Bergmanesque films of "Stardust Memories" and "Interiors;" and then on to the more recent, but varied works of "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Husbands and Wives," "Mighty Aphrodite," "Celebrity" and "Deconstructing Harry;" and finally to his film of the last decade, which vary from the light comedy of "Scoop," to the self-destructive darkness of "Match Point" and, most recently, to the cinematically beautiful tale of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Although his stories and style have changed over the years, he is regarded as one of the best filmmakers of our time because of his views on art and his mastery of filmmaking. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000095/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Robert Redford by Lina Tanase

Robert Redford Biography Date of Birth 18 August 1936, Santa Monica, California, USA Birth Name Charles Robert Redford Jr. Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school. Robert was a scrappy kid who stole hubcaps in school and lost his college baseball scholarship at the University of Colorado because of drunkenness. After leaving UoC, he spent some time drifting across America, spending a time working in the California oil fields. Having saved enough he moved to Europe studying art in Paris and Florence.Back in the States he decided on a career as a theatrical designer in New York. Enrolling at the American Academy of Dramatic Art he turned to acting making his stage debut in 'Tall Story'. In 1962 he was signed for the stage production of 'Barefoot in the Park' which was a smash hit but it wasn't until 5 years later when it was filmed that he became an important star. Television and stage experience coupled with all-American good looks led to movies and television roles. His breakthrough role was "The Sundance Kid" in Dos hombres y un destino (1969), when the actor was 32. Tal como éramos (1973) and El golpe (1973), both in 1973, made Redford the number one box office star for the next three years. Redford used his clout to advance environmental causes and his riches to acquire Utah property, which he transformed into a ranch and the Sundance ski resort. In 1980, he established the Sundance Institute for aspiring filmmakers. Its annual film festival has become one of the world's most influential. Redford's directorial debut, Gente corriente (1980), won him the Academy Award as Best Director in 1981. He waited eight years before getting behind the camera again, this time for the screen version of John Nichols' acclaimed novel of the Southwest, Un lugar llamado Milagro (1988). He scored with critics and fans in 1992 with the Brad Pitt film El río de la vida (1992), and again, in 1994, with Quiz Show (El dilema) (1994), which earned him yet another Best Director nomination. Lola Van Wagenen (consumer activist), born in 1940, dropped out of college to marry Redford on September 12, 1958. They divorced in 1985 after having four children, one of whom died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Daughter Shauna Redford, born November 15, 1960, is a painter who married Eric Schlosser on October 5, 1985, in Provo, UT. Her first child, born in January 1991, made Redford a grandfather. Son James Redford (aka Jamie Redford), a screenwriter, was born May 5, 1962. Daughter Amy Redford, an actress; was born October 22, 1970. Redford also has a brother named William. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000602/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Morgan Freeman by Lina Tanase

Morgan Freeman Biography Date of Birth 1 June 1937, Memphis, Tennessee, USA With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born in June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman attended Los Angeles City College before serving several years in the US Air Force as a mechanic between 1955 and 1959. His first dramatic arts exposure was on the stage including appearing in an all-African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly!. Throughout the 1970s, he continued his work on stage, winning Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards and receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance in The Mighty Gents in 1978. In 1980, he won two Obie Awards, for his portrayal of Shakespearean anti-hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival and for his work in Mother Courage and Her Children. Freeman won another Obie in 1984 for his performance as The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus and, in 1985, won the Drama-Logue Award for the same role. In 1987, Freeman created the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, which brought him his fourth Obie Award. In 1990, Freeman starred as Petruchio in the New York Shakespeare Festival's The Taming of the Shrew, opposite Tracey Ullman. Returning to the Broadway stage in 2008, Freeman starred with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in Clifford Odets' drama The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols. Freeman first appeared on TV screens as several characters including "Easy Reader", "Mel Mounds" and "Count Dracula" on the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) show The Electric Company (1971). He then moved into feature film with another children's adventure, Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (1971). Next, there was a small role in the thriller Blade (1973); then he played Casca in Julius Caesar (1979) and the title role in Coriolanus (1979). Regular work was coming in for the talented Freeman and he appeared in the prison dramas Celdas de muerte (1980) and Brubaker (1980), El ojo mentiroso (1981), and portrayed the final 24 hours of slain Malcolm X in Death of a Prophet (1981). For most of the 1980s, Freeman continued to contribute decent enough performances in films that fluctuated in their quality. However, he really stood out, scoring an Oscar nomination as a merciless hoodlum in El reportero de la calle 42 (1987) and, then, he dazzled audiences and pulled a second Oscar nomination in the film version of Paseando a Miss Daisy (1989) opposite Jessica Tandy. The same year, Freeman teamed up with youthful Matthew Broderick and fiery Denzel Washington in the epic Civil War drama Tiempos de gloria (1989) about freed slaves being recruited to form the first all-African American fighting brigade. Roles in tentpoles and indies followed; highlights include his role as a crime boss in El caso Slevin (2006), a second go-round as God in Sigo como Dios (2007) with Steve Carell taking over for Jim Carrey, and a supporting role in Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Adiós pequeña, adiós (2007). He co-starred with Jack Nicholson in the breakout hit Ahora o nunca (2007) in 2007, and followed that up with another box-office success, Wanted - Se busca (2008), then segued into the second Batman film, El caballero oscuro (2008). In 2009, he reunited with Eastwood to star in the director's true-life drama Invictus (2009), on which Freeman also served as an executive producer. For his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the film, Freeman garnered Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations, and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor. Recently, Freeman appeared in Red (2010), a surprise box-office hit; he narrated the Conan el Bárbaro (2011) remake, starred in Rob Reiner's El verano de sus vidas (2012); and capped the Batman trilogy with El caballero oscuro: La leyenda renace (2012). Freeman has several films upcoming, including the thriller Ahora me ves... (2013), under the direction of Louis Leterrier, and the science fiction actioner Oblivion (2013), in which he stars with Tom Cruise. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000151/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda Biography Date of Birth 16 May 1905, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA Date of Death 12 August 1982, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cardiorespiratory arrest) Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando. He moved to the Cape Cod University Players and later Broadway, New York to expand his theatrical career from 1926 to 1934. His first major roles in Broadway include "New Faces of America" and "The Farmer Takes a Wife". The latter play was transferred to the screen in 1935 and became the start-up of Fonda's lifelong Hollywood career. The following year he married Frances Seymour Fonda with whom he had two children: Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda, also to become screen stars (his granddaughter is actress Bridget Fonda). He is most remembered for his roles as Abe Lincoln in El joven Lincoln (1939), Tom Joad in Las uvas de la ira (1940), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination, and more recently, Norman Thayer in En el estanque dorado (1981), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1982. Henry Fonda is considered one of Hollywood's old-time legends and was friend and contemporary of James Stewart, John Ford and Joshua Logan. His movie career which spanned almost 50 years is completed by a notable presence in American theater and television. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000020/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Clint Eastwood by Lina Tanase

Clint Eastwood Biography Date of Birth 31 May 1930, San Francisco, California, USA Birth Name Clinton Eastwood Jr. Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. He was born in 1930 in San Francisco, to Margaret Ruth (Runner), a factory worker, and Clinton Eastwood, Sr., a steelworker. Eastwood briefly attended Los Angeles City College but dropped out to pursue acting. He found bit work in such B-films as La venganza del hombre monstruo (1955) and Tarántula (1955) until he got his first breakthrough in the long-running TV series Cuero crudo (1959). As Rowdy Yates, he made the show his own and became a household name around the country. Eastwood found bigger and better things in Italy with the spaghetti westerns Por un puñado de dólares (1964) and La muerte tenía un precio (1965), but it was the third installment in the trilogy where he found one of his signature roles: El bueno, el feo y el malo (1966). The movie was a big hit and brought him instant international recognition. He followed it up with his first American-made western, Cometieron dos errores (1968), before playing second fiddle to Richard Burton in the World War II epic El desafío de las águilas (1968) and Lee Marvin in the unusual musical La leyenda de la ciudad sin nombre (1969). In Dos mulas y una mujer (1970) and Los violentos de Kelly (1970), Eastwood combined tough-guy action with offbeat humor. But Eastwood bounced back, first with his western, Sin perdón (1992), which garnered him an Oscar for Best Director, and a nomination for Best Actor. Then he took on the secret service in En la línea de fuego (1993), which was a big hit, followed by the interesting but poorly received drama, Un mundo perfecto (1993), with Kevin Costner. Next up was a love story, Los puentes de Madison (1995), which was yet again a success. Eastwood's subsequent films were solid but nothing really stuck out. Among them were the well-received Poder absoluto (1997) and Space Cowboys (2000), and the badly received Ejecución inminente (1999) and Deuda de sangre (2002). Then in 2004, Eastwood surprised yet again when he produced, directed and starred in Million Dollar Baby (2004). The movie earned Eastwood an Oscar for Best Director and a Best Actor nomination for the second time. He had other successes directing the multi-award-winning films Mystic River (2003), Banderas de nuestros padres (2006), Cartas desde Iwo Jima (2006), and El intercambio (2008) which starred Angelina Jolie. After a four-year hiatus from acting, Eastwood's return to the screen in Gran Torino (2008) gave him a $30 million opening weekend, proving his box office appeal has not waned. Eastwood has managed to keep his extremely complicated personal life private and has rarely been featured in the tabloids. He had a long time relationship with frequent co-star Sondra Locke and has eight children by six other women, only two of whom he married. Eastwood divides his time between Carmel and Los Angeles. Source :http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000142/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson Biography Date of Birth 22 April 1937, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name John Joseph Nicholson Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director, is a three-time Academy Award winner and 12-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nods in every decade from 1960s through the 2000s. Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in Manhattan, New York. He was raised believing that his grandmother was his mother, and that his mother, June Frances Nicholson, a showgirl, was his older sister. He discovered the truth in 1975 from a Time magazine journalist who was researching a profile on him. His biological father is believed to have been either Donald Furcillo, an Italian-American showman, or Eddie King (Edgar Kirschfeld), born in Latvia and also in showbusiness. Jack's mother's ancestry was Irish, English, as well as German, Scottish, and Welsh. Nicholson made his film debut in a B-movie titled Grita, asesino (1958). His rise in Hollywood was far from meteoric, and for years, he sustained his career with guest spots in television series and a number of Roger Corman films, including La pequeña tienda de los horrores (1960). Nicholson's first turn in the director's chair was for Aquellos años (1971). Before that, he wrote the screenplay for The Trip (1967), and co-wrote Head (1968), a vehicle for The Monkees. His big break came with Easy rider. Buscando mi destino (1969) and his portrayal of liquor-soaked attorney George Hanson, which earned Nicholson his first Oscar nomination. Nicholson's film career took off in the 1970s with a definitive performance in Mi vida es mi vida (1970). Nicholson's other notable work during this period includes leading roles in Roman Polanski's noir masterpiece Chinatown (1974) and Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco (1975), for which he won his first Best Actor Oscar. The 1980s kicked off with another career-defining role for Nicholson as Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's novel El resplandor (1980). A string of well-received films followed, including La fuerza del cariño (1983) which earned Nicholson his second Oscar; El honor de los Prizzi (1985) and Las brujas de Eastwick (1987). He portrayed another renowned villain, The Joker, in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). In the 1990s, he starred in such varied films as Algunos hombres buenos (1992), for which he received another Oscar nomination, and a dual role in Mars Attacks! (1996). Although a glimpse at the darker side of Nicholson's acting range reappeared in Infiltrados (2006), the actor's most recent roles highlight the physical and emotional complications one faces late in life. The most notable of these is the unapologetically misanthropic Melvin Udall in Mejor... imposible (1997), for which he won his third Oscar. Shades of this persona are apparent in A propósito de Schmidt (2002), Cuando menos te lo esperas (2003) and Ahora o nunca (2007). In addition to his Oscar wins and nominations, Nicholson has seven Golden Globe Awards, and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2001. He also became one of the youngest actors to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement award in 1994. Nicholson has five children: Eldest daughter Jennifer Nicholson (b. 1963), from his marriage to Sandra Knight which ended in 1968; Caleb James Goddard (b. 1970) with Susan Anspach; Honey Hollman (b. 1981) with Danish supermodel, Winnie Hollman; and Lorraine Nicholson (b. 1990) and Ray Nicholson (b. 1992) with Rebecca Broussard. Nicholson's longest relationship was the 16 years he spent with actress Anjelica Huston; it ended when Broussard become pregnant with his child. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000197/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Al Pacino by Lina Tanase

