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Abigail Breslin

Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama.

Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens, opposite Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Jamie Lee Curtis. Next, Breslin will star in the coveted role of "Baby" in ABC/Lionsgate's recreation of the pop-culture classic, Dirty Dancing.

On the big screen, Breslin was most recently seen in the Lionsgate film, Maggie, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film follows a teenage girl (Breslin) from a small town in the Midwest, who becomes infected by a disease that slowly turns her into a zombie. The film premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was released on May 8, 2015.

In October of 2015, Harper Collins published Breslin's first book, "This May Sound Crazy". The book is based on her popular Tumblr "Mixtapes & Winter Coats", in which she writes honest, funny and emotional observations on her daily life as a young adult.

Breslin was seen in The Weinstein Company film, August: Osage County, opposite Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney and Juliette Lewis. She starred in the coveted role of "Jean Fordham", the daughter of Julia Roberts' and Ewan McGregor's characters. Most widely recognized for her role in the critically-acclaimed Little Miss Sunshine, the irreverent, antic comedy which created a sensation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Breslin played the role of "Olive", an ambitious young girl who is obsessed with winning a beauty pageant. For her performance, she received a Best Actress Award from the Tokyo International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award, SAG and BAFTA Best Supporting Actress awards. In addition, she was honored as ShoWest's "Female Star of Tomorrow" in 2008, and made her Broadway debut in 2010 in "The Miracle Worker".

Other film credits include Ender's Game, Haunter, The Call, Rango, Janie Jones, Zombieland, My Sister's Keeper, New Year's Eve, Raising Helen, The Ultimate Gift, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, No Reservations, Definitely, Maybe, Nim's Island, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 film, Signs, opposite Mel Gibson.

Ben Mendelsohn

Despite his prominence in Hollywood as a character actor known for playing villains and criminals, Ben Mendelsohn has been a leading man in Australia since starting acting as a teenager.

Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Carole Ann (Ferguson), a nurse, and Frederick Arthur Oscar Mendelsohn, a medical researcher. Getting his start in television, including The Henderson Kids and the long running soap opera Neighbours, Mendelsohn broke out with his performance as an ill-fated juvenile delinquent in the acclaimed coming of age film The Year My Voice Broke. Mendelsohn won the best supporting actor award from the Australian Film Institute, his first of eight nominations.

Mendelsohn went onto to become one of the most popular teen/young adult stars in Australia cinema, often rivaling other emerging talents of his generation, including Russell Crowe, Noah Taylor, and Guy Pearce, leading the Australian tabloid to nickname them "the Mouse Pack" in reference to the Rat Pack in America and Brit Pack in the UK, emerging at the same time. Among his peers, Mendelsohn seemed to corner the market on troubled, angry young men, thanks to his roles in Idiot Box, Metal Skin, and Nirvana Street Murder. But Mendelsohn also proved he was capable of being a romantic lead, starring in the comedies The Big Steal, Cosi, Spotswood, and Amy.

In the 1990s, Mendelsohn appeared in just one "Hollywood" film, the action film Vertical Limit, as one of two daredevil climbers on a rescue mission, often providing the film's comic relief. The film failed to find an audience and Mendelsohn returned to Australia, where he primarily worked in theater and television, despite earning best actor nominations from the Australian Film Institute and Australian Film Critics Circle for the drama Mullet, as a prodigal son returning to his small town. He also took steps to work in more international films such as The New World, Knowing and Australia. Mendelsohn has acknowledged that there was a period of almost two years that he had so little work, he considered leaving the acting profession entirely.

In 2009, Mendelsohn experienced a bit of a comeback with the role in the independent Australian films Beautiful Kate, as troubled man forced to return reunite with his dying father and come to terms with the death of his twin sister, with whom he had a complicated relationship. He was nominated for Australian Film Institute and Australian Film Critics Circle Best Actor in 2009. A year later, he appeared as Pope in Animal Kingdom, the most terrifying and violent member of a crime family. In 2010, he won Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute, Independent Film Award, and Australian Film Critics Circle.

Since 2010, Mendelsohn has become a major player in Hollywood as a character actor in both blockbuster films (The Dark Knight Rises) and critically acclaimed films such as Killing Them Softly and Place Beyond the Pines. In 2013 he appeared in the UK Starred Up, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Award from the British Independent Film Awards. In 2014, he will also star in Ryan Gosling's Lost River, Slow West, and Exodus: Gods and Kings. In 2016, Mendelsohn won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Danny Rayburn in Netflix's Bloodline.

Mendelsohn lives in the US with his wife, writer Emma Forrest, and their daughter. He also has an older daughter from a previous relationship. (2014)

Dacre Montgomery

Dacre was born in 1994 in Perth Western Australia. His mother is Canadian and his father is a New Zealander. At the time of his birth both of his parents were working in the film industry and he spent many hours during his childhood on film sets where he developed a love of acting. At the age of 10 he had his first role as an extra in a short film and decided that he would pursue a career as an actor. He began comprehensive acting classes at the age of 12 with a local training school and also with a theatre company and throughout this period was often working in advanced class groups where he was exposed to working and training alongside young adults. Dacre was accepted into a specialist visual and performing arts program after a competitive audition process when he entered Mount Lawley Highschool. Throughout his high school years he took part in many school productions and also attended acting workshops at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) located at the Edith Cowan University campus in Perth. When Dacre graduated from high school he received an "Oscar" statuette after having been nominated the best actor at the school during his 5 years there and he became determined to successfully audition to enter the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Dacre has always admired Hugh Jackman who graduated from WAAPA and lived in Perth during his years at University. He has also has great admiration for Heath Ledger who grew up in Perth and who inspired him to believe that he too could make it all the way to Hollywood. After a gruelling audition process Dacre was accepted into WAAPA to undertake his 3 year Bachelor of Arts in Acting. He graduated with his degree in 2015 on the day of his 21st birthday and knew within weeks that he would be filming 3 projects (A Few Less Men, Safe Neighbourhood and Power Rangers) over the next 6 months.

Jena Malone

Jena Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada, to Deborah Malone and Edward Berge. Her grandfather owned a casino, Karl's Silver Club, in Sparks. She was raised by her mother and her mother's partner. Beginning as a child actress, and then stepping up to roles as a young adult, Malone's career path has been compared to that of Jodie Foster, herself a former child actress and who has co-starred with Malone in two movies. Jena is often described as having a maturity beyond her years and, in her career thus far, she has often tackled roles that are difficult and are not standard fare for actors her age.

Malone's first claim to fame was in performing the title role in Bastard Out of Carolina for which she won the Young Artist Award, and which she filmed when she was merely ten years old. This movie dealt with issues of child abuse, violence and sex. Jena has said in later interviews that this movie and her participation in it continue to influence her life substantially.

Showing self-assurance and a clear vision of personal goals from an early age, Jena, at age 14, was encouraged to try out for Air Force One, a movie that was virtually guaranteed to be a success since box-office king Harrison Ford was cast in the lead, but Jena said she'd prefer to seek other roles that were of more interest to her.

In the following years, Malone appeared in several made-for-TV movies for which she won or was nominated for many awards. In 1997, she lucked in to being cast in the blockbuster Contact where she portrayed the child version of Jodie Foster's lead character. Foster stated that she built her character by mimicking Jena. And, in 1998, Jena was cast in the major film Stepmom where she co-starred with Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris. Jena was given what was likely the best line in that movie where her character, bitter over her parents' divorce, confronts her father who has returned home briefly; at a moment of crisis, her dad tells her "You do NOT run out on your mother", and the rueful Malone exclaims "No -- that's YOUR job".

Also, in 1998, Malone appeared in a two-part episode of the critically acclaimed TV series Homicide: Life on the Street. Contrary to what might usually be expected of a teenage actress, in this episode, Jena played the complex role of the perpetrator of a crime, which she portrayed with subtlety.

At age 15, Jena was legally emancipated and thus took direct control of her finances and her career. Malone began getting more attention and acclaim in her next set of films: the artistic cult film Donnie Darko; the teenage journey The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys where she again co-starred with Jodie Foster; and the satirical Saved! which debuted Jena as the lead in a movie.

Jena has expressed an interest in directing some day, and so she is preparing for roles behind the camera as well as in front. In 2002, she co-produced American Girl while also starring in it. And, in 2003, she undertook a formal study of photography.

In early 2006, Malone debuted on the Broadway stage in the play "Doubt". A review by Broadway.com characterized her performance as "astonishing".

Many people in Hollywood have jobs as actors. Watch for Jena Malone. She is an artist.

Jeff Bridges

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing, alongside their mother in the film The Company She Keeps, and appeared on occasion with their famous dad on his popular underwater TV series Sea Hunt while growing up. At age 14, Jeff toured with his father in a stage production of "Anniversary Waltz". The "troublesome teen" years proved just that for Jeff and his parents were compelled at one point to intervene when problems with drugs and marijuana got out of hand.

He recovered and began shaping his nascent young adult career appearing on TV as a younger version of his father in the acclaimed TV- movie Silent Night, Lonely Night, and in the strange Burgess Meredith film The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go. Following fine notices for his portrayal of a white student caught up in the racially-themed Halls of Anger, his career-maker arrived just a year later when he earned a coming-of-age role in the critically-acclaimed ensemble film The Last Picture Show. The Peter Bogdanovich- directed film made stars out off its young leads (Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd) and Oscar winners out of its older cast (Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman). The part of Duane Jackson, for which Jeff received his first Oscar-nomination (for "best supporting actor"), set the tone for the types of roles Jeff would acquaint himself with his fans -- rambling, reckless, rascally and usually unpredictable).

Owning a casual carefree handsomeness and armed with a perpetual grin and sly charm, he started immediately on an intriguing 70s sojourn into offbeat filming. Chief among them were his boxer on his way up opposite a declining Stacy Keach in Fat City; his Civil War-era conman in the western Bad Company; his redneck stock car racer in The Last American Hero; his young student anarchist opposite a stellar veteran cast in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh; his bank-robbing (also Oscar-nominated) sidekick to Clint Eastwood in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot; his aimless cattle rustler in Rancho Deluxe; his low-level western writer who wants to be a real-life cowboy in Hearts of the West; and his brother of an assassinated President who pursues leads to the crime in Winter Kills. All are simply marvelous characters that should have propelled him to the very top rungs of stardom...but strangely didn't.

Perhaps it was his trademark ease and naturalistic approach that made him somewhat under appreciated at that time when Hollywood was run by a Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino-like intensity. Neverthless, Jeff continued to be a scene-stealing favorite into the next decade, notably as the video game programmer in the 1982 science-fiction cult classic TRON, and the struggling musician brother vying with brother Beau Bridges over the attentions of sexy singer Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys. Jeff became a third-time Oscar nominee with his highly intriguing (and strangely sexy) portrayal of a blank-faced alien in Starman, and earned even higher regard as the ever-optimistic inventor Preston Tucker in Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

Since then Jeff has continued to pour on the Bridges magic on film. Few enjoy such an enduring popularity while maintaining equal respect with the critics. The Fisher King, American Heart, Fearless, The Big Lebowski (now a cult phenomenon) and The Contender (which gave him a fourth Oscar nomination) are prime examples. More recently he seized the moment as a bald-pated villain as Robert Downey Jr.'s nemesis in Iron Man and then, at age 60, he capped his rewarding career by winning the elusive Oscar, plus the Golden Globe and Screen Actor Guild awards (among many others), for his down-and-out country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. Bridges next starred in TRON: Legacy, reprising one of his more famous roles, and received another Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in the Western remake True Grit. In 2014, he co-produced and starred in an adaptation of the Lois Lowry science fiction drama The Giver.

Jeff has been married since 1977 to non-professional Susan Geston (they met on the set of Rancho Deluxe). The couple have three daughters, Isabelle (born 1981), Jessica (born 1983), and Hayley (born 1985). He hobbies as a photographer on and off his film sets, and has been known to play around as a cartoonist and pop musician. His ancestry is English, and smaller amounts of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, Swiss-German, and German.

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton is known to many for the role of "Puddy" in the hit NBC comedy "Seinfeld," the laconic, enigmatic, quirky Saab salesman and Elaine's boyfriend. Warburton starred for 7 seasons on the hit CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement" with David Spade, Oliver Hudson, and Megyn Price about two couples and their single friend, all at different stages in their relationships dealing with the complications of dating, commitment, and marriage. He is now set to star in NBC's newest sitcom series entitled "Crowded," premiering Sunday, March 20th, about an empty nest couple (Warburton & Carrie Preston) who find out their adult daughters want to move back home with them. Patrick also played "Guy" in the international blockbuster comedy Ted and recently completed shooting the highly anticipated sequel Ted 2 where he reprises his role. Warburton starred on the ABC hit comedy "Less than Perfect," as "Jeb Denton," an opinionated network anchorman; and on the hit show "NewsRadio" as "Johnny Johnson" the unscrupulous business rival who takes over the station. Warburton starred in Disney's major motion picture, live action comedy Underdog, as the archenemy "Cad," based on the 1964 cartoon television series. He is also perhaps the busiest voiceover artist in Hollywood for his many characters including the role of the paraplegic and over-zealous cop, "Joe Swanson," on the hit comedy "Family Guy."

Warburton was the lead in the independent film The Civilization of Maxwell Bright, in which he stared as a vicious and self-destructive anti-hero who desperately needs to save his soul. The film won numerous festival awards in which Warburton captured Best Actor at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, New York VisionFest, and the Boulder International Film Festival. The film's other honors include Viewer's Choice at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at WorldFest Houston and at the Florida Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Florida Film Festival, and the Vision Award for David Beaird at WorldFest Houston. This festival favorite is essentially a modern re-telling of "Beauty and the Beast" that explores what happens when a modern Neanderthal is locked in close proximity with a kind and loving woman. Written and directed by David Beaird, The Civilization of Maxwell Bright co-stars Jennifer Tilly, Marie Matiko, Simon Callow and Eric Roberts. In addition, Warburton starred in the independent feature film I'll Believe You alongside Fred Willard, Thomas Gibson, and Chris Elliott, a comedy for young adults/teens about a hunt for an alleged alien living in a small town after a mysterious phone call is received on a radio broadcast. The film was released in April of 2007 to 1,500 theaters nationwide, quite the accomplishment for a small independent film.

