Simon Cowell is an English television personality and entrepreneur. He became famous as a judge on various talent shows like Pop Idol, American Idol and The X factor. He is famous, or rather notorious, for his biting and sarcastic remarks and insults about contestants in the reality shows. A wealthy entrepreneur, he is the founder of the television and music production house, Syco, which produced the highly successful ˜Got Talent' franchise in the U.S. and the U.K. As a youngster, he was thrown out of several schools due to his bad behaviour. He attended college, but dropped out before completing his degree. Concerned, his father arranged various job interviews for him which he deliberately sabotaged. He even got a chance to work as a runner on Stanley Kubrick's movie ˜The Shining', but faced problems with his colleagues due to his ill-tempered behavior. His father managed him a job with EMI Music Publishing and here he rose to the position of an Artists and Repertoire (A&R) man. He was chosen to judge the British music television show, ˜Pop Idol' along with Neil Fox and Nicki Chapman. He was noticed by the public for being the most rude and insensitive judge who did not think twice before passing bitter and insulting comments about the participants”a reputation that only got stronger as he moved on to judge other talent shows.
She is the mother of dancer <a title='Vivi-Anne Stein' href='/famous/vivi-anne-stein.htm'>Vivi-Anne Stein</a> and was featured on seasons one and two of Dance Moms.
Magic Johnson is a retired American professional basketball player, counted among the greatest basketball players of all time. He played professional basketball for 13 seasons, all of them with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A tall, well-built man, he is famous for his powerful arms, agility and speed that helped him become one of the most formidable players in the world during the 1980s. Magic Johnson grew up in a big family with several siblings and developed an early love for basketball. His father, though not a professional basketball player, was an athletic man who had played the sport during his high school days. His mother too encouraged his passion for the game. He proved to be a wonderful player, playing for the school team in Everett High School, and finished his high school career with two All-State selections, and was considered at the time to be the best high school player ever to emerge from Michigan. He then went to study at the Michigan State University where he continued playing the sport. After college he was recruited by the Los Angeles Lakers with whom he spent his entire career. Diagnosed to be HIV-positive, he is also known for his HIV activism and philanthropic activities
Children's book author who wrote the popular Dork Diaries series. The series follows a diary format and chronicles the struggles of middle school student, Nikki Maxwell.
Al Yankovic, popular as "Weird Al", is the legend of the new age musical satires which have created a rage among the present generation. With a knack for lampooning famous songs by popular artists, Yankovic has emerged to be one of the cult figures in the realm of music. Although a number of artists make parodies of popular songs, Yankovic is quite unique and is known for his light, inoffensive and amusing lyrics. He started satirizing popular songs from a very early age and with passing years his ˜talent' grew manifold, making him one of the most famous parodists in America. Though he studied to be an architect, designing buildings was never his forte. He was a humorist at heart and in order to pursue this passion he began recording parodies of songs when he was in college. In no time his talent was discovered and his popularity grew by leaps and bounds. Success and fame came to him quite early and also a little unexpectedly but he was not swayed away by the glitter of the showbiz. He is extremely pragmatic and can be a little critical at times with his approach towards life and in his opinion about others.
David Alan Dave Coulier is an American actor and comedian, best known for his role in the TV sitcom ˜Full House'. He is also a successful voice artist who lent his voice to some of the most famous shows on the television. From an early age, he used to impersonate his family, neighbors and school teachers, even his principal. He eventually decided to become a comedian and moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue his dream. He started his career as a stand-up comedian and later on focused on his work as a voice-actor as he considered his voice to be his best asset. He showcased his acting talent and became a famous star on the TV sitcom ˜Full House' and won millions of heart through his remarkable portrayal of the character of ˜Joey Gladstone' in it. He also made appearances as a TV host and in some reality shows over the years. He never received any award or nomination for his contribution to the world of entertainment but continues to amuse and inspire everyone with his amazing gift. He still entertains his audience with every bit of charm embedded in his personality.
