Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle OMalley Armstrong, known as Dido, is an English singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel and her next album, Life for Rent, continued her success with the hit singles White Flag and Life for Rent. Didos first two albums are among the albums in UK Chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. Her third studio album, Safe Trip Home, received critical acclaim and she was nominated for an Academy Award for the song If I Rise. Dido was ranked No.98 on the Billboard chart of the top Billboard 200 artists of the 2000s based on the success of her albums in the first decade of the 21st century. Dido made a comeback in 2013, releasing her studio album Girl Who Got Away. Dido was born at St Mary Abbots hospital in Kensington, London, on Christmas Day 1971, on her birth certificate, her name was registered as Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong. Because she was born on Christmas Day, she celebrates a birthday on 25 June.
Her mother, Clare, is a poet of French ancestry and her elder brother, Rowland Constantine OMalley Armstrong, is better known as record producer Rollo, part of the British electronica trio Faithless. Despite their birth names, the pair were known from childhood by the names that are famous now – Dido, Dido has made it clear that Dido is now her real name and not simply a stage name or nickname. Her name derives from that of the mythical Queen of Carthage, as a child, she had to deal with its ambiguous and unusual nature, which led to her being bullied and even to her pretending to have an ordinary name. As she explains, To be called one thing and christened another is very confusing and annoying. Its one of the most irritating things that my parents did to me, Florian is a German mans name. To give your child a whole lot of odd names, I thought it was cruel to call me Dido and expect me to just deal with it. After she stole a recorder from school at the age of five, her parents enrolled her at the Guildhall School of Music, by the time she reached her teens she had learned to play the piano and the violin.
She studied law at Birkbeck, University of London, while working as a literary agent and she never completed the degree, deciding instead to take up music full-time. After learning the guitar, she showcased her skills to audiences during her 2004 Life for Rent tour, in 1995, Dido began recording 10 demo tracks which were put together on a collection entitled Odds & Ends and sent out by Nettwerk management. Nettwerk had signed her after she was brought to their attention by her collaborations with Faithless, Peter Leak became Didos manager during the recording of No Angel after Edge played some of the in-progress recordings and been blown away by them
The WB Television Network was an American television network that was first launched on broadcast television on January 11,1995 as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. Entertainment division of Time Warner and the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Company, on January 24,2006, CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced plans to shut down the network and launch The CW that same year, the WB Television Network shut down on September 17,2006, with select programs from both it and competitor UPN moving to The CW when it launched the following day, September 18. Time Warner re-used The WB brand for a network that launched on April 28,2008. The website could only be accessed within the United States, on November 2,1993, the Warner Bros. Only five of these stations – along with a sixth that Tribune acquired the following year – would join The WB at launch, when the network was announced, The WB planned to run a predominately network programmed schedule over time. The WB Television Network premiered on January 11,1995, with the episode of The Wayans Bros. as its first program.
The classic Warner Bros. cartoon character Michigan J. Frog appeared on-air as the official mascot. Much of the branding was based around Warner Bros. locations and characters. Pictures shield logo, network promotions and imaging campaigns for The WB, the networks first programs were mostly sitcoms targeted at an ethnically black audience. Even though four of the five shows that debuted in the netlets first nine months were renewed beyond the first year – The Wayans Bros, unhappily Ever After, The Parent Hood and Sister, Sister – none of them made a significant impact. On August 17,1995, the Tribune Company acquired a 12. 5% on March 31,1997, the WB expanded its programming to Sunday nights for the 1995–96 season, but none of the new shows managed to garner much viewing interest. The WB continued to expand in the 1996–97 season, adding programming on Monday nights and this season gave The WB modest hits in the Aaron Spelling-produced family drama 7th Heaven and comedies The Steve Harvey Show and The Jamie Foxx Show.
