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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rafael Nadal Best Spanish tennis player

Date of Birth
3 June 1986, Manacor, Majorca, Spain
Birth Name
Rafael Nadal Parera
Nickname
Rafa
Rafi
Spain's Raging Bull
El Nino
King of clay
Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Trivia
Born and resides in Manacor, Mallorca in Spain
Plays left-handed, but is right-handed
Spanish tennis player
Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand in his match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland during Day Four of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Began playing tennis at age four with his uncle Toni, who is his coach
Considers clay his favorite surface
His uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, is a professional soccer player with stints at FC Barcelona, Real Mallorca and Spanish national team, which competed in 2002 World Cup
Is no. 1 in the ATP Indesit Race (as of Jun 2005)
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One of only 7 players to have beaten Roger Federer since Federer attained the #1 ranking.
Currently (May 2005) ranked 7th in the world
Won the Roland Garros French Open (2005)
Has won 10 tournaments so far in 2005 (Sept 2005)
Won The French Open in 2006
Has known Richard Gasquet since he was 12.
Currently (July 2007) ranked 2nd in the world for Tennis.
Defeated Roger Federer in 2008 Wimbledon 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.
Won 2008 French Open defeating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.
Nadal's Wimbledon 2008 defeat of Roger Federer was the longest men's singles final in the history of the prestigious tournament: 4 hours 48 minutes. Former Wimbledon champ John McEnroe proclaimed that it was the greatest match he'd ever seen.
reactsHas a younger sister named María Isabel.
Son of Sebastián Nadal and Ana María Parera.
Won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games on August 17th 2008.
Defeated Roger Federer in the 2008 Australian Open.
Girlfriend is Xisca Perelló.

Personal Quotes
Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I'm at home alone I have to sleep on the sofa.I can't face going to bed. I'm there with the TV on and all the lights on. I'm not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very. -- Vogue, June 2009
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Where Are They Now
(2008) (June 8) Joins Björn Borg as the only man to win 4 straight French Open singles titles, beating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.
(July 2008) Defeats Roger Federer for 2008 Wimbledon title in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory.
(June 2010) Has won his fifth Roland Garros after beating 'Robin Soderling' by 6-4, 6-2 and 6-4 and has also recuperated the number one of the ATP.
(July 2010) Has been in South Africa in order to attend the Football World Cup final between Spain and Holland one week after winning his second Wimbledon tournament.
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Victoria Beckham Beautiful English singer

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Date of Birth
17 April 1974, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Birth Name
Victoria Caroline Adams
Nickname
Posh Spice
Height
5' 4" (1.63 m)
Mini Biography
Victoria Adams was born April 1974. She does not like being called Vicky. Instead, call her Posh, which stands for the best of everything (an old luxury liner term, P.O.S.H. stood for "Port Out, Starboard Home"-- the best rooms). Growing up, she didn't like being driven to school in her father's Rolls Royce (they were very wealthy; later, as Posh, she would have an image of someone who revels in wealth). Victoria began as a dancer before eventually landing a spot as a member of Spice Girls. While in college, Victoria was briefly in another band. After completing the 3-year course at Lanie Arts, she answered an ad in "The Stage" magazine, which was looking for 5 girls who could sing and dance. Victoria was picked, history was about to be made.
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(Victoria had met: Emma who had been in a play with her when they were kids; Geri while auditioning for a role in Tank Girl (1995); Mel C. attended a rival school when they were 15; and Mel B. at the audition for the forming of the band.) The Spice Girls became fantastically successful, achieving international fame. The wildly popular Spice Girls performed at sold-out concerts, did tours, and of course the Spice World (1997) movie. Victoria married soccer player David Beckham, and they had a son in 1999.
Spouse
David Beckham (4 July 1999 - present) 3 children
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Trade Mark
Her hair styles & hair colour are sometimes changed.
Trivia
Has three sons with husband David Beckham. Brooklyn Beckham, born on March 4, 1999, Romeo Beckham on September 1, 2002, in London, England and Cruz Beckham on February 20, 2005 in Madrid, Spain.
Winner of the 1997 MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video, "Wannabe".
Winner of the 1997 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Group.
Has a tattoo of four eight-pointed stars representing herself, her husband and her two older sons at the base of her spine.
Is a vegetarian.
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When her luggage was lost on a flight, she demanded free airfare for life (2000).
Tried out for the role of Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) but lost the role to Angelina Jolie
Is a big fan of Simon Morley's and David Friend's Puppetry of the Penis: Live at the Forum (2001) (V), and once attended a private screening of the show with her husband and other celebrities.
Signed with Damon Dash's Roc-a-Wear clothing line to promote the apparel in U.S. and European billboard ads. She has already appeared on a billboard on Times Square, the building opposite to MTV Studios in New York.
Has a sister, Louise, and a brother, Christian. Used to dance ballet as a child and teenager.
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After being dropped from Virgin Records, she signed a 1.5 million pounds contract for Telstar Records (2001) and they will release and promote her music worldwide, except for USA where she signed a new deal (worth $2 million) with Rocc-A-Fella Records (2003) and they will release and promote her music in USA.
Winner of five awards at "Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 1996" with The Spice Girls, in London.
Winner of four awards at "Brit Awards 1997" with The Spice Girls.
Winner of two awards at "Billboard Awards 1997" with The Spice Girls in Las Vegas.
Winner of five awards at "American Music Awards 1998" with The Spice Girls in Los Angeles.
Winner of Special award at "Brit Awards 1998" with The Spice Girls in London, UK.
Winner of Best Dressed Female Award at "Elle Style Awards 2000" in London.
Winner of Best Female Haircut at "Pantene Pro-V Awards 2000" in London, UK.
Winner of Best Dressed Female Artist at "Lycra British Style Awards 2003" in London.
Voted Best Dressed Woman for the year 2002 by British "Prima" magazine.
Voted Best Dressed Woman for the year 2003 by British "Prima" magazine.
Winner of Best Dressed International Female at "Elle Style Awards 2003" in Madrid, Spain.
Voted Best Dressed Pop Artist for the year 2000 by "Heat" magazine. Also voted Best Dressed Couple (shared with her husband).
Winner of two awards at "MTV Europe Music Awards 1998" with The Spice Girls in Milan, Italy.
Winner of two awards at "Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 1998" with The Spice Girls and one award for Best Female Haircut, in London.
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Winner of a Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the British Music Industry at "Brit Awards 2000" with The Spice Girls, in London.
Favorite designers are Dolce & Gabbana and Donatella Versace.
She is the only member of Spice Girls not to have had a UK number one single as a solo artist.
Elton John and Elizabeth Hurley are godparents to her two older boys, Brooklyn and Romeo.
Her son Romeo, suffers from epilepsy.
Friend of Katie Holmes.
Was among the guests at Tom Cruise's and Katie Holmes' wedding in Italy.
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Godmother of Geri Halliwell's daughter Bluebell Madonna, along with Emma Bunton.
Topped the 2007 worst-dressed list by fashion critic Mr. Blackwell aka Richard Selzer followed by Amy Winehouse and Mary-Kate Olsen (January 8, 2008).
After David Beckham had been signed to play for the LA Galaxy, she has lived in a $22 million Beverly Hills mansion with her family (2007).
Bought a home in Sawbrigdgeworth, Herfordshire, located within 17 acres of land, which is called "Beckingham Palace" by the British tabloids (October 1999).
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Born to Anthony Adams, an electronics engineer and his wife Jackie Adams. She grew up in Goff's Oak, Herfordshire.
Husband David bought her a vineyard, for her birthday. (May 2008).
Debuted a range of evening gowns at New York Fashion Week. (June 2008).
Announced she and husband, David Beckham are expecting their fourth child in the summer. [January 2011].
On March 11, 2011, Victoria announced she is expecting a girl, a first for her and David.
Personal Quotes
"It's not about competition. You should see me with a football - there's no competition at all" - maintaining that she and David are not rivals
"My Spanish is improving and I can now ask: 'Dónde Gucci?' ('Where is Gucci?'). I also can say: 'Tienes un Bentley?' ('Do you have a Bentley?')" - About her Spanish-speaking skills
"He's got more personality than people think and he's very deep and spiritual. He always knows how to dress, that was part of his appeal originally. We've got matching dogs, matching watches, similar wardrobes, matchings Jags. I know it's tacky, but it makes me laugh." - on David Beckham.
I'm not materialistic. I believe in presents from the heart, like a drawing that a child does.
If you haven't got it, fake it! Too short? Wear big high heels, but do practice walking!
I have no intention of ever working with the (Spice) girls again.
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Cheryl Cole English singer, songwriter, dancer, and model.