Kevin Spacey is an Academy Award winning actor best known for his role in ˜American Beauty', in which he plays a typical middle-class family man in the throes of a midlife crisis. Acknowledged for his poignant performances onscreen, he is an actor who has effortlessly portrayed different types of characters across various genres of films. Even as a youngster he possessed a high level of energy and had the tendency to get dramatic at times. He was a rebellious teen and turned out to be a troublemaker which led to his expulsion from several schools. He finally found his calling when some of his school teachers recognized his potential and advised him to focus on acting and theatre. He became active in school productions and soon realized that acting was his true passion. He began his career as a stage actor and found considerable success which motivated him to try his luck in films and television. He made his film debut in the mid-1980s in a small role and found critical acclaim when he played the role of Roger "Verbal" Kint in the crime thriller, ˜The Usual Suspects' which earned him his first Academy Award. Over the next few years he established himself as an actor of great caliber and also ventured into film direction and production
Helen Pearson is a British actor best known for her portrayal of ˜Frankie Osborne' in the daily soap ˜Hollyoaks.' Born and raised in Leicester, England, Helen started acting in the late 1980s and first appeared in a minor role in the film ˜Consuming Passions.' In 1990, she appeared as ˜April McIntosh' in the soap opera ˜EastEnders.' It was one of the top-rated and longest-running British soap operas of all time. ˜EastEnders' did not exactly transform her acting career, but things started to change quickly at the turn of the century. She bagged the role of ˜Carol Wareing' in the soap ˜Emmerdale' in 2000 and then earned the role of ˜Frankie Osborne' in the opera ˜Hollyoaks.' This turned out to be one of the most-loved characters in the show. Apart from TV, she has been part of a few theater productions too.
Michael Kors is a renowned American fashion designer best known for designing women's fashion wear and sportswear. Kors became famous after serving as a judge on the popular TV show, ˜Project Runway.' He owns the multinational company, ˜Michael Kors Holdings Limited.' He is also the chief creative officer of the company. The company sells clothes and fashion accessories, such as watches, footwear, and jewelry. Kors was interested in fashion and glamor, right from his childhood. His mother was a model, which got him a lot of exposure to the fashion industry. At the age of five, Kors designed the wedding dress for his mother's second marriage. In the early days of his career, Kors worked as a designer for the French fashion house, ˜Celine.' Kors played a major role in reviving the brand. Later, he started his own fashion label, ˜Michael Kors,' which became a world-wide success. The brand has exclusive stores around the world. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, and Michelle Obama, have appreciated dresses designed by Kors. He married his longtime partner, Lance La Pere, after gay marriage was legalized in New York.
Born into a show business family, actress-writer Emma Thompson rose from the London stage to international film and television acclaim. The ˜West End' revival of the musical, ˜Me and My Girl' catapulted her to great fame. She impressed both the critics and the audiences alike with her early films such as ˜Henry V' and ˜Dead Again'. Throughout the early stages of her career she worked extensively with her then-husband Kenneth Branagh and Footlight co-stars Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. Two of her best films were Merchant Ivory productions namely ˜Howard's End' and ˜The Remains of the Day', which earned her appreciation from all across the globe. She established herself as a brilliant artist with her performances in the riveting IRA drama, ˜In the Name of the Father' and ˜Sense and Sensibility', in which she worked both as a screenwriter and actor. She gave sterling performance on television as well with productions like ˜Wit' and the miniseries, ˜Angels in America'. Exceptionally competent, she took on recurring roles for the first time in the fantasy films, ˜Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', ˜Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' and ˜Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows “ Part 2'. This tremendously talented star continues to write and act and has become one of the most honored and respected actresses today.
The Ultimate Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, was a legendary American professional wrestler who wrestled for famous professional wrestling promotions like World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and now defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). Hellwig was into amateur bodybuilding before foraying into professional wrestling. He wrestled as Dingo Warrior for WCCW, as The Warrior for WCW, and most famously as The Ultimate Warrior for WWF. While wrestling for WWF, he won the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship twice. He successfully defended the title and won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in perhaps one of the most classic matches in the promotion's history beating defending champion Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI. With this Hellwig became the first wrestler to hold both titles simultaneously. He took retirement from pro-wrestling in 1998 following which he embarked on a short-lived public speaking career. He appeared at WrestleMania XXX and on Raw and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a few days before he died at age 54. He is remembered at large for his trademark face paint, high energy, orange tan and quasi-mystical interview style.
Bryan Adams is a renowned international singer-songwriter who hails from Canada. Some of his best known songs are ˜Heaven', ˜Everything I Do' and ˜Here I Am', to name a few. He had an innate interest in music and from his early childhood, he manifested his talents in music. As a teenager, he was so passionate about his music that he worked as a dish washer to accumulate money to buy a guitar. He rehearsed regularly and even worked with some bands at bars and clubs. He got a break as a lead singer in the newly formed band ˜Sweeney Todd' when their lead singer Nick Gilder opted out of the band to pursue a solo career. However, the turning point in Bryan's life was when he got acquainted with songwriter Jim Vallance. Their collaboration in song-writing became a long lasting one and the duo penned some award winning songs in later years. Bryan along with Jim wrote songs and even produced some albums of which the album ˜Bryan Adams' was the first. This accomplished artist got his first major hit when the album ˜Cuts Like a Knife' hit the music stores. His position was further cemented in the international music arena with the release of his album ˜Reckless'. He then continued to produce songs which immediately became hit and retained their success