Jacob Abbott

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Jacob Abbott (November 14, 1803 -October 31, 1879) was an American writer of children’s books.

Abbott was born at Hallowell, Maine to Jacob and Betsey Abbott. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820; studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and 1824; was tutor in 1824-1825, and from 1825 to 1829 was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies in Boston in 1829, and was principal of it in 1829-1833; was pastor of Eliot Congregational Church (which he founded), at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1834-1835; and was, with his brothers, a founder, and in 1843-1851 a principal of Abbott’s Institute, and in 1845-1848 of the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City.

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He was a prolific author, writing juvenile fiction, brief histories, biographies, religious books for the general reader, and a few works in popular science. He died in Farmington, Maine, where he had spent part of his time after 1839, and where his brother, Samuel Phillips Abbott, founded the Abbott School.

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His Rollo Books, such as Rollo at Work, Rollo at Play, Rollo in Europe, etc., are the best known of his writings, having as their chief characters a representative boy and his associates. In them Abbott did for one or two generations of young American readers a service not unlike that performed earlier, in England and America, by the authors of Evenings at Home, The History of Sandford and Merton, and the The Parent’s Assistant.

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His brothers, John Stevens Cabot Abbott and Gorham Dummer Abbott, were also authors. His sons, Benjamin Vaughan Abbott, Austin Abbott, both eminent lawyers, Lyman Abbott, and Edward Abbott, a clergyman, were also well-known authors.

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See his Young Christian, Memorial Edition, with a Sketch of the Author by Edward Abbott with a bibliography of his works.

Other works of note: Lucy Books, Jonas Books, Harper’s Story Books, Marco Paul, Gay Family, and Juno Books.

Sally Struthers

Sally Ann Struthers (born July 28, 1948)is an American actress and spokeswoman, best-known for her roles as Gloria Stivic on All in the Family, for which she won two Emmy awards, and as Babette on Gilmore Girls.

In Five Easy Pieces (1970) she was in a nude sex scene with Jack Nicholson, but achieved fame as Gloria Stivic on the 1970s sitcom, All in the Family. Producer Norman Lear found the actress dancing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a counterculture variety show whose writing staff included Rob Reiner. According to a WPTT-AM radio interview with Doug Hoerth in 2003, Struthers thought that Reiner’s then-fiancée and later wife, Penny Marshall, would get the role of Gloria, as Marshall resembled Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker. Actress Candice Azzara had played the role of Gloria in a pilot episode, but was soon dropped.

After a shaky start, word-of-mouth propelled the program to the top of the Nielsen ratings, giving tens of millions of viewers the chance to see “Gloria” defending her liberal viewpoints about negative stereotypes and inequality. Struthers won two Emmy Awards (in 1972 and 1979) for her work in All in the Family. On the short-lived Archie Bunker’s Place spin-off Gloria (1982–1983), Struthers reprised Gloria as a new divorcee (she became an “exchange student”, when husband Mike exchanged her for one of his students). The series co-starred Burgess Meredith as the doctor of an animal clinic with Gloria as his assistant. In 2001 Struthers attended the funeral of Carroll O’Connor, along with other actors from the show.

Struthers was a semi-regular panelist on the 1990 revival of Match Game. She also was an occasional celebrity guest on Win, Lose or Draw, even once guest hosting the NBC daytime version. She also had a recurring role as Bill Miller’s manipulative mother, Louise, on the CBS sitcom Still Standing and regularly appeared on Gilmore Girls as Babette Dell.

Struthers has also provided voices for a number of animated series such as The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (as a teenage Pebbles Flintstone), TaleSpin (as Rebecca Cunningham) and Dinosaurs (as Charlene Sinclair).

She has also been the spokesperson for International Correspondence Schools in television ads. Now called Penn Foster Career School in America, the distance education organization offers degrees by sending lessons directly to individuals’ homes.

Struthers is currently starring in the stage production of “Hello Dolly” at the Riverside Dinner Theatre in Fredericksburg, VA.

James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown


James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. In 2002, he was named by Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever.

He is considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes the U.S. has ever produced.

