joi, 24 ianuarie 2019

Herbert Lom, a Czech-born British film and television actor who moved to the United Kingdom in 1939. In a career lasting more than 60 years, he was best known for his roles in The Ladykillers, The Pink Panther

Herbert Lom (11 September 1917 – 27 September 2012) was a Czech-born British film and television actor who moved to the United Kingdom in 1939. In a career lasting more than 60 years, he appeared in character roles, often portraying criminals or villains early in his career and professional men in later years.
Lom was noted for his precise, elegant enunciation of English.[3] He is best known for his roles in The Ladykillers, The Pink Panther film series and the television series The Human Jungle.

Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchačevič ze Schluderpacheru in Prague to Karl Kuchačevič ze Schluderpacheru, and his spouse, the former Olga Gottlieb, who was Jewish.[4][5] Lom himself claimed that his family had been ennobled and the family title dated from 1601.[2]
His film debut was in the Czech film Žena pod křížem ("A Woman Under Cross", 1937) followed by the Boží mlýny ("Mills of God", 1938). His early film appearances were mainly supporting roles, with the occasional top billing. At this time he also changed his impractically long surname – to Lom ("breakage" or "a quarry" in Czech), because it was the shortest he found in a local telephone directory.[citation needed]
Due to German hostilities and the possibility of an invasion of Czechoslovakia, Lom moved to Britain in January 1939. He made numerous appearances in British films throughout the 1940s, usually in villainous roles, although he later appeared in comedies as well. He managed to escape being typecast as a European heavy by securing a diverse range of castings, including as Napoleon Bonaparte in The Young Mr Pitt (1942), and again in the King Vidor version of War and Peace (1956). He secured a seven-picture Hollywood contract after World War II but was unable to obtain an American visa for "political reasons".[6] In a rare starring role, Lom played twin trapeze artists in Dual Alibi (1946).
Lom starred as the King of Siam in the original London production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, The King and I. Opening at the Drury Lane Theatre on 8 October 1953, it ran for 926 performances.[7] Lom can be heard on the cast recording.
A few years later he appeared opposite Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in The Ladykillers (1955), and with Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon and Rita Hayworth in Fire Down Below (1957). He went on to more film success during the 1960s with a wide range of parts, starting with Spartacus (1960). Subsequent films in this period included El Cid (1961), Mysterious Island (also 1961), playing Captain Nemo, and Hammer Films' remake of The Phantom of the Opera (1962). Again in the leading role, the phantom's mask in this version was full-face, which made casting an actor with a reputation for his vocal talents a sensible decision. "It was wonderful to play such a part, but I was disappointed with the picture", Lom says. "This version of the famous Gaston Leroux story dragged. The Phantom wasn't given enough to do, but at least I wasn't the villain, for a change. Michael Gough was the villain."[citation needed]
During this period Lom starred in his only regular TV series, the British drama The Human Jungle (1963–64) as a Harley Street psychiatrist, over two seasons. Another low-budget horror film starring Lom was the witchhunting film Mark of the Devil (Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält, 1970), which depicted unusually graphic torture scenes. Cinemas reportedly handed out sick bags to patrons at screenings of the film.[8] He appeared in other horror films made in both the US and UK, including Asylum, And Now the Screaming Starts!, Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Dead Zone.
Lom was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus, Inspector Clouseau's long-suffering superior in several of Blake Edwards' Pink Panther films, beginning with the second movie in the series, A Shot in the Dark (1964). He also appeared in two different screen versions of the Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None. In the 1975 version he played Dr. Armstrong, and later appeared in the 1989 version as General Romensky.
Lom wrote two historical novels, one on the playwright Christopher Marlowe (Enter a Spy: The Double Life of Christopher Marlowe, 1978) and another on the French Revolution (Dr Guillotine: The Eccentric Exploits of an Early Scientist, 1992). The film rights to the latter have been purchased, but to date no film has been produced.
Lom died in his sleep on 27 September 2012 at the age of 95.[

luni, 21 ianuarie 2019

Fish, a Scottish singer-songwriter and occasional actor. who became widely known as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion

