Katharine Hope McPhee is an American actress and songwriter. In May 2006, she was the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol, her self-titled debut album was released on RCA Records on January 30, 2007, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 381,000 copies. The album's first single, "Over It", was a Pop Top 30 hit and was certified gold in 2008, her second album, was released on Verve Forecast Records on January 5, 2010, debuted at No. 27 on the "Billboard 200". The album featured which peaked at number 22 on the AC chart, it has sold 45,000 copies as of January 2011. Her third album, the holiday-themed Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You, was released on October 12, 2010; the album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart, while the single "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" peaked at number 16 on the "Billboard" AC chart. As of January 2011, this album had sold 23,000 copies. McPhee released her fourth album, Hysteria, on September 18, 2015, she released her fifth album, I Fall in Love Too Easily, composed of jazz standards, on November 17, 2017.
McPhee has established an acting career, co-starring in The House Bunny and Shark Night 3D. She played one of the lead roles on Smash. From 2014 to 2018, she starred in CBS' Scorpion as Paige Dineen. McPhee was born in California, her father, Daniel McPhee, was a television producer. Her mother, Peisha McPhee, has been a vocal coach on American Idol since 2011; the family moved to the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. Peisha McPhee decided to train her. McPhee's older sister, has been a vocal coach on American Idol since 2012. McPhee is of Irish and German descent. McPhee attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, where she performed in school plays and musicals, she graduated in 2002. She attended Boston Conservatory for three semesters, she left college before graduation on the advice of her manager, returned to Los Angeles to try out for television pilots. McPhee was cast in a mall-based MTV soap opera pilot, You Are Here, playing the older sister of a more popular younger sister. MTV never did not pick up the series.
In March 2005, McPhee starred as Annie Oakley in a Cabrillo Music Theater production of the musical Annie Get Your Gun. McPhee was nominated for a Los Angeles Stage Ovation Award in the category of "Lead Actress in a Musical". McPhee had a small role as Paramount Girl in the 2007 musical film Crazy, based on the life of Hank Garland. McPhee filmed the role in early 2005. McPhee has struggled with eating disorders, she told People that at age 13, she began starving herself and exercising compulsively, at age 17, became bulimic. McPhee gained weight in college due to her bingeing. After seven years of illness, she entered a three-month rehabilitation program after passing her American Idol audition. During her run on American Idol, she lost 30 lb due to eating better as part of her treatment, she told Teen Vogue in May 2007, "I eat whatever I crave—I'm just careful about portions." McPhee and her sister appeared on the debut of The Dr. Keith Ablow Show on September 18, 2006, to discuss her struggles with bulimia and her childhood fear of her father.
In 2005, McPhee was persuaded by eventual husband Nick Cokas and her parents to try out for the television series competition American Idol. She auditioned in San Francisco and sang "God Bless the Child" performed by Billie Holiday, was selected to be a participant in the fifth season, which aired in 2006. After the first round of Hollywood week, she sang "I'll Never Love This Way Again" by Dionne Warwick, which earned favorable comments from the judges. During the second round, she performed in a group, singing "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops, forgetting the words, but the judges decided to advance the entire group. During the third round, she sang "My Funny Valentine" a cappella and advanced to the top 40, she was angered when fellow group member Crystal Stark did not make the top 24. McPhee's run on American Idol led to the use of the term "McPheever"; the inclusion of producer David Foster and singer Andrea Bocelli as guest mentors for Top 6 Week turned out to be a fortuitous introduction for McPhee, as she has worked on various music projects with both men after Idol.
