Category Archives: Biography

Shirley Temple: America’s Little Darling

Biography of child actress Shirley Temple. There never was a star quite like Shirley Temple. Adored by adults and children alike, at four she already led at the Box Office – ahead of Gable and Cooper.

Her films saved a movie studio from bankruptcy, and a President credited her with raising the morale of Depression-weary Americans. Her earliest movies gave a foretaste of her talents and soon would become the songs and dances that helped make those movies immortal. Here she is at her heart-stirring best in films like Little Miss Marker, Now and Forever, Bright Eyes, The Little Colonel, Poor Little Rich Girl, Stowaway, The Little Princess, and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer.

Also appearing: actors Caesar Romero, Alice Faye and Gloria Stuart, and former child actors Jane Withers, Darryl Hickman, Dick “Dickie” Moore, Marcia Mae Jones, and stand-in Marilyn Granas. Our host is an entertainment legend in his own right – Tommy Tune.

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Biography: Bob Hope

Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS, (born Leslie Townes Hope; May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, author, and athlete who appeared on Broadway, 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 1941 and 1991. Throughout his long career, he was honored for this work. In 1997, the U.S. Congress declared him the “first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces.”

With a career spanning over 60 years, 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 (the most of any host), 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, theCleveland Indians. He was married to performer Dolores Hope (née DeFina) for 69 years. Hope died at age 100.

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Kurt Cobain The Early Life Of A Legend

This documentary focuses mostly on the years before success. With contributions from family members and close friends plus exclusive and archival interviews and rare footage, this is a fitting tribute to the man who changed the lives of almost everyone who heard his music.

This Biography contains no original music by Nirvana. It is not authorized by Nirvana, their record company, or the Kurt Cobain estate.

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How the Corporate Titan Rocked Wall Street

Henry Kravis is an American billionaire and co-founder of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). Placing a high value on privacy, Kravis declined to appear in the program himself, leaving the filmmakers to interview business magnates and Wall Street heavyweights to gain insight into the man behind the reputation. Considered an icon in the world of finance for defining the private equity industry, his role in molding Wall Street is described here by his peers and competitors in the financial world.

The son of a successful petroleum engineer, Kravis was born into wealth and mirrored his father’s success in his own life, studying economics and moving to New York in the sixties, where he interned in finance and enrolled in Columbia’s MBA program. Along with his cousin George Roberts, Kravis accepted a position with Bear Stearns where they began making deals known as “bootstrapping,” now known as leveraged buyouts. Exceptionally skilled, shrewd and daring, Kravis was raking in money and made a partner at Bear Stearns by the age of 30.

By the mid-seventies Kravis and Roberts left Bear Stearns with their colleague and mentor Jerry Kohlberg to establish their own firm, KKR Investments, to continue their focus on bootstrap acquisitions. Convincing investors to support this endeavor based on his previous success with Bear Stearns, Kravis was able to build the company and his status with the buyout of Houdaille automotive for $106 million. The continued growth of KKR propelled Kravis’ worth into the multi-millions.

After Kohlberg left KKR in the late eighties, the firm completed a leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. The dramatic conflict between Kravis and Nabisco CEO F. Ross Johnson was popularized by the book Barbarians at the Gate, which documented the bidding war that eventually ensued between the two, with Johnson ultimately losing.

Despite occasional obstacles including the bankruptcy of certain holdings and personal tragedies such as the loss of his teenage son, Kravis continued to improve profits and reinforce himself as an aggressive, effective dealmaker with billion dollar bank accounts to prove it. Giving only glimpses into the personal life and personality of Kravis, the film focuses instead on his reputation as a cunning businessman and financial tycoon.

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Secret Billionaire: The Chuck Feeney Story

Despite having been one of the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet, Chuck Feeney now wears a watch, eats in diners, flies economy and doesn’t own a car. He refuses to be interviewed or photographed and, until very recently, refused to allow his name to be connected to any of the projects he funds.

Born in New Jersey during the Great Depression, Feeney became a billionaire many times over in the Sixties when he co-founded the Duty Free Shoppers Group. However Feeney found that his vast wealth sat uneasily with him, and has spent the past 25 years devising ways to give it all away. In this exclusive documentary, the self-styled ‘shabby philanthropist’ talks for the first time ever about his remarkable life.

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