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Stephanie Seymour

Read Biography of Stephanie Seymour Stephanie Michelle Seymour was born on July 23, 1968 in San Diego, California, U.S., is an American model and actress. Seymour has modeled for many notable fashion magazines and designers and has posed for several well-known photographers including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon and Mario Testino.

Born in San Diego, California, the middle child of a California real estate-developer father and hairstylist mother, Seymour started her modeling career working for local newspapers and department stores in her hometown at the age of 16. In 1983, she was a finalist at the inaugural Elite Model Management Look of the Year modeling contest (now called Elite Model Look).

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Seymour appeared in numerous issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on the cover of Vogue as well. During the same period, Seymour was a primary lingerie and hosiery model for the relatively new Victoria’s Secret company in its mail-order catalogs and retail stores. In March 1991, and again in February 1993, Seymour posed for Playboy.

In 1998, she wrote Stephanie Seymour’s Beauty Secrets for Dummies. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the “.Modern Muses”. In 2000, Seymour was ranked #91 on the North American FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000 list. In 2006, she appeared in a campaign for Gap with her children.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s creative campaign for his fall/winter 2007/2008 collection featured Seymour and Claudia Schiffer, shot on location in Italy with Mario Testino. In the promotional photos, the supermodels play film stars protected by bodyguards and pursued by the paparazzi.

Seymour’s first acting role was as explosives expert Cynna Stone in the video game Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller. She played the unusual part of a live actor in a game whose characters and scenery were nearly all CG renders.

In 2000, Seymour played Helen Frankenthaler in the movie Pollock. In 2002, she played the role of Sara Lindstrom in the “Crazy” episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

At the age of 16, she began dating John Casablancas, the head of Elite Model Management, who was, at the time, married to model Jeanette Christiansen. The couple lived together before Seymour broke off the relationship.

From 1989 to 1990, she was married to guitarist Tommy Andrews. The marriage failed but resulted in the birth of her first son, Dylan Thomas Andrews, in 1990.

By mid-1991 she had become involved with Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses. She appeared in two music videos by Guns N’ Roses: “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain”. The couple broke up in February 1993 after Rose accused Seymour of being unfaithful. In August 1993, Rose sued Seymour for assaulting him during a 1992 Christmas party, for mental and emotional abuse, and for withholding $100,000 worth of jewelry. Rose claimed he and Seymour were engaged. In turn, Seymour countersued Rose for assaulting her and denied they were ever engaged.

Shortly after her break up with Rose, Seymour began dating billionaire Peter Brant, who was married and the father of five children. Brant is a publisher, real estate developer and art collector. She gave birth to the couple’s first son (her second), Peter II, in December 1993. Seymour and Brant married in July 1995 in Paris, France. Seymour gave birth to their second son, Harry, in 1996 and to their third child, daughter Lily Margaret, in 2004. In March 2009, Seymour filed for divorce from Brant after almost 14 years of marriage. The couple reconciled in 2010.

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Charisma Carpenter

Read Biography of Charisma Carpenter Charisma Lee Carpenter was born on July 23, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–1999) and its spin-off series Angel (1999–2004), for which she was nominated for four Saturn Awards. She was a regular on ABC Family’s The Lying Game (2011–2013).

Carpenter was born to Christine, a bird sanctuary worker, and Don Carpenter, a salesman. She has two older brothers, Ken and Troy, and two nieces, Chrissy and Mackenzie. She is of French and German descent on her father’s side and Cherokee and Spanish descent on her mother’s side. Her parents named her after an Avon perfume. Carpenter attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas; she was also a part of a song-and-dance troupe which performed in the Las Vegas area beginning when she was nine. When she was 15, her family moved to Rosarito city, Mexico and then to San Diego where she attended Bonita Vista High School and Chula Vista School of the Creative and Performing Arts. After graduation, Carpenter traveled throughout Europe. Once she returned to San Diego again, she worked as a video store clerk, an aerobics instructor, and in property management. In 1991, she worked as a San Diego Charger cheerleader. In 1992, she moved to Los Angeles.

While swimming in San Diego in 1991, she, along with two friends, were attacked by Henry Hubbard, Jr., a former San Diego police officer and serial rapist who attempted to subdue her two male friends at gunpoint. During the altercation, her two friends and Hubbard were all shot, forcing him to flee the scene. Her friends survived. Hubbard was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 56 years in prison for a series of rapes and robberies. Carpenter brought Hubbard’s police-issue flashlight from the beach, which he had left at the scene, and the flashlight became a key piece of evidence against him.

Carpenter was discovered by a commercial agent while waiting tables in Los Angeles to save money for her college education. This led to her role on theatrical productions and more than twenty commercials. She made her first television role in 1994 by appearing in an episode of Baywatch. Shortly after that, she landed a starring role on Aaron Spelling’s short-lived soap opera Malibu Shores.

In 1996, Carpenter auditioned for the title role in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer but instead was cast as Cordelia Chase, a snobby and popular high school student. After three seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carpenter was offered an even larger role as the same character on the spin-off series Angel along with David Boreanaz. She played Cordelia Chase for four seasons on Angel. Although her character leaves the series during Angel’s fourth season, Carpenter returned for the 100th episode in the fifth and final season because she felt the character’s fans deserved closure.

In 2004, Carpenter had a three episode guest appearance on the TV show Charmed as a psychic demon called The Seer and played a recurring role on NBC’s Miss Match, appearing in four episodes. She also had a recurring role as Kendall Casablancas in the TV series Veronica Mars for the 2005–2006 season, appearing in 11 episodes. Carpenter guest-starred in the first season finale of ABC Family’s television show Greek and reprised her role in two episodes of Season 2. According to TV Guide in September 2007, she was set to join the cast of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition, but instead chose to do a guest appearance on the show Back to You as well as a recurring role on the short-lived series Big Shots. Carpenter also had a guest appearance in an April 2009 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

On March 20, 2008, Paley Fest hosted a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion. Carpenter attended the event alongside Buffy creator Joss Whedon, producers Marti Noxon and David Greenwalt, and other Buffy alumni including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Seth Green, and Michelle Trachtenberg.

Carpenter has starred in an assortment of made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies including the sex comedy What Boys Like, the horror film Voodoo Moon, and the romantic comedies See Jane Date and Relative Chaos on ABC Family (the latter of which co-starred fellow Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon). She also appeared in the mysteries Flirting with Danger and Cheaters’ Club on Lifetime and the Syfy movie House of Bones broadcast in 2010, around the same time as her guest spot in Legend of the Seeker.

Also in 2009, Carpenter starred in production company Red Sparrow’s first film, Psychosis, which was released in early 2011. In August 2010, she had a supporting role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables. After the success of The Expendables, Carpenter was cast in Human Factor and in the indie thriller Crash Site. She appeared in an episode of the seventh season of Supernatural alongside Buffy co-star James Marsters. In 2011, Carpenter landed a recurring role in ABC Family’s drama The Lying Game. She was upgraded to a series regular for the second season. In 2012, Carpenter reprised her role as Lacy in The Expendables 2.

On August 28, 2013, “Surviving Evil” (original working title: “I Survived Evil”) debuted on Investigation Discovery, with Carpenter as host; in the premiere episode, Carpenter herself was featured as a crime survivor, revisiting the horrific attack she and two friends suffered at the hands of violent serial rapist and police officer Henry Hubbard, Jr. on San Diego’s Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991.
Carpenter was named #31 on Askmen.com’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women 2002 and #44 on their 2005 list. Despite this, Carpenter has stated she does not view herself as a sex symbol.

In the June 2004 issue of Playboy magazine, Carpenter appeared on the cover and in a ten-page nude layout. When asked by People magazine in 2005 about her nude pictorial and whether or not she would ever pose for Playboy again, she replied, “I don’t know. I did Playboy for a very specific reason. Not only was it a good financial move, but it was about the place I was at in my life. I had just had my son and I’d gained 50 lbs. during pregnancy. I wanted to get back to my old self. I wanted to feel desirable and sexy. So I thought, ‘What if I went full throttle?'”

Carpenter married Damian Hardy on October 5, 2002, in Las Vegas. On March 24, 2003, Carpenter gave birth to a son named Donovan Charles Hardy. In late 2007, the couple separated and their divorce was made final in July 2008.

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Read Biography of Stephanie March

Stephanie March

Read Biography of Stephanie March Stephanie Caroline March was born on July 23, 1974 in Dallas, Texas, U.S., is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Alexandra Cabot in the long-running NBC series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

March was born to John and Laura March, and has a sister, Charlotte. She attended McCulloch Middle School in Highland Park, and Highland Park High School, where Law & Order’s Angie Harmon, who also played the role of an assistant district attorney on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit attended concurrently. After her parents’ divorce, her mother married Robert Derby. In 1996, March graduated from Northwestern University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

At Northwestern University, she played Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Chicago, where she continued to pursue her stage career. In 1997, she made her screen debut in episode of CBS series, Early Edition. In 1999, March moved to New York and made her Broadway debut in the highly acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, opposite Brian Dennehy. She later co-starred in the television film Death of a Salesman, based on the play. In 2000, she also performed in the Broadway premiere of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio, starring Liev Schreiber, in 2007. She also starred in Howard Korder’s Boy’s Life alongside Jason Biggs.

