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Gong Li

Gong Li is a Chinese-born Singaporean actress. One of the most famous actresses of China's Fifth Generation cinema, she starred in three of the four Academy Award for Best International Feature Film-nominated Chinese-language films. Gong was born in Shenyang and grew up in Jinan, Shandong, she enrolled at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, from where she graduated in 1989. While a student at the Academy, she was spotted by director Zhang Yimou and debuted in Zhang's Red Sorghum in 1987. Gong and Zhang's professional and personal relationship received much media attention in the Chinese-speaking world, as they continued to collaborate on a string of critically acclaimed movies, including the Oscar-nominated features Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern. For her role in the Zhang-directed The Story of Qiu Ju, Gong won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. Gong starred in the Chen Kaige-directed Oscar-nominated Farewell My Concubine, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Other notable appearances include Breaking the Silence, Zhou Yu's Train, 2046, Memoirs of a Geisha, Curse of the Golden Flower, Coming Home. Gong was head of jury at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and the 2002 Venice Film Festival, the first Chinese to hold such position at both events. Throughout her career, Gong has won three Hundred Flowers Awards, two Golden Rooster Awards, honourary awards at the Berlin and Cannes film festivals, she was appointed a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2010. Gong Li was born in Shenyang, China, the youngest of five children, her father was a professor of economics and her mother was a teacher. She grew up in the capital of Shandong. In 1985, she was accepted to study at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. While a student at the Central Academy of Drama, she was discovered by Zhang Yimou, who chose her for the lead role in Red Sorghum, his first film as a director. Over the several years following her 1987 acting debut in Red Sorghum, Gong received international acclaim for her roles in several more Zhang Yimou films.

She starred in Ju Dou in 1990. These roles established her reputation, according to Asiaweek, as "one of the world's most glamorous movie stars and an elegant throwback to Hollywood's golden era". In many of her early movies, Gong represents a tragic victim and an abused soul, trying to release herself from an impossible maze of corruption and suppression. In Raise the Red Lantern and Shanghai Triad an additional tragic element is added to her being as she unintentionally becomes the executioner of new innocent victims, making her realize that she has assisted the dark cynical system. In 1993, she received a New York Film Critics Circle award for her role in Farewell My Concubine. Directed by Chen Kaige, the film was her first major role with a director other than Zhang Yimou. In the same year, she was awarded with the Berlinale Camera at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. Premiere magazine ranked her performance in Farewell My Concubine as the 89th greatest performance of all time.

She worked with renowned director Stephen Chow in comedy films God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai and Flirting Scholar. Immune to political repercussions because of her fame, Gong Li began criticizing the censorship policy in China, her films Farewell My Concubine and The Story of Qiu Ju were banned in China for being thinly-veiled critiques of the Chinese government. Regarding the sexual content in Ju Dou, Chinese censorship deemed the film "a bad influence on the physical and spiritual health of young people."In June 1998, Gong Li became a recipient of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Two years she was invited by the Berlin Film Festival to be the president of its international jury for the festival's 50th anniversary. Gong won her second international Best Actress trophy for her performance as a struggling single mother in Breaking the Silence at the Montreal Film Festival, directed by Sun Zhou, she was invited to head the Venice Film Festival in 2002. In the early 2000s, Gong starred in two films directed by Wong Kar-wai, 2046 and Eros.

She attended the Cannes Film Festival that year, where she was awarded the Festival Trophy for her contributions to film. Despite her popularity, Gong avoided Hollywood for years, due to a lack of confidence in speaking English, she made her English speaking debut in 2005. Her performance was met with positive reviews, her other English-language roles to date included Miami Vice in 2006 and Hannibal Rising in 2007. In all three films, she learned her English lines phonetically, she worked again with Zhang Yimou for historical epic Curse of the Golden Flower. Time named her performance as the Empress as the 7th greatest performance of the year, she narrated Beijing, an audio walking tour by Louis Vuitton and Soundwalk, which won an Audie Award for Best Original Work in 2009. In 2010, Gong starred in the World War II-era thriller Shanghai as a spy, disguised as the wife of a triad boss, she turned to documentaries and photographs about World War II, besides taking dancing classes three times a week, to ensure an accurate portrayal of the character.

During a press junket for the film, she stated that she was becoming m

C. W. Melson

Cyrus William "C. W." Melson was a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from the unincorporated Ozone community in Johnson County in northwestern Arkansas. He served from 1977 until his death in the office. An Assembly of God minister, Melson was the son of Virgil Dale "Jack" Melson, Sr. and the former Lillian Ellen Bump of Ozone. He was married to the former Kathleen Neeley of Clarksville in Johnson County. Melson's brother, Virgil Melson, Jr. was the unsuccessful Republican candidate in the special election held on August 25, 1981, to choose a new representative to succeed Melson. The seat hence reverted to the Democrats. Melson was among seven Republicans in the Arkansas House during most of his tenure, his colleagues were Carolyn Pollan of Fort Smith, Jim L. Smithson of Marshall in Searcy County, Jerry King of Greenwood, Richard L. Barclay of Rogers, Jerry E. Hinshaw of Springdale, Judy Petty Wolf of Little Rock. During Melson's last six months in office, a Republican, Frank D. White served a single two-year term as governor.

Melson is interred at the Airy Memorial Cemetery in Ludwig in Johnson County, Arkansas

Sona Aslanova

Sona Aslanova was a Soviet and Azerbaijani soprano, Meritorious Artist of Azerbaijan Republic known for her historic performances of Azerbaijani, an international classical and folk vocal music repertoire. Sona Aslanova studied and taught operatic singing at the Baku Conservatory. Among her professors was Sofia Lisenko-Golskaya, a student of Francesco Lamperti, she sang in numerous live and recorded broadcasts on the radio and appeared in many films both as a singer and as an actress. Among her most recognized roles is Nigar from Koroglu, Asya from Arshin Mal Alan, Asli from Asli and Kerem. All three operas were written by Uzeyir Hajibeyov, who guided her as she began her operatic career. Aslanova represented Azerbaijan on tours to a number of foreign countries, she worked side by side with such prominent Azerbaijani figures in the arts as the singers Bulbul and Rashid Behbudov. She lived in Los United States from 1994 until her death. Awarded the titles of the Meritorious Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR in 1956 and the Order of the Badge of Honour in 1959.

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