Derek William Dick (born 25 April 1958), better known by his stage name Fish, is a Scottish singer-songwriter and occasional actor.
Fish became widely known as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988. He released 11 UK Top 40 singles with the band, including the Top Ten singles "Kayleigh", "Lavender" and "Incommunicado", and five Top Ten albums, including a number-one with Misplaced Childhood.[3] In his solo career, Fish has explored contemporary pop and traditional folk,[2] and released a further five Top 40 singles and a Top Ten album.[4]
Fish's voice has been described as both "distinct" and a "conflation of Roger Daltrey and Peter Gabriel",[5][6] while his lyrics have been praised as "poetic prose".[5] In 2004, Classic Rock ranked Fish at number 49 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Frontmen", describing his "theatrical delivery" as "a major factor in Marillion's spectacular rise, and he masterminded some uniquely ornate lyrical concepts."[7] In 2009, Fish was voted at number 37 in a poll of the greatest voices in rock music by Planet Rock listeners

duminică, 20 ianuarie 2019

Lisa Loeb, an American singer-songwriter, producer, touring artist, actress,[1] author,[2] and philanthropist[3] who started her career with the platinum-selling number 1 hit song, "Stay (I Missed You)" from the film Reality Bites, the first number 1 single for an artist without a recording contract

Lisa Anne Loeb (/lb/; born March 11, 1968) is an Am[1] author,[2] and philanthropist[3] who started her career with the platinum-selling number 1 hit song, "Stay (I Missed You)" from the film Reality Bites, the first number 1 single for an artist without a recording contract.[1] Her studio albums include two back-to-back albums that were certified Gold; these were Tails and the Grammy-nominated Firecracker.[4]
erican singer-songwriter, producer, touring artist, actress,
Loeb's film, television and voice-over work includes a guest starring role in the season finale of Gossip Girl, and she starred in two other television series, Dweezil & Lisa, a weekly culinary adventure for the Food Network[5] that featured her alongside Dweezil Zappa, and Number 1 Single on E! Entertainment Television.[6] She has also acted in such films as House on Haunted Hill, Fright Night,[7] Hot Tub Time Machine 2,[8] and Helicopter Mom.[9]
Loeb has released award-winning children's CDs and books such as Catch the Moon,[1] Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs,[2] and Songs for Movin' and Shakin',[10] Nursery Rhyme Parade! is her album and long-form video of over 30 children's favorites.[11] She co-wrote the lyrics and co-composed the music to Camp Kappawanna, a family musical that was premiered in New York on March 21, 2015, by the Atlantic Theater Company.[12] Loeb's latest album, Feel What U Feel was released in October 2016.[13]
In 2010, she founded the Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection, which is based on her own designs.[7] In addition, she created The Camp Lisa Foundation, a non-profit that sends kids to camp. It is funded by Loeb's own organic and fair trade coffee, Wake Up! Brew.[14] She was honored as the 2015 Camp Champion by the American Camp Association (ACA).[15] She constructed a crossword puzzle with Doug Peterson for The New York Times, which was published on June 6, 2017.

sâmbătă, 19 ianuarie 2019

Simona Halep, o jucătoare profesionistă de tenis din România, aflată în prezent pe locul 1 mondial. A câștigat turneul de Grand Slam de la Roland Garros (2018), după alte trei finale de Grand Slam

 Simona Halep (n. ,[1] Constanța, România[1]) este o jucătoare profesionistă de tenis din România, aflată în prezent pe locul 1 mondial.[3] A câștigat turneul de Grand Slam de la Roland Garros (2018), după alte trei finale de Grand Slam: două la Roland Garros (2014, 2017) și una la Australian Open (2018). Halep a câștigat de-a lungul carierei alte 18 turnee WTA la simplu (șase în 2013, două în 2014, trei în 2015, trei în 2016, unul în 2017, trei în 2018), dintre care cele mai importante sunt turneele Premier Mandatory de la Indian Wells și Madrid. Următoarele premii ca importanță sunt cele de categorie Premier de la Montréal, New Haven, Connecticut, Moscova, Doha, Dubai, precum și cel de la turneul de la Sofia.