Al Pacino Biography Date of Birth 25 April 1940, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Alfredo James Pacino One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents, Rose (Gerardi) and Salvatore Pacino. divorced when he was young. His mother moved them into his grandparents' house. Pacino found himself often repeating the plots and voices of characters he had seen in the movies, one of his favorite activities. Bored and unmotivated in school, the young Al Pacino found a haven in school plays, and his interest soon blossomed into a full-time career. Starting on the stage, he went through a lengthy period of depression and poverty, sometimes having to borrow bus fare to make it to auditions. He made it into the prestigious Actors Studio in 1966, studying under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg, creator of the Method Approach that would become the trademark of many '70s-era actors. After appearing in a string of plays in supporting roles, he finally hit it big with "The Indian Wants the Bronx", winning an Obie award for the 1966-67 season. That was followed by a Tony Award for "Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?". His first feature films made little departure from the gritty realistic stage performances that earned him respect: he played a junkie in Pánico en Needle Park (1971) after his film debut in Yo, Natalie (1969). What came next would change his life forever. The role of Michael Corleone in El padrino (1972) was one of the most sought-after of the time: Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Ryan O'Neal, Robert De Niro and a host of others either wanted it or were mentioned for it, but director Francis Ford Coppola had his heart set on the unknown Italian Pacino for the role, although pretty much everyone else--from the studio to the producers to some of the cast members--didn't want him. Though Coppola won out through slick persuasion, Pacino was in constant fear of being fired during the hellish shoot. Much to his (and Coppola's) relief, the film was a monster hit that did wonders for everyone's career, including Pacino's, and earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Instead of taking on easier projects for the big money he could now command, however, Pacino threw his support behind what he considered tough but important films, such as the true-life crime drama Serpico (1973) and the tragic real-life bank robbery film Tarde de perros (1975). He opened eyes around the film world for his brave choice of roles, and he was nominated three consecutive years for the "Best Actor" Academy Award. He faltered slightly with Un instante, una vida (1977), but regained his stride with Justicia para todos (1979), for which he received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. This would, unfortunately, signal the beginning of a decline in his career, which produced such critical and commercial flops as A la caza (1980) and Autor, autor (1982). He took on another vicious gangster role and cemented his legendary status in the ultra-violent cult hit El precio del poder (1983), but a monumental mistake was about to follow. Revolución (1985) endured an endless and seemingly cursed shoot in which equipment was destroyed, weather was terrible, and Pacino became terribly ill with pneumonia. Constant changes in the script also further derailed a project that seemed doomed from the start anyway. The Revolutionary War film is considered one of the worst films ever, not to mention one of the worst of his career, resulted in his first truly awful reviews and kept him off the screen for the next four years. Returning to the stage, Pacino has done much to give back and contribute to the theatre, which he considers his first love. He directed a film, The Local Stigmatic (1990), but it remains unreleased. He lifted his self-imposed exile with the striking Melodía de seducción (1989) as a hard-drinking cop. It marked the second phase of Pacino's career, being the first to feature his now famous dark, owl eyes and hoarse, gravelly voice. Returning to the Corleones, he made El padrino. Parte III (1990) and earned raves for his first comedic role in the colorful Dick Tracy (1990). This earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and two years later he was nominated for Éxito a cualquier precio (1992). He went into romantic mode for Frankie y Johnny (1991). In 1992 he finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his amazing performance in Esencia de mujer (1992). A mixture of technical perfection (he plays a blind man) and charisma, the role was tailor-made for him, and remains a classic. The next few years would see Pacino becoming more comfortable with acting and movies as a business, turning out great roles in great films with more frequency and less of the demanding personal involvement of his wilder days. Atrapado por su pasado (1993) proved another gangster classic, as did the epic crime drama Heat (1995) directed by Michael Mann and co-starring Robert De Niro, although they only had a few scenes together. He returned to the director's chair for the highly acclaimed and quirky Shakespeare adaptation Looking for Richard (1996). City Hall, la sombra de la corrupción (1996), Donnie Brasco (1997) and Pactar con el diablo (1997) all came out in this period. Reteaming with Mann and then Oliver Stone, he gave two commanding performances in El dilema (1999) and Un domingo cualquiera (1999). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000199/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Harrison Ford by Lina Tanase

Harrison Ford Biography Date of Birth 13 July 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA Nickname Harry Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father had Irish and German ancestry, and his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire. He was a lackluster student at Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge Illinois (no athletic star, never above a C average). After dropping out of Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he did some acting and later summer stock, he signed a Hollywood contract with Columbia and later Universal. His roles in movies and television (Ironside (1967), El virginiano (1962)) remained secondary and, discouraged, he turned to a career in professional carpentry. He came back big four years later, however, as Bob Falfa in American Graffiti (1973). Four years after that, he hit colossal with the role of Han Solo in La guerra de las galaxias (1977). Another four years and Ford was Indiana Jones in En busca del arca perdida (1981). Four years later and he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role as John Book in Único testigo (1985). All he managed four years after that was his third starring success as Indiana Jones; in fact, many of his earlier successful roles led to sequels as did his more recent portrayal of Jack Ryan in Juego de patriotas (1992). Another Golden Globe nomination came his way for the part of Dr. Richard Kimble in El fugitivo (1993). He is clearly a well-established Hollywood superstar. He also maintains an 800-acre ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000148/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jean Marais

Jean Marais Biography Date of Birth 11 December 1913, Cherbourg, Manche, France Date of Death 8 November 1998, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France  (cardio-vascular disease) Jean Marais was a popular French cinema actor and director who played over 100 roles in film and on television, and was also known for his many talents as a writer, painter and sculptor. He was born Jean Alfred Villain-Marais on December 11, 1913, in Cherbourg, France. His father practiced veterinarian medicine, then fought in the World War I, and eventually left the family. Young Jean Marais was taken to Paris at the age of 4. There he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He attended the Lycée Condorcet, a prestigious State school where also studied his future film partners such as Louis de Funes and Jean Cocteau, and the faculty had such figures as Jean-Paul Sartre. At the age of 13, Marais dropped out of Lycee Condorcet, he tried several other schools, albeit he did not complete his college education, instead he was placed in a Catholic boarding school. At 16, he left school and became involved in amateur acting. After being rejected from drama schools, he took a job as a photographer's assistant and also worked as a caddy at a golf club. In 1933 Marais made his film debut in El gavilán (1933) (aka.. Les Amoureux), by director Marcel L'Herbier. In 1937, at a stage rehearsal of 'King Aedipus', Marais met Jean Cocteau, and they remained close friends until Cocteau's death. Cocteau had a major influence on life and career of Jean Marais who appeared in almost every one of Cocteau's films. Together they made such classics as La bella y la bestia (1946), Orfeo (1950) and El testamento de Orfeo (1960), to name a few. During the World War II, Marais was an actor in the occupied Paris. After liberation of Paris in 1944, he became a truck driver for the French Army, he was decorated for his courage. During the war Marais was married to his film partner, actress Mila Parély, and their marriage was blessed by Cocteau, who wanted Marais to be happy. Marais and Mila Parély divorced after two years of marriage, and shortly after their divorce, they worked together again in 'Beauty and the Beast' (1946), under directorship of Jean Cocteau. During the 1950s, Marais shot to international fame, after starring in films directed by Cocteau, Visconti, and others. During the 1960s and 1970s, Marais went on to star in several popular comedies, such as the Fantomas (1964) trilogy by director André Hunebelle. He co-starred with many major French actors of the time, including such stars as Louis de Funès and Mylène Demongeot in the Fantomas trilogy, and also Jean Gabin, Guy Delorme, Bourvil, Danielle Darrieux, Michèle Morgan, and Yves Montand. Jean Marais was also a remarkable stage actor known for his association with Théâtre de Paris, Théâtre de l'Atelie, and the Comédie Francaise, among others. Marais received numerous international awards and recognitions for his contribution to film art, including the French Legion of Honour (1996). He spent his later years living in his house in Vallaruis, in the South of France where he was involved in painting, sculpture and pottery, and was visited by Pablo Picasso and other cultural figures. Jean Marais died of a heart failure on November 8, 1998, in Cannes, France, and was laid to rest in the small Cemetiere de Vallauris, France. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0544786/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jean-Paul Belmondo Biography Date of Birth 9 April 1933, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France Nickname Bebel The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in A pie, a caballo y en coche (1957) but the episodes with his participation were cut before release. However, the breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard's Al final de la escapada (1960) made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave. Since mid-60s he completely switched to commercial mainstream pictures and became a big comedy and action star in France. Following the example of Alain Delon he founded his own production company Cerito named after his grandmother's maiden name. In 1989 he was awarded Cesar for his performance in El imperio del león (1988) . Recently he returned to stage performing in the Theatre Marigny in Paris. He still appears in the movies but not so often as before preferring mostly dramatic roles. The president of France distinguished him with order of Legion of Honour. Belmondo has daughter Florence and son Paul. His elder daughter Patricia died in a fire in 1994. None of his children became actors though you could have seen his son Paul in the episodic role in El imperio del león (1988). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000901/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Alain Delon

