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Bing Crosby

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954, his early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. In 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.

In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures and audio recording, he was known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies, he convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. In 1906, his family moved to Spokane in eastern Washington state. In 1913, his father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Avenue; the house sits on the campus of Gonzaga University. It functions today as a museum housing over 200 artifacts from his life and career, including his Oscar, he was the fourth of seven children: brothers Laurence Earl, Everett Nathaniel, Edward John, George Robert. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, a bookkeeper, Catherine Helen "Kate", his mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of English descent. Through another line on his father's side, Crosby is descended from Mayflower passenger William Brewster. On November 8, 1937, after Lux Radio Theatre's adaptation of She Loves Me Not, Joan Blondell asked Crosby how he got his nickname: Crosby: "Well, I'll tell you, back in the knee-britches day, when I was a wee little tyke, a mere broth of a lad, as we say in Spokane, I used to totter around the streets, with a gun on each hip, my favorite after school pastime was a game known as "Cops and Robbers", I didn't care which side I was on, when a cop or robber came into view, I would haul out my trusty six-shooters, made of wood, loudly exclaim bing! bing!, as my luckless victim fell clutching his side, I would shout bing! bing!, I would let him have it again, as his friends came to his rescue, shooting as they came, I would shout bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing!"Blondell: "I'm surprised they didn't call you "Killer" Crosby!

Now tell me another story, Grandpa! Crosby: "No, so help me, it's the truth, ask Mister De Mille."De Mille: "I'll vouch for it, Bing."That story was pure whimsy for dramatic effect and the truth is that a neighbor – Valentine Hobart – named him "Bingo from Bingville" after a comic feature in the local paper called "The Bingville Bugle" which the young Harry liked. In time, Bingo got shortened to Bing. In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium," where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held him spellbound with ad libbing and parodies of Hawaiian songs, he described Jolson's delivery as "electric."Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. He did not earn a degree; as a freshman, he played on the university's baseball team. The university granted him an honorary doctorate in 1937. Today, Gonzaga University houses a large collection of photographs and other material related to Crosby.

In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high-school students a few years younger than himself. Al and Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, who performed at dances both for high-school students and club-goers; the group disbanded after two years. Crosby and Al Rinker obtained work at the Clemmer Theatre in Spokane (now known

Charing Cross Bridge (Monet series)

Charing Cross Bridge is a series of oil paintings by French artist Claude Monet. Painted in between 1899 and 1904, they depict a misty, impressionistic Charing Cross Bridge in London. During the years between 1899 and 1905, Monet travelled to London to capture its sights from the fifth-floor balcony of the Savoy Hotel. Monet was captivated by the London fog, a notable atmospheric effect made markedly worse by the heavy pollution of the Industrial Revolution, he painted the Houses of Parliament, Waterloo Bridge and Charing Cross Bridge over and over, as he had earlier done with haystacks and Rouen Cathedral, dashing off paintings to capture fleeting atmospheric effects. He was prolific, beginning nearly 100 paintings in London. Thirty-seven of the canvases were of Charing Cross Bridge, only twelve of which he finished in London; the Charing Cross Bridge paintings are scattered in collections all around the world. The unfinished canvas held by the Indianapolis Museum of Art was once derided by Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal as second-rate, proof that "even a master can have his off days".

Other versions are at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Museum of Fine Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. One version was stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam on October 16, 2012 and is believed to have been incinerated by the mother of one of the thieves in her oven; some of the paintings in the Charing Cross Bridge series: In 2018, the National Gallery in London exhibited two paintings of the series, together in a single room, for the duration of a temporary exhibition titled Monet & Architecture, devoted to Claude Monet's use of architecture as a means to structure and enliven his art. This was a rare occurrence because no museum owns or exhibits more than one in a permanent collection; the two paintings exhibited were the examples from the following collections: Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon Baltimore Museum of Art Impression, Sunrise Indianapolis Museum of Art

Luc Thuillier

Luc Thuillier is a French film and television actor. 1985: Hors-la-loi by Robin Davis with Clovis Cornillac 1985: Rouge baiser by Véra Belmont with Lambert Wilson 1986: Cours privé by Pierre Granier-Deferre with Élizabeth Bourgine 1988: Il y a maldonne by John Berry with Clovis Cornillac and Myriam Boyer 1988: Les Années sandwiches by Pierre Boutron with Thomas Langmann 1988: L'Autre nuit by Jean-Pierre Limosin with Julie Delpy 1989: Cher frangin by Gérard Mordillat with Julie Jézéquel 1989: Monsieur Hire by Patrice Leconte, after a novel by Georges Simenon 1989: Un Père et passe by Sébastien Grall with Eddy Mitchell 1989: J'aurais jamais dû croiser son regard de Jean-Marc Longval avec Smaïn 1990: Dédé by Jean-Louis Benoît: Dédé 1991: Toujours seuls by Gérard Mordillat with Annie Girardot 1991: La vieille qui marchait dans la mer by Laurent Heynemann with Jeanne Moreau and Michel Serrault 1993: En Compagnie d'Antonin Artaud by Gérard Mordillat with Sami Frey 1996: Le Jaguar by Francis Veber with Jean Reno and Patrick Bruel 1999: Paddy by Gérard Mordillat with Julie Gayet 2005: La Trahison by Philippe Faucon with Patrick Descamps 2006: Le Passager de l'été by Florence Moncorgé-Gabin with François Berléand and Catherine Frot 2006: A City Is Beautiful at Night by Richard Bohringer with Romane Bohringer 2007: Le Candidat by Niels Arestrup with Yvan Attal 2008: Les Liens du sang 1989: David Lansky 1989: Pause café 1990: V comme vengeance by Luc Béraud 1993: Léïla née en France by Miguel Courtois 1993: Chambre froide by Sylvain Madigan 1994: L'Instit 1994: La Guerre des privés 1995: Pour une vie ou deux by Marc Angelo 1996: Maigret 1996: La Guerre des moutons by Rémy Burkel 1997: Aventurier malgré lui by Marc Rivière 1998: De gré ou de force by Fabrice Cazeneuve 1999: Le secret de Saint-Junien by Christiane Spiero 1999: Justice 1999: La petite fille en costume marin by Marc Rivière 2000: Marie-Tempête by Denis Malleval 2000: Sandra et les siens 2001: L'Apprentissage de la ville by Gérard Mordillat 2002: Le juge est une femme 2003: L'Île atlantique by Gérard Mordillat 2003: Simon le juste by Gérard Mordillat 2003: Central Nuit 2003: Les Cordier, juge et flic 2005: Le Tuteur 2005: Dolmen by Didier Albert 2006: Julie Lescaut 2006-2010: Les Bleus: premiers pas dans la police 2010: Les Vivants et les morts by Gérard Mordillat 2011: Profilage Luc Thuillier on IMDb