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David Spade Bio + Facts

Hi everyone, I hope you have all been enjoying this blast of heatwave we are currently experiencing. For me, I would prefer there to be a breeze to go with it.

On Sunday I went to visit my daughter, as it was her birthday on Tuesday this week, but this birthday is a little bit more extra special for her as it’s her first one as a mum. Instead of just a day, she has what we call a birthday week, so enjoy the rest of your birthday week.

Today’s post is about David Spade turning 57 today…

Who Is the Real David Spade?

David Spade is a writer, actor and stand-up comedian, who started to become well-known and famous throughout the 90’s. It was whilst starring on the Saturday Night Live Show that got him the recognition that he needed and began his journey to success and stardom as well and becoming the person he is today. Spade started appearing in such films like Coneheads (1993), Tommy Boy (1995), Black Sheep (1996) and in an award-winning TV series Just Shoot Me (1997-2003).

The Early Years

Born David Wayne Spade on 22, July 1964 in Birmingham, Michigan US. His father Wayne M. Spade was a sales representative, and his mother Judith M. Spade worked as a magazine writer and editor, (she is known also by Judy Todd and Judith Meek). David has two older brothers Bryan a Film and Television Producer and Andrew a businessman and entrepreneur, who co-founded Kate Spade New York with his wife Kate Spade.

Education

David was only four when his family moved from Birmingham Michigan to Scottsdale in Arizona, where he attended Saguaro High School, before moving onto Scottsdale Community College, and then transferred to Arizona State University it is among the best University in the state, where he came away with a business degree in 1990.

Its Career Time!

Spade fought for the career he has today, he is not type to give up without a fight, and it is through his sheer determination and hard work that he got to have the career that he enjoys doing today, and it is still going strong, besides teaming up with Adam Sandler on quite a few movies, he does branch out and gets other roles to sink his teeth into like 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997),

Home Life

David has never been married to anyone. But after having a brief affair with Jillian Grace, he became a father for the first and last time, to a daughter, they named Harper. He never had a great role model in the father department, but has been there for his daughter and spends as much time with her as possible, and in turn is a great father…

Facts:

  • David and his two older brothers often took to the Arizona desert as kids to catch rattlesnakes (with tennis rackets!) to keep as pets.
  • Growing up, David wasn’t just a smart aleck, he was very smart in third grade, he got moved up to the fourth grade for some of his classes. He was a spelling bee champ, and read 47 books one year for a contest, and made it to the state chess finals, and was a member of Mensa.
  • David’s single mom couldn’t afford childcare, so she would sometimes drop her three sons off at one end of the desert, equipped with guns and bag lunches, for a day-long hike.
  • When David started out, his stand-up routine included props that he carried in his mother’s blue suitcase.
  • David’s father left his family when David was still was incredibly young. Years later, his stepfather, a war veteran, committed suicide.
  • Sister-in-law is handbag designer Kate Spade, who married his brother Andy, up to her passing in 2018.
David Spade, Sister-in-law Kate Spade and Brother Andy Spade
  • Spade attended Saguaro High School and later Scottsdale Community College, before transferring to Arizona State University where he graduated with a business degree in 1986.
  • He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
  • Spade has starred in numerous films with fellow actor, SNL castmate and best friend Adam Sandler.
  • Spade’s film career has been successful. He starred with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member and friend Chris Farley in two buddy comedy films, Tommy Boy, and Black Sheep. The two were planning a third film together when Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.
  • Spades best friends are Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and the late Chris Farley, they have known each other for years, since the days of Saturday Night Live, and from their they’re friendship just grew.
  • Spade made his very first trip to Europe with his Grown Up (2010) co-stars Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Kevin James. They went to England, Ireland, and Germany to promote the film before its European opening
David Spade and his daughter Harper
  • He and Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace have a daughter together. 12-year-old Harper, she is his only child. David and Jillian shares the responsibility of raising Harper, has they co-parent her, He is a hands-on dad, that loves nothing more than spending time with her. A total opposite to what his own father was like.
  • David was almost cast as Uncle Joey on Full House.
  • Spade’s personal assistant, Skippy, attempted to murder him one night. Real name David Malloy had attacked him with a stun gun on November 29, 2000, and then was robbed.
  • Worked as a busboy, valet-parking attendant, and skateboard-shop employee.
  • Although he received several offers to star in his own TV shows, he turned them down and joined the ensemble cast of Steven Levitan’s office sitcom Just Shoot Me! opposite Laura San Giacomo and George Segal, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003. He played a sarcastic receptionist, Dennis Finch.
  • Is extremely sensitive to sunlight.
  • Has German, English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Swiss-German ancestry.
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade.
  • David Spade, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider starred in “grown-ups, together playing five best friends, the movie simply mirrors their real-life friendship off screen.
  • Has Two Tattoos Done by Two Time Oscar Winner and Friend Sean Penn One being a Tribute to his Late Co-Star and Best Friend Chris Farley, the other one is Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.
  • Spade has been friends with Ellen DeGeneres since the 80’s. They met when he was starting out on the comedy circuit, and she was well-known and successful by then. At their official meeting, when Ellen invited him to her home which he thought was a first date, but their mutual friend told him, that she was not his type, and have laughed about this over the years.
  • He could not handle the death of his good friend Chris Farley, so much so, that he couldn’t attend his funeral and see him lying there in a wooden box. He couldn’t handle it both emotionally, mentally, and physically.
  • Spade has appeared in around 40 movies with Adam Sandler.
  • He was catfished by a fake Victoria’s Secret model on Twitter.
Shares a birthday with Alex Trebek, Selena Gomez and John Leguizamo
  • Spade shares his birthday with these fellow celebrities John Leguizamo, Alex Trebek, Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover and Selena Gomez.
  • His idol when he was young was James Garner. Spade used to watch him on The Rockford Files (1974), before co-starring with Garner on 8 Simple Rules… for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002).
  • David spent his first $6,000 in cash from Police Academy 4 on a shoddy Honda Accord that was stolen an hour later. He later borrowed another 6k from Bobcat Goldthwait to buy another shoddy Honda Accord.
  • In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the police department of Phoenix, which provided firearms for the officers. Spade also donated $200,000 for the Oklahoma tornado relief program on May 20, 2013, $100,000 toward the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014, and $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in June 2018 after the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade, a fashion designer.
  • On September 5, 2003, Spade received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Spade received an Emmy nomination and two Golden Glove nominations for his role as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy this beautiful weather we are having, but be extremely safe being out and about in it. See you all next week!

