Early life and education

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Streep as a senior in high school, 1966 .Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey.[8] She is the daughter of artist Mary Wilkinson Streep and pharmaceutical executive Harry William Streep, Jr.[9] She has two younger brothers, Harry William Streep III and Dana David Streep, both actors.[10] Her father was of German and Swiss descent; his lineage traced back to Loffenau, from where Streep’s great-great-grandfather, Gottfried Streeb, immigrated to the United States and where one of her ancestors served as mayor (the surname was later changed to “Streep”).[11] Another line of her father’s family was from Giswil. Her mother had English, German, and Irish ancestry.[11] Some of Streep’s maternal ancestors lived in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and were descended from 17th-century English immigrants.[12][13][14] Her maternal great-great-grandparents, Manus McFadden and Grace Strain, were natives of the Horn Head district of Dunfanaghy in Ireland  
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Beverly Aadland

Beverly Elaine Aadland was 17 when she was with actor Errol Flynn as he died of a heart attack on October 14, 1959, in Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 50.[1] In 1961, Aadland’s mother, Florence Aadland, alleged in the book The Big Love that actor Flynn had a sexual relationship with her daughter starting at age 15.[3][4] The book would be turned into a one-woman Broadway show starring Tracey Ullman as Florence. The memoir was reissued in 2018 by Spurl Editions.[5][6] Beverly Aadland gave an account of her relationship with Flynn in People in 1988, confirming that she had had a sexual relationship with Flynn in her teens and that she was with him at the time of his death.[7] Her relationship with Flynn was the subject of the 2013 movie The Last of Robin Hood, in which Aadland was played by Dakota Fanning.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1960, William Stanciu, her then boyfriend, died in her apartment after being shot in a struggle between the two.[1] That event led to her being a ward of the court for the following year.[2]

Aadland was married and divorced twice before she married Ronald Fisher in the late 1960s. The couple had a daughter.[1]

Beverly Aadland Fisher died on January 5, 2010, at the Lancaster Community Hospital from complications of diabetes and congestive heart failure. She was 67 years old.[1]


Marilyn Monroe (/ˈmærəlɪn mənˈroʊ/; born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Known for playing comic “blonde bombshell” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as an emblem of the era’s sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2022) by the time of her death in 1962.[3] Long after her death, Monroe remains a pop culture icon.[4] In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her as the sixth-greatest female screen legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in a total of 12 foster homes and an orphanage[5] before marrying James Dougherty at age sixteen. She was working in a factory during World War II when she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career, which led to short-lived film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in late 1950. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don’t Bother to Knock. Monroe faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photographs prior to becoming a star, but the story did not damage her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars. She had leading roles in the film noir Niagara, which overtly relied on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a “dumb blonde”. The same year, her nude images were used as the centerfold and cover of the first issue of Playboy magazine. Monroe played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career, but felt disappointed when typecast and underpaid by the studio. She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project but returned to star in The Seven Year Itch (1955), one of the biggest box office successes of her career.

When the studio was still reluctant to change Monroe’s contract, she founded her own film production company in 1954. She dedicated 1955 to building the company and began studying method acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Later that year, Fox awarded her a new contract, which gave her more control and a larger salary. Her subsequent roles included a critically acclaimed performance in Bus Stop (1956) and her first independent production in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959), a critical and commercial success. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits (1961).

Monroe’s troubled private life received much attention. She struggled with addiction and mood disorders. Her marriages to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and to playwright Arthur Miller were highly publicized, but ended in divorce. On August 4, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her Los Angeles home. Her death was ruled a probable suicide.


Jane Seymour Fonda was born via caesarean section on December 21, 1937, at Doctors Hospital in New York City.[7][8] Her parents were Canadian-born socialite Frances Ford Seymour and American actor Henry Fonda. According to her father, the surname Fonda came from an Italian ancestor who immigrated to the Netherlands in the 1500s.[9] There, he intermarried; the resultant family began to use Dutch given names, with Jane’s first Fonda ancestor reaching New York in 1650.[10][11][12] Fonda also has English, French, and Scottish ancestry. She was named for the third wife of Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, to whom she is distantly related on her mother’s side,[13] and because of whom, until she was in fourth grade, Fonda said she was called “Lady” (as in Lady Jane).[14] Her brother, Peter Fonda, was also an actor, and her maternal half-sister is Frances de Villers Brokaw (also known as “Pan”), whose daughter is Pilar Corrias, the owner of the Pilar Corrias Gallery in London.[15]In 1950, when Fonda was 12, her mother committed suicide while undergoing treatment at Craig House psychiatric hospital in Beacon, New York.[16][17] Later that year, Henry Fonda married socialite Susan Blanchard, 23 years his junior; this marriage ended in divorce. Aged 15, Jane taught dance at Fire Island.


Elizabeth Taylor made her film debut in One Born Every Minute (1942) and achieved stardom with National Velvet (1944). Although she won Academy Awards for her work in Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1965), Taylor was just as famous for her many marriages, extensive jewelry collection and stunning violet eyes.

