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SIGNATURE SERIES

SIGNATURE SERIES
OMNI's Independent Producers' Initiative -- a seven year, $32.5 million production commitment is dedicated to provide funding for stories that are rich in diversity, that offer insight, provoke new thinking, reflect Canada's ethno cultural make up and of course entertain.


GANGSTERS

GANGSTERS
Gangsters: America's Most Evil is a cinematic documentary series that explores the rise and fall of some of the most nefarious and notorious criminals brought to justice by the United States government.


THE SPIRIT OF THE KLONDIKE

THE SPIRIT OF THE KLONDIKE

The Spirit of the Klondike (dir. Douglas Arrowsmith) takes viewers to the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899). Still renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the discovery made on Bonanza Creek- a tiny tributary in Canada's Yukon Territory- set off a “stampede” of over 100,000 people. The central tale is the colossal journey inland from Alaska to the gold fields and the boomtown Dawson City. The Stampeders cross ocean waters, mountain passes and raging rapids intent on reaching Dawson, striking it rich, and revolutionizing their lives forever.

It's an incredible story of determination, luck, fortune and loss. Award winning Author Charlotte Gray and Historians Terrence Cole, Michael Gates and Karl Gurcke bring new insights and perspective to the event. Archival photography creates an intimate connection to time and place. Harper's Weekly correspondent Tappan Adney—is brought to life through excerpts from his celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900). Adney serves as witness to the events and the hardships along the way.

Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike is still alive with frontier spirit. A family mystery is solved when Pam Zdenek arrives in Skagway, Alaska searching for information about her great-great uncle who perishes on his way to the gold fields. What she learns takes her to an unmarked grave where she makes a remarkable discovery. The Canadian stampeder Johnny Lind becomes one of the few truly successful miners. His grandson Phil Lind examines what led to his luck and shares his extraordinary gold rush archive. In Dawson City, Sue Taylor, a woman who plays the role of famous Klondiker Belinda Mulrooney explains why people are still drawn to the area. Just outside of town, local miner David Millar imparts his wisdom on the craze for gold.

Dawson City emerges as the heart of the story. During the gold rush, it's known as the “Paris of the North,” and is one of the largest cities in Canada. Described by one Author as “a complete circus,” it's population peaks at 30,000 people. Filled with banks, saloons, stores and hotels, for the stampeders and the outside world, it confirms itself as a place where lives can in fact be revolutionized. Although Dawson is home to only 2,000 people today, it still remains a “place of dreams” that draws those looking for that “something else.” With its dirt streets, wooden sidewalks and heritage feel, Dawson City is relatively unchanged from the days of the gold rush.

The Spirit of the Klondike confirms that the stories and legends of the Klondike Gold Rush continue to inspire us. In the end, we learn that it isn't all about the gold, but rather the journey to the Klondike, itself, is what matters. And that Dawson City will carry on as a place where, for the adventurer, fortune and truth may still be found.



WOMEN BEHIND BARS

WOMEN BEHIND BARS
Women Behind Bars provides an in-depth profile of the lives of incarcerated women. The show delves deep into their stories and how and why they committed their crimes and sheds light on how life is really like behind prison walls.


FALLEN CENTERFOLDS

FALLEN CENTERFOLDS
They are beautiful women whose looks and sensuality have allowed them to be objects of public desire. For some, the special treatment is the means to an end--earn some money to finish school or start a career or family--for others, though, the privilege and the attention that comes with these physical gifts creates temptations that are impossible to ignore and an entitlement that can have disastrous consequences. These are the Fallen Centerfolds.


THE HAUNTING OF

THE HAUNTING OF
From executive producers Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna Jarrett (Celebrity Ghost Stories, I Killed My BFF), The Haunting Of... is an original series featuring world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo as she gives an exclusive look at celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events. Each one-hour episode of The Haunting Of... will feature celebrities' real life encounters with the paranormal as they return to the site of their traumatic experience. During these gripping journeys, Kim Russo unlocks the secrets that haunted each celebrity and explains the unexplained. Kim also unveils shocking psychic moments and surprising personal revelations as she tunes into the celebrities' personal lives and connects with their loved ones who have crossed over.


NATALIE PORTMAN

NATALIE PORTMAN
Born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981, Natalie (Hershlag) Portman grew up on Long Island and began modeling at age 11. Her acclaimed movie debut was in The Professional (1994), and she was cast as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars prequels. While continuing her career, Portman earned a degree in psychology from Harvard. Portman won the 2010 Best Actress Oscar for playing a troubled dancer in Black Swan. In August 2012, she married dancer Benjamin Millepied, with whom she has a 14-month-old son, Aleph.


CAPTAINS OF THE FINAL FRONTIER

CAPTAINS OF THE FINAL FRONTIER
In the 44 years since its inception, Star Trek has spanned six series and 11 movies, indisputably paving the way for every science fiction series that has followed. At the centre of it all stands the fearless captain for each Star Trek generation - a class of iconic characters whose leadership and choices changed the course of their own universe forever. From developing the character to casting the perfect actor, Mulgrew, Russ, Crosby, Keating and Visitor not only bring viewers a new perspective to the onscreen action and reveal some of the dramatic decisions made during the process of creating an iconic series in The Biography Channel's Captains of the Final Frontier.


WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
"Who Do You Think You Are?" follows some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees. From Ireland's freedom fighters to the American Revolutionary War, and from the African nation of Cameroon to Bulgaria, this season will reveal the fabric of humanity through everyone's place in history. The celebrities featured in the third season are Martin Sheen, Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood, Helen Hunt, Reba McEntire, Jerome Bettis, Rita Wilson, Edie Falco, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Jason Sudeikis and Paula Deen. During each episode, one of the celebrities is taken on a surprising and deeply emotional quest into his or her family history, resulting in a compelling reality format. Each week, viewers follow some of America's best-known celebrities into their ancestral pasts, as they uncover stories of heroism and tragedy, love and betrayal, secrets and intrigue that lie at the heart of their family history.


CITYLINE

CITYLINE
CityLine, currently in its 24th year, is the longest running and most successful daytime show for women in Canadian history*. New host Tracy Moore brings her energy and enthusiasm along with her charismatic personality and flare for style - making her a perfect fit for Canada's top source for the latest in home decor, food, fashion, health and beauty. CityLine engages, entertains and informs viewers across Canada with its unique live format and daily themed approach. As familiar and trusted guest experts visit the set, viewers are treated to professional tips covering such topics as decor, entertaining, fashion, beauty, home and gardening. Beginning Tuesday, September 9th, Cityline.ca will be unveiling a new look….welcome to our fully renovated and much improved website! More videos, more tips, Tracy's Blog, more great articles - More CityLine online. CityLine is Canada's longest running, most successful daytime show for women, now in its 24th season! Look through our online video collection of tips on Food & Entertaining, Home & Garden, Health & Relationships and Fashion & Beauty.


UNDER 21 AND FILTHY RICH

UNDER 21 AND FILTHY RICH
While today's young stars, athletes, and entrepreneurs all have different stories of how they became wealthy, they are all part of a club of young people who are so extraordinary that they are able to make millions of dollars before they can legally spend a dime on a drink. This profile looks at where these kids came from, how they have made their money, how they spend and manage their money, and where they are headed next after starting their careers with such early success.


CELEBRITY HOUSE HUNTING

CELEBRITY HOUSE HUNTING
Joining Hollywood stars on their hunt for over-the-top real estate across North America, Celebrity House Hunting takes viewers on an intimate journey, following a new celebrity each week as they search for their dream home. In the premiere episode, actor Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and his wife search for a home with major wow factor in New York City. While house hunting, they look at a former carriage factory, a renovated loft, and a West Village funhouse with a see-through bathtub.


GLEE: KEEP ON BELIEVIN'

GLEE: KEEP ON BELIEVIN
What would you do if you were trying out for a brand new network show about a high school glee club? You might be surprised to find out what the stars of Glee did for their auditions... and how they found their way to the small screen! A few came from Broadway, but many had no professional experience at all; one had never sung in front of an audience before taking the lead in Glee's first big number. Now, though, they are part of a pop-culture phenomenon! How did the creators ever come up with the idea for this groundbreaking show? And how did they manage to resuscitate a totally dead genre: the television musical?


AFTERMATH WITH WILLIAM SHATNER

AFTERMATH WITH WILLIAM SHATNER
William Shatner takes an in-depth look at what happens when people are tragically or infamously transformed from unknown citizens into household names overnight, taking viewers back to... the dramatic events that dominated the American news cycle as he gains exclusive access to the newsmakers at the heart of each story - heroes, villains, perpetrators, victims, family members and law enforcement officials - to dig deep and separate the fact from the fiction. In each one-hour episode, new and often surprising information emerges, not only about the events themselves but about how people's lives have changed in the years since they made headlines.


BILLY THE EXTERMINATOR

BILLY THE EXTERMINATOR
No job is to too big or too dangerous for Billy Bretherton and his family as they run Vexcon, one of Louisiana's busiest pest removal companies. In the series premiere, a vacant house has been taken over by rodents, but mice are not the only unwanted visitors; Billy also has to capture a snake that has slithered into the home. Then, a baseball stadium has been inhabited with bats and Billy and his brother Ricky need to get them out before the season opener. Stay tuned for episode 2 immediately following.


THE MOST AMAZING

THE MOST AMAZING
The Most Amazing is a fast, fun countdown of popular culture's highlights and low-lights; the people, moments and events that made showbiz headlines. From the best Hollywood couples and the biggest break-ups to on-screen comedy duos and off-screen rivals,"The Most Amazing" is fascinating series of personal stories starring the biggest names in entertainment.


PIPPA MIDDLETON

PIPPA MIDDLETON
Born Philippa Charlotte Middleton on September 6, 1983, Pippa Middleton is the second of three children of Carole and Michael Middleton. Pippa's older sister, Kate, was born in 1982 and is the Duchess of Cambridge through her marriage to Prince William. Born in 1987, her younger brother James, is a business man. Pippa's parents met working for British Airways—Carole was a flight attendant, and Michael was first a flight attendant, then a flight dispatcher. In 1984, the couple moved to Amman, Jordan, where they were based briefly.


GROWING UP TWISTED

GROWING UP TWISTED
An undeniable presence in the 1980s, Dee Snider is instantly recognizable as the front man of heavy metal band Twisted Sister. But really, he's just one of six! a regular guy navigating life in the suburbs of New York with his powerhouse wife, Suzette, and their four kids. They are an off-beat but tight-knit family with children who are fiercely independent and strong-willed: Jesse is an aspiring rock musician, husband and new father; Shane is the resident comic; Cody's a budding filmmaker; and Cheyenne is daddy's little girl, making the tough transition to teenager. They're a rock-solid family of unique individuals not afraid to speak their minds. Despite their father's rock star status, they are just like every other family&only not at all.


LIFE AND TIMES

Our Stories, Famous Faces, The A-List and Celebreality offer an entertaining mix of biographies, reality series, documentaries and films; giving viewers behind-the-scenes and up close and personal access to today's hottest celebrities, movers and shakers and pop culture icons. Over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.


THE ROLE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

THE ROLE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
The Role That Changed My Life is an entertaining, provocative way to explore pop culture history, driven by star power and compelling human stories, like famous Hollywood turning points. Those movies, roles and moments that push an actor's career into the stratosphere or make fans do a double-take.


MY RONA HOME

MY RONA HOME
Two teams battle it out to design and build the best house on the block, from frame to finish. Imagine being given the chance to build your dream home and never have to pay a dime on the mortgage. In My RONA Home, Elissa Lansdell gives two specially-selected families the opportunity of a lifetime - to build the home and the future they have always dreamed of. Working with their experts, they will design, construct and decorate a brand new home in just ten weeks, room by room. Every make-or-break challenge is a race against the clock, because they get no more than 30 hours to radically transform empty rooms. With each grueling challenge, the competition intensifies as these families struggle to out-build, out-design and out-decorate one another. Who deserves to win their dream home in the end? That's up to Canada, because every week, viewers vote on all the two couple's hard work, and the results are revealed in a spectacular season finale. At stake, the home they've always dreamed of loaded with furniture, appliances and electronics -- a prize package of more than $450,000! After a grueling ten weeks, one family's life will be transformed in an instant.


SHATNERS RAW NERVE

SHATNERS RAW NERVE
William Shatner is not shy and he is ready to ask all the tough questions! In this edgy, off-beat celebrity interview series, Shatner will attempt to probe his guest's most fascinating and sensitive subjects and touch upon a "Raw Nerve," capturing celebrities at their most unexpected. Shatner will explore life's most intriguing questions, revealing, funny, touching or even bizarre stories during intimate interviews. In the series premiere actor Kelsey Grammar is in the hot seat, followed by Gene Simmons.


MORGAN FREEMAN

MORGAN FREEMAN
Actor, director, narrator. Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. The youngest of five children born to barber Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Sr. and schoolteacher Mayme Edna, Freeman was raised in Chicago and Mississippi in a low-income home. Not long after he was born, Morgan's parents, like so many other African-Americans struggling under the pressures of the Jim Crow south, relocated to Chicago to find work. While his parents looked for jobs, Freeman remained with his maternal grandmother in Charlestown, Mississippi. At the age of six, Freeman's grandmother died and he moved north to be with his mother, who had already separated from her alcoholic husband. More moves followed, to Tennessee and eventually back to Mississippi, where Mayme Edna settled her family in Greenwood.


WOODY HARRELSON

Woody Harrelson was plucked from obscurity to find stardom on the hit sitcom Cheers, but before Hollywood opened its door, he had to overcome a difficult childhood. When Woody was 7, his father, Charles Harrison, was sent to prison. Although his mother tried to protect him from the truth, Woody soon found out about his father, which in turn brought out his violent tendencies. Woody's mother made a conscious decision to move her family, which changed Woody's life. In High school, after doing his Elvis Presley impersonation, the head of the school's theater club noticed him and convinced him to audition for the student plays.


MEGAN FOX

MEGAN FOX
Actress. Born Megan Denise Fox on May 16, 1986, in Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of five, Megan Fox began taking singing and dancing lessons, which continued when she and her family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, when she was 10. At the age of 13, she also added modeling classes to her repertoire. In 1999, Fox won multiple awards at the American Modeling and Talent Convention. This success convinced her to drop out of high school and move to Los Angeles, California just a few years later, at the age of 16. That year, Fox landed her first big break when she was cast as a bratty heiress in the 2001 Olsen twins comedy film, Holiday in the Sun. The film, which had a large cult fanbase, went straight to DVD. Over the next few years, Fox continued to appear in guest-spot television roles. Her next role was in 2002, when she appeared in the Swedish-produced soap opera, Ocean Ave. That same year, Fox also appeared in a guest-starring role on the WB network show, What I Like About You, starring Amanda Bynes.


PRINCESS DIANA

PRINCESS DIANA
Diana: The True Story:

Dubbed the 'Fairy-Tale Princess', Diana proved a lonely and sad life as the insecurities she felt as a child were consolidated by her hollow marriage to Prince Charles. Family and friends provide an insight into how Diana filled the void in her emotional life with her children and the charitable causes she chose to support.
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The story of Jayne Fincher, the photographer who followed the late Princess Diana around the world, recording her every move for posterity. Fincher developed a friendship with Diana and photographed her in private on several occasions. With contributions from Jayne's colleagues, Diana's fashion designer, and those who helped Diana with her charity work, this program tells the story behind the portraits of the Princess.



PRINCESS ANNE

PRINCESS ANNE
Princess Anne Biography:

British Princess Royal, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, born in London, UK. Princess Anne was previously married to Lieutenant Mark Phillips, but later divorced in 1992 with two children: Peter Mark Andrew and Zara Anne Elizabeth. She later married Timothy Laurence in 1992. An accomplished horsewoman, she has ridden in the British Equestrian Team, and was European cross-country champion in 1972. She is a keen supporter of charities and overseas relief work; as president of Save the Children Fund, a member of the International Olympic Committee and president of the British Olympic Association.
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Profile of the tough, haughty royal who was dubbed "Princess Grumpy" in her youth, but who has travelled extensively for the Save the Children Fund and won acclaim as a great horsewoman. Anne is the hardest working member of the royal family, but has been the target of media attention with her failed marriage, unfortunate fashion sense, and rudeness to well-wishers.



PRINCE HARRY

PRINCE HARRY
Prince Harry Biography:

Prince Harry is third in line to the British throne. As the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, the fun loving Prince enjoys the kind of freedom his elder brother (and future King) William, can only dream of. Harry was just 8 when his parents separated and 12 when his mother was killed in a tragic car crash. The world will never forget his one mile walk behind Diana's coffin on the day of her final journey. Educated at Eton and trained at Sandhurst, Harry's credentials as a member of the Royal House of Windsor are impeccable. But, at just 17, the young Prince hit the headlines when he admitted to underage drinking and experimenting with marijuana; it was the kind of bad press that has cast a shadow over Britain's third in line to the throne. Today, Harry divides his time between the Army and various charitable works.
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A fresh look at the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana as he celebrates his 18th birthday. Born to a life of wealth and privilege most of us can but dream of, Harry was immediately dubbed "the spare to the heir". Includes a look at his childhood, his mother's tragic death, his struggles with his schoolwork, and his wild teenage ways. Interviews with Penny Junor, author and close friend of Prince Charles, and members of the British press provide insight.



PRINCE CHARLES

PRINCE CHARLES
Prince Charles Biography:

Prince Charles, son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, ascended the royal hierarchy at an early age. His mother became queen when he was only three after the death of his grandfather King George VI. As her oldest child, Charles became the heir apparent to the British throne and received the title of Duke of Cornwall. As a public figure, Charles came off to many as intelligent, aloof, and a bit awkward. He was used to having every move he made scrutinized by the press, but even he could not have been imagined what a sensation his relationship with Lady Diana Spencer would cause. They were married in 1981.Unfortunately; their common love for their children was not enough to hold the fairy tale marriage together. The couple officially separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. After years of quietly maintaining their relationship, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. She then became the Duchess of Cornwall.
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This intimate portrait of the man who will be king answers the question on everybody's mind: What's Charles really like? Offering their opinions are classmates and teachers, Navy shipmates, close friends and polo buddies.



KATE MIDDLETON

KATE MIDDLETON
Kate Middleton Biography:

Get to know the future Princess in this Canadian television premiere. Although she's set to marry England's Prince William in the wedding of the century, Kate Middleton is an unlikely choice for a royal bride since a commoner hasn't married an heir to the throne for 350 years. But while she may lack royal blood, she has another advantage -- a family history of ambition and determination that has propelled the Middleton's from the depths of a British coal mine to Windsor Castle. We look at how Kate's drive has helped her to survive paparazzi hounding, nasty media nicknames, and a humiliating public break-up.
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Socialite. Fiancee of Britain's Prince William. Born January 9, 1982, in Berkshire, England, to pilot Michael and flight attendant Carole Middleton. In 1987, the Middletons founded their own party goods company, which helped to make them millionaires. Kate, the oldest of three children, has a younger sister, Philippa ("Pippa") and a younger brother, James. Middleton attended the exclusive St. Andrew's Prep School until she was 13 and then Marlborough College, where she passed 11 GCSEs and three A-level exams.

Like Prince William, Kate Middleton was a student at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, where she graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in art history. In 2001, while in her second year at the University of St. Andrews, Middleton met Prince William of Wales. Since 2003, she and the prince have been in an on-again-off-again relationship that has been the subject of intense media scrutiny.

In February 2006, it was announced that Middleton would receive her own 24-hour security detail from the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department. This led to rumors that Middleton was being groomed for a position of royalty. In 2007, however, the couple publicly split. Media reports said otherwise, as Middleton had been spotted at several royal events accompanied by the prince, and other rumors indicated that the couple had been living together. Both parties denied the rumors.

In November 2006, Middleton accepted a position as an assistant accessories buyer with the British clothing chain Jigsaw, but it was reported that she left the company in order to study portrait photography. In 2010, it was revealed that Kate Middleton had been working on plans to start a new bakery business with her brother, James. Since 2007, James Middleton has been running The Cake Kit Company, with the goal of encouraging kids to cook and making the baking of party cakes easier.

On November 16, 2010, it was announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged after the prince proposed during a vacation to Kenya. The wedding is scheduled for April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London. The couple made plans to live in North Wales, where Prince William is stationed with the Royal Air Force, after their marriage.



ELLEN DEGENERES

ELLEN DEGENERES
Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born January 26, 1958 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the daughter of an insurance salesman and a working mother who were divorced when DeGeneres was a teenager. When she was growing up she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but she gave up the idea because she was "not book smart." Instead, she waited tables, sold vacuum cleaners, painted houses, worked as a legal secretary. DeGeneres' older brother, Vance, was the creator of the Play-Doh character "Mr. Bill" on the long-running NBC comedy skit program Saturday Night Live, and was long considered the humorous member of the family. Then once, during a public speaking event, DeGeneres found herself frightened by the crowd and used humor to get through the experience. She was a hit, and received offers to do stand-up comedy. She began performing in 1981, bolstered by her mother's moral and financial support.


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JOHN TRAVOLTA

JOHN TRAVOLTA
John Travolta - the unforgettable face of nearly 40 years of box office magic. Now nearing 60, his life has been marked by stratospheric stardom, deep personal losses, incredible generosity, and an unparalleled dedication to taking risks, whatever the cost. Stunned by the death of his son, Jett, in 2009, and a subsequent attempt to extort $25 million to hide the details of that tragedy, Johns life has recently been marked by great personal pain. Yet hes pressed on: taking time to mourn with his family, supported by his belief in Scientology, and reaching out to help in Haiti after the earthquake there.


MARK HARMON

MARK HARMON
Actor. Born on September 2, 1951, in Burbank, California. Harmon faced some challenges growing up. His father, Tom Harmon, worked as a sports broadcaster. This meant that he often traveled, leaving his wife Elyse Knox, a former actress, to look after the couple's three children. Mark deeply felt his father's absence. Even when his father was home, their relationship was not easy. "He raised me hard, and when I say hard, I mean hard. I was taught to fight for everything," Harmon told People magazine. The two, however, shared a love of sports. His father had won the 1940 Heisman Trophy for playing college football, and Mark was a stellar football player as well. He served as the starting quarterback for UCLA for two seasons, but Harmon decided against pursuing a career in professional football. During his senior year at college, Harmon's sister Kristen began dating Ricky Nelson, the son of TV legend Ozzie Nelson. Through this connection, Harmon was offered a walk-on role on the show Ozzie's Girls (1972-1973). Harmon had not previously considered acting, but the experience gave the athlete a taste for Hollywood.


DANNY DEVITO

DANNY DEVITO
He's only 5 feet tall, but he's an industry giant. This profile of the diminutive actor, director, and producer looks at a career that includes DeVito's role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and his hilarious performances in Taxi and his current TV hit, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. DeVito not only continues to star in acclaimed films like Solitary Man, but his production company, Jersey Films, has produced such blockbusters as Pulp Ficton and Erin Brockovitch.


SCARLETT JOHANSSON

SCARLETT JOHANSSON
Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson is the daughter of a Danish architect and the granddaughter of a film director. Her first noted appearance was in The Horse Whisperer, followed by a major role in Lost in Translation (2003). Her first album Anywhere I Lay My Head was released in 2008, the same year she married actor Ryan Reynolds.


NANCY MCKEON

She became a star when she was just 14 on The Facts of Life, but she quickly learned that life can be tough. This profile of Nancy McKeon follows the popular performer's career through all its triumphs and disappointments. McKeon had a difficult transition from child star to adult actor, struggled with two sitcom failures, and just missed being cast as Monica Geller on Friends. But strong performances in TV movies helped keep her in the public's eye, and she enjoyed a four-year run in The Division. Now married with two children, McKeon plays Demi Lovato's mom on the popular Sonny with a Chance.


MARRIED WITH CHILDREN

A look at the over-the-top and controversial sitcom about a dysfunctional Chicago family that lasted 11 seasons on TV. The crude antics of the family's disgruntled father Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill), his tacky wife Peg (Katey Sagal), his ditzy daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate), and girl-chasing son Bud (David Faustino) delighted some viewers and offended others. The show was a huge departure from the picture-perfect families viewers often saw on television, but even as it ruffled feathers, the show represented a more realistic picture of the everyday problems that Americans were dealing with in the late 80s and 90s.


JAWS: THE INSIDE STORY

JAWS: THE INSIDE STORY
In the summer of 1975, terror gripped the nation as a 25-foot great white shark captured the world and Jaws made sure nobody ever felt safe going into the water again. Jaws was a huge success, breaking all existing box office records and grossing $470 million dollars worldwide. The film made director Steven Spielberg a superstar, won three Oscars and inspired numerous imitations and countless shark phobias. This special celebrates the classic movie, looking back at the film's origins, the adaptation of a bestselling book to the first real summer blockbuster, and how Spielberg broke new ground in filming on location, despite months of setbacks.


OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

She was pop culture's good girl gone just slightly bad. Born in 1948 in Cambridge, England, Olivia Newton-John became a pop culture sensation after her appearance in the hit movie Grease. She began her singing career at the age of 15 when she started an all girl band and was a frequent winner at local talent shows. Newton-John's career was a slow bake rather than meteoric. She slowly climbed the show biz ladder charting a number of times in the UK and then in the US. The title track to her album "Have You Never Been Mellow" reached #1. After a chance meeting with John Travolta, who had been chosen as the male lead in the movie Grease, Travolta insisted that Olivia be given the part of Sandy. The movie went on to become the biggest box office hit of 1978 and launched several songs that reached number 1 on both U.S. and International charts. In the 90's, Olivia successfully overcame a battle with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, "GAIA."


TYRA BANKS

TYRA BANKS
She began modeling in the 11th grade and her first big runway show was in Paris where she booked a record 25 shows in one week. Tyra Banks quickly rose to the top of the Modeling charts, gracing the covers of hundreds of magazines and becoming the first African American woman to be on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She retired from modeling in 2005 to further pursue her career in television. With the hit series American's Next Top Model and her own talk show, Tyra is clearly way more than just a pretty face.


SHANIA TWAIN

SHANIA TWAIN
A profile of the popular singer/songwriter who rocked the world of country music with her drop-dead looks, sultry voice and spirited lyrics, as she's bravely bridged the gap between country and pop. Exclusive interviews include Shania herself, Elton John, Dolly Parton, singer/songwriter Mark McGrath, Billy Currington and country music historian Bob Oermann.


SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE: THE INSIDE STORY

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE: THE INSIDE STORY
The Silence of the Lambs: The Inside Story takes viewers deep within the labyrinth of one of cinema's most thrilling films. With interviews from cast and crew, including stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, viewers will find out how a young director trained in B-movies and cheesy comedies managed to make one of the most chilling films in decades, and how a studio in the midst of collapse could turn out a film that took the box office and Oscars by storm. Inside Story examines how, after fighting for and being passed over for the role, Foster was able to make the transition from child star to silver screen sensation, and how an all-but-retired Hopkins was coerced back into the Hollywood scene to create one of the most indelible villains in film history. **Please note full length screener is not available yet- Promo is posted to this episode record.


O_J_SIMPSON

O_J_SIMPSON
The incredible story of the legendary football hero and infamous murder suspect. Using extensive interviews with those who know O.J. personally and archival material, this documentary explores O.J.'s world from youth to stardom.


RANDY COUTURE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

RANDY COUTURE ULTIMATE FIGHTER
He's the five-time champ of America's fastest growing sport. His fights sell out arenas. Millions of fans in 36 countries worldwide tune in to telecasts weekly and pay top dollar for exclusive pay-per-view events. He's Randy Couture - Ultimate Fighting Champion. The simple title belies the near inhuman strength it has taken to kick, choke and claw his way to the top of professional fighting. But the top is where this six foot two, 220-pound king of mixed martial arts sits today. From early days on his high school wrestling team to the Army and Olympics, this Washington native has built a career on years of training - perfecting his signature style referred to as the "ground and pound." Losses on and off the mat take their toll, but also drive Couture to cement his title as "the best fighter of all time."


ED O NEIL

Ed O'Neill's early life has been one of almosts. He was almost an NFL linebacker when he was signed to the Pittsburg Steelers, but he was dropped before the season started. After teaching high school social studies, O'Neill was almost cast as Sam on Cheers, but he lost out on one of the most popular sitcoms of all time to Ted Danson. And when he was chosen for the role of Al Bundy in FOX's first sitcom, he figured it would almost make it but be canceled within a matter of episodes. Ten year later, Ed O'Neill was proven wrong. Today, as a well-known actor with countless TV shows and films under his belt, Ed O'Neill is not "almost" anything?he is a solid success. It's a streak he has maintained in his most recent project, ABC's hit Modern Family.


BOYZ_II_MEN

BOYZ_II_MEN
Nate Morris, Shawn Stockman, Mike McCarry, and Wanya Morris were four kids from the streets of Philadelphia who went on to become one of the most successful R&B acts of all time, known as Boyz II Men. Based on sales, Boyz II Men is the most successful male R&B vocal group of all time. They recorded five #1 songs between 1992 and 1997, and have sold more than sixty million albums. Their collaborative effort, One Sweet Day, with Mariah Carey, set the record for the longest period of time that a single was #1 on the Billboard hot 100.


SIENNA MILLER

SIENNA MILLER
Born in New York City, Miller moved with her family to London, England, when she was just over a year old. She went to Francis Holland Junior School, from age four to 11. She attended Heathfield St Mary's School, a boarding school in Ascot, Berkshire, and later studied for a year at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.


EMMA THOMPSON

EMMA THOMPSON
In a rare achievement, Emma Thompson has won two Oscars, one for acting (Howard's End) and the other for writing (Sense and Sensibility), and two Emmys, again as actress and screenwriter of the drama Wit. Brainy and beautiful, her work on television, stage, and screen has been lauded by critics and hailed by the public. On the personal front, her relationship with actor/director Kenneth Branagh led to enormous media attention... and a backlash from the British public. We'll look at how her achievements onscreen have been matched by her tumultuous relationships, and her shifting public persona.


ROSEANNE BARR

ROSEANNE BARR
She's racked up an Emmy, three ex-husbands (including Tom Arnold), and her own comedy, talk, cooking, reality, and radio shows. We chronicle the life and times of the loud-mouthed comedienne who can't keep her mouth shut (on or off the screen).


ROBERT DENIRO

ROBERT DENIRO
Widely considered one of the greatest actors of all time, this is the story of two-time Academy Award-winner Robert DeNiro. DeNiro grew up in his New York's Little Italy, the son of divorced parents, known then simply as "Bobby Milk." We'll follow him as he drops out of school, joins a local street gang before finding his way to the stage and subsequently to the big screen. We'll go inside his over-the-top method acting rituals, look at how he snagged famous roles in such films as The Godfather II, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Goodfellas as well as his more recent comedic performances in Meet the Parents.


TY PENNINGTON

TY PENNINGTON
In many ways Ty Pennington is a unlikely celebrity. Born and raised in Married, Georgia, Pennington suffered from ADD as a child. He worked his way through college as a carpenter, earning a degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of Atlanta. His big break came when he was "discovered" by a modeling agency talent scout. He appeared in a variety of TV and print ads for such clients as Sprite, J. Crew and Diet Coke. He became a TV star when TLC tapped him for Trading Spaces. His infectious enthusiasm, easy charisma and skill as both a designer and a carpenter resonated with fans. So, when ABC was looking for a host for its prime time series Extreme Makeover, Pennington was the perfect choice. Today the carpenter from Georgia is a megastar. His TV show is a hit. He's the national spokesman for Sears with his own line of Ty Pennington Style Products. He didn't seek the spotlight -- it found him. But when opportunity knocked, he was ready and able to seize it.


SHAUN CASSIDY

SHAUN CASSIDY
Shaun Cassidy, the son of Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, first found success as a teen idol, following in the footsteps of his elder half-brother, David Cassidy of TV's The Partridge Family by appearing in The Hardy Boys. He released several singles in the late 70's but failed to make the charts in the United States. In recent years, he has pursued a career on the other side of the camera, creating the series American Gothic and Invasion, and writing and producing episodes of Cold Case, the Agency, and Cover Me.


BEN AND JERRY

BEN AND JERRY
With flavor names like Phish Food and Karamel Sutra, Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream has built a reputation over the years as a fun-loving company with a unique and creative approach to business. When Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield met in gym class in 1963, they realized that they shared two important qualities: a hatred for running and a love for food. They also agreed that it was no fun being in business just to earn a living--they wanted to enjoy themselves too. So in 1977 they turned to ice cream making by enrolling in a $5 correspondence course to learn the craft. Their recipe was a sophisticated concoction: a blend of fresh Vermont milk, cream and generous portions of whatever ingredients took their fancy.


BUDDY EBSEN

Profile of the vaudeville hoofer who went on to win everlasting fame playing Jed Clampett on TV's "Beverly Hillbillies." Ebsen's long and successful career included stints on Broadway and in the movies, where his danced with Judy Garland and Shirley Temple, and a second hit TV series, "Barnaby Jones."


GREEN DAY

GREEN DAY
Formed in Rodeo, California, when the members were only 14, Green Day has always struggled to stay on the razor's edge between punk credibility and mega-platinum success. That struggle led to exhaustion in 1996, a cancelled tour and a questionable future. The question was answered with the release of "Nimrod," in 1997, which spawned the top 10 single "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." The release of the self- described punk rock opera, "American Idiot," in 2004 cemented their place in rock history.


ROWAN ATKINSON

ROWAN ATKINSON
He's been called a modern day Charlie Chaplin-- a comedic genius who can say more in a single bumble or glance than most actors can in a page of dialogue. Though Rowan Atkinson stuttered as a child, he turned his unique speaking style into his trademark. As the hapless Mr. Bean, he carried a successful TV series and two movies; and though that's arguably his best-known role to date, his career has spanned three successful decades with roles such as the Britcom icon Blackadder in the series of the same name and Fagin in the upcoming Andrew Lloyd Weber/Cameron Macintosh musical Oliver!


COLIN FARRELL

COLIN FARRELL
Colin Farrell entered the world prematurely on May 31, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces. Farrell was a promising young soccer player, but he had a passion for acting. American critics first took notice of Farrell in the army drama Tigerland, but Colin's personal life often overshadowed his acting accomplishments. Aside from seemingly frequent amorous encounters - he as sued a former girlfriend for trying to sell a sex tape of the pair - he has spent time in rehab for an addiction to painkillers and recreational drugs. In spite of that, Farrell continues to be one of Hollywood hot young players.


JASON PRIESTLEY

JASON PRIESTLEY
Jason Priestley hit paydirt with the teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 a series he not only starred in but also served as director for a number of episodes. Directing clearly appeals to Mr. Priestley as he's also directed a documentary on the rock group Barenaked Ladies and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, a contemporary film noir for Fox. Recent TV roles include regular stints on "Tru Calling" and "Love Monkey" as well as a number of roles in mini-series. Off screen, he continues to pursue the addiction to fast cars that nearly ended his life in 2002 when he hit a wall at nearly 180 mph during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway.


JOAQUIN PHOENIX

JOAQUIN PHOENIX
Joaquin Phoenix is a look at the actor's unusual path from child actor to Oscar nominee to all-around media enigma. Starting with the unorthodox religious community into which he was born, the show details Joaquin's childhood in Venezuela, his early days as a street performer in Los Angeles, his early career in his brother River's shadow, and the tragedy of River's death. The program then follows Joaquin's navigation through the Hollywood system, where he was always trying to do compelling work despite the industry's attempts to pigeonhole him. In 2008, he announced his retirement and then made a series of increasingly bizarre public appearances, culminating in his current hiatus.


JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT
From child commercial actress, to Disney Channel star, to TV and movie superstar, native Texan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, has been in the public eye her entire life. She first came to national attention on Fox's "Party of Five," which led to her starring role in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and Hewitt's subsequent elevation to Gen-X cultural icon. Whether it was Maxim, or People, or FHM, in the 1990's there was no "sexiest" list Hewitt didn't appear on, and she topped many of them. But in 2007, unflattering paparazzi photos of Hewitt on the beach led to her becoming an activist for healthy body image. She currently stars in CBS's "Ghost Whisperer."


KEITH URBAN

KEITH URBAN
Already a music star in Australia, Kiwi Keith Urban made the move to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992 to further his career in country music. The gamble paid off, and today he's one of the biggest names in music, with multiple chart-toppers and Grammy Awards under his belt. His Biography explores his life down-under, his rise to fame in the States, his continuing battle with cocaine addiction, and his life with Nicole Kidman.


CARRIE UNDERWOOD

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
American Idol catapulted the 2005 winner, Carrie Underwood, from her idyllic childhood in small-town Oklahoma to the national stage and gave her the opportunity to chase her real dream; being a "country music star." The Idol fan base of over 30 million viewers did not guarantee her success or acceptance into the country music club on Music Row. But, after one short year and winning the coveted CMA female vocalist award, usually reserved for veterans of the industry, Carrie officially arrived on the scene and cemented her acceptance into the family circle of country music. After only five years, Carrie Underwood has sold more than 10 million albums. Her highway to Nashville was untested and untravelled but ultimately resulted in the American Dream come true.


KURT COBAIN

KURT COBAIN
A staple of the early grunge music scene in Seattle, the band Nirvana quickly rose to national and then worldwide fame, rising, perhaps, too fast for the band's young lead singer, Kurt Cobain. His dreams of musical success did not include the rampant media coverage or inadvertently becoming the face of Generation X. As his band's success grew, so did his dependence on drugs. After near overdoses, one suicide attempt, an intervention and escape from rehab, Cobain was discovered dead of a gunshot wound on April 8th, 1994.


THREES COMPANY

THREES COMPANY
What do you get when a bubbly blond, a practical brunette, and a clumsy bachelor all live under one roof? Three's Company - the sexy sitcom that had audiences laughing (and swooning) throughout the late 70s and early 80s. But for the loveable roommates, the eight-year run wasn't all fun and games. This Biography will explore Three's Company's ups and downs-- from topping the ratings chart to fighting on-set battles over paychecks, and from breaking down cultural boundaries to facing boycott threats from moral watchdogs.


KEVIN JAMES

KEVIN JAMES
Born Kevin Knipfing, James planned on a career in sports, but his plans changed when he joined a community theater to alleviate a bad case of the summertime blues. He never looked back. After over a dozen years on the standup circuit, he got his big break when he as cast in a recurring role on "Everybody Loves Raymond," which turned into his own series. "King of Queens" ran for nine seasons and earned its star an Emmy was Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Hit movies such as "Chuck and Larry" and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" followed as James successfully shifted his career from small to big screen.


REBA McENTIRE

REBA McENTIRE
Reba McEntire, with over 55 million albums sold worldwide, is the "Queen of Country," the 2nd best-selling female country artist of all time. Not content to remain solely in the music world, Reba McEntire has also found success as an actress in theater, film, and television. She became a household name among younger generations and non-country music fans when her long-running sitcom, "Reba," debuted in 2001 on the WB television network.


TEEN HEARTTHROBS

TEEN HEARTTHROBS
For every generation, there are teen heartthrobs: those whose posters line the inside of our lockers and whose faces grace the cover of "Tiger Beat". Part of their charm is the promise of a bright future ahead; but for many, that promise is never fulfilled. The teen actors grow old, and we grow up?and grow disinterested. This Biography special remembers the teen heartthrobs who drove us wild, while also showcasing the lives of those former teen hotties who remain heartthrobs as adults: they may no longer be teenagers, but they're still successful, celebrated, and just plain hot. Featured heartthrobs include: Christina Applegate, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Biel, Alyssa Milano, Mario Lopez, and Jessica Alba.


PINK FLOYD

PINK FLOYD
The acknowledged pioneers of underground rock, Pink Floyd blended consummate musicianship with remarkable imagery in words and music. Pink Floyd's highly choreographed stage performances mixing music, lights and visual effects, set the standard for other rock groups. "The Dark Side of the Moon," which held a chart slot on the Top 200 Albums for still unbroken record of 741 weeks, stands as a classic 1970s rock work. Followed by "The Wall," which holds an equally important position in 1980's rock, the group's 16 albums established a major musical legacy.


ANNA NICOLE SMITH

ANNA NICOLE SMITH
Profile of the ex-stripper and blonde bombshell who was only 26 when she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall. When Marshall died, Anna Nicole sued his family for half of his $1.6-billion estate - a suit that has gone all the way to the Supreme Court. We'll shed new light on Anna Nicole's relationship with her octogenarian husband and also look back at her train wreck of a TV reality show, her days as a Guess model, and her current gig as a weight-loss spokesmodel.


ALECIA BETH MOORE (PINK)

ALECIA BETH MOORE (PINK)
Singer, songwriter. Born Alecia Beth Moore on September 8, 1979, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Pink, as she's otherwise known, gets her name from the movie Reservoir Dogs, a film she saw as a teenager and whose character Mr. Pink is someone her friends all agreed she resembled. Pink was the second child born to Jim and Judy Moore. She experienced a largely typical middle-class life in a suburb of Doylestown, Philadelphia. Her parents' tense relationship, however, caused the couple to divorce when Pink was 3. Their split and the subsequent demise of the marriage sparked, in part, a rebellious attitude from Pink. "I was never allowed to go over to any of my friends' houses when I was little, because I was a bad influence," she said of her early life. "None of their parents liked me and my own parents were scared to death of me and for me."


VANILLA ICE

VANILLA ICE
Profile of the hip-hop singer who soared to stardom, and then saw his career crash and burn just as quickly. Born Robert Van Winkle, he excelled in break dancing, and was given his famous nickname by fellow break dancers because he was white. His hit song "Ice Ice Baby" put him at the top of the charts, but he soon faltered. He was accused of being a fraud because of false statements about his past, and he was forced to share royalties with a rapper who claimed he co-wrote "Ice Ice Baby." In a fragile state, Vanilla Ice wrote a suicide note and ingested massive amounts of drugs and alcohol. He survived, and went on to find more success in a second career as a reality show star.


GEORGE FOREMAN

GEORGE FOREMAN
Incredible, but true. That's the George Foreman story. This profile captures all the hard-hitting events of the great boxing champ's life: the Job Corps program that lifted him out of poverty and hunger; his flag-waving triumph at the 1968 Olympics; the night he smoked Smokin' Joe Frazier; his defeat to Muhammad Ali that devastated him emotionally; his amazing return to the ring at age 45; and his wildly successful new career in TV infomercials.


TOM CLANCY

TOM CLANCY
The master of the military thriller, Tom Clancy is a respected author of a string of bestsellers - including THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and PATRIOT GAMES. Clancy has achieved cult like status among military and technology buffs around the world. Some of his stories have made it to the big screen and attracted some of the hottest Hollywood talent like Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck. A fixture on "Forbes" magazine's of wealthiest entertainers, Clancy, the father of four, remains true to the traditional values he learned while growing up in Maryland.


ALAN ALDA

ALAN ALDA
Born into a show-business family in 1936, young Alan was brought up around the stage and theater where his father, actor Robert Alda, achieved great success. After winning his battle with polio as a child, Alda took an interest in writing and acting while in high school. Upon graduating from Fordham University as an English major, Alda married Arlene Weiss in 1957 and devoted himself to finding work as an actor.In addition to his well known television work, Alda has written, directed and acted in big-screen features. His credits include THE FOUR SEASONS as both writer and director, as well as acting roles in MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, and the AVIATOR (for which he won an Oscar)


HILLARY CLINTON

HILLARY CLINTON
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York, and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election. She is married to Bill Clinton the 42nd President of the United States and was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Her dramatic race for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination against Barack Obama has established her as a key player in Washington politics for years to come.


JOHN CANDY

JOHN CANDY
This larger-than-life Canadian created a uniquely genial, highly infectious comic persona, appearing in nearly 40 films before his untimely death. After college, John Candy joined the Toronto chapter of the famed Second City Comedy Troupe. He, along with other Second City stalwarts such as Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, and Catherine O'Hara broke new comedy ground on their classic series: "Second City TV." That success propelled John to Hollywood where films such "Stripes," "Uncle Buck," and "Home Alone" catapulted him to fame. His bright career was cut short in 1995 when, while filming on location in Mexico, Candy died from a massive heart attack at age 43.


DIFFRENT STROKES

DIFFRENT STROKES
What do a softcore porn star-turned-armed robber, a rehabilitated coke addict, and a bankrupt 4'8" 40-year-old have in common? They were the child stars of Diff'rent Strokes, the popular NBC/ABC sitcom that aired from the late `70s to the mid `80s. From what happened behind the scenes to what went wrong after the cameras stopped rolling, we'll find out what the gang was really talkin' about when Gary Coleman would ask, "Wha'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"


JOAN COLLINS

JOAN COLLINS
Collins' role on Dynasty lasted from 1981 to 1989. Since then, the star has worked steadily, even writing a best-selling autobiography. In 1996 her book publisher initiated a humiliating lawsuit to get back an advance paid to Collins for more books. She triumphed, however, and continues to make regular film and television appearances. JOAN COLLINS chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an actress who used the sexy and strong-willed characters she played to propel herself to both professional and personal success.


CHRISTIAN SLATER

CHRISTIAN SLATER
Christian Slater first broke into show business at age of 7, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night. By the early 80s he was starring on Broadway and then traveled West to pursue a career on the big screen. After making a notable impression on audiences in the cult hit Heathers and following that with a number of high visibility projects, Slater appeared to be on his way to major stardom, before a series of run-ins with the law greatly reduced his career momentum.


GENESIS

GENESIS
They started as a 60s pop band called Gabriel's Angels, but it wasn't until they turned to rock that Genesis reached international fame. Illness, marital strains, and even stage fright took their toll on the band's line up, but they persevered to sell 150 million albums worldwide. Biography looks at their earliest days as students, their glory days, the indefinite hiatus and, finally, the reunion tour in 2007 that landed them in Rome performing in front of 500,000 of their biggest fans.


EMINEM

EMINEM
The story of Eminem is one of damaging abuse, broken families, tough streets and big breaks. Born Marshall Mathers, Eminem's trying childhood would later serve as inspiration for his music. From a tumultuous relationship with his drug-abusing mother to earning respect in the dangerous streets of 8 Mile in Detroit, Eminem would rise above it all to become one of the highest-selling musicians of the early 2000s.


GEORGE CLOONEY

GEORGE CLOONEY
Before he was known as America's hottest ER hunk or as an Oscar winner, George Timothy Clooney was simply known as "Frankenstein" to his middle school classmates who mocked his bout with Bell's palsy. But with a successful acting and directing career spanning more than two decades and still going strong, it's People's Sexiest Man Alive (twice over) who gets the last laugh. We'll not only mull over his Facts of Life mullet and his stint in a rubberized Batsuit, but also explain how a boy from Kentucky grew up to be a Hollywood power-player, quintessential bachelor, and political and social activist hell-bent on saving the environment and resolving the Darfur conflict.


HUGH JACKMAN

HUGH JACKMAN
He's a multi-talented star, with amazing credentials on both stage and screen. From award-winning musical performances in London's West End (Oklahoma!) and Broadway (The Boy from Oz) to his launch into movie stardom as Wolverine in the X-Men trilogy, Jackman is an actor who has honed his craft in the hard light of fame. The X-Men films not only made him a super-star, they gave him a new career direction - he's currently planning to produce and star in a Wolverine movie. We'll look at the arc of his career, and at the choices he's made.


CHRISTINA ONASSIS

CHRISTINA ONASSIS
Heiress and business woman. Born December 11, 1950 in New York City. The daughter of self-made Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis, Christina spent her early childhood in New York and Switzerland, as much to further her education as to escape the family's media scrutiny and her parent's divorce. Unfortunately, Christina's success in business was overshadowed by tragedy in her personal life. In the early 1970s, within five years of one another, her brother, Alexander, her mother and her father would all die of unrelated circumstances. Though she continued to successfully run the shipping empire, the press frequently reported of her addiction to amphetamines and barbiturates. On November 19, 1988, Christina was found dead in a friend's home in Argentina. Her death was attributed to a heart attack brought on by years of drug abuse.


DON KNOTTS

DON KNOTTS
For over forty years, generations have laughed at the antics of Don Knotts as Barney Fife, the lovable, outrageous deputy on the hit comedy series The Andy Griffith Show as well as the swinging landlord, Ralph Furley, in the 1970's sitcom Three's Company. Knotts also became one of Hollywood's most beloved film comedians in such movies as The Shakiest Gun In The West and The Apple Dumpling Gang. But for this gentle underdog, the laughter hid a traumatic childhood, numerous obstacles and a crippling bout with hypochondria. Scenes from Don Knotts' television shows and films, as well as a rarely seen screen test for Wake Me When It's Over, cherished family photographs and intimate interviews document the life and career of this gifted actor. In 2006, Knotts passed away at the age of 81. Today, classic episodes of the Andy Griffith show continue to air around the world, ensuring the work of this comic genius will never be forgotten.


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
After a failed attempt at the drums, Bruce Springsteen bought his first guitar at a pawnshop for $18. The rest helped define Rock and Roll history. From the instantly classic Born To Run which put Bruce on the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously to an Oscar and four Grammys for the title track of the 1994 Tom Hanks film Philadelphia to 2007's CD, Magic, which climbed to #1 record in the world, there's no doubt that this Freehold, New Jersey native has earned the right to be called The Boss.


NICOLE KIDMAN

NICOLE KIDMAN
She's more than a renowned Oscar-winning actress, and one of the world's most beautiful women. She's also the highest-paid woman in the movies. And the veteran of some very high-profile relationships, including a ten-year marriage to Tom Cruise, a mysterious breakup, and her current marriage to country star (and fellow-Australian) Keith Urban. We'll hear about Kidman's public persona, her professional achievements, and the scandals that have attached themselves to her.


RUDYARD KIPLING

RUDYARD KIPLING
The story of Rudyard Kipling is a tale of paradise lost. It is the story of a literary genius who wrote some of the world's best known and enduring books yet whose own life was filled with tragedy. Kipling was a literary giant of the twentieth century, a man whose remarkable range of work captivated not just a nation but an empire. He was the nations laureate, the voice of the people and he became an international superstar. His work continues to fascinate and enchant. The Jungle Book and the famous poem, If, remain as popular today as they were when published one hundred years ago. Less well-known is the private life of the man who produced such masterpieces. Kipling endured an appallingly childhood, a domineering wife, and the devastating loss of two of his children.


EDWIN ALONZO BOYD

EDWIN ALONZO BOYD
This chilling confession from Edwin Alonzo Boyd forever destroys the image of the daring gentleman bank robber with the matinee idol looks. Life and Times reveals shocking new information about the leader of the infamous Boyd Gang, whose exploits enthralled and terrorized Toronto in the early 50's, making headlines across the country. The new revelations unmask Boyd as an ego-driven psychopath whose own words connect him to unsolved crimes committed half a century ago.


HILLARY WESTON

HILLARY WESTON
She's beautiful, wealthy and has impeccable taste. She and her husband, grocery store magnate Galen Weston, are friends of the Royal Family, and are the closest thing Canada has to royalty of its own. But she was seen as something of a consort - by her husband's side, yet rarely heard. So when the Prime Minister's Office announced in late 1996 that Hilary Weston was going to be Ontario's next lieutenant-governor, the press had a field day. What did she know about affairs of state, they asked? How could the wife of Canada's second-wealthiest man possibly be a role model for anyone?


TIMOTHY FINDLEY

TIMOTHY FINDLEY
For Timothy Irving Frederick Findley, or Tiff as he was known, art was the passion that has sustained and consumed him. This beloved and acclaimed author of nine novels achieved overwhelming success by remaining true to his own vision. The Life & Times of Timothy Findley takes a candid look at the private person behind the famous words.


KEN DANBY

KEN DANBY
An intimate portrait of enormously popular realist painter Ken Danby, Ken Danby: Behind the Mask looks at the many sides of a complex man who has never before revealed so much publicly. The program surveys Danby's career and looks at his personal life, and includes interviews with Danby's friends, Gordon Lightfoot and gallery owner, Walter Moos.


SAMUEL BROFMAN

SAMUEL BROFMAN
In Yiddish, "Bronfman" means Whisky Man, the name attributed to Sam Bronfman as a child by jeering classmates. Following his namesake and determined to overcome his poor Russian immigrant beginnings, Bronfman and his brothers started from scratch by making whisky in a warehouse in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.


DONALD MARSHALL JR.

DONALD MARSHALL JR.
In 1971 Donald Marshall Jr. was charged, tried and convicted for a murder he didn't commit. He was guilty of only one thing, presumably not a crime, being a Mi'kmaq. The Marshall Report issued by the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall Jr. Prosecution in December 1989 castigated the Nova Scotia justice system, and society in general, for the injustices carried out against an innocent and defenseless Mi'kmaq boy.


CHRISTOPHER AND MARY PRATT

CHRISTOPHER AND MARY PRATT
Canada's most celebrated and accomplished painters. Mary and Christopher met at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick where they both studied art in the 1950s. They soon got married and moved to Newfoundland where Mary quickly found her life wrapped up in Christopher's career and raising their four children. Christopher was a sensation from the start.


