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Erykah Badu (1971): Musician who has fused elements of R&B, hip-hop, jazz and soul to create her own, unique vocal style. Badu was working as a teacher and moonlighting as an opening act for D’Angelo, when producer, Kenneth Massenburg, discovered her. Shortly after their first meeting, Badu secured a recording contract, and her debut release, “Baduizm,” was both a critical and commercial triumph. Having penned all but one of the songs on her album, when “Baduizm” hit number 2 on the Billboard Charts, Badu established herself as a creative force in the industry. Less than a year after the release of “Baduizm,” Erykah recorded an album entitled “Live,” which was a compilation of some of her memorable concert performances. Since expanding her fan base by touring with the Lilith Fair in the summer of ’98, Badu rose to the top of the charts once again with “Mama’s Gun” (2000). Her latest album "Worldwide Underground" was released in September of 2003.

Jennifer Grant (1966): The daughter of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, Jennifer has appeared in a handful of films, including 1996's The Evening Star. Cary Grant was determined that his daughter would not step into the Hollywood spotlight, thus exposing herself to the pitfalls of fame. Jennifer obeyed her father's wishes for 20 years, but when Grant passed away at the age of 82, Jennifer abandoned her law studies to focus on a career in acting. Grant went on to land a number of TV guest appearances, beginning with "Beverly Hills 90210" during the 1993-1994 season. Jennifer has also lit up the silver screen in Savage (1995) and Erasable You (1998).

Michael Bolton (1953): Grammy-winning singer/songwriter who enjoyed breakthrough success in 1989 when his album, “Soul Provider,” skyrocketed to the top of the charts, propelled by the number one single “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”. Success did not always come naturally for Michael Bolton, for when he initially launched his career under his given name, Michael Bolotin, he barely made a blip on the radar screen. A decade later, Michael changed his name and finally gained the recognition he was longing for, when his third release, “The Hunger” (1987), broke into the Billboard Top 40. Just two years later, Bolton achieved superstar status when “Soul Provider” spawned the smash singles “How Can We Be Lovers,” “When I’m Back on My Feet Again” and the Grammy award-winning “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”. Bolton has since released the successful albums “Time, Love & Tenderness,” “Timeless (The Classics),” “The One Thing” and “My Secret Passion”.

Tony Randall (1920): Actor who is most recognized for his portrayal of the quintessential neat freak, Felix Unger, on the popular series “The Odd Couple” (1969-74). Randall honed his craft at New York’s famed “Neighborhood Playhouse” before starring on Broadway in productions of “Oh, Captain” and “Inherit the Wind”. After breaking into television with a supporting role on the sitcom “Mr. Peepers” (1952-55), Tony made the leap to the silver screen to star in Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957), and the light, romantic features Pillow Talk (1959), Let’s Make Love (1960) and Down with Love (2003) . Randall tried to recapture the sitcom success he enjoyed on “The Odd Couple” with “The Tony Randall Show” and “Love, Sidney,” but both series only lasted a few seasons. In 1992, Randall started his own theatre company, the National Actors Theatre, and he spent his last years starring in the company’s productions until he passed away in May of 2004.

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