Tito Puente Biography and Art

Name: Ernest Anthony Puente, Jr.
Birth date: April 20, 1923.
Birthplace: Spanish Harlem, New York City.
Breakthrough: In the early-1950s when his band took up residence at the Palladium, a dance venue on Broadway.

If you are a music and dance buff, then for sure, you’ll be excited to read this Tito Puente biography. He is a legend and one of the most famous Hispanic people in the field of music.  Of Puerto Rican origin, Tito Puente was born in Harlem, New York on the 20th of April, 1923.

He took piano lessons at the age of six giving him an early exposure to music. He also started learning dance at an early age. He, along with his sister Anna, were part of an artistic group called “Stars of the future.”

As a young lad, Puente won four awards for his talent in dance, but a bicycle accident put an end to his dreams of becoming a top notch dancer. Puente had said, “If there is no dance, there is no music.”

An Artist in the Making

Any Tito Puente biography speaks of his admiration for Gene Krupa on account of which Puente added percussion to his study. He dropped out of school and started working by performing Latin dance music for a beach band in Miami. In 1939 he returned to Manhattan and started working with José Curbelo, the first Mambo king.

Tito Puente Memorial Mural, South Bronx, NY.

Tito puente Memorial Mural,
South Bronx, NY.
Picture by Charmante.

In 1942, Puente joined the Navy. He fought in nine battles over three years in World War II. While in the Navy, he played the saxophone and drums with the ship’s band.

The GI Bill, which was the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 designed to provide greater opportunities to returning war veterans of World War II, allowed him to join the Julliard School of Music where he studied Musical Theory, Orchestration and Conducting.

The Tito Puente Mambo Connection

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In 1949 Tito founded “The Piccadilly Boys” and won fans with the cha-cha-cha and the Mambo. We learn a lot about the performances of this band in the Tito Puente biography from the Dictionary of Hispanic Biography published by Gale.

The Tito Puente Mambo connection was a craze. This high-energy music brought people of all races together. Puente became associated with Mambo and also had a feel for jazz, giving it a Latin touch. In his words, “Sometimes jazz can be boring, but I give it a new twist.”

His association with Carlos Santana as revealed in any Tito Puente biography brought him great popularity. Santana recorded Puente’s old hit number ‘Oye, Como Va’ in 1970 that went into the Top 40. In 1977, both performed together in Manhattan in front of screaming crowds.

In his life Tito played conga drums, claves and tap drums along with saxophone and clarinet, showing his versatility. According to the Musicofpuertorico.com, “Puente has been credited with introducing the timbal and the vibraphone to Afro-Cuban music.”

This Tito Puente biography is a tribute to his musical genius, and the great influence he exerted over Latin music. He was called “Sultan of Salsa”, “El Rey del Timbal” and the “King of Latin Music.”

 

Tito’s Awards and Musical Output

Tito's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Picture by mdawaffe.

Tito’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
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He won five Grammy awards in 1979 for the “Tito Puente Homenaje a Beny” Album. This album was Puente’s tribute to Beny More, the Cuban singer.  He also received Grammy awards in 1983 (On Broadway), 1985 (Mambo Diablo), 1990 (Gosa Mi Timbal) and in 2000 (Mambo Birdland) just before his death.

His musical output was prodigious. He has to his credit, over 2002 arrangements, composed more than 450 songs and recorded 120 albums. He had performed in more than 10,000 live performances. For Tito Puente music poured out, in his every breath.

Puente participated in the film ‘The Mambo Kings’ made in 1992. The same year he was honored on the Hollywood Walk of fame with a star.

His album “Dancemania” was chosen by The New York Times as one among the 25 most influential albums of this century. He also appeared on “The David Letterman Show.”

Puente’s Humanitarian Side

Tito Puente Way in Spanish Harlem. East 110th Street from 5th to First Avenues.

Tito Puente Way in Spanish Harlem. East 110th Street from 5th to First Avenues.
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Tito Puente & Celia Cruz.  El Rey del Mambo & La Reina de la Salsa.

Tito Puente & Celia Cruz.
El Rey del Mambo & La Reina de la Salsa.
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Not only was he a genius but also a humanitarian. Puente started the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund to assist young artists with musical talent.

The great showman and versatile genius, as this Tito Puente biography reveals, never slowed down until the very end. His last album was released in July 2002 after his death in March 31 2000. As the website, LP Music.Com rightly puts it, To Latin music lovers, Tito Puente will always be “The King.”



Sonia Sotomayor

The First Hispanic Supreme Court Judge in the U.S.

 

Name: Sonia María Sotomayor.
Birth date: June 25, 1954.
Birthplace: Bronx, New York.
Breakthrough: Becoming a Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge.

Sonia Sotomayor became the third woman and the first Latina to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court. That accomplishment indeed, went a long way from her humble beginnings.

Born to Puerto Rican parents who came here to find the American dream, Sonia lived as a young girl in The Bronxdale housing project with her parents and her brother Juan.

Sotomayor’s family lived with a modest income, with her father Juan being a tool and die worker while her mother Celina was a methadone clinic nurse.

When Sotomayor was just nine years old, her father died leaving her mother to fend for their needs. Working two jobs, she still managed to buy the only encyclopedia set in the neighborhood for her children. Believing that education can set them free from poverty, her mother encouraged them to excel in school.

In an article for Latina Magazine, Sandra Guzman a personal friend of Sonia’s, reveals that Sonia’s interests in law began by reading Nancy Drew books.

Her keen interest in law was deeply instilled after watching an episode of Perry Mason. With the judge’s face focused on the camera, Sotomayor realized that the judge plays the most important role in the courtroom. It was then she realized that she wanted to be a judge one day.

This famous Hispanic woman graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School and completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University in 1976. She graduated summa cum laude and received the highest honor Princeton can bestow to its undergraduate students – The M. Taylor Pyne Prize.

She earned her law degree in 1979 from Yale University where she became the editor of the Yale University Law Review and managing director in World Public Order.

After her graduation and until 1984, Sonia Sotomayor worked as a prosecutor under Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. She went to private practice as an associate, and later as a partner of the Pavia and Harcourt Law Office in New York City until 1992.