2008: titlu la Roland Garros (la junioare)

A început anul jucând finala la Notting Hill, dar a fost învinsă de Arantxa Rus, apoi a trecut de Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova în sferturile de finală ale turneului de junioare de la Australian Open, însă a cedat în semifinale în disputa cu Jessica Moore.
La turneul ITF de la București, Halep a eliminat-o în primul tur pe fosta semifinalistă de la Roland Garros, Sesil Karatantcheva, înainte de a pierde în sferturi întâlnirea cu Sorana Cîrstea în trei seturi: 6–3, 3–6, 1–6.
În luna mai a câștigat două turnee de junioare: ITF de 10.000$ de la București, în fața lui Stéphanie Vongsouthi cu scorul 7-6(4), 6-3.[6] Victoria a fost urmată de succesul în turneul Trofeo Bonfiglio unde a învins-o pe Bojana Jovanovski cu 6–4, 6–1. [7]

La turneul junioarelor de la Roland Garros, Halep a fost desemnată cap de serie numărul nouă. În primul tur a învins-o pe Charlotte Rodier, 6–4, 6–1, apoi pe daneza Karen Barbat, 6–3, 6–1. În turul trei, Halep a trecut de a cincea favorită, Jessica Moore, 6–0, 6–1 pentru ca în sferturi să o învingă pe Ksenia Lykina, cap de serie numărul 13, cu 6–1, 6–2. În semifinale, Halep a trecut de a doua favorită, Arantxa Rus 6–3, 7–5, pentru a câștiga apoi o finală 100% românească, scor 6–4, 6–7(3), 6–2 în fața celei de-a 10-a favorite, Elena Bogdan.[8][9]

2009: titluri ITF și intervenția chirurgicală

În startul anului 2009, Simona Halep a ajuns în finala turneului ITF de la Makarska, fiind însă învinsă de principala favorită, Tatjana Malek cu 6–1, 4–6, 6-4. [10]
În mai, a ajuns în sferturile de finală la turneul ITF de la București, unde a cedat în fața nemțoaicei Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 7-6(2). [11] În aceeași lună a evoluat în calificările turneului de senioare de la Roland Garros, unde a eliminat-o în primul tur pe Michaella Krajicek, cap de serie numărul 17, scor 6–4, 7–5, dar a cedat în runda următoare disputa cu Vitalia Diatchenko, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. [12]
În august, Halep a câștigat turneul ITF de 25.000$ de la Maribor, în finală trecând de principala favorită, Katalin Marosi din Ungaria, cu 6-4, 6-2. [13]
La 18 ani, Simona a recurs la o intervenție chirurgicală de reducere a sânilor, care o incomodau în joc și îi creau și probleme cu coloana vertebrală.

2017: Al treilea titlu Premier Mandatory, a doua finală de Mare Șlem - Roland Garros și realizarea punctajului pentru locul 1 WTA

Simona Halep, locul 4 WTA, și-a început sezonul la Shenzhen, în China, turneu de categorie WTA Internațional. Halep a început cu o victorie, câștigând cu 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 împotriva lui Jankovic, însă a pierdut în turul 2 cu Kateřina Siniaková, scor 3-6, 6-4, 5-7
În următorul turneu, Australian Open, a jucat în turul I cu Shelby Rogers, fiind învinsă cu scorul 3-6, 1-6.
La începutul lui februarie, Simona a jucat la turneul Premier, St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, unde a început cu o victorie împotriva croatei Ana Konjuh (39 WTA), scor 6-4, 7-6 (2). Halep urma să joace, în sferturile de finală, împotriva rusoaicei Natalia Vikhlyantseva (19 ani, locul 115 WTA), sportivă venită din calificări, însă a fost nevoită să se retragă din cauza unei accidentări la genunchi.
La Indian Wells ajunge până în turul 2, unde este învinsă de Kristina Mladenovic cu scorul de 6-1, 6-3.
La Miami are un parcurs mai bun, dar a pierdut în trei seturi cu Johanna Konta în sferturi.
În Germania, la Stuttgart, merge până în semifinale, învinsă de Laura Siegemund cu 4-6, 5-7.
La Madrid, s-a impus pentru a doua oară, învingând-o în finală pe Kristina Mladenovic (17 WTA) cu scorul 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2. Astfel, devine prima jucătoare care ajunge de trei ori în finala turneului.
La Roma, ajunge în finală, fiind învinsă de Elina Svitolina, în 3 seturi 6-4, 5-7, 1-6. Meciul a fost marcat de accidentarea Simonei la glezna dreaptă.
La 10 iunie 2017, Simona a disputat a doua ei finală la Roland Garros, fiind învinsă în trei seturi (6-4, 4-6, 3-6) de Jeļena Ostapenko.
La 7 octombrie 2017, în urma victoriei din semifinala cu Jeļena Ostapenko de la Openul Chinei din Beijing, Simona a devenit noul lider mondial al Clasamentului WTA, fiind prima jucătoare de tenis din România clasată pe locul 1 WTA și devenind a 25-a jucătoare din toate timpurile care a deținut această poziție.[40]
La Turneul Campioanelor câștigă în primul meci cu Caroline Garcia, apoi pierde la Caroline Wozniacki și la Elina Svitolina, părăsind astfel competiția pentru al 3-lea an la rând încă din faza grupelor.

