Category Archives: Celebrities

Britney Spears

Britney Spears was born on December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi. During her childhood, Britney took dancing, gymnastics and voice lessons. She also took part in various talent shows. At 5, she had her first public performance at her kindergarten graduation, where she sang “What Child Is This?”. When she was eight, she moved to New York with her mother and sister and started to attend the Professional Performing Arts School. Later, Spears received her first professional lead role in musical “Ruthless!”.

In 1999, Britney’s debut album ”

Kate Winslet

English actress Kate Winslet was born on October 5, 1975, in Reading, Berkshire, to barmaid Sally Anne and swimming pool contractor Roger. She has two sisters and a brother.

At 11, Kate got interested in drama and started to attend the Redroofs Theatre School. At 12, she took part in “Sugar Puffs” cereal commercial. Being a teenager, she played in more than 20 performances at Starmaker school of drama. In 1990, the actress debuted in “Shrinks” TV series. She got her first feature film role in “Heavenly Creatures” in 1994, for which she gained an Empire Award and a London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year. After playing in “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), the acterss got BAFTA and a Screen Actors’ Guild Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. However, the real fame came to actress with the role in “Titanic” (1997). Her other most successful movies include “Iris” (2001), “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), “Finding Neverland” (2004), “Little Children” (2006), “Revolutionary Road” (2008), “The Holiday” (2006) and “Divergent” series. Kate is the youngest person, who got six Academy Award nominations. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for “The Reader”. She is also one of the few actresses, who have won three of the four major American entertainment awards (Oscar, Emmy and Grammy).

Kate Winslet is also a singer. She made her singing debut while working at “Heavenly Creatures” and performed the soundtrack to the movie. She recorded songs for some other movies of hers.

From 1991 to 1995, Kate dated Stephen Tredre. In 1998, she got married to director Jim Threapleton though they separated in 2001. In 2000, she gave birth to their daughter Mia. In 2003, the actress got married to director Sam Mendes, a father of her son Joe. In 2010, the couple announced about their separation. In 2012, Winslet got married to Ned Rocknroll. In 2013, their son Bear was born.

Rosario Dawson

Actress, singer and writer Rosario Dawson was born on May 9, 1979, in New York. Her mother Isabel Celeste is a writer and singer of Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry, who gave birth to the girl at 16. Rosario has never seen her biological father and was raised by her mother’s husband Greg Dawson.

Being a child, Dawson appeared in “Sesame Street” TV series. In 1995, she got her first feature film role in “Kids”. Her other famous roles include the ones in “Men in Black II” (2002), 25th Hour (2002), “Alexander” (2004), “Sin City” (2005), “Clerks II (2006)”, “Eagle Eye” (2008), “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010), “Unstoppable” (2010) and “Trance (2013)”.

In 1999, she cooperated with Prince and provided help for his album “1999″. The same year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers’ video for “Out of Control”. In 2005, she made her stage debut in the Public Theater’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona”.

Dawson is also a political, social and environmental activist. She supports such organizations as the Lower East Side Girls Club, environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee. She was a spokesperson for TripAdvisor.com

Ziyi Zhang

Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang was born on February, 1979, in Beijing, in the family of an accountant and a kindergarten teacher.

When she was 8, she started to dance and at 11, she joined the Beijing Dance Academy. At 15, Ziyi won the national youth dance championship and start to participate in TV commercials. And at 17, she became a student of the Central Academy of Drama.

At 19, Ziyi got a role in “The Road Home”, directed by famous director Zhang Yimou. This movie won the Silver Bear prize at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival and became a good start for the career of a young actress. After playing in 2000 “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, she got the worldwide recognition. Zgang’s first American film was “Rush Hour 2″ (2001). In 2005, she played the major role in “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Despite many controversies as to the fact that a Chinese girl played a Japanese geisha, Ziyi was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress

Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue was born on October 20, 1971, in Melbourne, Australia, to accountant Ronald Charles Allano Minogue and dancer Carol Jones. Her sister is famous singer Kylie Minogue and her brother Brendan is a news cameraman.

