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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in the mid-1960s, and began his solo career in 1971.

In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs including "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller", were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and a promotional tool, and the popularity of these videos helped to bring the relatively new television channel MTV to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made him a staple on MTV in the 1990s. Through stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style have influenced numerous hip hop, pop, contemporary R&B and rock artists.

Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first (and currently only) dancer from the world of pop and rock 'n' roll. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award); 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century"); 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era); and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which have made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of music. He was also a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for beneficial causes and supporting more than 39 charities.
Aspects of Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships and behavior, have generated controversy. In 1993, he was accused of child sexual abuse, but the case was settled out of court and no formal charges were brought. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury ruled him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his concert series This Is It, Jackson died on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. Before his death, Jackson had reportedly been administered drugs such as propofol and lorazepam. The Los Angeles County Coroner declared his death a homicide, and his personal physician pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and as many as one billion people around the world reportedly watched his public memorial service on live television. In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a US$250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death. His first posthumous album of new material, simply titled Michael, will be released on December 14, 2010.
* 1 Life and career
o 1.1 Early life and The Jackson 5 (1958–1975)
o 1.2 Move to Epic and Off the Wall (1975–1981)
o 1.3 Thriller and Motown 25 (1982–83)
o 1.4 Pepsi, "We Are the World" and business career (1984–85)
o 1.5 Appearance, tabloids, Bad, autobiography and films (1986–87)
o 1.6 Autobiography, changing appearance and Neverland (1988–1990)
o 1.7 Dangerous, Heal the World Foundation and Super Bowl XXVII (1991–93)
o 1.8 First child sexual abuse allegations and first marriage (1993–94)
o 1.9 HIStory, second marriage and fatherhood (1995–99)
o 1.10 Label dispute, Invincible and third child (2000–03)
o 1.11 Second child sexual abuse allegations and acquittal (2003–05)
o 1.12 Final years (2006–09)
* 2 Death and memorial
o 2.1 Death aftermath
* 3 Posthumous works and albums
o 3.1 Michael
* 4 Artistry
o 4.1 Influences
o 4.2 Musical themes and genres
o 4.3 Vocal style
o 4.4 Music videos and choreography
* 5 Legacy and influence
* 6 Honors and awards
* 7 Lifetime earnings
* 8 Discography
* 9 Filmography
* 10 Tours
* 11 See also
* 12 Notes
o 12.1 Bibliography
* 13 Further reading
* 14 External links

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Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was a member of the British royal family and international personality of the late 20th century as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981. The wedding, which was held at St. Paul's Cathedral, was televised and watched by a global audience of over 750 million people. The marriage produced two sons; Princes William and Harry, currently second and third in line to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms.

A public figure from the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles, Diana was born into an old, aristocratic English family with royal connections, and remained the focus of worldwide media scrutiny before, during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. This continued following her death in a car crash in Paris along with her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul on 31 August 1997, and in the subsequent display of public mourning a week later. Contemporary responses to Diana's life and legacy are mixed but popular interest in the Princess endures.
Diana also received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she was the president of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Royal descent
* 3 Education
* 4 Relationship with the Prince of Wales
o 4.1 Engagement and wedding
o 4.2 Children
o 4.3 Charity work
o 4.4 Problems and separation
o 4.5 Divorce
* 5 Personal life after divorce
o 5.1 Landmines
* 6 Death
o 6.1 Conspiracy theories and inquest
o 6.2 Tribute, funeral, and burial
+ 6.2.1 Memorials
o 6.3 Memorabilia
o 6.4 Diana in contemporary art
o 6.5 Recent events
* 7 Contemporary opinions
* 8 Titles, styles, honours, and arms
o 8.1 Titles and styles
o 8.2 Honours
o 8.3 Arms
* 9 Legacy
* 10 Ancestry
* 11 See also
* 12 Notes
* 13 References
* 14 Further reading
* 15 External links
Early life
Diana Frances Spencer was born at Park House, Sandringham in Norfolk, England, the youngest daughter of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer) and his first wife Frances Spencer, Viscountess Althorp (formerly the Honourable Frances Burke Roche, and later Frances Shand Kydd). Her father was of British descent and counted the 1st Duke of Marlborough among his forbears. Her mother, who was of English and Irish descent, was a daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy. Diana had a younger brother, Charles, and two elder sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes. She was baptised on 30 August 1961 at St. Mary Magdalene Church by the Rt. Rev. Percy Herbert (rector of the church and former Bishop of Norwich and Blackburn), with godparents that included John Floyd (the chairman of Christie's).
Diana was eight years of age when her parents were divorced in 1969, after much acrimony and as a result of her mother having an affair with a married man. Initially, her mother took Diana and her younger brother to live in an apartment in London's Knightsbridge, where Diana attended a local day school. However, Diana's father gained custody of the children after a court battle which saw Frances' mother, Baroness Fermoy, denouncing her own daughter as being an unfit mother. Shortly afterwards, following the divorce of her lover from his wife, Frances married him and moved to the Island of Seil on the west coast of Scotland. Henceforth, Diana and her sisters were raised by their father, but did often visit their mother.
Later, in 1976, their father followed in their mother's footsteps by having an affair with a married woman, Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and Barbara Cartland. He later married Raine after she and her husband were divorced. Neither of Diana's parents had any children by their second spouses. Diana and her elder sisters did not get on well with either their step-mother or their step-father.
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Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian actress, fashion model, singer and humanitarian.

