Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Detroit, Aaliyah got her first major exposure appearing on the syndicated television series "Star Search" (1983) where she awed the audience with her amazing voice and talent. Withdrawing from the celebrity scene for a few years, Aaliyah lived the life of a normal teenage girl, attending Detroit's Performing Arts High School where she majored in dance. It was around this same time that Aaliyah met singer/composer R. Kelly. Kelly assisted Aaliyah with the production of her debut album "Age Ain't Nothing But A number" which scored several number hits, specifically "Back and
She began studying for her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She wanted more control over her music, so she opened her own production and publishing company. She also began producing and composing television and music scores. During this time, not fully focused on recording an album it was another two years until she came out with another album. In 1977 she released Blue Lights in the Basement, which was one of the top selling albums of the year.
In 1960, Vivian took Debbie and her siblings to live with her in Mexico. After almost two years in Mexico, the Allen family returned to Texas, where the twelve year old Debbie auditioned for the Houston Ballet School. Debbie’s performance was good enough for admission, however the school denied her entry based on the color of her skin. Fortunately, a year later, a Russian instructor at the school who saw Debbie perform and secretly enrolled the aspiring dancer. When the admissions department discovered what had happened, they were going kick her out but they were so impressed with her skills that they let Allen stay in the program.
Events of that sort gave Jett a chance to explore, and maybe enter the Los Angeles musical scene of the 1970s. She chose mothers maiden name, Jett, when her parents divorced, soon after the move to Los Angeles. Joan entered the music scene with the band called “The Runaways”, a band which consisted of only girls with Joan Jett and Sandy West as founders, and in a short time they completed the line-up with Lita Ford, Jackie Fox and Cherrie Currie. The band became quite popular all around the world, especially in Japan, which added a nice amount to Jett`s net worth, although the band wasn`t accepted particularly well in North America. Nevertheless, band was rather influential with teenagers all around the world, releasing five albums until the break-up in 1979, leaving the hit song “Cherry Bomb” and others in
Erin Weinberger Theater Fundamentals October 22, 2010 Agnes de Mille Agnes de Mille was born in New York, New York in 1905 to the parents of William C. deMille who was a playwright and soon to be Hollywood director and Anna George, the daughter of a well known economist in New York. When she was still young her family moved to Hollywood to become part of the business there. Because Agnes was still a child she attended a Hollywood school for girls. Then went on to graduate from University of California at Los Angeles being part of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In 1932 she then moved back to New York when her parents divorced and started choreographing dance numbers to perform.
As a child Fanny's mother took her to every show they could get at and started her love for performing at a very young age. Even though she was the third of four children and had a drunk as a father, her mother still made time for Fanny and cheered her, on her journey to her dream. After winning an amateur talent contest at age 13 singing "When you know you're not forgotten by the girl you can't forget" at Keeney's Theater in Brooklyn. She then quit school at the age of 14 to become a performer on the "low-down" burlesque circuits. She later changed her name to Fanny Brice and got her first professional job in the chorus of The Talk of the Town but ironicely she got fired during rehearsals by the big current star George M. Cohen.
She’s known at her shows for her impromptu style; she’ll perform a brand new song at random, or do a call-and-response section in the middle of her song unbeknownst to her band and/or back-up singers. What I like about her is her resistance to the status quo, her sounds has been to her original style for over ten years. Badu’s fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) will be released on March 30, 2010. While it is important to know all about my favorite singer, I cannot say she is the first to have such a diverse style. She was heavily influenced by no other than the late, great, “Lady of Song,” Ms. Ella Fitzgerald.
She decided to write a book on her own to share her experiences and to help guide those that are considering a career in the arts. She states, “What I came up with in the end was not the story of my life, but the autobiography of my voice” (p. xvii). In the next few chapters she discusses her family, education and apprenticeship. She was raised in New York; both of her parents were musicians and her home was always filled with music. She wrote many songs and poetry, beginning in junior high.
Even with her extensive work in both areas, she is best known to the general public as the first woman to be grated a PhD in psychology in 1894. Washburn was also the second woman after Mary Whiton Calkins, to be the president of the American Psychological Association in 1921. (American Psychologist, 1970) Washburn was born in New York City in 1871. Her father Francis, an Episcopal priest and her mother, Elizabeth Floy, who was from a very wealthy family, raised her into adulthood. When Margaret was 9 she moved to Ulster County, New York after her father was placed in a parish there.
Her first modeling job started in Paris when she was 17. An agent with Elite Model Management had offered Tyra her first modeling job. When she accepted the job, Tyra didn't think that a trip to Paris will be the beginning of a long modeling and acting career, but rather a great way to make money for college. Tyra was pinned with the Michael Award for 'Supermodel of the Year' in 1997. After she became successful in the modeling business she decided to get into the television.