To complement his animated films, Warburton voiced the hit cartoon series "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated" and the animated feature Bee Movie with Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Uma Thurman and Oprah Winfrey. He played the character "Rip Smashenburn" in the UPN animated series "Game Over," the voice of "Brock Samson" in the animated adult series "The Venture Brothers," and the voice of "Mr. Barkin" on the Disney Channel's "Disney's Kim Possible." He plays the character of Ian, "the ultimate alpha-male," in the Sony animated film Open Season opposite Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence. Playing in both regular theaters and Imax 3-D, it was a box office smash on its opening week as #1 and held top spots following its debut. Warburton's voice can also be heard alongside that of Sarah Michelle Geller, Sigourney Weaver, George Carlin, Andy Dick, and Freddie Prinze Jr. in the animated feature film Happily N'ever After, from the producers of Shrek, where he plays the voice of "Prince Humperdink." As the voice of the "Savior of the Universe" in Disney's animated Saturday morning TV series "Buzz Lightyear," Warburton's voice graced the big screen in the Disney animated film The Emperor's New Groove, Kronks New Groove and "The Emperor's New School."

Warburton started his television career appearing regularly on the CBS sitcom "Dave's World," with Harry Anderson and Mesach Taylor and originally guest-starred on "Seinfeld" as the painted-faced New Jersey Devils' fan and Jerry's mechanic, only to become one of the show's funniest fixtures. He also did commercial spots for American Express (as the voice of "Superman" alongside Seinfeld), Cadillac, and M&Ms. Warburton starred in The Woman Chaser, which received critical acclaim at the prestigious New York Film Festival and The Sundance Film Festival, as well as opposite Sam Neill in The Dish, an Australian production about the first man on the moon. Barry Sonnenfeld directed Warburton in the Columbia Tri Star half-hour comedy "The Tick," which continues to have a huge cult following since its release on DVD. The show gained its popularity with audiences due to its relaxed, adult-friendly comedy. "The Tick", in addition to the DVD, has released action figures, t-shirts, and Quaker Oat Life cereal boxes with "The Tick" character adorning the cover. He also paired up with Tim Allen in Sonnenfeld's feature films Big Trouble and Joe Somebody, and also appeared in Scream 3 and Men in Black 2.

A native Californian, Patrick grew up in Huntington Beach and resides in Los Angeles with his wife Cathy and four children Talon, Alexandra (Lexie), Shane, and Gabriel. When talking about his children, Patrick's face lights up as he describes them as the ultimate joy and love of his life. With what little spare time he has, Patrick gets in a game of golf or tennis, does activities with his children, and spends time in his cabin on the Rogue River in Oregon with his family. Warburton also hosts the annual charity golf tournament "Golf for Kids," a Celebrity Tournament to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital each year in Palm Springs, CA.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary. They divorced when she was five. When she was a school girl, Lauren originally wanted to be a dancer, but later, she became enthralled with acting, so she switched gears to head into that field. She had studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York after high school, which enabled her to get her feet wet in some off-Broadway productions.

Once out of school, Lauren entered modeling and, because of her beauty, appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US. The wife of famed director Howard Hawks spotted the picture in the publication and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. As a result, which was entirely positive, she was given the part of Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not, a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old. This not only set the tone for a fabulous career but also one of Hollywood's greatest love stories (she married Bogart in 1945). It was also the first of several Bogie-Bacall films.

After 1945's Confidential Agent, Lauren received second billing in The Big Sleep with Bogart. The mystery, in the role of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, was a resounding success. Although she was making one film a year, each production would be eagerly awaited by the public. In 1947, again with her husband, Lauren starred in the thriller Dark Passage. The film kept movie patrons on the edge of their seats. The following year, she starred with Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore in Key Largo. The crime drama was even more of a nail biter than her previous film. In 1950, Lauren starred in Bright Leaf, a drama set in 1894. It was a film of note because she appeared without her husband - her co-star was Gary Cooper. In 1953, Lauren appeared in her first comedy as Schatze Page in How to Marry a Millionaire. The film, with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, was a smash hit all across the theaters of America.

After filming Designing Woman, which was released in 1957, Humphrey Bogart died on January 14 from throat cancer. Devastated at being a widow, Lauren returned to the silver screen with The Gift of Love in 1958 opposite Robert Stack. The production turned out to be a big disappointment. Undaunted, Lauren moved back to New York City and appeared in several Broadway plays to huge critical acclaim. She was enjoying acting before live audiences and the audiences in turn enjoyed her fine performances.

Lauren was away from the big screen for five years, but she returned in 1964 to appear in Shock Treatment and Sex and the Single Girl. The latter film was a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis. In 1966, Lauren starred in Harper with Paul Newman and Julie Harris, which was one of former's signature films. Alternating her time between films and the stage, Lauren returned in 1974's Murder on the Orient Express. The film, based on Agatha Christie's best-selling book was a huge hit. It also garnered Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar. Actually, the huge star-studded cast helped to ensure its success. Two years later, in 1976, Lauren co-starred with John Wayne in The Shootist. The film was Wayne's last - he died from cancer in 1979.

In 1981, Lauren played an actress being stalked by a crazed admirer in The Fan. The thriller was absolutely fascinating with Lauren in the lead role. After that production, Lauren was away from films again, this time for seven years. In the interim, she again appeared on the stages of Broadway. When she returned, it was for the filming of 1988's Mr. North. After Misery, in 1990, and several made for television films, Lauren appeared in 1996's My Fellow Americans. It was a wonderful comedy romp with Jack Lemmon and James Garner as two ex-presidents and their escapades.

Despite her advanced age and deteriorating health, she made a small-scale comeback in the English-language dub of Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle ("Howl's Moving Castle," based on the young-adult novel by Diana Wynne Jones) as the Witch of the Waste, but future endeavors for the beloved actress became increasingly rare. Lauren Bacall died on 12 August 2014, five weeks short of her 90th birthday.

Amandla Stenberg

Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," Amandla was born in Los Angeles, California, to Karen Brailsford, a writer, and Tom Stenberg. Her mother is African-American and her father is Danish (and of part Inuit-Greenlandic ancestry). In the summer and fall of 2010, the actress shot her first feature, Colombiana, an action-thriller starring Zoe Saldana whose character, the avenging assassin Cataleya Restrepo, Amandla plays as a child. In April 2011, Lionsgate announced that Amandla had landed the role of Rue in the screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular young adult series, The Hunger Games. For her heart-breaking performance, Amandla earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. She also won (with Jennifer Lawrence) a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry.

Amandla has starred in the recurring role of Macey, the daughter of Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones), on season one of Fox's Sleepy Hollow. In the summer of 2015, Amandla played series regular Halle Foster on Mr. Robinson opposite Craig Robinson. She made her Sundance Film Festival debut with the teen angst drama As You Are which won a Special Jury prize. Amandla appears in several sequences in the visual album Beyoncé: Lemonade. In March 2016 Fox 2000 won a heated bidding war for Angela Thomas' debut novel, The Hate U Give with Amandla attached to star. The actress has also nabbed lead roles in the YA adaptation Everything, Everything; the Amma Asante World War II romance, Where Hands Touch; and in the film adaptation of The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken.

In addition to on-camera jobs, Amandla has put her sensitive ear to work in voice-over gigs for both film and television. She lent her voice to Rio 2 in the role of Bia, a high-flying feathery spawn of Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway). A gifted musician, she plays the violin, drums and guitar. In 2013 Amandla began performing on the violin and singing harmonies at LA venues with singer/songwriter Zander Hawley. The folk-rock duo, known as Honeywater, released their first EP in August 2015 and a second in November 2016.

When she's not making music, Amandla is making noise on social media. She was declared "one of the most incendiary voices of her generation" by Dazed magazine, which featured Amandla on the cover of its Autumn 2015 issue. Teen Vogue featured Amandla on its February 2016 cover. In tandem with the issue's release, Amandla co-directed a trio of videos about black women. She helped catapult the topic of cultural appropriation into public discourse when she posted her school project video, "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows," onto her Tumblr in 2014. Oprah Winfrey took note of her activism and invited Amandla to give a talk ("My Authenticity Is My Activism") for SuperSoul Sessions Series 2 at UCLA's Royce Hall in April 2016. Highlights were featured on Super Soul Sunday. "Black Girls Rock!" (2016)_ Inc honored Amandla with the Young, Gifted and Black award and she is also the winner of the "BET Awards 2016" (2016)_ YoungStars award. The Ms. Foundation for Women named Amandla, along with Rowan Blanchard "Feminist Celebrity of the Year" in 2016. The actress-activist landed a spot on Time magazine's list of the 30 Most Influential Teens in 2015 and 2016. With Stranger Comics' Sebastian Jones, Amandla co-writes the comic book "Niobe: She is Life." A youth ambassador for No Kid Hungry, Amandla also supports the Ubuntu Education Fund, which nurtures children "from cradle to career" in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Krista Allen

Krista was born in Ventura, California and grew up in Austin, Texas. Her idols growing up were Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner. She made her way back to Southern California as a young adult and wanted to try out the acting biz. Just weeks after she landed in LA, she booked the coveted role of "Billie Reed" on NBC's Days of Our Lives. After her 3-year stint on the show, she was offered a starring role on Baywatch Hawaii. She starred in Anger Management, with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler; and Liar Liar with Jim Carrey. She also received high praise for her role in George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. She has had great success in recurring and guest-starring roles on some of the most celebrated TV shows of our time, like Married with Children, Friends, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Smallville, Hawaii Five-0, Rules of Engagement, Just Shoot Me! and Two and a Half Men, just to name a few. She recently starred in the title role of the CW comedy, Significant Mother, in 2015. In addition to being a sought after actress, Krista is also bringing her comedic talents to the stage as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. Krista is also super mom to her son, Jake Moritt, and her 10-year-old beagle, Jack.

Adelaide Clemens

Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. Daughter of a British father. Clemens began working as an actress on Australian television while in high school. She guest-starred in a 2006 episode of Blue Water High as Juliet, and in 2007, she starred in the children's series Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji as Alison. Clemens played Harper in the Showtime drama Love My Way that year, and was nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent at the 2008 Logie Awards for the role. Clemens was seen in the 2008 MTV Networks Australia dramatic film, Dream Life, alongside Sigrid Thornton, Xavier Samuel, Linda Cropper and Andrew McFarlane.She had small roles in the television series All Saints, and the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in 2009. She became the face of Jan Logan's jewelery that year.Clemens relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2009. Clemens starred in the 2010 film, Wasted on the Young, as Xandrie. In 2012, Clemens starred in Camilla Dickinson, alongside Gregg Sulkin, Cary Elwes and Samantha Mathis. The drama was an adaptation of the 1951 novel of the same name by young-adult fiction author Madeleine L'Engle.She portrayed teenager Heather Mason in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. The horror film was based on the survival horror video game Silent Hill 3, and was a sequel to the film Silent Hill.That year, Clemens also played a lead role as the young suffragette Valentine Wannop in Parade's End, a television mini-series adaptation of the Ford Madox Ford tetra-logy co-produced by HBO and BBC Two. Clemens appeared in the 2012 horror film, No One Lives, starring Luke Evans. She also appeared in the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the same name. She played Catherine, the sister of Myrtle Wilson, played by Isla Fisher. Clemens stars as Tawney Talbot in the 2013 Sundance Channel television miniseries, Rectify, created by Ray McKinnon. She will also star with Natalie Dormer, Stephen Graham and Zachary Quinto in the independent drama, The Girl Who Invented Kissing.

Gabriel Byrne

Byrne was the first of six children, born in Dublin, Ireland. His father was a cooper and his mother a hospital worker. He was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He spent five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a Catholic priest. He later said, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation. I have realized subsequently that I didn't have one at all. I don't believe in God. But I did believe at the time in this notion that you were being called." He attended University College Dublin, where he studied archeology and linguistics, and became proficient in Irish. He played football (soccer) in Dublin with the Stella Maris Football Club.

Byrne worked in archeology after he left UCD but maintained his love of his language, writing Draíocht (Magic), the first drama in Irish on Ireland's national Irish television station, TG4, in 1996.

He discovered his acting ability as a young adult. Before that he worked at several occupations which included being an archaeologist, a cook, a bullfighter, and a Spanish schoolteacher. He begin acting when he was 29. He began on stage at the Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, later he joined the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre in London.

Byrne came to prominence on the final season of the Irish television show The Riordans, later starring in the spin-off series, Bracken. He made his film début in 1981 as Lord Uther Pendragon in John Boorman's King Arthur epic, Excalibur.

Byrne is featured as therapist Dr. Paul Weston in the critically acclaimed HBO series In Treatment (2008).

In his return to theater in 2008, he appeared as King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot with the New York Philharmonic which was featured in a PBS broadcast in the Live From Lincoln Center series in May of 2008.

Byrne did not visit America until he was 37. In 1988, Byrne married actress Ellen Barkin with whom he has two children. The couple separated amicably in 1993 and divorced in 1999. Byrne resides in Brooklyn, New York.

In November 2004, Byrne was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador.

In 2007 Byrne was presented with the first of the newly created Volta awards at the 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. This was for lifetime achievement in acting. He also received the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, of Trinity College, Dublin on February 20, 2007. He was awarded an honorary degree in late 2007 by the National University of Ireland, Galway, in recognition of Byrne's "outstanding contribution to Irish and international film".

Christy Carlson Romano

Television + Film Romano has had a long relationship with Disney ABC Television Group by starring in hit series and movies for the Disney Channel and ABC Family including: Cadet Kelly, The Even Stevens franchise, Campus Confidential, Taking Five, The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold, and The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream. Various other TV appearances include MTV's Kaya, NBC'S Joan of Arcadia, CW's Summerland, and TNT's HawthoRNe. At twelve, she made her feature film debut in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You. She continued acting in independent films with famed directors Hal Hartley in Henry Fool and Martin Davidson in Looking for an Echo. Romano's most recent feature films include Loosies (IFC), Mirrors II (20th Cent. FOX), Where Fate Meets (Lifetime), Bear With Us, and Wes Craven's The Girl in the Photographs. Romano has further branched off in the industry after obtaining a BFA in Film Studies from Columbia University. She has directed two short films, and a music video, which has amassed almost 2 million views on YouTube and was selected in the 2012 Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival. Her production company, Interstitial Productions, has completed its first dramatic feature, Prism (2015), and is in pre-production for a documentary about child labor within the entertainment industry called Looking Ahead.

