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Reese Witherspoon is an actress, singer, producer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She has appeared in over a dozen television programs and over three dozen films. She has been nominated for and/or won awards and honors throughout her career. She gained fame for her roles in Legally Blond and then Sweet Home Alabama. Subsequent roles have added to her fame and accolades.

 

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born in 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father was a doctor and in the United States Army Reserve. Her mother was a nurse and a professor of nursing. Reese has an older brother. While her father was in the military, they lived in Germany for four years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Harpeth Hall School. She then was an English major at Stanford University for a year before leaving to pursue acting. When she was seven years old, she had begun this part of her journey by appearing in television advertisements and then later other television and film appearances.

 

In 1991, she was cast in the film The Man in the Moon. Other films led to television’s miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove. More roles later led to her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. She did have to sing in front of audiences for this role as well. Later in 2013, Reese recorded a cover of a Sinatra duet with Michael Buble To Be Loved. She has continued to act and perform in a variety of genres of television and film.

 

Reese owned the production company Type A Films before gaining full control of the production company Pacific Standard in 2016. In 2015, she had launched a fashion, accessory, and home decor line named Draper James. In 2016, she, also, co-formed Hello Sunshine to tell female driven stories on film, television, and other forms of media. In 2017, Reese became the storyteller-in-chief of Elizabeth Arden, Inc.

 

Reese was married to actor Ryan Phillippe from 1999 until 2007. They had a daughter and later a son. She married Jim Toth in 2011. They had a son in 2012. Reese has three children.

 

Philanthropy for women and children’s charities and causes has been a big part of her life as well. She is a supporter of Save the Children. She is on the Board of the Children’s Defense Fund. In 2007, she became the Global Ambassador for Avon Products. The Avon Foundation supports women, focuses on breast cancer research, and the prevention of domestic violence. She supports the Child Mind Institute, which focuses on helping children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

 

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Hill Harper is an actor, author, businessman, and philanthropist. He has appeared in dozens of films and television programs. He has published a half dozen books. He supports well over a dozen charities and causes. He, also, has started an all-natural personal care line and businesses aimed to train and empower youngsters, such as Roasting Plant Coffee in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Francis Eugene Harper was born in 1966 in Iowa City, Iowa. He started acting when he was seven years old and later changed his name to Hill to honor his ancestors. In 1984, he graduated from Bella Vista High School. He next graduated with honors from Brown University in 1988. In 1992, he graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. He, also, received a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. While at Harvard, he acted with Boston’s Black Folks Theater Company.

 

After receiving his degrees, he moved to Los Angeles, California. In 1993, he was on Life Goes On and had a reoccurring role on Married…with Children. He made his film debut in Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings. Hill has received awards and recognition, including receiving the NAACP Image Award for his role on CSI: NY. 

 

Hill Harper is inspirational for his accomplishments, as well as, his desire to empower others. Having a clean bill of health after surviving thyroid cancer is another reason for others to feel inspired. Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Bellamy Young is an actress, singer, and producer. She gained fame and won awards for her role on television’s Scandal. She has appeared in dozens of films and television programs during her career.

 

Amy Maria Young was born in 1970 in Asheville, North Carolina. She was raised by her adoptive parents until her father passed away and his best friend then helped raise her. She later chose Bellamy as a first name to honor this man when she had to change her name to join the Screen Actors Guild. She graduated in 1987 from Asheville High School and then attended Yale University. There she studied English and Theatre and graduated in 1991. She had, also, spent a summer at the British American Drama Academy in England.

 

Amy began acting on stage both on and off-Broadway. In 1995, she made her television debut on television’s Another World. In 1999, she made her film debut in Black and White. In 2011, she was cast in Scandal. In 2015, Bellamy released her first album.

 

Bellamy supports PETA, The Humane Society of the United States, the domestic violence organization Helpmate, Operation Blankets of Love, and other causes and organizations. Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler is an actress, singer, and author. She gained fame by starring in the HBO series The Sopranos, followed by her role in the HBO series Entourage. She has had roles in over a dozen films and a dozen and a half television programs.

