Category:People from Encino, Los Angeles
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The following 53 pages are in this category, out of 53 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Mark Balderas – Mark Henry Balderas, born September 10,1959 in Encino, California, was the keyboard player for the rock band Human Drama from 1986 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 2005. Balderas was raised in West Hills, California, by Elisa Balderas, a housewife, and Henry Balderas and he attended El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California, where he played varsity American football. Balderas started playing keyboards in Los Angeles with the band Newsbreak in 1983, the following year, he joined The Spectres. While playing with The Spectres in 1986, he auditioned for New Orleans, Louisiana, based Human Drama, Human Drama contributed a song, Wave of Darkness, to the 1987 collection Scream, The Compilation on Geffen Records. Their waltz version of the classic What Child is This was released in 1995 on the compilation Excelsis Vol.1, A Dark Noel on Projekt Records, in 1991, Balderas joined up with Human Drama guitarist Michael Ciravolo’s new band The Congregation. In 1993, with the release of Human Drama’s fourth album Pinups on Triple X Records, Balderas returned, in 1994, Human Drama released the EP Human Drama on Projekt Records which included the first of five instrumentals songs, Solitude I, written by Balderas. He also re-arranged The Waiting Hour from Feel with piano, strings, the following year, Human Drama released Songs of Betrayal where Balderas added the remaining four instrumental songs Solitude II-V. In 1997, Balderas recorded piano on Michael Astons Gene Loves Jezebel album Love Lies Bleeding on Triple X Records. In a Perfect World on Triple X Records. In 2002, Human Drama released their album, Cause and Effect. Human Drama continued to live throughout America and Mexico until January 2005. In 2008, Human Drama re-released Feel on Triple X-Hollow Hills Records with 6 bonus tracks, in 2011 Human Drama reunited for a concert in Hollywood, CA. In 2012 after 8 years, Human Drama performed in Mexico City at the famous Plaza Condesa, after 13 years, Human Drama recorded a new single The Liar Inside. In 2015 Human Drama performed in Mexico City at Circo Volador for their 30th Anniversary Concert
2. Matt Dababneh – Matt Dababneh is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 45th Assembly District, which encompasses most of the western San Fernando Valley and he was raised in the Inland Empire and graduated from La Sierra Academy in 1999. Dababneh went on to graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in Political Science and he was on the staff of the John Kerry for President campaign in 2004. Prior to being elected to the assembly, for eight years he was the district chief of staff. Dababneh won the seat in closely contested run-off election after finishing 329 votes ahead of his opponent. He won a term in 2014, and secured a spot in the general election of 2016 finishing as the top vote getter in June primary with 49. 24% of the vote. This came after Dababneh received more than $350,000 in outside money in support of his re-election bid, prior to the June 2016 primary he faced criticism from local Democratic activists for positions he had taken while in office. Official website—45th State Assembly district, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh
3. Guy Eckstine – Guy Eckstine is an A&R, artist manager, record producer, and new media executive who has produced and executive produced over 40 records. Four albums that Eckstine has produced or executive produced have won Grammy Awards, the son of singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine, Guy Eckstine is currently president of Iconique Music Group. Eckstine is currently an elected member of The Recording Academy, board of governors. 2016 – Iconique Music Group management clients, House of Waters, the eponymous album reached #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts and the band touring in Europe and North America. Eckstine Produced, Night at the Speakeasy, by Svetlana and the Delancey 5 featuring, Night At The Speakeasy received several Best of 2016 accolades including, Jazz Vocal Album of the Year from Classicalite. Iconique Music Group clients, Tiempo Libre began their world tour 2016 in Shanghai,2015, Eckstine executive produced the eponymous #1 iTunes Jazz debut album by Twin Danger for Universal Music Classics/Decca Records. Iconique Music Group management clients, Tiempo Libre released, Panamericano on Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Tiempo Libre also premiered their Broadway bound musical, Cuba Libre, at the Winnigstad Theater in Portland, Oregon. IMG artist, Lizzy Cuesta makes her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening, IMG artist, Grant Davis stars in the indie movie, Something Like Summer. In 2014, he added new clients, Lizzy Cuesta, Danielle Johnson. Eckstine also produced, Night at The Speakeasy, by Svetlana, mcKellars debut, received numerous Best of 2014 lists from BBC and Blues Magazines. 2012, Eckstine produced the full-length debut Wait Til Were Young by Southern California indie rock band, The Bolts including their debut ep, Fall,2011, Eckstine became the sole owner of Iconique Music Group. 