Alain Delon Biography Date of Birth 8 November 1935, Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school. During the early 1950s he was a paratrooper with French Marines in Indochina. In the mid-'50s he worked at various odd jobs including waiter, salesman and porter in Les Halles market. He decided to try an acting career and in 1957 made his film debut in Yves Allégret's Quand la femme s'en mêle (1957). He declined an offer of a contract from producer David O. Selznick, and in 1960 he received international recognition for his role in Luchino Visconti's Rocco y sus hermanos (1960). In 1961 he appeared on the stage in "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore", directed by Visconti, in Paris. In 1964 he formed his own production company, Delbeau Productions, and he produced a short film directed by Guy Gilles. In 1968 he found himself involved in murder, drug and sex scandal that indirectly implicated major politicians and show-business personalities, but he was eventually cleared of all charges. In the late 1960s he formed another company. Adel Film, and the next year he began producing features. In 1981 he directed his first film, Por la piel de un policía (1981). Delon was a sensation early in his career; he came to embody the young, energetic, often morally corrupted man. With his breathtaking good looks he was also destined to play tender lovers and romantic heroes, and he was a French embodiment of the type created in America by James Dean. His first outstanding success came with the role of the parasite Tom Ripley in 'Rene Clement''s sun-drenched thriller A pleno sol (1960). Delon presented a psychological portrait of a murderous young cynic who attempts to take on the identity of his victim. A totally different role was offered to him by Visconti in Rocco y sus hermanos (1960). In this film Delon plays the devoted Rocco, who accepts the greatest sacrifices to save his shiftless brother Simon. After several other films in Italy, Delon returned to the criminal genre with Jean Gabin in Gran jugada en la Costa Azul (1963). This work, a classic example of the genre, was distinguished not only by a soundly worked-out screenplay, but also by the careful production and the excellent performances of both Delon and Gabin. It was only in the late 1960s that the sleek and lethal Delon came to epitomize the calm, psychopathic hoodlum, staring into the camera like a cat assessing a mouse. His tough, ruthless side was first used to real effect by Jean-Pierre Melville in El silencio de un hombre (1967). In 1970 he had a huge success in the bloodstained Borsalino (1970)--which he also produced--playing a small-time gangster in the 1930s who, with Jean-Paul Belmondo, becomes king of the Marseilles underworld. Delon later won critical acclaim for his roles, against type, in Joseph Losey's El otro Sr. Klein (1976) in which he played (brilliantly) the icily sinister title role, and the art-movie El amor de Swann (1984). He has an older son Anthony Delon (who has also acted in a number of movies) from his first marriage to Nathalie Delon, and has a young son and daughter, Alain-Fabien and Anouchka with Rosalie. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001128/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Marcello Mastroianni

  Marcello Mastroianni Biography Date of Birth 28 September 1924, Fontana Liri, Lazio, Italy Date of Death 19 December 1996, Paris, France  (pancreatic cancer) Birth Name Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastrojanni Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy on 28 September 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club, where he was discovered by director Luchino Visconti. In 1957 Visconti gave him the starring part in his Fyodor Dostoevsky adaptation Noches blancas (1957) and in 1958 he was fine as a little thief in Mario Monicelli's comedy Rufufú (1958). But his real breakthrough came in 1960, when Federico Fellini cast him as an attractive, weary-eyed journalist of the Rome jet-set in La dolce vita (1960); that film was the genesis of his "Latin lover" persona, which Mastroianni himself often denied by accepting parts of passive and sensitive men. He would again work with Fellini in several major films, like the exquisite Fellini 8½ (1963) (as a movie director who finds himself at a point of crisis) and the touching Ginger y Fred (1986) (as an old entertainer who appears in a TV show). He also appeared as a tired novelist with marital problems in Michelangelo Antonioni's La noche (1961), as an impotent young man in Mauro Bolognini's El bello Antonio (1960) , as an exiled prince in John Boorman's Leo el último (1970), as a traitor in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Allonsanfàn (1974) and as a sensitive homosexual in love with a housewife in Ettore Scola's Una jornada particular (1977). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, for Divorcio a la italiana (1961), Una jornada particular (1977), and Ojos negros (1987). During the last decade of his life he worked with directors, like Theodoros Angelopoulos, Bertrand Blier and Raoul Ruiz, who gave him three excellent parts in Tres vidas y una sola muerte (1996). He died of pancreatic cancer on December 19, 1996. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000052/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Franco Nero

Franco Nero Biography Date of Birth 23 November 1941, San Prospero Parmense, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Birth Name Francesco Sparanero Blue-eyed well-built Italian actor Franco Nero, once was a painting photographer, when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. Grew up in provincial northern Italian town in the family of a strict police sergeant, Nero got on the scene at six-years-old. Studied economics and trade in Milan University and, during that time, he was appearing in popular Italian photo-novels. This gave him a chance to gain a little role in Carlo Lizzani's La Celestina P... R... (1965). Year later, the handsome face of Nero was noticed by John Huston who chose him for the role of "Abel" in La biblia (1966) (aka La Bibbia). But success came after he got the role of the lonely gunfighter, dragging a coffin in one of the best spaghetti-westerns; Sergio Corbucci's Django (1966). Nero then filmed a few other westerns of that style as Ferdinando Baldi's Adiós, Texas (1966) and Lucio Fulci's Las pistolas cantaron la muerte (1966) and furthered his career by filming in all genres of the cinema and TV. During filming of Joshua Logan's _Camelot (1967), he met actress Vanessa Redgrave, who become his long-time partner. Played with Catherine Deneuve in Luis Buñuel's Tristana (1970) and with Sergey Bondarchuk in the war drama La batalla del río Neretva (1969). Later, director Bondarchuk cast Nero for the role of famous American reporter "John Reed" in two-part "Krasnye kolokola II" (1982). In the late 60s and during the 70s, Nero played many different roles, but most of them connected with political and criminal genre, criticized Italian justice system. In the early 80s, Nero was chosen for the role of the white ninja, "Cole", in La justicia del ninja (1981) and in 1990 as terrorist "Gen. Esperanza", opposite Bruce Willis in Renny Harlin's La jungla 2 (Alerta roja) (1990). Being a personage from more than 25 different nationalities; from Russian to American, from Egyptian to Israeli, with 150 roles. He worked with the top European directors from Carlo Lizzani, Damiano Damiani, Luigi Zampa, Luis Buñuel, Elio Petri, Mihalis Kakogiannis, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Claude Chabrol, 'Vatroslav Mimica', Marco Bellocchio, etc. At the beginning of the 80s, he also began producing, writing and directing. Between films, he participates in various theatrical events. Apart from his cinematographic work, Nero also works for charitable organizations. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0626259/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Robert De Niro by Lina Tanase

Robert De Niro Biography Date of Birth 17 August 1943, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. Nicknames Bobby Milk Kid Monroe Bob Bobby D Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest American actors of all time, was born in New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, Dutch, English, French, and German. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop. He first gained fame for his role in Muerte de un jugador (1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in Malas calles (1973), which was his first film with director Martin Scorsese. In 1974 De Niro received an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in El padrino. Parte II (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in Taxi Driver (1976), El cazador (1978), and El cabo del miedo (1991). He won the best actor award in 1980 for Toro salvaje (1980). De Niro heads his own production company, Tribeca Film Center, and made his directorial debut in 1993 with Una historia del Bronx (1993). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000134/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jean Reno

