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Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot[1][2] ( /ˈbrɪdʒɨt bɑrˈdoʊ/; French: [bʁiʒit baʁdo]; born 28 September 1934) is a former French fashion model, actress, singer and animal rights activist. She was one of the best-known sex symbols of the 1960s. Starting in 1969, Bardot's features became the official face of Marianne (who had previously been anonymous) to represent the liberty of France.[3]HP Pavilion dv9000 Laptop Battery

Bardot was an aspiring ballet dancer in early life. She started her acting career in 1952 and, after appearing in 16 films, became world-famous due to her role in her then-husbandRoger Vadim's controversial film And God Created Woman. She later starred in Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 cult film Contempt. Dell Studio 1735 battery

Bardot was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for her role in Louis Malle's 1965 film Viva Maria!. Bardot caught the attention of French intellectuals. HP ProBook 4510s Battery

She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir's 1959 essay, The Lolita Syndrome, which described Bardot as a "locomotive of women's history" and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France.[4]HP ProBook 4510s/CT Battery

Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. During her career in show business, Bardot starred in 47 films, performed in numerous musical shows, and recorded 80 songs. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985, but refused to receive it.[5] HP ProBook 4515s Battery

After her retirement, Bardot established herself as an animal rights activist. During the 1990s she generated controversy by criticizing immigration, Islamization and Islam in France, and has been fined five times for "inciting racial hatred".[6][7]HP ProBook 4710s Battery

Brigitte Bardot was born in Paris to Anne-Marie 'Toty' Mucel (1912–1978) and Louis 'Pilou' Bardot (1896–1975). Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his own father (Charles Bardot) in the family business. Toty was sixteen years younger and they married in 1933. Bardot grew up in a middle-class observant Roman Catholic family.[8] HP ProBook 4710s/CT Battery

Brigitte's mother enrolled Brigitte and her sister Marie-Jeanne (born 5 May 1938) in dance. Marie-Jeanne eventually gave up dancing lessons to complete her education, whereas Brigitte decided to concentrate on a ballet career. HP ProBook 4410s Battery

In 1947, Bardot was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris, and for three years she attended the ballet classes of Russian choreographer Boris Knyazev. (One of her classmates was Leslie Caron; fellow ballerinas nicknamed Bardot: Bichette [Little Doe]).[9]HP ProBook 4416s Battery

At the invitation of an acquaintance of her mother, she modelled in a fashion show in 1949. In the same year, she modelled for a fashion magazine "Jardin des Modes" managed by journalist Hélène Lazareff. Aged 15, she appeared on an 8 March 1950 cover of ELLE[10]and was noticed by a young film director, Roger Vadim, while babysitting. HP ProBook 4415s Battery

He showed an issue of the magazine to director and screenwriter Marc Allégret who offered Bardot the opportunity to audition for "Les lauriers sont coupés" thereafter. Although Bardot got the role, the film was cancelled, but it made her consider becoming an actress. Moreover, her acquaintance with Vadim, who attended the audition, influenced her further life and career.[11][12]HP ProBook 4210s Battery

Personal life

On 21 December 1952, aged 18, Bardot was married to director Roger Vadim. In order to receive permission from Bardot's parents to marry her, Vadim, originally a Russian Orthodox Christian, was urged to convert to Catholicism, although it is not clear if he ever did so. HP ProBook 4310s Battery

They divorced five years later, but remained friends and collaborated in later work. Bardot had an affair with her And God Created Woman co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant(married at the time to actress Stéphane Audran) before her divorce from Vadim.[11][12]HP ProBook 4311s Battery

The two lived together for about two years. Their relationship was complicated by Trintignant's frequent absence due to military service and Bardot's affair with musicianGilbert Bécaud, and they eventually separated.[11]HP Pavilion dv2 Battery

The 9 February 1958 edition of the Los Angeles Times reported on the front page that Bardot was recovering in Italy from a reported nervous breakdown. A suicide attempt with sleeping pills two days earlier was denied by her public relations manager.[16]HP Pavilion dv2-1000 Battery

