Shakira Biography

Shakira Biography

After achieving superstardom throughout Latin America, Colombian-born Shakira became Latin pop's biggest female crossover artist since Jennifer Lopez broke down the doors to English-language success. Noted for her aggressive, rock-influenced approach, Shakira maintained an extraordinary degree of creative control over her music, especially for a female artist; she wrote or co-wrote nearly all of her own material, and in the process gained a reputation as one of Latin music's most ambitiously poetic lyricists. When she released her first English material in late 2001, she became an instant pop sensation, thanks to her quirky poetic sense and a sexy video image built on her hip-shaking belly-dance moves.


Shakira Mebarak (full name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) was born February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia, into a poor family. Her mother was a native Colombian and her father was of Lebanese descent, and so as a child Shakira soaked up music from both cultures; she also listened heavily to English-language rock & roll, listing her favorite bands in later interviews as Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Police, the Cure, and Nirvana. Shakira wrote her first song at age eight, began entering (and winning) talent competitions at age ten, and started learning the guitar at age 11; one story runs that around this age, she was kicked out of her school choir for singing too forcefully. In 1990, at age 13, Shakira moved to Bogotá in hopes of pursuing a modeling career, but wound up signing a record deal with Sony's Colombian division instead. Her 1991 debut album, Magia (Magic), was comprised of songs she'd written over the past five or six years, including some of her earliest efforts. Although it didn't break internationally, the record started to make a name for her in her home country. Dissatisfied with the pop inclinations of the follow-up, 1993's Peligro (Danger), Shakira changed direction for a time, joining the cast of the Colombian soap opera El Oasis in 1994.

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Seeking to build on her success, Shakira signed Emilio Estefan -- Gloria's husband and a highly successful music-biz insider -- as her manager and producer. The move paid off when her follow-up album, 1998's Dónde Están los Ladrones? (Where Are the Thieves?), became an even bigger worldwide hit than its predecessor. What was more, it cracked the lucrative U.S. market wide open, spending 11 weeks at number one on Billboard's Latin album chart and producing two U.S. number ones (on the Latin chart) with "Ciega, Sordomuda" and "Tu." The album's signature track, however, was the worldwide hit "Ojos Así," her most explicit nod yet to the Arabic music she'd picked up from her father (not to mention its latent belly-dancing connotations). Dónde Están los Ladrones? was also the most effective presentation yet of Shakira's strong-willed persona; her self-analysis made her even more popular among female fans, while her anger over love gone wrong drew comparisons to Alanis Morissette.

When Gloria Estefan offered to translate "Ojos Así" into English, the prospect of a crossover suddenly seemed tangible, and Shakira decided that the most effective way to maintain control over her material was to learn English well enough to write in it herself. In the meantime, she set the stage for her crossover bid with a performance on MTV Unplugged; the channel's first Spanish-language broadcast. MTV Unplugged was released as an album in early 2000, and topped the Latin charts for two weeks on its way to becoming her third straight platinum album; it also won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album. At the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000, Shakira delivered a much-discussed, show-stopping performance of "Ojos Así," and took home Unplugged-related trophies for Best Female Pop Vocal ("Ojos Así") and Best Female Rock Vocal ("Octavo Dia").

Mainstream pop stardom beckoned. Shakira dyed her long brown hair blonde, romanced Antonio de la Rua (son of the former president of Argentina), and went to work on her first (mostly) English-language album, Laundry Service. The single/video "Whenever, Wherever" was released in advance of the album in late 2001, and made her a star in the English-speaking world almost overnight. Laundry Service entered the American pop charts at number three, and "Whenever, Wherever" climbed into the Top Ten of the singles chart, peaking at number six. The follow-up "Underneath Your Clothes" also hit the Top Ten, halting at number nine; less than a year after its release, Laundry Service had gone triple platinum. Reviews of Laundry Service were divided as to the effectiveness of Shakira's English lyrics, but nearly all agreed on her unique poetic imagery.