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Date of Birth
30 June 1983, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK
Birth Name
Cheryl Ann Tweedy
Nickname
Chez
Chezza
Height
5' 3" (1.60 m)
Spouse
Ashley Cole (15 July 2006 - 3 September 2010) (divorced)

Cheryl Cole's Early Life:

Cheryl Cole was born Cheryl Tweedy June 30, 1983 and raised in the northern England city of Newcastle upon Tyne. She was interested in dancing as a young child and also explored modelling. She won a number of competitions and also appeared in two British Gas advertisements.
Trivia
Ranked #2 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women 2005.
She has three brothers and a sister.
Engaged to footballer boyfriend Ashley Cole in June 2005.
She was the first girl to make it into Girls Aloud.
Friends with Victoria Beckham.
Voted #7 in FHM 100 Sexiest 2008.
Joined the judging panel of ""The X Factor" (2004)" in 2008, taking over from Sharon Osbourne who decided not to return to the show for its fifth series.
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Voted #1 in FHM's sexiest women in the world supplement 2009.
Parents: Gary Tweedy and Joan Callaghan.
In 2003, she was sentenced to complete 120 hours of unpaid community service and paid £500 compensation for assaulting a nightclub worker.
Her inspiration as a teenager was Britney Spears.
Personal Quotes
I absolutely love my tattoos. The girls and I decided that the next time Girls Aloud have a No. 1, we'll all get one done. I want us to get something that only makes sense if we all stand in line, though!
The past year [2004] has been the best ever. I feel like I've got a fairy godmother watching over me.
I can't hurt any more than I've been hurt, I can't cry any more than I've cried. I've been to the highest of highs and lowest of lows, so one day I'm going to find my middle ground and be happy.
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[On drug addicts] I don't have any sympathy for the addicts. That might sound harsh, but I don't give a f***. If they're in pain because of drugs, it's self-inflicted. You know what you're doing when you take it.
[On Simon Cowell] Simon is the most charismatic man I've ever met -- it's like he's trancing you or something. It's actually quite scary.
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I have this pair of grey lounge trousers with a satin waistband which are really unattractive, but so comfy. I sit on the sofa in fluffy slippers and a hoody with a nice cup of hot chocolate. I'm slightly obsessed with hot chocolate. My mother just got me some that has chunks of real chocolate in it. I do that squirty cream thing, too. I'm known for it at "The X Factor" (2004)!
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I believe in soulmates, yes, but I believe you also have to work at love. I happen to believe your soulmate doesn't have to be your partner - your soulmate could be your best friend, your sibling, it doesn't have to be the person you marry.
I relate to girls a lot more than I do boys. I just don't get boys, I don't really get men.
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[On nearly dying from malaria in 2010] I had no liver function, no kidney function, I was swollen with the fluid, I had no oxygen in my blood. I literally had 24 hours to get fluid out of my body otherwise my insides were going to pack in. You know how sometimes you feel ill and you say, 'I feel like I'm dying?' Well I actually felt like I was dying. I asked the nurse outright - was I going to die? She said, 'There's a possibility.'
The thought of being intimate with someone you don't know really freaks me out. I think men should earn that intimacy.
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I don't think I'm a style icon, not at all. Sometimes I just want to rock out in me scruffs and me Uggs. You know, a really comfy old tracksuit with maybe a dollop of ketchup down the front.
Where Are They Now
(May 2005) On tour in the UK and Ireland
(September 2009) Released the music video for her first solo single, "Fight for This Love", ahead of the release of her debut solo album, 3 Words.
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(August 2009) Returning as a judge for the sixth series of The X Factor.
(August 2008) Joined the judging panel on hit UK show The X Factor in its fifth series.
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Friday, April 29, 2011

The Prince of Wales Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor

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Date of Birth
14 November 1948, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, England, UK
Birth Name
Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor
Height
5' 11" (1.80 m)
Mini Biography
Prince Charles was born November 14, 1948. His first military services appointment was in 1969. He currently holds the rank of captain in the Royal Navy and group captain in the Royal Air Force. His favorite food is scrambled eggs and he likes to drink whiskey. He enjoys going to Scotland, UK; Klosters, Switzerland; and the Eleuthra in the Caribbean. He enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing, polo, skiing, painting, writing and reading.
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On February 24, 1981 the engagement of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer was announced at Buckingham Palace. On July 29, 1981 Charles married Princess Diana. The fairy-tale wedding took place at St. Paul's Cathedral. Eleven months later on June 21, 1982 Prince William Windsor was born. William is second in line for the throne after his father. Two years later their second son Prince Harry Windsor was born September 15, 1984. Diana said that during the months before was his birth, she and Charles were closer then they ever had been before, but after the birth of Harry the marriage went badly wrong. On August 28, 1996 the fairy-tale marriage came to an end: Charles and Diana divorced. A year later, on August 31, 1997, Diana died in a car crash.
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Charles now is married to his long time love, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Spouse
Camilla Parker-Bowles (9 April 2005 - present)
Princess Diana (29 July 1981 - 28 August 1996) (divorced) 2 children
Trivia
Son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and nephew of the late Princess Margaret. Brother of Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Edward Wessex. Grandson of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Great-grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. Great-great-grandson of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
He is president of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Is the first member of the British Royal Family ever to graduate from college.
He currently holds the rank of Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy, Major-General in the Army and Air Vice-Marshal in the Royal Air Force.
Between 1967 and 1970, the Prince read archaeology and anthropology and, for his last two years, history, at the University of Cambridge. In 1969 he spent one summer term in Aberystwyth at the University of Wales, before his formal investiture as Prince of Wales in Caernarvon Castle on 1 July 1969. He graduated from Cambridge with a BA (Honours) degree in 1970.
In 1958, he was created a Knight of the Garter. In 1977, he was appointed a Knight of the Thistle.
Was appointed a Knight of the Thistle in 1977.
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Became the Prince of Wales and the Earl of Chester in 1958.
As Heir Apparent he holds the titles of the Duke of Cornwall, the Duke of Rothesay, the Earl of Carrick, Baron Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
Has two sons: Prince William Windsor (b. 1982) and Prince Harry Windsor (b. 1984).
Grandson of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Great-grandson of King George V and Queen Mary.
Great-great-grandson of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
Great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Nephew of Princess Margaret.
Speaks Welsh.
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He took his seat in the House of Lords in 1969, when he was 21, but could have sat in Parliament from the age of three-and-a-half. Only Dukes of Cornwall (always eldest sons of the sovereign) have this right to sit at any age.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show "Les guignols de l'info" (1988).
He married his longtime love Camilla Parker-Bowles. The wedding was a civil ceremony in the Windsor Guildhall on April 9th, 2005 followed by a service of prayer and dedication in St. George's Chapel at which the Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury presided. The wedding was originally scheduled for Friday, April 8th, but had to be postponed one day because Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
With his sons, Prince Harry Windsor and Prince William Windsor, was interviewed by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnely for The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live.
September 2001: Attended the Royal Premiere of Moulin Rouge! (2001) alongside Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
Stepfather of Tom Parker-Bowles and Laura Parker-Bowles.
Has been a fan of Peter Sellers since "The Goon Show". In 1975, after he had seen The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) in Montreal, he wrote to Sellars that he'd laughed so hard he had wet the dress of the woman in the next seat.
In 1966, he attended Geelong Grammar School's Timber Top program for 12 months. The Timber Top program is a year of schooling in an outdoor environment with regular outdoor physical tasks and training. The Timber Top campus is situated in Mansfield in the state of Victoria, Australia - approximately 200 kilometers north-east of Melbourne.
Merited a place in Time magazine's Special Issue "Heroes of the Environment" (Leaders & Visionaries section) with a tribute penned by Catherine Mayer, London Bureau Chief for Time magazine (Issue October 29, 2007).
He was awarded the A.K. (Knight of the Order of Australia) on March 14, 1981.
He, Princess Diana and Prince William (as an infant) all appear as characters in Tom Clancy's novel Patriot Games. In the book, their marital problems are portrayed as the invention of the media. The film came out in 1992 - the same year he and Diana separated, seemingly vindicating the reports.
Personal Quotes
It seems to me that music is a fascinating phenomenon because, on the one hand, it is a truly universal language that knows no barriers of origin, creed or circumstance, and therefore has the capacity to engage us all. On the other, its expression and enjoyment is entirely personal, and so often the memory of a particular piece of music is bound up with an event in our lives.

