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Sofia Villani Scicolone born 20 September 1934), known professionally as Sophia Loren is an Italian film actress and singer. She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career at age 16 in 1950. She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade, until her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time include The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, and It Started in Naples.
Her talents as an actress were not recognized until her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women (1961); Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first thespian to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.
She holds the record for having earned six David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress: Two Women; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963); Marriage Italian Style (1964) (for which she was nominated for a second Oscar); Sunflower (1970); The Voyage (1974); and A Special Day (1977).
After starting a family in the early 1970s, Loren chose to make only occasional film appearances. Most recently, she has appeared in American films such as Grumpier Old Men (1995) and Nine (2009).
Aside from the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes (including the Cecil B. DeMille Award), a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991.
In 1995, she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards. In 1999, Loren was named by the American Film Institute the 21st greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema, and she is currently the only living actress on the list.
Sofia Villani Scicolone was born on 20 September 1934 in the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, the daughter of Romilda Villani (1910–1991) and Riccardo Scicolone, a construction engineer of noble descent (Loren wrote in her autobiography that she is entitled to call herself the Marquess of Licata Scicolone Murillo).
Loren’s father Riccardo Scicolone refused to marry Villani, leaving the piano teacher and aspiring actress without financial support. Loren met with her father three times, at age five, age seventeen and in 1976 at his deathbed, citing that she forgave him but had never forgotten the abandonment of her mother.
Loren’s parents had another child together, her sister Maria, in 1938. Loren has two younger paternal half-brothers, Giuliano and Giuseppe. Romilda, Sofia, and Maria lived with Loren’s grandmother in Pozzuoli, near Naples.
During the Second World War, the harbour and munitions plant in Pozzuoli was a frequent bombing target of the Allies. During one raid, as Loren ran to the shelter, she was struck by shrapnel and wounded in the chin. After that, the family moved to Naples, where they were taken in by distant relatives.
After the war, Loren and her family returned to Pozzuoli. Loren’s grandmother Luisa opened a pub in their living room, selling homemade cherry liquor. Romilda Villani played the piano, Maria sang, and Loren waited on tables and washed dishes. The place was popular with the American GIs stationed nearby.
At age 15, Loren as Sofia Lazzaro entered the Miss Italia 1950 beauty pageant and was assigned as Candidate #2, being one to the four sharing contestants representing the Lazio region.
She was selected as one of the last three finalists and won the title of “Miss Elegance 1950” , while Liliana Cardinale won the title of “Miss Cinema” and Anna Maria Bugliari won the grand title of Miss Italia. She returned in 2001 as president of the jury for the 61st edition of the pageant. In 2010, Loren crowned the 71st Miss Italia pageant winner.
1951–1953 as Sofia Scicolone, and as Sofia Lazzaro
At age 17, as Sofia Lazzaro, she enrolled in acting class and was selected as an uncredited extra in Mervyn LeRoy’s 1951 film Quo Vadis (1951), filmed when she was 17 years old.
That same year, she appeared in Italian film Era lui… sì! sì!, where she played an odalisque, and was credited as Sofia Lazzaro. She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade, including the La Favorita (1952).
Carlo Ponti changed her name and public image to appeal to a wider audience as Sophia Loren, being a twist on the name of the Swedish actress Märta Torén and suggested by Goffredo Lombardo. Her first starring role was in Aida (1953), for which she received critical acclaim.
After playing the lead role in Two Nights with Cleopatra (1953), her breakthrough role was in The Gold of Naples (1954), directed by Vittorio De Sica. Too Bad She’s Bad, also released in 1954, and (La Bella Mugnaia) (1955) became the first of many films in which Loren co-starred with Marcello Mastroianni.
Over the next three years, she acted in many films, including Scandal in Sorrento, Lucky to Be a Woman, Boy on a Dolphin, Legend of the Lost and The Pride and the Passion.
Loren became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958.
Among her films at this time were Desire Under the Elms with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O’Neill play; Houseboat, a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant; and George Cukor’s Heller in Pink Tights, in which she appeared as a blonde for the first time.
In 1960, she starred in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women, a stark, gritty story of a mother who is trying to protect her 12-year-old daughter in war-torn Italy.
The two end up gang-raped inside a church as they travel back to their home city following cessation of bombings there.
Originally cast as the daughter, Loren fought against type and was eventually cast as the mother (actress Eleonora Brown would portray the daughter). Loren’s performance earned her many awards, including the Cannes Film Festival’s best performance prize, and an Academy Award for Best Actress, the first major Academy Award for a non-English-language performance or to an Italian actress.
She won 22 international awards for Two Women. The film was extremely well received by critics and a huge commercial success.
Though proud of this accomplishment, Loren did not show up to this award, citing fear of fainting at the award ceremony.
Nevertheless, Cary Grant telephoned her in Rome the next day to inform her of the Oscar award.
During the 1960s, Loren was one of the most popular actresses in the world, and continued to make films in the United States and Europe, starring with prominent leading men. In 1964, her career reached its pinnacle when she received $1 million to appear in The Fall of the Roman Empire.
In 1965, she received a second Academy Award nomination for her performance in Marriage Italian-Style.
Drawing of Loren by Nicholas Volpe after she won an Oscar for Two Women (1961)
Among Loren’s best-known films of this period are Samuel Bronston’s epic production of El Cid (1961) with Charlton Heston, The Millionairess (1960) with Peter Sellers,
It Started in Naples (1960) with Clark Gable, Vittorio De Sica’s triptych Yesterday,
Today and Tomorrow (1963) with Marcello Mastroianni,
Peter Ustinov’s Lady L (1965) with Paul Newman,
the 1966 classic Arabesque with Gregory Peck, and Charlie Chaplin’s final film
, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) with Marlon Brando.
Loren received four Golden Globe Awards between 1964 and 1977 as “World Film Favorite – Female”
Loren worked less after becoming a mother. During the next decade, most of her roles were in Italian features.
During the 1970s, she was paired with Richard Burton in the last De Sica-directed film, The Voyage (1974), and a remake of the film Brief Encounter (1974).
The film had its premiere on US television on 12 November 1974 as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series on NBC. In 1976, she starred in The Cassandra Crossing.
It fared extremely well internationally, and was a respectable box office success in US market.
She co-starred with Marcello Mastroianni in Ettore Scola’s A Special Day (1977). This movie was nominated for 11 international awards such as two Oscars (best actor in leading role, best foreign picture).
It won a Golden Globe Award and a César Award for best foreign movie. Loren’s performance was awarded with a David di Donatello Award, the seventh in her career. The movie was extremely well received by American reviewers and became a box office hit.
Following this success, Loren starred in an American thriller Brass Target.
This movie received mixed reviews, although it was moderately successful in the United States and internationally.
In 1978, she won her fourth Golden Globe for “world film favorite”.
Other movies of this decade were Academy award nominee Sunflower (1970), which was a critical success, and Arthur Hiller’s Man of La Mancha (1972), which was a critical and commercial failure despite being nominated for several awards, including two Golden Globes. O’Toole and James Coco were nominated for two NBR awards, in addition the NBR listed Man of La Mancha in its best ten pictures of 1972 list.
In 1980, after the international success of the biography Sophia Loren: Living and Loving, Her Own Story by A. Hotchner, Loren portrayed herself and her mother in a made-for-television biopic adaptation of her autobiography, Sophia Loren: Her Own Story. Ritza Brown and Chiara Ferrari each portrayed the younger Loren.
In 1981, she became the first female celebrity to launch her own perfume, ‘Sophia’, and a brand of eyewear soon followed.
In 1982, while in Italy, she made headlines after serving an 18-day prison sentence on tax evasion charges – a fact that failed to hamper her popularity or career.
In fact, Bill Moore, then employed at Pickle Packers International advertising department, sent her a pink pickle-shaped trophy for being “the prettiest lady in the prettiest pickle”. In 2013, the supreme court of Italy cleared her of the charges.
She acted infrequently during the 1980s and in 1981 turned down the role of Alexis Carrington in the television series Dynasty.
Although she was set to star in 13 episodes of CBS’s Falcon Crest in 1984 as Angela Channing’s half-sister Francesca Gioberti, negotiations fell through at the last moment and the role went to Gina Lollobrigida instead. Loren preferred devoting more time to raising her sons.
In 1991, Loren received the Academy Honorary Award for her contributions to world cinema and was declared “one of the world cinema’s treasures”. In 1995, she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
She presented Federico Fellini with his honorary Oscar in April 1993. In 2009, Loren stated on Larry King Live that Fellini had planned to direct her in a film shortly before his death in 1993.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Loren was selective about choosing her films and ventured into various areas of business, including cookbooks, eyewear, jewelry, and perfume.