In 2003, March made her film debut with a supporting role in the political comedy Head of State opposite Chris Rock. She later appeared in the films Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Treatment, and Falling for Grace, the latter two romantic comedies. March also appeared in the 2009 film The Invention of Lying as the woman Ricky Gervais’s character tells the world will end unless she has sex with him. She later co-starred in the independent films Why Stop Now? and Innocence.

On television, March guest starred on 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, Rescue Me, and Happy Endings. She was regular cast member on the short-lived CBS legal comedy-drama, Made in Jersey in 2012, but left the series after the pilot episode.

March is best known for her role as Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on the NBC crime legal drama series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role she played from 2000 to 2003. She departed in the season 5 episode “Loss”, when Cabot is shot and placed in witness protection. She returned to the series for a six-episode arc in season 10 and then continued as a main character in season 11. After her departure near the end of season 11, she returned again in season 13 as a recurring character.

March reprised her role as Cabot, now the Bureau Chief ADA of the homicide bureau, on the short-lived NBC courtroom drama Conviction, which debuted in spring 2006. The show, which was part of the Law & Order universe, only lasted one 13-episode season before being cancelled.

March married celebrity chef Bobby Flay on February 20, 2005. She has appeared on four of Flay’s Food Network shows—Boy Meets Grill, Grill It! with Bobby Flay, Iron Chef America, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay—as a guest judge. According to media reports, March and Flay separated in March 2015 and their divorce was finalized on July 17, 2015.

March became a celebrity ambassador to World of Children Awards in January 2010. Additionally, she has served as a board member for Safe Horizon, an advocacy organization for victims of crime and abuse.

March is an advocate for women’s rights and a supporter of Planned Parenthood. In 1938, her great-grandmother, Ruby Webster March, founded the West Texas Mother’s Health Center, which later became part of Planned Parenthood of West Texas.

March is also referenced as a close friend of Sarah Hepola in her memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.

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Paul Wesley

Read Biography of Paul Wesley Paul Wesley was born as Pawel Tomasz Wasilewski on July 23, 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S., is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for his role as Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries.

Wesley was born to Polish parents Tomasz and Agnieszka Wasilewski, and grew up in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. He has one older sister, Monika, and two younger sisters, Julia and Leah. In addition to English, he speaks Polish, having spent four months every year in Poland until the age of 16.

Wesley attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years. During his junior year in high school, he was cast in the soap opera Guiding Light as character Max Nickerson. He transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to accommodate his acting schedule. He graduated from there in 2000 and then started college at Rutgers University in New Jersey but left after one semester with his parents’ support when more roles were offered to him, and he realized he could make a career out of acting.

In 2001, he was one of the main cast members of the short lived TV series Wolf Lake, playing the role of Lucas “Luke” Cates. The show’s cast also featured Tim Matheson, Sharon Lawrence, Graham Greene & Bruce McGill. The show was about a Seattle policeman John Kanin Lou Diamond Phillips proposes to his girlfriend, Ruby Wilder Mia Kirshner, and she accepts. However, as she gets into her car, she is attacked and all Kanin finds is a severed hand. He travels to her hometown of Wolf Lake to find some answers. However, his experiences there raise even more questions. What John doesn’t know is that some of the inhabitants of Wolf Lake are actually werewolves. The werewolves, or the ones who survive the change, live on the “Hill” and enjoy special treatment, separated from the normal humans.

In 2005, he began to credit himself as Paul Wesley. When asked why he changed his professional name to Paul Wesley, he replied, “My birthname is too hard to pronounce.”

He is currently starring as vampire Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries which premiered in September 2009 on The CW. In the series, he plays a younger brother to Damon Salvatore (played by Ian Somerhalder) as well as the love interest of a 17-year-old girl named Elena Gilbert (played by Nina Dobrev). Wesley began directing “The Vampire Diaries” in Season 6 and is currently directing as well as starring in the show.

In May 2011, he joined the cast of The Baytown Outlaws opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher.

He was recently cast opposite Susan Sarandon in a film called Mother’s Day, and is set to star and produce Convergence.

He has had a number of roles on television shows such as 24, 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, Army Wives, Cane, Everwood, Guiding Light, Smallville, The O.C.. He starred opposite Amber Tamblyn in CBS’ The Russell Girl and had the lead role in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen. He also appeared in several films throughout the years including “Peaceful Warrior” and director Agnieszka Holland’s “Shot in the Heart” opposite Giovanni Ribisi and Sam Shepard

Wesley had two films released in 2015. Before I Disappear , which he produced and costarred in, went on to win the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award and competed in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival. He also co-starred in Amira and Sam from Drafthouse Films.

Wesley met and began dating actress Torrey DeVitto in 2007 when they acted together in Killer Movie. They married in a private ceremony in New York City in April 2011. In July 2013, it was reported that they had filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in December 2013.

Wesley lived in Atlanta, Georgia while filming The Vampire Diaries and the rest of the time with his then-wife Torrey DeVitto in Los Angeles, California. He sold his Los Angeles-residence after his divorce at the end of 2013.

Wesley met actress Phoebe Tonkin on the set of The Vampire Diaries in 2012; they have been a couple since September 2013.a

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Read Biography of Bec Hewitt

Bec Hewitt

Read Biography of Bec Hewitt Rebecca June “Bec” Hewitt was born on 23 July 1983 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is an Australian actress and singer. From 1998 to 2005, Hewitt played Hayley Smith Lawson on the soap opera Home and Away. As Bec Cartwright, Hewitt released an eponymous pop music album in 2002. In 2005, she married tennis player Lleyton Hewitt.

Cartwright began her acting career at age 5 for television commercials. In 1992, she made her mainstream television debut on an episode of Police Rescue. She has also guest starred in Water Rats and Roar.

She won her breakout role and best known role to date in 1998 portraying Hayley Smith Lawson on Home and Away. Cartwright became a series fan favourite and earned herself numerous Logie Award nominations until 2005 she earned a Most Popular Actress win. She coincidentally fell pregnant within months of her ‘Home and Away’ character and left the series to become a full-time mother. For a short period of time Ella Scott Lynch replaced her as Hayley before shortly departing the series.

In 2002, Cartwright signed a recording contract with Warner Music Australia and East West Records. Her debut single “All Seats Taken” was released 18 November 2002 and peaked at 10 on the ARIA Music Charts. Her follow-up singles “On the Borderline” and “A Matter of Time” both failed to match the same success, both charting only the Top 30. Her self-titled debut album was released on 16 June 2003, and despite high expectations charted only at 21 and was certified Gold. The album met with mixed reviews with Smash Hits giving the album two out of five stars. In 2004, Cartwright ended her partnership with Warner Music.

Cartwright was announced as a contestant in the first season of Dancing with the Stars. She and her partner Michael Miziner won the first season on 23 November 2004. The couple returned in an opening performance in a dance routine during the second season premiere.

She hosted Abba Mania which premiered in November 2006 on Nine Network. The special met with controversy surrounding the fact that the only celebrity performers were Nine Network personalities. Hewitt’s performance met with largely negative reviews. Bec has voiced no plans to return to acting.

Cartwright was born in Sydney on 23 July 1983 the youngest child of Darrel and Michelle Cartwright. She has an older brother Shaun and older sister Kristy. After a four year relationship with fellow Home and Away co-star Beau Brady, Cartwright and Brady were briefly engaged.

Soon after the end of her engagement she began a relationship with tennis player Lleyton Hewitt, himself fresh from a broken engagement. After six weeks of dating, Hewitt proposed following the Australian Open Final. On 5 May 2005, the couple announced they were expecting their first child. The pair married on 21 July 2005; the wedding was at the Sydney Opera House, and their reception took place at Taronga Zoo. The event attracted much media attention, with Bec and Lleyton selling exclusive coverage of the day to magazine ‘New Idea’. Fellow actresses and friends Ada Nicodemou and Kate Ritchie were bridesmaids.

On 29 November 2005, she gave birth to daughter, Mia Rebecca Hewitt, at Sydney’s North Shore Private Hospital. Before her birth a lucrative contract was made with women’s magazine ‘Woman’s Day’ involving regular diaries from Bec and exclusive photos and interviews of the family for the first two years of Mia’s life. The couple attracted much criticism for the observation that they had ‘sold’ their daughter to the highest bidder. On 11 December 2008, Hewitt gave birth to a baby boy whom the couple named Cruz Lleyton Hewitt. Their third child, a daughter named Ava Sydney Hewitt, was born on 19 October 2010. Her name was announced via a text message subscription service for the cost of $2, a move that attracted much criticism of Bec and Lleyton. Both pregnancy announcements and births were covered in exclusive stories by ‘OK Magazine’. In February 2009, after revelations about Hewitt’s previously unknown offshore income and bank accounts were revealed during a legal battle with his former management company, Octagon Sports Marketing, the couple relocated to a $3.8 million home at the Old Fort Bay estate in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Rachel G. Fox

Read Biography of Rachel G. Fox Rachel G. Fox was born on July 23, 1996 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S., is a American teen actress and singer best known for playing Kayla Huntington on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives.