Brown was taken in the first round of the 1956 draft by the Cleveland Browns.He departed as the NFL record holder for both single-season (1,863 in 1963) and career rushing (12,312 yards), as well as the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (106), total touchdowns (126), and all-purpose yards (15,549). He was the first player ever to reach the 100-rushing-touchdowns milestone, and only a few others have done so since, despite the league’s expansion to a 16-game season in 1978 (Brown’s first four seasons were only 12 games, and his last five were 14 games). Brown’s record of scoring 100 touchdowns in only 93 games stood until LaDainian Tomlinson did it in 89 games during the 2006 season. Brown holds the record for total seasons leading the NFL in all-purpose yards (5: 1958–1961, 1964), and is the only rusher in NFL history to average over 100 yards per game for a career. Brown was also a superb receiver out of the backfield, catching 262 passes for 2,499 yards and 20 touchdowns. Every season he played, Brown was voted into the Pro Bowl, and he left the league in style by scoring three touchdowns in his final Pro Bowl game. Perhaps the most amazing feat is that Jim Brown accomplished these records despite never playing past 29 years of age. Brown’s 6 games with at least 4 touchdowns remains an NFL record. LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk both have five games with 4 touchdowns.

He told me, ‘Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts.’ He lived by that philosophy and I always followed that advice.
—John Mackey, 1999

Brown’s 1,863 rushing yards in the 1963 season remain a Cleveland franchise record. It is currently the oldest franchise record for rushing yards out of all 32 NFL teams. While others have compiled more prodigious statistics, when viewing Brown’s standing in the game his style of running must be considered along with statistical measures. He was very difficult to tackle (shown by his leading 5.2 yards per carry), often requiring more than one person to bring him down.

Brown retired far ahead of the second-leading rusher and remains the league’s eighth all-time leading rusher, and is still the Cleveland Browns all-time leading rusher.

Brown began his career as an actor with an appearance in the film Rio Conchos in 1964, then played a villain in a 1967 episode of I Spy called “Cops and Robbers”, went on to star in the 1967 war movie The Dirty Dozen (during the filming of which he announced his retirement from professional football), the 1970 movie …tick…tick…tick…, as well as in numerous other features. Biographer Mike Freeman credits Brown with becoming “the first black action star”, thanks to roles like the Marine captain he portrayed in the hit 1968 film Ice Station Zebra.

Jim Brown at an autograph signing in 2004.

In 1969, Brown starred in 100 Rifles with Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch. The film was one of the first to feature an interracial love scene. Raquel Welch reflects on the scene in Spike Lee’s Jim Brown: All-American. Brown acted with Fred Williamson in films such as 1974’s Three the Hard Way, 1975’s Take a Hard Ride, 1982’s One Down, Two to Go, 1996’s Original Gangstas and 2002’s On the Edge. He also guest-starred in a handful of television episodes of various programs with Williamson. In 1998, he provided the voice of Butch Meathook in Small Soldiers. Perhaps Brown’s most memorable roles were as Robert Jefferson in The Dirty Dozen, and in Keenen Ivory Wayans’ 1988 comedy I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. Brown also acted in 1987’s The Running Man, an adaptation of a Stephen King story, as Fireball. He played a coach in Any Given Sunday and also appeared in Sucker Free City and Mars Attacks!. Brown appeared in some TV shows including Knight Rider in the season 3 premiere episode Knight of the Drones.

Barbra Joan Streisand

Barbra Joan Streisand ( born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, film producer and director. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award,a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.
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She is one of the most commercially and critically successful entertainers in modern entertainment history, with more than 71.5 million albums shipped in the United States and 140 million albums sold worldwide.

She is the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) Top Selling Artists list, the only female recording artist in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock and roll genre.
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Along with Frank Sinatra, Cher, and Shirley Jones, she shares the distinction of being awarded an acting Oscar and also recording a number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

According to the RIAA, Streisand holds the record for the most top ten albums of any female recording artist – a total of 31 since 1963.
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Streisand has the widest span (46 years) between first and latest top ten albums of any female recording artist. With her 2009 album, Love Is the Answer, she became one of the only artists to achieve number-one albums in five consecutive decades. According to the RIAA, she has released 51 Gold albums, 30 Platinum albums, and 13 Multi-Platinum albums in the United States.

  • 1963: The Barbra Streisand Album
  • 1963: The Second Barbra Streisand Album
  • 1964: The Third Album
  • 1964: Funny Girl
  • 1964: People
  • 1965: My Name Is Barbra
  • 1965: My Name Is Barbra, Two…
  • 1966: Color Me Barbra
  • 1966: Je m’appelle Barbra
  • 1967: Simply Streisand
  • 1967: A Christmas Album
  • 1969: What About Today?
  • 1971: Stoney End
  • 1971: Barbra Joan Streisand
  • 1972: Live Concert at the Forum
  • 1973: Barbra Streisand…And Other Musical Instruments
  • 1974: The Way We Were
  • 1974: ButterFly
  • 1975: Lazy Afternoon
  • 1976: Classical Barbra
  • 1977: Streisand Superman
  • 1978: Songbird
  • 1979: Wet
  • 1979: The Main Event (1979 film)
  • 1980: Guilty
  • 1984: Emotion
  • 1985: The Broadway Album
  • 1988: Till I Loved You
  • 1993: Back to Broadway
  • 1997: Higher Ground
  • 1999: A Love Like Ours
  • 2001: Christmas Memories
  • 2003: The Movie Album
  • 2005: Guilty Pleasures
  • 2009: Love Is the Answer
  • 2011: What Matters Most

