Celia Feinman Adler was an American actress, known as the First Lady of the Yiddish Theatre. She was born in New York City, as Tzirele Adler, the daughter of Jacob Adler and Dinah Shtettin and she was the half-sister of Stella Adler, Luther Adler, and Jacob Adlers five other children. Unlike Stella and Luther, who became known for their work with the Group Theater, their film work and as theorists of the craft of acting. Celias mother, Dinah Shtettin, was the wife of Jacob Adler. The couple had met and married in London, and they arrived in the United States from there shortly before Celias birth and they divorced when Celia was a young child, although they continued to work together in the theater. Stettin subsequently married the actor and playwright Sigmund Feinmann, Celia used her stepfathers last name when she was growing up but changed her name to Adler for her stage career. She was associated with the Yiddish Art Theater movement of the 1920s and 1930s and she gave one of the first theatrical portrayals of a Holocaust survivor, in Luther Adlers 1946 Broadway production of A Flag Is Born.
In 1937, Celia Adler starred in the Henry Lynn Yiddish film, from 1937-1952, she appeared in several films and television programs. Her last film was a 1985 British documentary with footage and Raisins, narrated by, among others, Orson Welles, Herschel Bernardi. She was married three times, to actor Lazar Freed, theatrical manager Jack Cone, and businessman Nathan Forman and she and Freed married in 1914, they had one child, and divorced in 1919. In 1930 Adler married Cone, who was her manager at the time, that same year she married Forman, who died just one month before Adler, in 1979. P-890, American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY
Edie Adams was an American businesswoman, Broadway and film actress, and comedian. Adams was an Emmy and Tony Award winner and she was well known for her impersonations of sexy stars on stage and television, especially Marilyn Monroe. She was the wife and frequent television partner of Ernie Kovacs until his death in a 1962 car accident, Adams was born as Edith Elizabeth Enke in Kingston, the only daughter of Sheldon Alonzo Enke and his wife, Ada Dorothy. She had a brother, Sheldon Adams Enke. The family moved to areas such as Shavertown, Grove City and Trucksville and spent a year in New York City before settling in Tenafly, New Jersey. Ada Enke taught her singing and piano and daughter were members of the Grove City Presbyterian church choir. Adams grandmother, a seamstress, taught her how to sew and she made her own clothing beginning in the sixth grade and Adams would have her own designer line of clothing, called Bonham, Inc. She earned a degree from Juilliard, graduated from Columbia School of Drama.
She studied at the Actors Studio in New York and at the Traphagen School of Fashion Design, Adams could not decide whether to pursue a career in fashion design or music, so she tossed a coin, and music won. In 1949-50, she appeared in the live television show Bonnie Maids Versatile Varieties as one of the original Bonnie Maids doing live commercials for the sponsor. In 1950, she won the Miss U. S, Television beauty contest, which led to an appearance with Milton Berle on his television show. Her earliest television work billed her as Edith Adams, one of her early appearances was on Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts. She was seen by the producer of the Ernie Kovacs show Three To Get Ready, who was well-trained in classical music, had very little experience with popular music and could perform only three songs. She stated, I sang them all during the audition and she became part of the show in July 1951. Adams had never seen the program she was hired for, when he saw his daughter on the show, Adams father was upset to find her role involved trying to avoid pies in the face.
In one of his last interviews, Ernie Kovacs looked back on the days, saying, I wish I could say I was the big shot that hired her. Later on I did have something to say and I said it, Adams began working regularly on television with comedian Ernie Kovacs and talk show pioneer Jack Paar. After a courtship that included mariachi bands and a diamond engagement ring and Ernie Kovacs eloped, they were married on September 12,1954
Pamela Fionna Adlon is an American actress, voice actress and producer. Adlon is known for voicing Bobby Hill on King of the Hill, for which she won an Emmy Award, and the title character from the Pajama Sam video games. She is known for playing Dolores in Grease 2 and Ashley Spinelli on the animated series Recess, as of 2016, Adlon stars in the FX comedy television series Better Things which she co-created with Louis C. K. Adlon was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of TV comedy writer-producer Donald Don Maxwell Segall and her father produced The Dave Garroway Show, which became AM New York, and The Today Show. He was a page at NBC with Gil Cates and he wrote erotic fiction under various pseudonyms, including Troy Conway. Adlons father was from Boston and her mother is English, Adlon said her parents met at the USO in Paris. As a child, Adlon lived in the Carnegie House building at 100 West 57th Street and she has said that she and her family lived bi-coastally, moving between Los Angeles and New York because her father was a journeyman writer and producer for TV.