Early Life

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932, in London, England. One of film’s most celebrated stars, Taylor fashioned a career that’s covered more than six decades, accepting roles that have not only showcased her beauty, but her ability to take on emotionally charged characters.

Taylor’s American parents, both art dealers, were residing in London when she was born. Soon after the outbreak of World War II, the Taylors returned to the United States and settled into their new life in Los Angeles.

Performing was in Taylor’s blood. Her mother had worked as an actress until she married. At the age of 3, the young Taylor started dancing and eventually gave a recital for Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Not long after relocating to California, a family friend suggested the Taylors’ daughter take a screen test.

Child Star

She soon signed a contract with Universal Studios, and made her screen debut at the age of 10 in There’s One Born Every Minute (1942). She followed that up with a bigger role in Lassie Come Home (1943) and later The White Cliffs of Dover (1944).


Temple was born to a banker and a housewife with two older children, on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California. When Temple was just 3 years old, she landed a contract with Educational Pictures, making her acting debut in a string of low-budget movies dubbed “Baby Burlesques.” Temple’s mother capitalized on the toddler’s natural flair for dancing by enrolling her in dance classes at the age of 3 1/2. Her father became her agent and financial adviser.

The exposure that “Baby Burlesques” afforded Temple led her to a contract with the Fox Film Corporation. When the budding actress was 6 years old, she appeared in her first Hollywood feature film, Carolina. (When off-set, she attended the Westlake School for Girls.) With Fox, Temple made an additional eight films, including the smash hit Little Miss Marker. The young actress, singer and dancer with the bouncing golden corkscrew curls and infectious optimism proved to be an overnight sensation and a top earner for the studio.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Temple “Little Miss Miracle” for raising the public’s morale during times of economic hardship, even going so far as to say, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” Temple’s song-and-dance routine to the tune “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in 1934’s Bright Eyes earned her a special Academy Award, for “Outstanding Personality of 1934.” By 1940, Temple had 43 films under her belt.



Sarah Jessica Parker, (born March 25, 1965, Nelsonville, Ohio, U.S.), American actress who was perhaps best known for her role on the television series Sex and the City (1998–2004).

Parker took ballet and acting classes as a child, and at age 11 she moved with her family to New York City so that she and her siblings could pursue careers in entertainment. In 1978 she landed the lead role in Broadway’s Annie, and she stayed with the musical for some three years. Other stage work followed, and in 1979 she made her film debut in Rich Kids. In 1982 Parker portrayed a high-school nerd in the television series Square Pegs. Although the show lasted only one season, it developed a cultlike following and led to several film offers, including Footloose (1984) and Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985).


Anna Kendrick is an American actress who received a Tony nomination for her work in the Broadway musical High Society in 1998. After debuting on the silver screen in 2003’s Camp, she found her way into the limelight via the 2008 teen blockbuster Twilight, before emerging as the star of another franchise with the debut of Pitch Perfect in 2012. Known mainly for her comedic roles, Kendrick has also starred in the films Up in the Air, Into the Woods and A Simple Favor.

Early Life

Anna Cooke Kendrick was born on August 9, 1985, in Portland, Maine. A promising young actress, she began her professional career before her teen years, nabbing a leading role in the 1998 Broadway revival of High Society that led to Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations.

Film & TV Career

‘Camp,’ ‘Rocket Science’

Kendrick made her film debut in 2003’s Camp, which follows the misadventures of a songwriter who works at a summer musical theater program for young people. In 2007’s independent coming-of-age comedy Rocket Science, the actress played a popular girl and a skilled debater who lures a boy with a stutter to join the debate team. She also had a chance to showcase her vocal talents on television with an appearance on Viva Laughlin, a musical drama that only lasted a few episodes.

‘Twilight’ Franchise

With a supporting role in Twilight (2008), Kendrick became part of the international sensation surrounding the big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s teenage vampire novels. She played the friend of Bella (Kristen Stewart), a girl who falls for a vampire named Edward (Robert Pattinson). Reprising her role, Kendrick appeared in the sequels New Moon (2009), Eclipse (2010) and Breaking.


Who Is Angela Lansbury?

Known for taking on various roles in film, television and on stage, Angela Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award after appearing in her first movie, Gaslight (1944). She continued her film work during the ’60s and ’70s while also starring in television projects. In 1984, she debuted as Jessica Fletcher in the popular series Murder, She Wrote, which would run into the next decade. Lansbury has also won several Tony Awards for her work in projects like Mame, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd.

Early Life

Angela Brigid Lansbury was born on October 16, 1925, in the neighborhood of Poplar, located in the East End of London, England. Her mother, Belfast-born Moyna MacGill, was a stage actress as well, having worked with contemporaries like John Gielgud and Basil Rathbone. Her father, Edward Lansbury, was a noted politician whose father George was the founder of his country’s Labour Party.

Lansbury’s father died when she was 9 years old, which would affect her for the rest of her life. For a time she lived in Ireland during her preadolescence, where both she and her sister attended acting school. In the midst of German air attacks during the London Blitz, Lansbury, her mother and two younger brothers fled the war and immigrated to the United States in 1940, settling in New York.

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