Nicole Kidman Beautiful Hollywood's top Australian imports Actress Hot wallpapers,pics

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Date of Birth:
20 June 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Birth Name:
Nicole Mary Kidman
Nickname:
Nic
Height:
5' 11" (1.80 m)

Mini Biography:

Elegant redhead Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Australian parents Anthony (a biochemist and clinical psychologist) and Janelle (a nursing instructor) Kidman. The family moved almost immediately to Washington, DC, where Nicole's father pursued his research on breast cancer, and then, three years later, made the pilgrimage to her parents' native Sydney. Young Nicole's first love was ballet, but she eventually took up mime and drama as well (her first stage role was a bleating sheep in an elementary school Christmas pageant). In her adolescent years, acting edged out the other arts and became a kind of refuge -- as her classmates sought out fun in the sun, the fair-skinned Kidman retreated to dark rehearsal halls to practice her craft. She worked regularly at the Philip Street Theater, where she once received a personal letter of praise and encouragement from audience member Jane Campion (then a film student). Kidman eventually dropped out of high school to pursue acting full-time. She broke into movies at age 16, landing a role in the Australian holiday favorite Bush Christmas (1983). That appearance touched off a flurry of film and TV offers, including a lead in BMX Bandits (1983) and a turn as a schoolgirl-turned-protester in the miniseries "Vietnam" (1987) (for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award). With the help of an American agent, she eventually made her US debut opposite Sam Neill in the at-sea thriller Dead Calm (1989).

Kidman's next casting coup scored her more than exposure. While starring as Tom Cruise's doctor/love interest in the racetrack romance Days of Thunder (1990), she won over the Hollywood hunk hook, line, and sinker. After a whirlwind courtship (and decent box office returns), the couple wed on December 24, 1990. Determined not to let her new marital status overshadow her fledgling career, the actress pressed on. She appeared as a catty high school senior in the Australian film Flirting (1991), then as Dustin Hoffman's moll in the gangster flick Billy Bathgate (1991). She reunited with Cruise for Far and Away (1992), the story of young Irish lovers who flee to America in the late 1800s, and starred opposite Michael Keaton in the tear-tugger My Life (1993/I). Despite her steady employment, critics and moviegoers still hadn't quite warmed to Kidman as a leading lady. She tried to spice up her image by seducing Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995), but achieved her real breakthrough with Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995). As a fame-crazed housewife determined to eliminate any obstacle in her path, Kidman proved that she had an impressive range and deadly comic timing. She took home a Golden Globe and several critics' awards for the performance. In 1996, Kidman stepped into a corset to work with her countrywoman and onetime admirer, Jane Campion, on the adaptation of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady (1996). A few months later, she tore across the screen as a nuclear weapons expert in The Peacemaker (1997), adding "action star" to her professional repertoire.

Spouse:
Keith Urban (25 June 2006 - present) 2 children
Tom Cruise (24 December 1990 - 8 August 2001) (divorced) 2 children


Trade Mark:
Often plays cold, emotionally vacant characters.


Trivia:
Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25 1995/January 1 1996 issue)
2000: She and her husband Tom Cruise donated to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate representing New York state.
Suffered a broken rib while rehearsing a dance routine for the movie Moulin Rouge! (2001). Production was halted while she recovered.
1999: Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
1996: Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
Wore a corset while filming The Portrait of a Lady (1996) to take her waist down to 19".
Spent two weeks in bed after filming of The Portrait of a Lady (1996) - diagnosed as suffering from "emotional stress".
10/99: Crusader against child abuse. "Children should be allowed to grow up without fear of cruelty.".
In Moulin Rouge! (2001) Kidman sang alongside Ewan McGregor.
She has two adopted children with Tom Cruise: Isabella Jane Cruise (born December 22, 1992) Connor Antony Cruise (Connor Cruise) (born January 17, 1995).
Scared of butterflies.

Named one of People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People of 2001.
2001: Named E!'s Celebrity of the Year.
2001: Named Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of The Year.
Played a young girl named Grace on a sketch on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) with Mike Myers, the next time she played a character named Grace was her 2001 movie, The Others (2001). She played a character named Grace for the third time in Dogville (2003).
She was supposed to be the star of Panic Room (2002), but she hurt herself in a stunt for Moulin Rouge! (2001). So, she played the voice of Jodie Foster's divorced husband's wife.
2002: Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.
Sister of Australian television personality Antonia Kidman.
Although naturally left-handed, she taught herself to write right-handed for her role in The Hours (2002), where she played the right-handed author Virginia Woolf.
On, January 13, 2003, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Found out about her first Academy Award nomination, for Moulin Rouge! (2001), while shooting Dogville (2003) in Sweden.
2003: Ranked #31 in Premiere's annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #83 in 2002.
First Australian actress to win the Best Actress Academy Award.
August 2008, was voted the fifth Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine.
Measurements: 34B-23-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
In recent polls, she was elected alongside fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman as one of the favorite upcoming romantic couples on screen.
Originally cast as Mrs. Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
Has appeared in My Life (1993/I) with Michael Keaton, Batman Forever (1995) with Val Kilmer, The Peacemaker (1997) with George Clooney and The Portrait of a Lady (1996) with Christian Bale. All four actors have played Batman in a movie.
She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actress for her performance in "The Blue Room".
1998: She was awarded the Special Award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her special and significant contributions to London Theatre for her performance in "The Blue Room".
A very tall woman at nearly 5' 11", she actually stood about 4 inches taller than ex-husband Tom Cruise, and rarely wore heels when seen publicly with him so that they could appear similar in height. Since their divorce, she is rarely seen on the red carpet without high heels, and she often meets 6' 4" actors in the eye.
Scored an IQ of 132+