Extensive touring to support Laundry Service lead to a long break for the singer, so a remix collection (2002's Laundry Service: Washed and Dried) and a live album (2004's Live & Off the Record) appeared in lieu of a new album. Revitalized, Shakira began the writing process for her next release and soon had 60 songs ready to go, some in English, some in Spanish. Twenty of the songs were selected and divided up by language to make two different albums. Both appeared in 2005 and both hit the Top Ten, with the Spanish-language album Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 leading the way in June with a number four placing and the English-language album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, following in November at number five. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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Milla Jovovich Biography

Milla Jovovich (Serbian: Милица Јововић/Milica Jovović, Ukrainian: Мілла Йовович/Mіlla Jovovič) (born Milica Nataša Jovović on December 17, 1975) is an American supermodel, actress, musician, singer, and fashion designer. Jovovich has been described by Paul W.S. Anderson, director of her film Resident Evil, as a "rare combination of a good actress who could kick ass and look beautiful doing it." Music channel VH1 has referred to her as the "reigning queen of kick-butt".

Family and early life

Jovovich (pronounced "Yo-vo-vitch" (/ˈjɔvɔviʧ/ in IPA)) was born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union to Bogdan Jovović, a Serbian medical doctor, and Galina Jovovich (Galina Logivina), a Soviet actress. Her paternal family's estate was at Metohija in Zlopek near Peć. Her paternal great-grandfather, Bogić Camić Jovović, was a flag-bearer of the Montenegrin Serb Vasojevići clan and officer of the guard of the King Nicholas I of Montenegro; his wife's name was Milica. Her paternal grandfather, Bogdan Jovović, was a commander in the Pristina military area, and later investigated finances in military areas of Skopje and Sarajevo, where he uncovered massive gold embezzlement. He was punished for refusing to convict his friend for the crime. Later, the communist government imprisoned him on Goli Otok. When he feared that he could be arrested again, he escaped to Albania and later moved to Kiev. Another version of the story claims that he was the one to have taken the gold. Milla's father, Bogić Jovović, later joined her grandfather in Kiev, where he and his sister graduated in medicine.

In 1981, when Milla was five years old, her family had to leave the Soviet Union for political reasons and move to London; they subsequently lived in Sacramento, California, USA. Seven months later, they settled in Los Angeles, California. She also has a brother named Marco Jovovich born in 1988.



At the age of eleven, Jovovich was spotted by the photographer Richard Avedon, who featured her in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements. In October 1987, she was featured on the cover of the Italian fashion magazine Lei, which was the first of her many cover shoots. In 1988, she also made her first professional model contract. Later she made it to the cover of The Face, which led to new contracts and covers of the Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

Jovovich is also an "international spokesmodel" for L'Oreal cosmetics and was the highest paid supermodel in 2004. In 2006 Jovovich was picked up by Spanish clothing line Mango as their new spokesmodel and is currently featured in ads for Etro. Mango told that Jovovich is "the image of the woman that wish to dress: a very modern woman, with personality and self-confidence". She has said that she enjoys having both a modelling and an acting career, and that she is "very grateful for looks", which allow her to "make really great film choices".


Milla's mother was directing her in her artistic career, by signing her up to an actors' school in California; she finished as the best pupil, as she did in the ballet school. She continued to act and in 1988, appeared in her first film role, the romance thriller Two Moon Junction. In 1991, Jovovich had a starring role in the romance adventure sequel Return to the Blue Lagoon, opposite Brian Krause, which led to comparisons between her and child model-turned-actress, Brooke Shields (who had starred in the original Blue Lagoon). For her role, she was nominated for both 'Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture' in the 1991 Young Artist Awards, and 'Worst New Star' in the 1991 Golden Raspberry Awards. Most of Jovovich's film appearances during the late 1980s and early 1990s were in supporting or cameo roles in shows such as Married with Children. Also notable was her role in Dazed and Confused in 1993 wherein she sang lines from "The Alien Song", from her album The Divine Comedy though.

