Sean Bean, England's most versatile actor, holds a stellar career spanning every medium for approximately 20 years, in theater, radio, television and movies.
Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer), (1986) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1987) (Romeo) , as well as "Deathwatch" (Lederer) (1985) at the Young Vic and "Killing the Cat" (Danny) (1990) at the Theatre Upstairs.
This soulful, green-eyed blonde's roles are so varied that his magnetic persona convincing plays angst-ridden villains, as in "Clarissa," passionate lovers like Mellors in "Lady Chatterley's Lover," rough-and-ready soldiers such as Richard Sharpe, heartwrenching warriors as the emotionally torn Boromir in "The Lord of the Rings," and noble Greeks, like Odysseus in "Troy," where his very presence in the film adds grace and validity to the rest of the movie. Recently, he did a turn in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," where as the principal lead, he so transfixed the audience that the show was extended in London and critically acclaimed. Bean, however, remains himself, a man's man, and in the glizty world of movies this is a rare thing indeed. Bean resides in London where he enjoys raising his beautiful daughters, his beloved football, and the occasional pint.
Bean has three daughters, Lorna, Molly and Evie.
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.
She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota, the youngest daughter of vaudevillians Ethel Marion (Milne) and Francis Avent Gumm. She was of English, along with some Scottish and Irish, descent. Her mother, an ambitious woman gifted in playing various musical instruments, saw the potential in her daughter at the tender age of just 2 years old when Baby Frances repeatedly sang "Jingle Bells" until she was dragged from the stage kicking and screaming during one of their Christmas shows and immediately drafted her into a dance act, entitled "The Gumm Sisters", along with her older sisters Mary Jane Gumm and Virginia Gumm. However, knowing that her youngest daughter would eventually become the biggest star, Ethel soon took Frances out of the act and together they traveled across America where she would perform in nightclubs, cabarets, hotels and theaters solo.
Her family life was not a happy one, largely because of her mother's drive for her to succeed as a performer and also her father's closeted homosexuality. The Gumm family would regularly be forced to leave town owing to her father's illicit affairs with other men, and from time to time they would be reduced to living out of their automobile. However, in September 1935 the Gumms', in particular Ethel's, prayers were answered when Frances was signed by Louis B. Mayer, mogul of leading film studio MGM, after hearing her sing. It was then that her name was changed from Frances Gumm to Judy Garland, after a popular '30s song "Judy" and film critic Robert Garland.
Tragedy soon followed, however, in the form of her father's death of meningitis in November 1935. Having been given no assignments with the exception of singing on radio, Judy faced the threat of losing her job following the arrival of Deanna Durbin. Knowing that they couldn't keep both of the teenage singers, MGM devised a short entitled Every Sunday which would be the girls' screen test. However, despite being the outright winner and being kept on by MGM, Judy's career did not officially kick off until she sang one of her most famous songs, "You Made Me Love You", at Clark Gable's birthday party in February 1937, during which Louis B. Mayer finally paid attention to the talented songstress.
Prior to this her film debut in Pigskin Parade, in which she played a teenage hillbilly, had left her career hanging in the balance. However, following her rendition of "You Made Me Love You", MGM set to work preparing various musicals with which to keep Judy busy. All this had its toll on the young teenager, and she was given numerous pills by the studio doctors in order to combat her tiredness on set. Another problem was her weight fluctuation, but she was soon given amphetamines in order to give her the desired streamlined figure. This soon produced the downward spiral that resulted in her lifelong drug addiction.
In 1939, Judy shot immediately to stardom with The Wizard of Oz, in which she portrayed Dorothy, an orphaned girl living on a farm in the dry plains of Kansas who gets whisked off into the magical world of Oz on the other end of the rainbow. Her poignant performance and sweet delivery of her signature song, 'Over The Rainbow', earned Judy a special juvenile Oscar statuette on 29 February 1940 for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor. Now growing up, Judy began to yearn for meatier adult roles instead of the virginal characters she had been playing since she was 14. She was now taking an interest in men, and after starring in her final juvenile performance in Ziegfeld Girl alongside glamorous beauties Lana Turner and Hedy Lamarr, Judy got engaged to bandleader David Rose in May 1941, just two months after his divorce from Martha Raye. Despite planning a big wedding, the couple eloped to Las Vegas and married during the early hours of the morning on 28 July 1941 with just her mother Ethel and her stepfather Will Gilmore present. However, their marriage went downhill as, after discovering that she was pregnant in November 1942, David and MGM persuaded her to abort the baby in order to keep her good-girl image up. She did so and, as a result, was haunted for the rest of her life by her 'inhumane actions'. The couple separated in January 1943.
By this time, Judy had starred in her first adult role as a vaudevillian during WWI in For Me and My Gal. Within weeks of separation, Judy was soon having an affair with actor Tyrone Power, who was married to French actress Annabella. Their affair ended in May 1943, which was when her affair with producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz kicked off. He introduced her to psychoanalysis and she soon began to make decisions about her career on her own instead of being influenced by her domineering mother and MGM. Their affair ended in November 1943, and soon afterward Judy reluctantly began filming Meet Me in St. Louis, which proved to be a big success. The director Vincente Minnelli highlighted Judy's beauty for the first time on screen, having made the period musical in color, her first color film since The Wizard of Oz. He showed off her large brandy-brown eyes and her full, thick lips and after filming ended in April 1944, a love affair resulted between director and actress and they were soon living together.
Vincente began to mold Judy and her career, making her more beautiful and more popular with audiences worldwide. He directed her in The Clock, and it was during the filming of this movie that the couple announced their engagement on set on 9 January 1945. Judy's divorce from David Rose had been finalized on 8 June 1944 after almost three years of marriage, and despite her brief fling with Orson Welles, who at the time was married to screen sex goddess Rita Hayworth, on 15 June 1945 Judy made Vincente her second husband, tying the knot with him that afternoon at her mother's home with her boss Louis B. Mayer giving her away and her best friend Betty Asher serving as bridesmaid. They spent three months on honeymoon in New York and afterwards Judy discovered that she was pregnant.
On 12 March 1946 in Los Angeles, California, Judy gave birth to their daughter, Liza Minnelli, via caesarean section. It was a joyous time for the couple, but Judy was out of commission for weeks due to the caesarean and her postnatal depression, so she spent much of her time recuperating in bed. She soon returned to work, but married life was never the same for Vincente and Judy after they filmed The Pirate together in 1947. Judy's mental health was fast deteriorating and she began hallucinating things and making false accusations toward people, especially her husband, making the filming a nightmare. She also began an affair with aspiring Russian actor Yul Brynner, but after the affair ended, Judy soon regained health and tried to salvage her failing marriage. She then teamed up with dancing legend Fred Astaire for the delightful musical Easter Parade, which resulted in a successful comeback despite having Vincente fired from directing the musical. Afterwards, Judy's health deteriorated and she began the first of several suicide attempts. In May 1949, she was checked into a rehabilitation center, which caused her much distress.
She soon regained strength and was visited frequently by her lover Frank Sinatra, but never saw much of Vincente or Liza. On returning, Judy made In the Good Old Summertime, which was also Liza's film debut, albeit via an uncredited cameo. She had already been suspended by MGM for her lack of cooperation on the set of The Barkleys of Broadway, which also resulted in her getting replaced by Ginger Rogers. After being replaced by Betty Hutton on Annie Get Your Gun, Judy was suspended yet again before making her final film for MGM, entitled Summer Stock. At 28, Judy received her third suspension and was fired by MGM, and her second marriage was soon dissolved.
Having taken up with Sidney Luft, Judy traveled to London to star at the legendary Palladium. She was an instant success and after her divorce to Vincente Minnelli was finalized on 29 March 1951 after almost six years of marriage, Judy traveled with Sid to New York to make an appearance on Broadway. With her newfound fame on stage, Judy was stopped in her tracks in February 1952 when she became pregnant by her new lover, Sid. At the age of 30, she made him her third husband on 8 June 1952; the wedding was held at a friend's ranch in Pasadena. Her relationship with her mother had long since been dissolved by this point, and after the birth of her second daughter, Lorna Luft, on 21 November 1952, she refused to allow her mother to see her granddaughter. Ethel then died in January 1953 of a heart attack, leaving Judy devastated and feeling guilty about not reconciling with her mother before her untimely demise.
After the funeral, Judy signed a film contract with Warner Bros. to star in the musical remake of A Star Is Born, which had starred Janet Gaynor, who had won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929. Filming soon began, resulting in an affair between Judy and her leading man, British star James Mason. She also picked up on her affair with Frank Sinatra, and after filming was complete Judy was yet again lauded as a great film star. She won a Golden Globe for her brilliant and truly outstanding performance as Esther Blodgett, nightclub singer turned movie star, but when it came to the Academy Awards, a distraught Judy lost out on the Best Actress Oscar to Grace Kelly for her portrayal of the wife of an alcoholic star in The Country Girl. Many still argue that Judy should have won the Oscar over Grace Kelly. Continuing her work on stage, Judy gave birth to her beloved son, Joey Luft, on 29 March 1955. She soon began to lose her millions of dollars as a result of her husband's strong gambling addiction, and with hundreds of debts to pay, Judy and Sid began a volatile, on-off relationship resulting in numerous divorce filings.
In 1961, at the age of 39, Judy returned to her ailing film career, this time to star in Judgment at Nuremberg, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, but this time she lost out to Rita Moreno for her performance in West Side Story. Her battles with alcoholism and drugs led to Judy's making numerous headlines in newspapers, but she soldiered on, forming a close friendship with President John F. Kennedy. In 1963, Judy and Sid finally separated permanently, and on 19 May 1965 their divorce was finalized after almost 13 years of marriage. By this time, Judy, now 41, had made her final performance on film alongside Dirk Bogarde in I Could Go on Singing. She married her fourth husband, Mark Herron, on 14 November 1965 in Las Vegas, but they separated in April 1966 after five months of marriage owing to his homosexuality. It was also that year that she began an affair with young journalist Tom Green. She then settled down in London after their affair ended, and she began dating disk jockey Mickey Deans in December 1968. They became engaged once her divorce from Mark Herron was finalized on 9 January 1969 after three years of marriage. She married Mickey, her fifth and final husband, in a register office in Chelsea, London, on 15 March 1969.
