Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, known in the world of music like Madonna, is an American singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman, considered the most important “Pop phenomenon” in the 80s and 90s and was called the Queen of Pop. She was born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958, and is the daughter of Silvio Anthony Ciccone and Madonna Louise Fortin. She was nicknamed “Little Nonni” to distinguish her from her mother. In 1963 her mother died of breast cancer.
Madonna attended elementary schools in St. Frederick and St. Andrew, and upon completion, at West Middle School. At school she distinguished herself by her high GPA, but reached notoriety for her unconventional behavior: she did somersaults and pirouettes in the corridors between classes, hung on her knees on the monkey bars during recess and lifted her skirt during the class, everything so that the boys could see their underwear. She was part of the team of cheerleaders and when she graduated she received a dance scholarship to the School of Music, Theater and Dance of the University of Michigan.
In 1977 Madonna moved to New York City with the aim of making a contemporary dance career. She worked as a waitress at Dunkin ‘Donuts and as a substitute dancer for other artists.
For the year 1979, she acted as a dancer for the French singer Patrick Hernández on his world tour. By that time she also had a relationship with musician Dan Gilroy, with whom she formed her first rock band called Breakfast Club, where she sang and played guitar and drums.
In 1980 she left Breakfast Club and with her ex-boyfriend Stephen Bray they formed the new Emmy band. Her music impressed the DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who arranged a meeting between Madonna and Seymour Stein, founder of the label Sire Records.
For the year 1982, Madonna signed a contract with Sire Records, a record label belonging to Warner Bros Records with which she released her first single called “Everybody” on October 6 of the same year.
In March 1983 the second single “Burning Up” was released. Both became successful in the United States, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Playlist. Later, she started working on her debut album “Madonna” produced mainly by Reggie Lucas. However, the singer was not happy with the finished tracks and had several disagreements with Lucas’s production techniques, so she decided to seek additional help.
At the beginning of 1984 two more singles called “Borderline” and “Lucky Star” were released. Little by little Madonna’s style, her dress, her performances, and her music videos began to influence women and girls, becoming a feminine fashion of the decade of the 80s.
Madonna achieved worldwide recognition after the release of her second studio album, “Like a Virgin” in November 1984 she topped the charts in several countries and that album became the first to reach number one on the Billboard 200. The song of the same name, “Like a Virgin” topped the Billboard Hot 100 list for six consecutive weeks. A year later, she married actor Sean Penn.
Like a Virgin was certified with a diamond disc by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling more than 25 million copies worldwide. In addition, in the month of April 1985, Madonna made her first musical tour of North America, The Virgin Tour, with the Beastie Boys as her opening act.
In June 1986, Madonna released “True Blue” her third studio album, which was inspired and dedicated to Sean Penn. Three singles on the album reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100: “Live to Tell”, “Papa Do not Preach” and “Open Your Heart.” In addition to two singles that were placed within the first five positions of the same list: “True Blue and “La Isla Bonita.” The album topped the popularity charts of more than 28 countries around the world. At that time she was the protagonist in the film Shanghai Surprise, which received several negative reviews, at the same time she made her theatrical debut in a production of David Rabe, Goose and Tom-Tom, both co-starring with Penn.
For the year 1987, Madonna’s second feature film entitled “Who is that Girl?” was published; Although the film was not well received, the performer contributed four songs to her soundtrack, highlighting “Who’s that Girl?” and “Causing a Commotion.”
In the month of June 1987 began the tour Who’s That Girl World Tour, which extended until September. In that same year, she released an album of remixes of past hits, entitled “You Can Dance” which reached the 14th place on the Billboard 200. In January 1989 Madonna divorced her husband.
For the year 1990 Madonna acted as Breathless Mahoney in the movie Dick Tracy. To accompany the movie, he released the band album soundtrack “I’m Breathless” which included songs inspired by the theme of the film set during the 1930s. It also included the number one hit in the United States, “Vogue” and “Sooner or Later.” In the month of November of the same year, she released the first greatest hits album entitled “The Immaculate Collection” in which she included two new songs, “Justify My Love” and “Rescue Me.” The album was certified with a diamond disc by the RIAA and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling compilation album by a soloist in history.
In the year 1996, the premiere of the film Evita took place, in which Madonna played the role of Eva Perón. Madonna won a Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or Comedy for that role.
In the month of September 2000, she released her eighth studio album entitled “Music” which contained elements from the era of Ray of Light, inspired by electronic music and thematic about her personal life. Along with the release of that album, Madonna became involved in a romantic relationship with Guy Ritchie, whom she had met in 1999. On August 11, 2000, she gave birth to her son, Rocco Ritchie. In December, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married at a private ceremony in Scotland.