She gave up private practice after she was confirmed as a federal judge by the senate on the 11th of August 1992 through the nomination of then President George H.W. Bush.

On June 25, 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated Sotomayor for a seat on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals but received confirmation after more than a year. The Republican-led senate reportedly feared that she might be considered for the Supreme Court someday, how ironic. However, she was finally confirmed by the senate through a 68-28 vote on October 2, 1998.

She worked as a professor at New York University School of Law from 1998 to 2007 and is a lecturer at Columbia University Law School since 1999.

With her sheer talent and strength of character, she overcame the adversities of her growing up years. The fulfillment of the American dream came when President Barack Obama nominated her and became the 111th justice of the United States Supreme Court in August 2009.

At the day of the White House reception to celebrate her appointment, Sonia showed President Obama her red-flashy nails and her black semi-hoop earrings, he chuckling told her she had been briefed on the color of her nails and the size of her earrings to what she replied: “Mr. President you have no idea what you have unleashed.”

Shakira Biography

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Name: Shakira Mebarak Ripoll.
Birth date: February 2, 1977.
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia.
Breakthrough: Pies Descalzos, album released in 1996 by Epic Records.

Shakira released in 2009 her new single from the album She Wolf with great success. The single has a retro disco sound with lyrics that talk about “lycanthropy.” Listen to the lyrics while watching her dance moves.

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This short tale about Shakira’s life gives you a sense of respect and admiration for this wonderful singer and composer. Read this Shakira biography to learn about her beginning, breakthrough, career, her love life and how she helps others.

She was born in the coastal city of Barranquilla to a middle class family, although I read one Shakira biography that stated she came from a poor family. She has an interesting mix, with an American father who is of Lebanese descent -William Mebarak- and a Colombian mother, Nidia Ripoll.

Fans adore her and with good reasons. The interpret Shakira is devoted to her fans, and in spite of her success she remains humble, and proud of her origins and her country, althuogh now she speaks with an Argentinian accent instead on a Colombian one.

She once said: “Hay algo que me hace sentir más orgullosa que mis canciones, incluso más que los premios o el aprecio del público: mi pasaporte colombiano” –there is something that makes me feel more proud than my lyrics, even more than my awards or the appreciation of the fans, it is my Colombian passport. (Source: Shakiramania.org)

Shakira’s Childhood and Early Years

Many of her biographies talk about her high IQ (about 140), but not one Shakira biography cites where this statement comes from. What is well known is that at 18 months she knew the alphabet and spoke with great clarity, and at age three she was already reading.

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Shakira Belly Dancing
Picture from the biography “Shakira Woman Full of Grace.”

The unauthorized Shakira biography: “Shakira Woman Full of Grace” says that her mother still has the first poem Shakira wrote when she was three “La Rosa de Cristal” –The Crystal Rose.

From a very young age she wanted to sing and dance. Since the early days she dreamed of becoming a huge star in her native Barranquilla, sitting by the sea every Sunday afternoon as she told Chirs Conley in an interview in 2006 for the television program “20/20.”

By the age of 5 she was already participating in Arab dancing and singing competitions. In an interview for “USA Weekend” in December 2005 Shakira said: “I was known in school as ‘the belly dancer girl’ because every Friday I would do a number I learned. That’s how I discovered my passion for live performance.”

The unauthorized Shakira biography: “Shakira Woman Full of Grace” says she attended “La Enseñanza,” a Catholic school run by nuns where she learned about Catholicism. Faith plays an important role in her life, and in 1998 the pope Juan Pablo II received her at the Vatican.

In an interview with “Revista Sermana,” her mother said that Shakira first became obsessed with science. Later on, she used to confine herself to her room to write what her parents thought were stories and poems. They soon discovered that she was writing songs.

No one Shakira biography tells you that besides her writing ability and playing the guitar, she also plays the harmonica. Nowadays we don’t see her playing the harmonica at all, but this instrument had a strong presence in her song “Dónde estás corazón” from her first famous album “Pies Descalzos”.

The Beginning

The unauthorized Shakira biography: “Shakira Woman Full of Grace” confirms her artistic career started when she was only eight by writing “Tus gafas oscuras.” a song inspired by her father.

Her next big step happened in 1988 when she was 10. The Colombian broadcasting station “Telecaribe” had the program “Buscando Un Artista Infantil” Searching for a Young Artist- in which several youngsters competed for first prize. She won first place for three consecutive years.

Believe it or not, at first Sony was not interested in signing Shakira but Ciro Vargas -an executive from Sony Colombia- made arrangements for top executives to go to a bar. Without them knowing the main attraction was Shakira. The performance was a complete success and it was at that moment that Sony decided to sign her.

It is ironic to know that her first two records were not successful. The first one “Magia” was released in 1991 when she was 13 and sold about 1,000 copies. The second record “Peligro” was released in 1993 when she was 15 and had less success than the previous one. Today Shakira has expressed her desire to keep these records off the market considering them very immature works.

The Breakthrough

After finishing high school and having mild success acting in a soap opera named “El Oasis”, the interpret Shakira decided to give music a second try.


Her strong personality coupled with persistence and a passion for music helped her come back with breakthrough material that placed her in top ten lists in Latin America. In 1996, the album “Pies Descalzos” opened the doors for her outside Colombia. “Pies Descalzos” hit number one in eight different countries and eventually went platinum in the U.S. She sold more than four million copies of that album, the best known songs were ”Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos” and “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?” Needless to say, she wrote them all.

“Pies Descalzos” hit number one in eight different countries and eventually went platinum in the U.S. She sold more than four million copies of that album, the best known songs were ”Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos” and “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?” Needless to say, she wrote them all.

Her next album “Donde Están los Ladrones” in 1998 had a more impressive success. By now Shakira was working with Emilio Estefan as her manager and producer. This was the album that opened the U.S. market for her with 11 weeks at number one on the Billboard’s Latin album chart.

When Gloria Estefan offered to translate to English her song “Ojos Asi” she realized she needed to learn English to be able to write her own material and make a crossover.

