Night of the Living Dead (film series)


Night of the Living Dead (film series)

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George A. Romero’s Dead series
Night of the Living Dead (1968) theatrical poster.jpg

The original poster for Night of the Living Dead
Directed by George A. Romero (1–6)
Cameron Romero (7)
Produced by Night of the Living Dead
Karl Hardman
Russell Streiner
Dawn of the Dead
Richard P. Rubinstein
Day of the Dead
Richard P. Rubinstein
Land of the Dead
Mark Canton
Bernie Goldmann
Peter Grunwald
Diary of the Dead
Peter Grunwald
Sam Englebardt
Artur Spigel
Ara Katz
Survival of the Dead
Paula Devonshire
Screenplay by George A. Romero (1-6) Cameron Romero (7)
Distributed by The Walter Reade Organization (1)
United Film Distribution Company (2-3)
Universal Pictures (4)
The Weinstein Company (5)
Magnet Releasing (6)
Release date
Country United States
Language English

Night of the Living Dead is a series of seven zombie horror films written and directed by George A. Romero and Cameron Romero beginning with the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead written by Romero and John A. Russo. The loosely connected franchise predominantly centers on different groups of people attempting to survive during the outbreak and evolution of a zombie apocalypse. The latest installment of the series, Survival of the Dead, was released in 2009, with Origins, a prequel film written and directed by Cameron Romero in the works.[1]


After Night of the Living Dead’s initial success, the two creators split in disagreement regarding where the series should head,[2] and since the film was in the public domain,[3] each were able to do what they liked with the continuity of their projects. Romero went on to direct five additional Dead films, while Russo branched into literary territory, writing Return of the Living Dead, which was later loosely adapted into a film of the same name and have its own franchise, and Escape of the Living Dead.

Labeled “Trilogy of the Dead” until Land of the Dead,[4] each film is laden with social commentary on topics ranging from racism to consumerism. The films are not produced as direct follow-ups from one another and their only continuation is the theme of the epidemic of the living dead. This situation advances with each film, showing the world in a worsening state, but each film is independent of its predecessor. This is exemplified by the fact that each movie is set within the era it is filmed, with Land of the Dead being set in modern times with current (as of 2005) technology such as game consoles, flatscreen televisions, cell phones and other examples of modern tech. This would not have been possible if the original 1968 epidemic had progressed to the state that Dawn and Day had depicted, as no new technology would have been created. The fifth film does not continue the depiction of progress, but returns to the similar events depicted in the first film in the very beginning of a zombie outbreak. The films depict how different people react to the same phenomenon, ranging from citizens to police to army officials and to citizens again. Each takes place in a world worsened since its previous appearance, the number of zombies ever increasing and the living perpetually endangered, but with each entry being a standalone film that is not directly continuing global events from the previous.

Romero does not consider any of his Dead films sequels since none of the major characters or story continue from one film to the next.[citation needed] The two exceptions are Tom Savini’s character of Blades who becomes a zombie in Dawn of the Dead who would be seen again years later in Land of the Dead and the military officer (Alan van Sprang) who robs the main characters in Diary of the Dead goes on to become a protagonist in Survival of the Dead.


Night of the Living Dead (1968)[edit]

The plot of the film follows Ben Huss (Duane Jones), Barbra (Judith O’Dea), and five others, who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in Pennsylvania and attempt to survive the night while the house is being attacked by mysteriously reanimated corpses, known as ghouls or zombies.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)[edit]

Following the scenario set up in Night of the Living Dead, the United States (and possibly the entire world) has been devastated by a phenomenon which reanimates recently deceased human beings as flesh-eating zombies. Despite efforts by the US Government and local civil authorities to control the situation, society has effectively collapsed and the remaining survivors seek refuge. Protagonists Roger (Scott Reiniger) and Peter (Ken Foree), two former SWAT members, join with Stephen (David Emge) and Francine (Gaylen Ross), a helicopter pilot and his girlfriend planning on leaving the city, and take refuge in an enclosed shopping-mall, only to be destroyed when a motorcycle gang allow the zombies into the building.

Day of the Dead (1985)[edit]

Some time after the events of Dawn of the Dead, zombies have overrun the world, and an underground army missile bunker near the Everglades holds part of a military-supported scientific team assigned to study the zombie phenomenon in the hopes of finding a way of stopping or reversing the process. Dwindling supplies, loss of communication with other survivor enclaves, and an apparent lack of progress in the experiments have already caused loss of cohesion among the scientists and soldiers. Dr. Logan (Richard Liberty), the lead scientist on the project, has been secretly using the recently deceased soldiers in his experiments, trying to prove his theory that the zombies can eventually be domesticated.

Land of the Dead (2005)[edit]

Main article: Land of the Dead

Years after the events of the previous film, many of the living have fled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a feudal-like government has taken hold. Paul Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) rules the city with overwhelming firepower. “Big Daddy” (Eugene Clark), an unusually intelligent zombie, directs his fellow zombies to use firearms against the human defenses, and later leads the zombies in an assault on the human city, with the result that the electric fence that kept the zombies out now keeps the humans trapped inside.

Diary of the Dead (2007)[edit]

Main article: Diary of the Dead

Taking place during the initial outbreak of the zombie pandemic, Diary of the Dead follows a band of students, making a horror film, who decide to record the events in documentary-style and are themselves chased down by zombies.

Survival of the Dead (2009)[edit]

Main article: Survival of the Dead

The film follows the actions of former Colonel and current Sergeant “Nicotine” Crockett (Alan van Sprang), who, after a failed raid, deserts his post with Kenny (Eric Woolfe), Francisco (Stefano Colacitti) and Tomboy (Athena Karkanis) and find the existence of an island run by two families.


A prequel story set at the height of the Cold War is in production, written and directed by G. Cameron Romero, George A. Romero’s son.[1]


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Character Film
Night of the
Living Dead

Dawn of
the Dead

Day of
the Dead

Land of
the Dead

Diary of
the Dead

Survival of
the Dead

Ben Duane Jones
Barbra Blair Judith O’Dea
Harry Cooper Karl Hardman
Helen Cooper Marilyn Eastman
Tom Keith Wayne
Judy Judith Ridley
Karen Cooper Kyra Schon
Living Newscaster
Undead Newscaster
Charles Craig Charles CraigVC
Cemetery Living Dead Bill Hinzman
Sheriff McClelland George Kosana
Johnny Blair Russell Streiner
Johnny Blair Russell Streiner
WIIC-TV, Channel 11 News Reporter Bill Cardille
“Chilly Billy Cardilly”
Stephen “Flyboy” Andrews David Emge
Peter Washington Ken Foree
Roger “Trooper” DeMarco Scott Reiniger
Francine Parker Gaylen Ross
Dr. James Foster Dave Crawford
Mr. Sidney Berman David Early
Dr. Millard Rausch, Scientist Richard France
TV Commentator Howard Smith
Mr. Dan Givens Daniel Dietrich
Police Commander Fred Baker
Wooley, Maniacal SWAT Cop Jim Baffico
Rod Tucker, Young SWAT Cop On Roof Rod Stoufer
Old Priest Jese del Gre
Head Officer at Police Dock Joe Pilato
Blades, Assistant Head Biker
Mechanic Zombie Shot Through Glass
Zombie Hit By Truck
Tom Savini
Sledge, Biker with Sledgehammer
Fountain Zombie
Sailor Zombie
Chestburst Zombie
Taso Stavrakis
Dr. Sarah Bowman Lori Cardille
Captain Henry Rhodes Joseph Pilato
John Terry Alexander
William “Bill” McDermott Jarlath Conroy
Pvt. Miguel Salazar Anthony Dileo Jr.
Dr. Matthew “Frankenstein” Logan Richard Liberty
Bub the Zombie (credited as “Howard Sherman”) Sherman Howard
Dr. Ted Fisher, Technician John Amplas
Pvt. Walter Steele, Rhodes’ 2nd In-Command Gary Howard Klar
Pvt. Robert Rickles, Steele’s Sidekick Ralph Marrero
Pvt. Miller, Rhodes’ Men Phillip G. Kellams
Pvt. Juan Torrez, Rhodes’ Men
Knock-On-Wood Zombie
Biker Zombie
Taso N. Stavrakis
Pvt. Johnson, Rhodes’ Men Gregory Nicotero
The Balladeer Sputzy SparacinoV
The 2nd Balladeer DelilahV
The Balladeers’ Lead Guitarist Buddy HallV
The Balladeers’ Bassist Tommy BellinV
The Balladeers’ Keyboardist Talmadge PearsallV
The Balladeers’ Co-Keyboardist Jim BlazerV
Riley Denbo Simon Baker
Cholo DeMora John Leguizamo
Paul Kaufman Dennis Hopper
Slack Asia Argento
Charlie Houk Robert Joy
Big Daddy Zombie Eugene Clark
Pretty Boy Joanne Boland
Foxy Tony Nappo
Number 9 Zombie Jennifer Baxter
Butcher Zombie Boyd Banks
Tambourine Man Zombie Jasmin Geljo
Mouse Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Anchor Tony Munch
Mike Shawn Roberts
Pillsbury Pedro Miguel Arce
Manolete Sasha Roiz
Motown Krista Bridges
Mulligan Bruce McFee
Chihuahua Phil Fondacaro
Brubaker Alan van Sprang
Roach Earl Pastko
Styles Peter Outerbridge
Knipp Gene Mack
Brian Devon Bostick
Photo Booth Zombies
Simon Pegg Simon PeggVC
Edgar Wright
Blades the Machete Zombie Tom Savini
Bridgekeeper Zombie Gregory Nicotero
Tony Ravello Shawn Roberts Shawn RobertsA
Jason Creed Joshua Close Joshua CloseA
Debra Moynihan Michelle Morgan Michelle MorganA
Andrew Maxwell Scott Wentworth Scott WentworthA
Tracy Thurman Amy Lalonde Amy LaLondeA
Eliot Stone Joe Dinicol
Ridley Wilmott Philip Riccio
Biker George Buza
Mary Dexter Tatiana Maslany
Samuel R .D. Reid
Newscaster Tino Monte
Francine Shane Megan Park
Stranger Martin Roach
Colonel Alan van Sprang
Zombie Trooper Matt Birman
Bree Laura DeCarteret
Asian Woman Janet Lo
Zombie Rebuka Hoye
Brody Todd William Schroeder
Zombie Alexandria DeFabiis
Fred Nick Alachiotis
Chief of Police George A. Romero
Armorist Boyd Banks
Zombie Surgeon Gregory Nicotero
Gordo Thorsen Chris Violette
Newsreader Quentin Tarantino
Newsreader Wes Craven
Newsreader Guillermo del Toro
Newsreader Stephen King
Sarge “Nicotine” Crockett Alan van Sprang Alan van Sprang
Patrick O’Flynn Kenneth Welsh
Janet “Jane” O’Flynn Kathleen Munroe
Seamus Muldoon Richard Fitzpatrick
Tomboy Athena Karkanis
Francisco Stefano Di Matteo
Chuck Joris Jarsky
Kenny McDonald Eric Woolfe
James O’Flynn Julian Richings
Tawdry O’Flynn Wayne Robson
D.J. Joshua Peace
Talk Show Host George Stroumboulopoulos