Voice Work Romano became the first person to act in three Disney Channel projects simultaneously. Supplementing her on-camera work on Even Stevens, where she co-starred with Shia LaBeouf, she voiced the title animated character in Kim Possible. Romano's voice was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and the show inspired an adventure ride at Disney's Epcot, as well as two Disney Channel original movies. She originated the voice of 'Yuffie Kisaragi' in the English version of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, as well as in the Disney/Square game Kingdom Hearts. She has continued success as a voice actor on shows like Family Guy and The Penguins of Madagascar and films like Casper's Scare School and The Legends of Secret Pass. She has done scratch vocal work for Mila Kunis in To Hell and Back and voiced 'Black Cat' and 'Black Widow' in a recent Marvel video game. She can also be heard on many Audible audiobook titles such as: Sweet, Kaleidoscope Hearts, The Mara Dyer Trilogy, The Dragonfly Series, Cuckoo's Child, Bat Six, Connie B. Jones, My Heartbeat, Pop Princess and her own book Grace's Turn (available via iTunes). She is also the voice of Disney's Scene it: Deluxe Edition. Christy's singing voice can be heard on the recording soundtracks of Everyone Says I Love You, Parade, Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time, Disney's Teachers Pet, and Disney's Princess Diaries 2. Her solo album 'Christy Carlson Romano Greatest Movie & TV Hits' was released by Disney Records. She was briefly signed to Atlantic records and toured with Raven and Hilary Duff.

Musical Theater At six years old Christy was cast in several national tours of Broadway musicals, including Annie, The Will Rogers Follies, and The Sound of Music. Before heading to Hollywood, Romano made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown originating the role of 'Mary Phagan'. On February 17, 2004, Romano began a 31-week run of playing 'Belle' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. She left the production after raising ticket attendance from 30% to 99%. Romano later returned to Broadway and starred in Avenue Q, in which she puppet-mastered 'Kate Monster' and 'Lucy the Slut'.

Publications Romano penned a novel, Grace's Turn, published by Hyperion, which received accolades by The New York Public Library as the '2007 Teenage Book of the Year'. She is developing a new young adult novel.

Advocacy Romano received the 'GI Spirit Award' with the GI Film Festival due to her work as a member of the 'Ambassadors of Hollywood' support tour to Afghanistan. She traveled to the Capitol building to be presented by former Senator Chris Dodd (CT) and performed the National Anthem for the festival's veteran filmmakers. She was awarded the key to the city of her hometown in Connecticut and been given a day (Feb 22) commemorating her contribution as a positive role model for young women with the 'CT's Finest Award'. Romano has actively participated in many charities such as Equity Fights Aids, Leukemia Foundation, American Heart Association, L.A's AVIVA Center, and Unicef. She dedicated the proceeds of her 'Ready for Action' Mickey statue to the Children's Miracle Network. She has fulfilled several wishes for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and has also sat on the board of the young Hollywood committee at St. Jude's Hospital. She has done PSA's for the Child's Safety Network on internet safety as well as acted as a campaign spokesperson for The American Counseling Association to speak out against bullying. She now actively volunteers at The Actor's Fund's 'Looking Ahead' program for youth in entertainment.

Romano recently spoke at Old Dominion University and is available for speaking engagements or youth coaching sessions.

Kelly Carlson

Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, Kelly attended school in Richfield, Minnesota at the Academy of Holy Angels. She is the daughter of a hair dresser mother and a late father who was a high school football coach. Kelly went on to start acting in theater before making the step into screen performances. She first appeared in 3000 Miles to Graceland in a minor role. She got her first notable television role on the series Nip/Tuck and gained quick popularity for her character eventually becoming a regular cast member. Her feature film roles include supporting cast work in the direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and the WWE-produced action film The Marine as the kidnapped wife of wrestling star John Cena. Kelly has established an obvious and noticeable collection of work in television across several series including Everwood, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Melrose Place, CSI: Miami, Castle, Supernatural and Ghostfacers. Outside of acting, Kelly is a member of the Smile Network, a humanitarian organization based in her home state that provides reconstructive surgeries and related health care services to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries. In 2010, in keeping with her love of horses, Kelly lobbied for a bill to prevent the inhumane transport of American horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada as well as roundups of wild horses by government authorities. Kelly also has been a model, working in company ad projects with Miller Lite, Rembrandt, and Oliver Peoples sunglasses. She has appeared in magazine publications including the August 2004 issue of Maxim and the October issue cover of Stuff.

David O. Russell

David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and survival; the family home as nexus of love, hate, transgression, and strength; women of power and inspiration; beauty and comedy found in twisted humble circumstances; the meaning of violence, war, and greed; and the redemptive power of music above all.

Russell has been nominated for five Academy Awards® and four Golden Globes®. He has won four Independent Spirit Awards and two BAFTA Awards. He has been nominated for three WGA awards and two DGA awards. He has collaborated with actors Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, and Mark Wahlberg, on three films each, and with Christian Bale and Amy Adams, on two films each. Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook and Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won for best supporting actor and actress in The Fighter. Russell is the only director to have two consecutively-released films (Silver Linings Playbook and _American Hustle (2013)_ qv) garner Academy Award® nominations in all four acting categories. Jennifer Lawrence earned an Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe® win for Best Actress for her work in Russell's most recent film Joy. To date Russell's films have garnered a total of 26 Academy Award nominations and 19 Golden Globe nominations. In 2016, the Art Directors Guild honored Russell with the Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award.

Russell is a board member and longtime supporter of the Ghetto Film School, which helps develop and support emerging filmmakers in the South Bronx and runs the nation's first film public high school. He also has been an ardent supporter of the Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for children and young adults with special educational needs. He was instrumental in raising funds to build a new arts center at Glenholme that opened in 2011. Glenholme honored Russell in 2011 with the Bowen Award for Outstanding Support and in 2015 with the Doucette Award for Longstanding Commitment.

Russell was recently honored by the renowned McLean Hospital for his efforts to advance public awareness of mental health issues through advocacy and his 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook. The director has been open about his own family's experiences with mental illness. His advocacy efforts brought him to Washington where he and actor Bradley Cooper supported legislation in Congress and met with Vice President Joe Biden to also discuss parity for mental health in all health care.

Born in New York City, Russell attended public schools in Mamaroneck, NY. He continued his education at Amherst College, where he majored in literature and political science, and was given an honorary degree in 2002. He started as a writer before making his first documentary short about the Hispanic immigrant community in Boston. He earned critical acclaim early in his career in 1994 when he wrote and directed his first feature film, Spanking the Monkey, which won the Audience Award at Sundance and two Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. Russell's early films include Three Kings and Flirting with Disaster.

Julie Dreyfus

Julie Dreyfus was born in Paris France. After studying interior design, she moved to Japan as a young adult and made her debut on Japanese T.V. She be came fluent in Japanese and English and appeared in several American movies as well. She is very well know in Japan but is also known internationally for her roles in Kill Bill 1 and 2, and Inglorious Bastards.

Clare Kramer

A graduate of New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Clare earned her BFA in just three years.

While in New York, Clare appeared in numerous stage plays including one turn as Helen Keller in the stage version of "The Miracle Worker", the lead role in "Light Up the Sky" at the acclaimed Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, "Beyond Therapy" at the John Houseman Theater, and "Beginnings" at Circle in the Square. She began appearing in small and bit parts in films like In & Out and Vig.

Clare first rose to attention as the hard-nosed cheerleader "Courtney" in the blockbuster hit Bring It On appearing alongside Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku.

Immediately following, Clare was cast in a recurring role as "Glory", the vain hell-goddess on the television hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer which gained Clare additional acclaim as one of Buffy's most popular adversaries.

Clare has worked in both major studio and independent films, the most notable being Roger Avary's feature adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction, as well as the villainous lesbian seductress "Lucy In the Sky" in the film D.E.B.S.. She was also cast in lead roles in The Skulls III, the independent film Mummy an' the Armadillo, and an amusing small part in L.A. D.J. that she shot with good friend, Thomas Ian Nicholas.

She also appeared on television in a few guest appearances on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Random Years, and Tru Calling. She continues to work for both stage and movie roles, most recently with the horror flick The Gravedancers.

Clare is also active in various charities dating back to 1992 when she helped the Ohio's Recreation Unlimited and in 1993 when she served as a summer camp counselor at a YMCA camp for children with physical disabilities. During summer months from 1992 to 1997, she taught young adults with development disabilities at the Young Adult Institute in New York. She worked during the summer of 2000 at LA's Camp Laurel and participated in a 2002 bicycle race to raise money for Children International. Also in 2002, Clare rode her bicycle in the annual AIDS Ride, whereas participants ride over a seven day period that takes them from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In 2006, while on a trip to Australia and New Zealand with her husband, film producer Brian R. Keathley, Clare delivered school supplies to the small village of Tufi, Papua New Guinea.

Inspired by her trip to Papua New Guinea, Clare is in the process of launching her own charity (2012), named Giver (named after her two girls Gavin + River). Giver will focus specifically on kids living in impoverished nations. Clare is currently the official spokesperson for Kids 4 Kids, an organization that provides financial aid and toys for kids surviving with cancer.

Clare resides in Sherman Oaks with her husband and four children and has recently begun a career in directing.

Vanna White

Vanna White was born Vanna Marie Angel in Conway, South Carolina, to Miguel Angel and Joan Marie Rosich. Her maternal father disappeared from her life shortly after her birth, and Vanna used her mother's maiden name as her own for a short time, until her mother married Herbert White, who raised her. Vanna adopted her stepfather's last name in the process. The family moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Herbert White became a successful real estate broker/owner of White's Realty.

As a young adult, Vanna moved west to pursue a career where her good looks and pleasant personality would be appreciated. She quickly befriended other aspiring actresses in Hollywood, and met the love of her life: John Gibson. Four years after Vanna won her spot on Wheel of Fortune, she and John were engaged, and within months of the engagement John was killed in a private plane crash.

In 1985, Tracy Vaccaro, and Jessie Eastland aka Robert Demeo took Vanna to dinner in Studio City, California. Tracy's former boyfriend: restaurateur George Santopietro was also on the guest list. Five years later George and Vanna were married. On May 15th, 2002 they were divorced. They have two children together. At this writing (2017) Vanna White is still the letter turner on one of the most successful game shows in television history: Wheel of Fortune.

Rudy Youngblood

Rudy Youngblood is Native American of Comanche and Cree decent. Growing up, he never called one place home, but went to school and graduated in the small town of Belton,Texas. He is proud of his roots. Prior to making his on-screen debut in Mel Gibson's Oscar nominated film, "Apocalypto"(2006), Youngblood worked as a laborer in a variety of fields. For instance, he toured for three seasons with Peter Buffet's Native American Dance/Theatrical Production, "Spirit-The Seventh Fire", as a warrior protector. Rudy was also part of the Native American Dance Theatre. However, in 2005, Youngblood decided to move to Los Angeles to create his own theatrical production. It was at this point he was cast for the lead role of 'Jaguar Paw' in Apocalypto. Youngblood spent weeks preparing for the filming of the movie, for which he had less than a month to learn the Yucatan Mayan language. In addition, due to his natural athleticism, he performed all his own stunts, including a death-defying 175 ft free fall during the waterfall scene and running in front of a live two hundred pound jaguar. According to stunt coordinator Mic Rodgers, "Rudy is the purest athlete I've ever met. He has his head together and is totally on top of his game. If he wasn't an actor, he could very well be a stuntman." Youngblood also starred in other films, including the lead role as 'Brandon' in the 2010, MMA film, "Beatdown", a natural role for Youngblood considering he was no stranger to the world of mixed martial arts. (As of May 2016) When it comes to cinema, Youngblood is currently working on several up coming pictures, side by side with the best in the business. Rudy recently had the pleasure of working with director Russell Friedenberg for the upcoming movie release Wind Walkers. Also debuting this year is Crossing Point by Daniel Zirrilli. He is currently attached to several other pictures, including The Dance of the Blue Tattoo. He is executive producer, and also starring in the upcoming film Say Something. Rudy is also co-producer and leading role in upcoming film AG-1 Adrift. Rudy is very talented and is one of the few mainstream Native American actors of his generation. He has endured many struggles in his life and prevailed hardships as a child and young adult. Many would have faltered and taken a different direction when faced with the obstacles that life placed on his path. He loves being able to speak and motivate youth across the country when given the opportunity. To Youngblood, youth are the future, so he feels obligated and privileged to share his knowledge with them. He hopes his struggles are one example which will motivate youth to strive for success, have a positive outlook on life, and encourage individual personal growth.

David Prowse

David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young adult, David often entered weightlifting competitions and contested in the famous Mr. Universe contest. Eventually, David won the British heavyweight weightlifting title and gained status as a highly regarded and respected member of the fitness community. Over this period of competitive weightlifting, David became lifelong friends with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, who at the time were not professional actors but rival competitors. After appearing on various broadcast sporting events, David was offered a role in the feature film Casino Royale as "Frankenstein's Monster". Although the casting was based on David's stature, David developed a strong interest in acting and decided to pursue it further.

From 1967 to 1977, David enjoyed a quiet, but very successful career within film and television starring in such films as A Clockwork Orange, Up Pompeii and numerous Hammer House of Horror films, gaining a vast and bulky CV. In 1975, David's popularity as a respected fitness guru landed him with the role and duty of the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero designed by the British road safety committee to teach road safety to children. The persona saw David traveling the world to give talks, demonstrations and shoot short television spots based on the hero's message. Proving successful the Green Cross Code Man continued to be a side project throughout David's busy career until the 1990s. He considers this role to be of great importance, and has stated many times that it is possibly the most rewarding job he has held.

