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Birthday Shout! Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Sharon Leal…

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate top celebrities this day October 17


Birthday Shout! Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Sharon Leal…

American rapper, record producer, actor, and songwriter Marshall Mathers aka Eminem became an international sensation after the release of his first single, “My Name Is.” He won the Best Rap Album Grammy for three consecutive albums: The Slim Shady LP (1999), The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002). He also received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself,” from the 2002 film 8 Mile, which he also starred in.

The famous artiste  featured in Nicki Minaj’s song “Roman’s Revenge.”

Before hitting the limelight, Eminem aspired to become a comic book artist until his uncle, Ronald Polkinghorn, introduced him to Ice-T’s song “Reckless.”

The star achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP and has grown to become one of the world’s best-selling artists.

Eminem was married to Kimberly Anne Scott from June 14, 1999 until their divorce on October 11, 2001. They remarried on January 14, 2006, but divorced again later that year. He has three daughters named Hailie, Whitney and Alaina.

The 43 years old was born October 17, 1972.

Wyclef Jean

Birthday Shout! Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Sharon Leal…

Haitian-American rapper and producer Wyclef Jean began his music career with hip hop group “The Fugees”. He won two Grammys in 1997 for his work on The Fugees album The Score.

He grew up in a poor neighborhood in Haiti before coming to a bad neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Wyclef Jean was featured in Shakira’s hit song, “Hips Don’t Lie”.

He got married to Marie Claudinette Jean in 1994 and they had one child together.

The 46 years old was born October 17, 1969.

Sharon Leal

Birthday Shout! Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Sharon Leal…

American film and television actress who became known for her roles on Boston Public and the soap opera Guiding Light.

She began her career in stage productions of Rent and Bright Lights, Big City.

She became known in film for her work in the 2006 Academy Award-winning movie Dreamgirls.

Her marriage to Bev Land, which spanned from 2001 to 2007, produced one child.

She played Dianna Brock alongside Tyler Perry in the 2010 film Why Did I get Married Too?

The 43 year old was born October 17, 1972.

Felicity Jones

Birthday Shout! Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Sharon Leal…

English actress Felicity Jones started her professional acting career as a child, appearing at age 12 in The Treasure Seekers.

She gained fame for playing Ethel Hallow on the TV series The Worst Witch and Weirdsister College, then went on to play roles in such films as Northanger Abbey, The Tempest, Like Crazy and Brideshead Revisited. Her role in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama.

She was the lead model for Burberry in 2011 and featured with Ed Westwick in the romance comedy Chalet Girl.

She dated sculptor Ed Fornieles from 2003 to 2013. Her uncle Michael Hadley is an actor as well.

The 32 years old was born October 17, 1983.

Ziggy Marley

Birthday Shout! Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Sharon Leal…

He is the son of reggae legend, Bob Marley and vocal lead in the band Ziggy Marley and Melody Makers.

Ziggy Marley  has worked on many philanthropic projects, including Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment, which helps Jamaican and Ethiopian children.

He began his music career with siblings Sharon, Cedella, and Stephen in the Melody Makers.

He and his wife Orly Marley have six children.

The 47 years old was born October 17, 1968.