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Vidhubala

Vidhubala is a former Malayalam film actress who started her career in the mid-1970s and retired when she was at the peak of her career. Vidhubala hosts a well accepted family reality show Kadhayallithu Jeevitham in Amrita TV. Vidhubala acted in over 100 Malayalam films, her first movie was School Master. She made her debut as a lead actor in Virunnukari by P. Venu followed, by Ponnkku Thanga Manasu, a Tamil film and received an award in the "Best Actress" category. In 1974, ten years after her first movie, she made her debut as the heroine opposite Prem Nazir in Hariharan's College Girl. Vidhubala acted opposite many of the leading actors of her time, including Prem Nazir, Vincent, Jayan and Kamal Haasan, she quit acting in 1981. Her last film was Abhinayam, directed by Baby. Vidhu is born to Indian independence activists K. Bhagyanath and Sulochana on 24 May 1954, her father was a famed magician. She took to acting only to oblige her friends of relatives, she is the sister of cinematographer Madhu Ambat.

She is married to Murali Kumar, the producer of some of her films. Kerala State Television Awards 2017 - Best Anchor: Kadhayallithu Jeevitham Velli Vizha Ponnukku Thanga Manasu... Geetha Engamma Sapatham Murugan Kaattiya Vazhi Samarpanam Enakkoru Magan Pirappan Kasthuri Vijayam Rasi Nalla Rasi Unnai Suttrum Ulagam... Seetha Ore Vaanam Ore Bhoomi Oppol Thrishna Sringaram Naalu Pennungal This show is adapted into several other regional languages. Vidhubala is well known for her anchoring style. Vidhubala on IMDb

Aïssa Maïga

Aïssa Maïga is a French actress born in Senegal. Aïssa Maïga was born in Dakar, Senegal to a Malian father and Senegalese mother, she and her mother left Senegal for Fresnes in France. She showed an interest in movies at a young age and was not satisfied being a mere movie-goer. On a school field trip to a theater, she was able to slip away from her teacher and make her way back stage. In high school she took her first acting classes with Daisie Faye, who today is artistic director of a Jazz and comedy festival that provides a more liberal curriculum. At the age of 14 and for three years, she was in The longest night a musical comedy by her teacher and during this time, appeared at the Mogador Theater and in the Follies Bergères She graduated from high school after three years of study, including theater studies and worked on an artistic project in Zimbabwe, Eric Cloué’s Le royaume du passage, she was 19 years old. Working with local actors in Zimbabwe, she discovered street theater and decided to become an actress.

She made her feature film debut, appearing in Denis Amart's Saraka Bô. She followed that up in 2000 playing a rebellious young girl in Hanake's Code Inconnu, starring Juliette Binoche. Aïssa Maïga has developed her versatility by taking on such a great diversity of roles. In 1999, she worked with New Wave director, Alain Tanner, in the sequel to the 1975 cult film Jonas, playing Lila in Jonas and Lila. In Alexandre Jardin's 2001 comedy, Le Prof, she worked with Jean-Hughes Anglade, she worked with Murielle Robin and Fejira Deliba in Marylin, a film dealing with the social and economic insecurity and solidarity among cashiers. She collaborated once again with Haneke in Caché, playing with Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil and Denis Podalydès, she appeared in several television series. In her desire to consolidate all she had learned, she returned to her studies, this time with Hélène Cheruy Zidi, at the Actor’s Lab, her perfectionism was well worth the effort. In 2007 she starred in two features, distinguishing herself in the role of Kassia in Kapiche’s Poupés Russes and in Claude Berry’s L’un reste,l’autre part.

Aïssa Maïga made her mark on French cinema through a series of roles and fortuitous meetings with films such as Je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas with Melanie Laurent and in Oliver Schmitz’s short "Place des Fetes" in 2006's Paris, je t’aime. In 2007 she was nominated for a Best Actress César for her role as Melé, a disillusioned bar singer in Abderrahamane Sissako’s Bamako. In this role she sang Christie Azuma’s “Naam” without knowing the language. Although she had numerous film successes, her popularity was not an obstacle to a return to the stage in Brooklyn Boy, Les grandes personnes, adapted from the book by Marie N’diaye as well as in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Des gens biens, she plays an African mother who tells the story of African intellectuals’ immigration through the lens of the life of French rapper and his family in the 2016 movie Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont. In 2012, she appeared in Cristina Comencini’s Bianco e Nero with Thierry Ebouaney, a performance that won her two awards: Cinema i Done and the Festival de Bastia award.