She moved to Westlake, Ohio at age 4. A year later her mother put Rachel and her sister into a theater program to make sure they were comfortable with public speaking. She began doing commercials and print work in Ohio and was represented by Ford Modeling Agency and The Docherty Agency. She appeared in print for American Greetings, Target, and JoAnn Fabrics. She appeared in the Lite House Pools and Spas TV commercial and various regional commercials. Fox moved to California at the age of 9. She is currently schooled at Chaminade College Preparatory.

Fox has also appeared on Alias, That’s So Raven, Adventures in Odyssey, iCarly and Hannah Montana. She voiced characters in the videogames Ant Bully and Thrillville.

She portrayed Kayla Huntington Scavo on ABC hit show Desperate Housewives from September 2006 until May 2008 as a series regular, portraying Lynette’s sociopath step-daughter.

In July 2009, Fox filmed the movie Spork, which was released in 2010 which would be her first lead movie role. She also starred in Jim Sheridan’s Dream House, portraying Chloe Patterson, daughter of Ann and Jack Patterson (played by Naomi Watts and Marton Csokas, respectively).

Fox was cast in the CBS Pilot “Vince Uncensored” and appear as a recurring character in ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey.

Fox is also a singer, she is producing her own album. She recently made a music video for her song iShop, singing about her favourite thing: shopping. She also produced a French version of the song after having enjoyed an experience in Paris.

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Read Biography of Suriya (actor)

Suriya (actor)

Read Biography of Suriya (actor) Suriya was born on 23 July 1975 as Saravanan Sivakumar in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is an Indian film actor, producer, philanthropist and television presenter. He has acted in several Tamil films, including the commercially successful films Nandha (2001), Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Pithamagan (2003), Perazhagan (2004), Ghajini (2005), Vel (2007), Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), Ayan (2009), Singam (2010) and 7aam Arivu (2011). As of 2010, he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South, establishing himself as one of the leading contemporary actors in the Tamil film industry.

Suriya was born to actor Sivakumar and Lakshmi in Chennai. He is the eldest of three children. His younger brother is actor Karthi and he has a younger sister named Brindha Sivakumar. He attended Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School and St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai and obtained his under graduate degree B.Com from Loyola College, Chennai.

He became a film distributor after opening Studio Green, which was responsible for producing and distributed a few of his own and his brother Karthi’s films. He is the eldest son of actor Sivakumar and married actress Jyothika in 2006, after being engaged for several years. In 2008, he began Agaram Foundation, which funds programmes for preventing early childhood drop-outs. As of 2012, Suriya is the host of the STAR Vijay game show Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi.

Suriya debuted in the 1997 film Nerrukku Ner directed by Vasanth and produced by Mani Ratnam. Actor Vijay co-starred with him in this film. In 2001, he starred in Siddique’s comedy film Friends, also co-starring Vijay.

His major break came in the form of Nandha, which was directed by Bala. Playing the role of an ex-convict who is very attached to his mother, he received a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. His next venture was Vikraman’s Unnai Ninaithu, which was followed by Mounam Pesiyadhe directed by Ameer Sultan.

In 2003, he starred in the Gautham Menon’s Kaakha Kaakha, a film about the life of a police officer. The film opened to positive reviews with a critic from Rediff.com claiming that “Surya as Anbu Selvan fits the role and this film is certainly a career high for him”. Surya’s portrayal of a happy-go-lucky village crook with a comic touch in Bala’s Pithamagan, along with Vikram, won him Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil and the film did well commercially.

In 2005 he played dual role in Perazhagan, as an aggressive boxer and a handicapped phone booth keeper. Again, Surya’s performance won positive reviews from critics with a reviewer describing it as “Surya deserves appreciation for his astounding performance. He is at his best be it humor or action. The actor has scored a hat trick”. The film became successful venture in box-office and Surya won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. That same year, he portrayed the role of a student leader in Mani Ratnam’s political drama Aaytha Ezhuthu along with Madhavan and Siddarth. In regard to his performance, the Rediff.com review praised his enactment citing that “Surya has given a finely calibrated performance and is smashing”.

Surya signed on to feature in the psychological thriller, Ghajini directed by A. R. Murugadoss in November 2004. He played the role of a patient suffering from short-term memory loss. Ghajini became the third highest grossing film of that year in Tamil. Surya’s performance was unanimously praised, with a reviewer from Sify citing that “the film is driven by Surya’s riveting performance”. Later he acted in Hari’s action film Aaru and the film faced a good response at the box office. Surya’s performance fetched positive reviews with a reviewer citing that “Surya keeps you riveted to the seats with another wholesome effort”.

In 2006, he acted with Jyothika and Bhumika Chawla in N. Krishna’s film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. The film took a strong opening, but soon faded out and became a moderate success. But his performance was praised, with a reviewer from Sify citing that “Surya pitches in with yet another fantastic performance, be it the responsible husband and father, or the cool dude at college”.

In 2007, his only release was Vel, which was a commercial hit.

His next release was a collaboration with Gautham Menon, after the success of Kaakha Kaakha, Suriya began work on Menon’s biopic Vaaranam Aayiram in November 2008. Playing dual roles for the third time in his career, Suriya appeared as father and son, with both characters also demanding scenes shot throughout their lives ranging from scenes as a 16-year-old to scenes as a 65-year-old. During the production of the film, Suriya described the project as “unique” and “straight from the heart”, describing the physical hardships he endured during the making.

He lost weight and prepared a six pack for the film through an eight-month fitness regime without steroids, with the move being a trend-setter for other leading actors from South India. The film, which also featured Simran, Sameera Reddy and Divya Spandana in prominent roles, became commercially successful at the box office upon release as well as receiving positive reviews from film critics, with Suriya’s performance being lauded. A critic from Rediff labelled the film as his “magnum opus”, citing that he is “perfect” and that the film for him is a “justified triumph”. Similarly, critics cited Suriya’s performance as “outstanding” and claimed that the film “works because of his performance”, whilst other reviewers claimed the film was an “out and out Suriya show”. His portrayals also fetched him several notable awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor by the jury and also the Vijay Award for Best Actor for 2008. The film also went on to receive a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for 2008.

In 2009, Suriya’s first release was K. V. Anand’s action-thriller Ayan, which went on to become the highest grossing Tamil film of the year. With Suriya portraying the role of a smuggler, the film also featured Prabhu as his guardian and Tamannaah Bhatia as the lead actress. The film was shot extensively across Tanzania, Namibia, Malaysia and India and featured parkour stunts by Suriya, without the use of a stunt double. Upon release, the film won positive reviews citing that the film was a “must watch” and Suriya’s performance was yet again acclaimed and he found himself nominated for leading awards and won the Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year. The film’s success saw Suriya emerge as the most profitable leading actor in Tamil films, following a hat trick of large commercial hits, with film journals suggesting that his success was due to “experiments within the commercial format” and he was successful in “avoiding being typecast”.

His next film, K. S. Ravikumar’s action entertainer Aadhavan also achieved commercial success, while Suriya’s depiction of a hitman was praised. A critic from Sify.com labelled it as an “out and out Suriya show”, stating that “the film rides on the magic of the actor, and his zany shenanigans alone makes it worth a watch” and Rediff.com cited that “he sings, dances, and fights with absolute sincerity, but when he looks at you with tears in his eyes in an emotional scene tailor-made for him, the applause hits the roof”, concluding that it is “completely his film”.

In 2010, he had his 25th release with Singam directed by Hari, in which he played the role of a police officer from a small village going to work in the city. The film opened to positive reviews with The Hindu noting that “Suriya shows that be it a performance-oriented role or a formulaic concoction he can deliver”, while Sify.com stated “Ultimately it is Suriya who carries the film to the winning post. His passion and the way he brings an ordinary regular larger-than-life hero character alive on screen is lesson for other commercial heroes.” The film won Suriya the Vijay Award for Best Entertainer again and saw him nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil again, and subsequently went on to become the second highest grossing film of the year. He made his Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Varma’s two-part political drama Rakta Charitra in 2010. Suriya subsequently went on to appear as himself in three consecutive guest appearances, appearing alongside Trisha and Madhavan in a song in Manmadhan Ambu (2010), before also starring in K. V. Anand’s Ko and Bala’s Avan Ivan (2011).

His only release in 2011 that featured him in a starring role was A. R. Murugadoss’s science fiction thriller 7aum Arivu. Suriya essayed dual roles in the film, as a circus artist and as the Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma, who lived in the 5th century. The film met with mixed reception, but Suriya’s performance was praised. 7aum Arivu became the actor’s highest grosser, and subsequently among the top grossing films of the year.

n January 2012, Suriya was named as the official host of the new game show to be presented on STAR Vijay, Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi, the Tamil version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which began airing on 27 February 2012.