The WB first began to experience success with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it debuted with the highest Monday night ratings in the networks history, attracting not only new teenage viewers, but new advertisers as well. The networks breakout hit and, its series was Dawsons Creek. At the start of the 1998–99 season, the network expanded its programming to Thursday nights, for the 1999–2000 season, the network concluded its primetime expansion with the addition of programming on Friday nights. During this season, The WB was the network to have gains in its total audience viewership. As the teen boom of the late 1990s began to wane, although teen-oriented fare like Popular and Roswell had premiered to strong ratings, both series saw serious ratings erosion in their sophomore seasons, leading the network to cancel them both
Sarah Wayne Callies
Sarah Anne Wayne Callies is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Sara Tancredi in Foxs Prison Break, Lori Grimes in AMCs The Walking Dead and Katie Bowman in USA Networks Colony. Callies was born in La Grange, the daughter of Valerie Wayne and David E. Callies, respective English and law professors at the University of Hawaii, at age one, Callies moved to Honolulu, Hawaii with her family. Throughout her youth, she expressed an interest in acting participating in various school plays at the independent Punahou School. After graduating from school, she entered Dartmouth College in Hanover. In conjunction with her studies, Callies remained involved in theatre and she continued her education at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2002. Callies moved to New York in 2003 and landed her first television role as Kate OMalley. Her first starring role was as Detective Jane Porter on The WBs Tarzan, after making various guest appearances on Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, and NUMB3RS, Callies gained a starring role on Foxs Prison Break as Sara Tancredi.
She played the role in the first two seasons, but her character was killed off for the season before being brought back for the final. She stated through a spokesperson to TV Guide in fall 2007, However, in March 2008, Olmstead stated that the character of Sara is still alive and would return in season four. Though the character Sara Tancredi appeared to have a violent death, executive Producer Matt Olmstead admitted the fans overwhelming response to her death had influenced the decision to bring the character, and Callies, back to the show. In 2010, Callies was cast in the role of Lori Grimes on the AMC horror/drama series The Walking Dead. The drama became the show in that cable channels history. Callies played the role from the start until season three. Grimes, her family, and friends are forced to fight evil in the form of both flesh-eating zombies and the few surviving humans. Callies convinced the writers to kill her character because that is what had occurred in the comic-book version.
Callies has starred in two feature films - Universal Pictures Whisper and an independent film, The Celestine Prophecy, in April 2010, she appeared on the Fox Television drama House as a patient of the week, whose open marriage fascinates House and the team. In August 2010, Callies first screenplay, an adaptation of Campbell Geeslins childrens book Elenas Serenade, was optioned by French production company Fulldawa Films, Callies starred in the Nigerian movie Black Gold and one of the female lead roles in the Canadian thriller Faces in the Crowd
Casey Stratton is a male Pop/Rock singer/songwriter/musician. Casey Stratton was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1976 and he has lived in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, New York. Stratton currently resides in Grand Rapids, beginning violin lessons at the age of 8, Stratton followed quickly with cello lessons at 10, the piano at 11, and guitar at 16. It was through the piano that Stratton discovered a passion for writing and performing songs, after graduating from Michigans Interlochen Arts Academy, Stratton moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. His first album release on a label, Standing at the Edge for Sony Music Entertainment received positive reviews in magazines like People. Casey Strattons biggest influence is Tori Amos, other influences include Sarah McLachlan, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Björk, Paula Cole and Joni Mitchell. His musical inspirations are found in classical composers such as Debussy, Copland, his lyrics are inspired by the works of T. S. Eliot and Joseph Campbell.
Stratton interacts with fans on a basis at venues and through his online blog. Casey began writing songs at the age of 11 and he first performed his own songs live while attending Interlochen Arts Academy at the age of 16. The response lead Casey to begin contemplating becoming a professional singer/songwriter and it was during this time period that he began performing in Coffeehouses in Michigan. After moving to Los Angeles in 1995, Casey quickly signed an independent recording contract with Magic Records, work began on the recordings that would eventually become his first full-length release, The Giver and the Grave Digger, which was released in 1996. In late 1995 Magic Records released Driving to the Moon EP which garnered critical acclaim. This led to a string of performances at the now defunct Luna Park venue. In 1997, after deciding not to renew his contract with Magic Records, Casey began his first self-produced album and this project marked an experimental phase for Casey. Over 90 tracks were written and recorded during this time, while the album was never released in CD format, it is now available in the DIGITAL MUSIC STORE at www. caseystratton. com.