Got the role as Diane Arbus in Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) after Samantha Morton backed out.
To make the character 'Marisa Coulter' in The Golden Compass (2007) so good as possible, she read the whole His Dark Materials trilogy, and wrote small notes, whenever she found something personal about the character.
While filming The Invasion (2007/I) she was involved in an accident while riding with others in a picture car mounted on trailer being towed by a camera truck rig. While filming a stunt in downtown Los Angeles, the truck took a turn too wide, slid on wet pavement, and collided with a light standard. Several stunt artists on the picture car were injured in the accident. Ms. Kidman was brought to the hospital as a precaution, but was able to return to the set the next day.
With a beautiful letter, Philip Pullman convinced her to take the role as Marisa Coulter in The Golden Compass (2007).
Just like Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, and Robin Williams she did her own singing for Happy Feet (2006).
While reaching a divorce from Tom Cruise, Nicole lived with her friend Naomi Watts.
Her friend Naomi Watts turned down the female lead in The Interpreter (2005) because she knew Nicole wanted the role.
Has always dreamed of working with her friend Steven Spielberg.
Like to work with costume designer Ann Roth, with whom she worked on Margot at the Wedding (2007), Cold Mountain (2003) and The Hours (2002).
One of her favorite movies is Gone with the Wind (1939).
Became good friends with Daniel Craig after working with him on The Invasion (2007/I) and The Golden Compass (2007).
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She loved wearing the prosthetic nose, that she originally used in The Hours (2002) and wore it in private too, mainly as she was undergoing a divorce from Tom Cruise at the time and was attracting a lot of paparazzi interest. Much to her delight, by wearing her fake nose out and about, she found she could easily evade the paparazzi as they didn't recognize her.
She decided not to imitate Virginia Woolf's actual tone and voice because she feared people thought it would be comic.
She is distantly related to Isabel Kidman, the second wife of Jack Lee.
Return to work two months after giving birth to her daughter Sunday in order to begin filming Nine (2009).
Replaced Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role of Claudia in Nine (2009) after she quit due to scheduling conflicts.
Dyed her hair dark brown during the nineties.
Became pregnant twice by Tom Cruise during their marriage. In 1991 she suffered an ectopic pregnancy, resulting in their decision to adopt, and then in 2000, prior to their separation, she suffered a miscarriage.
Refused to screen test for the part of Jenny in Forrest Gump (1994). The part went to Robin Wright.
Auditioned for the role of Molly in Ghost (1990) which went to Demi Moore.
Turned down Jodie Foster's role in The Brave One (2007).
Is very close friends with fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman, her Australia (2008) co-star.
Was two months pregnant with her daughter Sunday when she completed filming on Australia (2008).
With her performance as Virginia Wolf in The Hours (2002) lasting around 25 minutes, she has one of the shortest Best Actress Oscar wins in history.
Her daughter Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, with husband Keith Urban, was born at the Centennial Women's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee via a surrogate. It has been confirmed that the couple are the child's biological parents (28 December 2010).
Personal Quotes:
[August 2000, on her marriage to Tom Cruise] Every day there is a compromise. Living with somebody requires a lot of understanding. But I love being married. I really love it. Sometimes I try to downplay it a bit because people are like, "God you guys!" I just feel so fortunate that I have found someone who will put up with me and stay with me.
[on husband Tom Cruise] I wouldn't want to be married to me, but luckily he does.
[8/01, commenting on her break-up with Tom Cruise] Now I can wear heels.
It's so bizarre, I'm not scared of snakes or spiders. But I'm scared of butterflies. There is something eerie about them. Something weird!
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[on winning the Academy Award for The Hours (2002)] And I am standing in front of my mother, and my whole life I have wanted to make my mother proud. And now I'm going to make my daughter proud.
When I heard about the Suzanne role in To Die For (1995), I thought, "I'll never get it - it'll be offered to someone else." So I called Gus [Gus Van Sant] at home, and he took my call, thank God. I told him I'd seen Drugstore Cowboy (1989), and I really wanted to work with him. I said I was destined to work with him.
I think it's important that we don't all have to hold our heads high all the time saying everything's fine.
These different people that I play become the loves of my life.
The split [from Tom Cruise] left me very fragile but I'd love to marry again.
I would love to have boobs and a butt like Jennifer Lopez but I'm not having surgery so there it is.
[on receiving her star on the Walk of Fame] I've never been so excited to have people walk all over me for the rest of my life.
You want to take some responsibility in your choices so that it sets the groundwork for that next generation of actresses - so for me working with Lars von Trier, I would hope that says to another generation: "go and seek out those directors, it's ok"
[on Dogville (2003)] One day it would be a fairy tale, the next it was a nightmare. Lars [Lars von Trier] was gentle with me - he was gentle and soft, then he would beat me up emotionally when he felt he needed that. I did not always register what was happening until afterwards but you shouldn't have too much awareness as an actor, I don't think.
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I have a boy's body. I would prefer to have more curves because I think that's more beautiful. I would much rather have J. Lo's [Jennifer Lopez] body than mine.
[on filming The Interpreter (2005) at UN headquarters in New York] As a backdrop for a thriller, it's fantastic, but also since I'm Australian and I've always worked internationally and this is an international place in New York, I really like the kind of communication it represents. I know I sound very much like my character now, but I do believe in this place.
[on Cold Mountain (2003), The Human Stain (2003) and Dogville (2003) being released within months of each other] It's weird because they're all coming out at once. But I made them over 2-1/2 years.
You look at somebody's work as an actor and you can see their emotional life being fed into it and you can kind of feel them through it. That's far more interesting than anything I could say about where I'm at or who I'm with. It's good to have a little distance. If you discuss your love too much, it just damages it.
[on the troubled The Stepford Wives (2004)] It's a comedy. We hope.
Even from a very early age I knew I didn't want to miss out on anything life had to offer just because it might be considered dangerous.
Cinema is a director's medium, so you're saying, "What do you want?" Being an actor is about adapting - physically and emotionally. If that means you have to look great for it and they can make you look great, then thank you. And if you have to have everything washed away, then I'm willing to do that too.
[on Birth (2004)] This is a film about love. What is a great love? Is there a love of our life? Do you ever recover from the loss of somebody that was so important to you?
Stanley Kubrick taught me to believe in myself artistically. I spent my 20s raising my children, and wanting to, and being married. That was my driving force. And then he said to me, "No, you have to respect your talent, and give it some space, and give it some time." Which was a lovely thing to be given. And my children were a little older then.
It was by chance that The Hours (2002) came along. Was I in a place where I could say, "I'm going to go to England and make this?" Yes. Could I do that earlier, when I was married? No, I couldn't travel like that. We had a thing where we couldn't be separated for more than two weeks. So that made a lot of work just not possible. Which was fine by me.
I have moments where I've said, "Don't tread on that crack in the pavement, don't have a black cat walk in front of you." Deep down am I superstitious? No. Do I believe in trying to be as kind as possible and as compassionate as possible because ultimately you're alone with yourself and your own conscience, and you want that to be as clear as possible? That's not superstition. You have to just try and stay pure and know what you value.
Usually, a young actress can't deliver because she doesn't have the emotional baggage, really, to play those things. That's something that's very beautiful about becoming a woman, and becoming a woman in your 30s. If you've lived your life, and lived it where you've said, "I want to be a participator and not a voyeur", then you have an enormous amount to pull on.
I'm still just finding my way through. I don't actually see a path in front of me. I can see not ever doing it again, and I can also see other things pulling me away from this. It's strange, because I know it's in my blood in terms of having to somehow act or express myself creatively, but I'm willing to do it different ways if need be. And I think that's partly because when I went through my divorce I dealt with the idea of never ever working again, and never being here and never able to be an actress, and went through an enormous amount of soul searching, and at that time, I was very ready to give it all up, and dealt with that emotionally. I was going, "Well, I'll never be able to do this again." And that was OK. And, strangely, as life is so strange, that was when everything exploded.
I never feel like I'm in control. There's a certain type of actor that relinquishes control when they act, and then there's another type who ends up being a producer and director and they're more someone that likes to take control. I fall in the first category, where I like to relinquish control, and fit into somebody else's world. And that's just lately, but you never feel like you are making choices. You feel like they're finding you in a strange way. That's why when people say, "What role do you want to play next?", I say, "I don't know". I never know. It's about responding to things rather than planning.
I think someone said my career defies all logic [laughs]. Because I choose the sort of strange little films, and somehow they're the things that make my career.
So if you talk about a box-office career, then I'm a disaster. But somehow, you know, I still manage to find my way to work.
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I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I'm not. I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what's been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character.
I'm at a time of my life now where, for me to want to go back and work, it'd have to be something that I really feel passionately about.
Regrets are ridiculous, so I don't regret, no.
[talking about her character from Batman Forever (1995)] Chase is attracted to the darker side of life. Batman is very appealing to her.
To be an actor you have to have a certain amount of madness in you. That's why, when people meet you and you seem very together, they are quite surprised--they don't see you behind closed doors.
[speaking of her father Antony Kidman] He's a great father, I can call him at three in the morning and he's there for me.
By the time I was a teenager, I had developed skills as a writer, and my father encouraged me to think about a career in journalism. I began keeping a diary, which I maintain to this day. I used to fill whole notebooks with my writings.
My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn't be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead.
It was very natural for me to want to disappear into dark theater, I am really very shy. That is something that people never seem to fully grasp because, when you are an actor, you are meant to be an exhibitionist.
Do you know I'm always scared that one day I'll look back and say "God they were the best years of my life and now what?" There are moments when you feel as if you have been blessed for a while, moments when you think this is perfect, moments when you start to believe that even for an hour, even for a year, it might all happen. So I'm determined to keep making it get better and better.
It's a very brave thing to fall in love. You have to be willing to trust somebody else with your whole being, and that's very difficult, really difficult and very brave.
[about her first role at the age of five] I was one of those terrible kids who said everyone's lines.
Since I have fair skin, I have to stay out of the sun. I can't stand the sun. I dyed my hair red for a while during the 1990s but I'm actually a natural blonde.
I'm very close to my sister, Antonia [Antonia Kidman]. Every day we swim together. I love my sister.
When I was a child, I was a natural towhead. Now my hair is naturally a darker shade of blonde.
I'd like to be wise. You have to go through a lot to get there, but I'm willing to go through a lot.
What's the point of doing something good if nobody's watching?
Even from a very early age, I knew I didn't want to miss out on anything life had to offer just because it might be considered dangerous.
I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It's important not to focus on yourself too much.
I love acting but I don't like all of the other stuff associated with it. The interest in celebrities, the press, the Internet, when your identity becomes mixed up in the way people are perceiving you.
I have a little bit of a belly, a tiny bit of pooch. It's the one thing I don't want to lose. I just like having some softness. If I lose that, then Tom [husband Tom Cruise] might leave me.
I never knew I'd be in a musical, let alone win an award for one.
There's no drugs, no Tom [Tom Cruise] in a dress, no psychiatrists.
Having gone through all of this, I feel in some ways calmer now. It's strange, but sad. I think I'll always be sad.