Review aggregate results[edit]

Motion picture Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic BFCA
Night of the Living Dead 96% (52 reviews)[5] N/A N/A
Dawn of the Dead 92% (39 reviews)[6] N/A N/A
Day of the Dead 82% (34 reviews)[7] N/A N/A
Land of the Dead 74% (171 reviews)[8] 71 (30 reviews)[9] 63[10]
Diary of the Dead 62% (128 reviews)[11] 66 (29 reviews)[12] 70[13]
Survival of the Dead 30% (84 reviews)[14] 43 (22 reviews)[15] 61[16]
Average ratings 72% 60% 64%


Motion Picture Organization/Guild Ceremony Category Name Outcome
Night of the Living Dead National Film Preservation Board (1999) National Film Registry Won[17]
Dawn of the Dead
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 8th Saturn Awards Best Make-Up Tom Savini Nominated[citation needed]
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 31st Saturn Awards Best DVD Classic Film Release Ultimate Edition Won[18]
International Press Academy 9th Annual Satellite Awards Best Overall DVD Anchor Bay Nominated[19]
Day of the Dead
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 14th Saturn Awards Best Make-Up Tom Savini Won[20]
Sitges Film Festival (18 ed. 1985) Maria Best Actress Lori Cardille Won[21]
Land of the Dead
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 32nd Saturn Awards Best Horror Film Nominated[citation needed]
Best Make-Up Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero Nominated[citation needed]
Directors Guild of Canada (2006) DGC Craft Award Outstanding Achievement In Picture Editing – Feature Film Michael Doherty Nominated[22]
Outstanding Achievement In Production Design – Feature Film Arvinder Grewal Nominated[22]
Outstanding Achievement In Sound Editing – Feature Film Kevin Banks, Nelson Ferreira, Lee de Lang,
Craig Henighan, Jill Purdy, Nathan Robitaille
Empire Awards 11th Empire Awards Best Horror Nominated[23]
Teen Choice Awards (2005) Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Nominated[24]
Diary of the Dead Gérardmer Film Festival (2008) Critics Award George A. Romero Won[25]
Survival of the Dead Venice Film Festival 66th Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion George A. Romero Nominated[citation needed]

See also[edit]


Gemma Arterton


Gemma Arterton

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Gemma Arterton
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Arterton at the premiere of Gemma Bovery, September 2014
Born Gemma Christina Arterton
(1986-02-02) 2 February 1986 (age 31)
Gravesend, Kent, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Stefano Catelli (m. 2010; div. 2015)
Family Hannah Arterton (sister)

Gemma Christina Arterton[1] (born 2 February 1986)[2] is an English actress. Arterton made her film debut in the comedy film St Trinian’s (2007). Her breakthrough role was in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008), playing Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, which won her an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. She is known for her roles in the fantasy films Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Byzantium (2013) and as the character Gretel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013).

Early life[edit]

Arterton was born at North Kent Hospital in Gravesend, Kent,[3] to Sally-Anne (née Heap), a cleaner, and Barry Arterton, a welder.[3][4] Her matrilineal great-grandmother was a German-Jewish concert violinist.[5]

She attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls in Kent, and made her stage debut there in an amateur production of Alan Ayckbourn‘s The Boy Who Fell into a Book. The production was entered into a competition at a local festival, where she won the best actress prize.[6]

At age 16, Arterton left school to attend the Miskin Theatre at North West Kent College in Dartford. She received a full government grant to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), although she said in 2008 that she “got up to her eyes in debt with a student loan.”[6] She graduated from RADA school in 2008.[7] Her sister, Hannah Arterton, is also an actress.[8]


Arterton won her first professional role in Stephen Poliakoff’s Capturing Mary while she was still at drama school.[9] She made her stage debut as Rosaline in Shakespeare‘s Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Globe Theatre in London in July 2007 before graduating later that year.[10] She made her film debut in St Trinian’s (2007) as Head Girl Kelly.[11]

In 2008, she appeared in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.[12] Chosen from around fifteen hundred candidates, Arterton plays Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, in what is described as a “nice-sized role”.[13] Arterton describes her character as “the thinking man’s crumpet“.[14] In the same year, she played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy‘s Tess of the d’Urbervilles.[15] Also in 2008, she played Elizabeth Bennet in the ITV serial, Lost in Austen. Her most controversial role to date was in the 2009 film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, in which her character is kidnapped and abused in several graphic nude scenes.[16] The role required her to be handcuffed to a bed and wear a ball gag in her mouth throughout. She requested that she be left tied to the bed even when the camera was not on her to help her performance. She joked that the crew would put the ball gag back in if she was chatting too much.[17][18][19]

Arterton is the face of Avon‘s Bond Girl 007 fragrance, which launched in October 2008.[20] Having already started in a series of advertisements for Avon, Arterton in May 2008 requested a role opposite model Kate Moss for Rimmel, but was blocked on contractual terms under her Avon contract.[21]

Gemma Arterton at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012

In 2010, Arterton made her West End debut in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed.[22] She was originally attached to star in a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights[23] as Catherine Earnshaw; however, she later left the project.[24] In 2008 Arterton announced that she was “soon to be in a film adaptation of the book Burden of Desire in a starring role, but as of 2016 the film has not been produced.[25]

Arterton appeared in pivotal roles in the 2010 films Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and played the lead in Tamara Drewe.[26] In 2010 Arterton also starred in the Almeida Theatre‘s production of “The Master Builder.”[27] In 2011, Arterton was nominated twice by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her performances in Tamara Drewe and The Disappearance of Alice Creed.[28] In November 2012, she was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech.

Arterton starred in the action horror film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters as Gretel opposite the actor Jeremy Renner who played Hansel. The 3-D film was set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who kidnapped them.[29] It was released on 25 January 2013. In January 2014, she took the title role in John Webster‘s The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the new indoor theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe.[30] In the same year, she starred with Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver in the psychological thriller film, The Voices.[31]

In 2014–2015, Arterton was starring in Made in Dagenham,[32] a stage musical about the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 concerning equal pay for women. She played a woman named Rita O’Grady and her performance received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Simon Edge, for the Daily Express, complained of an “underpowered central performance from Gemma Arterton as Rita … she lacks any of the goofy charisma that Sally Hawkins brought to the film role, so that it’s hard to see how her character ever came to the fore of this dispute”.[33][34] The show closed after only five months, due to poor ticket sales. Since its premiere on 5 November 2014 at the Adelphi Theatre in London,[35] she has publicly expressed her support for their cause.[36]

In a 2015 interview with the Independent newspaper, Arterton stated that she was director Jonathan Glazer‘s choice for the lead role in his movie Under the Skin. However, Glazer was forced to recast due to Arterton’s perceived lack of ‘star power’.[37]

In February 2016, Arterton started a run playing the title role in the Shakespeare’s Globe transfer of Nell Gwynn,[38] at the West End‘s Apollo Theatre.[39] In July 2016 she was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.[40] and she will play Vita Sackville-West in upcoming film Vita & Virginia[41][42]

Personal life[edit]

From 2007 to 2008, Gemma had an 18-month relationship with British animator and special effects technician John Nolan. They met on the set of Quantum of Solace and lived together near Alexandra Palace.[43] In 2008, she had a relationship with Spanish stuntman Eduardo Munoz,[44] whom she met on the set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, when he was hired to teach her to ride horses. They lived together in a flat in London and split up after six months.[45][46]

On 5 June 2010, Arterton married Italian businessman Stefano Catelli, who works for a British fashion marketing company, in a private ceremony in Zuheros, Spain, less than a year after the couple began dating and getting engaged at the Download music festival in 2009.[47] In early 2013, Arterton and her husband separated,[48] and in August 2015 their divorce was finalised “by [mutual] consent” at the Central Family Court in High Holborn.[49] Arterton stated she “never really believed in exchanging vows”, and that she’s not sure she would “want to walk down the aisle again.”[48][50] In 2013, Gemma stated that she wants to wait until she’s won an Oscar to have children.[51]

Since 2013, she has been in a relationship with Franklin Ohanessian, a French film assistant director whom she met on the set of The Voices in 2013 and worked together again in the film Gemma Bovery.[52][53][54]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 St Trinian’s Kelly Jones Head girl
2007 Capturing Mary Liza TV film
2008 Lost in Austen Elizabeth Bennet TV series (2 episodes)
2008 Tess of the d’Urbervilles Tess Durbeyfield TV series (4 episodes)
2008 Three and Out Frankie Cassidy
2008 RocknRolla June
2008 Quantum of Solace Strawberry Fields
2009 Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked a.k.a. Pirate Radio Desiree
2009 St. Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold Kelly Jones former Head Girl, now an MI7 agent
2010 Clash of the Titans Io
2010 Disappearance of Alice Creed, TheThe Disappearance of Alice Creed Alice Creed
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Princess Tamina
2010 Tamara Drewe Tamara Drewe
2011 A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures Shelly
2012 Song for Marion Elizabeth
2012 Byzantium Clara
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gretel
2013 Runner Runner Rebecca Shafran
2014 Inside No. 9 Gerri TV series (episode “Tom & Gerri“)
2014 Gemma Bovery Gemma Bovery
2015 The Voices Fiona
2016 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Jessica Spencer Sketch for Sport Relief 2016
2016 The History of Love Alma Mereminski
2016 The Girl with All the Gifts Helen Justineau
2016 Orpheline
2017 Their Finest Catrin Cole
2017 100 Streets Emily [55]
2017 Watership Down Clover Miniseries
TBA Vita & Virginia[56] Vita Sackville-West Pre-production


