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29/01/2017
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Remember the Ladies: Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated. Continue reading

28/01/2017
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Remember the Ladies: Sarah McLaughlin

Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC (born 28 January 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2009, she has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. McLachlan’s best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on an unprecedented scale. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. On 6 May 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On. Continue reading

28/01/2017
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Remember the Ladies: Colette

During the 1920s, Colette publishes many novels (under her name), most inspired by her private life, such as Le Blé en Herbe and Chéri and the author settles in Saint-Tropez. Following the war, she becomes a notorious figure and, in 1945, she enters the Académie Goncourt before presiding the institution, in 1949. Mastering the art of publicity, Colette was the model for many photographers and in 1952, was the heroine of her own film, a documentary dedicated to her by Yannick Bellon. In 1958, following her death, her fame reached its peak when a charming beginner named Audrey Hepburn gave life to Colette’s Gigi. Continue reading

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