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Quentin Tarantino Biography

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Biography.com presents the Hollywood success story of famed screenwriter, director and producer Quentin Tarantino, from True Romance to Pulp Fiction, to Inglorious Basterds.
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            Quentin Tarantino is a brilliant director, writer, actor and produced who has won countless awards, and created absolutely amazing movies. His line of work is utterly outstanding, and talent is almost impossible to believe.

            Born on March 27, 1963, Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in California. Not a huge fan of school, Quentin Tarantino spent much of his time watching movies and reading comic books. After dropping out of high school, Quentin Tarantino worked at Video Archives where he wrote screenplays, including True Romance and Natural Born Killers. Moving on from that, he went on to direct and write the screenplays for incredible movies like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Inglorious Basterds, and most recently, Django Unchained. For all of these movies and many others, Quentin Tarantino has won numerous awards, and was deserving of every one.

            Because this article was the most descriptive article I have read by far in the category of acting and directing, I have absolutely no questions. I feel very informed in the life and work of Quentin Tarantino, and I am more amazed by him now than I ever was before.

 

"Quentin Tarantino." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Jan 13 2013, 09:42 http://www.biography.com/people/quentin-tarantino-9502086.

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Dakota Fanning Biography

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Visit Biography.com and follow the rewarding and promising career of Dakota Fanning, star of Charlotte's Web and actress in the Twilight film series.
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            Dakota Fanning is a very famous child actor. Born on February 23, 1994 in Conyers, Georgia, her full name is Hannah Dakota Fanning. Born into a family of athletes, it comes as a slight surprise that she grew up to be such a talented actress. She has been in an array of movies, from dramas like I Am Sam and Man on Fire to comedies like Uptown Girls to kid-friendly movies like Charlotte’s Web and Coraline.

            Dakota Fanning’s work in the movie I Am Sam garnered her a Screen Actors Guild Award, making her one of the youngest award recipients ever. In her brief, but substantial career, Dakota Fanning has worked with such talented actors as Sean Penn, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Cruise, Brittany Murphy, and Robert De Niro.

            The fact that Dakota Fanning started her career at 5 years old, and still be able to have such a successful career truly draws me to this line of work. Of course, not all of us can be as talented as Dakota Fanning, but it gives people like me hope.

 

"Dakota Fanning." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Jan 13 2013, 04:47 http://www.biography.com/people/dakota-fanning-554924.

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Will Smith - Biography on Bio.

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From early success as The Fresh Prince, he has become one of Hollywood's most powerful players, notching up hits on the movie and music charts as well as gaining acclaim for Ali.
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            Will Smith is both an amazing actor and musician. His full name is Willard Christopher Smith Jr, and her was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a school board employee mother and a father who was the owner of a refrigeration company. He was born on September 25, 1968. The neighborhood in which he grew up was a very diverse community what with Muslims and Orthodox Jews living in close proximities.

            One of Will Smith’s greatest successes to date just may be that of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Airing first in 1990 to 1996. Up until that point, Will Smith had a successful career as a rapper, with his friend DJ Jazzy Jeff, who frequently appeared on the show. In addition to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith has been in countless movies, including Bad Boys, Men in Black I,II, & III, Hitch, and The Pursuit of Happyness, which he was nominated for and Oscar for Best Actor.

            The goal of the article was to give an in-depth insight on the life of Will Smith. I do question why the article did not speak of Will Smith nearly going bankrupt in the early 1990’s, but I assume it is because the author wanted to focus on the positive. Agree with what was said in the article, because it was honest and fair.

 

"Will Smith Biography." Biography on Bio. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.

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The article was all about Will smiths life and what he did in his life. The article told you what movies he was in and what were his best movies he acted in. It also told you that he was a rapper before he became a actor and i think he was quite a good musician. The article also says that Will Smiths first acting experience was a series called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It ran on for six seasons and the article says the series was great. I think i know more about Will Smith than i ever did, so that was good and i like the reflection because it told you the important information about Will Smith and it had her reactions in it, like what she agreed with and what she disagreed with. I dont really disagree with anything in the article or in the reflection but i do know more about Will Smith and i do know more about famous people which is interesting. The only thing i could say is maybe the reflection could have had more opinions and more thoughts but thats it. I really liked all of it and im now more informed about Will Smith.
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Christoph Waltz Biography

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Uncover the details of actor Christoph Waltz's work in Europe, before his roles in films like Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, at Biography.com.
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            Christoph Waltz is a very talented actor from Vienna, Austria, born on October 4, 1956. He has won countless awards, and been apart of numerous casts. His most famous role though, one that he won the his most awards for, just may be that of the Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglorious Basterds.

