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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.

Judy Garland Quotes

Hi everyone, wow this week as been full of news. some good like the birth of prince Harry and Meghan’s baby girl Lilibet, Congratulations to them both and to Archie on becoming a big brother. Well on a different note we have now been told that June 21, 2021, is not happening because of the spike in cases.

As for me I am going through it a bit, health wise at the minute, not only have I found a couple of lumps on my stomach, but I am also having to see a physiotherapist that specialises in the spine, as I have constant pressure on the lower part of my back. I get to see someone in person at the end of the month. I will keep you posted on what happens next…

Today’s post is Judy Garlands Quotes, as this would have been her 99th birthday if she had still been alive today. She was an American actress, vaudevillian, and dancer, that had an exceptional singing voice, and an unbelievable amount of talent, together with her vulnerability, she went on to become the most popular Hollywood icon of the twentieth century, with a career spanning over four decades. Anyway on with the quotes.

Judy Garlands Best Quotes

“Wouldn`t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we’d like each other a little bit more”. Judy Garland

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love” Judy Garland

“Psychologically, I’m very confused, but personally I feel just wonderful.” Veronica Fisher In the Good Old Summertime

“Give the people what they want and then go have a hamburger”. Judy Garland

“I can’t believe it. Right here where we live – right here in St. Louis.” Esther Smith Meet Me in St. Louis

“I suddenly knew that this was the beginning of a new life … Hollywood thought I was through; then came the wonderful opportunity to appear at the London Palladium, where I can truthfully say Judy Garland was reborn” Judy Garland

“All night long he calls her snooky ookums.” Hannah Brown Easter Parade

“I’ve been in love with audiences all my life, and I’ve tried to please. I hope I did”. Judy Garland

“Behind every cloud is another cloud” Judy Garland

“There’s no place like home.” Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

“I’ve never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back”. Judy Garland

“You’ll never be big time because you’re small time in your heart.” Jo Hayden For Me and My Gal

“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart”. Judy Garland

“Me, a child! Listen here, Andrew Hardy, my mother just bought me an evening dress that simply has no visible means of support!” Betsy Booth Life Begins for Andy Hardy

If I’m such a legend, then why am I so lonely? If I’m such a legend, then why do I sit at home for hours staring at the damned telephone, hoping it’s out of order, even calling the operator asking her if she’s sure it’s not out of order? Judy Garland

“Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!” Dorothy Gale The Wizard of Oz

“How strange when an illusion dies. It’s as though you’ve lost a child.” Judy Garland

“I love the piano. I love the piano. I love to hear somebody play, upon the piano – the grand piano. It simply carries me away.” Hannah Brown Easter Parade

Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the weekend as I hear its going to be a real scorcher, so don’t forget to put some sunscreen on and just enjoy this beautiful weather we are having and I shall see you all next week.

Anne Hathaway

Hi everyone I hope your all okay. Wow! What a week it’s been, like everyone else I was listening and praying that Joe Biden would get elected as president and our wishes were granted when the news came in that he had won. Congratulation to him for persevering and I wish him luck, but let’s face it he has got a lot of hard work ahead of him, but I am sure he is up to the challenge at hand.

Now back to today’s post. Today it is about Anne Hathaway, whose birthday it is today. She is not only a great actress, wife, mother, and fashion icon. She also fights for what’s right in many causes.

A very Young Anne Hathaway–before becoming the star we know today.

Biography

Early Life:

Born Anne Jacqueline Hathaway on November 12, 1982, in Brooklyn, New York, US, to parents Gerald Hathaway (a lawyer), and Kate McCauley Hathaway (stage actress and producer). She has two brothers Michael (older), and Thomas (younger). Hathaway is an American actress known for her versatility, starring in roles ranging from fairy tales to comedies, and hard hitting drama.