In May 2006, McPhee visited her alma mater Notre Dame High School for her hometown celebration. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed the day Katharine McPhee Day, she finished as the runner-up to Taylor Hicks. ^Note 1 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results that night, McPhee was placed in the top two. ^Note 2 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results that night, McPhee was in the bottom two but declared safe when Chris Daughtry was eliminated. On June 6, 2006, Sony BMG announced that McPhee had signed to American Idol series creator Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and Sony BMG's RCA Records. In June, McPhee performed at the J. C. Penney Jam: Concert for America's Kids, soloing with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and performing a duet with Andrea Bocelli on "Somos Novios". McPhee's Idol single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny" was released on June 27, 2006 by RCA Records. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "My Destiny" peaked at number 60. 32 weeks after its release, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My De
Anna Kay Faris is an American actress, voice artist, producer and author. Faris rose to prominence for her work in comedic roles the lead part of Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie films, her other films include The Hot Chick, Lost in Translation, Just Friends, Smiley Face, The House Bunny, What's Your Number?, The Dictator, Overboard. Faris has had voice-over roles in the film franchises Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Alvin and the Chipmunks, as well as The Emoji Movie. Faris had a recurring role as the birth mother to Monica and Chandler's twins in the tenth and final season of Friends, she has played the co-lead role of Christy Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom since 2013. The show has earned the actress further critical and popular acclaim and three People's Choice Award nominations. In 2015, she launched Unqualified, an advice podcast, in 2017, her memoir of the same name was published. Anna Kay Faris was born on November 29, 1976, in Baltimore, the second child of Jack, a sociology professor, Karen Faris, a special education teacher.
Both her parents, natives of Seattle, were living in Baltimore at the time of Faris' birth, as her father had accepted a professorship at Towson University. When Faris was six years old, the family relocated from Baltimore to Washington, her father worked at the University of Washington as a vice president of internal communications, headed the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, while her mother taught at Seaview Elementary School in Edmonds. Faris has an older brother, a sociologist and professor at the University of California, Davis. In interviews, Faris has described her parents as "ultra liberal" and said that she and her brother were raised in an irreligious but "very conservative," traditional atmosphere. At age six, her parents enrolled her in a community drama class for kids as they encouraged her to act, she enjoyed watching plays and produced her own material in her bedroom with friends who lived in her neighborhood. Faris has said in interviews she imagined her retainer talking to her, remarking that she would picture herself "on talk shows to talk about talking retainer".
Faris attended Edmonds-Woodway High School, while studying, she performed onstage with a Seattle repertory company and in nationally broadcast radio plays. She once described herself as a drama-club "dork", stating that she used to wear a Christmas-tree skirt in school and did not date until senior year. "I liked guys, but no one liked me", she recalled. She attended the University of Washington and earned a degree in English literature in 1999. Despite her love for acting, Faris admitted she "never thought wanted to become a movie star" and continued to act "just to make some extra money", hoping one day to publish a novel. After graduating from college, Faris was going to travel to London, where she had a receptionist job lined up at an ad agency. However, she ended up living in Los Angeles "at the last minute", once she committed to the idea of pursuing mainstream acting getting the starring role in Scary Movie. At 22, she lived on her own in a studio apartment located at the Ravenswood in Hancock Park.
Her parents encouraged her to pursue acting when she was young, she gave her first professional acting performance when she was 9 years old in a three-month run of Arthur Miller's play Danger: Memory! at the Seattle Repertory Theater. For her work, Faris was paid US$250, "huge" for her at the time. "I felt like I was rolling in the dough", she recalled. She went on to play Scout in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Issaquah, Village Theatre, played the title character in Heidi and Rebecca in Our Town. While attending high school, Faris appeared in a frozen yogurt TV commercial. Around this time, "my third or fourth job was a training video for Red Robin, a burger chain out West. I play, the perfect hostess, and I think they still use it", she said in May 2012. Faris had a small role in the made-for-TV movie Deception: A Mother's Secret, where she played a character named Liz, was cast in a supporting role in the small-scale drama Eden, screened at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Faris' first major film role came shortly after college with her independent slasher film, Lovers Lane, in which she played an ill-fated cheerleader.
A B-movie, it received a straight-to-video release, to little attention. Critical reception towards the feature was mixed, but for her part, Faris got her early acting reviews by writers. Faris' break-out role came in 2000 when she starred in the horror-comedy parody film Scary Movie, portraying Cindy Campbell, a play on the character of Sidney Prescott in the slasher thriller Scream, it marked her first starring credit, as she had only appeared in small and supporting parts in theater plays and low-budgeted features until then. Faris saw the experience of working on the movie as a "great boot camp" for her, as she told UK's The Guardian in 2009, explaining that she "hadn't done much before that. With those movies, you have to be so exact with your props and the physical comedy and everything, so it was a great training ground". Scary Movie was a major commercial success, ranking atop the box office charts with a US$42 million opening weekend gross, it went on to earn US$278 million worldwide.