Year Award Nominated work Result
2008 Empire Award for Best Newcomer St Trinian’s Nominated
2008 National Movie Award for Best Actress St Trinian’s
2009 Empire Award for Best Newcomer Quantum of Solace Won
2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Female Clash of the Titans Nominated
2010 Scream Award for Best Breakout Performance Female Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice Fantasy Actress Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Clash of the Titans
2011 BAFTA Rising Star Award Herself
2011 Glamour Award for Woman of the Year – Film Actress Herself Won
2014 Awards for Best Actress In A Musical Made in Dagenham (musical) Nominated
2015 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical Made in Dagenham (musical)
2015 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical Newcomer Made in Dagenham (musical) Won
2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress Nell Gwynn (play) Nominated
2016 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress Nell Gwynn (play) Nominated


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Them (band)

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Them in 1965
Background information
Origin Belfast, Northern Ireland
Years active
  • 1964 (1964)–1972 (1972)
  • (one-off reunion: 1979)
Past members See Personnel section

Them were a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in April 1964, most prominently known for the garage rock standard “Gloria” and launching singer Van Morrison‘s musical career.[4] The original five member band consisted of Morrison, Alan Henderson, Ronnie Milling, Billy Harrison and Eric Wrixon. The group was marketed in the United States as part of the British Invasion.[5]

Them scored two UK hits in 1965 with “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (UK #10) and “Here Comes the Night” (UK #2; Ireland #2). The latter song and “Mystic Eyes” were Top 40 hits in the US.[4]

Morrison quit the band in 1966 and went on to a successful career as a solo artist. Despite their relatively few hit singles, the Belfast group had considerable influence on other bands, such as the Doors.[4]


In April 1964, Van Morrison established an R&B club at the Maritime Hotel, Belfast with entrepreneurs Jimmy Conlon, Jerry McKernan and Gerry McKervey (known as the “3Js”). Morrison gave notice to the group with which he performed at the time, the Golden Eagles. With an anticipated opening night for the new R&B club approaching, he embarked on a mission to find his ideal line-up. He had recently been introduced to The Gamblers, an East Belfast group formed in 1962 by Ronnie Milling (drums, born 27 April 1940), Billy Harrison (guitar and lead vocals, born William Harrison on 14 October 1942), and Alan Henderson (bass guitar, born 26 November 1944, died 9 April 2017[6]). Eric Wrixon, who was still in school, had been recruited as piano player and keyboardist. Morrison joined in on tenor saxophone, harmonica and vocals. The group rehearsed over Dougie Knight’s bicycle shop in Shaftesbury Square, Belfast in preparation for their debut at the Maritime. As the group now felt they needed a new name, they followed Eric Wrixon’s suggestion and the Gamblers changed to Them after the 1954 sci-fi horror film.[7]

Maritime Hotel[edit]

On 14 April 1964, an advertisement in a Belfast newspaper asked: “Who Are? What Are? THEM”. Similarly curious advertisements followed until the Friday before the gig (17 April 1964) announced that Them would be performing that evening at Club Rado at the Maritime Hotel. Attendance at the two hundred capacity venue quickly grew with a packed house by the third week.[8]

Them performed without a routine, fired by the crowd’s energy: Morrison later commented that while the band was “out of our element” making records… “The way we did the numbers at the Maritime was more spontaneous, more energetic, more everything, because we were feeding off the crowd.”[9] Morrison ad libbed songs as he performed and “Gloria“, the classic song he had written at eighteen years old, took shape here and could last up to twenty minutes.[10] According to Morrison, “Them lived and died on the stage at the Maritime Hotel” but only very rudimentary recordings survive. One fan’s recording, of “Turn On Your Love Light” made its way to Mervyn and Phil Solomon, who contacted Decca RecordsDick Rowe, who then travelled to Belfast to hear Them perform. Rowe and Phil Solomon agreed on a two-year contract with the members of the band then signed up to Solomon. Morrison, at eighteen, had to have his father sign for him. Within a few weeks, the group was taken to England and into Decca’s recording studio in West Hampstead for their first recording session.[11][12][13]

With Decca[edit]

Them’s first recording session took place in London on 5 July 1964. “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Gloria” were recorded during this session as were both sides of their first single, “Don’t Start Crying Now” and “One Two Brown Eyes” as well as “Groovin'”, “Philosophy” and Bo Diddley‘s “You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover“. This session was remarkable in its employment of two drums tracks, which can be clearly heard in the stereo mixes of “Gloria” and “One Two Brown Eyes”. Rowe used session musicians Arthur Greenslade on organ and Bobby Graham on second drum kit.[14] At this late stage it became clear that the parents of Eric Wrixon, a minor in law, would not sign the contract on his behalf so he was replaced by Pat John McAuley.[12][14] The single, released in August, did not prove successful.

Their next single, Big Joe Williams‘s “Baby Please Don’t Go” substituted Andy White on drums, Phil Coulter on second keyboard, and added Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar. Lead guitar was the work of Billy Harrison.[citation needed] It was released in November with “Gloria” as its B-side. In December 1964, Them made their television debut, joining The Rolling Stones, on Ready Steady Go!.[15] Their manager, Phil Solomon got the track used as the show’s signature tune and within two weeks it was at No.19 on the UK Singles Chart, eventually peaking at No.10.[16]

In January 1965, Them toured England for a second time, staying at the Royal Hotel, which disc jockey Jimmy Savile used as his London base. Savile helped promote the band in his column for The People but Them earned a reputation for bad manners and sarcasm in their interviews. Billy Harrison said the attitude problem may have been caused by anti-Irish sentiments on the continent at the time. But, when they were interviewed by a reporter from the Irish Independent, the reporter remarked, “They were the most boorish bunch of youngsters I’d come across in my short career”. Phil Coulter recalled the band’s interview with a female reporter: “They would just sit and mutter monosyllabic grunts to themselves and give her off-the-wall answers”. (Morrison as a solo artist raised such interviews to a “negative art form”).[17] Their management promoted Them by scheduling appearances on Ready Steady Go! and on Top Of The Pops where, rather than performing live, they were expected to mime and lip sync. Morrison said of this appearance, “It was ridiculous. We were totally anti that type of thing… and we had to get into suits and have make-up put on and all that…”. He also revealed how the band had, until that time, considered the programme a complete joke.[18]

Their next release was Them’s biggest hit in the UK, “Here Comes the Night“. The producer was also the writer of the song, Bert Berns, an American, who had also co-written “Twist and Shout“. Backed with “All for Myself” it charted in the UK at No.2 on 22 April 1965, five weeks after entering the charts, and went to No.24 in the U.S. in May.[19] Both tracks originate from the same session in October 1964 that yielded “Baby Please Don’t Go” but were temporarily shelved by Decca in favor of Lulu’s version of “Here Comes the Night” which only reached # 50 on the British charts.[20]

On 11 April 1965, Them made a guest appearance at the NME Pollwinners Concert at Wembley Empire Pool: Jimmy Savile was MC for this event, which also included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals, The Searchers, The Moody Blues and Dusty Springfield. The bands had been expected to keep to their current hits, but Them audaciously segued from “Here Comes the Night” into a seven-minute version of “Turn on Your Lovelight”.[21] After the performances, NME‘s Derek Johnson commented that Morrison had “more genuine soul than any of his British contemporaries”.[22]

The band released their first album, The Angry Young Them, in June 1965 (UK) and it appeared in the USA on Parrot Records in July. But Them’s next single, “One More Time”, chosen by Phil Solomon, failed – according to Billy Harrison because it never constituted single material.[23] In July 1965, the band added English drummer Terry Noon and Scottish lead guitarist Joe Baldi (born Joseph Baldi, 10 March 1943, in La Spezia, Italy) but they left in September. Their second album, Them Again, was released in January 1966 in the UK and in April 1966 in the USA.

