Shohreh Aghdashloo is an Iranian-American actress. Following numerous starring roles on the stage, her first major role was in The Report directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Her next film was Shatranje Bad, directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani, both films were banned in her home country, but, in 1978, Aghdashloo won acclaim for her performance in Sooteh Delan, directed by Ali Hatami, which established her as one of Irans leading actresses. After establishing a theatre and film career in Iran, Aghdashloo moved to England during the Iranian Revolution in 1979, in 2013, she released her autobiography, titled The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines. Aghdashloo was born in Tehran, Iran, as Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar and she has three brothers, Shahram and Shahrokh. Her stage name is from the name of her first husband. After their marriage in 1972 when she was 19 and he was 31, she began attending theatre workshops and she had always wanted to be an actress, and soon began playing leading roles in Iranian theatre and film.
They did not have children and were divorced in 1979, when she left Iran for England at the start of the Iranian Revolution. Once she arrived in England, she earned a Bachelors degree in international relations because of her interest in politics after having to leave her home country and she was already familiar with England, as her parents took her to London as a child. She continued to pursue her career, which brought her to Los Angeles. In 1987, Aghdashloo married actor/playwright Houshang Touzie and they have a daughter, Tara Touzie, born in 1989. She has since performed in a number of Touzies plays, successfully taking them to national and international stages, though born to a Muslim family, she never practiced the religion. Aghdashloo made her American film debut in 1989 in a role in Guests of Hotel Astoria. Her television debut came in 1990 in a guest role in the 25 September, two-hour episode of the NBC television series Matlock, titled Nowhere to Turn, Aghdashloo played a saleslady and was credited for this simply as Shohreh.
She returned to American television three years when she played Malika in the Jeromes In The House episode of the comedy series Martin. In that same year, she made her next film appearance in Twenty Bucks. Having been shown at major International Film Festivals, Surviving Paradise went on to one of the most well received Iranian films in the U. S. In that year, she starred in Maryam
Natasha Alam is a Uzbekistani actress and model. Natasha Alam was born and raised in Uzbekistan and attended school with the aim of becoming a clothing designer, modeling at school led to modeling at events and eventually moving to Moscow, where she signed with an agency. An Italian modeling agency signed her, and she moved to Italy. At some point, she left school without obtaining a degree Her first acting role was on the television show Fastlane. She went on to appear on shows including CSI, NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck, The Unit, Entourage. She played the role of Ava, a Forrester model, in The Bold. Films she has appeared in include the 2007 horror movie Shadow Puppets, in 2010, she appeared in the third season of True Blood as Yvetta, an exotic dancer at Fangtasia, from Estonia. Alams modeling career has included photo shoots for Maxim and Playboy, in 2011, she shot an anti-bullying film with Joe Reitman, and that August. 27 took part in Rock the Mansion, a show for an anti-bullying campaign. Sometime after moving to Italy, Alam met Iranian prince Amir Ebrahim Pahlavi Alam, the couple broke up, married in 1998, and moved to London, where she began taking acting lessons.
Alam said in 2011 that she ran away to Los Angeles because I wanted to act. In 2001, her husband joined her, but they divorced in 2004 and she began a relationship with a man named Joe and the two had a daughter, Valentina, in 2009. Natasha Alam at the Internet Movie Database Natasha Alam on Myspace Natasha Alam on Twitter
Aarthi Agarwal was an Indian-American actress who primarily worked in Telugu cinema, known as Tollywood. She is the sister of Aditi Agarwal, an actress. Agarwal was born on March 5,1984 and her father, Shashank, is in the hotel business and her mother, Veema, is a homemaker. At around 14 years of age, actor Sunil Shetty spotted her, after the performance, he asked her father to encourage her to take up acting in Bollywood. At age 16, she made her debut with Paagalpan, Agarwal made her Telugu film debut in Nuvvu Naaku Nachav with actor Venkatesh. She was one of the few non-Telugu speaking actresses to work with noted Indian film stars Chiranjeevi, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja, and Jr NTR. In 2005, The Hindu reported that Agarwal had attempted suicide after she was hospitalized with head injuries at Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. In 2007, Agarwal married Tasval Kumar, a U. S. -based Indian software engineer, on 6 June 2015, Agarwal was pronounced dead on arrival at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Agarwal, who had undergone a liposuction surgery six weeks prior, had severe breathing problems before her death and her manager stated the cause of her death was cardiac arrest. She had been living with her parents in Egg Harbor Township, aarti Agarwal at the Internet Movie Database
Jaimie Alexander is an American actress known for portraying Jessi on the TV series Kyle XY and Sif in the 2011 superhero film Thor, its 2013 sequel, The Dark World, and Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. Since 2015 she stars in the NBC series Blindspot, Alexander was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and moved to Grapevine, Texas when she was four years old. She is the girl in a family of five children. Alexander first got into acting in school, where she took theater for fun. Alexander stated that she was kicked out of theater when she was in high school because she could not sing. When she was 17, she substituted for a friend at a meeting with an agency and she met her manager, Randy James. After her graduation from Colleyville Heritage High School, a year and her career was launched in 2003, when she was cast in the leading role of Hanna Thompson in the low budget award-winning film The Other Side. Alexander’s second role was in the movie Squirrel Trap where she played Sara, the love interest of the character, David.