She continued working on stage, appearing several times with her daughter Liza. It was during a concert in Chelsea, London, that Judy stumbled into her bathroom late one night and died of an overdose of barbiturates, the drug that had dominated her much of her life, on the 22nd of June 1969 at the age of 47. Her daughter Liza Minnelli paid for her funeral, and her former lover James Mason delivered her touching eulogy. She is still an icon to this day with her famous performances in The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, and A Star Is Born.
In 2013, Australian New York City resident Yael Stone portrayed inmate 'Lorna Morello' in Orange Is the New Black.
Yael graduated from NIDA. From a young age, Yael has been lucky enough to work with Australia's premiere storytellers, luminaries of performance and visionaries behind the scenes in film, television and theatre.
Yael enjoys a rich career in Australia. A continuing collaboration with Australia's much-lauded director Neil Armfield culminated in the internationally-renowned production Diary of a Madman, in which she starred opposite Academy- Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush. Yael found her new home in New York City when the production played to critical acclaim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Yael is co-founder of The Cannery. Working from a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the company supports new writing and innovative, creative exploits.
Stuart Townsend was born in 1972 in Howth, County Dublin, Ireland, to Lorna (Hogan), an Irish model, and Peter Townsend, an English professional golfer. Stuart was determined to be an actor and began his career by appearing in a number of student films, while attending the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. He supported himself by boxing until his first feature film debut in Trojan Eddie. Although his part was small, Townsend attracted a London agent and began appearing in numerous stage and film productions in England and Ireland. America began to take notice of Stuart's talents when he appeared in two films featured in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, in one of which, About Adam, he took the title role. He also played Lestat de Lioncourt in Queen of the Damned. Townsend was in a romantic relationship with actress Charlize Theron.
The multi-talented Bijou Phillips has led an unusual life. She spent her childhood in New York, California and South Africa. She excelled in Equestrienne sport. When she was 13, she became a model to escape boarding school and became one of the youngest people to grace the cover of "Interview" Magazine and "Italian Vogue". Bijou also appeared in several ads for Calvin Klein. At 17, she acquired a record deal and began work on her album "I'd Rather Eat Glass" produced by Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison. She was later cast in Black & White by director James Toback and garnered nothing but glowing praise from critics for her performance. Larry Clark cast her in Bully which led "The Hollywood Reporter" to name her one of 2002's "Shooting Stars of Tomorrow". Bijou continues to make great films with last year's role opposite 'Jeff Bridges' and Kim Basinger in The Door in the Floor, a film adaptation of John Irving's novel, "A Widow For One Year". She most recently completed a leading role opposite Anne Hathaway in Oscar-winning writer, Stephen Gaghan's Havoc, directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, Barbara Kopple. This is only the beginning for her, with several projects on the horizon, including her portrayal of "Lorna Doom" opposite Shane West in a feature film, about late 70s seminal-punk band The Germs, called What We Do Is Secret, Venom (aka "Backwater"), produced by Scream's Kevin Williamson, she is in the new film Choke, with Anjelica Huston and Sam Rockwell. As well as starring in a comedy called Made for Each Other with Christopher Masterson, she just played "Nancy Spungen", as in "Sid and Nancy", in a bio-pic about the Chealsea Hotel, Chelsea on the Rocks, directed by Abel Ferrara.
Stephnie Weir was raised in Texas and attended Odessa Junior College studying theater and broadcasting. Following that she went on to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, were she studied anthropology and women's studies.
As she expanded on her creative talents in Chicago, Ms. Weir performed at the Second City's Main Stage, the Goodman Theater, and at the ImprovOlympic. She and her husband, Robert Dassie, created a two-person show entitled "WeirDass" that they have performed in New York, Chicago and Edinburgh. Ms. Weir recently performed her one-person show entitled Slowdeatha, TX at the Comedy Central Stage.
In Los Angeles, Ms. Weir spent five seasons as a writer/performer on Mad TV (her final episodes aired last season). She can currently be seen on the ABC comedy, Big Day (she portrays the wedding planner, "Lorna"). In film, Ms. Weir appeared last year in Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) and stars in two upcoming independent features, Eden Court (2006) and Moonpie (2006).
Melanie attended RADA in London where she won the Vanburgh Award. Her stage plays have included Women Beware Women (Royal Court), Under Milk Wood, Selfish Shellfish, Twelfth Night, Deathtrap, Dirty Linen, Breezeblock Park, Who Killed Hilda Murrell?, Fire in the Lake, and the stage version of Bread. She's best known as Aveline in the British TV series Bread. Other TV appearances include Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (Hazel), Juliet Bravo, The Bill, A Night on the Tyne and Boon. Melanie has two young daughters, Lorna and Molly.
Kiko Ellsworth is an American film and television actor. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to Lorna and Andrew Ellsworth. He is of African, American Indian (mother), Israeli, French and Creole (father) descent. He is married to Massachusetts State native, Christine Carlo, whom he met auditioning for the film of All or Nothing which they later filmed together, and with whom he has one child, Zen Satya Ellsworth. Kiko's hobbies include, yoga, hiking, teaching youth acting and leadership classes and studying martial arts. He's has two older siblings, Shanda and Andre (deceased), with two nephews and two nieces. His niece Andrea Ellsworth is an American Film and Television actress.
The daughter of Judy Garland and producer Sidney Luft, and the half-sister of Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft was born in 1952 in Santa Monica, California. According to her autobiography, "Me and My Shadows" (1998), she and her younger brother Joey Luft lived an idyllic childhood in Bel Air, oblivious to any problems that may have arisen regarding her mother's ongoing drug addiction and her parents' marriage. By the time she was 12, however, her parents were divorced, and she was forced to face her mother's serious drug problem head-on. But she stuck with her mother, because she knew that Garland truly loved her children when not under the influence of the drugs. She became her mother's care-giver, administering the medication she needed to function, carefully monitoring the amount she took, and dealing with her whenever her behavior got out of control. Eventually, however, she couldn't take it anymore and had a mental breakdown. As painful as it was for her, she and her brother left her mother and went to live with their father. Several months later, Garland overdosed and died. Lorna was crushed and guilty, having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that her mother's death was inevitable, and would have happened had she been there or not. Lorna soon followed in her mother and sister's footsteps to a show business career. She became a professional singer, though never quite reaching the success her mother and sister had in that field. She also appeared on Broadway in "Promises, Promises" and "Snoopy", in a summer stock production of "Grease" and in a national tour of "Guys and Dolls". She hasn't made many films. The ones she has made include Grease 2, the disastrous sequel to the film version of "Grease", and the beach party film Where the Boys Are, as well as small appearances in Studio 54 (1998) and My Giant. In 1985, she took a supporting role in the sitcom Trapper John, M.D. as a nurse, but a year and a half later, the show ended its seven-year run. In the 70's and 80's, she also experienced a drug addiction to cocaine, but is now drug-free. She claims she has had to face her sister Liza's drug addictions, as well, and helped to get her into the Betty Ford Center once. She was married to rocker Jake Hooker, who later became her manager, but despite two children, the marriage was not happy. They are now divorced, and she lives in California with her children and her second husband, musician Colin Freeman. Currently (1999), plans are in full swing for a miniseries to be made from her book. She will serve as executive producer on the project.
Angélica María Cepeda Jiménez was born in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on August 2nd 1974. Nevertheless she grew up in Barranquilla. Her parents are José Cepeda and Yadhira Jiménez (both lawyers) and after their divorce Angie went to live with her mother and two sisters, Lorna (actress) and Ivette.
There was a time she thought of studying Publishing, however she discovered her vocation in drama and moved out to Bogotá and stayed with an aunt. Angie began her drama courses, then she was contracted by a beer company and made some advertisements for it. Next, she played some bit parts in several soap operas and movies in Colombia. Her lucky break was when Angie got a role in the soap opera "Las Juanas", getting the attention of some TV producers who offered her interesting jobs in prime time shows; most memorable of them was her leading role in _"Luz Maria" (1998)_, co-starring Christian Meier and Rosalinda Serfaty.
In the cinematic world, Peruvian director Francisco Lombardi convinced her to portray a whore called La Colombiana in _Pantaleon y las Visitadoras (1999)_. It was a smash hit in Colombia, Spain, Peru and Argentina and got good reviews for her performance.
British actress Jane Merrow studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the onset of her career and became a classical heroine in the 1960s on both stage and TV. Portraying such soulful lasses as "Lorna Doone" and "Jane Eyre" on TV, she mixed in a few Shakespearean ingénues and brought forth a gift for bringing a noticeable fragility and honesty to her roles. A trendy presence on all the swinging spy shows of the time including The Saint, The Prisoner, Secret Agent and The Avengers, the last for which she was once entertained a leading role. Best known to film-goers for her Golden Globe-nominated role in the classic costume drama The Lion in Winter as "Alais", the young adoring mistress to "King Henry", Jane moved to America in 1971 and enjoyed a transcontinental career for nearly two decades. Here, she appeared on such stalwart series as Mission: Impossible and Hart to Hart, among others. She also starred as Vivien Leigh in a one-woman stage tribute that opened in, of course, Atlanta. She divides her time between homes in London and Boise, Idaho.