North America[edit]

The group was marketed in the United States as part of the British Invasion.[5] After the success of “Here Comes the Night”, the band scored a chart hit again later in 1965 with “Mystic Eyes“, which reached No.33. Them Again, released in April 1966 in the US, also charted and the band began a US tour in May 1966.[24] From 30 May to 18 June, Them had a residency at the famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. For the final week The Doors opened for Them and on the last night the two bands and Morrisons jammed a twenty-minute version of “Gloria” and a twenty-five-minute version of “In the Midnight Hour“.[25] Them went on to headline at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California and then to Hawaii, where disputes erupted among band members and management over money. The band broke apart, Morrison and Henderson returning to Belfast while Ray Elliott (born Raymond Elliott, 23 January 1939, in Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland) and David Harvey (born David Tufney, 29 July 1943, in Bude, Cornwall) decided to stay in America.[26]

Van Morrison has placed the break-up of Them in context: “There was no motive behind anything you did [back then]. You just did it because you wanted to do it and you enjoyed doing it. That’s the way the thing started, but it got twisted somewhere along the way and everybody involved in it got twisted as well, including me.”(1967) “You can’t take something like that, put it in a box and place a neat little name on it, then try to sell it. That’s what they tried to do. That’s what killed Them.” (1973)[27]

Van Morrison went on to great success and fame as a solo artist, but Them’s combination of garage rock and blues proved a major influence on the next generations of rock musicians, and the group’s best-known singles have become staples of rock and roll.[4]


In late August 1965, Billy Harrison and Pat McAuley formed a rival Them, competing with the Morrison/Henderson line-up and leading to legal action.[28] In March 1966, the latter won the rights to the name while the former, now without Harrison but with Pat’s brother Jackie McAuley (born John McAuley, 14 December 1946, in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland; ex-Them, ex-Kult), were only allowed to call themselves ‘Other Them’ in the U.K. The McAuley brothers became, unofficially, the Belfast Gypsies (or Gipsies), though they were never actually billed as such, and recorded two singles on Island Records (one released under the name Freaks of Nature) and one Swedish-only album, all produced by Kim Fowley.[29] They toured Europe billed as Them and released a French EP under that name but broke up in November 1966.[30] Not long after that the Morrison line-up also reached the end of the road. In March 1967 Morrison did a short tour of the Netherlands backed by Cuby & the Blizzards and then left for New York to start his solo career. The rest regrouped in Belfast, recruited Kenny McDowell (born Kenneth McDowell, 21 December 1944, in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) (ex-Mad Lads) as lead singer and continued touring and recording steadily after relocating to the USA in early 1967 at the invitation of producer Ray Ruff. Two albums, Now and Them and Time Out! Time In for Them, found the band experimenting with psychedelia.[31] Then Jim Armstrong and Kenny McDowell returned to Belfast to perform as Sk’boo (Armstrong, McDowell and Ray Elliot reunited in Chicago in 1969 as “Truth” and recorded a number of demos and soundtrack songs later released as Of Them And Other Tales). Henderson hired session musicians for two more records for Ray Ruff’s Happy Tiger Records, in a hard rock vein with country and folk elements; Them (1970) featured Jerry Cole as guitarist while Them In Reality (1971) featured lead guitarist Jim Parker and drummer John Stark (both ex-Kitchen Cinq). Henderson also co-wrote a rock opera, Truth Of Truths, produced by Ray Ruff in 1971.[32] These efforts were met with consumer indifference and in 1972 Them dissolved. Alan Henderson, Billy Harrison and Eric Wrixon reunited in 1979, without Morrison, recording another album, Shut Your Mouth and undertaking a tour of Germany using Billy Bell on guitar and Mel Austin as vocalist. Since the 1990s, Wrixon had toured under the moniker of “Them the Belfast Blues Band”, at one point comprising ex-Them guitarists, Jim Armstrong and Billy Harrison.


The band’s 1964 recording of “Gloria” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.[33] It was rated at No.69 on Dave Marsh‘s 1989 book, The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever and “Mystic Eyes” was rated at No.458.[34] “Gloria” was listed at No.208 on the 2004 Rolling Stone magazine’s feature, The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[35]


With Van Morrison[edit]



  • Don’t Start Crying Now / One Two Brown Eyes – (1964)
  • Baby, Please Don’t Go / Gloria – (1964) UK No.10, US No.102
  • Here Comes the Night / All For Myself – (1965) UK No.2, IRE No.2, US No.24
  • One More Time / How Long Baby – (1965)
  • Gloria / Baby, Please Don’t Go – (1965) US No.93, US No.71 (1966 Re-release)
  • (It Won’t Hurt) Half As Much / I’m Gonna Dress In Black – (1965)
  • Mystic Eyes / If You And I Could Be As Two – (1965) US No.33
  • Call My Name / Bring ’em On In – (1966)
  • I Can Only Give You Everything / Don’t Start Crying Now – (1966)
  • It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue / I’m Gonna Dress In Black (Netherlands) – (1966)
  • Richard Cory / Don’t You Know – (1966)
  • Friday’s Child / Gloria – (1967)
  • The Story Of Them, Part 1 / The Story Of Them, Part 2 – (1967)
  • It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue / Bad Or Good – (1973) GER No.13


  • Them – (1965) – Don’t Start Crying Now/Philosophy/One Two Brown Eyes/Baby, Please Don’t Go
  • Them – (1984) UK No.5

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The World of Them – (1970) (UK Decca- PA/SPA-86)
  • Them Featuring Van Morrison – (1972) – A double LP consisting of 20 cuts from first two US albums
  • Rock Roots – (1976), Decca
  • The Story of Them – (1977)
  • Them Featuring Van Morrison – (1985)
  • The Story of Them Featuring Van Morrison – (1997), Deram
  • Gold – (2005), Deram; 2006 release Universal International; 2008 release Universal Japan. Contains 49 tracks, all from the Van Morrison period.
  • The Complete Them 1964-1967 – (2015), Legacy; contains 69 tracks over 3 discs featuring Van Morrison.

Post Morrison[edit]


  • Them Belfast Gypsies – (August 1967, Scandinavia only) Sonet; CD reissue 2003, with bonus tracks, Rev-Ola (by spin-off band, The Belfast Gypsies featuring the McAuley brothers)
  • Now And Them – (January 1968), Tower; CD reissue with bonus tracks 2003, Rev-Ola
  • Time Out! Time In For Them – (November 1968), Tower; CD reissue 2003 with eight bonus tracks, Rev-Ola
  • Them – (1970), Happy Tiger; CD reissue 2008, Fallout
  • Them In Reality – (1971), Happy Tiger; CD reissue 2008, Fallout
  • Shut Your Mouth – (1979), Teldec, CD reissue 2000 as Reunion Concert, Spalax


  • Secret Police / Gloria’s Dream – (June 1966, USA), Loma 2051 (as The Belfast Gipsies)[36]
  • Gloria’s Dream / Secret Police – (October 1966, UK), Island WI 3007 (as Belfast Gipsies)
  • Portland Town / People Let’s Freak Out – (October 1966, USA), Loma 2060 (as The Belfast Gipsies)[37]
  • People Let’s Freak Out / The Shadow Chasers (‘Secret Police’) – (December 1966, UK), Island WI 3017 (Belfast Gypsies credited as Freaks of Nature, ‘A’ side with added studio effects)
  • Portland Town / Boom Boom – (1967, Sweden only), Sonet T 7672 (Belfast Gypsies credited as ‘Them’)
  • Dirty Old Man (At the Age of Sixteen) / Square Room – (August 1967), Sully Records 1021
  • Walking In The Queen’s Garden / I Happen To Love You – (November 1967), Ruff Records 1088
  • Dirty Old Man (At the Age of Sixteen) / Square Room – (December 1967) Tower (newly recorded versions of both tracks)
  • Walking In The Queen’s Garden / I Happen to Love You – (December 1967), Tower 384 (re-issue of Ruff Records 1088)
  • But It’s Alright / Square Room – (April 1968), Tower 407 (‘B’ side edited version of album track)
  • Waltz of the Flies / We’ve All Agreed To Help – (1969), Tower 461
  • Corina / Dark are the Shadows – (March 1969), Tower 493
  • I am Waiting / Lonely Weekends – (1969), Happy Tiger 525
  • Memphis Lady / Nobody Cares – (1970), Happy Tiger 534


  • Gloria’s Dream – Gloria’s Dream / Secret Police / Aria (misspelled Aira) Of The Fallen Angels / The Crazy World Inside Me – (1967, France only), Disques Vogue INT18079 (two versions were released with the same artwork except for the band’s name and the same reference number, the first credited to Them and the second credited to The Belfast Gypsies). Apparently, the versions on these two EPs were different mixes when compared with the LP versions.
  • Portland Town – Portland Town / It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue / Midnight Train / The Gorilla – (1967, France only), Disques Vogue INT18135 (Belfast Gypsies credited as ‘Them’). Apparently, the versions on this EP were different mixes when compared with the LP versions.


  • Van Morrison – lead vocals, saxophone, harmonica (1964-1966)
  • Alan Henderson – bass (1964-1966, 1966-1971, 1979; died 2017)
  • Billy Harrison – guitar, vocals (1964-1965)
  • Ronnie Milling – drums (1964)
  • Eric Wrixon – keyboards (1964, 1965; died 2015)
  • Pat McAuley – keyboards (1964), drums (1964-1965)
  • Jackie McAuley – keyboards (1965)
  • Peter Bardens – keyboards (1965; died 2002)
  • Joe Baldi – guitar (1965)
  • Terry Noon – drums (1965)
  • Jim Armstrong – guitar (1965-1966, 1966-1969, 1979)
  • John Wilson – drums (1965)
  • Dave Harvey – drums (1965-1966)
  • Steve Reush – drums (1966)
  • Sammy Stitt – drums (1966)
  • Eric Bell – guitar (1966)
  • Mike Brown – bass (1966)
  • Joe Hanratty – drums (1966)
  • Kenny McDowell – lead vocals (1966-1969)
  • Dave Harvey – drums (1966-1969)
  • Ray Elliot – keyboards, saxophone, flute (1966-1967)
  • Jerry Cole – vocals, guitar, percussion (1969-1970; died 2008)
  • Jim Parker – guitar, vocals (1970-1971)
  • John Stark – drums, lead vocals (1970-1971)
  • Mel Austin – lead vocals (1979)
  • Billy Bell – drums (1979)
  • Brian Scott – keyboards, flute (1979)
Other Them / Belfast Gypsies
  • Pat McAuley – organ (1965-1966), drums (1966)
  • Mark Scott – bass (1965-1966)
  • Nick Wymer – lead vocals (1965-1966)
  • Skip Alan – drums (1965)
  • Billy Harrison – guitar (1965)
  • ‘Don’ – guitar (1965-1966)
  • Viv Prince – drums (1965)
  • Ken McLeod – drums (1965-1966), guitar (1966)
  • Jackie McAuley – lead vocals, organ, harmonica (1966)
  • Peter Bardens – keyboards (1966)
  • Jim Armstrong – guitar (1969-1971)
  • Curtis Bachman – bass (1969-1971)
  • Kenny McDowell – lead vocals (1969-1971)
  • Reno Smith – drums (1969-1971)
  • Ray Elliot – keyboards, flute (1970)
  • Buddy Clark – drums (1971)
Them – The Belfast Blues Band[38]
  • Eric Wrixon – keyboards, lead vocals (1993-2015)
  • Jim Armstrong – guitar (1993-2003)
  • John Wilson – drums (1993-?)
  • Billy Bell – drums
  • Ally MacKenzie – bass
  • Siggi Heilek – drums
  • Billy McCoy – guitar (?-2015)
  • Luca Nardi – bass (?-2015)
  • Tom Wagener – drums (?-2015)

The Main Ingredient (band)




The Main Ingredient (band)

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The Main Ingredient
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The Main Ingredient in 1970.Original members (L-to-R) Luther Simmons, Don McPherson, and Tony Silvester
Background information
Origin Harlem, New York, US
Genres Soul, R&B, funk
Years active 1964–1977, 1979–1981, 1986–1991, 1999–present
Labels Red Bird Records (1964)
RCA Records (1970–1981)
Polydor Records (1989)
Magnatar (2001)
Kent Soul (2007–present)
Members Jerome Jackson
Stanley Alston
Past members Cuba Gooding, Sr. (deceased)
Donald McPherson (deceased)
Tony “Panama” Silvester (deceased)
Luther Simmons
Carl Tompkins
Larry Moore
Carlton Blount
George Staley, Sr.

