One of the extremely popular entertainers of today, Jennifer Lopez has shown her versatility to the world as a dancer, actor and singer. She is still considered by many as the most ravishing woman in the entertainment industry. She is also one of the richest celebrities with an estimated net worth of $250 million. With the dream of becoming a "famous movie star", Lopez left her hometown for New York and started her journey as a dancer. Soon her beauty and talent was discovered and thus, began her film career. Later on, when she gained fair amount of success as an actor, she diverted her attention towards singing. In no time, her songs became a rage and were charting at no.1 in America. Her sensational dances in the music videos rapidly enhanced the sales and got her a celebrity status. However, as she remained in constant public attention, her relationships served as a fodder for celebrity gossips. She married thrice - two of which lasted for a year or even less. She was married for the longest time to singer Marc Anthony with whom she has two children, but then, like her previous marriages, it could not last forever.
American rapper and entrepreneur, Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is one of the biggest names in ˜Rap' and in the genre of hip-hop. He is not only one of the most successful rappers but also a successful entrepreneur, who owns an entertainment company named ˜Roc Nation'. His albums have approximately sold over 50 million copies globally and he has received a number of awards. Many of his albums have time and again charted popular countdowns including the famous ˜Billboard 200'. His large catalog of music speaks volumes about his hard-work and ruthless, aspiring quality. As an entrepreneur, he owns the 40/40 Club, Def Jam Records, Roc Nation Sports, Roc-A-Fella and he is also a qualified NBA sports representative. Recently, Jay-Z was ranked as one of the most successful artists of the millennium and was also placed next to the likes of iconic rappers including 50 Cent, Nelly and Eminem. Most of his works reflect bits and pieces of his troubled, drug-ridden childhood. Despite coming from a very run-of-the-mill background, Jay-Z is a millionaire artist today and continues to mesmerize fans with his enchanting records. Work aside, he has been extremely reserved about his private life and also managed to keep his relationship with singer/actress Beyonce Knowles under wraps. He is currently married to her and the couple has a daughter.
Jennifer Aniston is a famous American actress, film producer, businesswoman and philanthropist. Born in a family of actors, she decided to follow her parents' footsteps early in her life and trained herself accordingly. However, in spite of her best efforts, success eluded her for six long years. It was not until she got the role of Rachel Green in the popular television sitcom ˜Friends' that she could make any mark. Thanks to her portrayal, Rachel Green became so popular that the hairstyle she wore in the sitcom began to be known as The Rachel. Unfortunately, she also became typecast. Later, her successful portrayal of an unglamorous cashier in ˜Good Girl' set her free from such stereotype image. Very soon, good roles began to pour in and she started playing the female protagonist in many hit films. In addition, she appeared in many successful commercials and music videos. She also signed a contract with Elizabeth Arden Inc and worked for more than one year to launch a new perfume named ˜Jennifer Aniston'. She also has two other perfumes to her credit; ˜J by Jennifer Aniston' and ˜Near Dusk by Jennifer Aniston'. Her fight for the equal rights for the LGBT has also been appreciated greatly.
Widely regarded as the founding father of the genre of ˜gangsta rap', Ice Cube is one of the top ˜A list' hip hop artists in the music industry. A controversial but versatile and engaging figure in the world of hip hop music, Cube has created a cultural phenomenon. He is one of the iconic stars of 21st century hip hop music, whose hard-hitting gangsta rap songs are believed to be a reflection of the political scenario of his time and often revolved around violent themes. Some of his bestselling albums include, ˜AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted', ˜Kill at Will', ˜Death Certificate', ˜War & Peace Vol. 1', ˜War & Peace Volume 2', ˜Lethal Injection' and ˜I Am the West'. Ice Cube developed the passion for rap songs from his high school days, and he began to write rap songs. He has transitioned from being an up-coming solo artist to one of the bestselling artists, whose albums have topped the music charts. With an estimated net worth of $120 million, Cube is one of the most established and influential artists in the American hip hop scene and he is also one of the most promising actors in Hollywood.
Gwen RenÃ©e Stefani is an American singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the lead vocalist for the rock band, No Doubt. She sang with the band and released three albums before deciding to go solo.˜Love. Angel. Music. Baby.', her first solo album was inspired by music of the 1980s. The album's third single, Hollaback Girl, was the first US digital download to sell one million copies. Her solo studio album, The Sweet Escape, had singles such as, Wind It Up, Four in the Morning, and the smash hit, The Sweet Escape. Including her work with No Doubt, she has sold more than forty million albums worldwide. She has diversified her career with her clothing and accessories lines, L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers. She has been described as possessing a unique vocal prowess which' The Chicago Tribune' describes as a ˜brash alto'. She has been referred to as "the new Madonna" by publications such as ˜The Hollywood Reporter' and ˜People'. Her red lips, platinum blond hair and dark eyes make her very attractive, and her natural good look is enhanced by her stylish dress sense. Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the fifty-fourth most successful artist and thirty-seventh most successful Hot 100 artist of the last decade.
Ellen Pompeo is an American actress best known for her role of Dr. Meredith Grey in the TV series ˜Grey's Anatomy'. Well established in her career, she is one of the highest paid television actresses in America. Born in Everett, Massachusetts, she moved to New York City in search of better prospects. There she was discovered by a casting director who offered her the chance to appear in an advertisement campaign for L'Oreal. She eventually ventured into acting and over the next few years appeared in many TV series such as ˜Strong Medicine' and ˜Friends'. Her first important role on the big screen was in the 2002 romantic drama film ˜Moonlight Mile'. Though the film was a commercial failure, her performance was praised by critics and considered worthy of an Academy Award. Other works that brought her fame include a supporting role in the superhero film ˜Daredevil' which was based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Her popularity reached new heights after she started playing the lead role in the medical drama series ˜Grey's Anatomy'. The show, which has been running since 2005, has gained huge popularity worldwide. Her performance earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award among other accolades.
