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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!

Best Places To Photograph Around The World

Hi everyone, today’s post is about the many spectacular places you can go and visit around the world, as well as take some stunning photographs along the way, while having an adventure of a lifetime, and seeing some terrific sights. There are so many beautiful places around the world that is waiting to be discovered and for you to capture on camera, but you must remember to take your camera, so that you can capture every second of every moment of your time seeing these wonderful sights as you won’t get that moment back again.

Photographers are lucky enough to travel all around the world, they have both the time and resources to travel to anyone of these places if not all. But even if you are not a frequent globe trotter and you want to discover some of the best places for you to go and visit, here is few to get you starter. Let your hair down and make new memories, with family, or friends.

If you got the chance to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  

Beautiful Places to Explore and Capture the Moment

Bora Bora (French Polynesia)

An aerial shot captures the breath-taking beauty of Bora Bora, making this a good place to not only take in the scenery but to also take some amazing photographs. It would be a shame not to add this island to a photographers dream places, with its striking rich sandy beaches and islands to discover. This beautiful place as more than 55 thousand visitors a year, that come to discover the wonders of the islands.

Bora Bora is in the French Polynesia, and is well-known for its volcanoes and turquoise lagoon, with its colourful coral reefs, and deep blue crystal waters, that is surrounded by islets, making this one the most photographed places in the world, both above and below the sea level. Why not try scuba diving and see the wonders of the ocean?

The Alps (Switzerland)

The Swiss Alps in Switzerland is a place of spectacular beauty, that encapsulates The Alps with its breath-taking scenery, it is just pure heaven capturing its very essence. Whether you decide to climb its 13,000 feet and walk across its peak or stop on the grassy hill a couple of miles away, you will still get a stunning mountain background, which will always give you one of the most iconic and worthwhile photographs.

Adventurers, artists, and photographers alike would especially love these views, but for different reasons, but they would all agree that it has the most breath-taking views around, which steals the show, whether it’s covered in snow or not it is still mesmerises you. Photographers would prefer to shoot from the top of Breithorn mountain for the best views of the Swiss Alps.

New York City (USA)

New York City is called the city that never for an incredibly good reason, because it does just that, as it doesn’t matter if it is morning, noon, or night, the city is always busy and full of life with the hustle and bustle that goes on, right into the early hours of the morning, along with the cities light which almost never goes out, it is such a stunning sight to see and creates a spectacular sight for the avid photographer who loves night-time photography.

New York City is such a beautiful place to visit, as there is so much to see and experience and photograph including its most famous landmarks the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, If you position your camera right, you can take a shot of New York City skyscrapers that will give you a stunning shot of the city producing some of the most amazing photo shots with spectacular views across the city. This is a city of many wonders.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

Machu Picchu looks stunningly beautiful in every way, there’s no wonder it as 1.5 million visitors every year wanting to see its picturesque views. To photographers, it has all the elements of a good photograph, with its perfect views of the Andes along with the ancient Inca temples and ruins. For the best camera view would be an aerial shot as you get to see everything. Down at the foot of the Machu Picchu is the Aguas Calientes where you can also do some astrophotography and capture amazing shots of the Milky Way

This world-famous 15th-century landmark is situated nearly eight thousand feet above sea level, it is a great trip to go and visit when you are seeing the sights of Peru, you won’t be disappointed.

The Pantheon (Rome)

Rome is a place full of culture and history, and it is always a good idea to immerse yourself in it, you will want to go take photos, too. The outdoor shot of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy is a spectacular sight to see, with its famous architecture, and photogenic buildings. This is one of the remarkable places that you could ever go too, especially those for those of you who are budding photographers. There are many famous architectures to choose from, so have fun visiting them and getting to know their history. I thought that I would do the Pantheon, which is situated in the Piazza della Rotonda which features an Obelisco del Pantheon or known as the Fontana del Pantheon (Fountain in Rome)

You can take photographs of the inside of this old Roman building, and capture the domed ceiling, which lets light come beaming through, and it beautifully lights up at night. There are many sights to visit, so plan your visit and see some amazing sights, and have a fabulous time doing it.

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, (China)

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain is a place of pure beauty, it is set in China a country with many of the world’s most amazing locations, many of which are unknown to people outside of China. This place was the inspiration for the movie Avatar in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which is one of the most beautiful places that China has to offer. I recommend taking your camera to take some spectacular photographs that will last a lifetime, and it has now become even easier than ever to take pictures with the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, which is the highest bridge to have a glass bottom. You can take a photograph looking down into the National Forest, but it is not for the faint hearted.

Faroe Islands

High up above the Faroe Island you can see for miles, it is a spectacular tourist destination, that’s full of beautiful greenery that is preserved and unspoilt. This island is a place of many wonders, the views and scenery are spectacular that drive in the tourists, with having a record of just over 89,000 in one year to its average of just under 44,000.

This cluster of islands is between Iceland and Norway which is packed with unique and authentic adventures, which is all set under one place. This is one of the most beautiful places to be in world, with its mountains that set the scene, to the green hills, and beautiful crystal-clear blue lagoons, or take why not take in the picturesque scenery on one of their hikes, that strewn across the island are quaint little towns. It is one for the memory book.

Banff, (Canada)

This beautiful picturesque Canadian beauty is home to Banff. It is a place for adventurous tourists and is a photographers dream picture with its amazing high peaks, where you can see for miles around. You can take a picture from about every angle, from the foot of the mountain to its highest peaks, you can take amazing camera shots, but don’t forget to take in the views as well, they are just breath-taking, and you would hate to miss a single minute of it.

This place is a hidden gem, that has been hidden away from the rest of the world, but it certainly has earned its title of being one of the world’s most beautiful and amazing places to visit. High up on the top pf the mountain, you can see the view of the glacial lake, called Lake Minnewanka and Bow River, they look spectacular especially in spring and summertime.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today. I will see you all next week.

Fight Poem

Hi everyone, todays post is a poem called Fight. It’s about fighting to live everyday of your life, and that you’re not alone, know matter what, there will always be someone to give you a helping hand.

Open your eyes,
Don’t leave me this way,
Turn on the light,
And fight every day,

My heart breaks,
With every hour,
As you lay asleep,
Without a peep,

I will always be there,
To give you love and care,
I will be your strength,
When you have no power,
I will be your leaning tower,

I will be by your side,
Until you turn the tide,
With every breath I have,
I will fight for your life.

By Aria

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your 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.