Allen in 2007
|Born||Lily Rose Beatrice Allen
2 May 1985
Hammersmith, London, England
|Occupation||Musician, songwriter, actress|
|Spouse(s)||Sam Cooper (m. 2011)|
|Genres||Pop, ska, reggae fusion|
|Labels||London, Regal, Capitol, Warner Bros.|
|Associated acts||Professor Green|
Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (née Allen; born 2 May 1985), known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer/songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings.
Her first mainstream single, “Smile“, reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Alright, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. She began hosting her own talk-show, Lily Allen and Friends, on BBC Three.
Her second studio album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer’s musical evolution and maturity. It spawned the hit singles “The Fear” and “Fuck You“, popular mostly in Europe. Allen and Amy Winehouse have been credited with starting a process that led to the media-proclaimed “year of the women” in 2009 that has seen five female artists making music of “experimentalism and fearlessness” nominated for the Mercury Prize.
In 2009, Allen announced that she would be taking a hiatus from musical activities. During 2010, Allen opened a fashion rental shop “Lucy in Disguise” with her sister Sarah, followed by the 2011 launching of her own record label. In 2013, Allen revealed that she had begun working on her third studio album, which was later titled Sheezus. On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her first original song since 2009, “Hard out Here“, which was released as a single on November 17
Baranski at Metropolitan Opera opening, 2008
|Born||Christine Jane Baranski
May 2, 1952
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (1974)|
|Spouse(s)||Matthew Cowles (m. 1983)|
Baranski made her stage debut in 1974 and her Broadway debut in Hide and Seek in 1980. She has won two Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for The Real Thing in 1984 and Rumors in 1989. Other Broadway credits include, Hurlyburly (1984), The House of Blue Leaves (1986) and Boeing Boeing (2008).
On television, she is known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Maryanne Thorpe in the sitcom Cybill (1995-1998), and her Emmy-nominated portrayals ofDr. Beverly Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory and Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife. She has received a total of eleven Emmy nominations. Her film roles include, 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), Legal Eagles (1986), Reversal of Fortune (1990), Addams Family Values (1993), Jeffrey (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Bulworth(1998), Cruel Intentions (1999), Chicago (2002) and Mamma Mia! (2008).
Engelbert Humperdinck (singer)
Engelbert Humperdinck performing inLas Vegas, 2009
|Birth name||Arnold George Dorsey|
|Also known as||Engelbert|
|Born||2 May 1936
Madras, British India
|Genres||Traditional pop, easy listening|
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Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey; 2 May 1936) is a British Indian pop singer, best known for his UK number-one hits “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz“, as well as “After the Lovin’” and “A Man Without Love”.
Born in Madras, India, Dorsey moved to Leicester, England, as a child with his family, where he took an early interest in music. Initially playing the saxophone in nightclubs, he soon started singing, releasing his first single, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, in 1958. After struggling with tuberculosis, in the mid-1960s Dorsey returned to his musical career, adopting the stage name “Engelbert Humperdinck” after the German 19th-century composer of operas. Signed toDecca Records, he gained early success in Belgium after representing England in the 1966 Knokke song contest there. On his return, he released a string of singles that proved commercially successful, both domestically and in the United States. Gaining a devoted fan following, he also fronted a short-lived television series, The Engelbert Humperdinck Show.
Ever since, Humperdinck has continued producing music, to varying critical and commercial success. He represented the United Kingdom in the final of theEurovision Song Contest 2012, in Baku, Azerbaijan, with Love Will Set You Free, where he came in 25th place out of 26 with 12 points
David Suchet in 2006
|Born||2 May 1946
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Sheila Ferris (1976–present)|
|Relatives||John Suchet (brother)|
David Suchet, CBE (/ˈsuːʃeɪ/ soo-shay; born 2 May 1946) is an English actor, known for his work on British television. He played Edward Teller in the TV serial Oppenheimer and received the RTS– and BPG awards for his performance as Augustus Melmotte in the 2001 British serial The Way We Live Now. For his role as Agatha Christie‘s detective Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot he received a 1991 British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) nomination.
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|Birth name||Larry Wayne Gatlin|
|Born||May 2, 1948
Seminole, Texas, United States
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, actor|
|Labels||Monument, Columbia, Universal,Capitol, Curb|
|Associated acts||The Imperials, Dottie West, Kris Kristofferson, Janie Fricke,Kenny Rogers|
Larry Wayne Gatlin (born May 2, 1948) is an American country music singer/songwriter. He is perhaps best known for teaming up with his brothers Steve and Rudy in the late 1970s, becoming one of country music’s most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Gatlin has had a total of 33 Top 40 singles (combining his solo recordings and those with his brothers). As their fame grew, the band became known as Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers.
Their popularity lasted throughout much of the 1980s. Their biggest hits together include, “Broken Lady“, “All the Gold in California“, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)“, “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby”, and “Talkin’ to the Moon”. Larry Gatlin is known for his rich tenor voice and for the string of pop-inflected hit songs he wrote and recorded throughout the 1970s and 80s. During this time, country music trended heavily towards polished pop music arrangements in a style that came to be known as Countrypolitan. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers came to prominence and enjoyed their greatest success during this period with hit singles that showcased the brothers’ powerful three-part harmonies and Larry’s evocative falsetto voice.