Mindy Kaling Bio + Facts

Hi everyone, this week as not been not such a great week for my household, in particular my youngest daughter, as she was just getting over her last relapse with her Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME for short), but she has taken a step back. It is hard seeing your child in pain, but unable to do anything for them, its not just her that suffers daily, this is a complex condition that baffles the doctors as they don’t understand, which is why there are so many people out there that don’t receive any help from anyone, and I am afraid to say it but my daughter is one of them.

Anyway, on with today’s blog post. This week is about Mindy Kaling, she turns 42 today she is a talented actress, comedienne and mother, Mindy has become one of television’s funniest talents and is an inspiration and role model for everyone,

Early Life:

Mindy Kaling was born on 24 June1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts United States, to parents Avu Chokalingam an architect and Dr Swati Chokalingam (nee Roysircar) an obstetrician/gynaecologist. As a child she would be so intrigued by comedy sketches and would pay more attention to such televised shows as Living Color and Saturday Night Live.

Mindy is an American actress, comedian and is known for her off-beat humour, which she displayed in her own project that she created in the popularised “The Mindy Project.” She was a member of the comedy troupe The Dog Day Players and the Rockapellas while attending one of the most distinguished and illustrious schools Dartmouth College, where she majored in theatre and joined an all-female a cappella group. During her time at the college Mindy would create a comic strip for the college newspaper called Badly Drawn Girl, in 2001 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in playwriting.

How her Career Started

Kaling begun her career as an intern for the television show the Late Night with Conan O’Brien aged 19. From there, she moved to Brooklyn and went on to work as a production assistant for Crossing Over with John Edward, Kaling and her best friend wrote a Broadway play called Matt and Ben in 2002. The play was a wondrous hit at the New York International Fringe Festival, it a was named as one of the top ten theatrical events of the year. Kaling caught the eye of Greg Daniels that sane year and was hired to write and perform on the show. She was the only female among a staff of eight. This was the beginning of what would become an exceptional career for her.