She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Robert Altman’s film Ready to Wear (1994), co-starring Julia Roberts.
In 1994, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
In Grumpier Old Men (1995), Loren played a femme fatale opposite Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, and Ann-Margret.
The film was a box-office success and became Loren’s biggest US hit in years.
At the 20th Moscow International Film Festival in 1997, she was awarded an Honorable Prize for contribution to cinema. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Loren among the greatest female stars of Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.
In 2001, Loren received a Special Grand Prix of the Americas Award at the Montreal World Film Festival for her body of work.She filmed two projects in Canada during this time: the independent film Between Strangers (2002), directed by her son Edoardo and co-starring Mira Sorvino, and the television miniseries Lives of the Saints (2004).
In 2009, after five years off the set and 14 years since she starred in a prominent US theatrical film, Loren starred in Rob Marshall’s film version of Nine, based on the Broadway musical that tells the story of a director whose midlife crisis causes him to struggle to complete his latest film;
he is forced to balance the influences of numerous formative women in his life, including his deceased mother. Loren was Marshall’s first and only choice for the role.
The film also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman. As a part of the cast, she received her first nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 2010, Loren played her own mother in a two-part Italian television miniseries about her early life, directed by Vittorio Sindoni with Margareth Madè as Loren, entitled La Mia Casa È Piena di Specchi , based on the memoir by her sister Maria.
In July 2013, Loren made her film comeback in an Italian adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s 1930 play The Human Voice (La Voce Umana), which charts the breakdown of a woman who is left by her lover – with her youngest son, Edoardo Ponti, as director.
Filming took under a month during July in various locations in Italy, including Rome and Naples. It was Loren’s first significant feature film since Nine.
Loren received a star on 16 November 2017, at Almeria Walk of Fame due to his intervention in Bianco, rosso e…. She received the Almería Tierra de Cine award.
In September 1999, Loren filed a lawsuit against 79 adult websites for posting altered nude photos of her on the internet.
Loren is a Roman Catholic. Her primary residence has been in Geneva, Switzerland, since late 2006. She also owns homes in Naples and Rome.
Loren is an ardent fan of the football club S.S.C. Napoli. In May 2007, when the team was third in Serie B, she (then age 72) told the Gazzetta dello Sport that she would do a striptease if the team won.
Affair with Cary Grant
Loren and Cary Grant co-starred in Houseboat (1958). Grant’s wife Betsy Drake wrote the original script, and Grant originally intended that she would star with him.
After he began an affair with Loren while filming The Pride and the Passion (1957), Grant arranged for Loren to take Drake’s place with a rewritten script for which Drake did not receive credit.
The affair ended in bitterness before The Pride and the Passion’s filming ended, causing problems on the Houseboat set.
Grant hoped to resume the relationship, but Loren agreed to marry Carlo Ponti, instead.
Marriage and family
Loren first met Ponti in 1950, when she was 16 and he was 37.
Though Ponti had been long separated from his first wife, Giuliana, he was not legally divorced when Loren married him by proxy (two male lawyers stood in for them) in Mexico on 17 September 1957.
The couple had their marriage annulled in 1962 to escape bigamy charges, but continued to live together.
In 1965, they became French citizens after their application was approved by then French President Georges Pompidou. Ponti then obtained a divorce from Giuliana in France, allowing him to marry Loren on 9 April 1966.
They had two children, Carlo Ponti Jr., born on 29 December 1968, and Edoardo Ponti, born on 6 January 1973.Loren’s daughters-in-law are Sasha Alexander and Andrea Meszaros. Loren has four grandchildren. Loren remained married to Carlo Ponti until his death on 10 January 2007 of pulmonary complications.
In 1962, Loren’s sister Maria married the youngest son of Benito Mussolini, Romano, with whom she had two daughters, Alessandra, a national conservative Italian politician, and Elisabetta.
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver.
John was an American singer, songwriter, actor, activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s and one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed.
He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country and western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, “Rocky Mountain High”, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders”.
Doris Day and John Denver
Denver further starred in films and several notable television specials in the 1970s and 1980s. In the following decade, he continued to record, but also focused on calling attention to environmental issues, lent his vocal support to space exploration, and testified in front of Congress to protest against censorship in music. He was known for his love of the state of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life. He was named Poet Laureate of the state in 1974. The Colorado state legislature also adopted “Rocky Mountain High” as one of its state songs in 2007. Denver was an avid pilot, and died in a single fatality crash of his personal aircraft at the age of 53.
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., was born in Roswell, New Mexico, to Erma Louise Swope and Lt. Col. Henry John Deutschendorf, Sr. an Air Force officer (who set three speed records in the B-58 Hustler bomber and earned a place in the Air Force Hall of Fame).
Henry Sr. was of German ancestry, and met and married his “Oklahoma Sweetheart”. Denver’s Irish Catholic and German maternal grandmother was the one who imbued Denver with his love of music. In his autobiography, Take Me Home, Denver described his life as the eldest son of a family shaped by a stern father who could not show his love for his children. He is also the nephew of singer Dave Deutschendorf of The New Christy Minstrels.
Because Denver’s father was in the military, the family moved often, making it difficult for Denver to make friends and fit in with people of his own age. Constantly being the new kid was agony for the introverted child, and he grew up always feeling as if he should be somewhere else, but never knowing where that “right” place was. While living in Tucson, Arizona, Denver was a member of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus for two years.
Denver was happy living in Tucson, but his father was transferred to Montgomery, Alabama, then in the midst of the Montgomery boycotts. The family later moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Denver graduated from Arlington Heights High School. Attending high school in Fort Worth was a distressing experience for the disenfranchised Denver. In his third year of high school, he borrowed his father’s car and ran away to California to visit family friends and begin his music career. His father flew to California to bring him back, and Denver unhappily returned to finish high school.
At the age of 11, Denver received an acoustic guitar from his grandmother. He learned to play well enough to perform at local clubs by the time he was in college. He adopted the surname “Denver” after the capital of his favorite state, Colorado. He decided to change his name when Randy Sparks, founder of The New Christy Minstrels, suggested that “Deutschendorf” wouldn’t fit comfortably on a marquee.
Denver studied Architecture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and sang in a folk-music group called “The Alpine Trio” while pursuing architecture studies. He was also a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Denver dropped out of the Texas Tech School of Engineering in 1963, and moved to Los Angeles, where he sang in folk clubs. In 1965, Denver joined the Chad Mitchell Trio, a folk group that had been renamed “The Mitchell Trio” prior to Chad Mitchell’s departure and before Denver’s arrival, and then “Denver, Boise, and Johnson” (John Denver, David Boise, and Michael Johnson).
In 1969, John Denver abandoned the band life to pursue a solo career and released his first album for RCA Records: Rhymes & Reasons. Two years prior, Denver had made a self-produced demo recording of some of the songs he played at his concerts. He included in the demo a song called “Babe I Hate to Go”, later renamed “Leaving on A Jet Plane”. Denver made several copies and gave them out as presents for Christmas. Producer Milt Okun, who produced records for the Mitchell Trio and the high-profile folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, had become Denver’s producer as well. Okun brought the unreleased “Jet Plane” song to Peter, Paul and Mary. Their version of the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Although RCA did not actively promote Rhymes & Reasons with a tour, Denver himself embarked on an impromptu supporting tour throughout the Midwest, stopping at towns and cities as the fashion took him, offering to play free concerts at local venues. When he was successful in persuading a school, college, American Legion Hall, or local coffee-house to let him play, he would spend a day or so distributing posters in the town and could usually be counted upon to show up at the local radio station, guitar in hand, offering himself for an interview. With his foot-in-the-door for authoring “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, he was often successful in gaining some valuable promotional airtime, usually featuring one or two songs performed live. Some venues would let him play for the “door”; others restricted him to selling copies of the album at intermission and after the show. After several months of this constant low-key touring schedule, however, he had sold enough albums to persuade RCA to take a chance on extending his recording contract. He had also built a sizable and solid fan base, many of whom remained loyal throughout his career.
Denver recorded two more albums in 1970, Take Me to Tomorrow and Whose Garden Was This, including a mix of songs he had written and cover versions of other artists’ compositions.