After starring in a number of small Australian films and TV shows, Kidman's breakthrough was in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Her performances in films such as To Die For (1995) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) received critical acclaim, and her performance in The Hours (2002) brought her an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. Her other films include the box office hits Days of Thunder (1990), Batman Forever (1995), The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), The Interpreter (2005) and Australia (2008).
Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2003, Kidman received her star on the Walk of Fame. In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia's highest civilian honour,[2] and was also the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry.
She also is known for her 11-year marriage to Tom Cruise, with whom she adopted two children, and her current marriage to country musician Keith Urban, with whom she has a biological daughter, Sunday Rose. Her relationship with Keith Urban has often caught the attention of the news, including the shutdown of a city block for the premiere of her movie Rabbit Hole in Toronto.
As a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
o 2.1 Early career in Australia (1983–89)
o 2.2 Breakthrough in American cinema (1990–94)
o 2.3 International success (1995–present)
o 2.4 Upcoming projects
o 2.5 Singing
* 3 Personal life
o 3.1 Religious and political views
o 3.2 Charitable work
* 4 Filmography
* 5 Awards
o 5.1 Government honours
* 6 Discography
* 7 References
* 8 Additional reading
* 9 External links
Early life
Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Dr. Antony David Kidman, is a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, with an office in Lane Cove, Sydney, Australia.[6][7] Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edits her husband's books and was a member of the Women's Electoral Lobby. At the time of Kidman's birth in 1967, her father was a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. The family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her parents now live on Sydney's North Shore. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist. She has known actress Naomi Watts since they were in their teens and the two remain best friends today.
Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls' High School. In 1984, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, which caused Nicole to temporarily halt her education and help provide for the family by working as a massage therapist at age 17. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney, with Naomi Watts. This was followed by attending the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Early career in Australia (1983–89)
Kidman's first appearance in film came as a teenager in the Pat Wilson music video for the song "Bop Girl". By the end of 1983, she had a supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek and four film roles, including BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas. During the 1980s, she appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera A Country Practice, the mini-series Vietnam (1986), Emerald City (1988), and Bangkok Hilton (1989). She also made multiple guest appearances on Australian television programs and TV movies.
In 1989 Kidman starred in Dead Calm as Rae Ingram, the wife of naval officer John Ingram (Sam Neill), held captive on a Pacific yacht trip by the psychotic Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane). The thriller garnered strong reviews; Variety commented: "Throughout the film, Kidman is excellent. She gives the character of Rae real tenacity and energy. Meanwhile, critic Roger Ebert noted the excellent chemistry between the leads, stating, "...Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable hatred in their scenes together.
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Sônia Maria Campos Braga (born 8 June 1950) is a Brazilian actress. She has been nominated for both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 Personal life
* 4 Filmography
* 5 Awards and nominations
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Early life
Sonia Braga was born in Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil, the daughter of Maria José "Zeze" Braga, a seamstress, and a realtor father.[1] In 1975, she became famous in Brazil with the telenovela Gabriela (based on the book Gabriela, Cravo e Canela by Jorge Amado).
Braga made another notable Jorge Amado adaptation, when she played the lead role in the film Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands ("Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos") in 1976. She made appearances in several Brazilian blockbuster films such as Lady on the Bus ("A Dama do Lotação") in 1978 and I Love You ("Eu Te Amo" in Portuguese) in 1981.
She achieved international recognition with her title role in Gabriela, the film adaptation of Jorge Amado's novel, in 1983. Amado's story is set in Bahia in 1925, of Gabriela a mulatto girl who transforms the lives of many of the provincial inhabitants. Jorge Amado's romantic tale was to be Braga's stepping stone into American cinema after which she moved to the United States where she acted in films like Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Milagro Beanfield War and Angel Eyes. She has guest starred in television series such as Alias, The Cosby Show, "George Lopez" CSI: Miami, Sex and the City and Ghost Whisperer.
In 2007, she accepted a part on a Brazilian prime time soap opera, Páginas da Vida, and then in the Portuguese language version of the American TV series Desperate Housewives. After that she moved back to Roosevelt Island in New York City to relaunch her career in the United States.
Sônia Braga was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1995 in the category of "outstanding supporting actress in a mini series or special" (role of Regina De Carvalho in The Burning Season).
In Brazil, she was one of the top soap opera (telenovela) stars in the 1970s. She was also in the Brazilian version of Sesame Street (Vila Sésamo).
Personal life
During the 1980s, Braga had a relationship with actor Robert Redford.
Her niece, Alice Braga, starred in the internationally acclaimed feature film, City of God and I Am Legend with Will Smith.
Year Film Role Other notes
1968 The Red Light Bandit Victim
1970 Cleo e Daniel Sandra
A Moreninha Carolina
1971 O Capitão Bandeira Contra o Dr. Moura Brasil Boy
1973 Mestiça, a Escrava Indomável Mestiça
1975 O Casal Maria Lúcia
1976 Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Dona Flor (Florípides) Guimarães
1978 Lady on the Bus Solange Alternative title: A Dama do Lotação
1981 I Love You Maria
1983 Gabriela, Cravo e Canela Gabriela
1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman Leni Lamaison/Marta/Spider Woman
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Ruby Archuleta
Moon over Parador Madonna Mendez
1990 The Rookie Liesl
1993 Roosters Juana Morales
1995 Two Deaths Ana Puscasu
1996 Tieta do Agreste Tieta
1999 From Dusk till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Quixtla Direct-to-Video Release
2001 Perfume Irene Mancini
Posthumous Memories Marcela
Angel Eyes Josephine Pogue
2002 Empire Iris
2003 Testosterone Pablo's Mother
2004 Amália Traïda Amália Rodrigues Short film
Scene Stealers Celia Crouch
2005 Che Guevara Celia
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Tina
2006 Sea of Dreams Nurka
Bordertown Teresa Casillas
The Hottest State Mrs. Garcia
2010 An Invisible Sign Mom
Lope Paquita
2011 Femena pre-production
Butterflies & Lightning pre-production
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Women's World Awards 2010