Martin Jarvis OBE is one of Britain's most versatile leading actors. His distinguished career continues to encompass just about every aspect of the entertainment industry: film, television, theatre, radio and audio recording. He is also the author of two bestselling books: a hilarious autobiography Acting Strangely and a compelling account of his award-winning time on Broadway in 2001: Broadway, Jeeves - The Diary of a Theatrical Adventure, both published by Methuen. In 2010 he starred as Vincent Hogg in a new production of Agatha Christie's The Mirror Cracked in ITV/WGHB's popular 'Miss Marple' series. In 2009, he starred in BBC2's comedy/drama Taking the Flak, receiving outstanding reviews for his performance as national treasure tv journalist David Bradburn. He stars in the feature film Neander Jin - Return of the Neanderthal Man (US/ Germany co-production, 2010) as Peter Blodnik, network mogul. Alongside his screen and theatre career he is a prolific director of radio drama and, with his wife, actress/director Rosalind Ayres, produces plays and readings for BBC. His award-winning productions include Shadowlands, David Mamet's Keep Your Pantheon, Ayckbourn's Man of the Moment and Ian Fleming's Dr No. He has homes in London and Los Angeles. He trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England), where he won the Vanbrugh Award and the Silver Medal. He is an Associate of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England). He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to drama. In 2006, he appeared at the Santa Fe Arts Festival in New Mexico in Wilde's The Canterville Ghost with Shirley Maclaine and Ali McGraw. Earlier in the same year, he starred in Honour at Wyndham's Theatre, London giving an acclaimed performance opposite Dame Diana Rigg. On screen that year he played Leonard in BBC-TV's modern version of "Much Ado About Nothing" and (in 2005) starred as "Malvolio" in "Twelfth Night" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. He received a Theatre World Award on Broadway in 2001 for his title role performance in "By Jeeves" which he also filmed. His West End, National, Almeida and Donmar theatre appearances include works by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Frayn, Harold Pinter CH, Somerset Maugham, Sir George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. He played Jack Worthing opposite Dame Judi Dench's Lady Bracknell in Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the National Theatre in the 1980s directed by Sir Peter Hall, and premiered Pinter's "Other Places" in the National's Cottesloe Theatre. Pinter directed him in the leading role of Hector in Giraudoux's "The Trojan War Will Not Take Place." He met Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the National and subsequently went on to star in his "Woman in Mind," "Henceforward," "Just Between Ourselves" and "By Jeeves." His Screen credits include leading roles in the British/Australian mini-series "Bootleg," "Inspector Lynley Mysteries," "Lorna Doone," Frayn's "Make and Break," "Ike - The War Years" (with Robert Duvall) and "The Bunker" (with Sir Anthony Hopkins.) He was "Linus" in Sir Richard Eyre's film, "Absence of War written by Sir David Hare. He has guest starred (very often as villains) in "Inspector Morse," "Frost," "Lovejoy," "Casualty," "Murder Most Horrid," "Dr Who," "Space Above and Beyond," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Walker: Texas Ranger" in the US. He played monstrous Neil Biddle in "Sex 'N' Death" and was a memorable television Uriah Heep in "David Copperfield" on British television. First major screen role: 'Jon' in the multi-award winning "The Forsyte Saga." He followed this with many 'classic serials' including "The Way of All Flesh (in which he starred as Ernest Pontifex), "Nicholas Nickleby" (title role), "The Moonstone," "Little Women" and "The Pallisers." His feature films include the psychological thriller "Framed" (2007), "Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War," James Cameron's "Titanic," "Kid With the X-Ray Eyes," "Buster," "The Last Escape," and "Taste the Blood of Dracula." His voice can be heard in numerous television animation series as well as feature films including "Flushed Away" and "Eragon." He has narrated "Peter and the Wolf at the Barbican" and appeared with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra as Narrator for Egmont and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." At the Chichester Festival Theatre he starred with Sir John Gielgud in "Paradise Lost," with Googie Withers CBE and Susan Hampshire OBE in "The Circle" and with concert pianist Lucy Parham in "Beloved Clara." Jarvis & Ayres Productions, which he founded with his wife, Rosalind Ayres, has produced many award-winning dramas and readings for BBC Radio, National Public Radio in America and for audio books. Their work includes outstanding interpretations of plays by Sir George Bernard Shaw, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter CH, Michael Frayn, David Mamet, Hugh Whitemore, Robert Shearman, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, and many more. British and American stars who have been associated with J&A productions include, in the UK: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Diana Rigg, Alfred Molina, Richard E. Grant, Michael York OBE, Richard Briers CBE, Pauline Collins OBE, Janie Dee, Fiona Shaw CBE, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Patricia Hodge, Twiggy Lawson, Natascha McElhone, Martin Freeman, Barry Humphries CBE, Phil Collins and in the US: Brendan Fraser, Elaine Stritch, Teri Garr, Stacy Keach, Shirley Knight, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Davison, Matthew Wolf, Eric Stoltz, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ed Begley Jr, Ed O'Neill and Gregory Peck. Directors of J&A dramas include: David Mamet, Michael Grandage, David Grindley, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Pete Atkin, Rosalind Ayres. Their productions have received Audie and Earphone awards in the US. In September 2006, he directed Teri Garr, Michael York OBE and Alfred Molina in an acclaimed production of "Pack of Lies" for BBC Radio 4. He and Fiona Shaw CBE starred for five years in the popular BBC series "Our Brave Boys." His Just William audio and radio recordings are world wide best sellers. He was the subject of BBC TV's This Is Your Life in 1999.
Rosa is a native New Yorker, who grew up in Corona Queens. She comes from a large family of nine. Rosa is a graduate of The Julia Richman Talent Unlimited High School. She attended Skidmore College, as a Dance Major, before receiving a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey School. She went on to perform with various Dance Companies throughout Europe and the United States before transitioning into Acting. Rosa now enjoys a highly credited career in Film and Television, as well as Theater. Along with her childhood friend, Lorna Ventura, she formed Stepsister Productions. Rosa and Lorna have Produced and written several projects and continue to develop new ones. It is Stepsister Production's desire to encourage women to write, direct and produce artistically challenging projects.
2003 Dora Award nominee and co-star of the 2004 Genie nominated The Dogwalker, Krista Sutton has years of professional acting experience both in Toronto and in New York. Sutton's career soared to new levels of industry awareness with a key scene in the much talked about film, American Psycho. Called the "It Girl" at Sundance, Sutton's role opposite Christian Bale generated international coverage. Her performance was a hot topic again recently at Sundance 2006 with the screening of Kirby Dicks popular documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated. A very familiar face for not only her widely played hit comedic commercials for Special K including with Cindy Crawford, Sutton has played a range of supporting and leading roles. Her much-loved role as Liz Irwin-Gallo on the nightly improv soap opera Train 48 was seen for over 340 episodes on Canada's Global TV. Krista has also been seen in numerous TV appearances, most recently as herself as quirky sitcom wife on Comedy Central's Punched up. Past credits include Lorna Luft, in the ABC mini-series Me and My Shadows, Shauna Bellman on The Associates, on Ken Finkleman's The Newsroom, and in guest roles on Missing (Justin Louis) Kevin Hill (opposite Taye Diggs), This is Wonderland, and West Wing (Jimmy Smits.) Her film work has included roles opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Judy Davis as Georgia in Coast to Coast, Welcome to Mooseport, Stir of Echos II (Rob Lowe), Jack and Jill vs the World (Freddie Prinze Jr), Doomstown and the renowned short film The Dogwalker, which was a 2003 Toronto International, Montreal World and Palm Springs Film Festival selection. It is an award winning film including a 2004 Genie Award nomination for best short film. Sutton is the co-star of Fine Living's hit comedic travel series Suite and Simple. In May 2003, Sutton starred in Brock Simpson's This Could Be Love under the direction of Steven Morel at The Artword Theatre in Toronto. It was a triumphant Dora-Nominated return and she received rave reviews for her performance: Sutton's goofy glamor lights up the small stage.(Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail) and Sutton can out sing out act out pratfall Rene Zellweger in her sleep. Her performance is musical theatre gold ! Eye Weekly. In September 2006 she was back in this popular role at the prestigious New York Musical Festival where critics compared her to the 2006 TONY award winning Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone). She was co-producer. The theatre is where Sutton started her career. A graduate and Drama Prefect of Toronto's Havergal College, Sutton went on to the University of Toronto's theatre program. Upon graduation, Sutton embarked on a European Tour with the Berliner-Ensemble directed production of The House of Bernarda Alba. Returning to Canada, she played in MacBeth directed by Robert Lepage. Other selected stage credits include the Mary Magdalene role in the much-heralded revival of Godspell at the Bathurst Street Theatre and Thaisa in Pericles (Festival of Classics). Sutton's yearlong run in The Vagina Monologues had her sharing the stage with Sheila MacCarthy, Dana Reeve, Elvira Kurt, Jann Arden, Carole Pope, Jeanne Beker and Erin Brockovich In New York Sutton has landed roles Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Circle Rep, La MaMa ETC, and The Vital Theatre Company. Fluent in American Sign Language, Sutton was active in the Deaf Theatre scene in New York and went on to play Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream in ASL. In her off-stage time, she studied with renowned Broadway performer David Shiner (Cirque Du Soleil, Fool Moon). She has extensive training in Commedia dell'Arte, Improv and Clowning and has taught it in Toronto, New York's inner city schools and at Gotham City Improv, NYC.
|Christopher Rob Bowen
Born Christopher Robert Bowen in the small town of Shawnee, OK, Christopher was the second child of mother Lorna Mae Rosamond and father Robert Larry Bowen. He grew up in the country suburbs of Shawnee with his parents and elder sister Kimberly Dawn Warren. Raised in the country he learned to ride motorcycles at the age of 9, shoot a .22 rifle, and catch crawdads in his family pond with slices of bacon on a string.
While growing up, his mother had him and his sister in the performing arts at a young age. Such events included competitive dance (jazz, hip-hop, and tap), modeling, musical theater, and pageants. By the time he was 14 years old he had a room full of trophies, some taller than he was. Various titles he held was Junior Mr. Camelot (4 different times), Junior Mr. Dance of Oklahoma runner-up, Best Talent (dance), Dance Masters of America "Best Group". Some childhood acting included roles in Annie, Grease, Oliver, and the likes. Dance, modeling and acting weren't the only hobbies his mother invested him in. He also played football, baseball, basketball and wrestled off an on throughout his childhood.
At the beginning of his Junior year of high school, and after getting in constant trouble for bad conduct, and poor attendance, his parents ended up switching him from Shawnee High School to a much smaller Bethel High School, where he eventually graduated from in 1991. It was during his senior year at Bethel High School that he decided to make acting a career. He was the starting quarterback for the football team and ended up getting his neck broke in the first game of the season. After the injury prevented him from playing the rest of the year, he decided to audition for the senior class play in which he got a lead role. He fell back in love with acting and ended up moving to Dallas, TX in the early nineties to pursue an acting career. He quickly landed an agent and started auditioning and landing small parts here and there before moving to Los Angeles, CA in 1998 to further pursue his new founded career.
He again landed an agent and started to book some parts before meeting his wife Frances Rose Verrell. It was at this time that he decided to settle down and start a family. He, along with his wife, ended up having three kids so he put acting career on hold until 2010 at which time he decided to start his career back up by auditioning for several plays. He first booked the role of a featured ensemble cast in the production of Evita. After that he landed the role of Cpt. Jack Ross (Kevin Bacon role) in the hard hitting play "A Few Good Men" by Aaron Sorkin. He was a stand out in the play and won the Ventura County "Four Star Award" for "Outstanding Supporting Performance by a Male" for his role at Moorpark High Street Theater.
Lorna Fitzgerald was born in March 1996 in Northampton. At the age of four she decided after a trip to the theatre that she'd like to become an actress. She started attending acting and dancing lessons and it wasn't long before she got her first part in a short film called Big Girl Little Girl.
