Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican American filmactress, director and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado(1995), Dogma(1999), and Wild Wild West (1999).
Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida as Frida Kahlo which she received an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Awardand Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. The movie received widespread attention and was a critical and commercial success. She won a Daytime EmmyAward for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special in 2004 for The Maldonado Miracle and received an Emmy Award nominationfor Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007 after guest-starring in the ABC television series Ugly Betty.
Hayek’s recent films include Grown Ups (2010) acting alongside Adam Sandler, and Puss in Boots (2011), which also features former collaborator Antonio Banderas, wherein she is the voice of the character ‘Kitty Softpaws’.
Penélope Cruz Sánchez: born April 28, 1974) is a Spanish actress. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year inJamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000). Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky and Blow.
She has since built a successful career, appearing in films from a range of genres, including the comedy Waking Up in Reno (2002), the thriller Gothika (2003), the Christmas movie Noel (2004), and the action adventure Sahara (2005). She has received critical acclaim for her roles in Volver (2006) and Nine (2009) receiving Golden Globe and Academy Awardnominationsfor each. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Cruz has modeled for companies such as Mango, Ralph Lauren and L’Oréal. Penélope and her younger sister Mónica Cruz have designed items for Mango. She has donated both her time and money to charities. Cruz has volunteered inUganda and India, where she spent one week working for Mother Teresa; she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the late nun’s mission. A wax sculpture of Cruz will be placed in a premier spot in the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris.
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Widipedia: Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American actor, writer and folk music singer. As an actor, Ives’s work included comedies, dramas, and voice work in theater, television, and motion pictures. Music critic John Rockwell said, “Ives’s voice … had the sheen and finesse of opera without its latter-day Puccinian vulgarities and without the pretensions of operatic ritual. It was genteel in expressive impact without being genteel in social conformity. And it moved people.”
Winner 1986: The Golden Boot Awards – http://goldenbootawards.com/home.html
given to honor actors, actresses, and crew members who have made significant contributions to the genre of Western television and movies.
Burl Ives / A sketch
Movies: Ives made 30+ movie over 40 years, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor)
Music: Famed American poet Carl Sandburg called Ives “the mightiest ballad singer of this or any other century”
Ives is said to have learned Scottish, English and Irish ballads from his tobacco chewing grandmother.
Recognized as an important anthologist and editor of folk music, Ives is regarded by some to be the most important folk artist of all time and played along side such folk legends Pete Seeger, Josh White and Woody Guthrie.
Ives recorded more that 100 albums.
Appearing on Broadway in “The Boys From Syracuse” (1938), “This Is the Army” (1942) and “Sing Out Sweet Land” (1944), among other productions.
Worked with Rogers and Hart
Appeared on Broadway and in films such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and East of Eden.
Ives was one of many entertainers who got caught up in McCarthyism’s communist witch hunt in the late 40:
1950s: Communist blacklisting – Wikipedia:
Ives was identified in the 1950 pamphlet Red Channels and blacklisted as an entertainer with supposed Communist ties. In 1952 he cooperated with the House Committee on Unamerican Activities (HUAC) and agreed to testify. He stated that he was not a member of the Communist Party, but that he had attended various union meetings with fellow folk singer Pete Seeger simply to stay in touch with working folk. He stated: “You know who my friends are; you will have to ask them if they are Communists.”
Ives’s statement to the HUAC ended his blacklisting, allowing him to continue acting in movies. But it also led to a bitter rift between Ives and many folk singers, including Seeger, who accused Ives of betraying them and the cause of cultural and political freedom in order to save his own career. Ives countered by saying he had simply stated what he had always believed. Forty-one years later, Ives reunited with Seeger during a benefit concert in New York City. They sang “Blue Tail Fly” together.
Ives history and contribution to music in particular, is so comprehensive it’s almost insulting – and impossible – to encapsulate it him any way. Please refer to these bios for greater information: Wikipedia:http://www.amazon.com/wiki/Burl_Ives/ref=ntt_at_bio_wiki IMBD Internet Movie Database:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0412322/ Oldies.com:http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Burl-Ives.html