Jovovich received top billing by entering the world of action heroes, with her performances in The Fifth Element (1997) and in two popular films based upon the survival horror series, Resident Evil. Jovovich's latest film, the science fiction/action thriller Ultraviolet, was released on March 3, 2006. It was not screened for critics, but when reviewed, it was critically panned. It has grossed $17 million at the domestic box office. She will appear in the third film in the Resident Evil series titled Resident Evil: Extinction.

Personal life

Jovovich married actor Shawn Andrews (played Pickford) in October of 1992, while filming Dazed and Confused together; the marriage was annulled by her mother a month later. She married The Fifth Element director Luc Besson in 1997, but the two divorced in 1999. Jovovich also dated Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante for several months in 2000 and was linked to actor Stephen Dorff. She also had a relationship with Jamiroquai ex-bassist Stuart Zender, during which time they both lived in London. Most recently she has appeared in public with Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata, but is purported to be engaged to writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson. She is pregnant with Paul W.S. Anderson's child; a girl, expected in November 2007. The couple has stated that they "would love to, but maybe after the baby."

Jovovich is also planning to publish her private diaries as an autobiography. Jovovich says, "I've been keeping a diary ever since I was a little girl. I've written about all the places I've been to and all the mad things that I've done, so it would be good to get it all into a book - like an autobiography, but with more of a diary feel to it. I'm not sure how interested anyone would be in publishing it, or reading it, for that matter."

Jovovich is a polyglot - she fluently speaks Russian, French, English and Serbian (possibly to a lesser extent).


Year Movie Role Notes
1988 The Night Train to Kathmandu Lily McLeod
Two Moon Junction Samantha Delongpre
Paradise Katie
1990 Parker Lewis Can't Lose - Pilot Robin Fecknoids
1991 Return to the Blue Lagoon Lilli Hargrave
1992 Kuffs Maya Carlton
Chaplin Mildred Harris
1993 Dazed and Confused Michelle Burroughs
1997 The Fifth Element Leeloo
1998 He Got Game Dakota Burns
1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Joan of Arc
2000 The Claim Lucia Limited release
2001 The Million Dollar Hotel Eloise Limited release
Zoolander Katinka Ingabogovinanana
2002 Resident Evil Alice
You Stupid Man Nadine
2003 Dummy Fangora 'Fanny' Gurkel Limited release
No Good Deed Erin
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Alice
2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Druscilla
2006 Ultraviolet Violet Song jat Shariff
.45 Kate
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction Alice Completed
2009 Azazel Amalia Bezhetskaya Announced, shooting starts in 2008

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Penélope Cruz Sánchez (pronounced [peˈnelope kɾuθ ˈsantʃeθ]) (born April 28, 1974, in Madrid, Spain), better known as Penélope Cruz, is a Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated Spanish actress. Originally a dancer, she soon moved into Spanish television, and since then she has appeared in a string of films in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Early life

Cruz was born in San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, Spain. Her parents are Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. At 15, however, she followed another calling after she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition. She received three years of Spanish Ballet training with Ángela Garrido. She also had jazz dance training with Raúl Caballero and she studied at Cristina Rota (mother of Juan Diego Botto) school in Madrid. She speaks Spanish, English, French, and Italian fluently.


Cruz first achieved fame when she appeared in the video clip La fuerza del destino for the Spanish synthpop group Mecano. She later started a relationship with Nacho Cano, a member of the group.

She was a TV presenter for the teen-oriented program La Quinta Marcha. She also had early exposure in Série Rose, a French erotic TV serial in which she played the role of a blind prostitute. She also directed Nacho Cano's video of "El waltz de los locos", in 1994.

Cruz's first major films were Jamón, jamón and Belle Epoque, a film which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

In 1997, she starred as Sofía Pangia, alongside Eduardo Noriega in Abre los ojos, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, and in 2000 she appeared with Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses. In 1999, she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre, which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

In early 2001, she appeared in the film Vanilla Sky, the Hollywood remake of Abre los ojos. She played the same role in both films.