2010, Eckstine executive produced, and signed ConJazzNess, to Universal Music Group/EmArcy recording artist, 2008–2009, Eckstine co-produced the debut of Nashville-based singer/songwriter Justyna Kelley, Over The Moon, with producers, David Kershenbaum and Kevin Killen. Eckstine is also a member of the progressive rock band Soma, featuring guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist, Tony Levin, guitarist, David Shawn Waldroop. Eckstines executive music business began in 1988 at Virgin Music Publishing. As Creative Manager at Virgin Music, Eckstine pitched and secured songwriter covers for Virgins stable of songwriters, including songs for Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, and Kool and the Gang. Eckstine also executive produced the Frank Zappa tribute album, Zappas Universe, Eckstine was originally hired as Genre Manager for Classical, Jazz and World Music, as well as editor-in-chief and moderator for online content. Williams, The Manhattan Transfer, and Pat Martino, among others, Eckstine also secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records for UK singer, Julia Fordham. In the indie label realm Eckstine produced and performed on the album, Styrofoam
4. Justin Fargas – Justin Alejandro Fargas is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of Southern California, Fargas attended the University of Michigan, as a highly regarded football prospect, for three years. He was named one of the Top 10 Freshmen in the country by Sports Illustrated, during his freshman year, he ran for 277 yards with 1 TD on 77 carries in 10 games. He started there as a back before switching to safety in the middle of the 2000 season. Yet his college career at Michigan was cut short during his season when he broke his leg. He was redshirted in 1999 while he rehabilitated his broken right leg, after looking at both California and Southern California, Fargas chose to transfer to Southern California in 2001. Due to NCAA transfer rules he sat out the 2001 season, in 2002, his final season in college, Fargas rushed for 715 yards on 161 carries with the Trojans. Fargas was also a star at the University of Michigan. Fargas won the championship in 1997. Fargas played for seven seasons for the Oakland Raiders after being drafted in the round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Fargas did not have many rushing attempts in his first several years, in 2006 he started six games and rushed 178 times for 659 yards and one touchdown. In 2007 he took over after LaMont Jordan became injured and had a 1, 000-yard season, rushing for 1,009 yards on 222 carries and four touchdowns. He was the running back for the Raiders for most of the 2008 season and had 218 carries for 853 yards. He split time in 2009 with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, on March 6,2010, he was released by the Raiders after reportedly failing his physical. Fargas signed with the Denver Broncos on August 11,2010 and they needed a running back after Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, and LenDale White were all injured in training camp. It was his first action with a team since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in March and he was released by the Broncos on August 30,2010. Fargas is the son of Starsky and Hutch actor Antonio Fargas and his mother is Taylor Hastie, Director of Design and Trend for Expo Design Center and the Home Depot at their Atlanta headquarters
5. Eric Garcetti – Eric Michael Garcetti is the current mayor of Los Angeles. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected mayor in 2013, a former member of the Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti served as council president from 2006 to 2012. Garcetti is the citys first elected Jewish mayor, as well as its youngest, in 2015, Garcetti became the first mayor of a major American city to sign a $15 minimum wage law, which began to gradually take effect beginning in 2016. Garcetti was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles and was raised in Encino, Garcetti is the son of Sukey and the former Los Angeles County district attorney Gil Garcetti. His paternal grandmother, Juanita Iberri, was born in Arizona, one of 19 children born to an emigrant father from Sonora, Mexico and a born in Arizona to an Irish father. His maternal grandfather, Harry Roth, founded and ran the clothing brand Louis Roth Clothes and it has also been reported that Garcettis family is of Litvak descent. Eric Garcetti attended elementary school at UCLA Lab School, and middle school and he majored in political science and urban planning and received a B. A. from Columbia University in 1992 as a John Jay Scholar. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at The Queens College, Oxford and also studied for a PhD in ethnicity and his academic work focused on ethnic conflict and nationalism and he has lived and studied in Southeast Asia and Northeast Africa. He has published articles and chapters of books on post-conflict societies, Eritrean nationalism and he served on the California Board of Human Rights Watch. Garcetti was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2001 and he succeeded Alex Padilla as President of the City Council on January 1,2006 and was re-elected as President at the beginning of the Councils subsequent terms in 2007 and 2009. Garcetti declared his candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles on September 8,2011, on January 30,2013, the Los Angeles Teachers Union voted to endorse Garcetti in the primary election. Garcetti supported recent expansions of the Los Angeles Police Department and the re-implementation of the Senior Lead Officer Program, crime has fallen in his district by more than forty percent since 2001. In 2004, Garcetti authored Proposition O, a county stormwater bond which sought to clean the citys waterways, voters approved the bond with just over 76% of the vote making it the largest clean water bond in the country. In 2005, Garcetti helped found the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and he supported changes in the citys landscape ordinance and plumbing codes to promote water conservation. A longtime electric car driver, he appeared as a proponent of electric cars in the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car. In July 2010, Garcetti, then President of the Los Angeles City Council, led the weakening of a 2009 lawn watering ordinance, allowing watering three days per week rather than two. An LA Times editorial called the City Councils weakening of the watering ordinance a death knell for one of the best collective environmental efforts made by the citizens of Los Angeles. At times, Garcetti has come under scrutiny for developments that unexpectedly demolish and built over cultural
6. Todd Haynes – Todd Haynes is an American independent film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement of filmmaking that emerged in the early 1990s. Haynes had not obtained proper licensing to use the Carpenters music, prompting a lawsuit from Richard Carpenter, Poison won the Sundance Film Festivals Grand Jury Prize and is regarded as a seminal work of New Queer Cinema. Haynes received further acclaim for his feature film, Safe. Safe was later voted the best film of the 1990s by The Village Voice Film Poll, Haynes next feature, Velvet Goldmine, is a tribute to the 1970s glam rock era, drawing heavily on the rock histories and mythologies of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. The film received the Special Jury Prize for Best Artistic Contribution at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, Haynes gained critical acclaim and a measure of mainstream success with his 2002 feature, Far from Heaven. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay for Haynes and his fifth feature, Im Not There, marked another shift in direction. A nonlinear biopic, Im Not There depicts various facets of Bob Dylan through seven fictionalized characters played by five actors, Im Not There received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett. In 2015, Haynes returned to the big screen with Carol, his feature film. The film received acclaim and many accolades including six Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe Award nominations. Haynes was born January 2,1961, in Los Angeles and his father, Allen E. Haynes, was a cosmetics importer, and his mother, Sherry Lynne, studied acting. Haynes is Jewish on his mothers side and his younger sister is Gwynneth Haynes of the band Sophe Lux. Haynes developed an interest in film at an age, and produced a short film, The Suicide. He studied semiotics at Brown University, where he directed his first short film Assassins, A Film Concerning Rimbaud, at Brown, he met Christine Vachon, who would go on to produce all of his feature films. The film presents Carpenters struggle with anorexia and bulimia, featuring several close-ups of Ipecac, Carpenters chronic weight loss was portrayed by using a Karen Barbie doll with the face and body whittled away with a knife, leaving the doll looking skeletonized. The film is notable for staged dream sequences in which Karen, in a state of deteriorating mental health. Superstar featured extensive use of Carpenter songs, showcasing Haynes love of popular music, Haynes failed to obtain proper licensing to use the music, prompting a lawsuit from Karens brother Richard for copyright infringement. Carpenter was reportedly offended by Haynes unflattering portrayal of him as a narcissistic bully, along with several broadly dropped suggestions that he was gay
7. Carolyn Hennesy – Carolyn Lee Hennesy is an American soap opera actress, author, and zoo advocate. She is known for her role as Diane Miller on the television series General Hospital. Millers 2011 novel The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, featuring characters from General Hospital and she is also known for her work promoting AZA zoos and aquariums, and accredited marine parks like SeaWorld. Hennesy was born on June 10,1962 in Encino, California and she is the daughter of production designer and art director Dale Hennesy, who won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage. She made three appearances on That 70s Show and has guest-starred on Reba as the mother of Rebas son-in-law and she made a guest appearance on Drake & Josh as Mrs. Abernathy, the boss of the Ball & Vance Fish Corp. Additionally, she appeared as Judith Haven in an episode of What I Like About You and she voiced Blair Lansfield in the video game Star Ocean, currently, she stars as Rosalyn Harris in the fifth season of HBO hit series True Blood. In 2016, she joined the cast of the Netflix production Gilmore Girls, since 2006, Hennessy has played Diane Miller on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for the role in 2010, in October 2011, Hennesy appeared on Jessie as Mrs. Chesterfield, and in November 2011 as Myrna in the That Still Small Voice episode of Once Upon a Time. She also guest starred in Bucket & Skinners Epic Adventures, in 2016, Hennesy appeared in the soap opera web series The Bay as Karen Blackwell. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for the role, Hennesy has written a series of childrens books based on the character Pandora. The first one, called Pandora Gets Jealous, was released January 2008, the sequel, Pandora Gets Vain, was released August 2008. The third book in the series, Pandora Gets Lazy, released March 2009, book four, Pandora Gets Heart, was released in January 2010. The fifth book, Pandora Gets Angry, was released in February 2011, book six, Pandora Gets Greedy, was released in June 2012. Book seven, Pandora Gets Frightened, was released in 2013, Hennesy wrote the 2011 novel The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli featuring characters from General Hospital. The novel reached #16 on the New York Times Best Seller list, Hennesy is a wildlife conservationist and zoo animal welfarist. She is a critic of PETA and anti-zoo proponents. The actress became an advocate of the zoo and aquarium industry after visiting several prominent zoological facilities and researching their science. In 2015, she defended SeaWorld during the California Coastal Commissions hearings regarding the fate of the captive born, Hennesy is also the producer and host of Animal Magnetism, a radio program featuring zoo professionals
8. Waldo Hunt – Waldo Henley Hunt was a prolific producer of pop-up books, having nearly singlehandedly revived the genre in the post-war era. Intervisual Books, his company, created pop-up books of all varieties—from The Human Body to Harry Potter, Haunted House by Jan Pieńkowski, a pop-up book created by Hunt, won the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration of childrens books. Born in Chicago, Hunt grew up in San Mateo, California and he terminated his college career at Stanford University early to serve in World War II. After the his Army stint, Hunt began a career in advertising, starting his own agency and he exited the advertising business to found a graphic design firm. At the new firm, Graphics International, he developed an interest in pop-up design, ib Penick was a business partner and paper engineer at Graphics International. In a 2002 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hunt said, no one was doing pop-ups in this country. No one could afford to make them here and they had to be done by hand, and labor was too expensive. In 1965, Hunt published a book called Bennett Cerfs Pop-Up Riddles, cerf was the president of Random House at the time, and by 1967, Hunt had 30 pop-up books in production for Random House. In the late 1960s, Hallmark bought Graphics International, and Hunt next founded Intervisual Books to produce pop-up and movable books. Hunt became known as the King of the Pop-Ups, and was considered by many to be the father of the modern pop-up book industry for his work in pioneering pop-up interactive books and his companies dominated the pop-up book business from the 1960s until the late 1990s. By 1996, Intervisual Books had published 1,000 movable books, hunts personal favorites included best-sellers, The Human Body by David Pelham, Haunted House, and How Many Bugs in a Box. by David A. Carter. Hunt could part the Red Sea and he could make hearts beat, lungs fill and bones rattle. He could make dinosaurs rear up, ships set sail and bats quiver in belfries, the pop-up designers who worked for him were amazing creative engineers. In addition to producing pop-up works, he was a significant collector of pop-up and other books, amassing 4,000 antique. Hunts extensive collection was the basis for a 2002 exhibit, Pop Up,500 Years of Movable Books, at the Los Angeles Central Library. Hunt lived for 30 years in Encino, Los Angeles, California and he retired in 2002 and moved to Springville, California. He died from heart failure at age 88. In 2000, the Movable Book Society honored Hunt with the MBS Lifetime Achievement Award
9. Jacqui Irwin – Jacqui Irwin is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. She is a Democrat representing the 44th Assembly District, which portions of Ventura County. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, she was a two-term Mayor and three-term City Councilmember in Thousand Oaks and she also worked as an engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on the Trident Missile Project and at Teledyne Systems. Irwin graduated from the University of California, San Diego, where she was an Academic All American swimmer