Jean Reno Biography Date of Birth 30 July 1948, Casablanca, French Protectorate of Morocco [now Morocco] Birth Name Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce, and he had two children with each of them. He keeps homes in Paris and Los Angeles. After he started to get acting jobs in France, Juan adopted the French version, Jean, of his name, and shortened his surname to Reno. Due to his large frame (1.91 m; 6 ft 3 in), Reno was called on to play "heavies" in his early career. He later appeared in romantic-comedies and action films. He began his film career in France, appearing in many films by director Luc Besson, including his early Le dernier combat (1985). The two have continued to work together, collaborating in films produced, written or directed by Besson. Of their joint work, those that have achieved the most critical and commercial success include: Nikita (1990), and the English-language films The Big Blue (1988) and Léon: The Professional (1994). Reno did the voice-over for Mufasa in the French-language version of The Lion King, a role originally performed in English by James Earl Jones in the American film. Reno has starred in such high-profile American films as French Kiss (1995) with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, Mission: Impossible (1996) with Tom Cruise, Ronin (1998) with Robert De Niro, and Godzilla (1998). Reno turned down the role of Agent Smith in The Matrix. He also acted in French productions —e.g., Les Visiteurs (1993) (which was remade in English as Just Visiting in 2001); The Crimson Rivers (2000), and Jet Lag (Décalage horaire) by Danièle Thompson (2002), which was also a box-office success in France. In 2006, Reno had a prominent role in the remake of The Pink Panther and its sequel, playing Gilbert Ponton, opposite Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau. He portrayed Captain Bezu Fache in the Ron Howard film The Da Vinci Code. Among his most successful films are Les Visiteurs and L'Enquète corse. In other media, Reno was involved in the production of the third installment in the popular PlayStation 2 series Onimusha (Onimusha 3: Demon Siege), lending his likeness to the protagonist Jacques Blanc, as well as providing the voice for the character's French dialogue. In advertising work, Reno has appeared in American television commercials for UPS and portrayed Doraemon in a series of Toyota ads in Japan, as part of the "ReBorn" campaign. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000606/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson Biography Date of Birth 7 June 1952, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK Birth Name William John Neeson Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St Mary's Teaching College, Newcastle. However, in 1976, Neeson joined the Belfast Lyric Players' Theater and made his professional acting debut in the play "The Risen People". After two years, Neeson moved to Dublin's Abbey Theater where he performed the classics. It was here that he was spotted by director John Boorman and was cast in the film Excalibur (1981) as Sir Gawain, his first high-profile film role. Throughout the 1980s Neeson appeared in a handful of films and UK TV series - including Motín a bordo (1984), Toda una mujer (1984), La misión (1986), and Ansias de vivir (1986) - but it wasn't until he moved to Hollywood to pursue larger roles that he began to get noticed. His turn as a mute homeless man in Sospechoso (1987) garnered good reviews, as did supporting parts in El precio de la pasión (1988) and El hotel de los fantasmas (1988) - though he also starred in the best-to-be-forgotten Satisfacción (1988), which also featured a then-unknown Julia Roberts - but leading man status eluded him until the cult favorite Darkman (1990), directed by Sam Raimi. From there Neeson starred in El silencio de la sospecha (1991) and Ethan Frome (1993), was hailed for his performance in Woody Allen's Maridos y mujeres (1992), and ultimately was picked by Steven Spielberg to play Oskar Schindler in La lista de Schindler (1993). The starring role in the Oscar-winning Holocaust film brought Neeson Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. Also in 1993, he made his Broadway debut with a Tony-nominated performance in "Anna Christie", in which he co-starred with his future wife Natasha Richardson. The next year, the two also starred opposite Jodie Foster in the movie Nell (1994), and were married in July of that year. Leading roles as the 18th century Scottish Highlander Rob Roy (La pasión de un rebelde) (1995) and the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins (1996) followed, and soon Neeson was solidified as one of Hollywood's top leading men. He starred in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episodio I - La amenaza fantasma (1999) as Qui-Gon Jinn, received a Golden Globe nomination for Kinsey (2004), played the mysterious Ducard in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), and provided the voice for Aslan in Las crónicas de Narnia: El león, la bruja y el armario (2005). Neeson found a second surprise career as an action leading man with the release of Venganza (2008) in early 2009, an unexpected box office hit about a retired CIA agent attempting to rescue his daughter from being sold into prostitution. Less than two months after the release of the film, however, tragedy struck when Richardson suffered a fatal head injury while skiing and passed away days afterward. Neeson returned to high-profile roles in 2010 with two back-to-back big-budget films, Furia de titanes (2010) and El equipo A (2010), and returned to the action genre with Sin identidad (2011), Infierno blanco (2011), Battleship (2012), and Venganza: Conexión Estambul (2012), as well as the sequel Ira de titanes (2012). Neeson was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1999 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his accomplishments in film and television. He has two sons from his marriage to Richardson. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000553/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Depardieu Biography Date of Birth 27 December 1948, Châteauroux, Indre, France Birth Name Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou. After minor roles in cinema, at last, he got his chance in Bertrand Blier's Los rompepelotas (1974). That film established a new type of hero in the French cinema and the actor's popularity grew enormously. Later, he diversified his screen image and became the leading French actor of the 80s and 90s. He was twice awarded a César as Best Actor for El último metro (1980) and Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), also received an Oscar nomination for "Cyrano" and a number of awards at international film festivals. In 1996, he was distinguished by the highest French title of "Chevalier du Légion d'Honneur". He married Elisabeth Depardieu in 1971, and they divorced in 1996; she appeared with him in El manantial de las colinas (1986) and La venganza de Manon (1986); their children Guillaume Depardieu and Julie Depardieu are both actors.  Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000367/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte Biography Date of Birth 8 February 1941, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Birth Name Nicholas King Nolte Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He has German and British Isles ancestry. Nolte began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series Hombre rico, hombre pobre (1976), playing the role of "Tom/Tommy Jordache". Nick Nolte said that when he played a young man in the early scenes of the project, he weighed about 160 pounds. When he played a middle aged man in the later scenes, he weighed over 180 pounds. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000560/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas Biography Date of Birth 25 September 1944, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Michael Kirk Douglas Michael Douglas is one of the few actors who actually appears to be a walking paradox. A household name, an estimated worth of over $200 million, a father (Kirk Douglas) who was one of the world's biggest film stars when he was growing up, and a wife whose father is younger than he is, Douglas has indeed gained fame and acclaim. Michael Kirk Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to actors Diana Douglas (Diana Love Dill) and Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch). His paternal grandparents were Belarusian Jewish immigrants, while his mother was born in Bermuda, the daughter of a local Attorney General, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill; Diana's family had long been established in both Bermuda and the United States. Douglas's parents divorced when he was six, and he went to live with his mother and her new husband. Only seeing Kirk on holidays, Michael attended Eaglebrook school in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he was about a year younger than all of his classmates. Deciding he wanted to be an actor in his teenage years, Michael often asked his father about getting a "foot in the door". Kirk was strongly opposed to Michael pursuing an acting career, saying that it was an industry with many downs and few ups, and that he wanted all four of his sons to stay out of it. Michael, however, was persistent. When he started his career in the mid 1960s people were all too ready to tag him as "the next Kirk Douglas". He defied all those critics by accepting sensitive, quiet roles, a far cry from the macho, leading-man, hero parts that his father was most famous for. It didn't earn Michael much credibility, but it earned him his own identity. Although he made his film debut in La sombra de un gigante (1966), his breakthrough role was on the TV series Las calles de San Francisco (1972) opposite screen veteran Karl Malden. Michael gained quite a following on this show, and left it to produce Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco (1975). His own life was never brilliant either. He had dreams of acting alongside brother Joel Douglas, the one brother out of his three to which he was closest (he would only see Peter Douglas and the late Eric Douglas when he visited his father), but Joel wanted no part of the acting his family was famous for. In 1977, Michael married Diandra Luker, 14 years his junior; they had one son together, Cameron. The marriage eventually failed. In the 1980s Michael tried his hand at comedies, the most successful being Tras el corazón verde (1984), its sequel La joya del Nilo (1985), and La guerra de los Rose (1989), in which he co-starred with Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner. It was in the 1990s, though, in which he gained the most notorious aspects of his reputation. He starred in Instinto básico (1992), a thriller, heavy on sex and violence, that was a worldwide hit. Having played a similar role in Atracción fatal (1987), it did indeed appear that he was being typecast in "man against woman" type roles, and pictures like Acoso (1994) did nothing to dissuade that opinion. He finally tried to break away from this image with El presidente y Miss Wade (1995) and Los demonios de la noche (1996), yet when he started dating Catherine Zeta-Jones, 25 years his junior, this image continued, even after their marriage. After two children with Jones, Michael is trying to settle down to become a more "family-oriented" actor. The comedy Jóvenes prodigiosos (2000) and the Douglas-clan movie Cosas de familia (2003) were box office flops, and it appears Michael is again looking for a career change. Trying his hand now at light-hearted comedies, like the re-make of Hasta que la muerte los separe (2003), he hopes to break away from his past reputation. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000140/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Sylvester Stallone by Lina Tanase

Sylvester Stallone Biography Date of Birth 6 July 1946, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws. Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946, in New York's gritty Hell's Kitchen, to Jackie Stallone (née Labofish), an astrologer, and Frank Stallone, a beautician and hairdresser. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother's heritage is half Russian Jewish and half French (from Brittany). The young Stallone attended the American College of Switzerland and the University of Miami, eventually obtaining a B.A. degree. Initially, he struggled in small parts in films such as the soft-core The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970), the thriller Klute (1971) and the comedy Bananas (1971). He got a crucial career break alongside fellow young actor Henry Winkler, sharing lead billing in the effectively written teen gang film Días felices (1974). Further film and television roles followed, most of them in uninspiring productions except for the opportunity to play a megalomaniac, bloodthirsty race driver named "Machine Gun Joe Viterbo" in the Roger Corman-produced La carrera de la muerte del año 2000 (1975). However, Stallone was also keen to be recognized as a screenwriter, not just an actor, and, inspired by the 1975 Muhammad Ali-Chuck Wepner fight in Cleveland, Stallone wrote a film script about a nobody fighter given the "million to one opportunity" to challenge for the heavyweight title. Rocky (1976) became the stuff of cinematic legends, scoring ten Academy Award nominations, winning the Best Picture Award of 1976 and triggering one of the most financially successful movie franchises in history! Whilst full credit is wholly deserved by Stallone, he was duly supported by tremendous acting from fellow cast members Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith and Burt Young, and director John G. Avildsen gave the film an emotive, earthy appeal from start to finish. Stallone had truly arrived on his terms, and offers poured in from various studios eager to secure Hollywood's hottest new star. Philadelphia's favorite mythical boxer moved out of the shadows for his fifth screen outing in Rocky V (1990) tackling Tommy "Machine" Gunn played by real-life heavyweight fighter Tommy Morrison, the great-nephew of screen legend John Wayne. Sly quickly followed with the lukewarm comedy Oscar ¡quita las manos! (1991), the painfully unfunny ¡Alto!, o mi madre dispara (1992), the futuristic action film Demolition Man (1993), and the comic book-inspired Juez Dredd (1995). Interestingly, Stallone then took a departure from the gung-ho steely characters he had been portraying to stack on a few extra pounds and tackle a more dramatically challenging role in the intriguing Copland (1997), also starring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta. It isn't a classic of the genre, but Copland (1997) certainly surprised many critics with Stallone's understated performance. Stallone then lent his vocal talents to the animated adventure story Hormigaz (1998), reprised the role made famous by Michael Caine in a terrible remake of Get Carter (2000), climbed back into a race car for Driven (2001), and guest-starred as the "Toymaker" in the third chapter of the immensely popular "Spy Kids" film series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). Showing that age had not wearied his two most popular franchises, Stallone has most recently brought back never-say-die boxer Rocky Balboa to star in, well, what else but Rocky Balboa (2006), and Vietnam veteran John Rambo (2008) will reappear after a 20-year hiatus to once again right wrongs in the jungles of Thailand. Love him or loathe him, Sylvester Stallone has built an enviable and highly respected career in Hollywood; plus, he has considerably influenced modern popular culture through several of his iconic film characters. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000230/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger by Lina Tanase

