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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.

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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This Day in Disney History

Hi everybody, it is good news that more and more things are opening up and everywhere is returning back to normal. It would be good to get back to having a normal routine without all these restrictions, but saying that does not mean I don’t have my own concerns about walking around with no masks on, especially when their still is so many different variants out there…

Today’s post is about what happened on This Day in Disney History, No matter who you are, young or old, you just can’t help but take Disney to your heart. It just becomes part of all our lives, which starts from a very young age. Eventually, you go on to enjoy it with your own family and get to relive it through your child’s eyes. Over the years they have released some spectacular films and amazing animations for you to enjoy, time and time again.

What Happened in Disney History?

1909:

Ken Darby was born in Hebron, Nebraska and is a man with many talents He was a lyricist, composer, vocal arranger, conductor, and Grammy Award-winner. Ken is best known for his works on Porgy and Bess, The King and I, and Flower Drum Song. Darby worked as a composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios. In 1946 he was a choral and vocal director on one of Disney’s classic films the Song of the South and wrote music for some short movies like Casey at the Bat, Once Upon a Wintertime and The Brave Engineer.

1924:

Bernard E. McEveety is an American film and Tv director, he was born in New Rochelle, New York. His Disney film credits include One Little Indian, Napoleon and Samantha (directing Jodie Foster in her debut film), and Disneyland’s Donovan’s Kid. He is more known for his tv work in tv, McEveety directed 31 episodes of the classic series Combat as well as various tv episodes of Air Wolf, Knight Rider, The Incredible Hulk, The Dukes of Hazard, The A-Team and so much more…

1933

Disney’s popular cartoon character Mickey Mouse is in The Mail Pilot, which was directed by David Hand, is released. When Mickey and the mail pilot is entrusted with a chest of money, he must overcome some obstacles as he battle his way through rain, snow, and bandit Pete, who has a plane that is equipped with a harpoon cannon and a machine gun…

1935:

Animator, film director, screenwriter, and producer Burnett “Burny” Mattinson is born in San Francisco, California. His earliest credits go back to the 1955 Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, in which he was an “inbetweener” (It is Someone who draws pictures to fill up the keyframe). Burny has worked as an assistant on One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword and the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. He then went on to become a character animator on Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh, as well as a storyboard artist for The Rescuers. Burny also produced and directed The Great Mouse Detective and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. In 1994 Mattinson was awarded the Winsor McCay Award, and in 2008 he was also awarded the Disney Legends Award.

1939:

Born in Brooklyn, New York on this day was Hollywood Actor and producer Harvey Keitel. To his credits, he has Disney, Touchstone, and Miramax films amongst others to his repertoire, which include Sister Act, National Treasure, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

1942:

Disney’s animated feature film Pinocchio is about a wooden boy, who wants to be a real boy was released in Switzerland.

1949:

A Dixieland Jazz band consists of the Firehouse Five Plus Two, which is made up of Disney Studio employees, started recording their very first album. The recording session takes place at Radio Engineers famous Studio B, in Hollywood, California with engineer Lowell Frank at the controls.

1971:

A man with so much flair and unbelievable talent is singer-songwriter Elton John who visited Disneyland for the very first time during his second U.S tour. He is to also perform across the way at the neighbouring Anaheim Convention Centre the following day.

1979:

Walt Disney’s wonderful world of colour aired the episode “Sky Trap,” which was directed by Jerome Courtland. A plane carrying a cargo of illegal narcotics crashes and leads to the disappearance of an infamous drug smuggler called “The Hawk.”

1993:

Debby Ryan is an actress and singer and was born in Huntsville, Alabama, she is best known for her role on Disney Channels Original Series the Suite Life on Deck. She then went onto play a nanny on another Disney Original Series Jessie between 2011-2015. Her other television credits include Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Austin & Ally, and Girl Meets World. Her movie credits include 16 Wishes, The Suite Life Movie, the live-action Muppets Most Wanted and the animated Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings as the voice of Spike.

1997:

London’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered at the Dominion Theatre…

2000:

Original Disney Channel Movie Miracle in Lane Two, featuring Frankie Muniz and Patrick Levis (Who will win the Young Artist Award for his performance), aired

2001:

The Wonderful World of Disney aired one of the world’s most famous and iconic Child Stars of its time. Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story.