Her fifth tour, titled “Drowned World Tour” began in June 2001. The tour visited cities in Europe and North America and was one of the highest grossing tours of the year. She also released her second greatest hits collection, titled “GHV2” coinciding with the release of the tour’s DVD. GHV2 debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200.
For the year 2002, Madonna wrote and interpreted the main theme of the James Bond movie “Die Another Day” which was nominated for the Golden Globes awards.
In 2003 Madonna released “American Life” which came along with her music video that was censored in the United States due to the visceral scenes depicting war, explosions, and blood.
For 2005, Madonna sang a cover version of the song “Imagine” by John Lennon and released her second documentary for television, entitled “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret.” That same year, she released her tenth album called “Confessions on a Dance Floor” and debuted at number one in all major music markets; with this album she won a Grammy Award for the best dance-electronic album. In the month of May, she began her tour “Confessions” around the world, which lasted until September 2006.
In 2007 Madonna released the song “Hey You” for the Live Earth concert series, performing in London.
On March 10, 2008, Madonna was included in the “Rock Hall of Fame.” In the month of April of that same year, she released her eleventh studio album, “Hard Candy.” The disc contained influences of genres like R & B and urban Pop and the letters were of more autobiographical nature, besides that it counted on the collaboration of Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, and Nate Danja Hills.
For the month of April 2012, the singer launched the perfume “Truth or Dare” that she designed in memory of the smell of her mother and with which culminates one of her oldest projects.
The album, “Rebel Heart” was presented on March 10, 2015, and from August to December of the same year, it was dedicated to her promotion.
- Madonna: 1983
- Like a Virgin: 1984.
- True Blue: 1986
- Who’s That Girl: 1987
- You Can Dance 1987.
- Like a Prayer: 1989.
- Dick Tracy: I’m Breathless: 1990.
- Erotica: 1992.
- Bedtime Stories: 1994
- Selections From Evita: 1997.
- Ray of Light: 1998.
- Rock on Rom: 2000.
- Music: 2000
- Like A Virgin: 2001.
- American Life: 2003
- Confessions on a Dance Floor: 2005.
- Hard Candy: 2008
- MDMA: 2012.
- Rebel Heart: 2015
- 1980: A Certain Sacrifice.
- 1985: Desperately Seeking Susan.
- 1985: Vision Quest.
- 1986: Shanghai Surprise.
- 1987: Who’s That Girl?
- 1989: Bloodhounds of Broadway.
- 1990: Dick Tracy.
- 1991: Shadows and Fog.
- 1992: A League of Their Own.
- 1993: Dangerous Game.
- 1993: Body of Evidence.
- 1995: Blue in the Face.
- 1995: Four Rooms.
- 1996: Girl 6.
- 1996: Avoid.
- 2000: The Next Best Thing.
- 2001: Star.
- 2002: Die Another Day.
- 2002: Swept Away.
- 2005: I’m Going to Tell You a Secret.
- 2008: Filth and Wisdom / Director.
- 2010: W.E / Director.
- Billboard Music Awards for Artist Top Dance of the year 1985.
- Billboard Music Awards for Artist Top Sales Dance of the Year 1985.
- Billboard Music Awards for Artist Top Pop Female Album of the Year 1985.
- Billboard Music Awards for Best Video Top of the Year 1985.
- MTV Video Music Awards Award for Vanguard Video 1986.
- MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video 1987.
- ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Best Performance of a Song for a Film for “Live to Tell” 1987.
- American Music Awards Award for Best Female Pop / Rock Artist 1987.
- AIDS Project Award Los Angeles: for commitment to life 1990.
- A Prize Merican Music Awards for Best Dance Song for “Vogue” 1991.
- Grammy Award for Best Long Format Music Video for “Blond Ambition Tour” 1992.
- Ascap Pop Awards to Song more interpreted by “This Used to Be My Playground” 1994.
- Ascap Pop Awards to Song more interpreted by “You’ll See” 1996.
- American Foundation for AIDS Research Award for the Foundation of Courage 1997.
- American Moviegoers Awards for best actress 1997.
- Grammy Award for the Best vocal pop album for “Ray of Light” 1999.
- MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video of a 1999 Movie.
- Recording Industry Association of America Award for Best Selling Female Rock Artist of the 20th Century 1999.
- Grammy Award for Best Song written for a movie, television or other visual media by “Beautiful Stranger” 2000.
- ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Best Performance of a Song for a Film for “Beautiful Stranger” 2000.
- Ascap Pop Awards a Song more performed by “Beautiful Stranger” 2000.