His next album, Poems, Prayers, and Promises (released in 1971), was a breakthrough for him in the U.S., thanks in part to the single “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, which went to number 2 on the Billboard charts despite the first pressings of the track being distorted. Its success was due in part to the efforts of his new manager, future Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, who signed Denver in 1970. Weintraub insisted on a re-issue of the track and began a radio-airplay campaign that started in Denver, Colorado. Denver’s career flourished from then on, and he had a series of hits over the next four years. In 1972, Denver scored his first Top Ten album with Rocky Mountain High, with its title track reaching the Top Ten in 1973.
Between 1974 and 1975, Denver experienced an impressive chart dominance, with a string of four No.1 songs (“Sunshine on My Shoulders”, “Annie’s Song”, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, and “I’m Sorry”) and three No.1 albums (John Denver’s Greatest Hits, Back Home Again, and Windsong).
In the 1970s, Denver’s onstage appearance included long blond hair, embroidered shirts emblazoned with images commonly associated with the American West (created by designer & appliqué artist Anna Zapp), and “granny” glasses. His manager, Jerry Weintraub, insisted on a significant number of television appearances, including a series of half-hour shows in England, despite Denver’s protests at the time, “I’ve had no success in Britain… I mean none.”
Weintraub explained to Maureen Orth of Newsweek in December 1976, “I knew the critics would never go for John. I had to get him to the people.”
After appearing as a guest on many shows, Denver went on to host his own variety/music specials, including several concerts from Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver. His seasonal special, Rocky Mountain Christmas, was watched by more than 60 million people and was the highest-rated show for the ABC network at that time.
His live concert special, An Evening with John Denver, won the 1974–1975 Emmy for Outstanding Special, Comedy-Variety or Music. When Denver ended his business relationship because of Weintraub’s focus on other projects, Weintraub threw Denver out of his office and called him a Nazi.
Denver would later tell Arthur Tobier, when the latter transcribed his autobiography, “…I’d bend my principles to support something he wanted of me. And of course every time you bend your principles – whether because you don’t want to worry about it, or because you’re afraid to stand up for fear of what you might lose – you sell your soul to the devil.”
Denver was also a guest star on The Muppet Show, the beginning of the lifelong friendship between Denver and Jim Henson that spawned two television specials with The Muppets.
He also tried his hand at acting, appearing in the The Colorado Cattle Caper episode of the McCloud television movie on February 24, 1974, and starring in the 1977 film Oh, God! opposite George Burns.
Denver hosted the Grammy Awards five times in the 1970s and 1980s and guest-hosted The Tonight Show on multiple occasions. In 1975, Denver was awarded the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award.
At the ceremony, the outgoing Entertainer of the Year Charlie Rich presented the award to his successor, but in protest of what he considered the inappropriateness of Denver’s selection, Rich set fire to the envelope containing the official notification of the award. However, Denver’s music was defended by country singer Kathy Mattea, who told Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly, “A lot of people write him off as lightweight, but he articulated a kind of optimism, and he brought acoustic music to the forefront, bridging folk, pop, and country in a fresh way… People forget how huge he was worldwide.”
In 1977, Denver cofounded The Hunger Project with Werner Erhard and Robert W. Fuller. He served for many years and supported the organization until his death.
Denver was also appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the President’s Commission on World Hunger, writing the song “I Want to Live” as its theme song. In 1979, Denver performed “Rhymes & Reasons” at the Music for UNICEF Concert. Royalties from the concert performances were donated to UNICEF.
His father taught him to fly in the mid-1970s, which led to a reconciliation between father and son.
T In 1980, Denver and his father, Lt. Col. “Dutch” Deutschendorf, co-hosted an award winning television special, “The Higher We Fly: the History of Flight”. It won the Osborn Award from the Aviation/Space Writers’ Association, and was honored by the Houston Film Festival.
Denver became outspoken in politics in the mid-1970s. He expressed his ecologic interests in the epic 1975 song “Calypso,” which is an ode to the exploration ship and team of environmental activist Jacques Cousteau. In 1976, he campaigned for Jimmy Carter, who became a close friend and ally. Denver was a supporter of the Democratic Party and of a number of charitable causes for the environmental movement, the homeless, the poor, the hungry, and the African AIDS crisis. He founded the charitable Windstar Foundation in 1976, to promote sustainable living. His dismay at the Chernobyl disaster led to precedent-setting concerts in parts of communist Asia and Europe.
During the 1980s, Denver was critical of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Administration, but he remained active in his campaign against hunger, for which Reagan awarded Denver the Presidential World Without Hunger Award in 1985.
Later years and humanitarian work
He had a few more U.S. Top 30 hits as the 1970s ended, but nothing to match his earlier success. He began to focus more on humanitarian and sustainability causes, focusing extensively on conservation projects. He made public expression of his acquaintances and friendships with ecological-design researchers such as Richard Buckminster Fuller (about whom he wrote and composed “What One Man Can Do”) and Amory Lovins, from whom he said he learned much. He also founded two environmental groups; the Windstar Foundation and Plant-It 2020 (originally Plant-It 2000).
Denver had a keen interest in solutions to world hunger. He visited Africa during the 1980s to witness first-hand the suffering caused by starvation and to work with African leaders toward solutions.
In 1983 and 1984, Denver hosted the annual Grammy Awards. In the 1983 finale, Denver was joined on stage by folk-music legend Joan Baez with whom he led an all-star version of “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Let The Sunshine In,” joined by such diverse musical icons as Jennifer Warnes, Donna Summer, and Rick James.
In 1984, Roone Arledge, president of ABC Sports, asked Denver to compose and sing the theme song for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Denver worked as both a performer and a skiing commentator. (Skiing was another avocation of Denver’s.) He had written and composed “The Gold and Beyond,” and he sang it for the Olympic Games athletes, as well as local venues including many schools.
In 1985, Denver asked to participate in the singing of “We Are the World,” but he was turned down. According to Ken Kragen (who helped to produce the song), the reason Denver was turned down was that many people felt his image would hurt the credibility of the song as a pop-rock anthem. “I didn’t agree” with this assessment, Kragen said, but reluctantly turned Denver down anyway.
For Earth Day 1990, Denver was the on-camera narrator of a well-received environmental TV program, In Partnership With Earth, with then–EPA Administrator William K. Reilly.
With Denver’s innate love of flying, he was naturally attracted to NASA and became dedicated to America’s work in outer space. He conscientiously worked to help bring into being the “Citizens in Space” program. Denver received the NASA Public Service Medal, in 1985 for “helping to increase awareness of space exploration by the peoples of the world,” an award usually restricted to spaceflight engineers and designers. Also in 1985, Denver passed NASA’s rigorous physical exam and was in line for a space flight, a finalist for the first citizen’s trip on the Space Shuttle in 1986. But he was not chosen. After the Challenger disaster with teacher Christa McAuliffe aboard, Denver dedicated his song “Flying for Me” to all astronauts, and he continued to support NASA.
Denver testified before the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on the topic of censorship during a Parents Music Resource Center hearing in 1985. Denver also toured Russia in 1985. His 11 Soviet Union concerts were the first by any American artist in more than 10 years, and they marked a very important cultural exchange that culminated in an agreement to allow other western artists to perform there.
He returned two years later to perform at a benefit concert for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. In October 1992, Denver undertook a multiple-city tour of the People’s Republic of China. He also released a greatest-hits CD, “Homegrown,” to raise money for homeless charities.
In 1994, he published his autobiography, Take Me Home, in which he candidly spoke of his marijuana, LSD, and cocaine use, his marital infidelities, and his history of domestic violence. In 1996, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In early 1997, Denver filmed an episode for the Nature series, centering on the natural wonders that inspired many of his best-loved songs. The episode contains his last song, “Yellowstone, Coming Home,” which he composed while rafting along the Colorado River with his son and young daughter.
In the summer of 1997, Denver recorded a children’s train album for Sony Wonder, titled All Aboard! This was produced by long-time friend Roger Nichols. The album consisted of old-fashioned swing, big band, folk, bluegrass, and gospel styles of music woven into a theme of railroad songs. This album won a posthumous Best Musical Album For Children Grammy for Denver, which was his only Grammy.
Denver’s first marriage was to Annie Martell of St. Peter, Minnesota. Their wedding was held at the Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College. Annie was the subject of his hit Annie’s Song, which he composed in only ten minutes while on a ski lift in 1974.