Also in 1997, Casey recorded a cover of the song Regret for Blue Order - A Trance Tribute to New Order, the songs from Lily Sleeps gained some industry attention and Casey signed a publishing contract with Rondor Music Publishing in 1997. It was during this time that Casey began recording Whirlwind Medusa and this is when the first recordings of future favorites Hollow and House of Jupiter were completed. In 1999 Casey was informed that his contract with Rondor Music Publishing would not be renewed and this led to a dark period in the performers life
Norah Jones is an American singer and actress. Throughout her career, Jones has won awards and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade and she has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazines artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart. In 2002, Jones launched her music career with the release of Come Away with Me. It was certified diamond, selling over 26 million copies, the record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. They were well received by critics. Jones fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts, was released on April 27,2012, Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, and half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar. Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar on March 30,1979 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, to American concert producer Sue Jones, after her parents separated in 1986, Shankar lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas.
She attended Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing, while in high school, she sang in the school choir, participated in band, and played the alto saxophone. At the age of sixteen, with parents consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday and she once said, My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set, I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again. As a child, Jones began singing in church and took piano and she considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself deeply religious. She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers, while at high school, she won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition. Jones attended the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano, during this time, she had a chance meeting with future collaborator Jesse Harris.
She gave a ride to a band playing at the university whose members happened to be friends of Harris and he was on a cross-country road-trip with friend and future Little Willies member Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play. After meeting Jones, Harris started sending her lead sheets of his songs, in 1999, Jones left Texas for New York City. Less than a later, she started a band with Harris. As artist Peter Malick states in the notes, I started looking for a singer who could record for me
Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain, by 16, in 2002 she released her debut album, Let Go, emphasising a skate punk persona which earned her honorific titles including The Pop Punk Princess. Since her professional debut, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums, Lavigne is considered a key musician in the development of pop punk music since she paved the way for female-driven punk-influenced pop music. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK, as of 2013, it has sold nearly 7 million copies in the United States and over 20 million copies worldwide. Her breakthrough single, peaked at number 1 in many countries around the world, as did the album Let Go. Her second studio album, Under My Skin, was released in May 2004 and was her first album to peak at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, eventually selling more than 12 million copies worldwide. Lavigne has scored six number-one singles worldwide, including Complicated, Sk8er Boi, Im with You, My Happy Ending, Nobodys Home, Lavigne is one of the top-selling artists releasing albums in the US, with over 12 million copies certified by the RIAA.
Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released in March 2011, Goodbye Lullaby gave Lavigne her fourth top 10 album on the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart and her third number 1 album in both Japan and Australia. Lavigne took a break from recording music, pursuing careers in film acting and designing clothes and perfumes. She voiced Heather, a Virginia opossum, in the animated film Over the Hedge in 2006 and that same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne introduced her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, and in 2009 she released her first perfume, Black Star, which was followed by Forbidden Rose in 2010, and Wild Rose in 2011. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41, in October 2009, Lavigne filed for divorce. Whibley and Lavigne continued to work together, with Whibley producing her album, as well as Lavignes single Alice. Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario and her mother is of English and German descent, and her father, Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne, is of French-Canadian origin.
She was named Avril by her father after the French word for the month of April and he and Lavignes mother, recognized their childs vocal abilities when she was two years old and sang Jesus Loves Me on the way home from church. Lavigne has a brother, and a younger sister, Michelle. My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep, when Lavigne was five years old, the family moved to Greater Napanee, Ontario, a town with a population of approximately 5,000. In school, she was kicked out of class for misbehaving
Jane Porter (Tarzan)
Jane Porter is a major character in Edgar Rice Burroughss series of Tarzan novels and in adaptations of the saga to other media, particularly film. Jane, an American from Baltimore, Maryland, is the daughter of professor Archimedes Q. Porter and she becomes the love interest and the wife of Tarzan, and subsequently the mother of their son Korak. Jane appeared in a role in the non-Tarzan novel The Eternal Lover. Maxwells novel is a adaptation of the original story, contradicting it on numerous points of the story. Early Tarzan films portrayed Jane Porter and her father faithfully to the portrayal in the novels, in addition, the name of Janes father in the first film is James Parker. Remakes of the 1932 film, reprised this portrayal as well as that of her father, maureen OSullivan, who portrayed Jane Parker opposite Johnny Weissmuller in the 1932 film and its first few sequels, was the most famous screen Jane. In more recent Tarzan films, starting with Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, the character is once again Jane Porter and both once again Americans.
