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Juliana Hatfield (1967):
Musician who launched her solo career in 1992, and was an instant smash on the college scene. Hatfield grew up in Massachusetts and began playing the piano at the age of six. While studying voice at the Berklee College of Music, Hatfield formed the band, "Blake Babies," and received a airplay on college radio stations. In 1990, Hatfield composed songs for Susanna Hoffs’ (of Bangles fame) solo album, and set her sights on a solo career of her own. Hatfield released, "Hey Babe," in 1992 and her 1994 follow-up, "Become What You Are," spawned the hit single "Spin the Bottle." In 2000, Hatfield released two albums - "Beautiful Creature" and "Total System Failure." "Gold Stars 1992-2002: The Juliana Hatfield Collection" was released in 2002. "IN EXILE DEO" was released in 2004.
Roxanne Hart (1952):
Actress who earned a Tony nomination in 1983 for her supporting role in the Broadway play, "Passion." Hart made her acting debut in 1981 in the television movie "Kent State," and in 1982, appeared on the silver screen in The Verdict. That role lead to parts in films including Oh, God! You Devil! (1984), Highlander (1986) and Once Around in 1991. During the 1980s, Hart was a regular on the PBS series "American Playhouse," starring in "The Little Sister," "Painting Churches" and "Big Time." Hart later played chief operating nurse, Camille Shutt, on the TV medical drama "Chicago Hope." In 2002, she appeared in both The Good Girl and Moonlight Mile (2002).
Peggy Fleming (1948):
Champion figure skater who is known for her incomparable grace and style on the ice. In 1961, the entire United States Figure Skating team was killed in a plane crash on their way to the World Championships in Prague. Fleming was only eleven years old when this tragedy occurred, and many credit her dedication to the sport for breathing new life into Figure Skating. In 1968, Fleming brought home the Gold medal for the U.S. in the Olympics, and earned five U.S. Titles and three World Titles throughout her career. In 1983, Fleming was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Fleming announced in 1998 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and has since been raising awareness and giving hope to people across the country.
Jerry Van Dyke (1931):
Actor and comedian who is known for his goofy sense of humor. Although many say that Van Dyke has been cast in the shadow of his brother’s (Dick Van Dyke) spotlight, Jerry has had an impressive career in his own right. Van Dyke started out in show business on the "Dick Van Dyke Show," and appeared in a number of television series early in his career, including "My Mother the Car." Van Dyke enjoyed his biggest prime time success, when he starred as Luther on the hit sitcom, "Coach" (1989-97). Van Dyke stole many scenes as the sweet, naïve assistant coach, and his popularity led him to star in television movies including "To Grandmother’s House We Go." Jerry leant his voice to the animated film, Annabelle’s Wish (1997). More recently, Jerry appeared on the "Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited" in 2004.
Norman Lear (1922):
Television producer who is most famous for being the creator of the character, Archie Bunker, and the sitcom "All in the Family." Lear attended college for only one year before deciding to take his chances in Hollywood. He began his writing career in 1950 on The Ford Star Review, and formed his own production company, Tandem Productions, in 1959. His sitcom, "All in the Family," earned him numerous Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award in 1977. Some of Lear’s other notable television credits include "Good Times," "The Jeffersons" and "Maude," while his screen credits include Stand By Me, The Princess Bride and Fried Green Tomatoes. In 1999, President Clinton honored Lear with the National Medal of the Arts.