Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash, Bachelor Party, Turner & Hooch, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, You've Got Mail, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Road to Perdition, Cloud Atlas, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, he has starred in the Robert Langdon films, he voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series. He is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks has collaborated with film director Steven Spielberg on five films to date: Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Bridge of Spies, The Post, as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which launched Hanks as a successful director and screenwriter. In 2010, Spielberg and Hanks were executive producers on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.9 billion at U.

S. and Canadian box offices and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fifth-highest-grossing actor in North America. His awards include a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for his role in Philadelphia, as well as a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a People's Choice Award for Forrest Gump. Hanks is one of only two actors to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years, Spencer Tracy being the other. In 2004, he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor, in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor. Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California on July 9, 1956 to hospital worker Janet Marylyn and itinerant cook Amos Mefford Hanks, his mother was of Portuguese descent. His parents divorced in 1960, their three oldest children, Sandra and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, remained with their mother in Red Bluff, California.

In his childhood, Hanks' family moved often. While Hanks' family religious history was Catholic and Mormon, he has characterized his teenage self as being a "Bible-toting evangelical" for several years. In school, he was unpopular with students and teachers alike telling Rolling Stone magazine, "I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully shy. At the same time, I was the guy, but I didn't get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible." In 1965, his father married a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. Frances had three children. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California. Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward and transferred to California State University, Sacramento after two years. During a 2001 interview with Bob Costas, Hanks was asked whether he would rather have an Oscar or a Heisman Trophy, he replied. He told New York magazine in 1986, "Acting classes looked like the best place for a guy who liked to make a lot of noise and be rather flamboyant.

I spent a lot of time going to plays. I wouldn't take dates with me. I'd just drive to a theater, buy myself a ticket, sit in the seat and read the program, get into the play completely. I spent a lot of time like that, seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams and all that."During his years studying theater, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. At Dowling's suggestion, Hanks became an intern at the festival, his internship stretched into a three-year experience that covered most aspects of theater production, including lighting, set design, stage management, prompting Hanks to drop out of college. During the same time, Hanks won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his 1978 performance as Proteus in Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of the few times he played a villain. In 2010, Time magazine named Hanks one of the "Top 10 College Dropouts." In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City, where he made his film debut in the low-budget slasher film He Knows You're Alone and landed a starring role in the television movie Mazes and Monsters.

Early that year, he was cast in the lead, Callimaco, in the Riverside Shakespeare Company's production of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Mandrake, directed by Daniel Southern. The following year, Hanks landed one of the lead roles, that of character Kip Wilson, on the ABC television pilot of Bosom Buddies, he and Peter Scolari played a pair of young advertising men forced to dress as women so they could live in an inexpensive all-female hotel. Hanks had partnered with Scolari on the 1970s game show Make Me Laugh. After landing the role, Hanks moved to Los Angeles. Bosom Buddies ran for two seasons, although the ratings were never strong, television critics gave the program high marks. "The first day I saw him on the set," co-producer Ian Praiser told Rolling Stone, "I thought,'Too ba

Philip H. Hoff

Philip Henderson Hoff was an American politician from the U. S. state of Vermont. He was most notable for his service as the 73rd Governor of Vermont from 1963 to 1969, the state’s first Democratic governor since 1853. Hoff was born in Turners Falls, the son of Agnes and Olaf Hoff, Jr, his father served two terms in the Massachusetts General Court. Philip was a star high school football player, scoring the winning touchdown in Turners Falls High School's 1942 annual game against rival Greenfield High School. Hoff attended Williams College, where he studied English, but postponed graduation for two years in order to serve in World War II, he saw combat action during World War II aboard the submarine, USS Sea Dog, which took part in combat patrols throughout the Pacific Ocean theater. He attained the rank of Seaman First Class with the rating of quartermaster, was discharged in 1946, he met his wife, Joan Brower, during his naval service and they were married in 1948. He attended Cornell Law School, graduating in 1951.

The Hoffs moved to Vermont, in 1951, where Hoff began a law practice. He became involved in local politics as a Democrat, was a founder of the activist group Vermont Democratic Volunteers. In addition to serving as a justice of the peace, he was chairman of the city zoning board. Hoff was an officer of the Chittenden County Bar Association and a member of the Burlington-Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Hoff was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1960, served one term, 1961 to 1963; as a legislator, Hoff was a member of the "Young Turks," a bipartisan alliance of progressive and reform minded representatives and senators that included Republicans Franklin S. Billings Jr. and Ernest W. Gibson III. In 1962, Hoff was elected Vermont's first Democratic governor since the Vermont General Assembly selected John S. Robinson after no candidate obtained a popular vote majority in 1853. Hoff waged an energetic campaign against incumbent Republican F. Ray Keyser Jr. and capitalized on local factors including a split between Vermont's conservative and progressive Republicans.

Rather than support the conservative Keyser, many of Vermont's liberal Republicans opted to support Hoff on a third party line, which contributed to his narrow margin of victory. Hoff was aided by national factors, including the popularity of incumbent Democratic President John F. Kennedy, to whom Hoff was compared. Hoff won reelection in 1964 and 1966. During his governorship, he pioneered unprecedented environmental and social welfare programs, including the creation of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. Concerned about racial justice, he joined with New York Mayor John Lindsay to co-found the Vermont-New York Youth Project, which brought minority students from the city together with Vermont students to work on joint summer projects at several Vermont colleges. According to the Boston Globe, the program, which temporarily doubled Vermont's black population, "uncovered some latent bigotry that had not been visible before." The poll tax was eliminated during his tenure as governor, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Legal Aid and Vermont Public Television were established.