On 18 June 1959, she married actor Jacques Charrier, by whom she had her only child, a son, Nicolas-Jacques Charrier (born 11 January 1960). After she and Charrier divorced in 1962, Nicolas was raised in the Charrier family and did not maintain close contact with Bardot until his adulthood.[11]HP Pavilion dv2-1030 Battery

Bardot's other husbands were German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs (14 July 1966  – 1 October 1969) and Bernard d'Ormale (16 August 1992 – present).[11][12][17] HP Pavilion dv2-1000eo Battery

In the late 1950s she shared an exchange which was called "la croisée de deux sillages" ("the crossing of two wakes") with actor and true-crime author John Gilmore, then an actor in France who was working on a New Wave film with Jean Seberg. Gilmore told Paris Match"I felt a beautiful warmth with Bardot but found it difficult to discuss things in any depth whatsoever." HP Pavilion dv2-1001au Battery

In the 1970s, Bardot lived with sculptor Miroslav Brozek and posed for some of his sculptures. In 1974, Bardot appeared in a nude photo shoot in Playboy magazine, which celebrated her 40th birthday. HP Pavilion dv2-1001ax Battery

Animal welfare activism

In 1973, before her 39th birthday, Bardot announced her retirement. After appearing in more than forty motion pictures and recording several music albums, most notably withSerge Gainsbourg, she chose to use her fame to promote animal rights. HP Pavilion dv2-1001eg Battery


In 1986, she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals.[18] She became a vegetarian[19] and raised three million francs to fund the foundation by auctioning off jewellery and many personal belongings.[18] HP Pavilion dv2-1002au Battery

Today she is a strong animal rights activist and a major opponent of the consumption of horse meat. In support of animal protection, she condemned seal hunting in Canada during a visit to that country with Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[20] She sought to discuss the issue with Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, but her request for a meeting was reportedly denied.[citation needed] HP Pavilion dv2-1002ax Battery

On 25 May 2011 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society renamed its fast interceptor vessel, MV Gojira, as MV Brigitte Bardotin appreciation of her support.[21]HP Pavilion dv2-1002xx Battery


She once had a neighbour's donkey castrated while looking after it, on the grounds of its "sexual harassment" of her own donkey and mare, for which she was taken to court by the donkey's owner in 1989.[22][23] Bardot wrote a 1999 letter to Chinese President Jiang Zemin, published in French magazine VSD, in which she accused the Chinese of "torturing bears and killing the world's last tigers and rhinos to make aphrodisiacs".[24]HP Pavilion dv2-1003ax Battery


She has donated more than $140,000 over two years for a mass sterilization and adoption program for Bucharest's stray dogs, estimated to number 300,000.[25] She is planning to house many of these stray animals in a new animal rescue facility that she is having built on her property. HP Pavilion dv2-1004ax Battery


In August 2010, Bardot addressed a letter to the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II of Denmark, appealing for the sovereign to halt the killing of dolphins in the Faroe Islands. In the letter, Bardot describes the activity as a "macabre spectacle" that "is a shame for Denmark and the Faroe Islands ... This is not a hunt but a mass slaughter ... an outmoded tradition that has no acceptable justification in today's world".[26]HP Pavilion dv2-1005au Battery


On 22 April 2011, French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand officially inscribed bullfighting on a list enumerating the country's cultural heritage, a decision which Bardot is currently publicly contesting. "French culture is a culture of enlightenment and has nothing to do with bloody things like bullfighting," she wrote.[27]HP Pavilion dv2-1005ei Battery


Bardot expressed support for President Charles de Gaulle in the 1960s.[11][28] Her husband Bernard d'Ormale is a former adviser of the Front National, the main nationalist party in France.[12][28].[4]. Brigitte Bardot is supporting Front National candidate Marine Le Pen in the 2012 French Presidential Election [29]. HP Pavilion dv2-1006au Battery


In her 1999 book Le Carré de Pluton ("Pluto's Square"), Bardot criticizes the procedure used in the ritual slaughter of sheep during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Additionally, in a section in the book entitled, "Open Letter to My Lost France", HP Pavilion dv2-1006ax Battery