After appearances in Cherished, The Golden Hour, Casualty, According to Bex and adverts for Nescafé, ChildLine and Tracy Beaker, Lorna landed a role in EastEnders, playing Abi Branning. Lorna first appeared in EastEnders on 3rd July 2006. As Lorna was only 10 years old when she joined EastEnders she was required to balance school work and filming. Lorna lives in Northampton with her mum, dad and two older sisters Corinne and Abi. She is a keen dancer and attends weekly classes. She also plays the guitar and keeps active by swimming.
Camilla Power was born on the 13th November 1976, in Cork, Ireland, but grew up in Wimbledon and Putney. She is English but is of Irish ancestry. She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone, and now lives in Battersea.
She is a distant cousin of Irish actor Tyrone Power, and her great-grandfather was Sir John Power, who was the Member Of Parliament for Wimbledon before the Second World War.
She started acting at a very young age, starring in a chicken nuggets advertisement when she was 8. She then went on to star as Jill Pole in the BBC series of 'The Silver Chair' when she was just 14.
She was a regular cast member of Emmerdale from 1993-1995, playing Jessica McAllister. Her voice was also used in the 1988 English version of Alice.
She is probably best known for her more recent role as English Teacher, Lorna Dickey [also Clarkson] in the BBC Drama series Waterloo Road. She began this role in 2006, and stayed throughout Series 1 & 2, until her character committed suicide towards the end of Series 2, having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
In 2008, she starred as Pearl in an episode of Torchwood, called 'From Out Of The Rain'. Pearl was a circus star, also known as 'The Living Mermaid', who had escaped from an old cinema to seek revenge on those who put her out of business. She also starred in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" at the National Theatre in 1998.
She lives a down to Earth routine with her partner Henry, who is a soldier fighting in Iraq, and also has one child from a former relationship, named Joseph.
Isabella Calthorpe was born on March 3rd 1980, daughter of property developer John Austen Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe and socialite, débutante and banking heiress Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon. She has one full sister, Georgiana, and one full brother, Jacobi, as well as four half sisters, Pandora, Gabriella, Cressida and Octavia. Isabella who directly descends from King Charles II is blue blood to the core.
She went to finishing school in Switzerland, studied classics at Edinburgh University and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art 2003 to 2005.
She has appeared in film as Anna in How to Loose Friends and Alienate People and in Richard Eyre's Stage Beauty. On Television she has played Emily in the BBC production of Inspector Lynley as well as Miranda Cost in the British television series Harley Street. As a stage actress she had attracted rave reviews as Lisa in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych and previously played in Peter Gill's The Voysey Inheritance at the National Theater and as Cecily in David Leonard's The Importance of being Earnest at the Royal York.
She has been dating heir apparent Sam Branson, son of Virgin owner Richard Branson for almost three years.
Born Virginia Pound, Lorna Gray was "discovered" by a Columbia Pictures agent while modeling in a fashion show. She was given a screen test, and Columbia was impressed enough to sign her to a contract (it was at this time that she was given the name "Lorna Gray", which she kept until 1945, when she changed it to "Adrian Booth"). She was put in the studio's B unit, occasionally loaned out to Republic or Monogram, and when not making features was used in Columbia's comedy shorts, supporting such performers as The Three Stooges and Buster Keaton (where she actually acquitted herself quite well). She left Columbia and began her long career with Republic Pictures in 1941, appearing in westerns, thrillers, horror pictures and especially the serials in which the studio specialized. She married actor David Brian in 1948, and after making films for a few more years, retired from the screen in 1951.
Maureen Hingert was born on 9th of January 1937 in Columbo, Ceylon, of Dutch ancestry, the daughter of Lionel Hingert and Lorna Mabel del Run. Her father was the president of the Bank of Ceylon and had extensive tea holdings. On 25th June 1955 she was crowned "Miss Ceylon" in Colombo, Ceylon. In October 1955 was heralded to make her screen debut playing an American Indian in Universal-International's Pillars of the Sky and signed by 20th Century-Fox for their upcoming The King and I. In 1958 she married Mario Armand Zamparelli, a Montrose artist. On 8th of May 1959 her daughter Regina N. was born in Los Angeles. She became renown Los Angeles concert promoter Gina Zamparelli. She also gave birth to two other daughters, Marisa and Andrea. In July 1970 she divorced Zamparelli, and in March 1976 married William J. Ballard in Los Angeles.
Madge got her start in theater working with a stock company in Denver. Put under a personal contract by a Broadway producer, Madge got her big break when she replaced Helen Hayes in the Broadway play "Dear Brutus". Her success as a stage actress led to her being signed by Fox Pictures. After appearing in a number of movies in the early 20's, Madge was best remembered for her performances in 'Lorna Doone (1922)' and 'The Iron Horse (1924)'. A strong will contrasted the screen image of innocence and led to disagreements over roles by the late 20's. Madge had been cast in a number of movies each year and was in Fox's first dialogue feature 'Mother Knows Best (1928)'. But her refusal to work in the film 'The Trial of Mary Dugan', which was bought expressly for her, led to her contract with Fox being terminated. It would be 3 years until she returned to the screen in the cult favorite 'White Zombie (1932)' with Bela Lugosi, but her career was not going anywhere as Madge was just one of those old silent stars. For the next few years, she appeared in a small number of low budget films and by 1936 her film career was over. In 1943, she would again appear in the headlines when she shot her lover, millionaire A. Stanford Murphy after he jilted her to marry another woman.
Dylan Townsend was born in Howth, outside Dublin City. His interest in drama grew from being in a family of performers. Son of model Lorna Townsend & Brother of actor Stuart Townsend. Dylan was exposed to the entertainment industry from a young age and was in Hollywood with Charlize Theron during her rise to fame. As a teenager he made several exploratory short films with the advent of early digital technology while he studied Journalism and Film at college. He then spent much of his early twenties exploring the globe as a journalist and novelist writing books following a fictional character Desmond Thomas. Dylan furthered his training in acting and filmmaking when he came back to Ireland, training with Irish directors Terry McMahon & Graham Cantwell. During his first year of acting he was offered a feature role in the Irish production of 'yeah Bonobo'.
Her acting career began few years ago but her role as Patricia Fernández in _"Yo soy Betty, la fea" (2000)_ brought her the fame. Her first contacts with show business started when she worked as a model at 16. Lorna kept working with Stock Models in Bogotá until 1997, then she cast in the series Padres e hijos playing the role of Magaly and since that moment she got several parts in which she was able to display her acting talent. She is married with Eduardo Paz, manager of artists (including herself), and has 3 children with him: Daniela, Nathaniel and Mariano. Also, she is majored in Psychology from the University of North Barranquilla in Colombia.
Brandon Ludwig was born in Kitchener and raised near Conestoga Lake, Ontario. His mother's name is Lorna Mary Farwell. His father, Mark Ludwig, worked in management at a manufacturing firm in Kitchener. He has a younger brother, Sheldon Ludwig who owns Don Shal Productions and is co-owner of Ludwig Bros Entertainment with Brandon. He has an older brother Justin Ludwig who is an engineer. At Listowel District Secondary School, Ludwig was involved in A/V, chess, school musicals and student government. Ludwig attended the University of Waterloo, where he majored in history with a focus on classical studies. He occasionally acted in indie films. He graduated university and moved to Toronto with his best friend Dave Roberts to practice at The Second City. Before he became successful at acting, Ludwig supported himself as a driver for Fred Penner, moving newspapers and taking part as the King of the Canadian National Exhibition.
Lorna's parents were Eloisa Perez and Amado Aluquin. Her birth name was Lorna Perez Aluquin. She attended the elementary grades at St Anthony School where she also finished high school She took up a Bachelor of Arts course at St Paul College in Quezon City, and also at the University of Sto Tomas and Maryknoll College. She is first cousin to actress Amy Austria and a niece of actor Jerry Pons. She was married to Rudy Fernandez from 1983 till his untimely death in 2008. They had two children. She first appeared in Prima Productions' My Little One (1970) using the screen name of Giselle. Later she changed this to Lorna Tolentino, after Siony Tolentino, who helped her enter the movie world of FPJ Productions. She played the young Susan Roces in Divina Gracia. Her first starring role was in Langit Ko ang Pag-Ibig Mo (1975) with ;Eddie Garcia (I)' and Panchito. She appeared with Roberto Gonzalez and Rodel Naval in Subok na Matatag (1975); was paired with Tirso Cruz III in Dalagita (1976); and with Rudy Fernandez in Leap year ngayon, lagot ka pipikutin kita. Other movies she made during this period are Baby Doll (1978), Miss Dulce Amor, Ina, Katawang alabok, Iskandalo, Stepsisters; Dalaga (1979); and Bakit May Putik Ang Bulaklak (1979). The 1980s proved a turning point in her career when she rent award-giving bodies. Her outstanding films of this period and the nominations she received are: Moral, Urian, Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), Star, Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP); Init sa magdamag, Urian, FAMAS and Star; Huwag mo kaming isumpa, FAMAS and Star; Maging akin ka lamang, FAMAS; Natutulog pa ang diyos?, FAMAS, Urian and Star; Nagbabagang luha, FAP, FAMAS and Star; Kailan mahuhugasan ang kasalanan?, FAMAS and Star; and Kislap sa dilim, Urian, FAMAS, FAP and Star. Tolentino has had 14 FAMAS nominations for Best Actress and won three times: Narito ang puso ko, Abakada... Ina, and Katas ng Saudi. She won the FAMAS award of Best Child Performer for Lumuha pati mga anghel,alongside best child actor Arnold Gamboa, her costar. Her incredible feat in 1992 for the film Narito ang puso ko earned her the monicker "Grandslam actress," a distinction given to only one other actress, Vilma Santos, who first did a grandslam in 1984. The film itself had a total of 13 nominations and 4 best actress wins for Lorna: from FAMAS, FAP, Urian, Star Awards, as well as a nomination from the Young Critics' Circle. From FAP, she has three Best Actress Awards: Maging akin ka lamang, Narito ang puso ko and Abakada... Ina; from Gawad Urian she has had ten nominations. Tolentino also has had her share of television work, including four very successful soap operas: Kay Tagal Nang Hinintay (2002-2003), entitled "Timeless (2002)" for viewers abroad; "Hanggang kailan (2004)"; Dahil May Isang Ikaw (2009-2010), entitled "Destined Hearts (2009-2010)" for viewers abroad; and the current soap "Minsan lang kita iibigin (2011)", as the lead Allondra Del Tierro. She appeared in 8 episodes of the hugely successful "May bukas pa (2009-2010)" detailing the chronicles of a young boy who could talk to God. Her two sons with Fernandez, Raphael Fernandez and Renz Fernandez have entered show business in recent years.
