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ESPYs recognize courage along with athleticism

Posted by elegant On July - 24 - 2015

ESPY or Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award has taken a sensational route this year. Caitlyn Jenner formally Olympian Bruce Jenner was awarded this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award which is presented to a sports related person regardless of the gender. Started in 1993, ESPYs are presented by the American cable television network ESPN and recognize individuals and team achievements in sports. The format of the award ceremony is similar to many award ceremonies including Emmy and Grammy. Since its inception in 1993, recipients of awards are selected by voting by fans and ESPN personalities. Since 2008, ESPYs are held at the LA Live, West Coast home of ESPN, located near the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Beside the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, other notable ESPY awards include Best Male and Female Athlete Awards, Best Coach/Manager ESPY Award and Best Male and Female College Athlete ESPY Awards. This year’s award to Caitlyn Jenner is important not for athleticism but for the courage to come out as a transgender woman. Jenner is currently appearing on many television productions including “The Kardashians.” Kardashian as well as Jenner family members attended the award ceremony and cheered Caitlyn Jenner as she appeared on the stage to accept the award.

Olympian Bruce Jenner as Caitlyn Jenner

Posted by elegant On July - 22 - 2015

The 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Gold medalist Bruce Jenner is making headlines these days. At the summer games he was known as the “greatest athlete on earth.” The win was even more important for Americans because he dethrone Soviet decathlete Mykola Avilov who won the Gold at 1972 games during the height of the cold war. It is not for another Olympics run or his reality television show that he is in the news. He is becoming a publicly announced transgender woman, Caitlyn Jenner, at the age of 65. She is scheduled to receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY at the middle of the month. Her transgender transient has been widely speculated for almost a year. Paparazzi have been publishing many faces of events that took place at doctor’s offices and plastic surgeons clinics. Speculation of hormone take to remove facial and other hair as well as nose jobs were headlined in entertainment and as well as gossip sites and publications.

Finally, Caitlyn Jenner appeared on a two hour exclusive ABC interview with Diane Sawyer which was telecast on “20/20.” She was also appeared on the cover of the July issue of the Vanity Fair magazine. On July 15, 2015, Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.

B.B. King, a blues legend

Posted by admin On May - 15 - 2015

A remarkable and tireless entertainer until his death, Riley B. King otherwise known as B.B. King or the King of Blues died at age 89 on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was an iconic American blues singer, songwriter and a marvelous guitarist. Rolling Stone named him as the world’s number 6 of 100 greatest guitarists ever.

The Mississippi native’s music career extends more than six decades and he performed more than 200 concerts per year. Since 1971 he has been nominated for 30 Grammys and won half of them. Besides entering into the Blues Hall of Fame, B.B. King has been awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom award in 2006. Lucille was his cherished guitar. Unlike other entertainers, B.B. King evolved with time and entertained millions late into his 80s. He was born in a cotton farm near Indianola, Mississippi and sang with church choirs while learning to play guitar. During his youth he played at street corners and later he moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he began his blues career. He used several models of Gibson guitars throughout his career but named each one of them Lucille. He will be missed not only as an entertainer but also as a marvelous blues music player.

Actor and director Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83

Posted by elegant On March - 6 - 2015

Best known for his iconic character role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek franchise on TV and films, Leonard Nimoy died on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles, California. The death has been blamed for end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The actor openly talked about his medical condition during the last few years of his life. He is best known for his role as Mr. Spock in Starship Enterprise, first officer to Captain Kirk played by William Shatner. He leaves behind his second wife, several children and grandchildren.

Nimoy played the part, Mr. Spock, for 40 years in Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness. He is also a film director directing films including 3 Men and a Baby and Star Trek movies including The Voyage Home and The Search for Spock. He provided voice to two episodes of The Simpsons, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Transformers: The Movie, The Pagemaster and many others. He also released several albums including music from the Star Trek series. He is a contemporary art collector and an avid photographer. He was extremely generous in his support for art and philanthropic contributions.

Cosby show finale into the most watched history book

Posted by elegant On February - 18 - 2015

Bill Cosby is making headlines these days not for his brilliant and most watched show but for other reasons. Do you know that Cosby Show falls into one of the most watch TV finales? It had 44.4 million viewers on the day of the finale on April 30, 1992. That equals to 28 percent of American households.

The American television sitcom with Bill Cosby as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, the patriarch character of the show first aired on NBC on September 20, 1984 and continued each week during each season until April 30, 1992. The show was the biggest hit on television during 1980s. The show focused on an upper middle-class African-American Huxtable family that lived in 10 Stigwood Avenue, Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York. Cliff’s wife, an attorney, Clair Huxtable nee Hanks and their five children lived at home. Four daughters, Sondra, Denise, Vanessa and Rudy and one son, Theodore or Theo for short were played by an excellent cast. Besides comedic portrayals of daily life in a upper middle-class African-American home, the show carried serious discussions on dyslexia, teenage pregnancy and many others. They represented some of the issues faced by the members of the entire cast.