JUNE CALLWOOD

JUNE CALLWOOD
June Callwood has been called Canada's Mother Theresa. She is one of our most talented writers, yet she is more recognized as this country's leading social activist. An outspoken and fearless crusader, she commands respect even from those who disagree with her views.


ROBERTA BONDAR

ROBERTA BONDAR
Roberta Lynn Bondar is Canada's first woman astronaut and the world's first neurologist in space. Following a distinguished career at NASA as head of space medicine for more than a decade, Bondar is today a highly regarded consultant and speaker in the business, scientific and medical communities, particularly noted for her insights on peak performance, strategic thinking, and adaptive decision-making in uncertain or shifting business environments.


THE CRAZY CANUCKS

THE CRAZY CANUCKS
The Crazy Canucks were a group of Canadian alpine ski racers who rose to prominence in the World Cup during the 1970s and 80's. Dave Irwin, Dave Murray, Steve Podborski and Ken Read burst onto the scene of a European-dominated sport and quickly earned themselves a reputation for fast and seemingly reckless skiing - and also for winning.


JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH

JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH
John Kenneth Galbraith was America's most famous economist for good reason. A witty commentator on America's political follies and a versatile author of bestselling books that warn prophetically of the dangers of deregulated markets, corporate greed, and inattention to the costs of our military power (among them The Great Crash: 1929, The Affluent Society, and The New Industrial State), Galbraith always made economics relevant to the crises of the day. This first full-length biography is, in Richard Parker's hands, an important reinterpretation both of public policy and of how economics is practiced.


CLIVE OWEN

CLIVE OWEN
Clive Owen is a Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning actor best known for his roles in Gosford Park, The Bourne Identity and Sin City. Owen carved out a career on British television in his 20's before landing his first Hollywood role in The Rich Man's Wife alongside Halle Berry. Two years later Owen landed his international breakout role in the 1998 drama Croupier and his took off.


STEVIE WONDER

STEVIE WONDER
Stevie Wonder was born prematurely and put in a malfunctioning incubator, leaving him permanently blind. Despite his disability or maybe because of it, Wonder was a musical prodigy, who signed with Motown Records as a teenager. He has gone on to win 25 Grammy Awards, a lifetime achievement award and an Academy Award. His is an inspiring story of great obstacles, but even greater achievement. From a near fatal car accident in 1973 to the day-to-day challenges of his disabilities, Stevie Wonder's story is as unique as his music.


DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND

DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND
Brother and sister pop duo Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond. Donny had first become popular singing in a music group with his brothers, The Osmonds, and Marie was one of the youngest singers to reach #1 on the Billboard Country Music charts.


ADAM SANDLER

ADAM SANDLER
With over 30 films and countless television appearances, Adam Sandler is one of the most successful comedians of all time. Born in Brooklyn in 1966, Sandler began his television career on the "Cosby Show" as Theo Huxtable's friend, Smitty. But it wasn't until joining the cast of "SNL," that he really rose to fame. Fraught with immaturity, his comedy made him a quick role model to just about every frat boy in America, but Sandler is also a surprisingly good actor and has taken on several more serious roles.


AARON SPELLING

AARON SPELLING
Aaron Spelling produced so many popular shows for ABC from the 1960s to the 1980s that it was often joked that the network's initials stood for "Aaron's Broadcasting Company." Shows he produced that ran for years on ABC. They included The Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, Hart to Hart, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Dynasty. In the 1990s, he produced several series for other networks, including Melrose Place, 7th Heaven, Charmed, Moesha and Beverly Hills 90210, which starred his daughter, Tori. He began to put on shows during World War II, continued his involvement in theatre while attending Southern Methodist University on the G.I. Bill, and relocated to Los Angeles where he eventually partnered with show business legend Danny Thomas. Their partnership produced the long-running drama The Mod Squad the beginning of an unprecedented string of hits.


DURAN DURAN

DURAN DURAN
They've sold over 70 million records and have had at least 18 American hit singles to date- iconic band Duran Duran perform their monstrous hits "Notorious"and "Girls on Film" as well as treat us to their new "Falling Down", "Nite Runner" and "Skin Divers" off their new release Red Carpet Massacre. Plus, don't miss their in-depth conversation with host Lynn Hoffman about their substantial and successful career and a surprise appearance by Ricky Gervais ("The Office")! Don't miss PRIVATE SESSIONS every Sunday morning on A&E Television!


SELENA

SELENA
Selena Quintanilla-PErez, a young Mexican-American singer, was universally recognized as the 'Queen of Tejano,' a native American musical form combining country music, rhythm and blues, and Latin music. Often referred to as the "Mexican Madonna," she began singing with her family at 12 before enjoying a meteoric rise to international stardom. But her life was cut tragically short when her manager, in a dispute over the mishandling of Selena's investments, shot the singer in the back. Selena was just 23 years old. Her life story was the subject of a Hollywood feature starring Jennifer Lopez and was a major landmark in Lopez's ascent to Hollywood's A list.


KINKS, THE

KINKS, THE
One of the most important bands in Rock history, The Kinks, led by singer/songwriter Ray Davies, were an English pop/rock group, which first hit our shores during the British Invasion in the 60s. While they may have not enjoyed the commercial success of The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, their unique sound and style defined genres and transcended eras. Over the years, they have battled through family drama, the harsh realities of fame, and the coming and going of band mates, to remain one of the most highly regarded and influential rock bands of all time.


ROLLING STONES, THE

ROLLING STONES, THE
Rock and roll's longest lived, continuously active group, the Rolling Stones turned an early passion for blues and rhythm and blues into a rock dynasty. Launched as counterpoint to the then-clean cut Beatles, the long haired, original "bad boys of rock" flourished under the songwriting genius of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards with hits such as "Last Time", "Honky Tonk Woman", "Start Me Up', and dozens more. Some 55 albums after releasing their first single in 1963, three of the original Stones still perform together. Their 2007 world tour grossed over $430 million and a 2008 tour is planned.


SAM KINISON

SAM KINISON
Samuel "Sam" Burl Kinison was a stand-up comedian and actor. Kinison was famous for his extremely vitriolic humor and dark, sombre outfits. A former revival-style preacher, his standup routines were most often characterized by intense, angry ranting and punctuated by his trademark scream.


SHARON OSBOURNE

SHARON OSBOURNE
Sharon Osbourne burst into the spotlight on the reality show about her family, The Osbournes. As the woman behind the madman of rock, she started as a receptionist for her father's agency, which sought to represent Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath. After Black Sabbath broke up Sharon believed in Ozzy when no one else would and recruited a group of technically gifted musicians to record one of the biggest rock records ever: The Blizzard of Oz. She would go on to work with artists ranging from The Smashing Pumpkins to ELO. Known for her caring nature when it comes to her family as much as for her ruthlessness when it comes to business, Sharon Osbourne has become an icon for women everywhere. She continues to showcase her dynamic personality on television with such shows as The X Factor, America's Got Talent, and The Sharon Osbourne Show.


RICKY MARTIN

RICKY MARTIN
From his start in the seminal boy band, Menudo, Ricky Martin has gone on to become the quintessential Latin American Pop music star. His mix of hard driving rock, Latin salsa, reggae and romantic ballads have sold over 55 million albums worldwide. Most recently he went double platinum with an album from his MTV Unplugged performance. His live show is considered a "must see." Additionally, Ricky is now getting involved in Hispanic causes as spokesperson for"YoAmo America" (I Love America) designed to promote investment, educational assistance and recognition of the importance of the Hispanic community.


MEL GIBSON

MEL GIBSON
Oddly enough, the most famous Australian in Hollywood isn't Australian at all. Mel Gibson was actually born in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of eleven kids. The Family moved to his mother's Aussie homeland when the future two-time Academy Award winner was twelve. From virtually creating the Buddy Comedy/Action genre in the `Lethal Weapon' franchise to directing and starring in the 1995 Oscar winning epic `Braveheart,' this combination heartthrob and man's man seems to have found the secret to success in Hollywood. He has also experienced, however, just how damaging the accompanying visibility can be.


DAVY JONES

DAVY JONES
Davy Jones (born David Thomas Jones December 30, 1945) is an English actor and singer, best known as a member of The Monkees.


ASHTON KUTCHER

ASHTON KUTCHER
Iowa native Ashton Kutcher seems like the kind of guy who's always led a charmed life, but he has had his share of heartbreaks. Born in Cedar Rapids in 1978, he has a fraternal twin with cerebral palsy and a stormy home life growing up. While a senior in high school he was busted for burglary and says he saw some things `he probably shouldn't have seen.' After a brief modeling career in New York, Kutcher moved to LA and was cast in the sitcom `That 70s Show.' He moved on to roles in films like `Dude, Where's My Car' and has produced and starred in MTV's prankfest `Punk'd' since 2003. His marriage to Demi Moore (15 years his senior) in 2005 has produced much hand wringing among his female fans, but that hasn't stopped them from flocking to his flicks.


DON JOHNSON

DON JOHNSON
Don Johnson, a Flat Creek, Missouri native, first studied acting at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Among his earliest appearances was as early Dating Game contestant. Kicking around Hollywood, young and handsome, Johnson worked steadily and garnered a reputation as a rakish ladies' man. At 22, Johnson began dating 14-yr old Melanie Griffith, after a rumored affair with her mother, Tippi Hedren, while all three were shooting The Harrad Experiment. Johnson would go on to marry Griffith twice over the next 20 years, and he's the father of a total of 5 children. Johnson vaulted into pop stardom (and kitsch legend) as Detective Sonny Crockett in the wildly cinematic, ground-breaking TV cop drama Miami Vice and has never had to look back.


AMY WINEHOUSE

AMY WINEHOUSE
Amy Winehouse first burst onto the American music scene in 2006 with her smash hit "Rehab," followed soon thereafter with tabloid coverage of her drug addiction. We'll go back to reveal how she made her very first paycheck, how her demo landed at Island/Universal and how she was launched into the limelight. It's her music, her tumultuous relationship with husband Blake and her struggle with drugs and rehab: this is the full story of Amy Winehouse.


GWYNETH PALTROW

GWYNETH PALTROW
To many film-goers, Gwyneth Paltrow was little more than beautiful tabloid blonde linked to some of the most hottest actors on the planet. On March 21, 1999, that image was altered completely when she won the Best Actress Academy Award for her outstanding performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998). Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of noted film director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. With a rock star husband and children, Apple and Moses, as members of team Paltrow, she continues to work in high-profile film projects.


SHANNEN DOHERTY

SHANNEN DOHERTY
Shannon Doherty began her acting career when she was just 10 years old, and is best known as "the bad girl of the 90's" starring on the hit show Beverly Hills 90210. She was fired from the show according to producer Aaron Spelling because of constant conflicts with other cast members and repeatedly late appearances on the set. Doherty continues to work in a variety of TV projects.


MONKEES, THE

MONKEES, THE
The first of the manufactured bands, The Monkees shocked the music industry by generating a slew of hit records starting with "Last Train to Clarksville." Formed after two TV producers placed an ad for actors to star in a new television show about a band clearly modeled on the Beatles, the four successful applicants became The Monkees, on screen and off. While it is true that they sang their own songs, they did not play their own instruments, even though the television show depicted them doing so. Their subsequent hit, "I'm a Believer", established The Monkees as one of the most popular bands of their time with their careers as recording artists and performers outlasting the television series.


WOMEN OF THE BEATLES

WOMEN OF THE BEATLES
From Yoko Ono to Linda Eastman, from Pattie Boyd to Barbara Bach and Heather Mills, they were in and out of love with the most famous foursome of the Twentieth Century. And, there were others, May Pang, John Lennon's lost weekend companion, Cynthia Lennon, his first wife, Jane Asher, Paul McCartney's posh girlfriend during the band's heyday, Maureen Cox, Ringo's first wife, and Olivia Trinidad Arias whom George married in 1978. They were the muses behind some of rock's greatest songs, rock royalty in their own right. Each of these interesting - and beautiful - women has a story of her own. From John to Paul to Ringo to George, we'll look at the women in behind and, at times, in front of the Beatles.


PEE WEE HERMAN

PEE WEE HERMAN
He was everyone's favorite grown-up little kid until he was arrested in a Florida theater for indecent exposure. But 55-year-old Paul Rubens, much better known as Pee-wee Herman, has managed to revive his career. He began his career as a member of the Groundlings, the landmark improvisational comedy troupe. Rubens created the Pee-wee Herman character in the late 1970s using the character first in a stage vehicle and later as a TV special and eventually a Tim Burton-directed film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The success of the film led to five year run on CBS' Pee-wee's Playhouse, a children's show that garnered adult fans and critical praise. In the years since his arrest, Rubens has revived his career with a growing number of appearances as non-Pee-wee characters in movies and on sitcoms, but only now is he re-entering the world of Pee-wee Herman with the movie of Pee-wee's Playhouse, now in production.


GENE SIMMONS

GENE SIMMONS
Meet Gene Simmons, co-founder of one of the biggest and most successful rock 'n' roll bands in American history. See how he has managed to outlast, out think and out play most other rock stars by parlaying his success into books, movies, real estate development, TV shows, magazine publishing, merchandising and of course his latest, highly anticipated project - his first solo album in 25 years ­ "***hole."


REESE WITHERSPOON

REESE WITHERSPOON
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was the second child born to John, a military surgeon specialising in ear, nose and throat and Betty Reese, a registered nurse. For the first four years of her life, Witherspoon lived in Germany due to her father's military posting there before the whole family eventually returned to the United States to settle in Nashville, Tennessee. Like many of her fellow Hollywood co-stars, Witherspoon began modelling at a mere seven-years-old. This led to television commercial roles before she landed her first significant acting part in The Man in the Moon in 1990 as a 14-year-old tomboy. Roles in the films Jack The Bear (1993) and Disney's A Far Off Place (1993) followed.


MATT DILLON

MATT DILLON
Discovered while cutting class, Matt Dillon has been a bad boy from the start. While he didn't have a knack for the books, Dillon has proven to be an underestimated talent on screen - shocking audiences from The Outsiders to Wild Things, earning laughs in There's Something About Mary, and an Oscar nomination for the intensely dramatic film, Crash. From his days as a teen idol... to his recent turn to the serious, we take a look at what makes this rebel tick.


JENNY MCCARTHY

JENNY MCCARTHY
This Biography episode, "Jenny McCarthy" offers a revealing look into the life of Generation X's most outrageous star. Much more than just a pretty face, the quick-witted and often outrageous Jenny McCarthy takes the belief that anyone can be famous to a whole new level. The former Catholic schoolgirl from Chicago has simultaneously exploited and spoofed her good looks to launch a diverse career as a model, TV host, actress, screenwriter, and author.


CATHERINE JONES

CATHERINE JONES
More than just a pretty face, Welsh-born Catherine Zeta-Jones is a serious actress with impressive credentials and the respect of her colleagues. Costars like George Clooney insist she's the real deal, a talented thespian with amazing range: comedy (Intolerable Cruelty), drama (Traffic), action (Mark of Zorro, Entrapment), even song and dance (Chicago - which won her an Oscar). Her offscreen life is just as eventful, and just as fascinating, and we'll focus on some major events, minor scandals, a monumental wedding, and courtroom battles.


BEN AND JENNIFER

BEN AND JENNIFER
Both Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are superstars - but not just for their on-screen credits. Instead, public fascination with their respective romantic relationships has lead to intense scrutiny - and catapulted both of them to fame. From the demise of Bennifer the first, to Jennifer Garner's history of alleged infidelity, we unravel the Hollywood romance chain that led to THIS Ben and Jen - and examine the rollercoaster ride careers of two of Hollywood's most cheered (Good Will Hunting, Alias) and jeered (Gigli, Daredevil) stars.


DANA PLATO

DANA PLATO
Dana Plato seemed poised for a dream life. After appearing in 100 commercials, she landed the role of Kimberly Drummond on NBC's Diff'rent Strokes in 1978. She hoped that would lead her to a long and successful career in Hollywood - but her dreams of becoming as a serious actor would never materialize, and she died of a drug overdose in 1999 at the age of 35. At 14, Plato was hired to play the role of Kimberly, the teenage daughter of businessman Phil Drummond and the older sister of adopted boys Arnold and Willis on the hit show Diff'rent Strokes. But in 1984, she was asked to leave the show due to her pregnancy, which producers found inconsistent her character Kimberley's wholesome image. At only 20 years old, Plato languished in the world of B movies and even softcore pornography, all the while struggling with her addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. Dana Plato's tragic Hollywood rise and fall continues to have a haunting effect in the culture of child celebrity.


CHRISTIAN BALE

CHRISTIAN BALE
He is one of the most talented, yet under appreciated actors in Hollywood. Christian Bale's breakthrough performance in American Psycho would stun moviegoers and critics alike, but it would be his amazing transformations in The Machinist and Batman Begins that would solidify him as one of Tinseltown's top talents. Entertainment Weekly recently called him "one of the most creative people in entertainment" and ranked him as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade." He's currently starring alongside Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma, and is quickly on the way to becoming a household name.


ANDY GIBB

ANDY GIBB
Andy Gibb was perhaps the biggest heartthrob of the late 1970s. He was the pretty, youngest brother of the brothers Gibb? better known as the Bee Gees. Andy was never actually a Bee Gee, but as that group became the biggest act in disco, they helped young Andy become a pop superstar. Attached to a string of stunning girlfriends including Olivia Newton-John, Marie Osmond, and Victoria Principal, fame and a lot of cocaine went to his head. He battled depression and his career suffered as he struggled through the mid-1980s before dying young?in 1988?from a viral infection in his heart.


SARAH SILVERMAN

SARAH SILVERMAN
With her sassy wit and sharp tongue, Sarah Silverman has become an unlikely television staple. Getting her start as a writer for Saturday Night Live - she was fired by fax after only one year on the job, she is now the star of her own television series, The Sarah Silverman Program, and MTV's big event host du jour, hosting both MTV's Movie Awards and their Video Music Awards shows. As Ms. Silverman has risen to the top of the comedy circuit, she continues to delight in shocking America every chance she gets.


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
The reigning King of Pop, Memphis-born singer Justin Timberlake has already enjoyed an illustrious career. He went from being a component of the ensemble cast of The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993, to becoming a world famous dancer and vocalist in the boy band, NSYNC. Justin has created a significant solo career for himself having sold over 15 million albums worldwide. The twenty-six year old multi-talented star has balanced a life of touring, film roles, Super Bowl infamy, and high profile relationships to emerge as one of his generation's most dynamic stars.


HOWIE MANDEL

HOWIE MANDEL
While Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years, he has been thrust back in the spotlight as the host of what has become a national phenomenon "Deal or No Deal."


LEONARDO DICAPRIO

LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Leonardo DiCaprio was already an experienced film and TV actor when he was cast in This Boy's Life. He was only 18 years old, but more than held his own with screen powerhouses Robert DeNiro and Ellen Barkin. In 1997, when he played the lead role in the box office behemoth of all-time, Titanic, he ascended to the top of the A list, a status he continues to enjoy with lead roles in such high profile projects as Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and The Departed.


ANTHONY HOPKINS

ANTHONY HOPKINS
This Private Sessions guest is an acclaimed Academy Award winning actor who has graced the stage, small screen and films for over thirty five years in both the UK and Hollywood alike. He has portrayed some of the most influential leaders of our time including Richard Nixon and John Quincy Adams as well as leaving a mark on pop culture history with his terrifying portrayal of Hannibal Lector in "The Silence of the Lambs". His substantial and diverse acting career is like that of no other in Hollywood today. In an in-depth conversation with host Lynn Hoffman, Sir Anthony Hopkins graces the Private Sessions studio.


WINONA RYDER

 WINONA RYDER
Defined by an infamous brush with the law, Winona Ryder has had a roller coaster ride of a career. The dark diva found her breakthrough role in the cult classic black comedy, Heathers and dominated Hollywood in the 1990s including a tumultuous, three-year romance with Johnny Depp. The Minnesota-born, hippie commune-reared actress had a string of hits including Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Little Women, and Reality Bites all leading to Girl, Interrupted in which Ryder both co-starred and executive produced. Winona Ryder's career came crashing down in late 2001 when she was arrested for shoplifting from the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. Her career has yet to regain the momentum.


ALYSSA MILANO

ALYSSA MILANO
Earned her first major acting role at 11 in the TV show `Who's The Boss?' and has since managed to not only stay working as an actress but add an impressive series of humanitarian interests to her ledger. Unlike many child actors, she was able to keep working as she became a woman, segueing to steamier roles. Her work on the primetime soap `Melrose Place' in the late 1990s cemented her transition to onscreen vixen; in subsequent years she has become a national ambassador for UNICEF, a supporter of PETA, and has raised money for AIDS victims in Africa.


CULKINS, THE

CULKINS, THE
They're a rags to riches story and a tabloid dream. Headed by Kit, the `stage father from Hell,' three of the six Culkin kids have become actors, with Macaulay achieving the greatest success and the greatest notoriety. Thanks to his lead role in 1990's smash hit Home Alone, Macaulay became one of the most recognized faces in America, and in 1991 he became the first kid ever to get a million dollar salary. But Macaulay - and the Culkins - luck soon changed. Macaulay starred in a string of box office bombs and by 1994 his acting career was virtually over. With their Hollywood fortunes on the wane, the Culkins became tabloid mainstays with custody battles and a bitter dispute over Macaulay's career. Despite Macaulay's checkered career, two of his brothers, Rory and Kieran, have followed him into the acting world, with varying degrees of success.


RUN DMC

RUN DMC
Entering the music scene at the birth of hip hop, Run-DMC (aka Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and the late Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell) have defined hip hop music unlike any other rappers. From Addidas shoes to Kangol hats, their style and their sound have broken racial borders, crossed musical genres and was a force in the music industry for two decades. Run-DMC began their career in the early 80s and experienced a roller coaster ride of triumph and tragedy which reached its lowest point on October 30th, 2002 when Jam-Master Jay was shot and killed by an unknown gunman in his recording studio.


JOE MONTANA

JOE MONTANA
Joseph Clifford Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool, is a retired American football player whose professional career in the National Football League (NFL) spanned the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played quarterback (QB) for the next 14 seasons. He spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons, his final two years in the NFL, with the Kansas City Chiefs. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started four Super Bowl games and the team won all of them. In 2000, Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


GUNS N ROSES

GUNS N ROSES
Guns N' Roses are an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversy since its formation. Guns N' Roses have released five studio albums, two EPs, one live album, and three music video DVDs during its career. The band is currently working on the infamous album Chinese Democracy, which has been in production for over a decade. Once released, the album will be the first original recording from Guns N' Roses since the 1991 releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Guns N' Roses have sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, including 39 million in the United States.


NSYNC

NSYNC
N Sync formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995. After being the first runner-up for a spot in the Backstreet Boys, Chris Kirkpatrick approached Lou Pearlman about forming another pop group. Pearlman suggested that Kirkpatrick find other young male singers, which prompted Kirkpatrick to call Joey Fatone, a friend he had met while working at Universal Studios. Then Fatone and Kirkpatrick approached Lou Pearlman for more suggestions. Pearlman looked through some tapes they had and one of Justin Timberlake from the Mickey Mouse Club caught their eye. Justin soon joined the group and recommended his friend, JC, who also was a cast member on the Mickey Mouse Club. The quartet began rehearsing together, but soon decided to even out their sound by finding a bass singer. Fatone approached classmate Jason Galasso to invite into the group, and the group decided to name themselves *NSYNC , after Timberlake's mother, Lynn Harless, commented on how "in sync" their voices were. The group's name was also a play on the letters of each member's first names - JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN and JC. After several weeks of rehearsals, the group set up a showcase and began planning to officially sign with Pearlman's Trans Continental label. However, at the last minute, Galasso decided he was displeased with the direction of the group and dropped out. In need of a replacement, the group auditioned several people without fruition. Timberlake soon called his vocal coach, who suggested a 16-year-old singer bass singer from Mississippi named Lance Bass. Bass flew to Orlando to audition and was immediately accepted into the group. (The bandmembers later nicknamed Bass "Lansten", so as not to throw off the last-letter theme of the band's name).


MATT DAMON

MATT DAMON
Success didn't happen overnight for Matt Damon. The Boston-born actor spent a decade trying to make it big in Hollywood before his amazing breakthrough in the 1998 drama, Good Will Hunting. The movie he had written with best friend Ben Affleck was nominated for nine Academy Awards. He and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In 2002, Damon enjoyed huge success with The Bourne Identity. The action-packed film spawned two blockbuster sequels - The Bourne Supremacy in 2004 and 2007's The Bourne Supremacy - making Damon Hollywood's most bankable actor.


DENZEL WASHINGTON

DENZEL WASHINGTON
DENZEL WASHINGTON is a two-time Academy Award winner whose remarkable career is only one part of a dramatic, tumultuous life. From his big break on St. Elsewhere to his incredible work on the big screen (Glory, He Got Game, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, Training Day and more), Denzel has been an accomplished and respected actor. The son of a minister and a beautician, Denzel fell apart at fourteen when his parents were divorced. He became addicted to heroin, but found refuge and sobriety through the Boys' and Girls' Club. As the leading African-American actor of his generation, he has been laden with political burdens - burdens that have been overridden by the depth of his talent.


ROBIN WILLIAMS

ROBIN WILLIAMS
A look at the career of the wild, outrageous, and frantic actor-comedian who's become one of the entertainment world's most familiar faces. Soaring to stardom with the hit TV show Mork and Mindy and the movie Good Morning, Vietnam, Williams's prolific but up-and-down film career has included roles in the acclaimed Good Will Hunting, the corny Patch Adams, and dark dramas like One Hour Photo. We'll look at his work on behalf of the homeless, and his seemingly inexhaustible energy--he currently has six projects in production.


MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY
Matthew McConaughey was on the way to becoming a lawyer when he picked up the inspirational book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, and decided his real future lay in screen acting. A chance meeting with a casting director in an Austin bar secured his first real film role. The casting director introduced him to director Richard Linklater who gave McConaughey a role in his upcoming film, Dazed and Confused. More roles followed but high-wattage performances in two 1996 movies, the crime thriller Lone Star, and the film adaptation of John Grisham's novel A Time to Kill made the young actor one of the industry's hottest young leading men inspiring comparisons to actor Paul Newman.


MATHEW MCCONAUGHEY

MATHEW MCCONAUGHEY
Matthew was raised in Longview, Texas, the son of a substitute teacher and a former member of the Green Bay Packers. He excelled in sports as a high school student and was voted "Most Handsome" by his senior class. After graduating, McConaughey spent some time working in Australia before returning to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in film production. Having met producer and casting director Don Phillips, who introduced him to director Linklater, Matthew was cast in "Dazed and Confused" straight out of university.


IDI AMIN

Chronicles the cruel career of the Ugandan strongman who secretly ordered the murder of thousands of his own people while maintaining a jovial public image.


GLORIA SWANSON

GLORIA SWANSON
A top couture auction at Doyle New York features designs by Hermes, Gucci, and Chanel; Gloria Swanson's Golden Globe is auctioned for $25,850; visit the private collection of Mandy and Cliff Einstein, who have accumulated an array of large-scale contemporary sculpture and art; "I Love Lucy" items promise to be valuable on the TV classic's 50th anniversary; visit the classic car collection of collector Dick Burdick; and the meet the largest collector of rubber duckies.


HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
A look at the tale of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral. Includes the story of how Victor Hugo created the character.


HERMANN GOERING

HERMANN GOERING
He was a German World War I flying ace, the creator and head of the Luftwaffe in World War II, as well as Hitler's heir apparent and founder of the Gestapo and concentration camps. Yet this fat, brutal, self-involved morphine addict used make-up and committed suicide rather than face a hangman's noose for war crimes. We'll see how he got there.


ERIN BROKOVICH STORY, THE

ERIN BROKOVICH STORY, THE
Fans of the Julia Roberts movie will enjoy this chance to meet the real Erin and hear her talk about her crusade to bring the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to justice for poisoning the drinking water in Hinkley, California. We'll also hear from the other players in the drama, including attorney Ed Masry, PG&E whistle blower Charles Ebersohl, and Kathleen Sharp and Michael Fumento, journalists who support PG&E's contention that the chemical that it put into the drinking water was not a health hazard.


BERNIE MAC

BERNIE MAC
Profile of the hard-working, up-from-poverty comic who's hit it big with his TV sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show". Features hilarious clips from his career, including his HBO special "Midnight Mac" and the TV series, where Bernie offers his politically incorrect approach to parenting.


PETER FONDA

PETER FONDA
Portrait of the actor linked in the public's mind to his sister Jane and father Henry, but who has forged his own identity as an artist. We explore Peter's traumatic childhood, his film triumphs with "Easy Rider" and "Ulee's Gold", and his life off-screen with wife Becky in rural Montana. Features interviews with Peter, Jane, daughter Bridget, and Brooke Shields.


ALEC GUINNESS

ALEC GUINNESS
Profile of the 6-time Oscar nominee who demonstrated a remarkable ability to transform himself into characters far removed from his humble beginnings. Rare film clips, archival photos, and interviews with film legends reveal how acting transported a poor youth into one of the 20th century's greatest theatre and film stars and into the English aristocracy. Includes interviews with Ronald Neame, Charles Sturridge, Glynis Johns, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and Lauren Bacall.


PATRICIA HEATON

PATRICIA HEATON
Profile of the "Everybody Loves Raymond" star who struggled for years to succeed and nearly quit acting before getting her big break on TV's "thirtysomething". Includes interviews with Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, and New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.


JOHN RITTER

JOHN RITTER
Portrait of the versatile actor best remembered for his zany character Jack Tripper in the TV comedy "Three's Company", but who's won critical acclaim for his dramatic performances as well. Includes interviews with Ritter, "Three's Company" co-stars Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt, and Henry Winkler.


DAVID LETTERMAN

DAVID LETTERMAN
A former TV weatherman who once predicted hail stones "the size of canned hams," David Letterman was a struggling stand-up comic and TV writer when guest shots on shows such as The Gong Show caught the attention of Johnny Carson. As a result, he eventually became the permanent substitute host for the The Tonight Show. When Carson retired, however, Letterman lost a mano-a-mano battle for the coveted seat to Jay Leno and he left NBC, landing at CBS and his own late night show, the celebrated Late Show with David Letterman. Along the way, Letterman has overcome a determined stalker, emergency quintuple bypass surgery, and several failed relationships, before finding a measure of happiness in his marriage to longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko and the birth of their son, Harry Joseph.


DOW AND JONES

DOW AND JONES
The fascinating story of Charles Dow and Edward Jones, whose dissimilar geniuses produced the indispensable Dow Jones stock index.


ROBERT F. KENNEDY

ROBERT F. KENNEDY
The life of the Kennedy remembered with a "what if" next to his name--a good politician on his way to becoming a great man when he was assassinated. We'll trace the remarkable events of RFK's life: His yearning to win his father's approval; his bullying tactics that helped brother John win the presidency; the White House crises that tested him; and his senate years.


DONNIE BRASCO

DONNIE BRASCO
The true story of Joe Pistone, the FBI agent who risked his life to infiltrate a ruthless New York Mafia family and gather evidence against crime bosses.


SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC

SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC
The world's Public Enemy Number 1, NATO went to war to stop his ethnic cleansing of Kosovo. What do we truly know about Slobodan Milosevic? His violent past includes both parents' suicides. Once a committed Communist, he became a nationalistic Serbian hero. Learn what motivates this wily opponent of Bill Clinton and the West.


HUSSEIN FAMILY

HUSSEIN FAMILY
The saga of the Hussein family began with grand aspirations. Saddam Hussein had a vision of a dynasty that would live and rule for generations. Now Saddam has been captured, his sons are dead, and the rest of his family is either under arrest or living in exile. We trace Saddam's family roots back to the tribal Sunni Muslim area of central Iraq, where family squabbles were historically settled with brute force--a tribal code that would guide Saddam throughout his life.


KIM JONG IL

KIM JONG IL
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the elusive leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il. This profile chronicles the rise of a leader whom few have met, yet is reputed to control a growing nuclear arsenal.


DONALD RUMSFELD

DONALD RUMSFELD
A look at the embattled U.S. Secretary of Defense, who came under fire by critics early in his tenure but then became a leading spokesman for America in the wake of September 11. Having served in Congress and as Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford, Rumsfeld is a veteran of Washington politics, and despite all the challenges to America, "Rummy", a former naval aviator, remains optimistic about the nation's future.


TV-OGRAPHY: THE BRADY BUNCH

TV-OGRAPHY: THE BRADY BUNCH
When the show premiered in 1969, it was a popular Friday night family show that got good, but not great ratings. Today, the show is seen as a pop-culture phenomenon. It spawned a variety show, several reunion movies and spin-offs, a cartoon, two motion pictures and a kiss-and-tell-all book. We’ll talk to the many of the original cast, including Maureen McCormick and Florence Henderson.


TV-OGRAPHY: MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE

Prompted by his Hollywood friends, actor and writer Linwood Boomer draws on memories of his own off-beat childhood to create an Emmy-winning series that continues to entertain audiences with its quirky humour. Features clips from some of the show's funniest moments, behind-the-scenes footage of the show's production, and cast interviews.


LED ZEPPELIN

LED ZEPPELIN
The story of the top rock band that got its name when drummer Keith Moon predicted how the band would go over with audiences after hearing their demo tapes. Led Zeppelin's first album reached number 10 on the charts in 1969, and their popularity continued to grow with each subsequent album. But they were among the most hedonistic of all rock bands, and their indulgences led to a series of tragedies that ultimately broke up the band. However, they rank second only to The Beatles in sales.


JULIANNE MOORE

JULIANNE MOORE
With ageless beauty and four Oscar nominations, she's the darling of film critics and cosmetics companies eager to put her in their advertising. We follow Julianne Moore's career from 3-year stint on the daytime soap "As the World Turns" to a small role in "The Fugitive" that caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who cast her without audition in "Jurassic Park" The Lost World". Moore followed that up with star turns in "Boogie Nights", "The End of the Affair", "The Hours", and "Far from Heaven".


KEANU REEVES

KEANU REEVES
Profile of the devilishly handsome, risk-taking actor who's lit up the screen in "Speed" and "The Matrix". Despite his luck in Hollywood, Reeves has had his troubles offscreen, battling dyslexia, two life-threatening motorcycle accidents, the loss of his friend River Phoenix to drugs, and the death of his former girlfriend, who was killed in a car accident. Features interviews with musician Alice Cooper, Gary Busey, and Laurence Fishburne.


ALBERT EINSTEIN

ALBERT EINSTEIN
A profile of one of the 20th century's most important minds and recognizable faces--his very name a synonym for genius. Born in Germany in 1879, Albert Einstein was a surprisingly poor student, and failed his first entrance exam to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. We look at the long road to recognition, his brilliant theories, including relativity, his Nobel Prize in Physics, and his lifelong work for and devotion to international peace and world government.


KATE WINSLET

KATE WINSLET
Actress. Born October 5, 1975 in Reading, England. The granddaughter of two theatre managers (her maternal grandparents founded Reading Repertory Theatre) and the daughter of two actors, Winslet began acting as a child, making her first appearance on British television at age seven in a cereal commercial. In 1988, she appeared in the TV series Shrinks; three years later, she left school to pursue her fledgling acting career.

Winslet appeared on the British stage in productions such as Adrian Mole and Peter Pan and had a recurring role on the British sitcom Get Back before landing her debut film role, in Heavenly Creatures (1994), directed by Peter Jackson. In the film, Winslet played Juliet Hulme, a schoolgirl with tuberculosis whose obsessive friendship with a classmate leads the two girls to murder the classmate's mother in order to avoid separation.

Winslet attracted even more attention with her next role, as the winsome Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, costarring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman. As the "sensibility" of the movie, Winslet earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. After several similarly high-brow roles, in such features as Jude (1995, based on the Thomas Hardy novel Jude the Obscure) and as Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Winslet landed squarely on the A-list of leading ladies with her performance as Rose DeWitt, the heroine of James Cameron's record-breaking blockbuster Titanic. The film won numerous Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, and launched costar Leonardo DiCaprio to heartthrob status. Winslet scored her second Oscar nomination for acting—this time for Best Actress. (Her costar, Gloria Stuart, earned a nod in the supporting category for her portrayal of the older Rose DeWitt; the two actresses became the first ever to earn nominations for playing the same character.)

On the heels of her first Titanic hit, Winslet made two somewhat unlikely choices for her next projects: Hideous Kinky (1999), in which she played a free-spirited single mother who brings her two daughters along on a spiritual quest to Marrakech; and Holy Smoke (also 1999), the Jane Campion-directed film about a young woman who joins a religious cult. The film's frank depiction of the sexual connection between Winslet and Harvey Keitel (as a man hired by the woman's family to "deprogram" her) displayed Winslet's unselfconsciousness and her talent for portraying physical and emotional nudity onscreen.

Winslet's next film was no less daring, as she returned to period drama with Quills, about the incarceration of the notorious French novelist the Marquis de Sade in the mental asylum of Charenton. As the laundress who helps de Sade (Geoffrey Rush) smuggle his illicit writings out of the asylum for publication, Winslet becomes the object of sexual obsession for the asylum's inmates, as well as the priest who is in charge, played by Joaquin Phoenix.

In 2001, Winslet lent her voice to the animated British feature A Christmas Carol. A song from the movie, "What If," featuring Winslet on vocals, was a Top Ten single in Britain. Her most notable film that year was Iris, a portrait of the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and her relationship with her husband, the writer John Bailey, based on Bailey's book, Elegy for Iris. Winslet played Murdoch as a young, unconventional student, which Judi Dench played the older Iris, struggling with the growing effects of her Alzheimer's disease alongside the faithful Bailey (played by Jim Broadbent). All three of Iris' stars earned Academy Award nominations (Dench in the lead actress category, Winslet and Broadbent in the supporting categories), making it the second time Winslet had been the younger half of a double nomination for playing the same character.

That same year, Winslet costarred as a code-breaker in the World War II-era spy drama Enigma (released in the U.S. in 2002). In 2002, she appeared as a reporter interviewing a death-row inmate in The Life of David Gale, costarring Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney. In 2004, Winslet starred opposite Jim Carrey in Charlie Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Winslet has one daughter, Mia, with her ex-husband, Jim Threapleton. The couple met on the set of Hideous Kinky, for which he was the assistant director, married in late 1998 and were divorced in December 2001. In 2003, Winslet married Sam Mendes, the noted British stage director and Oscar-winning director of American Beauty.



JOHNNY DEPP

JOHNNY DEPP
Chronicles the life of the eccentric, sensual, uncompromising, and media-shy star of "Pirates of the Caribbean". Johnny Depp rebelled against his early image as a Hollywood hunk, opting to play complex characters in such movies as "Edward Scissorhands" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?". Along the way, he romanced actress Winona Ryder and model Kate Moss before wedding French singing sensation Vanessa Paradis.


JACK NICHOLSON

JACK NICHOLSON
A 2-hour profile of the legendary lothario who has become one of the most successful actors in Hollywood history. Chronicles Jack Nicholson's breakthrough performance in "Easy Rider", his bad-boy image, his many romantic escapades, and his shocking discovery about his mother. Includes rare Nicholson interviews, clips from his many great films, and interviews with Susan Sarandon, Faye Dunaway, Greg Kinnear, and Martin Landau.


FRIENDS

FRIENDS
Since September 1994, more than 20-billion people have tuned in to see if Ross and Rachel are getting back together, if Chandler and Monica are going to adopt a baby, if Joey will ever return as Dr. Drake Remoray, and if Phoebe will regale us with one more chorus of "Smelly Cat". Join us for this look back at the modest NBC ensemble show about "friendship" that captivated the viewing public for 10 seasons.


JAMES BROLIN

JAMES BROLIN
From a painfully shy youth to Emmy Award-winning actor and co-star with Barbra Streisand in one of Hollywood's most highly publicized romances, James Brolin continues to gain legions of admirers with his winning talent and striking good looks. An intimate interview with the actor and contemporaries such as Connie Selleca, producer Aaron Spelling, and son Josh Brolin, illuminate the life of charismatic star.


CHEECH MARIN

The son of a Los Angeles police officer, American actor/director Richard "Cheech" Marin earned his nickname through his fondness for the Chicano food, specialty cheecharone. While working as an improvisational comedian with Vancouver's City Work troupe, Marin teamed with Tommy Chong; the Hispanic/Asian duo created the characters of Cheech and Chong, a pair of zoned-out dopers ever in search of the "perfect joint." After the duo broke up in 1986, Marin went on to be a successful television star.


GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT

GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT
Lincoln's long search for the right commander of the Union Army leads to many mistakes before ending with General Ulysses S. Grant, who got the right results, no matter what the human toll.


CONDOLEEZZA RICE

CONDOLEEZZA RICE
Biography profiles President Bush?s National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, the first woman to hold such an esteemed position in a Presidential Cabinet. Fluent in Russian and influential in U.S.-Soviet , Rice?s first aspiration was to be a concert pianist but decided in college that politics was to be her future.


MARY MAGDALENE

MARY MAGDALENE
For nearly 2,000 years, she was believed to be a prostitute who repented and became a disciple of Jesus. But we reveal the truth about Mary that is finally emerging. In interviews, scholars tell us that she was almost certainly not a prostitute, but a wealthy woman whose support helped early Christianity to survive.


PATRICK HENRY

PATRICK HENRY
The story of a figure of the Revolution, who represented the power of the great and growing populace within the interior of the new nation.


GENERAL HANCOCK

GENERAL HANCOCK
Profile of the Union General Winfield Scott Hancock, whose extraordinary career ranged from the Mexican War to Western expansion to the Civil War and the Reconstruction period. William Tesumseh Sherman called him "one of the greatest soldiers in history."


LENI RIEFENSTAHL

LENI RIEFENSTAHL
Profile of the controversial German movie producer and director. Her greatest works - TRIUMPH OF THE WILL and OLYMPIA - were brilliant, but they also glorified Hitler's Nazi regime.


SARAH McLACHLAN

SARAH McLACHLAN
Sarah McLachlan's music has become part of the soundtrack of our lives. But for four years, she's shunned the spotlight. Now McLachlan is ready to make music again - her highly anticipated new album, Afterglow, will be released next month. I Will Remember You: The Life and Times of Sarah McLachlan is a timely journey into the private world of this semi-reclusive singer. It's a candid portrait delving into romantic entanglements, motherhood and the perils of a cutthroat business - obsessive fans, lawsuits and the controversy around Lilith Fair.


ARIEL SHARON

ARIEL SHARON
Profile of the Israeli prime minster, elected in 2001 by the largest margin in Israel's history. Ariel Sharon has been viewed as an intractable war-monger by his critics, but nevertheless rode to power on pledges that he would find peace for Israel by putting an end to the violence with Palestine and neighbouring Arab countries.


HUEY LONG

HUEY LONG
Controversy was the middle name of one of the most colourful demagogues in American politics. This is the story of the ruthless politician who went from the Louisiana backwoods to Congress.


TV-OGRAPHY: THE MUNSTERS

TV-OGRAPHY: THE MUNSTERS
Story of the 1960s TV hit that featured a family of lovable monsters who had no idea that they were freaking out their suburban neighbours. The show featured Fred Gwynne as the good-hearted dad who looked like Frankenstein; Yvonne DeCarlo as the loving vampire mother; and Al Lewis as the fun-filled, Dracula-resembling grandpa.


STONEWALL JACKSON

Portrait of the brilliant General Thomas Jackson, who led Confederate troops in the bloody battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Bull Run, where he and his troops defended their position "like a stone wall".


ANDREI CHIKATILO

ANDREI CHIKATILO
Andrei Chikatilo, a married man, teacher, and member of the Communist party, began a life of serial child molestation, rape, and murder in the 1970s. He picked up runaways, prostitutes, and children throughout the 1980s, killing and mutilating them in the most horrible ways, all to satisfy himself sexually. After several arrests, he was finally convicted and executed in 1994.


PEDRO ALONZO LOPEZ

The story of serial killer Pedro Alonzo Lopez. After being violently raped in prison when he was 18 and killing three of his assailants, he launched an 8-year killing spree that claimed the lives of more than 100 girls in Peru. He then moved to Colombia and Ecuador, where he sometimes averaged three murders a week. Widely believed to have committed 300 murders, Lopez is today in prison in Ecuador.


PAT BENATAR

Profile of the 4-time Grammy winner who recorded hit singles such as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Shadows of the Night", and "Love is a Battlefield". Long acknowledged as one of the leading female rock vocalists in the industry, Benatar has six platinum and four gold albums to her credit.


ERIC CLAPTON

ERIC CLAPTON
Profile of the popular music star and rock legend who has overcome numerous personal tragedies, including the harrowing death of his 4-year-old son, who died in a fall from a New York City high-rise building. Eric Clapton became an international superstar with the groups Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos, but had to fight off a heroin addiction with the help of controversial "electro-acupuncture" treatments.


MARY OF NAZARETH

MARY OF NAZARETH
This story of the mother of Jesus will make your Christmas week even more meaningful. Looks at what is known of her life, and how historians and the faithful have regarded Mary over the centuries.


JUDAS: TRAITOR OR FRIEND

JUDAS: TRAITOR OR FRIEND
He was one of the 12 apostles, one of the elect. Yet for 30 silver coins, Judas Iscariot turned on his teacher and closest friend. Historians, psychologists, theologians, and religious scholars investigate Judas's childhood, his hip with Jesus, and his monumental decision that would characterize him for all time. Did Judas believe his betrayal would force Jesus to display his divine power and thereby prove he was the Messiah? Or was he acting on directives given by Jesus to fulfill a prophecy?


JANET LEIGH

JANET LEIGH
Interviews with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, former husband Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, Peter Bogdanovich, and Robert Wagner highlight this profile of the actress who gained screen immortality in the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho".


DONALD O'CONNOR

DONALD O
Story of the Hollywood hoofer who overcame youthful Hollywood tragedies, Depression-era poverty, and alcoholism to star in many of the great musical comedies. Includes scenes from the "Francis" series, where he co-starred with a mule, and his dancing tour de force "Make 'Em Laugh" from "Singin' In The Rain". Wife Gloria is interviewed.


KIRK CAMERON

Profile of the teen heartthrob who shot to fame as the eldest son on the popular ABC series GROWING PAINS. Cameron went on the marry his on-screen girlfriend and became a devout Christian, sometimes causing conflict on the set due to his new-found devotion.


PONCE DE LEON

PONCE DE LEON
He sought the Fountain of Youth and discovered Florida. Now, retirees continue to follow his lead. This documentary profiles the "first conquistador," the ruthless Ponce de Leon who brutalized native populations in his quest for riches.


CHIANG KAI-SHEK

CHIANG KAI-SHEK
Profile of the former president of Nationalist China who opposed Mao Zedong, and when the communists took over the mainland, established a virtual dictatorship on Taiwan.


EVA BRAUN

EVA BRAUN
The speculation surrounding Eva Braun has persisted for decades: Was she Adolf Hitler's lover or just a close friend? And did she die in a Berlin bunker or did she escape to a secret life? Our profile tells the simple story of a simple girl who simply fell in love...with the wrong man. This common tale of love in the time of war is told through uncommonly candid home movies, most of them shot by Eva herself.


ADMIRAL CHESTER NIMITZ

Profile of the World War II leader who took command of a shattered navy and led his forces to victory over often superior Japanese forces.


LOUIS VS. SCHMELING

LOUIS VS. SCHMELING
They were cast as bitter enemies - "The Brown Bomber", Joe Louis, fighting for the honour of the free world, Max Schmeling as Hitler's perfect Aryan boxer. In fact, they became close friends. We uncover how Schmeling, far from being a Nazi sympathizer, risked his life to help two Jewish boys. We also reveal the different paths their lives took after their legendary heavyweight bout; Schmeling became a successful businessman and Louis faced racial prejudice and tax debts.


LUCKY LUCIANO

LUCKY LUCIANO
Profile of Salvatore Luciano, the notorious underworld boss. "Lucky" rubbed out Joe "The Boss" Masseria, helped create "Murder, Inc.", made millions in racketeering and prostitution, and joined forces with Bugsy Siegel.


DON ADAMS

DON ADAMS
Profile of the comic who won a place in TV history when he played the bumbling spy Maxwell Smart in the classic sitcom "Get Smart". Adams was a high-school dropout whose service in WWII left him with terrifying memories. But his show-business career led to a fast-paced lifestyle, marriages to a Rockette dancer and a former "Playboy" model, and friendship with "Playboy" mogul Hugh Hefner. Features interviews with Adams, Hefner, and "Get Smart" co-star Barbara Feldon.


BEN AFFLECK

Uma Thurman calls him a big hunk of a Massachusetts boy--he's Benjamin Geza Affleck, born in Berkeley, California in 1972, but raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We explore Ben's career--from his TV-movie teens to screenwriting with his pal Matt Damon and romancing Gwyneth and J-Lo. It's all here, in his own words--from the highs of "Good Will Hunting" (for which he shared the "BestOriginal Screenplay" Oscar with Damon) and "Armageddon" to the low of "Gigli".


CLAY AIKENS

Singer. Born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The son of Faye Aiken Parker and estranged father Vernon Grissom, Aiken was raised primarily by his mother and her second husband, Ray Parker. A church-going Baptist, Aiken attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in special education.

The slight Southern boy with humble charm won the hearts of millions of Americans with his huge voice on Fox's American Idol in 2003. After becoming a finalist and runner-up (first place went to "velvet teddy bear" competitor Ruben Studdard), Aiken won a recording contract with RCA Records and was taken under the wing of music industry legend Clive Davis. His debut single, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" topped the charts in June, followed by the release of his first album, Measure Of A Man, in October.

In addition to his overnight pop star career, Aiken co-founded the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which aims to provide opportunities for individuals with autism and other physical and mental disabilities.



SEAN BEAN

Actor. Born Shaun Mark Bean on April 17, 1959 in Sheffield, England. Though he had planned a career at his father's welding firm, Bean's talents took him in an entirely different direction when he discovered acting while studying art at Rotherham College. A handful of notable performances earned him a scholarship to the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and after graduation he began appearing in London theatre productions, as well as on television and in movies.

Among American audiences, Bean is best known for playing heartless bad guys, a reputation earned for his convincing portrayals of such characters as the IRA terrorist opposite Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and the hardened double agent in Golden Eye. More recently, Bean played Boromir in Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and Odysseus in the Brad Pitt blockbuster vehicle Troy.

Bean has been married three times; he has two daughters with Melanie Hill and one daughter with Abigail Cruttenden.



HARRY BELAFONTE

HARRY BELAFONTE
Actor, singer, humanitarian. Born Harold George Belafonte, Jr. on March 1, 1927 in Harlem, New York. After spending much of his childhood in his mother's native Jamaica, Belafonte returned to the U.S. and enlisted in the Navy. He then moved to New York City to become an actor, performing with the American Negro Theatre and studying drama at Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop.

Belafonte's first opportunities to perform were in cabarets, which soon landed him in the recording studio where he produced pop and then folk and world music. Though he won a Tony Award in 1954 for his Broadway performance in John Murray Anderson's Almanac, it wasn't until his lead role in the film Carmen Jones that Belafonte became a bona fide star. His musical efforts benefited from his celebrity, with subsequent albums Belafonte and Calypso leaping to number one, the latter launching a nationwide craze for Jamaican music.

Belafonte's fame also enabled him to take on riskier roles on the big screen, including Island in the Sun and Odds Against Tomorrow, which explored racial boundaries. In addition, he became television's first black producer, winning an Emmy for his special Tonight with Harry Belafonte.

Though he continued to record throughout the 1960s and 1970s, his commercial glow was diminishing, and Belafonte began to put more energy into civil rights and humanitarian work. He was a leader in the USA for Africa effort in 1985, singing on the hit 1985 single "We Are the World," and he became UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador in 1986. Though frustrated with Hollywood, Belafonte continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s, including Kansas City and Swing Vote.

Belafonte was married to Marguerite Byrd until 1957; they have two daughters. He married Julie Robinson in 1957, they have a son, David, and a daughter, Gina.



CARLO BENETTON

Born in 1943, Carlo Benetton is deputy chairman of both Edizione Holding (the family-owned financial holding company) and of Benetton Group. He is the father of four children.

The Benetton Group, which launched in 1965, is a clothing and accessories company that is active in 120 countries. The group includes The United Colors of Benetton, the more fashion-orientated Sisley brand and the sportswear brands Playlife and Killer Loop. Benetton Group is listed on the stock exchanges of Milan, Frankfurt and New York.