Facts

  • Her birth name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam. The name Vera is, according to Kaling, is of the “incarnation of a Hindu goddess.”
  • Kaling’s parents are from India and met while working at the same hospital in Nigeria, they moved to the United States in 1979.
  • Kaling was born to Indian Immigrants Parents Avu Chokalingam and Dr Swati Chokalingam.
  • She went to the prestigious Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge Massachusetts.
  • Mindy attended Dartmouth College and while there, she used to draw comic strip she drew for the school’s newspaper called “Badly Drawn Girl.” She was also a Classics major for much of college, studying Latin, which she had not studied since 7th grade.
  • She joined an improvisational comedy troupe called The Dog Day Players while attending Dartmouth College.
  • She shortened her last name early on in her career when she was still at college as no-one could pronounce it correctly.
  • She was named Mindy after one of the lead characters in a television series called Mork and Mindy, which starred Robin Williams and Pam Dawber according to US Weekly.
  • By the time she reached 33 she had only had four boyfriends, as she didn’t start dating until senior year of college. One of her boyfriends was also her co-star on The Office, whom she met 15 years ago B.J. Novak and Mindy are still close to this day, as best friends, even after the relationship ended.
  • She starred in the Office, which also starred Steve Carell and John Krasinski, who both went on to become a huge star themselves. Kaling received six Emmy Award nominations as a writer and a producer of the show.
  • She got her start in acting on-stage before landing her first TV appearance in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and made her movie debut in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”.
  • From her success on The Office, Kaling went on to develop her own series, The Mindy Project which debuted in 2012. The show made TV history as the first sitcom to star an Indian American.
  • She loves reading books by Jhumpa Lahiri, even naming her Mindy Lahiri character after her.
  • Kaling loved the Simpsons growing up, so much so that she once dressed up as the matriarch Marge Simpson for a photo shoot.
  • The on-set photos in Mindy’s apartment and office are Kaling’s own. There are also photos of Mindy with actors who have been on the show for added realism.
  • Mindy Kaling starred alongside a variety of actors in A Wrinkle in time with the likes of Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid and many more…
  • Kaling had her first taste of comedic success with the play Matt and Ben. She wrote and starred in this celebrity spoof about actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon writing the screenplay for the movie Good Will Hunting.
  • Kaling is a single mother to 2 adorable children Katherine Swati Kaling 3 and 9-month-old Spencer Avu Kaling.
  • Mindy wrote and starred in the hit sitcom The Office, before going on to create her on popular television series The Mindy Project.
  • In the 2011 film No Strings Attached, she played the roommate of the main character, Natalie Portman.
  • In 2015 she published a collection of her essays titled Why Not Me?
  • Mindy drew inspiration for the career choice of her character from a place that is really close to home. Mindy’s mother, Swati, who is also a physician. Mindy admitted to getting some of her story ideas from her mother’s real-world career.
  • On top of being an actress, a TV writer, and a producer, Kaling has also written two hilarious memoirs: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) and Why Not Me? Both books were not only hilarious, but also New York Times bestsellers.
  • Kaling and Witherspoon have worked together on several projects together, not only did they star together in A Wrinkle in Time but are now teaming up again for Legally Blonde 3 where Mindy has signed on to write the screen play along with Dan Goor. Mindy has had a recurring role on Reese’s The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston, and Reece did a cameo on The Mindy Project (2017), which as cemented their BFF.
  • In addition to writing, producing, and starring in her own show, Kaling has tackled other projects as well. She has become one of Twitter’s most popular personalities, with more than 11.6 million followers.
  • She also voices characters in the films Despicable Me, Wreck-It Ralph and Inside Out.
  • Mindy is a huge fan of writer and director Nora Ephron, who penned classics like You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. But it turns out that Ephron was also a fan of her work too. Ephron had been given Kaling’s first book as a gift, and she wrote Kaling a letter telling her how much she enjoyed it.
  • Kaling was nominated for an Emmy Award along with Greg Daniels for the episode Niagara of the show The Office. Kaling and her co-writers were nominated five times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Kaling also received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010.
  • The Mindy Project has been nominated for three NAACP Image Awards in 2015. Mindy Kaling herself is nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
  • In 2013, Time magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.
  • In her best-selling memoir, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” Kaling describes herself as a sensitive and studious child.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, Enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you all next week.

Marvel Movie Locations That You Can Visit Part 1

Hi everyone, hope your enjoying all this lovely weather we are having. It is nice to be able to go on days out with our families and get out and about and enjoy the fresh air and feel the sun on our faces once again.