- Billboard Music Awards for the Billboard Music Awards for Top Dance Artist of the year 2001.
- Billboard Music Awards to Song Top Hot sales Dance Maxi Single 2001.
- Ascap Pop Awards a Song more performed by “Do not Tell Me” 2002.
- American Music Awards Award for Best International Artist “Vogue” 2003.
- Arion Music Awards Award for Best International Album for “Confessions on a Dance Floor” 2006.
- Billboard Music Awards Artist Top Hot Dance Airplay 2006.
- Arion Music Awards Award for Best International Song for “Hung Up” 2007.
- Grammy Awards Award for Best Dance / Electronic Album for “Confessions on a Dance Floor” 2007.
- Rock Hall of Fame 2008
- Grammy Award for Best Long Format Music Video for “The Confessions Tour” 2008.
- Billboard Music Awards to Artist Top Hot Sales Dance 2008.
- VH1 Do Something Award! Awards for Style to Documentary Award for “Am Because We Are” 2010.
- Golden Globe Award for Best Soundtrack 2012.
- Billboard Music Awards for Best Dance Album for “MDNA” 2013.
- Billboard Music Awards for Top Touring Artist 2013.
Fernando Botero Biography
Fernando Botero Angulo (April 19, 1932 – September 15, 2023) was a sculptor, painter, muralist, and draftsman, hailing from Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia. He was a Colombian artist known and celebrated for infusing a substantial volume to human and animal figures in his works.
Early Years and Beginnings
Fernando Botero was born into an affluent Paisa family, composed of his parents, David Botero and Flora Angulo, along with his older brother Juan David, who was four years his senior, and his younger brother, Rodrigo, who would be born four years after Fernando, in the same year that their father passed away. In 1938, he enrolled in primary school at the Ateneo Antioqueño and later entered the Bolivariana to continue his high school education. However, he was expelled from the institution due to an article he published in the newspaper El Colombiano about Picasso, as well as his drawings that were considered obscene. As a result, he graduated from high school at the Liceo of the University of Antioquia in 1950.
In parallel to his studies, Fernando attended a bullfighting school in La Macarena at the request of one of his uncles. However, due to an issue related to bullfighting, Botero left the bullring and embarked on a journey into painting. In 1948, he held his first exhibition in Medellín. Two years later, he traveled to Bogotá where he had two more exhibitions and had the opportunity to meet some intellectuals of the time. He then stayed at Isolina García’s boarding house in Tolú, which he paid for by painting a mural. Once again in Bogotá, he won the second prize at the IX National Artists Salon with his oil painting “Facing the Sea”.
“Ephemeral art is a lesser form of expression that cannot be compared to the concept of art conceived with the desire for perpetuity. What many people fail to understand is that Picasso is a traditional artist”- Fernando Botero
Due to the prize from the IX Salon and the sale of several of his works, Fernando Botero traveled to Spain in 1952 to enroll at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. There, he lived by selling drawings and paintings in the vicinity of the Prado Museum. In 1953, he went to Paris with filmmaker Ricardo Irrigarri, and later, they both traveled to Florence. Here, he entered the Academy of San Marco, where he was heavily influenced by Renaissance painters such as Piero della Francesca, Titian, and Paolo Uccello.
Career and Personal Life
In 1955, Botero returned to Colombia to hold an exhibition featuring several of his works created during his time in Europe, but it was met with a lukewarm reception from the public.
In 1956, he married Gloria Zea, with whom he would later have three children: Fernando, Juan Carlos, and Lina. The couple traveled to Mexico City, where Fernando Botero was eager to see the works of Mexican muralists, but this experience left him disillusioned. Consequently, he began searching for his own artistic style, drawing influence from both the Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo and the Colombian artist Alejandro Obregón. In this quest, he started experimenting with volume, initially in still lifes, and gradually extending this approach to other elements.
In 1957, he successfully exhibited in New York, showcasing his new artistic sensibility. The following year, he returned to Bogotá, where he was appointed as a professor at the School of Fine Arts at the National University of Colombia. He presented his work “La Camera Degli Sposi” at the X Colombian Artists Salon, winning the first prize and becoming the country’s most prominent painter. This piece sparked some controversy as it was initially censored for being almost a parody of Andrea Mantegna’s “La Cámara de los Esposos”. However, it was later reinstated in the exhibition on the advice of Marta Traba. Subsequently, Fernando Botero exhibited his works in various spaces in the United States, where a businessman from Chicago purchased “La Camera Degli Sposi”.