GILBERTO BENETTON

Born in 1941, Gilberto Benetton is president of Edizione Holding, the family holding company, president of Autogrill and director of Benetton Group. He is vice president of Olimpia, the main shareholder in Telecom Italia, where he holds the same position. Gilberto is also a Director of Autostrade S.p.A., Mediobanca S.p.A., Pirelli S.p.A. and Abertis Infrastucturas S.A. He is married and has two daughters.

The Benetton Group, which launched in 1965, is a clothing and accessories company that is active in 120 countries. The group includes The United Colors of Benetton, the more fashion-orientated Sisley brand and the sportswear brands Playlife and Killer Loop. Benetton Group is listed on the stock exchanges of Milan, Frankfurt and New York.



GIULIANA BENETTON

Born in 1937, Giuliana Benetton is currently on the Board of Directors of both Benetton Group and Edizione Holding (the family-owned financial holding company). She is married and has four children.

The Benetton Group, which launched in 1965, is a clothing and accessories company that is active in 120 countries. The group includes The United Colors of Benetton, the more fashion-orientated Sisley brand and the sportswear brands Playlife and Killer Loop. Benetton Group is listed on the stock exchanges of Milan, Frankfurt and New York.



LUCIANO BENETTON

Apparel company co-founder and chairman, Italian senator (1992-1994). Born in 1935 in Treviso, Italy, Luciano Benetton is chairman of the Benetton Group, which launched in 1965. The clothing and accessories company is active in 120 countries and includes The United Colors of Benetton, the more fashion-orientated Sisley brand and the sportswear brands Playlife and Killer Loop. Benetton Group is listed on the stock exchanges of Milan, Frankfurt and New York.

Luciano is also on the board of directors of Edizione Holding, the family-owned financial holding company, and was a Senator of the Italian Republic from 1992 to 1994. He is the father of four children.



DAVID BLAINE

Magician. Born April 4, 1973 to a single mother in Brooklyn, New York. A street performer provided Blaine's introduction to magic, as the curious four-year-old waited for a subway train. Magic was not his only interest, however, and Blaine went on to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse drama school and appeared in several TV commercials and soap operas. It was during this time that his ability to levitate off of the ground surfaced and, at the urging of his personal physician, Blaine underwent a thorough examination.

When Blaine was 21, his mother was stricken with cancer and passed away in 1994. Though grief-stricken, he continued to perform and make a name for himself at celebrity functions by doing magic tricks for famous people, such as Mike Tyson, Al Pacino and David Geffen. Blaine made a tape of a performance and sent it to ABC, where the response was tremendous and an interview was soon requested. His first special, David Blaine: Street Magic was a ratings hit in 1997. David Blaine: Magic Man followed two years later.

In 1999, Blaine performed his first endurance stunt: submerging himself in 4,000 pounds of water for over one week. In 2000, he followed with "Frozen in Time" in which he was frozen into a block of ice for 72 hours. Two years later, he stood on a 100-foot pillar for 35 hours in "Vertigo." Unfortunately, there were more skeptics than supporters during 2003's "Above the Below," which involved Blaine living in a glass box suspended by the River Thames in London for 44 days, without food.



LINDA BLAIR

LINDA BLAIR
Profile of the actress who suffered bad press, unfounded rumors, and even death threats after she starred in the ultimate horror movie, "The Exorcist". Includes an interview with the film's director William Friedkin and rarely seen behind-the-scenes footage from the film.


CATE BLANCHETT

CATE BLANCHETT
Born in Melbourne, Australia. Blanchett began making a name for herself in the theatre world soon after graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992. She quickly won roles in the Sydney Theater Company's productions of Top Girls and Kafka Dances and won the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Newcomer Award for the latter in 1993. Blanchett also received critical acclaim for roles in theatre productions of Hamlet, The Tempest, and The Seagull.

After several appearances on Australian and American television, Blanchett made her feature film debut in 1997's Paradise Road. Later that year, she grabbed Hollywood's attention with her performance opposite Ralph Fiennes in Oscar and Lucinda (1997). In 1998, Blanchett's Golden Globe-winning portrayal of England's queen in Elizabeth earned the 29-year-old actress her first Academy Award nomination.

Blanchett turned in a superb supporting performance in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, also featuring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law. In 2000, she starred as a psychic woman in a small Southern town in the thriller The Gift. The following year, she costarred with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton in the comic caper Bandits and with Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore in The Shipping News. She also headlined the World War II-era drama Charlotte Gray, playing a British woman who is drawn into the French resistance movement. Blanchett will next star as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes Biopic, The Aviator.

Blanchett and her husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, have two sons, Dashiell John born in 2001 and Roman Robert born in 2004.



MARLON BRANDO

MARLON BRANDO
Actor. Born April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska. Brando grew up in Illinois, and after expulsion from a military academy, he dug ditches until his father offered to finance his education. Brando moved to New York to study with acting coach Stella Adler and at Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio. Adler has often been credited as the principal inspiration in Brando's early career, and with opening the actor to great works of literature, music, and theatre. While at the Actors' Studio, Brando adopted the "method approach," which emphasizes characters' motivations for actions. He made his Broadway debut in John Van Druten's sentimental I Remember Mama (1944). New York theatre critics voted him Broadway's Most Promising Actor for his performance in Truckline Café (1946). In 1947, he played his greatest stage role, Stanley Kowalski—the brute who rapes his sister-in-law, the fragile Blanche du Bois—in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

Hollywood beckoned to Brando, and he made his motion picture debut as a paraplegic World War II veteran in The Men (1950). Although he did not cooperate with the Hollywood publicity machine, he went on to play Kowalski in the 1951 film version of A Streetcar Named Desire, a popular and critical success that earned four Academy Awards. His next movie, Viva Zapata! (1952), with a script by John Steinbeck, traces Emiliano Zapata's rise from peasant to revolutionary to president of Mexico. Brando followed that with Julius Caesar and then The Wild One (1954), in which he played a motorcycle-gang leader in all his leather-jacketed glory. Next came his Academy Award-winning role as a longshoreman fighting the system in On the Waterfront, a hard-hitting look at New York City labour unions.

During the rest of the decade, Brando's screen roles ranged from Napoleon Bonaparte in Désirée (1954), to Sky Masterson in 1955's Guys and Dolls, in which he sang and danced, to a Nazi soldier in The Young Lions (1958). From 1955 to 1958, movie exhibitors voted him one of the top 10 box-office draws in the nation. During the 1960s, however, his career had more downs than ups, especially after the MGM studio's disastrous 1962 remake of Mutiny on the Bounty, which failed to recoup even half of its enormous budget. Brando portrayed Fletcher Christian, Clark Gable's role in the 1935 original. Brando's excessive self-indulgence reached a pinnacle during the filming of this movie. He was criticized for his on-set tantrums and for trying to alter the script. Off the set, he had numerous affairs, ate too much, and distanced himself from the cast and crew. His contract for making the movie included $5,000 for every day the film went over its original schedule. He made $1.25 million when all was said and done.

Brando's career was reborn in 1972 with his depiction of Mafia chieftain Don Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, a role for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor. He turned down the Oscar, however, in protest of Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans. Brando himself did not appear at the awards show. Instead, he sent a Native American Apache named Sacheen Littlefeather (who was later determined to be an actress portraying a Native American) to decline the award on his behalf.

Brando proceeded the following year to the highly controversial yet highly acclaimed Last Tango in Paris, which was rated X. Since then, Brando has received huge salaries for playing small parts in such movies as Superman (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Dry White Season in 1989, Brando also appeared in the comedy The Freshman with Matthew Broderick. In 1995, he costarred in Don Juan DeMarco with Johnny Depp. In early 1996, Brando costarred in the poorly received The Island of Dr. Moreau. Entertainment Weekly reported that the actor was using an earpiece to remember his lines. His costar in the film, David Thewlis, told the magazine that Brando nonetheless impressed him. "When he walks into a room," Thewlis noted, "you know he's around."

In 2001, Brando starred as an aging jewel thief in pursuit of one last payoff in The Score, also starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Angela Bassett.

It has been observed that Brando has perhaps loved food and womanizing too much. His best acting performances are roles that required him to show a constrained and displayed rage and suffering. His own rage may have come from parents who did not care about him. Time magazine reported, "Brando had a stern, cold father and a dream-dishevelled mother—both alcoholics, both sexually promiscuous—and he encompassed both their natures without resolving the conflict." Brando himself wrote in his autobiography, "If my father were alive today, I don't know what I would do. After he died, I used to think, `God, just give him to me alive for eight seconds because I want to break his jaw.'"

Although Brando avoids speaking in details about his marriages, even in his autobiography, it is known that he has been married three times to three ex-actresses. He has at least 11 children. Five of the children are with his three wives, three are with his Guatemalan housekeeper, and the other three children are from affairs. One of Brando's sons, Christian, told People magazine, "The family kept changing shape. I'd sit down at the breakfast table and say, `Who are you?'" Christian is now at a state prison in California serving a 10-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter in the death of his sister's fiancee, Dag Drollet. He claimed Drollet was physically abusing his pregnant sister, Cheyenne. Christian said he struggled with Drollet and accidentally shot him in the face. Brando, in the house at the time, gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Drollet and called 911. At Christian's trial, People reported one of Brando's comments on the witness stand, "I tried to be a good father. I did the best I could."

Brando's daughter, Cheyenne, was a troubled young woman. In and out of drug rehabilitation centres and mental hospitals for much of her life, she lived in Tahiti with her mother Tarita (one of Brando's wives, whom he met on the set of Mutiny on the Bounty). People reported in 1990 that Cheyenne said of Brando, "I have come to despise my father for the way he ignored me as a child." After Drollet's death, Cheyenne became even more reclusive and depressed. A judge ruled that she was too depressed to raise her child and gave custody of the boy to her mother, Tarita. Cheyenne took a leave from a mental hospital on Easter Sunday in 1995 to visit her family. At her mother's home that day, Cheyenne, who had attempted suicide before, hanged herself.

Brando's years of self-indulgence are visible—he weighed well over 300 pounds in the mid-1990s. The actor died of pulmonary fibrosis in a Los Angeles hospital in 2004 at the age of 80. But to judge Brando by his appearance and dismiss his work because of his later, less significant acting jobs, however, would be a mistake. His performance in A Streetcar Named Desire brought audiences to their knees, and his range of roles is a testament to his capability to explore many aspects of the human psyche.



THE GOOGLE BOYS (SERGEY BRIN AND LARRY PAGE)

THE GOOGLE BOYS (SERGEY BRIN AND LARRY PAGE)
Sergey Brin & Larry Page. Brin, a native of Moscow, and Page, a Michigan native, met at Stanford University's computer science Ph.D program. In September 1998, they started Google with credit cards and the help of one savvy investor. Six years later, Google is the world's top search engine operating in 97 languages and employing 2000 people. Brin & Page have published books, frequently appear as featured speakers, and hold honorary degrees from institutions around the world. In 2004, they were named "People of the Week" on ABC News' World News Tonight.


KOBE BRYANT

Basketball player. Born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Named after a Japanese steakhouse, Kobe is the son of former NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. In 1984, after ending his NBA career, the elder Bryant took the family to Italy where he played on the Italian League. Growing up in Italy alongside two athletic older sisters, Shaya and Sharia, Kobe was an avid player of both basketball and soccer. When the family returned to Philadelphia in 1991, Bryant joined the Lower Merion high school basketball team, leading it to the state championships four years in a row. With an eye on the NBA, he also started working out with the 76ers.

Though he boasted good grades and high SAT scores, Bryant decided to go straight to the NBA from high school. In 1996, he was picked by Charlotte in the draft and was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his second season as guard he was voted a starter for the 1998 All-Star Game, becoming at 19 the youngest All-Star in NBA history. Bryant went on to help the team win three consecutive NBA championships and was voted first-team all-NBA in 2002 and 2003. He also inked multi-year endorsement deals with Adidas, Sprite and other top sponsors.

Bryant married 19-year-old Vanessa Laine in April 2001. In July 2003, he was charged with one count of sexual assault on a 19-year-old female hotel worker in Colorado. Bryant said he was guilty of adultery, but innocent of the rape charge. The closed hearing is currently being held in Eagle, Colorado.



NICOLAS CAGE

NICOLAS CAGE
Profile of the Oscar-winning actor known for his off-beat personality and independent spirit. Cage went from volatile outsider to box-office star in MOONSTRUCK and LEAVING LAS VEGAS. Includes clips from Cage's most memorable work and interviews with family and friends that illuminate his private life.


LYNDA CARTER

LYNDA CARTER
A look at the life and career of the ravishing actress who became a pop culture icon portraying TV's "Wonder Woman". But Lynda Carter had a long journey to stardom before transforming into the sexy super heroine who gave bad guys a lesson in girl power. She was a lounge singer and beauty queen before taking on the role of the comic book character. Now she's enjoying life as a D.C. power wife and loving mother. Loni Anderson and Kenny Rogers share their recollections of Carter.


DUANE CHAPMAN (DOG)

Bounty hunter. Born Duane Lee Chapman in 1953. Chapman is the oldest of four children raised by a Navy welder father and minister mother in Denver, Colorado. As a teen, he had several run-ins with the law, including 18 arrests for armed robbery. In 1977, he was sentenced to five years in prison for the murder of Jerry Lee Oliver.

After serving his time, Chapman vowed to redeem himself by operating on the right side of the law. He caught his first bail jumper on the day of his release and has made it his life's work ever since, claiming to have had more than 6,000 captures over the past 20 years. He owns four bonding companies between Colorado and Hawaii, where he has lived since 1989 with his wife and bondsman partner, Beth Barmore. Chapman has 12 children, and he has been married four times.

Over the course of his career, Chapman has become something of a legend, with a list of fugitives that includes Quinton Wortham, the Capital Hill rapist; William Scatarie, white supremacist and convicted murderer of Denver radio shock jock Alan Berg; and, most recently, Andrew Luster, convicted rapist and Max Factor heir.

In 2004, Chapman's celebrity grew even greater when he became the subject of an A&E television series, Dog The Bounty Hunter.



GLENN CLOSE

Actress, born in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. A student of anthropology and acting, she made her Broadway debut in Love for Love (1974). Her subsequent theatre work includes The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs (1982, Obie), The Real Thing (1984--5, Tony), and Sunset Boulevard (1995, Tony). She received an Emmy nomination for Something About Amelia (1984). Her role as the psychotic mistress in Fatal Attraction (1987) brought her international fame, which was consolidated with the success of Dangerous Liaisons (1988). Later films include Reversal of Fortune (1990), Once Upon a Forest (1993), 101 Dalmatians and Mars Attacks! (both 1996), and Paradise Road (1997). In 2004, the actress starred in a remake of the 1975 comedic thriller The Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler.

In 2002, Close made her London West End debut as Tennessee Williams's frail heroine Blanche du Bois in "A Streetcar Named Desire."



ROBBIE COLTRANE

Actor. Born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950 in Rutherglen, Scotland. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art where he studied drawing, painting and film, Coltrane turned first to improvisational stand-up and then to comedic acting. The portly actor became known in the U.K. for his cameo performances in such films as National Lampoon's European Vacation, Henry V and Mona Lisa.

In the 1990s, Coltrane's work began to appear in the U.S., where he was better known for his work on the small screen in such shows as the British detective series Cracker and Fitz, for which he earned a Cable ACE award. Coltrane continues to appear in movies, enjoying great success in such family films as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Harry Potter series in which he plays the kindly gamekeeper Hagrid the Giant. In 2004, Coltrane played Mr. Hyde in the blockbuster action film Van Helsing.

Coltrane is married to Rhona Gemmell. The couple has two children, Alice and Spencer.



TV-OGRAPHY: WONDER YEARS

TV-OGRAPHY: WONDER YEARS
The story of how producers Carol Black and Neal Marlens brought innocence back to television with a heartfelt coming-of-age series about an average 11-year-old boy growing up in the tumultuous late 1960s. Includes interviews with the principal cast members and updates on their lives after "The Wonder Years".


VLADIMIR PUTIN

VLADIMIR PUTIN
Portrait of the Russian president who was reelected by an overwhelming majority in 2004, but who has been criticized for stifling democratic reforms. Vladimir Putin, who earned a black belt in judo, spent years working as a spy for the feared KGB during the Communist era. After becoming head of the intelligence agency that replaced the KGB once the Soviet Union collapsed, Putin rose to the presidency after Boris Yeltsin resigned the job in 1999.


IVAN THE TERRIBLE

IVAN THE TERRIBLE
The life of the bloodthirsty first czar of Russia. Ivan killed his own son and had several of his wives murdered.


HENRI DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC

HENRI DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC
Life of the celebrated French bohemian artist of the Moulin Rouge. His famed posters and prints captured the joyous spirit of the "belle époque" in Paris during the late 19th century, even though Henri suffered from alcohol abuse and a bone condition that caused his legs to stop growing at an early age, while the rest of his body grew normally.


JACKSON POLLOCK

JACKSON POLLOCK
A look at the celebrated "spatter-and-drip" artist who made a major contribution to abstract expressionism. With his canvas laying flat on the floor, Pollock would slosh paint on it in trickles that would dribble, disguising the "beginning" or focus point, and leading the eye in a frenzy over the colourful design. Macho and misunderstood, Jackson Pollock, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, is one of American art's most tragic legends. He died in a car crash at age 44 in 1956.


JIMMY CONNORS

JIMMY CONNORS
Profile of the "bad boy" of tennis who conquered Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and who also conquered Chris Evert's heart when they dated in the 1970s. Jimmy Connors was known for his flat, powerful strokes, volatile on-court behaviour, and for snubbing his nose at the tennis establishment. Connors won 125 singles tournaments, more than any other player.


JOE NAMATH

JOE NAMATH
Profile of the playboy quarterback who rose from a small steel town in western Pennsylvania to lead the New York Jets to Super Bowl glory. On the field, Namath's rifle arm made him one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. Off the field, Namath broke all the rules, wearing white shoes, mink coats, a Fu Manchu moustache, and modeling women's pantyhose in TV commercials.


MARTINA NAVRATILOVA

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA
The life of the legendary tennis champion from Czechoslovakia who defected to the U.S. in 1975 and went on to win more singles and doubles titles than any other woman in history. Includes a look at Martina's painful decision to leave her family and flee to the West, her openly gay lifestyle, and her amazing run of nine Wimbledon championships.


JANE SEYMOUR

JANE SEYMOUR
A profile of the popular film and television star, perhaps best known for her role as the heroic frontier doctor in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman". Her first claim to fame was as a "Bond Girl", but now Jane's successful career also includes writing books and clothing design. In addition to interviews with Ms. Seymour, her children and other relatives, we talk to Christopher Reeve and Tom Selleck, and review clips from "Live and Let Die", "Somewhere in Time", and "Dr. Quinn".


PAT BOONE

PAT BOONE
He was one of the first stars of the rock era. Pat Boone's squeaky clean style of rock'n'roll put him at the top of the pop charts and led to a career in TV and film. But the singer's goody-two-shoes image eventually became a burden. We'll see how temptations nearly destroyed his marriage before a spiritual awakening put Pat back on track. Includes interviews with Boone and daughter Debby, Shirley Jones, Little Richard, and others.


NATALIE WOOD

NATALIE WOOD
Her scene-stealing performance in the 1947 box-office surprise "Miracle on 34th Street" ensured 9-year-old Natalie Wood a place in moviegoers' hearts, and she later wowed audiences in "Rebel without a Cause" and "Splendor in the Grass". Offscreen, Wood struggled with depression, attempted suicide, married actor Robert Wagner twice, and drowned while boating with Wagner and Christopher Walken. Includes interviews with sister Lana Woodd daughters Kate and Courtney Wagner.


KING ARTHUR

KING ARTHUR
He pulled Excalibur out of the stone, gathered his knights at the Roundtable, and was trained by Merlin the Magician. But who was the great English king who has inspired art and politics from medieval times to the age of Kennedy? This portrait of Arthur traces the myth and legend of Camelot's king.


HOWARD DEAN

Governor. Born November 17, 1948 in New York City. Dean grew up alongside his three brothers and attended high school at Saint George's Boarding School in Newport, Rhode Island. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1971 and his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978.

Dean was a practicing physician from 1981 to 1991, during which time he also became actively involved in politics. A democrat, Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1983, where he served until 1986. He then served as Vermont's Lieutenant Governor from 1986 to 1991 and as Governor from 1991 to 2002.

By leading Vermont with firm fiscal discipline, Dean paid off an inherited $70 million deficit for the state. He also succeeded in guaranteeing health coverage for children and signed into law one of the country's toughest managed-care consumer protections. However, Dean's governorship is best remembered for the passage of a civil unions law in 2000, which gave same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. In 2003, he announced his candidacy for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.

A member of the Congregationalist church, Dean resides with his wife, Judith Steinberg-Dean, and two children in Burlington, Vermont.

© 2004 A&E Television Networks.



CLINT EASTWOOD

CLINT EASTWOOD
The remarkable life of the legendary actor and director who's also been a producer, musician, inn keeper, clothing manufacturer, golfer, and politician. This 2-hour profile tells the story of how Clint went from "spaghetti western" to the top of Hollywood power and fame, and includes highlights from films such as "Unforgiven" and "Dirty Harry" and interviews with Eastwood and Martin Scorsese.


JOHN EDWARDS

United States Senator. Born June 10, 1953 in Seneca, South Carolina. The son of a mill worker and shop owner, Edwards was raised in the small town of Robbins, North Carolina. He graduated with honours from North Carolina State University in 1974 and earned his law degree in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Edwards made his career as a trial lawyer, mostly representing families and children against large corporations and the insurance industry. In 1998, he brought this spirit of advocacy to the political arena, running for and winning a seat in the United States Senate.

In Congress, Edwards championed familiar causes: quality health care, better schools, protecting civil liberties and saving Social Security and Medicare. As a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Edwards also worked to strengthen national defence and homeland security. In July 2004, Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry chose Edwards to be his running mate. Later that month, Kerry and Edwards were joined by speakers Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Madeline Albright and others at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. In November 2004, after a hard-fought and often bitter campaign, Kerry conceded the presidential election to incumbent George W. Bush.

Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, met as law students at Chapel Hill. They married in 1977 and have had four children, including Catharine, a student at Princeton University; five-year-old Emma Claire and three-year-old Jack. Their first child, Wade, died in 1996.



CARMEN ELECTRA

CARMEN ELECTRA
Profile of the 'Baywatch' babe and reality show star who's made the leap from sex kitten to pop culture icon. We'll recall the wild events that have kept Carmen's name in the headlines, including her four revealing appearances in "Playboy", her quickie marriage and divorce to basketball star Dennis Rodman, and her relationships with Tommy Lee and Prince, who gave Carmen her show biz name. Features interviews with Carmen and her new husband Dave Navarro.


BROOKE ELLISON

Quadriplegic, author, motivational speaker. Born Brooke Mackenzie Ellison in Long Island, New York. Struck by a car on her first day of seventh grade, Ellison was paralyzed from the neck down and given little chance of survival. But through a combination of sheer will and family support, she has carved out an inspirational life for herself.

After scoring 1510 out of a possible 1600 on her College Board entrance exam, Ellison was accepted to Harvard University. With the tireless help of her mother, Jean Marie, who lived with her at Harvard, Brooke graduated magna cum laude in 2000. Her 90-page thesis, which she completed using a voice-activated computer, was titled, "Does Hope Float? The Study of Presence of Hope in Resilience."

After graduation, Ellison returned to Stony Brooke, New York, to be with her family. As word spread of her achievement, she began travelling the country as a motivational speaker, as well as making television appearances. In 2002, she and her mother published her autobiography, Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey. She is also the subject of a film for A&E, The Brooke Ellison Story, directed by Christopher Reeve.

Ellison is a member of the board of directors of the National Organization on Disabilities and has plans to further her education at the master's program in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.



JIMMY FALLON

JIMMY FALLON
Jimmy Fallon looks boyishly innocent--but the Saturday Night Live funnyman could rip up the biggest names in show business and politics. His cuteness and goofy manner also belied serious ambition. Obsessed with Saturday Night Live since childhood, he dropped out of college to pursue his dream and won an audition within a few months. But he bombed and struggled in comedy clubs for two more years before getting the coveted job. After six years, Fallon left to pursue a film career.


MARTIN FREEMAN

Actor. Born September 8, 1971 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Freeman performed in several productions at London's National Theatre. Since then, the actor has appeared in numerous British television series, most notably—and recently—as likable loser Tim Canterbury in the hit BBC comedy The Office. Freeman has also endeared himself to audiences on the big screen. In 2003, he was part of an all-star ensemble cast in the romantic comedy Love Actually. He appears next in the film adaptation of Douglas Adams' novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 2005.


JAMES GANDOLFINI

Actor. Born September 18, 1961 in Westwood, New Jersey. Gandolfini grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University. He discovered the stage after spending years as a Manhattan bouncer and nightclub manager. When a friend took him to an acting class in the late '80s, he was left so unsettled and challenged by a focusing exercise that involved threading a needle that he knew he had to return.

Shortly thereafter, he immersed himself in the New York theatre world. His Broadway debut came in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. His New York stage credits also include On the Waterfront, One Day Wonder with the Actor's Studio and Tarantulas Dancing at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.

Gandolfini's breakthrough screen role came with his portrayal of Virgil, the philosophizing hit man, in Tony Scott's True Romance with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. He has played a diverse range of roles in more than 20 motion pictures, including John Cusack's brother in Money for Nothing, Geena Davis' plumber boyfriend in Angie, and a loyal Navy lieutenant in Crimson Tide. He also played a pivotal role in Steve Zaillian's A Civil Action with John Travolta and Robert Duvall.

Gandolfini's gift for shedding light on the vulnerable side of seemingly ruthless characters led to his starring role in the acclaimed HBO drama series The Sopranos. In 1999, Gandolfini won both a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Tony Soprano, a gangster having a midlife crisis. In 2003, the show's executive producer announced that its sixth season would be the last.

Upcoming film projects include the DreamWorks' comedy Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck.

Gandolfini and his wife, Marcella, were married in March 1999 and divorced in December 2002. They have one son, Michael. In January 2004, Gandolfini proposed to his girlfriend, Lora Somoza; the engagement was called off a month later.



HENRY HILL

A look at romance and marriage Mafia-style. Former "Goodfella" Henry Hill and members of some of the biggest organized crime gangs in America talk about how love and "normal" family life survive in a violent world.


THE KRAY TWINS

Britain's most notorious gangsters of all time were East-end duo, identical twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray. They went from rags to riches and became legends in their own time. But the two brothers' lives were tragically intertwined.


NEIL YOUNG

NEIL YOUNG
Career of the founding member of the folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield who worked with Crosby, Stills, and Nash before pursuing a solo career. After his first album became a hit, Neil Young went through a dark period personally and professionally, marked by the bleak, druggie song Tonight's the Night. Young recovered and began a prolific songwriting career which included over 30 albums and the haunting ballad Philadelphia.


AILEEN WUORNOS

AILEEN WUORNOS
Life of the controversial prostitute and serial killer who was executed in 2002 in Florida for murdering seven men. Some believed that she was a cold-blooded killer, while others saw her as a woman who was victimized so often during her tragic life that she was driven to fight back.


SALMAN RUSHDIE

Writer, born in Mumbai, W India, of Muslim parents. Rushdie emigrated to Britain in 1965, and studied at Cambridge. He worked as an actor and an advertising copywriter before becoming a writer, producing his first novel, Grimus, in 1975. His 1988 book, Satanic Verses, caused worldwide controversy because of its treatment of Islam from a secular point of view, and in 1989 he was forced to go into hiding because of a sentence of death (fatwa) passed on him by Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran for blasphemy (officially lifted in 1998).


ED GEIN

ED GEIN
Ed Gein is seen as one of the most weird and bizarre serial killers of the twentieth century, second only to maybe Jeffrey Dahmer. His crimes also inspired the movies Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of the Lambs.


VINCENT GIGANTE

VINCENT GIGANTE
Known for wandering the streets in a bathrobe mumbling to himself, Vincent Gigante is one of the strangest gangsters of our time. The suspected boss of the Genovese Crime Family, his supporters say the former boxer took one too many shots to the head and was incapable of running a massive crime syndicate. This act worked until 1997, when Salvatore Gravano testified that Gigante was sane and was the head of the Genovese Family. Since his conviction on forty-one counts of numerous crimes, Gigante has dropped his act and is due up for parole in 2007. He will be 79.


SPALDING GRAY

Actor, writer. Born June 5, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised in New England, Gray is best known for monologues that delve deeply—and comically—into the dark reaches of his own anxious mind. A graduate of Emerson College, Gray made his screen-acting debut in a series of forgettable films. With a talent for live performance, he co-founded the Wooster Theater Group in New York City in 1977, where he performed his first monologue, Sex and Death at the Age of 14.

Gray's next acclaimed performance was Swimming to Cambodia, which was based on his own experience travelling to Thailand to appear in the war film The Killing Fields. The one-man play won an Obie award and was adapted into an award-winning feature film in 1987. Throughout the 1980s, Gray continued to appear in supporting roles on the big screen and on Broadway, but his most unforgettable performances were those he wrote and performed on his own. These included Monster in a Box and Gray's Anatomy, both of which grew into feature films.

In 1999, Gray turned his experience as a stay-at-home dad into the monologue Morning, Noon and Night, which he performed at Lincoln Center. Three years later, a car accident in Ireland resulted in serious injury, exacerbating Gray's life-long battle with depression and resulting in another monologue, Black Spot. Following several suicide attempts, Gray was reported missing in January 2004. His body was found in the East River two months later. He and his wife, Kathie Russo, lived with their three children in Manhattan.



PHIL HARTMAN

PHIL HARTMAN
The life of the brilliant comedian who was at the top of his career when his wife shot him, then turned the gun on herself in an apparent murder-suicide. Phil Hartman, who first burst into fame on "Saturday Night Live", was then working on the hit show "NewsRadio". He lived in a million-dollar mansion with his wife and two young children, and to the outside world, everything seemed perfect. But others, who knew the couple, paint a far different and darker picture…


PARIS HILTON

Model, actress, socialite. Born February 17, 1981, in New York City. Thanks to her great-grandfather Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotel chain, Paris is the shared heir to a family fortune estimated at $300 million. The daughter of Rick and Kathy Hilton, Paris grew up alongside her younger sister, Nicky, and two brothers, Baron and Conrad, in their homes in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria, Beverly Hills and The Hamptons.

After graduating from high school, Paris pursued a modeling career, appearing in such national publications as GQ and Vanity Fair and on runways for various New York designers. She soon became a well-known jet setter, courting media attention for her outrageous lifestyle. Whether it was a short-lived romance with Leonardo DiCaprio or boxer Oscar de la Hoya or a rude remark in a public bathroom during a night of partying with her sister, Paris frequently received bad press for her socialite antics. A notorious sex tape starring Paris and her ex Rick Solomon, which was released on the Internet, didn't help matters.

In 2001, perhaps in an effort to clean up her reputation, she turned from modeling to acting, appearing in Ben Stiller's spoof Zoolander, an adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat and 2004's Raising Helen with Kate Hudson. But it was her turn as herself in the 2003 Fox reality show The Simple Life that earned her the most publicity. Starring Paris and her best gal pal Nicole Richie (daughter of legendary pop icon Lionel), the show followed the girls on their misadventures while trying to get along on a working farm. The show was such a hit, that Fox followed it up the next year with The Simple Life 2: Road Trip.



KATE HUDSON

Actress. Born Kate Garry Hudson, on April 19, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of actress-producer Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, a 1970s television comedian, Kate Hudson was raised by her mother and Hawn's longtime companion, actor Kurt Russell, after her parents divorced when she was 18 months old. No stranger to the show business life, Hudson decided to embark on an acting career of her own, landing an agent and a guest spot on the TV drama Party of Five in 1996.

Upon her acceptance to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Hudson convinced Hawn and Russell to let her defer a year in order to concentrate on finding her first film role. In 1998, she appeared in the little-seen independent film Desert Blue, alongside fellow up-and-coming young actors Christina Ricci, Casey Affleck, and Brendan Sexton III. She was also a featured player in the ensemble cast of 200 Cigarettes (1999), a comedy that received poor reviews despite its talented cast, which included Ricci, Ben Affleck, Paul Rudd, and Courtney Love.

Hudson began the year 2000 somewhat inauspiciously, with a supporting turn as a virginal college student in the unimpressive teen thriller Gossip. By year's end, however, she had charmed her way into the hearts of moviegoers and critics with her breakthrough performance as Penny Lane, the leader of a group of girls, or so-called "Band-Aids," who worship at the altar of 1970s rock & roll as imagined by writer-director Cameron Crowe in his autobiographical film Almost Famous. Originally cast in a smaller role, Hudson won the part after another young actress, Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter, Go) dropped out. As Penny, the sometime lover of Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup), lead guitarist in the rock band Stillwater, and the object of affection for Crowe's own alter ego, the budding rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit), Hudson was in many ways the emotional centre of the film. Her glowing performance earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Also in 2000, Hudson appeared in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman's Dr. T and the Women, costarring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, and Liv Tyler. In 2001, she starred in Four Feathers, a wartime drama costarring Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Heath Ledger (The Patriot). Upcoming projects include Garry Marshall's Raising Helen, where she plays a successful single woman forced to take care of her sister's three young children after a car accident. In 2004, she starred opposite Luke Wilson in the romantic comedy Alex & Emma.

Hudson married Chris Robinson, the lead singer of the rock band The Black Crowes, on New Year's Eve 2000, at the Hawn/Russell ranch in Colorado. The couple welcomed the arrival of its first child, a boy named Ryder Russell Robinson, in January 2004.



HELEN HUNT

Actress. Born June 15, 1963, in Culver City, California. The daughter of Gordon Hunt, an acting coach and theatre director, and Jane Hunt, a photographer, Hunt grew up in Los Angeles and New York. She decided on an acting career early: by age nine, she had begun studying drama, had an agent, and had landed a role in the 1973 television movie Pioneer Woman. After appearing as an adolescent in such TV series as Amy Prentiss (1974-75), Swiss Family Robinson (1975-76), The Fitzpatricks (1977-78), and It Takes Two (1982-83), Hunt found a recurring role on the medical melodrama St. Elsewhere in 1982. She also earned acclaim for her role in the 1983 TV movie Quarterback Princess, in which she played a high school girl bent on leading her school's otherwise all-male football team to the state championships.

Hunt made her feature film debut in 1977 with the forgettable film Roller coaster. Though she had supporting roles in such films as Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985, starring Sarah Jessica Parker), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986, starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage), The Waterdance (1992, starring Eric Stoltz), and Mr. Saturday Night (1992, starring Billy Crystal), Hunt first earned star status for her role as smart urban career woman and wife Jamie Buchman on the much-loved TV sitcom Mad About You. Over the course of the show's seven seasons (1992-99), Hunt won four consecutive Emmy Awards from 1996-99 and became one of America's best loved television couples with costar Paul Reiser.

Hunt's hard work and small-screen stardom finally translated to big-screen success in the latter half of the 1990s. In 1996, she starred opposite Bill Paxton in the summer action blockbuster Twister, which became one of the top-grossing movies of that year. A year later, she won acclaim from both critics and audiences—along with an Academy Award for Best Actress—for her star turn as a long-suffering single mother and waitress alongside Best Actor winner Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets (1997), written and directed by James L. Brooks.

Although her Oscar win sent Hunt straight to Hollywood's A-list, she made her next starring appearance on stage, playing the androgynously charming Viola in an acclaimed 1998 production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In 2000, she returned to the big screen with several long-awaited efforts, including Pay It Forward, costarring Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment; What Women Want, costarring Mel Gibson; Dr. T and the Women, starring Richard Gere; and Cast Away, costarring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis.

In 2001, Hunt costarred opposite writer-director Woody Allen in Allen's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, a 1940s-era detective comedy also featuring Dan Ackroyd and Charlize Theron.

Hunt, who previously dated her Project X costar Matthew Broderick, married her longtime boyfriend, actor Hank Azaria (The Birdcage, Mystery, Alaska), in July 1999. The couple separated in August 2000. In May 2004, Hunt and her beau, writer-producer Matthew Carnahan, welcomed a baby girl named McKenna.



JANET JACKSON

Singer, songwriter, actress. Born May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana. The youngest of nine children born to Joseph Walter Jackson and his wife, Katherine, Jackson grew up in the affluence of a show business family. Her five brothers—Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine, and Michael—signed a contract with Motown Records in 1968 and would go on to rule the charts as The Jackson Five, with such hits as "I Want You Back," "Stop, the Love You Save," "ABC," and "Dancing Machine." In late 1969, Jackson took her daughters Rebbie, LaToya, and Janet, and her youngest son, Randy, to join her husband in Los Angeles, where they had moved to further the band's career. (Tito's twin brother, Brandon, had died within 24 hours of the twins' premature birth in 1957.)

The Jackson children were raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith, as Katherine Jackson had been baptized as a Jehovah's Witness in 1963. LaToya Jackson famously chronicled their tumultuous childhood—including charges of physical and sexual abuse by Joseph Jackson—in her tell-all autobiography, but Janet and others of her siblings disputed LaToya's account. The tensions within the family certainly increased on account of Michael Jackson's emergence as a solo artist and a superstar beginning in the early 1970s.

Janet Jackson first appeared on stage in April 1974, singing and doing impressions alongside her brother Randy in the Jackson family's Las Vegas act. In 1976, she appeared on The Jacksons, a summer replacement television show. Her performance earned her the attention of a producer who hired her to play Penny, a regular on the TV comedy series Good Times, from 1977-79. She continued her television work in the short-lived A New Kind of Family (1979-80), the sitcom Different Strokes (1981-2), and the teen drama Fame (1984-5), based at a New York City performing arts high school.

Unlike many of her siblings, Jackson attended public school in Encino, California, for some time before switching to Valley Professional School, from which she graduated in 1984. During her time on Fame, she was able to break away from her family's supervision while on location in New York. In September 1984, she eloped with James DeBarge, a musician in the group DeBarge, also on the Motown label. Jackson's family disapproved of DeBarge, and the marriage was brief, as she applied for an annulment in January 1985, which was granted the following November.

With the guidance of her brother Michael, with whom she is closer than are most of her siblings, Janet Jackson released her debut album Janet Jackson, in 1982. The album reached No. 84 on the pop charts and had three hit singles, including "Young Love" and "Give Your Love to Me." The self-titled album sold about 250,000 copies, as did her follow-up, Dream Street, which featured contributions from her brothers Michael, Tito, Jackie, and Marlon.

Jackson scored her first major success in 1986 with Control, released on the A&M label. Control, produced with the writing-producing team of Jimmy Jam (James Harris III) and Terry Lewis, sold eight million copies worldwide and featured two No. 1 singles, "What Have You Done For Me Lately" and the title track. Nominated for three Grammy Awards and nine American Music Awards, it won two of the latter. Jackson's new, sexier style, stage presence, and dancing ability were all showcased in her videos, and combined to make her a star.

Her next album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, was a more socially conscious album, also produced by Jam and Lewis, who wrote nearly half the songs. The album spawned a number of hit singles, including "Black Cat" (written by Jackson herself), "Miss You Much," and "Escapade," and again sold around eight million copies. Rhythm Nation, which won three American Music Awards, made Jackson the first artist to have seven Top 5 hits from a single album. Jackson embarked on her first tour, in support of the album, in the spring of 1990.

Jackson's contract with Virgin Records, signed in March 1991, was at the time the largest recording contract in history, at $32 million. (Michael Jackson reportedly held off signing his so-called "billion-dollar" contract until after Janet signed so as not to steal her publicity.)

In the summer of 1993, Jackson unveiled her fifth album, titled Janet as well as her first starring film role, in the drama Poetic Justice, directed by John Singleton, who had received two Oscar nominations for writing and directing his debut feature, Boyz N the Hood. The film received disappointing reviews, but Jackson received an Oscar nomination for "Again," which she performed on the soundtrack. Janet (another Jam and Lewis collaboration), sold more than six million copies, and featured "Any Time, Any Place," which became Jackson's 14th gold single, tying her with Aretha Franklin as the female solo singers with the most gold singles. In addition, "That's the Way Love Goes" earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Song.

Jackson's sixth album, The Velvet Rope (1997), brought her sexually suggestive style to a whole new level, generating some impressive buzz from critics but failing to reach the sales records of her three previous blockbusters. On a more personal level, Jackson made headlines in when it was revealed that she had been secretly married to her manager and longtime boyfriend, Rene Elizondo, for eight years. Jackson announced their separation in 1999, but the fact of their marriage (which Jackson's sisters LaToya and Rebbie had earlier alleged to the press) became public when Elizondo filed for divorce in May of 2000.

Jackson continued her acting career with a costarring role opposite Eddie Murphy in the blockbuster comedy The Nutty Professor II (summer 2000). A year later, she released another smash hit album, All For You, which like The Velvet Rope was more sexually explicit than her early albums. The success of All For You and her subsequent world tour, along with a reported $80 million recording deal with Virgin, put Jackson squarely back on top of the pop world. As if to confirm her success, Jackson won an American Music Award for favorite female pop/rock artist in January 2002.

Jackson's star continued to rise until an incident at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 caused her to a falter. During a live performance with Justin Timberlake, Jackson's right breast was exposed during a "costume reveal." The stunt caused an uproar among both fans and the Federal Communications Commission, and Jackson subsequently failed to appear at the Grammy Awards and dropped out of a television project in which she was to play Lena Horne at the elder actress's request.



MICHAEL JACKSON

Singer, songwriter. Born August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, as the seventh of nine children. Jackson and his brothers Jackie, Tito, Marlon, and Jermaine were assembled into a singing group when Michael was only five years old. Despite his extremely young age, he soon distinguished himself as a singer and dancer of prodigious ability. No mere child prodigy, Michael had a gift for vocal phrasing that was not only well beyond his years, but would have been astonishing in a performer of any age. After winning several talent contests, the Jackson 5, as the group was called, signed a recording contract with the trailblazing soul label Motown and proceeded to rule the charts in the late 1960s and early '70s with such hits as "I Want You Back," "Stop, the Love You Save," "ABC," and "Dancing Machine." By 1972, Michael had begun releasing solo albums, and he sang the hit title song to the movie Ben.

Michael and the group (with the exception of brother Jermaine) left Motown in 1975, signing with Epic Records, which also gave Michael a solo deal. Two years later, he starred in the film version of the hit musical The Wiz, which also featured singer Diana Ross and comic Richard Pryor. Quincy Jones, who produced the soundtrack album, became one of Michael's longtime friends and collaborators. The year 1979 saw the release of Jackson's extraordinarily successful album Off the Wall; this record included the hit singles "Rock With You" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and eventually sold some 10 million copies. The singer had matured into a dynamic adult entertainer, but he also began to make his mark as a songwriter, crafting durable pop that synthesized rock and disco.

Jackson's next album, Thriller, was a quantum leap for him both creatively and commercially. Produced by Jones, the recording spanned a number of pop genres—cannily enlisting rock guitar idol Eddie Van Halen to play a solo on "Beat It," for example, guaranteed access to listeners Jackson might not otherwise have reached—and fired a record-setting seven Top 10 singles up the charts, notably the title track, a duet with Paul McCartney titled "The Girl Is Mine," the insinuating "Billie Jean," and the raucous "Beat It." The state-of-the-art videos that accompanied these singles, meanwhile, coincided with the sudden dominance of Music Television (MTV); Jackson's distinctive "Moonwalk" and overall visual panache (combined with brilliant choreography and lavish special effects) won him an even vaster audience. Thriller went on to become the bestselling album of all time and garnered an unprecedented eight Grammy Awards; Jackson also snagged a Grammy for his participation in the E.T.: The Extraterrestrial soundtrack album.



PETER JACKSON

Director. Born in Wellington, New Zealand on October 31, 1961. As a young, self-taught filmmaker, Jackson's first forays into movie making were blood-soaked horror films he produced with friends. His directorial debut, Bad Taste, was exactly that, and earned a devoted cult following. He followed the flick with two more gore-filled films, Meet the Feebles and Dead Alive.

His next effort was the award-winning Heavenly Creatures in 1994 starring Kate Winslet. Proving he could tell a story without splattering guts, the surprisingly poignant film tells the true tale of two young girls who murder one of their mothers. Jackson's next project grabbed headlines in 1998: The film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings series. Both ambitious and visionary, the three installments, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, were an enormous success both at the box office and among critics. In 2004, Jackson won the Best Director Oscar for the final installment. That year, The Return of the King also received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Art Direction and Writing among others.

Next up, Jackson will undertake a remake of King Kong with the help of Lord of the Rings' screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.



STAR JONES

Cohost of The View, attorney and former prosecutor. Born Starlet Marie Jones, in 1962 in Badin, North Carolina. Jones was raised in Badin and in Trenton, New Jersey. Her mother and stepfather, with whom she lived while growing up in Trenton, were both civil servants: her mother was head of Trenton's Human Services department and her stepfather was head of security for the city. Ms. Jones earned a B.A. at American University in 1983 and got her law degree at the University of Houston in 1986. After passing the New York bar exam, she went straight to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, drawing on the influence of her parents in her choice of service to the community as a public prosecutor.

After three years in general trials, Jones moved to the Homicide Bureau, where her work earned her a promotion to Senior Assistant District Attorney in 1991. Jones gained attention in court with a number of highly publicized victories in cases that were of immense importance to the community. In one case, she became the first New York Assistant District Attorney to obtain the maximum sentence for a 13-year-old defendant tried as an adult in the murder of another teenager. In another case she won a 66-year prison term for a serial sex abuser known as the "Bicycle Rapist," after other lawyers had failed to get convictions in four other cases. Out of the last 40 homicide cases Jones prosecuted with the Brooklyn D.A's office, only two did not result in convictions.

Jones debuted on television in 1991, when she started moonlighting as a studio commentator for Court TV during the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She was quickly lined up as a guest on the Today show and, a few months later, she became the NBC legal correspondent for both Today and Nightly News, covering the latest developments in the Mike Tyson rape case and the Rodney King police brutality trial, among other high-profile cases. Most notably, Jones landed an exclusive interview with Tyson after the imprisoned ex-heavyweight champion had dodged the press for a year, and an exclusive interview with King after the sentencing of the two Los Angeles policemen convicted of violating his civil rights.

Jones' success as a legal commentator and interviewer on Court TV and NBC led producers at Group W Networks to create a syndicated show, Jones & Jury, especially for her. Premiering in September 1994, the show earned notice for its ratings-grabbing combination of confessional talk show and real-life courtroom drama. Jones moderated cases taken from California's small claims division (primarily disputes of $5,000 or less), at many times acting as mediator in a contentious standoff between plaintiff and defendant, who were sometimes relatives or former friends. At the end of the show, the so-called "jury" (the studio audience) voted to determine the verdict.

In 1995, Jones was named a senior correspondent and chief legal analyst for Inside Edition, just in time for one of the most high profile murder cases of the century, the O.J. Simpson trial for the murder of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. She continued her coverage through the criminal trial (Simpson was acquitted) and was the only news correspondent to obtain an exclusive interview with Mr. Simpson during the civil trial (he was found responsible and ordered to pay extensive damages to the Brown and Goldman families).

In 1997, Jones landed a co-host job on The View, a daily morning talk show launched by television newswoman Barbara Walters. Alongside co-hosts Walters, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, and Debbie Matenopoulos (who was later replaced by Lisa Ling), Jones offered commentary on the law, self-esteem, race, family, education, religion, the media and other social issues relating to the community at large. The View, offering the unique perspective of its five female co-hosts, all from different backgrounds and different generations, was an immediate success, earning Emmy nominations each year for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show, and for Jones and her co-hosts as Outstanding Talk Show Host. In September 1998, Jones published her first book, You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything, a bestselling collection of autobiographical essays. In 1999, she became the spokesperson for Salon Z, Saks Fifth Avenue's clothing line for plus-sized women. She has since acted as spokesperson and partner in Alight.com, a Internet shopping site for full-figured fashion, and in October 2001 launched a new home shopping television show entitled: "It's all about you with Star Jones" on cable's ShopNBC.

Jones has served on the board of directors of the charitable organizations Dress for Success, the East Harlem School at Exodus House, God's Love We Deliver, and Girls, Inc., a national self-image building campaign aimed at young women. She became engaged to boyfriend Al Reynolds in February 2004.



DIANE KEATON

DIANE KEATON
An interview with Woody Allen and clips from "Annie Hall", "Reds", and "Father of the Bride" highlight this portrait of the great actress. Includes a look at Keaton's off-screen romances with Allen and Warren Beatty, her decision to adopt, and her humanitarian pursuits.


JOHN KERRY

John Kerry would seem to be everything the Democrats could ask for in 2004: a war hero, a true liberal with a tough reputation, a proven campaigner, a multi-term senator…and a wind surfer. He locked up the Democratic nomination when he knocked John Edwards -- his last major rival and now his running mate -- out of the race by sweeping Super Tuesday.In this episode of Biography we'll look past the campaign year rhetoric, to form a candid portrait of a man whose energy and focus will make him a formidable candidate in this year's presidential election.


BEN KINGSLEY, SIR

Actor. Born Krishna Bhanji, on December 31, 1943 in Snaiton, North Yorkshire, England. Raised in Salford, England, as the son of a Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, a Kenyan-born physician of Indian extraction and Anna Lyna Mary Bhanji, an English-born fashion model, Kingsley began acting as a teenager. He took the name Ben as a tribute to his father, who had been called Ben in college. He joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and soon began performing in lead roles, including Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a role which he reprised for a tour of U.S. cities in 1971, and the title role in Hamlet in 1975. Kingsley first appeared on the big screen in the Alistair MacLean thriller Fear is the Key (1972), and made his television debut that same year in the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) series The Love School.

From 1975 to 1977, Kingsley worked with the National Theatre; he subsequently returned to the RSC, where he originated the role of Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby. When the production travelled to Broadway, Kingsley was unable to reprise the role due to film commitments. His film career soared to unforeseen heights in 1981 with his first starring role, in the title role in Richard Attenborough's acclaimed Biopic Gandhi. Appearing in only his second film, Kingsley won numerous accolades for his performance, including an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Kingsley appeared in seven more European films, notably a 1983 adaptation of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, costarring Jeremy Irons, and James Ivory's Maurice (1987), and made his Broadway debut in the one-man show Edmund Kean (1984), before making his U.S. film debut in Without a Clue (1988), playing the capable Dr. Watson to Michael Caine's bumbling Sherlock Holmes. The film was an unusually comic choice for Kingsley, and it met with mixed reviews. In 1989, he again ventured into historical Biopic territory, earning critical praise for his performance in the title role of the HBO feature Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story, as the famed Holocaust survivor who steadfastly sought vengeance against the Nazis.

Kingsley earned his second Academy Award nomination for his sharp-edged supporting turn as Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in the Warren Beatty vehicle Bugsy (1991). After a villainous performance in the thriller Sneakers (1992), costarring Robert Redford, he essayed a trio of more benevolent roles, including a patient coach to a chess prodigy in Searching for Bobby Fischer, a U.S. vice president in the comedy Dave, costarring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver, and Itshak Stern, the trusted friend of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) in Steven Spielberg's acclaimed Holocaust epic Schindler's List (all 1993). This last performance garnered Kingsley his best reviews since Gandhi, and once again proved the actor's gift for portraying complicated characters of uncommon dignity and historical importance.

A series of less well received movies followed, including Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden (1994), the science fiction thriller Species (1995), the spy drama The Assignment (1997), the alien comedy What Planet are You From? (2000), costarring Garry Shandling and Annette Bening, and the military thriller Rules of Engagement (2000). In addition, Kingsley acted in a number of high profile TV projects, including the TNT miniseries Joseph (1995) and Moses (1996, in which Kingsley played the title role), Showtime's The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998), and the NBC movies Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" (1998) and Alice in Wonderland (1999).

Kingsley had a busy year in 2001, beginning with his chilling, outrageous performance as the tightly wound British gangster Don Logan in the British import Sexy Beast. For the scene-stealing turn, Kingsley earned rave reviews and numerous critical accolades, including his fourth Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. The same year, he nabbed an Emmy nod for another supporting performance, as Otto Frank in the well received ABC miniseries Anne Frank. Kingsley also narrated the Spielberg-directed science fiction film A.I. Artificial Intelligence and costarred with Mira Sorvino in The Triumph of Love, which was released in the U.S. in 2002. In 2004, Kingsley received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the film adaptation of Andre Dubus III's acclaimed novel, House of Sand and Fog.

Kingsley has a son and daughter, Thomas and Jasmine, from his first marriage to actress Angela Morant, and two sons, Edmund and Ferdinand, from his second to theatre director Alison Sutcliffe, with whom he worked on the one-man show Edmund Kean. He and his third wife, Alexandra, separated after just 15 months of marriage in 2005.

On March 19, 2002, Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.



BEYONCE KNOWLES

Singer, actress. Born Beyonce Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas. Knowles is the lead singer of the popular R&B group Destiny's Child.

