Jacob Abbott


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.

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.
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.


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.


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.

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.

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


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

Shamini name means Blissful

Shamini name means Blissful
Local Origin of Name: Hindu/India
From the name Shamini

Meaning: Blissful

Emotional Spectrum .Her emotions get the best of her sometimes!
Personal Integrity .People know her for her good name.
Personality .Modern Maverick.
Relationships .Some of Shamini’s friends are just like her.
Travel & Leisure .Born to travel!
Career & Money .Parents play a major role in her educational career.
Life’s Opportunities .Joy and happiness await this blessed person.

Shamini’s Lucky Numbers: 42 .40 .39 .19 .55 .58

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Annika Sorenstam

  • Annika Sorenstam (born 9 October 1970) is a Swedish-American professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season, she won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name.

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  • She has won 72 official LPGA tournaments including ten majors and 18 other tournaments internationally, and she tops the LPGA’s career money list with earnings of over $22 million—over $8 million ahead of her nearest rival. Since 2006, Sörenstam has held dual American and Swedish citizenship.

The winner of a record eight Player of the Year awards, and six Vare Trophies given to the LPGA player with the lowest seasonal scoring average, she is the only female golfer to have shot a 59 in competition. She holds various all-time scoring records including the lowest season scoring average: 68.6969 in 2004.

Representing Europe in the Solheim Cup on eight occasions between 1994–2007, Sörenstam was the event’s all-time leading points earner until her record was surpassed by England’s Laura Davies during the 2011 Solheim Cup. Sörenstam made history at the Bank of America Colonial tournament in 2003 as the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since 1945. Her growing off-course interests include the ANNIKA golf academy, golf course design, ANNIKA-branded products, and a charitable foundation.

Derek Jeter

Derek  Jeter ( born June 26, 1974) is an American Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has played his entire career for the New York Yankees. He has served as the Yankees’ team captain since 2003.


Jeter’s presence in the Yankees’ lineup, highlighted by his hitting prowess, played an instrumental role in the team’s late 1990s dynasty. On July 9, 2011, Jeter became the first Yankee player to ever hit 3,000 hits in his career, and the 28th in baseball history to do so.


Jeter debuted in the Major Leagues in 1995, and the following year he won the Rookie of the Year Award and helped the Yankees win the 1996 World Series. Jeter was also a member of championship-winning teams in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009. In 2000, Jeter became the only player in history to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year.


He has been selected as an All-Star twelve times, won the Silver Slugger award four times, and he has won the Gold Glove award on five occasions. He is regarded as a consummate professional, by teammates and opponents alike, and has a reputation as a reliable contributor in the postseason.

Jeter is considered to be one of the best players of his generation. He is the all-time hits leader among shortstops, and his .317 career batting average through the 2009 season ranks as the fifth-highest among active players. He has been among the American League (AL) leaders in hits and runs scored for the past ten years. He is the all-time Yankees hit leader, having passed Hall of Fame member Lou Gehrig in 2009. In addition to being the Yankee and shortstop all-time hits leader, Jeter also has the most career hits of any active Major League player.


Jeter became the first player to reach the milestone while wearing Yankees pinstripes and the second player to homer for his 3,000th hit, joining former teammate Wade Boggs, who accomplished the feat in 1999 with Tampa Bay.

“I wasn’t sure it was going to be a home run,” Jeter said. “I was hoping, but afterwards, to be honest with you, I was pretty relieved.”


He became only the second player to record five hits in the game in which he reached 3,000 and first since Craig Biggio in 2007.

With 3,003 hits, Jeter passed Roberto Clemente (3,000) for 27th place on the all-time hits list.