His next project is Maattrraan, which sees him collaborate with K. V. Anand again, after Ayan. He is also doing Singam 2,a sequel to his 2010 blockbuster Singam.

Suriya has been the ambassador for many famous enterprises including TVS, Aircel and Sunfeast Biscuits since 2006. He has endorsed Saravana Stores, Bharathi Cements and Navaratna products since 2010. In 2011, he had signed a new deal with Nescafé, Zandu Balm and more recently with Close-Up toothpaste brand as of May 2011.

In 2008, Suriya began the Agaram Foundation, working to help children who drop out of school early in Tamil Nadu. With the Ministry of Education in Tamil Nadu, he created a short commercial video outlining child poverty, labour and lack of education, titled Herova? Zerova?. The film was written and produced by Sivakumar and also starred Joseph Vijay, R. Madhavan and Jyothika. Agaram has sponsored 159 underprevileged students in 2010 for their higher education in various disciplines. With the firm belief that the educated mind can not only eliminate social evils but also aid in the socio-economic upbringing of society, Agaram Foundation works towards providing appropriate learning opportunities to the rural populace who do not otherwise have access to quality education.

He is also an active participant in other philanthropic works such as “Save The Tigers” campaign, which aids in the protection and preservation of Tigers in India, and “REACH”, a non-profit that cures TB patients for free using supervised medication programs.

After several years of being engaged, Suriya married actress Jyothika on 11 September 2006, with whom he was paired in seven films: Poovellam Kettuppar, Uyirile Kalanthathu, Kaakha Kaakha, Perazhagan, Maayavi, June R and Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. The couple have two children, daughter Diya and son Dev.

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Himesh Reshammiya

Read Biography of Himesh Reshammiya Himesh Reshammiya was born on 23 July 1973 in Mumbai, India, is an Indian music director, singer, actor, television producer, lyricist, film producer, script writer, and distributor.

Himesh Reshammiya was born to veteran Gujarati music director Vipin Reshammiya and Madhu Reshammiya; however his family originate from Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Reshammiya studied at Hill Grange School in Pedder Road where he met his best friend Prashant Chadha. Chadha is responsible for Reshammiya’s new look and for directing all of his music videos from his private album Aap Kaa Surroor as well as promotional videos for the movies Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Aksar and Tom, Dick & Harry. At the age of 16 before Reshammiya went into music direction, he produced television serials for Zee TV which included serials such as Andaz and Amar Prem.

Reshammiya’s first big break came through his good friend Salman Khan. Khan gave Reshammiya the chance to be a music director for the movie Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya along with composers Sajid-Wajid and Jatin Lalit. After the success of the album, Khan and Reshammiya have shared many hit filmi albums together, such as Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Yeh Hai Jalwa, and Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge. He had his first success as a music director of the 2003 film, Tere Naam. After a series of successful films as music director, he entered playback singing with the film Aashiq Banaya Aapne, the songs of which went on to become hits. As a singer, he churned out songs like Tera Suroor, Zara Jhoom Jhoom and Tanhaiyan which were successful. Reshammiya’s music has a style of composition which is based on a fusion of Western and Indian classical music with techno beats. He started his acting career with his debut film, Aap Kaa Surroor – The Real Luv Story.

In August 2010, it was announced that music video director Roman White is going to direct videos of Reshammiya’s first international album in English, named @ Da Edge, which is to be released in 2012. The album will be released in 122 countries. Reshammiya was the first Indian singer to perform at the Wembley Arena and the Heineken music hall in Amsterdam.

He has currently signed for three more upcoming films one is Chennai Express directed by Rohit Shetty starring Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, Meerut Junction and another is a Hindi remake of 2003 hit Sammy starring Sanjay Dutt and Prakash Raj. All are slated to release sometime in 2013.

Before becoming a music director, Reshammiya produced several television serials, including Amar Prem and Andaaz on Zee TV. He also composed the title song of both.

Reshammiya was actively involved in mentoring and judging the singing competition, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge on Zee TV. His group was known as Rock Gharana. He was the winning mentor of the show in 2007. In 2009, Vaishali Made, a female contestant from his Rock Gharana, won the singing competition. He is also the team captain, judge and mentor on STAR Plus’s show, Music Ka Maha Muqqabla for the team Himesh’s Warriors. Reshammiya is also judging the musical reality show Sur Kshetra which will be telecasted on Sahara One.Himesh Reshammiya appeared as the special guest in the Grand Finale of ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar’ 2.Himesh is also training the top 4 contestants.

Reshammiya’s music falls almost entirely in the electronic music genre. The extensive use of loops and addition of melodic hooks to his songs adds to their mass appeal.

He has undergone vocal cord surgery in 2009. Now he can sing in two different voices.

In his debut film as an actor, Aap Kaa Surroor – The Real Luv Story, Reshammiya added a song Tanhaiyaan from Boney Kapoor’s proposed film Milenge Milenge. Initially, Reshammiya had composed the song for Kapoor’s film but later decided to use it for his own movie. Tips, which held the audio rights of Milenge Milenge, accused Reshammiya of copyright violation, as audio rights for Aap Kaa Surroor – The Real Luv Story were acquired by T-Series. However, Reshammiya defended himself saying that he had made Kapoor listen to the song, but it was not included in Milenge Milenge. He also claimed to have tried to get in touch with Kapoor for seven months, and since there was no progress on the film, he decided to use the song for his own movie.

Reshammiya won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award in 2006 for Aashiq Banaya Aapne. He also received several nominations for his music direction.

Himesh Reshammiya also won the Airtel Superstar Award (100% Public) Song Of the Year award for “Teri Meri” from Bodyguard (2011).

At the age of 21, he got married to Komal and they have a son, named Swayam.

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Chandra Shekhar Azad

Read Biography of Chandra Shekhar Azad Chandra Shekhar Azad was 23 born on July 1906 in Badarka, Unnao District, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India & died on 27 February 1931 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, popularly known as Azad (“The Liberated”), was one of the most important Indian revolutionaries who reorganised the Hindustan Republican Association under the new name of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) after the death of its founder Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil and three other prominent party leaders, Thakur Roshan Singh, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Ashfaqulla Khan. He is considered to be the mentor of Bhagat Singh and chief strategist of the HSRA.

Chandra Shekhar Azad was bornin Jujhautiya Brahmins family of Pandit Sitaram Tiwari and Jagrani Devi in the Badarka village of Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh. He spent his childhood in the village Bhabhra when his father was serving in the erstwhile estate of Alirajpur.

He learned archery from the tribal Bhils of erstwhile Jhabua district which helped him later on during the arms struggle against the Britishers.

His mother Jagrani Devi wanted to make her son a great Sanskrit scholar and so she persuaded his father to send him to Kashi Vidyapeeth, Banaras for studying Sanskrit. In December 1921, when Mohandas K. Gandhi launched the Non-Cooperation Movement, Chandra Shekhar, then a 15 year old student, joined the movement. As a result, he was arrested and presented before a magistrate. When the magistrate asked his name, he immediately replied “Azad”, meaning The Liberated. When he was asked to tell his father’s name, he answered- “Swatantra” meaning Freedom. Then, the magistrate asked- “Where do you live?” He answered- “Jailkhana” meaning prison. He was sentenced to imprisonment for fifteen days with hard punishments. Over the punishment he again commented- “Sir! I replied so because I was sure you would send me to prison”. This reply of Chandrashekhar elicited a round of laughter from the jury. The magistrate, who had totally lost his temper by now, asked the policemen to flog him fifteen times. With each stroke of the whip, he shouted loudly- “Bharat Mata Ki Jai !” (en.Hail Mother India!). From that day onward, Chandrashekhar Tiwari assumed the title ‘Azad’ and came to be known as Chandrashekhar ‘Azad’.

After suspension of the non-cooperation movement in 1922 by Gandhi, Azad became more aggressive on his stance. He committed himself to achieve complete independence by any means. Azad also believed that India’s future lay in socialism. He met a young revolutionary Pranvesh Chatterji who introduced him to Ram Prasad Bismil who had formed the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA), a revolutionary organisation. Azad was impressed with the aim of HRA, i.e., an independent India with equal rights and opportunity to everyone without discrimination of caste, creed, religion or social status. On introduction, Bismil was impressed by Azad, when Azad reportedly put his hand over the lighing lamp and did not remove it till his skin burnt. He then became an active member of the HRA and started to collect funds for HRA. Most of the fund collection was through robberies of government property. He also wanted to build a new India based on socialist principles. Azad and his compatriots also planned and executed several acts of violence against the British. Most of his revolutionary activities were planned and executed from Shahjahanpur which was also the hometown of Ram Prasad. He was involved in the famous Kakori Train Robbery of 1925, in the attempt to blow up the Viceroy’s train in 1926, and at last the shooting of J.P. Saunders at Lahore in 1928 to avenge the killing of Lala Lajpat Rai.

Appalled by the brutal violence, Azad felt that violence was acceptable in such a struggle, especially in view of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919, when a British Army unit killed hundreds of unarmed civilians and wounded thousands in Amritsar. The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre deeply influenced young Azad and his contemporaries.