She started performing at age nine, one of her fathers friends had a studio, so she would do voice over work there. She attended Sarah Lawrence College for a semester, after moving to Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, she shared a house with Anna Gunn. Adlon said voice-overs saved her career, successful as her child-actress years had been, she struggled to find parts in her 20s. Adlon voiced Arthur Read in Arthurs Thinking Games, adlons best known role is playing Bobby Hill on the animated TV show King of the Hill, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002. Though she is known for voicing young boys, Adlon has voiced two girl characters, Margaret Moose Pearson in Pepper Ann and Ashley Spinelli in Recess. Notable live-action roles include Girl Joey in the 1984 teen comedy film Bad Manners, Kelly Affinado on The Facts of Life, Marcy Runkle on Showtimes Californication, Adlon was nominated for an Annie Award for her role as Otto Osworth on Cartoon Networks Time Squad.
In 2006–07, she played the voice of Andy in Cartoon Networks Squirrel Boy animated series and she stars as the friend of Louie in his FX single-camera show, Louie. She is in episodes of seasons 1,2,4, for the 5th season, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2015, FX gave an order for Better Things which is a comedy created by. She plays an actress raising three daughters, the pilot was written by Adlon and Louis C. K. who directed it. It was picked up to a 10-episode series on August 7,2015, the show, which premiered on September 8,2016, is semi-autobiographical
Acquanetta, nicknamed The Venezuelan Volcano, was a B-movie actress known for her exotic beauty. The facts of Acquanettas origins are not known with certainty, although accounts differ, Acquanetta claimed she was born Burnu Acquanetta, meaning “Burning Fire/Deep Water”, in Ozone, Wyoming. Other accounts suggest her ethnicity was African American, her career was followed closely by the African American press, Acquanetta started her career as a model in New York City with Harry Conover and John Robert Powers. In 1950, Acquanetta married painter and illustrator Henry Clive and returned to acting and she retired from movies and became a disk jockey for radio station KPOL in Los Angeles, CA in 1953. The couple were prominent citizens, donating to the Phoenix Symphony and she and Ross had four children, and divorced in the 1980s. In 1987, Acquanetta sold the Mesa Grande ruins to the city of Mesa, Acquanetta wrote a book of poetry, The Audible Silence, illustrated by Emilie Touraine, Northland Press,1974.
She did not smoke, and did not drink alcohol, tea, in 1987, the all-girl band The Aquanettas adopted their name from hers. Acquanetta succumbed to complications of Alzheimers disease on August 16,2004, at Hawthorn Court in Ahwatukee, an apocryphal Phoenix legend has Acquanetta, upon learning of her husbands infidelity, filling the interior of his Lincoln Continental convertible with concrete. Acquanetta at Find a Grave Acquanetta at the Internet Movie Database Acquanetta at AllMovie
Betty Jane Bierce, better known by her stage name Jane Poni Adams, was an American actress in radio and television in the 1940s and 1950s. Adams was born in San Antonio and received a scholarship to Juilliard. From there she got her start on Lux Radio Theatre and with the Harry Conover Modeling Agency and she returned to using her real name in 1945. Her first husband was a United States Navy pilot who died in World War II, on July 14,1945, in Hollywood, she married Thomas K. Turnage, a decorated Major General with the Army. Turnage served in the Korean War and earned the Distinguished Service Medal and he served as the last administrator of the Veterans Administration before the VA became a cabinet department during Ronald Reagans presidential term. Adams and Turnage had two children, Poni Adams died on May 21,2014, at the age of 92. Jane Adams at the Internet Movie Database
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, at the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankersons Blackground Records, Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Aint Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. After facing allegations of a marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her album, One in a Million. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die and she contributed to the films soundtrack, which spawned the single Try Again. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal, Try Again earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist.
After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned and she released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001. On August 25,2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single Rock the Boat. The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and toxicology tests revealed that he had traces of cocaine, Aaliyahs family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Aaliyahs music has continued to achieve success with several posthumous releases. Aaliyah has sold an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide and she has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames Princess of R&B and Queen of Urban Pop. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16,1979, in Brooklyn, New York, and was the younger child of Diane and Michael Miguel Haughton.