Knowles began singing with the original members of the group -- LaToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland and LaTavia Roberson -- as a pre-teen.

The girls went through various incarnations, singing a mix of gospel, rhythm and blues, and hip hop, before they officially became Destiny's Child in 1995. Knowles' father, Matthew, served as manager of the group. After performing in the Houston area, the group appeared on Star Search, the popular television talent competition. Although they did not win the competition, a contract with Columbia Records soon followed. Their first release, Destiny's Child (1997), was a tremendous success in Europe. Upon the album's release, the group kicked off a tour of sold-out shows there.

Their second effort, The Writing's on the Wall (1999), brought them wider acclaim back home. The album generated three top-ten hits on the Billboard R&B singles chart. In 2000, despite internal conflicts that resulted in the departure of Luckett and Roberson from the group, Destiny's Child continued to promote their sophomore effort, playing as a supporting act for Christina Aguilera's summer tour.

In 2001, still calling themselves Destiny's Child, the group released their third album, Survivor. In 2004, after launching a successful solo career, Knowles won five Grammy Awards, tying a record for most wins by a female artist.

Knowles has also made a start in acting, making her debut in MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen in 2001 and co-starring as Foxxy Cleopatra in Mike Myers' James Bond parody Goldmember in 2002.



MICHELLE KWAN

MICHELLE KWAN
Chronicles the career of the figure skater who fulfilled her Chinese immigrant parents' dream by becoming a skating legend. Michelle Kwan is an Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist and a World Champion many times over, but her path to even greater glory and Olympic Gold has been blocked by underdog competitors and her own costly mistakes. Kwan, named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People", has foregone a lucrative pro career to make one last Olympic bid in 2006.


LEONARD LAKE

Serial killer. Born October 29, 1945 in San Francisco. Raised largely by his grandparents, Lake served in the Marines and completed two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, but never saw combat. After being treated for psychological problems, both during the war and after, he attended San Jose State University and moved to a commune in the early 1970s.

In 1981, Lake married Claralyn Balasz, whom he met while working at a local Renaissance fair. Later that year, Lake met Charles Ng, who had just escaped Marine Corps jail where he was being held on charges of weapons theft. The two men struck up a friendship, and Ng moved in with Lake and Balasz.

Soon after, Ng and Lake began a campaign of abduction, rape and murder based from Lake's remote cabin in Wilseyville. Altogether, the bodies of seven men, three women, two baby boys and forty-five pounds of bone fragments would be recovered from in and around the cabin site.

The killings came to an end only through chance. Having broken the vice they were using to torture their victims, the two men drove into town to get a replacement. The clerk at the lumberyard spotted Ng trying to shoplift the vice and called the police. When they arrived, Ng had departed on foot. Upon being arrested, Lake gave the police the name of his partner and then swallowed two cyanide pills he had taped to the collar of his shirt. Ng, however, had disappeared.

In Ng's absence, the police began to investigate Lake's cabin. In addition to the corpses and body parts, they also unearthed caches of weapons, personal effects from the victims and even videotapes of Lake and Ng raping and killing in their bunker.

Ng was eventually caught shoplifting in Canada and was brought back to face trial in California in 1991. The trial didn't take place until 1999 and lasted eight months. The jury deliberated for a couple of hours before finding Ng guilty of the murders and sentencing him to death, a judgment that he is appealing to this day.



DIANE LANE

Actress. Born on January 22, 1965, in New York City. Lane's parents divorced when she was an infant, and she spent her first six years living with her mother. In 1971, Lane's father regained custody, and she remained in his care for the rest of her childhood. Her father, Burt Lane, was a drama coach and eventually doubled as his daughter's manager.

Lane began her film career at age 13, opposite Sir Lawrence Olivier, in A Little Romance (1979). Lane earned critical acclaim for her performance as a bright American girl living in Paris. She became very popular among teenage audiences. In 1979, she graced the cover of Time, which profiled her as Hollywood's newest rising star.

Lane's sultry combination of sexuality and innocence caught the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola. He bolstered her visibility by casting her in a number of his films including The Outsiders (1983), which paired her with Matt Dillon, and Rumble Fish (1983). Coppola also gave Lane the lead role in The Cotton Club (1984), which co-starred Richard Gere. The movie was a failure, and Lane's performance was criticized as being both unconvincing and premature.

Throughout the early 90s, Lane made a number of forgettable movies including Chaplin (1992), Judge Dredd (1995), and Jack (1996). However, in 1999's A Walk on the Moon, Lane's dynamic performance as a frustrated 1960s housewife reestablished her career. Shortly after, she appeared in the heart-warming film My Dog Skip (1999) with Kevin Bacon and Frankie Muniz.

In 2000, Lane appeared in The Perfect Storm with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. The following year, she costarred with Keanu Reeves in Hardball and in the spooky drama The Glass House, with Leelee Sobieski. She earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a wayward wife in 2002's Unfaithful and has signed on to co-star with Bruce Willis in the mystery Me Again.

In 2004, Lane married actor Josh Brolin.



ANNIE LENNOX

Singer, songwriter, composer. Born on December 25, 1954 in Scotland. With an obvious early talent for music, Lennox's parents sent her to the Royal Academy of Music in London to study the flute. While living in London, Lennox met guitarist Dave Stewart and joined a band called The Tourists. The two soon left to form the Eurythmics, which marked the beginning of a ten-year partnership. The duo produced a number of hit singles during the 1980s, including Sweet Dreams, Here Comes the Rain Again and the soul-infused rocker Would I Lie To You.

The Eurythmics quietly disbanded in 1991 when Lennox took time off to have a child, and eventually work on a solo career. In 1992, her first solo album, Diva, was released. Her soulful vocals and mature styling showed a sophisticated departure from the electronic sounds of the 1980s. Popular singles such as Walking On Broken Glass and the haunting Why established Lennox as a serious solo artist. The album sold over 2 million copies in the U.S., and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

In 1995, she released her second album, Medusa, a collection of cover tunes including No More 'I Love You's', Can't Get Next To You and Don't Let It Bring You Down. All the while, Lennox continued to push the envelope with her live performances, including male backup singers in ballet wear and bear suits.

Throughout the 1990s, Lennox took on the creative challenge of collaborating to produce for movie soundtracks. She wrote and sang backup on the Whitney Houston song Step By Step for The Preacher's Wife. In 1992, she contributed to Love Song For A Vampire from the Dracula soundtrack and her voice can be heard on Dark Side Of The Moon and End Titles from Apollo 13. Her collaborative film efforts were rewarded in 2004 when she received an Academy Award for Best Song for the haunting, beautiful Into the West from The Lord of the Rings: The Return the King.

In 1999, Stewart and Lennox received a lifetime achievement award for Outstanding Contribution to the British Music Industry.



JOSEPH LIEBERMAN

United States senator. Born Joseph Isador Lieberman, on February 24, 1942, in Stamford, Connecticut. The son of Henry Lieberman, a realtor and owner of a liquor store, and Marcia Manger Lieberman, he attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1964 and a degree from Yale Law School in 1967.

Lieberman practiced law in New Haven for several years before running successfully for the Connecticut State Senate in 1970. Lieberman, a Democrat, spent the next 10 years in the State Senate, winning reelection easily in 1974 and 1978 and serving as majority leader from 1974 on. In 1980, he gave up his seat to make a bid for Congress, which he lost.

In 1982, Lieberman bounced back from his congressional defeat to win election as Connecticut's state attorney general. He was a popular figure in the state, known for his support of environmental issues and his ability to advocate on behalf of consumers, and won reelection by a large margin in 1986. Two years later, Lieberman decided once again to make a run for national office, this time shooting for the United States Senate. As the underdog in a race with the three-term Republican Senator Lowell Weicker Jr., Lieberman waged an uphill battle to become the first Orthodox Jew ever to serve in the U.S. Senate.

During his tenure in the Senate (he was reelected in 1994 by a convincing majority), Lieberman has become known for his willingness to go against Democratic Party leaders on certain issues, and to vote according to his strong moral conscience and not strictly along party lines. While he has voted on the liberal side of such causes as abortion rights, gun control, and welfare reform, Lieberman crossed party boundaries in his enthusiastic support of military spending, school vouchers, and free trade.

Lieberman also became known in the Senate for his strong moral views and his tendency to support traditionally conservative causes, most notably those related to so-called "family values." In 1998, he and former Secretary of Education William Bennett began giving what they called "Silver Sewer Awards" to bring producers of sexually explicit or violent movies, television programs, and video games to the public attention. Lieberman has also supported measures that would regulate television ratings and would supply electronic devices to parents to control their children's television viewing.

On September 3, 1998, Lieberman made headlines by becoming the first prominent Democrat to openly chastise President Clinton for his admitted affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Speaking from the floor of the Senate, Lieberman denounced Clinton's behaviour as "immoral" and "harmful," and stating that he believed the president "has undercut the efforts of millions of American parents trying to instil in our children the values of honesty." Coming from an old friend and longtime political ally of the president (while a student at Yale Law, Clinton worked on Lieberman's 1970 Connecticut State Senate campaign), Lieberman's rebuke was both personal and political. Though Lieberman eventually voted to acquit Clinton in his impeachment trial, he confirmed his widespread reputation as a strong moral leader and an independent thinker regardless of party allegiance.

Since 1995, Lieberman has served as chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. He is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Small Business Committee; and in 1999, he became the ranking Democrat on the Governmental Affairs Committee. He is the author of several books, including In Praise of Public Life (2000), written with Michael D'Orso.

In the months leading up to the 2000 presidential election, Lieberman emerged as one of the individuals in the running for a place on the ballot alongside likely Democratic presidential nominee and current Vice President Al Gore. On August 8, 2000, Gore officially announced Lieberman as his running mate at a rally in Gore's home state of Tennessee. Their nomination was made official at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in mid-August.

The choice of Lieberman, a strong supporter of campaign finance reform, was seen as an important way to help Gore deflect expected Republican criticism of his aggressive fund-raising tactics during the 1996 campaign. Lieberman's memorable speech chastising Clinton and his reputation for high moral standards was also expected to give Gore some much-needed distance from the less savoury aspects of the Clinton legacy.

Lieberman was the first Jewish-American ever to be nominated on the ticket of a major national party, a groundbreaking achievement that clearly invited comparison to the 1960 Democratic National Convention (also in Los Angeles), when John F. Kennedy, a Roman Catholic, received his party's nomination for president.

Gore and Lieberman faced Republican nominee George W. Bush, governor of Texas, and his running mate, former Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney, in one of the closest and most disputed presidential elections in U.S. history. On election night, November 7, it all came down to the state of Florida and its 25 electoral votes. With a razor-thin lead in the state (though he trailed Gore in the popular vote), Bush was first declared the winner by the news networks, and Gore called to concede the election. Hours later, the final count in Florida looked too close to call, and Gore rescinded his concession as the recounts began. After five weeks of complicated legal battles that stretched all the way to the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to stop the recounts in Florida, effectively declaring Bush the winner of the state by a margin of 537 votes. On December 13, one day after this decision, Gore ended his campaign and congratulated Bush on his victory, as both men urged the nation to try to put partisan differences aside in the wake of the extraordinary election.

Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah, who married in 1983, live in New Haven and Georgetown with their daughter, Hana. She has a son, Ethan, from a previous marriage, and he has two children, Matt and Rebecca, from his marriage to Elizabeth Hass, which ended in divorce in 1981.



COURTNEY LOVE (MICHELLE HARRISON)

Musician, actor. Born Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964 in San Francisco, California. Daughter of well-known therapist Linda Carroll and publisher Hank Harrison, Courtney Love spent much of her earlier years globetrotting and living in hippie communes. After singing in bands like Babes in Toyland and Faith No More, and getting small roles in movies like Sid and Nancy (1986), Straight to Hell (1987) and Tapeheads (1988), she started her own band, Hole, in 1989. Three years later, she married Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana.

When Cobain committed suicide in 1994, Love was left to take care of their daughter, Frances Bean. Following her husband's death, Love's acting and music careers subsequently took off, a result of talent, publicity and sheer determination. "Live Through This", Hole's second album, went platinum soon after Cobain's death, and she has appeared in numerous films including Feeling Minnesota (1996), Basquiat (1996), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) (for which Love won a New York Film Critics Circle award and a Golden Globe nomination) and Man on the Moon (1999).

In September 2002, Love announced that she and the surviving members of Nirvana had finally resolved their years' long legal battle over unreleased material. The long-awaited release debuted later that year as a greatest hits LP, simply titled "Nirvana." Despite a very public transformation from punk rocker to Hollywood starlet, Love continues to court controversy, having been charged recently with both drug possession and disorderly conduct.


ERNEST SHACKLETON

ERNEST SHACKLETON
Profile of the Antarctic explorer who was a junior officer in Scott's National Expedition in 1901. He nearly reached the South Pole in his expedition of 1909. In 1915, his ship ENDURANCE was crushed in ice, and he and five others made a perilous journey of to bring relief for the crew. Knighted in 1909, he died during a fourth expedition.


TOM HANKS

TOM HANKS
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has worked on some of Hollywood's most memorable films including "Philadelphia", "Apollo 13", "Saving Private Ryan" and "Catch Me If You Can". This all-new Biography of Hanks, follows his rise from a dysfunctional childhood to being one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors and successful producers.


THEODORE J. KACZYNSKI (Unabomber)

THEODORE J. KACZYNSKI (Unabomber)
The strange life of the college math professor who dropped out of his career, holed up in a one-room shack in Montana, and sent deadly mail bombs to victims around the country, becoming known as the UNABOMBER.


JOHN WATERS

JOHN WATERS
Profile of film director, author, photographer and sometime actor. The content of his work has sometimes shocked and always entertained an international audience and they are equally notable for the colourful casting.


HENRY LEE LUCAS

HENRY LEE LUCAS
Henry Lee Lucas. In 1983, after he confessed to killing 100 women, Henry Lee Lucas became America's most notorious serial killer. Later, Henry was identified as the killer of record in 214 cases. But did he really commit those crimes? Was Henry a serial killer or a serial liar? To find out, we talk to former Texas Ranger Bob Prince, who describes his work on the Henry Lee Lucas Task Force; reporter Hugh Aynesworth, who broke the story about the validity of Henry's confessions; and former prosecutor Vic Feazell, who blew the whistle on Henry.


BRUNO LUDKE

Serial killer. Born in Germany in 1909, Ludke was a mentally challenged petty thief who found extreme pleasure in torturing animals. He began killing humans at age 18, obsessively stalking women who appealed to him physically.

His murderous career was particularly prolific in the years leading up to WWII, when, while working as a laundry truck driver, he stabbed and strangled as many as 80 women, frequently raping them before and even after their deaths. During the war authorities apprehended Ludke as he molested a young woman, and under the Gestapo leader Heinrich Himmler's orders, he was sterilized.

On January 29, 1943, he murdered his final victim, Frieda Rosner, and slipped into a state of severe dementia. The police accidentally discovered Ludke while conducting a routine investigation. In his madness he attempted to assault them, and was arrested. Once in custody, Ludke admitted to 85 killings, claiming rape was the main objective. Rather than prosecute him as criminally insane, the Nazi's decided to use Ludke as a human guinea pig in their experiments, and Ludke died in Vienna on April 8, 1944, when an experiment involving lethal chemicals proved fatal.



STEVE MARTIN

Actor, comedian, writer, playwright and producer. Born August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, the son of a real estate executive. When he was five, Martin and his family moved from Waco to Inglewood, California, and then to Garden Grove, California, when he was 10. As a teenager, he sold guidebooks and performed magic tricks at Disneyland and at Knotts Berry Farm. He enrolled in Long Beach State College to study philosophy, but soon transferred to the theatre program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He left college altogether to be a comedy writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-68), winning an Emmy Award in 1969. Martin performed stand-up comedy in local clubs, wrote for the Sonny and Cher Show (1972-73), and had the first of his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Martin's big break came when he was guest host on NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1977. His offbeat and irreverent humour made him an instant celebrity.

Martin released four comedy albums between 1977 and 1981, winning Grammy awards for Let's Get Small and A Wild and Crazy Guy. He also received a gold record for his hit comedy song, "King Tut." Martin wrote his first book Cruel Shoes, in 1977.

Martin's first feature, a short film he wrote called The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977), was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1979, he starred in his first full-length feature film, The Jerk, the first of many collaborations between Martin and director Carl Reiner, including the lampoon of detective thrillers, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), the sci-fi comedy The Man With Two Brains (1983), and the identity-swapping comedy All of Me (1984) with Lily Tomlin. Martin received Best Actor awards from both the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for his performance in All of Me. He also won rave reviews for his portrayal of a demented dentist in Frank Oz's Little Shop of Horrors (1986).

In 1987, Martin stretched his talent even further by co-writing, executive-producing, and starring in Roxanne (1987), a modern interpretation of the story of Cyrano De Bergerac. For his work in Roxanne he won a Best Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as an award for Best Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. In 1991, Martin wrote, starred in and co-executive produced L.A. Story co-starring actress Victoria Tennant, whom he later married, in 1986 (they later divorced in 1994). Martin also starred in the Disney remake of Father of the Bride (1992), and it's sequel in 1995.

In 1993, Martin had success as a playwright with Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which opened at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, moving to Boston and Los Angeles as well as running off-Broadway.

More recent work included David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner (1997), a voice role in the animated Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt (1998) and a co-starring role with Goldie Hawn in a remake of The Out of Towners (1999). Martin wrote and starred in the comedy Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy in 1999. In 2001, he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the dark comedy Novocaine. That same year, he took on a new challenge, hosting the notoriously long Academy Awards ceremony. His trademark humour and antics earned him an invitation to return in 2003.

A frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, Martin published Shopgirl, a novella, to great acclaim in 2001. The story of a disenchanted saleswoman struggling to choose between a would-be musician and a wealthy married man, the book is set to grace the big screen starring Martin, SNL's Jimmy Fallon and Claire Danes. The same year, Martin starred opposite Queen Latifah in the romantic comedy Bringing Down the House, which debuted at a surprising No. 1 at the box office. In 2004, Martin costarred with Bonnie Hunt to reprise the 1950s comedy Cheaper by the Dozen. He is set to take on two more remakes: the 1937 Cary Grant vehicle Topper and a Pink Panther adaptation.

Martin lives in the Los Angeles area with his dog Roger, and two cats, Lucy and Bub. An avid art collector, Martin is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art and owns works by O'Keeffe, Diebenkorn, de Kooning, Frankenthaler, Hopper, Hockney, Lichtenstein, and Picasso, among others.



SAMANTHA MORTON

Actress. Born in 1977, in Nottingham, England. One of six children, Morton's parents divorced when she was three years old; she spent much of her childhood in foster care. Morton dropped out of school at age 13; she dreamed of being an actress, and enrolled in an acting workshop in Nottingham. She got her first professional acting job when she was 14, when she began appearing on British television, most notably in the serial Soldier, Soldier. Morton's breakthrough role came in a 1994 episode of the British TV drama Cracker, when she played a young girl who becomes pregnant by the head of a religious cult. She also appeared as a prostitute in the British miniseries Band of Gold, which was shown in the U.S. on HBO in 1995.

Morton gained a measure of recognition for her roles in three acclaimed BBC/A&E TV productions: she played Harriet Smith in Emma (1997), the title role in Jane Eyre (also 1997), and Sophia Western in an adaptation of Tom Jones (1998). Her feature film debut, in the low-budget drama Under the Skin (1997), earned her a Best Actress award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

The pace of Morton's career moved up several notches in 1999, when she made no fewer than five films. She first garnered praise for her starring role in Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999), also featuring Rupert Graves. Also in 1999, she turned in an impressive performance—and scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress—as the long-suffering mute companion of Sean Penn's dissolute jazz guitarist in Sweet and Lowdown, written and directed by Woody Allen. Other films she completed in 1999 included Jesus' Son, the comedy caper The Last Yellow, and Pandemonium, in which she played the very-pregnant wife of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (played by Linus Roache).

After appearing in several small-budget films that never saw release in the United States, Morton began production on Steven Spielberg's $80 million sci-fi thriller Minority Report. In 2004, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in In America.

Morton gave birth on February 5, 2000, to her first child, a daughter named Esme. The father is actor Charlie Creed-Miles (1997's The Fifth Element), Morton's co-star in The Last Yellow. The couple lives in London.



CHARLES NG

CHARLES NG
Story of the Hong Kong native and former Marine who, along with his friend Leonard Lake, was responsible for a grisly series of crimes. Charles Ng and Leonard Lake lived on property where police found mutilated corpses, over 40 pounds of charred bones, a torture chamber, and a video depicting two of their victims. Lake committed suicide after being nabbed in a petty theft, but Ng was convicted and sentenced to death after avoiding trial for 13 years.


ELLEN OCHOA

Astronaut. Born May 10, 1958 in Los Angeles, California. Selected by NASA in 1990, Ochoa became the world's first Hispanic female astronaut in 1991. She graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California, in 1975 and received a bachelor of science degree in physics from San Diego State University in 1980. She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she received a master of science degree and doctorate in electrical engineering.

A mission specialist and flight engineer, Ochoa is a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 950 hours in space. Her technical assignments have included flight software and computer hardware development and robotics development, testing, and training. She has served as Assistant for Space Station to the Chief of the Astronaut Office, lead spacecraft communicator in Mission Control and Acting Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. She currently serves as Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Ochoa's numerous awards include NASA's Exceptional Service Medal (1997), Outstanding Leadership Medal (1995) and Space Flight Medals (2002, 1999, 1994, 1993). Besides being an astronaut, researcher, and engineer, Ochoa is a classical flutist. She lives in Texas with her husband, Coe Fulmer Miles, and their two children.



ROSIE O'DONNELL

Actress, comedienne, talk show host. Born March 21, 1962, in Commack, Long Island. Her father designed cameras for spy satellites and her mother was a homemaker. When Rosie was 10 years old, her mother died of pancreatic and liver cancer, leaving Rosie and her four brothers and sisters to fend for themselves emotionally. Rosie often sought the comfort of movies and television; finding idols and role models in Lucille Ball, Barbra Streisand, Carol Burnett, and Bette Midler.

Rosie caught the acting bug when she imitated Gilda Radner's character "Roseanne Rosannadanna" for a high school skit--inciting praise, then a conviction to pursue an acting career through comedy. By watching and imitating other comics, such as Jerry Seinfeld, O'Donnell eventually came up with her own material and honed her magnetic presence for the stage. After graduating from high school (O'Donnell was elected prom queen, homecoming queen, most school-spirited student, and class president), she embarked on a grand tour of the United States, appearing in 49 states over a five-year period. It was a difficult and enlightening time for O'Donnell, as she realized the unhealthy lifestyle and the sexist climate revolving around the comedy world. She told Robert Hoffler of Buzz, "Everybody was doing drugs and drinking, and I was just this little girl on the road, scared in her room."

O'Donnell studied briefly at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Boston University and made five winning appearances on Star Search before moving to Los Angeles in 1984. She landed a part on the last season of NBC's popular sitcom Gimme a Break before cable music video channel, VH-1, snatched her up as a veejay. When the station decided to stop using veejays, O'Donnell convinced them both to create a showcase for comedians, Stand-Up Spotlight, and keep her on as its host. Stand-Up Spotlight became the VH-1's most popular show, and O'Donnell hosted for four years.

In 1992, after appearing in several television specials, O'Donnell made a much-desired and anticipated move to film when Penny Marshall cast her as Madonna's loveable sidekick in A League of Their Own. During filming, O'Donnell forged many connections and friendships which served to enhance her career, including an enduring relationship with co-star Madonna. Her role spurned a string of "best-friend" roles including "Becky," Meg Ryan's closest pal in 1993's Sleepless in Seattle. She played assistant district attorney, Gina Garrett, in John Badham's Another Stakeout alongside Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez, and made a cameo in Carl Reiner's Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct spoof, Fatal Instinct. She also appeared as a wise-cracking hairdresser in Beautiful Girls. O'Donnell began a trend of making praiseworthy performances in less than extraordinary films.

In 1994, O'Donnell's dream of performing live on stage materialized when she was cast as Rizzo in Tommy Tune's Broadway revival of Grease!. However, both the production and O'Donnell's performance met lukewarm reviews. O'Donnell also expressed concern about the message of the play, with its sexist premise about a girl who must transform herself into a tightly-clad tramp to gain acceptance by her boyfriend and his friends. Following her Broadway debut, O'Donnell appeared in Lesli Linka Glatter's coming of age film, Now and Then alongside Demi Moore and Melanie Griffith and made a cameo on the TV sitcom Bless This House. In February 1995, after a two-year hiatus, O'Donnell returned briefly to stand-up in order to prepare for an HBO comedy special.

In 1995, O'Donnell accepted a post as host of a variety talk show for NBC, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, featuring such attractions as celebrity guests and Broadway performances. Inspired by The Merv Griffin Show, O'Donnell pitted her nice and cozie attitude against the swarm of sensationalist talk shows commanding the airwaves. Her move to television also allowed her to continue in show-business while raising her two adopted children, Parker and Chelsea Belle in New York (producers built a deluxe nursery for her children right in the Rockefeller Center studio). The show quickly became one of the most popular in daytime television, and O'Donnell was hailed as the "Queen of Nice" due to her down-to-earth frankness and eye-to-eye sense of humour.

O'Donnell continued to make occasional appearances in films; playing a nanny in the children's film Harriett the Spy and a schoolteacher-nun in 1998's Wide Awake. She blossomed in the children's movie arena, playing the voice of Terk, Tarzan's gorilla-companion in Disney's animated production of Tarzan in 1999. Although O'Donnell's repertoire is broad rather than deep, her appeal crosses the boundaries of many different media, attesting to her status as a thoroughly versatile and talented performer. Her continual support of Broadway shows, and theatre in general, brought renewed attention to the stage, and the Tony's award show enjoyed its highest ratings in years when she hosted. In 1999, she hosted the Grammy awards.

After living in Los Angeles for 10 years, O'Donnell returned to New York, where she feels more at home with the matter-of-fact attitude toward celebrity. In late 1999, she adopted a third child, Blake Christopher. O'Donnell received two Emmy awards in 1998 for "Outstanding Talk Show" and "Outstanding Talk Show Host" (the latter for which she illustriously tied with established talk show great, Oprah Winfrey).

In November 2000, O'Donnell admitted that she is planning to leave her talk show after her contract expires in 2002 in order to spend more time on her nonprofit organization, Rosie Adoptions. The organization helps facilitate the process of adoption between birth mothers and adoptive families.

In early 2002, Rosie began making headlines again, with word that she would officially come out as a lesbian in her autobiography Find Me. Later that year, she announced that she would no longer produce her namesake magazine after a little over a year on newsstands. Though the magazine was fairly well received, Rosie cited editorial differences for pulling the plug, causing Rosie's publisher to file a $100 million lawsuit for breach of contract. O'Donnell later filed a $125 million countersuit, claiming the publishers seized control and forced her out. In the midst of the media-heavy trial that ensued, O'Donnell continued to produce her Broadway musical Taboo about the life of Boy George. However, after negative reviews and publicity, the show closed just three months after it opened.

In November 2002, O'Donnell's girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter (who has since legally changed her name to O'Donnell), gave birth to a baby girl, Vivienne Rose.



ASHLEY OLSEN

ASHLEY OLSEN
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been famous since they were babies, were the youngest producers in Hollywood history, are self-made millionaires and will become the heads of a billion-dollar company once they're legal adults. Even in Hollywood, where rich girls are a dime a dozen, these two 17-year-olds stand out. They're already worth, by some estimates, $150 million each and counting. Soon hey'll add to their resumes, and bank accounts, with the release of the action comedy "New York Minute," their coming-of-age theatrical film debut.


MARY-KATE OLSEN

MARY-KATE OLSEN
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been famous since they were babies, were the youngest producers in Hollywood history, are self-made millionaires and will become the heads of a billion-dollar company once they're legal adults. Even in Hollywood, where rich girls are a dime a dozen, these two 17-year-olds stand out. They're already worth, by some estimates, $150 million each and counting. Soon hey'll add to their resumes, and bank accounts, with the release of the action comedy "New York Minute," their coming-of-age theatrical film debut.


GWENYTH PALTROW

GWENYTH PALTROW
Actress, born September 28, 1972, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner and television producer Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth Paltrow grew up no stranger to the world of Hollywood. After living in Los Angeles, Paltrow moved with her family to New York at age eleven. The precocious young blonde made her stage debut at just five years old in a theatre in Massachusetts's Berkshire Mountains, where her mother performed in summer stock.

As she grew up, Paltrow's burgeoning beauty and developing acting talent began to win her small film roles, beginning with Shout and Hook in 1991. After a well-received spot opposite her mother in the television mini-series Cruel Doubt (1992), Paltrow decided to abandon her art history studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara to pursue acting full time.

The decision paid off--Paltrow won a string of roles in films like Malice (1993), co-starring Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin, Flesh and Bone (1993), and Jefferson in Paris (1995), co-starring Nick Nolte. In 1995, Paltrow appeared in the controversial Seven with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. A romance with the latter helped propel Paltrow into the headlines, just as she began to win starring roles in The Pallbearer (1996), Emma (1996), Great Expectations (1998), and A Perfect Murder (1998) with Michael Douglas. Paltrow confirmed her superstar status with an inspired performance in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, as the immortal Bard's purported muse. The role won her a Best Actress Oscar and made her one of Hollywood's most sought-after female performers.

The willowy blonde also made a name for herself in the gossip columns with much-publicized relationships—and break-ups—with both Pitt and Ben Affleck, the Oscar-winning co-screenwriter of Good Will Hunting(1997). Affleck also appeared (in a relatively small role) in Shakespeare in Love. He and Paltrow, who broke up amicably in early 1998 after a yearlong romance, are still "good friends."

In 1999, Paltrow starred with Matt Damon in director Anthony Minghella's lush production of The Talented Mr. Ripley, a novel by Patricia Highsmith. In 2000, she starred in the karaoke comedy-drama Duets, directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow, and the romantic Bounce, opposite Affleck. In late 2001, Paltrow donned an unflattering fat suit for some of her scenes in the crude comedy Shallow Hal, costarring Jack Black and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. She also joined an all-star cast, including Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, and Luke and Owen Wilson, in The Royal Tenenbaums, directed by Wes Anderson. In 2002, she starred in the literary adaptation Possession, as well as Miramax's romantic spoof A View From the Top.

In October 2002, while vacationing in Italy to celebrate her 30th birthday, Gwyneth's father, Bruce, succumbed to complications from pneumonia after a battle with throat cancer. Following his death, Gwyneth pulled out of some film projects, returning to the screen in the literary drama Sylvia in 2003, about the iconic, tragic poet Sylvia Plath, who killed herself in 1963.

In December 2003, Paltrow married Chris Martin, front man for the British rock group Coldplay. Their daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, was born in May 2004.



JANE PAULEY

Television anchor. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Briefly a reporter and WMAQ-TV coanchor in Chicago, she joined National Broadcasting Company (NBC)'s Today show in 1976, becoming coanchor in 1982. Resigning after a younger female host was added in 1989, she began a successful NBC weekly magazine series, Real Life with Jane Pauley, later renamed Dateline. In 1995, her work was recognized with an Emmy and an American Women in Radio and Television Award. Pauley also substitutes for Tom Brokaw on the NBC Nightly News. In 2003, after 27 years of broadcasting, Pauley announced she will be leaving NBC in June. A few months later, she signed a deal with the network to host her own daytime talk show, which premiered in the fall of 2004.

Pauley lives in New York City with her husband, cartoonist Garry Trudeau. They have three children, twins Rachel and Ross (b.1983) and Thomas (b.1986).



SEAN PENN

SEAN PENN
Actor, writer, director, producer. Born August 17, 1960, in Burbank, California. Penn grew up in Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica High School, along with fellow students and future actors Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and Rob Lowe. An early interest in filmmaking, specifically directing, led to a passion for acting, and Penn moved to New York City when he was 19 to pursue a career as an actor. He soon landed a part in a Broadway play, Heartland. In 1981, he made his film debut, in the military school drama Taps, alongside star Timothy Hutton (already an Oscar-winner for 1980's Ordinary People) and fellow up-and-comer Tom Cruise.

Penn's breakthrough role came a year later, when he played perpetually stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli in the high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He garnered acclaim for his first starring role, in 1983's Bad Boys and for The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), also starring Hutton. In 1985, Penn gained a whole new measure of fame when he married pop goddess Madonna. Their tumultuous four year marriage produced one dismal movie, 1986's Shanghai Surprise, and a barrage of tabloid headlines. Penn's "bad boy" image only increased with his continued hostility towards the aggressive paparazzi—he served 34 days in prison in 1987 for punching an extra who had tried to take his picture on the set of the film Colors, co-starring Robert Duvall and directed by Dennis Hopper. Penn and Madonna divorced in 1989.

In 1991, two years after earning rave reviews for his performance in Casualties of War (1989), directed by Brian De Palma and co-starring Michael J. Fox, Penn directed his first film, the little seen feature The Indian Runner. Though he had claimed he was quitting acting, Penn was back in front of the camera in 1993, playing a coke-addled criminal lawyer in De Palma's Carlito's Way, co-starring Al Pacino. In 1995, he starred as a death row inmate searching for salvation in the critical and popular success Dead Man Walking, directed by Tim Robbins and co-starring Susan Sarandon. Penn's powerful performance earned him his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor. That same year, he wrote, produced, and directed The Crossing Guard, a dark drama starring his boyhood idol, Jack Nicholson.

Penn's edgy good looks and undeniable talent might have secured him a place among Hollywood's A-list leading men; instead, he has largely neglected headline roles in big-budget films in favor of decidedly unheroic roles in darker, more understated films, with varying degrees of success. He starred as a lovesick, jealous husband in Nick Cassavetes's She's So Lovely (1997), co-starring John Travolta and Penn's real-life (second) wife, Robin Wright Penn (whom he fell in love with while filming State of Grace in 1990 and married in 1996 after a turbulent five-year romance). Although Penn (who also served as executive producer) won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival, She's So Lovely did not attract a wide audience. Penn appeared in two other major films in 1997: the poorly received U-Turn, directed by Oliver Stone and co-starring Nick Nolte and Jennifer Lopez, and the hit action-thriller The Game, starring Michael Douglas. In Hurlyburly (1998), Penn reprised a role he had played on the Los Angeles stage in 1988, co-starring with Kevin Spacey as a brutal, misogynistic Hollywood agent. In 1998, Penn also starred in the critically acclaimed World War II drama, The Thin Red Line, directed by Terrence Malick.

In 1999, the unpredictable Penn took Hollywood by surprise when he garnered a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, turning in another searing, darkly complex performance as the dissolute jazz guitarist at the centre of Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, alongside fellow Oscar-nominee Samantha Morton. In 2000, he starred in the romantic Up in the Villa, with Kristen Scott Thomas, and The Weight of Water. His third directorial feature, the thriller The Pledge, starred Nicholson and Robin Wright Penn. In 2002, Penn starred opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in I Am Sam, playing a mentally disabled man who fights to regain custody of his young daughter. The following year, he starred in Clint Eastwood's small town drama Mystic River, for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Penn and Robin Wright Penn live in Marin County, California, with their daughter, Dylan, and son, Hopper. Wright Penn, best known for her roles in The Princess Bride (1987), Forrest Gump (1993), and Message in a Bottle (1999), also appeared in Hurlyburly and The Crossing Guard. Penn's mother, Eileen Ryan, is an actress who appeared in Magnolia, released in late 1999. His father, Leo Penn, who died in 1998, was an actor-turned-director who was blacklisted during the 1940s and 1950s when he refused to name names of Communist sympathizers in Hollywood. Penn has two brothers: Christopher, an actor who appeared with his brother in At Close Range (1986), and Michael, a rock musician.



DENNIS QUAID

Actor, director, producer. Born April 9, 1954, in Houston, Texas. After following in the footsteps of his older brother Randy (also an accomplished actor) to the University of Texas, Quaid dropped out in 1974 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He landed a bit role in Jonathan Demme's Crazy Mama (1975), but made his first substantial big-screen appearance in the 1978 film September 30, 1955. Quaid's breakthrough role came in the acclaimed film Breaking Away (1979), which won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Over the next few years, Quaid appeared in the 1980 Western The Long Riders with his brother Randy and in the romantic comedy All Night Long (1981), costarring Gene Hackman and Barbra Streisand. After starring in a few low-rated films like The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1981) and Jaws 3-D (1983), he won acclaim for his portrayal of the cocky astronaut Gordon Cooper in The Right Stuff, the 1983 film version of Tom Wolfe's best-selling book, costarring Sam Shepard and Ed Harris.

\t\tIn 1987, Quaid's career heated up with his romantic turn as a New Orleans homicide detective who becomes involved with a district attorney (played by Ellen Barkin) in The Big Easy. That same year, he starred opposite Cher in the thriller Suspect. On the set of the screwball comedy Innerspace (1987), Quaid met actress Meg Ryan; the two fell in love while filming their next movie, the thriller D.O.A. (1988), and became engaged in 1989. (Quaid was previously married to another actress, P.J. Soles, from 1978 to 1983.)

Before Ryan would marry him, however, she forced him to come to terms with his struggles with alcohol and cocaine. After his high-profile film Great Balls of Fire! (1989), in which he played the temperamental rock great Jerry Lee Lewis, tanked with both critics and audiences, Quaid resolved to kick his addictions. In 1990, he quit drinking and drugs for good, and he and Ryan were married a year later.

After a supporting turn opposite Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge (1990), Quaid took a self-imposed hiatus from filmmaking, returning in 1993 with a starring role alongside Ryan in Flesh and Bone, also featuring James Caan and Gwyneth Paltrow. He lost 42 pounds in preparation for his acclaimed performance in Wyatt Earp (1994), in which he played Doc Holliday, the tubercular sidekick of the titular lawman and hero of the Old West (played by Kevin Costner).

\tIn 1995, Quaid starred as the unfaithful husband of Julia Roberts' character in the likeable comedy-drama Something to Talk About. His next several films were less successful, including the disappointing big-budget fantasy Dragonheart (1996), Gang Related (1997), Switchback (1997), and Savior (1998). In 1998, he starred in an update of the family classic The Parent Trap and joined an ensemble cast—including Sean Connery and Angelina Jolie—in Playing By Heart. He made his directorial debut that same year with the television movie Everything That Rises, in which he also starred.

Quaid's stock rose again in late 1999 and early 2000 with meaty roles in two well-received films, Oliver Stone's pro-football drama Any Given Sunday, costarring Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz, and the sci-fi thriller Frequency (2000). In December 2002, Quaid was named Best Supporting Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle for his role in Todd Haynes' Oscar contender, Far From Heaven. Two years later, Quaid starred as legendary Lone Star maverick Sam Houston in The Alamo with Billy Bob Thornton.

Throughout the 1990s, Quaid and Ryan were looked to as one of the more stable couples in Hollywood. With their son, Jack, the couple divided their time between homes in New York City, Santa Monica, and Paradise Valley, Montana. In June 2000, Quaid and Ryan shocked many by announcing their separation after nine years of marriage. At the same time, Ryan was linked romantically in the press to the Australian actor Russell Crowe, her Proof of Life costar. Citing "irreconcilable differences" (and claiming there was no third party involved), Quaid filed for divorce in July 2000. He married 32-year-old Texas real-estate agent Kimberly Buffington in July 2004.



RAMONES, THE

One of the founding members of the punk-rock movement, the Ramones burst onto New York's underground music scene in the mid-1970s. Although they were eclipsed by the popular success of English bands like the Sex Pistols and the Clash, their relentless touring schedule and stubborn adherence to their founding principles earned them a consistent cult following.

The group formed in 1974 in Forest Hills, New York. The founding members -- Joey (Jeffrey Hyman), Dee Dee (Douglas Colvin), Johnny (John Cummings) and Tommy (Tommy Erdelyi) - jettisoned their birth names and adopted the surname "Ramone", a moniker once used as an alias by Beatle Paul McCartney.

Having either dropped out or squeaked through high school, the foursome saw rock stardom as an escape from a system they felt had nothing to offer. Disgusted with the ornate style and affectation of then-popular bands like Led Zeppelin, they sought inspiration from the purer forms of 1960s pop. They supercharged these bubble-gum melodies with a considerable dose of modern frustration and accompanied them with morbidly comic lyrics.

Their primitive style was not only a conceptual choice, but also a practical necessity. The decision to become rock stars pre-dated their ability to actually play instruments. Unable to mimic even their favorite contemporaries, they began composing their own music right off the bat. Their signature songs were simple, fast-paced, chord-heavy arrangements devoid of musical trimmings like solos and finger picking.

Sporting torn jeans and motorcycle jackets, the Ramones rose to local prominence through their performances at CBGB, a dilapidated club on Manhattan's Bowery that would later become the epicentre of the punk movement. In 1975, they were signed to Sire Records, an independent label that welcomed their raw, determinedly unpolished sound. Their first release, Ramones (1976), was initially panned by critics, but has since been reappraised as a milestone in the history of modern rock. Featuring songs like "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue", and "Beat on the Brat", the Ramones' tongue-in-cheek anthems of rebellion earned them a solid cult following.

While the Ramones never received significant radio airplay, they maintained their popularity by touring heavily. Their 1976 tour of England planted the seed for the emergence of the Sex Pistols and the Clash.

During the next two decades, the Ramones produced over 20 albums. Although few performed well on the charts, their continuous touring schedule nurtured a devoted following. Despite several lineup changes, including the departure of Tommy and Dee Dee and the addition of Marc "Marky" Bell (1978), Richard "Ritchie" Beau (1983) and Chris "C.J." Ward (1989), the Ramones consistently drew large crowds to their high-energy live performances.

Their fierce devotion to their minimalist sound resisted the influence of record producers, who sought make them more palatable to a mainstream audience. However, many contemporary musicians have recently been citing the band as a fundamental influence. On March 19, 2002, the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Joey Ramone died on April 15, 2001, at the age of 49 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone -- possibly the member of the band most faithful to the punk lifestyle -- died of a suspected drug overdose on June 5, 2002. Johnny Ramone died just two years later, on September 15, 2004, at the age of 55, after fighting prostate cancer.



JOEL RIFKIN

JOEL RIFKIN
For nearly four years in the early 1990's, a serial killer was on the loose in Manhattan, brutally murdering and mutilating young women. He never had a catchy nickname, such as the Boston Strangler or the Son of Sam. In fact, the police, the media, and the public didn't even know he existed. If not for a lucky break, Joel Rifkin might still be out there, prowling the streets, adding to the body count.


RINGLING BROS

Family of circus owners and performers from McGregor, Iowa. Sons of August Rungeling, a German born harness maker; five of the seven brothers (Albert, 1852-1916; Otto, 1858-1911; Alfred, 1861-1919; Charles, 1863-1926; John, 1886-1936), founded the world-famous Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. Beginning in 1884 with a modest travelling wagon show, the brothers developed their business through shrewd management and by buying up their competition. They purchased the Barnum & Bailey circus, largest of the time, in 1907, merging it with theirs in 1919, making it the world's largest by 1930. The family sold the circus in 1967, but the new owners kept the original name.


JESSICA SIMPSON

Pop singer. Born July 10, 1980 in Dallas, Texas. After developing her voice in the local Baptist church choir, Simpson made an unsuccessful bid for The Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 12. Disappointed but undaunted, Simpson continued to sing in the Christian music circuit after being discovered by a small music label while performing at church camp.

With her father as her manager and her mother as her stylist, Simpson eventually signed with Sony and toured with popular boy bands during the late 1990s. She released her first album, Sweet Kisses, in 1999 and her second, Irresistible, including the hit single "I Wanna Love You Forever," in 2001. Success for Simpson remained just out of reach, however. Her albums received a somewhat lukewarm response and were eclipsed by the enormous success of pop contemporaries Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

It wasn't until after she married 98° crooner Nick Lachey and starred in MTV's reality show Newlyweds that Simpson's career took off. The show followed the couple around for their first year of marriage—and then their second—providing the insatiable audience with a peek at their glamorous and mundane world. Boosted by the success of the show, Simpson's third album, In This Skin, was re-released in 2004, becoming a huge hit among MTV viewers. That year, the couple also produced The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour on ABC and enjoyed a successful turn as hosts of Saturday Night Live



GARY SINISE

Actor, director, producer. Born March 17, 1955in Blue Island, Illinois. The son of a film editor,Sinise attended Highland Park High School where an appearance in West Side Story eventually led to his co-founding of Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company. The then 18-year-old Sinise, along with Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, started the ambitious enterprise in a local church basement, launching the careers of such talents as John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf.

Sinise began his film and television career in the director's chair on such series as Crime Story and thirtysomething and the feature film Miles From Home. In 1992, he directed, produced and starred in a remake of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

In 1994, Sinise became familiar to mainstream audiences as Lt. Dan in the blockbuster film Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks. His performance as the physically crippled and emotionally shattered veteran earned him an Oscar nomination. He re-teamed with Hanks for Apollo 13 in 1995 and starred in the television Biopics Truman in 1995 (for which he won a Golden Globe) and George Wallace in 1997 (for which he won an Emmy). In 2000, he appeared in the drama Mission to Mars and the thriller Imposter. Sinise returned to the small screen in 2004 to star in the crime series CSI: New York.

Sinise is married to actress Moira Harris, who is an original member of Steppenwolf Theater. They have two daughters, Sophie and Ella, and a son, McCanna.



MIRA SORVINO

Actress. Born September 28, 1968, in Tenafly, New Jersey. Sorvino inherited her acting ability from her father, Paul, a Law and Order veteran whose resume also includes roles in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and Oliver Stone's Nixon. Growing up, her father discouraged her from being a child actor, fearing it would be psychologically stressful. Sorvino concentrated on her studies, was accepted to Harvard University, and during a year abroad in Beijing learned to speak fluent Mandarin. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in East Asian studies.

Despite her father's worries, Sorvino appeared in several student productions throughout high school and college. After graduating, she moved to New York and spent three years waiting tables as she tried to make her name as an actress. She first stepped into the spotlight in 1992 in the short-lived syndicated teen serial Swans Crossing. When that ended she landed a role on the soap opera Guiding Light but she turned down a three-year contract there in the hope that better opportunities lay ahead. She was right - just one year later she made her Hollywood debut as Rob Morrow's intellectual wife in Quiz Show (1994), directed by Robert Redford and starring Ralph Fiennes.

Sorvino's breakthrough role was Linda, the squeaky-voiced, bleached blonde prostitute with a heart of gold in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995). The film's casting agents nearly prohibited her from auditioning for the role because she seemed too refined to play a call girl. However, her facility with languages and accents helped her land the role for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her then-boyfriend, the writer-director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), escorted her to the ceremony the night she won, but the couple has since broken up.

Sorvino went on to appear in a number of diverse projects, including a turn as Marilyn Monroe in HBO's Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996), costarring Ashley Judd as the legendary sex symbol's more timid side. Sorvino also played an entomologist (the 1997 thriller Mimic), and a kung fu fighter (1998's The Replacement Killers, costarring Chow Yun Fat). She also starred opposite Lisa Kudrow in the comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) and as John Leguizamo's wife in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam (1999). In early 2001, Sorvino stars as Daisy Buchanan in A&E's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age classic, The Great Gatsby, costarring Paul Rudd.

Sorvino married her 22-year-old actor beau Christopher Backus in June 2004.



BRITNEY SPEARS

BRITNEY SPEARS
Pop singer. Born December 2, 1981, in Kentwood, Louisiana. The daughter of Lynne, an elementary school teacher, and Jamie, a construction contractor, Spears auditioned for the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 8. Producers for the show decided she was too young, but one was impressed enough to help her find an agent in New York. Accompanied by her mother and younger sister, Spears lived in Manhattan for the next several summers, studying at the Professional Performing Arts School. In 1991, she landed a part as a demonic child in Ruthless, an off-Broadway production based on the 1956 horror film, The Bad Seed.

At age 11, Spears auditioned again, this time successfully, for the Mickey Mouse Club. For the 1993 and 1994 seasons, she lived in Orlando, Florida, where the show is filmed, in a dorm with the rest of the cast—including two future members of the group 'N Sync and Keri Russell, future star of the WB's Felicity. After her run on the MMC, Spears attended high school at home in Louisiana for a year, before heading back to New York at age 15 to audition for executives at Jive Records. She signed a development deal with Jive and over the next two years recorded her debut album with producers Eric Foster White, who had worked with Whitney Houston (one of Spears's professed influences, with Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Mariah Carey), and Max Martin, who worked with fellow pop stars the Backstreet Boys.

The album, Baby One More Time, was completed by early 1998 but wasn't released until January 1999. During the interim, Spears set out on a promotional tour to shopping malls throughout America, prompting inevitable comparisons with '80s teen pop stars such as Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Her first single, also titled "Baby One More Time," was released in October 1998; its success got Spears a gig opening for 'N Sync, by then a popular teen band. When Spears's album was released on January 12, 1999, it went straight to the top of the Billboard charts, becoming the first album of the year to debut at No. 1. The single, spurred along by a racy video featuring Spears dressed as a bare-midriff Catholic schoolgirl, also shot up to No. 1. By September, Baby One More Time had sold over 6 million copies. Spears's first eagerly-awaited solo tour opened in June 1999.

Some controversy surrounded a Rolling Stone cover story in March 1999, picturing the 17-year-old Spears in a seductive, Lolita-esque pose. Spears has vigorously denied the widespread rumor that she has breast implants, as well as the rumor that she is actually in her 20s.

Before the Grammy Awards, held in February 2000, Spears had emerged as one of the leading contenders for Best New Artist. She eventually lost the award, to fellow ex-Mickey Mouse Clubber and teen pop sensation Christina Aguilera.

Spears' second album, Oops!...I Did It Again, hit stores in May of 2000. With 1.3 million copies sold in its first week in stores, the album became the top-selling debut by a solo female artist ever. It earned Spears two more Grammy nominations, for Best Vocal Pop Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for the single "Oops!...I Did It Again").

Spears released her third album, Britney, in November 2001.

Spears dated fellow Mickey Mouse Club alum Justin Timberlake of the blockbuster boy band 'N Sync. Their much-talked-about breakup was followed by an annulled impromptu marriage to childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in 2003. Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in a much-publicized wedding in September 2004.



JOHN STAMOS

JOHN STAMOS
As a child, the actor John Stamos had three wishes--to become famous, to star in a TV show, and to marry an amazing woman. He did all three when he was seen by millions as Blackie Parrish on the daytime soap "General Hospital" and in the sitcom "Full House" and married super model Rebecca Ramon. This profile follows his rise to the top, his Broadway turn in the hit play "Nine", and interviews with John and Rebecca, Bob Saget, Jack Klugman, Molly Ringwald, and Mary Stuart Masterson.


DOROTHY STRATTEN

DOROTHY STRATTEN
The story of Dorothy Stratten, 1980 Playmate of the Year, explores a brief and tragic career that was engineered by Stratten's loutish husband and manager, Paul Snider. Shunned by the rich and powerful people who court his beautiful, ingenuous wife, Snider makes her first the beneficiary and then the victim of his own ambition.


RUBEN STUDDARD

Singer. Born Christopher Ruben Studdard on July 14, 1978 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a child, Studdard sang gospel in his local church from the age of 3. Though he won a football scholarship to Alabama A&M University, Studdard decided to major in music instead. After graduating in 2000, he auditioned on a whim for American Idol, Fox's hit television talent search show, in 2002.

Studdard not only earned a spot on American Idol, but eventually won first place in May 2003 thanks to more than 24 million viewers who cast their votes. Dubbed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" by guest judge Gladys Knight, he crooned to triumph over his rival, fellow Southerner Clay Aiken. Shortly after the win, Studdard produced his debut single, a cover of Westlife's "Flying Without Wings." After completing a 39-city tour with his fellow competitors, he returned to record his first album, Soulful. Advance orders for the album topped the 1 million mark before it was even released in December 2003.



KIEFER SUTHERLAND

KIEFER SUTHERLAND
Actor, director. Born Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland on December 21, 1966 in London, England. Kiefer and his twin sister, Rachel, were born to acting parents Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, who divorced in 1971. After the divorce, Kiefer and his mother moved from their home in Los Angeles to Toronto where he attended Catholic boarding school until he was 15.

His interest in acting took him to the stage at an early age, in a production of Throne of Strow. In 1983, he appeared in his first feature film, Max Dugan Returns, alongside his father. He appeared in numerous coming-of-age films throughout the 1980s, including The Bay Boy, Rob Reiner's Stand by Me and the vampire thriller The Lost Boys. In 1986, Sutherland founded Still Water Productions, named after a river that ran through his Montana ranch.

In 1990, Sutherland earned national attention for his role in Flatliners, a psychodrama costarring Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Julia Roberts. Two years later, he starred in the blockbuster A Few Good Men, and within a year, he made his directorial debut with the television drama Last Light, in which he also starred as a prison inmate.