At six, Hathaway and her family moved from Brooklyn NY, to Milburn, a suburb in New Jersey. From a young age she would tour with her mother Kate McCauley, it was whilst during a production of the musical Les Misérables, which is where she caught the acting bug and spurred her on to pursue a career in theatre. Hathaway studied at the prestigious Barrow Group, and by the time she was sixteen, she landed her first television role, on the family drama Get Real (1999-2000).

Education:

Hathaway began her education with pre-school by attending Brooklyn Heights School, which gave her an early start on an academic career – from there she headed straight to first grade while technically still a kindergartener. At high school she was very active in the school drama department, where she would go on to act in many of their productions. She went on to graduate from Milburn High School with a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination for her performance in one of the plays she had performed in. When she finished high school, Hathaway carried on learning at Vassar College a small liberal arts school in Poughkeepsie, NY, and went on to sing in an all-female a cappella group. During her time there she majored in English and women’s studies, a discipline that is very special to the school, which was founded as a women’s college. After a few semesters there, Anne took some time off from her studies to film, but instead, of returning, she transferred to NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and graduated in 2005.

Filming:

Hathaway started pursuing film work once she had graduated from high school (2000). Her big screen debut came in 2001 with The Princess Diaries (2001) she played clumsy Mia Thermopolis, whose whole world changes in a day, as she discovers that she is heir to a royal throne. A sequel follows in 2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and then went on to play in another fairy tale role Ella Enchanted. Hathaway was afraid about being typecast that she decided to go for more adult roles, with her next major part being in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005). Where she played the wife of a cowboy (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is secretly in love with another man (Heath Ledger), this critically acclaimed film was up for an academy award nomination for best picture.

Hathaway went on to star alongside Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada. Her other notable performances that are worth a mention includes the lead role in Becoming Jane (2007), that was based on the fictionalized account Of Jane Austin life, and not forgetting her portrayal as Kym, a recovering drug addict in Rachel Getting Married (2008) – for which she earned her first academy award nomination.

Anne Hathaway’s career as blossomed throughout the years, and over time she has pursued many different acting roles this time adding romantic comedies to her repertoire in movies such as Bride Wars (2009) opposite Kate Hudson, and Valentine’s Day (2010), with a whole host of stars coming together to star in one movie, she has had many more acting roles that as kept her very busy and whatever she has tried her hand at, and has tackled it all with finesse and professionalism that it deserved.

Personal Life:

Hathaway married actor and jewelry designer Adam Shulman on September 29, 2012, after dating for four years. The couple welcomed their first son into the world on March 24, 2016, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman in Los Angeles. Then three years later they welcomed their second son Jack in late 2019.

Philanthropy:

Besides from acting, Hathaway supports numerous charities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Step Up Women’s Network, the Lollipop Theatre Network, the Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Rights and Racial Equality. Hathaway is someone that shows a lot of passion and compassion, and believes in making this a better place.

FAST FACTS

  • Mother performed in a touring production of Les Misérables.
  • As a child, she appeared in productions at New Jersey’s prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse, including a revival of Gigi.
  • Is a trained soprano; sang at Carnegie Hall in 1999 with the All-Eastern United States High School Honors Chorus.
  • Attended the Barrow Group theater company in New York for six months; was the first teenager admitted into its acting program.
  • Fell out of her chair while auditioning for The Princess Diaries. Director Garry Marshall hired her on the spot.
  • Won the 2002 Clarence Derwent Award honoring “the most promising female performer on the New York metropolitan scene” for her performance in a concert revival of the musical Carnival.
  • Considered for the role of Christine in the 2004 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, but was unavailable because of her commitment to The Princess Diaries 2.
  • Played Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s 2009 production of Twelfth Night.
  • Shaved her head to play Fantine in Les Misérables (2012).

Films

This is a list of Anne Hathaway’s Films I’ve seen of hers and the the ones with the asterisk symbol {*} are my favourite ones.

Films still to Watch

Here is a list of films I would still like to watch of hers that I haven’t gotten around to yet and one or two of them have still got to be released.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Stay safe and I will see you next week!