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The American actress Christina Applegate was born in 1971 in Hollywood, California, to record producer Bob Applegate and Nancy Lee Priddy, an actress and model. Christina’s foray into the world of entertainment began when she was only a few years old, appearing in a number of commercials, and then her big screen debut at the age of seven in the 1979 ...Christina Applegate Bio Continue
Christopher Cross was born in 1951 in Texas, and grew up mostly in the Washington, DC area, as his father was a doctor in the U.S. Army. Christopher’s earliest performances as a singer were with a San Antonio band, before his talents caught the attention of record labels and he released his debut, Christopher Cross, in 1979. Cross’s success is unusual for the industry, in that his debut was an instant smash hit both commercially and critically. The album spawned the ...Christopher Cross Bio Continue
The rapper and producer known as Chuck D was born Carlton Ridenhour in 1960 in Queens, New York. Long before he became famous as the lead singer for Public Enemy, Chuck D originally studied graphic design in college. But a lifelong love of rap caused him to record a demo tape in the 1980’s, and the demo caught the attention of Def Jam Records, changing Chuck D’s life course almost instantly. With Public Enemy, Chuck D released the albums Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987),...Chuck D Bio Continue
The American rock band Cinderella was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early 1980’s and rose to fame during the height of the country’s “glam metal” genre. Founded by members Eric Brittingham and Tom Keifer, Cinderella added Tony Destra and Michael Smerick to the lineup and began performing around the area at various clubs and bars. A chance meeting with Jon Bon Jovi led Cinderella to an A&R rep for Mercury/Polygram Records, and the members of Ci...Cinderella Bio Continue
The American funk and R&B band known as Con Funk Shun was established in 1969, originally called Project Soul. Founding members Michael Cooper and Louis A. McCall had met as high school students and began jamming together, eventually bringing other musicians into the fold and forming their first group. After changing their name to Con Funk Shun, the group moved to Memphis in the early 1970’s and initially began as the backup group for another artist. ...Con Funk Shun Bio Continue
Crystal Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in 1951 in Paintsville, Kentucky. She grew up in Indiana, and developed a love of music early on in her life, thanks to her older sister, Loretta Lynn, and her burgeoning music career. As a teenager, she toured with her sister and learned to sing and play the guitar. Shortly after graduating high school, Crystal signed her first record deal, and her debut single, “I’ve Cried (The Blue Right Out of My Eyes)” became her first charting...Crystal Gayle Bio Continue
Cuba M. Gooding, Sr. was born in New York City in 1944. Gooding rose to fame as the lead singer for the 1970’s group The Main Ingredient, which gave audiences the hits “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” and “Everybody Plays the Fool.” As a solo artist, Cuba is also known for the hit single “Happiness Is Just Around the Bend,” which became a frequently sampled work in the 1990’s. In recent years, Gooding’s music has been fea...Cuba Gooding Sr. Bio Continue
Cyndi Lauper was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. As a teenager, she opted to forgo her high school education in lieu of a career in music, and the gamble paid off. After singing with some local cover bands and an attempted debut album with Blue Angel, her first band, Cyndi Lauper’s manager secured a record contract for her in 1983. She’s So Unusual was an immediate smash hit, in part due to the strength of the single “Girls Just Want to Have Fun&rdquo...Cyndi Lauper Bio Continue
Damon Wayans was born in 1960 in New York City. Wayans grew up in a household with nine siblings, many of whom have also gone on to pursue careers in entertainment. Wayans began performing stand-up when he was in his early 20’s, and within a few years he’d earned a small role in the film Beverly Hills Cop (1984.) Brief roles on Saturday Night Live and a few other television shows followed, until in 1990, Wayans co-created and joined the cast of In Living Color. ...Damon Wayans Bio Continue
The Canadian-American actor Dan Aykroyd was born in 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Aykroyd grew up in a religious household, and was so influenced by his experiences in the Catholic Church that for most of his youth he aspired to enter the priesthood. However, his focus shifted to the academic studies of sociology and then criminology while at Carleton U...Dan Aykroyd Bio Continue
Dan Marino, Jr. was born and raised in 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Young Dan started playing sports in high school, and he excelled in particular at football; he was elected as an All-American and offered an opportunity to play football for the University of Pittsburgh, which he did from 1979 to 1982. In his college years, Marino led his team to a number of triumphs, including one crucial win over West Virginia in 1979 and another over Georgia in 1982. ...Dan Marino Bio Continue
Dana Carvey was born in 1955 in Missoula, Montana before his family moved to California while he was still in junior high school. Upon graduation, Carvey entered San Francisco State University and received a B.A. in broadcast communications. But ultimately, Dana found success in film and television, co-starring in One of the Boys and accepting small roles in the films This is Spinal Tap, Racing with the Moon, and Tough Guys, before moving on to the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1986. ...Dana Carvey Bio Continue
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