The Main Ingredient is an American soul and R&B group best known for their 1972 hit song “Everybody Plays the Fool“.

Early history[edit]

The group was formed in Harlem, New York City in 1964 as a trio called the Poets, composed of lead singer Donald McPherson, Luther Simmons, Jr., and Panama-born Tony Silvester. They made their first recordings for Leiber & Stoller‘s Red Bird label, but soon changed their name to the Insiders and signed with RCA Records. In 1968, after a couple of singles, they changed their name once again, this time permanently, to the Main Ingredient. The name came from a Coke bottle.

They then teamed up with record producer/arranger Bert DeCoteaux. Under his direction, the Main Ingredient reached the R&B Top 30 for the first time in 1970 with “You’ve Been My Inspiration”. A cover of The Impressions‘ “I’m So Proud” broke the Top 20, and “Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)” went into the Top 10. In 1971, they scored again, with the McPherson-penned black-power anthem “Black Seeds Keep on Growing,” but tragedy struck that year. Don McPherson, who had suddenly taken ill with leukemia, died unexpectedly. Stunned, Tony Silvester and Luther Simmons re-grouped with new lead singer Cuba Gooding, Sr., who had served as a backing vocalist on some of their previous recordings and had filled in on tour during McPherson’s brief illness.

The Gooding era began auspiciously with the million-selling smash “Everybody Plays the Fool“, which hit number two R&B and number three pop to become the group’s biggest hit. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in September 1972.[1] The accompanying album, Bitter Sweet, became their first to hit the Top 10 on the R&B album chart; its follow-up, 1973’s Afrodisiac, featured several songs written or co-written by Stevie Wonder, although it did not produce any huge successes on the singles charts. They peaked at number eight on the R&B chart in 1974 with “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely“, which sold over a million copies,[1] and also reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. The track peaked at number twenty-seven in the UK Singles Chart in July 1974, although it was their only chart presence in the UK.[2] In 1975, the group recorded several songs co-written by Leon Ware, including the R&B Top Ten “Rolling Down a Mountainside”. By this point, however, Tony Silvester was harboring other ambitions; he released a solo album called Magic Touch that year, and left the group to form a production team with DeCoteaux. The two of them scored a Top 10 Pop and R&B smash with their production of Ben E. King‘s hit “Supernatural Thing” in 1975.

Later years[edit]

Silvester was replaced by Carl Tompkins, and Gooding departed for a solo career on Motown in 1977, which produced two albums; Simmons, meanwhile, left the music industry to work as a stockbroker. Gooding, Silvester and Simmons reunited as the Main Ingredient in 1979, and recorded two more albums, 1980’s Ready for Love and 1981’s I Only Have Eyes for You (the latter featured a minor hit in “Evening of Love”). The trio reunited for a second time in 1986, but their Zakia single “Do Me Right” flopped, and Simmons returned to his day job. He was replaced by Jerome Jackson on the 1989 Polydor album I Just Wanna Love You. In the wake of Aaron Neville‘s Top Ten revival of “Everybody Plays the Fool”, Gooding resumed his solo career and issued his third album in 1993. Silvester and Simmons re-formed the Main Ingredient in 1999 with new lead singer Carlton Blount; this line-up recorded Pure Magic in 2001.

Tony Silvester died after a six-year struggle with multiple myeloma on November 27, 2006, at the age of 65, and original member Luther Simmons retired shortly thereafter. Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in his car on April 20, 2017. The current line-up of the group consists of Jerome Jackson, and Stanley Alston.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Record label

1970 L.T.D. 200 RCA Records
Tasteful Soul 146 26
1971 Black Seeds 176 35
1972 Bitter Sweet 79 10 30
1973 Afrodisiac 132 16
1974 Euphrates River 52 8 48
1975 Rolling Down a Mountainside 90 3
Shame on the World 158 27
1977 Music Maximus 177
1980 Ready for Love 207 69
1981 I Only Have Eyes for You
1989 I Just Wanna Love You 59 Polydor
2001 Pure Magic Magnatar
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Record label

1973 Greatest Hits 205 32 RCA Records
1976 Super Hits 201 46
1990 Golden Classics Collectables
All Time Greatest Hits RCA Records
1996 A Quiet Storm
2005 Everybody Plays the Fool: The Best of the Main Ingredient Legacy/RCA
2007 Spinning Around: The Singles 1967–1975 Kent
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Single Peak chart positions


1965 “I’m Stuck on You” [A]
1966 “Chapel Bells Are Calling” [B]
1967 “I’m Better Off Without You” [B]
“If You Had a Heart” [B]
1969 “I Was Born to Lose You”
“Brotherly Love”
1970 “Can’t Stand Your Love”
“You’ve Been My Inspiration” 64 25
“I’m Better Off Without You” (re-recorded version) 91
“I’m So Proud” 49 13
1971 “Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love)” 52 7
“Black Seeds Keep on Growing” 97 15
“Another Day Has Come”
1972 Everybody Plays the Fool 3 2 25 44 6
“You’ve Got to Take It (If You Want It)” 46 18
1973 “You Can Call Me Rover” 101 34
“Girl Blue” 119 51
1974 Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely 10 8 42 7 27
“Happiness Is Just Around the Bend” 35 7 51
“California My Way” 75 48
1975 “Rolling Down a Mountainside” 92 7
“The Good Old Days” 45
“Shame on the World” 20
1976 “Instant Love” 96
1980 “Think Positive” 69
“Makes No Diff’rence to Me”
1981 “Evening of Love”
I Only Have Eyes for You
1982 “Party People”
1986 “Do Me Right” 75
1989 “I Just Wanna Love You” 15
1990 “Nothing’s Too Good for My Baby” 29
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A Single credited to The Poets
  • B Single credited to The Insiders

TRIBUTE TO…Cuba Gooding Sr.


Cuba Gooding Sr.

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Cuba Gooding Sr.
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Gooding at a performance in San Diego, California, September 25, 2008
Born (1944-04-27)April 27, 1944
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 20, 2017(2017-04-20) (aged 72)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Shirley Sullivan
Children 4 including Cuba Jr. and Omar
Parent(s) Dudley MacDonald Gooding
Addie Alston
Musical career
Birth name Cuba M. Gooding
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 1964–2017
Associated acts The Main Ingredient, Stevie Wonder

Cuba Gooding Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He was the lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient, most notable for its two biggest hits, “Everybody Plays the Fool” (1972) and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” (1974).

He had a brief solo career on Motown Records during the late-1970s and early-1980s. His biggest international success was Brian Auger‘s “Happiness Is Just Around the Bend” in 1983, which has in recent times been sampled by several R&B artists, as well as hitting the charts again as a remix by UK Hardcore Rave group Altern-8 in 1991. In the same year, samples from the song also featured prominently in Bizarre Inc‘s single “Playing With Knives”.

Life and career

Born in New York City, Gooding was a son of Dudley MacDonald Gooding and his wife Addie Alston. The elder Gooding was a native of Barbados who fled the island in 1936 to Cuba, and met and married a woman there. When she was murdered because of their affiliation with Pan Africanist leader Marcus Garvey, Dudley Gooding promised his wife on her deathbed that he would name his first son Cuba.[1] His father died when Cuba was 11 years old.[2]

Gooding and his wife, singer Shirley Gooding (née Sullivan) had four children: actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Omar Gooding, April Gooding and musician Tommy Gooding. Gooding Sr. later became a minor actor himself. Gooding Sr. separated from his wife in 1974. In 1995, the Goodings remarried, some 21 years after having separated and divorced. In one of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s movies (Radio), there is a scene where “Radio” is listening to The Main Ingredient.[citation needed]

Gooding released a single called “Politics” in September 2007. He was also developing a film project called Everybody Plays the Fool: The Cuba Gooding Story. The film highlights three generations of the Gooding Family: Dudley “Cuba” Gooding, Cuba Gooding Sr., Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding.[3]

On the Boat Trip DVD trivia track, it was stated that he was going to appear in the 2003 romantic-comedy The Fighting Temptations, which stars his son Cuba Gooding Jr., but he is not in the movie.