The late 1990s showcased Sutherland's preference for dark, intensely psychological scripts. In 1997, he starred in the modern film noir The Last Days of Frankie the Fly and the science fiction-mystery film Dark City. He released his second self-directed TV movie, Woman Wanted in 1999, as well as the psychotic drama Ground Control.

Sutherland shifted gears in 2000 for Picking Up the Pieces, a satirical comedy infused with screwball humour. The same year, he starred in Stephen Hopkins' hit series 24, which earned him a Golden Globe award.

Sutherland was married to Camelia Kath from 1987-1990; they have a daughter, Sarah Jude. He married Kelly Winn in 1996; the couple separated in 1999, and Kiefer officially filed for divorce in 2004. He is currently linked to 24 costar Reiko Aylesworth.



CHARLIZE THERON

Actress. Born August 7, 1975 in Benoni, South Africa. Theron grew up on her parents' farm in rural South Africa and began taking ballet lessons at the age of six. After attending boarding school in Johannesburg to study dance, she took a few modeling jobs before moving to New York to dance with the Joffrey Ballet. In 1995, a career-ending knee injury resulted in a move to Los Angeles to try her luck as an actor.

In 1996, Theron received both exposure and critical praise for her first film, Two Days in the Valley. The film proved to be a stepping stone for the young actress, who landed subsequent roles as Keanu Reeves' wife in The Devil's Advocate and Trial and Error, both in 1997. In 1998, Theron was cast as a perpetually aroused super model in Woody Allen's Celebrity, and earned her first starring role in Disney's remake of Mighty Joe Young.

In 1999, she landed a string of roles in notable films, including The Astronaut's Wife opposite Johnny Depp and the critically acclaimed The Cider House Rules with Tobey Maguire. In 2001, she joined a team with Reeves for the weepy and romantic Sweet November. Two years later, she starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in the heist thriller The Italian Job. In 2004, Theron received an Academy Award for her performance in Monster, a Biopic of serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Off screen, Theron as been coupled with actor Craig Bierko and Third Eye Blind vocalist Stephan Jenkins.



BILLY BOB THORNTON

Came to fame after writing, directing, and starring in the 1996 film `Sling Blade.' In the years since he has become a Hollywood staple as an onscreen bad boy and has earned equal notoriety for his personal life, including his tempestuous marriage to Angelina Jolie (during the good times, they reportedly wore vials of each other's blood around their necks). Born in Arkansas in 1955, he came to Hollywood in the late 1980s and spent years toiling in relative obscurity as a bit player. It was his screenplay for `Sling Blade' that catapulted him into the top ranks of Tinseltown and earned Thornton an Oscar.


UMA THURMAN

UMA THURMAN
Film actress. Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Named for a Hindu deity, Uma made her film debut in Kiss Daddy Goodnight (1987), a low budget thriller. Her first well-known role was as Venus in Terry Gilliams's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). Wearing only hair extensions in her brief performance as the Roman goddess of love, the alluring young actress went on to take a number of sexually charged roles over the next few years. At age eighteen, she bared all in Dangerous Liasons (1988), a big-budget period piece starring John Malkovich and Glenn Close, and in 1989 starred in Henry and June, the first film to be released with an NC-17 (No Children Under 17) rating. In 1990, she married British actor Gary Oldman, though they divorced in 1992. After appearing in a number of marginally successful Hollywood movies, she stepped off the beaten track to appear in Pulp Fiction (1994), the second movie by acclaimed independent director Quentin Tarantino. For her nuanced performance as a glamorous underworld moll, she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

Thurman capitalized on the popular success of Pulp Fiction by appearing in a series of big-budget productions including Gattaca (1997), Batman and Robin (1997), Les Miserables (1998), and The Avengers (1998).

In recent years, Thurman has taken a more "independent" tack, favoring a series of riskier projects including Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown(1999), a Merchant/Ivory production of Henry James' The Golden Bowl (2000), and Chelsea Walls (2001), directed by husband Ethan Hawke. In 2003, she starred in Quentin Tarantino's two-volume epic Kill Bill as a vengeful sword slashing assassin. The actress will also join Ben Affleck in the sci-fi thriller Paycheck.

In 1998, she married Gattaca co-star Ethan Hawke, and in the same year they welcomed their first child, Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke. In 2001, the couple had a son, Roan. Thurman and Hawke split up two years later.



PETE TOWNSHEND

PETE TOWNSHEND
Life of the guitarist, singer, and songwriter for The Who best known for his conceptual works, including Tommy and Quadrophenia. After decades of success, Pete Townshend's life was turned upside-down in 2003 when he was accused of viewing child pornography on the Internet. Townshend claimed he was simply conducting research for an autobiography that will address his own abusive childhood. Police cleared Townshend of the charges, but he will have to remain on a national sex offender registry in Britain for five years.


JACK UNTERWEGER

JACK UNTERWEGER
Serial killer. Born Johann Unterweger on August 16, 1952 in Austria. Abandoned by his prostitute mother, Jack lived for seven years with an alcoholic grandfather. He turned to crime in his early teens and was first arrested at 16 for assaulting a prostitute.

In 1976, Unterweger was convicted of the murder of Margaret Schaefer and sentenced to life in prison. While in prison, he learned to read and write, eventually earning literary respect both inside and outside the prison. In 1984, his prison autobiography Fegefeur (Purgatory) became a bestseller. Convinced that he was a reformed man, the state released him on parole in 1990.

After his release, Unterweger became a literary celebrity, appearing on talk shows and booking speaking engagements. Fegefeur was made into a feature film, and the former murderer became a journalist.

Not everyone was convinced of his transformation, however. After a string of prostitute murders matched the details of the Schaefer crime, police put Unterweger under surveillance. After several months of detective work, they had gathered enough evidence to arrest him.

In 1992, Unterweger was detained, but even then, he continued to give interviews freely, proclaiming his innocence and calling upon his colleagues for support. Despite his chatty demeanor, the evidence against him was overwhelming, and he was found guilty of nine counts of murder in 1994. Soon after sentencing, Unterweger used the string from his prison jumpsuit to hang himself.



NIA VADALOS

Actor, writer. Born Antonia Eugenia Vardalos on September 24, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. An outgoing girl since childhood, Vardalos began her professional acting career at the Rainbow Stage, a local theatre company that helped her land a scholarship to Toronto's Ryerson University in 1986. Two years later, she join Toronto's Second City theatre troupe, moving to Chicago's Second City stage shortly thereafter. After moving to Los Angeles to continue acting, Vardalos received bit parts on such sitcoms as The Drew Carey Show.

Drawing on her eccentric Greek upbringing, as well as stories shared by her Greek friends, Vardalos soon began penning a stage play entitled My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The one-woman play drew the attention of actress Rita Wilson and husband Tom Hanks who agreed to turn it into a film. For a paltry $5 million, My Big Fat Greek Wedding debuted in 2002 to become the sleeper hit of the year. With virtually no television or billdboard advertising, the independent film drew record numbers by sheer word-of-mouth momentum. In February 2003, CBS briefly ran a follow-up sitcom My Big Fat Greek Life, which featured much of the same cast. In 2004, Vardalos wrote and costarred in another film, Connie and Carla, about two women who go undercover as drag queens.

Vardalos married actor Ian Gomez in September 1993.



GIANNI VERSACE

GIANNI VERSACE
Fashion designer. Born December 2, 1946 in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. In 1972, Versace moved to Milan, where he began freelance designing for the Italian labels Genny, Callaghan and Complice before launching his own ready-to-wear collection for women in 1978. Known for his glamorous styles, Versace produced a range of siren dresses that became his trademark, often using innovative materials such as aluminum mesh or cutting-edge techniques like "neo-couture" laser technology to fuse leather and rubber.

Versace's illustrious career was decorated with numerous awards, including four L'Occhio d'Oros and an American Fashion Oscar in 1993. Some of his most imaginative creations could be found in theatres; the designer was often applauded for his costume designs for such ballets as Richard Strauss' Josephlegende in 1982, Gustav Mahler's Lieb und Leid in 1983 and Bejart's Chaka Zulu in 1989. In 1987, Versace was awarded with theatre's Maschera D'Argento prize. He has also created stage costumes for such pop performers as Elton John, Madonna and Tina Turner.

Versace's designs have been showcased in several museums, including Chicago's National Field Museum, London's Royal College of Art, Japan's Kobe City Museum and Germany's Kunstgewerbemuseum. A skilled businessman, the designer was constantly debuting extensions of his original line. In 1989, he announced the opening of Atelier Versace, a workshop for high fashion models. That same year, he introduced Versus, a contemporary, alternative line for young people. He launched his classic Signature line in 1991 and Home Signature in 1993. He has also published numerous books, including Rock and Royalty, The Art of Being You and Men Without Ties.

In July 1997, Versace was gunned down in his South Beach home in Miami, Florida. The prime suspect for his killing was found dead in a Miami Beach boathouse. A designer to the stars, Versace brought vitality and art to an industry considered out of touch with the street. In less than 10 years, he built an empire worth $807 million.



NAOMI WATTS

Actress. Born September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England. Watts appeared in several TV movies and films in her teens, most notably Flirting and Sleepwalkers. But it wasn't until her performance in David Lynch's acclaimed mystery Mulholland Drive in 2001 that critics began to take notice.

The role jump started Watts' career, and she appeared shortly thereafter in two films: the sleeper hit The Ring and The Outsider for Showtime. In 2003, audiences reacquainted themselves with Watts in the feature film Le Divorce with Kate Hudson. That same year, she gave an acclaimed performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's thriller 21 Grams opposite Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro. Her portrayal of a young mother with a reckless past was touted by many as the finest of her career, earning her an Academy Award nomination in 2004.

Off screen, Watts has been paired with fellow actor Heath Ledger since 2002.



CHARLES WHITMAN

CHARLES WHITMAN
A look inside the warped mind of the former alter boy and Eagle Scout who climbed the University of Texas clock tower in 1966 and killed 14 people and wounded 31 others with his high-powered rifles. Interviews with those who knew him well and excerpts from Whitman's own writings reveal how his murderous personality was formed and why his violent nature was hidden for so long.


VANESSA WILLIAMS

VANESSA WILLIAMS
Singer, Actress. Born in Millwood, New York. In 1983, Vanessa Williams made history by becoming the first African-American woman to be named Miss America. One year later, she was stripped of her crown after Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her, taken years before.The controversy was only a minor set-back to her career. Williams persevered and has gone on to enjoy considerable success as both an actress and a singer. Her albums include 1988's The Right Stuff, the multi-platinum The Comfort Zone(1992) featuring the #1 single "Save the Best for Last," and 1994's The Sweetest Days, and they have earned her nine Grammy nominations. Williams recorded the Oscar-winning song "Colors of the Wind," from the Disney hit Pochahontas in 1995. In 1998 she released The Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years.

Her acting career also flourished. In 1994-5, she starred in Kiss of the Spider Woman on Broadway to great critical acclaim. She also starred in the box office hits Eraser(1996), with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hoodlum(1997), with Laurence Fishburne, Soul Food(1997), and 1998's Dance With Me. In 2003, Williams signed on to guest star in 10 episodes of the NBC crime drama Boomtown.

Williams is the daughter of two music teachers, Milton and Helen Williams, and she pursued a degree in musical theatre at Syracuse University. In 1996 she divorced Ramon Hervey, with whom she has three children, Jillian, Melanie, and Devin. She married NBA player Rick Fox in 1999; the couple has a daughter, Sasha Gabriella Fox. Fox filed for divorce in 2004.



PAUL WINFIELD

Actor. Born May 22, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. After studying at numerous West Coast universities, including the University of Portland, Stanford and UCLA, Winfield landed a role on the TV sitcom Julia in 1967. He continued on the series for a few years, during which time the actor also earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance as dignified sharecropper Nathan Lee Morgan in the film Sounder.

During the late 1970s, Winfield turned out several acclaimed performances in television miniseries, including his role as Martin Luther king Jr. in 1978's King and as Dr. Huguley in Roots: The Next Generation the following year, both of which earned him Emmy nominations. In 1994, he won his first Emmy for his guest role in the drama series Picket Fences. Winfield continued to appear in several comedy and drama series on television until his death in March 2004 at the age of 62.



RENEE ZELLWEGER

Actress. Born April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas. Raised in a small town outside Houston, Texas, Zellweger took up acting in college. She appeared in bit parts in mainstream movies like Dazed and Confused (1993) and Reality Bites (1994) before earning praise for her leading roles in the independent films Love and a .45 (1994) and The Whole Wide World (1996), co-starring Vincent D'Onofrio. Director Cameron Crowe surprised many when he cast the relatively unknown actress as Dorothy Boyd, the single mother who is swept off her feet by Tom Cruise's soul-searching sports agent in Jerry Maguire (1996).

The film's critical and commercial success made Zellweger one of Hollywood's hottest new commodities. Instead of cashing in with another big-budget film, she took a risk and made several independent films, including Deceiver (1997), opposite Tim Roth, and A Price Above Rubies (1998), in which she played a rebellious wife in a Hasidic Jewish family. She later turned in a critically acclaimed performance opposite Meryl Streep in One True Thing (1998), an adaptation of Anna Quindlen's novel about a daughter coping with her mother's slow death from cancer.

In 1999, Zellweger starred with Chris O'Donnell in The Bachelor and made headlines on account of her budding romance with comic star Jim Carrey. In the comedy Me, Myself and Irene (2000), written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Carrey played a character with two personalities, both of whom are in love with Zellweger's Irene. That same year, Zellweger turned in a critically acclaimed performance in the black comedy Nurse Betty, costarring Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, and Greg Kinnear. In January 2001, she won a Golden Globe for the performance.

In 2001, Zellweger starred as the neurotic British title character in the film adaptation of Helen Fielding's bestselling novel, Bridget Jones's Diary. The film costarred Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, and its sequel, The Edge of Reason, is slated for a mid-2004 release. In 2003, Zellweger earned her second Goden Globe for her performance in Chicago, the film adaptation of the 1970s musical costarring Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones. That year, she also starred in the retro-romantic comedy Down With Love opposite Ewan McGregor. The following year, Zellweger continued her winning streak by capturing the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Ruby in the Civil War drama Cold Mountain. Upcoming projects include the Biopic Piece of My Heart, in which Zellweger stars as singing legend Janis Joplin, and Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe.



ERNEST HEMINGWAY

ERNEST HEMINGWAY
Hemingway did not want his biography until 100 years after his death. Respectfully defying his wishes, our BIOGRAPHY sheds new light on the author's life with rarely seen footage of those who knew him best. Narrated by Mariel Hemingway.


LIZA MINNELLI

LIZA MINNELLI
Liza, one of the biggest and most controversial names in show business today, sat for an exclusive interview for out 2-hour special--the first official interview she gave after her split from husband David Gest. And we talk with friends and colleagues, including Martin Scorsese, Beyonce Knowles, Robert De Niro, Goldie Hawn, and Mia Farrow. This frank look at Liza's life looks at the burden of being Judy Garland's daughter, her battle with alcohol and painkillers, and stage and screen triumphs.


MILTON HERSHEY

MILTON HERSHEY
The story of Milton Hershey, who created the chocolate candy empire (Hershey bars and kisses) and became a leading philanthropist.


LIZZIE BORDEN

LIZZIE BORDEN
Did Lizzie Borden really take an ax and give her mother 40 whacks and her father 41? She was acquitted, but controversy still rages over the century-old double murder case. This documentary digs for the facts. Interviews with case historians.


JAMES BALDWIN

JAMES BALDWIN
Profile of the celebrated African-American writer and civil rights activist. Exploring his expatriate days in Paris and work with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, we trace Baldwin's personal and professional successes and controversial struggles. In addition to showcasing such seminal texts as "Go Tell It on the Mountain", "Notes of a Native Son", "Giovanni's Room", and his play "Blues for Mr. Charlie", we include rare recordings of Baldwin reading his works.


JOHNNY CASH

JOHNNY CASH
Rags to riches story of the son of a poor cotton farmer who learned guitar while serving in the Air Force during the Korean War. Without musical education, he rose to the top of the country western world and proved himself an accomplished actor in several films.


DEAN MARTIN

DEAN MARTIN
Beloved actor, singer Dean Martin is best known for his comedic partnership with Jerry Lewis, as well as for his participation in the "Rat Pack." He retired from show business after a 1988-89 concert tour with fellow rat-packers Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra, which ended for Martin after he became ill and was replaced by Liza Minelli for the remainder of the tour. Martin died of acute respiratory failure in Beverly Hills on December 25, 1995.


J P MORGAN

J P MORGAN
Story of the 19th-century power broker who once controlled 70 per cent of all the steel and 60 percent of all stocks in America.


JAMES DEAN

JAMES DEAN
Portrait of the legendary actor who redefined the image of the rebellious teenager in the films "East of Eden" and "Rebel without a Cause". Dean was volatile and temperamental on the set and his passion for race cars led to his death at age 24, but he remains one of the great icons of American cinema. Recollections of family, friends, and colleagues, including Lee Strasberg's wife Anna and daughter Susan, Rod Steiger, and Martin Landau highlight this 2-hour special. Narrated by Bill Mumy. Also available in a one-hour format.


IAN FLEMING

IAN FLEMING
He created the immortal character James Bond, and his colourful life was much like his 007 brainchild. The author Ian Fleming was a spy and a womaniser--and he liked his martinis shaken, not stirred. A member of the British aristocracy, he was also a journalist, banker, and military man who wrote his first Bond novel at age 43. Over the next 11 years, he wrote 13 more Bond tales, and even a popular children's book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


CARL SAGAN

CARL SAGAN
Profile of the late scientist, visionary, and activist who popularized astronomy with his award-winning TV series, "The Cosmos".


LARRY FLYNT

LARRY FLYNT
The life of the porn-king publisher who made "Hustler" one of the raunchiest magazines in America and who fought a landmark free-speech case all the way to the Supreme Court.


JOHN PAUL JONES

JOHN PAUL JONES
The story of the swashbuckling hero of the American Revolution. With the daring of a real-life Errol Flynn, Jones defeated the British navy and became the darling of Paris society.


RUDOLPH VALENTINO

RUDOLPH VALENTINO
The life of Rudolph Valentino is both a classic story of rags to riches and one of personal tragedy. An Italian immigrant whose good looks and a natural dancing ability thrust him into the world New York nightclubs and eventually Hollywood.


HAP ARNOLD

HAP ARNOLD
Profile of the aviation pioneer who helped build Pan American Airways and the US Air Force, and who was the genius behind American air strategy in WWII.


TV-OGRAPHY: BATMAN

TV-OGRAPHY: BATMAN
The story of the campy 1960s sitcom that became a national phenomenon with Adam West and Burt Ward playing comic-book crime fighters Batman and Robin. Viewers loved the wacky villains, including The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), The Joker (Cesar Romero), and Catwoman (Julie Newmar), but West's and Ward's careers were stymied by typecasting. Features interviews with cast and creators.


HUNTER THOMPSON

HUNTER THOMPSON
A look at the wild, colourful life of the writer who created "Gonzo journalism"--an innovative mix of journalism, subjectivity, and fiction. Hunter Thompson became the first reporter to infiltrate the Hell's Angels, is the only reporter to have ridden with both the Angels and Richard Nixon, and produced a string of outrageous books, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


RONALD REAGAN

Trace the real life drama behind a life story that's as spectacular as any Hollywood movie. The many lives of Ronald Reagan--movie actor, TV star, governor, president --are explored in a personal journey from his boyhood to presidency.


TED KENNEDY

TED KENNEDY
The life of the powerful and controversial Senator. Includes a look at his work on behalf of the poor, his role as the keeper of the family's political flame, his disgraceful actions that led to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, and his often-obnoxious public behaviour.


DONALD TRUMP

DONALD TRUMP
Profile of the flamboyant and controversial real estate tycoon who came to symbolize the "Greed is Good" decade of the '80s. Follows the intricate wheeling and dealing that made Trump a self-made billionaire by the age of 40.


BEN STEIN

BEN STEIN
Profile of the incredibly versatile TV star famed for his deadpan humour and hit game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money". We cover all of Stein's many careers: anti-war protester, speechwriter for Richard Nixon, professor, author, commercial pitchman, and actor in such movies as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".


JANE AUSTEN

JANE AUSTEN
A look at the life of the British author whose imagination produced some of literature's greatest stories. Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote two literary classics--"Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice"--before she turned 21. And although she never married, she led a happy and active life, seemingly untouched by the dramatic incidents that filled her characters' lives.


JAMES COBURN

JAMES COBURN
Clips from "Our Man Flint" and "Affliction" highlight this look at the star who had a passion for acting and Eastern religion and who endured a decade-long battle against debilitating arthritis. James Coburn proved his versatility by playing cool "super spy" Derek Flint and the abusive alcoholic father in his Oscar-winning performance in "Affliction".


CHRISTINE JORGENSEN

CHRISTINE JORGENSEN
Profile of the woman, who used to be an ex-G.I. man named George, and her rise to celebrity status after having three sex change operations in 1953. For 36 years, she lived her life in the spotlight, some seeing her as a freak while others saw her as a champion of the sexual revolution. But to her friends and family, she was simply a person who achieved her biggest dream: becoming a woman.


FRANK GIFFORD

FRANK GIFFORD
Story of the itinerant oil worker's son who became a legendary football star, broadcasting personality, and famed--and sometimes infamous--husband of Kathie Lee Gifford. After two failed marriages, Gifford found a soul mate in Kathie Lee, but an ugly tabloid sex scandal tarnished his Golden Boy image.


JACK LONDON

JACK LONDON
The son of a spiritualist mother and an astrologer father, Jack London left school at age 13 to work odd jobs and spent time as a hobo, riding trains. He joined the Alaskan Klondike gold rush in 1897, and while there he began writing stories about the stark but beautiful region, his most famous being THE CALL OF THE WILD. Other stories included THE SON OF THE WOLF and WHITE FANG. A heavy drinker, London died in 1916 at age 40; many scholars believed he committed suicide.


STEVE MCQUEEN

STEVE MCQUEEN
A portrait of the legendary actor whose rebel persona made him one of the biggest movie stars of the 1960s and '70s. Viewers get fresh insights into the life of the performer who was adored by millions but understood by only a few. Features rare footage, never-seen-before home movies, and the recollections of McQueen's first wife Neile Adams, son Chad McQueen, and widow Barbara Minty, and colleagues like actor Robert Vaughn, and modern-day admirers like Michael Madsen and Donal Logue.


MIKE TYSON

MIKE TYSON
It's a rags to riches....to rags story. Biography: Mike Tyson gets up-close and personal with the man who was once a celebrated World Heavyweight Champion and the most feared boxer in the sport -- but today spends much of his time tending to his coop of 350 pigeons in Phoenix, Arizona. There was never been any question that Tyson was skilled in the ring. But it was just about everything else he did that made the front page. Accusations of domestic violence resulted in his arrest, and later, his divorce from wife Robin Givens. A string of sexual harassment charges was followed by a rape conviction and prison sentence in the early 90's. And a post-prison comeback was marred when Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout. His boxing license was revoked and he was fined three million dollars.


JAYNE MANSFIELD

JAYNE MANSFIELD
The life and tragic death of the 1950s Hollywood sex siren whose body measured 40-21-35&1/2 inches, and whose IQ measured at 163. Follows her rise to stardom in such pictures as "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"; her marriage to former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay; the unravelling of her career, which led to alcohol and drug addiction; and the car accident that killed her at age 34. Features interviews with Hargitay, her first husband Paul Mansfield, and daughter Jayne Marie.


MICKEY ROONEY

MICKEY ROONEY
A man with over 200 films under his belt, his career has extended through many generations and in many different directions. An intimate portrait of Mickey Rooney: actor, survivor, inventor, and Hollywood living legend.


MELVIN PURVIS

MELVIN PURVIS
Profile of the most famous FBI crime-fighter of the 1930s, who ended the careers of Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, and John Dillinger. Despite his successes, Purvis had a falling out with his old friend, J.Edgar Hoover, and ended up committing suicide at age 57.


GEORGE WASHINGTON

A portrait of the surveyor, land baron, farmer, slave owner, Indian fighter, general, first President, and statesman. George Washington rose to prominence on the shoulders of his dynamic half-brother Lawrence, married wisely, and was enormously popular with the soldiers of Virginia and the politicians of his day, making him a natural choice to become America's first President.


CHARLES LINDBERGH

The triumphs and tragedies of Lindbergh, conqueror of the Atlantic and reclusive hero, are explored from childhood to old age.


HILLSIDE STRANGLERS, THE

HILLSIDE STRANGLERS, THE
The story of Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, the thrill killers who terrorized the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s when they murdered 10 young women. The pair got away with their rampage until Bianchi was arrested for a double murder in Bellingham, Washington, and his Los Angeles driver's license led police to discover his link to the California killings.


VINCE LOMBARDI

VINCE LOMBARDI
Sadist or saint? We look back at the career of the tough-as-nails football coach Vince Lombardi, who led the Green Bay Packers to gridiron greatness. We'll see how the incredibly driven Lombardi discarded everything in his life that did not help him achieve his goal of winning football games, and how he enriched the American lexicon with his immortal words, "Winning isn't everything--it's the only thing."


ANWAR SADAT

ANWAR SADAT
Profile of the Egyptian president who boldly attacked Israel in 1973, courageously made peace with the Jewish state five years later, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and then was assassinated in Cairo by Muslim extremists in 1981. Includes a look at Anwar Sadat's tense peace negotiations with U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David in 1978.


JENNIFER ANISTON

JENNIFER ANISTON
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California on Feb. 11, 1969. Her parents were both actors and encouraged her high school interest in drama. She had a few minor roles before landing one on the NBC sitcom Friends as Rachel Green. The hugely popular series made her a star. Since its conclsion in 2004, she has been in several films, including The Break-Up with Vince Vaughn.


CHELSEA HANDLER

CHELSEA HANDLER
A blunt and candid comic, Chelsea Handler was born on February 25, 1975, in Livingston, New Jersey. She moved to Los Angeles at 19 to become an actress. While working as a waitress, Handler turned to stand-up comedy. She landed some television work and then turned to writing, hitting the best-sellers list in 2005. In 2007, Handler made her late-night debut, which continues to be a success.


ANDRE AGASSI

ANDRE AGASSI
Portrait of the tennis champion with the bad boy image. Andre Agassi has led a colourful life on and off the court, winning all four Grand Slam events, romancing Barbra Streisand, and marrying twice, to Brooke Shields and Steffi Graf. Our profile features spectacular tennis coverage and behind-the-scenes footage of this amazing athlete, who continues to attract huge and adoring crowds to his matches.


RAY ROMANO

RAY ROMANO
The highest paid actor per episode in TV history is not Jerry Seinfeld or Jennifer Aniston - it's Ray Romano, star of Everybody Loves Raymond. Not bad for a guy who lived in his parent's basement until he was 29. This profile of Romano looks at his slow start in show business, his sudden rise to the top, and the uncanny ways that his TV show parallels his real life. Includes interviews with Romano, members of his family, Kevin James, and co-stars Patricia Heaton and Brad Garrett.


SILVIO BERLUSCONI

SILVIO BERLUSCONI
The remarkable life of the real estate, television, publishing, banking, and insurance magnate, who is now Prime Minister of Italy. Silvio Berlusconi's interests have been so wide ranging that in 1986 he became chairman of the A.C. Milan soccer team, which went on to win national and international trophies. Berlusconi has been a successful, but controversial figure, who has played a leading role in Italian life for over four decades.


ALEC BALDWIN

ALEC BALDWIN
Catapulted to stardom in the early 1990's with "Hunt for Red October," Alec Baldwin was acclaimed as a talented throwback to another cinematic era. At the top of his game, the actor from Massapequa, Long Island seemed to have everything he could ask for-big screen success, beautiful wife Kim Basinger and movie star looks. Soon though, Baldwin would be faced with a series of personal and professional setbacks ranging from bad career decisions to divorce. But if there's one thing even his critics will agree on, it's that Baldwin rarely shies away from challenge. From supporting a long list of liberal political and social causes to continually reinventing himself on the small and silver screens, Baldwin continually proves that he's up to the task. His drive has earned him the highest accolade Hollywood has to offer--an Oscar nomination.


ALFRED KINSEY

ALFRED KINSEY
Examines the work of the famed scientist who conducted the first mass survey of human sexual behaviour and made sex acceptable to read and talk about. Alfred Kinsey's book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, published in 1948, concluded that the average man achieved peak virility at age 16 or 17 and steadily declined thereafter, and that homosexual acts were much more common than believed. In the early 1950s, many Americans were frightened that Communism was subverting the moral fabric of society, and Kinsey's funding to study perversions was withdrawn.


DIAN FOSSEY

DIAN FOSSEY
A look at the famed scientist who lived among the mountain gorillas and portrayed the animals as dignified, highly social, "gentle giants" with individual personalities and family relationships. Dian Fossey's active stand against game wardens and poachers won her many enemies, and she was found hacked to death, presumably by poachers, in her Rwandan forest camp in 1985.


JACK NICKLAUS

JACK NICKLAUS
For most of the past 30 years, Jack Nicklaus has been considered golf's greatest. His longevity has proved equal to Arnold Palmer's, and only Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones can be considered players in Nicklaus's league. But in numbers of major tournaments won, Nicklaus stands alone with 20 victories a remarkable figure that does not include major titles won on the Senior Tour.


PEGGY FLEMING

PEGGY FLEMING
Profile of the 1968 Olympic ice skating champion, the youngest female ever to compete in the Olympics for the U.S. Includes film clips of Peggy when she began to skate at age nine.


JEAN VANIER

Television portraits in the first person of people you've always wanted to meet, plus a few you should get to know. The series, hosted by Moses Znaimer, features mavericks who disturb, challenge and lead.


JOHN POLANYI

Television portraits in the first person of people you've always wanted to meet, plus a few you should get to know. The series, hosted by Moses Znaimer, features mavericks who disturb, challenge and lead.


YOUNG CATHERINE II (THE GREAT)

YOUNG CATHERINE II (THE GREAT)
The story of one of Russia's most powerful tsarinas, Catherine the Great (Julia Ormond). As a naive German princess she is brought to St. Petersburg in order to marry Peter III -- sickly heir to the throne of the vast Russian empire. Young Catherine quickly involves herself in the intrigues of court life, and over time grows exceedingly powerful with the aid of her lover, the ambitious courtier Grigory Orlov. Eventually, the two plot against her politically impotent husband, who ultimately abdicates the throne, leaving Catherine as sole ruler. Also stars Christopher Plummer and Vanessa Redgrave.


AL PACINO

AL PACINO
An Oscar and Tony Award-winning actor, Al Pacino has tackled many of Broadway and Hollywood's most dramatic roles, proving himself to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century. Compelling film clips combined with interviews with family, friends, and co-stars document the life and career of this American icon.


ALAN GREENSPAN

First appointed Chairman of the Federal Reserve by Ronald Reagan, Republican free-marketer Alan Greenspan and Democrat Bill Clinton are unlikely cohorts. Meet the man behind the booming economy--from youth in the Depression to Wall Street days. Wife Andrea Mitchell, Barbara Walters, and John McCain are among the interviewees.


ALAN JACKSON

ALAN JACKSON
Recounts the career of the country music heartthrob who went from nothing to superstardom virtually overnight. We'll cover the major turning points in Jackson's rise, including the chance meeting between his wife and Glen Campbell that changed Alan's life; the record executive who offered a contract just when Jackson was ready to quit; and the song "Here In The Real World" that went straight to the top and put him on the map.


ANASTASIA

ANASTASIA
Rare home movies and photos, plus exclusive interviews highlight this look at the last Russian czar's daughter whose assassination and mysterious "reappearance" baffled the world throughout most of the 20th century.


ANDRE THE GIANT

ANDRE THE GIANT
Tale of the poor French farm boy who became the most famous professional wrestler in the world. Due to a disorder that produces continual growth, Andre was 7'5" tall and weighed 450 pounds.


ANDREW CUNANAN

Who was Andrew Cunanan and what made him one of the most wanted killers in America? Definitive profile of the man who murdered four people in 1997, including fashion icon Gianni Versace.


ANDY GARCIA

ANDY GARCIA
The life of the actor who fled from Cuba with his family and went on to parlay his good looks and talent into a successful Hollywood career. After illness ended his dreams of being a basketball player, Garcia found a passion for acting and starred in such hits as "The Untouchables" and "Godfather III". When his movie career dimmed, Garcia became a force in the Latino music industry, all the while continuing his anti-Castro activities.


ANDY GRIFFITH

Profile of the aw-shucks actor from North Carolina who conquered Broadway, Hollywood and TV. Includes clips from THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, where he starred alongside Opie, Barney, Gomer and Aunt Bee.


ANDY KAUFMAN

ANDY KAUFMAN
A definitive profile of the edgy comedian who played Latka Gravas on TAXI, did a great Elvis, and would wrestle just about any woman. Family and friends discuss his life from childhood in Great Neck, New York, to his tragic death at age 35, including his father, Bob Zumda, Cindy Williams, Debbie Harry, Jeff Conway, and John Landis.


ANDY WARHOL

ANDY WARHOL
This portrait gives Warhol 60 more minutes of fame with a look at how the avant-garde artist and filmmaker broke the boundaries of popular culture. This profile explores the roots of Warhol's obsessive -- and nearly fatal -- quest for popularity.


HANK WILLIAMS JR.

HANK WILLIAMS JR.
As the son of country music legend Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr. had imposing shoes to fill. At the formative age of 8, he was taught to imitate his dead father and pushed on stage. The years of imitating a deceased father took their toll as he pushed through adolescence into adulthood. After several drug overdoses and a suicide attempt, he left Nashville and his father's music. A traumatic hiking accident on a Montana mountain left him with a fractured skull and a dramatically altered world view and whole new professional outlook. His voice and his ability to play the guitar far from diminished actually improved following the accident. He started writing and performing his own music, winning numerous awards. He's probably best known for his Monday Night Football theme song.


GARY COLEMAN

GARY COLEMAN
Profile of the actor who soared to stardom as the cute little kid on the TV series Diff'rent Strokes, but whose career has fizzled out in adulthood. We look at how Gary has kept busy in recent years - reading palms, building model planes, shooting guns, chasing women, and running for governor of California - and go with him to auditions and visits to casting directors to get counselling on how to jump-start his career.


DIANA: THE TRUE STORY

DIANA: THE TRUE STORY
Dubbed the 'Fairy-Tale Princess' , Diana's proved a lonely and sad life as the insecurities she felt as a child were consolidated by her hollow marriage to Prince Charles. Family and friends provide an insight into how Diana filled the void in her emotional life with her children and the charitable causes she chose to support.


CAROLINE KENNEDY

CAROLINE KENNEDY
Eldest child of John F. Kennedy and Jackie, she is American royalty. But her life has been shaped by tragedy - the assassination of her father when she was six years old, and the accidental death of little brother John Jr. in 1999. As the only surviving child, she has maintained her family's legacy. Successful, involved with family and country, she embodies the values her parents held and continues to serve as a scion of that well-loved American family.


ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most gifted and troubled actors working in Hollywood today. At the age of twenty he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for one season and would go on to star in several high grossing 80s movies. His breakout role was as Julian in "Less Than Zero," about a privileged youth with a serious drug addiction. Life would imitate art when in 1996 Downey was arrested for drunk driving and possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 Magnum revolver. Downey Jr.'s brushes with the law would continue until 2000 when he cleaned up his act and became a regular on the television series "Ally McBeal." A Golden Globe award followed as did an Emmy nomination. Since then Downey Jr. has gone on to put his career back in full swing and is set to star in "Ironman" as the titular character. Despite all his transgressions Downey Jr. remains one of Hollywood's most prolific actors and one of its greatest comeback stories.


DANIELLE STEEL

DANIELLE STEEL
Danielle Steel is the queen of romantic fiction but parts of her real life story could have been written by Quentin Tarrantino. She was a neglected child; when hospitalized with ovarian cancer at 16, her parents never visited. Over her tumultuous life, she has married two convicts: Zugelder, a car thief and bank robber, who was also jailed for assault and rape (they were married in a prison ceremony and consummated their relationship in a bathroom) and Bill Toth, a heroin addict imprisoned for fencing stolen goods. Her professional story, though, has been one of unprecedented success. From an education in New York and Europe and a background in public relations and advertising, Ms. Steel turned to writing in the early `70s. She wrote her first book at twenty; her fourth was a bestseller. She has been a fixture on bestseller lists ever since and the brand name for romantic fiction.


RON POPEIL

RON POPEIL
Over the past 40 years, Ron Ronco Popeil has reigned as America's Inventor, making profits of more than $2 billion with inventions like the Veg-O-Matic, Dial-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman. He has changed the way people eat, drink and think about food while continuing to make an impact. Life wasn't always easy for Popeil, shrouded by a childhood he would like to forget. He learned his sales craft on the streets of Chicago and during tours of duty at the Illinois State Fair. Capitalizing on his family's gift for invention, his own buoyant enthusiasm, and the relatively new world of television advertising in the 50s, Ron Popeil made himself and his products household names. Along the way he went from rags to riches to rags and finally back to riches with his irresistible gift for spiel.


QUEEN LATIFAH

QUEEN LATIFAH
From hip-hop's first lady to the face of Cover Girl, this Grammy award winning rapper, singer, model and Academy Award nominated actress has undergone a major transformation throughout her career. Born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, Latifah grew up in Newark, New Jersey. Thanks to the area's ethnic population, she was bestowed with the nickname Latifah which means "delicate and sensitive" in Arabic.


DOLLY PARTON

DOLLY PARTON
Profile (and what a profile!) of the incredibly curvaceous, enormously popular singing star who came out of Appalachia to conquer the music world as few have ever done. After gaining success as a songwriter in the mid-1960s, Dolly became Porter Wagoner's singing partner, and then stuck out on her own. She scored hit after country hit, then crossed over to conquer the pop world with "Here You Come Again." She even conquered Hollywood with her starring role in 9 to 5. Today, Dolly is a pop culture icon and one of the entertainment world's most durable superstars. Interviews include: Lee Ann Womack, Henry Winkler, Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, and Billy Ray Cyrus.


ARETHA FRANKLIN

ARETHA FRANKLIN
Franklin's roots in gospel ran very deep. With her sisters Carolyn and Erma she sang at the Detroit church of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin. She made her first recording at the age of 14. In the sixties she defined the golden age of soul, her gospel inspired sound bringing her status as one of the greats of American music. She has a cabinet full of Grammy's and Lifetime achievement awards and was the first woman to be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Songs like `Respect', `Baby I Love You', `I Say a Little Prayer' and `The House That Jack Build' have earned her the title, Lady Soul.


DANIEL CRAIG

DANIEL CRAIG
Stepping into a role previously occupied by such notable scene stealers as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan could have been career suicide, instead, it has propelled Daniel Craig on to Hollywood's A list.


MARTIN SHORT

MARTIN SHORT
Martin Short started working toward a career as a performer while he was growing up in Ontario, Canada. After school Martin would rush home to his attic where he used his wild imagination to bring his favorite TV performers to life on his make believe talk show. But tragedy struck young Martin's family three times, transforming him from a kid who liked comedy into a fearless performer. His boldness paid off and the funny, fearless kid went on to make his mark on television, Broadway and Hollywood.


STEVEN SEAGAL

STEVEN SEAGAL
He's an action superstar surrounded by controversy and crime. He skyrocketed to fame in 1988 with an action-packed debut in Above the Law, but long before then, he was known to martial arts insiders as the first Caucasian to open his own aikido dojo in Japan. In this Biography, we'll spend time with the actor on the set of his latest picture. We'll also delve into his past, travelling to his boyhood home in Japan as we attempt to separate fact from the fiction. Is he really, as he claims, a reincarnated lama in the Tibetan Buddhist faith? And what are his connections to the Gambino crime family?


LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
T.E. Lawrence was Oxford-educated and fascinated by archaeology as a child. He was a member of the British Museum's excavation of Hittite city of Carchemish on the Euphrates. After World War I began, Lawrence worked for Military Intelligence in London. During his time there, he became an expert in the Arab revolts, specifically in what were then the Turkish Provinces. Lawrence quickly became a popular hero, and found that this gave added weight to his political campaign. This was the only period in his life when he actively sought publicity, giving interviews willingly in order to advance the Arab case.


MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD
President of Iran since 2005, he is an outspoken critic of the Bush Administration, supportive of strengthened relations with Russia, and refuses to stop Iran's nuclear program against the wishes of the UN. Born near Tehran in 1956, Ahmadinejad is a former provincial governor and Revolutionary Guards officer. He was actively involved in the Islamic revolution, and he was a founding member of the student union that took over the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. He denies being one of the hostage-takers, though this is much-disputed in the west. He has said that Israel "must be wiped off the map," and describes the Holocaust as a "myth."


MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL-MAKTOUM

MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL-MAKTOUM
Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai. Born in 1949, Sheikh Mohammed is the third of four sons. He was privately tutored before beginning his formal education, eventually attending the Bell School of Languages at Cambridge University in 1966. In 1995, Sheikh Mohammed was appointed Crown Prince of Dubai, with a chief objective of overseeing the transformation of this small patch of desert into the world's most luxurious resort and business destination.


JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS

JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS
The intriguing life of America's beloved beauty--from her often unhappy childhood, heady days as First Lady of Camelot, dignity through the grief of JFK's death, the Jackie O days with Aristotle Onassis, and later life as mother, book editor, and grandmother, up to her early death in 1994.


RANDY JACKSON

RANDY JACKSON
Before he was a judge on American Idol, this Grammy Award-winning producer and a 20-year music industry veteran, had recorded, toured and performed with the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Madonna, Elton John, Destiny's Child and many more. Randy has worked on over 1,000 gold and multi-platinum albums and his contributions have helped to sell over 200 million albums worldwide.


TONY DANZA

TONY DANZA
Follow the popular performer, who starred on Taxi and Who's the Boss?, as he prepares to host his new daytime talk show. Watch as Tony juggles the writing, developing, hosting, booking, producing, and shooting of the show. You may think that you know Tony Banta or Tony Micelli, but you'll go behind the scenes to meet the real Tony Danza.


BONO

BONO
One day in 1976, he answered an ad posted on a bulletin board at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, asking for anyone who was interested in forming a band. U2 was the result. While fronting one of the most successful bands in recent times, Bono is equally renowned for the extent and effectiveness of his charitable activities including third world debt relief and, through his Product Red initiative, the fight against Aids and other diseases afflicting the poor.


PIERCE BROSNAN

PIERCE BROSNAN
He's "Bond, James Bond," and this is the story of the handsome and sophisticated Irish actor who became the screen's fifth 007. Pierce Brosnan had to turn down the role of Bond in 1986 because of contractual obligations, but got the chance again a decade later and made it pay off. Brosnan's four Bond films have grossed an estimated $1.6-billion worldwide, and with his success outside the Bond franchise, in such films as "The Thomas Crown Affair", Brosnan continues to captivate audiences.


ALVIN YORK

ALVIN YORK
Portrait of the conscientious objector who fought in World War I because it was a "just war". In one battle, York won fame by killing 25 Germans and capturing 132. But he refused to profit from his celebrity status, preferring to quietly devote his life to education.


ANDY WILLIAMS

ANDY WILLIAMS
The life of the singer with the smooth style and unforgettable voice who became a superstar of his time with such hits as "Moon River". This 2-hour special follows Andy's career from humble beginnings on the radio in the 1940s to hosting his own TV show in the '60s to his current job, performing six days a week in his own theatre in Branson, Missouri.


PRINCESSES OF MONACO

PRINCESSES OF MONACO
The tiny principality of Monaco, ruled by the Grimaldi Family for more than 700 years, became world famous in 1956 when Prince Rainier married American film star Grace Kelly. Their son, Prince Albert, is heir to the throne, followed by Princess Caroline, then Princess Stephanie, who recently married a Portuguese acrobat 10 years her junior. The princesses seem to have everything--money, beauty, and social standing. So why are their lives filled with scandal, and why can't they stand each other?


WHITNEY HOUSTON

WHITNEY HOUSTON
Whitney Elizabeth Houston, known as The Voice, is one of the most successful pop stars of all time with some 170 million records sold. Signed by the legendary Clive Davis, she scorched the charts with such hits as "You Give Good Love," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," and "Greatest Love of All." But her personal life has been a mess. She married Bobby Brown in 1992 and theirs has been a tumultuous relationship plagued by persistent rumors of drug abuse. They starred in a TV show "Being Bobby Brown" that did more to harm Whitney's career than help it. In 2007, the couple filed for divorce and Whitney was awarded custody of their daughter Bobby Kristina. In the final analysis, this is the story of a woman who found unimaginable success on the stage, but failed to find happiness away from the spotlight.


KEVIN COSTNER

Kevin Costner is as distinctly American as the rustic cowboys, baseball players and average Joes he portrays. He has made some of the most popular movies of all time as an actor, producer and director. Whether he's playing a larger-than-life action hero in Waterworld, a romantic leading man in Bull Durham, or the underdog who must rise to the occasion in Field of Dreams; he is the everyman hero we all wish we could be. He's a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood when stars were stars and the audience knew who the good guys were. In a world where fame fades fast, Costner endures. Unassuming yet charismatic, on the open range or in a field of dreams, this Academy Award winning director is the last of a dying breed.


ABBIE HOFFMAN

A look back at the legendary 1960s political radical whose Yippie movement became a centre of the anti-Vietnam counter-culture. Abbie Hoffman was one of the seven people indicted on charges of inciting riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial became a media circus, and Hoffman was convicted, but the conviction was overturned in 1972. Later, to avoid trial on cocaine possession, Hoffman went underground, had plastic surgery, and assumed the alias "Barry Freed". His death in 1989 was ruled a suicide.


JOHN WESLEY POWELL AND THE MIGHTY COLORADO

JOHN WESLEY POWELL AND THE MIGHTY COLORADO
Soldier, professor, explorer. He led the first major exploration of the Colorado River in 1869, where he documented rock, plant, and animal species unknown to man, and encountered the "gates of hell."


FAYE DUNAWAY

FAYE DUNAWAY
Portrait of the legendary actress who declared her plans to be a star at an early age and made good on her vow when she debuted on Broadway three weeks after graduating college. She followed up with a breakthrough performance in "Bonnie and Clyde" and continued her success with "Chinatown" and an Oscar-winning turn in "Network".


FATHERS AND SONS IN HOLLYWOOD

FATHERS AND SONS IN HOLLYWOOD
In this two-hour Special, Biography will explore the funny, fearsome and frustrating facets of celebrity fatherhood. Famous dads will divulge how they spend their quality time with the kids. And their equally successful sons will reveal how they rode a silver spoon to the silver screen.


MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS IN HOLLYWOOD

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS IN HOLLYWOOD
Imagine being a kid and seeing hundreds of crazed fans chasing your famous Hollywood mother, or reading about your parents' divorce in the paper. Being a celebrity mother or daughter can be tough, and this 2-hour special takes an intimate look at women who have gone through the experience. Debbie Reynolds, Naomi Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Tippi Hedren, Diane Ladd, and Shirley Jones talk about how fame affected their families.


LARRY HAGMAN

LARRY HAGMAN
A look at the triumphs and heartbreaks of the actor who played the boyish astronaut on "I Dream of Jeannie" and the villainous J.R. Ewing on "Dallas" with equal aplomb. Virtually abandoned from birth by his mother, Broadway star Mary Martin, Hagman began drinking at age 14 and later led a life filled with LSD and wild parties. But in 1995, Hagman needed a liver transplant to save his life. Features interviews with Hagman and former co-stars Barbara Eden, Linda Gray, and Patrick Duffy.


DONNA KARAN

DONNA KARAN
Perhaps most famous for inventing "the body"--one of the most practical items of clothing to come out of the 1980s, Donna Karan is now one of the most recognizable names in fashion. Her first solo collection caught the attention of Hollywood, and in 1988 she launched DKNY, her casual sportswear line for the masses. Karan sold her company, Donna Karan International, for almost $250-million in cash in 2001.


DR. ROBERT ATKINS

DR. ROBERT ATKINS
A profile of Dr. Robert Atkins, the controversial diet doctor diet whose unconventional theories on nutrition have changed the way Americans think about eating. Atkins's low-carb approach and 4-step program have become an obsession for many people at a time when two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. But the Atkins diet has its detractors, some of whom say that its emphasis on high-cholesterol foods can make it dangerous.


FEDERICO FELLINI

FEDERICO FELLINI
Profile of the Italian director who made a string of forgettable films before releasing his classic, La Dolce Vita, in 1960, and then following it up with another masterpiece, 8 ½. Widely praised for visual boldness and exuberant spontaneity, Federico Fellini's works also possessed an emotional authenticity and intuitive intelligence that made them filmmaking legends.


BRONTE SISTERS

The fascinating story of Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronté, who wrote under the pen names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell in the 1850s, when women were not allowed to publish under their own names. Charlotte, who wrote Jane Eyre, died in childbirth; and Emily's only work was the romantic classic Wuthering Heights. The sisters, who wrote to stave off boredom, published a joint volume of poetry before their untimely deaths.


JANE FONDA

JANE FONDA
Portrait of the Oscar winner, anti-Vietnam War activist, ex-Hollywood sex kitten, ex-wife of billionaire Ted Turner, daughter of screen legend Henry Fonda, and head of a multi-million-dollar exercise empire. Interviews with Robert Redford, Jon Voight, Lily Tomlin, and brother Peter Fonda, plus rare home movies and clips from such films as "9 to 5", "On Golden Pond", and "Klute" illuminate this look at one of the 20th century's most captivating, controversial, and chameleonic figures.


PAMELA ANDERSON

PAMELA ANDERSON
Pamela Anderson has been called ""the face and body of this generation." The most famous blonde in the world, she is a much-photographed sex goddess who rules the decade the way that Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Brigitte Bardot once ruled theirs. She catapulted to fame and fortune in the mid-1990's in a red swimsuit on the internationally syndicated series "Baywatch" and as a pinup on the cover of "Playboy" magazine - holding the record for the number of covers, 11. Even so, she has a lot more than just sexy looks going for her. The self-deprecating star whose most cherished role is that of mother, is also a best-selling author, a magazine columnist, an activist for such causes as animal rights and AIDS and a successful fashion designer. In fact, Pamela sees herself not as an actress, but as a "business and a brand."


MELANIE GRIFFITH

MELANIE GRIFFITH
Profile of the alluring actress and Hollywood survivor who has exchanged her often-scandalous past for a new life of sobriety, family, and respectability. Melanie Griffith took up with actor Don Johnson when she was just 14, battled addictions that threatened her career, won an Oscar nomination for Working Girl but followed it up with a string of bad career moves, and finally settled down when she married Antonio Banderas. Features interviews with Griffith, Banderas, Paul Newman, Alec Baldwin, and James Woods.


NIGELLA LAWSON

NIGELLA LAWSON
She's beautiful, intelligent, gifted, and one of TV's most unique and successful "food" personalities. But, the life Nigella had imagined for herself as a child is far from the story that unfolded. Her father was the most prominent politician in Margaret Thatcher's government and her brother, the editor of one of Britain's leading Newspapers. Here life, though, remained stuck in the shadows. Crippled by shyness and devastated by the untimely death from cancer of her mother, sister and finally her husband, Nigella was determined to recreate herself as a self confident modern woman. Today, she is popular TV star, and is married to Charles Saatchi, one of Britain's wealthiest men.


WALTER PAYTON

WALTER PAYTON
The life of the great Chicago Bears running back who won fame on the football field and gave back to his community, and whose untimely death in 1999 led to tributes usually reserved for great humanitarians. Payton maintained his dignity and values through poverty and racism, wealth and glory, adversity and illness, and enriched the lives of all who knew him.


SAMUEL GOLDWYN

SAMUEL GOLDWYN
An account of the Polish child who emigrated to America and grew up to become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, founding MGM and helping to establish Paramount Pictures. Samuel Goldwyn was famous for his catch phrases (such as "include me out") and his "film-of-the-book" policy that led to such productions as All Quiet on the Western Front. A one-time Hollywood mogul archetype, he reinvented himself as an independent producer, forming a company that became the model for later independent producers.


THE HILTONS

THE HILTONS
Conrad Hilton entered the hotel business in 1919. The son of a Norwegian immigrant, he was a firm believer in the American Dream and was successful at negotiating her economic waters. Success yielded glamour for the Hiltons; Conrad's second wife was Zsa Zsa Gabor and his son Nicky (by a first marriage) was once married to Elizabeth Taylor. Unfortunately, Nicky suffered a untimely, tragic death. Most of Conrad's wealth was inherited by another son, Barron (Paris and Nicky's grandfather). Barron confirmed his father's belief in the American Dream with his recurring presence on the Forbes Magazine list of the 400 richest people in America.