Diandra Anastasia Newlin was born in Richmond, Virginia. She began acting and modeling at the age of two when she joined her brother Colin on a Children's Wear Digest photo shoot. After exhausting her opportunities in Virginia and getting her SAG card at six years old she began to spend summers modeling and acting in New York City. She was represented by Wilhelmina, Product Models and Marilyn Zitner Management. After 9/11 her family left New York for Los Angeles and she continued to do print, commercials, music videos and movies. Her representation changed to LA Models, Coast to Coast and Curtis Talent Management. Diandra began her music career at age six. She was cast in musical theater in Richmond. Most noted for her role of Baby June along side Lorna Luft at the University of Richmond. In Hollywood she worked with Roy 'Royalty' Hamilton and various others cutting music. She recorded music in Nashville working on Music Row with Kim Copeland. She wrote, produced and starred in many of her own music videos including "Boyfriend.' Diandra gives countless hours to charity efforts all over the world. She is a Natural Science /Pre-Med Major at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Character actress Lorna Thayer will probably remain in good standing in the Hollywood cult movie annals for decades to come, due to one scene and one scene, alone. In the critically-acclaimed "generation gap" film, Five Easy Pieces, Jack Nicholson plays a rebellious, disgruntled musician-cum-oil rigger with "loose cannon" tendencies who takes his frustrations out on an uncooperative roadside hash-slinger, played by Lorna, who refuses to allow him food substitutes while ordering a meal. This memorable movie vignette, now classically referred to as the "chicken salad sandwich" scene", has tended to overshadow all of Lorna's other work on stage, TV and film. Born Lorna Patricia Casey in Boston on March 10, 1919, her mother, actress Louise Gibney, brought the family to California in 1923 to escape the cold winters and settled in Venice Beach, eventually securing a permanent residence in Hollywood. From 1952, Lorna could be glimpsed here and there in a handful of humorless working-class bits in such films as The Lusty Men, Women's Prison, The Beast with a Million Eyes, I Want to Live! and Freckles. She appeared on both the New York and Los Angeles stages and made her Broadway debut in "Comes a Day" in 1958, returning six years later with a role in "Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory". A fairly steady TV fixture throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she experienced a slump for a time until her celebrated bit with Nicholson triggered a host of character film work, including Cisco Pike, The Gravy Train, Buddy Buddy and Nothing in Common, along with assorted TV mini-movies. Although it did not improved her standing all that much, she made do and had a bit part in the Al Pacino/Michelle Pfeiffer starrer, Frankie and Johnny, before retiring. She was married twice--to actor George N. Neise (divorced) and Arthur Dowling (widowed). She had two daughters, Adrienne and Nikki. Lorna was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years before her death in 2005 at age 85. At the time, she was living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement establishment in Woodland Hills, California.
Jennifer graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts. She started her career in the Casting Offices of Rick Millikan on CBS' The Guardian with Simon Baker and FOX's The Quintuplets starring Andy Richter. She continued as a Casting Associate on Drake & Josh with Larry LaFond and Space Buddies, the movie with Lorna Johnson.
She has also worked at Innovative Artists Talent Agency for Abby Bluestone, head of the Youth Division, a top agent who is at the forefront of discovering young talent.
After experiencing the studio and agency worlds, Jennifer moved forward and took a position with Krisha Bullock Casting for 7 years. She has worked on several shows including Drake & Josh, Movie Surfers, Zoey 101, iCarly, Victorious, True Jackson (Pilot) and more.
In 2011 she was awarded the Seymour Heller Award for Associate Casting Director of the Year by the Talent Manager's Association.
Gloria Galla was born in 1933 in Denver Colorado, to a hardworking Filipino, Pedro Galla, and an American woman, Mary Borrego. Her elementary education was spent in Mabini Elementary School and she graduated from Riverview High School in Mabini, Pangasinan.
She married actor Juancho Gutierrez after they met during a movie.
Because her uncle, Nario Rosales, was Chief Editor at Sampaguita Studios, it was easy for Ms Galla to visit the movie sets. She started out her career as an "extra" in Sampaguita Pictures, before being noticed in Kasintahan sa Pangarap (1951), starring Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. For 1951, more bit roles followed in Bernardo Carpio, starring real-life couple Cesar Ramirez and Alicia Vergel; in Dugong Bughaw, with Norma Vales and Tessie Martinez; and Rebecca. Finally, in her fifth movie, Ramon Selga (starring Lilian Leonardo and Pancho Magalona), she got a speaking part as a nurse.
Appearing as the daughter of Ramirez and Vergel in Madame X (1952), producers introduced Ms Galla with a new, more dramatic name: "Gloria Romero." She got her first memorable role in Palasig (1952) opposite heartthrob Cesar Ramirez, but it was her lead role in Monghita (1952), opposite Oscar Moreno that cemented her bankability and popularity. In 1953, she played the daughter of Carmen Rosales in May Umaga Pang Darating. Ms Romero played against many leading men: opposite Ramon Revilla in Apat na Taga (1953); opposite Fred Montilla in Recuerdo (1953); opposite Pancho Magalona in Musikong Bumbong (1954); opposite Ric Rodrigo and Luis Gonzales in Pilya (1954), and opposite Dolphy in Dalagang Ilocana (1954), for which she won the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts & Sciences (FAMAS) Best Actress award.
She also made Vacacionista (1956), Pitong Pagsisisi (1959), and Lupa sa Lupa (1960) opposite Luis Gonzales. Ms Romero tried a formula by appearing as characters popularized in comic strips: Her first two attempts, Mister Kasintahan (1953) and Kurdapya (1954), were so successful she immediately made Mariposa (1955) and Miss Tilapia (1956), where she played the original Pacifica Falayfay. Afterwards, Ms Romero ventured into the dramatic format again, with Artista (1955), Teresa (1956), opposite her popular love-team partner Luis Gonzales; Ikaw ang Aking Buhay (1959), plus remakes of pre-war musical movies like Pagdating ng Takipsilim (1956), Colegiala (1957) and Paru-parong Bukid (1957). All these blockbusters made her Queen of Philippine Movies (her closest rival was Nida Blanca), and Sampaguita Pictures renewed her contract for another 8 years-- making her the studio's longest exclusive star. She made some 30 movies with her frequent screen partner, Luis Gonzales.
She has appeared on the long-running television sitcom Palibhasa Lalake (1991), as well as the short-lived Fifty Carats, O Di Ba? (1993) with three other veteran actresses. She also joined the soaps Familia Zaragosa (1995), Labs ko si Babes (2000), Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan (2001), and Sana'y Wala ng Wakas (2003). Two of her most recent outings have been in horror films: Bahay ni Lola 2 (2005) and Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5 (2005), reminiscent of the way veteran Hollywood actresses were popularly cast in horror films in their elderly age in the 1960s, such as Joan Crawford with Trog (1970). She also made films for other studios, like Pitong Gabi sa Hongkong (1966); Kaibigan Ko ang Sto Niño (1967); Haydee (1966), with Hilda Koronel; Lumuha Pati Mga Anghel (1971), with Eddie Garcia and Ronaldo Valdez; Sakada (1976), directed by Behn Cervantes, costarring Pancho Magalona, Rosa Rosal, Hilda Koronel and Bembol Roco; and, Bakit May Putik ang mga Bulaklak? (1979) with Lorna Tolentino and Rosemarie Gil.
Ms Romero received the FAMAS Best Actress award for Dalagang Ilocana (1954), Best Supporting Actress for Nagbabagang Luha (1988) and Best Actress for Tanging Yaman (2000). She also received a Best Supporting Actress award from the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) for Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-Ibig? (1987), and again FAP gave her Best Actress honor for her film Tanging Yaman (2000). She received nominations from FAMAS for her films Ikaw ang Aking Buhay (1959), Condemned (1984) and Bilangin Ang Bituin sa Langit (1989). At the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino awarding (Gawad Urian Awards), she received the 2001 Best Actress award for Tanging Yaman (2000) and the 2004 Best Supporting Actress award for Magnifico (2003). Furthermore, the Gawad Urian, the FAP and the CineManila International Film Festival have honored her with individual Lifetime Achievement Awards, between 2001 and 2004.
Sultry, buxom and shapely blonde looker Eve Meyer was born Evelyn Eugene Turner on December 13, 1928 in Griffin, Georgia. Eve was a popular high profile pin-up model throughout the 50s who was the Playmate of the Month in the June, 1955 issue of "Playboy." Other men's magazines Meyer did pictorials for and/or graced the covers of are "Bold," "Scamp," "Caper," and "Modern Man." She often worked as a model for glamor photographer and independent adult filmmaker Russ Meyer. Eve was married to Meyer from 1952 to 1969. She made her film debut with an uncredited bit part in the 1955 feature "Artists and Models." Eve played the titular role in the Meyer movie "Eve and the Handyman." Moreover, she worked as an associate producer on such Meyer films as "Lorna," "Mudhoney," "Motor Psycho," "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!," "Vixen!," "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," and "The Seven Minutes." Eve Meyer was a successful businesswoman when her life was tragically cut short at age 48 in the Tenerlife airplane disaster in the Canary Islands on March 27, 1977.
Lorna Cook directed of "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron", nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and winner of four Annie Awards. Her extensive credits as an animator include 'The Land Before Time' and the Universal Picture's "An American Tail". Ms. Cook was an animator on two Academy Award-winning films from Walt Disney Pictures "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King". Ms. Cook spent several years as a valued story artist at Disney as well, including the position of key story artist on "The Lion King", "Mulan", and was co-head of Story on DreamWorks "The Prince of Egypt".
Gorgeously statuesque and voluptuous redhead knockout Janine Reynaud was born in 1930. She began her career as a model for designer Jean Patou. Janine started acting in movies in the mid 60s. She achieved her greatest enduring cult popularity with her alluring and captivating portrayal of kinky and enigmatic nightclub stripper Lorna Green in Jesus Franco's offbeat and intriguing experimental erotic masterpiece "Succubus." Reynaud went on to play sexy sleuth Diana in the delightfully silly spy spoofs "Kiss Me, Monster" and "The Case of the Two Beauties," which were also directed by Franco. Janine appeared in thirteen films with her actor/writer/director husband Michel Lemoine; they were especially effective together as a predatory swinging libertine couple in the steamy "Forbidden Passions." Reynaud's other memorable roles include the sexually repressed Adelaide in "Frustrations," the temperamental Lara in the compelling giallo murder mystery thriller "The Case of the Scorpion's Tale," a prostitute in the oddball spaghetti Western "Blindman," and libidinous fashion model Francis in the racy "Les Desaxees." Alas, Janine Reynaud quit acting in the mid 70s and now lives in America.