Arnold Schwarzenegger Biography Date of Birth 30 July 1947, Thal, Styria, Austria Birth Name Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!? The amazing story of uber-star Arnold Schwarzenegger is a true "rags to riches" story of a penniless immigrant making it in the land of opportunity, the United States of America. Arnold was born on July 30th, 1947 in the town of Thal, Austria, to Aurelia (Jadrny) and Gustav Schwarzenegger, the local police chief. From a young age, he took a keen interest in physical fitness and bodybuilding, going on to compete in several minor contests in Europe. However, it was when he emigrated to the United States in 1968 at the tender age of 21 that his star began to rise. Up until the early 1970s, bodybuilding had been viewed as a rather oddball sport, or even a mis-understood "freak show" by the general public, however two entrepreneurial Canadian brothers Ben Weider and Joe Weider set about broadening the appeal of "pumping iron" and getting the sport respect, and what better poster boy could they have to lead the charge, then the incredible "Austrian Oak", Arnold Schwarzenegger. Over roughly the next decade, beginning in 1970, Schwarzenegger dominated the sport of competitive bodybuilding winning five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles and, with it, he made himself a major sports icon, he generated a new international audience for bodybuilding, gym memberships worldwide swelled by the tens of thousands and the Weider sports business empire flourished beyond belief and reached out to all corners of the globe. However, Schwarzenegger's horizons were bigger than just the landscape of bodybuilding and he debuted on screen as "Arnold Strong" in the low budget Hércules en Nueva York (1969), then director Bob Rafelson cast Arnold in Músculos de acero (1976) alongside Jeff Bridges and Sally Field, for which Arnold won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture". The mesmerizing Pumping Iron (1977) covering the 1975 Mr Olympia contest in South Africa has since gone on to become one of the key sports documentaries of the 20th century, plus Arnold landed other acting roles in the comedy Cactus Jack (1979) opposite Kirk Douglas, and he portrayed Mickey Hargitay in the well- received TV movie La historia de Jayne Mansfield (1980). What Arnold really needed was a super hero / warrior style role in a lavish production that utilized his chiseled physique, and gave him room to show off his growing acting talents and quirky humor. Conan, el bárbaro (1982) was just that role. Inspired by the Robert E. Howard short stories of the "Hyborean Age" and directed by gung ho director John Milius, and with a largely unknown cast, save Max von Sydow and James Earl Jones, "Conan" was a smash hit worldwide and an inferior, although still enjoyable sequel titled Conan, el destructor (1984) quickly followed. If "Conan" was the kick start to Arnold's movie career, then his next role was to put the pedal to the floor and accelerate his star status into overdrive. Director James Cameron had until that time only previously directed one earlier feature film titled Piraña II: los vampiros del mar (1981), Schwarzenegger married TV journalist Maria Shriver in April, 1986 and the couple have four children. In October of 2003 Schwarzenegger, running as a Republican, was elected Governor of California in a special recall election of then governor Gray Davis. The "Governator," as Schwarzenegger came to be called, held the office until 2011. Upon leaving the Governor's mansion it was revealed that he had fathered a child with the family's live-in maid and Shriver filed for divorce. Schwarzenegger contributed cameo roles to El tesoro del Amazonas (2003), La vuelta al mundo en 80 días (2004) and The Kid & I (2005). Recently, he starred in Los mercenarios 2 (2012), El último desafío (2013), Plan de escape (2013), and Los mercenarios 3 (2014). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000216/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner Biography Date of Birth 18 January 1955, Lynwood, California, USA Birth Name Kevin Michael Costner Kevin was born in Lynwood, California, on January 18, 1955, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953. His father's job required him to move regularly, which caused Kevin to feel like an Army kid, always the new kid at school, which led to him being a daydreamer. As a teen, he sang in the Baptist church choir, wrote poetry, and took writing classes. At 18, he built his own canoe and paddled his way down the rivers that Lewis & Clark followed to the Pacific. Despite his present height, he was only 5'2" when he graduated high school. Nonetheless, he still managed to be a basketball, football and baseball star. In 1973, he enrolled at California State University at Fullerton, where he majored in business. During that period, Kevin decided to take acting lessons five nights a week. He graduated with a business degree in 1978 and married his college sweetheart, Cindy Costner. He initially took a marketing job in Orange County. Everything changed when he accidentally met Richard Burton on a flight from Mexico. Burton advised him to go completely after acting if that is what he wanted. He quit his job and moved to Hollywood soon after. He drove a truck, worked on a deep sea fishing boat, and gave bus tours to stars' homes before finally making his own way into the films. After making one soft core sex film, he vowed to not work again if that was the only work he could do. He didn't work for nearly six years, while he waited for a proper break. That break came with Reencuentro (1983), even though his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor -- he was remembered by director Lawrence Kasdan when he decided to make Silverado (1985). Costner's career took off after that. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000126/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Hulk Hogan by Lina Tanase

Hulk Hogan Biography Date of Birth 11 August 1953, Augusta, Georgia, USA Birth Name Terry Gene Bollea One of the greatest, most popular, most hated and charismatic wrestlers of all time, Hulk Hogan is one of the men who helped parlay the circus-like world of professional wrestling from cult following into the forefront of American entertainment. What many people who know about Hogan don't know is he was in the "sport" for several years in virtual obscurity before hitting the big time. Hogan made his pro debut in 1978 and wrestled as "Sterling Golden" before becoming "Hulk." Hogan was getting main event matches while wrestling in the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) in the early 1980s before he was cast as Thunderlips in Rocky III (1982). That bit of casting propelled Hogan into the spotlight and he was soon to enter the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1983. At the time, the WWF was just beginning to go from local television (they were based in the Northeast U.S.) to national, and Hogan's personality (and some well-done marketing and PR, plus the Wrestlemania series) helped to transform not only the WWF, but wrestling into the big show it is today. Hogan won the WWF title numerous times, and was credited with dealing André the Giant his first loss in pro wrestling. Hogan was soon seen everywhere -- television, cartoons, movies, records and lunch boxes -- but he was a part of the steroid scandal in the WWF, and quietly left the organization. Hogan laid low in wrestling circles, but continued to act before coming back, this time with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the WWF's bitter rival. Hogan helped create the New World Order, the main bunch of badmen in WCW, and became more popular than ever. He abandoned his trademark red and yellow colors for black, and even dyed his beard black. He still wrestles as of today, and, like it or not, is probably one of the best entertainers in any form of show business. He always put on a show. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001356/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!

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Patrick Swayze by Lina Tanase

Patrick Swayze Biography Date of Birth 18 August 1952, Houston, Texas, USA Date of Death 14 September 2009, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer) Birth Name Patrick Wayne Swayze Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Yvonne Helen (Karnes) and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother, choreographer Patsy Swayze, owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982. He graduated from Waltrip High School in Houston, and attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. He married actress/dancer Lisa Niemi on June 12, 1975, whom he had known when she was 15 and a student at his mother's dance school. His New York City dance training included the Harkness Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet School. He first danced professionally as "Prince Charming" in "Disney on Parade". After a stint as "Danny Zuko" in the original Broadway production of "Grease", he made his film debut with a small role in Skatetown, U.S.A. (La fiebre del patín) (1979). He made his television debut in 1981 on M.A.S.H. (1972), as a soldier diagnosed with leukemia. After many supporting roles in films and a lead role in the TV mini-series Norte y Sur (1985), he landed his breakthrough role as dance instructor "Johnny Castle" in the hit film Dirty Dancing (1987), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. He received a second nomination for his portrayal of "Sam Wheat" in the blockbuster Ghost (Más allá del amor) (1990). Ghost (Más allá del amor) (1990) was the highest-grossing film of 1990, and at one point, the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Unfortunately, he did not capitalize on its success. His subsequent films like La ciudad de la alegría (1992), Tall Tale (1995), Black Dog (1998), and Waking Up in Reno (2002) did not fare well with critics or audiences. In December 2003, he returned to Broadway as a replacement for the lead role of "Billy Flynn" in the acclaimed revival of John Kander & Fred Ebb's musical, "Chicago". The production also went on tour in several cities of the United States, including Los Angeles. In January 2008, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought the illness for well over a year and was able to continue working, but died on September 14, 2009. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000664/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Dustin Hoffman

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Dustin Hoffman by Lina Tanase