In 2000 her album “Shakira MTV Unplugged” compiled all her most important songs that were recorded live from a performance in 1999 in Manhattan. The album won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album in 2000.

It’s Crossover Time!

After all these accomplishments, Shakira was craving success outside the Latin American market. She went to work on her next, mostly English-language album “Laundry Service” which became an instant hit after releasing her single “Whenever, Wherever” ahead of her entire album in 2001. “Laundry Service” went triple platinum.

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Extensive touring to support “Laundry Service” left her exhausted, but in 2004 she appeared ready for battle again with about 60 songs she created in English and Spanish. The team chose 20 songs to be divided in two sets. “Oral Fixation” and “Fijación Oral” were born in 2005 from these 20 songs. Both albums were released, again with incredible success.

And, what is all that frenzy about “Hips Don’t Lie”? This was simply a genius move that Epic did on 2006 by reissuing the album in March with a bonus track that caused sensation. “Hips Don’t Lie” became one of the summer’s biggest hits and made sales of hip scarves fashionable everywhere!

In 2007 Shakira and Beyonce teamed up to participate in a one-time collaboration called “Beautiful Liar”. This invitation came from Beyonce. It is likely Beyonce is trying to appeal to the Hispanic market by joining efforts with Latin superstar Shakira.

The collaboration of Beyonce and Shakira has been subject to some mixed opinions, with some arguing the song does not have substance, and instead just contains great hip moves and two beautiful singers. It appears “Beautiful Liar” had high expectations amongst Shakira fans who were left a bit disappointed.

Love Life

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Shakira and Antonio De la Rua Picture by PEOPLE en Espan(ol, 2007.

She was involved with Antonio de la Rúa from 2000 to 2011, an attorney and son of the former president of Argentina, Fernando de la Rúa. After splitting in 2011, she was the center of a scandal in 2012 when he filed a $250 million dollar lawsuit in NY.

In 2011 she officially introduced Gerard Piqué to her followers by twitting “Les presento a mi sol” along with a photo of the couple. In 2012 Shakira announced she was pregnant with Piqué’s baby, and baby Milan was born in January 2013.

Love did not come easy for the pop star. Her songs seem to reflect in their lyrics some deception about love that may have come through personal experiences, although no one Shakira biography can confirm this. I think this is one of the reasons why women all over the world love her music, as they can empathize with her lyrics.

Shakira Memorabilia and Products

The success of this petite Colombian goes beyond believe. She has her personal signature perfume in the market which was launched in 2010. Other items like shoes, ear budds, t-shirts, and Shakira memorabilia are becoming incredibly demanded items from this artist. Some of the best pieces are signed Shakira posters which are popular amongst fans.


Shakira the Humanitarian

She created the foundation “Pies Dezcalzos” –Bare Feet- named after her third album “to provide education, nutrition, health coverage and emotional and psychological support to children who have been displaced by violence and those living in poverty” as the foundation’s mission states.

In October 2003 UNICEF named Shakira a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the organization. At the time she was 26. She became the youngest UNICEF Ambassador in its history.

As Sony Music president Michele Anthony was quoted in the article “Love in the Time of Shakira” for Elle magazine in 2006: “Shakira’s really defining what it means to be a truly global artist.”

According to the Shakira biography on Mundoandino.com, Shakira is as of 2007 the fourth most successful artist so far from the 2000s based on United World Chart.

Shakira Tickets

With all her fame and glory now under her belt Shakira tickets are becoming a hot commodity. Any time she goes on stage Shakira’s fans go crazy, and with good reason.

Shakira tickets guarantee you a rewarding show. She is one of the most reknown dancers of today. Her movements and flexibility along her voice are always admired by fans all over the world.

I have seen Shakira’s VIP passes that when available are a good buy. They offer in most cases a personal meeting with the artist which is almost impossible with other famous stars, a group photo with her, official meet and greet laminate, a Shakira concert shirt, Collectible tour lithograph wich comes numbered and only for ticket package purchasers and very close sitting within the first 5 rows of the stage.

So go ahead and treat yourself and your loved one to an unforgettable life show with Shakira!

There is no doubt we will be adding more successes to the Shakira biography judging by her flourishing singing career and her youth. The interpret Shakira likely has a great future in front of her and this may be just the beginning.

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Selena Quintanilla Biography

Selena Quintanilla Biography

Name: Selena Quintanilla Pérez.
Birth date: April 16, 1971.
Birthplace: Lake Jackson, TX.
Breakthrough: Signing with EMI and releasing the hit “Buenos Amigos.”

Selena is one of the most recognized Latino singers in the U.S. who lived a short life filled with success by becoming the queen of Tejano music, a type of folk and popular music originated among the Hispanic population of Southern Texas.

Selena’s Childhood

Selena was born in a Hispanic Mexican-American family which included three children. She was the youngest daughter to Marcela and Abraham Quintanilla. Her father a former musician, who ended up working for Dow Chemical as a shipping clerk, gave up on his dream of becoming a musician full time to support his family.

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Selena Quintanilla grew up in a very close-knit family that was not catholic, as many Hispanic families are, but Jehovah Witness. The family lived in “La Molina” a working class neighborhood in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Early on, Abraham introduced his kids to musical instruments. His son Abraham III (A.B.) learned the bass guitar and Suzette, his older daughter, the drums.  When Selena was only six, her father realized his daughter had an amazing voice and saw an opportunity to live his dreams through her. He converted their garage into a music studio and in 1980 Selena’s father formed the group “Selena y Los Dinos” in which Selena Quintanilla, only eight years old was the lead singer.  The same year Selena’s father quit his job at Dow to open a restaurant called “Papagayo” where the family performed on the weekends.People Magazine

Abraham Quintanilla pushed his kids hard to improve their musical talent and when they were not practicing in their garage they were playing somewhere.  “Selena y Los Dinos” rehearsed almost every day and played mostly Top 40 hits and some older songs in Spanish. Soon Abraham started to write his own songs in Spanish for the band.

