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Merv Griffin

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       Merv Griffin

Merv Griffin

San Mateo, California, United States:- Mervyn Edward Merv Griffin Jr. July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007 was an American television host and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show The Merv Griffin Show. He also created the internationally popular game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune through his television production companies Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment. During his lifetime Griffin was considered an entertainment business magnate.

Career:- Singing  Griffin started as a singer on radio at age 19 appearing on San Francisco Sketchbook a nationally syndicated program based at KFRC. Griffin was overweight as an adolescent and a young man, which disappointed some radio fans when they saw him in person. He wrote years later in his autobiography that originally there was a deliberate effort to keep the public from finding out how he looked. Embarrassed by the weight issue Griffin resolved to change his appearance, losing 80 pounds in four months.

Freddy Martin heard him on the radio show and asked Griffin to tour with his orchestra which he did for four years.

Griffin had an uncredited role as a radio announcer in the 1953 horror science fiction classic The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.

By 1945, Griffin had earned enough money to form his own record label Panda Records which produced Songs by Merv Griffin the first U.S. album ever recorded on magnetic tape. In 1947 he had a 15-minute Monday–Friday singing program on KFRC in San Francisco.

He became increasingly popular with nightclub audiences, and his fame soared among the general public with his 1950 hit I Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”. The song reached the number one spot on the Hit Parade and sold three million copies.

At one of his nightclub performances, Griffin was discovered by Doris Day. Day arranged for a screen test at the Warner Bros. Studios for a role in By the Light of the Silvery Moon. Griffin did not get the part but the screen test led to supporting roles in other musical films such as So This Is Love in 1953. The film caused a minor controversy when Griffin shared an open mouthed kiss with Kathryn Grayson. The kiss was a first in Hollywood film history since the introduction of the Production Code in 1934.

Griffin would go on to film more pictures The Boy from Oklahoma and Phantom of the Rue Morgue but soon became disillusioned with movie-making. Griffin bought his contract back from Warner Bros. and decided to devote his attention to a new medium television.

In the summer of 1954 Merv Griffin and Betty Ann Grove sang & danced for a show called Summer Holiday and Song Snapshots from a Summer Holiday. The premise of the show was a Live musical show with two singers simulating a trip to various places in the world. The show name had alternating titles for the same show different nights but were filled with the patter of songs and feet by the two hosts. Merv and Betty were brought together by Byron Paul producer of The Jane Froman Show and Irving Mansfield the show creator. Mansfield remembered Merv for his singing in the Grace Moore picture and for his hit song I Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. The producer of the show Byron Paul had already considered Miss Grove for the summer replacement show but it was just a matter of finding a boy Byron said. I quite excited. They both young, fresh work well together work well independently. And I never met two people who are easier to get along with. The show ran for one summer.

In March 2001 Griffin returned to singing with the release of the album It’s Like a Dream.

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Tyler Perry

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            Tyler Perry

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States:- Tyler Perry born Emmitt Perry Jr September 13 1969 is an American actor comedian filmmaker writer and songwriter specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011 Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment he earned 130 million between May 2010 and 2011. With new shows lined up, along with older successful shows his net worth in 2017 is estimated to be 600 million.

Perry is known for both creating and performing as the Madea character a tough elderly black woman. Perry also creates films, some produced as live recordings of stage plays and others professionally filmed using full sets and locations with full editing. Perry is estimated to have earned around 75 million by 2008. Many of Perry stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as professional films.

Perry has also created several television shows his most successful of which is Tyler Perry House of Payne a show that ran for eight seasons on from June 21 2006 to August 10 2012. On October 2, 2012 Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the purposes of bringing scripted television to the network Perry having had previous success in this department. Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, the most successful being The Haves and the Have Nots. As of 2014 The Haves and the Have Nots has given  its highest ratings to date.The series has also been referred to as being one of  biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun filled with the typical betrayals affairs and manipulations.