“Fernando Botero and his works are the finest ambassadors of our country in this land of navigators and discoverers, of poets and fado singers”- Juan Manuel Santos
In 1960, Botero separated from Gloria Zea and traveled to New York. He led a modest life here as the New York art scene was primarily inclined towards abstract expressionism. Consequently, Botero was influenced by artists like Pollock, which led him to experiment with color, brushwork, and format, to the point of nearly abandoning his distinctive style characterized by the manipulation of volume. Aware of this, Botero returned to his usual style of flat colors and figurative representations.
Starting in 1962, he began a series of exhibitions in both Europe and the United States, as well as in Colombia. By 1970, the year his son Pedro was born to his second wife, Cecilia Zambrano, Fernando Botero had already become the world’s most sought-after sculptor. However, in 1974, his son Pedro tragically died in a traffic accident, leading to his second divorce and leaving significant marks on his artistic endeavors.
In 1978, the Colombian painter married Sophia Vari, a renowned Greek artist with whom he shared a significant part of his life, until sadly, she passed away in May 2023.
Since 1983, Fernando Botero has been exhibiting his works and donating them to various cities around the world. As a result, we can find his pieces in the streets of Medellín, Barcelona, Oviedo, Singapore, and Madrid, among others. In 2008, the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in Mexico conferred upon him an honorary Doctorate.
Renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, died on September 15, 2023, in Monaco at the age of 91 due to pneumonia. His artistic legacy will endure forever. In his hometown, seven days of mourning were declared.
Top 10 Famous works by Fernando Botero
Some of the most recognized works by Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero:
- “Pedrito on Horseback” / “Pedrito a Caballo” (1974): This is an oil painting on canvas measuring 194.5 cm x 150.5 cm. For Botero, this work is his masterpiece and a refuge during a personal tragedy. The child depicted is Pedro, his son from his second marriage, who tragically passed away in an accident when he was young.
- “Mona Lisa at 12 Years Old” / “Mona lisa a los 12 años” (1978): This piece stands out as a unique version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Painted in oil on canvas and measuring 183 cm x 166 cm, Botero incorporates his characteristic style of voluptuous and rounded figures into this work, which has become one of his most distinctive pieces.
- “Woman’s Torso” / “Torso de Mujer” (1986): It is a majestic bronze sculpture that rises to an impressive height of approximately 2.48 meters. It is often affectionately referred to as “La Gorda” (“The Fat One”). This artwork finds its home in Parque de Berrío, located in the captivating city of Medellín.
- “Woman with Mirror” / “Mujer con Espejo” (1987): An imposing bronze sculpture weighing 1000 kg. It is located in Plaza de Colón, in the heart of Madrid, Spain. The artwork captivates the gaze with the portrayal of a woman peacefully lying face down on the ground, holding a mirror in her hands. Her expression reflects deep introspection and enigmatic melancholy.
- “The Orchestra” / “La Orquesta” (1991): In this oil on canvas artwork, measuring 200 cm x 172 cm, Botero presents a band of musicians with a singer, all immersed in a spirit of celebration. The artist aims to convey a sense of harmony and joy through his portrayal.
- “Woman Smoking” / “Mujer Fumando” (1994): It is a creation executed in watercolor, spanning dimensions of 122 cm x 99 cm. In this work, Maestro Botero skillfully captures the essence of a woman elegantly holding a cigarette between her fingers. His meticulous focus on voluptuous forms, posture, and the serene expression of the figure masterfully combine to emphasize the sensuality and profound intimacy of the moment captured in the artwork.
- “Man on Horseback” / “Hombre a Caballo” (1996): This bronze sculpture is one of the most iconic works in the artist’s career. It depicts a rider in a majestic and proud posture. Over the years, this imposing work has been exhibited in multiple cities around the world, solidifying its place as a prominent piece in the sculptor’s body of work.
- “The Horse” / “El Caballo” (1997): This iconic sculpture showcases a horse of majestic presence and a distinctive rounded form, sculpted in bronze and measuring approximately 3 meters in height. This masterpiece reflects Botero’s profound passion for horses while also serving as a powerful representation of the mythical Trojan Horse.
- “The Death of Pablo Escobar” / “La muerte de Pablo Escobar” (1999): This artwork, created using the oil on canvas technique, has dimensions of 58 cm x 38 cm. While not considered a masterpiece, this artistic piece represents one of the most significant moments in Colombia’s history. Fernando Botero captures, in his distinctive style, the moment of the death of the drug lord Pablo Escobar, addressing issues related to violence and criminality that have marked the country’s history.
An interesting detail is that, although Pablo Escobar admired Fernando Botero’s art, it cannot be said that the admiration was mutual. The painter created two works depicting the death of the drug trafficker.