Best known as Mrs. Oscar Levant and for the acute tabloid problems that accompanied that title, gorgeous blonde actress June Gale started things off in a vaudeville sister act that led to her becoming a Broadway and second-string movie actress of the 1930s.
June began life as twin Doris Gilmartin on July 6, 1911 in San Francisco along with her sister Helen. Another set of twins would arrive just fourteen months later in the form of Lenare and Lorraine. The Gilmartin family would relocate to New York City in the early 1920s with all four young girls quickly catching the performing bug.
A clever and intriguing (albeit incorrect) marquee billing as The Gale Quadruplets saw the light initially in vaudeville as a four girl dance act. Teenagers June and her renamed sisters Jane Gale (1911- ), Joan Gale (1912-1998) and Jean Gale (1912-1974) quickly made it to Broadway with the shows "Flying High" (1930) and "George White's Scandals (1931). They then headed West and made their first film with the Vitaphone short Poor Little Rich Boy. Living in constant fear that their "quadruplet" scam would be found out, they decided to break up soon after this. While the others quickly put their careers on hold and settled down to marry, June ventured on, but the others too would have a very modest film career of their own.
June, in retrospect, would have the more endurable success of the four. She made her solo debut as a Goldwyn Girl in Eddie Cantor's Roman Scandals and continued on in decorative show girl type bits with Moulin Rouge, Melody in Spring (also with Joan and Jane), Bottoms Up (also with Jean), Young and Beautiful, both the US and French versions of _Folies Bergere de Paris (1935)_, Sing, Baby, Sing and Pigskin Parade. Film westerns finally opened their doors to June by handing her co-leads opposite cowboy stars Hoot Gibson in Rainbow's End, Swifty and The Riding Avenger and Ken Maynard in Heroes of the Range. She and Gibson became an item during this time.
Signed by Fox after this string of visible roles, a disappointed and frustrated June was relegated back to bit parts once again with nothing roles in One in a Million, Pigskin Parade, On the Avenue, Sing and Be Happy and Thin Ice. She had a better role when she was loaned out to play opposite Kane Richmond and Frankie Darro in the crimer The Devil Diamond. After June took some time off away from the studio to co-star in a touring stage company of "Stage Door," the studio took better care of their client upon her return with co-starring and/or featured roles in the "B" films Time Out for Murder, While New York Sleeps, Pardon Our Nerve, Inside Story, The Jones Family in Hollywood It Could Happen to You, Hotel for Women, Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, The Escape, The Honeymoon's Over and City of Chance.
In 1939, life changed entirely for June when she met and married the composer and pianist extraordinaire Oscar Levant. Putting aside her career completely, she lived with this witty genius and quickly tried to learn how to cope with his chronic hypochondria and acute mood swings. That and raising their three daughters Marcia, Lorna and Amanda would become a full time job to say the least. The marriage itself was loud and noisy from the very start. Constant physical battles, emotional tirades, separations, reconciliations and suicide attempts (on both parts) made for tabloid headlines news. It was not long before the couple became known nationwide as the "Feudin' and Fussin' Levants of Beverly Hills."
After a decade and a half's absence, June finally returned to face the camera in 1956 as the co-host of a local TV show (KCOP) called "The Oscar Levant Show." Working together with her husband was probably not the wisest idea and it certainly showed on camera. One day June simply walked away from the show. KCOP happily gave her a talk show of her own, "The June Levant Show," for which she would be nominated for a local Emmy Award. June also earned a small part on a 1962 episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and appeared occasionally on talk shows with Jack Paar, Merv Griffin and the like. After this she would preoccupy herself with the Los Angeles stage, appearing in various comedies and dramas including "The Butter and Egg Man," "A Taste of Honey," A Delicate Balance" and "Richard II."
The marriage of the "Battling Levants" finally ended with the death of Oscar in 1972 after the 66-year-old fell victim to a heart attack. In 1978 June wed screenwriter Henry Ephron but they divorced four years later. In her twilight years the former actress wrote and worked to keep the name and work of Oscar Levant alive. Singer/musician/songwriter Michael Feinstein would become a protégé of hers and she subsequently hired him to catalog Levant's compositions.
June died at age 85 of pneumonia in Los Angeles and was interred there at Westwood Memorial Park.
Keke Wyatt was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Lorna Wyatt, and Keever Wyatt II. Her mother is a vocalist, while her father is a organist/vocalist. Her mother is Caucasin while her father is Native American specifically Cherokee and African American. Ketara comes from a musical family rooted in church music. However, the singer's parents exposed her to R&B at home and encouraged her to pursue secular music. Being of a musical family she is able to perform several genres of music that include gospel, R&B, pop, country and opera. Furthermore, Wyatt can also write music equally as well. The singer has two younger brothers named Keever Wyatt, III, and Kendall Wyatt. Wyatt began singing at the age of two, and by age five made her first performance in front of a live audience. The song she performed, entitled "Beautiful", was taught to her by her mother. The young singer later performed a song she learned from her father, entitled "How Beautiful". Growing up in Indianapolis, spending time in both Kentucky and Texas, Wyatt became influenced by the likes of artists: Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Ella Fitzgerald. She was inspired by many preceding musical greats, she would sing with various girl groups as a teen. She attended high school in Indianapolis and was she was a member of her high school's varsity wrestling team. As a young girl and teen Keke was often recognized for possessing a level of maturity that exceeded her in age, and in 2000 at eighteen years old she married Rahmat Morton who is eight years her senior and a former athlete. They later had children together. She has expressed much pride in her multi-racial background. Her first breakthrough was after a highly successful collaboration with R&B singer Avant on his platinum album My Thoughts. Her first album debuted in 2001 and was called Soul Sista, and earned a Certified Gold status. Wyatt's first single, Used to Love went virtually unnoticed, but her second duet with Avant "Nothing in This World" became a huge smash single. In 2004, Keke left MCA Records and signed with Cash Money Records/Universal Motown Records, and released her second album Emotional Rollercoaster, but it had very little success. She then left Cash Money Records, and she has since signed with TVT Records, reuniting with former manager Quadri El Amin.
Born in Beirut , Lebanon , Rima discovered her passion for acting at tender age of four . As a teenager,Rima defied the fact that she was shy and insisted on taking acting classes , her first role was Adela in Federico Garcia Lorna's,the house of Bernarda Alba.. She later auditioned and got accepted in the Lebanese academy of fine arts , from which she graduated with a bachelor degree in theatre. After many roles in theatre and movies , Rima decided to leave her country to Los Angeles where she joined the Lee Strasberg tv and Film institute. Rima is trilingual ,she is fluent in Arabic, French , and English.
Best known for his songs for "Bye Bye Birdie", but also a prolific composer for Broadway's "All American", "Golden Boy", and "It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman", and off-Broadway revues "The Littlest Revue" and "Shoestring '57". He was educated at Ohio State University (BA), and Columbia Grad. School of Journalism (M.Sc.J). He wrote summer-camp shows at Green Mansions. His song credits include "The Arts", "Put On a Happy Face", "The Telephone Hour", "One Boy", "A Lot of Livin' To Do", "Kids", "How Lovely to Be a Woman", "Once Upon a Time", "What A Country", "Night Life", "Night Song", "I Want to Be With You", "Lorna's Here", "While The City Sleeps", "Yes I Can", and "You've Got Possibilities".
Lorna Litz-Baez is a beautiful 21-year-old lady who started modeling at the age of twelve. With nine years of combined modeling and acting experience, Lorna has amassed an impressive body of work, training and experience. Lorna's received formal modeling training from Barbizon School of Modeling in New York. Her stunning good looks and warm and friendly personality has made Lorna remarkably successful in landing excellent modeling opportunities and features in various print publications.At 19, Lorna was one of the top three finalists for Jennifer Lopez's clothing line; this was an incredible feat considering that there were over 1,300 models auditioning. Lorna was the centerfold model for Urban City Magazine NYC, King Magazine, Black Men's Magazine, Cycle Dreams Magazine and The Cover Model of Brooklyn Inside Out Magazine to name a few. As a picture perfect calendar girl, Lorna was selected to be the cover girl for the Seagram's Gin 2003 calendar. Seagram's representatives were so impressed with Lorna that they also named her the Seagram's Gin spokes model for 2003. Lorna can be seen modeling in the upcoming 2004 Ebony Rider calendar and The Spokes Model of Pelle Pelle 2004 clothing line. During fashion week, Lorna modeled in numerous fashion shows in New York for many urban fashion designers such as Roca Wear, Sean John, DaDa, Lady Enyce, and Playboy, just to name a few. With her long luscious hair, Lorna was selected for several hair shows for Clairol, Loreal and Remy Hair.
In the midst of many successful projects, Lorna receives formal acting training at Sanford Meisner Tech with Suzanne Esper at William Esper Studio NYC. Lorna's has scene study with Michael Becket at HB Studios. Lorna has already massed numerous television and film credits. She played roles in the ABC's daytime drama One Life To Live, in NBC's Law & Order, and in MTV's Who Got Game. She was an award presenter at the Latino Awards in 2002. Lorna's film credits includes leading and supporting roles in independent films such as Vegas Vamps, Fugazi, Final City, Survivor in Brooklyn and Consequences. Her acting experience ranges from comedy, dramatic and horror. Lorna is versatile; she can do Puerto Rican, southern, valley girl, and African American accents. Lorna likes to have fun imitating a baby crying. Lorna is athletic, participating in roller blading, handball, horse back riding, martial arts and bike riding. Lorna works part-time as a bartender and dancer as she is excellent in Meringue, Hip Hop, Salsa, Modern and African.
Antony Root is an award-winning television executive and producer.
After a brief career in theatre management, he joined BBC Television's Drama Series and Serials Department as an Assistant Floor Manager. He was subsequently promoted to Script Editor, working on the scripts for such series as Dr. Who, The Chinese Detective and Strangers and Brothers.
In 1984 he was recruited by Euston Films, a subsidiary of Thames Television, as its Development Executive where he was responsible for the development of all new drama and film projects for the company. His credits included Capital City, Bellman and True and the miniseries The Fear, which he also co-produced.