2018: Primul titlu de Grand Slam și accidentarea

Simona începe perfect anul 2018, câștigând turneul de la Shenzen. În finală, ea a învins-o pe campioana din 2017 Katerina Siniakova în trei seturi: 6-1, 2-6, 6-0. De asemenea, s-a impus și la proba de dublu de la turneul chinez alături de Irina-Camelia Begu, învingând în ultimul act perechea Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova, favorite principale. Pentru Simona e primul titlu WTA la dublu, iar pentru Irina al șaptelea.
Halep pierde finala Australian Open, în fața danezei Caroline Wozniacki, într-un meci strâns, de trei seturi: 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 4–6.
În iunie 2018, Simona Halep reușește să câștige prima sa finală de Grand Slam la Roland Garros, învingând-o pe Sloane Stephens, numărul 10 mondial, cu 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, după ce pierduse primele doua finale la acest turneu cu Maria Șarapova (în 2014) și Jelena Ostapenko (în 2017).
În august 2018, Simona Halep a câștigat din nou turneul WTA de la Montreal, impunându-se pentru a doua oară consecutiv în fața americancei Sloane Stephens. Tot în august a ajuns în finala turneului de la Cincinnati, unde a pierdut în fața lui Kiki Bertens, deși a avut minge de meci în setul doi.
În septembrie 2018, Simona Halep a ajuns la 47 de săptămâni în fruntea ierarhiei mondiale și ocupă locul 11 într-un clasament all-time, apropiindu-se și mai mult de belarusa Victoria Azarenka, aflată pe 10, cu 51 de săptămâni pe prima poziție a clasamentului WTA[41].
În acea lună, a fost eliminată însă din primul tur la turneul de la Wuhan în ciuda unor dureri puternice,[42] și a abandonat în primul tur la Beijing.[43] O investigație cu RMN a relevat faptul că Halep suferă de hernie de disc.[44] Presa a speculat că nu ar fi trebuit să meargă la aceste turnee, dar a făcut-o pentru a obține bonusul de 1 milion de dolari din partea WTA pentru participarea la toate turneele Premier Mandatory și la patru din cele cinci turnee Premier Five.

 

vineri, 18 ianuarie 2019

Annie Lennox, a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics

Ann Lennox, OBE (born 25 December 1954) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics. With a total of eight Brit Awards, which includes being named Best British Female Artist a record six times, Lennox has been named the "Brits Champion of Champions".[1]
Lennox embarked on a solo career in 1992 with her debut album, Diva, which produced several hit singles including "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass". To date, she has released six solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection (2009). Aside from her eight Brit Awards, she has also collected four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine.[2] In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, notable for raising money and awareness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa. In 2011, Lennox was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her "tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes". On 4 June 2012 she performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Lennox performed the song "Little Bird" during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London on 12 August 2012.
Lennox has been named "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone.[3] In 2012, she was rated No. 22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music.[4] She has earned the distinction of "most successful female British artist in UK music history" due to her commercial success since the early 1980s. As of June 2008, including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide.[5]
At the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, Lennox was made a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, the first female to receive the honour.[6][7] In 2017, Lennox was appointed Glasgow Caledonian University's first female chancellor, taking over the role from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus.[8] Lennox's vocal range is contralto.