Chandra Shekhar Azad made Jhansi his organisation’s hub for a considerable duration. He chose the forest of Orchha situated at about fifteen kilometers from Jhansi for shooting practice. He was an expert marksman and used to train other members of his group in Orchha. Near the forest he built a hut aside a Hanuman Temple on the banks of the Satar River. He lived there under the alias of Pandit Harishankar Brahmachari for a long period, and started teaching kids of the nearby village Dhimarpura. In this way he managed to establish good rapport with the local residents. The village Dhimarpura was renamed as Azadpura by the Madhya Pradesh government.

While living in Jhansi, he also learnt to drive a car at Bundelkhand Motor Garage in Sadar Bazar of the cantonment area. Sadashivrao Malkapurkar, Vishwanath Vaishampayan and Bhagwan Das Mahaur came in close contact with him and became an integral part of his revolutionary group. The then congress leaders from Jhansi Pandit Raghunath Vinayak Dhulekar and Pandit Sitaram Bhaskar Bhagwat were also close to Azad. He also stayed for sometime in the house of Master Rudra Narayan Singh situated at Nai Basti and Pandit Sitaram Bhaskar Bhagwat’s house in Nagra.

The HRA was formed by Ram Prasad Bismil, Yogesh Chandra Chatterji, Sachindra Nath Sanyal and Shachindra Nath Bakshi in 1924 just after two year of the Non co-operation movement. In the aftermath of the Kakori train robbery in 1925, the British clamped down on revolutionary activities. Prasad, Ashfaqulla Khan, Thakur Roshan Singh and Rajendra Nath Lahiri were sentenced to death for their participation. Chandra Shekhar Azad, Keshab Chakravarthy and Murari Sharma evaded capture. Chandra Shekhar Azad later reorganized the HRA with the help of revolutionaries like Sheo Verma and Mahaveer Singh. Azad was also a close associate of Bhagwati Charan Vohra who along with Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru, helped him to transform the HRA into the HSRA in 1928 so as to achieve their primary aim of an independent India based on socialist principle.

In the last week of February 1931, Azad went to Sitapur Jail and met Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi. He hoped that Vidyarthi would involve in the case of Bhagat Singh and others as he had previously done in the Kakori conspiracy case. Vidyarthi suggested him to go to Allahabad and meet Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. If he could be convinced, Nehru would be able to persuade Gandhi to talk to the Viceroy Lord Irwin and reach an agreement with the British Government in the forthcoming Gandhi-Irwin Pact.Chandra Shekhar Azad met Pandit Nehru on 27 February 1931 early morning and asked help to stop capital punishment of these three Krantikari(Bhagat Singh,Rajguru and Shukhdev). Pandit Nehru did not agree with him on some points and told him to leave immediately.So,Azad had to return back with an empty hand.

On the same day, Azad went to the Alfred Park . He sat under a tree of Jamun . He was discussing some confidential matters with a fellow party member, Sukhdev Raj (Not to be mistaken with Sukhdev).Azad was betrayed by one of his own friends turned to an informer to the police. Deputy Superintendent of Police Bisheshwar Singh along with S.S.P. (C.I.D.) John Nott-Bower and many other policemen arrived there from behind. Nott-Bower pointed his pistol towards Azad and told Bisheshwar Singh that this corpulent man was the person about whom he was informed just now by some reliable sources. Seeing a policeman pointing out his pistol towards him, Azad immediately dragged out his Colt pistol from pocket and fired at Nott-Bower, hitting him in the right wrist. Seeing his senior officer soaked in blood, Bisheshwar Singh abused Azad and fired on him. Azad immediately shot Bisheshwar Singh in his mouth, breaking his jaw. Within a few minutes, the police surrounded Alfred Park. During the initial encounter, Azad suffered a severe bullet wound in his right thigh. But even then he killed three policemen and wounded many and made it possible for Sukhdev Raj to escape by providing him a cover fire. After Sukhdev Raj escaped, Azad managed to keep the police at bay for a long time.

Finally, with only one bullet left in his pistol and being completely surrounded and outnumbered, Chandra Shekhar Azad shot himself, keeping his pledge to never be captured alive. However, the British reported that he was killed in the police encounter by a troop lead by John Reginald Hornby Nott-Bower. The police officers who came after the death of Azad did not approach his dead body for more than half an hour. Only after a gun was fired into the body, and no movement was noticed, did the police touch him. The file related to Azad is preserved in C.I.D. Headquarters, 1, Gokhale Marg, Lucknow. The Colt pistol of Chandra Shekhar Azad shown on the left hand side is displayed at the Azad Museum Allahabad.

There were two wounds on the lower part of his right leg, one of which fractured the tibia; another bullet was extracted from the right thigh. The fatal wound appeared to be on the right side of the head and another in the chest. The body was sent to Rasulabad Ghat for cremation without informing general public.As it came to light,People surrounded the park where the incident had taken place.They made slogans against the British rule and saluted to Shaheed Azad.

He once claimed that as his name was “Azad”, he would never be taken alive by police. Allegedly, he was aware of the informer who betrayed him to the police.

Azad is an icon to the Indians today. Alfred Park, where he became “Shaheed”, has been renamed Chandrashekhar Azad Park. Several schools, colleges, roads and other public institutions across India are also named after him.

Starting from Manoj Kumar’s 1965 film Shaheed, every film or commemoration of the life of Bhagat Singh has featured the character of Azad. Sunny Deol portrayed Azad in the movie 23rd March 1931: Shaheed. In the movie The Legend of Bhagat Singh, starring Ajay Devgan, Azad was portrayed by Akhilendra Mishra.

The lives of Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Rajguru, Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqulla Khan were depicted in the 2006 film Rang De Basanti, with Aamir Khan portraying Azad. The movie, which draws parallels between the lives of young revolutionaries such as Azad and Bhagat Singh, and today’s youth, also dwells upon the lack of appreciation among today’s Indian youth for the sacrifices made by these heroes.

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Read Biography of Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Read Biography of Bal Gangadhar Tilak Lokmanya Tilak was born as Keshav Bal Gangadhar Tilak on 23 July 1856 in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India & died on 1 August 1920 in Mumbai, India, age 64), was an Indian nationalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer and independence fighter who was the first popular leader of the Indian Independence Movement. The British colonial authorities derogatorily called him “Father of the Indian unrest”. He was also conferred with the honorary title of “Lokmanya”, which literally means “Accepted by the people(as their leader)”.

Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of “Swaraj”(self-rule) and a strong radical in Indian consciousness. His famous quote, “Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it!” is well-remembered in India even today.

Lokmanya Tilak was born at Chummakachu Lane (Ranjani Aaleea) in Chikhalgaon, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra to a Chitpavan Brahmin family. His father, Shri Gangadhar Tilak was a famous school teacher and a Sanskrit scholar who died when Tilak was sixteen. His brilliance rubbed off on young Tilak, who graduated from Deccan College, Pune in 1877. Tilak was among one of the first generation of Indians to receive a college education .

After graduating, Tilak began teaching mathematics in a private school in Pune. Later due to some ideological differences with the colleagues in the New School, he decided to withdraw from that activity. About that time, he became a journalist. He was a strong critic of the Western education system, feeling it demeaned the Indian students and disrespected India’s heritage. He organized the Deccan Education Society with a few of his college friends, including Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, Mahadev Ballal Namjoshi and Vishnushastri Krushnashastri Chiplunkar whose goal was to improve the quality of education for India’s youth. The Deccan Education Society was set up to create a new system that taught young Indians nationalist ideas through an emphasis on Indian culture. Tilak began a mass movement towards independence that was camouflaged by an emphasis on a religious and cultural revival. He taught mathematics at Fergusson College.

Tilak joined the Indian National Congress in 1890. He opposed its moderate attitude, especially towards the fight for self-government. He was one of the most-eminent radicals at the time.

Despite being personally opposed to early marriage, Tilak opposed the 1891 Age of Consent bill, seeing it as interference with Hinduism and a dangerous precedent. The act raised the age at which a girl could get married from 10 to 12 years.

A plague epidemic spread from Mumbai to Pune in late 1896, and by January 1897, it reached epidemic proportions. In order to suppress the epidemic and prevent its spread, it was decided to take drastic action, accordingly a Special Plague Committee, with jurisdiction over Pune city, its suburbs and Pune cantonment was appointed under the Chairmanship of W. C. Rand, I.C.S., Assistant Collector of Pune by way of a government order dated 8 March 1897. Tilak took up the people’s cause by publishing inflammatory articles in his paper Kesari (Kesari was written in Marathi, and Maratha was written in English), quoting the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, to say that no blame could be attached to anyone who killed an oppressor without any thought of reward. Following this, on 22 June 1897, Rand and another British officer, Lt. Ayerst were shot and killed by the Chapekar brothers and their other associates. Tilak was charged with incitement to murder and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. When he emerged from prison, he was revered as a martyr and a national hero. He adopted a new slogan, “Swaraj (self-rule) is my birthright and I shall have it.”