ANGELINA JOLIE

ANGELINA JOLIE
She's beautiful, eccentric, highly intelligent and mysterious. The daughter of actor Jon Voight, Angelina hit it big in 1997 when she won critical acclaim and the Best Supporting Actress Emmy for the cable Biopic Gia. In hot demand, she moved on to the big screen, winning an Academy Award for Girl Interrupted. She played opposite Denzel Washington in the thriller, The Bone Collector, and starred in the blockbusters Tomb Raider, Gone in Sixty Seconds, and most famously, opposite Brad Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. A UN goodwill ambassador since 2001, Jolie has put her celebrity behind the fight against poverty in Africa.


RICHARO MONTALBAN

RICHARO MONTALBAN
Profile of the handsome Mexican movie star who later hit it big on American TV as the star of "Fantasy Island" and the pitchman for Cordoba cars and their "rich Corinthian leather." Montalban also fought against negative Latino stereotypes in Hollywood and suffered spinal damage when a horse threw him during a film rehearsal. Includes interviews with daughter Anita and son Mark, Cyd Charisse, Edward James Olmos, Florence Henderson, James Whitmore, and William Shatner.


ONASSIS DYNASTY, THE

ONASSIS DYNASTY, THE
A look back at the wealth and scandals that marked the life of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Onassis stirred controversy when he married Jackie Kennedy; his first wife, Tina Livanos, ended their marriage when she caught him making love to opera star Maria Callas; his sister-in-law died in mysterious circumstances and Tina committed suicide; his son, Alexander, was killed in a freak plane accident; his daughter, Christina, died at 37 after an unhappy life; and Onassis himself died broken-hearted in 1975.


HARLEY DAVIDSON

HARLEY DAVIDSON
A look at how the legendary motorcycle company was born and evolved through the 20th century. Boyhood buddies William Harley and Arthur Davidson built their first machine in a small shed in Milwaukee in 1901. The company grew steadily until Japanese imports threatened to put it out of business in the 1980s, but a small group of Harley-Davidson executives bought the company and brought it roaring back to life.


LINDSAY LOHAN

LINDSAY LOHAN
Actress, singer, partier, she's barely into her twenties, and Lindsay Lohan has already gone from screen tests to rehab stints faster. She was acting in a soap opera by the age of ten and made her film debut in `The Parent Trap' a year later. Unlike many child actors, Lindsay's appeal seemed to grow as she as she aged, and by 2005 she was headlining hit films such as `Mean Girls.' Despite her popularity as an actress, press accounts focused more frequently on her antics as a Hollywood party girl. In addition to her alleged problems with substance abuse, her clashes with co-stars and studio execs, and her widely reported trips to rehab, Lindsay has added `singing sensation' to her film career, having released her debut album in 2004.


TATUM O'NEAL

TATUM O
An Oscar winner by age 10 and a junkie by 20, Tatum O'Neal speaks candidly about the ugly reality of growing up in one of Hollywood's most famous--and volatile--families as she prepares for the release of her tell-all book, A Paper Life. O'Neal reveals the shocking details of her abusive relationship with her father, Ryan O'Neal; describes Ryan's longtime lover, Farrah Fawcett, as less than motherly; and accuses former husband John McEnroe of mental and physical abuse.


STANFORD WHITE

STANFORD WHITE
Chronicles the life of the celebrated architect who led a dark, double life filled with scandalous parties and debauchery. Stanford White designed the summer homes of the Astors and Vanderbilts and was responsible for some of the most formidable structures in New York City. But his insatiable desire for young women led to his downfall when the husband of one of his conquests, Evelyn Nesbit, shot and killed White on the roof of Madison Square Garden--one of the buildings that White had designed.


RUSSELL SIMMONS

RUSSELL SIMMONS
He didn't invent rap, but Russell Simmons is, perhaps more than any other individual, responsible for the music's astonishing success. This intimate profile spotlights the founder of Def Jam Records, who helped to bring black, hip-hop culture into the American mainstream.


FONDAS, THE

FONDAS, THE
A special 2-hour look at the triumphs and struggles of the legendary Hollywood acting family. Looks at Henry's greatest films and five turbulent marriages; Jane's many careers as a star, antiwar activist, and fitness guru; and Peter's hippie lifestyle. Includes interviews with Robert Redford, Jon Voight, Lily Tomlin, Roger Corman, and Sydney Pollack, and clips from such films as "Young Mr. Lincoln", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Klute", "Julia", "9 to 5", "On Golden Pond", "Ulee's Gold", and many more.


NEHRU-GANDHI DYNASTY, THE

NEHRU-GANDHI DYNASTY, THE
While the life and work of activist and visionary Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi was the inspirational root of the political dynasty, his disciple Motilal Nehru--Indian nationalist leader, lawyer, and journalist--was the paterfamilias. And though blessed with political success, the family has been touched by personal tragedy in equal measure. This look at their legacy and influence shows why they have been referred to as India's Kennedy Family.


REMBRANDT

REMBRANDT
The story of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, the immortal Dutch painter who enjoyed financial success as an artist, teacher, and art dealer, but whose personal life was filled with sorrow. Rembrandt's wife died at age 30, and only one of his four children survived, but then only to age 27. His housekeeper eventually became his common-law wife and the model for many of his works. His masterpieces include The Jewish Bride, The Syndics of the Cloth Guild, Portrait of Nicolaes Ruts, The Blinding of Samson, Bathsheba at Her Bath, and Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph.


RALPH KLEIN

RALPH KLEIN
RALPH KLEIN - NO ORDINARY MAN. As the Ralph Klein era comes to an end we take a personal look at this plain talking, once hard-drinking and spiritual man . Everybody loves Premier Ralph Klein also known as KING RALPH . He's a politician who admits flaws, who speaks without filters, and who has the courage to say what everybody else thinking. Join us as Ralph Klein says a tearful goodbye to his 27 years of service as Premier, MPP and Mayor of Alberta


CELINE DION

CELINE DION
From humble beginnings in rural Canada, singing sensation Celine Dion has risen to international superstardom. The premier contemporary pop vocalist of the nineties, she is known for such major hits as The Power of Love, Because You Loved Me, I'm Your Angel, My Heart Will Go On, Beauty and the Beast, If You Asked Me To. In March 2003, Celine began a three-year commitment to appear five nights a week at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a 4000-seat arena designed for her show. Our Biography Special will feature an exclusive interview with Celine, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from her Vegas Show. Top Performer. In 1983, she became the first Canadian ever to receive a Gold Record in France. The streak of recognition has only just begun.


TOM JONES

TOM JONES
One of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion, Tom Jones has defined male rock star sexuality to the point of self-caricature. His rags to riches story began in the slums of Wales, took him to London and then all the way to sold-out Vegas concert stages. Along the way there have falls from grace, betrayals, incredible peaks of popularity and whole new generations of fans.


BARRY MANILOW

BARRY MANILOW
A look at the life and career of singer, songwriter, Barry Manilow, who is best known for his romantic songs which were popular during the pre-rock era. Even as he sold millions of albums and gained a huge audience base, Manilow was a whipping boy for the critics through much of the 1970s.


LORD BYRON

LORD BYRON
Born George Gordon Noel Byron, 1788, into a family of declining nobility. The death of his father, the contempt his aristocratic relatives had for him and his mother, his Calvinistic up-bringing at the hands of a Scottish nurse, the fickleness and stupidity of his mother--all conspired to hurt the pride and sensitiveness of George Byron. This roused in him a need for self-assertion, which he continually tried to prove to himself in his writing. While attending Trinity College, Byron became conscious of the divergence of idealism and realism. "I took my gradations in the vices with great promptitude," he later reminisced, "but they were not to my taste." His quest for genuine passion among the delicate women of this world accounts for his numerous trusts.


SHARON STONE

SHARON STONE
With her scintillating portrayal of a suspected murderess in "Basic Instinct" (1992), one of the decade's most controversial films, Sharon Stone captivated audiences and helped redefine Hollywood's concept of a movie star. Rare photos, film clips, and interviews with Stone, actor James Woods, and director Paul Verhoeven, reveal the ambition, emotion, and strength of character behind the glamorous image of Sharon Stone.


MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV
With unprecedented access to Baryshnikov's personal archives and behind-the-scenes footage of him dancing and living the life of a superstar, this profile gives viewers an inside look at one of the world's greatest ballet dancers. We follow Baryshnikov from his early days as a child ballet prodigy in the former Soviet Union to his defection to America and an acting career, which includes his role as Sarah Jessica Parker's love interest on "Sex and the City".


CHANGING LIVES

This one-hour magazine style program speaks to individuals who have overcome major life transition. Based on a magazine style format, each show touches on a variety of topics. Each segment consists of 1-2 guests and can run between 7 and 10 minutes in length.  The host for this show is Teresa Kruze.

Also some guest we have had on the show:

Tonya Lee Williams
Carla Collins
Dini Petty
Paul Henderson, Hockey Great and Leadership Coach



ALAN BATES

ALAN BATES
When Sir Alan Bates died in December of 2003, he was remembered for dozens of stage and screen roles spanning five decades. Bates gave his all to every character he played, right down to his last, in "Fortune's Fool" on Broadway, when he was already ill with pancreatic cancer. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor that year. Yet he was the definitive non-star star, the quiet chameleon who never made the gossip pages. In spite of his dark good looks, he deliberately avoided becoming a Hollywood heartthrob.


AVA GARDNER

AVA GARDNER
A look back at the Hollywood sex goddess who lived a no-holds-barred life filled with wild parties and love affairs with Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, and George C. Scott, and starred in such hits as The Killers, One Touch of Venice, The Night of the Iguana, On the Beach, and The Barefoot Contessa. Traces Ava Gardner's rise from early poverty in North Carolina's tobacco fields to film stardom and her final appearance on Knots Landing in 1985.


ELTON JOHN (1 hour)

ELTON JOHN (1 hour)
See Elton as you've never seen him before when we go behind the scenes to watch the legendary rock star prepare for his new show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Elton has granted us unfettered access to his life and archives, including clips, stills, music, performances, and home movies spanning his career. Includes interviews with his closest friends and collaborators, including Bernie Taupin; members of his band and crew; Patti LaBelle, Eric McCormack; Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne; David LaChapelle; and Sylvester Stallone.


SANDRA BULLOCK

SANDRA BULLOCK
Sandra's mix of beauty and intelligence led to a lead role in the fast-moving, action-thriller Speed. She was soon riding high on Hollywood's A-list until a painful split with longtime love Tate Donovan and a reported romance with Matthew McConaughey led her to move to Austin, Texas, out of the glare Hollywood's media. Sandra then sought to strengthen her creative impact on films by combining her acting with producing - hits such as Hope Floats, Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice followed. Highlights include interviews with actors Bill Pullman and Richard Attenborough; and directors Peter Bogdanovich, Jan De Bont and Roger Corman.


CAT STEVENS

CAT STEVENS
He was a pop sensation at 18 years old. Songs like Moon Shadow and Matthew and Son suggested a long and successful career in the gentle world of Folk Pop music. Who could have imagined that decades later he would find himself dragged from an airliner on US soil to be deported as a suspected terrorist? The man who was born Stephen Demetre Georgiou of Greek parents and brought up as a devout Catholic was to become Muslim Yusuf Islam. The years of rock-star womanising and partying were over, as was the pop music, but Cat had chosen a critical and dangerous moment to embrace Islam. In the years ahead he would become embroiled in radical politics and accused of being linked to groups close to the 9/11 attacks. All of which he denies. After refusing to sing in public for twenty years, in 2004 Yusuf Islam was honored with the ""Man for Peace"" award by the committee of Nobel Peace Laureates. He now combines music and humanitarian work.


GREEN RIVER KILLER, THE

GREEN RIVER KILLER, THE
An insightful profile of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway, who recently confessed to the murder of 48 women in Washington State. Ridgway, who claimed "Choking is what I did and I was pretty good at it," received life in prison without parole, rather than execution. In his confession, read aloud in court by the prosecutor, he wrote, "I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught."


GRIMALDI DYNASTY, THE

GRIMALDI DYNASTY, THE
For over 700 years they have ruled the tiny principality of Monaco. Rocked by scandal, touched by tragedy, the Grimaldi Dynasty gained international prominence in the mid 50s through the fairy tale wedding of ruling monarch Prince Rainier to a member of Hollywood royalty, film star Grace Kelly. Following the car crash which killed Princess Grace - under suspicious circumstances - the next generation, Albert, Caroline, and Stephanie, became the focus of increasing media attention much of it sensational tabloid fodder.


BARBARA ANN SCOTT

BARBARA ANN SCOTT
With her poise, drive, glamour and championship performances, Barbara Ann Scott took figure skating to new heights in the hearts and minds of North Americans. This program shows why she remains a compelling, inspirational figure even today.


BEN WICKS

His cartoons appeared in newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and his unmistakable Cockney accent endeared him to countless fans. But this is scratching the surface: Ben Wicks worked as a window washer, milkman, foreign correspondent, musician and bestselling author.


DON CHERRY

DON CHERRY
He could be the most loved, or most hated man on television, depending who you ask. The opinionated co-host of Hockey Night in Canada's Coach's Corner has made a career out of his own notoriety. This biography is a revealing look at what makes Cherry tick.


GLENN GOULD

GLENN GOULD
An insightful biography of the multifaceted Glenn Gould, the man and the musician - eccentric loner, genius, jokester, broadcaster, documentary producer and acclaimed pianist.


LEONARD COHEN

This episode is part of the award-winning series Life and Times, produced by documentary teams across the country in association with the CBC. Intimate and compelling, thoroughly researched and visually rich, this series explores the lives of famous and influential Canadians.


LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY

The creator of Anne of Green Gables brought us one of the world's most outspoken, popular heroines, yet she herself live a repressed life of relative obscurity. The Many Mauds explores the hidden side of L.M. Montgomery.


MARCONI

A film dossier on a major historical event- the discovery of the wireless - which marked the beginning of the communications age and earned the Nobel Prize for its creator, the legendary Guglielmo Marconi.


MAUREEN FORRESTER

This episode is part of the award-winning series Life and Times, produced by documentary teams across the country in association with the CBC. Intimate and compelling, thoroughly researched and visually rich, this series explores the lives of famous and influential Canadians.


NANCY GREENE

This episode is part of the award-winning series Life and Times, produced by documentary teams across the country in association with the CBC. Intimate and compelling, thoroughly researched and visually rich, this series explores the lives of famous and influential Canadians.


NORMAN JEWISON

He's been a vibrant force in the motion picture industry for three decades and his films have won a dozen Academy Awards. Life & Times talks candidly to Norman Jewison as he returns home to travel across Canada by rail


NORTHROP FRYE

This episode is part of the award-winning series Life and Times, produced by documentary teams across the country in association with the CBC. Intimate and compelling, thoroughly researched and visually rich, this series explores the lives of famous and influential Canadians.


RICK HANSEN

From small-town boy to national hero, athlete Rick Hansen re-defined the work "disabled" when he wheeled around the globe raising money and awareness for spinal cord research. As this biography shows, he continues to provide the same inspiration today.


ROBERTSON DAVIES

ROBERTSON DAVIES
The show presents Canada's late "grand old man" of letters, award-winning novelist Robertson Davies, as he shares some of his rich observations about people and the world around him.


STEPHEN LEACOCK

STEPHEN LEACOCK
This episode is part of the award-winning series Life and Times, produced by documentary teams across the country in association with the CBC. Intimate and compelling, thoroughly researched and visually rich, this series explores the lives of famous and influential Canadians.


TOMSON HIGHWAY

An intimate portrait of Tomson Highway, the multi-talented native Canadian writer. Highway first grabbed public attention with The Rez Sisters, a play about seven women on an imaginary reserve who express all the humour, bawdiness and sorrow Highway sees in native life.


DOUGLAS CARDINAL

Television portraits in the first person of people you've always wanted to meet, plus a few you should get to know. The series, hosted by Moses Znaimer, features mavericks who disturb, challenge and lead.


ANGELA LANSBURY

ANGELA LANSBURY
The half-century career of the beloved actress who conquered Hollywood, Broadway, and TV with starring roles in such classics as MAME and MURDER, SHE WROTE. In an interview, Angela assesses her many ups and downs.


ANGIE DICKINSON

ANGIE DICKINSON
Portrait of the hip actress who wowed Hollywood in the swinging 1960s. Follows her many romances from Frank Sinatra to reported dalliances with JFK. Usually guarded about her private life, Angie talks openly about her marriage to Burt Bacharach, her sex kitten image, and career, including the hit series POLICE WOMAN.


ANN LANDERS

ANN LANDERS
The life of Eppie Lederer, a.k.a. Ann Landers, the enormously popular advice columnist. Features the stories of her most influential columns, including her famous "toilet paper" column, and her legendary rivality with twin sister, advice columnist Abigail Van Buren.


ANN MILLER

ANN MILLER
The 60-year career of the star who tap-danced through the great MGM musicals of the 1940s. This clip-filled profile also deals frankly with Miller's personal life, which included failed marriages and the loss of her child at birth, and features interviews with Debbie Reynolds and June Allyson.


ANN-MARGRET

ANN-MARGRET
Steamy portrait of the sexy siren of the 1960s who rose above her kitten-with-a-whip image to become an award-winning, respected actress. Born in Sweden and raised in Chicago, Ann-Margret also proved her spunk by returning from a near-fatal accident in the '70s that led to alcohol problems and depression.


ANNA AND THE KING

The remarkable life of Anna Leonowens, immortalized in Broadway's "The King and I". After lying about her early life to make it more glamorous than it was, Anna taught English to the King of Siam's 67 children. Considered a fraud by some and a heroine by others. she wrote books about her adventures and championed women's rights.


ANNE RICE

ANNE RICE
Profiles the New Orleans native whose vampire tales and erotic writing style have made her one of America's most popular authors. Rice's work was deeply influenced by the death of her young daughter from Leukemia. Anne's battle with grief and a drinking problem gave birth to her first novel, "Interview with the Vampire", which probed the questions of life, death, good, and evil that haunted Rice. This hour includes interviews with friends and relatives, including husband Stan and son Christopher.


ANNETTE FUNICELLO

ANNETTE FUNICELLO
A look at the long and rich career of our favorite Mouseketeer and sweetheart of the "Beach Party" movies. Also chronicled, her life as a singer, wife and mother, and her battle against multiple sclerosis.


ANTHONY PERKINS

Portrait of the actor who won immortality with his portrayal of the psychotic killer Norman Bates in PSYCHO. Like Norman, Perkins also spent his life in the shadows, as a son haunted by memories of his father, and as a gay man forced to play romantic leading men.


ANTHONY QUINN

ANTHONY QUINN
Account of the Mexican actor's career, highlighted by Oscar-winning performances in LUST FOR LIFE and VIVA ZAPATA. Off screen Quinn made headlines by becoming a father at age 83 and with a divorce trial that led to charges of physical abuse of his wife. Daughter Christina, Edward Dmytryk, and Jacqueline Bisset are interviewed.


ANTONIO BANDERAS

ANTONIO BANDERAS
The life of the dashing Spanish actor who's been dubbed "Today's Valentino" and the "World's Sexiest Man". Despite the labels, Banderas thinks of himself as a serious actor, and we'll look at clips from some of his 60-plus films. Helping tell the Banderas story are wife Melanie Griffith and "Desperado" co-star Salma Hayak.


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

A profile of the Austrian body builder who became a film megastar with such blockbusters as "Terminator", "Predator", and "Last Action Hero", and married into America's Kennedy clan.


ART LINKLETTER

Rags-to-riches life of the TV pioneer who was abandoned as a baby, rode the rails as a hobo, and then soared to success with his hit show "People Are Funny" and "House Party". Includes interviews with Art and comic Garry Shandling and hilarious clips of Art interviewing children on his famed "Kids Say the Darndest Things" segments.


AUDREY HEPBURN

AUDREY HEPBURN
Chronicles the career of the classy actress who brought elegance and grace to all of her roles. Traces her life from childhood in a Nazi-occupied town in Holland to her stage and movie triumphs in England and America.


BARBARA EDEN

BARBARA EDEN
Life of the actress famed for her role as the carefree genie on "I Dream of Jeannie", who endured the heartache of two divorces, loss of her second child, and a son with drug problem. Features "Jeannie" clips, rare screen tests, and comments from co-star Bill Daily, Loni Anderson, son Matthew Ansara, and husband Jon Eicholtz.


BARBARA HUTTON

BARBARA HUTTON
Profile of the Woolworth store heiress who lived a life filled with riches, privileges, lovers, and husbands (seven, including Cary Grant). Includes details of her disastrous investments that eroded her personal fortune; when she died, she only had 3,500 to her name.


BARBARA MANDRELL

BARBARA MANDRELL
The great country singing star talks about her career, the car accident that nearly killed her, and her struggle to make it back to the top. Parents Irby and Mary Mandrell and her sisters are also interviewed.


BEN STILLER

BEN STILLER
No one expresses embarrassment and humiliation on the screen better than Ben Stiller. Our profile of the prolific comic actor looks back at a decade of success in the movies, including" There's Something about Mary" and "Permanent Midnight". Features interviews with wife Christine Taylor (Marcia in "The Brady Bunch" movie) and parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, who appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" three times while pregnant with Ben.


BEN VEREEN

BEN VEREEN
Looks at the triumphs and tragedies of the brilliant dancer whom choreographer Bob Fosse picked from a cattle call. Ben Vereen, an African American, broke the colour barrier for male leads in musical theatre and dazzled audiences in such Broadway hits as HAIR and JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR. Then, his daughter's tragic death in a car accident led Vereen to drugs and alcohol and he nearly died in an automobile accident 1992. But he bounced back to star once again in JELLY'S LAST JAM.


BENNY HILL

BENNY HILL
The career of the British slapstick comic whose TV shows were seen in over 140 countries, but who died alone at age 68 in a rented apartment. Twice rejected by the women he proposed to, Benny never married, and despite his riches, he never owned a house or a car.


BILL ROBINSON

Film clips, newsreels and rare photos chronicle the life of the spectacular dancer who co-starred with Shirley Temple, and who became the highest paid black entertainer in the world at the time.


BING CROSBY

BING CROSBY
The life of the legendary crooner who sold 400 million records. Chronicles his radio, film, and business career and goes beyond the nice-guy image to explore charges that he was a cold, abusive father. Includes interviews with son Gary Crosby and biographers Gary Giddine and Robert Slatzer.


BLOOMINGDALES, THE

BLOOMINGDALES, THE
The fascinating saga of the family that created the famous department store. Includes the stories of hard-working founders Lyman and Joseph, and Alfred Bloomingdale, who helped invent the credit-card business, but whose playboy lifestyle led to scandal.


BOB CRANE

BOB CRANE
The mysterious life of the family man and TV star who was brutally murdered in 1978. We look beyond Crane's starring role on "Hogan's Heroes" to explore his obsession with unusual sexual activities, which he videotaped assisted by the man charged with his murder, but never convicted. Co-star Robert Clary is interviewed.


BOB DYLAN

BOB DYLAN
A special two-hour portrait of the kid from Hibbing, Minnesota, who became "the voice of a generation" in the turbulent 1960s. Follows Dylan's journey from folk troubadour to rock n' roll trailblazer, and looks at his struggles to raise a family, his surprising conversion to Christianity, and the songs that made him a cultural icon by the age of 25.


BOB NEWHART

BOB NEWHART
Portrait of the beloved comic who flopped as an accountant, but made it big in TV. Includes footage of Bob's great stand-up routines and clips from his two classic TV series. Reminiscing about his life and career are co-stars Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston, Marcia Wallace, Julia Duffy, Peter Bonerz, William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss, John Voldstad, as well as Lorenzo Music, Don Rickles, and family members in a 2-hour special presentation.


BOBBY DARIN

BOBBY DARIN
The raucous life of the brash singing star who scored with a string of hits, married teen movie queen Sandra Dee, and learned at age 32 that his sister was really his mother. This profile showcases Bobby's biggest hits, including "Mack the Knife", "Splish Splash", and "Beyond the Sea", and interviews Nancy Sinatra, Alan Thicke, and Darin's second wife, Andrea.


BOBBY VINTON

BOBBY VINTON
Portrait of the big bandleader, teen idol, and Las Vegas show stopper who has serenaded fans for decades with his heartfelt melodies of love. Clips of vintage Vinton performances bring back the magic of such hits as "Roses Are Red", "Blue Velvet", "Mr. Lonely", and "My Melody of Love". Includes interviews with Vinton, Merv Griffin, Tony Orlando, and record executive Clive Davis.


BOSTON STRANGLER, THE

BOSTON STRANGLER, THE
The story of serial killer--believed to be Albert DeSalvo--who strangled women with their own nylons and kept Boston in fear in the early 1960's BOX OFFICE BIO: GWYNETH PALTROW, CALISTA FLOCKHART,


CAMERON DIAZ

CAMERON DIAZ
The Profiles of three actresses who ran on the fast track of the Hollywood elite in the late 1990s: Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner and producer Bruce Paltrow's daughter, who won an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love"; "the girl with the name", Calista Flockhart of "Ally McBeal" fame; and "There's Something about Mary" star Cameron Diaz.


BRENDA LEE

BRENDA LEE
Profile of the singer who soared to international stardom as a teenager while still living in a trailer park. Only 4'9" tall, Brenda Lee had a huge singing voice and, under the guidance of manager Dub Allbritten and producer Owen Bradley, wowed audiences with chart-toppers such as "Sweet Nothings" and the "I'm Sorry", which won her a Grammy nomination. Her 1989 appearance on K.D. Lang's "Shadowland" won her yet another Grammy nomination in a career that has lasted an unbelievable five decades.


BRIAN WILSON

BRIAN WILSON
He wrote "Good Vibrations", but he didn't have many in his own life. This 2-hour biography tells the tortured tale of Wilson, the musical genius behind the Beach Boys, who became a shattered recluse after helping to produce nine gold albums. Features interviews with Beach Boys Alan Jardine and Bruce Johnston.


BUCK OWENS

BUCK OWENS
Story of the singer who came out of the Texas dust bowl to become the king of Honky Tonk. With his Fender Telecaster guitar, no-nonsense style and lush sound, Owens started a revolution in country music that produced such hits as "Act Naturally" and "Together Again". Despite the loss of his best friend and lead guitarist Don Rich to motorcycle accident, Buck persevered and is now in his sixth decade of performing.


BURT REYNOLDS

BURT REYNOLDS
Chronicles the life of a boy who fulfilled the American dream twice. Burt Reynolds rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most popular personalities in Hollywood, only to fall from grace professionally and financially and then rise again to a new life of critical acclaim and personal happiness.


CAL RIPKEN, JR.

CAL RIPKEN, JR.
A look back at the career of the legendary "Iron Man" of baseball as he concludes his final year in the major leagues. Relive the excitement of the unforgettable night Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game record. Ripken, who went on to play in 2,632 consecutive games, set a flock of other records, including most home runs and extra base hits by a shortstop. On July 10, 2001, in his final All Star Game, Ripken hit a home run and was named Most Valuable Player.


CALVIN KLEIN

CALVIN KLEIN
Story of the boy who preferred to shop with his mother rather than play ball with the other kids, and who grew up to be one of the world's top fashion designers.


CANDICE BERGEN

CANDICE BERGEN
Career of the feisty model, actress, photojournalist, and star of the smash sitcom MURPHY BROWN. Follow Candice's life from growing up as the daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen to breakthrough role in CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, marriage to director Louis Miles, and the tiff started by Dan Quayle when "Murphy" became a single mom.


CARLOS SANTANA

CARLOS SANTANA
Profile of the gifted Grammy-winning Latin guitarist who idolized B.B. King growing up. He formed the Sanata Blues Band, later just known as Santana, and with their highly original blend of Latin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa, and African rhythms gained an immediate following in the 1960s. An intensely spiritual person, this quality comes through especially strongly during his live performances. Most recently he swept all nine 1999 Grammy categories for which he was nominated with his hit Album SUPERNATURAL.


CARMEN MIRANDA

Story of the 'Lady with the Tutti-Frutti Hat' who captivated audiences around the globe. At home, she was the dutiful Catholic daughter, but in nightclubs and movies, she was the sensual singer and dancer.


CARNIE WILSON

CARNIE WILSON
Profile of the daughter of Beach Boy legend Brian Wilson, who topped the music charts and hosted a TV talk show, but battled emotional distress and an uncontrollable urge to eat. Wilson shared her weight-loss operation with the world via live Internet broadcast, lost 155 pounds, and became an inspiration to millions struggling with morbid obesity.


CAROL BURNETT

CAROL BURNETT
Everybody loves Carol, and viewers will enjoy this review of her career. Includes clips from her early TV appearances on "The Garry Moore Show", and her own popular variety show.


CARPENTERS, THE

CARPENTERS, THE
Story of Richard and Karen Carpenter, whose climb to the top of the music charts ended when Karen died from heart failure due to anorexia nervosa. Includes interviews with Richard and several of Karen's best friends.


CARY GRANT

CARY GRANT
The story of the suave screen legend's rise from humble childhood to Hollywood superstar. Includes scenes from some of Grant's most memorable films: NORTH BY NORTHWEST, TO CATCH A THIEF, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, and CHARADE


CHARLES AND CAMILLA

CHARLES AND CAMILLA
The story of the forbidden love that has spanned 30 years and caused the end of two marriages, a scandal in England's royal family, and scorn from the rest of the world. We trace the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles to the moment they met one wet afternoon in 1971 when debutante Camilla Shand waded across a polo field to meet the Prince. Features interviews with friends and journalists who knew the two as young lovers.


CHARLES MANSON

Profile of the drugged-out, hippie-like guru whose followers murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969. Includes interviews with Manson and three of his gang, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, and author Dominick Dunne, who describes the feat that gripped Los Angeles after the murders.


CHARLIE SHEEN

CHARLIE SHEEN

Bad Boy On The Edge:Charlie Sheen has been partying since 1980 and according to the actor; he's tired of pretending he's not great at it. This special will track Sheen's 30 plus years of wild behavior. From using stolen credit cards at age 15 to no less than five domestic violence arrests and at least a half dozen stays in rehab to his current status as a living media circus, Charlie Sheen is gleefully self-destructing in front of America. Viewers get a close up look at the goddesses and the ex-wives, the family and the feuds, the fast times, and the furor that surrounds "this frickin' rock star from Mars.” In short, it's the whole crazy roller coaster ride that is the life of Charlie Sheen.

Charlie Sheen may be coming to a theater near you as he expands his previously announced Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option Show. The tickets for the first two shows in Chicago and Detroit sold out in the first 18 minutes. Sheen has now decided to take his show to Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio as well.

It is unclear what Sheen will be doing at these performances. But on his website, the actor pledges that "This is where you will hear the real story from the Warlock," he wrote. Sheen has taken to calling himself the Warlock in recent weeks, a time that has been filled with erratic and unpredictable behavior from the former star of Two and a Half Men.

Sheen had been fired from Two and a Half Men last week. The actor is currently pursuing legal action against the show's producers for dismissing him.

Actor Charlie Sheen has held together an impressive career of starring roles in some of Hollywood's most powerful dramas and its silliest comedies while fighting his personal demons in the public eye. In 1986, he starred in Oliver Stone's hugely successful film, "Platoon." Suddenly, at the age of 21, Sheen was one of the world's top box-office stars. As Sheen's fame escalated with starring roles in "Wall Street" (1987), "Young Guns" (1988), "Eight Men Out" (1988), and "Major League" (1989), so did reports of his womanizing and fast-lane lifestyle. By 1990, it was clear to everyone that his drug and alcohol abuse was spiraling out of control. Sheen's family convinced him to check into a rehabilitation center. After a month of counseling Sheen returned home, ready to turn his life around. With his role in the blockbuster smash "Hot Shots!" (1991) and "Hot Shots Part Deux" (1993), his career was back on track.



CHRISTINA ONASSIS

CHRISTINA ONASSIS
Portrait of the sad, neglected daughter of billionaire Aristotle Onassis who suffered from depression, drug abuse and severe weight problems before her death at age 37.


CLAUS von BULOW

CLAUS von BULOW
Saga of the dapper Dane who became a household name when he was charged with murdering his socialite wife, Sunny. Alan Dershowitz, whose brilliant defence of Claus was depicted in the movie REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, is interviewed.


CLINT BLACK

CLINT BLACK
Life of the fiercely determined country-western star who just kept working until he made it big. After dropping out of high school, kicking around clubs for 10 years to little avail, and reading self-help books, Black's first album produced five number-one hits. His marriage to Lisa Hartman is also chronicled.


COLONEL ROBERT McCORMICK

COLONEL ROBERT McCORMICK
Profile of the indomitable multi-millionaire publisher who made THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE one of the most influential newspapers in America.


CONRAD HILTON

CONRAD HILTON
A story of rags-to-riches of America's preeminent hotel man--Conrad Hilton. A deeply religious man, who at the same time loved to have a good time, Hilton built an empire from nothing. He was the friend to Hollywood celebrities and presidents. He knew tragedy and crisis, but always seemed to come through turmoil stronger and more determined.


DARRYL ZANUCK

DARRYL ZANUCK
Profile of the Hollywood titan who made Rin Tin Tin a star, produced the first talkie, and ran Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox. Traces his rise from writer to producer of such classics as "The Grapes of Wrath", "All About Eve", and "Gentlemen's Agreement".


DAVID BRINKLEY

DAVID BRINKLEY
A look back at the remarkable broadcasting career of Brinkley, one-half of the famed Huntley & Brinkley news team.


DEBBIE REYNOLDS

Chronicles the career of the film star who rebounded from broken marriages, near bankruptcy, and the demands of the movie industry. Includes clips from some of Reynold's most popular movies, and interviews with daughter Carrie Fisher and friends Robert Wagner and Tony Randall.


DENNIS FRANZ

DENNIS FRANZ
A look at the actor who turned Andy Sipowicz of NYPD BLUE into America's favorite blue-collar detective. We'll see how Franz's life changed after spending 11 months on the front lines in Vietnam. Haunted by memories of battle, Franz turned to acting to make the transition back to civilian life. He began a collaboration with producers David Bochco and David Milch that led to his bust-out Sipowicz role. Includes interviews with Bochco, Milch, friend Joe Mantegna, and current co-star Rick Schroder.


DIAHANN CARROLL

DIAHANN CARROLL
From CARMEN JONES to DYNASTY to EVE'S BAYOU, Diahann Carroll has been one of America's most versatile actresses - a model of perseverance, elegance and class who broke new ground for African-Americans. Spectacular film clips, photographs and candid interviews with friends and colleagues document the life of this beautiful and talented entertainer.


DICK VAN DYKE

Portrait of the actor, comedian, and song-and-dance man who won America's heart when he starred on TV's "Dick Van Dyke Show" in the 1960's. But this is also the story of a shy loner, an alcoholic, and troubled actor who was devastated by his film and TV failures. Includes interviews with Mary Tyler Moore and Carl Reiner.


DICK VAN PATTEN

DICK VAN PATTEN
Story of the lovable actor who's been in the show biz spotlight for nearly 70 years. Van Patten was a model by the time he was three; the most popular child actor Broadway on Broadway in the 1930s; a TV pioneer in the early days of the medium; and the star of the hit show EIGHT IS ENOUGH, where he played a funny, warm, and friendly man - much like Van Patten in real life. But he also had a passion for betting on horses, and viewers discover how he bet his family's entire savings on a single race - and lost!


DINAH SHORE

DINAH SHORE
Singer, TV star, mother, cookbook writer, golf enthusiast, tireless charity worker - Dinah Shore was all of these. This profile includes never-before-seen home movies, clips and outtakes from Dinah's films and TV shows, and an interview with first husband George Montgomery.


DIONNE WARWICK

DIONNE WARWICK
Portrait of the legendary recording artist who joined the Psychic Friends Network when her singing career faltered. In addition to such hits as "Walk On By", "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?", and "That's What Friends Are For", this hour includes clips of rarely seen performances, early sound recordings, and interviews with collaborators Burt Bacharach and Hal David, plus Barry Manilow, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder.


DOMINICK DUNNE

DOMINICK DUNNE
Profile of the author who became rich and famous writing about the rich and famous. Discover how Dunne rocketed to the top as a Hollywood producer; plunged to the bottom as drinking and drugs cost him his career; suffered the murder of his daughter; and reinvented himself as a leading journalist. Joining Dunne in telling his story are gossip columnist Liz Smith, producer Aaron Spelling, composer and college classmate Stephen Sondheim, actor Rober Wagner, and son Griffin Dunne.


DON AMECHE

Profile of the actor who embodied grace and elegance. Follow Ameche's life from childhood days as the son of an immigrant who became wealthy, to the movie that made him a pop culture icon, "The Alexander Graham Bell Story". After that, Ameche's career went downhill for decades until he won an Oscar for COCOON.


DON IMUS

Chronicles the outrageous radio star who made "Imus in the Morning" one of the most successful shows in history. Imus' rocky career and embarrassing moments are highlighted, along with his often-scandalous political views.


DON KNOTTS

DON KNOTTS
Life of the comic who overcame a traumatic childhood and a crippling bout with hypochondria to create the classic character Barney Fife on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. Follows Don's career from his big break on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW to his comeback on THREE'S COMPANY. Allen, Griffith, and Ron (Opie) Howard share their memories of Don.


DONNA REED

Story of the Iowa girl who rose from secretarial school to star in such classic films as IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. Features rare home movies and footage of Reed as a political activist lobbying Congress.


DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

DOROTHY DANDRIDGE
The life of the actress who broke racial barriers to become the first African-American dramatic female movie star, but who committed suicide after years of battling depression. Includes and interview with her ex-husband, dancing star Harold Nicholas.


DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER

Profile of the radio talk show star who preaches personal responsibility and no sex before marriage, but posed for nude pictures that wound up on the Internet. Learn how Laura pushed her way to the top, and why she hasn't spoken to her mother in ten years.


DUSTIN HOFFMAN

DUSTIN HOFFMAN
Film clips from "The Graduate", "Midnight Cowboy", "Rain Man", and other classics, plus an early 20th Century Fox screen test highlight this portrait of screen legend Dustin Hoffman. We look back at Hoffman's early years as an actor, when he gained a reputation for being difficult to work with; how he changed Hollywood's image of the leading man; and his charity work, which includes "Camp Good Times", a retreat for kids with cancer.


ED ASNER

Portrait of the short, stocky character actor who won fame by playing Lou Grant on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and made enemies off screen with his fiery liberal politics.


ED MCMAHON

Heeeere's Ed McMahon! We profile his half-century in show business, which includes stints as dog-food pitchman, Johnny Carson's sidekick on "The Tonight Show", and host of "Star Search", where he helped the careers of Sharon Stone, Rosie O'Donnell, Dennis Miller, and Sinbad. Jay Leno, Jerry Lewis, and Dick Clark share Ed reminiscences.


EDWARD G. ROBINSON

EDWARD G. ROBINSON
The story of a Hollywood Renaissance Man that looks at Robinson the actor, art collector, humanitarian, and crusader against McCarthyism.


ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY

ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY
The life of the acclaimed actress who gained fame playing the lovable witch Samantha on the TV hit BEWITCHED. The daughter of movie star Robert Montgomery, Elizabeth died at age 62 of colon cancer. Includes rare, candid photos and clips from her most memorable BEWITCHED episodes.


ENZO FERRARI

ENZO FERRARI
Profile of the automobile pioneer who rose from humble beginnings in Northern Italy to build a car-racing empire. Under his 40-year leadership, Ferrari's autos won more than 5,000 races. Today, the passenger cars that bear his name sell for as much as half a million dollars, yet Ferrari himself disdained them. They were simply a means to finance his obsession with racing.


ERNEST BORGNINE

ERNEST BORGNINE
He's played some of the screen's toughest villains, but won an Oscar for his sensitive portrayal of an ordinary man in MARTY. This look at Borgnine's long career includes clips from MARTY, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY and TV's McHALE'S NAVY, and chronicles his 38-day marriage to Ethel Merman.


ERNIE KOVACS

ERNIE KOVACS
Life of the zany TV comic who paved the way for later comedy innovators. Steve Allen and Jack Lemmon talk about Ernie's private life, which included a tough battle to retain custody of his children from his first marriage.


ETHEL MERMAN

A look at the Broadway legend who bowled over audiences with her magnificent voice, but whose personal life was filled with tragedies. Includes scenes from Merman's stage triumphs, including GYPSY and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and interviews with Donald O'Connor, Jack Klugman, and Jerry Orbach.


EUGENE O'NEIL

EUGENE O
Nobel prize winner Eugene O'Neill is unquestionably one of America's most significant and profound playwrights. O'Neill reshaped the direction of playwriting and changed the face of 20th century American theatre. From his volatile and depressed home life sprang forth the heart-wrenching dramas that were produced around the world. Starting with his father's alcohol abuse to his mother's addiction to morphine to his own battle with tuberculosis, O'Neill created works of art that tested the conventional boundaries of traditional theatre and became American classics.


EVEL KNIEVEL

Fascinating story of the motorcycle daredevil that accepted every challenge, no matter how insane. Features footage of some his wildest stunts, including the legendary jump over the Snake River Canyon.


FAMOUS WALLY AMOS, THE: THE COOKIE KING

FAMOUS WALLY AMOS, THE: THE COOKIE KING
Renowned for his chocolate chip cookies, Wally "Famous" Amos has actually led many lives, and this revealing hour examines his life, which is far more complex than the public knows. We'll look at his year as the first black talent agent at the William Morris Agency, representing Simon and Garfunkel and The Supremes; the rise and fall of his cookie business; his difficult relationships with his wives and children; comeback in business; and charity work.


FLASH GORDON

An exciting and often hilarious look at the intergalactic space hero and his quest to save Earth! Flash was born in the comic strips in 1934 and blasted his way into radio and the movies.


FLORENCE HENDERSON

FLORENCE HENDERSON
The life of the vivacious actress and singer who made TV history playing super-mom Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch". We go behind the cheerful exuberance of Henderson's TV persona to profile a woman who used her fierce work ethic and talent to rise to the top, and who struggled to make time for her own family while mothering her TV family. Features interviews with Brady cast members Ann B. Davis (Alice), Barry Williams (Greg), Chris Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), and Susan Olsen (Cindy).


FLYING WALLENDAS, THE

FLYING WALLENDAS, THE
Profile of the circus star Karl Wallenda and other members of his family who dazzled crowds with their daring - and sometimes deadly high wire acts.


FRANCES COLLINS AND CRAIG VENTER

Their work has been described as perhaps the most significant breakthrough in science ever, the dawn of a new era in medicine. These are the men in charge of deciphering the human genome, Frances Collins and Craig Venter. The two scientists have opposing views on virtually every aspect of this landmark research. The only thing they agree on is that this is one of the greatest breakthroughs in human history and one of the great stories of our time. Their profiles were the subject of A&E's Biography of the Year 2000.


FRANCES FARMER

FRANCES FARMER
Profile of the dazzling beauty whose film career crumbled into a life of alcoholism, run-ins with the law, and confinement in mental institutions, where she was subjected to damaging treatments. Jessica Lange discusses her portrayal of Farmer in the 1982 film "Frances", and psychiatric expert Dr. Jonathan Meyer talks about Farmer's experiences in the mental health system. Also featured are clips of Farmer in "Come and Get It" and "Son of Fury", and her appearance on the TV show "This is Your Life".


FRANK COSTELLO

FRANK COSTELLO
The story of the slum kid who grew up to lead the most powerful crime family in New York.


FRANK SERPICO

An in-depth portrait of the cop who bravely exposed police corruption in New York City, and nearly paid for it with his life.


FRED GWYNNE

FRED GWYNNE
Profile of the multi-talented stage and screen star, radio performer, musician, singer, painter, and writer and illustrator of children's books. Features clips from Fred's most beloved TV series and movies, including CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU?, THE MUNSTERS, and MY COUSIN VINNY, and talks with Al "Grandpa Munster" Lewis.


G. GORDON LIDDY

G. GORDON LIDDY
A profile of the former agent who was indicted and convicted for the Nixon-Watergate scandal in 1973. After serving more than four years in Federal prison, Liddy became a best-selling author and today has his own nationally-syndicated radio talk show.


GAMBINOS, THE

GAMBINOS, THE
History of one of America's most notorious organized crime families. This special family portrait begins with the story of Carlo, who was born in Palermo but came to America to make his first million selling counterfeit ration stamps during World War II. Also follows Gambino's heirs, Paul Castellano, and John Gotti, who usurped the throne.


GARY CONDIT

GARY CONDIT
Profile of the California Congressman who became the most infamous man in America when he was connected to the Chandra Levy disappearance case. The son of a Baptist preacher, Condit married his high-school sweetheart and became a successful politician with a squeaky-clean image as a family man and good Christian. But rumors began to spread about his extramarital affairs long before his relationship with Levy became public.


GENE HACKMAN

Profile of the versatile and prolific actor whose performances evoke the American "everyman". Features clips from his greatest films, including The French Connection, and interviews with Dustin Hoffman and Teri Garr.


GENE TIERNEY

GENE TIERNEY
Story of the glamorous star of the silver screen whose private life was filled with pain and turmoil. Though she won acclaim for a string of movie hits and attracted the love of a prince, she struggled with personal crises and mental illness. Features rare photos, film clips, and intimate interviews with those who knew her best.


GENOVESE

GENOVESE
A look at how the Genovese Family put the "organized" into "organized crime", then backed it up with a ruthless determination to remain all-powerful in the mob world. Using rare historical footage and new interviews with mob experts, we reveal the family's tale through the life stories of its four most charismatic bosses: Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Frank Costello, Vito Genovese, and Vincent "The Chin" Gigante.


GEORGE CARLIN

GEORGE CARLIN
Portrait of the angry comic who survived drug addiction and heart trouble to become of America's most enduring comedians. Features some of Carlin's most legendary routines, including "Seven Words You Can't Say On Television", and his outrageously funny tirades against society, religion, big business, and government.


GEORGE HAMILTON

GEORGE HAMILTON
The life of the actor who used his good looks and great tan to create the image of the ultimate playboy. Chronicles George's glamorous, but eccentric parents, his romances with Lynda Bird Johnson, Imelda Marcos, and Liz Taylor, and his acclaimed performance as Dracula in the hit comedy LOVE AT FIRST BITE.


GEORGE JONES

Profile of the country-western superstar and former husband of Tammy Wynette. Follow George's career from the days when he sang for tips on the streets of East Texas to election to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Friends, band members, and his wife Nancy help tell the story of the crooner dubbed the "Rolls Royce" of country.


GIORGIO ARMANI

GIORGIO ARMANI
A look at how the great designer has been able to dominate the fickle world of fashion for more than 25 years. With footage of fantastic fashion shows and shots of celebrities donning Armani creations, we'll look at the events that brought Armani to the top, including his decision to give up medicine for fashion and the relationship with young architect Sergio Galeotti that launched his career. Includes interviews with Simon Doonan of Barney's and film star Samuel L. Jackson, an Armani fan.


GLADYS KNIGHT

GLADYS KNIGHT
The life of the legendary Motown superstar. As lead singer for the group Gladys Knight and the Pips, she's had the success most people only dream about, but she's also struggled with three failed marriages, single motherhood, a gambling addiction, and the sudden tragic loss of her oldest son.


GLEN CAMPBELL

GLEN CAMPBELL
A boy-next-door image and a golden voice made him one of the most successful singers ever, but alcohol and cocaine nearly destroyed him. This portrait of Glen Campbell showcases the Rhinestone Cowboy's greatest hits and recalls the hosting stint on the Smothers Brothers' show that made him a star. Rob Reiner, Tommy Smothers, Vince Gill, and Jimmy Webb offer their takes on Campbell's life.


GLORIA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN

GLORIA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN
The amazing story of the Cuban immigrants who came to America penniless and built a business empire encompassing music, film, and TV. Viewers learn how Emilio rose from the mailroom at Bacardi Imports to become its director of Latin marketing; how the two built the Miami Sound Machine into an international music powerhouse; and how Gloria recovered from a near-fatal accident to resume her singing career. Interviewees include the Estefans and their son Nayib, Janet Reno, and Tommy Mottola.


GLORIA STEINEM

GLORIA STEINEM
Profile of the famed writer and feminist leader. Traces her life from the troubled childhood to her early years as a successful freelance author and editor to her prominence in the women's movement where she fought for abortion rights and passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.


GLORIA VANDERBILT

GLORIA VANDERBILT
Portrait of the 'Jeans Queen' who has endured seven decades fame, including the great custody battle which raged over her when she was America's "poor little rich girl" in the 1930s.


GRACIE ALLEN

GRACIE ALLEN
Profile of the Irish dancer and actress who found success in comedy when she partnered with George Burns, her husband of 38 years. Gracie was the scatterbrained half of the famed comedy team, and she was loved by millions until her retirement from show business in 1958. Includes interviews with Carol Channing, Betty White, and son Ronnie Burns.


GREG LOUGANIS

A look at the life of the legendary diving champion who overcame speech impediments, dyslexia, depression, drug abuse, and a secret life as a homosexual to win Olympic gold medals. Louganis became an international superstar, lost his way when celebrity ended, and had to learn to live with HIV.


HALSTON

Profile of the Iowa boy named Roy Halston Frowick who became America's top fashion designer. Features his dazzling debut in New York, his client list of stars, and his later business failures and death from AIDS.


HANK WILLIAMS

HANK WILLIAMS
Portrait of country music's first true superstar who died at age 29 in the backseat of a Cadillac after a self-destructive spiral of alcohol abuse and turbulent marriages. Features interviews with his son Hank Williams, Jr., country stars Marty Stuart and Billy Walker.


HAROLD ROBBINS

The controversial career of one of the world's best-selling authors, whose novel "The Carpetbaggers" broke new ground with its frank sexual scenes and glorification of the wild life. We also look at Robbins' private life, which was filled with sex, money, yachts, and drugs.


HARRISON FORD

HARRISON FORD
The life and career of the carpenter who became one of the top box-office stars in Hollywood history. Includes rare behind-the-scenes footage and exciting film clips from Ford's greatest movies including AMERICAN GRAFFITI, STAR WARS, AND RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.


HEINZ (H.J. HEINZ)

HEINZ (H.J. HEINZ)
Profile of three generations of the family that built an international business giant, and became well-known philanthropists, giving generously to their city and country.


HELEN GURLEY BROWN

HELEN GURLEY BROWN
The profile of a publishing legend whose own story reads like a romance novel - a self-described "mouseburger" who rose from a tragic childhood to become the toast of Manhattan.


HELEN THOMAS

HELEN THOMAS
Profile of the legendary White House reporter who broke ground for women in journalism and who has kept presidents on the defensive with her probing questions and coverage.


HELENA BONHAM CARTER

HELENA BONHAM CARTER
The British tabloids said she was just a pretty face who couldn't act, but she's was nominated for an Oscar and is now starring in "Planet of the Apes". This portrait of the beautiful Helena Bonham Carter looks at her aristocratic family, her early successes in film, her struggle to move beyond period pieces like "Howard's End", and her romantic relationship with Kenneth Branagh.


HENRY FONDA

HENRY FONDA
Portrait of the beloved actor who thrilled audiences for decades with performances in such classics as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Mr. Roberts". Examines his personal life, which included the suicide of his first wife Frances, the mother of Jane and Peter Fonda.


HENRY WINKLER

HENRY WINKLER
Don your leather jacket, slick back your hair, and get ready for the life story of Henry Winkler - aka "Fonzie". We'll look back at how Winkler, unhappy in Hollywood and planning to go to New York, went for one last TV audition and landed the role on HAPPY DAYS - a role that made him as big a star as the Beatles.


HITMAKERS: THE TEENS WHO STOLE POP MUSIC

HITMAKERS: THE TEENS WHO STOLE POP MUSIC
The story of the precocious teenagers who went on to write some of the greatest hits in rock'n'roll history. Viewers will discover how the careers of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and many others were launched. And we'll hear over 40 of their hits in rare and classic performances of the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, and others in this 2-hour special presentation.


HOWARD STERN

HOWARD STERN
Portrait of the controversial radio "shock jock," with a look at his bumpy rise to success, top-rated talk show, and best-selling books.


HUGH HEFNER

HUGH HEFNER
Raised in a strict Methodist home, Hugh Hefner became the publisher of one of the world's most controversial magazines and an icon of the sexual revolution. Hefner began PLAYBOY with $600 in 1952 and built it into a media empire. Along the way, he became a celebrity, known for his lavish pajamas and lifestyle. This profile includes home movies, provocative clips from his TV shows, and interviews with Hefner, Ray Bradbury, Camille Paglia, and daughter Christie, who took over PLAYBOY when Hefner retired.


HULK HOGAN

HULK HOGAN
Get ready to rumble as we present the low-down on the real man behind the wrestling superstar - shy schoolboy, marketing genius who turned wrestling into a billion-dollar industry, and tireless worker for children's charities. Fellow wrestlers "Nasty Boy" Brian Knobs and "Brutus Beefcake" Ed Leslie offer their views on "Hulkamania".