Dustin Hoffman Biography Date of Birth 8 August 1937, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Dustin Lee Hoffman Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Chicago-born parents, Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman, and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Hungary and Russia). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College, where he dropped out after a year due to bad grades. But before he did, he took an acting course because he was told that "nobody flunks acting." Also received some training at Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Decided to go into acting because he did not want to work or go into the service. Trained at The Pasadena Playhouse for two years. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000163/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks Biography Date of Birth 9 July 1956, Concord, California, USA Birth Name Thomas Jeffrey Hanks Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family. He moved around a lot after his parents' divorce, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism - just a confused childhood. He had no acting experience in college and, in fact, credits the fact that he couldn't get cast in a college play with actually starting his career. He went downtown, auditioned for a community theater play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started. He met his second wife, actress Rita Wilson on the set of his television show Amigos del alma (1980) - she appeared in one episode in the second season (1981), Amigos del alma: All You Need Is Love (1981). They have two children, and Tom has another son and daughter by his first wife, Samantha Lewes. In 1996, he made his first step behind the camera, directing and writing as well as starring in the film, The Wonders (1996). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000158/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges Biography Date of Birth 4 December 1949, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Jeffrey Leon Bridges Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing, alongside their mother in the film Libertad bajo palabra (1951), and appeared on occasion with their famous dad on his popular underwater TV series Investigador submarino (1958) while growing up. At age 14, Jeff toured with his father in a stage production of "Anniversary Waltz". The "troublesome teen" years proved just that for Jeff and his parents were compelled at one point to intervene when problems with drugs and marijuana got out of hand. He recovered and began shaping his nascent young adult career appearing on TV as a younger version of his father in the acclaimed TV-movie Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969), and in the strange Burgess Meredith film El tercer ojo (1970). Following fine notices for his portrayal of a white student caught up in the racially-themed Odio en las aulas (1970), his career-maker arrived just a year later when he earned a coming-of-age role in the critically-acclaimed ensemble film La última película (1971). The Peter Bogdanovich- directed film made stars out off its young leads (Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd) and Oscar winners out of its older cast (Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman). The part of Duane Jackson, for which Jeff received his first Oscar-nomination (for "best supporting actor"), set the tone for the types of roles Jeff would acquaint himself with his fans -- rambling, reckless, rascally and usually unpredictable). Owning a casual carefree handsomeness and armed with a perpetual grin and sly charm, he started immediately on an intriguing 70s sojourn into offbeat filming. Chief among them were his boxer on his way up opposite a declining Stacy Keach in Fat City, ciudad dorada (1972); his Civil War-era conman in the western Pistoleros en el infierno (1972); his redneck stock car racer in El último héroe americano (1973); his young student anarchist opposite a stellar veteran cast in Eugene O'Neill's El repartidor de hielo (1973); his bank-robbing (also Oscar-nominated) sidekick to Clint Eastwood in Un botín de 500.000 dólares (1974); his aimless cattle rustler in Vidas sin barreras (1975); his low-level western writer who wants to be a real-life cowboy in Hearts of the West (1975); and his brother of an assassinated President who pursues leads to the crime in Muertes de invierno (1979). All are simply marvelous characters that should have propelled him to the very top rungs of stardom...but strangely didn't. Perhaps it was his trademark ease and naturalistic approach that made him somewhat under appreciated at that time when Hollywood was run by a Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino-like intensity. Neverthless, Jeff continued to be a scene-stealing favorite into the next decade, notably as the video game programmer in the 1982 science-fiction cult classic Tron (1982), and the struggling musician brother vying with brother Beau Bridges over the attentions of sexy singer Michelle Pfeiffer in Los fabulosos Baker Boys (1989). Jeff became a third-time Oscar nominee with his highly intriguing (and strangely sexy) portrayal of a blank-faced alien in Starman. El hombre de las estrellas (1984), and earned even higher regard as the ever-optimistic inventor Preston Tucker in Tucker, un hombre y su sueño (1988). Since then Jeff has continued to pour on the Bridges magic on film. Few enjoy such an enduring popularity while maintaining equal respect with the critics. El rey pescador (1991), Corazón roto (1992), Sin miedo a la vida (1993), El gran Lebowski (1998) (now a cult phenomenon) and Candidata al poder (2000) (which gave him a fourth Oscar nomination) are prime examples. More recently he seized the moment as a bald-pated villain as Robert Downey Jr.'s nemesis in Iron Man (2008) and then, at age 60, he capped his rewarding career by winning the elusive Oscar, plus the Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild awards (among many others), for his down-and-out country singer Bad Blake in Corazón rebelde (2009). Bridges next starred in TRON: Legacy (2010), reprising one of his more famous roles, and received another Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in the Western remake Valor de ley (2010). In 2014, he co-produced and starred in an adaptation of the Lois Lowry science fiction drama The Giver (2014). Jeff has been married since 1977 to non-professional Susan Geston (they met on the set of Vidas sin barreras (1975)). The couple have three daughters, Isabelle (born 1981), Jessica (born 1983), and Hayley (born 1985). He hobbies as a photographer on and off his film sets, and has been known to play around as a cartoonist and pop musician. His ancestry is English, as well as some Irish and Swiss-German. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000313/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey Biography Date of Birth 26 July 1959, South Orange, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Kevin Spacey Fowler As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person". There are, however, certain biographical facts to be had - for starters, Kevin Spacey Fowler was the youngest of three children born to Kathleen Ann (Knutson) and Thomas Geoffrey Fowler, in South Orange, New Jersey. His ancestry includes Swedish (from his maternal grandfather) and English. His mother was a personal secretary, his father a technical writer whose irregular job prospects led the family all over the country. The family eventually settled in southern California, where young Kevin developed into quite a little hellion - after he set his sister's tree house on fire, he was shipped off to the Northridge Military Academy, only to be thrown out a few months later for pinging a classmate on the head with a tire. Spacey then found his way to Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, where he managed to channel his dramatic tendencies into a successful amateur acting career. In his senior year, he played "Captain von Trapp" opposite classmate Mare Winningham's "Maria" in "The Sound of Music" (the pair later graduated as co-valedictorians). Spacey claims that his interest in acting - and his nearly encyclopedic accumulation of film knowledge - began at an early age, when he would sneak downstairs to watch the late late show on TV. Later, in high school, he and his friends cut class to catch revival films at the NuArt Theater. The adolescent Spacey worked up celebrity impersonations (James Stewart and Johnny Carson were two of his favorites) to try out on the amateur comedy club circuit. He briefly attended Los Angeles Valley College, then left (on the advice of another Chatsworth classmate, Val Kilmer) to join the drama program at Juilliard. After two years of training he was anxious to work, so he quit Juilliard sans diploma and signed up with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His first professional stage appearance was as a messenger in the 1981 production of "Henry VI". In February 2003 Spacey made a major move back to the theatre. He was appointed Artistic Director of the new company set up to save the famous Old Vic theatre, The Old Vic Theatre Company. Although he did not undertake to stop appearing in movies altogether, he undertook to remain in this leading post for ten years, and to act in as well as to direct plays during that time. His first production, of which he was the director, was the September 2004 British premiere of the play Cloaca by Maria Goos (made into a film, Cloaca (2003)). Spacey made his UK Shakespearean debut in the title role in Richard II in 2005. In 2006 he got movie director Robert Altman to direct for the stage the little-known Arthur Miller play Resurrection Blues, but that was a dismal failure. However Spacey remained optimistic, and insisted that a few mistakes are part of the learning process. He starred thereafter with great success in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten along with Colm Meaney and Eve Best, and in 2007 that show transferred to Broadway. In February 2008 Spacey put on a revival of the David Mamet 1988 play Speed-the-Plow in which he took one of the three roles, the others being taken by Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly. In 2013, Spacey took on the lead role in an original Netflix series, House of Cards. Based upon a British show of the same name, House of Cards is an American political drama. The show's first season received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination to include outstanding lead actor in a drama series. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000228/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis Biography Date of Birth 19 March 1955, Idar-Oberstein, West Germany Birth Name Walter Bruce Willis Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for his film appearances as wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955, in West Germany, to a German mother, Marlene K. (from Kassel), and an American father, David Andrew Willis (from Carneys Point, New Jersey), who were then living on a United States military base. He was raised in Penns Grove, New Jersey. Willis picked up an interest for the dramatic arts in high school, and was allegedly "discovered" whilst working in a café in New York City and then appeared in a couple of off-Broadway productions. While bartending one night, he was seen by a casting director who liked his personality and needed a bartender for a small movie role. After countless auditions, Willis contributed minor film appearances, usually uncredited, before landing the role of private eye "David Addison" alongside sultry Cybill Shepherd in the hit romantic comedy television series Luz de luna (1985). The series firmly established Bruce Willis as a hot new talent, and his sarcastic and wisecracking P.I. was in effect a dry run for the role of hard-boiled NYC detective "John McClane" in the monster hit Jungla de cristal (1988). This superbly paced action film balanced laconic humor and wholesale destruction as Willis' character single handedly battles a gang of ruthless international thieves in a Los Angeles skyscraper. Willis reprized the role of tough guy cop "John McClane" in the eagerly anticipated sequel La jungla 2 (Alerta roja) (1990) set at snowbound Washington's Dulles International Airport as a group of renegade Special Forces soldiers seek to repatriate a corrupt South American general. Excellent box office returns demanded a further sequel Jungla de cristal. La venganza (1995) this time also starring Samuel L. Jackson as a cynical Harlem shopowner unwittingly thrust into assisting McClane during a terrorist bombing campaign on a sweltering day in NYC. Willis found time out from all the action mayhem to provide the voice of "Mikey" the baby in the very popular family comedies Mira quién habla (1989), and its sequel Mira quién habla también (1990) also starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Over the next decade, Willis starred in some very successful films, some very offbeat films and some unfortunate box office flops. La hoguera de las vanidades (1990) and El gran Halcón (1991) were both large scale financial disasters that were savaged by the critics, and both are arguably best left off the CVs of all the actors involved, however Willis was still popular with movie audiences and selling plenty of theatre tickets with the hyperviolent El último Boy Scout (1991), the darkly humored La muerte os sienta tan bien (1992) and the mediocre police thriller Persecución mortal (1993). During the 1990s, Willis also appeared in several independent and low budget productions that won him new fans and praise from the critics for his intriguing performances working with some very diverse film directors. He appeared in the oddly appealing Un muchacho llamado Norte (1994), as a cagey prizefighter in the Quentin Tarantino directed mega-hit Pulp Fiction (1994), the Terry Gilliam directed apocalyptic thriller Doce monos (1995), the Luc Besson directed sci-fi opus El quinto elemento (1997) and the M. Night Shyamalan directed spine-tingling epic El sexto sentido (1999). Willis next starred in the gangster comedy Falsas apariencias (2000), worked again with "hot" director M. Night Shyamalan in the less gripping El protegido (2000), and in two military dramas, La guerra de Hart (2002) and Lágrimas del sol (2003) that both failed to really fire with movie audiences or critics alike. However, Willis bounced back into the spotlight in the critically applauded Frank Miller graphic novel turned movie Sin City (2005), the voice of "RJ" the scheming raccoon in the animated hit Vecinos invasores (2006) and "Die Hard" fans rejoiced to see "John McClane" return to the big screen in the high tech La jungla 4.0 (2007) aka "Die Hard 4.0". Willis was married to actress Demi Moore for approximately thirteen years and they share custody to their three children. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000246/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Russell Crowe by Lina Tanase