The couple lived in Edina, Minnesota, from 1968 to 1971. Following the success of “Rocky Mountain High”, Denver purchased a residence in Aspen, Colorado and owned one home in Aspen continuously until his death. He and Annie adopted a son, Zachary, and daughter, Anna Kate, who John would say were “meant to be” theirs. John once said, “I’ll tell you the best thing about me. I’m some guy’s dad; I’m some little gal’s dad. When I die, Zachary John and Anna Kate’s father, boy, that’s enough for me to be remembered by. That’s more than enough.” Zachary was the subject of “A Baby Just Like You”, a song that included the line “Merry Christmas, little Zachary” and which he wrote for Frank Sinatra. Denver and Annie Martell divorced in 1982 and the ensuing property settlement caused Denver to become so enraged he nearly choked his ex-wife, then used a chainsaw to cut the marital bed in half. Martell continues to live in Aspen.
Denver married actress Cassandra Delaney in 1988, after a two-year courtship. Settling at Denver’s home in Aspen, the couple had a daughter, Jesse Belle. Denver and Delaney separated in 1991 and divorced in 1993. Of his second marriage, Denver would later recall that “before our short-lived marriage ended in divorce, she managed to make a fool of me from one end of the valley to the other”. In 1993, Denver pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge, and was placed on probation.
In August 1994, while still on probation, he was again charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence after crashing his Porsche into a tree in Aspen. Though a jury trial in July 1997 resulted in a hung jury on the second DUI charge, prosecutors later decided to reopen the case, which was closed only after Denver’s accidental death in October 1997. In 1996, the FAA decided that Denver could no longer fly a plane due to medical disqualification for failure to abstain from alcohol, a condition that the FAA had imposed in October 1995 after his prior drunk-driving conviction.
Denver’s talent extended beyond music. He was a painter as well, but because of his limiting schedule, he pursued photography. He once said that “photography is a way to communicate a feeling”. Denver was an avid skier and golfer. His love of flying was secondary only to his love for music. He collected vintage biplanes, and in 1974, he bought a Learjet, which he used to fly himself to concerts. He also bought a Christen Eagle aerobatic plane, two Cessna 210 and in 1997, an experimental, amateur-built Rutan Long-EZ.
On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed at the age of 53, when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, aircraft registration number N555JD, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California, while making a series of touch-and-go landings at the nearby Monterey Peninsula Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) accident ID is LAX98FA008. Denver was the only occupant of the aircraft.
In 2000, CBS presented the television movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story loosely based on his memoirs, starring Chad Lowe. The New York Post observed, “An overachiever like John Denver couldn’t have been this boring.”
Denver’s music remains popular around the world. Previously unreleased and unnoticed recordings are now sought-after collectibles in pop, folk and country genres. Also in demand are copies of Denver’s many television appearances, especially his one-hour specials from the 1970s and his six-part series for Britain’s BBC, The John Denver Show. Despite strong interest in these programs, no sign of “official” release is evident for the vast majority of this material. An anthology musical featuring John Denver’s music, Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday, premiered at the Rubicon Theatre Company in November 2006.
On March 12, 2007, the Colorado Senate passed a resolution to make Denver’s trademark 1972 hit “Rocky Mountain High” one of the state’s two official state songs, sharing duties with its predecessor, “Where the Columbines Grow”. The resolution passed 50–11 in the House, defeating an objection by Rep. Debbie Stafford (R-Aurora) that the song reflected drug use, most specifically the line, “friends around the campfire and everybody’s high”. Sen. Bob Hagedorn, the Aurora Democrat who sponsored the proposal, defended the song as nothing to do with drugs, but everything to do with sharing with friends the euphoria of experiencing the beauty of Colorado’s mountain vistas. Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) said that “John Denver to me is an icon of what Colorado is
On September 24, 2007, the California Friends of John Denver and The Windstar Foundation unveiled a bronze plaque near the spot where his plane went down near Pacific Grove. The site had been marked by a driftwood log carved (by Jeffrey Pine of Colorado) with the singer’s name, but fears that the memorial could be washed out to sea sparked the campaign for a more permanent memorial. Initially the Pacific Grove Council denied permission for the memorial, fearing the place would attract ghoulish curiosity from extreme fans. Permission was finally granted in 1999, but the project was put on hold at the request of the singer’s family. Eventually, over 100 friends and family attended the dedication of the plaque, which features a bas-relief of the singer’s face and lines from his song “Windsong”: “So welcome the wind and the wisdom she offers. Follow her summons when she calls again.”
To mark the 10th anniversary of Denver’s death, his family released a set of previously unreleased recordings of Denver’s 1985 concert performances in the Soviet Union. This two-CD set, John Denver – Live in the USSR, was produced by Denver’s friend Roger Nichols, and released by AAO Music. These digital recordings were made during 11 concerts, and then rediscovered in 2002. Included in this set is a previously unpublished rendition of “Annie’s Song” in Russian. The collection was released November 6, 2007.
On October 13, 2009, a DVD box set of previously unreleased concerts recorded throughout Denver’s career was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment. Around the World Live is a 5-disc DVD set featuring three complete live performances with full band from Australia in 1977, Japan in 1981, and England in 1986. These are complemented by a solo acoustic performance from Japan in 1984, and performances at Farm Aid from 1985, 1987 and 1990. The final disc has two-hour-long documentaries made by Denver.
On April 21, 2011, John Denver became the first inductee into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. A benefit concert was held at Broomfield’s 1stBank Center and hosted by Olivia Newton-John. Other performers participating in the event included Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lee Ann Womack and John Oates. Both of his ex-wives were in attendance, and the award was presented to his three children.
The John Denver “Spirit” statue is a 2002 bronze sculpture statue that was financed by Denver’s fans.
Henry John Deutschendorf Jr ( 31 Décembre 1943 – 12 Octobre 1997 ) connu sous le pseudo de JOHN DENVER
John Denver (31 décembre 1943 – 12 octobre 1997), né Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. , est un chanteur américain, également compositeur, musicien et acteur. Il est mort à l’âge de 53 ans près de la côte de Monterey en Californie en pilotant un avion Rutan modèle Long-EZ, un avion expérimental en fibre de verre.
Il est né à Roswell, au Nouveau-Mexique. Son père, Henry Deutschendorf, Sr, était instructeur dans l’Armée de l’air des États-Unis. Denver est né alors que son père était en poste au Roswell Army Air Field. Il a passé son enfance dans diverses bases militaires du Sud-ouest américain. Il fréquente le lycée de Fort Worth dans le Texas, et plus tard inscrit à Texas Tech où il était un membre de la fraternité « Delta Tau Delta ». Son goût pour jouer de la musique est venu à l’âge de douze ans lorsque sa grand-mère lui a donné une guitare acoustique Gibson de 1910. Denver a commencé à se produire dans des clubs locaux ainsi qu’à l’université. Il a laissé tomber l’université en 1964 et s’est déplacé à Los Angeles pour rejoindre le trio Chad Mitchell Trio, un groupe de musique folklorique. En 1966, il écrit la chanson Leaving on a Jet Plane, dont l’enregistrement le plus célèbre provient de Peter, Paul and Mary. Il quitte le groupe connu sous le nom de Denver, Boise et Johnson, en 1969 pour poursuivre une carrière solo. La même année il sort son premier album Rhymes and Reasons, (des rimes et des raisons). Durant les quatre années qui suivent, il sort des albums comme Whose Garden Was This, Take Me to Tomorrow, et Poems, Prayers and Promises et devient une célébrité de la chanson populaire en Amérique.
Une de ses chansons les plus connues Take me home, Country roads enregistrée en 1971 sera reprise en France d’abord par Marie Laforêt sous le titre « Mon pays est ici » puis par Claude François sous le titre « J’ai encore ma maison », et encore quelques années plus tard par Dick Rivers sous le titre « Faire un pont ». Cette même chanson connaîtra également une adaptation en japonais dans le film Si tu tends l’oreille (1995). Elle a pour nom Mimi o sumaseba (耳をすませば) au pays du soleil levant.
Célèbre dans le chant et dans l’écriture de chanson, il connaît une carrière mineure en tant qu’acteur.
Ses films les plus connus étant en 1977 Oh, God! avec George Burns.
En 1994, Denver a écrit son autobiographie intitulée Take Me Home. Il se rend à Aspen dans le Colorado en 1970 suivant son premier succès solo avec la chanson Leaving on a Jet Plane (en partant sur un avion à réaction). Denver est connu non seulement pour ses capacités musicales mais également pour son travail humanitaire.
Il a travaillé intensivement sur des projets humanitaires et a aidé à créer un refuge national en Alaska. Il a également fondé son propre groupe environnemental appelé Windstar Foundation. Denver a montré un vif intérêt pour la lutte contre la famine, et s’est rendu en Afrique au cours des années 1980, œuvrant également avec des chefs africains à la recherche d’une solution.
