Category Archives: Celebrities

Shania Twain

Canadian singer Shania Twain (born Eilleen Regina Edwards) was born on August 28, 1965, in Windsor, Ontario. The singer’s parents got divorced and Shania remained to live with her mother. Later, she was adopted by her mother’s husband Jerry Twain and changed her last name.

At the age of 8, Twain started to sing at bars, trying to help her parents to pay their bills. At 13, she performed at the Tommy Hunter Show. She was also a member of local band “Longshot”. When she graduated from Timmins High and Vocational School, the singer decided to proceed with her music career. She started to take singing lessons and develop her skills. In 1993, she released her debut album “Shania Twain”. Only after 6 years passed since its release, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album was more popular in Europe, where Shania got the Country Music Television Europe’s “Rising Video Star of the Year” award.

The commercial success came to the singer after the release of her second album “The Woman in Me” in 1995. More than 12 million copies were sold and brought her the Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year. In 1997, Shania Twain presented her third album “Come On Over”, which was sold 40 million copies worldwide. It became the biggest-selling album of all time by a female musician. It was also called the eighth biggest-selling album by any type of artist in the US and the top selling country album in history.

In 1993, Twain got married to producer Robert Lange. In 2001, their daughter Eja was born.In 2010, the couple got divorced. In 2011, the singer got married to Frederic Thiebaud.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California. Her father, Emilio Diaz, was an employee of the California oil company and her mother, Billie, was an import/export agent. She has an older sister, Chimene. Diaz has Cuban, Spanish, English, Scots-Irish and German ancestry.

Cameron attended Los Cerritos Elementary School and Long Beach Polytechnic High School. In childhood, she dreamt about becoming a zoologist and had many pets. At 16, she signed a contract with Elite Model Management and worked for Calvin Klein and Levi’s brands.

In 1994, the actress made her debut in “The Mask” movie without having any acting experience. The movie was a success and Cameron turned into one of the Hollywood sex symbols. Her other famous roles were in “There’s Something About Mary” (1998), “Being John Malkovich” (1999), “Charlie’s Angels” (2000), “Vanilla Sky” (2001), “Gangs of New York” (2003), “The Holiday” (2006) and “Bad Teacher” (2011). She voiced Fiona for all “Shrek” movies. In addition, she was a producer of TV series “Bad Teacher”.

Cameron Diaz got various awards for her acting skills, including American Comedy, Teen Choice, MTV Movie, Kids Choice and CinemaCon awards. She was also several times nominated for Golden Globe. In 2009, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And in 2013, she was named the highest-paid Hollywood actress over 40. The same year, she published her book “The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body”.

Since 2015, she is married to musician Benji Madden. Previously, the actress had relationships with Matt Dillon, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake and Alex Rodriguez.

Diaz revealed that she suffers from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and mysophobia (the fear of contamination and germs).

Kelly Brook

English model and actress Kelly Brook was born on November 23, 1979, in Rochester, Kent. Her parents are cook Sandra Kelly and scaffolder Kenneth Parsons. She has a younger brother, Damian.

Brook studied at Thomas Aveling School and later at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. At 16, she won a beauty contest and started her career of a model. She appeared in advertising campaigns for Foster’s Lager, Renault Megane, Walker’s crisps, Piz Buin, Bravissimo, Sky +, T Mobile, Ultimo, SKECHERS and Reebok. She is also famous for her photos in various men’s magazines, including GQ, Loaded and FHM. In 1999, Kelly became a host of “The Big Breakfast” show. In 2015, she hosted “Celebrity Love Island”. In addition, she took part in “Strictly Come Dancing”, was a judge at “Britain’s Got Talent” and a team captain on “Celebrity Juice”. In 2005, she was called the sexiest woman in the world by FHM and was considered to have the best British female body.

In 2000, Kelly Brook made her film debut in “Sorted”. Her first lead role was in 2004 “School for Seduction”, where she played Sophia Rosselini. She also played in “House of 9″ (2005), “Survival Island” (2005), “Piranha 3D” (2010) and “One Big Happy” TV series. Moreover, Brook plays at stage. She took part in “Eye Contact” play at the Riverside Studios, “Fat Pig” at London’s Comedy Theatre and “Calendar Girls” at the Noel Coward Theatre.

From 1998 to 2004, Kelly was in relationship with actor Jason Statham. Later, she dated Billy Zane, Thom Evans and David McIntosh.

In 2013, she opened bar “Steam and Rye” in London, which was later called “Bar of the Year” at the London Club and Bar Awards. In 2014, Brook published her autobiography. She is also an animal lover and posed nude for one of PETA campaigns.

Elisha Cuthbert

Canadian actress and model Elisha Cuthbert was born on November 30, 1982, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to automotive design engineer Kevin and his wife Patricia.

When Elisha was 9, she started to work as a model for various brands of kids’ clothes. She first appeared on TV in an episode of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and later she continued to play in the TV series. She also hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids. In 1997, she got her first movie role in “Dancing on the Moon”.

In 2000, she graduated from Centennial Regional High School and moved to Los Angeles to proceed with her acting career. In 2001, Elisha played her first leading role in TV movie “Lucky Girl” and got a Gemini Award for it. Small roles in “Old School” and “Love Actually” (2003) were her first Hollywood works. She got her first Hollywood lead role in “The Girl Next Door” in 2004. She also played in “House of Wax” (2005), “Captivity” (2007), “My Sassy Girl” (2007), “24″ (2001) and “Happy Endings” (2011-2013).

Elisha Cuthbert is a great ice hockey fan and even has a blog on the NHL’s website.

The actress dated NHL player Sean Avery from 2005 to 2007. In 2013, she got married to another NHL player, Dion Phaneuf.