At 7, Dannii started to appear on Australian television. In 1979, she got roles in soap operas “Skyways” and “The Sullivans”. In 1982, she joined weekly music program “Young Talent Time”, for which she made her first recordings. For her role in “Home and Away” Minogue was nominated for a Silver Logie as the Most Popular Actress on Australian television. In 1988, she launched her own fashion line.

In 1991, Dannii recorded her first single “Love and Kisses” and shortly, her debut album “Dannii” was presented. In 1992, she made her feature film debut in “Secrets”. In 1997, her single “All I Wanna Do” was a success and was certified gold in Australia. In 2003, she was a host on radio program “Dannii Minogue’s Neon Nights”. In 2006, Dannii introduced her compilation album “The Hits & Beyond”. In 2008, Minogue became the headline performer at Australian Fashion Week. In 2014, she launched her own online store. In 2015, after a long hiatus, Minogue announced about her comeback to music.

Being an actress, Dannii Minogue also appeared on stage. She played in “Grease” (1997), “Macbeth” (1999), “Notre Dame de Paris” (2000) and “The Vagina Monologues” (2000). She also took part in TV projects “Australia’s Got Talent”, “The X Factor UK” and “The X Factor Australia”, where she was a judge and mentor.

In 1994-1995, Minogue was married to actor Julian McMahon. Later, she was engaged to Formula One driver Jacques Villeneuve and musician Craig Logan. From 2008 to 2012, she was in relationship with rugby player Kris Smith. In 2010, their son, Ethan Edward Minogue-Smith, was born.

Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan, to Chrysler and General Motors engineer Silvio Anthony Ciccone and Madonna Louise Fortin.

While studying at Rochester Adams High School, Madonna was a straight-A student and a cheerleader. Later, she attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In 1978, she moved to New York. Simultaneously with taking lessons at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she worked as a waitress at Dunkin’ Donuts. Later, she became a backup singer and dancer for Patrick Hernandez. In 1979, Madonna and musician Dan Gilroy created band “Breakfast Club”, which they left in a year. In 1982, Madonna released her debut single “Everybody”. In 1983, her debut album “Madonna” was presented.

Modonna got the worldwide recognition after the release of her second album “Like a Virgin” (1984), which was certified diamond by RIAA. In 1987, she embarked on her Who’s That Girl World Tour. Her concert near Paris gathered more than 130 000 people and became her biggest concert attendance ever. Soon, the singer was called the “Artist of the Decade”. In 1990, her greatest hits compilation album “The Immaculate Collection” was released. It was sold over 30 million copies and became the best-selling compilation album by a solo artist in the history. In 1992, Madonna created her own entertainment company “Maverick”, which includes a record company, a film production company, associated music publishing, television broadcasting, book publishing and merchandising divisions. The singer was called the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records, the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century, the top touring female artist of all time and the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart.

In 1985, the singer made her acting debut in “Vision Quest”. Her most notable acting works were in movies “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985), “Dick Tracy” (1990) and “Evita” (1996).

In 1985, Madonna got married to actor Sean Penn. In 1989, they got divorced. From 2000 to 2008, she was married to British director Guy Ritchie. The singer has four children: Lourdes Maria (from Carlos Leon), Rocco Ritchie (from Guy Ritchie), David Banda (adopted) and Mercy James (adopted).

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham (nee Adams) was born on April 17, 1974, in Harlow, Essex, England. Her parents are former insurance clerk and hairdresser Jacqueline Doreen and electronics engineer Anthony William Adams.

At the age of 6, after watching musical film “Fame”, Victoria decided that she wanted to become a singer. She attended Jason Theatre School, Laine Theatre Arts and studied at St. Mary’s High School. In 1994, the girl joined group Spice Girls and was nicknamed as Posh Spice. The group was a success and sold over fifty-five million records worldwide. In 2000, Beckham started her solo career with single “Out of Your Mind” and signed a recording contract with Virgin Records. In 2001, she released her debut album. In 2004, Victoria ended her singing career. In 2007, it was announced that Spice Girls planned to make a reunion tour. The same year, they released ther “Greatest Hits” album.

Victoria Beckham is also known for her work in fashion industry. She worked as model for Maria Grachvogel, Dolce and Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Marc Jacobs. In 2004, she was a designer of a fashion line “VB Rocks” for Rock&Republic. In 2006, she launched her own denim label “dvb Style”. In 2008, Victoria introduced her eponymous label. In 2011, she won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.

