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Montblanc Hommage à A. Carnegie – Limited Edition Patron of Arts 2002.

The stylish and elegant Patron of Art Edition Hommage à Andrew Carnegie recalls the artistic style that Carnegie supported so enthusiastically: art nouveau. The clip of the pen is a graceful female figure, whose wings wrap around the cap of the pen like a butterfly’s. The black of the barrel of Edition 4810 provides a striking contrast to this delicate fretwork effect in 925 sterling silver.

The barrel and cap of Edition 888 are made of mother-of-pearl lacquer and covered with a 750 white gold weave. The Montblanc star in this edition is made of fine mother-of-pearl. A delicately engraved lily – a popular art nouveau motif – decorates the rhodium-plated 18-karat gold nib.

Montblanc Hommage à Andrew Carnegie 888 Limited Edition Fountain Pen 7277
Andrew Carnegie is still considered one of the greatest patrons of culture in the modern world. A Steel tycoon who emigrated from Scotland to the USA, he was firmly convinced that wealthy people were morally obliged to dedicate themselves to charitable works. So he spent more than 350 million dollars – almost his whole fortune – on cultural foundations, public libraries and cultural programs, and on fostering talented art nouveau artists, the most fashionable artists of the day.

The stylish and elegant Patron of Art Edition Hommage a Andrew Carnegie recalls the artistic style that Carnegie supported so enthusiastically: art nouveau. the Clip of the pen is a graceful female figure , whose wings wrap around the cap of the pen like a butterfly’s. The black of the barrel of Edition 4810 provides a striking contrast to this delicate fretwork effect in 925 sterling silver. The barrel and cap of Edition 888 are made of mother-of-peral lacquer and covered with a 750 white gold weave. The Montblanc star in this edition is made of fine mother-of-pearl. A delicately engraved lily – popular art nouveau motif – decorates the rhodium-plated 18 carat gold nib.

Industrialist and philanthropist extraordinaire, Andrew Carnegie personifies the American dream and the idea that man does not live by bread alone. Overcoming poverty to become one of the richest men of his time, he rejected an elitist lifestyle to patron the arts and champion the common man. His legacy still enriches the world today and his crowning work, the Carnegie Hall, has become a temple of culture and one of the most important stages in
the world.

Echoing the style he loved, the Montblanc Andrew Carnegie is an art nouveau tribute to the man and his legacy. Its exquisitely carved, 18-carat gold nib and pitch-black barrel set a graceful scene for the dramatic crown of a sterling silver clip in the sensual form of a winged feminine figure.

Features:

Launch: 2002
Limitation: 888 Fountain Pens
Mother-of-pearl lacquer
750 white gold fretwork
Rhodium-plated 18-karat gold nib 7277
The stylish and elegant Patron of Art Edition Hommage Andrew Carnegie recalls the artistic style that Carnegie supported so enthusiastically: art nouveau. The clip of the pen is a graceful female figure, whose wings wrap around the cap of the pen like a butterfly’s.

The barrel and cap of Edition 888 are made of mother-of-pearl lacquer and covered with a 750 white gold weave.
Andrew Carnegie is still considered one of the greatest patrons of culture in the modern world. A steel tycoon who emigrated from Scotland to the USA, he was firmly convinced that wealthy people were morally obliged to dedicate themselves to charitable works. So he spent more than 350 million dollars almost his whole fortune on cultural foundations, public libraries and cultural programmes, and on fostering talented art nouveau artists, the most fashionable artists of the day.

Bluma Appel – Canada. Shortened from Applebaum, her husband’s former name. According to my long time friend Bernie she owned close to 3 or 4% of Seagram’s stock which provided her with very deep pockets. He also shared the evolution of her family surname.

As a Member of the Order of Canada she often volunteered to preside at Canadian citizenship ceremonies at 55 St. Clair Avenue East Toronto. Other than wearing the snow flake, that is the only perk/ honour bestowed upon recipients. I clerked many of her ceremonies and enjoyed talking with her ever present young male assistant who was a classical pianist. I took photos of dozens of volunteer presiders but lost 99% of those images when my first IBM desktop computer froze.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluma_Appel

Bluma Appel, OC, O.Ont (September 4, 1919 – July 15, 2007) was a Canadian philanthropist and patron of the arts. She was born the daughter of Russian émigrés who left Czarist Russia around 1905. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, she was the founder of CANFAR, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. Bluma married the Montreal chartered accountant Bram Appel on July 11, 1940. It was Bram’s subsequent success in business which afforded Bluma the opportunity to engage in serious philanthropic activity: in 1946 he co-founded Pall Corporation. In 1979, she ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate for the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Nepean—Carleton. She lost to Walter Baker. She was a major supporter of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, which named one of its theatres in her honour in March 1983 after she made a donation to help renovate the 876-seat theatre where the Canadian Stage Company (CanStage) performs. She was also a significant force behind Opera Atelier. In June 2005, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts gave Ms. Appel an honorary Dora Mavor Moore Award "for her exceptional and lifelong dedication" to the performing arts in Canada. She is memorialized at The Canadian Stage Company’s Bluma Appel Theatre in perpetuity. Four days after celebrating her 67th wedding anniversary, Appel lost her brief battle with lung cancer and died in a hospital in Toronto, aged 86. She was buried at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, north of Toronto. Bram Appel died October 8, 2007. They are survived by their two sons David (born 1941) and Mark (born 1944), and five grandchildren.

Her honours and awards include:
In 1988, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada for being one of a few people "as active in such a broad range of community services as she".
In 1998, she was awarded an Order of Ontario.
In 2001, she was elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada for continuing "her outstanding volunteer work on behalf of numerous cultural, social and health care organizations".
In 2005, she was awarded an honorary Dora Mavor Moore Award for her lifelong support of Canadian arts and culture, an honour given to only two other individuals, William Hutt and Urjo Kareda.
In 2006, she was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.
In 2007, she was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from Brock University.
The Bluma Appel Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto is named in her honour for the use of The Canadian Stage Company.

Corinne Ricard – France. I found little on the internet about her.
MADAME CORINNE RICARDO (CORINNE COIFFURE)
25 Rue Sainte Catherine 27200 Vernon France.
SIREN: 401-905-476.

Irene Schulte-Hillen – Germany
Her Wiki pages were only in German. Her husband had a small English Wiki page mentioning her.
wikispooks.com/wiki/Gerd_Schulte-Hillen

Michelle Yeoh – Hong Kong

Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng, PSM (/ˈjoʊ/; born 6 August 1962)[1] is a Malaysian actress. She rose to fame in 1990s Hong Kong action films, and is best known internationally for her roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), along with recent international English films and series.

Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Seri
Michelle Yeoh
PSM, SPMP
杨紫琼
Michelle Yeoh Cannes 2017.jpg
Yeoh in 2017
Born: Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng. 6 August 1962 (age 57). Ipoh, Federation of Malaya
Education: Royal Academy of Dance (BA)
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1980–present
Spouse(s): Dickson Poon. (m. 1988; div. 1992)
Partner(s): Jean Todt (2004–present)
www.flickr.com/photos/dohastadiumplusqatar/13927499681/in…

Awards:
Full list
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
楊紫瓊
Simplified Chinese
杨紫琼
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinYáng Zǐqióng
IPA[jáŋ tsɹ̩̀.tɕʰjʊ́ŋ]
Yue: Cantonese
Yale RomanizationYèuhng Jíkìhng
JyutpingJoeng4 Zi2-king4
IPA[jœ̏ːŋ tsǐː.kʰȅŋ]
Southern Min
Hokkien POJIôⁿ Chú-khêng
Tâi-lôIônn Tsú-khîng

Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she won the Miss Malaysia pageant of 1983 at the age of 20. She later achieved fame in the early 1990s after starring in a series of Hong Kong action films in which she performed her own stunts, such as Yes, Madam (1985), Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) and Holy Weapon (1993). She was credited as Michelle Khan in her early Hollywood films. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her work in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

She has appeared in many English, Mandarin and Cantonese language films. Her other works include Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Reign of Assassins (2010), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Star Trek: Discovery (2017) and The Lady (2011), in which she portrayed Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2018, she starred in the American romantic comedy-drama film, Crazy Rich Asians. She has also co-starred in the 2019 films Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy and Last Christmas.

The film review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes ranked her the greatest action heroine of all time in 2008.[2] In 1997, she was chosen by People as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World", and in 2009 the same magazine listed her as one of the "35 All-Time Screen Beauties"—the only Asian actress to make the list.[3]

Early life and education:

She was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, to a local ethnic Malaysian Chinese family of Hokkien and Cantonese descent.[4] Her parents are Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik (died on 5 November 2014), a lawyer and MCA politician,[5] as well as the man behind the popular express bus service, Sri Maju.[6]

She was keen on dance from an early age, beginning ballet at the age of four. She studied at Convent Ipoh (Main Convent) as a primary student. At the age of 15, she moved with her parents to the United Kingdom, where she was enrolled in a boarding school. Yeoh later studied at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dance in London, majoring in ballet. However, a spinal injury prevented her from becoming a professional ballet dancer, and she transferred her attention to choreography and other arts. She later received a BA degree in Creative Arts with a minor in Drama.

Career:

Main article: List of Michelle Yeoh performances
In 1983, at the age of 20, Yeoh won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant.[7] She represented Malaysia at the Queen of the Pacific 1983 beauty pageant which was held in Australia and won the crown. While in Melbourne, she also won the Miss Moomba title.[8] She was also Malaysia’s representative at the Miss World 1983 pageant in London. From there, she appeared in a television commercial with Jackie Chan which caught the attention of a fledgling Hong Kong film production company, D&B Films.

Yeoh started her film career acting in action and martial arts films such as Yes, Madam in 1985, after which she did most of her own stunts.[9] She was credited as Michelle Khan in these earlier films. This alias was chosen by D&B studio who thought it might be more marketable to international and western audiences. Yeoh later preferred using her real name.[7]

The D&B Group in Hong Kong was run by the businessman Dickson Poon. Yeoh married Poon in 1987 and retired from acting.

Yeoh at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
In 1992, Yeoh and Dickson Poon divorced and Yeoh returned to acting.[7] Yeoh’s performance in Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992) marked her comeback to film. She acted in The Heroic Trio in 1993, and the Yuen Woo-ping films Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun in 1994.

She played Wai Lin in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Brosnan was impressed, describing her as a "wonderful actress" who was "serious and committed about her work".[10] He referred to her as a "female James Bond" in reference to her combat abilities. She wanted to perform her own stunts but was prevented because director Roger Spottiswoode considered it too dangerous. Nevertheless, she performed all of her own fighting scenes.[11][12]

Yeoh was then recruited by Ang Lee to star as Yu Shu Lien in the Chinese language martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film was shot in various provinces around China. Yeoh had grown up speaking English and Malay, before learning Cantonese. She spoke little Mandarin, and learned the Mandarin lines for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon phonetically.[13] The film was an international success, and earned Yeoh a BAFTA 2000 nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Thereafter, she was offered the role of Seraph in the two sequels to The Matrix, but she could not accept due to a scheduling conflict (the Matrix writers then changed Seraph into a male character and cast Collin Chou in the role).[14] In 2002, she produced her first English film, The Touch, through her own production company, Mythical Films.

In 2005, Yeoh starred as the graceful Mameha in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha, and she continued her English-language work in 2007 with Sunshine. In 2008, Michelle Yeoh also starred in fantasy action film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.[15]

In October 2011, she was chosen by Guerlain to be its skincare ambassador.[16] Yeoh will play a role in strengthening the French cosmetics company’s relationship with Asia.[17] Apart from action films, she is famous for playing nationalists in two biopics. In 1997, she played Soong Ai-ling in the award-winning The Soong Sisters. In 2011, she portrayed Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson’s The Lady.[18] Yeoh was blacklisted by the Burmese government allegedly because of her participation in The Lady; she was refused entry to Myanmar on 22 June 2011 and was deported on the same day.[19]

Yeoh has also recently branched out into television, as it was announced in September 2014 that she had accepted her first television role on the fifth and final season of Strike Back.[20] Yeoh plays the role of Mei Foster, wife to the British Ambassador to Thailand, and who is secretly a North Korean spy named Li-Na.[21]

In 2016, Yeoh was cast as Federation Captain Philippa Georgiou of the starship USS Shenzhou in the series Star Trek: Discovery, and recurs as Georgiou’s "mirror" doppelganger in the second season.[22][23] In 2018, she played family matriarch Eleanor Young in Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians, a film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, opposite Constance Wu and Henry Golding.[24]

In 2019, she played Christmas themed-store owner "Santa" in Last Christmas, opposite Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke. The film was released on 8 November 2019.

Personal life:

Yeoh was married to Hong Kong entrepreneur Dickson Poon, owner of businesses such as Harvey Nichols and Charles Jourdan,[25] from 1988 to 1992. In 1998, Yeoh was engaged to Alan Heldman, an American cardiologist.[26] In 2004, she started dating Jean Todt,[27] a leading figure in motor racing, and in July 2008 she confirmed her engagement to him during an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS’s The Late Late Show.[citation needed][28]

Yeoh is a Buddhist.[29][30] In March 2008, she visited Vietnam to film a documentary for the Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIPF).[31] Yeoh is also a patron of the Save China’s Tigers project committed to protect the endangered South China tiger.[32]

Awards, honors and styles:

Michelle Yeoh’s handprints on the "Avenue of Stars" in Hong Kong
In 1999, she was a member of the jury at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[33]

On 19 April 2001, Yeoh was awarded the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato’, by Sultan Azlan Shah, the Sultan of Perak, her home state, in recognition of the fame she brought to the state.[34]

On 25 November 2002, she was honoured as The Outstanding Young People of the World (TOYP) (Cultural Achievement) by JCI (Junior Chamber International).[35]

On 23 April 2007, French President Jacques Chirac awarded Yeoh as Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur). The decoration was presented to her in a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 3 October 2007.[36] She was promoted to Officer of the same French Order (Officier de la Légion d’honneur) by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 14 March 2012. The decoration was presented to her at a ceremony held at the president’s official residence, the Élysée Palace on that day.[37] She was promoted to Commander of the same French Order (Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur) by French President François Hollande on 28 March 2017. The decoration was presented to her at a ceremony held at the president’s official residence, the Élysée Palace on that day.

