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TLBSPEDIA: MEAT LOAF

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Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27 1947, in Dallas, Texas. The son of Orvis Aday, a police officer, and his wife, Wilma, Meat Loaf (it’s never been clear as to how he got the nickname) had a difficult childhood. His father was a well-known drinker, and it wasn’t uncommon that his binges left Wilma placing her son in the care of her mother.

These troubled stretches, however, did little to dampen Meat Loaf’s ambition. After high school he eventually enrolled at North Texas State University (now called the University of North Texas).

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THE BEAUTIFUL EDGAR DEGAS PAINTINGS

Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his death, here are some of his most beautiful and important artworks:

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The Ballet Class, 1871-1874.

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TLBSPEDIA: FAULKNER

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A Southern writer through and through, William Cuthbert Falkner (the original spelling of his last name) was born in the small town of New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25 1897. His parents, Murry Falkner and Maud Butler Faulkner, named him after his paternal great-grandfather, William Clark Falkner, an adventurous and shrewd man who seven years prior was shot dead in the town square of Ripley, Mississippi. Throughout his life, William Clark Falkner worked as a railroad financier, politician, soldier, farmer, businessman, lawyer and, in his twilight years, best-selling author (‘The White Rose of Memphis’).

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10 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT STEPHEN KING

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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies. Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about him:

– He suffers from triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13. “The number 13 never fails to trace that old icy finger up and down my spine. When I’m writing, I’ll never stop work if the page number is 13 or a multiple of 13; I’ll just keep on typing till I get to a safe number. I always take the last two steps on my back stairs as one, making 13 into 12. There were after all 13 steps on the English gallows up until 1900 or so. When I’m reading, I won’t stop on page 94, 193, or 382, since the sums of these numbers add up to 13.”

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TLBSPEDIA: MARIA CALLAS

 

 

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American opera singer Maria Callas was born Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos in New York City on December 2, 1923, a date confirmed by the attending physician for the delivery and what is believed to be her birth certificate. (Over the years, discrepancies and confusion have arisen concerning Callas’s birth date. Callas herself, along with school records, had stated she was born on the 3rd while her mother had claimed the 4th.) Her parents, George and Evangelia, were Greek immigrants who eventually shortened their last name to Callas by the time of Maria’s christening.

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘ALLY MCBEAL’

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In September 8 1997, one classic tv show of the 90’s premiered, ‘Ally McBeal’. The show is about Ally McBeal, an unlucky-in-love attorney, takes on peculiar cases while resisting feelings for her ex-boyfriend, who still works at her firm.

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
Creator: David E. Kelley

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this show.

  • Peter MacNicol does not appear in the pilot, though he’s in the second episode as a guest star. He joined the regular cast later in the first season.

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RARE PHOTOS OF FREDDIE MERCURY

Here you can see some rare photos of Freddie Mercury, to celebrate his 71th anniversary.

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TLBSPEDIA: PRINCESS DIANA

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British royalty Princess Diana Spencer was born on July 1 1961, near Sandringham, England. Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most adored members of the British royal family. She was the daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp (later known as the Honorable Frances Shand Kydd). Her parents divorced when Diana was young, and her father won custody of the children. Following her initial education at home, Diana attended Riddlesworth Hall School and then West Heath School.

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TLBSPEDIA: MARY SHELLEY

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Writer Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30 1797, in London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and political writer William Godwin and famed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, the author of ‘The Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ (1792). Sadly for Shelley, she never really knew her mother who died shortly after her birth. Her father William Godwin was left to care for Shelley and her older half-sister Fanny Imlay. Imlay was Wollstonecraft’s daughter from an affair she had with a soldier.

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