Russell Crowe Biography Date of Birth 7 April 1964, Wellington, New Zealand Birth Name Russell Ira Crowe Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Maori (one of Crowe's maternal great-grandmothers, Erana Putiputi Hayes Heihi, was Maori). Crowe's family moved to Australia when he was a small child, and Russell got the acting bug early in life. Beginning as a child star on a local Australian TV show, Russell's first big break came with two films ... the first, Romper Stomper (1992), gained him a name throughout the film community in Australia and the neighboring countries. The second, Nosotros dos (1994), helped put him on the American map, so to speak. Sharon Stone heard of him from Romper Stomper (1992) and wanted him for her film, Rápida y mortal (1995). But filming on Nosotros dos (1994) had already begun. Sharon is reported to have held up shooting until she had her gunslinger-Crowe, for her film. With Rápida y mortal (1995) under his belt as his first American film, the second was offered to him soon after. Virtuosity (1995), starring Denzel Washington, put Russell in the body of a Virtual Serial Killer, Sid6.7 ... a role unlike any he had played so far. Virtuosity (1995), a Sci-Fi extravaganza, was a fun film and, again, opened the door to even more American offers. L.A. Confidential (1997), Russell's third American film, brought him the US fame and attention that his fans have felt he deserved all along. Missing the Oscar nod this time around, he didn't seem deterred and signed to do his first film with The Walt Disney Company, Mystery, Alaska (1999). He achieved even more success and awards for his performances in Gladiator (2000) and Una mente maravillosa (2001). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000128/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Mel Gibson by Lina Tanase

Mel Gibson Biography Date of Birth 3 January 1956, Peekskill, New York, USA Birth Name Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, USA as the sixth of eleven children to parents Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, and his father had Irish-Australian ancestry. Though born in the US, Mel and his family moved to New South Wales, Australia. After high school, Mel studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, performing at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts alongside future film thespians Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush. After college, Mel had a few stints on stage and starred in a few TV shows. Eventually, he was chosen to star in Mad Max - Salvajes de autopista (1979) and in a movie called Tim (1979), co-starring Piper Laurie. The small budgeted movie Mad Max - Salvajes de autopista (1979) made him known worldwide, while Tim (1979) garnered him an award for Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute (equivalent to the Oscar). Later, he went on to star in Gallipoli (1981), which earned him a second award for Best Actor from the AFI. In 1980, he married Robyn Moore and had seven children. In 1984, Mel made his American debut in Motín a bordo (1984), which co-starred Anthony Hopkins. Then in 1987, Mel starred in what would become his signature series, Arma letal (1987), in which he played "Martin Riggs". In 1990, he took on the interesting starring role in Hamlet (El honor de la venganza) (1990), which garnered him some critical praise. He also made the more endearing Eternamente joven (1992) and the somewhat disturbing El hombre sin rostro (1993). 1995 brought his most famous role as "Sir William Wallace" in Braveheart (1995), for which he won two Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. From there, he made such box office hits as El patriota (2000), Rescate (1996), and Payback (1999). Today, Mel remains an international superstar mogul, continuously topping the Hollywood power lists as well as the Most Beautiful and Sexiest lists. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000154/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Nicolas Cage by Lina Tanase

Nicolas Cage Biography Date of Birth 7 January 1964, Long Beach, California, USA Birth Name Nicholas Kim Coppola Nicolas Cage was born in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and German, English, and Polish (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation, succeeding brilliantly with a host of classic, quirky roles by the late 1980s. Initially studying theatre at Beverly Hills High (though he dropped out at 17), he secured a bit part in Aquel 'excitante' curso (1982) -- most of which was cut, dashing his hopes and leading to a job selling popcorn at the Fairfax Theater, thinking that would be the only route to a movie career. But a job reading lines with actors auditioning for uncle Francis' La ley de la calle (1983) landed him a role in that film, followed by the punk-rocker in La chica del valle (1983), which was released first and truly launched his career. His one-time passion for method acting reached a personal limit when he smashed a street-vendor's remote-control car to achieve the sense of rage needed for his gangster character in Cotton Club (1984). In his early 20s, he dated Jenny Wright for two years and later linked to Uma Thurman. After a relationship of several years with Christina Fulton, a model, they split amicably and share custody of a son, Weston Cage (b.1992). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000115/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon Biography Date of Birth 8 July 1958, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Birth Name Kevin Norwood Bacon Kevin Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964. Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. His debut as the strict Chip Diller in Desmadre a la americana (1978) almost seems like an inside joke, but he managed to escape almost unnoticed from that role. Diner (1982) became the turning point after a couple of television series and a number of less-than-memorable movie roles. In a cast of soon-to-be stars, he more than held his end up, and we saw a glimpse of the real lunatic image of The Bacon. He also starred in Footloose (1984), La loca aventura del matrimonio (1988), Temblores (1990) with Fred Ward, Línea mortal (1990), and Apolo 13 (1995). Bacon is married to actress Kyra Sedgwick, with whom he has 2 children. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000102/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller Biography Date of Birth 30 November 1965, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name Benjamin Edward Stiller Ben Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother is of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that Ben Stiller has followed in his family's footsteps. Ben's parents made no real effort to keep their son away from the Hollywood lifestyle and he grew up among the stars, wondering just why his parents were so popular. At a young age, he and his sister Amy Stiller would perform plays at home, wearing Amy's tights to perform Shakespeare. Ben also picked up an interest in being on the other side of the camera and, at age 10, began shooting films on his Super 8 camera. The plots were always simple: someone would pick on the shy, awkward Stiller...and then he would always get his revenge. This desire for revenge on the popular, good-looking people may have motivated his teen-angst opus Bocados de realidad (1994) later in his career. He both directed and performed in the film, which costarred Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. Before he even got his start in Hollywood, Ben put in several consistently solid years in the theater. After dropping out of UCLA, he performed in the Tony Award winner, "The House of Blue Leaves". While working on the play, Stiller shot a short spoof of El color del dinero (1986) starring him (in the Tom Cruise role) and his American Playhouse: The House of Blue Leaves (1987) costar John Mahoney (in the Paul Newman role). The short film was so funny that Lorne Michaels purchased it and aired it on Saturday Night Live (1975). This led to Ben spending a year on the show in 1989. Ben made his big screen debut in Steven Spielberg's El imperio del sol (1987) in 1987. Demonstrating early on the multifaceted tone his career would take, he soon stepped behind the camera to direct Back to Brooklyn for MTV. The network was impressed and gave Stiller his own show, The Ben Stiller Show (1992). He recruited fellow offbeat comedians Janeane Garofalo and Andy Dick and created a bitingly satirical show. MTV ended up passing on it, but it was picked up by Fox. Unfortunately, the show was a ratings miss. Stiller was soon out of work, although he did have the satisfaction of picking up an Emmy for the show after its cancellation. For a while, Ben had to settle for guest appearance work. While he was doing this, he saved up his cash and in the end was able to scrape enough together to make Bocados de realidad (1994), now a cult classic which is looked upon favorably by the generation it depicted. Ben continued to work steadily for a time, particularly in independent productions where he was more at ease. However, he never quite managed to catch a big break. His first big budget directing job was Jim Carrey's Un loco a domicilio (1996). Although many critics were impressed, Jim Carrey's fans were not. In 1998, Algo pasa con Mary (1998) had propelled Ben into the mainstream spotlight. With his wince-inducing turn in the Farrelly brothers' gross-out film, Ben really "struck a nerve" with mainstream America. Ben has starred in such hit movies as Más que amigos (2000) and Los padres de ella (2000). Ben excels at cerebral comedy, but he knows how to get down and lowbrow when he needs to, making him one of America's most popular performers. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001774/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Jim Carrey by Lina Tanase