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Selena Quintanilla
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In 1981 the restaurant failed and the family was struggling after being evicted from their home. They had to move with relatives in Corpus Christi. The band continued to perform everywhere they could; soon “Selena y Los Dinos” became the only way for the Quintanilla family to make money.

Selena enrolled in junior high in Corpus Christi but her band obligations made her miss Fridays and Mondays frequently. Soon after, she dropped out but that didn’t stop her from continuing her education and at 17 she earned her GED.

People who knew Selena Quintanilla say she enjoyed every moment she performed and never felt it was too much for her.Selena Quintanilla’s Recording DebutSelena started to gain popularity and she was recognized by the Freddie label.

In 1983, at the age of twelve she recorded her first album which was never sold in stores at the time but released in 1995 with the name “Mis Primeras Grabaciones.”While Selena was gaining recognition, her brother A.B. tired of having to fish for original songs became her songwriter and producer.

By 1988 Selena was very popular in the Texas market and was voted female vocalist of the year at the Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio. She did not stop there as she continued to win this award for seven consecutive years.

 

 

Selena’s Breakthrough

In 1989 Jose Behar the person who just had launched the EMI Latin Label discovered her at the Tejano Music Awards.

Interesting enough he always thought of her as the next Gloria Estefan, seeing in Selena the next crossover star.Her breakthrough came in 1991 with the hit “Buenos Amigos,” a song she did with Alvaro Torres. This ballad became number 1 on the Billboard Latin Charts and reached wider audiences.

The videos for “Buenos Amigos” and a guest appearance on “Donde Quiero Que Estés” by the Barrio Boyzz allowed her to reach international markets with her own songs “La Carcacha” and “Como La Flor.”

Selena took the Mexican market easily, helped by her brother A.B. who created tropical international songs, in many occasions mixing cumbias which originated in Colombia. Apparently that was the key, a rhythm that could be played everywhere from Puerto Rico to California.

With her success south of the border she realized she needed to speak Spanish and she went on a mission to learn. After a couple of years she became fluent and even handled the press herself in Spanish.  The saddest part is that Selena was in the middle of recording her first crossover album with lyrics in English when she was killed.

Selena Quintanilla and Her love Life.

It all started when A.B. invited Christopher Pérez to join the Los Dinos in 1988. He played with the band and left to pursue his music dream, only to comeback a year later.Abraham saw mutual interest between Selena and Christopher and even though he opposed the relationship initially, he fully embraced their relationship afterwards. Christopher and Selena married on April 2, 1992 at a very young age he was 22 and she was 21.

Selena’s Tragic Death

Sadly enough Selena was killed by her number one fan: Yolanda Saldivar. She was the person who approached Abraham persistently for four years to create and manage Selena’s fan club.Yolanda had an obscure past that nobody in Selena’s family knew. She had been accused of stealing more than $9,000 in 1984 and failed to pay her student loans amongst other things. Selena’s father accused Yolanda of embezzling money from the boutiques and the fun club which she managed for Selena.

Yolanda had returned from Monterrey, Mexico where Selena planned to open another boutique. After her return, she was supposed to show statements and documents to prove her innocence. She cited Selena, and on March 31st after both women argued Yolanda shot Selena with a 38-caliber revolver.

The bullet stroked her right shoulder. Selena ran to the lobby while the clerk called 911. Selena Quintanilla was rushed to Memorial Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas and was pronounced dead on arrival.Yolanda Saldivar was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Selena Quintanilla Pérez. She is currently serving at the correctional of Gatesville, Texas since 1995.

A Dream Come True

In July of 1995, “I Could Fall in Love” a song from her first English album “Dreaming of You” reached the charts at number one. That was a dream come true for Selena, crossing over into the pop market.Selena Quintanilla Pérez continues to be present in the hearts of many with her songs and her special charisma that make her unforgettable.

Selena Gómez Biography

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Name: Selena Gómez.
Birth date: July 22, 1992.
Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas.
Breakthrough: starting out on “Barney & Friends” as “Gianna” in 2001.

This Selena Gómez biography is the story of one of the most successful young Hispanics. She is an actress, singer and also an entrepreneur.

There is an interesting fact about Selena’s name, her mom named her after the famous Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla.

Her heritage is a mix of Italian and Hispanic. Amanda Cornett, her mother is of a half Italian descent and her father, Ricardo Joel Gomez is of a Hispanic descent.

Selena’s birthplace was Grand Prairie, Texas where she grew up with a normal life. Having some Hispanic culture practices peppered her days.

Her family was very tied to its Catholic roots and in one Selena Gomez biography, she mentions that her family did everything that was Catholic. They went to church, received communion and so on.

Selena, taking the cue from her mom, a former stage actress, also wanted to act. That is after seeing her perform. At the early age of seven she started acting, and in 2001 the kids’ TV show Barney and Friends gave her the role of Gianna.

Selena has come a long way from that first role where today, she’s widely known for her Disney Channel TV series’ Wizards of Waverly Place character Alex Russo.

With almost 6 million people watching the show premier, Wizards became a hit. After being discovered in a Disney nationwide casting call, Selena is spreading her wings into the music scene with lots of success.

In fact, she was chosen to sing the opening theme of the Wizards of Waverly Place. The first Selena Gomez songs came out in 2009 in the album Kiss and Tell, and the second album A Year Without Rain followed in 2010.

Aside from spending her life in the lime light, Selena also plays the role of being an entrepreneur. Starting from Selena Gomez pictures advertising the Sears back to school fashion line, she has now opened Dream Out Loud – her own clothing line.

Selena has accomplished a lot in her few years of life and there are many reasons for you to get the Selena Gomez autograph. Just barely out of her teens, her achievements are quite phenomenal.

If you are a great fan and reading this Selena Gómez biography is not enough, you can ask her to sign an autograph for you. You can have her autograph in three ways. First, you can send an item to her “care of” Hollywood Records.



Second, you can check her out in one of the signing events that she often does, like each time a Wizards episode is done filming.

Third, if you want something more personal, you can always email her through her fan club and expect to receive an email from her or her staff as soon as possible.

The last way is to simply buy the autograph of this famous inspiring young Latina who is becoming a superstar!