In 2011, she received a special award for her contribution to Malaysian cinema at Malaysian Film Festival (FFM 24).

On 22 May 2012, she was awarded the Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP) which carries the title Dato’ Seri during the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah’s birthday.[38]

Michelle Yeoh received the Excellence in Asian Cinema award during the seventh annual Asian Film Awards on March 2013 in Hong Kong.

On 1 June 2013, she was awarded the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) which carries the title Tan Sri during the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.[39][40]

On 30 November 2013, she presided as the Chief Guest at the International Film Festival of India.[41]

On 12 February 2016 she was conferred France’s Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres award by the French government in Kuala Lumpur.

Honours of Malaysia:

Malaysia :
Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia – PSM.svg Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia (PSM) – Tan Sri (2013)[42][43]
Perak :
MY-PERA Order of the Perak State Crown – lower classes.svg Knight Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (DPMP) – Dato’ (2001)[42][44]
MY-PERA Order of the Perak State Crown – Kn Grd Commander – SPMP.svg Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (SPMP) – Dato’ Seri (2012)[42]

International Honours:

France :
Legion Honneur Chevalier ribbon.svg Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (2007)[45]
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (2012)[46]
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Officier ribbon.svg Officier of the National Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2016)[47]
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (2017)[48]
Awards and nominations:

Year Nominated Work Award:

1986Yes, MadamHong Kong Film Award for Best New PerformerNominated
1998Tomorrow Never DiesMTV Movie Award for Best FightNominated
1998The Soong SistersHong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2000Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonTFCA Award for Best Performance, FemaleNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonSaturn Award for Best ActressNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonBAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Action TeamNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonGolden Horse Award for Best ActressNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonHong Kong Film Award for Best ActressNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonVFCC Award for Best ActressNominated
2011Reign of AssassinsAsian Film Award for Best ActressNominated
2011Reign of AssassinsPeople’s Choice Award for Favorite ActressNominated
2011Reign of AssassinsHuabiao Film Award for Outstanding Abroad ActressNominated
2018Star Trek: DiscoverySaturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on TelevisionNominated[49]
2019Crazy Rich AsiansThe Asian Awards for Outstanding Achievement in CinemaWon[50]

Special Awards:
Year Award
1998Asian Media Award Won
2001ShoWest Award for International Star of the YearW on
2013Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema Won

References:

^ Encyclopædia Britannica Almanac 2010, p. 75
^ "Total Recall: The 25 Best Action Heroines of All Time". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ "35 All-Time Screen Beauties: Michelle Yeoh". People. 6 October 2009. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ Chinatown
^ "Michelle Yeoh Biography (1962–)". film reference. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ Chan Li Leen (5 November 2014). "Michelle Yeoh’s father passes away". The Star (Malaysia).
^ a b c Kee Hua Chee (19 January 2004). "Her own person". The Star. Malaysia. Retrieved 13 November 2011. Interview.
^ Michelle Yeoh Biography, IMDb. Accessed 13 October 2018.
^ Tourtellotte, Bob (2 August 2008). "Michelle Yeoh brings kicks and poise to ‘Mummy’". Reuters. Retrieved 15 May 2011. Yeoh said that as she grows older, she understands her body will not be able to do what it once did with kick boxing and stunts.
^ Cohen, David (11 February 1997). "Bond girl Yeoh gets licence to thrill 007". South China Morning Post.
^ "Bond Leading Lady Won’t Do Stunts". Associated Press. 21 May 1997.
^ Chung, Winnie (30 May 1997). "Much More Than Just A Bond Girl". South China Morning Post.
^ "Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre Q&A".
^ "Michelle Yeoh Biography". Scrup.au. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ Chung, Philip W. (1 August 2008). "Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh: From ‘Tai Chi Master’ to ‘The Mummy’". AsianWeek. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008.
^ "Michelle Yeoh, The New Face of Guerlain". Butterboom. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ "Michelle Yeoh Named as Guerlain’s New Celebrity Ambassador". Asia Pacific Arts. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ Petty, Martin (29 March 2012). "Myanmar’s Suu Kyi: from prisoner to would-be lawmaker". Reuters. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
^ "Myanmar Deports Michelle Yeoh Over Suu Kyi Movie". Yahoo News. Associated Press. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ Frater, Patrick. "Michelle Yeoh and Will Yun Lee Join Final Season of ‘Strike Back’". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
^ Ellwood, Greg. "Strike Back: Legacy episode 4 preview". Entertainment Focus. Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
^ Hibbred, J (23 November 2016).’Star Trek Discovery: Michelle Yeoh In Captain Role’, Deadline. Retrieved from deadline.com/2016/11/star-trek-discovery-michelle-yeoh-ca…, retrieved on 23 November 2016.
^ Holloway, Daniel (29 November 2016). "’Star Trek: Discovery’: Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp Join Michelle Yeoh in Cast". Variety. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
^ "’Crazy Rich Asians’ Adds Michelle Yeoh (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
^ Swain, Jon (25 March 2007). "No business like Yeoh business". The Times. London. Retrieved 8 April 2007. (subscription required).
^ "A night on the tiles in the capital of chic". South China Morning Post. 12 January 2019.
^ Sunday, The New Paper; Apr 21; 2013. "’Don’t be a traitor, Michelle Yeoh’". www.asiaone.com.
^ "Michelle Yeoh: The lady strikes back". TODAYonline.
^ "Michelle Yeoh: I believe in afterlife". The Buddhist Channel. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
^ "The Lady – Interview with Michelle Yeoh". AVIVA-Berlin. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
^ "Bond girl Michelle Yeoh to visit Vietnam for road safety campaign". talkvietnam.com. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
^ "Patrons and Supporters". Save China’s Tigers. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
^ "Berlinale: 1999 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
^ "Just Call Me Datuk". Asiaweek. 27 (17). 4 May 2001. ISSN 1012-6244. Archived from the original on 9 May 2001. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
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^ "Michelle Yeoh receives Legion of Honour from France". Bernama via mysinchew.com. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
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^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
^ "Actress Michelle Yeoh to be Chief Guest at IFFI Closing Ceremony". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
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^ "Michelle Yeoh now a Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". The Star. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
^ "Michelle Yeoh now a Commander of the Legion of Honour". The Star. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
^ Hammond, Pete (27 June 2018). "’Black Panther’ Tops 44th Saturn Awards With Five; ‘Blade Runner 2049’ , ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Get Out’ Also Score". Deadline. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
^ "Outstanding Achievement in Cinema – CRAZY RICH ASIANS". The Asian Awards. Retrieved 28 October 2019.