HUSTONS, THE

HUSTONS, THE
Special 2-hour chronicle of one of filmdom's great families: Walter, John and Angelica Huston. Recalls Walter's legendary performances, John's wild escapades and brilliant directing career, and Angelica's triumphs in PRIZZI'S HONOR and ENEMIES: A LOVE STORY.


IDA LUPINO

Chronicles the long career of the actress who was born into a well-known British theatrical family and who went on to blaze new trails for women as a director and producer.


INGRID BERGMAN

INGRID BERGMAN
Orphaned as a young girl, shy Ingrid Berman dreamed of becoming an actress. Voted Sweden's most popular actress, she was wooed by Hollywood. A natural beauty, she was praised for her talent, winning Oscars, a Tony and an Emmy. Also, a look at her stormy private life, the affair with director Roberto Rossellini.


IRVING BERLIN

IRVING BERLIN
A 2-hour profile of the greatest American songwriter of the 20th century, who wrote such immortal music as "God Bless America", "White Christmas", "Easter Parade", and 35 No. 1 Hits in all. Follow his life from singing waiter to celebrity, from the death of his first wife to the scandal surrounding the courtship of his second one.


IVANA TRUMP

IVANA TRUMP
The remarkable life of the Czechoslovak skier who soared to stardom as a model, businesswoman, interior designer, home shopping saleswoman, and celebrity wife of Donald Trump. We'll look back at the car accident that killed her lover in 1973, the marriage to "The Donald" that opened the door to incredible wealth, and the media circus that made Ivana a household name when Trump left her for his mistress, Marla Maples.


JACK PALANCE

JACK PALANCE
Billy Crystal, Anthony Quinn, Shelley Winters, and Richard Widmark talk about Jack Palance, Hollywood's headstrong hero. This portrait of the poetry-loving, tough-talking actor looks at his breakthrough roles in SHANE and TV's REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, his success in Italian spaghetti westerns, and his celebrated performance in CITY SLICKERS that brought him an Oscar.


JACKIE GLEASON

JACKIE GLEASON
Portrait of the incomparable comic who became an American icon playing bus driver Ralph Kramden on "The Honeymooners". Gleason's drinking, spending, and over-the-top lifestyle became legendary as he climbed to the top of show business. We look back at the ladies in Gleason's life, birth of "The Honeymooners", and his successful career in movie dramas, including "The Hustler". Features interviews with Milton Berle, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jayne Meadows, and Neil Simon.


JACLYN SMITH

JACLYN SMITH
Portrait of the world-class beauty who went from doing commercials for Listerine and Breck Shampoo to international star on "Charlie's Angels". We'll track Jaclyn's climb up the ladder from her childhood in a well-to-do neighbourhood of Houston to the day she arrived in New York City to pursue her dreams. After taking the ad world by storm, Jaclyn was chosen by "Angels" producer Aaron Spelling to play Kelly Garrett--the only Angel to stay with the series through its entire run.


JACQUELINE SUSANN

JACQUELINE SUSANN
Profile of the author of the scandalous bestseller "Valley of the Dolls". Looks at her sensational writing career, plus new revelations about her private life, which included an autistic son, rumors about an affair with Ethel Merman, and her battle against cancer.


JAMES ARNESS

JAMES ARNESS
Life of the actor famed for playing Marshal Matt Dillon on the classic TV Western series "Gunsmoke". Arness starred as the creature in the horror flick "The Thing" and would have turned down the "Gunsmoke" role if John Wayne hadn't talked him into doing it. The show remains the longest running drama in TV history, and Arness has great stories to tell about a life filled with fame and excitement.


JAMES BROWN

JAMES BROWN
Profiles the up-and-down career of the "Godfather of Soul". Born into poverty, Brown rose to the top of the music business, and then fell back down through drug abuse and run-ins with the law that landed him in jail. Includes concert footage and candid interviews with the star.


JAMES CAAN

JAMES CAAN
The story of the butcher's son from a tough New York neighbourhood who grew up to star in such classics as THE GODFATHER and BRIAN'S SONG. We cover Caan's remarkable film career as well as behind-the-scenes turmoil of his life - his drug-addicted fall from grace, four marriages, brief residency at the Playboy Mansion, and run-ins with police in two bizarre incidents. Includes interviews with Hugh Hefner, Robert Duvall, and Caan, whose remarks are both irreverent and brutally self-critical.


JAMES GARNER

JAMES GARNER
His easygoing charm and dry humour made him one of America's most enduring TV and film stars. But Jim Garner's climb to the top included legendary battles against Hollywood power brokers and serious injuries and depression. Our portrait includes the story of his successful legal fight against Warner Brothers, and features clips from the hit TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files" and from memorable movies including "The Great Escape", "Victor/Victoria", and "Murphy's Romance".


JAN & DEAN

JAN & DEAN
A look back at the music careers of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, two Southern Californians who scored big with such hits as "Surf City" and "Little Old Lady from Pasadena". Their ride to the top of the charts skidded into a tragic tailspin when Jan suffered a serious head injury in a car crash in April 1966. This program includes interviews with Jan and Dean and Brian Wilson.


JANE RUSSELL

Profile of the busty actress who became a star when Howard Hughes conducted a nationwide "chest hunt" to find the female lead for his film, THE OUTLAW.


JANET GAYNOR

JANET GAYNOR
Life of the star who won the first Academy Award for Best Actress. Gaynor's stepfather was so confident that her girl-next-door charm would make her a star that he moved the family from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Janet became America's favorite actress in the late 1920s, but angrily left 20th Century Fox when Darryl F. Zanuck reduced her to co-starring roles after she refused his romantic advances. But she was soon back on top with the 1937 hit A STAR IS BORN.


JANIS JOPLIN

JANIS JOPLIN
Portrait of the 1960s queen of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll who died of a drug overdose at age 27, just two years after her first album went gold. Here is the truth about Joplin's wild living, her years of drinking, touring, and hard work, and her search for love, fame, and the perfect voice.


JEAN HARLOW

JEAN HARLOW
The life and loves of the original "blond bombshell" are revealed in this intimate profile that features rare home movies, extensive interviews, and clips from Jean's best and naughtiest films.


JEAN SIMMONS

JEAN SIMMONS
Portrait of the beautiful British actress who starred in "Spartacus", "Elmer Gantry", and "Guys and Dolls", and who won an Oscar nomination at age 20 for "Hamlet". Includes the story of her behind-the-scenes romances with Stewart Granger and director Richard Brooks, troubled business relationship with Howard Hughes, and struggle with alcoholism. Features interviews with Shirley Jones and Kirk Douglas.


JENNIFER JONES

JENNIFER JONES
She married wealthy men and had a fairy-tale career as an actress, but behind the glamorous image, Jennifer Jones lived a stormy life. Our portrait of the Oscar winner (SONG OF BERNADETTE) includes her affair and marriage to David O. Selznick; the second marriage to Norton Simon, who was struck with a debilitating illness; daughter's suicide; and the philanthropy that has helped her to overcome tragedy. Interviews include son Robert Walker, Jr., stepson David Selznick, Carrie Fisher, and Charlton Heston.


JERRY SEINFELD

Profile of America's King of Comedy. Follows Jerry's life from his very normal childhood to his many years on the road as a stand-up comic to the day he came up with the concept for his hit TV show while shopping at a Korean grocery.


JERRY SPRINGER

JERRY SPRINGER
Profile of the TV talk show host famous for his sleazy, violent shows. We trace Jerry's very different beginnings - his years as a young mayor if Cincinnati, and his early TV career, when he won won awards for excellence.


JESSE JACKSON

Story of the charismatic and controversial onetime presidential candidate and African-American leader. Includes interviews with home town friends who remember Jackson as a major league baseball prospect, and civil rights leaders who recall Jackson's role as a member of Martin Luther King's inner circle.


JESSICA LANGE

JESSICA LANGE
The career of the alluring star who overcame her early image as a brainless model-turned-actress and went on to win two Oscars and four other nominations. Includes a look at her romances with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sam Shepard, clips from "Tootsie", "Frances", "Blue Sky", and other movies, and interviews with Jeff Bridges, Dabney Coleman, and Charles Durning.


JIMI HENDRIX

JIMI HENDRIX
Life of the guitar legend who astonished audiences with brilliant artistry, then died tragically at age 27. We reveal the man behind the icon--the Hendrix who was known to his friends as shy and complex, and the troubled musician who doubted his own brilliance. The celebrated guitarist from Seattle skyrocketed to fame after arriving in London in 1966. His death in 1970 only added to the myth. Interviewees include Hendrix's road manager, girlfriend, and the cardiologist who attended his death.


J.K. ROWLING

J.K. ROWLING
An unique insight into the Harry Potter phenomenon and author J.K. Rowling. Here is the definitive story of how the books were created, as told by Rowling herself, and how Harry became a media and business empire. There are even a few teasers about what readers may find in books five through seven.


JOAN CRAWFORD

Profile of the popular actress whose emotional problems led to her caricature as the child-abusing "Mommie Dearest". This balanced portrait includes an interview with Joan's daughter Cindy Jordan.


JOE BONANNO

JOE BONANNO
Sordid tale of the gangster whose life spanned a century of Mafia history. Includes the story of his downfall, when his own mob commission turned against him. Still, Bonanno became the first godfather to publish his memoirs.


JOHN BELUSHI

JOHN BELUSHI
Story of the rapid rise and tragic death of the comic genius who captured the nation's attention on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Includes clips from Belushi's hit movies and some of his funniest moments on TV, plus an examination of the drugged-out lifestyle that led to his death, and interviews with many of those who knew him best.


JOHN DILLINGER

Chronicles the bloody criminal life of the 1930s' bank robber famed for his daring getaways.


JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR.
In the aftermath of his father's assassination, he was fixed in our collective memory as the small boy bravely saluting the final act of Camelot's brief glory. Later, he became the ultimate eligible bachelor and torch-bearer of the "Kennedy mystique". Then, he and his wife died in yet another Kennedy front-page tragedy in July 1999.


JOHN FORD

JOHN FORD
A profile of the great director who won four Oscars and made 112 films, including The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man, and Stagecoach. Includes excerpts from rare Ford interviews and reminiscences by Jimmy Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.


JOHN FORSYTHE

JOHN FORSYTHE
Profile of the hard-working actor who toiled for 40 years before becoming a sex symbol as the star of TV's smash-hit series "Dynasty". Starting out as a special events announcer at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, Forsythe went on to become a member of the first class of the Actor's Studio in 1947. His first big break came when he replaced Henry Fonda on Broadway in "Mister Roberts", and he became part of TV legend when he "starred" as the voice of Charlie on "Charlie's Angels".


JOHN McCAIN

JOHN McCAIN
The son and grandson of four-star admirals, navy pilot John McCain was shot down in 1967 while on a bombing mission over Hanoi. A P.O.W. at the infamous Hanoi Hilton, he was released in 1973. In 1981, he moved to Phoenix and entered politics. Join us as we examine just how far up the political ladder this maverick U.S. Senator will climb.


JOHN McENROE

JOHN McENROE
The colourful life of the tennis great who played with a sweet volley and a foul mouth. Clips from McEnroe's playing days show his greatest victories and worst on-court outbursts. We'll chronicle McEnroe's rise from private schools in New York to instant stardom at Wimbledon at age 17, where he first showed the brilliance and fiery temper that would make him a celebrity. We also explore his rocky marriage to Tatum O'Neal, involvement in the art world, and career as an outspoken TV tennis commentator.


JOHN STEINBECK

JOHN STEINBECK
A portrait of the brilliant writer (THE GRAPES OF WRATH) who struggled with a tortured soul. He won the Nobel Prize, but never lost his own sense of worthlessness. Playwrights Edward Albee and Terrence McNally, as well as widow Elaine and son Thom Steinbeck, offer their special insights.


JOHN WALSH

JOHN WALSH
Profile of the host of TV's "America's Most Wanted", who has helped put hundreds of criminals behind bars. Behind the tough-guy image is a man still coming to terms with the grisly murder of his son in 1981, a crime that's still unsolved. We follow the Walsh story as he becomes an advocate for missing children, launches his crime-fighting TV career, and struggles with his health and other personal problems.


JOHN WAYNE

JOHN WAYNE
The early life and career of the young John Wayne. Duke rises to stardom in 1930s Westerns, revolutionizing stunt work to make it more exciting and risky. Includes footage from some of those memorable and not-so-memorable films.


JOHN WAYNE GACY

JOHN WAYNE GACY
A politician, a clown, an entrepreneur, a family man--these were the roles played by John Wayne Gacy to hide the fact that he was a serial killer who murdered 33 boys and young men. Rare archival materials and interviews with family and friends paint a portrait of Gacy from cradle to grave.


JOHNNIE COCHRAN

To most, he'll always be "the guy who freed O.J." But attorney Johnnie Cochran's life is more than a story of high-profile clients and controversial cases. Inspired by civil rights leaders and troubled by the injustices he saw going on in the courtrooms, he became an advocate for those he saw as mistreated by the system. This look at Cochran's journey from humble beginnings to media darling includes interviews with F. Lee Bailey and Sean "Puffy" Combs.


JON BON JOVI

JON BON JOVI
Interviews with Calista Flockhart, Elton John, and Al Gore highlight this portrait of the musician and actor who set his sights on being a rock star at age 13 and never looked back. Follow Jon's early career, which included the smash hit "Slippery When Wet", and see how Jon reinvented his music after years of touring burned out his band in the late 1980s.


JULIE NEWMAR

JULIE NEWMAR
Life of the actress who was born into a world of privilege and became TV's reigning sex kitten in the 1960s when she played "Catwoman" on "Batman". Her 6'2" height first worked against her when filmmakers couldn't find a suitable dance partner for her in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". But her height and curves paid off on Broadway in "L'il Abner" and "The Marriage-Go-Round", for which she won a Tony. Adam "Batman" West, Joel Grey, and drag performer John Epperson are interviewed.


KAREN SILKWOOD

KAREN SILKWOOD
The story of the courageous whistle-blower who brought national attention to safety conditions in the nuclear power industry. The daughter of a union man who learned to fight for her beliefs, Silkwood documented score of health and safety violations at the nuclear power plant where she worked. She even gathered evidence that conditions there could lead to a nuclear catastrophe. Silkwood died in a car crash on her way to give a reporter documents that the potential to expose the company's wrongdoing.


KARL MALDEN

In 1934, a steelworker took a Depression-era gamble and set out to be an actor. With a trademark twice-broken nose, he impressed director Elia Kazan who cast him on Broadway in many hits. Moving to film and TV, Malden's greatest success was in THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. Interviews include Elia Kazan, Eli Wallach and Michael Douglas.


KATHERINE GRAHAM

KATHERINE GRAHAM
The story of the publisher of the WASHINGTON POST, who helped crack open the Watergate scandal. A best-selling author, the pre-eminent hostess of Capitol Hill and according to many, the most powerful woman in the world.


KATHARINE HEPBURN

KATHARINE HEPBURN
A profile of the multi-Oscar winning actress who starred in "The African Queen," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" and "On Golden Pond." Also highlighted is her professional and personal relationship with Spencer Tracy.


KENNY ROGERS

KENNY ROGERS
Profile of the singing superstar who was born into a large, poor family but made it big with the First Edition and then on his own. Recalls such Rogers' hits as LUCILLE, LADY, THE GAMBLER and ISLANDS IN THE STREAM. Also looks at his career as a TV and film actor.


KEVIN BACON

KEVIN BACON
Profile of the prolific character actor who won stardom playing a self-destructive rich kid in "Diner", and who's been a constant presence on the big screen ever since. We look at the remarkable range of Bacon's roles: gay prostitute ("J.F.K."), rebellious teen ("Footloose"), astronaut ("Apollo 13"), office Casanova ("Picture Perfect"), corrupt cop ("Wild Things"), and many others.


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Songwriter, singer, actor, Rhodes scholar, army captain, helicopter pilot, and sex symbol! Follow the ups and downs of Kris Kristofferson's career, and listen again to his famous songs. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris's ex-wife and daughters offer private views of this counter-culture hero.


LANA TURNER

LANA TURNER
Portrait of the movie sex goddess of the 1940s and '50s whose real life read like a film script - she was discovered sitting at a drug store soda fountain. Lana's troubled personal life included seven marriages and the murder of her mob lover by her daughter. Co-stars Cliff Robertson and Sandra Dee are interviewed.


LANCE ARMSTRONG

LANCE ARMSTRONG
Profile of the cyclist who became an international celebrity and a symbol of hope to millions when he conquered cancer and won the Tour de France - twice! In 1996, 25-year-old Lance was diagnosed with testicular cancer, but the cancer had spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain and he was given a 50-50 chance to survive. Interviews with Armstron's wife, mother, coach and friends tell the stirring story of the Texan who triumphed despite brain surgery and four punishing rounds of chemotherapy.


LANCE ITO

LANCE ITO
Portrait of the O.J. Simpson trial judge. Focuses on his personal life, which included the internment of his parents in World War II, and his college days.


LAWRENCE WELK

LAWRENCE WELK
The career of the orchestra leader whose broken English and big band rhythms made him a hit with mainstream Americans. Features clips of his bubbly TV show starring the "Champagne Music Makers."


LEE MARVIN

LEE MARVIN
Story of the Oscar-winning star who broke into acting when he was working as a repairman at a theatre and filled in when the leading man fell ill. Marvin's commanding presence, powerful voice, and surprising comic talents brought him starring roles in "Cat Ballou", "The Dirty Dozen", and TV's "M Squad". Behind the scenes, Marvin struggled with alcohol problems and a tumultuous relationship with Michelle Triola that led to a notorious court battle.


LESLEY ANN WARREN

Portrait of the actress who won the heart of the nation as television's favorite Cinderella, but who suffered devastating personal and professional setbacks. Includes clips from her delightful performances in CINDERELLA and VICTOR/VICTORIA.


LESLIE NIELSEN

LESLIE NIELSEN
Profile of the NAKED GUN star who worked for decades as a "serious" actor before surprising everybody, including himself, by hitting it big in comedies. Follows Leslie's life from his childhood in a frigid Canadian town to his years in TV dramas and his performance in the comedy AIRPLANE!, which resurrected his career.


LINDA DARNELL

LINDA DARNELL
Portrait of the star-crossed screen actress who won fame while still a teenager, but whose private life was marred by alcoholism and a tempestuous marriage to a man twice her age. Darnell's sad story ended when she died from burns sustained in a fire.


LON CHANEY, JR.

LON CHANEY, JR.
Portrait of the son of silent era star Lon Chaney who created a screen persona of his own in such films as "The Wolf Man," and "Of Mice and Men." Features rare photographs, film clips, and trailers that illustrate Chaney's fantastic characters and make-up.


LORETTA YOUNG

LORETTA YOUNG
Clips from Young's performances as a teenager in silent films and her Oscar-winning performance in "The Farmer's Daughter" highlight this portrait of the actress known for her beauty and single-minded determination to succeed.


LOUIS FARRAKHAN

LOUIS FARRAKHAN
The leader of the black separatist Nation of Islam, Farrakhan hovers on the edge of national politics. Find out what led this former Calypso singer to his mentor Malcolm X; and, how he took over the assassinated leader's mosque in Harlem and gained national notoriety.


MACKENZIE PHILLIPS

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS
Life of the troubled actress who starred as a teenager in "American Graffiti" and in TV's "One Day at a Time", but whose career crashed when she got hooked on alcohol and drugs. Follows her road back from addiction and looks at her comeback role in the series "So Weird".


MANUEL NORIEGA

Meet Prisoner #38699 079 in Miami's Federal Correction Institution--Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama who is serving 40 years for drug smuggling. From humble beginnings to brutal leader to multi-million dollar drug and money-laundering lord, Noriega talks about his life, as do former compatriots and detractors.


MARILU HENNER

The life and loves of the sexy star of TV's "Taxi". Includes a look at her romances with John Travolta and "Taxi" co-stars Tony Danza and Judd Hirsch; the early deaths of her parents that led her to write books on health; her short, unhappy marriage to Frederic Forrest; and the birth of her second son, which was filmed and became part of a TV special.


MARILYN MONROE

MARILYN MONROE
This spirited portrait captures the magical combination of beauty, talent, charm and sex that made Marilyn Monroe one of the legendary goddesses of the Silver Screen. Examines her many marriages, and reputed affairs with the Kennedy brothers.


MARILYN MONROE (2 Hour Version)

This spirited portrait captures the magical combination of beauty, talent and charm that made Marilyn Monroe one of the legends of the Silver Screen.


MARK GOODSON

MARK GOODSON
To tell the truth, Mark Goodson was the most successful TV producer ever. This profile of the game-show king examines his string of hits, including WHAT'S MY LINE?, PASSWORD, FAMILY FUED and THE PRICE IS RIGHT. We also see his heartbreaks, including three failed marriages. Bob Barker and Betty White offer insight.


MARLENE DIETRICH

MARLENE DIETRICH
The life of one of filmdom's greatest stars, who first won acclaim in the 1930 "The Blue Angel", directed by Josef von Sternberg. This tell-all portrait looks at the German-born Dietrich's stand against Hitler and reputation as a difficult actress, and includes scenes from her classics, including "Judgement at Nuremberg".


MARTIN LAWRENCE

MARTIN LAWRENCE
Profile of the popular comedian who rose from the Maryland housing projects to earn $20-million per film in Hollywood, but whose career was threatened by public scandals. Martin talks about his problems and how he's forged a comeback. Includes interviews with co-stars Will Smith, Steve Harvey, and Christopher "Kid" Reid.


MARVIN GAYE

Marvin Gaye was one of the best-selling soul artists of his generation, a Motown prodigy whose work displayed everything from sexual passion to social consciousness. Gaye's murder at the hands of his own father in 1984 shocked all but his closest friends, who knew of his family quarrels, his cocaine dependency, and his despondency despite a brilliant 1983 comeback.


MARY KAY LETOURNEAU

MARY KAY LETOURNEAU
It's truth stranger than fiction, a "Lolita" for modern times. This is the story of the teacher who shocked the nation when she was arrested for having an affair with a 13-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. For the first time since going to jail, Letourneau talks exclusively about her father, whose life also fell apart when he had an affair with a former student; her unhappy marriage, forced by her disapproving parents; and her continuing love for Vili, the father of her two children.


MAUREEN O'HARA

MAUREEN O
Portrait of the star who stood toe-to-toe with Hollywood's toughest leading men and put fire, brimstone, and beauty into her roles. Includes clips from O'Hara's best-loved films, and looks at her love affairs that were plagued by divorce, scandal, and tragedy. Anthony Quinn, director Chris Columbus, and her brother are interviewed.


MAYFLOWER MADAM, THE: SYDNEY BIDDLE BARROWS

MAYFLOWER MADAM, THE: SYDNEY BIDDLE BARROWS
Story of the boarding school girl who grew up to run an exclusive call girl operation with a client list that included Arab sheiks and Wall Street brokers.


MERV GRIFFIN

MERV GRIFFIN
A look at the incredible life of the singer, TV star, producer and hotel tycoon who overcame business setbacks and cancer to create such shows as WHEEL OF FORTUNE and build a financial empire.


MEYER LANSKY

Chronicles the life of the corrupt financial genius who made a fortune for himself and his own organized crime buddies.


MICHAEL LANDON

Portrait of the popular actor whose TV hits included "Bonanza", "Little House on the Prairie", and "Highway to Heaven". Despite his "family values" image, Landon shocked fans when he divorced his second wife to marry a younger woman. Interviews include Landon's second wife Lynn, his children, and co-star Melissa Gilbert.


MILTON BERLE

The life and career of Uncle Miltie from his days as a child performing alongside Charlie Chaplin and Irving Berlin to his legendary "Texaco Star Theater" that made him television's first superstar. Includes a look back at his many triumphs in vaudeville, theatre, motion picture s, radio, and nightclubs.


MITZI GAYNOR

MITZI GAYNOR
Born Francesca Frances Mitzi Marlene Dechania Von Gerber, she grew up to be Mitzi Gaynor, one of Hollywood's sassiest bombshells. Our account of Mitzi's life looks back at her big breakthrough in MY BLUE HEAVEN, affair with Howard Hughes, and how Marilyn Monroe overshadowed her as a sex symbol. We also see how Mitzi beat out Susan Hayward, Doris Day, and Audrey Hepburn for the starring role in the film version of SOUTH PACIFIC. Includes interviews with Donald O'Connor and late Ray Walston.


MOLLY BROWN

MOLLY BROWN
Profile of the Missouri gal who sought her fortune in the gold rush and struck it rich when she married the wealthy James Brown. Molly was immortalized in the movie starring Debbie Reynolds.


MONTGOMERY CLIFT

MONTGOMERY CLIFT
An in-depth look at the talented and Academy Award-nominated actor who brought a new vitality and depth to American movies. Looks at Clift's reported depression stemming from his supposedly repressed homosexuality. He suffered a sudden, fatal heart attack in 1966.


MONTY HALL

MONTY HALL
The rags to riches life of the game-show host who survived a childhood illness that nearly killed him and a kitchen accident that scalded his body to become a cultural icon on "Let's Make a Deal". Includes a look at Monty's tireless charitable work and an interview with buddy Don Rickles.


MORGAN FAIRCHILD

MORGAN FAIRCHILD
One critic called her TV's "Hissable, Kissable Villainess", and Jerry Falwell called her "the worst woman on television". This portrait of Morgan Fairchild looks back at her famed "bitchy" roles on DALLAS and FALCON CREST, but also details her off-screen life as a women's rights activist, environmentalist, and AIDS crusader.


MYRNA LOY

MYRNA LOY
Portrait of the screen star who went from playing "the vamp" to "the perfect wife" in a string of hits from "The Thin Man" to "The Best Years of Our Lives". Includes a look at her four marriages and political activism.


NAT KING COLE

NAT KING COLE
Portrait of the great singer whose husky velvet voice sold tens of millions of records. Includes a look at his battles with racism, his song hits ("Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable"), and candid interviews with family members and music business colleagues.


NEIL SIMON

NEIL SIMON
Profile of the most commerically successful playwright in Broadway history. Features scenes from Neil's famously funny plays and films and interviews with Mel Brooks, Walter Matthau and former wife Marsha Mason.


NEIMAN MARCUS

NEIMAN MARCUS
Story of a brother and sister--Carrie Neiman and Herbert Marcus--who overcame great odds to establish one of the greatest quality merchandise stores in the world.


NELSON ROCKEFELLER

NELSON ROCKEFELLER
The story of a man who had everything but never managed to get what he really wanted - the Presidency.


NICHOLAS BROTHERS, THE

NICHOLAS BROTHERS, THE
The extraordinary lives of Harold and Fayard Nicholas, the dancers who were the equals of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, but who never got the credit they deserved because they were African-American. Film clips of some of their greatest performances showcase their remarkable talents.


NICK NOLTE

Two-time Oscar nominee (PRINCE OF TIDES, AFFLICTION) Nick Nolte ranks as one of his generation's greatest actors. But the path from stage to TV (RICH MAN, POOR MAN) to movie star took a toll on his personal life - three marriages and one palimony lawsuit. Interviewees include sister Nancy, Sissy Spacek and Martin Scorcese.


NOAH WYLE

NOAH WYLE
A look at the charmed life of the handsome, baby-faced actor who hit the big time playing Dr. John Carter on TV's smash hit "ER". Wyle has always lived a life of privilege. He was raised in the wealthy Hollywood Hills, attended a prestigious boarding school, and studied acting with a top drama teacher. The dedicated young actor has been nominated for five Emmys.


NORMAN ROCKWELL

The life of the artist whose SATURDAY EVENING POST illustrations captured the spirit of middle America and were beloved generations of Americans.


NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

An in-depth look at the American clergyman and author who died in 1993. He was an ordained Methodist minister and became a minister in the Reformed Church. He authored many motivational books, the most famous being THE POWER BEHIND POSITIVE THINKING.


OPRAH WINFREY

OPRAH WINFREY
A special 2-hour profile of Oprah's rise from humble beginnings to megastardom. Here is the whole story: Born to unwed parents; raped at age 9; pregnant at 14 with baby that soon died; doing TV evening news at 19; rise to talk-show queen; and constant fight with fat. Friends Maria Shriver, Maya Angelou, and Steadman Graham comment.


OSMONDS, THE

Profile of the singing brothers who burst upon the pop scene in the seventies on the "Andy Williams Show", and went on to sell more than 80 million records and break countless hearts. Includes interviews with Alan, Donny, George, Jay, Jimmy, Merrill, Olive, Wayne and Marie Osmond.


OWEN HART

OWEN HART
The life and death of the popular pro wrestler, who perished in a tragic stunt before a live audience. Wrestling insiders describe how Owen was pressured to perform the stunt, and interviews with family reveal that Owen longed for a normal family life instead of the bizarre world of wrestling.


P T BARNUM

P T BARNUM
Chronicle of the master showman, circus legend, and "Prince of Humbugs". Includes a look at the many curiosities, human freaks, and wild animals showcased in his travelling circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth".


PAMELA HARRIMAN

PAMELA HARRIMAN
The story of the English girl who used ambition and feminine wiles to become a celebrated debutante, wartime hostess, international femme fatale, Broadway producer's wife, Washington power broker and ambassador.


PAT BUCHANAN

PAT BUCHANAN
Traces the life from childhood in a conservative Catholic home in suburban Washington, through a lifetime of outspoken, and controversial, political activism.


PAT ROBERTSON

PAT ROBERTSON
The story of a rare American character. Rising from an unsuccessful business man to leader of a national movement, joining religion and politics successfully.


PATSY CLINE

PATSY CLINE
A heartfelt tribute to the beloved country music star who died in a plane crash in 1963. Includes 17 songs, 10 rare TV appearances, a look at her intimate home movies, and reminiscences by Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis, husband Charlie Dick, and many more.


PAUL ANKA

PAUL ANKA
The life of the too short, too chubby, yet cocky Canadian youth who became one of the most successful songwriters and performers in music history. Anka became a teen idol with such hits as "Diana" and "Lonely Boy", later wrote "My Way" for Frank Sinatra and the "Tonight Show" theme song for Johnny Carson, and stayed on top of the charts in the 1970s with "Having My Baby" and "Times of Your Life".


PAUL LYNDE

PAUL LYNDE
He was a beloved comedian, but behind the scenes he was a nasty, abusive drunk and an angry, disillusioned performer. This fascinating look at the life of Paul Lynde includes the story of how he sold blood for $5 a pint while struggling to make it; the roles in Broadway's BYE, BYE BIRDIE and TV's BEWITCHED that made him a star; the 14 years on Hollywood Squares that made him rich and famous; and the bitterness he felt over never having his own show.


PAUL NEWMAN

PAUL NEWMAN
A profile of the legendary actor and philanthropist. From early days on Broadway, in live TV drama during its Golden Age, and most notably in Hollywood blockbuster films, Newman's striking good looks and passionate intensity came to define the American leading man. Interviewees include Robert Redford and Katharine Ross.


PAULA JONES

A look at the woman who successfully brought a civil lawsuit against a sitting President. Looks at her life from being raised as a minister's daughter to being part of one of the biggest stories in U.S. presidential history.


PHANTOM

A close-up of the masked crusader from Bengalla whose comic-book adventures have been thrilling readers since 1936. Includes interviews with Billy Zane and Kristy Swanson, stars of the new Phantom movie, and a look at the Phantom's pals, Hero and Devil.


PRINCE ANDREW

PRINCE ANDREW
A look at the private and public lives of "Randy Andy," Britain's row diest royal. Includes his dashing military career, scandalous romances , and marriage to Sarah Ferguson that ended in shambles and titillated tabloids around the world.


PRINCE PHILIP

The life of the boy who was a penniless prince in exile, but who grew up to marry the future Queen of England, and become one of the richest--if not the most respected--men in the world.


PRINCE WILLIAM

PRINCE WILLIAM
A look at how the once media-shy future King of England is beginning to fulfill his role as a public figure. Includes recent footage of the Prince at Eton College, at his first press conference, and on his trip to Chile, plus interviews with the common folk who got to know him on his Chilean adventure and the students he'll join at college.


PRINCESS MARGARET

PRINCESS MARGARET
Story of Queen Elizabeth's sister who defied the royal establishment, while still following its rules. See how she fell in love with a divorced man, but bowed to custom by not marrying; how she eschewed palace formality, but was angered when not treated royally; and how she broke precedent by divorcing and taking up with a young man.


QUEEN NOOR

QUEEN NOOR
Chronicles the fairy-tale romance of Jordan's late King Hussein and all-American girl Lisa Halaby, who became Noor al Hussein - the "Light of Hussein" - when they married. Features interviews with friends Harrison Ford and Stefanie Powers.


QUINCY JONES

A portrait of one of the most incredible and influential record producers of all time. A self-styled musical talent, Jones also went on to manage and direct the careers of some of the music industry's greatest talents.


RANDY TRAVIS

RANDY TRAVIS
Portrait of the juvenile delinquent who became a country music superstar. Learn about Travis's troubled younger days and meet Elizabeth Hatcher, the woman who saved Randy from jail, became his legal guardian, and worked to make him a star, and then married him! And enjoy Randy's classical country hits.


RAT PACK, THE (Part One, Two Hours)

A look back at the hip entertainers and pop-star bad boys who influenced American culture, music, comedy, and style. The legendary group included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. (2 hours)


RAY WALSTON

RAY WALSTON
Story of the actor who parlayed intelligence and a cantankerous demeanor into a winning formula. Follow Walston's career from Broadway and Hollywood successes to his TV series "My Favorite Martian", which made him a household name. With behind-the-scenes footage from "South Pacific" and "Damn Yankees".


RAYMOND BURR

Life of the legendary star who worked hard to cover up his personal life. There is little documentation for two of three marriages Burr claimed, nor of a son he said died of Leukemia; instead, he spent most of his life with a male companion. "Perry Mason" co-star Barbara Hale and "Ironside" co-star Don Galloway are interviewed.


REGINALD VelJOHNSON

REGINALD VelJOHNSON
Portrait of the actor who started life in a dysfunctional family with a destructive father figure and went on to become the TV symbol of the ideal African-American dad. VelJohnson lived in his mother's basement in the lean years before his breakthrough role as the cop on the walkie-talkie helping Bruce Willis in "Die Hard". And then he won stardom playing Sergeant Carl Winslow on "Family Matters" alongside Jaleel White ("Urkel").


REGIS PHILBIN

REGIS PHILBIN
Profile of a youngster from New York with aspirations of becoming a broadcaster. Regis Philbin achieved his dream with a nationally successful show.


REX HARRISON

REX HARRISON
Profile of the "My Fair Lady" star who boldly carved out a career as a sophisticated leading man despite a tumultuous personal life that included the suicide of one of his lovers.


RICHARD BRANSON

RICHARD BRANSON
Portrait of one of the world's most successful and outrageous businessmen. We chronicle every part of Richard Branson's amazing life: running Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways; nearly killing himself while setting the record for crossing the Atlantic by speed boat; becoming the first man to cross the Pacific and Atlantic in a hot air balloon; and building the Virgin Group into a business powerhouse with 200 companies.


RICHARD BURTON

RICHARD BURTON
A look back at the great Welsh actor whose love affair with Elizabeth Taylor was front-page fodder for years. Using Burton's diaries, we chronicle his agonies over his turbulent relationship with Liz; his struggles with alcohol and her addiction to pills; and his vain attempts to fulfill his acting potential. Includes interviews with widow Sally Burton and daughter Kate.


RICHARD SIMMONS

RICHARD SIMMONS
Story of the fitness guru whom Jay Leno has called "the most sensitive, the most caring, and the most annoying person I know." Discover how Richard, an overweight child who suffered constant abuse from his peers, grew-up to be a weight loss expert. Learn how his compassion for the obese made him one of the most successful motivators in the world, and look back at his outlandish appearances on late night TV. Includes interviews with Leno, childhood friends, and Richard's college girlfriend.


RICK SPRINGFIELD

RICK SPRINGFIELD
After selling 15 million records in 30 years in show business, Rick Springfield still performs with the reckless abandon of a 20-something rock star. This profile looks at Springfield's early life in Australia, his evolution from teen idol to TV soap star to serious rocker, and the hit song "Jesse's Girl" that became the anthem of the 1980s.


RIVER PHOENIX

RIVER PHOENIX
Born in 1970, River Phoenix had originally wanted to be a musician and did not become interested in acting until 1979, when he and his brother (Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix) were spotted in a talent show and invited to audition at Hollywood's Paramount Studios. Noted for the depth, sensitivity, and intelligence that he brought to his roles during his teens, River was on the cusp of becoming a successul adult actor when he overdoes on drugs and died on Halloween night in 1993. This show will profile his brief career and the circumstances surrounding his death.


ROBBY BENSON

ROBBY BENSON
Portrait of the one-time teen idol who has survived numerous career and life crises. After finding stardom in the 1970s, Benson had major open-heart surgery while in his 20s. He then reinvented himself as a successful director when he found it hard to get acting jobs. Includes interviews with Burt Reynolds, Jason Alexander, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Annette O'Toole.


ROBERT WAGNER

ROBERT WAGNER
A look at the long career of the actor who epitomized charm and elegance, but who suffered tragedy in his personal life, including the drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood. Includes clips from his hit TV show HART TO HART, and interviews with Paul Newman and Mike Myers, with whom he stars in the AUSTIN POWERS movies.


ROCK HUDSON

ROCK HUDSON
The tragic story of the matinee idol who led a secret gay life for 30 years, and who shocked the world when he died of AIDS. This program was made with unprecedented access to Hudson's collections, including never-before-seen candid photos and home movies shot by Hudson himself.


RODNEY DANGERFIELD

RODNEY DANGERFIELD
A laugh-filled look at the career of the comic who first failed at show business, then sold aluminum siding, and finally came back and became a star. Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, and Robert Klein offer their tales of Rodney's life.


ROMAN POLANSKI

ROMAN POLANSKI
With his parents in Nazi concentration camps, where his mother died, young Roman fled the Polish ghetto and took up acting and directing before moving to the U.S. Clips from his work including "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown", coverage of wife Sharon Tate's murder, and his guilty plea to unlawful sex reveal the complex man and artist.


RON HOWARD

RON HOWARD
Profiles the child actor who starred in two of TV's most popular vintage series, and grew into one of Hollywood's top directors. Features scenes from THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, HAPPY DAYS, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, and COCOON, and interviews with Griffith, Don Knotts, Henry Winkler, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks.


RONNIE MILSAP

RONNIE MILSAP
One of the century's most versatile performers, Ronnie Milsap's musical odyssey began at North Carolina's State School for the Blind, where he discovered his love and talent for music. Born with congenital cataracts, the classically trained Milsap learned to play the violin, piano, and guitar, but enjoyed a myriad of genres - he was once kicked out of class when caught listening to Jerry Lee Lewis instead of practicing Bach! Here is the inspiring life of the recipient of the only gold Braille album.


ROY COHN

ROY COHN
Bullying, evil, ruthless - these words have often described Roy Cohn who helped Red-baiting Joe McCarthy rise to power. Explore Cohn's friendships with America's political elite, and his engagments to Barbara Walters, even though he regularly partied with men.


SAL MINEO

The rags-to-riches tragic story of the 1950s teen movie idol. Follows his life from young days as a member of a close-knit Italian family, his metoric rise to fame, and the day he was killed in a botched robbery attempt when he was 37 and a struggling actor. Includes interviews with his sister and brother, Sarina and Victor Mineo.


SAM WALTON

SAM WALTON
Profile of the amazing entrepreneur who went from dime-store merchant to richest man in America in just 30 years.


SAMMY "THE BULL" GRAVANO

SAMMY "THE BULL" GRAVANO
Explores the fascinating life of the Mafia's best-known "rat". Sammy Gravano shattered the mythical Cosa Nostra and revealed its seamiest secrets tot the world when he broke the Mafia's blood oath of silence and testified against his boss, John Gotti.


SAMUEL L. JACKSON

The life of the actor who went from subbing for Bill Cosby during rehearsal of Cosby's sitcom to stardom in the hit movie PULP FICTION. Includes a look at his early addictions to cocaine and alcohol, and the professional relationship with Spike Lee that put him on the right track.


SANDRA BERNHARD

SANDRA BERNHARD
Interviews with Roseanne and Elton John highlight our portrait of the offbeat comedienne with lush lips and ambiguous sexuality. Follow Sandra's life from Jewish teenager in Arizona's "Valley of the Blonde" to life on an Israeli kibbutz. In Hollywood, Sandra launched her stand-up act--a mix of topical humour and scatological candor. After a breakthrough role in Martin Scorcese's "The King of Comedy", she was rumored to have an affair with Madonna while doing a one-woman show in New York.


SANDRA DEE

SANDRA DEE
The heartbreaking story of Hollywood's golden girl of the 1960s who played sexy roles by age 14 and won stardom in "Gidget", but who was sexually abused by her stepfather, became a teenage alcoholic, and ended up divorced, reclusive, and washed up at age 26.


SANTA CLAUS

SANTA CLAUS
A fascinating and colourful look at Santa Claus over the centuries. How did the legend begin? How do different nations and cultures see Mr. Claus? And are your kids right--does Santa really exist? Tune in to this Christmas treat and find out!


SANTE AND KENNY KIMES

SANTE AND KENNY KIMES
The story of Sante and Kenny Kimes, a mother-and-son con artist team, has all the ingredients of a classic crime tale: mystery, intrigue, great wealth and glamour, and suspects that authorities considered truly evil. The Kimeses were far from ordinary grifters. During a rampant criminal odyssey that stretched across the wealthiest playgrounds in America--no one seemed safe from their trickery. They found victim after victim--until they finally went too far.


SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
An unprecedented, 2-hour behind-the-scenes look at how the famed comedy show is put together. Harry Smith takes viewers through all the stages of an SNL production hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. Viewers see the Monday morning pitch meeting, rehearsals, the all-night writing sessions, the costume fittings and make-up tests, and the opening moments of the live telecast.


SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS

SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS
He writes songs, raps, produces, oversees an entertainment empire, and realized most of his success before age 30. Here's the amazing story of the hip-hop impressario who achieved more success in more facets of the music industry than anyone in black popular music history. We also look at the personal troubles that have haunted Sean "Puffy" Combs, from the violent death of his best friend to his arrest and later acquital on bribery and gun possession charges stemming from a 1999 nightclub shooting.


SHARON TATE

SHARON TATE
Story of the beautiful actress who was brutally murdered by the Charles Manson gang in 1969 while she was eight months pregnant with director Roman Polanski's child. Includes interviews with friend Mia Farrow and sister Debra Tate, and clips from a 1984 interview with Polanski that reveal his feelings about Sharon, their marriage, and her murder.


SHELLEY WINTERS

SHELLEY WINTERS
She went from "dumb blonde" actress to respected Oscar-winner and political activist. She studied Shakespeare, romanced Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster, and battled with studio bosses. This portrait of Shelley Winters looks at her outrageous antics, outspoken candor, and memorable performances in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK and A PLACE IN THE SUN. Includes interviews with Diane Ladd, Laura Dern, Sally Kirkland, Lainie Kazan, and Connie Stevens.


SHIRLEY JONES

SHIRLEY JONES
Blessed with an angelic singing voice, Shirley Jones found instant success on Broadway and in Hollywood. Spectacular film clips from OKLAHOMA and CAROUSEL, candid photographs and intimate interviews with sons Shaun, Patrick and Ryan document the life of the gifted and beautiful actress.


SHIRLEY MACLAINE

SHIRLEY MACLAINE
Portrait of the legendary star who went from understudy to Broadway star overnight, and then took Hollywood by storm. Includes scenes from THE APARTMENT and TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, explores Shirley's often-mocked belief in reincarnation, and features interviews with Jack Lemmon and Carrie Fisher.


SIDNEY POITIER

SIDNEY POITIER
Profile of the star who shattered Hollywood's colour barrier, winning acclaim for "Lilies of the Field", "In the Heat of the Night", "The Defiant Ones", and others. Though still acting on occasion, he now has a thriving career as a film director.


SIDNEY SHELDON

SIDNEY SHELDON
Spanning eight decades, set in exotic sites, and fill of romance and tragedy, Sidney Sheldon's life reads like a bestseller written by himself! Review his many literary triumphs like THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT and producing hits with THE PATTY DUKE SHOW and I DREAM OF JEANNIE. With interviews with Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman.


SONJA HENIE

SONJA HENIE
The life of the ice kater who won three gold medals and popularized the sport with her movies, ice shows, and winning personality.


SONNY LISTON

SONNY LISTON
The story of the illiterate, fearsome boxer who slugged his way to the top of the heavyweight division, only to lose the crown when he quit on his stool between rounds in his first bout with Muhammad Ali. Against the backdrop of the most caustic period of race relations in American history, this profile reveals Liston as one of boxing's greatest victims, owned by mobsters and hated by all, except those who really knew him. No one knows for sure how he died--a Mob hit, drug overdose, or natural causes.


SOPHIA LOREN

SOPHIA LOREN
Profile of Italy's sultry film star who rose from the slums of Naples to become a teenage beauty queen and then an international celebrity. With clips from her greatest films, including her Oscar-winning performance in "Two Women".


SPENCER TRACY

SPENCER TRACY
Portrait of the actor considered one of the best in the 20th century, who could not escape guilt over an unhappy marriage and congenitally deaf son. Despite triumphs in such classics such as GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER and JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, he escaped his problems with alcohol and affairs - most notably, with Katharine Hepburn.


STEPHEN KING

STEPHEN KING
Amazing life of the "master of macabre", whose stories have terrified readers and movie fans worldwide. Tracks King's life from his days as a Maine school teacher, his prolific work as author of CUJO, THE SHINING, CARRIE, MISERY and other terror classics, and the 1999 accident that nearly ended his writing career.


STEVE WOZNIAK

STEVE WOZNIAK
He's a legend among nerds and the genius behind the personal computer revolution. Here is the life story of the college dropout who began tinkering in the Hewlett Packard stockroom after hours and then joined high school buddy Steve Jobs to build Apple Computers into a Fortune 500 company. Viewers will also discover how "Woz" left Apple when he tired of corporate life, became a rock show producer, and then dedicated a volunteer at Silicon Valley schools, teaching kids to use computers.


STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN

STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
Portrait of the nice little boy who grew up to be the hated superstar "bad boy" of professional wrestling. Follows Steve's long and injury-filled rise to the top, and features the rare sight of Steve talking as himself and not his violent character, giving viewers the chance to know the real man behind the performer


STROM THURMOND

STROM THURMOND
A profile of the maverick South Carolina Senator who, at age 95, currently presides over the Senate Armed Services Committee. Thurmond was first elected to the Senate in 1954 at the age of 52. His current term ends in 2002, the same year he would turn 100 years of age.


SUNSET STRIP

SUNSET STRIP
A look at the stretch of Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard fabled for being the playground of celebrities, mobsters, hippies, and runaways. From the golden era of Hollywood to the rocker heyday of the 1980s, the Strip was the place to be. Now a sanitized version of its former self, the Strip's story is told through the eyes of the people who inhabit it--the club owners, bartenders, musicians, tattoo artists, and bouncers.


SUSAN HAYWARD

Life of the sexy actress who won stardom with an hourglass figure and Oscar-caliber talent. Features scenes from her greatest performances including I'LL CRY TOMORROW and I WANT TO LIVE.


SUSAN SARANDON

SUSAN SARANDON
Portrait of the actress who has combined sizzling sensuality on the big screen with a commitment to social activism in her private life. Features clips from such Sarandon classics as "Atlantic City", "Thelma and Louise", and "Dead Man Walking", and interviews with Kevin Costner, Natalie Portman, and ex-husband Chris Sarandon.


SYLVESTER STALLONE

SYLVESTER STALLONE
Profile of the actor whose life story is similar to his greatest screen creation, boxer Rocky Balboa. Stallone was just another struggling actor when he hit it big with his Rocky films about a loser who gets off the ropes and redeems himself. Stallone's Rambo films, about a misunderstood loner, also touched a cord with audiences. We join Sly as he promotes his line of nutritional products, dives into a new book about his physique, and works on his new reality show, The Contender, in which he mentors young boxers.


TANYA TUCKER

TANYA TUCKER
Profile of the sexy and free-spirited singer who soared to stardom with "Delta Dawn", and later plunged into a life of violence and drug abuse.


TED BUNDY

TED BUNDY
Portrait of the suave serial killer who murdered over 28 women. Using extensive archival material, as well as chilling death row interviews with Bundy, this program portrays the forces that drove him. Includes an interview with journalist Steven Michaud, who talked to Bundy for hundreds of hours.


TED DANSON

TED DANSON
He worked in a bar called "Cheers" where everybody knew his name, but we never got to know the real Ted Danson. We'll fill in the gaps by following his career from soap opera villain to sitcom star, peek into his romances with Whoopi Goldberg and wife Mary Steenburgen, and listen to Woody Harrelson and Tom Selleck talk about Ted.


TED NUGENT

TED NUGENT
He swings above his audience on a rope and unleashes flaming arrows. Yet he is also a serious political activist who supports the rights of hunters and gun owners. We'll chronicle the life of the consummate showman, guitarist, and rock'n'roll survivor. Includes interviews with wife Shemane, manager Doug Banker, close friend Kirk Gibson, music collaborator Derek St. Holmes, music producer John Kalodner, and STYX lead musician Tommy Shaw.


TED TURNER

TED TURNER
The story about a man lrger than life. A brash young man who recovered from his father's suicide to turn the family business around, an advertising executive who made a broken down TV station the first piece of a media empire. BIOGRAPHY talks to the people who saw Turner's rise in a profile of a great American character.


TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

The life of the great playwright whose works were influenced by his dysfunctional family, which included an insane sister and an alcoholic father. Features interviews with Kim Hunter, who played Stella in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and brother Dakin, who discusses the strange household in which Tennessee was raised.


THE MANSON WOMEN

THE MANSON WOMEN
A look at the hippie girls who gave unswerving loyalty and love to their crazed guru, Charles Manson. The group includes Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel, who followed Manson's orders to commit mass murder, and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to assassinate President Ford.


TIFFANYS, THE

TIFFANYS, THE
The life story of Charles Tiffany who built the famed New York story know for its exquisite jewelry and silver goods. Includes Charles' decision to purchase European diamonds at rock-bottom prices in 1848, an action that made him the "King of Diamonds".


TIM ALLEN

Follows the rise of tool-belt-toting comedian from his drug-dealer days to spectacular success on "Home Improvement". Co-star Patricia Richardson is interviewed.


TIM BURTON

TIM BURTON
Director Tim Burton has managed to transform both his dreams and nightmares into his movies, which have touched a cord with millions and established him as one of Hollywood's most original directors ("Beetlejuice", "Edward Scissorhands", "Batman Returns", "Nightmare before Christmas", and "Sleepy Hollow"). We explore his life and career with extensive film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, photographs, and candid interviews with family, friends, and colleagues.


TIM CONWAY

TIM CONWAY
Career of the funnyman whose first dream was to become a jockey - but grew too big for the job. Breaking in on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, Conway went on to a 40-year career in comedy. Features clips and outtakes from his most hilarious bits on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, and interviews with Allen, Burnett and Harvey Korman.


TONY BENNETT

One newspaper reporter wrote, "Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap, he has demolished it." This tuneful documentary presents a portrait of the legendary crooner and jazz artist who sang to bobby soxers in the late 40's and is still popular with today's youthful audiences.


TONY CURTIS

TONY CURTIS
Clips from screen classics SOME LIKE IT HOT and THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS highlight this look at Tony Curtis' 50-year career in show business. We also look back at his turbulent personal life, including his many marriages, the cocaine addiction in the 1980s that almost killed him, and the loss of his 22-year-old son to a heroin-seizure. Daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, Jerry Lewis, childhood friend Joe Franklin, and Curtis himself offer candid comments


TONY RANDALL

TONY RANDALL
A look at the affable actor beloved for playing the fussy Felix Unger on TV's THE ODD COUPLE. Enjoy scenes from Randall's many movie and TV hits, including WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? & PILLOW TALK


TONY ROBBINS

TONY ROBBINS
The amazing career of the self-help guru who has advised Presidents, superstars, and sports heroes, and whose power-building seminars have reached people in 70 countries. Watch as Tony builds a financial empire with no formal education or credentials - just an incredible drive to succeed.


TV-OGRAPHY: CHARLIE'S ANGELS

TV-OGRAPHY: CHARLIE
A look at the groundbreaking TV show that featured three gorgeous women detectives who could get the drop on the bad guys without mussing their hair. Though blasted by critics and feminists for its mediocre acting, thin scripts, and obsession with "jiggle TV", the show made stars out of Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson.