- “Boterosutra Series” / “Serie Boterosutra” (2011): This work by Botero is part of an erotic art collection called Boterosutra, marking a milestone in the history of Colombian art as the first artistic representation of sexual intimacy between lovers. This series comprises around 70 small-sized pieces created using various techniques, including colored drawings, watercolors, brushstrokes, and also black and white, all of which constitute one of the most contemporary works by the painter.
Biography of Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, Canada, and he is a well-known actor. When Ryan was born, his mother, Tammy, was a student and a salesperson, while his father, Jim, worked in wholesale food sales and also excelled as a semi-professional boxer. In addition, Ryan has three older siblings.
He studied in his hometown of Vancouver until 1994 when he decided to join a theater group as an extracurricular activity while attending Kwantlen College. However, his passion for acting became a vocation, and Ryan dropped out of college to devote all his time and energy to his acting career.
Debut as an actor
He quickly landed small roles in successful and memorable TV series such as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “The X-Files”. In 1998, his big break came with the series “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place”, which ran until 2001 and catapulted him to fame. The show became very popular thanks to its great comedic content, an area where Reynolds demonstrated perfect skill, but this was not the first time that Ryan had made a name for himself in a Hollywood comedy, as he had already been in “Life During Wartime” in 1997.
After working in several minor jobs, Ryan got his first major role as a protagonist in the crazy “Van Wilder – Animal Party”, where he played a college party organizer. The success of the film opened doors for him to work alongside Michael Douglas in “Till Death Do Us Part”, support Wesley Snipes in “Blade Trinity” or star in the horror movie “The Amityville Horror”. However, at this stage of his career, Ryan stood out mainly as a protagonist in comedies such as “Just Friends”, “Waiting” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”. This led him to want to leave his comedic side behind, getting involved in different projects such as the thriller “Smokin’ Aces”, the independent film “Adventureland” and the action film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Later on, he also participated in romantic films such as “The Proposal” and “Definitely, Maybe”. However, recognition of his acting ability did not come until Ryan was nominated for a Goya Award for his demanding role in “Buried”. It is worth noting that he also brought to life the comic book hero “Green Lantern” and the renowned “Deadpool”.
Prestigious brands like Hugo Boss have not been oblivious to Ryan Reynolds’ popularity, charisma, and good looks, offering him contracts to be the face of one of their fragrances: Boss Bottled Night, a fragrance that, through great advertising, managed to convey an irresistible seductive effect.
Two curiosities can be highlighted from his work: first, the nearly 10 kilos of solid muscle he gained thanks to rigorous physical training to bring Hannibal King to life in “Blade: Trinity”; and second, his appearance on the animated TV series Zeroman, in which he lent his voice to the character Ty Cheese. In addition, like many Hollywood stars, Ryan Reynolds has an eccentricity outside the world of entertainment: a great passion for motorcycles, of which he owns three collector’s items, one of which was designed exclusively for him and is none other than a Harley Davidson.
Regarding his personal life, Ryan Reynolds was in a romantic relationship with singer Alanis Morissette from 2002 to 2007. The couple got engaged in 2004, but in July 2006, People magazine reported that they had separated, although neither of them officially confirmed the news. Shortly after, in February 2007, they decided to end their engagement by mutual agreement. In May 2008, Reynolds announced his engagement to actress Scarlett Johansson, and they got married on September 27 of the same year. However, in December 2010, the couple announced in a statement to People magazine that they had decided to end their marriage.
So, on September 9, 2012, he married the actress Blake Lively in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. In October 2014, they announced that they were expecting their first child, and in December of that same year, Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively became parents with the birth of their daughter: Ines. Later, on April 14, 2016, his wife’s second pregnancy was confirmed, and on September 30, 2016, he became a father for the second time to a boy named James.
Biography of Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, born July 9, 1956 in Concord, California, United States, is an actor known as Tom Hanks. Hanks was raised by his father Amos Mefford Hanks, who worked as a cook of English food, and his mother Janet Marylyn, a nurse. He was raised with the values of the Catholic and Mormon religion. During his time at Skyline High School in Oakland, he attended theater classes with his best friend. During his adolescence, Hanks demonstrated his acting talent and won the Best Theater Actor award at his institute. Later, he enrolled in Chabot College in Hayward, California and two years later did a exchange at California State University, Sacramento.
1981 – Debut as an actor
In 1979, the Hanks family moved to New York, which gave Tom the opportunity to debut as a supporting actor in the horror film “Sabe que estás sola” in 1981. Two years later, he landed a lead role in another film. Additionally, he did his first television work in the comedy series “Bosom Buddies.” Later, he decided to move to Los Angeles to participate in “Despedida de soltero” in 1984, although the film was not very successful, it allowed him to be discovered by Ron Howard, who later contacted him to offer a role in “Splash” in 1984.
