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Destinys Child

Destiny’s Child is an American R&B girl group. It was created as Girl’s Tyme in 1990 in Houston, Texas, and initially consisted of 6 girls: Beyonce Knowles, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, Tamar Davis and sisters Nikki and Nina Taylor. The group took part in Star Search competition, but failed. After that, Knowles’s father decided to manage it and changed the group composition by excluding Davis and the Taylor sisters and offering LeToya Luckett tojoin the group. In 1996, the girls’ band changed its name to Destiny’s Child and signed a contract with Columbia Records.

Their first song “Killing Time” became a soundtrack to 1997 “Men in Black”. In 1998, they released their debut album “Destiny’s Child”. Over one million copies were sold in the United States and the album was certified platinum by RIAA. Their 1999 album “The Writing’s on the Wall” became the breakthrough one. It got eight-time platinum certification and became one of the top-selling albums of 2000.

In 2000, Roberson and Luckett left the group and were replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. However, soon, Franklin also left and Destiny’s Child became trio. The same year, they won Soul Train’s Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year award. In 2002, its members started their solo careers. Knowles was considered the most successful solo singer of three girls. Her debut album earned five Grammy awards. In 2004, after a three years hiatus, the girls released their fifth album “Destiny Fulfilled”, which became their final one. In 2006, Destiny’s Child was disbanded, but all its members continue their solo careers. The same year, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mandy Moore

American actress and singer Mandy Moore (full name is Amanda Leigh Moore) was born on April 10, 1984, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her mother Stacy is a journalist and her father Donald is a pilot. She has brothers Scott and Kyle. Mandy has Russian Jewish, English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Moore got interested in singing after watching “Oklahoma!” musical. Her first public performance took place at the sports competition in Florida, where she sang the National Anthem. She studied at Park Maitland School in Matiland and took part in its production of Broadway Musical “Guys and Dolls”. Soon, she signed a contract with Epic Records. In 1999, she took part in a joint tour with NSYNC and later with the Backstreet Boys. The same year, her first album “So Real” was introduced. Her first single “Candy” received a Gold certification by the RIAA.

In 2001, Mandy Moore debuted in movie “Dr. Dolittle 2″ by voicing a Girl Bear Cub. Later, she got a supporting role in “The Princess Diaries”. Her first leading role was in “A Walk to Remember” (2002). She also starred in such movies as “Chasing Liberty” (2004), “American Dreamz” (2006), “License to Wed” (2007), “Tangled” (voice of Rapunzel)(2010) and “Love, Wedding, Marriage” (2011).

Moore also has her own fashion line “Mblem” (launched in 2005). In addition, she is a philanthropist. She cooperated with Population Services International, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline, was the Honorary Chairperson of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s division on awareness for youth. She is the spokesperson for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Mandy also participated in malaria prevention campaign and the one against domestic violence.

In 2009, Mandy married singer Ryan Adams, but they got divorced in 2015. The same year, she started relationship with guitarist Taylor Goldsmith.

Amanda Bynes

American actress Amanda Bynes was born on April 3, 1986, in Thousand Oaks, California. She is the third child of dental assistant and office manager Lynn and dentist Rick. She has a brother and a sister.

In childhood, Amanda attended a comedy camp and at the age of 7, she first appeared on the stage of Comedy Store. Simultaneously, she played at the local amateur theater and took part in stage productions of “Annie”, “The Secret Garden”, “The Music Man” and “The Sound of Music”. In 1996, she debuted in “All That” TV series. At 13, she became a host of her own show “The Amanda Show”. Her first feature film role was in “Big Fat Liar” (2002). She is also known for her roles in “What a Girl Wants” (2003), “Love Wrecked” (2005), “She’s the Man” (2006) and “Hairspray” (2007).

In 2007, Amanda Bynes launched her fashion line “Dear” in cooperation with “Steve & Barry

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani was born on October 3, 1969, in Fullerton, California, to accountant Patti and marketing executive Dennis. She has sister Jill, brothers Todd and Eric, who used to be a keyboardist for No Doubt.

Gwen made her stage debut at the talent competition at Loara High School, where she studied. Later, she attended Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton. While studying, she worked at Dairy Queen and MAC makeup store.

