Cancer Celebrities

Cancer celebrities
 
Carlos Santana
Name: Devadip Carlos Santana
Birthday: July 20, 1947
Birth sign: *Cancer
Place of birth: Autlan De Navarro, Mexico
Nationality: USA
Father: Jose Santana
Mother: Josefina Barragan
Raised in: Mexico > Tijuana > San Francisco
Profession: Musician
Mexican-American musician, leader of the band "Santana." First formed in 1967 in San Francisco as the "Santana Blues Band," they played local gigs. Virtually unknown before appearing at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, this stunning lead guitarist along with the band captured national prominence for their performance in a segment in the film "Woodstock."

Santana's interest in music began early as a child. One of seven kids, he learned to play the violin at age five from his dad, Jose (who died in 1971), a professional musician. By the time he was nine, he was playing the clarinet, violin and guitar. His family moved to San Francisco in 1962. Swept up in the hippie culture, he formed the Santana Blues Band, an original fusion of Afro-Latin and rock. Following a triumphant performance at Woodstock in 1969, the band, now known simply as "Santana" signed their first record deal.

The original band members disbanded and new members joined the band from 1971 to 1973, leaving Santana as the only original member of the band. The group continued to record hits into the 1980s.

In a Rolling Stones interview, Santana related that an American man who brought him toys and gifts took him across the border and sexually abused him every day or two for about two years, when he was ten to twelve years old. The experience left him with a great deal of anger and it was not until 1995 that he dealt with it in therapy.

After 30 years of making great music, Santana still has a sense of wonder and passion, playing sold-out concerts in the '90s. On 1/04/2000, he received ten Grammy nominations for his blockbuster commercial album "Supernatural" followed by Best Album honors at the American Music Awards on 1/17/2000. The commercial come-back has put the rock guitar maestro on top of the charts for the first time in 30 years, one of the most surprising come-backs in music history. He made a sweep of the Grammys on 2/23/2000, leading the Latin pop-wave.

Santana lives in San Rafael, CA with his wife of 26 years, Deborah, 49, and their kids, Salvador, 16, Stella, 15, and Angelica, 10.

First released record: Abraxas - 1970

Breakthrough: Carlos Santana And Buddy Miles 'Live' - 1972

Soundtracks: Fast and the Furious, The (2001), Girlfight (2000), Black Magic Woman (1991), La Bamba (1987), Al sur de Gran Canaria (1976)
 
 
Name: Gaius Julius Caesar
Birth Date: July 12, 100 B.C.
Death Date: March 15, 44 B.C.
Place of Birth: Rome
Place of Death: Rome
Nationality: Roman
Gender: Male
Occupations: general, politician
Gaius Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) was a Roman general and politician who overthrew the Roman Republic and established the rule of the emperors.

Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate on the Ides of March of 44 BC by a group of conspirators (including his adopted son Brutus) who wanted to save Rome from his alleged monarchical ambitions. His famous last words were immortalised by Shakespeare as "You too, Brutus?".

A bitter power struggle broke out after his death.
 
 
Louis Armstrong
Name: Louis Daniel Armstrong
Birth Date: July 4, 1900
Death Date: July 6, 1971
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Place of Death: New York, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: African American
Gender: Male
Occupations: musician, singer
Age at Death: 69
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Louis Daniel Armstrong (1900-1971) was an early jazz trumpet virtuoso, and he remained an important influence for several decades.

Louis Armstrong was born into a poor African American family in New Orleans on July 4, 1900. As a youngster, he sang on the streets with friends. In 1913 he was arrested for a prank and committed to the Waif's Home, where he learned the cornet and played in the band. On his release he began performing with local groups. Joe "King" Oliver, leader of the first great African American band to make records, befriended him, and Armstrong joined Oliver in Chicago in 1922, remaining until 1924, when he went to New York to play with Fletcher Henderson's band.

His early playing was noted for improvisation, and his reputation as trumpeter and as vocalist was quickly established. Armstrong was a major influence on the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s; because of him solo performance attained a position of great importance in jazz. He organized several large bands, and beginning in 1932 made numerous foreign tours. Armstrong appeared in Broadway shows, at countless jazz festivals, and in several American and foreign films. His archives are housed at Queens College, which also maintains the Louis Armstrong House.
 
 
Name: Marc Chagall
Birth Date: July 7, 1887
Death Date: 1985
Place of Birth: Vitebsk, Russia
Nationality: Russian
Gender: Male
Occupations: painter, artist
Age at Death: 97
Marc Chagall (1887-1985), Russian painter, was one of the great masters of the School of Paris and was also acclaimed as a forerunner of surrealism.

Among his other well-known works are I and the Village (1911; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City) and The Rabbi of Vitebsk (Art Inst., Chicago). He designed the sets and costumes for Stravinsky's ballet Firebird (1945). Chagall's twelve stained-glass windows, symbolizing the tribes of Israel, were exhibited in Paris and New York City before being installed (1962) in the Hadassah-Hebrew Univ.
 