It was not until 1977 when David attended an audition for a film entitled Star Wars. The film was not considered to be a big thing at the time and the audition was held by director George Lucas. At the meeting, George offered David either the part of Chewbacca or Darth Vader. Instantly turning away the role of Chewbacca, David insisted he play the lead villain Darth Vader. George asked David why he wanted to play Vader and he replied "Everyone remembers the villain, George." David also had a wealth of experience playing villains in previous films, and was the obvious choice. David played the role of Darth Vader for the entirety of the original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Although David does not voice the character, he is the physical body. Star Wars is perhaps David's most important role and a role that has enlisted him as one of the most memorable character villains of all time.

There have been many rumors, disputes and discussions about David's relationship with Star Wars and its staff. Regarding the apparent misled information David received about Vader's voice, promotional neglect and general mistreatment from Lucasfilm. This feud resulted in David being banned from all official Star Wars events. A statement from George Lucas read "He has burnt too many bridges." David claims that a majority of the rumors in circulation regarding the topic are fabricated and false including those of respectable actors involved, and has openly admitted his support of James Earl Jones as the voice of Vader and claims Lucas film were too concerned with keeping Vader a character than letting David receive deserved credit. The topic is covered in detail, in David's autobiography "Straight from the Force's Mouth". After Star Wars, David continued to work in television and film, making numerous appearances with the legendary Benny Hill. He continued to tour as the Green Cross Code Man and became the personal fitness trainer of many celebrities including Daniel Day-Lewis and Vanessa Redgrave.

David has been loyal to Star Wars fans and participated in a number of fan-films as various characters spoofing Star Wars. Towards the end of David's busy acting period, his health declined due to a serious inflammation of arthritis, leaving David unable to stand for long periods of time and inflicting agonizing pain on his knees and hips. Undergoing treatment with hip replacement operations, it was discovered that David had prostate cancer in 2009. After a series of radiotherapy treatments at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, David made a full recovery in a remarkably short period of time. David was awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List for his contributions to charity and spokesmanship for road safety, the disabled and other various charities. From 2004, David began writing his autobiography entitled "Straight from the Force's Mouth" which covers his career in showbiz and documents an unedited diary account of the Star Wars production. The book was published officially in hardback by Apex Publishing in 2011, in which David toured Europe to attend book signings and personal appearances.

Over the course of his career, between acting and touring the world both as the Green Cross Code Man and David Prowse, David has trained actors for films including Christopher Reeve for Superman, written fitness books "Fitness is Fun", supported charity and even became the head of fitness for superstore Harrods. David more recently spends his time attending unofficial Star Wars events, conventions and film events where he signs photos, speaks to the fans and is in high demand as a public speaker all over the world.

Tom Nolan

Young Tommy Nolan was a familiar child star face on 50s and 60s TV and in a few films as well. The name may not be as familiar but his adorable, jug-eared presence was a well-known commodity throughout the Hollywood community at the time, and he was considered a reliable and talented tyke who could easily turn on the waterworks on command.

He was French-Canadian, born in Montreal on January 15, 1948. His family relocated to Los Angeles where the boy started dance classes at age 3. He made a reputable debut on TV playing Prince Edward of Wales, the son of Henry VIII, on a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation starring Sarah Churchill. As one who could easily tug at the heartstrings, he often played sympathetic young boys with afflictions, such as his crippled youngster on an episode of "My Friend Flicka" or his wealthy asthmatic on "Medic".

Tommy hit his TV peak at age 10 after being cast as Jody in the gentle, non-violent TV western Buckskin opposite Sally Brophy, who played his widowed mom. Set in the frontier town of Buckskin, Montana, the show was seen from his young perspective, narrating each episode sitting on his corral fence and playing his harmonica. Although it only played for one full season, Tommy had comic books out with his character and his autograph was well in demand at parades, conventions and other public outings.

After the series' demise, Tommy continued on other shows, many of them westerns such as "Rawhide", "The Rifleman", "Gunsmoke" and "Wagon Train", not to mention recurring roles on "Lassie". Unable to find another regular series that could maintain the momentum, he also was starting to move in his awkward teens stage and this pretty much signified that the end was not far away. After years of scattered parts here and there, including a role in the exploitation film Maryjane, he ended his career with a small part in the movie The Moonshine War.

Later years were spent as a writer, penning articles for a number of publications including "Playboy", the "Los Angeles Times" and the "Village Voice". He returned to acting as a young adult (shortening his name to the grown-up-sounding Tom Nolan) with a small part in the Richard Gere film Yanks and has since given it the old college try, appearing as a minor player in such films as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Up the Creek, School Spirit, Pretty Woman, The Thing Called Love and White Man's Burden. His most recent credit was as a valet in Batman Begins. On TV he has been glimpsed in everything from waiters to courtroom deputies. Now having entered his fifth decade of acting, Tom continues to live in the San Fernando Valley area.

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928. Educated at Bucknell University where he graduated with a BA degree, Waite existed rather aimlessly as a young adult while trying to find his way in the world. Occupations came and went, including social worker, religious editor for Harper & Row, and even Presbyterian minister after spending three years at the Yale School of Divinity. At age 30, however, he began to study acting and found his true life's passion.

Waite made his professional NY debut in a 1960 production of "The Balcony" at the Circle in the Square and was seen on Broadway in "Blues for Mister Charlie" before earning fine reviews in 1965 alongside Faye Dunaway in "Hogan's Goat". This was enough to encourage him to move West where he began collecting bit parts in prestigious movies, including Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces. One of those films, the coming-of-age Last Summer starred an up-and-coming talent named Richard Thomas, who, of course, would figure prominently in Waite's success story in years to come. Waite continued to thrive as well on the stage appearing in both contemporary plays ("The Trial of Lee Harvey Osward") as well as Shakespearean classics (Claudius in "Hamlet" and Orsino in "Twelfth Night").

Stardom came for him in the form of the gentle, homespun Depression-era series The Waltons. In the TV-movie pilot, the roles of John and Olivia Walton were played by Andrew Duggan and Patricia Neal. The Earl Hamner Jr. series, however, would welcome Waite along with Michael Learned, and make both, as well as Richard Thomas playing their son John-Boy, household names. Waite also directed several episodes of the series during the nine seasons. Throughout the seventies, he strove to expand outside his Walton patriarchal casting with other TV mini-movie endeavors. Those included Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination, the title role in The Secret Life of John Chapman, OHMS, Angel City and The Gentleman Bandit. He also appeared in a few films including On the Nickel which he wrote and directed.

Throughout the run of the series, Waite continued to revert back to his theater roots from time to time. Notable was his role as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, which was televised by PBS, and a return to Broadway with "The Father" in 1981. Waite also founded the Los Angeles Actors Theatre in 1975 and served as its artistic director.

The Waltons, which earned him an Emmy nomination, ended in 1981 and Waite ventured on to other TV character roles during the 80s and 90s but less visibly. In his second TV series The Mississippi, which was produced by his company Ralph Waite Productions, he played a criminal lawyer who abandoned his practice (almost) for a leisurely life captaining a riverboat. It lasted only a year. There have been other more recent theater excursions including "Death of a Salesman" (1998), "The Gin Game" (1999), "Ancestral Voices (2000) and "This Thing of Darkness" (2002). He also had a recurring role on the offbeat HBO series Carnivàle and in 2009 began putting time in on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives as Father Matt. Waite was able to carry with him a certain grizzled, rumpled, craggy-faced, settled-in benevolence, although he was quite capable of villainy. He always seemed more comfortable in front of the camera wearing a dusty pair of work clothes than a suit. He continued to act well into his 80s, most notably playing the father of Mark Harmon on NCIS.

For many years, Waite had held passionate political ambitions. He twice ran unsuccessfully for a Congressional seat -- in 1990 and 1998. A Palm Desert resident during his second attempt, the 70-year-old Californian was a Democratic hopeful for a seat left vacant by the late Sonny Bono after his fatal skiing accident in 1998. He was ultimately defeated by Bono's widow, Mary Bono.

Waite died in Palm Desert, California on February 13, 2014, at age 85. He is survived by his third wife, Linda East, whom he married in 1982 and two daughters from his first marriage.

Patty McCormack

As a testament to her passion and talent, former 1950s pig-tailed moppet star Patty McCormack has remained a consistent presence on film and TV for over five decades. While the lovely and talented blond suffered her share of hard knocks in adjusting to an adult career, she did not fade away into oblivion or self destruct as those child stars before her did.

Born Patricia Ellen Russo in Brooklyn, New York, to Frank Russo, a firefighter, and the former Elizabeth McCormack, a roller skating pro, the young girl found herself modeling at age 4. Two years later, she had progressed to films with bits in Two Gals and a Guy and Here Comes the Groom. Soon thereafter she made her Broadway debut (at age 6) in the short-lived play "Touchstone" starring Ossie Davis.

While simultaneously appearing in the live television series Mama [aka "I Remember Mama"], the by-now 8-year-old returned to Broadway a second time and created the role that would make her a cult sensation -- "Rhoda Penmark", the tiny, braided little demon with murderous intentions in "The Bad Seed". Starring Nancy Kelly as her put-upon, overly-trusting mother, the show became a certifiable hit. The two actors were invited to recreate their famous roles in the film version, The Bad Seed, and achieved equally fine results. No child before her had ever been given such a deliberately evil, twisted role and Patty chewed up the scenery with courteous malevolence. Though the film today may come off as extremely stagy and overly mannered to some, its fascination cannot be denied. Audiences took readily to Patty and her wicked ways and the young actress earned both Oscar and Golden Globe "Best Supporting Actress" nominations. It would be a hard act to follow. So strongly identified with the role, Patty found it difficult for audiences to see her any other way. She tried finding some variance as a pioneer girl in All Mine to Give, a testy child star in Kathy O' and a tomboy in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn but the memory of "Rhoda Penmark" was not so easily wiped away. She suffered typical teen angst in the film The Explosive Generation with William Shatner and had to make do as a young adult in such low-level movies as The Mini-Skirt Mob, Maryjane and The Young Animals.

By the 1970s Patty, who had spent so much time as a child doing live television, found herself again relying on the medium for steadier work. Billed now as a more grown-up "Patricia McCormack", she also appeared in a variety of legit stage productions and, on occasion, found roles in independent films. Appearing in more than 250 episodes of some of the most successful programs around, audiences may remember her giving sensible, wifely support to Jeffrey Tambor on The Ropers, the short-lived spin-off of the Three's Company sitcom, or from her recurring role as "Evelyn Michaelson" on Dallas. More recently on film and TV, she played "Adrianna"'s mother, "Liz LaCerva", on HBO's hit The Sopranos and appeared in guest form on NYPD Blue, Cold Case, Grey's Anatomy, Entourage and What About Brian. She also played former "First Lady" "Pat Nixon" in the film Frost/Nixon.

In 1995, her devoted fans reveled when she felt comfortable enough to embrace again her "Bad Seed" behavior by starring in the low-budget horror feature Mommy and then its sequel Mommy's Day [aka "Mommy 2"]. She came full circle as a most pernicious homemaker who created violent, Rhoda-worthy ends for those unlucky enough to cross her path.

A mother herself with two children, Robert and Danielle, Patty was once married to Bob Catania, a restaurateur. She was also an eight-year companion to screenwriter and playwright Ernest Thompson of On Golden Pond fame.

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman is internationally known for his work as "Marshall Flinkman" on the ABC series 'Alias', which ran for five critically acclaimed seasons. TV Guide named Kevin one of television's "Top Ten Scene Stealers", and he appeared on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" in 2006. Recently, Kevin appeared as series regular "Kives" on Stephen Merchant's two time Emmy nominated HBO comedy series, 'Hello Ladies' (TV.com named Kevin one of the ten best new characters in the fall, 2013 television season), as well as recurring characters "Dr. Jeffrey Maynard" on NBC's 'The Blacklist', "Ray Spiewack" on 'Scorpion' (CBS), and a memorable turn as "Stevie" in the critically acclaimed series, 'Better call Saul' on AMC. He will recur as "Ned Berring" in the upcoming first season of the David Kelly/Jonathan Shapiro drama, "Goliath", opposite academy award winners, Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt, as well as Molly Parker, Nina Arianda and Maria Bello. "Goliath" premieres in the fall of 2016 on Amazon.

Kevin received a BA from Ucla's school of Theatre/Film/Television and studied at New York's Circle in the Square Theater. In the spring of 2014, Kevin appeared as the title character, Francios Villon, in Murray Mednick's world premiere play, 'Villon', at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles (Stage Raw nomination for 'Best leading male performance 2014')

Kevin has worked extensively in the theater, recently at the La Mirada Theater for Performing Arts, where he appeared as 'Gabe' in Donald Margulies' Pulitzer prize winning play, "Dinner with Friends", and as 'Uncle Louie' in Neil Simon's Pulitzer prize winning "Lost in Yonkers". A founding member of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Buffalo Nights Theatre Company, Kevin has served as an actor and producer on numerous productions. He starred as Griffith J. Griffith in the award- winning "Crazy Drunk" at the John Anson Ford Theatre. He also appeared in the title role in Arthur Schnitzler's "Anatol," Jean Giraudoux's "Apollo of Bellac," which received a Garland for Production of the Year and seven LA Weekly award nominations, Archibald McCleish's "J.B.," "Suburban Motel," Arthur Miller's "Incident at Vichy," Oscar Wilde's "Salome" and the West Coast premiere of Jonathon Marc Sherman's "Sophistry." Additional theatre credits include "Tis Pity She's a Whore," "The Greeks," which received the LA Weekly 2000 Production of the Year Award, and "The Goldoni Trilogy" at the Mark Taper.