Cuba was added by popular demand to the Beach Music Super Collaboration CD, performing the Charles Wallert composition, “Meant To Be In Love”. This led to the duo’s project, “Never Give Up” (Bluewater Recordings), which debuted at the 2009 presidential inauguration.[4]


On April 20, 2017, one week before his 73rd birthday, Gooding was found dead in his vehicle while parked on a street in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. CPR was performed by the fire department but they were unable to revive him.[5][6] Police believe he died from a suspected drug overdose.[7]

Lauren Weedman

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Lauren Weedman

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Lauren Weedman
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Born Lauren Huntington
(1969-03-05) March 5, 1969 (age 48)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Michael Neff (Divorced 2003)

Jeff Weatherford (Divorced 2013)

Children 1

Lauren Weedman (born 1969) is an American actress and comedian, best known for her regular role on the HBO television series Looking (2014–2015).[1] She is also known for her roles in films such as Date Night (2010) and The Five-Year Engagement (2012) and for appearing as a guest star on various series such as Hung, New Girl and 2 Broke Girls. She was also a correspondent on The Daily Show from 2001 to 2002. Weedman has also written and performed several one-woman/spoken word shows, including Homecoming, BUST, and The People’s Republic of Portland.[2]

Weedman grew up in Indianapolis, moving to Seattle in 1995. Her marriage to Seattle writer Michael Neff ended in 2003.[3] She subsequently moved to Santa Monica, CA, and gave birth to a son, Leo, in 2010 with longtime boyfriend, director Jeff Weatherford,[4] whom she married in 2012 and divorced the next year.[5][6] She details his affair with their 18 year old nanny in her new book “Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having it All From Someone Who Is Not Okay” and in an interview with the New York Post.[7]


  • Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having it All From Someone Who Is Not Okay published 2016, Plume publishing
  • A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body: (Tales from a Life of Cringe) published 2007, Sasquatch publishing


Year Title Role
2014–2015 Looking Doris
2014–2015 Kittens in a Cage Lois
2013 2 Broke Girls Shayne
2013 Dads HR Lady
2013 Masters of Sex Quadruplets’ Mother
2013 Arrested Development Twink
2012 New Girl Mysteria
2011 4th Critics’ Choice Television Awards Herself
2011 Childrens Hospital Angry Mother
2010 True Blood La Donna
2009–2010 Hung Horny Patty
2009–2010 Our Show
2008 United States of Tara Heidi Sawyer
2000–2007 I Love the New Millennium Herself
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Nurse
2006 Talkshow with Spike Feresten Lauren / Medical Correspondent
2005 I Love Toys Herself
2005 I Love the Holidays Herself
2005 I Love the 80s 3-D Herself
2005 I Love the 90s: Part Deux Herself
2005 World Cup Comedy Herself
2004 Pryor Offenses Jenine
2004 CMT: 20 Merriest Christmas Videos Herself
2004 A2Z Herself
2004 Reno 911! Hysterical Woman
2001–2002 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Herself
2001–2002 Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins Herself
1997–1999 Almost Live! Various


Year Title Role
2017 Wilson Cat Lady
2017 The Little Hours
2016 Joshy Isadora
2014 Every Beautiful Thing Magdalene
2014 Silent Shadows Val
2014 The Gambler Banker
2011 The Five-Year Engagement Chef Sally
2011 50 Greatest Herself
2009 Date Night Wendy
2009 Imagine That Rose
2007 The Kitty Landers Show Laurette T. Hinch
2006 The Ex Alice

Theater Credits[edit]

Year Production Location Notes
1996 Pants on Fire The Empty Space Theatre, Seattle, WA NA
1998 Texarkana Waltz The Empty Space Theatre, Seattle, WA NA
1997-2002 Homecoming On the Boards, Seattle; Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle; Off-Broadway Westside Theatre, NY, NY; HBO’s U.S.C.A., Aspen, CO; Westbeth Theatre, NY, NY Solo show
1998 Yea, Tho I Walk/Huu ACT Theatre, Seattle, WA; Annex Theatre, Seattle, WA Solo show
1999 If Ornaments Had Lips UCB Theatre, NY, NY; On The Boards, Seattle, WA Music by James Palmer
2000 Amsterdam the Musical The Empty Space Theatre, Seattle, WA; Krane Theatre, NY, NY Solo show
2001 They Got His Mouth Right UCB Theatre, NY, NY; P73 New Work Festival, NY, NY Solo show
2002 Slow Boat to China Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington, IN NA
2003 Rash The Empty Space Theatre, Seattle, WA; Hudson Theatre, LA, CA Solo show
2004 Move Your Meet, Strange Encounters in Public Spaces Los Angeles Performed with Company of Strangers
2007 Bust The Empty Space Theatre, Seattle, WA Solo show
2008 Wreckage Theatre Babylon, Seattle, WA; Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA; REDCAT New Works Festival, LA, CA; Highways Performance, Santa Monica, CA; Tricklock Theatre Festival, Albuquerque, NM; Ars Nova, NY, NY; KEF Productions Solo Festival, Studio Theatre, NY, NY Solo show
2009 No You Shut Up Passage Theatre, NY, NY Solo show
2013, 2015 People’s Republic of Portland Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR Solo show
2014 I Think You’re Beautiful Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA Solo show
2014 Blame It On Boise Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise, ID Solo show
2014 It’s Not You It’s Me Talbott Street Theater, Indianapolis, IN Example
2014 Good For You Tricklock Theater Company, Albuquerque, NM Solo show

Honors / awards[edit]

  • 2002 Seattle Times Footlight Award, Best New Play, Best Solo Show
  • 2002 The Best Women Playwrights of 2002, editor D.L. Lepidus
  • 2007 Alpert Award for the Arts in Playwriting for Bust
  • 2014 Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series, Looking, Nominated[8]

Analeigh Tipton

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Analeigh Tipton

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Analeigh Tipton

Born Analeigh Christian Tipton
(1988-11-09) November 9, 1988 (age 28)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2008–present
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)[2]
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue
Manager Abrams Artists Agency
Ford Models

Analeigh Christian Tipton (born November 9, 1988)[3][4] is an American figure skater, actress,[5] and fashion model. She is noted for placing third on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model and for her roles in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love, Warm Bodies and Two Night Stand.

Early life[edit]

Tipton was born, and spent her early childhood in, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6] When Tipton was aged eight, her family relocated to Sacramento, California and she went to school in Placerville.[6] She attended Marymount College, Palos Verdes.[7][8]


Tipton began skating at the age of two and a half,[6] and competed in four U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Later, she and her pair partner, Phillip Cooke,[9] became twice regional champions, and competed at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships twice on the Juvenile level.[9] She retired from competitive skating at 16 but continued to skate in charity ice shows for AIDS foundations and to rebuild a rink damaged in a fire.[6][10]


Prior to America’s Next Top Model, Tipton was signed to I Model & Talent in Los Angeles[11] and walked in Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2008 for designer, Kelly Nishimoto for her Fall 2008 collection, Imasu.[12]

Tipton in 2008

Tipton placed third on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model in 2008.[13] She was recruited through Myspace and was asked to audition in Los Angeles.[6] At the beginning of the show, Tipton revealed that she once encountered sex traffickers posing as modeling agents. She was then sold to a Saudi Arabian prince but managed to get out of the situation before the deal was finalized.[14] After landing in the bottom 2 in the episode “You’re Beautiful, Now Change” for not using her ice-skating moves to her advantage, she rebounded and appeared in the top three for seven consecutive weeks.[citation needed] Tipton was called first twice, one for the first CoverGirl commercial, which Tyra Banks deemed “the best CoverGirl commercial in the history of America’s Next Top Model.[15] She also won the go-sees challenge, by booking all three of her go-sees she went to and getting back on time.[16] In a challenge won by Elina Ivanova, Ivanova shared her prize with Marjorie Conrad and Tipton; they appeared alongside each other in the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine.[citation needed] She was subsequently eliminated in the finale after forgetting her lines in the second CoverGirl commercial, which left Samantha Potter and McKey Sullivan to walk in the finale runway show.[15]

Tipton signed with Ford Models in Los Angeles and Abrams Artists Agency, in both the commercial and theatrical divisions.[2] She appeared on Spain’s Marie Claire, Seventeen magazine’s December 2008-January 2009 edition, a several page spread in Maxim[17] and Vogue. She was also featured in ads for Forever 21 and Guess.

In 2010, she modeled Geren Ford’s pre-fall 2010 collection. For Los Angeles Fashion Week she walked for Skingraft and David Alexander for the S/S 2010 season.[18] Tipton’s other runway credits include Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Show, Ticket Fashion Show, Nick Verreos Line, Guess?, and America’s Next Top Model obsessed fashion show.[citation needed]


Tipton and Samantha Potter appeared as guest stars on an episode of the television series The Big Bang Theory in 2008.[19] She made her film debut in The Green Hornet, which was released on January 14, 2011.[20] Tipton played a babysitter who has a crush on Steve Carell‘s character in Crazy, Stupid, Love.[21] prompting The New York Times to call her a “face to watch”.[22]

Tipton was cast in the third season of HBO’s TV comedy Hung, portraying Sandee, a young gigolo’s scheming fiancee.[23] She played a supporting role in the zombie-apocalyptic horror-romance Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine.[24] She had a small role opposite Scarlett Johansson in the 2014 science fiction action film Lucy. She had her first lead role in Two Night Stand directed by Max Nichols which was released on September 26, 2014.[25]

In 2014, Tipton was the co-lead in ABC’s short-lived comedy series, Manhattan Love Story.


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Green Hornet Ana Lee
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Jessica Riley
2011 Damsels in Distress Lily Lead role
2013 Warm Bodies Nora
2014 Buttwhistle Rose
2014 4 Minute Mile Lisa
2014 Lucy Caroline
2014 Two Night Stand Megan Pagano Lead role
2015 Mississippi Grind Vanessa
2016 Between Us Veronica
2016 Viral Stacey
2016 In Dubious Battle Vera
2017 Golden Exits Jess
2017 All Nighter Ginnie
2017 The Long Home Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2008 America’s Next Top Model Herself Contestant in cycle 11; finished third
2008 The Big Bang Theory Analeigh Episode: “The Panty Pinata Polarization”
2009 The Tyra Banks Show Herself Episode: “Top Model Toga Party”
2011 Hung Sandee Recurring role; 8 episodes
2012 Made in Hollywood Herself Episode #7.23
2013 Vibe for Women Herself Funny or Die skit
2013 The Power Inside Ashley Main role
2014 Manhattan Love Story Dana Lead role
2015 Limitless Shauna Episode: “The Legend of Marcos Ramos”
2015 The Big Bang Theory Vanessa Bennett Episode: “The Mystery Date Observation”
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Constant Conversations Herself Passion Pit video

Alanna Ubach

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Alanna Ubach

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Alanna Ubach
Born Alanna Noel Ubach
(1975-10-03) October 3, 1975 (age 41)
Downey, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Alana Ubach
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1990–present

Alanna Noel Ubach (born October 3, 1975) is an American actress and singer of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. She is known for her roles in Legally Blonde as Serena McGuire, and Meet the Fockers as Isabel Villalobos. She has provided voices for several characters in a number of animated television shows and movies, such as Liz Allan on The Spectacular Spider-Man, the title character on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Lola Boa on Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Strudel on Pound Puppies (2010), and four characters in the Oscar-winning animated film Rango. She played the first female assistant, Josie, on Beakman’s World. She also wrote and performed a one-woman show.