In 1986, Gwen Stefani joined band No Doubt, which was co-founded by her brother Eric. First, she provided backing vocals, but after the death of John Spence, she became a lead singer. The first two albums “No Doubt” (1992) and “The Beacon Street Collection” (1995) weren’t very successful. In 1995, the band released “Tragic Kingdom”, which got Grammy Award nominations in 1997 and 1998. In 2000, Gwen was called “The Queen of Confessional Pop” by Rolling Stone magazine.In 2004, Gwen Stefani released her first solo album “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”. The album got a multi-platinum status in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada and brought the singer several Grammy nominations.

Stefani likes designing clothes since childhood. Many women of her family were seamstresses and Gwen designed her first costume, being a child. In 2003, she launched her clothing line L.A.M.B. Besides clothing, the brand deals with accessories, perfumes and shoes. Moreover, the brand is popular among celebrities, including Teri Hatcher, Nicole Kidman and Lindsay Lohan. In 2014, as a joint venture with OPI Products Inc., the singer launched her nail polishes line. In 2014, she got the Style Icon Award at People Magazine Awards. Gwen is also interested in acting. In 2004, she debuted in “The Aviator” movie.

In 2002, Stefani got married to musician Gavin Rossdale. They have three sons: Kingston, Zuma and Apollo. In 2015, the couple got divorced. The same year, Gwen started dating Blake Shelton.

Penelope Cruz

Spanish actress and model Penelope Cruz was born on April 28, 1974, in Alcobendas. Her mother is a hairdresser and the father is a retailer and car mechanic. She has sister Monica, an actress, and brother Eduardo, a musician.

In chidhood, Penelope didn’t think about the career of an actress. She was fond of dancing and studied classical ballet at Spain’s National Conservatory. Later, she attended Cristina Rota’s New York school. Being a teenager, Cruz got interested in acting and started the search of an agent. At 15, she signed a contract with a talent agency. In 1989, she appeared in the music video of Mecano “La Fuerza del Destino”. From 1990 to 1997, she hosted talk show for teenagers “La Quinta Marcha”.

In 1991, she had a small role in “Elle et lui”, French erotic TV series. In 1992, Cruz debuted in her first feature film “Jamon, jamon”. Just in a year, she was nominated for a Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award and a Goya Award for Best Actress. In 2000, Penelope got her first leading role in “Woman on Top”. In 2001, the actress played in “Vanilla Sky”, which became the turning point in her career. Her most famous movies are “Sahara” (2005), “Bandidas” (2006), “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011). She is the first Spanish actress, who received an Academy Award (in 2009) and the first Spanish actress, who got a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame (in 2011).

Penelope Cruz works as a model as well. She has modelled for Mango, Ralph Lauren and L’Oreal. She is also the face of Spanish brand “Loewe”.

Penelope is married to Spanish actor Javier Bardem. They have a son and a daughter.

Brittany Snow

American actress and singer Brittany Snow was born on March 9, 1986, in Tampa, Florida. Her parents are Cinda and John Snow.

Brittany studied at Gaither High School in Tampa. Being three years old, she took part in advertisement for Burdines. Her first role was of Susan “Daisy” Lemay in TV series “Guiding Light” (1998-2002). In 2005, she got her first feature film role in “The Pacifier”. She also played in “American Dreams” (2002

Katie Holmes

American actress Katie Holmes was born on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio, to attorney Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr. and homemaker Kathleen. She is the youngest of five children and has three sisters and a brother. Katie has Irish, English and German roots.

Holmes attended Notre Dame Academy in Toledo and later, became a student of Columbia University. At 14, she started to go to a modeling school. In 1997, she debuted in “The Ice Storm” movie. In 1998, she started to play in “Dawson’s Creek” TV series. The role of Joey Potter became her breakthrough one. In 1999, Katie got her first leading role in feature film “Teaching Mrs. Tingle”. Her other well known roles are in “Pieces of April” (2003), “Batman Begins” (2005), “Abandon” (2002) and “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (2010).

Holmes made her Broadway debut in 2008 in “All My Sons” (by Arthur Miller). Her voice was also used for “Batman Begins” video game. In addition, Katie Holmes worked as a model and advertised Garnier, Coach leather goods, Gap, Miu Miu, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and IRIS Jewelry. In 2008, she launched her own clothing line “Holmes & Yang” together with stylist Jeanne Yang. In 2009, she created dance scholarship fund “Dizzy Feet Foundation” together with Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman and Carrie Ann Inaba. In 2013, she became a co-owner of Alterna Haircare.

