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Anna Paquin (1982): Actress who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the tender age of eleven for her performance in The Piano. After starring as a skunk in an elementary school production, Paquin decided to be an actress. Paquin stayed out of the limelight right after The Piano, and did not resurface again until 1996, when she starred in the films Fly Away Home and Jane Eyre. Paquin’s impressive list of credits includes Amistad (1997), Hurlyburly (1998), A Walk on the Moon (1999), She’s All That (1999), Almost Famous(2000), and as Rogue in the smash hit X-Men (2000), and its sequel X-Men 2 in 2003.

Jennifer Lopez (1970): Singer, actress and dancer who is considered to be a "triple threat" by Hollywood standards. Lopez initially broke into show business as one of the "Fly Girls" on the Fox hit "In Living Color," but soon longed for more than just dancing during the commercial breaks. She then set her sights on an acting career, and in 1995, appeared in both Mi Familia and Money Train. Still, it was her starring role in the 1997 film, Selena, that would launch Lopez to new heights of fame. She was soon named one of People magazine’s "50 Most Beautiful People," and landed roles in films including Anaconda (1997) and Out of Sight (1998). After conquering the film world, Lopez embarked on a successful music career in 1999, with the release of her debut album "On the 6." Recently, Lopez has nabbed the starring roles in The Cell, The Wedding Planner (2001), Enough (2002), Maid in Manhattan (2002), and Gigli in 2003.

Laura Leighton (1968): Actress who is most famous for playing the role of the seductive Sydney Andrews, on the nighttime soap opera "Melrose Place." Before becoming a prime time star, Leighton toured with the dance troupe, "The Young Americans," and was featured in commercials for Pizza Hut and Dep hair gel. Leighton initially signed on to appear in only two episodes of "Melrose Place," but her character was so popular that she became a permanent resident on the show. After her successful stint on "Melrose Place," Leighton appeared in six episodes of another one of Aaron Spelling’s hit shows, "Beverly Hills 90210." Leighton has also starred in the television movies "In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy" and "The Other Woman."

Pam Tillis (1957): Country singer and songwriter who made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry when she was only eight years old. Tillis began playing guitar at age 12, and left school in the mid-seventies to form the band, "Freelight," and utilize her songwriting talents. Tillis launched her solo career in the ‘80s, but did not begin to climb the musical ladder of success until the 1990s. In 1991, Tillis’ modern country sound was just what America wanted to hear, and her album, "Put Yourself in My Place," was an instant hit. Her follow up release, "Homeward Looking Angel," went gold, and subsequent albums such as, "Every Time," have gone platinum. Some of Tillis’ Top 10 singles include "Don’t Tell Me What To Do," "When You Walk in the Room" and "Maybe it was Memphis." Recently, Tillis released a greatest hits album titled "Super Hits," and a tribute album to her father titled "It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis."

Michael Richards (1949): Actor who has become synonymous with the name, "Kramer," as a result of his successful run on the hit sitcom "Seinfeld." Ever since he took his first acting class in the eighth grade, Richards has focused his attention on a career in show business. Richards was only on the comedy circuit doing stand-up for nine months, when he was hired to join the cast of the short-lived TV show "Fridays." It was on the set of "Fridays" that he met the future co-creator of "Seinfeld," Larry David. David remembered Richards when they needed to cast the part of Kramer, and the rest is television history. His portrayal of Cosmo Kramer won Richards three Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.


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