Bardot writes that "my country, France, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims". For this comment, a French court fined her 30,000 francsin June 2000. She had been fined in 1997 for the original publication of this open letter in Le Figaro and again 1998 for making similar remarks.[24][30][31]HP Pavilion dv2-1008au Battery

In her 2003 book, Un cri dans le silence ("A Scream in the Silence"), she warned of an “Islamicization of France”, and said of Muslim immigration: HP Pavilion dv2-1009ax Battery

Over the last twenty years, we have given in to a subterranean, dangerous, and uncontrolled infiltration, which not only resists adjusting to our laws and customs but which will, as the years pass, attempt to impose its own.[32]HP Pavilion dv2-1010ea Battery

In May 2003 the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples (MRAP) announced they would sue Bardot for the comments.[citation needed] The "Ligue des droits de l'homme" (Human Rights League) announced they were considering similar legal proceedings.[31]HP Pavilion dv2-1010ed Battery

In the book, she also made comparisons of her close gay friends to today's homosexuals, who "jiggle their bottoms, put their little fingers in the air and with their little castrato voices moan about what those ghastly heteros put them through" and that some contemporary homosexuals behave like "fairground freaks".[33]HP Pavilion dv2-1010eo Battery

 In her own defence, Bardot wrote in a letter to a French gay magazine: "Apart from my husband—who maybe will cross over one day as well—I am entirely surrounded by homos. For years, they have been my support, my friends, my adopted children, my confidants."[34] HP Pavilion dv2-1010ep Battery

Bardot's book was also against "the mixing of genes"; made attacks on modern art, which Bardot equated with "shit"; drew similarities between French politicians and weather vanes; and compared her own beliefs with previous generations who had "given their lives to push out invaders".[35]HP Pavilion dv2-1010et Battery

On 10 June 2004, Bardot was again convicted by a French court for "inciting racial hatred" and fined €5,000, the fourth such conviction and fine from a French court.[36] Bardot denied the racial hatred charge and apologized in court, saying: "I never knowingly wanted to hurt anybody. It is not in my character."[37]HP Pavilion dv2-1010ez Battery


In 2008, Bardot was convicted of inciting racial/religious hatred in relation to a letter she wrote, a copy of which she sent to Nicolas Sarkozy when he was Interior Minister of France. The letter stated her objections to Muslims in France ritually slaughtering sheep by slitting their throats without anesthetizing them first but also said, HP Pavilion dv2-1010la Battery

in reference to Muslims, that she was "fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its habits". The trial[38] concluded on 3 June 2008, with a conviction and fine of €15,000, the largest of her fines to date. The prosecutor stated that she was tired of charging Bardot with offences related to racial hatred.[6]HP Pavilion dv2-1011au Battery

During the 2008 United States presidential election, she branded the Republican Partyvice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as "stupid" and a "disgrace to women". She criticized the former governor of Alaska for her stance on global warming and gun control. She was also offended by Palin's support for Arctic oil exploration and for her lack of consideration in protecting polar bears.[39]HP Pavilion dv2-1011ax Battery


On 13 August 2010, Bardot lashed out at director Kyle Newman regarding his plans to make a biographical film on her life. Her response was, "Wait until I'm dead before you make a movie about my life!". Bardot warned Newman that if the project progresses "sparks will fly".[40]HP Pavilion dv2-1012au Battery


In fashion, the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck that exposes both shoulders) is named after her. Bardot popularized this style which is especially used for knitted sweaters or jumpers although it is also used for other tops and dresses. HP Pavilion dv2-1013ax Battery


Bardot is recognized for popularizing bikini swimwear in early films such as Manina(Woman without a Veil, 1952), in her appearances at Cannes and in many photo shoots. HP Pavilion dv2-1014au Battery


Bardot also brought into fashion the choucroute ("Sauerkraut") hairstyle (a sort of beehive hair style) and gingham clothes after wearing a checkered pink dress, designed by Jacques Esterel, at her wedding to Charrier.[41] She was the subject for an Andy Warholpainting.

