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Giada De Laurentiis Celebrity Chef
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis—born August 22, 1970 in Rome, Italy, is a famous celebrity chef on The Food Network. She has won a daytime Emmy Award for outstanding Lifestyle Host, and was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012. She has quickly become very popular, being a great chef and great looking as well!
Giada was the firstborn child of Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband, Alex De Benedetti. Her father was a close associate of Giada’s Maternal Grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis. As a young girl she could often be found in the kitchen, and also in her Grandfather’s restaurant. When her parents divorced she moved to South California, and earned a degree in Social Anthropology. Giada then studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, as at the time she wanted to be a pastry chef. But when she finished studying, she landed a job in Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, and later worked as a food stylist. She was soon contacted by The Food Network because of a piece she wrote for Food and Wine Magazine in 2002.
She had her first cooking show in 2003, called Everyday Italian. But she never wanted to be in show business, and was shy in front of the cameras at first. Finally she stumbled upon her trademark, over enunciating the names of the Italian dishes she was cooking, and she became more camera friendly. Giada began hosting Behind the Bash in 2006, showing what goes on behind the scenes of cooking for very large occasions, like the Grammy Awards. Giada’s Weekend Getaways was her next project, beginning in 2007. Here she travelled to some of her own favorite food destinations. She also competed on Iron Chef, with Bobby Flay, but they were defeated by Mario Batali and Rachel Ray.
In 2008, Giada launched a gourmet Italian food line with Barilla, their first ever celebrity line. But she has been busy with other things. She was the voice of Paulette on the children’s show Handy Manny. Giada also has a line of kitchen products made for Target. Café Mom has elected her number 6 out of the “Sexiest Mom’s Alive.” Giada opened her first restaurant in Las Vegas in 2014, called Giada, inside the Cromwell. It features Italian food with a California touch.
Giada has been married to fashion designer Todd Thompson since 2003. They have one daughter named Jade, which is Giada in Italian. Giada does not wish to have more children, as she wants to concentrate on her career. She considered the restaurant and Todd her “babies” too, though she and he have divorced since then, and because they singed no pre-nup, it’s turning out to be a nasty divorce. Giada is often a judge on other shows for The Food Network.
Prince Harry of Wales
Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, is yet another Famous Virgo, born September 15, 1984. He is the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales, younger brother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Brother in law of Princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. It makes one wonder what they all call themselves when in the privacy of their homes—er—palaces!
Prince Harry's Education and Military Service
Harry was educated at schools in the UK, but went to Eton College against the wishes of the Windsors, because his Mother’s side of the family went there. He then took his gap year in Australia and Lesetho. He made a documentary there, about the orphaned children he worked with, taking up charitable causes much like both his parents. He decided on a military career, trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment, attaining the role of group leader. He did serve in Afghanistan for seventy seven days, but when the media leaked it, he was pulled out, but returned later and served for twenty weeks with the Army Air Corp. as an Apache aircraft commander. Apparently he loves flying, like his Father and Brother. Virgo people like to serve others, so it is not unusual for Harry to want to return to a place his family deemed unsafe for him. His Mother, Diana, wanted her sons to be treated like normal people, and not for all the “Royal” business to go to their heads.
Prince Harry's Philanthropy
In 2014, Prince Harry introduced something called “The Invictus Games’, a sporting event for injured servicemen and women hurt in wars. He held a selection process for players, and advertized on the BBC, saying “this is my Full Time job at the moment.” He later wrote about his experiences in Afghanistan, and how they inspired him to help injured personnel. Harry took another charitable role in 2015, working with London’s Defense Recovery Unit, helping to see that injured people have specific recovery plans. He established a partnership with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Union, as announced by the palace.
Hobbies and Love Life
Prince Harry takes on many Royal Duties, and seems to be headed for a large philanthropist role. He loves sporting events, among them polo, skiing and motocross. He has something of a reputation for being a bit wild, but many people in their twenties enjoy a night out drinking with friends, and he really has no privacy as media does not keep much distance from him. He has been linked romantically with Chelsy Davy, Cressida Bonas, and even Princess Kate’s sister Pippa, but so far no one significant enough to be announced by the Royals has been mentioned. He will officially be named as a Duke when he is married, as soon as that happens, but being a Virgo, it may be later in life.
Rachel Ray TV Food Network Star
Rachel Ray, Food Network Cook
Rachael Ray 8/25/68—is a popular and well known cook (she rejects the “chef” title) who first got noticed on the Food TV Network, on her show 30 Minute Meals, where she enthusiastically and vivaciously demonstrated how people only needed 30 minutes to be able to prepare and cook a healthy meal no matter how busy their lives were. Rachael also has a show on Food TV where she travels to various countries and shows how a visitor can eat three delicious meals there for under $40.00 a day. Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels is yet another show this energetic ball of energy hosts.
Cooking Was Important in Rachel Ray's Family
Ray’s family came from upstate New York, and then moved to Cape Cod, where they ran four restaurants. She worked in a fresh food market for Macy’s, and finally managed a pub called The Sagamore on Lake George, NY, a popular vacation spot. She talked to many people who had fears about cooking while she had that job, which eventually landed her the 30 Minute Meal Show. She was featured often on Oprah, who went in with a production company to produce Rachael’s first show.
Ray is Organized and Fun
She has a very relaxed style of cooking, not even measuring sometimes, except for eye. She uses Extra Virgin Olive Oil in practically everything, and calls it EVOO, which is now in the dictionary. Ray claims she hates to bake because of all the measuring, and can’t make a decent cup of coffee. But her zeal and ability to show people how to make a quick and healthy meal from scratch has made her very popular. She shows how to save time in the kitchen, by gathering all the necessary ingredients, having a large “garbage bowl” or the “GB”, nearby to put scraps, and then stands in one place at the kitchen counter, without wasting time. This writer "discovered" her show while recovering from a painful back injury, and Ray taught me a few tricks about how to save time by not crossing your kitchen over and over again to get what you need. Her organizational skills while cooking are amazing!
Rachel Ray is A Whirlwind in the Kitchen
She got married in 2005 in Tuscany, Italy, to John Cusimano, a lawyer and singer in the rock band Cringe. She owns two homes, one in upstate New York and one in Manhattan. She claims her Sicilian Grandfather inspired her to cook, and insists that fresh ingredients are the key to having good tasting food. She has critics, who claim her 30 Minute Meals do not include prep time, but that is true of any cooking show, other people do the prep. She has many interesting recipe ideas, though some may find them too spicy, it is inspiring to watch her zip around her retro kitchen and whip up something that looks delicious. Ray has won several Emmy Awards for Daytime TV for her shows.
Ray's Animal Rights Activism
She is also an animal rights activist, and gives to charity in their behalf. In 2005 her magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray was launched, and it’s still going strong. She has been in a few chef’s cook off’s, but claims they make her too nervous. She became a spokesperson for Nabisco in 2006, and in 2007, West Point Home launched a line of bed and bath products which carry Rachael Ray’s name. She became Dunkin Donuts celebrity endorser in 2007, playing on the fact she claimed she cannot make a good cup of coffee herself. Rachael Ray also has a line of pet food called “Nutrish,” and all the proceeds go to her charity Rachael’s Rescue, to assist at risk animals. She also is part of a charity called “Yum-o” (she makes up a lot of her own words) which she began with the help of President Bill Clinton, as part of a campaign to help children eat healthier foods. If you have the chance to watch one of her shows, she will charm you, as she is a whirlwind of energy, yet has a practical and doable plan to make a healthy meal in little time.
Michael Jackson's Changing Looks
Michael Jackson, Famous Virgo Entertainer
Michael Joseph Jackson—8-29-58—6-25-2009—was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist. He was born in Gary, Indiana, the 8th of 10 children. He is called “the King of Pop,” and is considered the most successful entertainer of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He led a very public personal life, despite the fact he disliked that, and was a popular figure in American culture for 40 years.
Jackson came upon the music scene in 1964, in a band with his brothers called the Jackson 5. As time passed, it was realized that Michael was the biggest talent. His father was abusive and whipped Michael during practices, so Michael’s perfectionism in his work stemmed from fear of being abused if he made a mistake. As he got older he discussed his abusive parent with Oprah Winfrey, telling her how lonely he was during those years, and that he would often vomit when he saw his father. The Jackson 5 had many hits songs which Michael sang before his voice changed, such as “I’ll Be There” “The Love You Save” “Got to Be There” and “Mama’s Pearl.” The Jackson 5 were the first crossover black artists, complete with Afros and Bell Bottoms, and became mainstream stars. They worked for Motown Records until 1975, but were not allowed creative control, common in those days, and by 1971 Michael collaborated with other artists in the field.