10. Dave Koz – David S. Dave Koz is an American smooth jazz saxophonist. Dave Koz was born on March 27,1963 in Encino, California to Jewish parents, Norman, a dermatologist and, Audrey Koz, Dave has a brother, Jeff, who is also a musician, and a sister, Roberta. Although he is Jewish, Koz plays both Christmas and occasional Hanukkah songs at his concerts and he attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California performing on saxophone as a member of the school jazz band. He later graduated from UCLA with a degree in communications in 1986. Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a member of Bobby Caldwells tour, for the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, toured with Jeff Lorber. Koz was a member of Richard Marxs band and toured with Marx throughout the late 1980s and he also played in the house band of CBS short-lived The Pat Sajak Show, with Tom Scott as bandleader. He also often guest-starred as the player on The Arsenio Hall Show in the 1980s to mid 1990s. In 1990, Koz decided to pursue a career. His albums there include Dave Koz, Lucky Man, The Dance, Saxophonic was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an NAACP Image Award. Koz released his album, Lucky Man, in 1993. After his GH appearance, executive producer Wendy Riche commissioned Koz to write a new song for the soap. Koz took elements from the existing theme song, Jack Urbonts Autumn Breeze. The new theme music made its debut on General Hospitals 30th anniversary show, which aired April 1,1993, Faces of the Heart ended up as the third track on Kozs Lucky Man album. In 1994, Koz began hosting a radio program, The Dave Koz Radio Show, featuring the latest music. Dave co-hosted The Dave Koz Morning Show on 94.7 The Wave and he decided to leave the show in January 2007 and was replaced by Brian McKnight. In 2002, Koz started a label, Rendezvous Entertainment, with Frank Cody. In 2006, Koz was selected to host an afternoon show for Broadcast Architectures new Smooth Jazz Network. The show, based in Los Angeles, is broadcast on other Smooth Jazz stations across the country, Koz and Ramsey Lewis are the only two Smooth Jazz personalities to host two different syndicated shows during the week
11. Michael Landon Jr. – Michael Graham Landon Jr. is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. Landon Jr. was born the son of the actor Michael Landon and his second wife and he is the brother of Christopher B. Landon, Leslie Landon, Shawna Landon, half-brother of Jennifer Landon, Sean Landon and he married actress Sharee Gregory in December 1987. They have three children, daughters Ashley and Brittany and son Austin, Sharee Gregory is the older sister of former child actress Natalie Gregory. Landon decided to convert to Christianity at the age of 18, at the Internet Movie Database Personal interview with Michael Landon Jr
12. Maureen McCormick – Maureen Denise McCormick is an American actress, recording artist and author. She is widely known for her portrayal of Marcia Brady on the ABC television sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. She later reprised the role in many of the numerous Brady Bunch spin-offs and films, including The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour, McCormick also appeared in The Idolmaker as well as a wide range of other supporting film roles. In the 1980s and 1990s, she ventured into acting, appearing in a variety of different roles and productions such as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan. McCormick also had a career as a recording artist, releasing four albums with the Brady Bunch cast as well as touring with them. Her only release as a solo artist to date is a country album, despite professional success on The Brady Bunch and its spin-offs, McCormick struggled largely in her personal life in the years following the original series end. Addictions to cocaine and quaaludes, as well as bouts of depression and bulimia, since the 2000s, she has appeared on several reality television series such as VH1s Celebrity Fit Club, CMTs Gone Country and the Australian version of Im a Celebrity. As well as guest spots on a range of television series. McCormick was born in Encino, California, to Irene and William McCormick and she has three older brothers, Michael, Dennis, and Kevin. According to her biography, McCormick attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, at age six, she won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant. In 1964, she first appeared on national U. S. television, in Mattel commercials for Barbie and Chatty Cathy dolls. Through the later 1960s McCormick appeared in two episodes of Bewitched and played guest roles on I Dream of Jeannie, Honey West, The Farmers Daughter, in 1970, she lent her voice to a redesigned Chatty Cathy doll. McCormick played the eldest daughter, Marcia, who had five siblings and she had a perky and popular personality in The Brady Bunch, an American television sitcom about a blended family that aired from late 1969 to early 1974 on ABC, on Friday nights. After its cancellation, the series was later rebroadcast in syndication for decades, as programming, gathering a long-lasting, cross-generational popularity that led to spinoffs. The Brady Brides aired briefly in 1981 as a miniseries that was spun off from the movie The Brady Girls Get Married, placing McCormick in a shared lead role alongside Eve Plumb. However, when The Bradys aired in 1990 as a revival of the series, McCormick had just given birth to a child and was unavailable to return as Marcia. In 2015, archive footage of McCormick as Marcia was used for an American TV commercial advertising Snickers chocolate bars, the commercial, which debuted during Super Bowl XLIX, features action film star Danny Trejo as young Marcia who isnt acting like herself. After eating a Snickers, Marcia appears as McCormick once again. S. A. McCormick later claimed she failed to get a part as a prostitute or heroin dealer for the movie Midnight Express because she continued to be identified with her Brady Bunch role
