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Monica (1980): Singer whose latest album, “The Boy is Mine,” contains her Grammy Award-winning duet with Brandy. Monica began singing in her church choir at the age of four, and was discovered at a talent showcase when she was just 12 years old. Monica was quickly signed to Arista Records, and in 1995, she released the multi-platinum album “Miss Thang,” which spawned the number one singles “Don’t Take it Personal” and “Before You Walk Out Of My Life.” Just two year later, Monica had recorded her sophomore effort, “The Boy Is Mine,” and she was once again riding high at the top of the charts with the songs “Angel of Mine” and “For You I Will.”

Ben Gillies (1979): Drummer who is a member of the popular Australian band “Silverchair.” Gillies went to school with fellow band members Chris Joannou (bass) and Daniel Johns (guitars and vocals), and they were all just 15 years old when their 1995 debut album, “Frogstomp,” became an international sensation. Frogstomp entered the Australian music charts at number 1, and the singles “Pure Massacre” and “Tomorrow” were embraced by American grunge fans. Critics hailed Silverchair's sophomore effort, “Freak Show” in 1997, and their latest album, “Neon Ballroom,” topped the charts in their native Australia. Tickets for his latest "Across the Night" tour sold out in less than an hour.

Kevin Kline (1947): Actor who made his big screen debut in the critically acclaimed feature Sophie’s Choice (1982). Kline was bitten by the acting bug in college, and upon graduating, moved to New York to pursue his dream. It was there that Kline studied acting at Julliard, and became a founding member of an acting company with classmates, William Hurt and Patti Lupone. While Kline began appearing on the soap opera, “Search for Tomorrow” in the early ‘70s, his heart still belonged to the theatre. In 1978, Kline earned a Tony Award for his work in “On the Twentieth Century” and won a second in 1981 for “The Pirates of Penzance.” After segueing to the silver screen in 1982, Kline gave memorable performances in The Big Chill (1983), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), The January Man (1989), Soapdish (1991) and Dave (1993). In recent years, Kline has starred in In and Out (1997) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1999.

Bob Kane (1916): Cartoonist and animator who created Gotham City’s “Dark Knight,” Batman. Kane grew up in New York City and joined the Max Fleischer Studio as a trainee animator in 1934. Just five years later, Kane created Batman for Detective Comics. Kane’s Batman was the opposite of what one might consider to be your "typical" superhero. While the upbeat Superman was popular at the time, Kane created a character with a haunting past that cloaked him in mystery. The outline of a bat silhouette was in sharp contrast to the upbeat red and yellow superman emblem, and fans embraced the change. By the late 1940s, Batman was a more lighthearted comic, and his good deeds in Gotham City earned him the title of the “Caped Crusader.” Whether you prefer the campy Batman of the popular ‘60s television series, or the brooding bat in Tim Burton’s films, you have Kane to thank for your viewing pleasure. While Kane passed away in 1998, Batman lives on in numerous storylines throughout current comic books.

Moss Hart (1904): Playwright and director who won a Tony Award in 1956 for directing the Broadway Musical “My Fair Lady.” Hart grew up in the Bronx, and began his prestigious career as an assistant to a theatrical producer. While Hart wrote his first play at the age of 18, he did not achieve success until he teamed up with fellow playwright, George Kaufman. Together, Moss and Kaufman brought eight productions to Broadway, including Once in a Lifetime (1929), Merrily We Roll Along (1934), You Can’t Take It With You (1936) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939). Hart passed away in 1961.


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