Hoff was the first Democratic Governor in the nation to split with President Lyndon Johnson over the Vietnam War and campaigned across the country to promote Robert Kennedy's effort to obtain the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. After Kennedy's assassination, Hoff endorsed Eugene McCarthy. Democrats who opposed Johnson came close to nominating Hoff as a candidate for Vice President at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, but after some initial enthusiasm, Hoff declined to put his name forward. Hoff's endorsement of Kennedy and McCarthy upset conservative Democrats and Hoff was criticized for increases in state spending which some claimed led to hefty deficits. In 1970, Hoff challenged incumbent U. S. Senator Winston L. Prouty, but Prouty won reelection. During the campaign, Hoff announced. Had he won, Hoff would have been the first Democratic senator in Vermont history. In the 1980s he returned to elective politics, he served in various advisory and honorary positions and as President of the Board of Trustees at Vermont Law School as well as continuing his work as a lawyer in private practice.

In 1989, he co-founded the law firm of Curtis. Hoff died on April 26, 2018, at The Residence at Shelburne Bay, a Shelburne, Vermont independent and assisted living facility where he had resided in his final years. Hoff was the subject of a biography, 2011's Philip Hoff: How Red Turned Blue in the Green Mountain State by Samuel B. Hand, Anthony Marro, Stephen C. Terry. In 2012, Castleton State College named its newest residence hall after Hoff, the first building to be named in his honor; the Vermont Encyclopedia, J. Duffy, S. Hand, R Orth, Editors "Biography, Governor Philip Henderson Hoff". Washington, DC: National Governors Association. 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2018

Belinda (Belinda Carlisle album)

Belinda is the first solo album by Belinda Carlisle, notable as her first recording after the break-up of new wave band The Go-Go's, for whom she was their lead singer. Released in mid-1986 it featured a hit single "Mad About You" which went to No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 in Canada. Some of the songs on Belinda were written by Carlisle's former bandmate in the Go-Go's Charlotte Caffey while the rest were written by other songwriters. Carlisle has a single co-writing credit on one track. "Band of Gold" was a hit song for Freda Payne in 1970. Payne provided background vocals on the dance mixes of Carlisle's version of this song, which would appear as bonus tracks on the 2003 re-release of the album. "I Need a Disguise" was written by the team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg who co-wrote the song with Susanna Hoffs as it was intended for use by The Bangles. Kelly and Steinberg co-wrote another song for Carlisle called "Dancing in the City" which she sang and would appear on the soundtrack for the 1987 movie Burglar.

"Stuff and Nonsense" is a cover of Tim Finn's song performed by his band Split Enz on their 1979 album Frenzy. The song "Shot In the Dark" was used as part of the Out of Bounds soundtrack. Critical reception Being her first solo album it was compared with her previous work with the Go Go's. In general the album was well received by audiences. Rolling Stone wrote "The problem with Belinda is that all the ingredients are there, but the end result just doesn't feel right." Allmusic commented retrospectively that "The pop on Belinda may not be as infectious as the Go-Go's' finest singles, yet it fit in well with the slick formats of mid-'80s radio and managed to be more memorable than many of the mainstream hits of the time, as the ingratiating hit "Mad About You" proves." The album was successful in North America peaking at number 24 in Canada. The Album entered the Australian Chart where it peaked at number 42 and charted for 12 weeks. Belinda was certified Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada, selling over one million copies worldwide.

Belinda Carlisle – lead vocals, backing vocals Jim Coxkeyboards, synthesizer Claude Gaudette – keyboards, synthesizer Nicky Hopkins – keyboards, synthesizer Michael Lloyd – keyboards, synthesizer Bobby Martin – keyboards, saxophone John Philip Shenale – keyboards, synthesizer Charlotte Caffey – guitars, backing vocals Laurence Juber – guitars Andy Taylor – guitars, guitar solo David Lindley – guitars Paula Brown – bass guitar, backing vocals Dennis Belfield – bass guitar Paul Leimdrums Paulinho da Costapercussion John Rosenbergtrumpet John D'Andrea – string arrangements Sid Sharp – string direction Susanna Hoffs – backing vocals Tom Kelly – backing vocals Billy Steinberg – backing vocals Nathan Lam – backing vocals Jane Wiedlin – backing vocals Elisa Fox – backing vocals The Waters – backing vocals Producer and Arrangements –Michael Lloyd Associate Producer – Nathan Lam Additional Vocal Production – Ellen Shipley and Robert Feist Engineer – Carmine Rubino Assistant Engineer – Dan Nebenzal Remixing – William Orbit Remix Assistant – Tania Hayward Recorded and Mixed at Guerilla Studios.

Musical Instruments by Don Griffin Cover Photo – Matthew Rolston Sleeve Photos – Bradford Bramson Art Direction and Design – Belinda Carlisle and Carl Grasso Management – Danny Goldberg and Ron Stone The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed