You might know Canadian actress Mia Kirshner from her work on the small screen. Kirshner has had recurring roles on TV shows like 24, The L Word and The Vampire Diaries. She got her start with some racy movie roles, but when she came to Hollywood her film career hit a speed bump. In this profile piece from the November 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Kirshner discussed her next mainstream movie, Mad City, which starred Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta.
Our two headliners today are a pair of singers who between them have a total of nearly twenty Grammys.
Alicia Keys turns 36 today. The R&B star made her performing debut on The Cosby Show at the age of four (as a guest at a slumber party), and signed her first recording contract at the age of 16. Although her career hit a few brief bumps, her first album, Songs in A minor, came out in 2001, as did the first of multiple hit singles from that album, which reached #1 on the Hot 100. Both album and single featured her particular style of R&B, with lots of classical overtones (she was trained as a classical pianist).