Défiant toutes les étiquettes conventionnelles, John Denver a tenu un rôle singulier dans la musique américaine : un compositeur dont le travail immensément populaire s’est répandu avec une parenté profonde et en lien avec les gens. Ses chansons sont restées populaires dans le monde. Elles sont caractérisées par leurs mélodies douces, une guitare élégante et son interprétation soul du lyrique. Il est devenu un des quelques chanteurs occidentaux largement connus dans le monde non-européen comprenant l’Afrique, l’Inde et l’Asie du Sud-Est.
John Denver était passionné par deux choses : la musique et l’aviation. Pilote expérimenté, il pilotait ses propres Lear Jet et pratiquait le vol acrobatique. Cependant, c’est cette passion qui a causé sa mort : John Denver s’est abîmé en mer le 12 octobre 1997 aux commandes de son Rutan Long-EZ.
1969 : Rhymes and Reasons
1970 : Take Me To Tomorrow
1970 : Whose Garden Was This?
1971 : Poems, Prayers and Promises
1972 : Aerie
1972 : Rocky Mountain High
1974 : Farewell Andromeda
1974 : John Denver’s Greatest Hits
1974 : Back Home Again
1975 : An Evening With John Denver
1975 : Windsong
1975 : Calypso, un hommage musical à Jacques-Yves Cousteau et à sa cause
Described as a “Piano Prodigy” by People Magazine, and a “Gorgeous Pianist/Composer/Hunk”, by the Washington Post, pianist, composer, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador ; Zade Dirani has released Billboard charting albums, and has performed in concert before tens of thousands around the world including world leaders such as King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan, Queen Elizabeth of England and Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Noor of Jordan, the Late Nelson Mandela, former US first lady Laura Bush, former Qatar first lady Sheika Moza Bint Nasser, Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and US statesman Colin Powell among others.
Zade has performed in concerts in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, England, France, Spain, and the United States.
Zade’s latest album which will be released in 2019, is entitled “Un Piano Y Amigos” and is the fruition of collaboration with Spanish hit producer David Santisteban who produced the album.
The album features vocal guest appearances with some of the most prominent artists on the Spanish music landscape today, including India Martinez, Pitingo, David DeMaria, Sweet California, Soraya, Ana Mena, Eva Ruiz, Lorena Gomez, Paula Rojo, and Lerica.
Born in Amman, and later relocated to the United States, Zade started writing music for piano and orchestra at age fifteen, and saw his first concert of his own compositions come to life at the age of nineteen.
He has been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicles, The Associated Press, Reuters, Skye News, Al Jazeera, MBC, Al Arabiyah, among others, and was mentored in Los Angeles by Grammy winning producer David Foster.
Distinctive concert appearances include performances at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, a performance at the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, a performance at the World Economic Forum, and a performance at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
In 2006, Zade launched “The Zade Foundation” a nonprofit organization that offers educational scholarships to young musicians from different parts of the world. The foundation’s flagship program “The Roads to You Tour” brought together 35 musicians from 20 different countries, including war torn regions.
To date, the musicians presented more than 300 workshops and performances in various cities in the United States in an effort to bring world cultures closer together through music.
In 2008, Zade performed an epic concert entitled: “One Night in Jordan: A Concert for Peace” where he brought together 100 musicians from around the world, including the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Voices Choir. The concert was presented in a historical setting and filmed in HD at one of the world’s largest remaining Roman Amphitheatres built nearly 2,000 years ago. The concert event was attended by more than 10,000 people and was broadcast in numerous countries around the world including the United States on Public Television.
The “One Night in Jordan” CD debuted on the US Billboard at #2 on the New Age Chart, #5 on the Classical Crossover Chart, and #11 on the Overall Classical Chart. Zade’s accompanying DVD also debuted on Billboard’s Top DVD/Music Video Charts at #18.
In 2016, Zade was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Middle East and North Africa and his appointment was launched with a piano performance at Al Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan where he invited refugee children to improvise on the piano with him.
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This performance would later inspire the permanent music therapy program in the camps that he would launch with UNICEF two years later.
In 2017, Zade recorded “Heartbeat” with by 10 year-old Ansam, an internally displaced girl in Syria who was born blind. The song was shot in an area of Syria heavily damaged by the fighting. Children performing as part of the choir are all internally displaced and participate, along with Ansam, in UNICEF psychosocial support programmes. The song was utilized to raise awareness to the war in Syria as the conflict reached six years and was shared worldwide on social media by other UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors including Ricky Martin, Orlando Bloom, and Lionel Messi.
In 2018, With UNICEF, he launched the first music therapy program in the world designed specifically for children in refugee camps with pilot programs at Al Zaatari Refugee camp and Al Azraq Refugee camp in Jordan.
Zade studied piano at Noor Al Hussein’s National Music Conservatory in Amman, founded by Queen Noor of Jordan and later at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Queen Noor said: “Zade is a musician of outstanding ability, whose creations have delighted the people of our nation and our region on both private and public occasions. Zade’s enthusiasm, which I first experienced almost 20 years ago in his early days at the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s National Music Conservatory in Jordan, is as unbridled as ever.”
In case you use GOOGLE CHROME and the platform website dosen’t allow you to listen to some or any radio. It happens : The new rules of Google Chrome since January 2020
You can follow those instructions to be able to make the player operational
Here is a video showing easy steps to do to make GOOGLE CHROME accept to play music some websites on your computer. (It dosen’t concern all other navigators like Firefox , safari etc…) (At least for now, date of publishing this article)
This is the process for one radios’s annuary but it can be also used for all other like TUNEin for instance and all others..
Notre équipe a souhaité écrire un article commun sur Messieurs KIRK et MICHAEL DOUGLAS : Le projet était en cours.
Cependant, le décès de M kirk DOUGLAS le 05 février 2020 a fait en sorte que nous ressortions l’article déjà écrit sur un autre de nos sites RADIOSATELLITE pour le diffuser sur le site officiel et principal de notre Radio “en ligne”.
Issur Danielovitch dit Kirk Douglas, né le 9 décembre 1916 à Amsterdam (État de New York), est un acteur, producteur, réalisateur et écrivain américain. Il est le père de l’acteur et producteur Michael Douglas.
Figure majeure du cinéma américain, Kirk Douglas est un des acteurs les plus populaires dans le monde entier dans les années 1950 et 1960.
Nombre de ses films deviennent des classiques, et il excelle dans tous les genres : la comédie (Au fil de l’épée), l’aventure (Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers, Les Vikings), le western (Règlement de comptes à O.K. Corral), le péplum (Spartacus), les films de guerre (Les Héros de Télémark, Sept jours en mai, Les Sentiers de la gloire), le drame (La Vie passionnée de Vincent van Gogh).
Douglas a tourné avec de nombreux réalisateurs réputés comme Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, Vincente Minnelli, John Huston, Howard Hawks, Otto Preminger, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz, Elia Kazan, Billy Wilder et King Vidor.
Connu pour son engagement démocrate, il est un producteur courageux à une époque où le cinéma américain est en proie au maccarthysme, notamment en engageant Dalton Trumbo, le scénariste figurant sur la « liste noire d’Hollywood ». Plusieurs de ses films abordent des thèmes sensibles, comme la Première Guerre mondiale avec Les Sentiers de la gloire (Paths of Glory), qui est interdit à sa sortie dans beaucoup de pays européens. Dans le western avec La Captive aux yeux clairs, La Rivière de nos amours et Le Dernier Train de Gun Hill, il tourne des films qui réhabilitent la figure de l’Indien et dénoncent le racisme.
Ambitieux, séducteur , mégalomane , il fait partie des acteurs américains qui ont le plus marqué la mémoire du public.
Sa grande popularité ne s’est jamais démentie et il apparaît comme l’une des dernières légendes de l’Âge d’or de Hollywood. L’American Film Institute l’a par ailleurs classé en 1999 17e plus grande star masculine du cinéma américain de tous les temps.
Retiré du cinéma en 2008, il s’occupe de sa fondation pour les enfants défavorisés.
Issur Danielovitch est le quatrième enfant d’une famille qui en compte sept (il a six sœurs).
Il est le fils de Bryna (« Bertha », née Sanglel) et de Herschel (« Harry ») Danielovitch (« Demsky »). Ses parents étaient des immigrants juifs de Tchavoussy, en actuelle Biélorussie, ayant fui le pays pour échapper à la pauvreté et à l’antisémitisme d’état de l’Empire russe.
