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Drew Barrymore (1975): Wild child whose captivating performances and notorious antics have made her the toast of Tinsel Town. Born in LA into a renowned acting family, Drew’s career began at the tender age of 11 months, acting in a dog food commercial. Her career came on fast and furious, as she made her silver screen debut in Altered States at age four. At seven, she played her most famous role as the endearing Gertie in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg. Accompanying her mother to nightclubs, Barrymore developed a taste for alcohol and drugs, leading to an adolescence marked by addiction and rehab. She bravely chronicled her ordeal in the candid book, Little Girl Lost, at age 16. Making a graceful return to Hollywood’s A-List with her brief on-screen appearance in Scream (1996), Drew went on to form her own production company, Flower Films. She has since co-produced the tender tale Never Been Kissed and the box office smash Charlie's Angels. Her newest comedy 50 First Dates (2004), co-starring Adam Sandler, recently debuted at number one.

Michael Chang (1972): Tennis superstar whose extreme talent on the court has led him to set several “youngest player records”. Born in Hoboken, N.J. to research scientist parents, Chang’s phenomenal tennis success was already apparent at age 12, when he won the USTA Junior Hardcourt Singles. Despite his preference for playing the baseline, Chang's signature speed made him a dominant, all-court player. In 1987, he was the youngest player at the US Open to reach a Tour semifinal. Chang’s strong return game broke the 34-year drought when he became the first American male to win the French Open since ’55. In 1996, Chang rose to the pinnacle of his career becoming the No 2. player in the world. To date, he has won 34 singles titles, cashing in more than $18 million in winnings. Chang is now enjoying his retirement on and off the court with speaking engagements and celebrity tournaments.

Julius Erving (1950): "Dr. J's" acrobatic talent made him one of the most exciting players in the history of professional basketball. Born in Hempstead, NY, Dr. J’s athletic ability won him a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts, where he first caught the public’s eye, averaging more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game, something only seven players have done to date. Joining the ABA in 1971, he played for the Virginia Squires and was traded to the Nets after two years, twice leading them to the championships. He led the league in scoring 3 times and was voted the ABA’s MVP three times. After the merge of the ABA and the NBA, Erving was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers where he went to the finals four times, winning the NBA Championship in 1983. His NBA honors include being voted to the 35th Anniversary All-Time Team, and being named MVP. Erving retired in 1987, becoming the third player to have scored over 30,000 points in his career.

Edward Kennedy (1932): U.S. Politician and prominent spokesman for democratic causes. Born in Brookline Massachusetts, the youngest son of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, Ted Kennedy was groomed for political success. Graduating from Harvard in 1956, he continued his education at the University of Virginia, receiving his law degree in 1959. He worked for his brother John’s presidential campaign in 1960, and in 1962 was elected to fill the seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant by his brother’s election. In 1969, he was voted majority whip, becoming the youngest ever. Tragically, in the same year, Kennedy drunkenly drove his car off of a bridge at Chappaquidick, killing his 28-year-old companion, Mary Jo Kopechne. The fallout from this event prompted his withdrawal as a presidential candidate in 1969. Kennedy’s senatorial achievements include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and the Children's Health Act of 1997.


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