Since finishing 'Alias', Weisman has worked with esteemed director Rob Reiner on 'Flipped', reunited with JJ Abrams and Jeff Pinkner on 'Fringe', and with Anthony Zuiker on all three installments of 'CSI', in addition to Zuiker's New York Times Best Selling dig novel, 'Level 26'. Recent television projects include the Emmy nominated 'Better Call Saul', recurring roles as Dr. Jeffrey Maynard on NBC's 'The Blacklist', Ray Spiewack in season 2 of 'Scorpion' on CBS, and simultaneously playing both the mysterious 'Mr. Blonde' and the straight shooting, intense 'Detective Hawkins' on NBC's critically acclaimed drama, "Awake". Other work includes, the duplicitous fight promoter on 'Kingdom' (Audience Network/Direct TV), the mad genius, Martin Gleason, on 'Human Target' (Fox), the villainous poisoner, Reardon Payne on 'Chuck' (NBC), Joseph Feller on 'Fringe' (FOX), Additional television credits include 'Felicity', 'Roswell', 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (as fan favorite 'Dreg', Glory's right-hand minion), 'The X-Files' (in a memorable season 7 episode entitled "Je Souhaite'), 'Frasier', 'E.R.' 'CSI', CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, 'The Forgotten' (ABC), 'Numbers' (CBS), 'Fairly Legal (USA), and 'October Road (ABC). Kevin also portrayed Steve Balfour, the 'sarcastic cameraman', on the cult hit, 'Moonlight' starring Alec O'Loughlin (CBS). '.

Kevin's recent film work includes 'Flipped', the Rob Reiner-directed feature adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen's young adult novel, which revolves around the confusing romantic developments of 2 young neighbors as they age from 7 to 13. Aidan Quinn and Penelope Ann Miller play the girl's parents, and Weisman plays her mentally-challenged uncle. He also stars in the independent horror film, 'Undocumented' (playing a member of a documentary crew that is captured by a gang of sadistic radicals while accompanying a group of illegal immigrants crossing the border), as well as 'The Trust', starring Nicholas Cage and Elijah Wood. Previous film work includes Michael Bay's 'Gone in Sixty Seconds', 'Robbers', 'Buying the Cow', Disney's 'Space Buddies', B.O.H.I.C.A., (2008 Winner of Special Jury Award at the WorldFest-Houston Intl. Film Festival and Audience Award at the Newport Intl. Film Festival), 'Man of the Century', the 1998 Slamdance Audience Award winner, and 'Clerks 2', Kevin Smith's cult classic which featured Kevin as the very popular 'hobbit-lover'.

Weisman produced and acted in the feature film Illusion, which was released at theaters in 2006. Fellow Buffalo Nights founder & Emmy winner, Michael Goorjian directed, as well as starred in the film opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas. Illusion won the "Best Screenplay" award at the 12th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, and it was an official selection of the 16th Annual Palm Springs Int. Film Festival. The film also competed at the 8th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival, the 1st Annual Inspiration Film Festival (Santa Monica), & the Maui Film Festival. Kevin has also become quite prolific in the world of voice-over. You've probably heard his soul soothing vocal timbre on radio and television ads for such companies as Apple (Ipad), Nike, Coke, ATT, and as one of the current voices of Honda. Kevin has also been busy in the burgeoning world of Internet content, recurring in Level 26: The Dark Chronicles, written and directed by CSI franchise creator, Anthony Zuiker. Kevin was an original member of 'Trainwreck', the L.A. based band featuring Kyle Gass of Tenacious D.

Weisman takes advantage of every opportunity to participate in celebrity golf, ski & poker tournaments (he is an avid player) that benefit organizations such as Tony LaRussa's Celebrities Fore! ARF (Animal Recue Foundation), The Special Olympics, The Urban Health Institute, The Melanoma Research Foundation, and The Clear View Treatment Center, which provides a residential treatment program for adolescent boys who have been neglected,, abused & abandoned. Most importantly, Kevin is the proud parent of Maya Rose (born on 3/31/06) and Eli Samuel (born on 2/11/08). Kevin is an avid supporters of numerous children's charities and Jewish organizations, including the L.A. Children's Hospital, The Children's Defense Fund, Wheels For Humanity, Bet Tzedek, a non-profit law-firm that provides free legal services to low-income, disabled & elderly residents of Los Angeles Country, and Koreh LA, a local Jewish organization that assists kids in advancing their reading skills. Particularly close to his heart is Kevin's involvement in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, serving as a board member of the Dmd Fund.

Agatha Christie

Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood to when she turned 12-years-old in 1902. Her parents taught her how to read, write, perform arithmetic, and play music. Her father died in 1901. Agatha was sent to a girl's school in Torquay, Devon, where she studied from 1902 to 1905. She continued her education in Paris, France from 1905 to 1910. She then returned to her surviving family in England.

As a young adult, Agatha aspired to be a writer and produced a number of unpublished short stories and novels. She submitted them to various publishers and literary magazines, but they were all rejected. Several of these unpublished works were later revised into more successful ones. While still in this point of her life, Agatha sought advise from professional writer Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960). Meanwhile she was searching for a suitable husband and in 1913 accepted a marriage proposal from military officer and pilot-in-training Archibald "Archie" Christie. They married in late 1914. Her married name became "Agatha Christie" and she used it for most of her literary works, including ones created decades following the end of her first marriage.

During World War I, Archie Christie was send to fight in the war and Agatha joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment, a British voluntary unit providing field nursing services. She performed unpaid work as a volunteer nurse from 1914 to 1916. Then she was promoted to "apothecaries' assistant" (dispenser), a position which earned her a small salary until the end of the war. She ended her service in September, 1918.

Agatha wrote "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", her debut novel ,in 1916, but was unable to find a publisher for it until 1920. The novel introduced her famous character Hercule Poirot and his supporting characters Inspector Japp and Arthur Hastings. The novel is set in World War I and is one of the few of her works which are connected to a specific time period.

Following the end of World War I and their retirement from military life, Agatha and Archie Christie moved to London and settled into civilian life. Their only child Rosalind Margaret Clarissa Christie (1919-2004) was born early in the marriage. Agatha's debut novel was first published in 1920 and turned out to be a hit. It was soon followed by the successful novels "The Secret Adversary" (1922) and "Murder on the Links" (1923) and various short stories. Agatha soon became a celebrated writer.

In 1926, Archie Christie announced to Agatha that he had a mistress and that he wanted a divorce. Agatha took it hard and mysteriously disappeared for a period of 10 days. After an extensive manhunt and much publicity, she was found living under a false name in Yorkshire. She had assumed the last name of Archie's mistress and claimed to have no memory of how she ended up there. The doctors who attended to her determined that she had amnesia. Despite various theories by multiple sources, these 10 days are the most mysterious chapter in Agatha's life.

Agatha and Archie divorced in 1928, though she kept the last name Christie. She gained sole custody of her daughter Rosalind. In 1930, Agatha married her second (and last) husband Max Mallowan, a professional archaeologist. They would remain married until her death in 1976.Christie often used places that she was familiar with as settings for her novels and short stories. Her various travels with Max introduced her to locations of the Middle East, and provided inspiration for a number of novels.

In 1934, Agatha and Max settled in Winterbrook, Oxfordshire, which served as their main residence until their respective deaths. During World War II, she served in the pharmacy at the University College Hospital, where she gained additional training about substances used for poisoning cases. She incorporated such knowledge for realistic details in her stories.

She became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1956 and a Dame Commander of the same order in 1971. Her husband was knighted in 1968. They are among the relatively few couples where both members have been honored for their work. Agatha continued writing until 1974, though her health problems affected her writing style. Her memory was problematic for several years and she had trouble remembering the details of her own work, even while she was writing it. Recent researches on her medical condition suggest that she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. She died of natural causes in early 1976.

Joyce Van Patten

Adept at both comedy and drama, veteran actress Joyce Van Patten was born in New York City. Prodded by a typically assertive stage mother, Joyce and her equally famous older brother Dick Van Patten displayed natural talent and did quite well for themselves at an early age. Joyce was auditioning for modeling roles before reaching her first birthday, and by age eight, was appearing on radio and on Broadway in "Love's Old Sweet Song" by William Saroyan. One year later, she and Dick had bit roles in the film Reg'lar Fellers and appeared together in the play "The Wind Is Ninety" (1945).

Following a relatively brief marriage to Thomas King at the age of 16 and the birth of their son Casey King a year later, Joyce grew into young adult roles and found parts in a number of popular plays including "The Desk Set" (1955) and "A Hole in the Head" (1957). She appeared with Dick in New York in "The Male Animal" (1953), "The Tender Trap" (1955), and "Oh Men! Oh Women! (1955). Joyce downplayed her beauty for smart, cynical, earthier characters and specialized in wry comedy. Some of her other notable film appearances were in Fourteen Hours, The Goddess, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!, and Making It, which also featured her brother Dick.

Her career in television began to flourish with appearances on the TV daytime dramas As the World Turns and Young Dr. Malone, The Danny Kaye Show for four seasons, The Good Guys for two seasons, and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour for one season, in addition to countless guest appearances on other comedy and drama series such as Judging Amy, Desperate Housewives, and The Good Wife.

Joyce has also been a wonderful presence in a number of popular shows on Broadway stage, including: "Spoon River Anthology". "Same Time, Next Year", "I Oughta Be in Pictures", "The Supporting Cast", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Rumors", "Jake's Women", "Ring Round the Moon" (1999), "Taller Than a Dwarf" (2000), "Harvey" (2003), "The Oldest Profession" (2004), and "Rabbit Hole" (2006).

Marcus Chong

Marcus Chong began as a child actor in Roots II- The Second Generation as Frankie Warner where he met Alex Haley. Marcus then went on to work on 'Little House on the Prairie' directed by Michael Landon. As a young adult Marcus did the lead on Broadway in 'Stand Up Tragedy' where he won the Theater World Award. In film Marcus debuted in Jeff Bridges 'American Heart' about street kids in Seattle based off the Academy Award winning documentary Street Wise, both were directed by Martin Bell and produced by photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Marcus went on to perform in 'Panther' directed by Mario Van Peebles and written by Melvin Van Peebles. Marcus portrayed the life of Huey P. Newton founder of the Black Panthers. Marcus filmed the 'Matrix' which went on to make Marcus Chong a world wide face. Marcus has been performing his up and coming new productions on stage in NY as Alexander Dumas writer of the 'Three Musketeers' and the 'Count of Monte Cristo'. Marcus Chong recently has portrayed the life of Harry Belafonte in 'Not 4 Sale.' And a new USC film title 'Son Shine.' Marcus has been on such television shows as 'Law and Order: SVU', 'Criminal Intent' and 'Burn Notice.'

Paul Petersen

He's been through practically the worst that can happen to a former child star when the Hollywood tide suddenly turns and one is no longer a part of the neat elite. Unlike others, however, such as Anissa Jones, Rusty Hamer and Dana Plato, he survived. As a result, actor Paul Petersen, today, is THE most dedicated advocate in protecting both present-day child stars and shunned one-time celebrity tykes, alike. Paul formed "A Minor Consideration", a child-actor support group back in 1990, and it has had a tremendously positive and profound effect in Hollywood.

It started out much differently for Paul back in the 50s. Born in 1945 in Glendale, California, he had an enthusiastic stage mother who pushed him into the business. He began performing, as an eight-year-old, as one of the original "Mousketeers" on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. He also appeared in such movies as The Monolith Monsters and Houseboat, opposite the likes of Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, before scoring big, at age 12, as Donna Reed's son on her popular sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. With Carl Betz as his highly practical doctor dad and Shelley Fabares as his older pretty sister, the foursome became the ideal nuclear family for late 50s/early 60s viewers. Paul and his alter-ego, "Jeff Stone", literally grew up on the show. By his teens, the good-looking, dark-haired lad had become a formidable heartthrob. Fan clubs sprouted up everywhere. So popular were both Paul and Shelley that they spun off into recording careers, groomed to become singing idols despite their modest voices. She scored with the #1 hit, "Johnny Angel", and he had a few minor hits with "She Can't Find Her Keys", "Keep Your Love Locked", "Lollipops and Roses" and "My Dad".

The fun ended, however, after the show's demise in 1966. His All-American teen typecast didn't fit the bill as the dissonant Vietnam counterculture took hold. His acting attempts as a serious young adult also went nowhere. Audiences still saw Paul as "Jeff Stone". Roles in A Time for Killing, Something for a Lonely Man and Journey to Shiloh came and went. Guest parts on The Virginian and The F.B.I. did nothing to advance him. What he could scrape up were such outdated roles, as "Moondoggie" in a revamped Gidget TV movie, Gidget Grows Up.

Lost and abandoned, Paul eventually was forced to give it all up and went through a period of great personal anguish and turmoil. Wisely, he enrolled at college and started writing adventure novels (penning 16 books in all). For 10 years, he ran his own limousine service. His biggest accomplishment to date, however, has been to give back, selflessly, to an industry that unceremoniously dumped him. In essence, "A Minor Consideration" is an outreach organization that oversees the emotional, financial and legal protection of kids and former kids in show business. Among the issues Paul deals with are better education, and stricter laws regarding a 40-hour work week. For those who have "been there, done that" and are experiencing severe emotional and/or substance abuse problems, he offers a solid hand in helping them find a renewed sense of purpose. Today, Paul is rightfully considered "the patron saint of former child actors".

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson has been working since he was 12 years old. Born in Orlando, Florida, the son of Rick and Alanna Johnson, he was the 5th of 6 children raised in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He has always wanted to be a performer, but when a childhood friend made a national commercial, and was paid good money for it plus got to eat free food all day, he was hooked. He grew up working in Nashville and eventually working with The People Store talent agency in Atlanta. It was there his career began to take off and he starred in Mean Girls 2, Christmas Cupid and Necessary Roughness on USA Network for 2 seasons. He has progressed in his career starring in films such as Sabotage with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Endless Love and also did a recurring television role in Extant with Halle Berry. Recently Patrick had the lead role of Fang in Maximum Ride, a film based on the highly successful young adult book series from James Patterson.

Patrick is represented by APA in Los Angeles and resides in Nashville, Tennessee

Kristoff St. John

Kristoff made his television debut at age 8 in the sit-com series "That's My Mama". Now, 39 years later, he is one of the stars on CBS-TV's "The Young and The Restless", the number one rated drama for the past 25 years on daytime television, playing the popular character of Neil Winters. Is it just a coincidence that Kristoff has been starring on Y and R for 23 plus years.

His childlike gifts have all emerged into the full measure of a mature actor, as is evident by his eight Emmy Award nominations.