She has a part in an episode of Standoff. From there she proceeded to significant roles. She appeared in the series Watch Over Me where she portrayed the character of Caitlin Porter. In 2007, she had her second role, in a horror film. In Hallowed Ground she played Elizabeth Chambers, a girl stranded in a town inhabited by a sect that plans to use her as a vessel for the rebirth of their founder. In both movies, her character is a character who fights back against her aggressors. Her most famous role so far was that of Jessi on the ABC Family television show Kyle XY. She portrays a troubled, show off girl with powers who is trying to find her way in the world, with increasing cooperation. Her role generated a fan base hoping to see a spin-off show for her character. In September 2009, it was reported that Alexander would portray Sif in the superhero film, directed by Kenneth Branagh
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
Sarah Jocelyn Sadie Alexandru is an American actress and model. Alexandru is best known for playing Scarlett, the SCDP secretary on the hit AMC drama series Mad Men, Sadie Alexandru was born in New York City and had a passion for ballet from her younger days. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and she studied at the London Academy of Theater under Patron Dame Judi Dench, and at the William Esper Studio in New York City. Alexandru took up permanent residency in Los Angeles, California in January 2006 and her LA training includes, on camera studies at the Steve Eastin Studio and stunt training at the Academy of Theatrical Combat. Alexandru is well known for the original “What Happens in Vegas, shes landed 24 national commercials including ads for Comcast, Jared Jewelers, Coors, Merck, Turbo Tax, Staples, 1-800-Flowers, Milky Way and Bud Light. Alexandrus first major show was the soap opera All My Children. She was a recurring guest star in CBSs long running soap opera As the World Turns and her television credits includes Cinemaxs thriller noir Femme Fatales, upcoming musical Kittens in a Cage, Laura Prepons Neighbros.
In 2012, Alexandru made her debut in the season of AMCs critically acclaimed Emmy Award winning series Mad Men as the new sassy SCDP secretary. Her film credits include the action film Gamer, Broken Horses. She is playing the role of Firoozeh in the upcoming epic, Sinbad. She is recognized for her works which include the Ovation Award-nominated hit Love Sucks Official website Sadie Alexandru at the Internet Movie Database
Paula Julie Abdul is an American singer-songwriter, voice actress, choreographer and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the video era. Abdul scored a string of pop hits in the late 1980s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female performers who have topped the chart. She won a Grammy for Best Music Video – Short Form for Opposites Attract, after her initial period of success, Abdul suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life. She saw renewed fame and success as a judge on American Idol in the 2000s. Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents, Abduls father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian-Jewish community in Aleppo, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently emigrated to the United States. Her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M.
Rykiss, grew up in one of the two Jewish families in Minnedosa and has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors from Ukraine, Abdul holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada. She has a sister named Wendy, in 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School. An avid dancer, Abdul was inspired towards a business career by Gene Kelly in the classic film Singin in the Rain. Abdul began taking lessons at an early age in ballet, jazz. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader, at 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1978 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School. Abdul studied broadcasting at the California State University, during her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within a year, she became head choreographer, Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game.
