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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg is an English-French actress and singer. She is the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. After making her musical debut with her father on the song "Lemon Incest" at the age of 12, she released an album with her father at the age of 15. More than 20 years passed before she released the first of four albums as an adult to commercial and critical success. Gainsbourg has appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier, has received both a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award. Gainsbourg was born on 21 July 1971 in London, to English actress and singer Jane Birkin and French actor and singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Gainsbourg was born at the height of her parents' fame; as a result, her birth and childhood were well publicised. At birth she received the surname of Gainsbourg, her father's stage name, but at the age of 18 she changed her surname to Ginsburg, her father's legal surname.

Her maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell, her uncle is screenwriter Andrew Birkin, who directed her in The Cement Garden. She is a cousin of opera director Sophie Hunter. Gainsbourg's father was Jewish. Gainsbourg attended École Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel in Paris and Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland. French is Gainsbourg's first language, but she is fluent in English. Gainsbourg was raised in Paris alongside her half-sister from her mother's marriage to composer John Barry, Kate Barry, who died in 2013 after falling out of a window. According to Birkin, both parents were somewhat neglectful spending their nights going out to parties and drinking, she has a young brother, Lucien "Lulu" Gainsbourg, born in 1986 from her father's relationship with Bambou. On her father's side she had two older siblings born from his second marriage to Françoise-Antoinette "Béatrice" Pancrazzi. By 1980, her parents' relationship had dissolved and her mother left her father for the director Jacques Doillon.

Her half sister Lou Doillon was born in 1982 as a result of the union. Gainsbourg would go on to work with her stepfather in the film The Temptation of Isabelle in 1985 and in Amoureuse in 1992, which starred her future partner Yvan Attal. In 1987, she was the target of a bungled kidnapping. After her parents separated, Gainsbourg's father descended into alcoholism dying of a heart attack in 1991. Gainsbourg remained devoted to preserving his legacy and preserved his home, saying she hoped to turn it into a museum, she abandoned the project and decided to maintain the house as a private residence instead. On 5 September 2007, Gainsbourg was rushed to a Paris hospital where she underwent surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage, she had been experiencing headaches since a waterskiing accident in the United States several weeks earlier. Gainsbourg grew up on film sets, she stated that her mother had pushed her into acting, believing that she wanted to be an actress and encouraging her to make her motion picture debut playing Catherine Deneuve's daughter in the film Paroles et musique.

In 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for "Most Promising Actress" for An Impudent Girl. That same year Gainsbourg appeared in the film Charlotte for Ever about a man who develops incestuous desires for his teenage daughter after his wife dies. Written and directed by Gainsbourg's father Serge Gainsbourg, who took the role of Gainsbourg's father on screen, the film heightened the controversy that had resulted from Gainsbourg's debut single Lemon Incest, which had similar themes and was created and sung with her father Serge causing press speculation that the material was autobiographical. In 1988, she appeared together with her mother in a set of films, Kung Fu Master and the documentary drama Jane B. by Agnes V. both directed by Agnès Varda. In 1993, Gainsbourg made her English-speaking debut in The Cement Garden and directed by her uncle, Andrew Birkin, her stage debut was in David Mamet's Oleanna at the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse. In 1996, Gainsbourg starred as the title character in Jane Eyre, a film adaption of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.

In 2000, she won the César Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for the film La Bûche. In 2003, Gainsbourg starred with Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro. In 2006, Gainsbourg appeared alongside Gael García Bernal in Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep. In 2007, she appeared as Claire in the Todd Haynes-directed Bob Dylan biographical film I'm Not There contributing a cover version of the Dylan song "Just Like a Woman" to the film soundtrack. In 2009, she won the award for Best Actress at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for the film Antichrist. Gainsbourg starred in the French/Australian production, The Tree, released in 2010, in Lars von Trier's science fiction disaster film, Melancholia, she was on the jury for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012. In May 2012 Confession of a Child of the Century premiered, where she starred alongside the British musician Pete Doherty. Gainsbourg collaborated with von Trier once again on his 2013 film Nymphomaniac, in which she played the title role.

The 5½-hour film depicts the life of a sex addict from youth to middle age. When asked about the nature of the role, Gainsbourg responded, "The sex scenes weren't so hard. F

Aigburth Vale

Aigburth Vale house at 212 Aigburth Road in Towson was designed in 1868, by architects Niernsee & Neilson, as a country home for wealthy actor John E. Owens. Aigburth is a district of England. Most of the property of the estate was known as the Rock Spring Farm of Edward Taylor and the parcel was reported to have been over 197 acres when it was purchased by Owens in 1853; the mansion is a wood-framed, three-story structure is an example of Second Empire architecture and as such, is topped by mansard roofs on the tower and wings. For a period after 1886, the mansion functioned as an inn and as a summer home for Owens's widow, Mary. In 1889 the majority of the land associated with the estate was sold at auction by the mortgage holder: the Sheppard Pratt Hospital to John Hubner, a Catonsville developer. Thereafter the mansion house and surrounding 4.9 acres was sold to Dr. George F. Sargent, as a private mental hospital from 1919 to 1950. Hubner sold the agricultural land to the Towson Nurseries who subdivided portions of it for sale to the Baltimore County Board of Education in 1943 and 1946 for use as the site for Towson High School and its surrounding campus.

The mansion building was leased to Baltimore County Board of Education in 1950 for use as administrative offices and thereafter became the current owners of the building. The Owens estate was once surrounded by over 200 acres but today it stands within a suburban neighborhood; as designed, entry to the estate was gained from York Road along. The gatehouse building of the estate, built in 1860 by Jacob Reese, still stands though the intersection of Cedar and York has been closed; the building has been identified as an outstanding example of Second Empire architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 27, 1999. Photo of Aigburth Vale

Ernie Shelton

Ernest Earl Shelton was a male high jumper from the United States, who competed in the 1950s. He won the gold medal at the 1955 Pan American Games. Shelton set his personal best in the men's high jump event on 1955-06-10 at a meet in his home town of Los Angeles, he failed to qualify for the 1956 Summer Olympics, finishing in fifth place at the 1956 US Olympic Trials. Shelton competed in the decathlon, he first competed for Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, finishing in a 5-way tie for 2nd place at the 1951 CIF California State Meet. Next he went to the University of Southern California where he won the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships twice in a row, he won the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both 1954 and 1955 (1955 tied with Charles Dumas who at the time was still at Centennial High School who would win the Olympic Gold medal the following year Both Dumas and Shelton were in a race to become the first man to clear 7 feet, with Dumas getting the honor.

It was crushing to Shelton. Shelton has gone on to become a celebrated sculptor, working from his studio in California, he has worked as an Imagineer on the original Disneyland creating a statue in the Ancient Cambodian City section of the Jungle Cruise attraction as well as work at EPCOT and Tokyo Disneyland. He sculpted numerous artworks for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences headquarters in North Hollywood, including life-sized statues of Johnny Carson, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, he has contributed to special effects pieces for RoboCop, Total Recall and other motion pictures. Profile