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Birth: June 4, 1975
“I always play women I would date.”
Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress
whose films include “Girl, Interrupted,” “Changeling” and
“Maleficent.” She is among the highest-paid actresses in
Hollywood, having cemented her international success
portraying such perse characters as a video game heroine in
the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” franchise and an HIV-positive
supermodel in “Gia.” She made her directorial debut with the
“Land of Blood and Honey,” a drama set during the Bosnian
war. She also wrote and produced the film.
Jolie’s role in the 2003 film “Beyond Borders,” reflects
her personal interest in humanitarian work. She made
the largest-ever private donation to the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2001. She
has since spent her own money and time visiting war-torn
communities and bringing attention to international trouble
Jolie has served as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador for
over a decade and was promoted to the rank of special envoy
in 2012. She has been involved in dozens of field missions
around the world, meeting with refugees and advocating on
Jolie also lobbies against violence and poverty under the
Jolie-Pitt Foundation, an umbrella organization she and her
husband, Brad Pitt, founded in 2006. In 2003 she became
the first person to be honored with the Citizen of the World
Award from the United Nations Correspondents Association.
In 1996 Jolie had a relationship with the lesbian model
and actress Jenny Shimizu on the set of “Foxfire.” Jolie said,
“I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn’t married my
In 2003, when Jolie was asked if she was bisexual,
she responded, “Of course. If I fell in love with a woman
tomorrow, would I feel that it’s okay to want to kiss and touch
her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!”
Jolie and Pitt have six children
Birth: October 30, 1953
“If I can encourage adjustments or a wider sphere of
thoughts or questioning, then I will feel that I’ve done
Arthur Dong is an Academy Award-nominated documentary
filmmaker best known for chronicling Asian-American
history and LGBT life. He earned an Oscar nomination in
1984 for “Sewing Woman,” about his mother’s immigration to
America from China, which he produced as film student at San
Francisco State University. As a result of the film’s success, he
founded DeepFocus Productions to produce, direct and write
projects close to his heart.
“Stories from the War on Homosexuality” (2005), Dong’s
first DVD collection, features a trilogy of films focused on gay
issues, including “Coming Out Under Fire” (1994), his Peabody
Award-winning documentary about policies impacting gay and
lesbian service members; “Licensed to Kill” (1997), a study of
convicted murderers of gay men; and “Family Fundamentals”
(2002), a look at conservative Christian families with gay
Dong’s 2007 documentary “Hollywood Chinese” was
featured on the PBS series “American Masters” in 2009. The
film is included in his second DVD collection, “Stories from
Chinese America,” which was released in 2010.
In the early 1990s, Dong produced 13 documentaries on San
Francisco’s KCET-TV’s “Life & Times,” including the first PBS
series about gay issues: “The Question of Equality.” He also
directed “Out Rage ’69,” about New York’s famous Stonewall
Riots—the uprisings that helped galvanize the modern LGBT
civil rights movement.
Along with other recognition, Dong has received three
Sundance Film Festival Awards and five Emmy nominations.
He has also received two GLAAD Media Awards and the OUT
100 Award for his work on “Licensed to Kill.”
In 2014 Dong turned his research for the film “Forbidden
City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970” into a
book, which recieved the 2015 American Book Award.
Elsie De Wolfe
Birth: December 20, 1865
Death: July 2, 1950
“I opened the doors and windows of America, and let in
the air and sunshine.”
Elsie de Wolfe, later known as Lady Mendl, introduced
the world to the art of interior design. She saw the home as a
medium for self-expression.
The native New Yorker began her career as an actress before
becoming a prominent figure in London and Parisian high
society. After a decade in the theater, she shifted her creative
energies to decorating. She started a business in 1905 and
quickly landed her first big job: New York’s Colony Club, an
exclusive new club for women.
As an interior designer, de Wolfe’s clients included Amy
Vanderbilt, Cole Porter and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
She helped set the style for the world’s elite, introducing a light
color scheme and chintz fabrics at a time when dark wood
and heavy Victorian curtains were in vogue. She also helped
popularize animal prints, faux finishes and chaise longues.
In her autobiography, “After All,” she called herself a “rebel in
an ugly world,” saying, “I opened the doors and windows of
America, and let in the air and sunshine.”
De Wolfe regularly wrote for popular magazines of the day,
such as Good Housekeeping and The Delineator. Her articles
were assembled into an influential book, “The House in Good
Taste” (1913), which became a best seller.
During World War I, she volunteered as a nurse in France
and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for her heroism.
In 1926 at the age of 61, de Wolfe surprised many when she
married Sir Charles Mendl, a British diplomat in Paris. Since
1892 de Wolfe had been living openly in a lesbian relationship
with Elisabeth Marbury—a successful theatrical and literary
agent, who became one of the first female Broadway producers.
The women remained together until Marbury’s death in 1933.
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