Following the partition of Bengal in 1905, which was a strategy set out by Lord Curzon to weaken the nationalist movement, Tilak encouraged the Swadeshi movement and the Boycott movement. The Boycott movement consisted of the boycott of foreign goods and also the social boycott of any Indian who used foreign goods. The Swadeshi movement consisted of the usage of goods produced by oneself or in India. Once foreign goods were boycotted, there was a gap which had to be filled by the production of those goods in India itself. Tilak, therefore, rightly said that the Swadeshi and Boycott movements are two sides of the same coin.

Tilak opposed the moderate views of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, and was supported by fellow Indian nationalists Bipin Chandra Pal in Bengal and Lala Lajpat Rai in Punjab. They were referred to as the Lal-Bal-Pal triumvirate. In 1907, the annual session of the Congress Party was held at Surat, Gujarat. Trouble broke out between the moderate and the extremist factions of the party over the selection of the new president of the Congress. The party split into the “Jahal matavadi” (“Hot Faction” or extremists), led by Tilak, Pal and Lajpat Rai, and the “Maval matavadi” (“Soft Faction” or moderates). Nationalists like Aurobindo Ghose were Tilak supporters.

On 30 April 1908, two Bengali youths, Prafulla Chaki and Khudiram Bose, threw a bomb on a carriage at Muzzafarpur, in order to kill the Chief Presidency Magistrate Douglas Kingsford of Calcutta fame, but erroneously killed some women travelling in it. While Chaki committed suicide when caught, Bose was hanged. Tilak, in his paper Kesari, defended the revolutionaries and called for immediate Swaraj or self-rule. The Government swiftly arrested him for sedition. He asked a young Muhammad Ali Jinnah to represent him. But a special jury convicted him, and the Parsi judge D. D. Davar gave him the controversial sentence of six years’ transportation and a Rs 1,000 fine. As a result, Tilak was sent to Mandalay, Burma from 1908 to 1914. While imprisoned, he continued to read and write, further developing his ideas on the Indian Nationalist movement. While in the prison he wrote the most-famous Gita Rahasya. Lots of copies of which were sold, and the money was donated for the freedom fighting.

Tilak had mellowed after his release in June 1914, more because of the diabetes and hardship in Mandalay prison. When World War I started in August, Tilak cabled the King-Emperor in Britain of his support and turned his oratory to find new recruits for war efforts. He welcomed The Indian Councils Act, popularly known as Minto-Morley Reforms, which had been passed by British Parliament in May 1909, terming it as “a marked increase of confidence between the Rulers and the Ruled”. Acts of violence actually retarded, than hastened, the pace of political reforms, he felt. He was eager for reconciliation with Congress and had abandoned his demand for direct action and settled for agitations “strictly by constitutional means” – a line advocated by his rival Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Tilak saw the spark in Mohandas Gandhi and tried his best to convince Gandhi to leave the idea of “Total Ahinsa” and try to get “Swarajya” by all means. Gandhi, though looked upon him as his guru, did not change his mind.

Later, Tilak re-united with his fellow nationalists and re-joined the Indian National Congress in 1916. He also helped found the All India Home Rule League in 1916–18, with G. S. Khaparde and Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Annie Besant. After years of trying to reunite the moderate and radical factions, he gave up and focused on the Home Rule League, which sought self-rule. Tilak traveled from village to village trying to conjure up support from farmers and locals to join the movement towards self-rule. Tilak was impressed by the Russian Revolution, and expressed his admiration for Vladimir Lenin.

Tilak, who started his political life as a Maratha propagandist, progressed into a prominent nationalist after his close association with Indian nationalists following the partition of Bengal. When asked in Calcutta whether he envisioned a Maratha-type of government for Free India, Tilak replied that the Maratha-dominated governments of 17th and 18th centuries were outmoded in the 20th century, and he wanted a genuine federal system for Free India where every religion and race was an equal partner. He added that only such a form of government would be able to safeguard India’s freedom. He was the first Congress leader to suggest that Hindi written in the Devanagari script be accepted as the sole national language of India.

In 1894, Tilak transformed household worshipping of Ganesha into Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav. He also made Shiva Jayanti (birth anniversary celebrations of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) as a social festival. Gopal Ganesh Agarkar was the first editor of Kesari, a prominent Marathi weekly in his days, which was started by Lokmanya Tilak in 1880-81. G Lokmanya Tilak, established the Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal along with Senapati Khanderao Dabhade IInd of Talegaon Dabhade, who became the Founder President of the Mandal. In 1895, Tilak founded the Shri Shivaji Fund Committee for celebration of ‘Shiv Punya Tithi’ and for the reconstruction of the Samadhi of Shivaji Maharaj at Fort Raigad.

Tilak said, “I regard India as my Motherland and my Goddess, the people in India my kith and kin, and loyal and steadfast work for their political and social emancipation my highest religion and duty”.

In 1903, he wrote the book The Arctic Home in the Vedas. In it he argued that the Vedas could only have been composed in the Arctics, and the Aryan bards brought them south after the onset of the last ice age. He proposed the radically new way to determine the exact time of the Vedas. He tried to calculate the time of Vedas by using the position of different Nakshatras. Positions of Nakshtras were described in different Vedas.

Tilak also authored ‘Shrimadbhagwadgeetarahasya’ – the analysis of ‘Karmayoga’ in the Bhagavadgita, which is known to be gift of the Vedas and the Upanishads.

He also wrote Geetha rahasya in prison.

In 2007, the Government of India released a coin to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

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Shia LaBeouf

Read Biography of Shia LaBeouf Shia Saide LaBeouf was born on June 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., is an American actor and director who became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. LaBeouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for his role. He made his film debut in Holes (2003), based on the novel of the same name by Louis Sachar. In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let’s Love Hate and later directed a short film titled Maniac (2011), starring American rappers Cage and Kid Cudi.

In 2007, LaBeouf starred in the lead role of the commercially successful films, Disturbia, and Surf’s Up. The same year he was cast in Michael Bay’s science fiction film Transformers as Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist of the series. Despite mixed reviews, Transformers was a box office success and one of the highest grossing films of 2007. LaBeouf later appeared in its sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), both also box office successes. In 2008, he played Henry “Mutt Williams” Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. His other films include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Lawless (2012), The Company You Keep (2012) and Nymphomaniac (2013).

LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, as the only child of Shayna (née Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. His mother is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer. His father is a Vietnam War veteran who had numerous jobs. LaBeouf’s mother is Jewish, and his father, who is of Cajun (French) descent, is Christian. LaBeouf has stated that he was raised around “both sides”; he had a Bar Mitzvah, and was also baptized in the Angelus church. One of the camps he attended was Christian. His first name is derived from Hebrew ?? ?? shai Yah, meaning “gift of God”.

LaBeouf has described his parents as “hippies”, his father as “tough as nails and a different breed of man”, and his upbringing as similar to a “hippy lifestyle”, stating that his parents were “pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them.” During his childhood, he accompanied his father to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. LaBeouf has also said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback. LaBeouf has stated that his father was “on drugs” during his childhood, and was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction, while LaBeouf’s mother was “trying to hold down the fort.”

His parents eventually divorced, mainly owing to financial problems, and LaBeouf had what he has described as a “good childhood”, growing up poor in Echo Park with his mother, who worked selling fabrics and brooches. LaBeouf’s uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and “they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps.” As a way of dealing with his parents’ divorce, he would perform for his family, mimicking his father. LaBeouf remains close to and financially supports both of his parents.

He attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles (LAUSD) and Alexander Hamilton High School, although he received most of his education from tutors. In an interview, LaBeouf said that, looking back on his childhood, he feels grateful and considers some of those memories scars.

When a neighbor in his Studio City apartment complex had insulted his mother and rear-ended her car, LaBeouf, then aged 19, brought a knife, and a friend for backup, to the neighbor’s apartment, which resulted in LaBeouf being assaulted by the neighbor and six of the neighbor’s friends.

Prior to acting, LaBeouf practiced comedy around his neighborhood as an “escape” from a hostile environment. At age 10, he began performing stand-up at comedy clubs, describing his appeal as having “disgustingly dirty” material and a “50-year-old mouth on the 10-year-old kid.” He subsequently found an agent through the Yellow Pages and was taken on after pretending to be his own manager. LaBeouf has said that he initially became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career, having originally gotten the idea from a child actor he met who had things he wanted.

In the early 2000s, LaBeouf became known among young audiences after playing Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens, a role that later earned him a Daytime Emmy Award. He has said that “he grew up on that show” and being cast was the “best thing” that happened to him. In the next several years, he appeared in the well-received film adaption Holes (2003). In 2005 he co-starred in Constantine, playing the role of Chas Kramer, with Keanu Reeves in the starring role. LaBeouf made his directorial debut with the short film Let’s Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo. He has played real-life people, including golfer Francis Ouimet and the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006).

LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on 13 April 2007, as a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor is a serial killer, which he considered a “character-driven” role. He received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News saying, he “is able to simultaneously pull off the character’s anger, remorse and intelligence”. He hosted Saturday Night Live on April 14, and on May 10, 2008. He next played Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Transformers.