For her performance, she received nominations for the Breakthrough Female Performance and Best Kiss Awa
Nicholas Roger Swardson is an American actor, stand-up comedian and producer. He is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series Reno 911!, for his work with Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, for his own personal sketch comedy series Nick Swardson's Pretend Time. A native of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area, Swardson was born to Pamela and Roger Eric Swardson, is the youngest of three siblings — he has a sister, a brother, John. Roger Swardson was an editor and journalist — having written for publications such as the Cincinnati Enquirer and City Pages, as well as founding the Grand Gazette, a former Saint Paul community newspaper. Roger Swardson invested in land development in Saint Paul, revitalizing Grand Avenue — an area now known as Victoria Crossing. Roger and Pamela divorced in 1989. Swardson attended St. Paul Central High and started acting and performing improv comedy at the age of 16. A mischievous student who struggled with alcohol and drugs, Swardson was expelled from school on four occasions for pulling fire alarms in order to go outside and smoke cigarettes, posting a lewd sign in class, for smoking marijuana.
After graduating in 1996, Swardson decided to pursue stand-up comedy rather than attend college. Although Swardson was a fan of sketch comedy, he saw stand-up comedy as a stepping-stone to a career in film, more so than he would working within a comedy troupe. Swardson started performing stand-up at the age of 18, attending open mic nights at the Minneapolis comedy club Acme Comedy Co.. Swardson stated in a 2007 interview with The Portland Mercury that he did his first open mic "as a goof" but he was encouraged by the club owner to perform again and he went on to win the comedy club's award for the "Funniest Person in the Twin Cities", he went on to perform at Knuckleheads, a defunct comedy club, located in the Mall of America. Swardson was an occasional performer at Balls Cabaret. After garnering some attention within comedy circles, Swardson was selected to perform stand-up at the U. S. Comedy Arts Festival at 20 years of age; the festival, which up to 2007 was held in Aspen, was a yearly festival attended by entertainment insiders and was a place for comics and comedic actors to get exposure to the industry.
It was once the largest comedy convention of its kind in the US and became the launch pad for many comedians and comedy writers. After Swardson's first performance at the festival comedian Tony Camin, acting as the night's MC, was quoted as saying: "There's a deal waiting to happen. I can see the TV show now:'An Aspen Kid With Altitude.'"Swardson left the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area for New York City where he would appear in such venues as the Luna Lounge on to Los Angeles where he headlined at many nightclubs. In addition to his stand-up, Swardson began to get work in commercials and in small roles in both TV in film, such an appearance in an episode of the Al Franken sitcom LateLine in 1999, playing the role of a crazed David Bowie fan in the 2000 film Almost Famous. In 2001, Swardson's stand-up act was featured in a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, he appeared on the show a second time in 2006 — a performance, featured on the DVD compilation The Best of Comedy Central Presents: Uncensored II released in 2008.
In 2003, Swardson co-wrote the screenplay for Malibu's Most Wanted along with the film's star Jamie Kennedy and Adam Small. That same year he took on the role of Terry Bernadino on the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. A recurring character throughout the series' run from 2003 to 2009 — in addition to appearing in the film Reno 911!: Miami — Swardson played the role of a flamboyant gigolo, seen wearing roller skates. 2003 marked the beginning of a longtime working relationship and friendship with Adam Sandler. After having seen Swardson's Comedy Central special, Sandler contacted Swardson to ask if he'd be interested in collaborating. In 2004, Swardson wrote and starred in a TV show pilot for Comedy Central called Gay Robot, based on a comedy bit by the same name that appeared on Adam Sandler's fifth album, Shh... Don't Tell. Swardson had intentions on making it an animated show, but the show never came to fruition. A copy of the live-action pilot was however made available on MySpace in January 2007.