13. Michael Milken – Michael Robert Milken is an American former financier and philanthropist. Milken was indicted for racketeering and securities fraud in 1989 in an insider trading investigation, as the result of a plea bargain, he pleaded guilty to securities and reporting violations but not to racketeering or insider trading. Milken was sentenced to ten years in prison, fined $600 million and his sentence was later reduced to two years for cooperating with testimony against his former colleagues and for good behavior. His critics cited him as the epitome of Wall Street greed during the 1980s, supporters, like George Gilder in his book, Telecosm, state that Milken was a key source of the organizational changes that have impelled economic growth over the last twenty years. Most striking was the productivity surge in capital, as Milken. and others took the vast sums trapped in old-line businesses, since his release from prison, Milken has funded medical research. He is co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, chairman of the Milken Institute, a prostate cancer survivor, Milken has devoted significant resources to research on the disease. In a November 2004 cover article, Fortune magazine called him The Man Who Changed Medicine for changes in approach to funding and results that he initiated. Milkens compensation, while head of the bond department at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the late 1980s, exceeded $1 billion in a four-year period. With an estimated net worth of around $2 billion as of 2010, Milken was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Encino, California. He graduated from Birmingham High School where he was the head cheerleader and his classmates included actresses Sally Field and Cindy Williams. In 1968, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B. S. with highest honors where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, while at Berkeley, Milken was influenced by credit studies authored by W. Through his Wharton professors, Milken landed a job at Drexel Harriman Ripley. After completing his MBA, he joined Drexel as director of low-grade bond research and he was also given some capital and permitted to trade. Over the next 17 years, he would have four down months. Drexel merged with Burnham and Company in 1973 to form Drexel Burnham, Milken was one of the few prominent holdovers from the Drexel side of the merger, and became the merged firms head of convertibles. He persuaded his new boss, fellow Wharton alumnus Tubby Burnham, by 1976, Milkens income at what was now Drexel Burnham Lambert was estimated at $5 million a year. In 1978, Milken moved the high-yield bond operation to Century City in Los Angeles, by the mid-1980s, Milkens network of high-yield bond buyers had reached a size which enabled him to raise large amounts of money very quickly
14. Lori Nelson – Lori Nelson is an American actress and former model. Born Dixie Kay Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nelson is the great-grandniece of John J. Pershing and she began her career at the age of 2 appearing in local theater productions. When Nelson was 4 years old, her moved to Encino. At the age of 5, she won the title of Little Miss America, during her childhood, she toured veterans hospitals entertaining patients. At age 7, Nelson contracted rheumatic fever which left her bedridden for four years, after she recovered, she returned to pageants and won the title of Miss Encino at age 17. After graduating from Canoga Park High School, Nelson worked as a model, in 1950, she was signed to a 7-year contract with Universal-International. Nelson made her debut in the 1952 Western Bend of the River. Later that year, she appeared as Rosie Kettle in the comedy film Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair, in 1955, Nelson guest starred in two episodes of Its a Great Life, and reprised her role as Rosie Kettle in Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki. That same year, she co-starred in the Creature From the Black Lagoon sequel Revenge of the Creature, Nelson had a featured role in I Died a Thousand Times, a 1955 remake of High Sierra, as well as in 1954s Destry, a remake of Destry Rides Again. She was one of the leads in an 18th-century adventure story, on television in November 1957, Nelson co-starred with Van Johnson in the television film The Pied Piper of Hamelin, which aired on NBC as a Thanksgiving Day television special. Also in 1957, she was cast in one of the three roles in the syndicated sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire. Based on the 1953 film of the name, Nelson starred as Greta Hanson. The series also starred Barbara Eden and Merry Anders, Nelson opted to leave the series after the first season and her character was written out. After leaving the series, Nelson continued with guest roles on Wagon Train, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Tab Hunter Show, Bachelor Father and she took a ten-year break from acting in 1961 and returned with a guest role in Family Affair in 1971. She made only three appearances in the 1990s including a role in the direct-to-video release Mom, Can I Keep Her. Her last role to date was in the 2005 low-budget science fiction horror film The Naked Monster, in the early 1950s, Nelson dated actor Tab Hunter. The relationship was fodder for gossip columnists at the time and there was speculation that the two would marry. In his 2005 autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential, The Making of a Movie Star, while Hunter was dating Nelson, he was also secretly involved with figure skater Ronald Robertson