I love acting, but it's much more fun taking the kids to the zoo.
[on her split with Tom Cruise] My life collapsed. People ran from me because suddenly it was, "Oh my God! It's over for her now!"
I love working with people who are inspired and obsessive.
As a child my hair was naturally red, but since I was 13 my hair turned light blonde naturally. It's really strange but it happened. Ever since Chase through the night, the directors made me dye my hair red, as they all thought it suited me at the time. Even for Dead Calm (1989), Phillip Noyce made me dye my hair red. Now the directors and studios just let me keep my natural blonde hair.
For an actor, facial expressions and emotions are really important. That's why I'll never have Botox. I've always been against that and seeing Botox on TV with all the swelling and pain put me off it anyway. The directors always allow actors with Botox but I just say. "No way, not for me". Drinking lots of water, eating fruit and doing yoga is what keeps me looking young naturally. I swear by it. I also use creams with natural ingredients to make wrinkles less visible. Everybody should try these things rather than going the plastic route, which I just hate.
You don't have to be naked to be sexy.
I'm a person that carries everything that happened to me in my past, with me into the future. I refuse to let it make me bitter. I still completely believe in love and I remain open to anything that will happen to me.
If I packaged toothpaste and told you you were gonna get half the toothpaste in the tube, you probably wouldn't buy it.
It would be far easier to go, "Oh, I wish I loved women," but I don't. I love the way a man thinks. I love the way a man smells. I love the way men look. And I'm hooked on the male physique - hooked on it.
You're either going to walk through life and experience it fully or you're going to be a voyeur. And I'm not a voyeur.

On living in Nashville: It's the warmest, loveliest community I've ever set foot in. For me, it's the perfect place to live. To me, it's the best part of America...It's the easiest place to live. Keith's lived there for 20 years. The country music community is very tight. I like the polite nature of it. No traffic. I'm a big Southern girl now. It's just suits me.

Salary:
Australia (2008) $13,000,000
The Golden Compass (2007) $15,000,000
Margot at the Wedding (2007) $6,000
The Invasion (2007/I) $16,000,000+
Bewitched (2005) $17,500,000
The Interpreter (2005) $15,000,000
Birth (2004) $15,000,000
The Stepford Wives (2004) $15,000,000
Cold Mountain (2003) $15,000,000
Dogville (2003) $2,800,000
The Hours (2002) $7,500,000
Birthday Girl (2001) $1,500,000
The Others (2001) $7,000,000
Moulin Rouge! (2001) $7,000,000
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) $6,500,000
Practical Magic (1998) $6,000,000
The Peacemaker (1997) $5,000,000
The Portrait of a Lady (1996) $2,500,000
Batman Forever (1995) $2,500,000
To Die For (1995) $2,000,000
My Life (1993/I) $500,000
Far and Away (1992) $250,000
Billy Bathgate (1991) $200,000
Days of Thunder (1990) $200,000

Where Are They Now:
(January 2011) Nashville, Tennessee

All Time Greatest Singer Celine Dion

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Date of Birth
30 March 1968, Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
Birth Name
Celine Marie Claudette Dion
Height
5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Mini Biography
Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the know-how to performing live. At the age of 12, Dion composed a song in her native French and sent it to a record company, where it garnered the attention of René Angélil, a respected manager. Angélil believed in Céline so much that he actually mortgaged his house in order to finance her debut album. Already very popular and successful internationally, Céline burst onto the U.S. stage when she recorded the theme song to Disney's hit Beauty and the Beast (1991). The song garnered a Grammy and an Oscar, and from this point Céline has brought forth hit after hit. Her 'Falling Into You' album, released in 1996, became the best-selling album of that year, selling more than 25 million copies worldwide. In 1999, Dion took a hiatus in order to begin a family. She returned to the spotlight in 2002, releasing yet another hit album. Starting in 2003, Céline began a three-year commitment to perform in an arena built for her in Las Vegas.
Spouse
René Angelil (17 December 1994 - present) 3 children