Further reading:

Kho Tong Guan: Yeoh Chu Kheng, Michelle. In: Leo Suryadinata (ed.): Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I & II. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2012, ISBN 9789814345217, pp. 1347–1350
Ken E. Hall: Michelle Yeoh. In: Garry Bettinson: Directory of World Cinema: CHINA 2. Intellect Books, 2015, ISBN 9781783204007, pp. 71–73
Lisa Funnell: Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and the Transnational Chinese Action Star. Suny Press, 2014, ISBN 9781438452494, pp. 31–57 (chapter Transnational Chinse Mothers: The Heroic Identities of Michelle Yeoh and Pei Pei Cheng)
Rikke Schubart: Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970–2006. McFarland, 2012, ISBN 9780786482849 , pp. 123–143 (chapter Beautiful Vase Made of Iron and Steel Michelle Yeoh).

Franca Coin – Italy
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Yutaka Sado – Japan

Yutaka Sado (佐渡 裕, Sado Yutaka, born 13 May 1961 in Kyoto) is a Japanese conductor.

Yutaka Sado, 2016
While still in school, Sado obtained a position in the Kansai Nikikai, a Japanese school of opera, where he had the opportunity to work with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, learning operatic repertoire. In 1987, he traveled to the United States to attend the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he studied with Seiji Ozawa. Later he won the Davidoff Special Prize for a competition in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He returned to Japan as an assistant to Ozawa and made his debut with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo with a Haydn symphony series. He later studied with Charles Dutoit, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Leonard Bernstein,[1] with whom he toured the Soviet Union and Germany.

Sado won first prize and became the third Japanese winner (after Seiji Ozawa in 1959 and Yoko Matsuo in 1982) at the 39th annual International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, France in 1989. In 1990, he became a regular participant in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, along with Christoph Eschenbach and Michael Tilson Thomas. Sado also serves as Artistic Director and Artistic Advisor of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center and principal conductor of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra which he helped establish in 2005. Sado also is chief conductor of the Siena Wind Orchestra in Japan.

Outside Japan, Sado was Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Lamoureux from 1993 to 2011. He recorded with the Orchestre Lamoureux for such labels as Erato.[2] In October 1995, Sado was named the winner of the first Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Music Competition.[3] In 2011, he conducted Beethoven’s 9th symphony, with 10,000 Japanese people, for the victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake. He conducted 10,000 people, previously in 2007 and another time too (the date is unknown). In November 2013, the Tonkünstler Orchestra announced the appointment of Sado as its next principal conductor, effective with the 2015–2016 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.[4][5]

References:

^ Allan Kozinn (19 January 1990). "Bernstein and Thomas Head New Pacific Music Festival". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
^ Roger Nichols (August 2000). "Hommage à l’Orchestre Lamoureux". Gramophone. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
^ "Japanese Wins Bernstein Competition". The New York Times. 13 October 1995. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
^ "Yutaka Sado wird Chefdirigent des Tonkünstler-Orchesters" (PDF) (Press release). Tonkünstler Orchestra. November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
^ "Yutaka Sado wird neuer Tonkünstler-Chefdirigent". Der Standard. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.

External links;

Official website of Yutaka Sado
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Digital Concert Hall, interview with Yutaka Sado
Preceded by:
Valentin KojinPrincipal Conductor, Lamoureux Orchestra
1993–2011Succeeded by:
Fayçal Karoui
Preceded by:
Andrés Orozco-EstradaPrincipal Conductor, Tonkünstler Orchestra
2015–presentSucceeded by: incumbent.

Tan Siah Kwee – Singapore
www.esplanade.com/offstage/arts/tan-siah-kwee

“Before writing, a calligrapher has to gather his concentration in order to perfect his technique on brush and ink, and watch the paper absorb his ink. Through these movements, many different kinds of enjoyment can be produced.”

Tan Siah Kwee was born in Guangdong, China, on 6 Oct 1948, and moved to Singapore in the 1950s, where he began developing an interest in Chinese calligraphy. As founder of the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore, he has been one of the key promoters of the art form over the past four decades. He has worked tirelessly and taught many, spreading interest in the genre across the island. Tan is also well known for his public calligraphy demonstrations and workshops, and counts important Singapore politicians among his students. In 2000, Tan Received the Cultural Medallion for his contributions to visual arts in Singapore.

Tan Siah Kwee was introduced to Chinese calligraphy while he was a student in Kong Hwa School. Weekly lessons involved calligraphy exercises, and he soon found an interest in the art form. During his time in Chung Cheng High School, he joined the Chinese calligraphy club. And under the guidance of the club’s teachers who saw his potential, his passion and skill in calligraphy grew. Later, he would regard Pan Shou as the person who influenced his calligraphy the most.

Tan credits the art form with teaching him patience and instilling in him an ethos of hard work. His years of determined practice and study has resulted in a calligraphic style that is marked by a bold engagement with paper, clearly defined characters, considered composition and bravura brushwork.

Tan founded the nation’s premiere organisation for calligraphy—the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore. His perseverance towards the cause of promoting Chinese calligraphy saw the society through its difficult times when membership dropped to only 12 members. Today, the Chinese Calligraphic Society has over 600 members, Tan serving as its president.

Over his illustrious career, he also gave several hundred public and private calligraphic demonstrations, and participated in numerous Singaporean diplomatic missions as a cultural ambassador and performing calligrapher.

Tan has taught calligraphy at his own society and also at the National University of Singapore, the National Institute of Education and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, among other tertiary institutions. Besides students of all ages and races, he also counts former president of Singapore, S. R. Nathan, among his list of distinguished politician-students. Inspired by one of his calligraphy teachers who would give calligraphic prints to his students for reference and practice, Tan continues to provide quality calligraphic materials and equipment for free to his dedicated students.

In 2000, Tan Received the Cultural Medallion for his contributions to visual arts in Singapore.

Today, Tan continues to practise calligraphy, teach—often for free—and contribute his expertise on the subject as advisor and consultant to arts institutions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and China.

6 Oct 1948. Born in Swatow, Guangdong, Republic of China.
15 Mar 1955. Moved to Singapore.
1956. Enrolled in Kong Hwa Primary.

Carlos Zurita – Spain

Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria and Hernani (born 9 October 1943 in Antequera), is the husband of Infanta Margarita and uncle of King Felipe VI of Spain.