Tarzan the Mighty, starring Frank Merrill, natalie Kingston portrays Mary Trevor, who becomes Tarzans mate at films end. A year Kingston portrayed Jane to Merrills Tarzan in Tarzan the Tiger, Tarzan the Fearless, starring Buster Crabbe. Jacqueline Wells portrays Mary Brooks, who becomes Tarzans mate at films end, Eleanor Holm portrays Eleanor Reed, who becomes Tarzans mate at films end. Producer Sol Lesser nixed calling the character Jane as he felt Miss Holm was so popular for her swimming exploits that audiences would not accept her playing a character not named Eleanor and the Brown Prince, starring Steve Sipek. Kitty Swan portrays Irula, his mate, basically similar to Jane, during the filming of a torture scene and Swan were tied to stakes when gasoline-soaked leaves ignited and both were seriously burned. The Jane character has appeared sporadically in the seven television series featuring Tarzan and she was omitted from the first Tarzan television series, Tarzan. Olivia dAbo took the role in the Disney animated series The Legend of Tarzan, the 2003 series Tarzan, set like Tarzan in Manhattan in New York City, casts Sarah Wayne Callies as NYPD detective Jane Porter
David Nutter is an American television and film director and television producer. He is best known for directing episodes for television. In 2015, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, for his work on the HBO series and he graduated from Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Florida, in 1978. He subsequently graduated from the University of Miami, where he enrolled as a music major. Nutters big break came in 1993, when he began directing episodes of The X-Files and he directed Replacements, the fourth part of the mini-series Band of Brothers, and shared in that seriess Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special. Other directing highlights include Join the Club, an Emmy-nominated episode of The Sopranos, Nutter directed episodes of the HBO series Entourage, including The Resurrection, The Princes Bride and the series finale, The End. In 2008, LG used Nutters pilot expertise to create a campaign for its new Scarlet line of HDTVs, in 2011, Nutter directed the pilot of Rina Mimouns The Doctor, for CBS.
In 2012, Nutter directed episodes six and seven of Game of Thrones season 2, in 2013, he directed the last two episodes of season 3, including The Rains of Castamere, with the infamous Red Wedding scene. Nutter directed the pilot of The CW series Arrow, based on the comic-book character Green Arrow, in 2014, he returned to the HBO series Game of Thrones to direct episodes 9 and 10 of Season 5. For episode 10, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, the first sixteen pilots that Nutter directed have all gone to series. This streak was broken in 2011 when CBS chose to not pick up The Doctor, space and Beyond Millennium Sleepwalkers Roswell Dark Angel Smallville Without a Trace Dr. They have two children, actress Zoe K. Nutter and Ben Nutter, david Nutter at the Internet Movie Database
Leighton Marissa Meester is an American actress, singer-songwriter and model. She is mostly known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the drama series Gossip Girl. She has appeared in the films Killer Movie, Country Strong, The Roommate, Monte Carlo, The Oranges, Meester made her Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men. In addition to acting, Meester has ventured into music, in 2009, she featured on Cobra Starships Good Girls Go Bad which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and released her first single Somebody to Love under Universal Republic. Her second single Your Loves a Drug was released in 2011, Meester has recorded songs for various soundtracks. Her debut album, was released in 2014. She has modeled, having been the face of such as Jimmy Choo, Herbal Essences. Meester was born in Florida to Constance and Douglas Meester, and lived most of her life in New York City and her ancestry includes German, English, Irish and Welsh. Her father works for a company and her mother is a writer. At the time of her birth, her mother was serving time in a prison for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States.