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) he was Indiana Jones’ greaser son Mutt Williams. His performance was met with mixed reviews with Todd Gilchrist of IGN commenting “one can’t quite help but wonder what Spielberg saw in the young actor that inspired him to cast LaBeouf”. LaBeouf told the Los Angeles Times that he felt he as an actor “dropped the ball” on Jones’ legacy, and “there was a reason” the film wasn’t universally accepted. His next film was Eagle Eye, released on September 26. His performance received mixed reviews, with Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly saying he “makes a credible bid for action-hero status, although his occasional stabs at emotional depth don’t really go anywhere.”

n February, LaBeouf made his music video directorial debut, directing the video for “I Never Knew You”, a single by American rapper Cage, from his third album Depart from Me (2009). It was shot in Los Angeles and features several cameo appearances from Cage’s Definitive Jux label-mates. It was also announced the two would be teaming up to make a biopic about the rapper’s life, starring LaBeouf. When speaking on the making of the video, LaBeouf said: “I’m 22 and I’m directing my favorite rapper’s music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns.” Through Cage, LaBeouf met Kid Cudi. All three of them have formed a friendship and continued to work together. LaBeouf later worked with Cudi and Cage on a short film inspired by their collaborative “Maniac”, from Cudi’s second album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010). Aside from directing the short film, which was titled MANIAC (2011), LaBeouf directed the music video for Kid Cudi’s song “Marijuana”, which he filmed at the 2010 Cannabis Cup.

LaBeouf reprised the role of Sam Witwicky in the 2009 sequel to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Filming for the movie began in May 2008 and ended in late 2008. Due to LaBeouf’s injury from his car accident, Bay and screen writer Roberto Orci had to rewrite the script to protect his hand throughout filming. LaBeouf said production was only delayed two days after his accident because Bay made up for it by filming second unit scenes, and LaBeouf recovered a few weeks earlier than expected, allowing him to return to the set. Near the end of filming, LaBeouf injured his eye when he hit a prop; the injury required seven stitches. He resumed filming two hours later. The movie grossed $800 million, but received mostly negative reviews by critics, with LaBeouf sharing a nomination for the “Worst Screen Couple of 2009” Razzie Award with “either Megan Fox or any Transformer.”

His only 2010 movie was the Oliver Stone-directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to Wall Street (1987), playing an ambitious Wall Street trader. It became another mixed critical success for him. The Hollywood Reporter named LaBeouf as one of the young male actors who are “pushing – or being pushed” into taking over Hollywood as the new “A-List”. He reprised his role in the third Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which was released on June 28, 2011. He will not return in future installments of the live-action Transformers film series, with Mark Wahlberg having been cast as “Cade” in the to-be-released Transformers: Age of Extinction. Shia LaBeouf played a bootlegger in John Hillcoat’s Lawless.

LaBeouf completed the 2010 LA Marathon on March 21, 2010 with a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes and 31 seconds.

LaBeouf has created three short graphic novels Stale N Mate, Cyclical, and Let’s Fucking Party, and a webcomic series, Cheek Up’s through the publishing company, The Campaign Book. In April 2012, he promoted them at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. In 2013 it was discovered that at least two of his graphic novels (Stale N Mate and Let’s Fucking Party) contained text plagiarized from Benoît Duteurtre and Charles Bukowski.

In June 2012, the Icelandic band Sigur Rós released a video for the song “Fjögur Píanó”, starring LaBeouf, in which he appears nude. According to a press release for the band, the video depicts “a man and woman locked in a never-ending cycle of addiction and desire”. In February 2013, he pulled out of what would have been his Broadway debut, in Lyle Kessler’s play Orphans, citing “creative differences” with co-star Alec Baldwin, though The New York Times and Baldwin himself.

LaBeouf co-starred with Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman in David Ayer’s World War II-set film, Fury; filming began in September 2013, for a November 2014 release date.

From 2004 to 2007, LaBeouf dated China Brezner, who he met on the set of The Greatest Game Ever Played. They broke up because he became too busy with his work to put any time into the relationship, and he described the break-up as being like “rebuilding after a tornado.” He dated English actress and one-time co-star Carey Mulligan from August 2009 to October 2010; they were introduced by the film’s director, Oliver Stone, prior to filming and began dating shortly after. Of that relationship he said: “I still love her. I think she’s a fucking awesome person and an incredible actress. We’re still pals. I wouldn’t take any of it back, and I don’t think she would either. It just ran its course.” In the August 2011 issue of Details magazine, he acknowledged having had a relationship with actresses Isabel Lucas, while she was still dating Adrian Grenier, and Megan Fox, while she was still seeing her now-husband Brian Austin Green.

In February 2005, LaBeouf was arrested by police in Los Angeles and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after threatening his neighbor by driving into his car. A bystander claims LaBeouf lost his cool after he had to wait to get access to his garage while the neighbor, who was blocking his path, chatted to his girlfriend. The onlooker says, “Shia began honking his horn and yelling at the guy, but the neighbor told him to wait a minute, and carried on talking to his girlfriend. “Then Shia rammed his car into the back of the other guy’s car. Words were exchanged and Shia jumped out and threatened the neighbor.” LaBeouf allegedly appeared at his neighbor’s front door hours later waving a kitchen knife. The two fought, the cops were called and the actor was led off in handcuffs.

Early in the morning of November 4, 2007, a security guard asked LaBeouf to leave a Chicago Walgreens; after refusing to do so, LaBeouf was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The criminal charges were dropped on December 12, 2007.

In March 2008, an arrest warrant was issued for LaBeouf, after he failed to make a court appearance. The hearing was in relation to a ticket he had received for unlawful smoking in Burbank, California, in February 2008. When neither LaBeouf nor a lawyer appeared at the court, at 8:30 a.m., a $1000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest. However, the court commissioner in California recalled this warrant on March 19, 2008, after the actor’s attorney arrived a day late to plead not guilty on LaBeouf’s behalf, and a pre-trial hearing was set for April 24, 2008. The charge was dismissed, after the actor paid a $500 fine.

At approximately 3 A.M. on July 27, 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car crash, at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. His Ford F-150 was hit from the side by a vehicle running a red light. LaBeouf had been gripping the top of the windowsill as he drove and, upon impact, the truck rolled onto his exposed left hand, crushing it. While responding to the accident, police officers smelled alcohol on LaBeouf’s breath. Because he refused a breathalyzer examination, authorities arrested LaBeouf at the scene for misdemeanor drunk driving, and his driver’s license was suspended for one year. Michael Bay, who at the time of the accident was working with LaBeouf in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, stated that LaBeouf had been drinking hours before the car accident and he had felt that, by the time the accident had occurred, the alcohol had worn off. LaBeouf had to undergo one of many hand surgeries immediately after the accident. His passenger, Isabel Lucas, and the driver and passenger in the other car all suffered only minor injuries. Due to severe damages from the accident, LaBeouf’s truck was totaled; his father keeps the vehicle at his home as a memento. Two days later, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman announced that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident as the other driver had run a red light. LaBeouf returned to the set of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and shooting resumed. In September of that year, LaBeouf described the car accident as being “eye-opening and terrifying.” He said that, as a result of the injuries, he had screws and plates put in his left hand; there is also scarring. A screw was placed in one of his knuckles, and he had a shaved piece of bone from his hip made into a bone for his finger. In April 2009, he stated he had undergone three hand surgeries. He said that he would regain “probably about 80-something percent” use of his hand and, while he would be able to make a fist again, “there’s a knuckle I will never be able to move again.” In May 2010, he said that he has “completely” regained movement in his fingers. In June 2011, in an interview in Details magazine, he claimed that he and Lucas were “philandering around” before the accident occurred.

In the early morning of February 5, 2011, he was involved in an altercation with another patron at the Mad Bull’s Tavern bar in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, which resulted in the actor getting punched in the face. Both LaBeouf and the unnamed patron were placed in handcuffs and questioned by a Los Angeles Police Department officer but later released with no arrest being made.

In February 2014, LaBeouf caused controversy at the Berlin Film Festival, when showing up at the press conference for Nymphomaniac in sloppy clothes before walking out of the conference, quoting the famous “Seagulls” statement made by French footballer Eric Cantona. Later that night, he arrived at the red carpet wearing a brown paper bag over his head reading “I am not famous anymore”.

On December 17, 2013 LaBeouf released his short film Howard Cantour.com to the Internet and shortly after several bloggers noted its close similarity to Justin M. Damiano, a 2007 comic by Ghost World creator Dan Clowes. Wired journalist Graeme McMillan noted at least three similarities in their article, one of which was that the opening monologue for the short and the comic were identical. LaBeouf would later remove the film and claim that he did not intend to copy Clowes but was instead “inspired” by him and “got lost in the creative process.” He followed this up with several apologies via Twitter writing, “In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation”, and “I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work”. Clowes responded by saying “The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf … I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.” He was criticized over his apology, with some sites such as AV Club noting that the apology itself appeared to have been lifted from a 2010 post on Yahoo Answers.