In addition to popularizing the bikini swimming suit, Bardot has also been credited with popularizing the city of St. Tropez and the town of Armação dos Búzios in Brazil, which she visited in 1964 with her boyfriend at the time, BraHP Pavilion dv2-1015ax Battery

zilian musician Bob Zagury.[42] A statue by Christina Motta[43] honours Brigitte Bardot in Armação dos Búzios. Bardot was idolized by young John Lennon and Paul McCartney.[44][45] They made plans to shoot a film featuring The Beatles and Bardot, similar to A Hard Day's Night, but the plans were never fulfilled.[12] HP Pavilion dv2-1015ee Battery

Lennon's first wife Cynthia Powell lightened her hair color to more closely resemble Bardot, while George Harrison made comparisons between Bardot and his first wife Pattie Boyd, as Cynthia wrote later in A Twist of Lennon. HP Pavilion dv2-1016ax Battery

Lennon and Bardot met in person once, in 1968 at the Mayfair Hotel, introduced by Beatles press agentDerek Taylor; a nervous Lennon took LSD before arriving, and neither star impressed the other. (Lennon recalled in a memoir, HP Pavilion dv2-1017ax Battery

"I was on acid, and she was on her way out.")[46]According to the liner notes of his first (self-titled) album, musician Bob Dylan dedicated the first song he ever wrote to Bardot. He also mentioned her by name in "I Shall Be Free", which appeared on his second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. HP Pavilion dv2-1018ax Battery

She dabbled in pop music and played the role of a glamour model. In 1965, she appeared as herself in the Hollywood production Dear Brigitte (1965) starring James Stewart, one of the few American films in which she appeared. She refused to travel to Hollywood to film her scene, requiring the needed cast and crew members to travel to film in Paris.[citation needed]HP Pavilion dv2-1019ax Battery

In 1970, sculptor Alain Gourdon used Bardot as the model for a bust of Marianne, the French national emblem. In 2007, she was named among Empire magazine's 100 Sexiest Film Stars.[47]HP Pavilion dv2-1020ax Battery

The first-ever official exhibition spotlighting Bardot's influence and legacy opened in Paris on 29 September 2009 – a day after her 75th birthday.[48]HP Pavilion dv2-1020ef Battery

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian and screenwriter. He is well known for his work on the satirical sketch comedy show Not the Nine O'Clock News, and the sitcoms BlackadderMr. Bean and The Thin Blue Line. HP Pavilion dv2-1020el Battery

He has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy,[4] and amongst the top 50 comedians ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.[5] He has had cinematic success with his performances in the Mr. Bean movie adaptations Bean andMr. Bean's Holiday and in Johnny English and its sequel Johnny English Reborn. He also starred in the film Never Say Never Again in 1983. HP Pavilion dv2-1020er Battery


Early life and education

Atkinson, the youngest of four brothers, was born in Consett, County Durham, England.[6]His parents were Eric Atkinson, a farmer and company director, and Ella May (née Bainbridge), who married on 29 June 1945.[6] His three older brothers were Paul, who died as an infant, Rodney, HP Pavilion dv2-1020es Battery

a Eurosceptic economist who narrowly lost the United Kingdom Independence Party leadership election in 2000, and Rupert.[7][8] Atkinson was brought upAnglican,[9] and was educated at Durham Choristers School, St. Bees School, andNewcastle University.[10] HP Pavilion dv2-1020et Battery

In 1975, he continued for the degree of MSc in Electrical Engineering at The Queen's College, Oxford, the same college his father matriculated at in 1935,[11] which made Atkinson an Honorary Fellow in 2006.[12] First achieving notice at theEdinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976,[10]HP Pavilion dv2-1020la Battery

 while at Oxford, he also acted and performed early sketches for the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), the Oxford Revue and theExperimental Theatre Club (ETC), meeting writer Richard Curtis[10] and composerHoward Goodall, with whom he would continue to collaborate during his career. HP Pavilion dv2-1021ax Battery


After university, Atkinson toured with Angus Deayton as his straight man in an act that was eventually filmed for a television show. After the success of the show, he did a one-off pilot for London Weekend Television in 1979 called Canned Laughter. HP Pavilion dv2-1022ax Battery