Beckham is also a writer. In 2001, she released her autobiographical book “Learning to Fly”, which became the third best-selling non-fiction title of 2001. In 2006, one more book “That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between” was introduced. She also appeared in documentaries about her life “Victoria’s Secrets”, “Being Victoria Beckham”, “The Real Beckhams” and “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America”.

In 1999, Victoria got married to football player David Beckham. The couple has four children: sons Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and daughter Harper.

Alyssa Milano

American actress Alyssa Milano was born on December 19, 1972, in Brooklyn, to fashion designer and talent manager Lin Milano and film-music editor Thomas M. Milano.

The career of Alyssa started when she was 7. She got her first role in musical “Annie”. In 1984, she debuted in movie “Old Enough”. In 1984, the actress turned into a teen idol after the release of TV series “Who’s the Boss?”, where she played Samantha Micelli. In 1998, she got a role of Phoebe Halliwell in “Charmed”, where she played till 2006. She was also a producer of the TV series for four seasons. Her other well-known roles were in “Commando” (1985), “Confessions of a Sorority Girl” (1994), “The Surrogate” (1995) , “Fear” (1996), “Buying the Cow” (2002), “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (2010) and TV series “Melrose Place” (1997

Gisele Bundchen

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen was born on July 20, 1980, in Tres de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul. She has five sisters, all of whom are models.

At 14, Gisele started her modelling career. In 1998, she appeared on her first British Vogue cover and became the most in-demand cover girl of her generation. The same year, she took part in advertisements for Missoni, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferre, Ralph Lauren and Versace brands. The model has been on the covers of many prestigious magazines, including W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Allure, international editions of Vogue, GQ, Esquire and Marie Claire. In 2001 and 2006, she posed for the Pirelli Calendar.

In 2000, Gisele Bundchen got the status of the world’s top model after signing a record-breaking contract with Victoria’s Secret brand and was called the most beautiful girl in the world. In 2007, she became the World’s Richest Supermodel. In 2011, CEOWORLD Magazine included her to the list of Top Accomplished Women Entertainers. In 2014, she also got to the list of the most powerful women in the world.

In 2013, she became the spokesmodel for Chanel make-up range “Les Beiges”. It was the first time when she became a face of the brand. In 2014, Gisele was chosen as a new face of Chanel No. 5 fragrance. Moreover, the model has her own brand of lingerie “Gisele Intimates”. In addition, she tried her hand at acting and appeared in “Taxi” (2004) and “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) movies.

Gisele also does a lot of charitable work. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme and supports numerous organizations, including Save the Children, Red Cross and Doctors without Borders.

In 2000-2005, Bundchen dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2009, she got married to football player Tom Brady. The couple has son Benjamin Rein and daughter Vivian Lake.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson was born on July 1, 1967, in Ladysmith, Canada, to waitress Carol and furnace repairman Barry.

In 1985, Pamela graduated from Highland Secondary School and moved to Vancouver, where she worked as a fitness instructor. In 1989, Anderson appeared on the Playboy cover for the first time. Later, she continued cooperation with the magazine and Channel Playboy TV. In 1992, she got a role in “Baywatch”, which turned her into a sex symbol of the USA. Her other famous work is “V.I.P.” TV series (1998-2002), where she plays a role of Vallery Irons. Since 2004, she holds citizenship of both Canada and America. In 2004, she released her first book “Star” and in a year, its sequel “Star Struck”. In 2006, she became an inductee at the Canada’s Walk of Fame.

In 2010, Pamela Anderson took part in “Dancing with the Stars” show for 7 weeks. In 2013, she competed in “Dancing on Ice” TV show, but left if after the first episode.

Anderson is a vegan since her teens, when she saw her father cleaning an animal, he had killed. She fights for animal rights, strongly protests to the use of fur and is a member of organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In 2005, she was chosen by Make-up Art Cosmetics as an activist, who helped people, who suffered from AIDS and HIV. She also became the spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation.

From 1995 to 1998, Pamela was married to rock musician Tommy Lee. They have two sons, Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee. In 2006, she got married to Kid Rock, but they divorced in 2007. Her third husband was film producer Rick Salomon.