She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single Torture and my only problem was how to tell the Jacksons how to dance, Abdul recalled. Imagine me telling them what routines to do, I was young, I was scared. Im not quite sure how I got through that, the success of the choreography in the video led to Abduls career of choreographer in music videos. It was due to the success of the video that Abdul was chosen to be the choreographer for the Jacksons Victory tour, Abdul choreographed videos for several singers throughout the 1980s, including many videos for Janet Jackson during her Control era
Asa Akira is an American pornographic actress, adult film director and author. Akira was born in Manhattan, New York, the child of Japanese parents. She lived in SoHo and moved to Tokyo at age 9 when her father and she returned to the United States at age 13 and moved to Downtown Brooklyn and Clinton Hill. In a 2014 interview, Akira described her childhood as being perfectly normal and her family spoke Japanese at home and were health nuts who avoided junk food. As a teenager, Akira worked at the childrens bookstore Books of Wonder as a cashier, Akira was able to secure a scholarship to attend United Nations International School in Manhattan because her grandfather was a Japanese diplomat for 45 years. She wasnt invited to return in her sophomore year due to her poor grades and she transferred to City-As-School for her senior year. Akira began working as a dominatrix when she was 19 years old and she worked as a stripper at the Hustler Club in New York. In 2006–2007 she was a regular on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show and was known as the Show Whore and she met pornographic actress Gina Lynn on the show and she offered her porn work.
Her first boy-girl scene was with Travis Knight for Gina Lynn Productions, after having already done several girl-girl scenes and she signed a contract with Vouyer Media before becoming a freelancer six months later. Asa is her real first name, which means morning in Japanese, Akira received several award nominations for her role in David Aaron Clarks 2009 film, Pure, in which she plays a telephonist at a fetish dungeon who has an affair with the head-mistress husband. Akira co-hosted the 30th Annual AVN Awards alongside pornographic actress Jesse Jane and she won the AVN Female Performer of the Year Award that night. She was the most awarded person during that ceremony, in 2013, she made her directorial debut with Elegant Angels Gangbanged 6. On October 9,2013, Akira announced that she signed a performing contract with Wicked Pictures. Her debut film as a performer for the company was Asa Is Wicked. Akira made a appearance in the mainstream film Starlet. In January 2014, Dana DeArmond, Chanel Preston, the article was inspired by actress Gabrielle Unions comment made on Conan OBriens talk show about striving to follow the fitness routines of the porn stars she saw at her gym.
In February 2014, Akira was a guest on Dr. Drew Pinskys radio show Loveline. In 2011, Complex ranked Akira fourth on their list of The Top 100 Hottest Porn Stars Right Now, LA Weekly ranked her third on their list of 10 Innovative Porn Stars Who Could Be the Next Sasha Grey in 2013
Denise Alexander is an American actress, best known for her role as Lesley Webber on General Hospital, a role she originally played from 1973 to 1984, 1996-2009, and from 2013 onward. Alexander was born in New York City and raised on Long Island and she moved to Los Angeles when her father, Alec Alexander, an agent who handled such notables as Frank Gorshin and Sal Mineo, decided to make the switch from the East to the West Coast. Alexander had appeared on TV and radio by the time she was a junior at UCLA and she made her feature movie debut at age fourteen, in the John Cassavetes film, Crime In The Streets. Alexander first broke into the opera genre by playing Lois Adams on The Clear Horizon in 1960. Her big break on soaps came via the role of Susan Hunter Martin on Days of Our Lives from 1966 to 1973, in 1973, the character of Susan was written out of the show temporarily during contract negotiations with Alexander. ABC Daytime rushed to offer her a then-unheard of salary/perks package to join General Hospital, when Susan finally returned to Days, a new actress, Bennye Gattleys played her.
