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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова; born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 7 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012. Her 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third among active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004. She has also won three doubles titles.
Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women’s game. She has won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors, with John McEnroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.
Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, being the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.
In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel. According to Forbes, she has been named highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million including prize money since she turned pro in 2001.
On March 2016, Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open, admitting to testing positive for meldonium, a substance newly banned by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2016.
Although he is barely 16 years, Justin Bieber has done amazing in his young life. He conquered the charts record, became a sensation on the Internet without precedent, and claimed the heart of seemingly every pre-teen on the planet. This weekend, the child prodigy and his hair styled pop seems perfectly to conquer the box office and with his concert film in 3D “Justin Bieber. Never Say Never” To mark the occasion of its total world domination possible, we’ve compiled some facts you might not know about Bieb.
– Bieber was born on March 1, 1994. He shares his birthday with the composer Ke $ ha, Roger Daltry, Frederic Chopin, Harry Belafonte, and Lorenzo de Medici.
– In 2007, Justin Bieber entered a talent show in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, and came in second. When his mother posted her performance on YouTube, it got the attention of producer Scooter Braun. Fame and fortune soon followed. No word on what happened to the guy who won the talent show.
– Clip of Justin Bieber “Baby” is the most viewed video on YouTube, pointing, as of this writing, at 457, 701,649 views. It’s more than the population of the United States and Russia combined. At 914,000, it is also more “disliked” video on YouTube.
– The net worth of Justin Bieber is approximately $ 65.5 million (and that is bound to go in the months to come). With so much money he could buy about seven Faberge eggs, six 24-carat solid gold toilet, or for a stay of 29 years in the most expensive room at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
– Justin signature hair style, which was called The Swoop, The Shag, fringe, or simply The Bieber, inspired a generation of teenagers to hide the eyes of their shots. Vanessa Price, the designer who invented his signature “do, claims that the hair of the teen pop star is” like silk.”
– Justin Bieber would use up to 3% of Twitter traffic at any given time. According Klout.com, measuring such things, has more influence Biebster line that Obama and the Dalai Lama.
– The Biebster paved with Obama three times in the past year and a half. He sang his mega-hit “Christmas in Washington” special and was invited to the White House Correspondents dinner date with Kim Kardashian.
– Justin Bieber sells its own brand of nail polish by OPI Nicole. The line, called “One Less Lonely Girl” collection was inspired by the pipes of the pop idol. Prized Possession Shades include Purple, Blue + Me, and Step 2 Beat of My Heart (which includes sequins heart-shaped).
– Bieber would have terrified of elevators.
– Justin Bieber is currently 5 ‘3 “tall. You would need 240,252 Justin Bieber stacked on each other to reach the Moon. But it takes only one to reach the stars.
Justin Bieber also open. Really. In the video below, exclusive to Yahoo, he talks about shaving loser who show talent, and his upcoming concert movie.
Despite indelible performances as Anne Hathaway’s tormentor in “The Devil Wears Prada” and as Tom Hanks’ seductress / underwear model in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” Emily Blunt remains a household-name-in-the-making probably because she’s such a chameleon.
But the star, as they say, is on the rise: The London-born actress can now be seen as a savvy publicist in “The Great Buck Howard”; as Amy Adams’ lost-soul sister in “Sunshine Cleaning”; and, soon, as “The Young Victoria.”.
Q. The character-driven “Sunshine Cleaning” seems neither comedy fish nor dramatic fowl. How do you see it?
A. I certainly signed on to do an upbeat drama, so it’s pretty much what I expected. But it’s tonally complicated, and quite melancholy. The girls are going through a crisis; it involves a catharsis. They’re looking for escape. And they’re survivors in very different ways.
Q. Both Norah in “Sunshine Cleaning” and Valerie in “Buck Howard” do not seem to be easy characters to wrap your head around.
A. I’m drawn to any character who strikes me as being complicated and a challenge, because I feel people are complicated. They’re not easy to sum up. And I don’t want to pigeonhole myself. Norah’s an American girl, vulnerable, curious – there was lots to play with.
Q. How was it playing the world’s coolest aunt to little Jason Spevack in “Sunshine Cleaning”?
A. We worked a lot together, hung out, played games – he’s a sweetheart. By the time we got on camera, he was comfortable leaning on me.
Q. Were you as comfortable with Amy Adams?
A. We both understand sisters – they can be your best champion, and they can also break your heart. Amy’s also the best playmate. She’s not self-conscious, doesn’t mind making an idiot of herself, and we pushed each other. We also laughed a lot.
All About Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt is a British actress best known for her roles in The Young Victoria (2009) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
She was born Emily Olivia Leah Blunt on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of a teacher mother and barrister father. She received a rigorous education at Ibstock Place School, a co-ed private school at Roehampton. However, young Emily Blunt had a stammer, since she was a kid of 8. Her mother took her to relaxation classes, which did not do anything. She reached a turning point at 12, when a teacher cleverly asked her to play a character with a different voice and said, “I really believe in you”. Blunt ended up using a northern accent, and it did the trick, her stammer disappeared.
From 1999 – 2001, Blunt went to Hurtwood House, the top co-ed boarding school where she would excel at sport, cello and singing. She also had two years of drama studies at Hurtwood’s theatre course. In August 2000, she was chosen to perform at the Edinburgh Festival. She was signed up by agent, Ken McReddie, who led her to the West End and the BBC, scoring her roles in several period dramas on stage as well as on TV productions, such as “Foyle’s War”, “Henry VIII”, and “Empire”. In 2001, she appeared as “Gwen Cavendish” opposite Dame Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall’s production of “The Royal Family” at Haymarket Theatre. For that role, she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer. In 2002, she played “Juliet” in “Romeo and Juliet” at the prestigious Chichester Festival.
Blunt’s career ascended to international fame after she starred as “Isolda” opposite Alex Kingston in Boudica (2003). A year later, she won critical acclaim for her breakout performance as “Tamsin”, a well-educated, cynical and deceptive 16-year-old beauty in My Summer of Love (2004), a story of two lonely girls from the opposite ends of the social heap. Emily Blunt and her co-star Natalie Press shared an Evening Standard British Film award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2005, she spent a few months in Australia filming Irresistible (2006) with Susan Sarandon and Sam Neill. Blunt gave an impressive performance as “Mara”, a cunning young destroyer who acts crazy and surreptitiously provokes paranoia in others. She also continued her work on British television, starring as “Natasha” in Stephen Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter (2005) (TV) opposite Bill Nighy, a role that won her a 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
She continued the line of playing manipulative characters as Emily, a caustic put-upon assistant to Meryl Streep’s lead in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Blunt’s performance with a neurotic twist added a dimension of sarcasm to the comedy, and gained her much attention as well as new jobs: in two dramas opposite Tom Hanks, then in the title role in period drama The Young Victoria (2009). Her most recent works include appearances as antiques dealer Gwen Conliffe in The Wolfman (2010) and as ballerina in The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
Emily Blunt is a highly versatile actress and a multifaceted person. Her talents include singing and playing cello; she is also skilled at horseback riding. She was in a relationship with Canadian singer Michael Buble, whom she met at the Australian Logie Awards in 2005, and again a few months later backstage at his Los Angeles concert. Their relationship ended in 2008. Blunt’s friend, Anne Hathaway, introduced her to John Krasinski, and they have been together since November 2008. On August 28, 2009, Blunt and Krasinski announced their engagement. The couple married On July 10, 2010, at the estate of their friend, George Cloony, on Lake Como in Italy. Emily Blunt and John Krasinsky are living in Los Angeles area, California.