In 1989 he joined Working Title Television as Head of Production where he developed and produced Lorna Doone (ITV), Derek Jarman's Edward II (BBC) and Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (C4).
In 1994 he was appointed Head of Drama at Thames Television, executive producing John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm (BBC) and developing Five's first drama series, A Wing And A Prayer, before leaving to join Granada Television as Head of Drama in 1996. In this role his credits as executive producer included The Grand (ITV) and Far From the Madding Crowd (ITV).
In 1997 he became the first Granada executive tasked with developing and producing drama for broadcasters outside the United Kingdom. As Head of International Drama he oversaw three movies for A&E in the United States - Murder In A Small Town and The Lady In Question, both starring Gene Wilder, and Dash and Lilly, starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis. He also executive produced the mini-series Longitude (C4) for Granada Film.
In 1999 he transferred to Los Angeles and assumed the additional role of SVP, Movies and Miniseries at Granada Entertainment USA where his credits as executive producer included The Great Gatsby (A&E) and Princess of Thieves (ABC). In 2000 he was appointed President of the company overseeing all its development and production including the television movies My Beautiful Son (Showtime/ITV) and Second Nature (TNT), the second season of the series Beggars and Choosers (Showtime), and drama and comedy pilots for the U.S. networks. Having managed the company's transition from scripted to non-scripted programming, and its merger with Carlton America, he relinquished this role in 2003 but continued to oversee its scripted programming including serving as executive producer on the series Touching Evil (USA).
In 2005 he returned to the UK to take up the position of SVP, European Production, for Sony Pictures Television. In this role, which he held until December 2009, he was responsible for all SPT's development and production in the European region including the management of its wholly owned and joint venture entities in six countries.
From January 2010 to October 2011 he again worked as an international consultant and executive producer. His assignments included advising independent production companies on their international growth strategies and serving as Director of Industry Week at the RomaFictionFest in 2010 and 2011. From September 2010 to October 2011 he also served as CEO of 8th Floor Productions, a UK-based drama development and production company focusing on television fiction designed for the international market.
In October 2011 he took up the position of Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, at HBO Central Europe.
Productions with which he has been associated as producer or executive producer have won BAFTA, Peabody and Banff awards and been nominated for Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes.
Ricardo Zamudio born in Bogota - Colombia. He began his acting career studying in the "Escuela de Artes y Ciencias Escenicas" with Jorge Emilio Salazar, Edgardo Roman, Oscar de Moya and Esther Farfan. When he came to New York he studied at the "HB Studio" with Uta Hagen and Gene Kaplan. He attended "the Singers Forum" with Andy Anselmo and John Albert Harris. He also collaborated with the actors Mauricio Figueroa and Yolanda Garcia in numerous Spanish productions at "the Charles Chaplin School Theatre". While he was working in roofing and construction to pay for his acting classes he joined "The Tomorrow Talent Agency" as a model for Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin. 1992 "Univision" hired him as an escort for the beauty pageant contestants in "Nuestra Belleza Latina" with actor Fernando Allende and Matty. "Univision" would have him representing the City of New York in the weekly variety show "Sabado Gigante" in Miami in a segment "El Hombre de la Semana" where he would take 1st place and the prize was awarded by Univision host "Don Francisco". He returned to New York to continue his modeling campaigns and realized that modeling was a good source of money but not challenging like his true desire of becoming an actor. 1995-96 He returned to Colombia to work on one of the most popular television series at the time "Padres e Hijos" (Fathers and Sons) as "Gino" the Italian school principle. Directed by Roberto Reyes with the original cast and joining actor Manolo Cardona . He also worked on "El Dia es Hoy" (The Day is Today) as "Danilo" the corrupt boyfriend of actress Lorna Paz directed by Daniel Bautista with Dana Garcia, Jose Luis Paniaqua, Pedro Redon. 1996 He walked away with his doors already opened in the Colombian television industry knowing that he needed to continue his acting studies and to pursue his dream of working on the stage. In New York he attended "The Actors Conservatory" with Lily Lodge and a member of "The Actors Studio" and teacher from "The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute" Elaine Aiken. While in New York he worked on the TV reality series "The Diary" as "Ricardo" directed by Yanni Stamas on the "Time Warner Channel". 1997 He formed a Real Estate and development company with his brothers that would give him the opportunity to design and develop his own projects. 1999 He joined "The Obie Award Winning Spanish Repertory Theatre" in New York City. For the last 11 years Ricardo has found his passion in theatre. His credits include "Yerma" as "Victor" by Federico Garcia Lorca and directed by Obie Award Winning director Rene Bush. One of the most successful Spanish plays in the history of the Spanish Repertory and has traveled to different theatres in the United States is "Cronica de Una Muerte Anunciada" (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) as "Bayardo San Roman'' adapted for the stage by Fabio Rubiano from the original writer and Nobel Prize recipient Gabriel Garcia Marquez, directed by Ace Award Winning Theatre, and TV/Movie Winner director Jorge Ali Triana. He also joined the Greenville Co. Theatre performing "Hot Line" as "Delivery Man" directed by Bruce Bloom "A Nite of Mime, Music, Masks and Madness" as "Lorenzo" directed by Christopher Arena. Other Theatre credits include, "Of Mice and Men" as "Lenny" "The Time of Your Life" as "Harry" "A Hatful of Rain" as "Johnny" also, he became part of the Habiscus Theatre Company and was cast in his first musical production for Broadway "Tropicana the Musical" as "Chorus Boys" Preparing for the lead role was Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera. This musical was written and produced by Emmy Award Winner Chuck Gomez. In 2002 Ricardo worked with Golden globe Winner and Oscar nominated actor Alec Baldwin in the "Master Theatre Workshop" in South Hampton and achieving the highest score for his work in the "Golden Boy" as "Joe" by Clifford Odets.
In the same year he worked in a movie musical "Isabella Rico" as "drug lord Bobby" This multi -award film which appeared in 33 festivals world wide and Won Best director and Special Achievement Award for Elizabeth Lucas. Festivals including: The Hampton's International Film Festival, The Palm Beach Film Festival, The Rain Dance International Festival in London, and The San Diego Film Festival. Other film credits include: 2005 "Molotov Samba" as "Arturo" directed by Todd Morris, 2007 "Runaway" as "Julian" directed by John Esposito, 2009-2010 "The Hit" as "Frank Lupo" directed by Michael Norton. Once a year Ricardo donates his time and work to help upcoming directors from the colleges in the New York State area to develop their films. "Del Fuego" as "Javier" written and directed by John Dean Alfone - Columbia University/City College "Papaya Lyrics" as "Ricardo" written and directed by Jaime Zevallos - Long Island University "Take me out Tonight" as "Angel" written and directed by Emily Rosdeitcher - NYU Film. Her master's thesis film, won NYU's awards for screenwriting, production and cinematography. This film was screened in over a dozen festivals in the U.S. and abroad. "Expiation" as "Adam" written and directed by Gabriel Flores - City College.
Lorna Tucker cut her teeth as a Producer/Director creating a series of stunning shorts and fashion films for the likes of McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Nike, Vogue and ShowStudio in addition to creating many short documentaries across the world, from the Nepalese Himalayas to the Brazilian favelas.
For the last 4 years she has been filming and editing the feature documentary AMÁ, examining and investigating the fallout from the 1960's war on population that left over 260,000 women forcibly sterilized in America. The film follows one women's fight for an apology; for herself and the many surviving victims.
Lorna Hill is a founding member of the Ujima Theater Company of Buffalo, New York. She has been with the group since the 1980s and had won many local awards for her performances, writing and directing. A popular show of Lorna's is Yalla Gal, a one woman play about a fair skinned woman and her trials. Lorna has also worked with HAG theater, also of Buffalo.
Lorna Kirk has been immersed in film and television - as a director, field producer, researcher and editor - since earning her Master's degree in Documentary Film from the University of Manchester, England in 1999. Her award-winning film A Little Bit of Freedom screened at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. A Little Bit of Freedom was also recognized by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles with its David L. Wolper Award and was screened at dozens of film festivals around the world. Lorna is a multi- talented filmmaker who has also worked as a writer, researcher and editor of documentary programs. Lorna's director and field producer credits include the documentary series Tasty Planet / Cooking Metropolis (BBC 1); Forensic Firsts Season 1 and Season 2 (Smithsonian Channel); the Gemini Award wining series Canada's Super Speller (CBC) and Street Cents (CBC).
