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             Biography - Thursday, August 31, 2006 
       "Real stories and fascinating details behind the 
         most intriguing people who have ever lived." 

Greetings Biography Buff, 

In the news: Glenn Ford, who brought a quiet reserve to the 
screen in movies dating back to Hollywood's golden era, has 
died at 90 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ford was 
best known for his roles in such films as "Blackboard 
Jungle," "Gilda" and "Pocketful of Miracles." His credits 
also included "Teahouse of the August Moon," "Don't Go Near 
the Water" and "The Courtship of Eddie's Father."

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--WHO AM I? 

--1. I was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New 

--2. I won a scholarship to the American Conservatory Theater 
     in San Francisco.

--3. My feature-film debut was in the comedy A Carbon Copy. 

--4. I starred in the television medical drama St Elsewhere.

--5. I was Oscar-nominated for Cry Freedom and Malcolm X. 

Who am I? (Answer at the bottom)



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****Some famous people born during this week in history: 

-- Shania Twain - August 28, 1965
Country singer, songwriter. In 1993, Twain went to Nashville, 
signed with Mercury Records, and released her self-titled 
debut album. With the help of her music producer husband 
Robert "Mutt" Lange, Twain released The Woman in Me in 1995, 
which became the bestselling country album by a female 
artist in history. Her third album, Come On Over, contained 
eight hit singles, and holds the distinction of being the 
bestselling country album of all time.  In 1999, she 
released a fourth album, On the Way. Twain also re-recorded 
the single You've Got a Way for the motion picture soundtrack
Notting Hill.

-- Van Morrison - August 31, 1945
Singer, musician, and songwriter. After leaving school at 
the age of 15, he played guitar and later saxophone in 
several teenage groups, making his first recordings as a 
member of Them during the 1960s. His first solo hit was 
Brown-Eyed Girl and a year later he released the highly 
acclaimed, surreal album Astral Weeks. Other successes of 
that period include the single Caravan, and the albums 
Moondance and Tupelo Honey. In the 1980s his work developed 
a more mystical dimension, and later albums include 
Enlightenment, The Healing Game, Down the Road, and Magic 
Time. A celebrated live performer, he insisted that every 
note be recorded live for the acclaimed album It's Too Late
To Stop Now. 

-- Salma Hayek - September 2, 1966
Actress, director, producer. In 1991, Hayek moved to Los 
Angeles from Mexico to learn English and become an actress. 
She landed a role in 1995's Desperado, which helped her earn
roles in movies such as The Faculty, Wild Wild West, and 
Fools Rush In. Subsequently, Hayek became engaged with 
smaller, independent pictures and started her own production 
company, Ventanarosa. In 2002, her intellectual approach to 
filmmaking culminated in her dream role in Frida, in which 
she both produced and starred. She followed the success of 
Frida with large-scale projects, including directing 2002's 
The Maldonado Miracle, starring in the last episode of the 
Desperado trilogy, and appearing in the thriller After the

****Some famous people who have died during this week 
    in history: 

-- Ingrid Bergman - August 29, 1982
Born August 29, 1915 
Actress. She was an international star of films, television 
and on the stage. Bergman made 50 films in her movie career 
winning three best Actress Oscars, an Emmy and a Golden 
Globe Award. Some of her films: Intermezzo, Casablanca, Walk 
in the Spring Rain, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, For Whom the 
Bell Tolls, The Bells of St. Mary's, Joan of Arc, Anastasia 
and Murder on the Orient Express. Debuting on Broadway, she 
stared in Anna Christie and after an absence from the stage 
returned to play Joan of Arc winning her a Tony Award for 
Best Actress. She was a regular on television and won an 
Emmy for the miniseries, "The Turn of the Screw." Diagnosed 
with breast cancer and despite failing health, she continued 
to work culminating in her last acting role in a TV mini-
series, A Woman Called Golda.

-- Diana "Princess Di" Spencer - August 31, 1997
Born July 1, 1961
Upon the death of her grandfather, the 7th Earl Spencer, in 
1975 Diana inherited the title of "Lady" and moved to Althorp, 
a stately mansion built in 1508 in the English Midlands. She
met Prince Charles during a shoot in November 1977. The 
engagement of Lady Diana and Prince Charles was announced on 
February 24, 1981 and they were married at St. Paul's 
Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981. Diana was famous for 
her groundbreaking fashion choices but she also broke 
barriers in the late-1980s when she was the first celebrity 
to be photographed shaking hands with an AIDS patient with-
out a glove and she touched leprosy patients in the poorest 
parts of the world without concern for her own health. 

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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week

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--Answer to "WHO AM I?" 

Denzel Washington. The actor won a scholarship to the 
American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and then 
worked with the Shakespeare in the Park ensemble. He 
appeared in several off-Broadway productions and in 
television movies before making his feature-film debut in 
the comedy A Carbon Copy. He starred in the television 
medical drama St. Elsewhere. He was Oscar-nominated for Cry 
Freedom and Malcolm X, and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar 
for Glory. He has also starred in Much Ado About Nothing, 
Crimson Tide, The Hurricane, Training Day, and Inside Man. 

See Denzel in the role that won him an Oscar:

Glory - Running For President


--Answers to "BIO QUIZ:" 

--1. Gina Lollobrigida - 07/04/1927

--2. Sophia Loren - 09/20/1934

--3. Laura Antonelli - 11/28/1941

--4. Daniela Bianchi - 01/31/1942

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