Birthday Shout! Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, Adam Levine, Lily Collins

Birthday Shout! Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, Adam Levine, Lily Collins

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate top entertainers this day March 18

Queen Latifah

Golden Globe-winning actress Dana Elaine Owens better known by her stage name Queen Latifah is no doubt one of Hollywood’s leading ladies.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2002 film Chicago. She starred in the FOX sitcom Living Single in the ’90s and played roles in the films Bringing Down the House and Hairspray. She also became host of The Queen Latifah Show on CBS. She voiced Ellie in the Ice Age franchise.

She beat boxed for the hip-hop group, Ladies Fresh, in 1988.

She became the spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics and starred alongside a popular rapper named Common in Just Wright.

Her brother died in an auto collision in 1992 after she bought him a motorcycle. This led to her drug abuse and depression, from which she recovered. She dedicated her 1993 album, Black Reign, to him.

She starred in Joyful Noise with Dolly Parton in 2012.

The 46 year old was born March 18, 1970.

Vanessa Williams

American actress and singer Vanessa Lynn Williams is best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. She initially gained fame after becoming the first African-American woman to earn the title of Miss America in 1984.

She received a scholarship to Syracuse University and went on to major in musical theatre arts.

She made her feature film debut in the 1987 movie The Pick-up Artist.

She married her second husband, Rick Fox, in 1999, and the couple had a daughter in 2000 before divorcing in 2004. She then married Jim Skrip in 2015. She was previously married to Ramon Hervey II from 1987 to 1997.

She starred alongside America Ferrera on Ugly Betty.

The 53 year old was born March 18, 1963.

Adam Levine

Singer and guitarist for the band Maroon 5, who became known for hit songs such as “Harder to Breathe” and “Moves Like Jagger.” In 2011, he became a coach on The Voice.

He met his future bandmates, Jesse Carmichael and Mickey Madden, while attending Brentwood School. He made the game-winning, buzzer-beating basket to win a YMCA basketball championship.

He worked with The Lonely Island and Kendrick Lamar on The Wack Album in 2013.

He dated Russian Sports Illustrated swimsuit and Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna from 2010 until April 2012. He then married model Behati Prinsloo in July 2014.

He served as one of the judges on The Voice, where he got into squabbles with fellow judge Christina Aguilera.

The 37 year old was born March 18, 1979.

Lily Collins

British-American actress and model Lily Jane Collins  became recognized for her roles in Mirror, Mirror, The Blind Side, and Abduction. She is the recipient of the 2008 Young Hollywood Award for One to Watch.

She began acting at age two on BBC’s Growing Pains, and was featured in season 3 of The Hills for wearing one of Chanel’s gowns at the Hotel de Crillon.

She’s worked as a columnist for British Elle Girl, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and Los Angeles Times magazines.

Her father is musician Phil Collins and her mother is Jill Tavelman, who served as the president of Beverly Hills Women’s Club. She dated Abduction co-star Taylor Lautner for about a year, then in 2015, she began dating Chris Evans.

She was in the 2013 film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, with James Campbell Bower.

The 27 year old was born March 18, 1989.


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