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Benjamin Salisbury (1980): Actor who found series success playing Brighton Sheffield on the long-running sitcom “The Nanny.” Salisbury grew up in Minnesota and appeared with the prestigious Joffrey Ballet in “The Nutcracker,” before making his big screen debut in Captain Ron (1992). Playing Fran Drescher’s charge on “The Nanny” opened up more opportunities for Salibury in Hollywood. In addition to starring on the hit sitcom, Salibury appeared on the silver screen in Iron Will (1994) and D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996), and S1m0ne in 2002.

Evander Holyfield (1962): Boxer who is a three-time world heavyweight champion. Holyfield began his boxing career at the tender age of eight, and he qualified for his first Junior Olympics three years later. In 1984, Holyfield won a bronze medal at the Summer Olympic Games, and he made his professional debut the following November. Holyfield became the WBC Continental Champion in 1989, and earned the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1990. Holyfield remained the undisputed champion until 1992, when he lost to Riddick Bowe. In 1996, Holyfied became the second man in boxing history to become a three-time world champion when he defeated Mike Tyson. The only other man to achieve such athletic greatness is the legendary, Muhammad Ali.

Jennifer Holliday (1960): Singer who took Broadway by storm when she sang her rendition of “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the musical “Dreamgirls.” Holliday earned a Tony Award for her powerful, passionate performance, and she was then inspired to embark on a solo career. While Holliday had trouble replicating her success in “Dreamgirls,” she earned a Grammy for her album, “Say You Love Me,” in 1985. Holliday then returned to the stage, and gave show-stopping performances in “Sing, Mahalia Sing” and “Grease.” In addition to the release of her album “Best of Jennifer Holliday,” Holliday has made guest appearances on the hit shows “Ally McBeal” and "Touched by an Angel."

John Lithgow (1945): Actor who earned an Emmy Award in 1996 for playing the leader of a family of aliens on “3rd Rock from the Son.” Lithgow began his acting career on the stage, and won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in “The Changing Room.” While Lithgow started to land roles on the big screen, it was not until 1982’s The World According to Garp that he earned critical acclaim. With a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in hand, Lithgow’s film career took off in the ‘80s, and he became a household name. Some of Lithgow’s most memorable features include Terms of Endearment (1983), Footloose (1984), The Manhattan Project (1986), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Memphis Belle (1990), Raising Cain (1992) and A Civil Action in 1998. In addition to starring on 3rd Rock, Lithgow recently could be seen in Don Quixote (2000) and heard in his hysterical portrayal of Lord Farquaad in Shrek in 2001.

Jeannie C. Riley (1945): Country singer who recorded the multi-platinum single “Harper Valley PTA.” Riley grew up in Texas with dreams of becoming a country music sensation. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, she persuaded him to move to Nashville so that she could become a star. A film based on Riley’s hit song was produced in 1978, and that feature spawned the “Harper Valley PTA” television series. Riley has since released both successful country and Christian albums including “Sings the Gospel” (1995) and “Good Old Country” in 2000.

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