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Carrie-Anne Moss (1970): Actress who rose to prominence after starring opposite Keanu Reeves in the blockbuster hit The Matrix (1999) and its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Moss grew up in her native Canada with a passion for acting, but by the time she was 19 had almost given up on her dream. When Moss’ friend, Gil Bellows (of Ally McBeal fame), saw her working in a restaurant, he questioned her decision, reminding Moss of her talent. The next day, Moss quit her job and soon landed a part on the TV series "Dark Justice." She was then cast on the short-lived series "Models Inc.," and made her big screen debut in the 1996 flick, Sabotage and has since gone on to perform in the enchanting Chocolat.

Kim Cattrall (1956): Actress who was a member of the ensemble cast of the first Police Academy film (1984), but who is perhaps best known for her former role as Samantha Jones in the HBO hit series "Sex and the City". Cattrall dropped out of high school when she was 16 to try to make it big in the "big apple." In New York, she became one of the youngest graduates of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and made her theatre debut in a production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Cattrall’s first appearance on the silver screen came in 1975 with Rosebud, but it was not until Tribute in 1980 that she would enjoy a starring role. Some of Cattrall’s credits include Porky’s (1981), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Mannequin (1987), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Breaking Point (1994), Baby Geniuses (1999) and Crossroads in 2002.

Kenny Rogers (1938): Musician who recently received the first ever Career Achievement Award at TNN’s country music awards show. Rogers had his first number 1 smash on the country charts with "Lucille" in 1977. That song earned Rogers the Country Music Association’s single of the year award, and he soon enjoyed crossover success on the pop charts with hit singles including "The Gambler," "Lady," "You Decorated My Life" and "She Believes in Me." In the ‘80s, Rogers recorded a duet with Dolly Parton called "Islands in the Stream," and the duo was such a hit that they made a Christmas special for television together. In 1998, Rogers released the album "Christmas from the Heart," forming his own record label called Dreamcatcher.

Wilt Chamberlain (1936): Basketball player who played for the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the NBA in 1959. A seven-foot tall center, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain was named the NBA’s most valuable player four times throughout his career (1960, 1966-68). Before retiring in 1973, Chamberlain played with the Philadelphia Warriors (1959-65), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-68) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1968-73). While with the Warriors, Chamberlain set a record by scoring 100 points in four quarters to allow his team to beat the NY Knicks, 169-147. After retiring, Chamberlain worked as a professional basketball coach and promoted volleyball, another sport he loved. In 1978, Chamberlain was inducted into basketball’s Hall of Fame, and he passed away in October of 1999.

Melvin Van Peebles (1932): Director who made his first short film, Sunlight, while holding down a job in a San Francisco post office. He then began writing French novels, and in 1967 adapted one of his works for the silver screen in La Permission/The Story of a Three-Day Pass. Returning to the U.S. in the ‘70s, Van Peebles produced, directed, wrote, scored and starred in his best known film Sweetback (1971). Van Peebles’ son, Mario, is also an accomplished actor, writer and director, and the two have collaborated on the series "Sonny Spoon" and the films Identity Crisis (1989), Posse (1993) and Panther in 1995.


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