She has a brother, who is eight years younger, in 2009, Meester joked, Look, I couldve turned out a lot worse. In 2011, Meester sued her mother for alleged financial misconduct, Meester grew up in Marco Island, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse. When she was 11 years old and her mother moved to New York City and she booked commercials for Tamagotchi and Clearasil, and modelled for Limited Too alongside Amanda Seyfried. Meester made her acting debut as a murder victims friend on an episode of Law & Order. At 14, Meester moved to Los Angeles, wanting more stable work and she transferred to a small private school and graduated a year early. She appeared in Tarzan, which ran for eight episodes. Meester started to book guest roles in series such as Crossing Jordan,8 Simple Rules, 7th Heaven, Veronica Mars,24. In 2005, she was cast in a role on the series Surface as Savannah Barnett
Lucille Frances Lucy Lawless, MNZM is a New Zealand actress best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena, Warrior Princess. Lucille Frances Lucy Ryan was born in the Auckland, New Zealand suburb of Mount Albert, the daughter of Julie Ryan, a teacher, and Frank Ryan and she is the fifth of six siblings, who include her four brothers and one sister. Ryan appeared in her first musical at the age of 10 and she attended Marist College, and at 18, like many young New Zealanders, she went on her overseas experience, traveling through Europe and Australia with her future husband, Garth Lawless. At 21, she won the 1989 Mrs New Zealand competition, Lawless has admitted to having suffered from bulimia as a child, but she was able to overcome the illness. In 1994, Lawless appeared in Hercules and the Amazon Women, in that episode, she played a man-hating Amazon named Lysia. She went on to another character, Lyla, in the first-season episode As Darkness Falls.
Lawless received her role when she was asked to play a heroic warrior woman named Xena in the episode The Warrior Princess. The character proved to be successful among fans of the show. Vanessa Angel was originally cast in the role, but she fell ill and was unable to travel to New Zealand for shooting, to differentiate between Xena and the similar Lysia, Lawless hair, previously an ash blonde, was dyed black. She wore a darker costume, which made her unrecognizable as the Lysia character. Lawless subsequently returned as Xena in two episodes of the first season of Hercules, which portrayed her turn from villainess to a good. The character was popular enough that a series was created, Xena. Xena, Warrior Princess, like its parent program, was a hit and achieved high ratings and cultural significance. The series brought Lawless an immense amount of attention and she became an international celebrity, while taping an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in October 1996, Lawless suffered a fractured pelvis when the horse she was riding lost its footing in the studio parking lot.
She made a recovery, but several episodes of the second season of Xena were rewritten to focus on background characters to minimize the time Lawless was needed on set. Lawless became an icon because of Xenas ambiguous relationship with traveling companion Gabrielle. This reputation has become cemented after her graphic sex scenes in Spartacus. She has appeared at gay pride events such as the Sydney Gay, Lawless first appeared on Broadway in September 1997 in the Grease revival, as the bad girl character, Betty Rizzo
Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC is a Canadian musician, songwriter and guitarist. Known for her ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2009. McLachlans best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards, in addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on an unprecedented scale. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, on May 6,2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On. Sarah McLachlan was born on January 28,1968, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, as a child, she took voice lessons, along with studies in classical piano and guitar. When she was 17 years old and still a student at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax, she fronted a short-lived rock band called The October Game. One of the songs, credited as a group composition, can be found on the independent Flamingo Records release Out of the Fog. It has yet to be released elsewhere and her high school yearbook predicted that she was destined to become a famous rock star.
She finally signed to Nettwerk two years before having written a single song, a mutual acquaintance introduced her to her birth mother when she was nineteen. McLachlan did not seek her out and was ambivalent about meeting her, in 1994 McLachlan was sued by Uwe Vandrei, an obsessed fan from Ottawa, who alleged that his letters to her had been the basis of the single Possession. The lawsuit was challenging for the Canadian legal system, Vandrei was an admitted stalker whose acknowledged goal in filing the lawsuit was to be near McLachlan, precautions were taken to ensure McLachlans safety if she had to be in the same location as Vandrei. Before the trial however, Vandrei was found dead in an apparent suicide. Vandreis preoccupation with McLachlan was explored at length in Canadian author Judith Fitzgeralds book, Building a Mystery, in 1997, McLachlan married her drummer, Ashwin Sood, in Jamaica. While she was pregnant with her first child, her mother died from cancer in December 2001, while working on her next album, she gave birth to daughter India Ann Sushil Sood in Vancouver on April 6,2002.
On June 22,2007 she gave birth to her daughter, Taja Summer Sood. McLachlan announced her separation from Ashwin Sood in September 2008 and they divorced the same year, the signing with Nettwerk prompted McLachlan to move to Vancouver, British Columbia. There she recorded her first album, Touch, in 1988, during this period she contributed to an album by Moev, and embarked on her first national concert tour as an opening act for The Grapes of Wrath. Her 1991 album, was her breakthrough in Canada, spawning the hit singles The Path of Thorns