Two of Kristoff's Emmy nominations came from starring in the short-lived, NBC-TV daytime drama, "Generations". Kristoff was nominated as Best Supporting Actor in 1990, and in 1991. In 1992 he won the Emmy Award for his role of Neil Winters on "The Young and The Restless". He was nominated for an Emmy in 1993, 1999, and also in 2000, 2006, 2007, and Kristoff won a second Emmy in 2008, for Best Supporting Actor for his role on The Young and The Restless.

Kristoff has had the distinct honor of winning the prestigious NAACP Image Award as Best Actor in a Daytime Drama, "The Young and the Restless" nine times. He has been nominated for the Image award sixteen times

Kristoff is no stranger to the CBS network, having starred in the series "Charlie and Company", with Flip Wilson, Gladys Knight, and Della Reese. He was also a series regular on CBS' "The Bad News Bears." Kristoff also starred in the Spelling Series, "The San Pedro Beach Bums".

As a child and young adult, Kristoff worked with legendary entertainers such as Richard Pryor, Tony Orlando, Diahann Carroll, Jack Warden, James Earl Jones, Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Irene Cara, Gladys Knight, Farrah Fawcett, Jon Voight, and had the distinction of playing the title role of Young Alex Haley in "Roots 2", for which he won a 'Youth in Film' award.

Kristoff has starred in many television dramatic features and mini series, (list available upon request) as well as over two dozen television guest star roles including "Suddenly Susan", "Arliss", "The Jamie Foxx Show", "Get Real", "Pensacola", "Martin", "Living Single", "For Your Love", "The Cosby Show", "Diagnosis Murder", etc. etc. Additionally, he had a recurring role, playing Holly Robinson's boyfriend on the ABC-TV sitcom series "Hanging with Mr. Cooper". He also guest starred in Bow Wow's WB pilot project, "Saving Jason".

Kristoff's feature film credits include starring roles in "The Champ", "Top of the Heap", "A Man Called God", and "Trois 2, Pandoras Box",

Kristoff starred in the independent feature "Carpool Guy", directed by and starring fellow daytime alum Corbin Bernsen.

Kristoff has appeared on "The Tonight Show", with Jay Leno, and over three dozen other talk shows!

Kristoff was voted one of the 40 most fascinating faces by 'People' Magazine in 1998. Additionally, Kristoff was voted one of the 'top ten soap studs' of all time by E-On Line in 1999.

Unwilling to limit his artistic talents to acting, Kristoff formed his own production company to produce and direct his own projects,. One of Kristoff's screenplays has been optioned by Warner Brothers.

From 1995-1997, he created, produced, and hosted the CBS series, "CBS Soap Break", an up close and personal look at CBS soap stars.

Kristoff has written, produced, directed, and hosted two installments of a 'behind the scenes' video series entitled, "Backstage Pass to the 25th and 26th Annual Daytime Emmy's".

Kristoff has also written, produced and directed a children's workout/exercise DVD starring his two children, Julian and Paris.

Kristoff was hired by the STARZ network as an official spokesperson for the BLACK STARZ channel.

In 2006, Kristoff was hired to host TV Guide's "Close-up", and "Soap Secrets".

Kristoff hosted the Pre Show to the Golden Globes, Live on the Red Carpet, for the T.V. Guide Network in 2007.

Kristoff is also the brainchild of a Hollywood based DVD/board game, 'Becoming a Celebrity' that hit toy store shelves in 2005.

In 2008, Kristoff produced a $2 million dollar Independent feature film "A Bridge To Nowhere", directed by Blair Underwood.

Kristoff was voted as one of TV Guides top 25 Sexiest Soap males in 2008.

Kristoff Guest Starred on "Everybody Hates Chris" in 2008, playing himself!

Summer of 2008, Kristoff hosted TV Guides "Soaps Top 25 Sexiest Ladies"

Kristoff won his second Emmy for playing the popular character of Neil Winters on "The Young and The Restless" in 2008.

In 2009, Kristoff Guested on the wildly popular "L.A. INK" show on TLC, adding to his tattoo collection!

Kristoff presented at the "World Magic Awards" in 2009.

Kristoff starred in the Wayans pilot project "GROWING UP WAYANS" in the summer of 2010, playing Kim Wayan's husband and father to their 6 kids.

Kristoff is a recurring Guest Star on the sit-com "FAMILY TIME" airing on the Bounce Network.

Kristoff Guest starred in September 2013 on "Love That Girl" on TV One, working with Phil Morris, alumni from Y and R.

Kristoff Guest starred on Byron Allens, "The First Family", August, 2013.

Kristoff has just completed Post-Production on a feature film project 34 years in the making; "A MAN CALLED GOD' A unique 'cult' Documentary about Kristoff's travels to Southern India to study with a world renowned holy man that 50 million disciples call God.

Kristoff has three children, his son, Julian, and daughters, Paris and Lola.

Tiffany Brissette

Tiffany began her "career" at the very young age of 2 years old. Her mother entered her in many pageants and talent competitions during her young life. That led to television voice-over work and many commercial appearances which included "Care Bears", "Florida Orange Juice", "IBM", "Jell-O Puddin' Pops" appearing with Bill Cosby) and many others. Tiffany was given a career boost after appearing in "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" with Bob Hope, and was highly encouraged by her peers to pursue television as a career. Her biggest success was the role as the child robot 'V.I.C.I.' on the syndicated sitcom, Small Wonder which had a popular run from 1985 to 1989. After "Small Wonder" ended, she made various television appearances and was even a guest on the The 700 Club in 1991 at the age of 17. Tiffany later received her bachelor's degree in psychology from a prestigious college in California and has become heavily involved with children and young adults as a counselor in San Diego, California. She has not returned to television in over twenty years.

Vanessa Brown

The attractive daughter of Austrian-Jewish émigrés who fled their homeland to Paris in 1937 before coming to America, "B" actress Vanessa Brown grew up exceptionally fluent in German, French, Italian and English. She auditioned for Lillian Hellman at age 13 sporting a perfect Teutonic accent and earned the chance to understudy Ann Blyth on Broadway in the classic stage drama "Watch on the Rhine" in 1941. She eventually was given a featured role and followed that with a tour of the play using the stage name of Tessa Brind. A gifted student who also wrote and directed plays at her New York high school, she was a pure natural when she appeared on the radio quiz show "Quiz Kid." Hollywood and David O. Selznick took notice of her charms and transferred her to Hollywood High. She quickly made her film debut in Youth Runs Wild and continued in secondary teen roles with The Girl of the Limberlost, I've Always Loved You, Margie, and The Late George Apley, the last being her best and showiest to date. Following high school graduation, the now-billed "Vanessa Brown" progressed to young adult roles. She received lots of attention when she won the role of "Jane" opposite Lex Barker's loin-clothed swinger in Tarzan and the Slave Girl, but abruptly left the series after only one attempt. In the 1950s she moved to TV where she became a perky panelist in such quiz shows as "Leave It to the Girls" (1949) and "Pantomime Quiz," in addition to regular dramatic programming. After a small part in the classic film The Bad and the Beautiful, Vanessa found renewed attention on Broadway co-starring as the girl who lives upstairs in the phenomenal hit "The Seven Year Itch" opposite Tom Ewell. Of course, she wasn't given the chance to repeat her sexy role in Hollywood. The meteoric Marilyn Monroe was an absolute sensation in Vanessa's part opposite Ewell in the 1955 movie version. On TV, Vanessa did, however, replace Joan Caulfield on the sitcom My Favorite Husband with Barry Nelson, enjoying a couple seasons of steady paychecks. Politics overrode all other interests in 1956 when she actively served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Acting took a further back seat in the early 60s when she married her second husband, TV director Mark Sandrich Jr., and gave birth to two children. From then on she was glimpsed here and there in small, matronly roles in such films as Rosie! and Bless the Beasts & Children. In addition she had some running parts on a couple of daytime and nighttime TV programs. Vanessa's last years were marred by a second divorce (from Sandrich) and ill health. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988, she had successful surgery, but the cancer returned and she died in 1999 at the Motion Picture Country Home at age 71.

Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30. Since then he has made many movies and has become one of the most important figures in contemporary Iranian film. He is also a major figure in the arts world, and has had numerous gallery exhibitions of his photography, short films and poetry. He is an iconic figure for what he has done, and he has achieved it all by believing in the arts and the creativity of his mind.

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones was a brief cult star of the late 60s counterculture era and a would-be successor to James Dean had he wanted it. Born Billy Frank Jones amid rather impoverished surroundings to a grocery clerk in Jackson, Tennessee in 1941, his artist mother had to be institutionalized when Chris was 4. She died in a mental facility in 1960 and this was always to haunt him. Shifted back and forth between homes and orphanages and placed in Boys Town at one point to straighten out his life, Chris joined the service as a young adult but went AWOL two days later. After serving out his time on Governor's Island for this infraction, he moved to New York and studied painting, meeting a motley crew of actors and artists. Friends were startled by his uncanny resemblance to James Dean - his brooding good looks and troubled nature were absolutely eerie. Encouraged to try out for the Actor's Studio, he was accepted and eventually won a role on Broadway in "The Night of the Iguana" in 1961. He ended up marrying acting coach Lee Strasberg's daughter, Susan Strasberg, in 1965 but his erratic behavior sent her packing within three years. Chris' undeniable charisma led him to Hollywood for a role in Chubasco with his wife Susan, and then brief cult stardom in Wild in the Streets as a rock star who becomes president. This popular satire, in turn, led to international projects such as The Looking Glass War and Ryan's Daughter. But the trappings of success got to him. Numerous entanglements with the Hollywood "in crowd" took its toll, including those with Pamela Courson (Jim Morrison's girlfriend at the time), the ill-fated Sharon Tate, one-time co-star Pia Degermark and Olivia Hussey (who rushed into a marriage with Dean Paul Martin shortly after Chris turned his back on marriage). The workload left him emotionally spent and Tate's brutal murder left him devastated. He split the scene but ended up a victim of Sunset Strip drug culture. Little was heard of Chris until decades later, when Quentin Tarantino offered him a part in Pulp Fiction. The now reclusive and eccentric Jones refused the role, but this was not the case with a lower-profile role in Mad Dog Time a couple of years later. This proved to be only a minor comeback or not has yet to be determined. After a 26 year retirement from his acting career, that Sharon Tates extremely brutal murder and bloody death, on Saturday, August 9th, 1969, Bob did make one final acting appearance, in Mad Dog Time.

Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen arrived in New York City from a small town in Arkansas a year after traveling the world as Miss America 1982. She used her scholarship prize money to study acting at HB Studios and photography at the New School. She later moved to Los Angeles where she has worked as an actress for over twenty years.

A veteran of many television and film productions, Elizabeth is best known for her work on the long-running Highlander and Highlander: The Raven

Gracen's first venture into filmmaking was the documentary, The Damn Deal - about three young, female impersonators from Arkansas who compete in the Miss Gay America Beauty Pageant system. The film played on the international film festival circuit and received an Award of Merit from the 2014 Accolade Global Film Competition.

In 2012, Gracen formed Flapper Films - a company dedicated to producing inspirational content that encourages multi-generational women to grow and live authentic lives.

The company met with great success on the international film festival circuit with its premiere film short, The Perfection of Anna and continues to develop projects in collaboration with the Lineage Dance Company - a non-profit dance company dedicated to raising funds and bringing awareness to a variety charities as well as promoting healing through the arts.

In April of 2016, Gracen published her debut, young adult fantasy novel, Shalilly, under the banner of Flapper Press - http://www.flapperpress.com - a curated, small publishing company and Ecommerce site for books, poetry, blogs, art, and unique merchandise. Formed with her partner, Kate Canada Obregon, PhD - a director of research, brand strategist and social scientist - the company features original content from influencers, thought leaders and artists and will explore the realms of art, ideas, film, television and themes in popular culture.

Anzu Lawson

Anzu Lawson is a force of nature in many disciplines. Throughout her artistic life, she's enjoyed success in acting, music, stand-up comedy, screenwriting & directing. A true warrior when it comes to following her passions, which have led her on many creative adventures, each one adding another layer to the multi-dimensional artist that is Anzu Lawson.

Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon-raised in Southern California, Anzu's mother kidnapped she and her sister Sophia during a custody battle, to live and work as a teen J-Pop star in Japan at the age of 15.

Beginning at age 7, Anzu's first taste for acting was opposite Academy Award-nominated actor, Mako in her first screen test playing his granddaughter, in an independent film. Then at 14, She was scouted to model in Tokyo, thus beginning her International career path. While modeling one summer, the stars conspired for her to meet YES's singer Jon Anderson, backstage at an INXS concert in Tokyo. It was a pivotal moment in her career when Jon discovered Anzu's musical talent. He prompted the beginnings of her first album, and two albums later, Anzu topped the Japanese Billboard charts with a number one hit on AVEX records. Her creative career as a singer-songwriter had begun. Her bold and unique vocal styling can be heard on many of Hans Zimmer's & Harry Gregson-Williams movie soundtracks, ala: The Chronicles of Narnia, Spygame, DaVinci Code and Sinbad.

As a young adult, back in Los Angeles, her acting career ignited when she landed the lead role in "American Yakuza", starring opposite Viggo Mortensen by casting director Don Phillips. Don Phillips is known for giving such talents as Forest Whitaker, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen & Matthew McConaughey their first film role. That film's director, Frank Cappello, commissioned her to write a song for his next movie "No Way Back" starring Russell Crowe and then cast her again, opposite Christian Slater in the Showtime movie, "He Was A Quiet Man", years later. After Guest Starring on The King Of Queens & befriending comedian Brad Garrett, Anzu was inspired to explore the stand-up comedy world, and has now performed on such famous stages as The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and The Improv Hollywood/Brea.

The seed for writing her own material had been planted, and Anzu received her certificate in screenwriting at UCLA in '09, where she optioned her first script, The Seed Between the Stones. Even though Anzu's television career flourishes as she graces the sets of Raising Hope, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Parenthood and Dexter, etc. She is busy recording & writing a rock movie musical called "Rock and Roll's Greatest Lovers" inspired by John Lennon's controversial and inspiring love for Yoko Ono, as well as other edgy screenplays that focus on challenging the stereo types for Asian American women of all ages.