Carlos Zurita
Duke of Soria and Hernani
The Duchess and Duke of Soria
Born: 9 October 1943 (age 76). Antequera, Málaga, Spain
Spouse: Infanta Margarita, 2nd Duchess of Hernani (m. 1972)
Issue:
Don Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón
Doña María Zurita y de Borbón
Full name: Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado
Father: Carlos Zurita y González-Vidalte
Mother: María del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella
He was born to Carlos Zurita y González-Vidalte[1] and wife María del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella[2] in Antequera, Málaga, Spain.

The Duke of Soria is a retired medical doctor and was, as his father, a specialist in the respiratory and circulatory system. He studied at the medical faculty of the University of Seville, where he obtained a licentiate in medicine with accompanying award "Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura" for extraordinary merit in 1967.[3] He received his doctorate with a scholarship at the Spanish College in Bologna, Italy. In 1971, the duke gained the position of teacher service manager of the Spanish National College of the Thorax Illness.[4]

He married Infanta Margarita, on 12 October 1972 in Estoril at St. Anthony’s Church. They have two children:

Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 9 August 1973).
Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón (b. Madrid, 16 September 1975). She has a son, Carlos, born on 28 April 2018 in Madrid.[5]
In 1989, the Duke and the Duchess of Soria created the Fundación Cultural Duques de Soria (The Duke and Duchess of Soria Cultural Foundation), its objective is to stimulate the Spanish language and culture. The Foundation cooperates with universities and Spanish cultural institutions to contribute the cultural and scientific development in Spain.[6]

The Duke of Soria is President of the Spanish Federation of the Museums Friends Associations and President of the Friends of Prado Museum Foundation. He also is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine.[4]

Titles, styles, honours and arms.

Titles:

9 October 1943 – 1967: Mr. Carlos Zurita y Delgado
1967 – 12 October 1972: Dr. Carlos Zurita y Delgado
12 October 1972 – 27 May 1981: His Excellency Don Carlos Zurita y Delgado
27 May – 23 June 1981: His Excellency The Duke of Hernani
23 June 1981 – present: His Excellency The Duke of Soria and Hernani
The Duke’s style and title in full: His Excellency Don Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado de Borbón, Duke of Soria, Duke of Hernani, Grandee of Spain.

Honours:

See also: List of honours of the Spanish Royal Family by country
In 2003, the Duke and Duchess of Soria were appointed Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise of Spain.[7]

References:

^ Obituary of his father
^ (in Spanish) www.geneall.net (accessed 2 November 2008)
^ Los títulos de la familia del Rey – website of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo
^ a b (in Spanish) Anales de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina Archived January 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Duke of Soria’s laudatio in his appointment as member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine by Hipólito Durán Sacristán, 235-242. (accessed 2 November 2008)
^ Vanitatis
^ (in Spanish) The Duke and Duchess of Soria Cultural Foundation website. (accessed 2 November 2008)
^ (in Spanish) Royal Decree 484/2003 The Duke of Soria member of the Spanish Royal Order of Alfonso X. BOE, Spanish Official Journal. (accessed 2 November 2008).

Griff Rhys Jones – United Kingdom

This British surname is barrelled, being made up of multiple names. It should be written as Rhys Jones, not Jones.
Griffith Rhys Jones OBE (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner, Mel Smith.

Griff Rhys Jones: OBE

Rhys Jones in March 2014
Birth name: Griff Rhys Jones
Born: 16 November 1953 (age 66)[1]. Cardiff, Wales
Medium: Film, television
Years active: 1979–present
Genres: Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy
Spouse: Jo Jones
Rhys Jones came to national attention in the 1980s for his work in the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. With Smith, he founded television production company Talkback Productions, now part of RTL Group and later in 2005, he started the production company Modern Television.[2]

He went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting work. From 2008 until 2016, he presented the television bloopers show It’ll be Alright on the Night for ITV, having replaced Denis Norden who hosted the show for almost 30 years. Rhys Jones was himself replaced on the show in 2018 by David Walliams.[3]

Early life and education:

Rhys Jones was born in Cardiff, the son of Gwynneth Margaret (née Jones) and Elwyn Rhys Jones,[4] a medical doctor. The family moved because of his father’s occupation to West Sussex when he was 6 months old.[5] Rhys Jones attended Conifers Primary School in Midhurst, West Sussex, junior school in Epping, Essex, and Brentwood School, also in Essex.[6]

After a short spell working as a petrol pump attendant, Rhys Jones gained a gap year job on the P&O ship Uganda, working for a company organising school trips. In his autobiography, Semi-Detached, he describes how he was charged with helping to look after 600 Canadian schoolgirls, followed by a similar number of younger Scottish schoolchildren, and refers to the experience as being like "St Trinians at sea".[7] He wrote to eight of the Canadians afterwards.[8]

Rhys Jones read History and English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating with a 2:1.[9]

Career:

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After Cambridge, Rhys Jones then joined BBC Radio Light Entertainment as a trainee producer, with his output including the satirical show Week Ending and Brain of Britain.[10]

An evening planned to spend watching his hero Frankie Howerd at the invitation of friends Clive Anderson and Rory McGrath, who were writing the show at the time, resulted in Rhys Jones replacing the show’s producer, who had suffered from a stress-related illness from dealing with the comedian. He later produced Rowan Atkinson’s show The Atkinson People for the BBC and has appeared twice on Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Rhys Jones filled in several minor roles in the first series of Not the Nine O’Clock News, and was brought in as a regular cast member from the second series onwards, replacing Chris Langham. Rhys Jones says that the reason he got the part was not due to his appearance in the initial shows, or his talent, but because producer John Lloyd was going out with his sister at the time. Rhys Jones became a regular from the commissioned second series.

Rhys Jones was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1984 (1983 season) for Best Comedy Performance in Charley’s Aunt and in 1994 (1993 season) for Best Comedy Performance for his performance in An Absolute Turkey. He also played Toad in The Wind in the Willows at the National Theatre in 1990, as well as a number of other theatre roles. He provided the voices on the series of short cartoons Funnybones, for which he also sang the theme tune.

Rhys Jones has continued his acting career, having roles in Casualty and Agatha Christie’s Marple as well as starring in Russell T Davies’ drama series Mine All Mine on ITV. It’ll be Alright on the Night returned with Rhys Jones as the new presenter, taking over from Denis Norden. The first programme starring Rhys Jones aired in 2008.

In January 2012, Rhys Jones returned to sketch comedy at the BBC alongside "some of the biggest names in TV", including Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander and Larry Lamb, for one of a three episode series in which comedy legends take to the stage for a mix of stand-up and sketches. It also featured a special guest appearance by former comedy partner Mel Smith in a new Head to Head sketch, referring many times to it having been 16 years since their last.[11]

Partnership with Mel Smith:

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After Not the Nine O’Clock News, Mel Smith and Rhys Jones decided to create and write more material together, and to start a management company. From 1984, Smith and Rhys Jones appeared in the comedy sketch series Alas Smith and Jones (the show’s title being a pun on the American television series Alias Smith and Jones). After the first series, the pair appeared on the big screen in Mike Hodges’ sci fi comedy movie Morons from Outer Space and then in 1989, the LWT production Wilt.