The Gloved One
Michael's Solo Career
Michael was writing and recording great songs like “Beat it” “Billie Jean” and of course, Thriller, the bestselling album of all time. Michael’s ability to dance became obvious when he performed what came to be known as “The Moonwalk,” a new and complicated dance technique. The first time the public saw the Moonwalk was at a 25th Anniversary Special on TV for Motown Records, where Michael reunited with his brothers. He performed “Billie Jean” and got an Emmy Nomination, but was wearing a black sequined jacket and his one famous rhinestone glove, and only did the show at Berry Gordy’s request. But nobody ever forgot that performance. It has been compared to the Beatles first show on Ed Sullivan, and to Elvis Presley, also referred to as “The King.”
Michael went on to win so many awards it would take pages to name them all. He credits Diana Ross as being one of his mentors, and Elizabeth Taylor, who was also a child star, so she understood some of what Michael went through being famous so young. At the time he recorded Thriller, MTV was just new, so the public was able to watch his videos and get more familiar with any artist without attending their concerts. Michael was world famous. Thriller was the only music video ever part of the National Film Registry and inducted into the Library of Congress. Time Magazine described Jackson as “Star of records, radio, rock video, a one man rescue team for the music business, and a songwriter who set the beat for a decade. Jackson is a dancer with the fanciest feet on the street, and a singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste, style and color too.” The New York Times proclaimed, “In the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson, and then there is everybody else.” Berry Gordy said “From the first beat of Billie Jean, I was mesmerized, and when he did his iconic Moonwalk, I was shocked. It was magic, Michael Jackson went into orbit, and never came down.”
Another Changing Jackson
What Happened to Michael Jackson?
So what happened to this extremely talented, yet troubled man, who went on to live such an odd life? When young, Jackson’s skin was a medium black color, but it began getting lighter in the 1980’s, much like his idol, Diana Ross. People rumored that he was bleaching his skin, but in 1986 Michael was diagnosed with vitaligo and lupus; the vitiligo the reason for the lightening of his skin, and the lupis responsible for his sensitivity to sunlight. Michael began to hide under an umbrella when outdoors. It was apparent by the mid ‘90’s that he had several plastic surgeries, several nasal ones, a forehead lift, thinning of lips, and cheekbone surgery. He also had a dimple created on his chin. Michael became very thin in the ‘90’s, but explained it as a diet change because he needed a dancer’s body. But he was often dizzy and doctors thought he suffered from anorexia.
Trying to Rediscover His Childhood
Jackson purchased the Neverland Ranch in Santa Ynez, CA in 1987. It had a ferris wheel, animals, a movie theater, and 40 people to take care of the grounds. Michael felt he was deprived of a childhood of any kind. This was the period when he was dubbed the King of Pop, and the elder President Bush designated him the Artist of the Decade. Michael donated $500,000.00 to the United Negro College Fund, and all proceeds from “Man in the Mirror” went to charity. He founded the Heal the World Foundation in 1992, and brought underprivileged children to his home/theme park. But then there were allegations of sexual abuse. Although Jackson faced charges that he abused young boys he allowed to sleep over at the home, he paid the families and settled out of court. Jackson also donated a lot of money to find a cure for Aids before too much was known about it, working with then President Bill Clinton. He made a memorable appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show in 1993, when ratings for the game were dwindling.
Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis’ daughter, in 1993, an interesting choice, being the daughter of another man called "The King." They met at an engagement that year. They secretly got married in the Dominican Republic, and Michael apparently leaned on Lisa for emotional support during the sex allegations. She claimed they had a normal married life, but some were skeptical. The marriage lasted for 2 years, but they remained friends. He went on a worldwide tour in 1997, during which he performed in 58 countries. He then married long time friend Deborah Jeanne Rowe, as she was pregnant with their first child, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince. His 2nd child Paris was born a year later. The couple divorced in 1999, and Michael got custody of the children.