Have you ever wondered where your favorite movie was filmed, well… over the course of the next few months I will be doing just that? I am not afraid to say that I love movies, but I also love to travel and explore places I visit, I’m more of an adventurer than sitting on the beach all day, trying to get a tan that never ever comes, instead I am left looking like a beetroot.

I am starting film locations off with MCU franchise, but because there’s a few I will be doing it in two parts.

Locations of Where These Movies were Filmed

We all know that to create the movies we love like Avengers, Captain America and Doctor Strange there is a lot of CGI involved. Some movies are done in front of a green screen and made to come alive with computers.

Although they use CGI, and film studios, the creators do like to use the real world too, either for inspiration or as filming locations. They do like to use restaurants, special landmarks and buildings that have been used in previous movies.

Movie locations mean there is a lot of travelling that comes into creating these spectacular movie scenes you see whether it is local or far and wide across the world. Here is a look at some of the locations that you can go and see.

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ – Liverpool, England

Marvel’s first Avenger Captain America was filmed in many locations throughout the course of the movie, but one place they did visit was Liverpool’s Stanley Dock in 2011. They brought over 500 cast and crew, so they could transform the docks into the Victorian dockland of 1940’s New York’s Albert Dock before they continued on with production in other areas of the Uk like Manchester, London, and Wales, before heading back to the US to continue with scenes from locations in Manhattan and New York.

Stanley Dock was used in the scene at the beginning of the movie, where Steve Rogers gives chase after Kruger that sees them running along the Brooklyn waterfront. To transform Liverpool in to looking as if they are still in New York for their five-day shoot. It took around a month’s work of preparations, to change the red brick into New York stone.

  • Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Stanley Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
  • Manhattan Beach, California, USA
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Thor Ragnarok’ – Queensland, Australia

Thor Ragnarok was filmed in many locations throughout Australia to create the home of Thor, his brother Loki, and the Norse gods. Director Taika Waititi choose Australia for its out-of-this-world locations. It took 450 people and 4 months to recreate the outdoor set of Asgard. Mount Tamborine and Cedar Creek Falls become the setting, before going over to the US for any reshoots.

  • Mount Tamborine, Queensland, Australia
  • Cedar Creek falls, Queensland, Australia
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Dirk Hartog Island, Australia
  • Australia

‘Black Panther’ – Argentina & Brazil South America

Black panther was mainly done in South Korea, added with a sprinkle of Argentina and the USA, what do you get, a magical location set in the fictional world of Wakanda, the African world of Black Panther.

It was during the fight scene with T’Challa and his arch nemesis Erik Killmonger, that you get to see this fabulous backdrop of the Iguazu Waterfalls. While the action shots were done on a soundstage in Atlanta, Georgia, the widescreens were done at the Iguazu falls, that borders both Argentina and Brazil in South America.

  • Iguazú Waterfalls, Misiones, Argentina
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Busan, South Korea
  • High Museum of Art – 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Gwangan Bridge, Busan, South Korea
  • The north side of the Sajik Baseball Stadium, Busan, South Korea
  • Haeundae Gwajeong Bridge, Busan, South Korea
  • Georgia, USA
  • South Korea
  • Argentina
  • USA

‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Leipzig, Germany

Captain America: Civil War had many beautiful locations that set the scene for this movie, it picked up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, after the battle in Sokovia. This is where Steve Rogers leads one team and Tony Stark leads the other. Both having their own ideas on where they should go from here. Tony wants to follow the governments rules, but Steve doesn’t which leads them to come to blows in an epic battle.

Germany’s tiny airport, Leipzig/Halle has featured in several Hollywood movies, including Captain America: Civil War, this airport was also used in the thriller Flightplan (2005) starring Jodie Foster and Unknown (2011) starring Liam Neeson.

  • Puerto Rico
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
  • Potsdamer Platz, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • Brazil
  • Iceland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Spree River, Berlin, Germany
  • Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA
  • Leipziger Straße, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • USA

Thor: The Dark World’ – London, England

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World was mainly filmed in the UK spreading itself across many locations. London as featured in many Marvel films, with the Capital being at the forefront of the projects, giving you the setting for the perfect scene. Although it was Doctor Strange that had visited its Embankment, when learning all about his powers and how to use them, but it was Thor: The Dark World that as featured the capital most assiduously.