Swardson resurrected the Gay Robot character on his Comedy Central Series Nick Swardson's Pretend Time. Swardson's sketch comedy show Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, premiered on Comedy Central on October 12, 2010 and ran for two seasons; the show was produced in conjunction with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. On February 6, 2012 Swardson announced via his Facebook page; that same year he starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Aziz Ansari in the film 30 Minutes or Less. In 2014, Swardson performed the voice of the character Troy on the animated series Chozen. Gay Robot by Adam Sandler Calling Home by Adam Sandler Party Seriously, Who Farted? Official website Nick Swardson on IMDb Gay Robot
A university is an institution of higher education and research which awards academic degrees in various academic disciplines. Universities provide undergraduate education and postgraduate education; the word university is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which means "community of teachers and scholars". While antecedents had existed in Asia and Africa, the modern university system has roots in the European medieval university, created in Italy and evolved from cathedral schools for the clergy during the High Middle Ages; the original Latin word universitas refers in general to "a number of persons associated into one body, a society, community, corporation, etc". At the time of the emergence of urban town life and medieval guilds, specialized "associations of students and teachers with collective legal rights guaranteed by charters issued by princes, prelates, or the towns in which they were located" came to be denominated by this general term. Like other guilds, they were self-regulating and determined the qualifications of their members.
In modern usage the word has come to mean "An institution of higher education offering tuition in non-vocational subjects and having the power to confer degrees," with the earlier emphasis on its corporate organization considered as applying to Medieval universities. The original Latin word referred to degree-awarding institutions of learning in Western and Central Europe, where this form of legal organisation was prevalent, from where the institution spread around the world. An important idea in the definition of a university is the notion of academic freedom; the first documentary evidence of this comes from early in the life of the University of Bologna, which adopted an academic charter, the Constitutio Habita, in 1158 or 1155, which guaranteed the right of a traveling scholar to unhindered passage in the interests of education. Today this is claimed as the origin of "academic freedom"; this is now recognised internationally - on 18 September 1988, 430 university rectors signed the Magna Charta Universitatum, marking the 900th anniversary of Bologna's foundation.
The number of universities signing the Magna Charta Universitatum continues to grow, drawing from all parts of the world. According to Encyclopædia Britannica, the earliest universities were founded in Asia and Africa, predating the first European medieval universities; the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in Morocco by Fatima al-Fihri in 859, is considered by some to be the oldest degree-granting university. Their endowment by a prince or monarch and their role in training government officials made early Mediterranean universities similar to Islamic madrasas, although madrasas were smaller, individual teachers, rather than the madrasa itself, granted the license or degree. Scholars like Arnold H. Green and Hossein Nasr have argued that starting in the 10th century, some medieval Islamic madrasas became universities. However, scholars like George Makdisi, Toby Huff and Norman Daniel argue that the European university has no parallel in the medieval Islamic world. Several other scholars consider the university as uniquely European in origin and characteristics.
Darleen Pryds questions this view, pointing out that madaris and European universities in the Mediterranean region shared similar foundations by princely patrons and were intended to provide loyal administrators to further the rulers' agenda. Some scholars, including Makdisi, have argued that early medieval universities were influenced by the madrasas in Al-Andalus, the Emirate of Sicily, the Middle East during the Crusades. Norman Daniel, views this argument as overstated. Roy Lowe and Yoshihito Yasuhara have drawn on the well-documented influences of scholarship from the Islamic world on the universities of Western Europe to call for a reconsideration of the development of higher education, turning away from a concern with local institutional structures to a broader consideration within a global context; the university is regarded as a formal institution that has its origin in the Medieval Christian tradition. European higher education took place for hundreds of years in cathedral schools or monastic schools, in which monks and nuns taught classes.
The earliest universities were developed under the aegis of the Latin Church by papal bull as studia generalia and from cathedral schools. It is possible, that the development of cathedral schools into universities was quite rare, with the University of Paris being an exception, they were founded by Kings or municipal administrations. In the early medieval period, most new universities were founded from pre-existing schools when these schools were deemed to have become sites of higher education. Many historians state that universities and cathedral schools were a continuation of the interest in learning promoted by The residence of a religious community. Pope Gregory VII was critical in promoting and regulating the concept of modern university as his 1079 Papal Decree ordered the regulated establishment of cathedral schools that transformed themselves into the first European universities; the first universities in Europe with a form of corporate/guild structure were the University of Bologna, the University of Paris, the University of Oxford.