Smith and Rhys Jones were reunited in March 2005, for a Comic Relief sketch, which led to a revival of their previous television series in The Smith and Jones Sketchbook, recorded that same year but aired over twelve months later. Their final television appearance together was a Head To Head routine for the special of 2012 The One Griff Rhys-Jones.

When Smith died in the summer of 2013, Rhys Jones wrote a moving piece about his comedy partner in the Radio Times, saying it was "sheer bliss" to perform with Mel.[12]

Production companies:

In 1981, Rhys Jones along with Mel Smith founded Talkback, a production company which produced many of the most popular British comedy series of the past two decades, including Smack the Pony, Da Ali G Show, I’m Alan Partridge, They Think It’s All Over, QI and Big Train. They eventually sold the company to Pearson for £62 million.

In 2005, Rhys Jones created his own production company ‘Modern Television’,[13] which has since made a number of productions with Rhys Jones as presenter[14] and executive producer.

Documentaries:

Rhys Jones has developed a career as a television presenter, beginning as the co-host on several Comic Relief programmes. He presented Bookworm from 1994 to 2000, was the presenter of the BBC’s Restoration programme and has done a considerable amount of fundraising work for the Hackney Empire theatre conservation project. In 2004, he led a demonstration at the Senate House in Cambridge University for the purpose of saving architecture as a degree in Cambridge.

Since 2006, Rhys Jones has starred in the BBC’s Three Men in a Boat series, alongside Dara Ó Briain and Rory McGrath.[15] The series has included the trio rowing the River Thames, as in the 1889 novel, sailing from London to the Isle of Wight for a sailing boat race, borrowing numerous vessels to make their way from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly.

In more recent adventures, the three took to the Irish Canals and Rivers on a trip from Dublin to Limerick (Dara’s Greyhound Snip Nua also tagged along for the trip), went to Scotland, and sailed along the Balkan coast ending up in Venice for a gondola race. His documentary series Mountain, for which he climbed 15 British peaks during 2006,[16] was broadcast on BBC One 29 July–26 August 2007.

Rhys Jones fronted Greatest Cities of the World, which saw him visiting a different city each week. The first series, featuring London, New York and Paris, aired on primetime ITV in October 2008. A second series featuring Rome, Sydney and Hong Kong was broadcast in April and May 2010.

He presented a seasonal documentary, Charles Dickens and the Invention of Christmas, which was broadcast on 23 December 2007 on BBC One.[17]

Rhys Jones has also created and presented programmes about Arthur Ransome,[18] Thomas Hardy,[19] John Betjeman[20] and Rudyard Kipling.[21]

During July to August 2009, Rhys Jones presented the BBC programme Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones.[22] which featured on the cover of Radio Times[23]

In 2010, Rhys Jones presented a programme called The Prince’s Welsh Village that featured Prince Charles.[24]

In 2011, he presented the series Hidden Treasures of Art, which examined the art of Australia, India and Africa over the course of three episodes.[25]

Rhys Jones presented Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones[26] on BBC One from 30 May to 20 June 2012. The show looked at lesser known routes around Great Britain. On 29 April 2012, Rhys Jones guest presented an episode of Perspectives on ITV, his chosen subject being Wind in the Willows.[citation needed]

In 2013, Rhys Jones presented a documentary about his father’s service as a medical officer with the Gold Coast Regiment and the war in Burma,[27] Burma, My Father and the Forgotten Army, was broadcast on BBC Two on 7 July.[28]

In 2014, Rhys Jones fronted an eight-part ITV documentary series entitled A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones.[29]

From 10 April 2015, he introduced a five-part documentary series for ITV, Slow Train Through Africa, taking in life on and off trains from Morocco to South Africa, by way of Algeria, Tunisia, Kenya and Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.[30]

In December 2015, it was announced that Rhys Jones would present Griff’s Great Britain, a new eight-part series for ITV.[31] The show began airing in January 2016.

Radio:

In 2002, Rhys Jones starred in a series of adaptations of comedic stories by Nikolai Gogol broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (subsequently re-broadcast on BBC Radio 7 and BBC Radio 4 Extra) under the umbrella title of Three Ivans, Two Aunts and an Overcoat.[citation needed]

Stage:

Rhys Jones won Olivier awards for best comedy performance in Charley’s Aunt (1984) and An Absolute Turkey (1994), and appeared at the National Theatre as Toad in The Wind in the Willows in 1990. He starred as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Oliver! in London’s West End from 14 December 2009 until 8 January 2011.[citation needed]

Writing:

Rhys Jones has written or co-written many of the programmes he has appeared in, and a number of spin-off books. In 2002, he started writing a book called To the Baltic with Bob, describing his adventures on the high seas with his sailing friend Bob, as they make their way to Saint Petersburg, port by port.[32]

Rhys Jones released the book in 2003, saying of the experience: "As a child you go out and play and you lose all track of time and space. It’s harder and harder to attain that blissful state of absorption as you get older. I did a six-month sailing trip to St Petersburg with some mates just to get it back."[8]

His early life has been captured in his autobiography, Semi-Detached, published in 2006 by Penguin Books. His book to accompany the BBC One series Mountain was published in July 2007.[33]

Other work:

During 1999 to 2001, Rhys Jones featured in television adverts for the Vauxhall range of cars, as a "boffin". In April 2001, he was dismissed by Vauxhall, after an embarrassing advert for the Vauxhall VX220.[34] He officially signed the deal in May 1999.[35]

Rhys Jones provided the voice over for Brentwood School’s 450th anniversary DVD, reading a script written by fellow Old Brentwoodian Jonathan Ruffle.[36]

Rhys Jones is a Vice President of the Victorian Society and has done much to publicise their Top Ten Endangered Buildings.[37] Since 2007, he has been a Vice President of the River Stour Trust, a registered charity led by volunteers who are dedicated to the restoration and conservation of the River Stour Navigation for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. Rhys Jones says, "I am a strong supporter of the River Stour Trust and everything to do with it. The riverway is so beautiful and unspoilt, especially with the wildlife and water-lilies and bullrushes, it is just terrific. It is a great example of why rivers should be open to people…I salute the River Stour Trust for opening the locks…it is supposed to be a river that traffic travels on."[citation needed]

In June 2008, it was announced that Rhys Jones was to become the President of Civic Voice, the nationwide charity that campaigns for better places in the built and green environment.[38]

In May 2014, Rhys Jones was executive producer on his production company’s debut BBC drama A Poet in New York starring Tom Hollander as Dylan Thomas.[39]

Filmography:

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979–82Not the Nine O’Clock NewsVarious
1984–98Alas Smith and JonesVarious
1984The Young OnesHost of University ChallengeEpisode – "Bambi"
1985Morons from Outer SpaceGraham Sweetley
1989WiltHenry Wilt
1992FunnybonesAll voices
1994–2000BookwormPresenter
1994Monty the DogAll voices
1994Staggered (film)Graham
2003–09RestorationPresenter
2004Mine All MineMax Vivaldi
2006–11Three Men in a BoatPresenter
2007MountainPresenter
2008–16It’ll be Alright on the NightPresenter
2008–10Greatest Cities of the WorldPresenter
2009Rivers with Griff Rhys JonesPresenter
2010The Prince’s Welsh VillagePresenter
2012Britain’s Lost Routes with Griff Rhys JonesPresenter
2014A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys JonesPresenter
2013Burma, My Father and the Forgotten ArmyPresenter
2015Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys JonesPresenter
2015The QuizeumPresenter
2016Griff’s Great BritainPresenter
2017Murder on the Blackpool ExpressDavid
2019Griff’s Great Kiwi Road TripPresenter

Personal life:

Rhys Jones met his wife, Jo, a graphic designer, while working at the BBC. He has described their first meeting by saying "The day we met, I was semi naked and she was throwing water over me." The couple have two children, and live between homes in London (previously in Islington, now in a Grade I listed house in London’s Fitzrovia in the West End) and Holbrook in Suffolk.[40][41] Rhys Jones owned Undina, the 45-foot (14 m), fifty year old wooden sailing yacht which was used in Three Men in Another Boat; he spent £500,000 on her restoration and in 2013 stated she was for sale for £195,000, "probably less".[42]

Around 2011, he bought a 1948 57-foot (17 m) wooden yacht, Argyll, which he races at various regattas, including the Fastnet Race.[42][43] He and Jo are keen gardeners, and he discussed their extensive garden in an October 2015 episode of BBC Gardeners’ World, part of which was filmed there.[44]

A former heavy drinker, Rhys Jones is a teetotaller: "I don’t drink so going to a party can become very tedious. By about 11 o’clock, everybody goes to another planet and you’re not there with them, so I tend to avoid that sort of thing."[40] He started running as a leisure pursuit in his early forties. In 2008, he presented two programmes called Losing It which were shown on BBC Two, in which he discussed his own problems with anger management.[citation needed]

An active conservationist, Rhys Jones is the president of Civic Voice, the national organisation representing Britain’s civic societies. He also owns a small pack of alpacas.[45]

In August 2014, Rhys Jones was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September’s referendum on that issue.[46]

A resident of East Anglia, Rhys Jones was awarded an honorary degree by the University of East Anglia in 2002.[32]

He was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Glamorgan, the University of Essex[6] and an honorary D.Litt from Anglia Ruskin University.[47] He is also a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama,[48] the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of his alma mater, Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[49] In 2009 he was honoured by his father’s former university, the University of Wales College of Medicine (now part of Cardiff University).[9]

Rhys Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment.[50][51]

Family:

Rhys Jones returned to his mother’s roots in Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taff for the purposes of an episode of the BBC One series Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast on 20 September 2007. In the episode, he detailed early memories and stories of his grandparents’ fruit and vegetable shop on the high street and his mother’s childhood concert performances at Trerhondda Chapel.[citation needed]

See also:

Grouted roof, a building technique that Jones employed when restoring Trehilyn farmhouse, causing controversy in the process.

References:

^ "Rhys Jones, Griff (1953–)". Retrieved 11 December 2017.
^ "Griffith Rhys Jones biography". Modern Television. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ Reynolds, Simon Rhys Jones to host ‘Alright On The Night’. Digital Spy, 15 August 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2017
^ "Griffith Rhys Jones biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
^ Matthew Stadlen "Griff Rhys Jones: ‘I’m greedy for life – I do too many things’", The Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2014.
^ a b "Essex announces honorary graduands". essex.ac.uk. 4 May 2010. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013.
^ Semi-Detached, Griff Rhys Jones’ autobiography, Penguin, 2006
^ a b Michael Odell, "This much I know: Griff Rhys Jones", The Guardian, 5 November 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2007.
^ a b "Degree for Griff Rhys Jones from father’s old university". South Wales Echo. 14 July 2009.
^ "Griff Rhys Jones profile". Screenonline.org.uk. 16 November 1953. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
^ BBC series: The Ones, BBC. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
^ "Griff Rhys Jones on his comedy soul mate Mel Smith". Radio Times. 3 August 2013.
^ "Modern TV". Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ "Griff Presenter Burma". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ "Interview: Griff Rhys Jones". The Tab. 3 May 2012.
^ Rhys Jones, Griff (2007). Mountain: Exploring Britain’s High Places (1st ed.). Michael Joseph Ltd. ISBN 0-7181-4989-0.
^ Radio Times, 22 December 2007 – 4 January 2008.
^ "The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome", BBC.
^ Serena Davies, "The Heart of Thomas Hardy", The Telegraph, 3 September 2008.
^ Helen Brown, "A tribute to the poet of privet hedges", The Telegraph, 19 August 2006.
^ Kipling: A Remembrance Tale, BBC, 12 November 2006.
^ "Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones – BBC One". BBC.
^ "Radio Times Cover July 2009".
^ "Modern TV: The Prince’s Welsh Village". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
^ Hidden Treasures Of Art, Amazon.com. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
^ "Britain’s Lost Route". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ "Guardian Article".
^ "Burma Doc". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ "A Great Welsh Adventure With Griff Rhys Jones". Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
^ Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones, Programme preview, ITV corporate website, Undated. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
^ "Griff’s Great Britain", itv.com, 1 December 2015.
^ a b "My Cardiff". Archived from the original on 19 February 2006. Retrieved 26 April 2017.. Retrieved 3 March 2007.
^ "Griff Rhys Jones". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
^ Roland Gribben (13 April 2001). "Vauxhall gives comedian the boot". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
^ "Rhys Jones to star in 12.5m Vauxhall Zafira launch". Marketing Week. 20 May 1999. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
^ "Famous OB Griff Rhys Jones records DVD voice over". brentwoodschool.co.uk. 10 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014.
^ Griff Rhys Jones Victorian Society’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings (2015) on YouTube
^ Writer, actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones becomes President of the Civic Trust Archived 30 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine, civictrust.org.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
^ "Tom Hollander cast as Dylan Thomas in new drama A Poet in New York". BBC Media Centre. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
^ a b "Clowning around with Mr Jones". BBC Entertainment. 14 May 1999. Retrieved 3 March 2007.
^ Griff on an even keel in suffolk | Celebrity Interviews | EADT Suffolk Magazine Retrieved 16 February 2018.
^ a b "Q & A BY Griff Rhys Jones". Classic Yacht Argyll. 2013. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
^ James Boyd (23 August 2015). "2015 Rolex Fastnet Race – Five boats remain at sea". sail-world.com. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
^ "Episode 30". BBC Gardeners’ World. Episode 30. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
^ Moffitt, Dominic. "Come and meet my alpacas! Celebrity Griff Rhys Jones invites youngster to his Suffolk home". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
^ "Celebrities’ open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". The Guardian. London. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
^ "Anglia Ruskin University Honorary Graduates". anglia.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 17 December 2012.
^ "Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – Honorary Fellows". rwcmd.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012.
^ "Emmanuel College – About Emmanuel – The Fellows". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 11 June 2012.
^ "Birthday Honours 2019: Olivia Colman and Bear Grylls on list". BBC News. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B12.