Since the initial discovery of the plagiarism of Clowe’s work, LaBeouf’s other work has come under scrutiny. News outlets reported that LaBeouf’s comic books, Let’s Fucking Party and Stale N Mate, had been plagiarized from Benoît Duteurtre’s The Little Girl and the Cigarette and Charles Bukowski’s Assault.

In January 2014 LaBeouf spoke about the plagiarism accusations with Bleeding Cool writer Rich Johnston, where he stated that he saw copyright laws as too restrictive and that it did not allow for ideas to flow freely. LaBeouf later tweeted a description of his next project, Daniel Boring (a reference to David Boring, another comic created by Clowes). The description of the project was also taken word-for-word from a description by Clowes of his comic. Clowes’ attorney, Michael Kump, has since sent a cease-and-desist letter to LeBeouf’s attorney, which LaBeouf posted on Twitter.

LaBeouf has been criticized for his exhibition #IAMSORRY at Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles, which resembles The Apology Project by Toronto artist Maria Legault. Time and National Post both suggest that LaBeouf’s work is based on Legault’s performance piece and also bears a resemblance to Marina Abramovi?’s The Artist is Present.

In 2004, LaBeouf contributed an essay to the book I Am Jewish, by Judea Pearl, in which LaBeouf stated that he has a “personal relationship with God that happens to work within the confines of Judaism”. He has described himself as Jewish, but declared, in 2007, that religion had “never made sense” to him.

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Marco Arment

Read Biography of Marco Arment Marco Arment was born on June 11, 1982 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., is an American iOS and Web developer, as well as a technology writer and former magazine editor, living in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He is known for co-founding Tumblr and creating Instapaper.

Arment attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Arment worked as lead developer and chief technology officer (CTO) of the Tumblr microblogging platform and social networking website from its inception in February 2007 until September 2010, when he left to concentrate fully on Instapaper, a tool for saving web pages to read later. Arment announced on April 25, 2013, that he had sold the controlling interest in Instapaper to Betaworks.

Between November 2010 and December 2012, Arment hosted a podcast, Build and Analyze, with Dan Benjamin on 5by5 Studios. More recently, he has hosted two podcasts, Neutral and Accidental Tech Podcast, with John Siracusa and Casey Liss.

In October 2012, Arment released The Magazine, an electronic, biweekly publication. In May 2013, one month after the sale of Instapaper, Arment announced he was selling The Magazine to Glenn Fleishman, its editor.

In July 2014, Arment released Overcast, a podcast application for iPhone. The application had been in development since the fall of 2012, and was first publicly announced at the XOXO Festival in October 2013.

His blog, which he began in December 2006, averages over 500,000 page views per month as of July 2014.

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Joshua Jackson

Read Biography of Joshua Jackson Joshua Carter Jackson was born on June 11, 1978 in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Canadian-American actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 32 film roles. His well known roles include Pacey Witter in Dawson’s Creek, Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series and Peter Bishop in Fringe.

Jackson was born to John Carter Jackson and his wife, Fiona. His mother is a casting director. Jackson’s father is from Texas and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having migrated to North America in the late 1960s. He has a younger sister, Aisleagh (born 1983). He was raised Catholic.

Jackson grew up in California until the age of 8. Not long after his sister was born his parents divorced and Jackson, his mother and sister then moved to Seattle, where he attended Einstein Middle School in Shoreline, Washington. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Vancouver with his mother and younger sister. He attended Ideal Mini School and later switched to Kitsilano Secondary School. In an interview with The New York Times, Jackson said he was kicked out of high school once because of The Jon Stewart Show: “The show played, at least where I grew up, at 1:30 in the morning, so I would stay up at night to watch Jon Stewart, but then I’d be too tired—or too lazy—to go to school in the morning. So I’d just take the first couple of classes off, ’cause I wanted to be fresh when I got there.” He claims that the first time was because of “attitude” problems and that he “wasn’t in the school spirit”.

Jackson started acting in a small role in the film Crooked Hearts in 1991. The next year, he played the role of Charlie in a musical version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. At this point, with the help of the play’s casting director Laura Kennedy, he joined the William Morris Agency. Soon after, he landed the role of Charlie (#96) in The Mighty Ducks series, playing a young and aspiring hockey player.

Joshua Jackson went on to appear as Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek, which ran on the WB network from 1998–2003, and also starred James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes. While the show was on hiatus, he appeared in several movies including Cruel Intentions (a New York yuppie adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses that also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe), The Skulls, The Safety of Objects, The Laramie Project and a short cameo in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven where he appears as himself in a poker scene with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Holly Marie Combs, among others. In 2000, he also guest-starred in Season 12 of The Simpsons, voicing the character of Jesse Grass, a “hunky environmentalist” and love interest for Lisa Simpson in the episode “Lisa the Tree Hugger”.

Shortly after Dawson’s Creek ended in 2003, Jackson played the lead role in films alongside Dennis Hopper (Americano), Harvey Keitel (Shadows in the Sun), and Donald Sutherland (Aurora Borealis). In 2005, Jackson moved to the UK and made his stage debut on the London West End with Patrick Stewart in David Mamet’s two-man play, A Life in the Theatre. The play was a critical and popular success, and ran from February to April of that year. Jackson said that he would consider returning to the stage, to try his hand on Broadway. His next film role was in Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez, Jackson’s co-star from The Mighty Ducks. He played a lead role in Shutter, a US remake of a Thai horror film of the same name. He starred and acted as executive producer in the Canadian independent film One Week, which opened on March 6, 2009.

Jackson played Peter Bishop in the science-fiction series Fringe, created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The series appears on the Fox TV network and was the second-highest rated new show of the 2008–09 season after CBS’s The Mentalist. BuddyTV ranked him #9 on its “TV’s 100 Sexiest Men of 2010” list, #19 in 2011 and #14 in 2012.

Jackson was nominated for Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film One Week. He won the award on April 12, 2010. He held and hosted Pacey-Con in 2010, directly across the street from the San Diego Comic-Con, sporting a bowling shirt and giving out fan fiction he wrote himself to those waiting in the Comic-Con entrance line. Footage of the event was recorded for a video, entitled ‘Pacey-Con’, which he was filming for Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die celebrity humor website. In 2013 Jackson appeared in the IFC film Inescapable with Marisa Tomei and Alexander Siddig. Jackson wrote the first story from the comic book trilogy Beyond the Fringe, titled “Peter and the Machine”.

Jackson was in a relationship with fellow Dawson’s Creek co-star Katie Holmes during the first two seasons of the shows run. Holmes cites Jackson as her first love.

Jackson has been in a relationship with German actress Diane Kruger since 2006; the couple shares residences in Paris and Vancouver. He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California. He previously lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the television program Dawson’s Creek was filmed; and in New York, where Fringe filmed its first season. In 2009, he moved back to Vancouver for the shooting of the second season of Fringe.

Jackson is a fan of the hockey team Vancouver Canucks. He was arrested on November 9, 2002 at a Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina after a quarrel with a security guard. He was charged with assault affray and being intoxicated and disruptive, having 0.14 blood alcohol content. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the assault charge, and Jackson agreed to attend an alcohol education program and perform 24 hours of community service in order to have the remaining charge dropped.

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Violeta Isfel

Read Biography of Violeta Isfel Violeta Isfel was born as Ana Fanni Portolatin on 11 June 1985 in Mexico City, Mexico, is a Mexican actress and singer. She played Antonella in the telenovela Atrevete a Soñar, and has performed in further telenovelas: Lola…Érase una vez Peregrina, Las Tontas No Van al Cielo, Atrevete a Soñar and Una familia con suerte.

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Claire Holt

Read Biography of Claire Holt Claire Holt was born on 11 June 1988 in Brisbane, Australia, is an Australian actress, best known for her roles as Emma Gilbert on the television show H2O: Just Add Water, Chastity Meyer on Mean Girls 2, and Rebekah Mikaelson on The CW series The Vampire Diaries.

She graduated from Stuartholme School in Toowong at the end of 2005. She is involved in several sports: swimming, volleyball, water polo, and Tae-Kwon-Do, in which she has a black belt. When she was younger, she was in the school choir.

In 2006, Holt won the role of Emma Gilbert in the Network Ten children’s television series H2O: Just Add Water. The show has earned a Logie Award and Nickelodeon Australia Kids’ Choice Award. While the series was renewed for a third series, Holt left the show after series two after signing on for the sequel to the 2007 film The Messengers, titled Messengers 2: The Scarecrow. Filming took place in Sofia throughout 2008. Starring alongside Norman Reedus and Heather Stephens, the film was released 21 July 2009 straight-to-DVD.

In August 2011, Holt was confirmed to be in the TV series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah. On 13 January 2013, The CW announced that Holt had joined the cast for the backdoor pilot of The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. In it she will reprise her role as Rebekah Mikaelson.

In addition to television and film roles, Holt has appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld, Sizzler, and Queensland Lifesaving. BuddyTV ranked her #55 on its TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.

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