Since then, Tom starred in several comedy films such as “Amigos del alma” (1980), “Esta casa es una ruina” (1986), “Big” (1988), “No matarás… al vecino” (1989), “Socios y sabuesos” (1989), and “Joe contra el volcán” (1990). His father was always very important in his career, constantly encouraging him to keep fighting for his dream. On several occasions, he helped him to get small roles. He also supported his participation in the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. Tom had already made some appearances in series like “Vacaciones en el mar”, “Happy Days”, “Taxi”, or “Family Ties”.
“The King of Comedy”
After a small role in the horror film “He Knows You’re Alone” (1980) directed by Armand Mastroianni, he starred in several comedies that typecast him in comedic roles. His charming personality and natural talent contributed to his growing popularity. Definitely his consecration came in the eighties, he was cataloged as the king of comedy. Thanks to “Big” (1988), he achieved great success for his performance, receiving the Los Angeles Critics Award and an Oscar nomination. Although he had a bit of a downfall after that, he regained momentum as a disillusioned former baseball pitcher who trains a women’s team in “A League of Their Own” (1992).
Tom considered it appropriate to change direction and tackle other stories, to move away from comedy a little. So, he eagerly sought more intense themes where he could showcase his versatility. With his work in “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1989), directed by Brian de Palma, he attempted to take the first step to break away from light comedies, but the result was not as expected. However, his career took off again with his portrayal of an AIDS-stricken lawyer in “Philadelphia” (1992), directed by Jonathan Demme, an intense character that was quite a challenge. His effort was rewarded with an Oscar. He renewed his commercial success with “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), directed by Nora Ephron, where he teamed up with Meg Ryan, and worked with her again in “You’ve Got Mail” (1998).
Some of his most acclaimed performances
In the mid-90s, Hanks established himself as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. It’s worth mentioning that his career enjoyed significant success. For his role in Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump” (1994), this has been one of the most striking films of the decade, he was again deserving of an Oscar, a prize that increased, turning him into one of the best-paid actors in Hollywood. With the comedy “The Wonders” (1996), he made his directorial debut.
Later, he did the same in the field of production with the TV series “From the Earth to the Moon,” a work that took him several years. Hanks had the lead role in the feature film “Saving Private Ryan” (1997), directed by Steven Spielberg, with this role he was nominated for the Academy Award, although the film received five Oscars. In 2000, he worked with Robert Zemeckis again in the film “Cast Away,” a film in which his solo performance was praised, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Between 2003 and 2004, he repeated his collaboration with Spielberg in “Catch Me If You Can” and also in “The Terminal.” In 2006, he starred in the hit film “The Da Vinci Code,” the cinematic version of Dan Brown’s controversial work. Starting in 2014, Hanks’ films have grossed over 4.2 billion in countries such as the United States and Canada, and over 8.4 billion in the rest of the world, he is definitely an actor who ensures great success for films. His fame is such that the asteroid (12818) Tomhanks bears his name.
The actor has had several marriages throughout his life. His first marriage was to Samantha Lewes in 1978, from which two children were born: Colin Hanks in 1977 and Elisabeth Ann in 1982. However, the couple divorced in 1985. Later, in 1988, he married actress and producer Rita Wilson, with whom he had two additional children: Chester Marlon in 1991 and Truman Theodore in 1996. In recent years, the actor has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which requires a strict diet and daily care to maintain his health.
Biography of Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony (born September 16, 1968) is an American salsa singer and actor, born in New York. His real name is Marco Antonio Muñiz Rivera. From a young age, he has been involved in music, growing up with rock and rhythm & blues. His parents, Felipe Muñiz and Guillermina Rivera, discovered his passion and musical ability when he was a child. During his teenage years, to earn money, he began singing at bars and nightclubs, and quickly gained popularity. He was contacted by one of the members of the Latin Rascals group, and their producer Louie Vega invited him to record several albums with the Atlantic Records label.
Beginnings as a singer
One of Marc Anthony’s most successful musical products was the album “Rebel”, which achieved some success on the disco music charts. In 1992, his career in the salsa world took off when the famous Tito Puente took him as an opening act for a concert at Madison Square Garden. A year later, he recorded a salsa version of a song by Juan Gabriel that received excellent reviews and great popularity in the musical circles of New York. Soon, Marc Anthony appeared in several television productions and began to receive offers for concerts. After a few years, he was recognized as the new “king of salsa”. During the 1990s, his lyrics occupied the top position in Latin America and also in the United States.