Trivia
1998: Honored by two governments in two days: on April 30 her home province of Québec awarded her the Ordre National du Québec, and on 1 May, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Her husband is her manager.
Born to Adhémar Dion and his wife Thérèse Tanguay, she is the youngest of 14 children.
Renewed wedding vows with husband René Angelil at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV. (5 January 2000).
25 January 2001: Son René-Charles Angelil born. Father is husband René Angelil.
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Because of her "sharp-looking" smile, Celine was known as "Vampire Queen" in high school.
She and her siblings sit on the board of Fondation Achille-Tanguay, an organization/clearinghouse founded by her mother in 1998 which helps poor Québec families toward self-sufficiency. Name has been changed to "Fondation maman Dion" in 2006.
She first met her future husband René Angelil when she was 12 and he was 38.
She is three months younger than her step-son, Patrick Angélil.
She has her own magazine, Celine Dion Magazine.
She endorses a line of eyewear sold in Canada and Europe.
23 February 2001: Awarded the rights to the Internet domain name www.celinedion.com by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization from "cybersquatter" Jeff Burgar. Burgar had also registered www.juliebrown.com and www.brucespringsteen.com, which were transferred to Julie Brown and Bruce Springsteen, respectively, that day.
She has homes in Las Vegas and in Laval & Terrebonne, (located in the Province of Quebec), Canada.
She loves to play golf.
She has over 500 pairs of shoes.
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Building a home in Las Vegas, NV, where in March of 2003, she will begin giving 200 performances a year for three years in a special theater built for her by Caesars Palace; she will be paid $100 million for this deal.
Her husband René Angelil is of Syrian descent, just as her paternal grandmother was.
Husband mortgaged his house to fund Celine's first album when she was an unknown 12-year-old.
25 June 2003: She received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
Has won five Grammy Awards since 1992 including "Album of The Year" in 1996 for "Falling Into You" and "Record Of The Year" for "My Heart Will Go On".
2006: Estimated to have sold 220 million albums during her career to date.
Has her own brand of perfume called "Celine Dion: Parfum".
Her lucky charm is a 1968 Canadian nickel because she found one in Japan before she went on stage to sing at the Yamaha song contest, which she won.
She and Madonna share the same French-Canadian heritage through a common ancestor, Zacharie Cloutier.
1988: She won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland, for Switzerland, with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" ("Don't Leave Without Me"). The TV broadcast of the contest was watched by 600 million viewers throughout Europe and the Middle East.
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Was in talks to star alongside Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Runaway Bride (1999).
Her niece Karine died of Cystic Fibrosis in her arms.
She owns the golf club Le Mirage in Terrebonne near Montreal.
She sings frequently in English and in French, but she has also sang in Spanish, German and Japanese.
November 30th 2003: She performed the same night her father died and dedicated the show to him.
Has a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling the most French-language album of all time for "D'eux" ("The French Album"), with over 6.4 million copies sold. The album also went to #1 in England.
Many consider her 1987 "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) appearance, when Jay Leno filled in for Johnny Carson and her black-and-white video remix of Michael Jackson's "Bad" her best early English-speaking performances.
Although considering herself not a political person, she tearfully criticized U.S. President George W. Bush regarding the Iraq War and his slow response in aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina when she appeared on "Larry King Live" (1985).
Has promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1982, whose National Celebrity Patron she became in 1993.
In tradition with memorial-based videos as Natalie Cole with her father and Aaliyah with Marvin Gaye, released on Elvis Presley's 72nd birthday a digital duet of herself with him from one of his 1970s TV performances.
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Her favorite songs are "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "The Show Must Go On" by Queen, "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John, "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin, "Why?" by Annie Lennox, "It Was A Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra, "Home" by Michael Bublé, "Purple Rain" by Prince, "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder and "Riders On The Storm" by The Doors. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
Celine played her last show at the Caesar's Palace on December 15, 2007, she received 11 standing ovations. The first was before she even finished her first song.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings at $45 million for the year.
Her sister Linda lives with her, her husband René Angelil and son René-Charles. (2007).
Recorded a duet with Barbra Streisand titled "Tell Him".
At age 16, Céline sang "Une colombe" (a well known French song) for Pope John Paul II at the Montreal Olympic Stadium in front of 65,000 people.
Her mother, Thérèse Tanguay Dion (better known as "maman Dion" in Québec), is famous for her culinary talents.
Started a restaurant chain in Québec called "Nickels" (1990), later on introduced in Ontario.
Her son Rene-Charles was born January 25, 2001 at 1 am. This was Celine's first in-vitro fertilization pregnancy.
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Spectacular vocal range spanning five octaves.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Sister of: Denise, Clément, Claudette, Liette, Michel, Louise, Jacques, Daniel, Ghislaine, Linda, Manon, Paul and Pauline.
Portrayed by Christine Ghawi in Céline (2008) (TV).
In May 2010, her husband, René Angelil, announced that Celine is 14 weeks pregnant with twins after her sixth treatment of in-vitro fertilization. The babies are due in November, 2010.
July announced gender of their twins - boys due to be born around November 27th.
Gave birth to twin boys on October 23, 2010 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Named her fraternal twin sons "Nelson" and "Eddy", in honor of Nelson Mandela and Eddy Marnay, respectively.

Personal Quotes
I guess it all depends on your nature. Some people can't stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I'm a regular talking machine. It's all or nothing for me.
There's always a new thing happening to me that's even more extraordinary, so pressure gets harder. But I like it when it's hard. Anyone can do it when it's easy. When it's hard and you can do it good, you're proud of yourself. There's going to be more pressure as the years go by, that's for sure. But I think I'm a hard worker and I'm ready for that. As long as I believe in what I'm doing, the pressure is okay with me.
For me, singing was real life, not two plus two equals four.
I'll be a Quebecker-Canadian. I'm from Quebec and every time I go to a country I say that. It's my roots, my origins and it's the most important thing to me.
There's one way to do showbiz, if you want to do it perfectly, you have to be disciplined and you have to be ready to work really hard.
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I'm not trying to be a nice girl, but it's me. I'm not afraid to be nice.
[People Magazine, 12/3/07] The most important thing I can give to my son is my true values. Whatever choice he makes, I want him to assume his responsibilities and achieve what he wants - and be happy. For me to be able to give my happiness to my son. I cannot achieve better than that.
[People Magazine, 1994] I don't regret having lost my adolescence. I had one dream: I wanted to be a singer.
[People Magazine, 12/3/07, on her son seeing her Las Vegas show for the first time] He's the only guy who intimidates me.
[People Magazine, 12/3/07] My life is to be a mom. It is what I enjoy the most. It is my most amazing reward. I will take a chance with my music. I don't take risks with my family.
[People Magazine, 12/3/07] I feel like I'm at the bottom of the ladder, finally. I started at the top. I came down. Maturity is being grounded. When you feel grounded you feel strong. I know what I want.
[People Magazine, 12/3/07] I love performing, but I never really liked show business. My success is my family. I want to be more successful as a mother.
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[On plastic surgery] Three or four years ago, I would have considered it, but not today. Some people have suggested that I have my chin done, but I'm a singer and it could change my voice. I'm not a model whose survival depends on beauty. My job consists of putting the most emotions into my songs. It might be a stupid thing to say, but when I look at my father, my mother and pictures of my grand-parents, I am proud. I wouldn't like to change any of that. Just look at Barbra Streisand! Look at her nose! She is beautiful and she doesn't give a damn about what people think.
Where Are They Now
(2004) Release of the book, "Celine Dion" by Anne E. Hill.
(2002) Release of the book, "Celine Dion" by Joanne Mattern.
(2000) Release of her book, "Celine Dion: My Story, My Dream".
(2000) Release of the book, "Celine Dion" by Norma Jean Lutz.
(1999) Release of the book, "Celine Dion" by Melanie Cole.
(2008) Debut of her perfume, "Sensational".
(June 2010) Launch of her "Eyes Signature Collection" of sunglasses.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wwe Superstar Mark Calaway The Undertaker