miercuri, 16 ianuarie 2019

Marc Rosset, a former professional tennis player from Switzerland who is best remembered for winning the men's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games

Marc Rosset (born 7 November 1970) is a former ptennis player from Switzerland who is best remembered for winning the men's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. He also won one Grand Slam doubles title at the French Open in 1992 partnering compatriot Jakob Hlasek.
Rosset turned professional in 1988 and won his first tour singles title in 1989 in Geneva as a wildcard, defeating Guillermo Pérez Roldán. His first doubles title was won in Geneva as well in 1991 with partner Sergi Bruguera.
1992 was the pinnacle of Rosset's career. Representing Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, he defeated several top players en route to qualifying for the men's singles final, including Jim Courier, Goran Ivanišević, Wayne Ferreira, and Emilio Sánchez. In the final, he faced Spain's Jordi Arrese and won an exciting five-set match, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 8–6, to claim the gold medal. Rosset also won the 1992 French Open men's doubles title with partner Jakob Hlasek. Rosset also was a member of the Swiss team which reached the final of the 1992 Davis Cup. Switzerland lost in the final to the United States despite Rosset's winning a five-set singles rubber against Jim Courier (who was ranked world No. 1 at the time).
Rosset's most memorable Davis Cup match came in defeat in a singles rubber against Arnaud Clément of France in 2001, which he lost 15–13 in the fifth set after 5 hours and 46 minutes. During the later years of his playing career, Rosset also served as the Swiss Davis Cup team captain.
Rosset also enjoyed success playing in other international team competitions for Switzerland. In 1996, he was a member of the teams which won the World Team Cup and finished runners-up in the Hopman Cup. That year he also achieved his best performance at a Grand Slam when he beat Carl-Uwe Steeb, Jiří Novák, Jakob Hlasek, Stefan Edberg and Bernd Karbacher before losing to Michael Stich in the semi-finals.
Rosset had a 2–2 record against his successor as Switzerland's top male tennis player, Roger Federer. Rosset won their first two meetings in 2000 (including the final of the Open 13 at Marseille), but Federer won their meetings in 2001 and 2003.[1]
At 2.01 meters (6 ft. 7 in.), Rosset was one of the game's tallest players throughout his career. He was one of the game's fastest servers and most prolific servers of aces for most of his career.
Rosset changed his flight plans after a first-round defeat at the US Open in September 1998. After he changed his plans, the flight he had originally planned to take, Swissair Flight 111, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all on board.[2]
Rosset's career-high ATP singles ranking was world no. 9, and his career-high doubles ranking was world no. 8. He won a total of 15 top-level singles titles and eight doubles titles. He won at least one singles title on all surfaces: clay, grass, carpet, and hard court. His career prize money totaled $6,812,693.

marți, 15 ianuarie 2019

Maricel Voinea, a retired Romanian team handball player and coach. He played 263 matches for the national team, scoring 706 goals and winning bronze medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and 1990 World Championships

Maricel Voinea (born 17 March 1959) is a retired Romanian team handball player and coach. He played 263 matches for the national team, scoring 706 goals and winning bronze medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and 1990 World Championships.[1] At the club level he was part of HC Minaur in Baia Mare (1977–1989), winning the EHF Cup in 1985 and 1988. He later joined the Spanish club Avidesa Valencia (1989–1992), and eventually moved on to Germany, where he competed for SG Leutershausen (1992–1994) and HSG Nordhorn (1994–1998).[2]
In 1999, Voinea was appointed head coach of HC Ibbenbüren, promoting it to the Bundesliga the following year, while continuing to play in the field. Moving on to TSV Landsberg as a coach-player, he repeated the performance in 2002. The last team coached by Maricel Voinea was the local one in Fürstenfeldbruck, near Munich, registered in the Fourth League. He subsequently retired from sport and works in Furstenfeldbruk's local administration.