Atkinson then went on to do Not the Nine O'Clock News for the BBC, produced by his friend John Lloyd. He starred on the show along with Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, and was one of the main sketch writers. HP Pavilion dv2-1023ax Battery

The success of Not the Nine O'Clock News led to his starring in the medieval sitcom The Black Adder, which he also co-wrote with Richard Curtis, in 1983. After a three-year gap, in part due to budgetary concerns, a second series was written, this time by Curtis andBen Elton, and first screened in 1986. HP Pavilion dv2-1024ax Battery

 Blackadder II followed the fortunes of one of the descendants of Atkinson's original character, this time in the Elizabethan era. The same pattern was repeated in the two sequels Blackadder the Third (1987) (set in the Regency era), HP Pavilion dv2-1025ax Battery

and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) (set in World War I). The Blackadder series went on to become one of the most successful BBC situation comedies of all time, spawning television specials including Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) and Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988). HP Pavilion dv2-1026ax Battery

Atkinson's other famous creation, the hapless Mr. Bean, first appeared on New Year's Day in 1990 in a half-hour special for Thames Television. The character of Mr. Bean has been likened somewhat to a modern-day Buster Keaton.[14] HP Pavilion dv2-1027ax Battery

During this time, Atkinson appeared at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal in 1987 and 1989. Several sequels toMr. Bean appeared on television in the 1990s, and it eventually made into a major motion picture in 1997. HP Pavilion dv2-1028ax Battery

Entitled Bean, it was directed by Mel Smith, his former co-star from Not the Nine O'Clock News. A second movie was released in 2007 entitled Mr. Bean's Holiday. In 1995 and 1997, Atkinson portrayed Inspector Raymond Fowler in the popularThe Thin Blue Line television series, written by Ben Elton, which takes place in a police station located in fictitious Gasforth. HP Pavilion dv2-1029ax Battery


Atkinson has fronted campaigns for Kronenbourg,[15] Hitachi electrical goods,[citation needed] Fujifilm, and Give Blood. Atkinson appeared as a hapless and error-prone espionage agent in a long-running series for Barclaycard, on which character his title role in Johnny English and Johnny English Reborn was based. HP Pavilion dv2-1030ax Battery


He also starred in a comedy spoof of Doctor Who as the Doctor, for a "Red Nose Day"benefit.

Atkinson has also starred as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car in the motoring show,Top Gear in July 2011, where he recorded the second fastest lap in the Kia Cee'd with a time of 1:42.2. HP Pavilion dv2-1030en Battery



Atkinson's film career began in 1983 with a supporting part in the 'unofficial' James Bondmovie Never Say Never Again and a leading role in Dead on Time with Nigel Hawthorne. HP Pavilion dv2-1030us Battery

He appeared in former Not the Nine O'Clock News co-star Mel Smith's directorial debutThe Tall Guy in 1989. He also appeared alongside Anjelica Huston and Mai Zetterling inRoald Dahl's The Witches in 1990. In 1993 he played the part of Dexter Hayman in Hot Shots! Part Deux, a parody of Rambo III, starring Charlie Sheen.HP Pavilion dv2-1030ew Battery

Atkinson gained further recognition with his turn as a verbally bumbling vicar in the 1994 hitFour Weddings and a Funeral. That same year he was featured in Disney's The Lion Kingas the voice of Zazu the Red-billed Hornbill. Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in successful comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), and Love Actually (2003). HP Pavilion dv2-1031ax Battery


In 2005, he acted in the crime/comedy Keeping Mum, which also starred Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Patrick Swayze. HP Pavilion dv2-1033ax Battery


In addition to his supporting roles, Atkinson has also had success as a leading man. His television character Mr. Bean debuted on the big screen in 1997 with Bean to international success. A sequel, Mr. Bean's Holiday, was released in March 2007 and this, as recently mentioned by Atkinson in 2011, was the last time he played the character.[16] He has also starred in the James Bond parody Johnny English in 2003. Its sequel, Johnny English Reborn was released on 7 October 2011. HP Pavilion dv2-1033cl Battery


Comedic style

Best known for his use of physical comedy in his trademark character of Mr. Bean, Atkinson's other characters rely more heavily on language. Atkinson often plays authority figures (especially priests or vicars) speaking absurd lines with a completely deadpandelivery. HP Pavilion dv2-1035ea Battery

One of his better-known trademark comic devices is over-articulation of the "B" sound, such as his pronunciation of "Bob" in a Blackadder episode. Atkinson suffers fromstuttering,[18] and the over-articulation is a technique to overcome problematic consonants. HP Pavilion dv2-1039wm Battery

Atkinson's often visually based style, which has been compared to Buster Keaton,[14] sets him apart from most modern television and film comedies, which rely heavily on dialogue, as well as stand-up comedy which is mostly based on monologues. HP Pavilion dv2-1040eb Battery

This talent for visual comedy has led to Atkinson being called "the man with the rubber face": comedic reference was made to this in an episode of Blackadder the Third, in which Baldrick (Tony Robinson) refers to his master, Mr. E. Blackadder, as a "lazy, big nosed, rubber-faced bastard".HP Pavilion dv2-1040ef Battery

Rowan Atkinson first met Sunetra Sastry in the late 1980s, when she was working as a make-up artist with the BBC.[19] Sastry is of mixed descent, being the daughter of anIndian father and a British mother.[20] The couple married at the Russian Tea Room inNew York City on 5 February 1990. They have two children and live in Oundle, Northamptonshire as well as in Ipsden, Oxfordshire and in Highbury, London.[citation needed] HP Pavilion dv2-1040eo Battery

In October 2010, his Blackadder co-star Stephen Fry confessed on The Rob Brydon Show and in his second autobiography (The Fry Chronicles) that, although he was already openly homosexual at the time, he had considered asking Sastry (who was his make-up artist) out. HP Pavilion dv2-1040et Battery

However, when Rowan came to him one day and asked if he could swap make-up artists because he wanted to ask Sastry out, 'all idea of [his] asking out Sunetra left [him]'.[21] Fry was best man at Atkinson's wedding in 1990. Atkinson was formerly in a relationship with actress Leslie Ash.[22]HP Pavilion dv2-1043ca Battery


In June 2005, Atkinson led a coalition of the UK's most prominent actors and writers, including Nicholas Hytner, Stephen Fry and Ian McEwan, to the British Parliament in an attempt to force a review of the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, HP Pavilion dv2-1044ca Battery

which they felt would give overwhelming power to religious groups to impose censorship on the arts.[23] In 2009, he criticised homophobic speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in an anti-gay hate law.[24]HP Pavilion dv2-1050en Battery


With an estimated wealth of £100 million, Atkinson has a passion for cars that began with driving his mother's Morris Minor around the family farm. He has written for the British magazines CarOctaneEvo, and "SuperClassics",HP Pavilion dv2-1070eg Battery

a short-lived UK magazine, in which he reviewed the McLaren F1 in 1995. Atkinson holds a category C+E (formerly 'Class 1') lorry driving licence, gained in 1981, because lorries held a fascination for him, and to ensure employment as a young actor. He has also used this skill when filming comedy material. HP Pavilion dv2-1080en Battery


A lover and participant of car racing, he appeared as racing driver Henry Birkin in the television play Full Throttle in 1995. In 1991, he starred in the self-penned The Driven Man, a series of sketches featuring Atkinson driving around London trying to solve his obsession with cars, and discussing it with taxi drivers, policemen, used-car salesmen and psychotherapists.[25]HP Pavilion dv2-1090eo Battery


Atkinson has raced in other cars, including a Renault 5 GT Turbo for two seasons for itsone make series. He owns a McLaren F1, which was involved in an accident in Cabus, near Garstang, Lancashire with an Austin Metro in October 1999. HP Pavilion dv2z Battery

It was damaged again in a serious crash in August 2011 when it caught fire after Atkinson reportedly lost control and hit a tree.[26][27][28] He also owns a Honda NSX. Other cars he owns include an Audi A8,[29] and a Honda Civic Hybrid.[30]HP Pavilion dv2-1100 series Battery

The Conservative Party politician Alan Clark, himself a devotee of classic motor cars, recorded in his published Diaries this chance meeting with a man he later realised was Atkinson while driving through Oxfordshire in May 1984: HP Pavilion dv2z-1100 Battery

