Famous People From Missouri

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He became known for his first single, “Slim Shady,” and Rolling Stone called him the King of Hip Hop for selling over 100 million albums worldwide.

CARLOS PENA JR. 23
Big Time Rush star who first took the role of Carlos Garcia in 2009.

CHUCK BERRY 86
He became one of the pioneers of rock and roll, releasing influential songs such as “Maybellene” and “Johnny B. Goode.

DICK VAN DYKE 87
Star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder.

SHERYL CROW 51
She has been nominated for over 30 Grammy Awards for hits such as “All I Wanna Do,” and has sold over 50 million albums.

REDD FOXX (1922-1991)
African American comedian on TV’s Sanford and Son. http://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/redd-foxx.html

I was surprised to found out that these famous people are from Missouri.

Bob Hope much Loved

 

Comedian
Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS, born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-born American comedian, actor, singer and dancer who appeared on Broadway, in vaudeville, movies, television, and on the radio. Wikipedia
BornMay 29, 1903, Eltham
DiedJuly 27, 2003, Toluca Lake
Height5′ 10″ (1.79 m)
SpouseDolores Hope (m. 1934–2003), Grace Louise Troxell (m. 1933–1934)


Look at the long, successful career of Bob Hope, longtime humanitarian and master of the one-liner and loved acter & comedian.

Bob HopeKBEKCSGKSS, born Leslie Townes Hope (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), was an English-born American comedian, actor, singer and dancer who appeared onBroadway, in vaudeville, movies, television, and on the radio. He was noted for his numerous United Service Organizations (USO) shows entertaining American military personnel—he made 57 tours for the USO between 1942 and 1988. Throughout his long career, he was honored for this work. In 1996, the U.S. Congress declared him the “first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces.”

Over a career spanning 60 years (1934 to 1994), Hope appeared in over 70 films and shorts, including a series of “Road” movies co-starring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. In addition to hosting the Academy Awards fourteen times, he appeared in many stage productions and television roles, and was the author of fourteen books. He participated in the sports of golf and boxing, and owned a small stake in his hometown baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. He was married to his wife, fellow performer Dolores Hope (née DeFina), for 69 years.

In the early days, Hope’s career included appearances on stage in Vaudeville shows and Broadway productions. He began performing on the radio in 1934 and switched to television when that medium became popular in the 1950s. He began doing regular TV specials in 1954, and hosted the Academy Awards fourteen times in the period from 1941 to 1978.Overlapping with this was his movie career, spanning the years 1934 to 1972, and his USO tours, which he did from 1942 to 1988.

Hope signed a contract for six short films with Educational Pictures of New York. The first was a comedy, Going Spanish (1934). He was not happy with the film, and told Walter Winchell, “When they catch John Dillinger, they’re going to make him sit through it twice.” Educational dropped his contract, but he soon signed with Warner Brothers. He made movies during the day and performed Broadway shows in the evenings.

Hope moved to Hollywood when Paramount Picturessigned him for the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938, also starring W. C. Fields. The song “Thanks for the Memory“, which later became his trademark, was introduced in this film as a duet with Shirley Ross as accompanied by Shep Fields and his orchestra. The sentimental, fluid nature of the music allowed Hope’s writers (he depended heavily upon joke writers throughout his career) to later create variations of the song to fit specific circumstances, such as bidding farewell to troops while on tour.

As a movie star, he was best known for comedies like My Favorite Brunette and the highly successful “Road” movies in which he starred with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. The series consists of seven films made between 1940 and 1962. Hope had seen Lamour as a nightclub singer in New York, and invited her to work on his United Service Organizations(USO) tours. Lamour sometimes arrived for filming prepared with her lines, only to be baffled by completely re-written scripts or ad-lib dialogue between Hope and Crosby. Hope and Lamour were lifelong friends, and she remains the actress most associated with his film career. Hope made movies with many other leading women, including Katharine Hepburn,Lucille BallRosemary ClooneyJane Russell and Elke Sommer.

Hope teamed with Crosby for the “Road” pictures and countless stage, radio, and television appearances together over the decades from their first meeting in 1932 until Crosby’s death in 1977. The two invested together in oil leases and other business ventures, but did not see each other socially.