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Date of Birth
24 March 1962, Houston, Texas, USA
Birth Name
Mark William Calaway
Nickname
The Lord of Darkness
The Man From the Dark Side
The Phenom
The American Bad Ass
Big Evil
The Deadman
The O.D. - Original Deadman
The Punisher/Punisher Dice Morgan
Mean Mark Callous
Texas Red
'Taker
The Undertaker
The Last Outlaw
The Demon of Death Valley
Height
6' 10½" (2.10 m)
Mini Biography
Mark William Calaway is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name The Undertaker. He is signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), currently wrestling on the SmackDown brand.
Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling in 1984. He joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989. When WCW did not renew Calaway's contract in 1990, he joined the World Wrestling Federation (which later became World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002) as The Undertaker in November of that year. Having remained with that company ever since, Calaway is currently one of the senior performers in WWE. He is one of only two wrestlers (the other being Shawn Michaels) to have appeared on the very first episode of Raw who are still with the company today.
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Calaway's Undertaker character has two contrasting gimmicks which are the Deadman and the American Bad Ass. The Undertaker is undefeated at WrestleMania with a 18-0 record and is a six time world champion (four time WWE Champion and two time World Heavyweight Champion). He was also the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble in which he became the first man to win the Rumble starting at number 30.
Spouse
Michelle McCool (26 June 2010 - present)
Sara Calaway (21 July 2000 - 25 April 2007) (divorced) 2 children
Jodi Lynn (24 November 1989 - 15 June 1999) (divorced) 1 child
 
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Rolls his eyes into the back of his head.
His arms, covered entirely with tattoos of "The Undertaker".
"The Tombstone Piledriver" is also another finishing move but not used as often as in the past due to the damage it does to his knees.
Walking on the top rope.
Ring entrance: Sombre walk to ring in purple light and smoke. Accompanied by funeral music
Treadmark move: The Guillotine (puts steel chair on opponent's throat and slams the chair to the ground, causing his opponent to land their throat on top of the chair)
New Finishing move: Taking Care of Business ( a standing Dragon Sleeper)
Trademark move: Old School (Walking on the top rope while holding his opponent's arm and then jumps off and clubs his opponent's back)
Trademark move: Sidewalk Slam
Trademark move: Running Leg Drop
Trademark move: Choke (early 1990s)
Trademark move: Fujiwara Armbar
Trademark move: Triangle Choke
Trademark move: Reverse STO
Trademark move: Diving Body Press to the outside
Trademark move: Charging DDT
Trademark move: Running Big Boot
Trademark move: Flying Clothesline
Trademark move: Guillotine Leg Drop
Trademark move: Takin' Care of Business (Dragon Sleeper)
Trademark move: Snake Eyes
Trademark move: Dead Man Walking/Old-School (Arm Twist Ropewalk Chop)
Finishing move: Heart Punch (WCW)
Finishing move: Super Chokeslam
Finishing move: Iron Claw (pre-1995)
Finishing move: Chokeslam
Finishing move: Last Ride (Elevated Powerbomb)
Finishing move: Tombstone Piledriver
Trivia
The Undertaker first did "The Last Ride" to Edge on June 30, 2000 on "WWE Smackdown!" (1999).
One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (as determined by Inside Wresting).
Professional wrestler.
Former WWF/WWE (Undisputed) World Heavyweight Champion (4x), former WWF World Tag Team Champion (6x), former WWF Hardcore Champion (1x).
Former leader of the Ministry of Darkness.
He first won the WWF Championship at Survivor Series (1991) (V), defeating Hulk Hogan.
Before joining the WWF, the Undertaker wrestled in WCW under the name Mean Mark Callous.
Crushed his eye socket in 1995 when Mabel gave him a botched leg drop. He later had to wear a mask for several months until his eye socket had recovered.
In May 2002, he defeated Hulk Hogan at WWE Judgment Day (2002) (TV) and became the new WWE Undisputed Champion.
Won his fourth WWE Championship from Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
Took 7 - 9 months out of wrestling because of a pectoral muscle injury.
In an ironic twist, he wrestled for a while under the name Kane the Undertaker ("Kane" became the Undertaker's "brother").
Both he and his wife Sara Calaway are boxing fans.
In real life he is 6' 8" tall. In WWE he is billed up to 6' 10 1/2".
Mentioned in a 2001 interview that he considers his 1999 gimmick as the Satanic "Lord of Darkness" as the worst part of his entire career.
From December 1991 to September 1993, Undertaker did not lose a single match. It was the longest undefeated streak of the 1990s.
Undertaker is undefeated in 17 WrestleMania appearances. His fallen foes are: 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka (WM VII), Jake Roberts (WM VIII), Giant Gonzalez (Jorge Gonzáles) (WM IX), King Kong Bundy (WM XI), Diesel (Kevin Nash)(WM XII), Sycho Sid (Sid Eudy) (WM 13), Kane (Glenn Jacobs) (WM XIV and XX), The Big Boss Man (Raymond Traylor) (WM XV), Triple-H (Paul Levesque) (WM X7), "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (WM X8), the team of Big Show (Paul Wight) & A-Train (Matt Bloom) (WM XIX), Randy Orton (WM21), Mark Henry (WM22), Batista (Dave Bautista) (WM23), Edge (Adam Copeland) (WM24) and Shawn Michaels (WM25).
Before joining WWE in 1990, Undertaker competed under the following names: Texas Red, The Commando, Master of Pain, The Punisher, Mean Mark Callous and Punisher Dice Morgan.
While many Undertaker fans wanted him to return at the Royal Rumble (2003) (TV) as the "Lord of Darkness" Undertaker, he preferred his then biker gimmick.
Despite having partner Nathan Jones knocked out before the match, he increased his WrestleMania record to 11-0 by defeating Big Show & A-Train in a Handicap Match at WrestleMania XIX (2003) (TV).
Before defeating Hollywood Hulk Hogan at WWE Judgment Day (2002) (TV), Undertaker called himself "judge, jury and executioner of Hulkamania".
Has a son from first wife Jody Lynn; Gunner Vincent Calaway (born 1993) and two daughters (Chasey, born in 2002, and Gracie, born in 2005).
Prior to becoming a wrestler, he had plans to play professional basketball in Europe when he suffered a career ending knee injury.
Mother: Catherine Calaway. Father: Frank Calaway (died July 22 2003). Older brothers: David, Michael, Paul, and Timothy.
Attended Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas on a basketball scholarship.
His brother Paul is a police officer.
Although they resemble each other slightly, there is no family relation between The Undertaker and Kane.
Last match in WCW was against Lex Luger.
Teamed with "Dangerous" Dan Spivey in NWA, replacing the injured Sid Vicious in the Skyscrapers tag team. Ironically, at WrestleMania 13 (1997) (TV), The Undertaker defeated Sid Vicious for the WWF Championship.
Was managed by Paul Heyman in WCW.
His best friend is Brian Harris, or Chainz to WWF fans. Brian was also the best man at Mark's first wedding to Jodi Lynn.
Notable title wins include: USWA Unified Heavyweight title; USWA Texas Heavyweight title; WWF Title (3); WWF Tag Team Titles with Steve Austin; WWF Tag Team Titles with Big Show (2); WWF Tag Team Titles with The Rock; WWF Tag Team Titles with Kane (2); WCW Tag Team Titles with Kane; WWF Hardcore Title; WWE Undisputed Title.
As a wedding gift, Calaway had his wife's name Sara, tattooed on his throat and has said that it was most painful tattoo he has ever had.
Said that the biggest thrill of his wrestling career was riding his own motorbike to the ring during WrestleMania X-Seven (2001) (TV) in his hometown of Houston, Texas.
Memorable moment was also entering London's Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 fans on the back of a hearse at Summerslam (1992) (V).
His best friend Brian Harris once wrestled as the fake Undertaker while Mark was on sabbatical. When Mark returned to the WWF, it set up an Undertaker vs Undertaker storyline.
He was frequently in casket matches. Two of the most famous came against Yokozuna. The first was at Royal Rumble (1994) (TV), with the WWF Title on the line. Undertaker had the match won, when he was set upon by at least 7 wrestlers. Undertaker won the rematch at Survivor Series (1994) (TV), where karate expert Chuck Norris was at ringside to make sure there was no interference.
Has won two of his WWF World Titles from Hulk Hogan.
Vince McMahon originally created the gimmick of The Undertaker to look like an undertaker from the Old West. The final look in his debut was one of several looks that were designed in the early stages.
In 1983, Mark graduated from S.P. Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the school's basketball team. Shelley Duvall and Patrick Swayze also graduated from this high school.
Defeated King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania XI (1995) (TV).
In early 1991, Paul Bearer replaced Brother Love as The Undertaker's manager.
Former WCW Tag Team Champion.
The Undertaker was the first selection by Ric Flair in the WWE brand extension draft for RAW.
Former World Tag Team Champion.
At WrestleMania 22 (2006) (TV), he defeated Mark Henry in a Casket Match.
Former WWF Hardcore Champion.
Previous Managers: General Skandor Akbar, Paul Bearer, Downtown Bruno, Paul E Dangerously, Ted DiBiase, Mr. Fuji, Sylvia Fuller, Ronald Gossett, Teddy Long, Brother Love, "Dirty" Dutch Mantel, Sara Calaway.
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Is a close friend of MMA legend Pat Miletich and his students Jeremy Horn and Matt Hughes.
Is a huge MMA fan and frequently attends UFC and Pride FC events.
Use a lot of techniques brought from MMA training (triangle chokes, arm-bars, key-locks).
Undertaker holds the record of most WrestleMania appearances, having appeared at 18 as of 2010. He broke the record of 12 held by Bret Hart. However, Bret still holds the record for most consecutive WrestleMania appearances.
Outside of the wrestling business, he is a real estate investor.
At 6 foot 9 inches tall and over 325 pounds, he became the first near 7 foot tall man to do high flying moves.
On April 1st, 2007, he won his first World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Dave Bautista at WrestleMania 23 (2007) (TV).
Good friends with actor Tony Longo.
Leased one of his real estate properties -- a ranch in Cedar Creek, Texas -- to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, while they were in the area for the filming of Brad's movie The Tree of Life (2011).
Received first and second degree burns due to a pyrotechnic miscue during his ring entrance at WWE's Elimination Chamber PPV in February 2010.
Has two daughters with Second Wife Sara Calaway; Chasey Calaway (born on November 21, 2002) and Gracie Calaway (born on May 15, 2005).
Is Irish and Native American.
 Undertaker During Biker Era
After his victory over Tripple H (The Game), The Undertaker is now up to an incredible 19-0 winning streak at the WWE's main event - Wrestlemania.
Caused the retirement of Shawn Michaels after his 2nd consecutive victory over him at Wrestlemanias 25 and 26.