Michelle Trachtenberg

American actress Michelle Trachtenberg was born on October 11, 1985, in New York City, to bank employee Lana and engineer Michael. She has German, Russian and Jewish roots. She speaks Russian fluently and celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah.

Michelle Trachtenberg studied at a junior high school at The Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences and Notre Dame High School in California. Being only three years old girl, the future actress appeared in a TV commercial for Wisk. In 1994, she got her first role in “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” TV series though she first appeared in an uncredited role in an episode of “Law & Order” in 1991. In 1996, she got her first feature film role in “Harriet the Spy”. Her other well-known roles were in “EuroTrip” (2004), “Ice Princess” (2005), “Black Christmas” (2006) movies and TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (2000-2003), “Gossip Girl” (2008-2012), “Mercy” (2009-2010).

Her hobbies are swimming, ice skating, playing tennis and writing poems. She also collects Barbies.

Ashanti

Ashanti (full name is Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas) was born on October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, New York. She is the daughter of dance teacher Tina Douglas and singer Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas.

In childhood, Ashanti took dancing lessons at Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and was a member of a church choir. At 16, she was noticed by P.Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, but she didn’t signed a contract with the company. When she got acquainted with Irv Gotti, he asked her to perform in duets with some other artists. Her first work was a background vocalist on rapper Big Pun’s song “How We Roll”.

Her debut solo song was “Foolish”. In 2002, her debut album “Ashanti” was released. It was certified as triple platinum in the US and got eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards and a Grammy Award. The same year, the singer was named the sexiest woman in music by FHM. In 2003, her second album “Chapter II” was presented as well as “Ashanti’s Christmas”. In 2004, she introduced her third platinum certified album “Concrete Rose” and DVD “Ashanti: The Making of a Star”, which contained exclusive photos and videos.

Since childhood, Ashanti is also an actress. Her first roles were in “Malcolm X” (1992) and “Who’s the Man?”. In 2005, she made her feature film debut in “Coach Carter”. She was cast for “Bride and Prejudice” (2004), “John Tucker Must Die” (2006), “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007) and “Christmas in the City” (2013). In 2009, she played in production of “The Wiz” in the New York City Center Encores! Summer Stars.

From 2003 to 2012, Ashanti was in relationship with rapper Nelly.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum was born on June 1, 1973, in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. She is a daughter of cosmetics company executive Gunther Klum and hairdresser Erna.

Heidi’s career started in 1992, when she won contest “Model 92″ and signed a contract with modelling agency “Metropolitan Models New York”. In 1993, she moved to the USA. The model became famous when her photo in a swimsuit was published in Sports Illustrated magazine. Moreover, she became of one the “Angels” of brand “Victoria’s Secret”.

Heidi Klum took part in various advertising campaigns, including the ones for Katjes, McDonald

Rachel Bilson

American actress Rachel Bilson was born on August 25, 1981, in Los Angeles. Her mother, Janice Stango, is a sex therapist and her father, Danny Bilson, is a writer, producer and director. The actress combines Jewish and Italian’American roots.

In 1999, she graduated from Notre Dame High School. Being a rebellious teenager, at 14, Bilson got into a car crash together with her brother’s friends. As a result, she remained unconsious for some time. Since then she sometimes suffers from migraines and memory loss. While studying at school, the girl took part in some students’ performances. In 2003, the actress debuted in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter”. The same year, she got her breakthrough role in “The O.C.”. In 2005, she was awarded with three Teen Choice Awards for “Choice Hottie Female”, “Choice TV actress (Drama)” and “Best Onscreen TV Chemistry” (with Adam Body). Rachel Bilson’s first feature role was in “The Last Kiss”. In 2011, she started to perform a lead role in “Hart of Dixie” TV series.

From 2003 to 2006, Rachel dated actor Adam Brody, with whom she played in “The O.C”. Since 2007, she is in relationship with actor Hayden Christensen. They have a daughter, Briar Rose, who was born in 2014.

Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty was born on April 12, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her parents are mortgage consultant Tom Doherty and beauty salon owner Rosa. Teh actress combines Irish, English and Scottish ancestry.

Shannen made her acting debut in an episode of “Father Murphy” in 1981. Her first feature film was “Night Shift” (1982).The actress got the worldwide recognition after her role of Brenda Walsh in TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210″ (1990

Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra (real name is Tara Leigh Patrick) is an American model, actress, singer and dancer. She was born on April 20, 1972, in Sharonville, Ohio. Her father is Harry Patrick, a musician and entertainer, and her mother Patricia was a singer. Electra has English, German, Irish and Dutch roots.

Carmen studied at Ann Weigel Elementary School and took dance lessons from Gloria J. Simpson at Dance Artists studio. Later, she became a student at School for Creative and Performing Arts. In 1990, she graduated from Princeton High School, simultaneously with which she attended Barbizon Modeling and Acting School.

In 1990, Electra started her professional career as a dancer in show “It’s Magic” in Kings Island amusement park. In 1991, she moved to California, where she started a singing career after signing a contract with Paisley Park Records. It was then when she became known as Carmen Electra. In 1993, her debut album “Carmen Electra” was released. In 1995, she appeared in various TV shows and in 1996, she first appeared in Playboy magazine. In 1999, she appeared in music video of the Bloodhound Gang “The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope”. In 2006, she became a spokesperson for Max Factor cosmetics.

Carmen Electra also played in many films, the most notable of which are “Baywatch” TV series (1997-1998), “Scary Movie” (2000), “Date Movie” (2006), “Epic Movie” (2007) and “Meet the Spartans” (2008).

In 1998, Carmen married NBA player Dennis Rodman, but they separated in a year. In 2003, she got married to guitarist Dave Navarro, who was her husband till 2007.