She was African American, and had Native American heritage from a grandmother, at a young age, Aaliyah was enrolled in voice lessons by her mother. She started performing at weddings, church choir and charity events, when she was five years old, her family moved to Detroit, where she was raised along with her older brother, Rashad. She attended a Catholic school, Gesu Elementary, where in first grade, from on, she was determined to become an entertainer. In Detroit, her father working in the warehouse business
Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter and television personality. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, she appeared on the television series Star Search, after recording Reflection, the theme for Disneys 1998 film Mulan, Aguilera signed with RCA Records. She rose to prominence with her 1999 self-titled debut album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants. The following year, Aguilera released two albums, the Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo and the holiday album My Kind of Christmas. She assumed creative control for her studio album, which produced Dirrty, Beautiful. Aguileras fifth studio album, Back to Basics, debuted at one on the album charts of ten countries and spawned the tracks Aint No Other Man. In 2010, Aguilera released her studio album Bionic and starred in the film Burlesque. The following year, she debuted as a coach on the reality television series The Voice. Her seventh studio album, was released in 2012, Aguilera has been featured on several successful collaborations during her career, including Lady Marmalade, Moves like Jagger, and Say Something.
Aguilera has been recognized as a pop icon and earned the title Pop Princess in her early years and her work has earned her five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has sold over 17.9 million albums in the United States as of 2014 and 50 million albums worldwide as of 2015. In 2009, she ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, thereby becoming the youngest and the only artist under 30 to be named. Billboard recognized her as the 20th most successful artist of the 2000s, aside from her work in the entertainment industry, Aguilera is involved in charitable activities through human rights, world issues, and her work as a UN ambassador for the World Food Programme. Christina María Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York, on December 18,1980, to Shelly Loraine, a musician, and Fausto Xavier Aguilera and her father is Ecuadorian, while her mother has German, Irish and Dutch ancestry. Her family moved frequently because of her fathers service, and lived in places including New Jersey, New York.
Aguilera and her mother alleged that her father was physically and emotionally abusive, claims which he denied, Aguilera used music as a form of escape from her turbulent household. Following her parents divorce when she was six years old, her younger sister Rachel, after several years of being estranged, Aguilera expressed interest in reconciling with her father in 2012. Growing up, known locally as the girl with the big voice, aspired to be a singer, singing in local talent shows
Osceola Macarthy Adams
Osceola Macarthy Adams was an American actress, drama teacher and clothing designer. She was one of the 22 founders of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, born to a life insurance executive in Albany, Macarthy was mixed with Caucasian, Native American, and African-American heritage. She attended schools in Albany and attended Fisk Universitys Preparatory School, she attended Howard University, where she studied ancient Greek and philosophy. Macarthy was a part of Howard Universitys Class of 1913 and she was a leader in Howards Dramatic Club. Macarthy was a part of organizing Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13,1913, at Howard University by twenty-two women. After graduation, she along with fellow founder Marguerite Young Alexander helped to form a chapter in Chicago and she served as national treasurer. Delta Sigma Theta named an award in her honor, for members who contributed to the arts, after graduating from Howard, Osceola married Numa P. G.
Adams, a professor, member of Alpha Phi Alpha. She moved to Chicago in 1921 and she taught at Bennett College. Osceola moved to New York City where she was a director of the Putnam Country Theater in New York City and she was one of the first African-American actresses on Broadway. While acting, Osceola would reveal that she faced discrimination in an environment of acting during the early part of the 20th century. She appeared in The Emperor Jones with Paul Robeson and acted in Arthur Millers The Crucible, with directing, she helped to start the careers of Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. She appeared in commercials after retiring. She died in 1983 in New York City
Bettye Louise Ackerman was an American actress primarily known for her work on television. She graduated from Columbia College in South Carolina in 1945 and left for New York City soon after and she studied theater at the graduate level at Columbia University and pursued art studies with Joseph Mugnaini and George DeGroat at Otis Art Institute. Ackerman played Dr. Maggie Graham on the ABC medical drama, Ben Casey and she played Anne Frazer on Brackens World and the original Constance MacKenzie on the daytime program Return to Peyton Place. She appeared in an episode of prime time soap Falcon Crest portraying the character of Elisabeth Bradbury. In 1977, she appeared in Never Con a Killer, the pilot for the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang, ackermans Broadway credits include A Meeting by the River. Ackermans film debut came in Face of Fire in 1959, on June 7,1956, Ackerman, at 32, married her future Ben Casey co-star Sam Jaffe, who was 65. Although there was a 33-year difference in their ages, the couple had a very successful and she sold her home in Beverly Hills and returned to South Carolina to be near her large extended family in 1998.
Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, Ackerman was a noted artist, who had numerous exhibits in both Beverly Hills and Columbia, South Carolina. Ackerman died November 1,2006, after having suffered a stroke in Columbia, Face of Fire as Grace Trescott Companions in Nightmare as Sara Nicholson Rascal as Miss Whalen Ben Casey as Dr