Category:American people of Breton descent
Pages in category "American people of Breton descent"
The following 14 pages are in this category, out of 14 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 14 pages are in this category, out of 14 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. John James Audubon – John James Audubon was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and his major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America, is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon was born in Les Cayes in the French colony of Saint-Domingue on his fathers sugarcane plantation and he was the son of Lieutenant Jean Audubon, a French naval officer from the south of Brittany, and his mistress Jeanne Rabine, a 27-year-old chambermaid from Les Touches, Brittany. They named the boy Jean Rabin and his mother died when the boy was a few months old, as she had suffered from tropical disease since arriving on the island. His father already had an number of mixed-race children, some by his mulatto housekeeper. Following Jeanne Rabins death, Jean Audubon renewed his relationship with Sanitte Bouffard and had a daughter by her, Bouffard also took care of the infant boy Jean. The senior Audubon had commanded ships, during the American Revolution, he had been imprisoned by Britain. After his release, he helped the American cause and he had long worked to save money and secure his familys future with real estate. In 1791 he arranged for his natural children Jean and Muguet, the children were raised in Couëron, near Nantes, France, by Audubon and his French wife Anne Moynet Audubon, whom he had married years before his time in Saint-Domingue. In 1794 they formally adopted both his children to regularize their legal status in France. They renamed the boy Jean-Jacques Fougère Audubon and the girl Rose, when Audubon, at age 18, boarded ship in 1803 to immigrate to the United States, he changed his name to an anglicized form, John James Audubon. From his earliest days, Audubon had an affinity for birds, I felt an intimacy with them. bordering on frenzy must accompany my steps through life. His father encouraged his interest in nature, He would point out the elegant movement of the birds, and he called my attention to their show of pleasure or sense of danger, their perfect forms and splendid attire. He would speak of their departure and return with the seasons, in France during the chaotic years of the French Revolution and its aftermath, the younger Audubon grew up to be a handsome and gregarious man. He played flute and violin, and learned to ride, fence, a great walker, he loved roaming in the woods, often returning with natural curiosities, including birds eggs and nests, of which he made crude drawings. His father planned to make a seaman of his son, at twelve, Audubon went to military school and became a cabin boy. He quickly found out that he was susceptible to seasickness and not fond of mathematics or navigation, after failing the officers qualification test, Audubon ended his incipient naval career. He was cheerfully back on solid ground and exploring the fields again, in 1803, his father obtained a false passport so that Audubon could go to the United States to avoid conscription in the Napoleonic Wars
2. Sylvester Stallone – Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He wrote or co-wrote most of the 14 films in all three franchises, and directed many of the films, Stallones film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Stallones use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps, Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum. It was announced on December 7,2010 that Stallone was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the non-participant category, in 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. He became the man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charles Chaplin and Orson Welles. He received critical raves, as well as his first Golden Globe Award win and third Academy Award nomination, Stallones father was born in Gioia del Colle, Apulia, Italy, and immigrated to the United States in the 1930s. Stallones mother is of half French and half Russian Jewish descent and his younger brother is actor and musician Frank Stallone. As a result, the left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue. Around the age of 4, Stallone was flat-footed and put in a tap dancing school by his mother and his father moved the family to Washington, D. C. in the early 1950s, where he opened a beauty school. His mother opened a gymnasium called Barbellas in 1954. Stallones parents divorced when Sylvester was nine, and he lived with his mother. When Stallone was 16, he scored poorly in school and his mother got him a job at her beauty salon. He attended Notre Dame Academy and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, and Charlotte Hall Military Academy, prior to attending