In 2006, Holmes got married to actor Tom Cruise. They have a daughter, Suri. In 2012, the couple got divorced.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, a Mexican-American actress, director and producer, was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her mother, Diana Jimenez Medina, is an opera singer and her father is businessman Sami Hayek Dominguez. She has a younger brother, Sami.

Salma studied at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, and at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. In 1988, she played her first role in “Un Nuevo Amanecer”. In a year, she played in “Teresa”, the film, which made her a real star in Mexico. Her first Hollywood role was in “Desperado” (1995), where she played with Antonio Banderas. Her most famous movies are “Fools Rush In” (1997), “Wild Wild West” (1999), “Frida” (2002), “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” (2003), “Bandidas” (2006), “Grown Ups” (2010) and “Tale of Tales” (2015).

In 2000, Salma created her own production company “Ventanarosa”. “El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba” was the first movie, produced by her. In 2002, she co-produced “Frida”, where she also played the leading role, for which she was nominated for Oscar. In 2003, she directed “The Maldonado Miracle” and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. In 2005, she was director of Prince’s music video “Te Amo Corazon”. In 2006-2010, Hayek was an executive producer of TV series “Ugly Betty”, which received a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series.

Salma also took part in many advertising campaigns, including the ones for Avon costetics, Revlon, Chopard, Campari, Cartier and Lincoln cars. She also has her own line of cosmetics, called “Nuance”. Hayek is a social activist as well. She fights against race discrimination and violence against women.

In 2009, Salma Hayek got married to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault. She gave birth to their daughter Valentina Paloma in 2007.

Diane Kruger

Actress Diane Kruger was born on July 15, 1976, in Algermissen, Germany, in the family of computer specialist Hans-Heinrich Heidkruger and bank employee Maria-Theresa. She has younger brother Stefan.

In childhood, Diane dreamt about becoming a ballerina and even, applied for the Royal Ballet School in London. However, she had to stop her dancing career after a serious injury. After that, she started to work as a model in France. She took part in advertising campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Burberry and Louis Vuitton and participated in Marc Jacobs, D&G and Sonia Rykiel’s fashion shows.

In 2002, Diane Kruger made her acting debut in “The Piano Player”. Her first major role was in “Mon Idole” (2002). In 2004, the actress got a worldwide recognition after playing in three successful movies : “Wicker Park”, “Troy” and “National Treasure”. Her other famous roles were in “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), “Mr. Nobody” (2009), “Unknown” (2011) and “The Host” (2013). In 2007, Diane was a hostess at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2008, was a jury member at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. She was also a member of jury at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Kruger is the face of Swiss watch Jaeger-LeCoultre, L’Oreal and Calvin Klein’s fragrance line “Beauty”. Besides her native German, she fluently speaks English and French. In 2014, she became the Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

From 2001 to 2006, Diane was married to actor and director Guillaume Canet. Since 2006, she is in relationship with actor Joshua Jackson.

Maria Menounos

Actress and journalist Maria Menounos was born on June 8, 1978, in Medford, Massachusetts. Her parents, Costas and Litsa Menounos, are Greek immigrants. She has a younger brother, Peter.

While studying at Medford High School, Maria worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. In 1995, she started to compete in various beauty contests. In 1996, she became Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. In her last year at Boston’s Emerson College, she became a reporter for Channel One News. In 2002, she was hired as a correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight”, where she provided movies, music and fashion news. In 2005, Menounos was a special correspondent for “Access Hollywood”.

Maria made her acting debut in 2002 in an episode of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”. Her first feature film was “Fantastic Four” (2005). She also played in “Kickin’ It Old Skool” (2007), “Tropic Thunder” (2008), “Adventures of Serial Buddies” (2011) and “Paranormal Movie” (2013).

Maria Menounos is also a professional wrestler since 2009 and take part in World Wrestling Entertainment. In addition, she directed “Longtime Listener” and was a producer of “Adventures of Serial Buddies”. In 2013, she launched her interview series “Conversations with Maria”. She is also a co-owner of online entertainment broadcast network AfterBuzzTV.

Since 1998, Maria is in relationship with director and producer Keven Undergaro.