Michael Jackson The Entertainer
Concerts and Allegations Not Proven
In the same year, Jackson released Blood on the Dance Floor: HISstory in the Mix, which became the best selling remix album to ever sell. In September of 2001, he attended 2 separate 30th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden, one to mark his 30th year as a solo artist, but along with his brothers, the other the night before the 2001 terrorist attacks. Jackson arranged this one with other artists to say “United We Stand, What More Can I Give.” In 2002 he had his 3rd child through artificial insemination, Prince Michael Jackson, called Blanket. The Mother is not known.
There were more sexual allegations, but they were never proven. In 2009 Michael made an announcement in London for a “This Is It” concert tour, but said it would perhaps be his retirement tour. It was originally supposed to be 10 dates, but quickly grew to 50 dates. Michael went quickly into rehearsal mode at the Staples Center, but sadly suffered a cardiac arrest before the first date and passed on. It was found that Michael’s doctor allowed him access to too many dangerous drugs with inadequate supervision, and Dr. Conrad Murray got jail time for this.
Jackson's Possible Fears of Getting Older
When Michael is thought of, many recall him at the young age when he could do the Moonwalk, and have the stamina to sing and dance for hours. Although rehearsal footage was released showing that Michael could still perform at top level, we were now talking about a man in his 50’s. Surely one with such perfectionism would have been very afraid to take to the stage and disappoint the audience, or give a less than perfect performance. Add to that the memory of an abusive father who always punished him so severely for making any mistake, and we see a man who is still an adolescent, afraid his aging body would not cooperate with him. This writer strongly believes that Michael really did not think he could continue to perform at such a level for 50 tour dates, and that his overdose was a tragic accident, caused by an inattentive doctor who should never have left him in such a depressed mental state. Whenever this reader thinks of Michael Jackson, it is still the young, innocent boy who sang, “I’ll Be There” seen in my mind’s eye. And he still would have been, had it not been for the foolish actions of Conrad Murray.
Famous Virgo Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves, Canadian Actor
Keanu Reeves—9/2/64—is a Canadian actor, who will probably mostly be remembered for playing the airhead Ted in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, no matter how many adult achievements he has. Reeve’s gets his exotic looks from his Father, who was born in Hawaii, but had a very mixed heritage of Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, American, and Irish descent, and his English Mother. His Father left the family when Keanu was only three years old, jailed for selling heroin in Hawaii. Consequently, his Mother moved around a lot, and married four times. He was primarily left in the care of baby sitters and mostly grew up in Toronto, Canada. He has dyslexia, and had some behavioral problems in school, so never graduated. People close to him say he has English mannerisms, which he got from his Mother. Keanu Reeves has U.S. citizenship through his Father, and is a Canadian citizen by naturalization. He has no ties at all with his Father.
Hockey and Acting
He loved to play hockey though, and got a movie role with Rob Lowe playing a goalie in Youngblood, and was in a theater production of Romeo and Juliet when he was fifteen. Reeves did a few commercials for Coca Cola while still in Canada, played a successful Hamlet, then headed for L.A. His big break came when he starred in Speed, the first movie he was in that was not a comedy, and it did surprisingly well, shooting both Reeves and co-star Sandra Bullock to fame. He chose to do an eclectic mix of independent films after that, even acting in The Devil’s Advocate for free so he could have the experience of working with Al Pacino. But the science fiction hit The Matrix and its sequels brought Keanu Reeves back onto the radar again, and got both critical and audience success. Afterward he went on to make a string of so-so movies.
Keanu Reeves Home and Love Life
This writer loved Chain Reaction, a commentary about energy conservation or lack thereof, where the cast scientists find a cheaper source of energy, but the government wants it hushed up, pitting Reeves against the government. He has said he is considering a third Bill and Ted installment, but no plans have materialized so far. Keanu lived in rentals and hotels for the first ten years of his stardom, perhaps afraid to settle in one spot after a childhood where he was forced to move so many times. He finally bought a house in Hollywood Hills and one near Central Park West in NYC, so apparently money is not an issue, since the Matrix films did so well. He plays bass guitar and has never been married, though he did live with a woman for a period, but sadly, she passed on. Keanu Reeves seems to like to live a private life, as many Virgos prefer to live alone rather than as part of a couple.
© 2015 Jean Bakula