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
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
Beverly Elaine Aadland was an American film actress. She appeared in films including South Pacific, as a teenager, she co-starred in the Errol Flynn film Cuban Rebel Girls, and entered a relationship with him. Aadland was born in Hollywood and she entered show business as a youngster, appearing in the film Death of a Salesman. Beverly Elaine Aadland was 17 at the time she was with actor Errol Flynn when he died of an attack on October 14,1959 in Vancouver. The book was made into a play starring Tracey Ullman. Beverly Aadland gave an account of her relationship with Flynn in People in 1988 and her relationship with Flynn was the subject of the 2013 movie The Last of Robin Hood. Aadland was played by Dakota Fanning, in 1960 William Stanciu, her boyfriend, died in her apartment after being shot in a struggle between the two. That event led to her being a ward of the court for the following year, Aadland was married and divorced twice before she married Ronald Fisher in the late 1960s. Beverly Fisher née Aadland died on January 5,2010 at the Lancaster Community Hospital from complications of diabetes and congestive heart failure
Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
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
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
Donzaleigh Abernathy is an American actress. Abernathy was born in Montgomery and grew up in Atlanta, the Abernathy children, along with the King children, integrated Spring Street Elementary School and began mass integration in the South. Abernathy briefly attended the Northside High School for the Performing Arts, before attended and graduated from the George School and her father was Ralph Abernathy, an influential leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was able to join her father, her mother Juanita Jones Abernathy and her family was very close to that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. another prominent figure of the Civil Rights Movement. The Abernathy and King children went to school together, performed extracurricular activities together, spent Sunday Dinners together, Abernathy acknowledges that thats really when started acting. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Abernathy moved to New York and she landed her first job after auditioning for a role with the Off Off Broadway production.
Since then, Abernathy has played roles in different movies. In the historical drama Gods and Generals, she portrays a slave named Martha, although the film itself was not critically well-received, Abernathy was praised for her part. One reviewer states that Abernathys image of Martha combines strength with glamour and she starred for four years as a Series Regular on Lifetimes Any Day Now. As a child of the South, Abernathy was heavily influenced by the civil rights movement, as a result, she was able to connect with the role on a personal level. Murder in Mississippi – Sue Brown Ghost Dad – E. R. Nurse Grass Roots – Cora Mae Turner Ned Blessing, The True Story of My Life – Effie Pettit Night of the Running Man – Francine, The Hacker Out of Darkness – MHA NYPD Blue – Mrs. D
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
Yolanda Yvette Adams is an American gospel singer, record producer and former radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show. As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, on December 11,2009, Billboard Magazine named her the No.1 Gospel Artist of the last decade. In the same chart, her album Mountain High. Valley Low was acknowledged as the best gospel album, the eldest of six siblings, Adams was born in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Sterling High School in Houston in 1979, after graduating from Texas Southern University, she began a career as a schoolteacher and part-time model in Houston. Eventually she gave up teaching to perform full-time as a lead singer, the choir released the single in 1982 For My Liberty with Adams as the featured vocalist. In 1986, Adams was featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Choir released Give Us Peace, she signed a recording contract with Sound of Gospel which yielded her first album Just As I Am in 1987.
In 1990, she was discovered by producer/keyboardist Ben Tankard, and signed to his independent label Tribute Records, tankards goal with Tribute Records during this time was to develop an audience for a smoother gospel/jazz sound. He featured Yolandas jazzy vocals on his album and concept video single You Bring Out The Best In Me on his 1994 release Play Me In Your Key, the collaboration received positive response from gospel and quiet storm formats. One year later, Adams followed with Save the World, which included her first signature song The Battle Is The Lords and her next release was 1995s More Than a Melody, which featured more production work from Tankard with contributions from OLanda Draper, and BeBe Winans. The single Gotta Have Love, from that album featuring Tony Terry on background vocals, gained notoriety and was her first single. Live In Washington, released the year, featured versions of material from her first three albums. The footage from this recording was released as a collection of two videos on VHS initially, and as a set on DVD and CD.
