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Long before Oprah Winfrey became one of the era’s most recognizable talk show hosts and media personalities, she was born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to a single teenage mother. Prior to the age of six, Winfrey was mostly raised by her grandmother, living in extreme poverty but in an environment where she was taught to read and memorize Bible verses.Oprah Winfrey Bio Continue
Legendary heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne was born John Michael Osbourne in 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England. Osbourne grew up in a working class household, and he struggled in school with a variety of learning disabilities. He found his outlet in live performance, at first appearing in a number of school plays. After leaving school at the age of fifteen, Ozzy struggled to find work at various jobs, until he was recruited by Geezer Butler to join the band Rare Breed in 1967. ...Ozzy Osbourne Bio Continue
Paquito D’Rivera was born in 1948 in Havana, Cuba. Long before D’Rivera grew up to become one of the era’s most talented Latin jazz musicians, he began studying music while growing up in Cuba, performing as young as the age of ten with the National Theater Orchestra. After studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he joined the Cuban National Symphony, but by the late 1970’s, Paquito was growing increasingly frustrated with the limitations on his talents in the ...Paquito D'Rivera Bio Continue
Legendary American singer and songwriter Pat Benatar was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. Benatar grew up on Long Island, taking voice lessons as a child and frequently performing on her school’s stage. In high school, she was active in the school’s drama performance, appearing in productions of classic plays such as Camelot. Initially, Pat had aspirations to attend the Juil...Pat Benatar Bio Continue
Former American basketball player Pat Riley was born in 1945 in Rome, New York, and spent his formative years growing up in Schenectady. That Pat would grow up to become a professional athlete is no surprise; his father was a minor league baseball player. But Riley...Pat Riley Bio Continue
The R&B singer Patti Austin was born in 1950 in Harlem, New York but grew up on Long Island. As a child, Patti was inspired by her father, who was a jazz musician, and so it was no surprise that even as a young child she expressed interest in following in his footsteps. But while it’s not unheard of for young children to enter the world of entertainment, Patti was a unique exception; she made her debut at the Apollo Theater when she was only four years old and by the time she was...Patti Austin Bio Continue
Paul McCartney has enjoyed the most successful career of all the former Beatles, dominating the charts throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and well into the new millennium. His seven number one albums in the first twelve years of his solo career are just the tip of the iceberg. McCartney was released in 1970, at about the same time the Beatles released Let It Be, and shortly thereafter, the band broke up. McCartney spent thre...Paul McCartney Bio Continue
Paul Reubens was born in 1952 in Peekskill, New York. He grew up in Sarasota, Florida, however, and began studying theater while still in high school. After graduation he moved to California to study at the Institute of the Arts. Reubens began frequenting the comedy circuit in the 1970’s and eventually joined the Groundlings, the famous local comedy troupe. He remained with them for six years. Reubens began developing the character of Pee-wee Herman while with the Groundli...Paul Reubens Bio Continue
Paul Rodgers was born in 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. As a young man, he began performing in local clubs, and in his teens, he found himself enamored by the club scene in London. He moved to the city and formed Brown Sugar, a blues band, in the 1960’s, where he experienced a musical epiphany after seeing Muddy Waters perform live. A meeting with Paul Kossoff, Simon Kirke, and Andy Fraser sparked the formation of a new band, Free, and the men quickly established a following.Paul Rogers Bio Continue
Best known for his longstanding gig as David Letterman’s sidekick and musical director, classically trained pianist Paul Shaffer began his career in the early 1970s as the musical director for the Toronto production of Godspell after graduating from the University of Toronto and performing at different venues around the area. Godspell starred Gilda Radner, Victor Garber, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas and Andrea Martin, perhaps priming Paul Shaffer for his later wo...Paul Shaffer Bio Continue
Paul Simon is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of our time. Paul Simon’s honors include 12 Grammys (including the Lifetime Achievement Award), induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In 1964, Paul Simon formed Simon and Garfunkel with childhood friend Art Garfunkel. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel achieved commercial success with hits like “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Sound of Silence,” “Homew...Paul Simon Bio Continue
Paula Poundstone was born in 1959 in Huntsville, Alabama. She grew up in Massachusetts, though, and began her pursuit of a career in comedy entertainment while she was still a teenager. She began doing stand-up in Boston at open-mic opportunities in the late 1970’s, and the success of her live performances led to a role in the 1984 film Hyperspace. The film brought Paula limited recognition, however, and instead she found that working the stage and talk-show circuit brough...Paula Poundstone Bio Continue
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