While aboard the RMS Queen Mary when World War II began in September 1939, Hope volunteered to perform a special show for the passengers, during which he sang “Thanks for the Memory” with rewritten lyrics. He performed his first USO show on May 6, 1941, at March Field, California  and continued to travel and entertain troops for the rest of World War II, and later during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the third phase of the Lebanon Civil War, the latter years of the Iran–Iraq War, and the 1990–1991Persian Gulf War.  His USO career lasted half a century, during which he headlined 57 tours.He had a deep respect for the men and women who served in the military, and this was reflected in his willingness to go anywhere in order to entertain them. During the Vietnam War, Hope had trouble convincing some performers to join him on tour. Anti-war sentimentwas high, and Hope’s pro-war stance made him a target of criticism. Some shows were drowned out by boos and others were listened to in silence. The tours were funded by the United States Department of Defense, his television sponsors, and by NBC, the network that broadcast the television specials that were created after each tour. Many people considered him as an enabler of the war and a member of the system that made it possible.

Hope’s first Broadway appearances, in 1927’s The Sidewalks of New York and 1928’s Ups-a-Daisy, were minor walk-on parts. He returned to Broadway in 1933 to star as Huckleberry Haines in the Jerome Kern / Dorothy Fields musical Roberta. Stints in the musicals Say When, the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies (with Fanny Brice), and Red, Hot and Blue with Ethel Mermanand Jimmy Durante followed. Hope reprised his role as Huck Haines in a 1958 production ofRoberta at The Muny Theater in Forest ParkSt. Louis, Missouri.
Hope rescued Eltham Little Theatre from closure by providing funds to buy the property. He continued his interest and support and regularly visited when in London. The Theatre was renamed in his honor in 1982.

 In 1934, Hope married Dolores (DeFina) Reade, who had been one of his co-stars on Broadway in Roberta. They adopted four children at anadoption agency called The Cradle, in Evanston, Illinois: Linda (1939), Tony (1940), Kelly (1946), and Nora (1946). From them he had several grandchildren, including Andrew, Miranda, and Zachary Hope. Tony (as Anthony J. Hope) served as a presidential appointee in theGeorge H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations and in a variety of posts under PresidentsGerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

Hope had a reputation as a womanizer and continued to see other women in spite of his marriage. In 1949, while Hope was in Dallas on a publicity tour for his radio show, he met starlet Barbara Payton, a contract player at Universal Studios, who at the time was on her own public relations jaunt. Shortly thereafter, Hope set Payton up in an apartment in Hollywood. The arrangement soured as Hope was not able to satisfy Payton’s definition of generosity and her need for attention. Hope paid her off to end the affair quietly. Payton later revealed the affair in an article printed in July 1956 in Confidential.  “Hope was … at times a mean-spirited individual with the ability to respond with a ruthless vengeance when sufficiently provoked.”[ His advisors counseled him to avoid further publicity by ignoring theConfidential exposé. “Barbara’s … revelations caused a minor ripple … and then quickly sank without causing any appreciable damage to Bob Hope’s legendary career.” According toArthur Marx‘s Hope biography, The Secret Life of Bob Hope, Hope’s subsequent long-term affair with actress Marilyn Maxwell was so open that the Hollywood community routinely referred to her as “Mrs. Bob Hope”.

In 1998, a prepared obituary by The Associated Press was inadvertently released on the Internet, prompting Hope’s death to be announced in the U.S. House of Representatives  Hope remained in good health until old age, though he became a bit frail.  In June 2000 he spent nearly a week in a California hospital after being hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding. In August 2001, he spent close to two weeks in the hospital recovering from pneumonia.

On July 27, 2003, two months after his 100th birthday, Bob Hope died at his home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles. His grandson, Zach Hope, told Soledad O’Brien that when asked on his deathbed where he wanted to be buried, Hope had told his wife, “Surprise me.”  His remains were interred in the Bob Hope Memorial Garden at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles.  After Hope’s death, many newspaper cartoonists worldwide paid tribute to his work for the USO or featured Crosby welcoming Hope into heaven.

Hope was awarded over two thousand honors and awards, including 54 honorary doctorates. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal for service to his country.  President Lyndon Johnson bestowed thePresidential Medal of Freedom on Hope in 1969 for his service to the men and women of the armed forces through theUSO. He was presented with the National Medal of Arts in 1995 and received the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in 1997. Hope became the 64th and only civilian recipient of the United States Air Force Order of the Sword on June 10, 1980. The Order of the Sword recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the enlisted corps.
Several buildings and facilities were renamed after Hope, including the historic Fox Theater in downtown Stockton, California,  and the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.  USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR-300) of the U.S. Military Sealift Command was named after the performer in 1997. It is one of very few U.S. naval ships that were named after living people.  The United States Air Force named a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft the Spirit of Bob Hope.Hope was awarded five honorary awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

Hope’s Modernist 23,366-square-foot home, built to resemble a volcano, was designed in 1973 by John Lautner. Located above Palm Springs, it has panoramic views of the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountains. The house was placed on the market for the first time in February 2013 with an asking price of $50 million.

