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James Franco – American actor

James Franco - American actor

James Franco – American actor

James Franco is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, producer, artist, writer, teacher at New York University. He began his acting career in the late 1990s, played a role in the TV series Freaks and Geeks, as well as starrd in several youth films. In 2001 he played the title role in Mark Rydell’s television biopic James Dean and became a winner of Golden Globe award. In the early 2000s, he became known for his role as Harry Osborn in the trilogy Spider-Man. In 2005 he starred in the movie The Great Raid. The following year he starred in three films: Tristan and Isolde, Duel and The Lafayette Escadrille. In 2008 he starred in the comedy Pineapple Express. He also played a cameo role in the movie Nights in Rodanthe and co-starred in the biopic Milk.
James Edward Franco was born on April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California. He is a son of Betsy (née Verne), poet, writer and editor, and Doug Franco. His father has Portuguese and Swedish roots, and his mother is a Jew with Russian roots. Franco grew up in California with his two younger brothers, Tom and David (also an actor). After school he entered the University of California in Los Angeles. However, he left the university after the first course and chose acting career.
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Mariah Carey – American singer

Mariah Carey - American singer

Mariah Carey – American singer

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, music producer, actress, and philanthropist. In 1990, she released her debut album Mariah Carey which was certificated four-time platinum and won the first place in the US charts Billboard Hot 100. After her marriage with Tommy Mottola in 1993 and successful albums Emotions (1991), Music Box (1993) and Merry Christmas (1994) Mariah Carey was named the most commercially successful musician in the history of Columbia.
In 2000 Carey left Columbia and signed a contract with Virgin Records. After a bad period, Mariah signed a multimillion contract with Island Records and returned to the top of the world charts with the album The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). The second single We Belong Together became the most successful single of the 2000s, and was later named the Song of the Decade by Billboard magazine. She played in the film Treasure (2009) and received Breakthrough of the Year award at the International Film Festival in Palm Springs.
Carey is one of the best-selling singers in the history of music. In 1998, she was named the best-selling performer of the decade, and in 2000 – the most commercially successful singer of millennium. In 2008, the song Touch My Body topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Carey the only artist in the history of music, whose songs were number one for 18 times in this chart. She also is the owner of five Grammy awards. In August 2015 the singer was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Jane Birkin – Anglo-French actress

Jane Birkin - Anglo-French actress

Jane Birkin – Anglo-French actress

Jane Birkin is an Anglo-French actress and singer. She is known for long personal and creative union with French singer, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. She is a mother of Anglo-French actresses and singers: Kate Barry (photographer and actress, born in 1967 – died on December 11, 2013), Charlotte Gainsbourg (actress and singer, born in 1971) and Lou Doillon (actress, model and singer, born in 1982).
Jane Mallory Birkin was born on December 14, 1946 in London. She was born to military man David Birkin and actress Judy Campbell. She has elder brother Andrew Birkin, who later became a famous film director (The Cement Garden) and screenwriter (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer).
At the age of 17 Jane debuted on the stage of London’s Haymarket Theater, where she played a young deaf-mute girl in the play Carving a Statue by Graham Greene.
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Chris Pratt – American actor

Chris Pratt - American actor

Chris Pratt – American actor

Chris Pratt is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles in the films Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. In 2014, he voiced the title role in the animated film “Lego. The film” and was nominated for the Teen Choice Award.
Michael Christopher Pratt was born on June 21, 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota. His mother, Cathy Pratt, worked in SafeWay supermarket, and his father, Dan Pratt, worked on a gold mine. Pratt spent his childhood and youth in Washington. Chris has elder brother and sister. At school he was fond of wrestling and even won prizes.
After school Pratt went to college but left it after the first semester. As a result, he worked as a salesman of tickets and a stripper, but became homeless. He often slept in the van and in a tent on the beach. 19-year-old Pratt was noticed by actress Rae Dawn Chong and in 2001 he got his first role in the series Everwood. Later he was invited to play in the series The OC. In 2005 Chris debuted in the movie Strangers with Candy.
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Kenneth Branagh – British actor

Kenneth Branagh – British actor

Kenneth Branagh – British actor

Kenneth Branagh is a British film and theater actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for numerous adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays – Henry V (1989, BAFTA Award for Best Director, Oscar nomination), Much Ado About Nothing (1993, Palme d’Or nomination at the Cannes Film Festival), Hamlet (1996) and others. Kenneth is a winner of BAFTA and Emmy awards, four-time Golden Globe and five-time Oscar nominee.
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960 in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. In 1970, the Branaghs moved to the city of Reading in southern England, where nine-year old Kenneth had to get rid of the Irish accent.
He studied at Grove Primary School, Whiteknights Primary School, Meadway School where he took part in school plays. At the age of eighteen, he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He graduated in 1981 and received the Bancroft Gold Medal – the award for brilliant achievements in studying.
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Margot Robbie – Hollywood Cinderella

Margot Robbie - Hollywood Cinderella

Margot Robbie – Hollywood Cinderella

Margot Robbie is an Australian actress. The roles of Donna Freedman and Laura Cameron in the TV series Neighbours and Pan Am brought her the greatest popularity, as well as Charlotte in About Time, Naomi LaPaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. She is the third of four children into the family of farmer Mike Robbie and physiotherapist Sari Kessler. Her father left his wife with four children. Robbie couldn’t forgive her father. Her mother had to work hard. The girl spent her childhood in the Gold Coast and on her grandparents’ farm. Margot went to drama school and danced. Her real passion was the surfing.
In 2007, Margot graduated from college in her hometown and then moved to Melbourne, where she began an acting career at the age of 17. The aspiring actress moonlighted as a waitress in a bar, cleaned rooms in the hotel, sold souvenirs and drinks.
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Kirk Douglas – Hollywood star

Kirk Douglas – Hollywood star

Kirk Douglas – Hollywood star

Kirk Douglas is an American actor, one of the last living stars of Hollywood “golden age”, writer, philanthropist and former goodwill Ambassador for the US State Department. In 1996 he was awarded Oscar. For his role as Vincent Van Gogh in the biographical film Lust for Life Kirk received Golden Globe award. Douglas has written ten novels and memoirs. At the moment, the actor takes the 17-th place in the list of the American Institute of cinematography among the greatest male screen legends of classical Hollywood cinema and the first place among the living ones.
His son Michael Douglas is a successful film star.
Issur Danielovich and later Izzy Demsky (his real name) was born on December 9, 1916, Amsterdam, New York. He was the fourth child into a poor Jewish family. Issur was the only boy and has six sisters. His parents emigrated to the United States in 1910, two years after their marriage. The parents changed the family name to Demsky.
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