  • Skógarfoss Waterfall, Iceland
  • Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England, UK
  • Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
  • Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, UK
  • Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, West Kensington, London, England, UK
  • London, Greater London, England, UK

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Edinburgh, Scotland

Avengers Infinity War was mostly done in Atlanta and in the United Kingdom. It was done simultaneously with Endgame because of financial reasons, has this was one of the most expensive films ever made, it featured an all-star cast with the MCU coming together to create two spectacular films ever going. They also had to factor in the availability of all its stars which is the reason why they did it back-to-back. The action was spectacular from start to finish, it just never stopped.

The story may take you across the universe, but one location stood out for me and that was Edinburgh, following Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), they thought that they could be a normal couple by trying to hide from Thanos and the world, as all they wanted was to be together, but that was never going to happen as no one hides from Thanos… Not even them.

  • Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham, County Durham, England, UK
  • Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines
  • Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhao, Brazil
  • Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Inverness Castle, Scotland, UK
  • Waverly Train Station, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • St Abbs Head, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK
  • Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Tallulah Gorge, Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

‘Captain Marvel’ – South California, USA

Captain Marvel locations was based just in the US, mainly surrounding California, it is one of the only Marvel movies to be solely in the US. Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, Southern California was based on the Top Gun style setting. The team wanted to try and do as much of the shoot on location before eventually turning, to use the effects of CGI, this way it gives you the more authenticity that it needed. 

The air force base may of course look familiar to some of you, as the Edwards Air Force Base, Southern California, the base has been the subject of a few film locations from the likes of the Transformers movies, Armageddon, Marvel’s Iron Man, and many more.

  • Shaver Lake, California, USA
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • Oxnard, California, USA
  • Simi Valley, California, USA
  • Mojave, California, USA
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Rosamond, California, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Valley Plaza, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • California, USA
  • Louisiana, USA
  • New York, USA
  • Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA
  • USA

‘Doctor Strange’ – Kathmandu, Nepal

Ancient places are always good to use as back drops for setting the scene in movies, Doctor Strange was no different. This place transports you back to a place of beauty and to a time where it is untouched to the outside world. There is some amazing traditional architecture, colourful streets markets and sacred temples. Doctor Strange was set mostly around Kathmandu with its rich history as the base for the setting, added with amazing special effects used to transport him through space and time. Along with Kathmandu there are also a few other locations to visit, why not check them out!

  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Deerpark, New York, USA
  • Hong Kong, China
  • National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, Westminster, London, England, UK
  • 319 West 4th Street, New York City, New York, USA
  • Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford, England, UK
  • Los Angeles, California, USA

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a good week and I will see you all next week.

What Made Dorothea Lange an Iconic Photographer and Who was she?

Hi everyone, todays post is about, yes you guessed it Dorothea Lange. This month is photography month and yesterday was her birthday, I thought why not combine the two.

I must admit my favourite photographer is my own daughter, yeah you may say that I am bias being her mum, but whatever she turns her hand to she attacks it with finesse and creativity. Anyway on with my blog!

Biography

Who Was Dorothea Lange?

It was through the Great Depression that Dorothea Lange photographed men, woman and children capturing the very essence of a time when unemployment was at its peak, and where men would wander the streets. This was the time when her most famous photographs of migrant workers had featured the words of the workers themselves, It was not long after that she held her first exhibition which would pave the way and earn her a reputation as a skilled documentary photographer.

Lange was an incredible photographer, who had an unbelievable amount of talent, she could capture the raw and unfiltered emotions of any subject she captured. The photographs would steal your breath away, and just simply draw you in to every situation.

The Early Years

Born Dorothea Nutzhorn on 26 May 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. to second-generation German Immigrants Johanna Lange a homemaker, and Heinrich Nutzhorn a lawyer. Dorothea was an accomplished American documentary photographer and photojournalist that included portraits, and those of displaced farmers during the great depression. She is one of the preeminent and pioneering documentary photographers to come out of the twentieth century.

By the time she reached 7, Lange contracted polio, which impacted her life dramatically, it left her right leg and foot noticeably weaker than her left one, which resulted in a limp. Later in life she would learn to appreciate what happened to her in that period of her life and look upon it as the most important thing that had happened to her, she once said that it “formed me, guided me, helped me, instructed me, and humiliated me.”

By the time she had reached her teens her parents divorced, it was her second severe trauma to hit her through her childhood. Her father’s abandonment affected Dorothea that much, she dropped his last name and assumed her mother’s maiden name Lange and made it her own.