No one says it better than Nicole Force of The Examiner when she wrote: "Anzu Lawson is a consummate and multi-talented performer who represents the new triple threat in Hollywood-singer, actress and stand-up comedian. Anzu Lawson is an entertainment force who consistently delivers, regardless of the genre."

Anzu couldn't be more thrilled for what's ahead, and what project her muse will lead her to next. Stay tuned.

Sion Sono

Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early 90s, in which he also starred. The film that helped him reach a wider international audience and establish himself as a cult director is Love Exposure , released in 2008. Ai no mukidashi is the first installment of Sono's Trilogy of Hate followed by Cold Fish and concluded with Guilty of Romance. The films of Shion Sono often tell the stories of socially marginalized teenagers or young adults who end up engaging in activities that involve murders, sexual abuse and criminal behavior. Sono's films in most of the cases contain scenes filled with graphic violence and blood that echo the long pinku eiga and anime tradition of Japanese cinema.

Patricia Charbonneau

Ms Charbonneau has been a professional actor for over twenty years. Patricia's training began with Fred Karamen from the acclaimed Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, as well as with Winn Handman of the American Place Theater. Ms Charbonneau has been seen in over thirty films and television series; she has worked with Oscar winning directors William Friedkin and Michael Mann. Ms Charbonneau was nominated for the Independent Sprit Award for her ground-breaking performance in the film Desert-Hearts." Patricia has co-starred with William Peterson, Stanley Tucci, Julie Andrews, Sam Waterston, Diane Weist, and James Garner. Patricia honed her craft performing in classics as well as new American plays in New York, Los Angeles Europe and Australia. Ms Charbonneau has been passionate about introducing theater to children and young adults. She has taught workshops for the Santa Monica School District, The American Film Institute children's division and the Addison Witt Studios in Los Angeles.

Juan Gaspard

Juan Rios Gaspard, Born on 8-25-1965, to Clarice "Louise" (Staton) Dupuy, His Mother and best friend, and Loveless P. Dupuy, His Father. He was raised in a small country suburb, The entire Villa, comprised of 1.5 miles, Poydras, in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana He Attended St. Bernard High School, where in his Junior Year, for his 17th Birthday, He signed up to Join the USMC. Patriotism, He served in the United States Marines from 1983 to 1986, during His Tour of Duty My M.O.S. 03-31, Juan was an "M60 machine gunner" for Weapons Platoon Company "E" 2nd Battalion 7Marines 1st Marine Divisions (weapons Platoon) later He was reassigned to Weapons Company 2/7, in the Heavy Guns capacity and has had extensive weapons training including 50 Caliber weapons. In his Tour of Duty, where he traveled to 20 different states , Juan was also deployed to Okinawa Japan, and South Korea for Operation Team Spirit 83/84 and has have visited 6 different Countries.

Foolishness and Love

As a young adult I was an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency 9-1-1 Dispatcher, before getting into Carpentry, Construction would become My forte, I excelled as a pipe fitter, again became the top of his class in Pipefitting. I am known as The Lion of Louisiana, because of My characteristic past, and survival skills, I am a VERY bold Person, My Character Dictates, I must be Truthful, and Therefore, I must admit, I have a very colorful past.

The Turning Point

2005, was a very notable year for Me, first, on March 6th My Mother Passed away, No other person, Has been so influential in My Life, she gave me Life, She Nurtured me, and raised me, she protected me even from myself, Clarice "Louise" Dupuy, is not only My Mother, she is My Glory Hallelujah, she is the very essence of my existence, I live my life today in the hopes she is proud of the Legacy, I will leave behind.32 days later his Mother in Law passed also, 4 months Later everybody in my Hometown, had water in their attics, 35 days Later My Father joined My Mother.

12-12-06, one of the most defining moments in Juan's adult life occurred tragically, as I and My Beautiful Young (34) Vibrant wife were struck head on, in a terrible 2 car accident, that claimed the lives of the other driver, as well as My wife, and so, as this world would have it, on 12-12-06 at the young age of just 41, I Juan Rios Gaspard, became a Widower.

Destiny Revealed

In February of 2010 by chance I met an Actor,I was walking down Bourbon street, It was Lundi Gras, and I had a Mask, scaring the girls, Just being me! I saw him standing there, admiring me, and Curiosity got the better of me, We spoke Briefly who took the time to explain to me, the ups and downs of "Acting" within 2 weeks I had Landed My First extra gig, as a swat team Member in "Stolen" starring Nick Cage, after another 2 year Hiatus I have Returned to the Silver Screen, and in 2013 was in 11 different projects, including Bonnie & Clyde,(Bruce Beresford).

Juan is again returning to the Silver Screen, after a one year Hiatus, 2014, I lost 74 pounds and have achieved some of his goals, I am living much more healthier, I eat only things that have lived before, basically Paleo, I quit smoking, after 26 years as a smoker. I don't do, or promote Drugs, I do however see the Medicinal Value of Cannabis on a personal Level I suffer from PTSD, and a Horrible TBI, that basically erased my entire memory in 2006, Yes, I do Medicate. I have seen too Much, Trust me, just a glimpse, Of what I have survived, will horrify you

2017 update its obvious if you are watching my page as a fan, or checking me out as a potential Principle, My Ascent has been brief, That is for a reason, I am my own unique Character, in just 3 short years I have seen my Marketability and Popularity soar, I want to Thank all of YOU for that, You kindness and Support, is what makes this all worthwhile, Without you, This would all be in Vain. So, Again, Thanks everybody, it's all about YOU.

The Lion of Louisiana, Juan Rios Gaspard

Lynn Loring

Lynn Loring made an unlikely, but impressive, transition from child actress to actress to president of a major TV studio.

At age 6, she appeared in CBS' anthology series Studio One in Hollywood; at 7, she began doing TV commercials (and was dubbed "The Junior Set's Betty Furness"); and from 6 to 16, she played "Patty" on Search for Tomorrow. As a young adult, she made guest appearances on Playhouse 90, Hallmark Hall of Fame, The Defenders and The Big Valley, among other shows.

Loring focused on domestic life until 1979, when she worked as the casting director for a TV movie, "Raid on Coffeyville" (1979). She shifted into producing and, for several years, had an initially fruitful partnership with Aaron Spelling. In the late 1980s, she assumed the presidency of the prestigious "MGM/UA Television Productions"; Loring, then only in her 40s, was one of the first women to hold such a high-ranking role in Hollywood.

Natalie Gal

Natalie Gal is an American actress and model. She was born in 1989 in the family of an opera singer and a poet. Natalie started studying ballet, gymnastics, arts, along with playing piano, singing, and performing in a theatre at the age of 6. She is often compared to a young Angelina Jolie, considered very promising young actress by media and magazines. She studied acting at New York University and speaks four languages fluently (Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, English). Natalie is represented by Pinkerton Models in LA, Elements Beauty and Pommier Models in Miami, also has agencies in Moscow, London, Paris. Natalie is actively involved in various charities around the world. In 2009 and 2010 she was helping APJ (Artists for Peace and Justice), later in September 2010 she has been chosen to be the chairman of People Power Progress (PPP) the organization promoting youth, teens, and young adults in higher participation in political, economical, and social life of the country. Natalie is also active member of PETA and has done several campaigns for them. She lives between NYC and LA, produces her tv show "Fashion Destinations" that is aired worldwide on FashionTV (FTV) as well as hosts a show on NEWTV, she's producing projects in Los Angeles and frequently travels to New York, Miami, Dallas, Las Vegas, Austin, London, and Paris for work. She has starred in different movie productions and modeled for different brands such as Chanel, Cavalli, Alexander Wang, Prada, Levuk, Allison Parris, Pantene, Wella, Nexxus, VS, CoverGirl, Wella, Pantene, Vivienne Tam, Rock and Republic, Guess, Diesel, Alexander McQueen, Revlon, worked for CWTV, was on covers for Grazia, Mademoiselle, Madam Figaro, Modern Luxury, 944, Ten10, Innocent, Elle Greece, Surface, Arsenic, Moda, Fit, Supermodel, Face, and Fitness magazines to name a few. Natalie travels constantly while pursuing her acting career and expanding her brand name as a model.

Sean Michael Afable

Sean Michael Afable was born in Southern California on November 20th, 1988, raised in a Filipino and European family. Growing up with 1 brother, his 18 first cousins, and his cat Winston; he enjoyed the life of a big family. Sean graduated Parkridge private high school on November 20, 2005... what a great way to celebrate his birthday!

At the young age of 6, Sean's parents, Robert and Gigi, noticed his outgoing spirit and started him in acting classes. It didn't take long for Sean to land his first role in Burger King and Chuck E Cheese commercials. He has since appeared in several Disney and Nickelodeon television shows, but most impressive is his list of roles in feature films. Sean has studied under many of Hollywood's top acting coaches and has more recently been studying with Steven G. Lowe at The Actors Room for the past several years. His passion extends to film, television, voice-over, theater, singing, and dance.

When Sean is not busy furthering his acting career, he has the normal life of a young adult; spending time with his family, hanging out with friends, going on road trips, social networking, eating fast-food, going to the movies, reading a good adventure novel, and furthering his education. Sean loves the outdoors and enjoys body boarding, body surfing, surfing, snowboarding,driving, paint-balling, camping, mountain biking, playing guitar,drawing, singing (an alumnus of the All American Boys Chorus), and hip hop dancing.

As a Christian he is an active member of his church. Sean also dedicates countless hours to local charities involving causes close to his heart that better the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk youth, the prevention of hunger, and world disease.

Dickie Jones

American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and in television. The son of a Texas newspaper editor, Jones was a prodigious horseman from infancy, billed at the age of four as the World's Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper. At the age of six, he was hired to perform riding and lariat tricks in the rodeo owned by western star Hoot Gibson. Gibson convinced young Jones and his parents that there was a place for him in Hollywood, and the boy and his mother went west. Gibson arranged for some small parts for the boy, whose good looks, energy, and pleasant voice quickly landed him more and bigger parts, both in low-budget Westerns and in more substantial productions. In 1940, he had one of his most prominent (although invisible) roles, as the voice of Pinocchio in Walt Disney's animated film of the same name. Jones attended Hollywood High School and, at 15, took over the role of Henry Aldrich on the hit radio show "The Aldrich Family." He learned carpentry and augmented his income with jobs in that field. He served in the Army in Alaska during the final months of World War II. Gene Autry, who before the war had cast Jones in several Westerns, put him back to work in films and particularly in television, on programs produced by Autry's company. Now billed as Dick Jones, the handsome young man starred as Dick West, sidekick to the Western hero known as The Range Rider, in a TV series that ran for 76 episodes in 1951 (and for decades in syndication). Then Autry gave Jones his own series, Buffalo Bill, Jr.', which ran for 40 episodes. Jones continued working in films throughout the 1950s, then retired and entered the business world.

Denise Darcel

Hollywood has always welcomed with open arms exotic, sexy imports to its gallery of glamour girls and serious actresses; look at how Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Marlene Dietrich and Sophia Loren have been embraced. Buxom and alluring French siren Denise Darcel fell into the secondary ranks of thick-accented, post-WWII hopefuls which would include a wave of other temptations such as Märta Torén, Viveca Lindfors, Corinne Calvet and Bella Darvi.

This particularly luscious Parisian was born Denise Billecard on September 8, 1925, one of five daughters born to a baker and his wife. The daughters were raised outside of Paris in a small town for a time, but Denise eventually moved back to Paris after WWII as a young adult and college student (University of Dijon). She was working as a dime store cashier when she entered and won a beauty contest that resulted in a lot of publicity for her as "The Most Beautiful Girl in France". She capitalized on this by developing her own nightclub act and touring around the Riviera with it -- blazing a name for herself.

Denise came to the United States as the wife of an American Army captain, but the marriage soured quickly after about a year. She turned to the movies. In her first, the war film To the Victor, she managed to turn heads despite her small, unbilled appearance as a club singer. She made the most of her sexy version of "La vie en rose" and, with that, moved into a top femme acting role with the western Thunder in the Pines, which had both pre-"Superman" George Reeves and post-"Dick Tracy" Ralph Byrd fighting for her attention. She then was the sole femme in the successful war picture Battleground, providing sexy distraction amid all the bombings. This alone pushed her sex symbol status to its peak. As a result she provided a little extra steam in the jungles with her exotic part in the Lex Barker entry Tarzan and the Slave Girl.

And then it was over. Despite providing more sexy cabaret entertainment in the film Young Man with Ideas starring Glenn Ford, and grabbing notice in such man-oriented action in Westward the Women with Robert Taylor, Flame of Calcutta with Patric Knowles and Vera Cruz co-starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, Ms. Darcel's film career fell completely away.

She never took herself or her image too seriously during her prime and was known and admired for her fine sense of humor, playing the sexy foil to such comic stars as Olsen and Johnson on stage -- in "Pardon My French" (1950) -- and Milton Berle on TV. She even hosted her own short-lived TV quiz show Gamble on Love at one point. But as far as movies were concerned, she returned only once more to film the utterly forgettable and exploitative 7 Women from Hell.

Hollywood folklore has it that Ms. Darcel gave the cold shoulder to the heated romantic advances of both Columbia mogul Harry Cohn and producer playboy Howard Hughes, and thereby sealed her own fate. While waiting out the snub, she left Hollywood and made live appearances on stage, in dinner theaters and around the nightclub circuit, appearing in such plays and musicals as "Oh, Captain!" (1958), "The Little Hut" (1961) and "Can-Can" (1961).

She once was an opening act for singer/dancer Joel Grey, and made even more money the more she playfully revealed herself to her paying customers. But she was never invited back to Hollywood. Married and divorced four times in all, the vivacious Ms. Darcel remains close to her two sons, Chris and Craig. She made ends meet in later years by working as a Las Vegas casino dealer.

Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After relocating to Atlanta during her young adult years, Lopes became heavily involved in that city's thriving music industry that produced many top name acts such as Cameo, Jermaine Dupri, Xscape, and Kelly Price. However, it was Lopes and her two bandmates, Tionne "T-Boz Watkins" and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas who put Atlanta on the map. Originally starting as a trio called 'Second Nature', Watkins and Lopes were soon joined by Thomas to form 'TLC', the best-selling girl group of all time. TLC, which stood for the first initial of each member's nickname, were discovered at an Atlanta club by singer Pebbles, who immediately signed them to her label.

After breaking into the scene, TLC went on to great success under Arista's new LaFace label, which was managed by superstar producers, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and L.A. Reid, Pebble's former husband. After snatching them away from Pebbles, TLC became one of the 1990s greatest success stories due to their creative style and flamboyance. Utilizing condoms on their colorful, baggy clothes, TLC scored three major hits on their 1992 debut album, "Ooooooooh on the TLC Tip". With success at hand, Lopes ventured off into the world of stardom, and doing so brought her major headlines. In 1995, Lopes made national and international headlines after she set the home of her boyfriend, Andre Rison, ablaze after a major fight. Lopes, who was sentenced to 5 years probation and therapy at a halfway house, never was able to shake that incident from her personality, and along with Lil' Kim, became one of hip hop music's bad girls. Along with her TLC bandmates, Lopes filed for bankruptcy that same year claiming that poor royalties and an outstanding debt that was owed to Pebbles after she sued the group for breach of contract caused them to take this action.

With the release of their sophomore album, "Crazy Sexy Cool," Lopes and her TLC bandmates underwent a change from their childlike antics to a sense of maturity that represented their metamorphosis as major recording stars. That album, which became sold 11 million copies became one of that decade's biggest selling albums, netted the group two Grammy Awards, and produced three hit singles.

After promoting that album was over, Lopes decided to venture into a variety of projects that showcased her excellent ability to spot talent. She became the mentor and producer of the R&B trio Blaque, whose members saw TLC-like success with several hit singles and starring roles in the film "Bring it On". Along with Blaque, Lopes worked with other major artists who sought her talents in producing. Working with singers such as Montell Jordan, Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisolm, and NSYNC, Lopes became one of the music industry's highly sought stars due to her unique vocals and amazing style.

However, Lopes who sought a fresh new start in life after a difficult childhood, began to involve herself in holistic and spiritual practices that brought her a sense of peace and tranquility. It was during a trip to Honduras, that Lopes saw a world different from what she saw in the United States, and began to get herself involved in several projects that benefited many victims of Hurricane Mitch, which struck Central America in 1997. Building a healing hut and a child center, Lopes connected with a world that was innocent and new to her. Her sense of pride and duty were reflected by the numerous trips she took to Honduras since her encounter with an African healing doctor in the mid 1990s.

After the release and promotion of TLC's 1999 album, "Fanmail", Lopes started to shun away from her bandmates in order to develop an identity independent from that of her bandmates. Often disputing with them in public, Lopes worked hard on a solo debut album, "Supernova" which was released internationally but never released in the United States due to poor radio play. That album, produced the top 20 hit, "The Block Party" which was a big hit in the United Kingdom and Japan.

In her continuation for a change, Lopes signed a deal to release an album under the alias N.I.N.A. (Not Into Name Alternatives) with controversial producer Suge Knight. That project never came about. On Thursday, April 25 while returning from the village where she called home for the past few years, Lopes was the only fatality in a car crash that occurred when her car swerved off the road near the town of Roma, Honduras. Lopes, who was to celebrate her 31st birthday the next month, died instantly while four of the seven others who were riding in the sports utility vehicle she was driving were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Lopes, who adopted a young girl several years ago, left her motherless and left a legion of grieving, distraught fans crying for another life taken so quickly.

Andrew McFarlane

Veteran actor Andrew McFarlane was born in Albany, Western Australia, but grew up on a cattle station in Queensland. As a young adult, he studied law for a year in Melbourne, then turned to horticulture, and eventually decided on a career in acting. After graduating from the NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 1973, he was almost immediately cast in Crawford's drama series "Division 4." A prominent role on "The Sullivans" soon followed.

McFarlane was among the original cast of "The Flying Doctors," one of Australia's most successful drama series to date. When he left the show mid-season, mainly to concentrate on theater work, the ratings dropped considerably. During his break from the series, Andrew starred opposite John Waters in the feature film "Boulvard of Broken Dreams." He also enjoyed a year off from his career, while living in London. In 1989, McFarlane returned to "The Flying Doctors," reprising his role as Dr. Tom Callaghan for a another year.

Andrew McFarlane's movie credits include the dramatic thriller "Little White Lies" opposite Mimi Rogers, the aforementioned "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," ABC's "I Can't Get Stared," and the more recent "Heroes' Mountain." Television appearances include roles on "Halifax f.p," "Paradise Beach," "Water Rats," "Blue Healers" and "All Saints." McFarlane's most recent work include starring roles on "The Alice," and on the long-running classic, Australian soap "Neighbours." Andrew has also been a regular presenter on "Play School," a children's television show, for many years. He also has extensive credits in theatre, and has appeared in numerous productions, on some of Australia's largest stages.

Also an aspiring writer, Andrew McFarlane currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

Benjamin Stone

Benjamin Stone is most known for playing the leading role of 'Alek' in the hit ABC Family series 'The Nine Lives of Chloe King'. Playing the quintessential romantic lead is very much within Stone's wheelhouse as proven by the huge online response from his incredible portrayal of 'Alek'. the fantasy action hero. This online support led to multiple online campaigns championing him for leading roles in multiple franchises, including 'The Hunger games' and 'The Mortal Instruments'. Whenever a new young adult franchise is casting, Benjamin Stone's name always seems to be found on a leaked online shortlist somewhere. Stone has also appeared in multiple TV dramas and movies in the States as well as taking his inherent charm and talent to the stage in the UK, starring in multiple Musicals. This should come as no shock to Stone's fans who know that he trained at the Guildford School of Acting, the top drama school in Britain for Musical theatre.

Saginaw Grant

Saginaw is the Hereditary Chief and a respected member of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations.

In 1936, Saginaw Morgan Grant was born to Sarah and Austin Grant Sr. at Pawnee Indian Hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He was raised on a farm in Cushing, Oklahoma with two brothers and one sister. Having a traditional upbringing by both parents, Saginaw was especially influenced by his grandparents. His grandfather Kirvin was a strong medicine man and his other grandfather Saginaw (whom he is named after) was also a very spiritual man. They taught Saginaw their customs, culture, and traditions and the importance of their way of life. As a result, Saginaw witnessed many special ceremonies and events taught to very few.

As a young adult, Saginaw experienced all situations, both good and bad, which every young person faces in today's society, yet he overcame the obstacles that challenged him, and with that he found the courage to become the man he is today.

During his life in Oklahoma he took on employment in various industries such as dry cleaning, also gaining a better understanding of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other vocations in which he enjoyed interacting with people. This gave him the opportunity to learn about different philosophies, beliefs and religions.

He resides in the Southern California area. Where he is called upon for counseling, lectures, and family events, while also pursuing his acting career.

He adopted Actress and Activist Mariana Tosca to be his daughter and a member of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria tribes.

Donzaleigh Abernathy

Donzaleigh Abernathy won the Tanne Foundation 2012 Artist Award for her work as an actress and for her script, "Birmingham Sunday." She starred for four years in over 60 Episodes as a Series Regular on Lifetime Television's critically acclaimed dramatic series, "Any Day Now." She received recognition from Film Critic Roger Ebert for her performance in the Warner Bros. film, "Gods And Generals." She starred as the leading lady in the Emmy and Golden Globe winning HBO Film, "Don King-Only in America," opposite Ving Rhames. In the HBO Emmy and Golden Globe winning "Miss Evers Boys," she co-starred with Alfre Woodard and in NBC's "The Tempest" opposite Golden Globe Award winner, Peter Fonda. She also starred in New Line Cinema's comedy "Grilled" and Lions Gate's comedy "Leprechan 6 - Back 2 'Da Hood." She starred in the Directors Guild of America Award Winning, "Murder In Mississippi."

Audiences also know her from her recurring roles on the TV Series, "EZ Streets," "Commander-In-Chief," "Lincoln Heights," "Dangerous Minds," and "Amazing Grace." She has starred in several Television Movies, "Fatal Exposure," "Abducted - A Father's Love," "Ned Blessing" and "Grassroots."

Emory University's Brave New Works Project produced her screenplay, "Partners to History." For the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus and National Black Arts Festival at Atlanta's Symphony Hall, she wrote and starred in the Musical, "Lushlife - The Music of Billy Strayhorn." For the Harper's Ferry National Park Service's Centennial Celebration of the Niagara Movement, she wrote and starred in "The Women of Niagara." She wrote and performed "John Brown" for the University of Utah at Park City.

Along with her husband actor/producer Dar Dixon Bijarchi, she created, produced and directed the project, "St. Francis."

She is the youngest daughter born to Mrs. Juanita and Reverend Doctor Ralph David Abernathy, who created with his best friend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. the American Civil Rights Movement which changed the course of American History. Ms. Abernathy witnessed the integral decision making process shaped American Laws and society by the creation of the Civil Rights Bill, the Public Accommodations Act and the Voting Rights Act.

She authored the history book, "Partners To History, Martin Luther King, Ralph David Abernathy and the Civil Rights Movement," published by Random House/Crown. The coffee table pictorial of American History which is sold out was nominated as one of the "Best Books of 2004" for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote the foreword.

Ms. Abernathy is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the New Visions Foundation which created New Roads Schools and several other schools in the Los Angeles area. As a public speaker, she has spoken for the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, Harvard Law School, Pepperdine University and Morgan State University, just to name a few. Her life is profiled in the books "Fearless Women" and "No Mountain High Enough - Secrets of Successful African American Women."

Patrick Dewaere

Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915-2011), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996), Yves-Marie Maurin (1944-2009), Dominique Maurin (1949- ), 'Jean-Francois Maurin' (1957- ) and 'Marie-Veronique Maurin' (1960- ) -- all became thespians. Patrick made his film debut at the age of four under the name Patrick Maurin in Amazing Monsieur Fabre.

While growing up, he was taunted by his schoolyard friends for his young film endeavors, he learned sensitivity and isolation at an early age. Other films during this adolescent period of time included his playing an unbilled child role in Gene Kelly's The Happy Road.

As a young adult in the early 1960s Patrick appeared on French television, then joined the "Café de Gare" theatrical troupe in 1968 where he remained for nearly a decade. It was during these stage years that he changed his stage name to Dewaere, the maiden name of his great grandmother. He also met and became romantically involvement with fellow troupe member Miou-Miou. A child, Angele, was born to this liaison in 1974, but the couple broke up after only two years. Another daughter, Lola, was born in the early 1980s from a later marriage.

After numerous film bits, stardom was finally his with the leading rebel-like role of Pierrot in Bertrand Blier's anarchic comedy Going Places [Going Places], which also starred up-and-coming actor Gérard Depardieu and lady love Miou-Miou. He and Depardieu earned instant "anti-hero" stardom in this tale of two wanderlust petty thugs. Patrick's genius for dark, offbeat comedy was apparent in the number of black comedies that came his way. Catherine & Co. [Catherine & Co.] co-starred Patrick with Jane Birkin, a social commentary on the prostitution business. He followed this with the crime drama The French Detective [The French Detective] as Lino Ventura's inspector sidekick. Dewaere earned high marks for his off-balanced role in The Best Way to Walk [The Best Way], then paired up again with Depardieu in the Oscar-winning cross-over comedy Get Out Your Handkerchiefs [Get Out Your Handkerchiefs].

Infinitely more interested in searching out complex roles than fame, his work in films were more often than not experimental, lowbudget and quirky in style. He appeared innately drawn to playing sensitive, scruffy, miserable neurotics, misfits and losers, as exemplified by his characters in Coup de tete (1979)_ [Hothead], Série noire, Heat of Desire [Heat of Desire], Hotel America [Hotel America] which co-starred Catherine Deneuve, and the critically-acclaimed Beau Pere.

This obsesssion may have triggered a deep and profound suffering in his own off-screen personal life. Unlike his counterpart Depardieu, Patrick's fame never branched out internationally, but he was recognized consistently throughout Europe for his superlative portrayals. Amazingly, he was nominated for seven César awards (the French equivalent of the "Oscar") but never won.

Patrick's career ended in tragic and still mysterious circumstances. Shortly after the release of the film Paradis pour tous [Paradise for All], a dark comedy in which his character commits suicide, the 35-year-old actor decided to end his own life by shooting himself with a rifle in a Paris hotel on July 16, 1982. At the time he was working on the Claude Lelouch's film Edith and Marcel. A shocking, inexplicable end to friends, fans and family alike, Dewaere later became the subject of a full-length French documentary Patrick Dewaere, which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The Patrick Dewaere Award was established in France in 1983.

Jaqueline Fleming

Jaqueline Fleming aka "JAQ," was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an African American father and a Danish-German mother. She was raised between New York, St. Louis, and Chicago. After high school, she went on to graduate from Columbia Film School in Chicago where she was a Theatre & Dance Major. After working many years as a Film/TV/Commercial Actress in Los Angeles she felt something was missing from her journey as an actor. She was considering moving back to Chicago in 2008 to pursue her first love Theatre but instead wound up going to New Orleans to work on a film. She always loved New Orleans and decided to stay. Post Katrina she felt a need to stick around and help rebuild the city. She began volunteering at the hospitals that were short staffed and someone saw one of her TV shows in rerun and asked did she teach acting. That led to her opening an Acting Studio. It all clicked and what had been missing on her own journey as an actor was being a mentor and helping others pursue their dreams of becoming an actor. Jaqueline knew there was a calling & purpose on her life and the journey was just beginning. Fast forward, Jaqueline continues to pursue her passion for acting and has become a mentor to kids, teens and young adults in Louisiana, where she has a home. Jaqueline is the founder of Jaq's Acting Studio, where she has been instrumental since 2008 in helping aspiring actors become working actors. She has had many success stories come out of her Acting Studio including Jason Mitchell who went on to Star as EazyE in "Straight Outta Compton." She received a TrailBlazer award for her Mentorship work in New Orleans in 2014.

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