15. Sally Ride – Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983, Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya. Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, after flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, Ride died of pancreatic cancer on July 23,2012. The elder child of Dale Burdell Ride and Carol Joyce, Ride was born in Los Angeles and she had one sibling, Karen Bear Ride, who is a Presbyterian minister. Both parents were elders in the Presbyterian Church, rides mother had worked as a volunteer counselor at a womens correctional facility. Her father had been a science professor at Santa Monica College. Ride attended Portola Junior High and then Birmingham High School before graduating from the private Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles on a scholarship, in addition to being interested in science, she was a nationally ranked tennis player. At Stanford, she earned a degree in 1975 and a PhD in physics in 1978 while doing research on the interaction of X-rays with the interstellar medium. Astrophysics and free electron lasers were her specific areas of study, Ride was one of 8,000 people who answered an advertisement in the Stanford student newspaper seeking applicants for the space program. She was chosen to join NASA in 1978, during her career, Ride served as the ground-based capsule communicator for the second and third space shuttle flights and helped develop the space shuttles Canadarm robot arm. Prior to her first space flight, she was subject to media due to her gender. During a press conference, she was asked questions like, Will the flight affect your reproductive organs, and Do you weep when things go wrong on the job. Despite this and the significance of the mission, Ride insisted that she saw herself in only one way—as an astronaut. On June 18,1983, she became the first American woman in space as a member on space shuttle Challenger for STS-7. She was preceded by two Soviet women, Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982, the five-person crew of the STS-7 mission deployed two communications satellites and conducted pharmaceutical experiments. Ride was the first woman to use the arm in space. Her second space flight was in 1984, also on board the Challenger and she spent a total of more than 343 hours in space
16. Deborah Rutter – Deborah F. Rutter is an American arts executive. She is the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, earlier in her career, she was the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an American orchestra commonly referred to as one of the Big Five. Rutter was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Encino, California and she is the daughter of attorney, Marshall Rutter. She played piano and violin and participated in youth orchestras in Los Angeles, to help out the youth orchestra, her mother took classes in orchestra management. Rutter graduated from Stanford University in 1978, where she studied music, for a year, she studied in Vienna and played there in a community orchestra. Applying for her first arts executive job, with a letter in German to its German born head, Ernest Fleischmann and she worked there from 1978 to 1986. During that time, Rutter obtained a degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. In 1986, Rutter was hired to head the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and she then became the executive director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In Seattle, she oversaw the construction of Benaroya Hall, the new home. She successfully worked to increase the Seattles visibility and endowment, Rutter was named to head the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association in 2003. According to arts management professor, Philippe Ravanas, she overhauled the Chicagos finance practices and she was later instrumental in attracting Riccardo Muti as the orchestras music director, and Yo-Yo Ma as creative consultant. Ma credits Rutter with making the orchestra and its more accessible through performance. During her tenure, the orchestra was hurt by an economic recession. In 2012, she settled a two-day musicians strike and her latter years at the orchestra included record fundraising and ticket sales. Rutter remained with the orchestra until June 2014, and assumed her duties at the Kennedy Center in September of that year and she is the first woman to head the large, partially federally funded, performing arts organization that includes many different types of performances and programs. Rutter is married to university professor and trombonist, Peter Ellefson, previously, she went by the name Deborah Card due to a former marriage, and has one daughter