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Janković ( born February 28, 1985 in Belgrade) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Serbia. She reached the final of the 2008 US Open and won the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title. Janković is ranked world no. 14, being coached by the former ATP top-15 player, Andrei Pavel.

Janković at the 2010 Stuttgart Porsche Grand Prix

 

She is one of only seven players who has defeated both Williams sisters at the same tournament, and one of three players who were world no. 1 and as a junior and a senior. Janković is also known for being one of the most consistent top-10 players, entering it in early 2007 and the only one never falling out of top 10 ever since. However her remarkable streak ended at four years and three months of being in top 10.

Janković at the 2007 Dubai Tennis Championships.

Janković in the 2008 Australian Open.

Roberto Gaston Orci

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Roberto Gaston Orci (born July 20, 1973) is a Mexican-American film producer, television producer and screenwriter.
Orci was born in Mexico City to a Mexican father and a Cuban mother, who left Cuba for Mexico after Fidel Castro came to power.

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He is the older brother of screenwriter-producer J. R. Orci. He was raised in Canada, Texas, and Los Angeles, where he met his longtime friend and collaborator Alex Kurtzman. He attended The University of Texas at Austin.

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His producing credits include Star Trek, The Legend of Zorro, Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, and Cowboys and Aliens. He is the creator alongside with J. J. Abrams and Alex Kurtzman of the FOX hit TV show Fringe.

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The Hollywood Reporter listed Orci as one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood of 2007.

Orci was invited to be a special guest at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Film credits

 

Year Film Notes
2005 The Island co-writer (screenplay)
The Legend of Zorro co-writer (screenplay and story)
2006 Mission: Impossible III co-writer (screenplay)
2007 Transformers co-writer (screenplay and story)
2008 Eagle Eye producer
2009 Watchmen uncredited script polish (screenplay)
Star Trek co-writer and executive producer (screenplay and story)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen writer
The Proposal executive producer
2011 Cowboys & Aliens co-writer, producer

Lara Flynn Boyle bio and photos

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Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American film and television actress best known for her performances as Laura Palmer’s best friend Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks and Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in The Practice. She has had a number of movie roles from the late 1980s through the present but has found the most recognition through her roles in television series.

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Boyle’s first film role was a bit part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), which earned her a SAG card, though her scenes were deleted from the final cut of the film. She then appeared in the mini-series Amerika (1987) and summer blockbuster Poltergeist III (1988) opposite Nancy Allen and Tom Skerritt. Although she was cast in Dead Poets Society (1989), her scenes were deleted, before landing her first major part, that of Donna Hayward in the critically acclaimed series Twin Peaks. When the series ended in 1991, creator David Lynch produced a movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, but, largely due to her rise in fame and increased film offers, Boyle chose not to return. Moira Kelly took over the role of Donna for the film. Some of Boyle’s most notable roles during the 1990s were:

  • the obsessive and accident-prone Stacy in Wayne’s World (1992)
  • the fragile, homeless teen Heather in Where The Day Takes You (1992)
  • fatally obsessed psychopath secretary – Kris Bolin in The Temp (1993)
  • the sultry and manipulative Suzanne of Red Rock West (1993)
  • Alex, the promiscuous beauty in the comedy Threesome (1994)
  • flighty, manically repressed housewife Marianne Byron in Afterglow (1997)

In 1997, Boyle auditioned for the title role in David E. Kelley’s Ally McBeal. Although she lost out to Calista Flockhart, the actress impressed Kelley enough to create the role of Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in his other 1997 series, The Practice, specifically for her.

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She starred on that show until 2003, when, in a dramatic attempt to revamp the show and cut costs, she was dismissed along with most of the cast. The role of Helen earned her an Emmy nomination, as well as several Screen Actors Guild ensemble cast nominations. Boyle also made a crossover appearance in the role of Helen in an episode of Ally McBeal, and an uncredited guest appearance on the same show in its final season.