She was on the set of Mickey Dubé’s Comatose in South Africa in 2016. In 2018 Aïssa appeared in the Irish RTE drama "Taken Down" written by Stuart Carolan, playing a main role to critical acclaim. For several years, she has been the ambassador of AMREF, an African NGO dedicated to training medical personnel involved in caring for mothers and children. In 2012, she went to Uganda on a humanitarian mission. In 2018, she initiated an essay reuniting sixteen black actresses and french personalities, from different origins, religions and carriers in order to discuss about the discriminations they were and are facing in this industry; this essay is called Noire n’est pas mon métier. Nadège Beausson-Diagne, Mata Gabin, Maïmouna Gueye, Eye Haïdara, Rachel Khan, Aïssa Maïga, Sara Martins, Marie-Philomène Nga, Sabine Pakora, Firmine Richard, Sonia Rolland, Magaajyia Silberfeld, Shirley Souagnon, Assa Sylla, Karidja Touré and France Zobda wrote this manifesto as a testimony of their lives in this racist environment with a lot of humor and self-mockery.

Indeed, as a black woman, Aïssa Maïga is facing difficulties and had to deal with racism in castings. During the projection of Burning in may 2018 for the Festival de Cannes, she walked, along with her co-writers, through the stairs, raised their fists and danced on Rihanna’s Diamonds song, they formed the collectif Diaspora, who claim the possibility to obtain any type of role. Aïssa Maïga on IMDb

Andries Maseko

Andries "Six Mabone" Maseko was a South African football striker who played for Moroka Swallows, San Jose Earthquakes, Washington Diplomats and Phoenix Inferno. Maseko was born to Lettie Maseko in KwaThema. Ephraim Maseko died before he turned professional in 1972. In 1970, he joined Moroka Swallows from amateur club Harmed Stars at the age of 15. During a 1974 NPSL match against Umlazi Citizens, Maseko scored 8 goals in 13-1 win at the Sinaba Stadium, Daveyton, he was part of the Swallows era where the players were known as the'Massacres' because majority of their surnames started with'M'. The side include like Frederick Malebane, Mongezi Joel Mnini, Trott Nchilo Moloto, Ephraim Mashaba, Jimmy Mahlangu and Daniel Mophosho, he joined Washington Diplomats in 1978 and became one of the few South African black players in America alongside Abednigo Ngcobo, Jomo Sono, Kaizer Motaung and Patrick Ntsoelengoe. During his spell at Washington Diplomats, he was a teammate of Johan Cruyff. Maseko left Washington Diplomats in 1982 and joined San Jose Earthquakes and played together with George Best.

After leaving San Jose Earthquakes, he had a short spell at Phoenix Inferno before returning to South Africa to play for Benoni United. He retired at the age of 30 during his spell at Grinaker Rangers due to a groin injury which made him limp from years after that. Maseko said "The injury was a blow to my career as I was forced to hang up my boots for good, if it wasn't for that I would have played for a few more years". Maseko was in the South African team that defeated Rhodesia by a score of 7-0 in 1977 at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg, he played against an unofficial selection from Argentina and helped beat them 7-0. The previous night he, Jomo Sono, Lawrence Chelin and Patrick Ntsoelengoe spent the night in Banks Setlhodi's room planning how they would play and shared the goals among themselves, he had three children. Maseko died on 26 October 2013 at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after he was admitted on Thursday the 24th. Banks Setlhodi said "I knew Andries way; as a footballer, we all know that he was one of the best players but, on a personal level, he was humble and down-to-earth...

We just connected with him on another level away from football. He was one of the greatest guys I have come across."

Jan P. Allebach

Jan P. Allebach is an American engineer and researcher known for contributions to imaging science including halftoning, digital image processing, color management, visual perception, image quality, he is Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Allebach earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1972, a MSE and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1975 and 1976 respectively. After receiving his PhD, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Delaware. In 1983, Allebach accepted a position with the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. Allebach is known for his contributions to digital halftoning, the process of rendering continuous-tone images with printing or display devices that can only directly represent a small number of different output levels. Digital halftoning uses algorithms to generate a pattern of textures that have the appearance of continuous tones when perceived by the viewer at the appropriate distance, given the limited ability of the human visual system to resolve high spatial frequencies.

In 1977 Allebach published a paper that provided a framework for understanding and developing screening-based digital halftoning algorithms. In 1979 he reported on the first algorithm for computer-aided design of dither matrices; such search-based methods are now used for the design of halftone screens. After 1980 Allebach turned his attention elsewhere due to the lack of practical applications at that time for his halftoning work, he continued his investigation of the synthesis of digital diffractive elements. During this time Allebach developed a novel search-based algorithm for the design of digital diffractive elements that he called Direct Binary Search or DBS. Building on this research, in 1992 Allebach and his student, Mostafa Analoui, reported the invention of the Direct Binary Search digital halftoning algorithm. In the context of halftoning, DBS is a search-based algorithm that minimizes the total-squared error between the perceived continuous-tone image and the perceived halftone image.