Early life[edit]

Ubach was born in Downey, California, the daughter of Sidna and Rodolfo Ubach. Her sister Athena Ubach is a therapist.[1] Her father was from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her mother, raised in Los Angeles, was from Sinaloa, Mexico.[2]

Since the age of two, she showed a conscious artistic inclination, and by age seven, she had already made her TV acting debut on Romper Room and was studying acting and dance. At 14, she was traveling with an actor’s company composed entirely of adults, yet she managed to gain critical acclaim from the New York Times for her role as a Jewish girl from Brooklyn in Club Soda.[3] During this stage, she also landed a regular spot as Josie the assistant in the TV series, Beakman’s World. Her early film roles include Airborne (1993), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Renaissance Man (1994), and The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).

At 17, she starred in the play Kindertransport[4] at the Manhattan Theatre Club. As she matured, her new interest led her into a series of indie films, like Denise Calls Up (1995), in which she played the title character, the Sundance-acclaimed film Johns (1996), playing David Arquette’s girlfriend, and in Freeway (1996), playing a Latina gang girl. During this time, she also played roles in more mainstream films like Clockwatchers (1997), alongside Toni Colette and Parker Posey. Her Hollywood credentials also include her role as Elle Woods’s best friend Serena McGuire in the two Legally Blonde films.[5]


Ubach stars with Lisa Edelstein as a regular cast member on Bravo‘s first-ever scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.[6][7] Ubach portrays Jo, who moves to Los Angeles to reinvent herself in the guest house of her just-divorced best friend from college, Abby.[8] “Jo ditches the vegan bakery she owned in New York for a sugary one in LA, she’s an outspoken New Yorker who rarely chooses her words wisely in public,” explains Ubach. “Jo can be tough or tender, depending on what she has just ingested as food or drink—or if she’s fueled by her inner strength, anger or grit.” Ubach describes the show as “fun and stylish, it’s very relatable.” The role of Jo was created following the exit of Janeane Garofalo, who played Lyla, a lawyer and one of Abby’s best friends, for several of the show’s earlier episodes.[9]

Ubach starred in DirecTV’s Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight as Grace, a gallery curator and very neurotic sex maniac. She also became a first-time feature film producer, in addition to her co-starring role, in the upcoming feature, August Falls. From 2012 to 2015, she played Amy Hobbs on Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run with Scott Baio playing her husband. Despite countless glowing reviews of her varied on-screen and stage performances, Ubach is still best known for her roles in both Legally Blonde films, Meet the Fockers and “Hung. Ubach, a self-confessed “drama queen,” had humble beginnings and used her work ethic to transform herself into a goal-oriented risk-taker and a constantly working actress since childhood.

In 2004, Ubach starred in the movie Waiting…, alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris, and after a long casting process, landed the role of a Latina maid/caterer in the star-filled sequel to Meet the Parents, Meet The Fockers (2004). She remains active on television, with appearances in Hung (2009), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2011), and Californication (2013).

In January 2017, Glenn Howerton, star and executive producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, stated that he regretted killing Ubach’s character, Roxie, in season seven because she was, “such a funny character.”[10] Complex ranked “Frank’s Pretty Woman,” the episode guest-starring Ubach as Roxie, as the sixth best episode of the entire It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia series.[11]


In June 2008, Ubach starred in and narrated her ongoing one-woman show, “Patriotic Bitch,” which ran at the Clurman Theatre in Theater Row.[12] Reviewing “Patriotic Bitch,” the New York Times stated that the show, “can’t hold a candle to the very best of the genre,” but nonetheless described it as, “entertaining one-act series of character monologues,” and noted that Ubach was, “seriously talented.”[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Blue Men Edith Short
1993 Airborne Gloria
1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Maria
1994 Hits! Angie
1994 Renaissance Man Emily Rago
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Noreen
1995 Denise Calls Up Denise Devaro
1996 Layin’ Low Manuela
1996 Freeway Mesquita
1996 Love Is All There Is Niccolina
1996 Just Your Luck Angela Direct-to-video
1996 Johns Nikki
1997 Pink as the Day She Was Born Cherry
1997 Clockwatchers Jane
1997 Dead End: Do Me a Favor Christy
1998 Enough Already Val
1998 All of It Amy Holbeck
1999 The Sterling Chase Jenna Marino
2000 Slice & Dice Ginger
2000 Blue Moon Peggy
2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th Girl Student in Labor
2001 What They Wanted, What They Got Berkely Short
2001 Legally Blonde Serena McGuire
2002 The Perfect You Wendy
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Serena McGuire
2003 Wasabi Tuna Emme
2003 Nobody Knows Anything Sarah
2004 Meet the Fockers Isabel Villalobos
2005 Herbie Fully Loaded Reporter
2005 Waiting… Naomi
2006 Open Window Kim
2006 Hard Scrambled Crysta
2007 The Pre Nup Cindy Short
2007 Equal Opportunity Peggy M. Smith
2007 Jekyll Michelle Utterson
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Dander (voice) Direct-to-video
2009 Stuntmen Tovah Frieberg
2009 Still Waiting… Naomi Direct-to-video
2011 Bad Teacher Angela
2011 Rango Boo / Cletus / Fresca / Miss Daisy (voice)
2012 Envelope Tanya Short film
2013 A Haunted House Jenny
2013 Garbage Casey Siegel
2013 Being Us Margaret


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? April Movie
1993–1994 Beakman’s World Josie 26 episodes
1994 ABC Afterschool Special Cindy “Boys Will Be Boys”
1995, 1998 Touched by an Angel Lydia / Cookie 2 episodes
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Shannon Johnson Miniseries; 2 episodes
1998 Tracey Takes On… Actress
2001 Tikiville Herself Movie
2001 Gary & Mike Various voices Episode: “Washington D.C.”
2002, 2003 Teamo Supremo Brenda/Rope Girl / Hector Felipé Corrio/Skate Lad (voice) 13 episodes
2002 Ozzy & Drix Mayor Paul Spryman (voice) 4 episodes
2004 30 Days Until I’m Famous Daisy Fresh Movie
2004 Karroll’s Christmas Jodie Movie
2004 Higglytown Heroes Plunkie (voice) Episode: “Shear Luck/Big Night Out”
2004–06 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Lola Boa (voice) 35 episodes
2005 The Closer Mrs. Pruitt Episode: “Standards and Practices”
2005 House Dr. Harper Episode: “Spin
2005 Uncommon Sense Brenda Movie
2007 Playing Chicken Herself Movie
2007 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Manny Rivera / El Tigre / additional voices 46 episodes
2007 Friday Night Lights Roberta “Bobbie” Roberts 2 episodes
2007 Random! Cartoons Mrs. Abbott, Samantha (voice) Episode: “The Infinite Goliath”
2008 Eli Stone Cathy Borilla 3 episodes
2008–09 The Spectacular Spider-Man Liz Allan / Helena / Trina (voice) 19 episodes
2009–11 Hung Yael Kuntz 10 episodes
2009–11 Men of a Certain Age Michelle 6 episodes
2010–13 Pound Puppies Strudel / Mr. Nut Nut (voice) 65 episodes
2011 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Roxy Episode: “Frank’s Pretty Woman”
2011 The Mentalist Dr. Guidry Episode: “Bloodstream”
2012 Ringer Attorney Episode: “It’s Easy to Cry When This Much Cash is Involved”
2012–13 Kaijudo Master Tiera (Normal Form) / Lucy / Portia / Queen Kalima (voice) 12 episodes
2012–15 See Dad Run Amy Hobbs Series
2013 Californication Trudy 3 episodes
2013 Mad Annabel / Cat / Museum Daughter Episode: “Papa / 1600 Finn”
2013 Revolution Bonnie Webster Episode: “Dead Man Walking”
2013–14 Ben 10: Omniverse Rook Shar / Rook Ben / Additional Voices 3 episodes
2014–15 NCIS NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst Sofia Martinez 2 episodes
2014 Sheriff Callie’s Wild West Polly May Porcupine (voice) Episode: “The Prickly Pair”
2014 Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight Grace 6 episodes
2015–present Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Jo Hernandez-Frumpkis Series regular

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera El Tigre / Manny Rivera
2011 Rango Cletus / Cletus’ mom Credited as Alana Ubach
2012 Madagascar 3: The Video Game Captain DuBois
2013 Marvel Heroes Lady Deadpool Uncredited
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population


Year 2010 Association Category Program Result
1992 Young Artist Awards Performer in a Children’s Program Beakman’s World Nominated

Paola Turbay

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Paola Turbay

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Paola Turbay
Born Paola Turbay Gómez
(1970-11-29) November 29, 1970 (age 46)
Houston, Texas, U.S.[1]
Years active 1994-present
Spouse(s) Alejandro Estrada (m. 1994)
Children 2
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Brown
Eye color Gray
Title(s) Miss Colombia 1991
Miss Colombia 1991
Miss Universe 1992
(1st Runner-Up)

Paola Turbay Gómez (born November 29, 1970) is a Colombian-American actress, model, beauty queen, and television presenter.