Son oncle paternel, qui avait émigré auparavant, avait utilisé le patronyme de « Demsky », que la famille Danielovitch adoptera aux États-Unis. En plus de leur nom de famille, ses parents changèrent leurs prénoms en Harry et Bertha. Issur adopte quant à lui le surnom d’« Izzy » : né sous le nom d’Issur Danielovitch, il grandit donc sous celui de Izzy Demsky
Le père est chiffonnier et la famille vit modestement au 46 Eagle Street à Amsterdam, dans l’État de New York. C’est après avoir récité un poème à l’école et reçu des applaudissements que le jeune Issur décide de devenir acteur. Une ambition non partagée par sa famille. À l’université, le fait d’être fils de chiffonnier lui attire l’ostracisme des personnes intolérantes mais le jeune homme trouve une façon d’imposer le respect : la lutte.
En juin 1939, il décide de partir à New York pour apprendre la comédie. Au théâtre Tamarak, un ami lui propose de changer son nom. On lui propose Kirk et un nom commençant par un D, Douglas. Il entre ensuite à l’académie américaine d’art dramatique et suit les cours de Charles Jehlinger.
Il y rencontre aussi Diana Dill, sa future première femme, et la jeune Betty Bacall, future Lauren Bacall. Après quelques rôles mineurs dans les pièces Spring Again (novembre 1941) et Les Trois Sœurs (décembre 1942), il s’engage dans la marine. Peu avant de s’enrôler, il effectue une démarche de changement de nom : Kirk Douglas, qui était initialement un nom de scène, devient alors son nom d’état civil.
Pendant la guerre, il se marie à Diana. Réformé à la suite d’une dysenterie chronique au printemps 1943, il retourne à New York puis de mars 1943 à juin 1945 il remplace sur scène Richard Widmark dans Kiss and Tell et en avril 1946 il joue dans Woman bites dog. Lauren Bacall, en intervenant auprès de Hal Wallis, lui permet d’obtenir le troisième rôle dans L’Emprise du crime où il joue le mari de Barbara Stanwycknote .
Il donne la réplique à Robert Mitchum dans La Griffe du passé et rencontre Burt Lancaster dans L’Homme aux abois. Alors qu’il est père de deux enfants et qu’il se sépare de sa femme, il prend le choix audacieux de tourner Le Champion (alors qu’on lui proposait une superproduction produite par la MGM). Sorti en juillet 1949, le film est un succès inespéré.
Kirk Douglas signe alors un contrat avec la Warner et enchaîne plusieurs films (La Femme aux chimères, Le Gouffre aux chimères…) qui lui permettent de rencontrer et de séduire un grand nombre de stars féminines, dont Rita Hayworth ou Gene Tierney. Las de l’emprise du studio, il décide de ne pas renouveler son contrat après le film La Vallée des géants. Libre, il tourne un western de Howard Hawks, La Captive aux yeux clairs, puis Les Ensorcelés de Vincente Minnelli où l’oscar du meilleur acteur lui échappe.
Pour les beaux yeux de l’actrice italienne Pier Angeli il accepte un contrat de trois films qui l’amène en Europe. Le Jongleur, Un acte d’amour et enfin Ulysse des jeunes producteurs Dino De Laurentiis et Carlo Ponti.
À cette époque il rencontre Anne Buydens, une assistante dont il tombe amoureux et qu’il épouse le 29 mai 1954, la même année que la superproduction Disney Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers. Après L’Homme qui n’a pas d’étoile, l’acteur à succès devient producteur et crée la Bryna, du nom de sa mère, et produit La Rivière de nos amours, un succès.
En 1955 il achète les droits du roman Lust for life et confie la réalisation à Vincente Minnelli. La Vie passionnée de Vincent van Gogh entraîne Kirk Douglas aux limites de la schizophrénie, l’acteur ayant du mal à entrer sans conséquences dans l’âme tourmentée du peintre.
Là encore, il est nommé pour l’Oscar du meilleur acteur sans toutefois l’obtenir. Il tourne alors avec son ami Burt Lancaster un western de légende, Règlement de comptes à O.K. Corral. Sa composition du personnage de Doc Holliday reste dans toutes les mémoires. La même année, il s’investit dans la production et l’écriture d’un autre film de légende, Les Sentiers de la gloire qui permet à Stanley Kubrick de faire ses preuves.
Le film ne rapporta pas beaucoup d’argent puisqu’interdit dans un grand nombre de pays européens. Avec la Bryna, il produit Les Vikings, fresque épique qui l’emmène tourner un peu partout dans le monde (dont en France). Le film avec Tony Curtis et Janet Leigh est un gros succès. L’année suivante, après le film Au fil de l’épée, sa mère meurt le jour de son anniversaire.
Vexé de ne pas avoir été choisi pour interpréter Ben-Hur, il choisit de faire son propre film épique en adaptant au cinéma l’histoire de Spartacus l’esclave qui fit trembler Rome.
Une préparation longue et compliquée, un tournage long et difficile (le réalisateur Anthony Mann est remplacé par Stanley Kubrick), mais un immense succès et un rôle qui place définitivement Kirk Douglas au panthéon des stars de Hollywood.
En 1962, toujours sur un scénario de Dalton Trumbo, il interprète un cow-boy perdu dans le monde moderne dans Seuls sont les indomptés, son film préféré de toute sa carrière cinématographique. Il triomphe aussi au théâtre dans la pièce Vol au-dessus d’un nid de coucou, qu’il comptait jouer au cinéma. Après quelques échecs commerciaux, dont un ambitieux, Le Dernier de la liste, il revient aux films engagés avec Sept jours en mai. Dans Les Héros de Télémark il est un scientifique qui tente de stopper la progression industrielle allemande pendant la guerre. Sur la même période, il enchaîne avec Première victoire et L’Ombre d’un géant.
Après un petit rôle dans Paris brûle-t-il ? de René Clément, il retrouve John Wayne pour un western à succès La Caravane de feu.
En 1969, il tourne L’Arrangement sous la direction de Elia Kazan puis sous celle de Joseph L. Mankiewicz pour un western original et déroutant, Le Reptile aux côtés de Henry Fonda. Après une autre adaptation d’un roman de Jules Verne (assez sombre), Le Phare du bout du monde, Kirk Douglas décide de passer à la réalisation.
Sur un sujet qu’il pense rentable, avec un budget correct, Kirk Douglas réalise Scalawag, adapté de L’Île au trésor. Le tournage est catastrophique, comme en témoigne le journal de bord, et le film est un échec total. Deux ans plus tard, il réitère l’opération avec La Brigade du Texas, western qui ne trouve pas son public.
Ce dernier film incite la star à abandonner la réalisation. Ne voulant plus tourner que des films qui l’intéressent, il produit Holocauste 2000, et Saturn (nommé aux Razzie Awards). Furie lui permet de se frotter au Nouvel Hollywood avec Brian De Palma et Nimitz, retour vers l’enfer de retrouver le film de guerre, mâtiné cette fois de science-fiction.
Il retrouve son ami Burt Lancaster pour Coup double en 1986. Victime d’un grave accident d’hélicoptère en Californie duquel il réchappe miraculeusement, il réduit son activité cinématographique, freinée par une attaque cérébrale en 1996. Diamonds en 1999 est l’occasion de retrouver Lauren Bacall et de recevoir au festival de Deauville un hommage pour l’ensemble de sa carrière.
Une attaque cardiaque en 2001 lui enlève tout espoir de retourner au cinéma, et pourtant il accepte de tourner dans Une si belle famille aux côtés de son fils Michael et de son petit-fils Cameron. Trois générations de Douglas sont ainsi réunies pour un film sorti de façon discrète et qui ne connaîtra pas un grand succès.
Depuis le milieu des années 1990, Kirk Douglas est fréquemment honoré dans le monde entier pour l’ensemble de sa carrière. Écrivain, il a publié plusieurs ouvrages et se consacre aujourd’hui à sa fondation en faveur des enfants défavorisés.
Kirk Douglas s’est marié deux fois : la première fois avec Diana Dill (née le 22 janvier 1923, divorcée en 1951 et morte le 3 juillet 2015) avec qui il a eu deux fils, l’acteur Michael Douglas et Joel Douglas ; la seconde fois en 1954 avec Anne Buydens (née le 23 avril 1919), avec qui il a eu également deux fils, le producteur Peter Vincent Douglas, né le 23 novembre 1955, et l’acteur Eric Douglas, né le 21 juin 1958 et mort le 6 juillet 2004 d’une overdose.
