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Mia Kirshner: Mamma Mia!


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.

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January 25: Happy Birthday Alicia Keys and Etta James


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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).

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