Selena Gómez Tours – Selena Gómez Tickets

This dynamo girl is touring and you can be one of the happy attendees. Her tickets book fast and she is well known for giving good quality shows.

Many fans adore her sweet demeanor and how kind she is to her followers. Many say her shows are filled with emotional moments and that she sings all the popular songs.

Selena Gomez Rogers Arena (formerly General Motors Place)
Vancouver, Canada
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Selena Gomez, Emblem3 & Christina Grimmie Enmax Centre
Lethbridge, Canada
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Selena Gomez Rexall Place
Edmonton, Canada
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17 AGO 13
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Selena Gomez Credit Union Centre – Saskatchewan Place
Saskatoon, Canada
Domingo
18 AGO 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez MTS Centre
Winnipeg, Canada
Lunes
19 AGO 13
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Selena Gomez Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place)
Ottawa, Canada
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22 AGO 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Centre Bell
Montreal, Canada
Viernes
23 AGO 13
7:30 PM
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Selena Gomez Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Canada
Sábado
24 AGO 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Campo Pequeno
Lisboa, Portugal
Miércoles
11 SEP 13
9:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Patriot Center
Fairfax, VA
Jueves
10 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Petersen Events Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Viernes
11 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez TD Garden (Fleet Center)
Boston, MA
Sábado
12 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez First Niagara Center (formerly HSBC Arena)
Buffalo, NY
Martes
15 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Miércoles
16 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Wells Fargo Center – PA
Philadelphia, PA
Viernes
18 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Mohegan Sun Arena – CT
Uncasville, CT
Sábado
19 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
Domingo
20 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Giant Center
Hershey, PA
Martes
22 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez KFC Yum! Center
Louisville, KY
Miércoles
23 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Bridgestone Arena (Formerly Sommet Center)
Nashville, TN
Viernes
25 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA
Sábado
26 OCT 13
7:00 PM
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Selena Gomez Time Warner Cable Arena (formerly Charlotte Bobcats Arena)
Charlotte, NC
Domingo
27 OCT 13
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Salma Hayek Biography

Name: Salma Hayek Jiménez.
Birth date: September 2, 1966.
Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico.
Breakthrough: Starring opposite Antonio Banderas in Desperado in 1995.

Reflected in any Salma Hayek biography is the life of a talented Mexican-born Hispanic woman who has managed to be a successful actress, director, and producer in Hollywood. She is the first Mexican star to play a female lead in an American movie since Dolores Del Río.

This Salma Hayek biography can attest to that and more. Her life is about an upper class Hispanic immigrant who at a young age managed to become one of the top Hispanic artists, all through hard work and of course beauty, one attribute that always helps an actress.

Frida Poster  2002

Frida Poster
2002

The Salma Hayek biography is filled with business successes, among them becoming the top advocate for Latin films through her partnership with MGM and José Tamez which lead to the creation of Ventanazul. Ventanazul is Sakma’s film company specializing in Latino movies that appeal to mainstream audiences. Salma is the president and CEO.

Many of her followers appreciate her candid comments as well as her practicality. This is reflected in an interview she gave for People magazine in 2007 where she openly talks about the pressures society imposes on women: “You’ve got to be beautiful, smart, skinny, tall, rich, successful at your job, married to the right guy – and have genius children. And by the way, you also have to be a nun!”

Childhood And Early years

Any Salma Hayek biography tells you that she was raised in a well-to-do Catholic family. Her father is of Lebanese descent and her mother is of Spanish descent, which may explain her exotic beauty.

As she said in an interview with Inside The Actors Studio, she didn’t really have any struggles growing up as the daughter of an entrepreneur who besides owning hardware stores and a construction business, ended up maintaining some oil refineries in Mexico in her home town, Coatzacoalcos.

Her mother was an opera-singer as reported in the article “The Beautiful Mind of Salma Hayek” that appeared in Razor magazine in 2003.

Ask the Dust Poster 2002

Ask the Dust Poster
2002


At a very young age sexy Salma Hayek “pressured” her father to send her to the U.S. to study. How did she do it? Well… rumors say she told him she would “go on strike” and fail all her classes if he did not do it. Not one Salma Hayek biography can cite the source of these comments but in the Inside The Actors Studio interview she confirms wanting to study abroad after her father didn’t let her go to Mexico City to train as a gymnast.

After two years in Catholic school in Louisiana, the God’s helpers, the nuns, expelled her for playing pranks on them. She went back to Mexico and finished high school. After that she was sent to Texas in the U.S. to live with her aunt.

The next chapter in the Salma Hayek biography shows a decisive move to pursue her dreams. Back in Mexico she enrolled in international relations studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She dropped out of school to follow her dream of becoming an actress.

The Beginning

Salma Hayek confessed in an interview with Inside The Actors Studio that seeing the famous film “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” in 1971 sparked her desire to become an actress.

She started playing roles at neighborhood theaters. These roles led to jobs making television commercials, which led to a part in a popular daytime TV series in Mexico called Nuevo Amanecer.

Her big break in Mexico came when she played the title role of “Teresa,” a phenomenally famous soap opera that catapulted her to stardom. But Mexico was not enough for this small Hispanic woman who is only 5’2”. Sexy Salma Hayek left Teresa in 1989, and Mexico in 1991 at the top of her career to conquer Hollywood in what many people called “a crazy move.”

Any Salma Hayek biography that states her fame was an easy task is innacurate. In Los Angeles, she dedicated herself to improving her English and studied acting under famed coach Stella Adler. Salma Hayek soon found out that Hollywood was a tough place, more so for a Hispanic woman trying to make a career in acting.

By late 1993, her career was not impressive at all as she only had played very small parts. She appeared on Dream On in 1990, Nurses and Street Justice in 1991, and The Sinbad Show and a small line in the Allison Sanders film Mi Vida Loca in 1993. She didn’t know her life was about to change.

The Breakthrough

It is difficult to find one biography of Salma Hayek not crediting her first big discovery to a late-night Spanish-language talk show in 1992. That night the famous director Robert Rodriguez watched her on TV and was immediately taken by Salma’s intelligence, beauty and strong opinions about the struggles of being a Latino actress in Hollywood.