Lucio Fernandez has had a varied and successful career working extensively as an actor, singer, director, and producer. In 2014 he appeared in the play "Comfort" at Lincoln Center in NYC; and in 2013, Lucio appeared Off Broadway in the plays "Till Death" and "Busco Amigo"; and prior to that he starred and produced the Off Broadway play "Cuba: Punto X" to great critical acclaim, and which garnered two ACE Awards, two HOLA Awards, and one ATI Award. He performed his one-man show entitled "Lucio... Less Cuban Than Ever" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC, which received rave reviews. His previous one-man show "The Cuban Kid" played in NYC and received stellar reviews as well as several awards, including a MAC Award nomination. As a vocalist, he has recorded the music CD's entitled "Enamorado" and "Volver a Ti", as well as a poetry CD featuring his own poetry entitled "Lucio Fernandez, Poetry". He just released a new CD, "American Mambo". Lucio just returned from a concert tour in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, followed by a concert at Lincoln Center in NYC. He has traveled the world with several Broadway shows including "West Side Story", "Guys And Dolls", "A Chorus Line", "Jesus Christ Superstar", and "On The Town". He has worked with many of Broadway's leading directors and choreographers, including Jerome Robbins, Jerry Zaks, Michael Peters, Robert Longbottom, and Alan Johnson. For three and a half years, he was a principal actor with Repertorio Español in NYC where he performed in such plays as "Strawberry and Chocolate", "Vieques", "Luminaria", "El Publico" by Federico Garcia Lorca, "El Cano", "Te Juro Juana Que Tengo Ganas", and "The Next Stop". Lucio also starred in the Off Broadway play "Speedo & The Straight Man" at the Kraine Theater in NYC for which he received much critical acclaim. Broadway Workshops include "Tropicana" (Chita Rivera, Artistic Director), "Strides" (Michele Assaf, Choreographer), and "El Shaddai". Lucio has performed alongside many great artists including Marc Anthony, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy Tune, Susan Lucci, Shirley Verrett, Lupita Ferrer, and Lorna Luft. Recently he has appeared in concert alongside such notable Latin recording artists as Jon Secada, Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma", Sophy De Puerto Rico, Elio Roca, Malena Burke, and Roberto Ledesma. He has performed at many of the world's finest theaters including Lincoln Center in New York City, the Chatelet in Paris, and the Berlin Opera House. Recently he was invited by the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra in Guayaquil, Ecuador to perform a solo concert; as well as performed multiple concerts throughout Mexico. He has made appearances on many television shows including a recurring role as an "orderly" on the daytime series "All My Children". Most recently he was seen on the Emmy Award winning show "30 Rock" on NBC, "Louie" on FX, and "The Jimmy Fallon Show" on NBC. Presently, he is the host of the television show "Live On Stage" airing on Cablevision, ComCast, Time Warner Cable, RCN, and Verizon FiOS. Lucio has appeared in many television and radio commercials for products such as Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Sprite, Panasonic, Kudos, Verizon, etc. He has worked extensively as a voice-over artist, and did the looping for the role of "Lazaro" in the award winning feature film "Before Night Falls", and on the feature film "Che" starring Benicio Del Toro. Lucio is the author of "Union City in Pictures", two poetry books, two children's books, and a dozen plays. He has directed, choreographed, and produced many shows, from big musicals to one character plays, from children's performances to benefit concerts. His comedy "Till Death Do Us Part" premiered at The Grace Theatre in 2001, and then played at Newark Symphony Hall, followed by a run at The Gramercy Arts Theatre in NYC. His family musical "Friend Wanted" also premiered at The Grace Theatre before touring through many of New Jersey's best theaters. His original production, "Havana Moon, The Musical" played to a sold-out audience at Newark Symphony Hall, then at the Park Performing Arts Center. As an artist, he has exhibited his work at many galleries and museums, including Queens Museum of Art, Union City Museum of Art, Pace University, and MasterCard World Headquarters. He is founder of MeLu Communications Group, a production and public relations company, dedicated to producing for theatre, television, and film. The company has produced several films including "Vampire in Union City" and "The Death of April"; as well as many short films such as "Massacre in the Woods", "Under a City Tree", "Blink", "Cubanoson: The Story", "Pissin", "The Embroidery Industry in Union City, NJ", and most recently "Sal". Lucio was co-founder and Artistic Director of The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., the premiere presenter of bilingual and Spanish language theatre in the State of New Jersey. He has taught dance, drama, and playwriting, as well as participated in many school career days, and lectured at many organizations. He has received many awards including the ACE Award, ATI Award, ARTE Award, ITRA Award, STAR Award, State Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie, and many other proclamations, citations, and awards for his artistic achievements and contributions to the community. Lucio is presently Commissioner of the City of Union City. He has served as Chairman of the Union City Redevelopment Board, Trustee of the Union City Board of Education, Commissioner for the Union City Housing Authority, President of the Union City Public Library Friends, Inc., and President of the Union City Day Care Program. Lucio is a graduate of Rutgers University, and studied acting in New York City with the legendary acting teacher Bobby Lewis. He is an advocate for the arts and is always trying to promote and support artists and the arts in general, as well as stress the importance of the arts in every community.
Lorna Paul is the former Director of Film Finance for Entertainment Finance Associates, a financial advisory firm that serviced entertainment companies in obtaining capital investment for independent film productions, prints and ads facilities, acquisitions of film libraries and other strategic initiatives; Ms. Paul coordinated the negotiations between film producers and bank loan officers. She also provided investors with a specific market analysis of film sectors and genres in terms of historic theatrical, video, and other revenue sources for equity private placements. Independent films that Ms. Paul has provided services to include Reggie Rock Bythewood's Emmy-nominated Dancing in September which was acquired by HBO after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and American Gun starring Oscar-winner James Coburn and Virginia Madsen which was distributed by Miramax Home Entertainment.
In 2003, Ms. Paul participated in an intensive feature development program for writers/directors and producers at the Los Angeles Film School. During her training at LAFS, Ms. Paul produced three of the ten short films accepted into the program and associate produced a fourth; Stop Thief! starring Lisa Rieffel and Jasmine Jessica Anthony premiered at Hypefest 2004 and received Honorable Mention for the D.I.Y. Award, presented for a compelling project created on a limited budget; "The Seventh Bottle" became multi-award winning after its international appearance in the official selection for numerous film festivals including a special screening at the 2005 Festivale de Cannes.
After successful completion of her film school training, Ms. Paul immediately began production of her first feature film, "Crimes Chapel" starring Nathan Bexton (Nowhere, Go), Denny Kirkwood (Groove, Never Been Kissed), Sam Ball (Pumpkin, 13 Going on 30) and James Duval (Gone in 60 Seconds, Independence Day). Ms. Paul later produced another festival-worthy short, The Sound of Water Rising starring Bryan Kirkwood before producing her 2nd independent feature, Six Thugs starring Robert Zepeda (Gridiron Gang), Rolando Molina (Crazy Beautiful, Cake) and Noel Gugliemi (Training Day, Bruce Almighty). Additional independent projects Ms. Paul has provided services for include: "Uncharted" (Line Producer), The Last Supper (1st AD), "The Election" (2nd AD), and "Caller ID" (2nd Unit Production Manager). Ms. Paul has several feature films in various stages of development and recently wrapped principal photography on "The Absent" an independent horror flick starring 'Bryan Kirkwood', 'Samuel Ball' and 'Yvonne Zima'.
Ms. Paul serves on the Performing & Creative Arts Grant Review Committee for the Entertainment Industry Foundation and is also a member of Women in Film.
Ms. Paul holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington and graduated with honors from L.A. Film School's Feature Development Program.
Stephanie was born in North York, and grew up in the small town of Erin, Ontario. While there she studied and competed in dance at Performance Dance Academy, using every opportunity she had to work on her theatrical skills through the drama program at Erin District High School, and took singing lessons at Mississauga School of Music. Stephanie has worked on many student films (in High School, but also for her peers in higher-level education).
After high school, Stephanie was accepted into York University's Theatre Program, after one year (although she loved the program) she missed singing and dancing so she packed up her bags and moved downtown to The Randolph Academy, where she spent two years acting, singing, and dancing in their Conservatory College Program. Her graduating show was "The Rocky Horror Show", where she had the great privilege to play the Narrator Understudy, and Ensemble under the power-house direction of Thomas Morgan Jones, Kerry Gage, and Jeannie Wyse.
Some of her industry awards include: Award of Excellence for Directing (The Problem), Award of Excellence for Playwriting (Lorna) and Ensemble Cast Performance (Salem) from the Sears Drama Festival, Gold Medal winner for Skills Canada, Upper Grand Regional Technological Competition. Her proudest achievement to date was a film she created called "The Truth About Honesty" which she entered into the "Sprockets" young film makers competition. From thousands of entries Canada-wide Stephanie's video was selected to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto Star called regarding the film and asked for an interview about Cyber Bullying. It was published on April 15, 2010.
Len Marino's career spans over 30 years beginning on Madison Avenue with stops at CNN Creative Services, Starz, Encore and Hallmark Entertainment Networks. He's worked with the Muppets and helped launch a number of networks including Encore's Multiplex, Kermit and The Hallmark Channel. He's had his own creative shop for the past 14 years. The latest projects include a re-brand of WeatherNation TV as well a series of advertising campaigns and branding initiatives for EWTN. Len is a devout Catholic and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Lorna have been married for 31 years and are life long Red Sox fans. They have a grown daughter and two feisty terriers. Len is an Alumnus of Tulane University in New Orleans and St Mary's High School in his native New York.
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Hon. Lydia Yarde-Buller was the fifth of six children born to John Reginald Lopes Yarde-Buller and Jesse Smithers also known as Denise Osme, a music hall singer. Her first marriage was to Captain Ian Archiblad de Hoghton Lyle. With her second marriage to John Ian Robert Russell, the 13th Duke of Bedford in 1947, she became the Duchess of Bedford on October 9, 1953. The Duchess has two children named Lorna Lyle and Sir Gavin Lyle, 3rd Bt. with her first husband, Captain Ian Archiblad de Hoghton Lyle. She had one child with the Duke of Bedford, Lord Frances Hastings born February 27, 1950. The Duchess of Bedford passed away at St. Peter's Hospital Chertey, Surrey, England at the age of 88.
Greg Wolfson and his long-time spouse, Eric, have three adopted children; Chritopher, 9, Sammy, 6, and Maggie, 3. They live in their restored 1912 Brick Colonial home in the Historic West Adams Distric of Los Angeles. Greg and Eric take turns working so that the children always have a full time parent. Greg's career spans acting, fashion, publishing, television and film; writing, production and set design and decoration. Wolfson and his production company Dad 'n' Pop Productions have produced two successful plays in Los Angeles starring Greg, "Wicked" by Gavin Glynn and "Eastern Standard" by Richard Greenberg. Both were critical as well as popular successes. Dad 'n' Pop Productions has just acquired the rights to produce Buddy Thomas' "The Crumple Zone" for a fall 2002 Los Angeles premiere. Greg began his career as an actor early, working in theater and commercials. As a writer, Wolfson created the concept for and wrote a pilot, "The Road to Reno" for Twentieth TV. He has also written several feature film scripts. He is currently developing several television projects, as well as a one-hour drama for Rosanna Arquette. Greg began his career in 1984 as a fashion print model. He then founded a successful Arts & Fashion magazine in Seattle, APPEAL. He subsequently opened a modeling agency, GLAMOUR Model Management, before selling both businesses and relocating to Los Angeles. In 1999, Rick Leeds tapped Greg to produce the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's 28th Anniversary Ball, the organization's largest annual fund raising event, which brought in over $500,000.00. He was responsible for all areas of production including talent (Taylor Dayne, Michelle Lee, Bruce Vilanch, Lorna Luft and Sam Harris), decor, sets, content, writers and budgeting.
Award-winning playwright director Lorna Davis has earned multiple honors for her work in television and theatre. After receiving a BA in theatre from N.Y.U., Lorna acted in musical theatre and daytime dramas in New York & Los Angeles. A Los Angeles career directing theatre followed with over 50 play productions and countless episodes on television to her credit.
Hesper Almeida was born in Margao, Goa to Lorna Almeida and Herbert Almeida. When he was 7 his family moved to Mumbai where he grew up. Hesper graduated in Geology from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai. Today, Hesper works as a brand communications consultant with experience of over 8 years in Public relations, social media, marketing communications and brand design.