Throughout her life, art and literature were a big part of her upbringing. Her parents were not only advocating for her education, but it meant that she was more in tuned to her creative side, bringing out her creativity through her works that would fill up her childhood.

After high school, she went on to attend the New York Training School for Teachers. Lange who had never showed any interests on the academic side, went on to pursue photography as a profession after working in a New York City photo studio, a decision that would change her life in every way. Lange went on to study the arts form at Columbia University, and over the next several years she would gain a wealth of knowledge and learn everything she could from several different photographers, such as Arnold Genthe a portrait photographer.

By the time 1918 came around, Lange was running a phenomenally successful portrait studio in San Francisco, with her husband muralist Maynard Dixon and had two sons, her life now had returned to her middle-class roots she had known has a child.

Interesting Facts

  • Dorothea Lange was born on 26 May 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey,
  • Her father, Heinrich Nutzhorn, was a lawyer, and her mother, Johanna, stayed at home to raise Dorothea and her brother, Martin.
  • At the age of seven, she contracted polio, which left her with a permanently disfigured right leg and foot, which left her partially paralyzed, and led her to walk with a limp for the rest of her life.
  • Lange was an American documentary photographer, whose work shed a light on the plight of American citizens during some of the darkest eras of U.S. history.
  • In 1918 she decided to travel around the world, earning money as she went, selling her photographs. Lange money ran out by the time she got to San Francisco, so she settled there and obtained a job in a photography studio.
  • Lange’s work White Angel Breadline, San Francisco 1933 was the first in a series that focused on the effects of economic decline on working-class individuals and families.
  • First husband Maynard Dixon was an American artist (whose body of work, focused on the American West). they married in 1920, and went on to had two sons Daniel and John.
  • The Migrant Mother, Lange’s single most iconic photograph, caused a falling out between Dorothea and the chief of Farm Security Administration’s photographic project Roy Stryker when she retouched the negative sometime around 1939.
  • She co-founded Aperture, a small publishing house that produces a periodical and high-end photography books.
  • Lange studied photography at Columbia University in New York City under Clarence H. White, a member of the Photo-Secession group.
  • She was instrumental in organizing Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) famous “Family of Man” exhibition in 1955.
  • Lange sent a letter to her fellow photographers all around the world, to show “Man to Man” across the world, to the show dreams, aspirations, strength, and despair that is going on around the world.
  • Lange married second husband Paul Schuster Taylor in 1935, they were together until her death
  • Until 1935, Lange ran her own successful portrait studio in downtown San Francisco, a hugely successful business where she photographed the bourgeois and bohemian elite of the Bay Area.
  • Lange started her career as a documentary photographer at the age of 40.
  • In 1944, Ansel Adams and Lange worked together on a photo series in the wartime shipyards of Richmond, California, on assignment from Fortune magazine, and in 1953 they produced a photo-essay on three Mormon towns in Utah together for LIFE Magazine.
  • She was the first woman to be hired as a photographer by the Resettlement Administration (later Farm Security Administration) in 1935.
  • Lange was hired by the Office of War Information (OWI) to photograph the internment of Japanese Americans.
  • Her photographs influenced John Steinbeck, he was deeply affected by Lange’s photographs of the migrants of the Great Depression when completing his seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath.
  • Dorothea Lange and fellow photographer Ansel Adams had a lifelong friendship that started when the two first met in San Francisco in the 1920s, collaborating on photographic projects on several occasions,
  • She closely worked with Edward Steichen on the preparation of the exhibition and publication on The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York,
  • In 1939 she published a collection of her photographs in the book An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. Her second husband, economist Paul Taylor, provided the text.
  • Lange battled increasing health problems over the last two decades of her life, but still managed to stay active.
  • She was the first woman to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography in 1941, and to be offered a one-person retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, following in the footsteps of Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Edward Weston and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
  • Dorothea Lange was an environmentalist campaigner.
  • Inspired by a book titled The Irish Countryman, by Conrad M Arensberg Lange made a photo series in Ireland, she persuaded the editors of LIFE to commission her and her son Daniel Dixon, a writer, to create an in-depth study of rural life in Ireland in 1954.
  • Dorothea Lange passed away from oesophageal cancer on October 11, 1965, San Francisco, California.
  • Lange was admitted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003 and the California Hall of Fame 2008 after her death.

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