 

Jamie-Lynn Sigler was born in 1981 in Jericho, New York. She has two brothers. Her family is Jewish. When she was seven years old, she began acting and singing. She, also, attended Jericho High School and studied at the Cultural Arts Playhouse.

 

In 1997, Jamie-Lynn was cast as Meadow Soprano in The Sopranos which aired with her in the part from 1999 until 2007. She had other work during this time, including roles on stage in Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. She has continued to work since The Sopranos concluded as well.

 

In 2001, Jamie-Lynn released a pop album. In 2012, she released a single and appeared in its music video. In 2002, her co-authored autobiography had also been published.

 

Jamie-Lynn has been married twice. Her first marriage was from 2003 until 2006. She then married Major League Baseball player Cutter Dykstra in 2016. They have a son. Also in 2016, Jamie-Lynn disclosed that she has been living with Multiple Sclerosis since she was diagnosed when she was twenty years old. Jamie-Lynn has become recognized for her work with and for MS and for supporting the American Cancer Society.

 

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an actress. She began her career as a child actress, however currently has appeared in approximately a dozen films and two dozen television programs. She gained fame when appearing on television’s )On Our Own and after having a starring role in the film Eve’s Bayou. 

 

Jurnee Diana Smollett was born in 1986 in New York, New York. She has five siblings and was born fourth. Her siblings are all performers as well.

 

Jurnee’s career began with recurring roles on Full House and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. In 1996, Jurnee made her film debut with a role in Jack. She has since been nominated for and/or won awards for her work. Awards include the Critic’s Choice Award and the NAACP Image Award.

 

Jurnee has been involved with AIDS/HIV causes since she was eleven years old. She is on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Defense Fund and New South Africa. Jurnee married musician Josiah Bell in 2010. They had a son in 2016.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day is a holiday created to honor and celebrate our mothers and motherhood.  The holiday is celebrated on various dates around the world. However, it is observed on the second Sunday in May in the United States. Over 46 countries around the world celebrate the holiday. Mother’s Day is related to Father’s Day, Siblings Day, Grandparents Day, and other similar days set aside to honor special people in our lives.

 

Mother’s Day began in the United States when Anna Jarvis held a memorial to honor her mother in 1908. Anaa Jarvis’ mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers from both sides during the American Civil War.  Ann Jarvis died in 1905 and that is when Anna Jarvis began working on establishing a holiday to honor all mothers. By 1911 all United States states observed the holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making the second Sunday in May a national holiday.

 

Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in various ways. Often there is special recognition of the day and mothers in churches and in families’ homes. Much to Anna Jarvis’ chagrin, the holiday has been commercialized with card companies and others catering business to the holiday. However, more personalized gifts are often made in schools and other places. Anna Jarvis would appreciate more personalized gifts and notes. The day is often celebrated with family meals or special outings as well. The expression of love and gratitude for your mom is what matters most on this special day!

 

Mothers often inspire and/or support us all to become all that we can become. Maybe your mother’s creativity, intellect, or abilities have inspired you! Maybe your mother has supported you or coached you through difficult times in your life. Whatever your situation, and whether your mother is with us today or not, today is a day to honor mothers! If you are the mother, congratulations and thanks to you! Happy Mother’s Day! Be inspired. Have a bright day.

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Mayim Bialik is an actress, author, and neuroscientist. She is best known for her roles on television’s Blossom and The Big Bang Theory. She has been active in acting since 1987 and been nominated and/or won multiple awards.

 

Mayim Chaya Bialik was born in 1975 in San Diego, California. She was raised a Reform Jew and now considers herself an Orthodox Jew. She graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1993. She then attended UCLA. She earned a B.S. in neuroscience before taking a break to return to acting. She later earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA  in 2007.

 

Mayim’s acting debut was in the film Pumpkinhead. Television roles and film roles followed. She has, also, appeared in a music video, a web series, and a video game. Voice work and guest appearances have been part of her work experience along with recurring roles and film roles.

 

Mayim’s first book was published in 2007. She has since co-written books published in 2012 and 2014. Her writing has included the topics of attachment parenting and healthy, vegan cooking.