Il a sept petits-enfants (trois enfants de Michael Douglas, dont l’aîné Cameron Douglas est également acteur, et quatre enfants de Peter Douglas).
Considéré comme bel homme, Kirk Douglas est souvent identifié par sa fossette au menton. Il a été caricaturé avec cette fossette bien visible sous le nom de Spartakis dans la série de bandes dessinées #Astérix (album La Galère d’Obélix), d’après son rôle dans le film #Spartacus.
Nous avons décidé de passer la journée à Bruxelles, en cette période de décoration de Noël.
Partant de Paris, le trajet facile voire un peu monotone pour le conducteur de la voiture.
En fait, nous avons l’habitude de prendre la route vers Bruxelles presque 4 ou 5 fois par mois. Route directe…longue… Autoroute A1 / E19… Enfin…
Arrivés à Bruxelles, heureusement que le GPS est en action..
Depuis des années, que nous allons passer des jours voire des semaines à Bruxelles; La capitale européenne est toujours… Mais vraiment “toujours” en chantier… Des routes bloquées, des déviations de route… On s’y perd…Pourtant, depuis le temps, nous devrions y être habitués. Surtout les tramways qui passent entre les voitures au niveau des croisements.
Cependant, nous aimons cette ville. (aussi bien que la Belgique dans son ensemble ) , au delà de ces chantiers , cette ville est “jeune”. Elle respire l’ouverture européenne et surtout la vie simple sans chichi, sans complexe.
En france, nous avons divers complexes. A commencer par les scandales et cris horrifiés si une ville envisage installer une petite crèche de Noël , pour les quelques jours durant cette célébration.
Nous entendons toutes sortes d’insultes et attaques pretextant que c’est “anti laïque”. Alors qu’en Belgique, ils assument leur histoire, leur croyances ( ou non ) : La crèche de Noël , GEANTE est installée en plein centre de la “grand place” royale de Bruxelles.
Eh oui… Nous aimons la joie, le bonheur, le sourire et l’intelligence de nos amis belges.
La belgique a été choisie cette année, nous aurions pu opter pour la hollande ou l’allemagne. L’ambiance est aussi joyeuse et heureuse dans ces pays, durant les fêtes de Noël et de fin d’année en général.
En france, actuellement, c’est plutôt la galère entre grèves, blocages et arrêts des transports publics (ni trains, ni métros), le pays est paralysé en pleine période de fêtes.
Il faut reconnaitre ses défauts , ses qualités aussi mais aussi les qualités des autres voisins.
Notre équipe s’est déplacée entre la grand place où nous avons pu admirer la crèche de Noël.
Nous avons revu notre ami le “manneken pis” aussi bien que son alter égo féminin “jeanneken pis“.
Pour l’histoire du personnage en question ( le manneken pis ) : Nous préférons vous remettre le lien wikipédia pour relation tout de A à Z.
Ce qui est certain: Ce petit personnage, cette statue de petite taille est le centre d’intérêt de tous les touristes, des belges… Du monde entier.
Il est inconcevable qu’un touriste passe par Bruxelles sans passer voir ce petit bonhomme.
Le plus sympathique : Il est habillé en période hivernale ( il faut bien qu’il se protège du froid ) 🙂 Alors qu’en période d’été / printemps, il est nu comme un vers. Evidemment, dans les 2 cas, ce petit fait pipi “non stop”.
Nous vous avons choisi quelques photos prises par nos équipes (sauf pour le manneken pis : sources google )
Marion Lorne (August 12, 1883 – May 9, 1968) was an American actress of stage, film, and television.After a career in theatre in New York and London, Lorne made her first film in 1951, and for the remainder of her life, played small roles in films and television.
Her recurring role, between 1964 and her death in 1968, as Aunt Clara in the comedy series, Bewitched (1964–1972) brought her widespread recognition, and for which she was posthumously awarded an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
She was born Marion Lorne MacDougall in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, a small mining town halfway between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, of Scottish and English immigrant parents. While her year of birth is listed as 1885 on her tombstone, it was usually listed as 1888 when she was alive and the Social Security Death Index lists it as 1883. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Career Lorne debuted on Broadway in 1905; she also acted in London theaters, enjoying a flourishing stage career on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
In London she had her own theater, the Whitehall, where she had top billing in plays written by Walter Hackett, her husband. None of her productions at the Whitehall had runs shorter than 125 nights.
After appearing in a couple of Vitaphone shorts, including Success (1931) starring Jack Haley, she made her feature film debut in her late 60s in Strangers on a Train (1951), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
The role was typical of the befuddled, nervous, and somewhat aristocratic matrons that she usually portrayed.
From 1952-55, Lorne was seen as perpetually confused junior high school English teacher Mrs. Gurney on Mr. Peepers. From 1957–58, she co-starred with Joan Caulfield in the NBC sitcom Sally in the role of an elderly widow who happens to be the co-owner of a department store. Although afraid of live television, declaring “I’m a coward when it comes to a live [television] show”, she was persuaded to appear a few times to promote the film The Girl Rush with Rosalind Russell in the mid-1950s.
Between 1958–64, she made regular appearances on The Garry Moore Show (1958–64).Her last role, as Aunt Clara in Bewitched, brought Lorne her widest fame as a lovable, forgetful witch who is losing her powers due to old age and whose spells usually end in disaster. Aunt Clara is obsessed with doorknobs, often bringing her collection with her on visits.
Lorne had an extensive collection of doorknobs in real life, some of which she used as props in the series.DeathShe appeared in twenty-seven episodes of Bewitched, and was not replaced after she died of a heart attack in her Manhattan apartment, just prior to the start of production of the show’s fifth season, at the age of 84 on May 9, 1968.Lorne is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Greenburgh, New York.
PosthumousThe producers of Bewitched recognized that Lorne’s performance as Aunt Clara could not be replicated by another actress. Comedic actress Alice Ghostley was recruited to fill the gap as “Esmeralda”, a different type of befuddled witch with wobbly magic whose spells often went astray.
Coincidentally, Lorne and Ghostley had appeared side-by-side as partygoers in the iconic comedy-drama film The Graduate , made the year before Lorne’s death. She received a posthumous Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Bewitched.The statue was accepted by Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery.Personal lifeShe was married to playwright Walter Hackett, who died in 1944.WIKIPEDIA SOURCES Personal lifeShe was married to playwright Walter Hackett, who died in 1944.
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver.
John was an American singer, songwriter, actor, activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s and one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed.
He performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country and western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve…
Six-String Soldiers is a four-member acoustic group performing Americana, folk, bluegrass, and Irish music in an informal setting.
The group brings its signature style to the smallest, most intimate venues, the busiest public places, street festivals, and music festivals across the United States.
With its focus on audience interaction and sharing its members’ stories and experiences as American Soldiers, Six-String Soldiers offers one of the most personal musical experiences found in the United States Army.
The Statler Brothers (sometimes referred to in country music circles as simply The Statlers) were an American country music, gospel, and vocal group. The quartet was founded in 1955 and began their career backing Johnny Cash.
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Originally performing gospel music at local churches, the group billed themselves as The Four Star Quartet, and later The Kingsmen.
In 1963, when the song “Louie, Louie” by the garage rock band also called The Kingsmen became famous, the group elected to bill themselves as The Statler Brothers. Despite the name, only two members of the group (Don and Harold Reid) are actual brothers and none have the surname of Statler.
The band, in fact, named themselves after a brand of facial tissue they had noticed in a hotel room (they joked that they could have turned out to be the Kleenex Brothers).
Don Reid sang lead; Harold Reid, Don’s older brother, sang bass; Phil Balsley sang baritone; and Lew DeWitt sang tenor and was the guitarist of the Statlers before being replaced by Jimmy Fortune in 1983 due to DeWitt’s ill health.
DeWitt died on August 15, 1990, of heart and kidney disease, stemming from complications of Crohn’s disease.
The band’s style was closely linked to their gospel roots. “We took gospel harmonies,” said Harold Reid, “and put them over in country music.”
The group remained closely tied to their gospel roots, with a majority of their records containing at least one gospel song. They produced several albums containing only gospel music and recorded a tribute song to the Blackwood Brothers, who influenced their music. The Statler Brothers also wrote a tribute song to Johnny Cash, who discovered them. The song was called “We Got Paid by Cash”, and it reminisces about their time with Cash.