The University of Bologna began as a law school teach
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone is an American actress. The recipient of numerous accolades, including an Oscar, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2017. Stone has appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2013 and 2017, was featured by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Born and raised in Scottsdale, Stone began acting as a child, in a theater production of The Wind in the Willows in 2000; as a teenager, she relocated to Los Angeles with her mother and made her television debut in In Search of the New Partridge Family, a reality show that produced only an unsold pilot. After small television roles, she made her film debut in Superbad, received positive media attention for her role in Zombieland; the 2010 teen comedy Easy A was Stone's first starring role, earning her nominations for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. This breakthrough was followed with further success in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid and the drama The Help.
Stone gained wider recognition as Gwen Stacy in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man, its 2014 sequel. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a recovering drug addict in the black comedy Birdman, her Broadway debut came in a revival of the musical Cabaret. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for playing an aspiring actress in the romantic musical La La Land. Stone went on to portray Billie Jean King in the biographical sports film Battle of the Sexes and Abigail Masham in the historical comedy-drama The Favourite, her performance in the latter earned her another nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2018, she starred in the Netflix dark comedy miniseries Maniac. Emily Jean Stone was born on November 6, 1988, in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista Jean Stone, a homemaker, Jeffrey Charles Stone, the founder and CEO of a general-contracting company. Stone lived on the grounds of the Camelback Inn resort from the age of 12 to 15.
She has Spencer. Her paternal grandfather, Conrad Ostberg Sten, was from a Swedish family that anglicized their surname to "Stone" when they immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island, she has German, English and Irish ancestry. As an infant, Stone had baby cried frequently. Stone has described herself as having been "loud" and "bossy" while growing up, she was educated at Sequoya Elementary School and attended Cocopah Middle School for the sixth grade. Although she did not like school, she has stated that her controlling nature meant that "I made sure I got all As". Stone suffered, she underwent therapy but states that it was her participation in local theater plays that helped cure the attacks. The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend's house, I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, for the next three years it just would not stop. I would just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me how the day was going to be ask again 30 seconds later.
I just needed to know that nothing was going to change. Stone started acting at age four, her acting debut, at the age of 11, came in a stage production of The Wind in the Willows, playing the part of Otter. The actress was homeschooled for two years, during which time she appeared in sixteen productions at Phoenix's Valley Youth Theatre—including The Princess and the Pea, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—and performed with the theater's improvisational comedy troupe. Around this time, she traveled to Los Angeles and auditioned unsuccessfully for a role in Nickelodeon's All That, her parents sent her for private acting lessons with a local acting coach, who had worked at the William Morris Agency in the 1970s. Stone attended Xavier College Preparatory—an all-girl Catholic high school—as a freshman, but dropped out after one semester to become an actress, she prepared a PowerPoint presentation for her parents titled "Project Hollywood" to convince them to let her move to California to pursue an acting career.
In January 2004, she moved with her mother to an apartment in Los Angeles. She recalls: "I went up for every single show on the Disney Channel and auditioned to play the daughter on every single sitcom", adding, "I ended up getting none." Between auditions for roles, she enrolled in online high-school classes, worked part-time at a dog-treat bakery. When Stone registered for the Screen Actors Guild, the name "Emily Stone" was taken, she chose to go by "Riley Stone", but after guest-starring in the NBC drama Medium and the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, she decided that she was more comfortable with "Emma". She chose to use "Emma" in honor of aka Baby Spice from the Spice Girls, she made her television debut as Laurie Partridge on the VH1 talent competition reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family. The resulting show, retitled The New Partridge Family, remained an unsold pilot, she followed this with a guest appearance in Louis C. K.'s HBO series Lucky Louie. She auditioned to star as Claire Bennet in the NBC science fiction drama Heroes but was unsuccessful and called this her "rock bottom" exper
Beverly Heather D'Angelo is an American actress and singer, who starred as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation films. She has appeared in over 60 films and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role as Patsy Cline in Coal Miner's Daughter, for an Emmy Award for her role as Stella Kowalski in the TV film A Streetcar Named Desire, her other film roles include Sheila Franklin in Hair and Doris Vinyard in American History X. D'Angelo was born in Columbus, the daughter of Priscilla Ruth, a violinist, Eugene Constantino "Gene" D'Angelo, a bass player and television station manager, her father was of Italian descent. She has three brothers, Jeff and Tony, their maternal grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, was an architect and designed Ohio Stadium known as "the Horseshoe", at Ohio State University. D'Angelo attended Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio, a close suburb due west of Columbus. In 2009, she was awarded the Upper Arlington Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award for achievement in her career.