Jim Carrey Biography Date of Birth 17 January 1962, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada Birth Name James Eugene Carrey Jim Carrey, a Canadian-born actor who became a U.S. citizen in 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura, un detective diferente (1994), Dos tontos muy tontos (1994) and La máscara (1994) established him as a bankable comedy actor. James Eugene Carrey was born on January 17, 1962, in Ontario, Canada, and is the youngest of four children of Kathleen (Oram), a homemaker, and Percy Carrey, an accountant and jazz musician. The family surname was originally "Carré", and he has French-Canadian, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Carrey was an incurable extrovert from day one. As a child, he performed constantly, for anyone who would watch, and even mailed his résumé to Carol Burnett (1967) at age 10. In junior high, he was granted a few precious minutes at the end of each school day to do stand-up routines for his classmates (provided, of course, that he kept a lid on it the rest of the day). Carrey's early adolescence took a turn for the tragic, however, when the family was forced to relocate from their cozy town of Newmarket to Scarborough (a Toronto suburb). They all took security and janitorial jobs in the Titan Wheels factory, Jim working 8-hour shifts after school let out (not surprisingly, his grades and morale both suffered). When they finally deserted the factory, the family lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they could return to Toronto. Carrey made his stand-up debut in Toronto after his parents and siblings got back on their feet. He made his (reportedly awful) professional stand-up debut at Yuk-Yuk's, one of the many local clubs that would serve as his training ground in the years to come. He dropped out of high school, worked on his celebrity impersonations (among them Michael Landon and James Stewart), and in 1979 worked up the nerve to move to Los Angeles. He finessed his way into a regular gig at The Comedy Store, where he impressed Rodney Dangerfield so much that the veteran comic signed him as an opening act for an entire season. During this period Carrey met and married waitress Melissa Womer, with whom he had a daughter (Jane). The couple would later go through a very messy divorce, freeing Carrey up for a brief second marriage to actress Lauren Holly. Wary of falling into the lounge act lifestyle, Carrey began to look around for other performance outlets. He landed a part as a novice cartoonist in the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory (1984); while the show fell flat, the experience gave Carrey the confidence to pursue acting more vigorously. Carrey also worked on breaking into film around this time. He scored the male lead in the ill-received Lauren Hutton vehicle Mordiscos peligrosos (1985), and had a supporting role in Peggy Sue se casó (1986), before making a modest splash with his appearance as the alien Wiploc in Las chicas de la Tierra son fáciles (1988). Impressed with Carrey's lunacy, fellow extraterrestrial Damon Wayans made a call to his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, who was in the process of putting together the sketch comedy show In Living Color (1990). Carrey joined the cast and quickly made a name for himself with outrageous acts (one of his most popular characters, psychotic Fire Marshall Bill, was attacked by watchdog groups for dispensing ill- advised safety tips). Following his time on In Living Color (1990), Carrey's transformation from TV goofball to marquee headliner happened within the course of a single year. He opened 1994 with a starring turn in Ace Ventura, un detective diferente (1994), a film that cashed in on his extremely physical brand of humor (the character's trademark was talking out his derrière). Next up was the manic superhero movie La máscara (1994), which had audiences wondering just how far Carrey's features could stretch. Finally, in December 1994, he hit theaters as a loveable dolt in the Farrelly brothers' Dos tontos muy tontos (1994) (his first multi-million dollar payday). Now a box-office staple, Carrey brought his manic antics onto the set of Batman Forever (1995), replacing Robin Williams as The Riddler. He also filmed the follow-up to his breakthrough, Ace Ventura, operación África (1995), and inked a deal with Sony to star in Un loco a domicilio (1996) (replacing Chris Farley) for a cool $20 million--at the time, that was the biggest up-front sum that had been offered to any comic actor. The movie turned out to be a disappointment, both critically and financially, but Carrey bounced back the next year with the energetic hit Mentiroso compulsivo (1997). Worried that his comic shtick would soon wear thin, Carrey decided to change course. In 1998, he traded in the megabucks and silly grins to star in Peter Weir's El show de Truman (Una vida en directo) (1998) playing a naive salesman who discovers that his entire life is the subject of a TV show, Carrey demonstrated an uncharacteristic sincerity that took moviegoers by surprise. He won a Golden Globe for the performance, and fans anticipated an Oscar nomination as well--when it didn't materialize, Carrey lashed out at Academy members for their narrow-minded selection process. Perhaps inspired by the snub, Carrey threw himself into his next role with abandon. After edging out a handful of other hopefuls (including Edward Norton) to play eccentric funnyman Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999), Carrey disappeared into the role, living as Kaufman -- and his blustery alter-ego Tony Clifton -- for months (Carrey even owned Kaufman's bongo drums, which he'd used during his audition for director Milos Forman). His sometimes uncanny impersonation was rewarded with another Golden Globe, but once again the Academy kept quiet. An indignant Carrey next reprised his bankable mania for the Farrelly brothers in Yo, yo mismo e Irene (2000), playing a state trooper whose Jekyll and Hyde personalities both fall in love with the same woman (Renée Zellweger). Carrey's real-life persona wound up falling for her too--a few months after the film wrapped, the pair announced they were officially a couple. By then, Carrey had already slipped into a furry green suit to play the stingy antihero of Ron Howard's El Grinch (2000). Although Carrey maintains a foothold in the comedy world with films such as Como Dios (2003) and Los pingüinos del Sr. Poper (2011), he is also capable of turning in nuanced dramatic performances, as demonstrated in films like ¡Olvídate de mí! (2004) and the drama/comedy Di que sí (2008). In 2013, he costars with Steve Carell in El increible Burt Wonderstone (2013). Carrey has one child with his first wife, Melissa Carrey, whom he divorced in 1995. He married actress Lauren Holly in 1996, but they split less than a year later. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000120/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Tim Robbins

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Tim Robbins by Lina Tanase

Tim Robbins Biography Date of Birth 16 October 1958, West Covina, California, USA Birth Name Timothy Francis Robbins Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, an experimental ensemble that expressed radical political observations through the European avant-garde form of theater. He started film work in television movies in 1983, but hit the big time in 1988 with his portrayal of dimwitted fastball pitcher "Nuke" Laloosh in Los búfalos de Durham (1988). Tall with baby-faced looks, he has the ability to play naive and obtuse (Cadillac Man (1990) and El gran salto (1994)) or slick and shrewd (El juego de Hollywood (1992) and Ciudadano Bob Roberts (1992)). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000209/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci Biography Date of Birth 9 February 1943, Newark, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Joseph Frank Pesci Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943, in Newark, NJ, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor and by the mid-50s was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-'60s he released a record under the stage name of "Joe Ritchie" titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing", and was also playing guitar with several bands, including Joey Dee and The Starliters. He even joined with friend Frank Vincent to start a vaudeville-style comedy act, but met with limited success (interestingly, Pesci and Vincent would later go on to co-star in several gangster films together, including Uno de los nuestros (1990) and Casino, de Scorsese (1995)) Pesci's first film role was as an uncredited dancer in Hey, Let's Twist! (1961) and then he had to wait another 15 years for a minor part in The Death Collector (1976). His work in the second film was seen by Robert De Niro, who convinced director Martin Scorsese to cast him as "Joey LaMotta" in the epic boxing film Toro salvaje (1980), which really got him noticed in Hollywood. He played opposite Rodney Dangerfield in Quien tiene una suegra tiene un tesoro (1983), was with buddy DeNiro again in Érase una vez en América (1984), nearly stole the show as con man Leo Getz in Arma letal 2 (1989) and scored a Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing the psychotic Tommy DeVito in "Goodfellas". His comedic talents shone again in the mega-popular Solo en casa (1990), and he put in a terrific performance as co-conspirator David Ferrie in JFK (Caso abierto) (1991). Pesci was back again as Leo Getz for Arma letal 3 (1992), and was still a bumbling crook in Solo en casa 2: Perdido en Nueva York (1992), and had a minor role in the Robert De Niro-directed Una historia del Bronx (1993). He was lured back by Scorsese to play another deranged gangster named Nicky (based on real-life hood Tony Spilotro [aka "The Ant"]) in the violent Casino, de Scorsese (1995), and starred in the comedies Ocho cabezas (1997) and Dos chiflados en remojo (1997), although both failed to fire at the box office. He returned again as fast-talking con man Leo Getz in Arma letal 4 (1998). Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000582/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Danny DeVito

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Danny DeVito by Lina Tanase

Danny DeVito Biography Date of Birth 17 November 1944, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film. Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker. His father, Daniel, Sr., was a small business owner whose ventures included a dry cleaning shop, a dairy outlet, a diner, and a pool hall. While growing up in Asbury Park, his parents sent him to private schools. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel grammar school and Oratory Prep School. Following graduation in 1962, he took a job as a cosmetician at his sister's beauty salon. A year later, he enrolled at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts so he could learn more about cosmetology. While at the academy, he fell in love with acting and decided to further pursue an acting career. During this time, he met another aspiring actor Michael Douglas at the National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. The two would later go on to collaborate on numerous projects. Soon after he also met an actress named Rhea Perlman. The two fell in love and moved in together. They were married in 1982 and had three children together. In 1968, Danny landed his first part in a movie when he appeared as a thug in the obscure Dreams of Glass (1970). Despite this minor triumph, Danny became discouraged with the film industry and decided to focus on stage productions. He made his Off-Broadway debut in 1969 in "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth." He followed this up with stage roles in "The Shrinking Bride," and "Lady Liberty." In 1975, he was approached by director Milos Forman and Michael Douglas about appearing in the film version of Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco (1975), which would star Jack Nicholson in the leading role. With box office success almost guaranteed and a chance for national exposure, Danny agreed to the role. The movie became a huge hit, both critically and financially, and still ranks today as one the greatest movies of all time. Unfortunately, the movie did very little to help Danny's career. In the years following, he was relegated to small movie roles and guest appearances on television shows. His big break came in 1978 when he auditioned for a role on an ABC sitcom pilot called Taxi (1978), which centered around taxi cab drivers at a New York City garage. Danny auditioned for the role of dispatcher Louie DePalma. At the audition, the producers told Danny that he needed to show more attitude in order to get the part. He then slammed down the script and yelled, "Who wrote this sh**?" The producers, realizing he was perfect for the part, brought him on board. The show was a huge success, running from 1978 to 1983. Louie DePalma, played flawlessly by Danny, became one of the most memorable (and reviled) characters in television history. While he was universally hated by TV viewers, he was well-praised by critics, winning an Emmy award and being nominated three other times. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Danny maintained his status as a great character actor with memorable roles in movies like Tras el corazón verde (1984), Por favor, maten a mi mujer (1986), Tira a mamá del tren (1987) and Los gemelos golpean dos veces (1988). He also had a great deal of success behind the camera, directing movies like La guerra de los Rose (1989) and Hoffa: un pulso al poder (1992). In 1992, Danny was introduced to a new generation of moviegoers when he was given the role of The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot in Tim Burton's highly successful Batman vuelve (1992). This earned him a nomination for Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards. That same year, along with his then-wife Rhea Perlman, Danny co-founded Jersey Films, which has produced many popular films and TV shows, including Pulp Fiction (1994), Cómo conquistar Hollywood (1995), Man on the Moon (1999) and Erin Brockovich (2000). DeVito has many directing credits to his name as well, including Tira a mamá del tren (1987), La guerra de los Rose (1989), Hoffa: un pulso al poder (1992), Smoochy (2002) and the upcoming St. Sebastian (2014). In 2006, he returned to series television in the FX comedy series Colgados en Filadelfia (2005). With a prominent role in a hit series, Devito's comic talents were now on display for a new generation of television viewers. In 2012, he provided the title voice role in Dr. Seuss' Lorax: En busca de la trúfula perdida (2012). These days, he continues to work with many of today's top talents as an actor, director and producer. Source : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000362/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Thank you very much!:)

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Bill Murray

Bill Murray Biography Date of Birth 21 September 1950, Wilmette, Illinois, USA Birth Name William James Murray Bill, the fifth of nine children, was born in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray, and John Murray. He and most of his siblings worked as caddies, which paid his tuition to Loyola Academy, a Jesuit school. He played sports and did some acting while in that school, but in his words, mostly "screwed off." He enrolled at Regis College in Denver to study pre-med but dropped out after being arrested for marijuana possession. He then joined the National Lampoon Radio Hour with fellow members Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and John Be