Bio Specials 1 Season 2010
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1. Shania Twain Shania Twain's "not just a pretty face." The singer/songwriter revolutionized country music with her drop-dead looks, sultry voice and spirited lyrics. The provocative performer also shattered stereotypes by flaunting her taut midriff instead of her big hair. But Shania's path to mega-stardom was filled with heartaches and hunger. She grew up impoverished in Northern Canada.
14. Boyz II Men In the mid-nineties, Boyz II Men's silky smooth voices lifted them to superstardom. Their record-breaking stints atop the music charts placed them alongside industry icons like Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Along the way they became the biggest selling R&B group in history. But as often is the case, an epic rise proceeded and even more dramatic fall.
15. The Spice Girls Born out of a concept--a counterpoint to the 1990s "boy bands"--and a single trade industry ad, the five "Spice Girls" rocketed to the top of the pop music world. The only British group to taste "Beatles" level commercial success, The Spice Girls produced two world-wide top-selling albums and performed at sold out venues everywhere.
16. Jamie Foxx A modern renaissance man, Jamie Foxx is one of the most spectacularly versatile performers in show business today. This portrait of Foxx looks at his triumphs in comedy (he starred in the hit TV show, In Living Color), music (he earned a Grammy nomination for his album "Unpredictable"), and film (he won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Ray.)
17. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Hollywood is obsessed with its celebrity couples. They're regular fixtures in tabloids, blogs, and entertainment news shows. But our girl-and-boy-next-door couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner --aka Bennifer II -- have remarkably stayed out of the media spotlight.
18. Patrick Dempsey Patrick Dempsey grew up in a small town in Maine and wanted to be an Olympic ski racer. After a bad crash ended his Olympic dream, Patrick took off for California to pursue an acting career. "Can't Buy Me Love" was a surprise hit in 1987 and Patrick became one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood.
19. Queen Latifah Profile of the Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, model, and actress who's been hip-hop's first lady, the face of Cover Girl, and an Oscar nominee. Born Dana Elaine Owens, she was nicknamed Latifah, which means "delicate and sensitive" in Arabic. She started her music career as a human beat box alongside rap group Ladies Fresh, and her first album at the age of 19 was a success.
20. Lindsay Lohan Actress, singer, partier, she's barely into her twenties, and Lindsay Lohan has already gone from screen tests to rehab stints. She was acting in a soap opera by the age of ten and made her film debut in The Parent Trap a year later. Unlike many child actors, Lindsay's appeal seemed to grow as she as she aged, and by 2005 she was headlining hit films such as Mean Girls.
21. Rachel Ray At 38 years old, Rachael Ray seems to have burst out of nowhere to be everywhere. But Ray struggled at first. She was a small-town Sicilian girl who moved to New York and worked at the Macy's candy counter. She then became a buyer for gourmet grocery stores and started teaching people how to make great meals in record-breaking time.
22. David Caruso Portrait of the actor best known for one of the most remarkable comebacks in entertainment history. In 1994, Caruso was the popular star of NBC's NYPD Blue. But when he left the show in a fight over money, Caruso's name became synonymous with stunningly bad business decisions. He couldn't get a good part for years.
23. Shannen Doherty She began her acting career when she was just 10 years old, but Shannen Doherty is best known as "the bad girl of the 90's" starring on the hit show Beverly Hills 90210. She left the show after four years, but later reunited with long-time producer Aaron Spelling when she was cast in another hit show Charmed.
26. Rick Springfield Rick Springfield has sold fifteen million records and after nearly thirty years in show business, he still performs with the reckless abandon of a twenty-something rock star. Springfield's hit song, "Jesse's Girl" became the anthem of the 1980's-- a time when his feathered hair, tightly-suited body and boyish face became hallmarks of the era.
29. The Wahlberg Brothers The Wahlberg brothers, Mark and Donnie, have taken Hollywood by storm, transitioning from pop music sensations to establishing themselves as successful actors in both television and film. Raised in the rough neighborhood of Dorchester in Boston, the Wahlberg brothers used a combination of street smarts and hard work to become forces to be reckoned with in the entertainment world.
30. Dave Chappelle This profile of the young comic traces Chappelle's story from his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio to his 2005 escape to South Africa. Find out how the young boy who once idolized the comedy of Bill Cosby became famous for racially provocative and envelope-pushing comedy.
31. Barack Obama When he called himself "a skinny kid with a funny name" at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his political star was already on the rise. By the time he decimated the competition in 2004 race for the Illinois Senate, he was the bona fide golden child of a Democratic party desperately in need of a winner.
32. Matthew McConaughey Matthew McConaughey was on the way to becoming a lawyer when he picked up the inspirational book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, and decided his real future lay in screen acting. A chance meeting with a casting director in an Austin bar secured his first real film role.
33. Mel Gibson Viewed by some as one of Tinsletown's brightest stars, and by others as a pariah. He's managed to stay on top despite public scandals and outspoken views. Mel Gibson is true Hollywood Icon. From blockbuster action films and successful comedies to critically acclaimed dramas, Gibson has made his mark as a sexy leading man with an edge. But that "edge" comes with a price.
34. Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge takes viewers through the long career of Charlie Sheen, who seemed to teeter on the edge of oblivion after recently being fired from the hit series Two and a Half Men. Interviews with close friends, journalists, and drug rehab experts fuel the debate: is Sheen in control, off the rails or simply on the brink of a major disaster?
35. Kate Middleton: Uncommon Bride Although she's set to marry England's Prince William in "the wedding of the century," Kate Middleton is an unlikely choice for royal bride since a commoner hasn't married an heir to the throne for 350 years.
36. Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston, known as The Voice, is one of the most successful pop stars of all time with some 170 million records sold. Signed by the legendary Clive Davis, she scorched the charts with such hits as "You Give Good Love," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," and "Greatest Love of All." But her personal life has been a mess.
37. Tina Turner Tina Turner is undoubtedly one of greatest rock performers of all time. She has performed around the world, acted in several blockbuster films, and contributed songs to many others. But it is her personal life story that makes her achievements that much greater, her transformation from a young, abused wife to rock goddess that makes Tina Turner such an amazing cultural icon
38. Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin is arguably the greatest female singer of the 20th century, but obtaining the crown of `The Queen of Soul' did not come easy. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the fourth of five children, and her father, the Reverend L Von Franklin was on his way to becoming one of America's most celebrated preachers.
39. Rat Pack - Part 1 In the heyday of Vegas, The Rat Pack were kings. Go back in time with BIO to the exact moment Frank Sinatra met the other members of the pack: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Then, take an intimate look at the five men who mesmerized an entire generation of Americans and continue to fascinate a new generation today.
40. Rat Pack - Part 2 In the heyday of Vegas, The Rat Pack were kings. Go back in time with BIO to the exact moment Frank Sinatra met the other members of the pack: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Then, take an intimate look at the five men who mesmerized an entire generation of Americans and continue to fascinate a new generation today.
41. Russell Simmons He didn't invent rap, but Russell Simmons is, perhaps more than any other individual, responsible for the genre's astonishing success. This intimate BIO profile spotlights the founder of Def Jam Records who helped to bring black, hip-hop culture into the American mainstream.
42. Steve-O Profile of the wild daredevil who became a star with the "Jackass" franchise, famously introducing himself to TV viewers when he swallowed and regurgitated a live goldfish on air. But fame came at a heavy price and put him on a downward spiral that led to a threatened suicide in 2008. Now three years sober and with his biography, "Professional Idiot," coming out, Steve-O is hopefully a new man.
43. Tawny Kitaen A high-school dropout and self-proclaimed surfer chick from San Diego, Tawny Kitaen made her way to Hollywood in 1980 with dreams of becoming an actress. She landed her first starring role in the 1983 erotic-adventure The Perils of Gwendoline, and followed that up in 1984 with a starring role opposite Tom Hanks in the mainstream Hollywood comedy, Bachelor Party.
44. Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy Jeff Dunham's specials on Comedy Central have earned record ratings including his 2008 Christmas special which drew 6.6 million viewers and was at the time the most watched telecast in the network's history. According to Pollstar, he has been the top-grossing touring comedian in the world for the last two years and in the US for the last three.
45. Stephen King Amazing life of the "master of the macabre", whose stories have terrified readers and movie fans worldwide. Tracks King's life from his days as a Maine school teacher, his prolific work as author of Cujo, The Shining, Carrie, Misery.
46. Keith Urban Already a music star in Australia, Kiwi Keith Urban made the move to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992 to further his career in country music.
47. Erik Estrada He captured the hearts of millions, as a result of his starring as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the highly successful television series, CHiP's. He also appeared in numerous television and motion pictures.
48. Chevy Chase He was the breakout star of Saturday Night Live, winning over audiences with his cool, laidback persona and razor sharp wit. He went on to star in some of the biggest comedy hits of the 80's--including Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Fletch.
49. Kevin James Born Kevin Knipfing, James first planned on a career in sports, but those plans changed when he joined a community theater to alleviate a bad case of the summertime blues.
|Supporting actors||Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Wendy Williams|
|Network||A&E Television Networks|
|Executive Producer||Alex Gregor|
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|Format||Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)|
From the bio channel comes biography show. An hour long (40 something minutes without commercials!) documentary all about one specific person. Interesting and engaging!Published 12 months ago by Lorri
Any fan of the Rat Pack, and in fact anyone wishing to learn a bit about the styles and mores of the Fifties and early Sixties will enjoy these 2 episodes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by V. Richard
I gave this a 5 star because I love the brothers but this story didn't tell me anything a real fan didn't already know. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're a Jeff Dunham fan this is a must see. I had no idea Jeff made his own puppets. This show explains how he does it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles D. Young
I love ALL of BIOGRAPHY Channels Specials--They are so WELL DONE--and this one on the Late Great Whitney Houston is No Exception. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Peter R