Feb 102017

Priyanka Chopra The Artist and Human Being

Priyanka Chopra who is a huge movie star in her native India is now taking Hollywood by storm. Both men and women are swooning over her remarkable beauty. Her dreamy eyes, luscious lips, magnificent hair and flawless complexion have us all in a spell. She’s gorgeous, athletic (performs her own stunts!) and yes, she can act, too!

One might be tempted to say, that Priyanka is an overnight sensation. It isn’t true. It took 15 years of hard work before Hollywood took notice of her talent and beauty. But to understand someone as a person takes more than just looking at them. We all have a history and a context, so does Priyanka Chopra.

She was born on July 18th 1982 to middle-class parents in her native India. Her father was a physician in the Indian Army and her mother is also a medical doctor. Priyanka studied in India and in the U.S. She became involved in several important social causes early on. Her focus early on was literacy, education, health and poverty relief.

Her “regular” life was interrupted when relatives registered her for the Miss India beauty pageant which she won. Shortly after, in 2002 she became Miss World. The win was followed by acting offers. So instead of following her chosen career path, she considered becoming an aeronautical engineer, a software engineer or a criminal psychologist, she became an actress.



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Jun 152014

Dolly PartonDolly Parton (Dolly Rebecca Parton born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music.
Beginning her career as a child performer, Parton issued a few modestly successful singles from 1959 through the mid-1960s, showcasing her distinctive soprano voice. She rose to greater prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner’s weekly television program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing on My Mind”, was a top-ten hit on the country singles chart and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream pop music, her 1977 single “Here You Come Again” was a success on both the country and pop charts. A string of pop-country hits followed into the mid-1980s, the most successful being her 1981 hit “9 to 5” (from the film of the same name) and her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers “Islands in the Stream”, both of which topped the U.S. pop and country singles charts. A pair of albums recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, she returned to classic country/bluegrass with a series of acclaimed recordings. Non-musical ventures include Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and her efforts on behalf of childhood literacy, particularly her Imagination Library, as well as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage.

Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, and digital downloads during her career have topped 100 million worldwide. She has garnered 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 46 Grammy nominations, tying her with Beyoncé for the most Grammy nominations for a woman and placing her in eighth place overall.

In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include “I Will Always Love You” (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors”,”9 to 5″, and “My Tennessee Mountain Home”. Parton is also one of the few to have received at least one nomination from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.