Personal Quotes
Time to see if your body can cash the checks your mouth has been writing.
Rest in peace
I may not dress like Satan anymore, but I'm still down with the devil and I will go medevial on your ass!
That wrestling ring is MY yard. And I'm the big dog that runs that yard.
Mess with me or my family and I WILL make you famous.
There is no shame in going out fighting and getting your ass kicked, but there is no honor in not fighting at all.
Salary
WrestleMania 23 (2007) (TV) $500,000
Where Are They Now
(August 2003) Involved in a second rate feud with WWE Up and Comer John Cena. Undertaker will fight A-Train at Summerslam 2003
(November 2003) Was "Buried Alive" at Survivor Series against Vince McMahon, when he was attacked by his "brother" Kane.
(February 2004) He is now starting a new feud with Kane after many a long month of waiting. He WILL return as the Dead Man, not the American Badass. He should make his physical presence known at Wrestlemania XX to interfere in a match with Kane. He will retire from wrestling within a year or so.
(March 2004) Made his return to the WWE at WrestleMania XX where he defeated his "brother", Kane.
(April 2004) Works in WWE part-time. Mainly used for special occasions and brief storylines/feuds.
(May 2004) Defeated Booker T at Judgment Day 2004.
(August 2004) Will face the WWE Champion JBL (John Bradshaw Layfield) at Summerslam 2004.
(August 2004) Lost to JBL when the Undertaker accidentally got himself disqualified when he used the Champsionship Belt to knock out JBL.
(October 2004) Lost to JBL in a Last Ride Match for the WWE Title due to interference from Heidenreich at WWE No Mercy 2004.
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(December 2004) Lost a Fatal Four-Way Match for the WWE Championship along with Booker T and Eddie Guerrero at WWE Armageddon 2004. JBL won to retain the WWE Title.
(January 2005) Is set to face Heidenreich in a Casket Match at the Royal Rumble 2005 where this will be Heidenreich's final resting place.
(June 2004) Defeated the Dudley Boyz in a Concrete Crypt Match at the Great American Bash 2004, also burying his "weakness" Paul Bearer in a glass case of cement.
(April 2005) Will put his 12-0 WrestleMania record on the line against "The Legend Killer" Randy Orton.
(April 2005) At WrestleMania 21, Undertaker defeated Randy Orton to continue his undefeated WrestleMania streak at 13 wins and zero losses. The Undertaker has been with WWF/E for 15 years and is still one of their top superstars. The Undertaker used his patented "Tombstone" piledriver on Randy Orton to achieve his WrestleMania 21 victory.
(May 2005) Currently taking time off to not only nurse a hip injury but, also, to wait for the arrival of his and wife Sara's second child together.
(July 2005) Will take part in Number One Contendor Match against Muhamed Hassan at The Great American Bash on Sunday, 24th, Buffalo, New York. The winner takes an opportunity for a match for the World Heavywight Championship.
(October 2005) Slated to have a handicap match against "Cowboy" Bob Orton and son, Randy Orton at WWE No Mercy 2005.
(November 2005) Defeated Randy Orton in the main event of the Smackdown! tour to Torino, Italy in late November.
(December 2005) Defeated Randy Orton at Armageddon 2005 in a Hell in a Cell match.
(February 2006) Will face Kurt Angle at No Way Out for the World Heavyweight Championship.
(April 2006) Beat Mark Henry at Wrestlemania XXII.
(May 2006) Will face Daliph Singh at Judgement Day.
(May 2006) Lost to Daliph Singh (Great Khali) at Judgement Day by Pin Fall.
(July 2006) Scheduled to face Daliph Singh (Great Khali) at the WWE Pay-Per-View Event, The Great American Bash.
(July 2006) Returned after a few weeks of absence to WWE Smackdown to continue feuding with Daliph Singh (Great Khali).
(July 2006) Won Big Show at the Punjabi prison match at the Great American bash. Big Show was replacement for Great Khali.
(January 2007) Is expected to face World Champion Batista at Wrestlemania 23, after he won the Royal Rumble in San Antonio Texas on 28th January 2007.

(January 2007) Coming in at #30, The Undertaker finally won his first Royal Rumble Match, at last eliminating Shawn Michaels to secure a championship match in the main event of WrestleMania 23.
(January 2007) Winner of the Royal Rumble 2007 30-men elimination match. He will have a Championship match for the WWE title at Wrestlemania 23.
(February 2007) Is tag team partners with his 'brother' Kane (Glen Jacobs) on Smackdown as The Brothers of Destuction (B.O.D.)
(April 2007) At WrestleMania 23, Undertaker defeated Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship and keeping his WrestleMania record at 15-0.
(April 2008) At Wrestlemania 24, Undertaker defeated Edge, winning the World Heavyweight Championship and kept his undefeated streak at 16-0.
(December 2009) At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Pay-Per-View The Undertaker defeating Batista in a Chair match to retain his World Heavyweight Championship