            Chirstoph Waltz was born into a theatrical family, for his parents were set designers and her grandparents were actors. He started working as an actor in his late teens, his first finding success in the theater, and then gradually moving up into television. Some of his early works include The Gravy Train, Leben Fur Leben, Love Scenes from Planet Earth and Falling Rocks.

            The goal of this article was basically to give a background on the life of one of the greatest actors of this and the past century. The article greatly depicts the life and success of Christoph Waltz, starting with his early career, then gradually moving up to his most current achievement. Because of the way that Christoph Waltz chooses his jobs, and is not afraid to decline roles that he thinks are unworthy of his time, makes me represent him that much more as an actor. Given that the information in this article is completely factual, there is nothing for me to agree or disagree with. However, I do wish there was a bit more information on his latest work, Django Unchained.

 

"Christoph Waltz." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Jan 12 2013, 07:52 http://www.biography.com/people/christoph-waltz-546540.

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Barbra Streisand Biography - life, childhood, children, name, story, history, wife, school, mother, young

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            Barbara Streisand is one of the most, if not the most, talented and notable actress of this generation and the previous one. She was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a high school English teacher, who unfortunately died when Barbra Streisand was only a year old. Barbara had a difficult and poor upbringing. She was insecure about her looks, and never felt like she fit in anywhere. When she graduated high school at 16, Barbara Streisand changed her name to Barbra and moved into an apartment in the city with a few of her friends.

            Barbara Streisand first debuted on Broadway in a show titled I Can Get It for You Wholesale. The show ran for nine months, and was such a success that Columbia Records signed her. Her fist album, The Barbra Streisand Album won Grammy’s for both album of the year and best female vocal. Moving on from music, Streisand stared in her own television specials, My Name is Barbra, and Color Me Barbra. She has also gone on to star in countless movies like Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, and Yentl.

            Barbra Streisand’s excellence is what draws me to this line of work. To see someone do something so well, I just can’t help but to want to be apart of it.

 

"Barbra Streisand Biography." Encyclopedia of World Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.

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Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington Pictures, Biography, Filmography, News, Great Film Moments, Videos
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         Kerry Washington is a seasoned actress, born on January 5, 1977 in New York City. She is the daughter of a real-estate broker and a professor/educational consultant, and she attended The Spence School, very close to our very own Loyola. She then graduated from George Washington University’s theater program in 1998.

         After graduation, Kerry Washington set out to be apart of movies such as Our Song, which was nominated from both the Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, and the romantic drama, Save the Last Dance, for which she won the Teen Choice Award for “Film – Choice Breakout Performance”. One of her most notable roles, however, may be that of Ray Charles’ wife in the movie Ray, staring alongside Jamie Foxx. Most recently, she stars in her own show Scandal as Olivia Pope, and in Django Unchained and Broomhilda von Shaft, playing Jamie Foxx’s wife once again. Despite being a talented on-screen actress, Kerry Washington remains active in the theater in such shows like Race, staring alongside James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas.

         The goal of this article was to give a long and descriptive look into the life of a very talented actress. However, I would have liked if the author had gone into more detail about some of her recent work. Of course, I was still able to write about it given that I know about the details, but if it were in the article, it may have been more helpful.

 

Buchanan, Jason. "Kerry Washington Biography." Starpulse. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.

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Alec Baldwin

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Born April 3, 1958, Alec grew up in Massapequa, Long Island where his father was a high school teacher for twenty-eight years and his mother raised six children, including his sisters, Beth and Jane.
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           Alec Baldwin is an acclaimed actor, born on April 3, 1958 and grew up in Massapequa, Long Island. He did not have theatrical background, for his father was a long time high school teacher, and his mother was a stay at home mother. Though Alec Baldwin went to George Washington University and had planned to go to law school, those plans soon changed when he auditioned for the New York University Undergraduate Drama Program on a dare and got in.

            Mr. Baldwin has been apart of in virtually every field as a professional actor, from Broadway to TV Series to motion picture. Some of his greatest works include that of Beetle Juice, 30 Rock, and the Broadway show, A Street Car Named Desire.

             The goal of this article was to give a brief summary on the life, talents, and works of Alec Baldwin, one of the greatest actors of all time. The way that Alec Baldwin can be such a fantastic actor and be apart of some many different fields in the dramatic world is what draws me to this career. Being an actor or an actress gives you the freedom to be diverse in your work, which is not something that many people get to do.

 

"Alec Baldwin." The Huffington Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.

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