D'Angelo worked as an illustrator at Hanna-Barbera Studios and as a singer before pursuing an interest in acting. While living for a period in Canada, she was a backup singer for American-born rockabilly singer Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins' band The Hawks. After going out on their own they became The Band, a group, considered legendary. D'Angelo began acting in the theatre, appearing on Broadway in 1976 in Rockabye Hamlet, a musical based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, she made her television debut in the first three episodes of the TV mini-series Captains and the Kings in 1976. After gaining a minor role in Annie Hall in 1977, D'Angelo appeared in a string of hit movies in the late 1970,s including Every Which Way But Loose and Coal Miner's Daughter, the last earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Patsy Cline, she won a Country Music Association award for Album of the Year. Her biggest break came in 1983 starring with Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation in the role of Ellen Griswold.
She reprised this role in four Vacation sequels and a short film between 1985 and 2015. In the 1980s she starred in many other major comedy films. In 1994 D'Angelo returned to the stage and won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Simpatico, she received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the 1984 TV movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire. She had main roles in a number of made-for-television dramatic films, including Slow Burn, Judgment Day: The John List Story, Sweet Temptation. In the 2000s D'Angelo had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as defense attorney Rebecca Balthus, she worked as a voice actress. In 1992 she had a guest appearance in the third season of The Simpsons as Lurleen Lumpkin, a Southern country singer and waitress in the "Colonel Homer" episode. Sixteen years in 2008, she appeared in the nineteenth season as the same character in the episode "Papa Don't Leech". From 2005–11 D'Angelo appeared in the HBO series Entourage playing the role of agent Barbara "Babs" Miller.
In 2006 she starred in the independent film Gamers: The Movie. In 2008 D'Angelo had a role in the film Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay as Sally, she played the housemother in the film The House Bunny, appeared in the Tony Kaye film Black Water Transit. In 2014, D'Angelo was cast alongside Chevy Chase in an ABC comedy pilot called Chev & Bev, about a retired couple having to raise their grandchildren. ABC opted against making a series. D'Angelo appeared alongside Chevy Chase in the comedy Vacation, a continuation of the original film, released on July 29, 2015. D'Angelo narrates a short biographical film about Patsy Cline, shown to visitors of The Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, Tennessee; the museum opened to the public on April 7, 2017. In 1981, D'Angelo married Italian Don Lorenzo Salviati, the only son and heir of Don Forese Salviati, 5th Duke Salviati, Marchese di Montieri and Boccheggiano, Nobile Romano Coscritto, his wife, the former Maria Grazia Gawronska, she began a relationship with Anton Furst, an Academy Award-winning production designer, who took his own life in 1991.
She was in a relationship with actor Al Pacino from 1997 until 2003. The couple have son Anton James and daughter Olivia Rose. Beverly D'Angelo on IMDb Beverly D'Angelo at the Internet Broadway Database Beverly D'Angelo at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Beverly D'Angelo at AllMovie
The Playboy Mansion known as the Playboy Mansion West, is the former home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who lived there from 1974 until his death in 2017. Barbi Benton convinced Hefner to buy the home. Located in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, near Beverly Hills, the mansion became famous during the 1970s through media reports of Hefner's lavish parties which were attended by famous celebrities and socialites. Owned by Daren Metropoulos, the son of billionaire investor Dean Metropoulos, the mansion is used for various corporate activities and serves as a location for television production, magazine photography, charitable events, civic functions; the 21,987-square-foot house is described as in the "Gothic-Tudor" style by Forbes magazine, sits on 5.3 acres. It was designed by Arthur R. Kelly in 1927 for Arthur Letts, Jr. son of the Broadway department store founder Arthur Letts and acquired by Playboy from Louis D. Statham, an engineer and chess aficionado, in 1971 for $1.1 million. In early 2011, it was valued at $54 million.