The new “musical phenomenon”
Marc Anthony became a massively successful musical phenomenon, comparable to the success of Héctor Lavoe. At the same time, he continued to develop his acting career, appearing in films such as “Bringing out the Dead” directed by Martin Scorsese; “Big Night” directed by Stanley Tucci; “Hackers,” and “The Capeman,” a Broadway musical directed by singer and songwriter Paul Simon. He also performed the main theme of the soundtrack of “The Mask of Zorro” (1998), in which Antonio Banderas was the lead actor.
Third salsa album “Against the Stream”
That same year, he worked on the production of his third salsa album: “Contra la Corriente,” undoubtedly many salsa critics and aficionados affirm that it was the best album of his career, for which he received a Grammy for Best Latin-Tropical Album. In 1999, he released the album “Marc Anthony” to the market, this album undoubtedly demonstrates a new stage in his musical career, as it combined salsa with pop and also featured songs in English, in order to reach and conquer the Anglo-Saxon audience and market.
The first single, “I Need to Know,” put him in the top positions of the North American charts: it remained in the Top 10 of the Billboard for eleven weeks and eight more weeks in the Top 40. He also released the Spanish version, titled “Dímelo.” With this song, he won the Grammy for Best Latin Song of the Year and was number one on the Latin Billboard chart. He quickly released the second single, “You Sang to Me,” repeating the success of the previous one and selling over two million copies of the album.
Starting the new millennium, he released a greatest hits salsa album titled “Desde el principio.” After that, Marc Anthony went on a extensive tour that took him through the United States. All magazines and press talked about his triumphant concert at Madison Square Garden. Then he was in Canada and Central America. At that time, Marc Anthony received the admiration of his fans when he helped with his charitable work for the victims of Hurricane George, in sum, he founded a foundation that bears his name.
In 2011, he started the Dos Mundos Tour, with the company of Alejandro Fernández, a concert across Latin America. The following year, he was in Colombia at the Manacacías Summer Festival, many people from different parts of the country traveled to attend his concert. He had a significant participation in the 53rd International Song Festival of Viña del Mar, Chile, where he sang the song “¿Y cómo es él?” from his album “Iconos”. He received the highest distinction.
On March 3, 2012, Marc returned to Uruguay after 17 years and gave his performance at the Charrúa Stadium in Montevideo with an attendance of 25,000 spectators. In the GIGANT3S TOUR, he performed in several North American cities alongside Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solís. In 2013, he released his album 3.0. In 2014, he was the big winner of four of the five awards for which he was nominated at the Premios Lo Nuestro. Additionally, his career was recognized as one of the most successful Latin music artists. In 2016, he released a song called “Deja que te bese” with the collaboration of Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz, the song has over 50 million views on Youtube.
In September 2016, he carried out his “Marc Anthony Live” tour which included 5 dates at Radio City Music Hall. His private life has been somewhat controversial and has been exposed to various comments. He had his first daughter in 1994, Arianna Rosado-Muñiz, a product of his relationship with a former police officer from New York. In 2000 he married for the first time to Dayanara Torres, with whom he had two children. He later helped Jennifer Lopez in the production of the song “Sway” for the soundtrack of the movie Shall We Dance?. They then fell in love and after only one month of relationship, they got engaged in March 2004.
The couple had twins and Jennifer sold the exclusive photos of the children to People Magazine. However, after a few years, the couple decided to end their marriage on April 9, 2012. It is said that everything started when Jennifer Lopez met dancer Casper Smart and began a relationship with him two months after her separation from Marc. Later, Marc started a relationship with Venezuelan model Shannon de Lima, whom he married in 2014. Despite this, his relationship with Jennifer, the mother of his children, is harmonious, and he even participated in her song “Olvídame y pega la vuelta” in 2016. Two years earlier, the Puerto Rican singer made an impact with the hit song “Flor Pálida”.
On January 28, 2023, he married Nadia Ferreira in an incredible wedding surrounded by stars from film, music, and sports. The ceremony took place at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, with David Beckham as the best man.
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Biography of Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942) is a singer. He was born in Liverpool, England. His mother, Mary Patricia, was a nurse, while his father, James McCartney, was a volunteer firefighter. During Paul’s birth, his father was not present as he was fighting in the Battle of England during World War II. Paul grew up in a religious and strict environment, with his mother Catholic and his father Protestant, but later became agnostic. After returning from the war, his father devoted himself to selling cleaning products and, in his free time, played in bars.