Miami Dade College, Stallone had his first starring role in the soft core pornography feature film The Party at Kitty and Studs. He was paid US$200 for two days work, Stallone later explained that he had done the film out of desperation after being evicted from his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days. He has also said that he slept three weeks in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City prior to seeing a casting notice for the film. In the actors words, it was either do that movie or rob someone, the film was released several years later as Italian Stallion, in order to cash in on Stallones newfound fame. While he was in Switzerland, Stallone got his start in films, playing an extra eating in a restaurant near to stars Robert Redford and Camilla Sparv, in the sports drama, Downhill Racer. In 1970, Stallone appeared in the film No Place to Hide, which was re-cut and retitled Rebel, in the Lemmon film, Jack Lemmons character chases, tackles and mugs Stallone, thinking that Stallones character is a pickpocket
3. Ellie Kemper – Elizabeth Claire Ellie Kemper is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Kemper gained prominence when she starred in the NBC series The Office as receptionist Erin Hannon for five seasons. After her role in The Office, Kemper was cast in a role as Kimmy Schmidt in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Kemper is also known for her roles in the films Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. In summer 2015, she joined NBC News as a temporary co-host on NBCs morning news program, Kemper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the second of four children of Dorothy Dotty Ann and David Woods Kemper, one of the wealthiest families in the State of Missouri. She is the granddaughter of Mildred Lane Kemper, the namesake of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, kempers father was the chairman and chief executive officer of Commerce Bancshares, a bank holding company founded by the Kemper family. She is also the sister of television writer Carrie Kemper. Kemper has Italian, English, and German ancestry, the family moved to St. Louis when Kemper was five years old. She attended Conway Elementary School in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue and then high school at John Burroughs School, one of her teachers was actor Jon Hamm, with whom she appeared in a school play. In 1999, Kemper made her debut at the Veiled Prophet Ball, Kemper graduated from Princeton University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At Princeton, she played hockey in the 1999 season. Her field hockey team went to the championship in her first year. She then attended the University of Oxford, where she studied at Worcester College towards a degree in English. Kemper continued her interest in comedy while in Princeton. Princetons oldest improv group, and the Princeton Triangle Club. She also appeared in a spot for Dunkin Donuts. Kemper earned her Screen Actors Guild card doing commercial advertising of a sale of tents at Kmart. The commercial featured her camping with a husband, and a shot in which a tarantula crawls across her face
4. Charles Guillou – Charles Fleury Bien-aimé Guilloû was an American military physician. He served on an exploring expedition that included both scientific discoveries and controversy, and two historic diplomatic missions. He ran a hospital in the Hawaiian Islands, before returning to the US, Charles Fleury Bien-aimé Guilloû was born in Philadelphia on July 26,1813. His father was Victor Gabriel Guilloû, who had escaped from the French Revolution and his father introduced him to Marquis de Lafayette when he visited the US in 1824. Guilloû attended an academy and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania medical school in 1836. During 1836, he visited his father, who had moved to Cuba to start a sugar plantation after running a dance academy in Philadelphia, on February 9,1837, Guilloû was appointed assistant surgeon for the USS Porpoise in the United States Navy. It was one of the ships sent on the United States Exploring Expedition commanded by Charles Wilkes, after a dispute with Cadwalader Ringgold, he was transferred to the USS Peacock. He befriended young midshipman William Reynolds, whose provide a non-official version of the events of the voyage. In December 1839, the squadron headed farther south, and in January 1840 provided the first sighting of the continent of Antarctica by a US Navy ship, Guilloû provided a sketch when the Peacock was stuck in the ice. They returned to Sydney for repairs, before resuming exploration, Wilkes imperious manner included dismissing many of the officers, leading to further low morale. Guilloû attended to sailors injured by frequent floggings, in September 1841 the squadron arrived in Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands to spend the winter. The three-year