Robert Rodriguez asked her to star opposite Antonio Banderas in Desperado in 1995. After this film the sexy Salma Hayek was on the Hollywood map. The critics and moviegoers loved her.

Salma’s Love Life

In 1996, following Desperado’s success Robert Rodriguez gave her another role, now to star in From Dusk Till Dawn opposite to George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. By the end of 1997 she appeared in Fools Rush In opposite to Matthew Perry, Breaking Up along Russell Crowe, and The Hunchback where she played “Esmeralda.”

In 1998 she starred alongside Mike Myers as “Anita Randazzo” in the movie 54, about the legendary NYC nightclub Studio 54. This same year Revlon approached the Salma Hayek to sign her as its spokesperson, an amazing offer she did not reject.

In 1999 she participated in Dogma as “Serendipity.” The same year, her production company –Ventanarosa, brought us El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, based on the novel of Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. This film was selected as Mexico’s official entry for best foreign film at the Cannes Film Festival.

The new millennium started on a positive note and the Salma Hayek biography was getting more impressive. She co-produced and starred in her dream movie “Frida,” released in 2002. The film portrayed the life of the acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Khalo who was married to the muralist Diego Rivera. Reviews about her role were phenomenal.



Frida won the German Golden Camera Award, and two U.S. Academy Awards -for makeup and musical creation, out of six nominations including best actress for Hayek. She also won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture in the drama category, a nomination for a British Academy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild nomination.

Frida gave Salma Hayek the ability to show her real talent allowing her to transcend above her sex symbol status. Ironically, Hayek has admitted that while the movie Frida was a high point in her career, financially it was not a winning proposition for her.

In 2003 the sexy Salma Hayek worked again with Robert Rodriguez in “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” and the last film of his Mexican trilogy, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” Antonio Banderas and Salma received top billing and the film garnered big box-office returns.

When Showtime approached her to direct the movie “The Maldonado Miracle” she initially turned down the offer. Later on, she was awarded an Emmy as outstanding director for her work on this movie that was released in January 2003.

In 2004 Salma Hayek was one of the most photographed women, which caught the attention of multimillion dollar cosmetic brand Avon. Avon Foundation News reported in June 2004 that Salma was now its spokesperson against domestic violence. This human touch in her career was another great achievement to add to the Salma Hayek biography.

In 2004 she also played the love partner of Pierce Brosnan in the comedy “After The Sunset,” directed by Brett Ratner. This year she made a mark in Hollywood becoming the highest paid Latina, earning about $20 million per year in film contracts alone.

Salma directed a music video for Prince called Te Amo Corazón –I Love You Sweetheart. In a PRNewswire story released in December 2005 Prince said: “Salma is the most thoughtful, attentive director I have ever worked with. An absolute joy.”

In 2006 the Salma Hayek biography continued to include important achievements, especially after she became the executive producer of the American version of the popular Colombian novela (soap opera), Yo Soy Betty, La Fea –Ugly Betty.

The original Yo Soy Betty, La Fea soap opera captivated Hispanic audiences from 1999 to 2001. The new series aired in September 2006 on ABC, and won a Golden Globe in 2007 for Best Comedy or Musical Series as well as a Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for best actress for
star America Ferrera.

Bandidas Poster  2006

Bandidas Poster
2006

“Bandidas” was also a movie she co-stared with her very good friend Penelope Cruz. The movie drew poor reviews with some of them citing lack of creativity, and describing it as boring.

In 2007 Todd Robinson directed “Lonely Hearts,” a film where Salma plays the role of a partner in crime to a man-Raymond Fernandez played by Jared Leto-who meets single rich women through ads.  Also the same year, sexy Salma Hayek participated in the musical film “Across The Universe” directed by Julie Taymor. The cast includes notable entertainers such as Bono, Eddie Izzard and Diana Fuch.

Her love life is one aspect in the Salma Hayek biography that seems to draw a lot of attention.  In an interview with Cristina Saralegui in 2004 about the movie “Breaking Up,” Salma Hayek admits to not knowing if she will ever be arried. And… who says she has to be? As she mentioned in the interview, there are many choices and all of them good, therefore choosing has become a real difficult decision.

In 1999 sexy Salma Hayek started dating actor Edward Norton. Many in Hollywood were betting on the couple’s marriage. The couple split up in 2003 after a four-year relationship.

In 2003 she dated Josh Lucas until 2004. Salma is currently married to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault. He is the CEO of the firm that owns Gucci and Yves Saint Lauren and his family fortune is estimated at $7 billion. He was previously married and has two children.

New York Daily News columnist Ben Widdicombe first reported that Salma Hayek and her fiancé Pinault were engaged and expecting their first child in March 2007. Salma Hayek gave birth to a baby girl, Valentina Paloma Pinault on Friday September 13, 2007. The hapiness didn’t last and the couple was divorced in July 2008.

This Salma Hayek biography is simply put, the fascinating story of a sex symbol and a smart business woman.

Roberto Clemente Biography

Roberto Clemente Memorabilia

Name: Roberto Clemente Walker.
Birth date: August 18, 1934.
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Breakthrough: When in 1954 he was scooped up by the Pittsburgh Pirates for $4,000.

This Roberto Clemente biography is, of course, filled with spectacular baseball achievements.
Clemente was a star player, both with his bat and with his amazing defensive skills. But even more so, is about humanitarianism, about Clemente’s drive to help others and be a source of pride for his native Puerto Rico.

Statue of Roberto Clemente At Three Rivers Stadium.

Statue of Roberto Clemente
At Three Rivers Stadium
by Peterrieke.

This Roberto Clemente biography begins with his birth, as Roberto Clemente Walker in Carolina, Puerto Rico on August 18, 1934 to Luisa Walker and Melchor Clemente, who worked as a sugar crop foreman. Clemente was the youngest of seven children and he spent his childhood pitching in to help the family by working.