Alexanders role on General Hospital, Dr. Lesley Williams, would become a long-running role and she stayed with the show for eleven years as one of the shows most popular leading ladies, leaving in 1984 after a contract dispute. In 1986, she was offered a big salary to portray McKinnon matriarch, Mary, in 1996, she returned to the role of Lesley on General Hospital, which she continued playing on a recurring basis until 2009 when the character simply faded from view. She reprised the role in time for the shows 50th anniversary in 2013, Alexander is married to television director and actor Richard A. Colla. In November,1949, Alexander played Perry Comos daughter on Perry Comos Chesterfield Supper Club on NBC and it was a Thanksgiving-themed show with guest Raymond Massey portraying Abraham Lincoln. Denise Alexander at the Internet Movie Database
Dianna Elise Agron is an American actress and dancer. In 2006, Agron made her debut as Jessica Grant on CSI. From 2006 to 2007, Agron had recurring roles on Veronica Mars as Jenny Budosh, in 2009, Agron was cast as Quinn Fabray on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. Agron has appeared in the films The Hunters, I Am Number Four, The Family and Bare. Agron was born in Savannah and raised in San Antonio and San Francisco, the daughter of Mary and Ronald S. Agron, due to her fathers career, Agron said she and her family lived in different hotels growing up. She has a brother, Jason. Her father was born to a Jewish family, while her mother converted to Judaism, Agron attended Hebrew school and had a Bat Mitzvah. Agrons paternal great-grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and according to her, their original surname, when she was 15, she found out that her father had multiple sclerosis. In an interview for Cosmopolitan, she revealed, Quite a bit changed after that, at that age, you dont see mortality in your parents.
The disease caused her parents relationship to fall apart, and they decided to separate and she stated, I had to play therapist to my family. Those kinds of things Im not ready to speak about yet and she has been dancing since the age of three, focusing mainly in jazz and ballet, and began hip-hop dancing. Agron fell in love with theater, and often performed in local. She played Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz in fifth grade and she says she was not popular in the stereotypical sense in high school, though she had many friends from different cliques around the school. As a teenager, Agron worked at a boutique, where she became enthralled with fashion. Agron has appeared on series such as Shark, Close to Home, CSI, NY, Numb3rs. She appeared as Harper in a 13-episode series of films, Its a Mall World, directed by Milo Ventimiglia. She had a role on the second season of Heroes as Debbie Marshall. After this role, she was only offered horror films that included nudity, Agrons most notable role to date is as Quinn Fabray, a high school cheerleader, on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee
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
Joey Lauren Adams
Joey Lauren Adams is an American actress and director who has appeared in more than 40 films. She began her career in 1977 with a small role in Exorcist II. From there she began to find larger roles, in 1991, she appeared in Top of the Heap, the 100th episode of Married. With Children, and subsequently starred in its short-lived spinoff, in 1993, Adams landed her first major film role as Simone in Richard Linklaters Dazed and Confused. The same year, she appeared in the Saturday Night Live spinoff film Coneheads as one of Connie Coneheads friends, two years later, Adams appeared in Mallrats and directed by Kevin Smith. The two started dating during the films post-production, and their relationship provided the inspiration for Smiths next film, the relationship did not last long but ended on friendly terms. Meanwhile, in 1996, while Smith was finalizing the script for Chasing Amy, Adams was cast in the slapstick comedy Bio-Dome, Adams played the role of Monique, Bud Macintoshs girlfriend. In 1997s Chasing Amy, Adams played the role of Alyssa Jones.
Later, Smith would describe Chasing Amy as a sort of penance/valentine, in addition to her acting work on the film, Adams wrote and performed the song Alive for the films soundtrack. From there, Adams was originally slated to play the lead in Smiths next film, 1999s Dogma. In both of these appearances, Adams reprises the Alyssa Jones role and her post-Smith projects included playing a spunky veterinarians assistant who falls in love with a single father in 1998s A Cool, Dry Place. The following year, Adams appeared in her first big-budget Hollywood release and she went on to appear in many smaller films, including Beautiful and In the Shadows. In 2005, she had a guest role in an episode of the TV series Veronica Mars, in 2006, Adams released her directorial debut film, Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Diane Ladd, Tim Blake Nelson and Laura Prepon. The film, shot on location in Little Rock, was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, in 2006, along with Lian Lunson and Nicole Holofcener, was awarded the Women in Film Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.
On November 24,2009, Interscope Records released Adams directorial debut for a video entitled Belle of the Boulevard by Dashboard Confessional. Adams returned to TV in March 2010, on the Showtime series The United States of Tara and she appeared in six episodes as Pammy, a barmaid who falls for Buck, one of the title characters alternate personalities. Regarding her unique voice she has commented, Its not a normal voice and it doesnt fit into peoples preconceptions about what a womans voice should sound like. My mom doesnt think I have a voice, though