Of Lebanese descent[2] and related to Julio César Turbay Ayala, Turbay represented Bogotá in the Miss Colombia beauty pageant, which she won in 1991. She was the first runner-up in the 1992 Miss Universe competition.[citation needed]

After finishing her studies in psychology at the Universidad de los Andes, Turbay focused on her career as a model and presenter in entertainment news segments on Noticias QAP and Noticiero C newscasts, as well as an actress, with shows like Hola Paola (“Hello Paola”) during the 1990s. In 2005 she was the official presenter, with Miguel Varoni, of the National Beauty Pageant. She has also made cameo appearances in several Colombian series like O todos en la cama, Ecomoda (sequel to Betty la fea) and Leche (“Milk”).

After studying acting in Hollywood, Florida, Turbay became the main character of the RCN TV comedy Noticias calientes (“Hot News”) in 2002. Two years later she would star the telenovela Las noches de Luciana (“The Nights of Luciana”) and in 2006 would present the Colombian version of Dancing with the Stars, Bailando por un Sueño. Paola has also made brief appearances in films such as Lenny the Wonder Dog and Love in the Time of Cholera.

In 2007, Turbay played Isabel Vega on the CBS series Cane, which was canceled in May 2008 after only one season. In 2008 she has been participating as a recurring guest star on the ABC series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.[3] She also guested on the Showtime series Californication (Season 2, ep. 8, “Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills”) and had a recurring role as an LAPD detective during the fifth season of TNT‘s The Closer.

On Jan. 6, 2010, she played the role of Beatriz on the CBS series The Mentalist (Season 3, ep. 11, “Bloodsport”).[4]

Paola has been cast on the role of Antonia Gavilán de Logroño for the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood airing in 2011.[5]

Starting in 2010, she had a recurring role on Royal Pains as Marissa Cassaras, Boris’s love interest, and mother of his son.


























Jasmin Wagner

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Jasmin Wagner

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Jasmin Wagner
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Wagner at the Berlin Film Festival in 2010
Background information
Also known as Blümchen, Blossom, Denim Girl
Born (1980-04-20) 20 April 1980 (age 37)
Hamburg, Germany
Genres Pop, Happycore
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, model
Years active 1995–2001 as Blümchen, 2001–present as Jasmin Wagner
Labels Edel – Neues Gefühl Records

Jasmin Wagner ([jasˈmiːn ˈʋaːɡnɐ], born 20 April 1980), better known as Blümchen [ˈblyːmçən], is a pop and dance music singer, actress, and model/spokesperson. Although she releases her English albums under the name Blossom, her German stage name “Blümchen” actually translates to “floret” or “small flower“. She is also known as Denim Girl, performing the song “Are You Ready For Some Darkness?” on the Alpha Motherfuckers – A Tribute to Turbonegro album.

Musical career[edit]

Born in Hamburg to a German father and a Croatian mother, she began performing as a cheerleader for the Hamburg Blue Angels, a squad associated with the Hamburg Blue Devils American football team. In 1995, when she was just 15, she started her musical career under the name Blümchen. She became the most successful German female singer of the 1990s. She also released singles and albums in other German-speaking countries, Scandinavia and Asia.

Her songs varied from around 50 BPM to about 190 BPM and they range from many genres of music: Dance, Trance, Happy Hardcore, Pop, and Eurodance. She returned, though, in 2001 with the single “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” under her real name, Jasmin Wagner. In 2005 she released her first and so far only studio album Die Versuchung. It was commercially unsuccessful, staying in the German Album Charts for just five weeks. The musical style is very different from the Blümchen songs. It can be categorized as Retro Pop.

Her song “Boomerang” (1996) was part of an Internet campaign in early 2010 against Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German spin-off of Pop Idol. In an attempt to prevent the winner Mehrzad Marashi‘s debut single, “Don’t Believe“, from reaching number one in the charts, “Boomerang” was purchased online en-masse, reaching #7 in the charts, higher than its 1996 peak of #11, but still not high enough to unseat “Don’t Believe”. This made “Boomerang” Jasmin Wagner’s fifth top-ten single, over a decade after its release.[1] The campaign was presumably inspired by a similar campaign in Britain against The X Factor, where “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine was the Christmas number one in 2009.

Movie career[edit]

Blümchen, November 2006

Wagner has also made cameo appearances in several movies, most notably as a race car fan in Driven, starring Sylvester Stallone. Wagner appeared in the role of Maxi in the film Breathful by Daryush Shokof in Germany in 2006 and in different TV series with appearances in single episodes.

Theater career[edit]

In 2007, Wagner started acting in various stage plays.

Career as TV presenter[edit]

In 1996, Wagner first appeared as a TV presenter in Heart Attack, a youth dating show. She also presented the Mini Playback Show in 1998 and the casting show Teenstar in 2002.

Career as spokesperson and model[edit]

Wagner began her modelling career at age four in the Petrol catalog. In 1998, she was made the official representative of the Tommy Hilfiger product “Tommy Girl”, and has also been involved in modelling several Hilfiger clothing products in Germany. She also promotes her own cosmetics line Jamila, which was launched in 2002.

As a spokesmodel she has also been a vocal supporter of animal rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and has been involved in many fundraising projects for them. As such in December 2004 she was involved in the charity fundraiser “Stars for Whales”. Her fundraising efforts are not just for animals however; she has been a strong supporter of Hand in Hand for Children, a cancer awareness group. After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake she was involved in a charity fundraiser for tsunami relief raising over 50,000.



  • RSH Gold “Best Singer”
  • Bravo Gold Otto
  • Popcorn Award “Best Singer”
  • Pop/Rocky Award



  • ZDF Golden Tuning Fork
  • Bravo Gold Otto (multiple categories)
  • Pop/Rocky Schlumf Gold Award
  • RSH Gold Award


  • ZDF Golden Tuning Fork Nominee
  • VIVA Awards Nominee
  • ENERGY Award (Sweden)
  • Bravo Silver Otto “Best Singer”
  • Echo Award


  • Bravo Bronze Otto
  • Popcorn Bronze Award



as Blümchen[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
1996 Herzfrequenz

 Sales: + 320.000 
18 (48 We.) 14 (16 We.) 15 (13 We.)
1997 Verliebt…

 Sales: + 360.000
7 (46 We.) 11 (16 We.) 9 (11 We.)
1998 Jasmin

 Sales: + 270.000 
8 (23 We.) 19 (6 We.) 25 (19 We.) 20 (5 We.)
1999 Live in Berlin 57 (6 We.)
2000 Die Welt gehört dir

 Sales: + 80.000 
18 (5) 40 (5 We.) 86 (1 We.)
2001 Für immer und ewig 95 (1 We.) 51 (1 We.)
“—” denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

as Blossom[edit]

Year Title
1996 Heartbeat
1997 In Love

as Jasmin Wagner[edit]

Year Title Charts
2006 Die Versuchung 98 (1 We.)



as Blümchen[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1995 “Herz an Herz” (Paso Doble cover)Sales: + 430.000 4 (18 We.) 9 (12 We.) 7 (14 We.) Herzfrequenz
1996 “Kleiner Satellit (Piep, Piep)”Sales: + 200.000 9 (14 We.) 14 (11 We.) 10 (9 We.)
“Boomerang”Sales: + 260.000 11 (16 We.) 10 (12 We.) 16 (1 We.) 9 (8 We.)
“Du und ich”Sales: + 100.000 17 (10 We.) 14 (10 We.) 17 (6 We.)
Bicycle Race” (Queen cover)Sales: + 50.000 28 (10 We.) 19 (11 We.) 68 (3 We.)
1997 “Nur geträumt” (Nena cover)Sales: + 200.000 6 (11 We.) 7 (12 We.) 30 (11 We.) 12 (12 We.) Verliebt…
“Verrückte Jungs”Sales: + 60.000 22 (9 We.) 23 (10 We.)
“Gib mir noch Zeit”Sales: + 250.000 9 (16 We.) 18 (13 We.) 38 (4 We.) 21 (6 We.)
“Sesam-Jam (Der, Die, Das)”Sales: + 30.000 26 (15 We.) 36 (4 We.)
1998 “Blaue Augen” (Ideal cover)Sales: + 100.000 19 (10 We.) 20 (10 We.) 32 (4 We.) Jasmin
Ich bin wieder hier” (Rozalla cover)Sales: + 120.000 12 (10 We.) 30 (10 We.) 28 (10 We.) 20 (6 We.)
“Es ist vorbei”Sales: + 60.000 24 (10 We.) 33 (6 We.) 47 (1 We.)
“Tu es mon île (with Yta Farrow)” Jasmin – Die Fanedition
1999 “Heut’ ist mein Tag”Sales: + 100.000 15 (8 We.) 23 (2 We.) 1 (14 We.) 10 (21 We.) 31 (2 We.)
“Unter’m Weihnachtsbaum”Sales: + 15.000 31 (4 We.) 23 (11 We.) Live in Berlin
2000 “Ist deine Liebe echt?”Sales: + 50.000 24 (9 We.) 32 (5 We.) 81 (3 We.) Die Welt gehört dir
“Die Welt gehört mir” 96 (1 We.)
2001 “Ich vermisse dich”Sales: + 10.000 50 (7 We.) 66 (3 We.)
“Es ist nie vorbei” (with E-Type) 28 (9 We.) Für Immer und Ewig
2010 “Boomerang” (from 1996) 7 (3 We.) Best of
“—” denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

as Blossom[edit]

Year Title Charts Album
1996 “Heart to Heart”
(English version of “Herz an Herz”)
“You and Me”
(English version of “Du und ich”)
“Bicycle Race” 181
1997 “Just A Dream”
(English version of “Nur geträumt”)
In Love
“Give Me More Time”
(English version of “Gib mir noch Zeit”)
“Key To Paradise” (Promo only)
(English version of “Du bist die Insel”)
“—” denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

as Jasmin Wagner[edit]

Year Title Charts Album
2001 “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
2003 “Leb deinen Traum”Sales: + 25.000 24 (8 We.) 52 (6 We.) Jasmin Wagner
2004 “Helden wie wir” 68 (2 We.) Jasmin Wagner
2006 “Männer brauchen Liebe” 99 (1 We.) Die Versuchung
“Komm schon werd wütend/Morgen wenn ich weg bin”
“—” denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.