Lauren Nicole London

Lauren Nicole London (born December 5, 1984) is an American film and television actress, model, and occasional music video actress. Beginning her career in music videos and later transitioning into film and television, London earned recognition for her performances in the film ATL as well as the television shows 90210 and Entourage. Along with her acting career, London is also a spokes model for the Sean John woman’s collection.

London had made appearances in music videos by artists such as Tyrese, Ludacris, Pharrell, and Snoop Dogg.  Her breakout year came in 2006, where she made her television debut in the “Everybody Hates Funerals” episode of the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. That same year, London landed her first film role as well, playing hip hop artist T.I.’s romantic lead in the film ATL. For her work, London was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the year’s Black Movie Awards.  In 2007, London landed a role on the HBO comedy series Entourage, playing the character Turtle’s (Jerry Ferrara) love interest.  Later, based on her performance in ATL, London was given her role in 2007’s This Christmas without having to audition.  London, along with pop/R&B singers Cassie and Asia Nitollano, became one of the spokesmodels for the Sean John woman’s collection in 2007 as well. 

In 2008, London landed the role of the character Christina in the first season of the show 90210,  originally thought to be a possible romantic interest of Tristan Wilds’ character Dixon Wilson. London’s next film role was the character Ivy in the 2009 release Next Day Air.  The same year, she played the character Cammy Alcott in the Chris Columbus film I Love You Beth Cooper. London has appeared on the cover of such magazines as Jewel and King as well. 

London returned to films since the birth of her son. She appeared in Tyler Perry’s new movie Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, which was released on April 22, 2011. She played Renee, Bow Wow’s character’s girlfriend. She also made a Cameo appearance in the premiere of VH1’s Single Ladies.

 

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova

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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. A US resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 24 WTA singles titles, including three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open. She has also won the year-end invitational WTA Tour Championships in 2004.
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The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked Sharapova World No. 1 in singles on four separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on Aug 22, 2005 and last regained this ranking for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. She is currently ranked World No. 4. She has been in 5 Grand Slam finals. Her Grand Slam final record is 3–2.

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Sharapova made her professional breakthrough in 2004 when, at age 17, she upset two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam singles title. She entered the top ten of the WTA Rankings with this win. Despite not winning a major in 2005, Sharapova briefly held the number one ranking, and reached three Grand Slam semifinals, losing to the eventual champion each time. She won her second major at the 2006 US Open defeating then-World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo in the semifinals and World No. 2 Justine Henin in the final. Sharapova’s 2007 season was plagued with a chronic shoulder injury, and saw her ranking fall out of the top 5 for the first time in two years.

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She ultimately won her third Grand Slam at the 2008 Australian Open, defeating Henin in the quarterfinals and Ana Ivanović in the final. After reclaiming the number one ranking in May 2008, Sharapova’s shoulder problems re-surfaced, ultimately requiring surgery in October and forcing her out of the game for nearly ten months. Sharapova returned in May 2009 and was ranked No. 126 in the world due to her extensive lay-off. Since her comeback, Sharapova has won 5 singles titles (bringing her career total to 24) and improved her ranking to within the top 5.

Sharapova’s public profile extends beyond tennis, as she has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has been featured in many advertisements including those for Nike, Prince and Canon and is the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Sharapova was the most searched-for athlete on Yahoo! in both 2005 and 2008. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.

In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time.

Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz

Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and arranger, whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads.

In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos. Kravitz has had multiple number 1 hits on the US Top Singles Charts, though none by himself on the Hot 100, and many more worldwide. He won the Grammy Award for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category and most consecutive wins in one category. He has been nominated and won other awards, namely American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, BRIT Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. Kravitz is playing Cinna in the film The Hunger Games.

Discograpy:

  • Let Love Rule (1989)
  • Mama Said (1991)
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)
  • Circus (1995)
  • 5 (1998)
  • Lenny (2001)
  • Baptism (2004)
  • It Is Time for a Love Revolution (2008)
  • Black and White America (2011)
Filmography
1998 The Rugrats Movie Newborn baby Voice role, minor
2001 Zoolander Himself Cameo role
2001 Being Mick Himself Supporting role
2004 Rebelde Himself Guest Star
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Himself Cameo role
2009 Precious Nurse John Supporting role Nominated NAACP Image Award for Outstanding

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

2011 Selma Himself Cameo role
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Willem Johan “Pim” Kolff


Willem Johan “Pim” Kolff (February 14, 1911 – February 11, 2009) was a pioneer of hemodialysis as well as in the field of artificial organs. Willem is a member of the Kolff family, an old Dutch patrician family. He migrated in 1950 to the United States, where he obtained the US citizenship in 1955.

