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Singer Madonna (Vogue, Like a Virgin) and actress Angela Bassett (What's Love Got to Do with It?) share the same birthday and birth year: August 16, 1958.

Juvenile ballerinas should not attempt dancing on pointe until they are 12 years old or their feet have stopped growing.

Singer Natalie Cole's full name at birth was Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole.

Katherine Hepburn's father was a surgeon and her mother was a dedicated suffragette and early crusader for birth control.

Kathy Bates, Roseanne Cash, Shannon Doherty, Aretha Franklin, Morgan Freeman, George Hamilton, Lisa Marie Presley, Cybill Shepherd, and Maurice White were all born in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kermit the Frog is left-handed and has eleven points on his collar.

Mawari-butai, or the revolving stage, was first invented in Japan about 300 years ago. The stage device made rapid changes of a scene possible without interrupting the flow of the plot. This was later introduced abroad.

Rolling Stone had an odd dilemma in 1994: two fabulous photos of comedian Jerry Seinfeld impersonating Elvis Presley, but only one could go on the cover. To remedy this, the magazine launched its first split cover. Half the issues featured Seinfeld as an old, puffy Elvis, and half as a young, virile Elvis. The issues were sent randomly to subscribers in September 1994, and newsstands carried both versions.

A Beverly Hills judge ordered actress Shannen Doherty to attend anger-management counseling and pay a fine in 1997 after she had smashed a beer bottle on a man's car's window during an argument outside a Hollywood bar in 1996.

A claque is a group of people hired to applaud an act or performer.

A former café singer and ice skater, Eva Gabor was the youngest of the glamorous Gabor sisters, and was the first to arrive in the United States from Hungary in the late 1930s.

A male ballet dancer is referred to as a danseur noble.

A puppet replica of director Steven Spielberg sold for $16,500 during a 1998 auction of works by world-famous puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft in Beverly Hills. The puppet, dressed in a red shirt and gray sweater and wearing metal eyeglasses, was valued at $3,000 to $5,000 before the auction.

A significant feature of the Japanese kabuki theater art is that there are no actresses. All female parts are played by male impersonators, or onnagata. In its earliest days, kabuki players were mainly women. As the popularity of kabuki grew, many actresses attracted vulgar attention from male admirers. Authorities felt this would lead to public demoralization and officially banned women from performing kabuki in 1629. The ban on actresses was in effect for about 250 years; while it is now lifted, the art of the onnagata has eliminated the need or desire for women.

Singer Ricky Martin's full birth name is Enrique Martin Morales IV (the fourth).

A talented artist, Sylvester Stallone's neo-expressionist paintings sell for about $40,000 each.

Sir Anthony Hopkins became a U.S. citizen in April 2000, and he had to renounce both his British citizenship and the title bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth II. Officials at the British Consulate in Los Angeles said that Hopkins would still be formally recognized as a British national in his native land, and could continue to use his title when in the United Kingdom.

According to sources, Chad Everett's name at birth was Ray Cramton.

Sir James M. Barrie's play Peter Pan was first published in 1904.

Kevin Costner, Marlene Dietrich, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Hope, Teri Garr, Jean Harlow, Bette Midler, Casey Kasem, Ronald Reagan, and Burt Reynolds got their start in front of the camera as film extras.

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