Very early on in the group’s history, before the group named themselves “The Statler Brothers,” Joe McDorman was their original lead singer.
The Statler Brothers started their career at a performance at Lyndhurst Methodist Church near their hometown of Staunton.
In 1964, they started to become Johnny Cash’s backing vocal for an 8 1⁄2-year run as his opening act.
This period of their career was memorialized in their song “We Got Paid by Cash”. They were featured regularly on Cash’s hit show The Johnny Cash Show on ABC. The show ran from 1969-1971. Due to their expanding career the Statlers left Cash’s entourage around the mid 1970s to pursue their own careers. They left Cash on good terms.
Two of their best-known songs are “Flowers on the Wall”, their first major hit that was composed and written by Lew DeWitt, and the socially conscious “Bed of Rose’s”. In the 1980s, the Statlers were a mainstay on The Nashville Network (TNN), where their videos were shown regularly. Also on TNN, between 1991 and 1998, they hosted their own show, The Statler Brothers Show, a weekly variety show which was the channel’s top-rated program for its entire run.
Their songs have been featured on several film soundtracks. These range from “Charlotte’s Web” in Smokey and the Bandit II, to “Flowers on the Wall” in the crime dramedy Pulp Fiction.
Throughout their career, much of their appeal was related to their incorporation of comedy and parody into their musical act, thanks in large part to the humorous talent of group member Harold Reid; they were frequently nominated for awards for their comedy as well as their singing. They recorded two comedy albums as Lester “Roadhog” Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys, and one-half of one side of the album Country Music Then and Now was devoted to satirizing small-town radio stations’ Saturday morning shows.
They earned the number one spot on the Billboard chart four times: for “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine?” in 1978; “Elizabeth” in 1984; and in 1985, “My Only Love” and “Too Much on My Heart”.
Since forming, the Statler Brothers have released over 40 albums.
The Statler Brothers purchased and renovated their former elementary school in Staunton, and occupied the complex for several years.
The complex consisted of offices for the group, a small museum and auditorium, as well as an adjacent building which served as office space for unrelated businesses. A garage was built to store the two tour buses that the group had used for many years. The group has since sold the building which has been converted back into a school.
In 1970, the group began performing at an annual Independence Day festival in Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton. The event, known as “Happy Birthday USA”, lasted for 25 years and included many country music figures including Mel Tillis, Charley Pride and many others. The event drew as many as 100,000 fans each year. The group also honored their hometown with the song “Staunton, Virginia” on their 1973 album Do You Love Me Tonight.
The group disbanded and retired after completing a farewell tour on October 26, 2002. Balsley and the Reid brothers continue to reside in Staunton, while Fortune relocated to Nashville, where he is continuing his music career as a solo artist. He has released three albums as a soloist. The Statlers continue to be one of the most awarded acts in the history of country music.
Since the Statlers’ retirement in 2002, Don Reid has pursued a second career as an author. He authored or co-authored three books: Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible, Sunday Morning Memories, and You’ll Know It’s Christmas When…. He and brother Harold co-wrote a history of the Statler Brothers titled Random Memories released in February 2008.
Wil and Langdon Reid, the sons of Harold and Don respectively, formed a duo in the 1990s, originally performing under the name Grandstaff. In 2007, Grandstaff recorded “The Statler Brothers Song”, a tribute song to the Statler Brothers.
In an interview on Nashville’s WSM (AM) on March 25, 2010, Wil Reid said that they decided to change their name to Wilson Fairchild after many people got the name “Grandstaff” wrong during introductions. The name comes from “Wilson”, Wil’s middle name, and “Fairchild”, Langdon’s middle name.
Les Statler Brothers sont un groupe de musique country américain qui s’est formé en 1955 dans la ville de Staunton en Virginie.
Originellement chanteurs de gospel dans les églises de leur état, les membres du groupe se sont ensuite attribué le surnom de « Four Stars » (Quatre étoiles) puis de Kingsmen.
Mais étant donné que le groupe The Kingsmen portait déjà ce nom, le groupe prit finalement le nom de Statler Brothers.
Le groupe avoua par la suite avoir pris ce nom en référence à une marque de mouchoirs. En plaisantant, ils expliquèrent même qu’ils auraient tout aussi bien pu s’appeler les Kleenex Brothers.
Le groupe se compose bel et bien de deux frères, Don Reid (soliste) et Harold Reid (basse).
Les deux autres membres sont le baryton Phil Balsley et le tenor Jimmy Fortune, qui a remplacé Lew DeWitt, l’un des fondateurs du groupe, lorsqu’il prit sa retraite, en 1982, afin de soigner la Maladie de Crohn, dont il souffrait depuis son adolescence, et dont les complications provoquèrent son décès en 1990.
Le style musical du groupe est resté tout au long de sa carrière très proche de ses racines de gospel. Ainsi, Harold Reid expliqua que le groupe utilisa « les mélodies du gospel pour les transposer dans la musique country ».
Ainsi, la plupart des albums proposent des titres issus du gospel. Certains albums reposaient même intégralement sur du gospel.
Les chansons des Statler Brothers sont apparues dans de nombreuses bandes originales de films ou de jeux vidéo. Ainsi, la chanson Flowers on the wall apparaît dans Pulp Fiction de Quentin Tarantino, et les chansons Bed of Roses et New York City apparaissent dans le jeu vidéo Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, sur la station K-Rose.
La carrière du groupe a duré 47 ans, depuis 1955 jusqu’en 2002, où Don Reid, Harold Reid et Phil Balsley ont annoncé leur retraite au cours d’une tournée d’adieu. Jimmy Fortune (en) continue depuis sa carrière en solo.
La carrière du groupe a débuté dans la Lynhurst Methodist Church située dans leur ville d’origine, Staunton.
En 1963 débuta une série de huit années de premières parties dans les concerts de Johnny Cash. Cette première partie de carrière fut immortalisée dans leur chanson We were paid by cash (littéralement Nous étions payés cash).
Deux de leurs chansons les plus célèbres sont Flowers on the wall, leur premier gros titre, et Bed of Roses qui firent tous deux l’objet d’un album portant le même nom.
Dans les années 1980, les Statlers comptèrent parmi les groupes les plus importants de la chaîne câblée The Nashville Network où leurs vidéos étaient régulièrement diffusées. Entre 1991 et 1998, ils animèrent même leur propre émission, le The Statler Brothers Show, diffusé quotidiennement sur le TTN.
Le programme devint dès lors l’émission la plus regardée de l’émission durant toute la durée de sa diffusion.
Tout au long de leur carrière, leur succès reposa tant sur leurs talents musicaux que sur leur talent pour la comédie et la parodie qu’ils mettaient en œuvres lorsqu’ils chantaient.
Ils étaient ainsi souvent nominés pour des récompenses de comédiens, autant que de chanteurs. Deux de leurs albums, Lester Moran et Cadillac Cowboys se voulaient fondamentalement comiques, et la moitié de l’album Country Music Then and Now était consacré à une satire des émissions dominicales sur les petites radios locales.
Le groupe a atteint à quatre reprises la tête du Classement du Billboard avec leurs chansons Do You Know You Are My Sunshine? en 1978, Elizabeth en 1982, My Only Love en 1984, et Too Much on My Heart en 1985. Au cours de leur carrière, les Statler Brothers ont sorti plus de 40 albums.
La carrière des Statler Brothers a été auréolée de trois Grammy Award : ceux de Best New Country and Western Artist, de Best New Country Music Artist et de Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance en 1965.
Le 29 octobre 2007, cinq années après sa dernière tournée, le groupe a été officiellement intronisé au Gospel Music Hall of Fame de Nashville dans le Tennessee. Le 12 février 2008, l’entrée du groupe dans le Country Music Hall of Fame a été officiellement annoncée.
The Change-Up is a 2011 American comedy film produced and directed by David Dobkin, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
The film was released on August 5, 2011, in North America, by Universal Pictures, and received mostly negative reviews, with commentators criticizing the overly crude humor and generic plot, but praising the cast and particularly Bateman’s against-type performance.
Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman) and Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds) are close friends who are each jealous of the other’s lifestyle.
While Dave is a lawyer with a wife and kids, Mitch is a freewheeling actor who has sex with many different women.
After getting drunk at a bar, Mitch and Dave urinate in a park’s fountain, and simultaneously wish that they had each other’s lives.
The next morning, Mitch and Dave realize they have switched bodies. Mitch remembers the wish they made the night before and they drive back to the park, planning to urinate again in the fountain and wish for their original lives back, but find the fountain has been removed for restorations.