Death of his mother
That’s why his son developed a deep love for music. He stood out in school for his intelligence and discipline and studied at Liverpool Institute secondary school, a good free secondary school. In 1954, he met George Harrison, with whom he quickly formed a strong friendship. At the time, McCartney’s mother was the one who kept the household and for work reasons they moved to Allerton, where they lived until 1964. On October 31, 1956, when McCartney was 14 years old, his mother died from a stroke.
After his mother’s death, McCartney was devastated. It took some time for him to return to normal. His father saw music as a refuge to help his son feel better, so he took him to listen to the Jim Mac’s Jazz Band, where his father played trumpet or piano. He also gave him a trumpet, but when rock and roll became popular, he chose an acoustic guitar. The first song he composed was “I Lost My Little Girl” on that guitar, a Zenith. He also composed “When I’m Sixty-Four” on the home piano.
1957 – Met John Lennon
He met Lennon on July 6th, 1957. McCartney joined The Quarrymen, a school band led by Lennon, in 1958 as the lead guitarist. The band mixed rock and roll and skiffle, a popular music style, with jazz and blues. After several name changes, the band decided to call themselves The Beatles in August 1960 and recruited drummer Pete Best for their move to Hamburg. In 1961, one of its members, Sutcliffe, left the band and McCartney was forced to take over as bassist. They recorded as a backing band for English singer Tony Sheridan on the single My Bonnie.
1963 – “Beatlemania”
They managed to attract the attention of Brian Epstein, who became their manager in January 1962 and a key figure in their later success. With their first hit, “Love Me Do” in 1963, the “Beatlemania” began. John Lennon and Paul wrote a large number of songs together, but later their egos collided and they preferred to write separately. In 1970, The Beatles disbanded. But Paul continued his successful career with songs that reached number one. He recorded his first solo LP, “McCartney”, with songs very different from those that Lennon would write, with commercial melodies for varied tastes.
1980 – Paul McCartney Guinness Records
In 1980, he entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest-selling songwriter in the world. His theme Yesterday, one of the most celebrated by The Beatles, has around 2,500 versions in the most diverse musical styles. Some of his solo hits are: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Live and Let Die for the James Bond film received the Oscar for best musical theme; Coming Up from his solo album Paul McCartney II. He joined George Martin and Ringo Starr in 1982 for the recording of Tug of War. On Press to play, his next album, was recorded with Eric Stewart.
Awards, arrest, record.
Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Grammy Awards (one with the Beatles and another as a solo artist). He is a vegetarian and an animal rights advocate. He was arrested for marijuana possession in Tokyo in 1980 and was briefly in jail. He participated in the “Live Aid” concert against hunger in Ethiopia in 1985. In 1990, he achieved the record for the largest attendance at a concert with 184,000 people in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1997 he is Sir Paul McCartney, invested as a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
2013 – Other awards, marriages.
On February 10, 2013, he received a Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Album” for his album “Kisses On The Bottom”. Later, he received a special award from PRS for Music in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the composition of his most famous song, “Yesterday“. These songs, as well as “And I Love Her,” “You Will Not See Me,” and “I’m Looking Through You,” were written inspired by his relationship with British actress Jane Asher. After five years of engagement, the couple broke up due to his infidelity with Francie Schwartz. He married Linda Eastman on March 12, 1969, and together they formed the musical group Wings after the dissolution of the Beatles. In 1999, he presented his collection of poems entitled “Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics (1965-1999)”. After the death of his wife, McCartney experienced deep sadness.
In 2002, Paul McCartney married former model Heather Mills in an Irish castle. After a long legal battle in the London Supreme Court, in 2008 Mills was authorized to collect one fifth of the 250 million dollars she had demanded from McCartney for their four-year marriage. In 2011, McCartney married Nancy Shevell in a civil ceremony in London on October 9th of that year.
Relevant aspects of his life and musical career
- With 60 gold records and the sale of over 100 million albums and singles as a solo artist and with The Beatles, McCartney is recognized as one of the most successful composers and artists of all time.
- As a solo artist in 1999 and as a member of The Beatles in 1988, he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
- As a solo artist and with The Beatles, he has been recognized with twenty-one Grammy Awards.
- 32 of the songs that McCartney has written or co-written have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
- As of 2014, he had sold over 15 million certified units by the RIAA in the United States.
- In 1997, McCartney was elevated to the rank of knight for his services to music.
- In 1965, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr were named members of the Order of the British Empire.
- He has been married three times and is the father of five children.
- He has participated in projects to help international charities related to issues such as animal rights, seal hunting, landmine cleaning, vegetarianism, poverty and musical education.
- He ranks 11th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers.
- He ranks first on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists as a member of The Beatles.
- He ranks third on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Bassists.
- Only surpassed by Bob Dylan, he ranks second on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Songwriters.
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