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James Franco

James Edward Franco is an American actor, screenwriter, film producer, television producer, academic and writer. For his role in 127 Hours, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, he is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him. Franco is known for his work on television, he portrayed the title character in the television biographical film James Dean, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Franco had a recurring role on the daytime soap opera General Hospital and starred in the limited series 11.22.63. He starred in the David Simon-created HBO drama The Deuce. Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity, has taught film classes at New York University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, Playhouse West. James Edward Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978, his mother, Betsy Lou, is a children's book author and occasional actress, his father, Douglas Eugene Franco, ran a Silicon Valley business.

His father was of Portuguese and Swedish ancestry, while his mother is Jewish, from a family of Russian-Jewish descent. His maternal grandfather, changed his surname from "Verovitz" to "Verne" some time after 1940, his paternal grandmother, Marjorie, is a published author of young adult books. His maternal grandmother, owned the prominent Verne Art Gallery in Cleveland and was an active member in the National Council of Jewish Women. Franco's family upbringing was "academic and secular", he grew up in California with actors Tom and Dave. A "math whiz", Franco interned at Lockheed Martin, he was encouraged by his father to get good grades and did well on his SATs. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996; this led to him attending CSSSA in 1998 for theater studies. In his high school years, Franco was arrested for underage drinking and being a part of a group that stole designer fragrances from department stores and sold them to classmates; these arrests led to Franco becoming a ward of the state.

Facing the possibility of juvenile hall, he was given a second chance by the judge. He recalled of his troubles with the law. I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I was shy. I changed my ways just in time to get good grades."Although the idea of becoming a marine zoologist interested him, Franco had always secretly wanted to become an actor but feared being rejected. He enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles as an English major, but dropped out after his first year to pursue a career as an actor, since he would have had to wait two years to audition for their acting program, he instead chose to take acting lessons with Robert Carnegie at the Playhouse West. Around this time, he took up a late-night job at McDonald's to support himself because his parents refused to do so, he was a vegetarian for the year prior to working there. While working at the establishment, he would practice accents on customers, an experience he remembered nostalgically in a 2015 Washington Post editorial titled "McDonald's was there for me when no one else was".

After 15 months of training, Franco began auditioning in Los Angeles. His first paid role was a television commercial for Pizza Hut, featuring a dancing Elvis Presley, he found guest roles on television shows but his first break came in 1999, after he was cast in a leading role on the short-lived but well-reviewed NBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which ran for 18 episodes and was canceled due to low viewership. The show became a cult hit among audiences, he has since described the series. In another interview, Franco said: "When we were doing Freaks and Geeks, I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, I would improvise if the camera wasn't on me... So I was improvising a little bit back but not in a productive way." After his film debut Never Been Kissed, he played a popular jock Chris in Whatever It Takes, a modern-day remake of the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. He was subsequently cast as the title role in director Mark Rydell's 2001 TV biographical film James Dean. To immerse himself in the role, Franco went from being a non-smoker to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, bleached his dark brown hair blond, learned to ride a motorcycle as well as play guitar and the bongos.

To have a greater understanding of Dean, Franco spent hours with two of Dean's associates. Other research included studying his movies. While filming James Dean, the actor, to get into character, cut off communication with his family and friends, as well as his then-girlfriend. "It was a lonely existence," he notes. "If I wasn't on a set, I was watching James Dean. That was my whole thinking. James Dean. James Dean." Despite being a fan of Dean, Franco feared he might be typecast if he'd captured the actor too convincingly. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Franco could have walked th

Thomas Hope (pastor)

Thomas Hope was an English Congregationalist minister who had a career in Australia. Hope was educated at Owen's College and studied for the ministry at Lancashire Independent College, his first appointment was in 1872 to the Congregational Church in Suffolk. In late 1873 he left for South Australia aboard the Stratton Audley, was in May 1874 appointed to Clayton Congregational Church, in Kensington, South Australia, as successor to Eliezer Griffiths who had departed for Britain and America, William Harcus, who had embarked on a career in journalism. During his tenure at the Clayton Church the congregation grew to such an extent that a new, larger church building was called for, was built within a few years and opened on 17 May 1882; the Sunday-school was steadily growing in numbers, a Young Men's Society and Young Christians' Union were founded and flourished. Hope resigned after sixteen years at Clayton, he moved to Sydney in September 1890 to take the ministry of the Congregational Church at Waverley.

In July 1894 he commenced at Hindmarsh Congregational Church where he served for 14 years, was responsible for oversight of the Henley Beach Congregational Church, served by lay preachers. On his retirement he was made honorary pastor, his successor was Rev. Percival Watson, he served Clayton Church in various capacities, filling the positions of Moderator and acting pastor when the Church was without a minister, was made honorary pastorate for life in February 1916. For many years he was the Secretary of the Parkin Congregational Mission, of the Union College. On the death of his brother-in-law, the Rev. John Lloyd of Wallaroo on 29 October 1904, Hope served at his church until a replacement could be found, he married Janet Frew in Adelaide on 19 August 1890. They had no children, their last home was on Hindmarsh. Augustine Stow, son of Rev. T. Q. Stow, married her sister Elizabeth Augusta Frew in 1867 Rev. John Lloyd married her sister Ellen Hodge née Frew in 1878, she was the widow of Matthew Henry Hodge

Princess Elisabeth of Prussia

Princess Elisabeth of Prussia was the second daughter of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and Landgravine Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg and a granddaughter of Frederick William II of Prussia. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is her great-great-grandson. Elisabeth was born in Berlin to Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and Landgravine Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg. Through her father, she was a granddaughter of Frederick William II of Prussia. Through her mother, she was a granddaughter of Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg, she was the fifth of seven surviving children. One of her sisters, became Queen of Bavaria. Elisabeth married Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine, second son of Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse, on 22 October 1836 in Berlin. Elisabeth had good relationship with Alice. In her years, Elisabeth gained more weight and became obese, she lived to see her son ascend the throne as Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine on 13 June 1877 and to see Louis and Alice's two eldest daughters marry. Elisabeth and Charles' first great-grandchild, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was born during her lifetime.

She died in the borough of Darmstadt-Bessungen at the age of 69, outliving her husband by eight years. Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine. Married, Alexandrina Hutten-Czapska. Prince Heinrich Ludwig Wilhelm Adalbert Waldemar Alexander by Rhine. Married, Baroness Emily of Dornberg. Princess Anna of Hesse and by Rhine. Prince Wilhelm Ludwig Friedrich Georg Emil Philipp by Rhine. 18 June 1815 - 22 October 1836: Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Prussia 22 October 1836 - 21 March 1885: Her Royal Princess Charles of Hesse and by Rhine