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Harold Lloyd

Harold Clayton Lloyd Sr. was an American actor and stunt performer who appeared in many silent comedy films. Lloyd is considered alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most influential film comedians of the silent film era. Lloyd made nearly 200 comedy films, both silent and "talkies", between 1914 and 1947, his bespectacled "Glass" character was a resourceful, success-seeking go-getter who matched the zeitgeist of the 1920s-era United States. His films contained "thrill sequences" of extended chase scenes and daredevil physical feats. Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock high above the street in Safety Last! is considered one of the most enduring images in all of cinema. Lloyd performed the lesser stunts himself, despite having injured himself in August 1919 while doing publicity pictures for the Roach studio. An accident with a bomb mistaken as a prop resulted in the loss of the thumb and index finger of his right hand. Although Lloyd's individual films were not as commercially successful as Chaplin's on average, he was far more prolific, made more money overall.

Lloyd was born on April 20, 1893 in Burchard, the son of James Darsie Lloyd and Sarah Elisabeth Fraser. His paternal great-grandparents were Welsh. In 1910, after his father had several business venture failures, Lloyd's parents divorced and his father moved with his son to San Diego, California. Lloyd had acted in theater since a child, but in California he began acting in one-reel film comedies around 1912. Lloyd worked with Thomas Edison's motion picture company, his first role was a small part as a Yaqui Indian in the production of The Old Monk's Tale. At the age of 20, Lloyd moved to Los Angeles, took up roles in several Keystone Film Company comedies, he was hired by Universal Studios as an extra and soon became friends with aspiring filmmaker Hal Roach. Lloyd began collaborating with Roach who had formed his own studio in 1913. Roach and Lloyd created "Lonesome Luke", similar to and playing off the success of Charlie Chaplin films. Lloyd hired Bebe Daniels as a supporting actress in 1914.

In 1919, she left Lloyd to pursue her dramatic aspirations. That year, Lloyd replaced Daniels with Mildred Davis, whom he would marry. Lloyd was tipped off by Hal Roach to watch Davis in a movie; the more Lloyd watched Davis the more he liked her. Lloyd's first reaction in seeing her was that "she looked like a big French doll". By 1918, Lloyd and Roach had begun to develop his character beyond an imitation of his contemporaries. Harold Lloyd would move away from tragicomic personas, portray an everyman with unwavering confidence and optimism; the persona Lloyd referred to as his "Glass" character was a much more mature comedy character with greater potential for sympathy and emotional depth, was easy for audiences of the time to identify with. The "Glass" character is said to have been created after Roach suggested that Harold was too handsome to do comedy without some sort of disguise. To create his new character Lloyd donned a pair of lensless horn-rimmed glasses but wore normal clothing. "When I adopted the glasses," he recalled in a 1962 interview with Harry Reasoner, "it more or less put me in a different category because I became a human being.

He was a kid that you would meet next door, across the street, but at the same time I could still do all the crazy things that we did before, but you believed them. They were natural and the romance could be believable." Unlike most silent comedy personae, "Harold" was never typecast to a social class, but he was always striving for success and recognition. Within the first few years of the character's debut, he had portrayed social ranks ranging from a starving vagrant in From Hand to Mouth to a wealthy socialite in Captain Kidd's Kids. On Sunday, August 24, 1919, while posing for some promotional still photographs in the Los Angeles Witzel Photography Studio, he picked up what he thought was a prop bomb and lit it with a cigarette, it mangled his right hand, causing him to lose a thumb and forefinger. The blast was severe enough that the cameraman and prop director nearby were seriously injured. Lloyd was in the act of lighting a cigarette from the fuse of the bomb when it exploded badly burning his face and chest and injuring his eye.

Despite the proximity of the blast to his face, he retained his sight. As he recalled in 1930, "I thought I would be so disabled that I would never be able to work again. I didn't suppose. Still I thought,'Life is worth while. Just to be alive.' I still think so."Beginning in 1921, Roach and Lloyd moved from shorts to feature-length comedies. These included the acclaimed Grandma's Boy, which pioneered the combination of complex character development and film comedy, the popular Safety Last!, which cemented Lloyd's stardom, Why Worry?. Although Lloyd performed many athletic stunts in his films, Harvey Parry was his stunt double for the more dangerous sequences. Lloyd and Roach parted ways in 1924, Lloyd became the independent producer of his own films; these included his most accomplished

Smooth & Legit

Smooth & Legit is the debut album by Smooth, first known as MC Smooth at the time. It was released on April 27, 1990 through independent label, Crush Music and was produced by her brother Chris Stokes and former N. W. A member, Arabian Prince; the album was not much of a success, only making it to #72 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. "Smooth & Legit"- 4:19 "Intro: Vocals"- 0:19 "You Gotta Be Real"- 4:01 "Intro: Vocals"- 0:14 "Who's Smooth the M. C."- 3:15 "Take It from the Top"- 3:39 "24/7"- 2:45 "Intro: Vocals"- 0:17 "The Dope Man"- 3:45 "Intro: Vocals"- 0:13 "I'm an Individual"- 2:27 "Intro: Vocals"- 0:16 "Where is the Money"- 4:09 "Blow Your Whistle"- 4:24 "You Reap What You Sow"- 3:26 "Intro: Vocals"- 0:15 "It Could Have Been You"- 3:24 "Clap Your Hands"- 3:55 "You Think You Want Some"- 3:44

Sant Cugat del Vall├Ęs

Sant Cugat del Vallès is a town and municipality north of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. Known as Castrum Octavianum in antiquity and as Pins del Vallès during the Second Spanish Republic, it is named after Saint Cucuphas, said to have been martyred on the spot now occupied by its medieval monastery; the final part of its toponym, del Vallès, is a reference to the historical county where the town is situated, Vallès. In addition to the monastery, the town's other notable buildings include the School of Architecture of the Vallès and the Centre d'Alt Rendiment, a famous centre for professional sport training. Sant Cugat has become an affluent suburb of Barcelona due to its location, its natural surroundings, its pedestrian shopping area. Sant Cugat offers restaurants, a concert venue, two cinemas, one large shopping centre, it is a political stronghold for conservative Catalan nationalism, with Convergència i Unió dominating the town's politics for 32 years up until 2019 when Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya took control of the City Council with the support of other political forces.

Sant Cugat has seen its population increase in recent years, with more births than bigger cities like Barcelona. It has practically merged with the nearby Rubí and Cerdanyola del Vallès; the town has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre and the nearby industrial cities of Terrassa and Sabadell. These are some of the main sights of the municipality: Monastery of Sant Cugat Hermitage of Sant Medir Hermitage of Sant Adjutori Torre Negra Gothic bridge of Can Vernet There are some districts and towns in this municipality such as Mira-sol where 14,474 live; this table below show the population of the municipality during the 20th century and the early 21st century. The Japanese School of Barcelona, a Japanese international school, is located in the commune; the Hoshuko Barcelona Educación Japonesa/Escuela de Educación Japonesa en Barcelona, a weekend supplementary Japanese school, holds its classes in the Japanese School of Barcelona building. The town has a sardana club.

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