John Wayne (1907 – 1979)
1965 Publicity Portrait
|Born||Marion Robert Morrison
May 26, 1907
Winterset, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||June 11, 1979 (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Other names||Marion Mitchell Morrison
Marion Michael Morrison (often claimed by Wayne, e.g. inPlayboy magazine interview May, 1971)
|Education||Glendale High School|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
|Home town||Glendale, California|
|Spouse(s)||Josephine Alicia Saenz (1933–45)
Esperanza Baur (1946–54)
Pilar Pallete (1954–73; separated)
Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.
Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa but his family relocated to the greater Los Angeles area when he was four years old. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to USC as a result of abodysurfing accident. Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he mostly appeared in small bit parts. His first leading role came in the widescreen epic The Big Trail (1930), which led to leading roles in numerous films throughout the 1930s, many of them in the western genre. His career rose to further heights in 1939, with John Ford‘s Stagecoach making him an instant superstar. Wayne would go on to star in 142 pictures, primarily typecast in Western films.
Among his best known later films are The Quiet Man (1952), which follows him as an Irish-American boxer and his love affair with a fiery spinster played by Maureen O’Hara; The Searchers (1956), in which he plays a Civil War veteran who seeks out his abducted niece, played by Natalie Wood, in order to murder her for having lived with a Native American; Rio Bravo (1959), playing a Sheriff with Dean Martin; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), portraying a gunslinging rancher competing with Eastern lawyer James Stewart for a woman’s hand in marriage; True Grit (1969), playing a humorous U.S. Marshal who sets out to avenge a man’s death in the role that won Wayne an Academy Award; and The Shootist (1976), his final screen performance, in which he plays an aging gunfighter battling cancer.
Wayne moved to Orange County, California in the 1960s, and was a prominent Republican in Hollywood, supporting anti-communist positions. He died of stomach cancer in 1979. In June 1999, the American Film Institutenamed Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of All Time.
Kravitz in January 2011
|Birth name||Leonard Albert Kravitz|
|Also known as||Lenny,
Romeo Blue (former)
|Born||May 26, 1964
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
|Genres||Rock, funk rock, hard rock, neo-psychedelia, neo soul|
|Occupations||Composer, singer-songwriter, musician, music producer, arranger, actor, interior designer, clothing designer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, keyboards, percussion, sitar|
|Labels||Virgin, Roadrunner, Atlantic|
|Associated acts||Karl Denson, Danny Dyer,Vanessa Paradis, Madonna,Slash, Aerosmith, Mick Jagger,Sheryl Crow, Guns N’ Roses,Baha Men, Michael Kamen,Angie Stone, Cree Summer,Lionel Richie, Zoro, Craig Ross,Jay-Z, Jazzanova, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Draco Rosa, Erykah Badu, Cindy Blackman, Dean Ambrose|
Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, funk,reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often played all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos.
He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male. He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, BRIT Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. On December 1, 2011, Kravitz was made an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He plays the role of Cinna in the Hunger Games film series.
Helena Bonham Carter
|Helena Bonham Carter
Bonham Carter at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011
|Born||26 May 1966
Golders Green, London, England
|Partner(s)||Tim Burton (2001–present)|
|Parents||Raymond Bonham Carter (father)|
Helena Bonham Carter, CBE (born 26 May 1966) is an English actress. She made her acting debut in a television adaptation of K. M. Peyton‘s A Pattern of Roses before her debut film role as the titular character in Lady Jane. She is known for her roles in films, such as: A Room with a View, Fight Club, The King’s Speech, and playing Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. She frequently collaborates with her domestic partner, director Tim Burton, in films such as: Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows. In 2012, she played Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, and Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables.
A two-time Academy Award nominee for her performances in The Wings of the Dove and The King’s Speech, Bonham Carter’s acting has been further recognised with seven Golden Globe nominations, an International Emmy Award for best actress, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year honours list for services to drama, and received the honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 22 February 2012.
Stevie Nicks in March 2009
|Birth name||Stephanie Lynn Nicks|
|Born||May 26, 1948|
|Origin||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, pop rock, soft rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, keyboards, tambourine|
|Associated acts||Fleetwood Mac
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
David A. Stewart
Stephanie Lynn “Stevie” Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter who in the course of her work with Fleetwood Mac and her extensive solo career has produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums. She was deemed “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll” and one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, and, as a member of Fleetwood Mac, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. As a solo artist, she has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and, with Fleetwood Mac, a further five.
Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 along with her then romantic partner Lindsey Buckingham. Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, Rumours, released in 1977, was the best-selling album of the year of its release and, to date, made claimed sales of 40 million copies worldwide, which makes it the sixth biggest selling studio album of all time. The album remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks and reached the top spot in various countries worldwide. The album won Album of the Year in 1978 and produced four U.S. Top 10 singles, with Nicks’ “Dreams” being the band’s first and only U.S. number one hit.
Nicks began her solo career in 1981 with the album Bella Donna, which reached Platinum status less than three months after its release, and has since been certified quadruple-platinum. She has produced seven more solo studio albums to date, with her most recent titled In Your Dreams, released on May 3, 2011. Nicks is known for her distinctive voice, mystical visual style, and symbolic lyrics.
Hank Williams, Jr.
|Hank Williams, Jr.|
Hank Williams Jr. in concert, 2006
|Birth name||Randall Hank Williams|
|Born||May 26, 1949
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
|Genres||Country, outlaw country,southern rock, country rock,blues|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, upright bass,steel guitar, banjo, keyboards,harmonica, fiddle, saxophone,dobro, drums, piano|
|Labels||MGM, Warner Bros., Curb, Bocephus|
Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949), better known as Hank Williams, Jr. and Bocephus, is an American country singer-songwriter and musician. His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock,blues, and traditional country. He is the son of legendary country music singer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Samuel Williams, and Katie Williams.
Williams began his career by following in his famed father’s footsteps, singing his father’s songs and imitating his father’s style. Williams’s own style slowly evolved as he struggled to find his own voice and place within the country music industry. This trend was interrupted by a near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana on August 8, 1975. After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues. Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s, from which he earned considerable recognition and popularity both inside and outside the country music industry.