2002:

Walt Disney World no longer allows its guests to bring water coolers into the water parks, for security reasons.

2005:

The Herbie VW Volkswagen goes on Tour in the US, to celebrate its 50th anniversary and the release of Herbie: Fully Loaded, it begins at Santa Monica Pier in California and stops over at a dozen states.

2008:

Kerry Butler who is currently the star of Broadways Xanadu releases her debut album called Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust, it features 12 Disney tracks, (Butler has also played the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway). On the same day she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a leading actress in a musical.

Disney press publishes Camp Rock: The Junior Novel by Lucy Ruggles, the novel is based on the Disney Channel movie.

2009:

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival starts off with its newest Disney Pixar 3D movie Up.

Theatre, film and television actor, Frank Aletter passes away aged 83 in California. His Disney films include A Tiger Walks, Now You See Him, Now You Don’t and Run, Cougar, Run.

2010:

Disney and ABC Television Group receives a whopping 59 nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy* Awards, was announced live from New York City.  Among the nominations are 4 for Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb and 4 for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

2012:

Desperate Housewife’s final episode “Finishing the Hat” aired on ABC. It was promoted as Kiss Them Goodbye; this was the end of season 8 and their final season of the award-winning series.

2021:

Disneyland begins to offer its cast members, who are both furloughed, along with their families, the single-shot Johnson and Johnson or the two-shot Pfizer vaccination (which is due to the current situation of the pandemic). The vaccine clinic is being offered at the Disneyland hotel through May and June.

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

The Lotus Building

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing okay. This week as been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for everyone, some filled with excitement and some filled with dread as the ease up on restrictions begun this week. It doesn’t help being stuck in the house day after day, some of us it’s only been a few months, but there are some that have been confined to the house for the whole year as they have been crippled with fear of getting this horrible disease that spread so rapidly throughout the world with devastating consequences. Like everyone I hope it doesn’t last much longer, then we can start living again.

Anyway, on with my blog. I am doing the Lotus building, I thought it was different but spectacular and unique.

The Lotus Building

This is a flower that will never die and will forever live on and bloom all year round. The Lotus Building and people’s park sits upon on an artificial lake, it was designed to act as a cultural anchor and civic landmark.

The Lotus is in the heart of Wujin, in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu. It was designed by an Australian architect and design studio, studio 505. China is renowned for its creativity and unique sense of style.

The idea for this beautiful building was taken from the aquatic plant, which is the idea behind the inspiration of its name and form from the blooming lotus flower, and it shows the three stages it goes through, from the young new bud all the way to the full ripe of the flower, through to bud being fully opened, with a seed pod within it.

This building is home to the city’s planning bureau, which makes it one of the prettiest institutions owned by the government. The Lotus is in fact an added addition to an already existing double storey that can be found beneath the artificial lake, and houses part of the bureau, the new exhibition halls, conference centre, and meeting rooms.

The visitors enter from beneath, where it will reveal a cathedral like style of space. The Lotus building illuminates both in colour and light, creating a bright and uplifting intramural atmosphere, whatever the weather.

The external petals are filled with colourful ribs that is applied to the sides, and continues throughout the exterior of the building, giving you a deep hue along the edges of the structure, creating a varied white, beige, and stainless-steel hexagon mosaic tile, which is further enhanced by its stunning illuminating beauty at night, as the florescent lighting shines bright into the night sky, It is just purely breath-taking.

This beautiful structure adds a stunning touch of manmade nature to Wujin’s District, it was designed to be more energy efficient, so it can minimalize its energy usage and provide a sustainable geothermal system that’s driven through the lake.  The whole of the lake water and ground beneath is utilized to pre-cool during the summer months and is set to pre-warms during the winter months, it is properly ventilated with the air conditioning that lies just beneath the lake This is a naturally ventilated structure that has a thermal chimney within its main flower pod.  

The Lotus Centre and people’s park has become one of the most popular landmarks in Wujin since it was completed back in 2013.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Take care and enjoy the rest of your and I will see you all next week.