Born in Leiden, Netherlands, Kolff studied medicine in his hometown at Leiden University, and continued as a resident in internal medicine at Groningen University. One of his first patients there was a 22-year old man who was slowly dying of renal failure. This prompted Kolff to perform research on artificial renal function replacement. Also during his residency, Kolff organized the first blood bank in Europe (in 1940).

During World War II, he was based in Kampen, where he was active in the resistance against the German occupation. Simultaneously, Kolff developed the first functioning artificial kidney. He treated his first patient in 1943, and in 1945 he was first able to save a patient’s life with hemodialysis treatment. In 1946 he obtained a PhD degree summa cum laude at University of Groningen on the subject. It marks the start of a treatment that has saved the lives of millions of acute or chronic renal failure patients ever since.

Shortly afterwards, in 1950, he left the Netherlands, sensing opportunity in the United States. At the Cleveland Clinic, he was involved in the development of heart-lung machines to maintain heart and pulmonary function during cardiac surgery. He also improved on his dialysis machine. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he developed the first production artificial kidney, the Kolff Brigham Artificial Kidney, manufactured by the Edward A. Olson Co. in Boston Massachusetts, and later the Travenol Twin-Coil Artificial Kidney.

He became head of the University of Utah’s Division of Artificial Organs and Institute for Biomedical Engineering in 1967, where he was involved in the development of the artificial heart, the first of which was implanted in 1982 in patient Barney Clark, who survived for four months, with the heart still functioning at the time of Clark’s death.

Kolff’s papers at the University of Utah


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Choi Bool-am

Choi Bool-am (born June 15, 1940) is a South Korean actor and a professor. Choi was born in the neighborhood of Geumgok-dong, Dong-gu, Incheon, Korea in 1941. Choi was the only son to his father Choi Cheol, a business man, and his mother Lee Myeong-suk who was a daughter of a royal pharmacist of the Korean Empire. Choi Cheol suddenly died when Choi was 8 years old and entered Sinheung Elementary School in Incheon. Choi moved to Seoul to attedn Jungang Middle School. Choi was drawn to theater as he entered a theater club at Juangang High School. Choi established directing experiences while at Seorabeol Art College. He entered Hanyang University in 1960. Before the graduation, Choi starred in several plays. Choi was recruited as a KBS TV actor in 1976, and entered stardom with the role of Kim Jong-seo in the drama series, Prince Suyang.

Awards

  • 1974, the 10th PaekSang Arts Awards : Best TV Acting (한백년(MBC))
  • 1975, the 11th PaekSang Arts Awards : Favorite TV Actor selected by readers
  • 1978, the 17th Grand Bell Awards : Best Supporting Actor (세종대왕)
  • 1978, the 14th PaekSang Arts Awards : Excellent TV Acting (당신(MBC))
  • 1979, the 18th Grand Bell Awards : Best Actor (달려라 만석아)
  • 1980, the 1st Korean Film Critics Association Awards : Best Actor (최후의 증인)

Rain (Jung Ji-Hoon)

Rain (born Jung Ji-Hoon; June 25, 1982) is a South Korean pop and R&B singer, dancer, model, actor, Korean pop sensation, businessman, anddesigner. Rain’s musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 19 singles and numerous concert tours around the world. His acting career began in 2003, when he won the KBS Best New Actor award for his role in the drama Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School. In 2004, Rain won the KBS Excellence in Acting award for his role in the drama Full House. After starring in A Love To Kill, he acted in his first Korean film, I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006), which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Rain has acted in the American films Speed Racer (2008) and Ninja Assassin(2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award. In 2007, Rain left the management of JYP Entertainment and started his own company, J. Tune Entertainment.

Korean studio albums
  • Bad Guy (2002)
  • How to Avoid the Sun (2003)
  • It’s Raining (2004)
  • Rain’s World (2006)
  • Rainism (2008)
Korean EPs
  • Back to the Basic (2010)
Japanese studio albums
  • Eternal Rain (2006)

2NE1

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2NE1 ( two-eh-nee-one) is a popular South Korean hip-hop/pop girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. The band consists of four members: CL, Dara, Bom and Minzy. The name 2NE1 combines the phrases “21st century” and “new evolution”, and is pronounced “twenty-one” or “to anyone”.

