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SEAN CONNERY: A LIVING LEGEND by Robert Kent
Not many men
have been voted the Sexiest Man Alive at the age of sixty! However, Sean Connery is an actor who appeals to both men and women. Everyone admires his charm and charisma.
Sean Connery is very proud to be Scottish and he often talks about his love for Scotland. He was born in Edinburgh on the 25th August 1930. He came from a poor, working class family. His father worked in a factory and Sean left school when he was only thirteen years old. At the age of fifteen he joined the Royal Navy for three years. When he left the navy he tried many jobs. He worked as a labourer, cement mixer, milkman and bricklayer. He did not want to be an actor but dreamed of being a football player. As a hobby, he tried body building and when he was in London competing in a body building competition he auditioned for a small part in a musical. He won the part and his acting career began.
very hard to improve his acting. He took dancing and singing lessons. However, he did not become famous until he got the chance to play James Bond in the film Dr No in 1962. He beat many
other distinguished actors, including Cary Grant and Rex Harrison, who also wanted to play the suave secret service agent. The producer of
Dr No decided that Sean Connery was the right person to play James Bond when he watched Sean walk down the street!
Following the success of the film Dr No, Sean Connery was asked to play in four James Bond films during the Sixties - Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice. Many fans of James Bond films think that he was the best James Bond of all time.
grew tired of playing James Bond and after making the film, Diamonds Are Forever in 1971, he vowed that he would ‘never again’ make another James Bond film. At the time, he was paid a record-breaking
salary of $1.25 million for his part in the film. However, he agreed to play James Bond once more in 1983 and the producers called the film Never Say Never Again. His fans
In the 1980s Sean Connery took on different and more varied roles. He won an Oscar for his role as a tough Irish cop in The Untouchables, in which he starred alongside Kevin Costner. He also played Harrison Ford's eccentric father in the popular Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. His cameo role as King Richard in Robin Hood had cinema audiences cheering his screen appearance!
His most recent films
include The New Avengers with actors Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes, and Entrapment. In Entrapment Sean plays an ageing art burglar who teams up with the beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones in a thriller set around the
Despite his Hollywood success, Sean Connery has remained loyal to his native land. He has worked for the Scottish National Theatre and in the 1970s he founded the Scottish International Education Trust, an organisation to help young Scots receive an education. He even made an appearance in the elections for the new Scottish parliament to lend weight to the Scottish Nationalist Party's cause. It is said that he was not given a knighthood in 1997 because of his links with this Party. Although he lives for much of the time in Spain and the Bahamas, he is regarded as Scotland’s most famous son.
Sandra Bullock is one of the most popular movie stars in America. She is especially
famous for her work in funny love
stories. But she has also proven
herself a fine dramatic actress in movies like "Crash,"
Sandra Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia in nineteen sixty-four. Her mother was a German-born opera singer. She died of cancer in two thousand. Bullock's father was a voice teacher and Defense Department employee. He now leads her production company, Fortis Films.
Sandra Bullock began performing as a young girl, often in music shows with her mother. She was involved in theater in high school. Then she studied acting at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Bullock lived in New York City for a short time after college. She moved to Los Angeles,
California after winning her first big
job, a part
in a movie made for television.
Sandra Bullock has performed in more than forty films. She has played a police officer, an alcoholic, a witch, a single mother, a rich lonely wife and many other characters. Her most recent movie, "Premonition," was released earlier this year.
Next up is a romantic comedy called "All About Steve." Bullock will play a woman who decides a reporter she sees on television is her true love. She starts to follow him all around the country hoping to persuade him that he loves her too.
Sandra Bullock does not have to do this kind of thing in real life. Two years ago she married Jesse James, the star of a television show called "Monster Garage."
Sandra Bullock is also known for helping others in need. She witnessed the terrorist attack on New York City in two thousand one. She was staying at a hotel several blocks away when the twin towers were destroyed. She gave one million dollars to the Red Cross to help those affected.
Bullock gave the organization another one million dollars to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in two thousand four. And she continues to give time and money to help the city of New Orleans. That city is still recovering from the severe damage that Hurricane Katrina caused in two thousand five.