During this time Tribute Records parent company Diadem Music Group merged with Benson Music Group, Songs from the Heart was her final release for Verity Records, including Only Believe, which was popular songs on contemporary radio. The album included Still I Rise, a dedication to Rosa Parks, Adams first significant attention outside the urban contemporary gospel arena came with the release of Mountain High. Valley Low in 1999 on Elektra Records, several mainstream artists and producers helped in the production of this album including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, James Big Jim Wright, Warryn Campbell, and Keith Thomas. The album went 2x Platinum in 2000 and won Adams a Grammy Award, notable singles from the album include Yeah, Fragile Heart, and Open My Heart. Fragile Heart was dedicated to the memory of Adams long-time road manager, in 2000, Adams released a Christmas album, and in 2001 she released a live album. The Experience netted Adams a second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, which included the hit Never Give Up was released in 2001 and reached gold status according to the RIAA
Amy Lou Adams is an American actress and singer. She was named one of 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2014 and is among the actresses in the world. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for five Academy Awards, and six BAFTA Awards, Adams began her career on stage performing in dinner theater and went on to make her feature film debut in Drop Dead Gorgeous. After moving to Los Angeles, she made appearances on television and in B-movies. Adamss breakthrough role came in the 2005 independent film Junebug, in which her portrayal of a pregnant woman earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. In 2007, she starred as a princess in the commercially successful Disney musical film Enchanted, Adams received three more Oscar nominations for her supporting roles in Doubt, The Fighter, and The Master. She won a second consecutive Golden Globe Award for portraying artist Margaret Keane in the comedy-drama Big Eyes, Adams was born on August 20,1974, in Vicenza, Italy, the fourth of seven children of American parents Kathryn and Richard Adams.
She has four brothers and two sisters and her father is a U. S. Army veteran and was stationed at Caserma Ederle at the time of her birth. After years of moving from base to base, Adamss family settled in Castle Rock, following his Army discharge, her father sang professionally in restaurants and her mother became a semi-professional bodybuilder. Until her parents divorce in 1985, Adams was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, regarding her religious upbringing, Adams said, I cant speak for everybody, but I know it instilled in me a value system I still hold true. – that was what was hammered into me, during her years at Douglas County High School, Adams sang in the school choir and trained as an apprentice at a local dance company with ambitions of becoming a ballerina. Her parents had hoped that she would continue her athletic training, Adams reflected on her decision not to go to college, I wasnt one of those people who enjoyed being in school. I regret not getting an education, after graduating from high school, she moved to Atlanta with her mother.
Deciding that she was not gifted enough to be a ballerina, she entered musical theater. She said that ballet was too disciplined and too restrained and I was always told off in the chorus lines, when she turned eighteen, Adams supported herself by working as a greeter at a Gap store while performing in community theater. For a few weeks after graduating high school, she took her first full-time job as a hostess at Hooters. Adams left the job three weeks after having saved enough money to buy her first car and she admitted, So there was definitely an innocence to my interpretation of what Hooters was about. Though I did learn, that short shorts and beer dont mix, Adams began working professionally as a dancer at Boulders Dinner Theatre, Country Dinner Playhouse and Heritage Square Music Hall
Beverly Adams Sassoon is a Canadian-born actress and author. Adams was born in Edmonton, Alberta to a Canadian mother, as a child, Adams moved to Burbank, California where, as a teen, she competed in and won beauty contests before becoming an actress. During her career, Adams appeared in various guest roles in series of the 1960s. After marrying hairstylist Vidal Sassoon in 1966, Adams retired from acting to raise the four children. During her retirement from acting, Adams published several books and served as a spokeswoman for Vidal Sassoon, in 1980, the couple divorced and Adams returned to acting. She launched her own line of pet products, Beverly Sassoon Pet Care System. They had four children, daughter Catya, an actress who died from a heart attack, son Elan BenVidal, son David. Beverly Adams at the Internet Movie Database Beverly Adams at AllMovie