It sits close to the northwestern corner of the Los Angeles Country Club, near University of California, Los Angeles and the Bel-Air Country Club. $15 million has been invested in expansion. The mansion has 29 rooms including a wine cellar, a screening room with built-in pipe organ, a game room, three zoo / aviary buildings, a tennis/basketball court, a waterfall and a swimming pool area. Landscaping includes a large koi pond with artificial stream, a small citrus orchard and two well-established forests of tree ferns and redwoods; the west wing houses the Editorial offices of Playboy. The main Aviary building is the original greenhouse, with four guestrooms adjoining; the Master suite occupies several rooms on the second and third floors, is the most renovated area of the Mansion proper, with an extensive carved-oak decor dating to the 1970s. Otherwise, the Mansion proper is maintained in its original Gothic-revival furnishings for the most part; the pipe organ was extensively restored in the last decade.
There is an outdoor kitchen to serve party events. These features and others have been shown on television; the game room is a separate building on the north side. From the fountain in front of the main entrance, there are two sidewalks, running past a wishing-well; that on the right runs past a duplicate Hollywood Star of Hefner. Its front entrance opens to a game room with a pool table in the center; this room has vintage and modern arcade games, pinball machines, player piano, television and couch. The game house has two wings. Left is a room with mirrors all around, television. There is a restroom with a shower; the right wing of the game house has a smaller restroom, entrance to a bedroom. This bedroom is connected to another; the game house has a backyard with lounge chairs, gates on either side. In 2010, Hugh Hefner's former girlfriend Izabella St. James wrote in her memoir Bunny Tales that the house was in need of renovation: "Everything in the Mansion felt old and stale, Archie the house dog would relieve himself on the hallway curtains, adding a powerful whiff of urine to the general scent of decay."
St. James further wrote for her memoir Bunny Tales, "Each bedroom had mismatched, random pieces of furniture, it was as if someone had gone to a charity shop and bought the basics for each room". The sheets were past their best, too."The mansion next door is a mirror image of the Playboy Mansion layout, only smaller, was purchased by Hefner in 1996 as the home for his separated wife Kimberley Conrad and their children together Marston and Cooper. Hefner and Conrad married in 1989 and separated in 1998. In March 2009 Hefner and Conrad announced they were listing the property for sale for the asking price of $28 million. In 2002, Hefner purchased a house across and down the street from the mansion for use by Playmates and other guests who would prefer to stay further from the busy activity of the Mansion proper; this house is referred to as the Bunny House. In April 2013 the Bunny House was listed for sale for the asking price of $11 million. In September 2017 the Bunny House was sold to an unidentified buyer for $17.25 million.
In January 2016 the Playboy Mansion was listed for sale by Playboy Enterprises, Inc. for the asking price of $200 million subject to the condition Hefner continue to rent the mansion for life. In August 2016 the Playboy Mansion was bought for $100 million by Daren Metropoulos, the co-owner of Hostess Brands and head of the investment firm Metropoulos & Co. Metropoulos intends to renovate and restore the mansion to its original form. In 2009 Metropoulos bought the mansion next door to the Playboy Mansion from Hefner and his ex-wife Kimberly Conrad and desires to join the two properties, both of which mansions were designed by the American architect Arthur R. Kelly and estates have a common boundary with the Los Angeles Country Club. In May 2017, Eugena Washington was the last Playmate of the Year to be announced by Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion. In March 2018, Daren Metropoulos, the owner of the Playboy Mansion, entered into an agreement with the City of Los Angeles which permanently protects the mansion from demolition.
The agreement between Metropoulos and the City of Los Angeles, referred to between the parties as a permanent protection covenant, is bi