In 2006, Cruz received highly favourable reviews for her performance in Pedro Almodóvar's Volver. She won a Best Actress ensemble award at the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award. She is the first Spanish Actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

In May, 2007, it was announced that Penelope and her sister Monica would be designing a 25-piece collection for the Barcelona-based fashion chain, Mango.

On 7 July 2007 Cruz presented at Live Earth.

Personal life

Cruz has a younger brother, Eduardo, a singer, and a younger sister Mónica, who closely resembles her: a similarity exploited for some Spanish TV ads. In the 2000s, Mónica left her dancing career and achieved note on her own in the youth-oriented TV series Un Paso Adelante.

Cruz claims to be a vegetarian since 2000, though this fact is disputed. She speaks four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and English. Cruz has also donated a considerable amount of money and time to charity. In 1997 she volunteered in Uganda for two months.

After appearing in 2001 in the film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, they had a three-year relationship. They split up in January 2004.

After filming Sahara in February 2005, she started dating actor Matthew McConaughey. In May 2006, they released a joint statement to People, saying that they "have decided to take time off as a couple. Later that year they announced that they were "no longer intimate and separating was the best thing to do at this time."

Cruz had a short-term relationship with actor Orlando Bloom in 2006.

It has been rumored that she's currently dating rocker Lenny Kravitz.

Cruz is a close friend of actress Salma Hayek. The two co-starred in the 2006 film, Bandidas, she's a close friend of the colombian singer Shakira.

In April 2007 Cruz, who is now single, stated that she would like to have children one day and she feels the need to adopt. "Of course I want to have kids," Cruz, 32, tells the Spanish edition of Marie Claire in its April issue. "I want to have my own kids, but also adopt. For a while I've had the feeling that my life won't be complete if I don't adopt."

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

  • 2007 Nominated Academy Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for: Volver (2006)

ALMA Awards

  • 1999 Nominated ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film for: The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
  • 2002 Nominated ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for: Vanilla Sky (2001)

BAFTA Awards

  • 2007 Nominated BAFTA Award Best Actress in a Leading Role for: Volver (2006)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • 2001 Nominated Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress - Drama/Romance for: All the Pretty Horses (2000)

Cannes Film Festival - To the female ensemble cast.

  • 2006 Won Best Actress for: Volver (2006)award shared with Carmen Maura; Lola Dueñas; Blanca Portillo; Yohana Cobo; Chus Lampreave

David di Donatello Awards

  • 2004 Won David Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista) for: Non ti muovere (2004)

European Film Awards

  • 1999 Nominated European Film Award Best Actress for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)
  • 2001 Nominated Audience Award Best Actress for: Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
  • 2003 Nominated Audience Award Best Actress for: Fanfan la tulipe (2003)
  • 2004 Nominated European Film Award Best Actress for: Non ti muovere (2004)
  • 2004 Won Audience Award Best Actress for: Non ti muovere (2004)
  • 2006 Won European Film Award Best Actress for: Volver (2006)

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  • 1999 Won Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actress (Mejor Actriz de Cine)for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)
  • 2007 Won Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actress (Mejor Actriz de Cine)for: Volver (2006)

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2007 Nominated Golden Globe Best Actress in a Dramatic Role for: Volver (2006)

Goya Awards

  • 1993 Nominated Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: Jamón, jamón (1992)
  • 1999 Won Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)
  • 2005 Nominated Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: Non ti muovere (2004)
  • 2007 Won Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: Volver (2006)

Imagen Foundation Awards

  • 2003 - Creative Achievement Award

MTV Movie Awards

  • 2002 Nominated MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Female Performance for: Blow (2001)

Ondas Awards

  • 1993 Won Film Award Best Acting (Mejor Interpretación) Tied with Javier Bardem (No award category given officially).

Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival

  • 1995 Won Best Actress for: Todo es mentira (1994)

Razzie Awards

  • 2002 Nominated Razzie Award Worst Actress for: Blow (2001), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) and Vanilla Sky (2001).