Jack Black is an American actor-producer known for his comic roles and voice over in the Kung Fu Panda movies. He grew up in Culver City attending ˜Culver City High School' and the ˜Poseidon School'. As a thirteen year old, he appeared in commercials. Later, he attended ˜Crossroads High School for Arts & Sciences' in Santa Monica where he discovered his talent for acting. He went on to act in television movies and series such as ˜Life Goes On', ˜Northern Exposure', ˜The Innocent', ˜The X-Files', ˜Mr. Show' and ˜Picket Fences'. His first movie role was in ˜Bob Roberts' in 1992. His breakthrough movie was ˜High Fidelity'. Thereafter, he acted in a number of leading roles in movies like ˜Shallow Hal', ˜Nacho Libre', and ˜Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny', ˜Year One' and ˜Gulliver's Travels'. The artist has also lent his voice for animated movies, the most popular movie being Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. He won critical acclaim for his role in the movie ˜School of Rock'. Black won the Best Voice award for the voice of Eddie Riggs in the video game. He is also a musician, and is lead singer of the band, ˜Tenacious D', which he formed with Kyle Gass. To know more about his life and works read on
Norman Reedus, born as Norman Mark Reedus, is an American model, actor, director and photographer. He is best known for portraying the character of Daryl Dixon in the horror drama series ˜The Walking Dead'. Besides this, he has acted in several movies including ˜Mimic', ˜Dark Harbor', ˜Deuces Wild', ˜Six Ways to Sunday', ˜The Boondock Saints', ˜Hello Herman', ˜American Gangster', ˜Moscow Chill', ˜Antibodies', ˜Hero Wanted' and ˜Blade II', to name a few. Reedus has also appeared in several music videos such as ˜Wicked As It Seems', ˜Flat Top', ˜Cat's in the Cradle', ˜Strange Currencies', ˜Violently Happy', ˜Sun Down', ˜Mean to Me', ˜Gypsy Woman', ˜Fake Plastic Trees' and ˜No Cities to Love'. He has modeled for many high-end brands like Prada, Levi's, Lexus, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban and Morgenthal Fredrics. As a director, he made the short film ˜I Thought of You'. Not just this! Reedus has provided a handful of video game voiceovers as well. He is also a sculptor, painter, and photographer by profession.
A versatile persona, Tyler Perry is famous as an actor, screenwriter, playwright, director, producer, author and songwriter. With the highly successful ˜Tyler Perry's House of Payne', a TV series, he became one of the highest earning people in the entertainment business for the year 2011. His plays, films and sitcoms, based on the themes of typical African-American households, are very popular for their dramatization and satirical tones. His main character ˜Madea', a grandmother, played by Perry himself, has garnered him immense fame. ˜Madea' is a wise and brave woman, who is always protecting and taking care of family and friends, at all costs. Inspired by the personality of his mother, Perry created this character and gave her the best appeal ever. About this character, Oprah Winfrey once made a comment I think that's what Madea really is: a compilation of all those strong black women that I know and maybe you do too? And so the reason it works is because people see themselves." She also believes in the fact that, since Perry was raised by a strong, black women, he was very much inspired to create a character which not only celebrates her, but also immortalizes her. Therefore, his subjects and themes which reflect the strength, weaknesses, achievements, failures and problems of the African-Americans, center on this character.
Triple H is the ring name of American professional wrestler, business executive, and actor Paul Michael Levesque who has held a total of 14 world championship titles, the all-time third-highest after Ric Flair and John Cena. Throughout his career, he earned a total of 25 championship titles including nine 'WWF/WWE Championships', five 'WWE World Heavyweight Championships', and two 'Royal Rumbles'. He is well-known for his finishing maneuver, the 'Pedigree'. He later joined the WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut as an Executive Senior Advisor and was named Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. He reportedly helped a number of younger wrestlers, including John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Jeff Hardy, Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, by intentionally losing high-profile matches. He also received praise for recruiting fresh talents through his WWE NXT brand. As an actor, he has appeared on films like 'Blade: Trinity', 'The Chaperone' and 'Inside Out'. With his wife Stephanie McMahon, he created the 'Connor's Cure' cancer fund in honor of an eight-year-old WWE fan who succumbed to the disease. He also wrote the book 'Making the Game: Triple H's Approach to a Better Body'.
TV actor who became known as the wisecracking Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom Friends. He also played lead roles in the films Fools Rush In and The Whole Nine Yards and starred in the short-lived TV series Mr. Sunshine, Go On, The Odd Couple and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Puff Daddy, also known as ˜Diddy' or ˜P. Diddy' is a three time Grammy Award winning American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is one of the biggest names in the American music industry, who has successfully carved out a niche for himself. Born in Harlem, New York, tragedy struck his family when he was still a child. He lost his father who was shot dead and was later raised by his single mother. After dropping out from Howard University, where he was studying business, he later established the Bad Boy Records, a record label, which launched the careers of many successful artists in the music industry. After a series of successful productions, he came out with his debut album titled, ˜No Way Out', which became a massive hit. With the success of his debut album, he reached the pinnacle of his music career and went on to produce more hit albums and also launch his own albums. Some of his albums include, ˜Forever', ˜The Saga Continues.', ˜Press Play' and ˜Last Train to Paris'. He also owns a clothing line.