planned time of the voyage was over, and several members requested to leave, Wilkes insisted on reading all journals and letters. When Guilloû removed some pages from his journal, saying they were of a nature, Wilkes suspended Guilloû. After the Peacock was lost in July 1841 while exploring the Pacific Northwest, on his return in 1842, Guilloû helped organize the Navys Bureau of Medicine and Surgery under William P. C. He was sentenced to dismissal at the trials in 1843 related to the Wilkes expedition. Guilloû filed seven charges against Wilkes, including questioning his claim to have discovered Antarctica, Wilkes was found guilty of only one, illegal punishment. Wilkes was sentenced to a public reprimand, after being reinstated, Guilloû served on the USS Columbus, under Commodore James Biddle. In June 1845 the ship was sent to Guangzhou, on a mission with the first treaty between the US and China
5. Youenn Gwernig – Youenn Gwernig was born in 1925 in the town of Scaër. He was a Breton-American poet, writer and singer and he was a painter, sculptor and a TV presenter on the French channel France 3. He moved to the United States in the late 1950s and became an American citizen and he returned to Brittany in the late 60s. Influenced by traditional Breton culture, American pop culture and the Beat Generation he knew through his friendship with Jack Kerouac, he wrote poetry and songs in Breton and he died in 2006, in Douarnenez. He was born in 1925, into a traditional Breton family and he first worked as a wood sculptor. In the early 1950s he met the Breton poet and singer Glenmor and this band set an operetta called Genovefa. He went to the USA in 1957 because of the poverty in Brittany as he explained in his song Tap da sach ta, from 1961, he regularly visited the West Side neighbourhood of New York City and met the Beat Generation writers there. In 1968, he wrote a collection called New York City blues in which there are poems about some places in New York. Since he could not speak Breton he asked me, Would you not write some of your poems in English, so I wrote an Diri Dir - Stairs of Steel for him, and kept on doing so. Thats why I often write my poems in Breton, French and he used to send his poems to the Breton library Al Liamm. He returned to Brittany in 1969 with his wife and his daughters and he released his first disc in 1971. He released the album Distro ar Gelted in 1974 and he became famous with his song E-kreiz an noz He wrote a novel in French in 1982, La grande tribu, where he described his life in the USA. His poetry was issued in 1972 and in 1976, in the 1970s, he created the Radio télé Brezhoneg association which aimed to stand up for the Breton language on TV. He also hosted Breton emissions in the 1990s, with the singer Nolwen Korbell for instance, in 1990 his album Emañ ar bed va iliz was released. In 2002, a novel, Appelez-moi ange, was issued. 1971, Les bougnoules - Gavotte du joint 1973, Ni hon unan, - Tap da sach 1974, Distro ar Gelted, LP Arfolk 1975, E-kreiz an noz, LP Velia 197. Youenn Gwernig, Private People, LP1990, Emañ ar bed va iliz, CD1994, Foeter Bro / Just a traveller / Compagnon de route, CD2007, Identity, Coop Breizh An toull en nor, Ar Majenn éditions,1972. An diri dir / Les escaliers d’acier / Stairs of steel, un dornad plu / A handful of feathers, Al Liamm,1997
6. Tina Weymouth – Born in Coronado, California, Weymouth is the daughter of retired US Navy Vice Admiral Ralph Weymouth and his wife Laura Bouchage. She has seven siblings, including Lani and Laura Weymouth, who are collaborators in Weymouths band Tom Tom Club, and architect Yann Weymouth, Weymouth is of French heritage on her mothers side. She was a cheerleader in high school, as a bass guitarist, she combined the minimalist art-punk bass lines of groups such as Wire and Pere Ubu with danceable, funk-inflected riffs to provide the bedrock of Talking Heads signature sound. Her sound is often syncopated in feel, combining low fundamental notes with higher flourishes in clipped. She joined Talking Heads as bass guitarist at the request of her boyfriend of the time, full members of the Compass Point All Stars, Weymouth and Frantz formed the Tom Tom Club in 1980, which kept them busy during a fairly long hiatus in Talking Heads activity. Weymouth has been critical of Byrne, describing him as a man incapable of returning friendship, Weymouth was a judge for the second annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists careers. s Nicola Kuperus. Wordy Rappinghood became a dance hit in Europe, peaking at number two in the Dutch Top 40, number five on the Belgian Dance Chart, and at number sixty-six on the UK Singles Chart. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz have been married since 1977 and they live in Fairfield, Connecticut, and have two sons, Robin and Egan. Her niece, Katharine Weymouth, served as publisher of The Washington Post. tomtomclub. nl