A key aspect of the algorithm is a efficient mechanism for evaluating the effect on the error metric of trial changes to the halftone image. The model for the human visual system, used to generate the perceived images is based on filtering the input image with a point-spread function, derived from psychophysical measurements of the spatial contrast sensitivity of the human viewer. Eight years of further work led to the seminal publication on DBS by Allebach and his student, David Lieberman, in 2000. DBS is an iterative search-based algorithm, thus is not practical for implementation as an embedded application in a printer, it is used as a tool for the design of other halftoning algorithms implemented in many printers. In 2004, Allebach and his student, Pingshan Li, reported on the invention of the tone-dependent error diffusion halftoning algorithm; the TDED halftoning algorithm is developed via an off-line process in which the error diffusion weights and thresholds are trained level-by-level to yield a halftone image at each level for which the 2D Fourier spectrum matches that produced by DBS.

When applied to pictorial content, what results is an image that at a microscopic scale has colorant dots in locations that do not match the DBS reference image, but which at a macroscopic scale, has the same visual quality as the DBS reference image. The TDED halftoning algorithm generates high quality halftone images with greater computational efficiency than the DBS halftoning algorithm. HP Inc. is assigned the patent for Tone Dependent Error Diffusion. Allebach has extended his work with digital halftoning to the printing of color images with the use of a novel spatio-chromatic model for the human visual system, as well as to 3D printing. In 2004, Allebach was named Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology “for his leadership as an educator and researcher in the electronic imaging community, for his contributions to image halftoning, color image processing, the use of our understanding of the human visual system in image processing.” Allebach was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2014 “for development of algorithms for digital image half-toning for imaging and printing.”

He is a Fellow of IEEE, IS&T, SPIE, the National Academy of Inventors. In 2007, Allebach was awarded Honorary Membership from IS&T. In 2013, Allebach was honored with the IEEE’s Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies, in 2016, with the Edwin H. Land Medal jointly awarded by the Optical Society of America and IS&T. Purdue University Profile Google Scholar

Michael Napier Brown

Michael Patrick Napier Brown was a British actor, theatre director, playwright, the chief executive and artistic director of the Royal Theatre in Northampton for over 20 years. Born in Bournemouth, Napier Brown was the fifth and youngest child of Bessie and Arthur Napier Brown, his siblings are Betty, David and Vera. He was educated at Bournemouth Grammar School for Boys where he developed a love for theatre and took part in various school productions. In 1953 he began a career in journalism with the Bournemouth Daily Echo while continuing to take part in amateur dramatics. From 1955 to 1957 he served his National Service with the Royal Air Force and on leaving the RAF he won a place at The Hampshire School of Drama, washing up in a Forte's restaurant in the mornings to pay for his drama lessons. In 1958 Napier Brown won'Most Promising Actor', the prize for, a small silver cup, an agent and a summer season at Guernsey, he joined The Penguin Players in 1959, meeting his wife Vilma Hollingbery in the same year, marrying her in 1961 at Eastbourne.

From 1959 to 1964 the couple acted together in over 200 plays. It was during this period. Napier Brown's television appearances include Julius Caesar for the BBC, Les Misérables, The Golden Shot, the Doctor Who story The War Games, The Borderers, Doctor in the House, The Troubleshooters, Casanova'73, Doctor on the Go, The Dick Emery Show, Secret Army, 1990, Happy Ever After and Terry and June, his theatre appearances include Mr Honeyman in Alibi for a Judge at the Savoy Theatre. Kings and Clowns was not a success, so Napier Brown decided to try theatre directing, he wrote to Malcolm Farquhar, artistic director at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, who appointed him as associate director. Here Napier Brown directed 11 productions before moving to Derby Playhouse. In 1981 Napier Brown became chief executive and artistic director of the Royal Theatre in Northampton. Here he cast them in productions at that theatre. After successful auditions they appeared as Pandora Braithwaite in two series. Napier Brown remained at the Royal Theatre for over 20 years and wrote the plays Is This the Day?, co-written with his wife Vilma Hollingbery and which won the Eileen Anderson Central TV award for Best New Play.

He wrote dramatisations based on Wuthering Heights, An Old Man's Love, Northanger Abbey, The Turn of the Screw and Emma. He directed 14 pantomimes, all of which had book and lyrics by his wife. In 1995 he was nominated as Best Director for the Martini Regional Awards for The Day After the Fair; as the Royal Theatre was combining with the nearby Derngate concert hall to create the Royal & Derngate, Napier Brown relinquished his post and he and his wife returned to their home at Ham in Richmond in Surrey. He was director of the Ludlow Shakespeare Festival for three years, directed at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and the Theatre Royal in Bath, he directed several final year productions at the Arts Educational Schools and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, was an examiner for the New Era Academy. He was a member of the audition panels for entry into Webber Arts Educational schools. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree by the University of Northampton for developing a thriving Theatre-in-Education programme at the Royal Theatre in Northampton.

Napier Brown died at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher after a long illness. He is survived by his daughter. Michael Napier Brown on the British Film Institute website