Thursday, March 12, 2020

Famous and 65

Look who's turning 65 this month


March 19 - Bruce Willis, Actor


Who can forget Willis opposite Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting (he beat out 3,000 other actors to get the role)? How about his star portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard movies, or his role in Pulp Fiction? Yet the German-born son of blue-collar workers battled a persistent stutter in high school. Nicknamed “Buck-Buck,” Willis went on to become student council president.

But fame didn’t come right away. Willis worked as a security guard, then drove work crews around at a factory in New Jersey and was a private investigator when he finally turned to acting.  Supporting himself as a bartender while living in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, he finally got a part as an extra. After a move to California, his career began to take off, and he’s had a monumentally prolific career over the decades.

On a personal level, Willis is remembered for his marriage to actress Demi Moore in 1987 that produced three daughters before ending in 2000. They have stayed close. He attended her marriage to Ashton Kutcher, and that couple came to his wedding, to model Emma Heming, in 2009.





March 21 - Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil


Bolsonaro served in his country’s artillery and parachuting units before heading to politics. Elected and re-elected (six times!) to the lower chamber of Congress, he became known for his strong brand of conservatism, and is a vocal opponent of both same-sex marriage, affirmative action and other left-wing social policies.

He staked his 2018 campaign on family values with a retired general as his running mate. Although he was stabbed during a campaign event, he survived to win both the first round of voting and the top office.

Of Italian descent, Bolsonaro’s superior officers in his paratrooper group described him as “aggressive” with an “excessive ambition to get financial and economical gain.” Bolsonaro first gained national attention when he decried low salaries in the military and exposed the High Command for firing officers due to budget constraints and not for poor conduct, as they were telling the press.





March 28 - Reba McEntire, Country Singer


Reba McEntire was a sophomore in college when country artist Red Steagall heard her sing the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. He brought her to Nashville and the rest, as they say, is history. McEntire released her first album in 1975 and hasn’t stopped performing. Dubbed the “Queen of Country,” McEntire has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

She was born in Oklahoma, the daughter of a champion steer roper and teacher mom who had wanted a career in country music. When driving to and from rodeos, her mother taught the kids to sing, and Reba learned how to play the guitar. Three of the four kids formed the “Singing McEntires” and sang at rodeos, with Reba writing all the songs.

McEntire’s long career has featured traditional country, a move toward pop, and another switch toward gospel. She also acted in film and television, and even starred in a Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, to critical acclaim. Her personal life includes two marriages, first to champion steer wrestler Charlie Battles, and then to her manager, Narvel Blackstock. Although their 20+ year marriage ended, McEntire is close to her three Blackstock stepchildren, the siblings of her son Shelby. McEntire’s stepson Brandon Blackstock is married to a singer you may have heard of: Kelly Clarkson.

Sources:

https://www.wikipedia.org

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