Birthday Shout! Whitney Houston, Michael Kors, Young Thug …

Birthday Shout! Whitney Houston, Michael Kors, Young Thug …

Chuks Agbakuru

We celebrate top personalities this day August 9

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was a famous American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.

Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history
Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen SoundScan system

Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.

She married Bobby Brown on July 18, 1992 but they divorced on April 24, 2007. They were parents to the late Bobbi Kristina

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.

Whitney Houston was born August 9, 1963 in New Jersey, she died Feb 11, 2012 at age 48.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors born Karl Anderson, Jr.  is a New York City-based fashion designer of American sportswear.  Kors was the first women’s ready-to-wear designer for the French house Celine, from 1997 to 2003.
Michael, at the age of 5,  designed his mother’s wedding dress for her second marriage. As a teen, Kors began designing clothes and selling them out of his parents’ basement,

In 1981, Kors launched the Michael Kors womenswear line at Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. A bankruptcy in 1993 forced him to discontinue the Kors line for a time. He managed to get back on his feet by 1997 and launched a lower priced line and at the same time was named the first women’s ready-to-wear designer for French house Celine

In addition to the Michael Kors runway collection, the MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors lines were launched in 2004.
Among the celebrities who have worn Kors’ designs are Jennifer Lopez, Rachel McAdams, Elissa, Heidi Klum, Michelle Obama. Jennifer Garner , Gwyneth Paltrow and Alicia Keys.

Kors was a judge on the Emmy-nominated reality television program Project Runway, which aired on Bravo

In January 2014, Forbes reported that Kors now has a personal fortune in excess of $1billion, making him the latest fashion industry billionaire.

The 57 year old fashion designer was born August 9, 1959 in New York.

Young Thug

Jeffrey Lamar Williams born  better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is perhaps best known for his commercial debut single “Stoner”, as well as his collaborations with fellow Southern rappers,

He gained major recognition in 2014, after being featured on a string of singles, including “About the Money” and “Lifestyle”, the latter of which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The 24 year old star was born August 9, 1992 in Georgia.

Anna Kedrick

She is known for played Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2009 film Up in the Air. She stars in the musical comedy films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 and in 2014, she played a lead role in Into the Woods.

She earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress for her lead role in the musical High Society in 1998.

The 30 year old was born August 9, 1985 in Maine.

Melanie Griffith

Leading lady who appeared in romantic comedies, including Working Girl. She received three award nominations for her portrayal of Holly in Body Double.

She rose to prominence for her role in Brian De Palma’s Body Double (1984), which earned her a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. Griffith’s subsequent performance in Something Wild (1986) garnered critical acclaim before she was cast in 1988’s Working Girl, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe.
She married Antonio Banderas in May 1996, and the couple welcomed their daughter Stella later that year. The pair eventually split after 20 years of marriage. She also has a daughter named Dakota and a son named Alexander.

She was born August 9, 1957 in New York.


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