"Just after leaving the motorway at Thame I noticed a dark red DBS V8 Aston Martin on the slip road with the bonnet up, a man unhappily bending over it. I told Jane to pull in and walked back. A DV8 in trouble is always good for a gloat." Clark writes that he gave Atkinson a lift in his Rolls-Royce to the nearest telephone box, but was disappointed in his bland reaction to being recognised, noting that: "he didn't sparkle, was rather disappointing and chétif."[31]HP Pavilion dv2z-1100 CTO Battery

One car Atkinson has said he will not own is a Porsche: "I have a problem with Porsches. They're wonderful cars, but I know I could never live with one. Somehow, the typical Porsche people—and I wish them no ill—are not, I feel, my kind of people. I don't go around saying that Porsches are a pile of dung, but I do know that psychologically I couldn't handle owning one."[32][33]HP Pavilion dv2-1100eg Battery


He appeared in episode 4, series 17 of Top Gear in the "Star in a reasonably priced car" section, where he drove the Kia Cee'd on the test track in 1"42.2, taking first place on the board, but was later beaten by Matt LeBlanc during the second episode of the eighteenth series, with a lap time of 1"42.1. HP Pavilion dv2-1100eo Battery


He attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix as a guest of McLaren.

Dean Cain

Cain was born as Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the son of actressSharon Thomas and U.S. Army serviceman Roger Tanaka, who left the family before he was born. Cain is of French Canadian, Irish, Welsh, and Japanese (from his paternal grandfather) descent.[1]HP Pavilion dv2-1101au Battery

 In 1969, Cain's mother married film director Christopher Cain, who adopted Dean and his brother (musician Roger Cain), and the family moved toMalibu, California.[2][3] The couple later had a daughter, Dean's half-sister, actress Krisinda Cain. Both attended Santa Monica High School, where he excelled in sports. HP Pavilion dv2-1101ax Battery


He played on the baseball team, and Chad and Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen—who played on the baseball team—were among his schoolmates. Cain graduated from high school in 1984 and was offered athletic scholarships to 17 universities, but decided to attendPrinceton University.[citation needed] HP Pavilion dv2-1102au Battery

At Princeton, he was captain of the volleyball team and played free safety on the football team, where he had record-setting 12 interceptions in a single season.[4] He was also a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity and the Cap & Gown eating club.[citation needed] HP Pavilion dv2-1103au Battery

He dated actress Brooke Shields while at Princeton. Cain graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a BA degree in History; his senior thesis was titled "The History and Development of the Functions of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences." HP Pavilion dv2-1104au Battery


Immediately after graduating, Cain signed on as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills, an NFLfootball team, but a knee injury during training camp ended his football career before it began.[5] With little hope of returning to sports, he turned to screenwriting and then acting, shooting dozens of commercials including a famous volleyball one for Kellogg's Frostiesand appearing on popular television shows like GrapevineA Different World and Beverly Hills, 90210. HP Pavilion dv2-1105ee Battery


In 1993, Cain took on his biggest role to date as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. At the height of its popularity, it would bring in an average of at least 15 million viewers per episode. The series ran for four seasons, ending in 1997. HP Pavilion dv2-1107ax Battery


In 1998, Cain started the Angry Dragon Entertainment production company, which produced the TBS Superstation television series Ripley's Believe It or Not!. He has also starred in several films, including The Broken Hearts Club (2000), Out of Time (2003) andBailey's Billion$ (2004) (co-starred Laurie Holden, Jennifer Tilly, and Tim Curry). HP Pavilion dv2-1110br Battery

In 2004, he portrayed Scott Peterson in the fact-based made for television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story. He appeared in a recurring role as Casey Manning in the television series Las Vegas. Cain made a return to the Superman franchise, HP Pavilion dv2-1110ef Battery

with a special guest role in a seventh season episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox, a character based upon the DC Comics villain Vandal Savage.[6][7] He's #33 onVH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s. Cain has also made an appearance in the new comical Internet Explorer 8 commercials. HP Pavilion dv2-1110el Battery


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