Lady Gaga in September 2012, during theBorn This Way Ball
|Born||Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
March 28, 1986
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Convent of the Sacred Heart|
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
|Net worth||US $110 million (estimate as of June 2011)|
|Associated acts||Tony Bennett|
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (/ˈstɛfəniː dʒɜrməˈnɒtə/ ste-fə-nee jur-mə-not-ə; born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American recording artist, activist, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, philanthropist, and actress. She was born, raised, and lives in New York City. Gaga primarily studied at theConvent of the Sacred Heart and briefly attended New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the rock music scene of Manhattan‘s Lower East Side. By the end of 2007, record executive and producer Vincent Herbert signed her to his label Streamline Records, an imprint ofInterscope Records. Initially working as a songwriter at Interscope Records, her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon, who also signed her to Kon Live Distribution, his own label under Interscope.
Gaga rose to prominence with her August 2008 debut album, The Fame, which was a critical and commercial success. The record included the international number-one tracks “Just Dance” and “Poker Face“. In November 2009, her extended play, The Fame Monster, was released to a similar reception, and produced the hit singles “Bad Romance“, “Telephone“, and “Alejandro“. Its accompanying Monster Ball Tour became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Gaga’s second album, Born This Way, was released in May 2011 and topped albums charts in most major markets. It generated chart-topping songs “Born This Way“, “Judas“, and “The Edge of Glory“. After taking a sabbatical for a hip injury and the cancellation of the remaining dates of the Born This Way Ball Tour, Gaga’s third album Artpop was released in November 2013 and became her second number one album in US.Artpop was preceded by singles “Applause” and “Do What U Want“.
Influenced by David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cher, and Queen, Gaga is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse, and outré contributions to the music industry through her fashion, performances, and music videos. As of November 2013, she had sold an estimated 24 million albums and 125 million singles worldwide and her singles are some of the best-selling worldwide. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. Gaga has consecutively appeared on Billboard magazine’s Artists of the Year (scoring the definitive title in 2010), ranked fourth in VH1‘s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, is the fourth best selling digital singles artist in US according to RIAA, is regularly placed on lists composed by Forbes magazine, including The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women from 2010 to 2013, and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Outside of her musical career, she is a prominent LGBT activist.
Reba McEntire in April 2010
|Birth name||Reba Nell McEntire|
|Also known as||Reba|
|Born||March 28, 1955
McAlester, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Origin||Chockie, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, television producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Labels||Mercury, MCA Nashville, Starstruck, Valory|
|Associated acts||Dolly Parton, Red Steagall,Jacky Ward, Pake McEntire,Susie Luchsinger, Vince Gill,Linda Davis, Brooks & Dunn,Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney,Justin Timberlake, Terri Clark|
Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo inOklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall. He brought her to Nashville, Tennessee, where she signed a contract with Mercury Records a year later in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983.
Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country (1984), which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave“. The album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 26 studio albums, acquired 40 number one singles, 14 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has sometimes been referred to as “The Queen of Country“. and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 80 million records worldwide.
In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990’s Tremors. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and in her television sitcom, Reba(2001–2007) for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy.
Vaughn at the Liberty Political Action Conference, September 2011
|Born||Vincent Anthony Vaughn
March 28, 1970
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Residence||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, political activist|
|Spouse(s)||Kyla Weber (m. 2010)|
Vincent Anthony “Vince” Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian and activist. He began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 movie Swingers. He has since appeared in a number of films, including Rudy, The Lost World: Jurassic Park,Return to Paradise, Old School, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Wedding Crashers, The Break Up, Fred Claus, Couples Retreat, The Watch and The Internship. He is one of the tallest leading men in Hollywood at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m).
|Birth name||Rodney Allan Atkins|
|Born||March 28, 1969
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Origin||Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Associated acts||Ted Hewitt
Rodney Allan Atkins (born March 28, 1969) is an American country music artist. Signed to Curb Records in 1996, he charted his first single on the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release an album until 2003’s Honesty, which included the number 4 hit “Honesty (Write Me a List)“.
If You’re Going Through Hell, his second album, was released in 2006. Its first two singles, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “Watching You“, each spent four weeks at the top of the country music chart, and were respectively ranked as the top country songs of 2006 and 2007 according to Billboard Year-End. The album, which has since been certified platinum in the United States, produced two more number 1 singles in “These Are My People” and “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)“. It’s America (2009) included the number 1 single “It’s America” and the top 5 hit “Farmer’s Daughter“, which was added to a later reissue of the album. Take a Back Road (2011) produced his sixth number 1 in its title track.
|Born||Julia O’Hara Stiles
March 28, 1981
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
Julia O’Hara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American actress. She first gained prominence for her lead roles in teen films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Down to You(2000) and Save the Last Dance (2001). Her career progressed to starring in films such as The Business of Strangers (2001), Mona Lisa Smile (2003) and The Omen (2006). She also played the supporting character Nicky Parsons in the Bourne film series (2002–2007).
She guest starred as Lumen Pierce in the fifth season of the Showtime series Dexter (2010), a role that earned her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Most recently, Stiles had a supporting role in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and also appears in Blue, a web series from WIGS.