“Can we talk?”

Posted by elegant On September - 8 - 2014

Iconic comedian, writer, producer, TV and talk show host, stage and film actress Joan Rivers died due to an apparent cardiac arrest due to a routine throat procedure at a New York City medical facility at the age of 81 in New York City on September 4, 2014. The New York state as well as the health officials from the New York City are investigating the circumstances that led to her death.

Born as Joan Alexandra Molinsky, Joan Rivers was well-known for her controversial remarks. She came to the attention of the audience due to her appearance in The Tonight Show with Jonny Carson in 1965. She immediately established her own comedic version. She later went onto host her own late night TV show, The Late Night with Joan Rivers in 1986 becoming the first woman to host a late night talk show. She has published 12 best-selling memoir and humor books and many comic albums. She is well-known for her Red Carpet interviews and she co-hosted many TV shows with her daughter Melissa. Her satirical comedic career spans more than 55 years.

Joan Rivers received many accolades including Grammy Award and Tony Award nominations and won a Daytime Emmy Award for her work as an Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Lights dimmed for Lauren Bacall

Posted by elegant On August - 18 - 2014

Legendary movie star Lauren Bacall died of a stroke in Ney York City at the age of 89 on August 12, 2014. Once married to actor Humphrey Bogart who was more than twice her age at the time of marriage and after his death in 1957 she later married Jason Robards Jr. She has two children from her marriage to Bogart and another son with her second husband. She left behind many grandchildren too. She was active in film and stage until her recent death.

Born Betty Joan Perske she is well known as an actress due to her looks and husky voice. Her voice also helped her to achieve success in theater that she later preferred the most. She appeared in many Humphrey Bogart’s productions including “To Have and Have Not”,” The Big Sleep”, “Dark Passage”, and “Key Largo” from 1944 to 1948. Her Broadway musical “Applause” brought her a Tony Award and another for her work in “Women of the Year.” She received a Golden Globe for her role in the movie “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” The Academy of Arts and Sciences recognized her contributions to the industry with an Academy Honorary Award in 2009.

Casey Kasem, radio and TV personal bid farewell

Posted by elegant On July - 17 - 2014

A famous American disc jockey, Casey Kasem died on June 27, 2014. He was a TV and radio personality, voice actor as well as an actor. But he is well known for his American Top 40 that aired from 1970 to until his retirement in 2009. He is also the voice of “Shaggy” Rogers in Scooby-Doo. He wore many hats famous and not so famous. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Kemal Amen “Casey” Kasem’s parents were Lebanese Druze immigrants. He began his broadcasting career in Flint, Michigan after the war and it took him all over the US. After settling down in Los Angeles, California his career began to bloom. Along with several others he started the American Top 40 in July 1970.

In 2013, his family revealed that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease since 2007. Later he was also diagnosed with Lewy body dementia a close cousin of Parkinson’s. They together made him unable to speak and after a lengthy fight among family members for care and custody, he died on June 6, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington. He received his star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981.

92 and still going strong

Posted by elegant On June - 23 - 2014

The famous Golden Girl, Betty White turned 92 in 2014. After 65 years in show business, she is still going strong and vow not to retire from the show business. Her current TV shows include Hot in Cleveland, a sitcom on TV Land and Off Their Rockers, reality prank show on Lifetime.

Avid animal lover she recently revealed that she has a relationship with many zoos in the US. She also revealed that her favorite is Koko, a 42-year-old gorilla that she communicates using sign language. She recently took an early morning trip to Tucson Zoo to see three newborn lion cubs. Her cast members in Hot in Cleveland adopted a horse in her honor on her 92nd birthday. Her animal attraction is very apparent from her extensive collection of stuffed animals too. She also reveals that her favorite show was a short lived 1970s TV series called The Pet Set. She strongly believes that her love affair with animals is the reason she is going strong even at 92 years of age. She has no desire to retire and her fans adore her even at 92. Someone like Betty is very rare and we hope that she will entertain everyone many more years to come.

Remembering brilliant actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by elegant On February - 21 - 2014

Philips Seymour Hoffman, an admired American stage and film actor died on Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Greenwich Village, New York of an apparent drug overdose. He has been struggling with his drug addiction from his college days in New York City. He was 46. He played roles from leading man to villains and sidekicks on screen and was a prominent figure in Broadway too.

His final act on stage in Broadway was in 2012 in “Death of a Salesman.” He was nominated for a Tony Award for the role. He played roles in such productions including “The Big Lebowski,” “Along Came Polly,” “Happiness,” and “Boogie Nights.”

He won an Academy Award in the Best Actor category in 2005 for “Capote.” He was nominated three times for Academy Award for his supporting roles in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), “Doubt” (2008), and “The Master” (2012). He appeared in more than 50 films in his career that spanned almost 25 ears. He starred in big budget movies such as “Mission Impossible III” and independent films such as “The Savages.”

He leaves behind a young son, two daughters and mother of his children and his longtime girlfriend whom he separated in 2013.