22nd March Birthdays today: Reese Witherspoon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephanie Mills, George Benson & Matthew Modine ~ from the team at ~ Colly Dolly Music & Movies ~ Mareeba!

Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon
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Witherspoon in May 2011.
Born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
March 22, 1976 (age 37)[1]
New OrleansLouisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1991–present
Children 3

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976), professionally known as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and producer.[2] Witherspoon landed her first feature role as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991. In 1996, Witherspoon appeared in Freeway, and in 1998, she starred in Pleasantville. For her role in 1999’s Election, she earned a Golden Globe nomination.

2001 marked her career’s turning point with the breakout role as Elle Woods in the box-office hit Legally Blonde, and in 2002 she starred in Sweet Home Alabama, which became her biggest commercial film success to date. 2003 saw her return as lead actress and executive producer of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention and praise for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, which earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

In 1999, she married actor Ryan Phillippe; the couple separated in late 2006 and divorced in October 2007. In 2011 she married talent agent Jim Toth. Witherspoon owns a production company, Pacific Standard, and she is actively involved in children’s and women’s advocacy organizations. She serves on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chair of the charitable Avon Foundation. On December 1, 2010, Witherspoon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Andrew Lloyd Webber

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Lloyd-Webber[1][2]

Lloyd Webber in 2007
Born Andrew Lloyd Webber
22 March 1948 (age 65)
Kensington, London, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Westminster School
Royal College of Music
Occupation Composer, panellist, television personality,
businessman, songwriter, theatre director
Years active 1965–present
Notable work(s) See below and
Net worth Increase £700 million (est.)
Spouse(s) Sarah Hugill (m. 197283)
Sarah Brightman (m. 198490)

Madeleine Gurdon (m. 1991)

Children The Hon. Imogen (born 1978)
The Hon. Nicholas (born 1979)
The Hon. Alistair Adam (born 1992)
The Hon. William Richard (born 1993)
The Hon. Isabella Aurora (born 1996)
Parents William Lloyd Webber (1914–1982)
Jean Hermione (née Johnstone, 1921–1993)
Relatives Julian Lloyd Webber (Brother)

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948), properly styled and widely known as The Lord Lloyd-Webber,[3][4][5][6] is a British composer and impresario of musical theatre.[7]

Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained a number of honours, including a knighthood in 1992,[8] followed by a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II for services to Music, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, fourteenIvor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.[9][10] He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.[11][12]

Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and “You Must Love Me” from Evita, “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and “Memory” from Cats.

His company, the Really Useful Group, is one of the largest theatre operators in London. Producers in several parts of the UK have staged productions, including national tours, of the Lloyd Webber musicals under licence from the Really Useful Group. Lloyd Webber is also the president of the Arts Educational Schools London, a prestigious performing arts school located in Chiswick, West London.


Stephanie Mills

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Stephanie Mills
Birth name Stephanie Mills
Also known as Cookie, the First Lady of R&B
Born March 22, 1957 (age 56)
QueensNew York CityU.S.A.
Origin Bedford-Stuyvesant,[1]BrooklynNew York CityU.S.A.
Genres R&Bsoulgospel
Occupations Singer
Instruments piano , guitar.
Years active 1966–present
Labels Motown20th Century,CasablancaMCA,GospoCentric, LightYear,Expansion Records
Website Official website

Stephanie Dorthea Mills (born March 22, 1957) is an American R&Bsoul and gospel singer, songwriter, and Broadway star.


George Benson

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For other people named George Benson, see George Benson (disambiguation).
George Benson
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George Benson performing in Madrid 2009
Background information
Born March 22, 1943 (age 70)
PittsburghPennsylvania,United States
Genres Jazzfunkrhythm and blues,soul
Occupations Musiciansinger-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, archtop guitar
Years active 1954 (as little George Benson)[1][2]
Labels Prestige Records (1964–1965)
Columbia Records (1966–1967)
Verve Records (1968)
A&M Records (1968–1970)
CTI Records (1971–1976)
Warner Bros. Records (1976–1994)
GRP Records (1995–2005)
Concord Records (2006–present)
Associated acts Jack McDuffEarl KlughAl JarreauJoe FarrellCount Basie OrchestraMcCoy Tyner,Joe SampleFuse OneWes MontgomeryDjango Reinhardt,Charlie Christian
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Ibanez GB10 Signature Model
Ibanez GB200 Signature Model

George Benson (born March 22, 1943)[3] is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and singer-songwriter. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.

A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin’ was certified triple-platinum on the Billboard 200 chart in 1976.[4] His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and still has a large following.[4] He has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Matthew Modine

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Matthew Modine
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Born Matthew Avery Modine
March 22, 1959 (age 54)
Loma Linda, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, writer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Caridad Rivera (1980–present)
Children 2

Matthew Avery Modine (born March 22, 1959) is an American film actor. His most well-known film roles include Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, the title character in Alan Parker‘s Birdy, high school wrestler Louden Swain in Vision Quest, and oversexed Sullivan Groff on Weeds.

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