 
Meryl Streep
Name: Meryl Streep
Birth Name: Mary Louise Streep
Height: 5' 6"
Nationality: American
Birth Date: June 22, 1949
Birth Place: Summit, New Jersey, USA
Profession: actress
When, in February, 2003, Meryl Streep was Oscar-nominated for her performance in Adaptation, she overtook Katherine Hepburn to become the most successful actress in Hollywood history. 13 nominations in 26 years (Hepburn took 48 over her 12) - incredible. Given the traditional paucity of fine roles for more mature women, this is proof positive that Streep's talent can often turn manure into gold-dust. And everyone knows it, too. Though there have been many jokes about her penchant for trying different accents, she is generally accepted to be the pre-eminent screen actress of her generation - and maybe of all generations.

Education: Bernardsville High School in Bernardsville, NJ Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (graduated in 1971) Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (graduated in 1975)

Husband/Wife: Donald J. Gummer (sculptor; married in September 1978)
Relationship: John Cazale (actor; born on August 12, 1935; died on March 12, 1978; together 1976-1978)

Father: Harry Streep Jr. (pharmaceutical executive) Mother: Mary Streep (commercial artist)

Brother: Harry Streep III (choreographer; younger; married to actress Maeve Kinkead), Dana (bond salesman; younger)

Son: Henry Gummer (aka Harry Gummer ; born in 1979) Daughter: Louisa Jacobson Gummer (born on June 12, 1991), Grace Jane Gummer (born in 1986), Mary Willa Gummer (born in 1983)
 
 
Nelson Mandela
Name: Nelson Mandela
Born: 18/07/1918
Birth Place: South Africa
Current Age: 86
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 1918) was a South African resistance leader who, after years of imprisonment for opposing apartheid, emerged to become the first president of a black-majority-ruled South Africa and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His father was Chief Henry Mandela of the Tembu Tribe. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand and qualified in law in 1942. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He went on trial for treason in 1956-1961 and was aquitted in 1961.

Mandela remained in prison until February 1990, when sustained ANC campaigning and international pressure led to his release and the ending of the ban on the ANC. He and president de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

As the first black president of South Africa (1994 - 1999), Mandela presided over the transition from minority rule and apartheid.

Mandela has been married three times, including a thirty eight year marriage to politician Winnie Madikizela. On his 80th birthday he married Graca Machel.

After his retirement as President in 1999, Mandela went on to become an advocate for a variety of social, and human-rights organizations. In February 2003, he declared the United States "a threat to world peace,".
 
 
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
Name: Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
Birth Date: June 26, 1892
Death Date: 1973
Place of Birth: Hillsboro, West Virginia, US
Nationality: American
Occupations: novelist, writer
Age at Death: 80
Cause of Death: Cancer
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1892-1973), an American Nobel Prize-winning novelist, dedicated her books and her personal activities to the improvement of relations between Americans and Asians.

Pearl Buck was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Until 1924 she lived principally in China, where she, her parents, and her first husband, John Lossing Buck, were missionaries. She is famous for vivid, compassionate novels about life in China. The Good Earth (1931; Pulitzer Prize), considered her finest work, describes a Chinese peasant's rise to wealth and brilliantly conveys a sense of the daily life of ordinary Chinese people. Among her other novels of China are East Wind: West Wind (1930), Dragon Seed (1942), Imperial Woman (1956), and Mandala (1971). In 1935, she married her publisher Richard J. Walsh, president of the John Day Company. In 1949 she founded Welcome House, which provided care for the children of Asian women and American soldiers; the Pearl Buck Foundation of Philadelphia, to which she consigned most of her royalties, aids in the adoption of Amerasian children.
 
 
Robin Williams
Birth Date: 7/21/1951
Profession: actor, comedian
Nationality: American
Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 5' 8"
Current Age: 53
Whether he is performing on stage, television, or in the movies or participating in a serious interview, listening to and watching comedian/actor Robin Williams is an extraordinary experience. An improvisational master with a style comparable to Danny Kaye, his words rush forth in a gush of manic energy. They punctuate even the most basic story with sudden subject detours that often dissolve into flights of comic fancy and unpredictable celebrity impressions before returning earthward with some pithy comment or dead-on observation.

Awards:
-Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for ABC Presents a Royal Gala
-Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Carol Burnett Special...Carol, Carl, Whoopi & Robin
-Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting
 
 
Tom Hanks
Name: Tom Hanks
Born: 09/07/1956
Birth Place: Concord, California
Born July 9, 1956, in Concord, CA, Hanks spent much of his childhood moving about with his father, an itinerant cook, and continually attempting to cope with constantly changing schools, religions, and stepmothers. After settling in Oakland, CA, he began performing in high-school plays. He continued acting while attending Cal State, Sacramento, and left to pursue his vocation full-time. In 1978, Hanks went to find work in New York; while there he married actress/producer Samantha Lewes, whom he later divorced.

Philadelphia in 1993 solidified his standing as a leading dramatic actor, and earned him the first of his Oscars.

Next came Forrest Gump, a box office success, which picked up six Academy Awards, including Tom's second as Best Actor.

After Ron Howard's Apollo 13, Tom provided the vocals for toy cowboy Woody, from Toy Story, the computer-generated animated fable of friendship.

For the next couple of years, Tom sharpened his screenwriting, producing and directing skills, writing and directing That Thing You Do!.

After nearly two years away from the big screen, he returned in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, which earned him his fourth Academy Award nomination as Best Actor.

Cast Away saw Tom alone and trapped on a deserted island, but brought him yet another Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Tom and Steven Spielberg joined forces to executive produce the WWII mini series Band of Brothers.
 
 
 
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