TV-OGRAPHY: LAVERNE & SHIRLEY

Go behind the scenes to learn the inside story of how the popular 1970s sitcom stayed on top of the ratings despite tensions on the set and reports of jealousy between co-stars Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall. Includes interviews with Williams and Marshall and Michael McKean ("Lenny"), David Lander ("Squiggy"), and Eddie Mekka ("Carmine").


VANNA WHITE

VANNA WHITE
Profile of the gorgeous TV star who overcame tragedy--the death of the man she loved in a plane crash--to go on to stardom on "Wheel of Fortune". Columnist Bob Green discusses the "Vannamania" that swept the country in the 1980s, and Merv Griffin talks about picking Vanna over hundreds of others for the "Wheel" letter-turning job.


VERA WANG

VERA WANG
Profile of the fashion designer whose creations are worn by everyone from brides to movie stars. Follow Wang's fascinating life from days as a serious ice skater to her stint as the youngest fashion editor at VOGUE. Discover how her inability to find the right dress for her own wedding led to her wedding gown business. And visit Wang's workroom, where designs go from sketch to sewing machine to wind up on some of the world's most beautiful women. Includes an interview with actress Charlize Theron.


VINCENT PRICE

Profile of the legendary actor famed for his villainous roles. Born to wealth, he was a hit on Broadway before turning to film, starring in such evil classics as "House of Wax" and "The Pit and the Pendulum". In real life, Price was a great connoisseur and promoter of the arts.


VIVIEN LEIGH

VIVIEN LEIGH
Tragic story of the Oscar-winning star ("Gone with the Wind" and "A Streetcar Named Desire"), whose life was consumed by alcoholism, tuberculosis, manic-depressive illness, and rocky marriage to Laurence Olivier. Our profile chronicling her highs and lows includes interviews with John Gielgud, Kim Hunter and Juliet Mills.


VON TRAPP FAMILY, THE

VON TRAPP FAMILY, THE
Here's the REAL scoop on the singing Von Trapps, the clan immortalized in "The Sound of Music". The real Maria was taskmaster with a volatile temper--her demands made many of the Von Trapp children miserable for years.


WALTER CRONKITE

WALTER CRONKITE
Special 2-hour portrait of the war correspondent, TV broadcast pioneer, and anchorman who was beloved by almost all Americans. With vintage clips of his most famous newscasts, including his announcement of the death of President Kennedy.


WAYLON JENNINGS

Renegade, outlaw, legend--the true story of Waylon Jennings from his days as Buddy Holly's protege to his battles with the Nashville system and struggle against drug addiction. Included are performances of 20 songs, including, "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," and "Good Hearted Woman."


WAYNE NEWTON

WAYNE NEWTON
Profile of the pop singer known as "Mr. Las Vegas." Takes a frank look at his turbulent financial, family, and legal battles, as well as his recording career, which took off after his big hit, "Danke Schoen."


WAYNE GRETZKY

WAYNE GRETZKY
Portrait of the hockey immortal who overcame his small size, limited strength, and unremarkable skating ability to become one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. We follow Gretzky through his Stanley Cup years with the Edmonton Oilers and tell the story of his controversial decision to play with the Los Angeles Kings. Includes interviews with Gretzky's parents, Oilers coach Glen Sather, and teammates Mark Messier and Mike Richter.


WEIGHT WATCHERS: BEFORE AND AFTER

The story of how overweight housewife Jean Nidetch launched an anti-fat campaign that evolved into Weight Watchers, the world's leading weight-loss program. We'll see how Nidetch developed her strategy of sensible eating combined with group therapy sessions, and how she travelled the world to share her secret of success. Today, over one million people attend weekly meetings in 30 countries.


WILLIAM HOLDEN

WILLIAM HOLDEN
William Holden signed his first movie contract at age 21. Just a few years later he held Hollywood in the palm of his hand! The illustrious career of this restless star unfolds in a warm portrait featuring clips of "Our Town," "Picnic" and "Sunset Boulevard."


WILLIAM SHATNER

WILLIAM SHATNER
This look at the actor famed for portraying Captain Kirk on "Star Trek" includes little-known facts about his life, including his battle with a chronic ear problem that nearly drove him to suicide.


WILLIE NELSON

WILLIE NELSON
Follows the life of the great country star from childhood during the Depression to early honkey-tonk days and stardom through his stormy marriages and IRS troubles. Includes performances of "On the Road Again", "Stardust", and many other hits, and interviews with Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings.


WOLFGANG PUCK

WOLFGANG PUCK
The life of the chef who made formal dining fun, from his humble beginnings in the Austrian hillsides to his rise in Hollywood as America's original celebrity chef. Gourmet dining experts discuss Puck's influence on American food, and we get rare glimpses into the complex relationship between Puck and his wife and business partner Barbara Lazaroff. We also hear from Puck's celebrity friends, including Diane Sawyer, Michael Ovitz, and Steve Wynn.


WORDS AND MUSIC BY LEIBER & STOLLER

WORDS AND MUSIC BY LEIBER & STOLLER
The career of pop music's most enduring songwriting team. We'll follow Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller from their Jewish roots in New York and Baltimore to their days in Los Angeles, when they wrote such immortal hits as "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Yakety Yak", and "There Goes My Baby". We hear the music that made them famous, including performances by the Coasters, Ben E. King, and Peggy Lee.


YUL BRYNNER

A look at the career of the actor known for his bald pate, rich voice, and compelling screen presence. Includes clips from "The King and I", "The Ten Commandments", and "The Magnificent Seven", plus interviews with his former wife and two children, actor Eli Wallach, and director John Frankenheimer.


YVONNE DECARLO

YVONNE DECARLO
She is known the world over as Lily Munster. Before starring as television's favorite vampire mom, actress Yvonne DeCarlo mesmerized movie audiences throughout the 1940s and 1950s in a series of sword and scandal pictures and went on to star opposite many of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs. Film and television clips, interviews with friends and colleagues and rare photographs highlight the life of one of Hollywood's most mesmerizing actresses.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN

A documentary that offers a rare glimpse of Lincoln's personal life, including his "living hell" of a marriage and his abusive father.


ADOLF EICHMANN

An in-depth account of the life of the infamous Nazi who deported Europe's Jews to death camps. Includes the dramatic story of his daring capture by Israeli agents.


AL CAPONE

AL CAPONE
Profile of the killer considered the most notorious gangster in American History. Looks at his rise to power in Chicago, his takeover of the city of Cicero, and the planning of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.


ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
The remarkable life story of the man whose driving passion--to enable the deaf to communicate--led to the invention of the telephone. Includes a look at his interest in speed boating and how he saved the "National Geographic" from financial ruin.


ALLAN PINKERTON

A profile of the man who created the detective agency that bore his name. He saved Abe Lincoln's life. He started the Secret Service. He brought down an Irish Mafia. But the agency also became synonymous with brutality, and violent-suppression of the working-man.


ANDREW CARNEGIE

The life and career of the great 19th-centuryindustrialist and philanthropist. The son of a poor Scottish immigrant, Carnegie built an empire in steel manufacturing before being bought out by US Steel.


ANDREW JACKSON

Chronicles the life and career of the 7th President of the United States who ushered in "the era of the common man." Jackson was the first President who came from the lower classes and his two terms in the White House helped to democratize the nation.


ANNE FRANK

The unforgettable story of the young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis, only to be eventually discovered and killed. Includes Anne's happy and carefree days and the horrifying last months of her life in a death camp.


ANNIE OAKLEY

Saga of the prim and proper Victorian lady who turned the American frontier upside down with her brilliant shooting and dazzling performances in Wild West shows.


ARMAND HAMMER

ARMAND HAMMER
The extraordinary and strange story of the doctor who was attracted to Communism, money, and mistresses. Hammer was a peace activist, art collector, oil baron, and cancer crusader, but neglected his own family.


AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI

AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI
The life of the Iranian leader who humiliated the United States whne he took the American Embassy workers hostage. Follows his rise from student in the dusty hamlet Khomein to his exile in Paris and triumphant return to Iran.


BABY FACE NELSON

BABY FACE NELSON
Profile of the bank robber who won notoriety with his bloody heists during Prohibition. Features interviews with a bank teller who was robbed by Nelson, and the widow of an FBI agent killed by Nelson.


BEETHOVEN

BEETHOVEN
Profile of the genius, which is as full of contradictions as the man himself. Incredibly rich, he dressed like a pauper; a renowned composer, he was deaf at 40 and filled with raging self-doubts; and he was a gloomy failure at romance.


BENEDICT ARNOLD

Story of the brilliant American Revolutionary War general who turned traitor. Focuses on his many military victories for the colonists, the causes of his estrangement from the American side, and his decision to commit treason and defect to the British.


BENITO MUSSOLINI

Renegade socialist, brutal dictator, Hitler's evil accomplice: here is the rise and dramatic fall of Benito Mussolini, the fascist Italian leader of WWII.


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

The story of the remarkable Revolutionary War leader and self-educated Renaissance man who won acclaim as a scientist, inventor, writer, philosopher, statesman, and diplomat. Follows his life from his youthful apprenticeship as a printer to his membership in the Continental Congress, where he helped write the Declaration of Independence.


BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY

Profile of the WWII British leader known for his jaunty beret, giant ego, and concern for the average soldier. Features his brilliant strategic withdrawal at Dunkirk and battles against "Desert Fox" Erwin Rommel.


BILL CLINTON

BILL CLINTON
The profile of the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to be elected to two terms as President. Earning the nickname "the Comeback Kid, Clinton has been able to triumph over his political set-backs.


BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE STORY OF

BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE STORY OF
The tale of love and murder on the run. Before there were "Natural Born Killers" there was Bonnie and Clyde.


BORIS YELTSIN

BORIS YELTSIN
Portrait of the Russian leader who helped dismantle Communism and forged a new relationship with the United States and the West.


BRIGHAM YOUNG

Chronicles the achievements of the charismatic leader who led his followers to their "new Zion" in Utah. Young led Mormons out of persecution, directed the construction of Salt Lake City, married 25 times, and fathered over 50 children.


BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
A look at the outlaws immortalized in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." While the Sundance Kid did die in the Bolivian gunfight depicted in the picture, Butch Cassidy escaped.


CAPTAIN BLIGH: MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

Was Captain Bligh the tyrant depicted in THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, or was he really a considerate commander who cared fro the well being of his men? This documentary unravels the truth.


CASANOVA

CASANOVA
Profile of the legendary king of sexual seduction that also reveals his many other skills--diplomat, writer, swindler, and spy.


CHARLES & ANNE LINDBERGH

CHARLES & ANNE LINDBERGH
This two-hour program will be the first documetary to tell the personal story of both Charles and Anne Lindbergh. We look at who Charles and Anne Lindbergh were as private individuals, and in doing so we build and intimate, emotional portrait that penetrates beyond the public events fow which the couple is best known.


CHARLES DARWIN

CHARLES DARWIN
The English naturalist who developed the ground-breaking theory of evolution battles an array of problems - a debilitating illness, South American despots, and lethal seas that nearly thwart his voyage of discovery.


CHARLES DICKENS

One of the first superstars of literature, the young Dickens lived the life of one of his characters--a tragic, deprived boyhood. Find out how his early pain fuelled the ambition of this prolific social writer of Victorian England.


CHARLIE CHAPLIN

This is the first comprehensive documentary on the tempestuous life and career of the man known and loved throughout the world. A two-hour profile and a rare in-depth look at this century's most brilliant comic.


COLIN POWELL

COLIN POWELL
From the streets of the South Bronx to the sands of the Persian Gulf, this in-depth profile looks at the life and military career of the popular general and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.


CONFUCIUS

CONFUCIUS
Chronicles the life of the Chinese sage renowned for his serenity and wisdom, but whose life was filled with turmoil. Born into chaotic times, he developed a radical plan to end the Chinese people's suffering.


GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER, GENERAL

The fascinating saga of the egocentric but fearless cavalry officer. After graduating last in his class at West Point, he became a general by age 23.


DANIEL BOONE

Story of the outdoorsman who became the symbol of the rugged American pioneer. Follows the trail he blazed from the Kentucky region, which he explored, to the building of the famed Wilderness Road to his scraps with both Indians and the government.


DIANA: THE TRUE STORY

A special 2-hour balanced picture of the Princess of Wales, with candid comments from people who knew her best. Includes interviews with everyone - from her hairdresser and speechwriter to her cooking teacher and personal trainer.


DICK CHENEY

DICK CHENEY
Interviews with Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld highlight this in-depth profile of the U.S. Vice President who's helping to lead the fight against terrorism. We look back at Cheney's rapid rise to prominence in Washington, D.C., his key role in the war against Iraq's Saddam Hussein, his surprise selection as George W. Bush's running mate, and the heart problems that have threatened his health.


DU PONTS, THE (The du Ponts)

Portrait of the fabulously wealthy family that built an empire in chemicals. Looks at why most family members have shunned publicity, and includes the startling story of John E. du Pont who shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winner Dave Schultz.


EDGAR ALLEN POE

The triumphant and tragic story of the great poet, short story writer, and master of the macabre. Blessed by a genius that brought him many successes as a writer, including "The Raven" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," Poe was plagued by alcoholism, gambling debts, and lost loves.


DWIGHT EISENHOWER

Meet the man who went from Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in WWII to Commander-in-Chief of the US during the Cold War 50's.


ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
An intimate portrait of the beloved humanitarian told in her own words and through revealing film footage.


ELIOT NESS

ELIOT NESS
Profile of the famed lawman who fought Al Capone and other crime bosses in Chicago's Prohibition days. Looks at how Ness put together his nine-man "Untouchables" team.


ETHEL KENNEDY

ETHEL KENNEDY
The extraordinary life of the wealthy Connecticut woman who married Robert Kennedy and helped him rise to political power. We'll examine Ethel's many tragedies, including the death of her parents in a mid-air explosion; the assassination of her husband and brother-in-law, President John Kennedy; and the drug problems that plagued her children.


FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT( PARTS 1 & 2)

Part 1 : The story of Franklin Roosevelt's eventful life before World War II. Includes his painful battle against polio; his years as governor of New York; the Great Depression and his first campaign for the presidency; the triumphs of the New Deal; and the defeat of his plan to stack the Supreme Court.


FERDINAND PORSCHE

Profile of the Austrian car designer, whose famous sports coupe is a famous status symbol and his greatest claim to fame is was his involvement Volkswagen ("people's car").. Under the Nazi regime, the Porsche's firm flourished as they manufactured military vehicles, airplane engines and tanks. Later, like most business people who had dealings with the Third Reich, Porsche stated that he had no way to refuse Hitler's wishes.


FIELD MARSHALL ERWIN ROMMEL

FIELD MARSHALL ERWIN ROMMEL
He was a highly decorated officer in World War I, awarded the Pour le Mérite for his exploits on the Italian front. In World War II, he further distinguished himself as the commander of the 7th Panzer Division during the 1940 invasion of France. However, it was his leadership of German and Italian forces in the North African campaign that established the legend of the Desert Fox. He is considered to have been one of the most skilled commanders of desert warfare in the war. He later commanded the German forces opposing the Allied cross-channel invasion in Normandy. Rommel is regarded as a humane and professional officer. His Afrikakorps was never accused of war crimes. Soldiers captured during his Africa campaign were reported to have been treated humanely. Furthermore, he ignored orders to kill captured commandos, Jewish soldiers and civilians in all theaters of his command. Late in the war, Rommel was linked to the conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. Throughout the war, Rommel was a highly prized national hero, the "Desert Fox" of Germany. Due to his wide renown, Hitler chose to eliminate him quietly. In trade for the protection of his family, Rommel agreed to commit suicide.


GANDHI, MAHATMA

GANDHI, MAHATMA
The life of the charismatic moral leader who used the power of mass civil disobedience and personal self-denial to win independence for India.


GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR

GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
A profile of the legendary general, presented on the 50th anniversary of V-J Day. Includes all the glory and controversy of his defeat and then triumphant return to the Philippines in World War II and his conflict with President Truman over policy in the Korean War.


GENGHIS KHAN

GENGHIS KHAN
The life of the ruthless Mongol conqueror of the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Traces his military successes from northern China through Russia and Eastern Europe. His conquests created one of the largest empires the world has ever known.


GERONIMO

GERONIMO
The story of the great Apache guerrilla warrior Goyathlay, called by the Mexicans "Geronimo." Forced off his beloved Arizona land by American authorities in 1876, the embittered Geronimo launches a series of bloody raids against white settlers.


HENRY FORD

HENRY FORD
An American success story unfolds with newsreels and Ford family home movies, capturing the man who changed the world with the invention of the gas-driven buggy.


HENRY KISSINGER

The story of a man forced to flee Germany as a boy, one step ahead of the Nazis, arriving in the U.S. a virtually penniless refugee. He would become one of the most powerful men in America, as President Nixon's Secretary of State, turning U.S. foreign policy on its head. President Gerald Ford and Alexander Haig share their own memories of Kissinger in this program.


HENRY VIII

HENRY VIII
A special edition of Biography that reveals the extraordinary and bloody life of the English monarch who founded the Church of England and broke with the Pope. Includes the story of Henry's ruthless suppression of political opposition and the executions of several of his wives.


HO CHI MINH

HO CHI MINH
Profile of the leader whose unshakeable will helped to liberate a country and humble Western superpowers. By defeating French and U.S. power in Vietnam, Ho showed the limits of a modern superpower's reach and became one of the most capable, if misunderstood, leaders of the century.


HOUDINI

HOUDINI
The story of the man whose talent for great escapes and self-promotion made his name synonymous with magic itself. In his heyday from 1900-26, Houdini dazzled audiences with his baffling tricks, many of which were captured on film and are presented in this documentary.


HOUSE OF WINDSOR, THE: SURVIVAL OF A DYNASTY

HOUSE OF WINDSOR, THE: SURVIVAL OF A DYNASTY
The definitive story of wealth and privilege, exploring how the British royal family has survived a century of turmoil - bad marriages, the abdication of Edward VIII, sex scandals, and children damaged by unsympathetic parents. A 2-hour special Biography.


ISAAC NEWTON, SIR

ISAAC NEWTON, SIR
Chronicles the life of the scientific genius who laid the foundations for calculus and defined the laws of gravity, but who lived a lonely and unhappy personal life.


JACK THE RIPPER : PHANTOM OF DEATH

Who was Jack the Ripper, the infamous murderer who killed five London prostitutes in 1888? This original Biography includes the views of crime experts and features graphic photos of two murders never before seen on US television. And it offers a new suspect--an American.


JACQUELINE ONASSIS

JACQUELINE ONASSIS
The intriguing life of America's beloved beauty--from her often unhappy childhood, heady days as First Lady of Camelot, dignity through the grief of JKF's death, the Jackie O days with Aristotle Onassis, and later life as mother, book editor, and grandmother, up to her early death in 1994.


JAMES GANG, THE

JAMES GANG, THE
Profile of the brothers Jesse and Frank James, who led a gang of killers and thieves who terrorized the Midwest. This documentary debunks the myth that Jesse was a frontier Robin Hood - he stole from anyone and killed those who got in his way.


JIM JONES

JIM JONES
A look at the life of the charismatic pastor Jim Jones whose descent into unbridled paranoia killed his dream and over 900 followers. In 1978, after moving his People's Temple to the jungles of Guyana, Jones ordered the murder of an investigating California congressman as he was leaving with 15 defectors, and subsequent mass suicide.


JOAN OF ARC

JOAN OF ARC
Traces the life of the peasant girl from Domremy, Lorraine who heard voices telling her to liberate France from the English.


JOHN F. KENNEDY

A special two-hour commemoration of the life and legacy of the 35th president of the US. Includes interviews with personal friends, biographers, political satirist Mort Sahl and Cliff Robertson, who portrayed Kennedy on film.


JOHN GLENN

On the eve of Glenn's scheduled return to space at the age of 77, we profile the space hero and U.S. Senator who was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.


JOHN J. PERSHING

Profile of the iron-willed and stone-faced general who led American troops to victory in World War I. After his days as a frontier Indian fighter chasing Geromino, Pershing took America's 128,000-man regular army and built it into a four-million-man juggernaut. We tell the story of his enormous triumphs and bitter tragedies, including the fire that killed his beloved wife and three daughters.


JOHN PAUL II (The Pope)

JOHN PAUL II (The Pope)
A look at the inspiring life of the first non-Italian Pope in modern history.


JOHN WILKES BOOTH

Most everyone knows of "Black Easter", that tragic Good Friday night when John Wilkes Booth slipped behind Abraham Lincoln and pumped a single bullet into his brain, instantly changing the course of American history. But who really was the man choreographed the most stunning murder in American history?


JOSEPH KENNEDY, SR.

JOSEPH KENNEDY, SR.
Portrait of the iron-fisted patriarch who wheeled and dealed his way to wealth and power. Includes a look at his shady affairs in Wall Street boardrooms and Hollywood bedrooms.


JOSEPH STALIN

The Iron Curtain parts for a portrait of the Russian strongman who ruled Supreme for 25 years, and left a legacy of fear and death.


JULES VERNE

Entertaining documentary about the French author of such fanciful travel and science fiction tales a "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Around the World in Eighty Days." Includes interviews with Count Piero Gondolo Della Riva, vice president of the Jules Verne Society, and author Walter Miller.


LADY BIRD JOHNSON

A look at the life of the former First Lady, including her controversial years in the White House and her successful business dealings. Features interviews with Mrs. Johnson, daughters Luci Baines and Lynda, and Hillary Clinton.


LEIF ERICKSON

LEIF ERICKSON
Saga of the Viking who was the first European to land on North America. The son of the explorer Eric the Red, Leif brought Christianity to Greenland and sailed to a placehe called "Vinland," which most scholars believe to be modern New England.


LEONARDO da VINCI

LEONARDO da VINCI
Portrait of the scientist, artist, architect and mathematician who created the "Mona Lisa" and envisioned flying machines - in the 16th century. Includes the story of his strange journals, which can only be read when held to a mirror, and his religious faith, which led to his great "Last Supper".


LOST GENERATION, THE

Against the magical backdrop of Paris in the 1920s, a group of American expatriates found the path to literary greatness. This is the story of how Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Ezra Pound, Archibald MacLeish, and Gertrude Stein forged the literature of the America they left behind. Interviews with poets and participants help us discover the decade when, as Stein put it, "the 20th century was." A special 2-hour Biography presentation.


LYNDON B. JOHNSON

LYNDON B. JOHNSON
Portrait of the former president that traces his rise from poverty to the White House, where his plans to build a "Great Society" were frustrated by the Vietnam War. Biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin, who once worked for Johnson in the White House, offers her insight.


MAO TSE-TUNG

MAO TSE-TUNG
The extraordinary life of the farmer's son who ruled communist China with an iron fist. Includes harrowing eyewitness accounts of the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward.


MARIE ANTOINETTE

MARIE ANTOINETTE
A history of the extravagant Queen of France who lost her head, literally, and was most famous for her alleged uttering of "let them eat cake."


MARK TWAIN

The irresistible life story of the author who gave the world Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Follows Twain's odyssey from steamboat pilot to miner to failed inventor to acclaimed lecturer.


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Story of the two Martin Luther Kings - the civil rights leader in public and womaniser and private. Allies of King provide accounts of his secret sex life, and former FBI agents explain how J. Edgar Hoover used phone tapes and hidden microphones to spy on King.


MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS
The tragic story of one of the most romantic and intriguing royal figures in history. Dramatic reconstructions and observations by expert historians tell the unforgettable story of Mary's life: How she became Queen of Scotland when she was just six days old; how she became entangled in a power struggle with Queen Elizabeth 1ST of England; and how Mary was accused of plotting Elizabeth's death and was held captive for 19 years before Elizabeth finally ordered her execution.


MICHELANGELO

MICHELANGELO
The life and times of "the greatest genius whoever lived" and father of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Baroque age. Explores his paintings, sculpture. Architecture, drawings, and poems, and follows his work from apprenticeship to call to Rome by Pope JuliusII to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling.


NANCY REAGAN

A vivid portrait of the private and public faces of Ronald Reagan's wife and closest adviser. Includes interviews in the White House, California, and Camp David.


NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
Chronicles the rise of the political and military genius who exploited the turmoil of revolutionary France to become Emperor. Features his spectacular victory over Austria and Russia at the Battle of Austerlitz.


NELSON MANDELA

NELSON MANDELA
Profile of the South African leader who spearheaded the fight against apartheid. Includes the story of his African royal lineage, underground battle against the white supremacist regime, and 27 years in jail.


NOSTRADAMUS

NOSTRADAMUS
He lived in an age of superstition and magic and believed that he could foretell the future. Here is an in-depth look at Nostradamus' prophetic visions; he is believed to have predicted the French Revolution, the moon landing, and the space shuttle disaster.


OSKAR SCHINDLER

OSKAR SCHINDLER
The amazing story of the Nazi and war profiteer who ultimately saved 1,300 Jews from death. Includes interviews with many "Schindler's List" survivors.


PAT NIXON

Profile of the First Lady who courageously endured the ups and downs of her husband Richard's turbulent political career. Growing up in a family that could afford few luxuries, she met Nixon while working as a school teacher. She stood by his side through all of his campaigns, and conducted herself with dignity throughout the Watergate period.


POCAHONTAS

Story of the Indian princess who risked her life to save English explorer John Smith. The program goes beyond the legends to profile the real Pocahontas--the Native American stateswoman who dreamed of peaceful coexistence with European settlers.


QUEEN ELIZABETH

Archival film and pictures going back to the earliest days of Elizabeth's life highlight this account of the controversial English queen's life. Friends and associates reveal what she really thinks about the tumultuous events of her reign.


RASPUTIN

RASPUTIN
He was called a lustful mad monk who preached the word of God but practiced every form of evil. Accused of hypnotizing the Tsar and seducing the Tsarina, the truth about Rasputin is even stranger than the legend of the satanic monk.


RED BARON

Profile of flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, the deadliest aviator in WW1. A German aristocrat who scored 80 kills, von Richthofen won fame as the "Red Baron" because he flew a red Fokker. After being shot down and killed in 1918, he was buried by the British, with full military honours.


RICHARD NIXON

The tumultuous story of the former President is remembered in this penetrating profile featuring interviews with John Dean, Ben Bradlee and others.


ROBIN HOOD

Join Robin, lovely Maid Marian, jolly Friar Tuck, and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham for an enchanting journey through the history of the Robin Hood legend. This original Biography searches for the source of the Robin Hood myth, which may have begun in medieval May Day celebrations


RUDY GIULIANI

An up-to-the-minute profile of the 107th Mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani, who led the city with courage and unbelievable calm when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center. Giuliani describes how his parents, education, love of the city--and even his passion for the New York Yankees--prepared him for his leadership role in the darkest days of the city's history.


SADDAM HUSSEIN

SADDAM HUSSEIN
Profile of the Iraqi leader, despised in the West but a hero to many in the Mideast. Focuses on his bloody rise to power and includes an interview with the man who "doubled" for Saddam's brutal son and recently defected.


SAINT PATRICK

Shot in England, Ireland, and Wales, the biography travels to the 5th century to explore Patrick's transformation from privileged aristocrat to tormented slave to missionary hero. Follow his enslavement by the Celts, escape to Wales, and attempts to change pagan behaviour.


SALLY HEMINGS

The story of Thomas Jefferson's African-American slave who was part of the first Presidential sex scandal in U.S. history. In 1802, Jefferson's political foes called Hemings his concubine, and recent studies have found that Jefferson may have fathered either one or possibly all of Heming's five children. We'll talk to two of Heming's descendants, a Jefferson descendant, and Annette Gordon-Reed, author of "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy".


SAMSON AND DELILAH

It's one of the Bible's most dramatic episodes. Perhaps no Biblical tale is so seductive as the steamy love affair between Samson and Delilah.


SATAN

From the dawn of the universe to this very day, Satan is believed to roam the earth, vowing to destroy man. Where there is light, Satan brings darkness. Where there is peace, he wages war. Where he finds love, he ushers in hate. Join us as we tell the story of the fallen angel, Lucifer, the light bearer, who became keeper of darkness.


SIGMUND FREUD

SIGMUND FREUD
Profile of the founder of modern psychology that covers his youth in Vienna, his use of cocaine and irrational fears, and the psychological detective story that led him to his greatest discoveries.


SITTING BULL AND THE GREAT SIOUX NATION

SITTING BULL AND THE GREAT SIOUX NATION
Profile of the great Sioux warrior and mystic medicine man who led his people in a bloody struggle for survival against the encroachment of the white man's "civilization." Includes the story of his victory over Custer at Little Bighorn."


SOLOMON AND SHEBA

The story of Solomon, the legendary king of Israel, and Sheba, the beautiful queen who was dazzled by Solomon's wealth and wisdom. Theirs was one of the most enduring love stories of all time.


STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE

STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE
Missionary. Travel back to Africa, 1871, for this story of the journalist Sir Henry Stanley who searched for the explorer David Livingstone, and found him at Lake Tanganyika, uttering the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"


SUSAN B. ANTHONY

Chronicles the life of the early feminist who crusaded for equal pay for equal work and women's suffrage, which led to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Also covers her union organizing work and her fight for the abolition of slavery prior to the Civil War.


THOMAS JEFFERSON

THOMAS JEFFERSON
Profile of the brilliant and versatile third President of the United States. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded the University of Virginia, and was an accomplished diplomat, architect, naturalist, and linguist. Yet when he died, he left debts of more than $100,000.


TONY BLAIR

TONY BLAIR
Through exclusive interviews with Bill and Hilary Clinton, Richard Branson and Lord Chancellor Alexander Irvine, view the remarkable career of the charismatic British Prime Minister. See how he modernizes the ailing Labor Party, heals a nation shocked by the death of Princess Diana, and forges one of the closest relationships with the U.S. government in British history. Discover how his rapid rise to power was a combination of visionary thinking, determination, and fortunate timing.


HARRY TRUMAN

This is a vivid record of the American president who dropped the bomb in Japan and pulled the rug from under General MacArthur in Korea.


VANDERBILTS, THE

VANDERBILTS, THE
Chronicles the fabulous lives of the Vanderbilt family, from the patriarch, Cornelius (Commodore) who amassed a great fortune in the 19th century from sea and rail shipping, to his sons and grandsons - great businessmen and philanthropists in their own right.


VINCENT VAN GOGH

VINCENT VAN GOGH
The tragic story of the immortal artist whose works are among the world's most treasured masterpieces today, but who was almost completely ignored in his own lifetime.


VLADIMIR LENIN

VLADIMIR LENIN
Called treacherous, deluded, out-of-touch, insane, Lenin might have been a minor historical footnote but for the Russian Revolution which catapulted him into the headlines of the century. Newly opened, formerly secret Soviet files, reveal a clearer picture of the fanatical philosopher.


WALLIS SIMPSON

Story of the Baltimore divorcee who shocked the world when England's King Edward VIII gave up his throne to marry her in 1936. Despite their fame, the two were ostracized and suffered years of loneliness. Features and interview with Kitty Kelly, author of THE ROYALS.


WOODROW WILSON

A look at the philosopher president who formed the League of Nations. He guided the nation through the turmoil of the decision to enter World War I. Also, a look at the debilitating stroke he suffered during the final year of his presidency.


YITZHAK RABIN

The profile of a man who's life mirrored that of his nation. From the fight for independence to the wars for survival, Yitzhak Rabin was always there at Israel's defence. First as a young commander and later as a legendary general, he stood out as a brilliant tactician and strategist.


THOMAS EDISON

THOMAS EDISON
The inventor of the electric light, motion pictures and recorded sound comes to life in a nostalgic memoir of the American genius.


TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (Part One)

Tess, a beautiful but poor English maid, seeks work on the D'Urberville estate. Tess resists Alec D'Urberville's attempts to seduce her until he finally overpowers her in the forest one night. Justine Waddell stars. (1997) - Contract End Date - 9/12/2005


JUSTICE DENIED: THE HURRICANE CARTER STORY

The tragic story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the famed boxer who was wrongfully accused of triple murder. We follow his tribulations as he languished for 19 years in prison, while fighting the system for vindication.


TARGET: MAFIA: BIRTH OF THE AMERICAN MAFIA

Traces the origins of the Mafia in Sicily and Al Capone's bloody rise to power. Includes the mob's ruthless destruction of Irish and Jewish gangs, and the Mafia's first meeting as a national organization.


TARGET: MAFIA: PROHIBITION YEARS

Story of the birth of organized crime in the turbulent 1930s. Chronicles the rise of ethnic gangs, the battles for Brooklyn, Joe Kennedy and the bootleggers of Boston, and the triumph of the Italian mobsters.


CANADIANS, THE

Bringing Canadian history to life with profiles of well-known and not so well-known figures from Canada's illustrious history. Hosted by Patrick Watson.


PRINCE'S PALACE IN MONACO

A look at the history and splendor of the Royal Prince in Monaco, and the story of the fairy-tale romance of Prince Rainier III and actress Grace Kelly.


SECRETS OF THE ROMANOVS

Looks at the final days of the mighty Romanov dynasty that ruled Russia until the assassinations of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Goes behind palace walls to investigate the "curse" of the Romanovs.


ASSASSINATION & CHAOS: RKF/'68 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

Stories of two turbulent events that shocked the nation in the summer of 1968. On-the-scene news footage captures the horror of the assassination of Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, and the riots in the streets of Chicago during the Democratic Convention.


TARGET: MAFIA: THE KENNEDY'S AND THE MOB

An account of Joe Kennedy's business dealings with mob bosses such as Frank Costello, and the rumored role of the Mafia in the rise of John F. Kennedy to political power.


VIKINGS, THE

A look at the sea-going warriors who attacked Europe with savage fury and violence 1,000 years ago. Goes beyond the myths to find out if the Vikings really wore horned helmets and if they took drugs before going into battle.


CANADIAN ROCKIES, THE

A look at the magnificent hotels built by Cornelius Van Horn in the 19th century as Canada laid down its transcontinental railroad.


RAILWAY PALACES OF EASTERN CANADA

Tours two luxurious hotels built along the Canadian Pacific Railroad: the neo-gothic Chateau Frontenac, situated on a hill overlooking Quebec; and, the Victorian-styled Empress Hotel, on Vancouver Island.


SCENE OF THE CRIME

A look at the often grisly work of Baltimore's crime lab workers who investigate and photograph bullet-riddled bodies, dead fishermen dredged from the harbor, and scenes of mass murder.


SHOOTING STARS: THE PAPARAZZI

A look at New York's quirky celebrity photographers, and what they go through to snap photos of the stars. We see them at movie premieres and trendy parties, as well as working the streets, all in the quest of rare shots that will be seen around the world, bring in big bucks, and feed the public's insatiable hunger for celebrity news.


STREET RACING: THE NEED FOR SPEED

A disturbing look at illegal street racing in Toronto. The scene includes seedy hangouts, where auto racers challenge each other and place bets, the garages, where speed junkies build the ultimate power cars, and the crash sites, where racers have died.


GENERAL GEORGE PATTON

GENERAL GEORGE PATTON
Special 2-hour profile of the tough-as-nails military leader. Recalls his formative years at West Point, first taste of battle in World War I, and many successes in North Africa and Europe during World War II. Also looks at the downside of the Patton's record, including his slapping of a shell-shocked soldier.


PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII, THE

Alexander Korda's drama of the 16th century monarch stars Charles Laughton in an Oscar-winning performance. (1933)


KING DAVID: POET WARRIOR

Did David really slay Goliath? What happened to Israel's archenemy, the Philistines? Explore these and other fascinating questions about King David. Includes a visit to Bethlehem, the city he founded, and Ein Gedi, the desert oasis which he fled to escape Saul's wrath.


LEGENDARY COWBOYS

Story of the West's most famous cowboys and their world of stampeding cattle, blazing gunfights, and dangerous days on the range.


NORTHERN FRONTIER, THE: CANADIAN WEST

Story of the pioneers who tamed one of the continent's most forbidden territories. Chronicles the exploits of James Douglas, who brought law and order to the mining boomtowns of British Columbia, and Louis Reil and Grabriel Dumont, who in 1885 started a personal civil war that almost split Canada in two.


NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE, THE

The American West was created with great violence, but the Canadian frontier was settled with barely a shot being fired. This program looks at the reasons why.


BLACKBEARD'S REIGN OF TERROR

The story of the dreaded pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, who was so fierce that he went into battle with lit fuses in his trademark beard and under his hat.


DEADLY ARCTIC EXPEDITION, THE

In 1913, famed polar explorer Viljhalmur Stefansson on an Arctic expedition aboard the whaler KARLUK abandoned crew and ship when it was trapped in ice on proceeded on foot. The true story of his cowardice came to light in 1976 when a scholar who survived the ill-fated trip wrote his memoirs.


HALIFAX EXPLOSION, THE

Looks at the terrible explosion of a French munitions ship in 1917 that killed over 1,600 people. Was the disaster due to human error or German spies?


BOXING: IN AND OUT OF THE RING

An unprecedented 2-hour look at the business of boxing, including the shark-like promoters, unscrupulous managers, corrupt boxing organizations, and profit-driven cable networks that take as much as they can. Boxers risk their lives while the business chews them up, spits them out, and easily replaces them.


BUNNY YEARS, THE

A 2-hour special that profiles the diverse women who worked as sexy "Bunnies" during the 25-year history of Hugh Hefner's Playboy Clubs. Get an insider's look through vintage film footage and interviews with ex-Bunnies, including Lauren Hutton and Barbara Bosson, as they reveal backstage adventures and what kept them hopping!


HOLLYWOODISM: JEWS, MOVIE and the AMERICAN DREAM

Based on Neal Grabler's best seller "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood:, this 2-hour special shows how Jewish producers created the idealized image of America depicted in the movies.


IMPRESSIONISTS, THE

Today, impressionist art draws record-breaking crowds at museums and record-breaking prices at the auction houses. It is some of the most beautiful and universally-loved painting ever committed to canvas. Yet, 150 years ago, impressionism was considered ridiculous, sometime scandalous and often downright ugly.. This program will tell the story of this revolution in art through the eyes of some if its most important practicioners: Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas and Morisot.


IT'S ONLY TALK: THE REAL STORY OF AMERICA'S TALK SHOWS

The audiences howl, the guests curse and brawl, and the hosts keep things at a boil. Are TV talk shows the end of civilization as we know it or harmless fun? Get an inside look at these wild shows from the hosts themselves, including Jenny Jones, Jerry Springer, Joan Rivers, Maury Povich, and Regis Philbin.


LOST IN LAS VEGAS

The story of two Canadians, Wayne Catania and Kieran Lafferty, two actors impersonating John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, who take their Blues Brothers act to Las Vegas to audition for the "Legends" impersonators show. This begins a wild journey through Vegas as our heroes decide whether they want to live and raise families in a city where the only value is making money. Along the way, they run into strippers and the impersonators of Little Richard, Tom Jones, and the King himself, Elvis.


UNREAL STORY OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING, THE

From George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (yes, they were wrestlers!) to turn-of-the-century legitmate bouts to the theatrically of Gorgeous George and the new breed of unabashed bashers like Iron Claw and Brain Buster, we'll go to the mat for a history of one of America's favorite secret passions.


GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, THE

Here is the story of Kim Phuc, who gained international fame when she was photographed running down a road in Vietnam screaming in agony from napalm burns. Follows Kim's slow recovery, new life in Canada, and reconciliation with the American commander who ordered the napalm strike.


JEWELS OF THE BRITISH CROWN

A dazzling look at the British monarchy's jewel collections, including the coronation regalia, the queen's personal gems and the largest diamond in the world.


MONEY PIT ON OAK ISLAND, THE

Two searchers hunt for treasure that the infamous pirate William Kidd is said to have left on Nova Scotia's Oak Island. The treasure has fascinated many famous Americans, including Franklin Roosevelt and John Wayne.


PROPHETS AND DOOM

A look at prophesies many people believe have come true. Includes Martin Luther King's speech on April 3, 1968, that seemed to foreshadow his assassination, and Hopi Indian prophecies that may have predicted the atomic bomb.


CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE (2 PARTS)

A shocking true story of racism, deeply embedded in the heart of a small town. When a native woman is brutally murdered by four white youths, the townspeople close ranks and refuse to help police in their investigation. Sixteen years later, the wall of silence is broken by the relentless determination of one police officer.


GRAND LARCENY

A light-hearted sequel to the popular mini-series Love and Larceny. This time around, con woman Betsy Bigley fakes her death to escape from prison, then enlists the aid of a former flame and comrade-in-crime in a grand sting designed to win her a fortune and get revenge on the man who betrayed her.


GROSS MISCONDUCT

From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan comes this true story following the tumultuous life of former hockey star Brian "Spinner" Spencer. While achieving his dream of playing professional hockey, tragedy and violence pursued Spencer at every turn. A true-life parable of the myths and mystique of athletic stardom.


LOVE AND HATE

How far will one man go to win a custody battle ? A riveting, true story of how a manipulative politician almost got away with murder. when JoAnn Thatche is found murdered, her ex-husband Collin tries to wield his considerable power and influence to cast blame on someone else. Starring Kate Nelligan and Kenneth Welsh.


LOVE AND LARCENY

This colourful period piece follows the illustrius career of Betsy Bigley, who, using a combination of beauty and brains, charts a course from petty crime and and rural poverty to the corridors of wealth and power by beguiling millionaires out of vast sums of money.


NET WORTH

Acclaimed producer Bernard Zuckerman(Love and Hate, Dieppe) mounts this powerful two-hour expose about exploitation in professional sport. Based on Alison Griffiths and David Cruise's best-selling book of the same name, the drama focuses on hockey great Ted Lindsay's failed attempt to form a players' association in the 1950's


SARAH BERNHARDT

Double Tony Award-winner Zoe Caldwell stars as the scandalous 19th century actress Sarah Bernhardt. An opulent portrait of the woman whose turbulent life, tempestuous moods and off-stage adventures made her the most popular celebrity of her time.


SUN MYUNG MOON

SUN MYUNG MOON
A look at the life of the Unification Church founder. Sun Myung Moon claims that Jesus Christ appeared to him at age six and chose him to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. After his arrest in North Korea in 1968, the movement shifted its base to New York City and now extends to 100 countries. Controversy about the Moonies involves recruitment practices, business policies, and conformity to tax laws. Even today, he preaches female submissiveness and the role of sexual intercourse in religion.


SILKEN LAUMANN

SILKEN LAUMANN
"I would speculate that I have rowed around the world at least 25 times." - Silken Laumann.

With insights from family, friends, fellow athletes and coaches, Silken Laumann: Flying on Water chronicles the many sides of this extraordinary athlete and woman who continues to pursue her professional and private life with trademark vigour.



HAROLD SHIPMAN

HAROLD SHIPMAN
The incredible story of the British doctor believed responsible for killing hundreds of his patients, mostly through intravenous drugs. In 1998, concerns by local undertakers and physicians spurred a quiet police inquiry into Shipman's high patient death rate, but poor investigative work turned up nothing suspicious. He was finally nabbed when he created a phony will that would have made him the beneficiary of one of his victims. Shipman hanged himself in jail in 2004.


SIMON COWELL

SIMON COWELL
"That was dreadful; I mean just awful." From a land that embraces kings, queens and all things proper hails Simon Cowell, the smarmy, abrasive - and beloved - British judge from the hit TV series "Pop Idol" and "American Idol." Highlights of his most outrageous critiques, rare childhood photos and interviews with family members, business associates, fiancee girlfriend Terri Seymour and "American Idol" co-stars Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest reveal the true person behind "Mr. Nasty."


DANNY BONADUCE

DANNY BONADUCE
Child Star. Talk show host. Author. DJ. Train wreck. Danny Bonaduce is one of the most recognized child stars alive, thanks in part to the 70's TV hit The Partridge Family. But as he has so eloquently stated, "Being a child star is great. It's being a former child star that sucks." Bonaduce's life has been one long string of tabloid headlines. There was a crack cocaine habit, alcoholism and multiple stops in rehab. A well-publicized brawl with a 220-pound transvestite in 1991. Months spent living in his car in Hollywood. Even his marriage to wife Gretchen made the front page -- they married just 7 hours after meeting on a blind date. Biography: Danny Bonaduce will have complete access to the man who not only called his own life a car crash, but invited everyone to watch.


WARREN BUFFETT

WARREN BUFFETT
As the second richest person in the world Warren Buffett "The Sage of Omaha" combines big business genius with selfless philanthropy. His fortune and business savvy makes him one of the most influential people in the world, his personality makes him one of the most fascinating. He started his career early on when he established Buffett Associates, Ltd. Personally investing just $100 dollars of his own money. Over the next 13 years the investments of Buffett Associates would shoot up by 30% year over year in a market where 7% was the norm. However Buffett is much more than simply a man with a genius for amassing wealth. He is a dedicated philanthropist and his public speaking demonstrates his commitment to making the world a better place for all, not just the wealthy and powerful.


RICARDO MONTALBAN

RICARDO MONTALBAN
Profile of the handsome Mexican movie star who later hit it big on American TV as the star of "Fantasy Island" and the pitchman for Cordoba cars and their "rich Corinthian leather." Montalban also fought against negative Latino stereotypes in Hollywood and suffered spinal damage when a horse threw him during a film rehearsal. Includes interviews with daughter Anita and son Mark, Cyd Charisse, Edward James Olmos, Florence Henderson, James Whitmore, and William Shatner.


AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI

AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI
One of the world's most wanted terrorists this qualified surgeon is Osama bin Laden's mentor and doctor. He speaks Arabic, English and French. In 1998 he formally merged Egyptian Islamic Jihad into al-Qaeda. He is under indictment in the US for the 1998 American Embassy bombings in Africa, and since 1999, has a death sentence on his head in Egypt for the massacre of 62 foreign tourists in Luxor. Following the US invasion of Afghanistan his whereabouts are unknown, but are thought to be in tribal Pakistan - with Bin Laden. In January 2006 the CIA launched an air strike on a village in which they believed al-Zawahiri was located. But subsequent reports of his death were exaggerated - 17 days later he appeared, unhurt, in one of his customary video messages that was broadcast around the world.


HUGH GRANT

HUGH GRANT
This King of American Romantic Comedies got his start in a British improv comedy troupe after graduating from Oxford University. First noticed by U.S. audiences in 1994's "Four Weddings and a Funeral", Hugh Grant cemented his leading man status in "Nine Months", "Sense and Sensibility", and "Notting Hill" before venturing back to England to star in the 2002 hit "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "About a Boy". Get up close and personal with Hugh Grant as discusses career highlights and his road to success.


BRONFMAN FAMILY DYNASTY

BRONFMAN FAMILY DYNASTY
His pedigree is impeccable. His good looks and deep pockets place him at the best parties with a-listers and the world elite. His passion for song writing and movie directing drove him to transform a prosperous but stolid family distillery business into a multi-media empire. But billionaire media mogul Edgar Bronfman Jr. isn't the first Bronfman to take a risk - or to make a killing do it. From Prohibition bootlegging to running major record labels and movie studios, the Bronfmans have made staggering fortunes from high risk, high return business ventures.


ROTHSCHILD FAMILY DYNASTY

ROTHSCHILD FAMILY DYNASTY
At age 25 he was an aimless society playboy with a preference for the extravagant lifestyle of the unemployed scions of Europe's elite families. But ten years later he is the head of the world's fastest growing investment fund and in line to become a billionaire in his own right. But he's not the first of his family to make a splash in high finance. In fact, his family practically invented high finance. The man is Nathaniel Rothschild - soon to be the fifth Baron Rothschild. And his family dynasty has been synonymous with European finance for more than 200 years - through wars, scandals and conspiracy theories. Today, the name Rothschild continues its prominence in the courts of kings and queens and among the circles of titans of industry.


JOHNSONN FAMILY DYNASTY

JOHNSONN FAMILY DYNASTY
He was a billionaire playboy. Content to squander his family's fortune: yachting in the Caribbean, racing motorcycles and partying with Manhattan starlets. He eschewed all connection to the family business. But in 2000, Robert Wood Johnson IV found his professional calling: football. In a bold move, Johnson paid the jaw-dropping sum of $635 million for ownership of the New York Jets and promised fans a return to the glory days of Joe Namath. He's now proving himself a worthy heir to a remarkable family tradition. For more than 100 years the Johnson family has been at the fore of industry and philanthropy. From Robert Wood Johnson I to Johnson IV, they've distinguished themselves as entrepreneurs, champions of small business and public servants. From humble beginnings as Civil War era apothecaries, Johnson and Johnson, the family pharmaceutical empire, now spans the globe, employing more than 100,000 people in more than 50 countries.


GUCCI FAMILY DYNASTY

GUCCI FAMILY DYNASTY
The Gucci family is as famous for their decades-long family soap opera as they are for their high- end clothing and accessories. This international fashion dynasty was started by Guccio Gucci in 1921 and the brand grew into a byword for high fashion under the guide of his son Aldo. By the 1980s Aldo's nephew Maurizio had taken over the business. And, despite business meetings ending in fist fights and motorbike escapes from Italian police at the Swiss border, the Gucci brand ruled the world. But the family were soon to lose it all.


KELLY CLARKSON

KELLY CLARKSON
Kelly Brianne Clarkson's story sounds like it was written in Hollywood - all-American small town girl takes her shot and finds success in the big city. She grew up far from the limelight in Burleson, Texas. In 2002, she entered the American Idol contest along with 10,000 other hopefuls and quickly rose through the ranks. She sang her own song, "A Moment Like This," when she won it all. Since then she has gone on to star on SNL and sing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. She has also burned up the Billboard charts most recently with the rocker "Since You've Been Gone" and picked up two Grammies for her second disc, "Breakaway." Still living the dream, Kelly is the biggest success story in American Idol history.


SACHA BARON COHEN

SACHA BARON COHEN
Fast earning the label of "The next Peter Sellers," Cohen has shown a truly original flair for creating characters. Born to an orthodox Jewish family in London, 1971 Cohen did not start his life as the class clown. He attended Cambridge to study history and didn't attempt comedy until 1995 when he tried out for a British comedy show. In 2006 Cohen released a feature film showcasing his bumbling alter ego, Kazakstanian reporter, Borat in Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. His performance would go on to garner Cohen the Golden Globe award for "Best Actor - Musical or Comedy" as well as several law suits from disgruntled interview subjects shown in the movie.


DENIS LEARY

A stand-up comic and actor since the 1980s, Denis Leary became instantly famous after appearing on MTV commercials ranting about everything from Cindy Crawford to smoking. Growing up with many firefighters among his family & friends, his life was changed forever by a tragedy in 1999 when his cousin and 5 other firefighters died in a fire in Worcester, MA. He set up the Leary Firefighters Foundation which to date has distributed nearly $3 million worth of equipment and safety materials to firehouses. After 9/11 he also set up the Fund for New York's Bravest, distributing funds to the family members of firefighters who died on 9/11. His close relationship with firefighters led him to create his current hit show "Rescue Me." Tackling both difficult and humorous issues, Leary has created a showcase for his complex persona which has led to his best performances as an actor.


JON STEWART

JON STEWART
Jon Stewart's catapult to fame on Comedy Central's satiric news television program The Daily Show has made him one of America's top social and comedic voices. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Stewart adopted the stage name "Jon Stewart" and tried his hand at comedy in the New York City club circuit. His success with standup landed Stewart his first TV job as a writer for Caroline's Comedy Hour. This led to various on-air and sometimes short-lived hosting stints until finally landing his own talk show at MTV. The Jon Stewart Show was the first talk show on that network and was an instant hit. In 1999, Stewart moved to Comedy Central where he began hosting, writing and co-producing The Daily Show. The show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim for its political satire and incisive humour emerging as one of the most popular programs on cable television.


JENNIFER LOPEZ

JENNIFER LOPEZ
International star equally at home in the worlds of music, dance and acting. Her first paid gig was as a Fly Girl on the breakout television series, In Living Color. Her star turn in the film Selena paved the way to a recording career. Her multiple talents peaked when she became the first ever to have a number one album (JLO) and number one movie (The Wedding Planner) at the same time. Romances with Sean "Diddy" Combs and Ben Affleck made her a favorite of the tabloid press. Now married to singer Marc Anthony, J-Lo is remains both an A-list star and a tabloid darling.


SEAN CONNERY

SEAN CONNERY
To many he is still the quintessential Bond... James Bond. Born in Edinburgh Scotland in 1930, Sean Connery's early working life hardly hinted at his future glamorous life as he took jobs ranging from milkman to lifeguard. His first taste of success came when he placed 3rd in the 1953 Mr. Universe contest. When another competitor suggested he try out for a part in the stage production of South Pacific, Connery found himself hooked on a new profession - acting. His role as James Bond was almost accidental; initially Carey Grant was asked to play the part but demanded too much money. Since landing his breakthrough role, the actor has gone on to leave an indelible mark on the film industry playing a wide range of no-nonsense tough guys. One of those roles, Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables, was recognized with an Oscar in 1987. Despite his age Connery is still a sex symbol, a title usually relegated to much younger actors.