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Vinod Khanna

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Vinod Khanna 6 October 1946 – 27 April 2017 was an Indian actor and producer of Bollywood films. He was the recipient of two Filmfare awards. He was also an active politician and was the MP from the Gurdaspur constituency between 1998–2009 and 2014–2017. In July 2002 Khanna became the minister for Culture and Tourism in the Atal Behari Vajpayee cabinet. Six months later he became the Minister of State for external affairs.

Khanna played lead roles in many films and is best remembered for his performances in Mere Apne Mera Gaon Mera Desh Kuchhe Dhaage Gaddaar Imtihaan Muqaddar Ka Sikandar Inkaar Amar Akbar Anthony Rajput The Burning Train Qurbani Kudrat Parvarish Khoon Pasina Dayavan Chandni and Jurm.

 

After making his debut in 1968 Khanna first acted in supporting and antagonistic roles as an angry young man in the movie Mere Apne as the main villain in the super-hit movie Mera Gaon Mera Desh and as the military officer turned fugitive in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak which was a film based on the events of K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra.

In 1982 at the peak of his film career Khanna temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. After a 5-year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry with two hit films Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

Personal life

Khanna met his first wife Gitanjali in college.Khanna married Gitanjali in 1971 and had two sons with her Rahul and Akshaye both became Bollywood actors. In 1975 he became a disciple of Osho and in the early 1980s moved to Rajneeshpuram Khanna and Gitanjali settled for a divorce in 1985.

In 1990 upon returning to India Khanna married Kavita Daftary daughter of an industrialist Sharayu Daftary.They had a son Sakshi born 1991 and a daughter Shraddha.

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Joan Didion

Born: 5 December 1934 (age 82), Sacramento, California, United States

Movies: The Panic in Needle Park, Up Close and Personal

Awards: National Book Award

Joan Didion is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.

 

Childhood and education:-

Joan Didion was parents Frank Reese and Eduene Didion. Didion recalls writing things down as early as age five though she claims that she never saw herself as a writer until after being published. She read everything she could get her hands on after learning how to read and even needed written permission from her mother to borrow adult books, biographies especially, from the library at a young age. With this she identified herself as being a “shy, bookish child who pushed herself to overcome her social anxiety through acting and public speaking.

As a child, Didion attended kindergarten and first grade, although, because her father was in the Army Air Corps during World War II and her family was constantly being relocated, she did not attend school on a regular basis. Then in 1943 or early 1944 her family settled back in Sacramento, and her father went to Detroit to settle defense contracts for World War I and II. Didion wrote in her 2003 memoir Where I Was From that moving so often made her feel like a perpetual outsider.

In 1956 Didion graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During her senior year she won first place in an essay contest sponsored by Vogue, and was awarded a job as a research assistant at the magazine.

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Malvinder Mohan Singh

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     Malvinder Mohan Singh

Malvinder Mohan Singh is an Indian businessman with the Fortis health care Ranbaxy and Religare business. He is a former chairman and CEO of Ranbaxy Laboratories an Indian unit of Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo who resigned in 2009 after Ranbaxy posted losses and after Daiichi Sankyo decided to get more actively involved in the newly acquired Indian unit.

Malvinder Mohan Singh is one of the son of Dr. Parvinder Singh and the grandson of Bhai Mohan Singh the founder of Ranbaxy. He and his brother Shivinder Singh, who in 1999 upon the death of their father inherited their family stake in Ranbaxy are among the twenty richest Indians.

Singh attended The Doon School Dehradun and graduated in Economics from St. Stephens College Delhi. He also received an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Malvinder Singh tenure as CEO of Ranbaxy starting in 2006 is controversial. Corporate culture of fraud continued unchecked under his tenure. In November 2006 Malvinder Singh led a delegation to headquarters to try to reverse the decision to accept new drug applications from Ranbaxy. This attempt failed as asked Ranbaxy to turn over audits done by its outside consultant Parexel which the company was claiming were confidential. The meeting ended in a standoff. Soon thereafter Mr. Singh decided to cash in. On 11 June 2008 Singh stunned the Indian business world by announcing that he and his brother were selling their stake in Ranbaxy to the Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo for billion.

Malvinder Singh is part owner of Fortis Healthcare and Religare Wellness.

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