Winners of the Women's World Award, sponsored by the World Awards organization headed by former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachov, intended for women who have influenced the world by their work in areas such as society or politics. The award has been given since 2004. No monetary prize is attached; the prize token has shape of a glass female silhouette. The corresponding prize for men, although no longer observed, was called 'Men's World Day' until it was terminated in 2006. There is also a gender neutral event called 'Save The World awards' which awards equal numbers of men and women.
* 1 Awardees
o 1.1 2009
o 1.2 2006
o 1.3 2005
o 1.4 2004
* 2 External links
March 5th, 2009 in Vienna, Austria;
* World Achievement Award: Betty Williams
* World Actress Award: Monica Bellucci
* World Entertainment Award: Kelly Clarkson
* World Hope Award: Nujood Ali
* World Lifetime Achievement Award: Marianne Faithful
* World Fashion Award: Angela Missioni
* World Business Award: Marilyn Carlson Nelson
* World Artist Award: Anastacia
* World Social Award: Esther Mujawayo
October 14, 2006 in New York City, U.S.A.; awardees include:
* World Achievement Award: Shana Dale
* World Charity Award: Sharon Stone
* World Entertainment Award: Whoopi Goldberg
* World Hope Award: Stella Deetjen
* World Lifetime Achievement Award: Susan Sarandon
* World Social Award: Lucy Liu
* World Style Award: Claudia Schiffer
* World Tolerance Award: Queen Noor of Jordan
* World Artist Award: Mary J. Blige
* Woman of the year: Robin Herbert
November 29, 2005 in Leipzig, Germany, were awarded:
* World Achievement Award: Alison Lapper
* World Actress Award: Teri Hatcher
* World Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement: Catherine Deneuve
* World Arts Award: Lisa Stansfield
* World Fashion Award: Donatella Versace
* World Fashion Icon Award: Linda Evangelista
* World Media Award: Sabine Christiansen
* World Social Award: Sarah Ferguson
* World Tolerance Award: Benazir Bhutto
* Woman of the Year: Margarete Gehring representing the about 5500 mothers of the SOS Children's Villages
June 9, 2004 in Hamburg, Germany, were awarded:
* World Achievement Award: Bianca Jagger
* World Actress Award: Diane Kruger
* World Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement: Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick
* World Artists Award: Nena
* World Arts Award: Cher
* World Business Award: Katarina Witt
* World Charity Award: Ute-Henriette Ohoven (enriette Ohoven)
* World Connection Award: Valentina Vladimirowna Tereschkova
* World Entertainment Award: Oprah Winfrey
* World Fashion Award: Vivienne Westwood
* World Fashion Icon Award: Naomi Campbell
* World Media Award: Christiane Amanpour
* World Social Award: Waris Dirie
* World Style Award: Nadja Auermann
* World Tolerance Award: Iris Berben
* Woman of the Year: Agnes Wessalowski

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