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Emir Kusturica – great film director

Emir Kusturica – great film director

Emir Kusturica – great film director

Emir Kusturica is a Yugoslav and Serbian film director. He was a winner at the largest film festivals in Europe, including two Palme d’Or awards at the Cannes Film Festival. He is a Cavalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor, a foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Kusturica is also known as a member of the folk-rock band The No Smoking Orchestra.
Emir Kusturica was born on November 24, 1954 in Sarajevo (now it is the capital of an independent state Bosnia and Herzegovina).
At the age of 18 Kusturica left Sarajevo to receive education. He studied in the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czechoslovakia), whose graduates at different times were Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel and Goran Paskaljevic. Kusturica made his first films while studying in Prague – short films Part of the truth (1971) and Autumn (1972).
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Florence Henderson – American actress

Florence Henderson - American actress

Florence Henderson – American actress

Florence Henderson is an American actress and singer, best known for her role in the sitcom The Brady Bunch.
Florence Agnes Henderson was born on February 14, 1934 in small town Dale, Indiana. She was the youngest of ten children in the family of Joseph and Elizabeth Henderson. Her mother was a housewife, and her father was engaged in the cultivation of tobacco. After graduating from the Saint Francis Catholic Academy in Owensboro, Kentucky, she moved to New York and entered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During her studies, the actress became a member of Delta Zeta women’s fraternity.
In 1952, Henderson debuted on Broadway. Her first role was in the musical Wish You Were Here. In 1954, the actress played in the musical Fanny, and in 1963 she played a leading role in The Girl Who Came to Supper. On the Broadway stage Florence met many of the great American actors.
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Selena Gomez- American singer and actress

Selena Gomez- American singer and actress

Selena Gomez- American singer and actress

Selena Gomez is an American film and television actress, singer, composer, producer, designer, songwriter, model, philanthropist, and Goodwill Ambassador. For the role of Alex Russo in the television series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007) Selena received Kids’ Choice Awards (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and ALMA Award (2009). Since 2009 she is a singer of pop rock band Selena Gomez & the Scene. In 2012, Gomez began her solo career. Selena is engaged in charitable activities. In 2009 she became the youngest UNICEF member in history.
Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The girl was named in honor of the popular singer Selena. When she was 5 years old, her parents divorced. Her mother, a theater actress, inspired Selena and the girl decided to become an actress.
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Steven Seagal – American actor and producer

Steven Seagal – American actor and producer

Steven Seagal – American actor and producer

Steven Seagal is an American film actor, film producer, screenwriter, film director, musician (often lead guitarist), sheriff and martial arts master (7th Dan Aikido).
Steven Frederic Seagal was born on April 10, 1952 in Michigan. His father, Samuel Steven Seagal (1928-1991), was a math teacher, and his mother, Patricia Segal (nee Duffy, 1930-2003), worked at the hospital. His paternal grandparents Nathan Siegelman (August 3, 1893, Minsk – 1973) and Dora Goldstein (1894 – 1989) came to America from St. Petersburg and changed their surname Siegelman to Seagal. Stephen was the second child in the family. He has an elder and two younger sisters. In 1957 the family moved to Fullerton (California).
At the age of seven the boy was engaged in karate. 15-year-old Steven met Kyoshi Isisaki, the master of Aikido, and became his best student. At the age of 17 he decided to move to Japan. In the early 1970s, he met Japanese woman named Miyako Fujitani, who became the mother of his first two children: a son and a daughter. In 1975, Seagal became the first American to open a dojo in Japan.
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Ornella Muti – Italian actress and singer

Ornella Muti - Italian actress and singer

Ornella Muti – Italian actress and singer

Ornella Muti is an Italian actress and singer.
Francesca Romana Rivelli (her real name) was born on March 9, 1955 in Rome, Italy. Her father was a reporter, and her mother worked as a sculptor. The girl has a twin sister named Claudia. Her grandparents were born in St. Petersburg (Russia) and then moved to Estonia. When Francesca was only ten years old, her father died and the mother was left alone with two daughters.
13-year-old girl worked as a model for the Italian magazine Fotoromanzi, she posed naked for erotic magazines.
At the age of 15 she began playing in movies. Young Francesca received her artistic pseudonym – Ornella Muti – from film director Damiano Damiani. She made her debut in his film The Most Beautiful Wife.
Notable success came to the actress in 1974, after her role in the comedy Come Home and Meet My Wife (Romanzo popolare).
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Naya Rivera – American actress and singer

Naya Rivera - American actress and singer

Naya Rivera – American actress and singer

Naya Rivera is an American actress and singer, widely known for her role of cheerleader Santana Lopez in Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.
Naya Marie Rivera-Dorsey was born on January 12, 1987 in Valencia, California, but lived most of her life in Los Angeles. She has Puerto Rican, African and German roots. When Naya was only eight months old she and her mother moved to Los Angeles, where the girl became a child model.
As a child model, she has appeared in numerous commercials, including several for Kmart store. At the age of four she made her debut in the comedy series The Royal Family where she played one of the main roles. Although the show started quite well, but when the star of the series Reddy Fox died ratings quickly went down and the channel closed the show after one season. However, Rivera was nominated for Young Artist Award.
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Alan Rickman – British film and theater actor

Alan Rickman - British film and theater actor

Alan Rickman – British film and theater actor

Alan Rickman was a British film and theater actor, film director. He was a winner of the Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA awards.
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on February 21, 1946 in Hammersmith, London to Margaret Doreen Rose (nee Bartlett), a housewife, and Bernard Rickman, a factory worker. Alan had elder brother David (born in 1944), a graphic designer, and younger brother Michael (born in 1947), a tennis coach, and younger sister Sheila (born in 1949). When Alan was eight years old, his father died of lung cancer, and the mother was left alone with four children. She soon married again, but divorced after three years of marriage.
For success in studies Rickman received a scholarship at the prestigious London School Latymer. In the same school, he first appeared on stage. Later he studied at Chelsea College of Arts and Royal College of Art. Rickman worked as a designer for Notting Hill Herald newspaper.
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