 

Mayim married Michael Stone in 2003. They have two sons. She and Michael divirced in 2012. Mayin donated money for armored vests to the Israel Defense Forces during the 2014 Gaza Conflict. She is a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network. Mayim is, also, a founding member of the Jewish organization Shamayim V’Aretz Institute for the ethical treatment of animals.

 

Mayim has stayed true to her beliefs and privately and publically supported things she believes in. Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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Malin Akerman is an actress, model, and singer. She has appeared in many television programs and films. Her fame grew with starring roles in The Heartbreak Kid and 27 Dresses.

 

Malin Maria Akerman was born in 1978 in Stockholm, Sweden. She grew up in Canada. She feels a deep connection to both countries. Malin did modeling as a child and young woman. In 2002, Malin joined a band that became the Petalstones. Their debut album was released in 2005. She left the band to focus more on acting, which she had been active with since 1997.

 

Her acting career began in Canada in 1997 with a role in the science fiction television series Earth: Final Conflict. Malin’s film debut was in 2000 in The Skulls and she has appeared in over thirty films and twenty television programs. Malin moved to Los Angeles, California in 2001.

 

Malin married her once bandmate Roberto Zincone in 2007. They had a son. However, the couple separated in 2013. In 2012, Malin had traveled to Tanzania with Opportunity International. She became a Young Ambassador of Opportunity in June of 2012. Later that year she, also, hosted a fundraiser for Opportunity International.

 

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Stephen Curry is a professional NBA basketball player. He has played for the Golden State Warriors since 2009. His shooting statistics and skills on the court have consistently earned him honors and awards. His life off the court has added to his accolades as well.

 

Wardell Stephen Curry II was born in 1988 in Akron, Ohio. His father was a professional NBA basketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers. His father, Dell Curry, spent most of his career with the Charlotte Hornets, so Charlotte, North Carolina is primarily where Stephen grew up with his brother Seth and sister Sydel. Stephen briefly played basketball in Toronto while living there so his father could finish his career with the Toronto Raptors. The family next moved back to Charlotte and Stephen began Charlotte Christian School and played basketball for their team. He was recruited for and began attending Davidson College after high school graduation.

 

At the end of his first year at Davidson College, Stephen was named South Conference Freshman of the Year among several other accolades. At the end of his sophomore season, Steven was named to the Associated Press’ All-America Second Team and earned other accolades. At the end of his junior year, Stephen was the NCAA scoring leader and was named a consensus first-team All-American.

 

Stephen began playing for the Golden State Warriors since he was drafted by them in the 2009 NBA draft. He has played well for them, including being part of their 2014-15 winning NBA championship team. He was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2015 and 2016. Other highlights and awards include being chosen for United States basketball teams. In 2010 and 2014 he was part of FIBA World Cup gold winning teams.

 

Stephen married Ayesha Alexander in 2011. They have two daughters and live in Alamo, California. Stephen is Christian and his faith is a prominent part of his private and public life. His humanitarian work includes donating three insecticide treated mosquito nets for every one of his frequently scored three-point shots. These go to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to fight malaria. His work as a humanitarian and an athlete has earned him accolades as well.

 

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Matt Bomer is an actor. He began acting on stage in 1995. More roles on stage led to work on television and later in films. On television, he began with a role on Guiding Light and his film debut was with a role in Flightplan. His professional work has brought him nominations and/or wins for several awards. His personal life and work have resulted in awards as well.

 

Matthew Staton Bomer was born in 1977 in Webster Groves, Missouri. He grew up with two siblings in Spring, Texas. He acted at Alley Theatre and graduated from Klein High School. He then attended Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2001.

 

Matt’s first television award nomination came in 2012 for a guest appearance on Glee. In 2013, Matt was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for his role in Magic Mike. His first wins came in 2014 with wins for his role in the television film The Normal Heart.

 

Matt married Simon Halls in 2011. The men have three boys via surrogacy. In 2012, Matt received the Steve Chase Humanitarian Award. He supports the David Lynch Foundation for stress reduction programs for at-risk populations and is an LGBT rights activist. He was given an Inspiration Award during the GLSEN Awards as well.

 

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