Studio publicity photo
|Born||Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
February 27, 1932
Hampstead Garden Suburb,London, England, UK
|Died||March 23, 2011 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death
|Congestive heart failure|
|Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
|Other names||Liz Taylor|
|Occupation||Actress, social activist|
|Relatives||Howard Taylor (older brother)|
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses ofHollywood’s Golden Age. As one of the world’s most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty, and distinctive violet eyes.
National Velvet (1944) was Taylor’s first success, and she starred in Father of the Bride (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), Giant (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for BUtterfield 8 (1960), played the title role in Cleopatra (1963), and married her costar Richard Burton. They appeared together in 11 films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), for which Taylor won a second Academy Award. From the mid-1970s, she appeared less frequently in film, and made occasional appearances in television and theatre.
Her much-publicized personal life included eight marriages and several life-threatening illnesses. From the mid-1980s, Taylor championed HIV and AIDS programs; she co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1993. She received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Legion of Honour, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, who named her seventh on their list of the “Greatest American Screen Legends”. Taylor died of congestive heart failure in March 2011 at the age of 79, having suffered many years of ill health.
Groban, February 2009
|Birth name||Joshua Winslow Groban|
|Born||February 27, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California
|Genres||Easy listening, vocal, operatic pop, pop rock|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, drums, percussion|
Joshua Winslow “Josh” Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and in 2007, he was charted as the number-one best selling artist in the United States with over 21 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide.
Groban originally studied acting, but moved to singing as his voice developed. Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a free public school on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, where students receive a conservatory-style education. His life changed when his vocal coach, Seth Riggs, submitted a tape of Josh singing, “All I Ask of You,” from The Phantom of the Opera, to Riggs’ friend, producer, composer and arranger David Foster. Foster called him to stand in for an ailing Andrea Bocelli to rehearse a duet, “The Prayer,” with Celine Dion at the rehearsal for the Grammy Awards in 1998. Rosie O’Donnellimmediately invited him to appear on her talk show. Foster asked him to sing at the California Governor’s Gray Davis‘ 1999 inauguration. He was cast on Ally McBeal by the show’s creator, David E. Kelley, performing “You’re Still You” for the 2001 season finale.
Spall in February 2011
|Born||Timothy Leonard Spall
27 February 1957 (age 56)
Battersea, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Shane Spall (m. 1981)|
|Children||Pascale, Rafe and Mercedes|
Timothy Leonard Spall, OBE (born 27 February 1957) is an English character actor and occasional presenter. Some of his more high-profile roles include Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series, Winston Churchill in theThe King’s Speech (2010), Peter Taylor in The Damned United (2009), Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and his own documentary Timothy Spall: Back at Sea (2010–2012). He also had a lead role in the Palme d’Or winning, five-time Academy Award nominated 1996 film, Secrets & Lies, had a supporting role in The Last Samurai, released in 2003, and played the lead role in Pierrepoint which was released in 2005.
Johnny Van Zant
|Johnny Van Zant|
|Birth name||John Roy Van Zant|
|Born||February 27, 1959 (age 54)
|Genres||Southern rock, country|
|Associated acts||The Austin Nickels Band, The Johnny Van Zant Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant, .38 Special|
John Roy “Johnny” Van Zant (born February 27, 1959) is an American musician and the current lead vocalist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He is the younger brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd co-founder and former lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and .38 Special founder Donnie Van Zant.
Van Zant performed during the 1970s with his 1st band, The Austin Nickels Band. They later changed their name to The Johnny Van Zant Band releasing their debut solo album, No More Dirty Deals, in 1980. Original members of The Johnny Van Zant Band consisted of Johnny Van Zant on lead vocals, Robbie Gaye, on guitar, Danny Clausman, on bass, Erik Lundgren on lead guitar, Robbie Morris, drums and Joan Hecht (previously Joan Cusumano) and Nancy Henderson on background vocals. Johnny Van Zant released three more solo albums between 1981 and 1985, before taking a break from the music business.
He became lead vocalist for the reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, and continues to record and perform with them today. He released another solo album, Brickyard Road, in 1990, which featured the popular title track, which was a #1 hit on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for three weeks. He also records and performs with his brother Donnie as Van Zant since 1998.
In May 2006, less than 1 day before he was to perform at KSAN-FM 107.7 The Bone’s Bone Bash 7, Van Zant underwent emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. Treated at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, after reporting pain to a doctor earlier in the day. The incident forced the band to cancel three US shows.
According to Skynyrd’s website, Van Zant was again hospitalized on August 6, 2011 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota due to complications from a previous surgery. According to the website, Van Zant had a “surgical site” infected with cellulitus which required both hospitalization and IV/Antibiotic Treatment. He began displaying signs of a staph infection and other symptoms related to the infection. His subsequent illness resulted in a number of scheduled performances being cancelled.