Any Roberto Clemente biography tells the story of a natural athlete. He triumphed in track and field, winning medals in the javelin throw and running. He also took an early interest in baseball and by the time he entered high school, he was recruited to play softball with the Sello Rojo team.

According to Bruce Markusen’s book “Roberto Clemente: The Great One,” Clemente wrote in his personal journal at the time: “I loved the game so much that even though our playing field was muddy and we had many trees on it, I used to play many hours every day.” He played shortstop with the team for two years before joining Puerto Rico’s amateur baseball league at age 16, playing for the Ferdinand Juncos team.

It wasn’t’t long before Clemente was offered a contract with the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League (LBPPR). He sat on the bench for the first season but for the second season he hit .288 in the leadoff spot.

Roberto Clemente Playing in Pittsburgh.

Roberto Clemente Playing in Pittsburgh.

 

The change in climate and culture was a bit of a shock for Clemente. But he adjusted thanks in part to one of his teammates, Joe Black, who spoke Spanish. Clemente spent most of his time with the team on their bench and in 1954 he was scooped up by the Pittsburgh Pirates for $4,000.

Starting His Career

He made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates the following April but he had a rocky start in Pittsburgh. Racial tensions between he and his teammates as well as local media frustrated Clemente, according to Paul Robert Walker, author of Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente. “He was not only black. He was Puerto Rican,” Walker wrote. “Even on his own team, some of the players made fun of him and called him ‘nigger.’”

Newspapers talked about Roberto Clemente calling him a “Puerto Rican hot dog,” Walker wrote, and exaggerated his Spanish accent. “Me like hot weather, veree hot. I no run fast cold weather,” they wrote, according to Walker.

Clemente responded to this racism, Walker said, by declaring, “I don’t believe in color… I always respect everyone and thanks to God, my mother and my father taught me never to hate, never to dislike someone because of their color.”

The Roberto Clemente biography hit a bumpy part of the road at this point: he had to miss a chunk of his first season due to a back injury he sustained when a drunk driver hit his car. He also struggled at the plate, but managed to compile a .255 average for the season.

Clemente liked to play baseball in Puerto Rico during the winter season but in the winter of 1958-1959, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He spent six months as an infantryman and gained a great deal of physical strength from the tough training regiment. He remained in the reserves until 1964.

The 1960 baseball season was written in the Roberto Clemente biography as a triumphant one for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Clemente himself who lead the way.

With a .314 average, 16 home runs and exemplary defensive play, Clemente earned a spot in his first All-Star game that season. That October, the Pirates also managed to fend off the New York Yankees and captured the World Series. Clemente hit .310 during the series.

Throughout it all, more and more baseball fans learned about Roberto Clemente and began to cheer him on. Clemente never shied away from meeting his fans and signing their baseballs and programs. Although many players would leave the stadium as soon as the game was over, he would stay for hours after a game, and the Roberto Clemente autograph became synonymous with humility and grace in baseball.

The following year, Clemente was selected as the starting right fielder for the National League in the All-Star game. He hit a triple in his first at-bat and scored the team’s first run. In the tenth inning, he hit a double that gave the team a 5-4 win.

Clemente put up huge numbers in the 1961 season: he lead the league with a .351 batting average and had 201 hits, including 23 home runs, 30 doubles and 10 triples. He drove in 89 runs and scored 100. He was also a star defensively: he led the league in runners thrown out, knocking out 27 runners that year. For his play in the field, he was awarded his first Gold Glove.

Following the season, Clemente traveled home to Puerto Rico with friend Orlando Cepeda, a fellow Puerto Rican who played for the San Francisco Giants and had lead the league that year in home runs and runs batted in. The pair received a hero’s welcome, with tens of thousands of fans greeting this dynamic baseball duo who hailed from “La Isla del Encanto,” the island of enchantment.

Clemente came home as often as he could and during the 1960s, Clemente was very involved in both managing and playing with the Senadores de San Juan of the LBPPR.

After 1961, Clemente went on to win a Gold Glove every year for the rest of the decade and was also selected to the All-Star team every year.

Throughout the 1960s, the Roberto Clemente biography talks about a disciplined and talented athlete who hit above .300 every year, except 1968 when he hit .291. He lead the National League in batting average three more times during the decade, in 1964, 1965 and 1967 and lead the league twice in hits (in 1964 and 1967).

In 1966, Clemente won the league’s Most Valuable Player award, after posting a .317 average, 29 home runs and 119 runs batted in (RBIs). The following season he hit a career high .357 with 23 home runs and 100 RBIs.

Roberto Clemente Allstar Exhibition, July 2006.

Roberto Clemente
Allstar Exhibition, July 2006
by Komra

The 1960s were also an important time in the Roberto Clemente biography for a more personal reason. On November 14, 1964, he married Vera Zabala in Carolina. The couple would go on to have three sons, Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Enrique Roberto.

On July 24, 1970, the home game in Pittsburgh took on a deep meaning for the Roberto Clemente biography: it was declared Roberto Clemente Night and the right-fielder was honored for his contributions to the game of baseball.

Any Roberto Clemente biography talks about this night as a very special one. Over in the right field stands, Clemente saw hundreds of pavas, the white straw hats worn by Puerto Rican sugar workers in the field. Officials from both Pittsburgh and Carolina were on hand, as was Clemente’s family, including his father, who, in ill health, had made his first airplane trip to be a part of the big event, which was being broadcast by satellite to Puerto Rico.

During the same night, Clemente was presented with a scroll containing the signatures of 300,000 Puerto Ricans—1 out of every 10 that lived on the island. Before the start of the game, and before the traditional playing of the Star Spangled Banner, players and fans stood for “La Borinqueña,” the Puerto Rican national anthem.

In 1970 Clemente compiled a .352 batting average and the following year he once again helped his team win the World Series, this time defeating the Baltimore Orioles. Roberto Clemente’s baseball skills shined throughout the series, as he hit .414, made important defensive plays and hit a home run in the 2-1 seventh game win that decided the series. Clemente walked away with the World Series Most Valuable Player award.

Clemente the Philanthropist

But the Roberto Clemente biography is not just about baseball accomplishments. Throughout his career, Clemente was a devoted philanthropist, often giving money to charities and helping out when he could.