Spanish Actors Union

  • 1993 Nominated Newcomer Award for: Jamón, jamón (1992)
  • 1993 Won Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Supporting Performance (Secundario Cine) for: Belle epoque (1992)
  • 1998 Nominated Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Performance in a Minor Role (Reparto Cine) for: Carne trémula (1997)
  • 1999 Won Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine) for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)
  • 2007 Won Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine) for: Volver (2007)
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Kylie Minogue Biography

Kylie Ann Minogue was born on May 28, 1968, in Melbourne, Australia. The sister of Dannii Minogue (of Young Talent Time fame), young Kylie went to audition for The Sullivans and landed the role of Carla.

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Kylie's big break came when she was cast as Charlene Mitchell/Robinson on the popular Australian soap opera, Neighbours, which also spawned the career of fellow Australian Natalie Imbruglia.

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During her stint on Neighbours (from 1986 to 1988), Kylie recorded her debut single, a remake of the pop track "Loco-Motion." While the soap was airing in Britain, music producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman were impressed by the Australian beauty, and decided to transform her into the first of many career stages -- pop singer Kylie -- just as her Neighbours days drew to a close.

Her string of successful hit singles took off with the release of "I Should Be So Lucky," and was followed by the chart-topping infectious tunes "Got To Be Certain," "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi," "Hand On Your Heart," "Wouldn't Change A Thing," and "Never Too Late," all off her debut album, Kylie, and her sophomore effort, Enjoy Yourself (released in 1988 and 1989, respectively).

Kylie's success grew even more after a duet with her Neighbours co-star, Jason Donovan.

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After her role in the 1989 film The Delinquents, and with the turn of the '90s, Kylie morphed from wholesome pop princess to sexy superstar. This new flirtatious image was underscored by her steamy romance with Michael Hutchence, the late lead singer of INXS (whom she met while on tour in Hong Kong).

The newly transformed Minogue was gaining more media coverage than ever, and was signed to a new record deal, with Deconstruction Records. She even jumped on the erotic literature bandwagon (like Madonna) by writing a sex book, although it was never actually released.

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Since the mid-'90s, Kylie has entered a new phase in her life -- indie Kylie. In 1994, she released Kylie Minogue (which was grungier than her first self-titled album), and appeared in Van Damme's Street Fighter.

The latest phase for the former pop star is that of mature Kylie, as seen in her musical style. In 1996, she worked with the Manic Street Preachers, and released an album the following year called Impossible Princess (which was re-released in 2003).

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Although she disappeared from the spotlight for several years, Kylie remains one of Australia's greatest exports (along with "The Body" Elle MacPherson). In 1999, she released a duet with Robbie Williams called "Kids," and the following year, she performed "On a Night Like This" at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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This was the perfect introduction to her huge comeback in the new millennium, which started with the release of "Spinning Around." She released the album Light Years in 2001, and followed it up with the smash 2002 hit, Fever.

In the meantime, Kylie was seen in Australian director Baz Luhrmann's feature, Moulin Rouge! (2001), starring Nicole Kidman. She also spent time touring and performing at awards shows, as she had become an international sensation. In 2003, Kylie released the double-disc compilation, Greatest Hits 87-97.



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1989 The Delinquents Lola Lovell
1994 Street Fighter Cammy
1995 Hayride to Hell The Girl Short film
1996 Bio-Dome Doctor Petra von Kant
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2000 Sample People Jess
Cut Hilary Jacobs
2001 Moulin Rouge! The Green Fairy
2006 The Magic Roundabout Florence Voice

Studio albums

  • 1988: Kylie
  • 1989: Enjoy Yourself
  • 1990: Rhythm of Love
  • 1991: Let's Get to It
  • 1994: Kylie Minogue
  • 1997: Impossible Princess
  • 2000: Light Years
  • 2001: Fever
  • 2003: Body Language
  • 2007: Kylie X (tentative title)