External links:

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Griff Rhys Jones.
Wikiquote has quotations related to: Griff Rhys Jones
Griff Rhys Jones on IMDb
Griff Rhys Jones at British Comedy Guide
TLS editor Peter Stothard remembers his schooldays with Rhys Jones
Griff Rhys Jones – Official website
Griff Rhys Jones Myspace appreciation group[permanent dead link]
Griff Rhys Jones – Vice President, River Stour Trust
Preceded by
Simon LeveneFootlights Vice President
1975–1976Succeeded by
Nicholas Hytner.

Rosie O’Donnell – USA

Roseann O’Donnell (born March 21, 1962)[2] is an American comedian, producer, actress, author, and television personality. She began her comedy career as a teenager and received her breakthrough on the television series Star Search in 1984. After a series of television and film roles that introduced her to a larger national audience, O’Donnell hosted her own syndicated daytime talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, between 1996 and 2002, which won several Daytime Emmy Awards. During this period, she developed the nickname "Queen of Nice", as well as a reputation for philanthropy.

O’Donnell at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born: Roseann O’Donnell[1]. March 21, 1962 (age 57). Commack, New York, U.S.
Occupation: Television personality, comedian, actress, author producer
Years active: 1979–present
Spouse(s): Kelli Carpenter (m. 2004; annul. 2004), Michelle Rounds (m. 2012; div. 2015)
Children: 5
Relatives: Daniel J. O’Donnell (brother)

Website:

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From 2006 to 2007, O’Donnell endured a controversial run as the moderator on the daytime talk show The View, which included a public feud with Donald Trump and on-air disputes regarding the Bush administration’s policies with the Iraq War. She hosted Rosie Radio on Sirius XM Radio between 2009 and 2011, and from 2011 to 2012 hosted a second, short-lived daytime talk show on OWN, The Rosie Show. O’Donnell returned to The View in 2014, leaving after a brief five-month run due to personal issues. From 2017 to 2019, she starred on the Showtime comedy series SMILF.

In addition to comedy, film, and television, O’Donnell has also been a magazine editor, celebrity blogger, and author of several memoirs, including Find Me (2002) and Celebrity Detox (2007). She used the Find Me $3 million advance to establish her For All foundation and promote other charity projects, encouraging celebrities on her show to take part.

She has also been an outspoken advocate for lesbian rights and gay adoption issues. O’Donnell is a foster and adoptive mother. She was named The Advocate’s 2002 Person of the Year; in May 2003, she became a regular contributor to the magazine. O’Donnell also continues to be a television producer and a collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company, R Family Vacations.

Early life:

O’Donnell, the third of five children, was born and raised in Commack, Long Island, New York.[3][4] She is the daughter of homemaker Roseann Teresa (née Murtha; 1934–1973) and Edward Joseph O’Donnell (1933–2015), an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry.[4] O’Donnell’s father had immigrated from County Donegal, Ireland during his childhood, and her mother was Irish American; O’Donnell was raised Roman Catholic.[1][5] Her older brother is Daniel J. O’Donnell, now a member of the New York State Assembly.[6] On March 17, 1973, four days before her 11th birthday, O’Donnell lost her mother to breast cancer.[2] While she attended Commack High School, O’Donnell was voted homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president, and class clown.[3] During high school, she began exploring her interest in comedy, beginning with a skit performed in front of the school in which she imitated Gilda Radner’s character Roseanne Roseannadanna.[2] After graduating in 1980, O’Donnell briefly attended Dickinson College, later transferring to Boston University before ultimately dropping out of college.[3]

Career:

Early work:

O’Donnell toured as a stand-up comedian in clubs from 1979 to 1984.[7] She got her first big break on Star Search, explaining on Larry King Live:[8].
By antefixus21 on 2018-10-25 11:00:08
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Hi, I first met this guy through mutual friends about 2 months ago. The second time we all hung out during 4th of July in which case, he instantly showed me interest and invited me to another party. We flirted heavily and had a good time until 4 am. When we parted he invited me to hang out with him the next night however I declined because I didn’t want to make myself too available and I didn’t offer my number.

After a week I couldn’t stop thinking about him so I got his number from a mutual friend and asked him out. He didn’t answer so I left a message and he text me back the next morning saying he’s busy with work functions but maybe we can hang out this weekend, that he would call me. He never called me.

I then ran into him a couple weeks later, he was very friendly and invited me to hang out with him and our friends who were having a brunch cocktail party on a Sat. Again, I didn’t want to make myself too available so I left it at a maybe. I showed up, we flirted, made eye contact and after a couple drinks we were dancing and all over each other. We then parted from our social circle and he took me out to dinner. During dinner I made a false comment that I wasn’t looking for a serious relationship and I just wanted to be casual and free. Afterwards he invited me to come back to his place, which case I did and we were intimate. The next morning, it wasn’t too awkward however when we parted I was really nervous I just said a good bye with a hug and he just said I’ll talk to you later.

He never called me afterwards. I text him 4 days later that I had a great time and it would be nice to see him again soon and asked him what his plans were that weekend. He text me right back and said he had fun too, but he had a friend visiting from out of town and he would call me soon for sure. I ran into him that weekend and he did indeed have a visitor and he acted pretty normal but neither of us said anything about getting together. He still hasn’t called me now.

This whole time he has not called me on his own, although he responds right away when I contact him but doesn’t set a date. Maybe he’s not that into me or he’s not emotionally available? He told me he has been single for 2 years from a serious 3 1/2 year relationship with a bad breakup. There’s been some miscommunication between us, but for the most part if a guy is interested he would make the effort to call and set a date with a girl right? Should I just drop it and let it go?

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Hello!

Hey! Great job on becoming the booty-call! If that was your goal, you played it just right. Good going!

Oh, wait. What’s that you’re saying? You didn’t want to be the booty-call, you wanted more? Oh, sorry. That’s too bad. Game over.

Where in the hell did you learn all this ridiculous misdirection from? Do you honestly think that lying about your interests, saying “no” when you mean “yes”, not being available when he wants to meet you is anything other than stupidity?

Well, obviously not. You seem to think this is good “relationship building”. You, my dear are sadly, sadly mistaken.

You’re actually blaming HIM for not being “emotionally available” and “not that into you”??? Are you seriously telling me that you don’t know that YOU are the sole and exclusive cause of his behavior toward you???? I’m sitting here just shaking my head in disbelief.

He DID make the efforts and you ignored them for your game instead.

You got EXACTLY what you asked for. I just wish you had asked instead for what you really wanted.

Best regards…
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