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In 2002, Boyle played a lead role in the blockbuster film Men in Black II as the villainous shapeshifting alien Serleena. She also guest-starred on one of the last episodes of Ally McBeal, this time as Tally Cupp. Recently, she had a recurring role on several episodes of Huff, playing Melody Coatar, an unstable patient with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. In 2005, Boyle joined the cast of Las Vegas for a seven-episode stint as Monica Mancuso, a new hotel owner. She played Barbara Amiel in the TV true story “Shades of Black”, about Amiel’s controversial husband, Lord Conrad Black. Boyle also guest-starred as an ambitious reporter involved with the suspects in a possible murder in the Law & Order 2008 episode “Submission.

Vincy Chan

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Vincy Chan (born 16 October 1982) is a Hong Kong cantopop singer. Before the handover of 1997 when Hong Kong was returned from Great Britain to China, her family left Hong Kong and went to Singapore when she was a child. She was signed by Emperor Entertainment Group, and debuted with the album Vincy on 27 July 2006.

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She attended the Dunman High School in Singapore. Chan was amongst the top 24 contestants in Project Superstar, a Singaporean singing competition held in June 2005 after graduating from Nanyang Technological University. She was also the runner-up and won the award “Most Popular Image” in Emperor Entertainment Group’s New Talent Singing Awards in 2005. Later on, she became more well-known amongst the Hong Kong public when her song ‘My Feelings’ , a Cantonese rendition of Freya Lin’s ‘s debuted.

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Chan released the studio album “Flowers Without Snow” in February, 2007, in which a song of eponymous title is the Cantonese version of Mika Nakashima’s Yuki no Hana.

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In 2007, she performed at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Charity Gala in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with various artists. Chan’s latest album, released October 15, 2007, was titled “Close To You”, which included a cover version of The Carpenters’ (They Long to Be) Close to You.

After the “Close To You” tour ended at the beginning of 2008, Vincy released her third and self-titled album on June 4, 2008. This album also marks her first MandoPop album since her only previous 2 albums featured Cantonese pop.

In 2008, Vincy appeared in both New Talent Toronto (June 21) and New Talent Calgary (June 22) in Canada. At both occasions, Vincy performed her new hit mandarin song “It’s Very Tiring to Like a Person” and several other hits.

Anders Sodergren

 

Hans Anders Södergren (born 17 May 1977 in Söderhamn, Hälsingland) is a Swedish cross-country skier who has competed since 1999. He earned a bronze medal in the 4×10 km relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and also finished 5th in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit event at those same Olympics. In the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver he won a gold medal with the Swedish team in the 4×10 km relay.

Södergren won four medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with two silvers (15 km + 15 km double pursuit: 2009, 50 km: 2003) and two bronzes in the 4 x 10 km (2003, 2007). He has eight FIS Race victories and is a ten-time national champion at distances between 15 km and 50 km as of the 2005–06 season.

Additionally, Södergren won the 50 km event at both the 2006 and the 2008 Holmenkollen ski festival, making him the only skier to have won an international 50 km elite race with individual start in free technique since 2004.

Södergren has a twin brother, Per, who was forced abandon his cross-country skiing career following a back injury



Mike Tyson

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Mike Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is a retired American boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles, he was 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, with twelve of them occurring in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold and only Heavyweight to individually unify the WBA, WBC and IBF titles.

In 1988, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks in the first 91 seconds of the fight. Tyson successfully defended the world heavyweight championship nine times, including victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno. Tyson lost his titles to 42-to-1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas on February 11, 1990, in Tokyo, Japan, by a knockout in round 10. Tyson continued in his quest to regain the titles, defeating Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991. Tyson was then scheduled to take on the undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield but pulled out due to injury.

In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington, for which he was sentenced to six years in prison but was released after serving three years. After being released from prison in 1995, he engaged in a series of comeback fights. In 1996, Tyson won the WBC and WBA titles after defeating Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon by knockout. After being stripped of the WBC title, Tyson lost his WBA crown to Evander Holyfield in November, 1996 by an 11th round TKO. Their 1997 rematch ended when Tyson was disqualified for biting off part of Holyfield’s ear.

In 2002, he fought for the world heavyweight title at the age of 35, losing by knockout to Lennox Lewis. Tyson retired from professional boxing in 2006 after he was knocked out in consecutive matches against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003, despite receiving over US$30 million for several of his fights and $300 million during his career.
Throughout his career, Tyson became well known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior both inside and outside the ring. Tyson is considered to have been one of the better heavyweight boxers of all time. He is ranked No. 16 on The Ring’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time