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They first appeared in “Lollipop”, a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Electronics, and their debut single “Fire” was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, the group has released two extended plays, 2NE1 and 2NE1 2nd Mini Album, and one studio album, To Anyone.

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Their first EP, 2NE1 spawned the number-one single “”I Don’t Care”, which won them the “Song of the Year” award from the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their follow-up singles, such as “Go Away”, “Lonely” and “I Am The Best” were similarly successful.

2NE1 officially debuted in Japan in September 2011 with a mini album titled NOLZA, which contained re-made versions of their Korean songs. Since then, the group has released one mini-album NOLZA and one physical single “Go Away”.

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Representing South Korea, 2NE1 emerged as the winner in the voting competition for “Best New Band”, which was an international competition held by MTV Iggy. The band was officially crowned the winner on November 10, 2011.

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Fans of 2NE1 are called Blackjacks, which is a reference to the card game Blackjack, also known as Twenty-one

 

 

Elli Erl


Elli Erl (born Elisabeth Maria Erl on 25 May 1979 in Straubing, Bavaria) is a German musician, who came to fame as the winner of the second season of the television show Deutschland sucht den SuperStar, the German version of Pop Idol.

Erl had a typical childhood growing up in Straubing, Germany with her parents Ludwig and Renate and her brothers Josef (Josey) and Ludwig Jr. In elementary school she started learning the trumpet, piano and the guitar opposite expanding interests in tennis, cycling and skiing. In her late teenage years she became the lead singer of several soul and rock bands, including The Gong FM Band, LOP and the more popular Panta Rei. After her high school graduation Elli decided to become a student teacher and began studying Music and Sports at Regensburg University.

Around the same time, in 2003, she participated in the second season of Deutschland sucht den SuperStar. Because of her massive stage experience, her raspy voice and the unconventional look she was seen as an early favourite by the judges and also by the audience, who enabled her to sing against comrade-in-arms Denise Tillmanns during the final show. However, in the end she beat out runner-up Tillmanns by a margin of 11 per cent. As of 2011 she is the show’s only female winner.

Elli’s first single “This Is My Life” (written and produced by Dieter Bohlen) was released in April 2004 via BMG. In comparison with “Take Me Tonight”, the debut single by first season’s winner Alexander Klaws, the song failed to become a big hit and peaked only at #3 on the German single chart. Afterwards Elli decided not to collaborate with Dieter Bohlen once again (as Klaws had done before), caused by personal and musical differences with the judge. She eventually released her self-composed second single “In My Dreams”, but neither the single nor her debut album “Shout It Out” could reach the top 30 once again. As a consequence she went on tour with her band Panta Rei for some time.

In winter 2006 Erl’s previously unreleased record “Better Than the Best” was chosen to become the Corporate Song for DHL.

After her 2007 Album “Moving On” failed to make an impact she chose to get full creative control over her subsequent work and founded her own record label 1773 Records.

Her third album “Human” is slated for a May 2009 release. Erl has written most of the tracks and played several instruments (acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica and accordion) on the album.

Britney Jean Spears

Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, Spears began performing as a child, landing acting roles in stage productions and television shows. Spears performing “Hold It Against Me” on her 2011 Femme Fatale Tour. She signed with Jive Records in 1997 and released her debut album …Baby One More Time in 1999. During her first decade within the music industry, she became a prominent figure in mainstream popular music and popular culture, followed by a much-publicized personal life. Her first two albums established her as a pop icon and broke sales records, while title tracks “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again” became international number-one hits. Spears was credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s.

Spears’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In 2001, she released her third studio album Britney and expanded her brand, playing the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003), which yielded chart-topping singles “Me Against the Music”, “Toxic” and “Everytime”. After the release of two compilation albums, Spears experienced personal struggles and her career went under hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released in 2007 and despite receiving little promotion, it spawned hits “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me”. In 2008, her erratic behaviour and hospitalizations caused her to be placed in a conservatorship. The same year, her sixth studio album Circus was released, with the global chart-topping lead single “Womanizer”. She embarked on her highest-grossing global concert tour, The Circus Starring Britney Spears, in 2009. Her seventh studio album Femme Fatale, released in 2011, has become the first of her albums to yield three top ten singles in the United States.

Spears has sold over 100 million records worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 33 million certified albums. Spears is also recognized as the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. She was ranked the 8th Artist of the 2000s by Billboard. In June 2010, Spears was ranked sixth on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world; she is also the third most mentioned musician on the internet, according to Forbes