When the Nicaraguan city of Managua was hit with a massive earthquake in December 1972, Clemente was concerned. He had been to the city only weeks before with a baseball team he was managing and he was worried about the people there.

Clemente arranged several relief flights but soon found out that the aid packages were being diverted by corrupt government officials and had never reached the victims. On the next flight, Clemente decided to accompany the relief himself, hoping that his presence would lead to food and medicine reaching its intended recipients. On New Year’s Eve, Clemente and several others boarded a plane for Nicaragua. The plane crashed soon after take-off, falling into the Atlantic Ocean and killing Clemente. His body was never recovered.

roberto-clemente-biography-3But the Roberto Clemente biography does not end with his death. Normally, a player cannot be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame until at least five years after they have stopped playing.

In March 1973, a special election was held for the Baseball Hall of Fame and Clemente was posthumously inducted. Clemente was the first player from Latin America to be inducted.

 

Roberto Clemente Jerseys

After achieving some much in baseball even after his death it is not surprising many baseball fans want to honor his name by wearing Roberto Clemente jerseys. They are also a symbol because of Clemente’s indelible mark not only in baseball but with his personal charities.

What else is impressive about the Roberto Clemente biography? The achievements of this Hispanic baseball player after his death. He was also posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1973 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He was inducted into the U.S Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. An award was set up, the Roberto Clemente Award, and is given out each year to the baseball player who has followed Clemente’s example with humanitarian work.

In Puerto Rico, the coliseum in San Juan has been named after Clemente as well as a stadium in his hometown of Carolina.  In Pittsburgh, they renamed a bridge after him and the Pirates retired the number, 21, which was the number on Roberto Clemente’s jersey, at the start of the 1973 season.

Roberto Clemente schools —places named after the baseball star—have also popped up in places such as Allentown, Penn., and Chicago, Ill. Clemente had dreamed of starting a place in Puerto Rico where young people could play and read and learn skills they could use in life. Clemente’s widow helped create such a place, Sports City, and thousands of young people have taken part in programs there, including Major League baseball stars Bernie Williams, Juan Gonzalez and Iván Rodriguez.

The Roberto Clemente biography is one of astounding baseball statistics, love of the game and his native Puerto Rico, and a desire to help others. In this way, with his charity work and accomplishments, Roberto Clemente’s legend lives on and he continues to inspire not only Latinos, but people all over the world.

Roberto Clemente Bridge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Roberto Clemente Bridge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Picture by Sleestak66

 

Roberto Clemente Memorabilia

This Hispanic baseball player was not only a skilled player but a great humanitarian. Many baseball enthusiasts want to honor his name and remember his accomplishments by acquiring a piece of history through Roberto Clemente’s memorabilia. Most of the Clemente’s photos available in the market are not signed, and the ones that are can go for thousands of dollars. But to have a piece that honors this great Hispanic athlete there are also other items like the jerseys and posters. Here is a selection of excellent Roberto Clemente memorabilia that come with certificate of authenticity.

Penelope Cruz Biography

The Spanish Enchantress

I first saw Penelope Cruz on her movie “Women on Top” way back in 2000 and was immediately captivated by the Spanish enchantress. She would not be called by that name outside of Spain for nothing.

With her pretty face and voluptuous body, it would not be hard to understand why two of the sexiest man alive (Tom Cruise and Mathew McConaughey) fell head over heels for the award winning actress.

Penelope Cruz

She is the first Spanish actress to bag the prestigious Oscars in 2009 for the movie “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” where she played the role of a mentally unstable woman.

Growing up Penelope was surrounded by expressive art. She studied classical ballet at Spain’s National Conservatory for almost a decade. But it was after seeing Pedro Almodovar’s film “Tie Me Up Tie Me Down” in 1990 when she started to be interested in acting.

The acting career of Penelope Cruz Sanchez, her real name, started at the age of 15. “Jamón, jamón” directed by Bigas Luna (1992), a movie that was critically acclaimed, is her feature film debut. From then on there was no stopping her as Penelope Cruz movies were on a yearly production.

penelope-cruz-biography-1Her other two Oscar winning movies for Best Foreign Language Films were 1999’s “All About My Mother” and 1992’s “Belle Epoque.”

2001 is perhaps the turning point of her career as she was able to achieve recognition worldwide as she played the lead roles in the movies “Vanilla Sky” and “Blow.” Both of these films were favorable at the box office.

Many more movies followed, but she achieves international recognition only in 2006 after playing Maria Alvarez in the film “Bandidas” alongside Salma Hayek.

The Spanish Enchantress is also a sex symbol. Penelope Cruz pictures were widespread on almost every major magazine publications worldwide as she became the endorser of famous brands like Ralph Lauren, Mango and the cosmetics line L’ Oreal. These big contracts made Penelope Cruz pictures famous and demanded…she was everywhere.

Many magazines were publishing articles or a mini Penelope Cruz biography even before she won an Oscar. She is a star worth following because of her charity works. She has a pretty heart as well. In fact, she was able to help Mother Teresa for a week and donated her earnings from the movie “The Hi-Lo Country” (1999) to support and help fund the saint’s mission.

Her work assisting in a leprosy clinic with Mother Teresa inspired her to help open a foundation for homeless girls in India

penelope-cruz-biography-2Acting and photo shooting are not the only activities that keep her busy as she also owns a clothing store located in Madrid called Amarcord.

She is a versatile woman. She also designs a jewelry line as well as handbags for the Japanese retail chain Samantha Thavasa.

With her younger sister Monica she designed a clothing line for Mango as well. Besides fashion, acting and dancing she is able to speak four languages which are Spanish, English Italian and French. This Penelope Cruz biography gives just a small window into the life of this Hispanic actress that for sure will keep achieving many successes.

Penelope Cruz Photo Gallery

To nobody’s surprise Penelope Cruz photos are one of the most admired ones. Many of her fans want to acquire her autographed picture or a Penelope Cruz signed poster from one of her famous movies. Here are some of the most beautiful pictures of this Spanish actress.