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Legendary hip-hop and rap artists of all time Tupac Shakur

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Legendary hip-hop and rap artists of all time Tupac Shakur, 2Pac became the unlikely martyr of gangsta rap, and a tragic symbol of the toll its lifestyle exacted on urban black America. 2Pac had Suffer a violent death, he still have much love from the world today.

Tupac Shakur was “resurrected” via hologram to rap two songs during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s performance at Coachella Festival.

Tupac Shakur has been dead for more than 15 years, but rumors have long persisted that the late rapper-poet-actor may still be alive. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre just stirred them all up again.

During Sunday night’s concert at Coachella Festival, 2Pac himself appeared on stage during the hip-hop show to rap two songs — via 3D hologram. That was so cool!

The eerie performance stole the show from a long list of big names in rap music who also appeared, including Eminem and 50 Cent.

Tupac, who was shot and killed in 1996, then appeared in an all-too-realistic shirtless hologram to perform “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerika’z Most Wanted.” The reaction from fans and concert-goers, including celebrities, was dramatic on social media.

10842851-largeTupac Shakur is My All time Fave Celebrity, I had such a Crush on him. I knew I wasn’t going to get him but it didn’t hurt to dream. LOl! Tupac was Hottest rapper out, Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide, Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide.

I Heard that Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. How cool is that, people said that, Tupac’s songs are the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry.  I all I have to say is , most people liked it. Tupac found what people liked back then, and he stuck with it. I just stop hatting!

We all know that Shakur began his career as a roadiebackup dancer, and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground. Just like we all know that Both of his parents and several other of his family members were members of the Black Panther Party. Shakur was involved in an East Coast–West Coast rivalry after a major feud with East Coast rappers, producers and record-label staff members, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. and Bad Boy Records.

Tupac Fans were very upset that On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las VegasNevada. He was taken to the Southern Nevada University Medical Center, where he died six days later. Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor.

I was very Shocked that happen to Tupac, he live a fast life.

Now we all heard about the documentary Tupac: Resurrection, Shakur says, “Jada is my heart. She will be my friend for my whole life.” Pinkett Smith calls him “one of my best friends. He was like a brother. It was beyond friendship for us. The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime.” A poem written by Shakur titled “Jada” appears in his book, The Rose That Grew From Concrete, which also includes a poem dedicated to Pinkett Smith called “The Tears in Cupid’s Eyes”. During his time in art school, Shakur became affiliated with the Baltimore Young Communist League USA, and began dating the daughter of the director of the local Communist Party USA.

A lot of people said, when Tupac made his soundtrack: Makaveli that he was telling his life story about, what was going to happen to him before die. Like he knew that what was going to happen. Tupac: Resurrection (soundtrack)  came after. Hmm, What do you think?

Tupac was known for his music like: 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted , Brenda’s Got a Baby , Can U C the Pride in the Panther – Performed by Mos Def ,Changes , Cradle to the Grave , Dear Mama , Hail Mary , Hit ‘Em Up , Holler If Ya Hear Me , I Get Around , Keep Ya Head Up , Runnin’ (Dying to Live) , Same Song – Performed by Digital Underground , So Many Tears , Still Ballin’ (Nitty Remix) , Still Ballin’ (Nitty Remix) , and Trapped . Songs We all Loved and can still listen too.

Shakur was born on June 16, 1971, in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. He was named after Túpac Amaru, a Peruvian revolutionary who led an indigenous uprising against Spain and was subsequently executed.

His mother,Afeni Shakur, and his father, Billy Garland, were active members of the Black Panther Party in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Now I found out that, Shakur’s professional entertainment career began in the early 1990s. will  his rapping skills in a vocal turn in Digital Underground’s “Same Song” from the soundtrack to the 1991 film Nothing but Trouble and also appeared with the group in the film of the same name. The song was later released as the lead song of the Digital Underground extended play (EP) This is an EP Release, the follow-up to their debut hit album Sex Packets. Shakur appeared in the accompanying music video.

Also that After his rap debut, he performed with Digital Underground again on the album Sons of the P. Later, he released his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now. Though the album did not generate any “Top Ten” hits, 2Pacalypse Now is hailed by many critics and fans for its underground feel, with many rappers such as NasEminemGame, and Talib Kweli having pointed to it as inspiration.

Tupac Shakur, Soundtrack: Blood Diamond. Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland.

I am just glad that we got to see his video’s and Movie’s, also heard some of his music’s before Tupac left the world. I know that he will be missed by the whole world.

R.I.P Tupac!!!!

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