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As one of the greatest stars of all time, Ava Gardner has been an icon of the 1900s.
Whether it was acting or modeling, Ava captured hearts all over the world. While Ava was visiting her sister in New York, an image of Ava displayed in the window of a Fifth Avenue shop caught the attention of the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) where she signed, at only 18 years old, a 7 year movie contract. Her soon success in The Killers led to other roles as Hemingway heroines, including The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Sun Also Rises. Ava was chosen over several screen legends by MGM to portray the role of Julie Laverne in Show Boat, one of the greatest musicals of all time. While living in Hollywood, Ava also completed several other movies, which are classics today: Lone Star, Mogambo, and The Night of the Iguana. The film most consider to be the “definitive Ava Gardner film” was The Barefoot Contessa. With this film, Ava was billed as “the most beautiful animal in the world,” and achieved international stardom.
Among Ava’s many accomplishments, she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953, as well as a BAFTA Award, Best Actress Award, and a Golden Globe in 1964. Besides her famously known look, including her bright red lipstick and stunning green eyes, Ava is also remembered for her 3 marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra.
Since her passing, her Estate’s Trust has been passed through generations of those close to the family. There now stands a museum honoring Ava in her hometown of Smithfield, NC. Ava remains one of the greatest Hollywood Icons today.
Nash Grier turned Internet & digital entertainment into mainstream media. With almost 30 million followers, he has amassed a following bigger than most countries.
The 20-year-old digital influencer started his journey to worldwide notoriety by creating videos on the popular social media network Vine. From there, he has amassed a huge following on additional social media channels including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.
After moving to LA he found himself educating even major brands on the benefits of digital/Internet marketing versus traditional TV commercials or print ads. Soon he was bombarded with endorsements and began doing content deals with companies including
Nordstrom, Virgin Mobile, MTV, Amazon, M&Ms, Aquafina, Old Spice, and many more. He started a clothing brand aside from his fan merch called UnitedXXVI, which did millions in retail sales for Aeropostale. The clothing deal landed Nash on his first Time Square billboard in 2015, and since has graced another on behalf of Awesomeness TV and NASDAQ in 2016.
Since Nash has become mainstream, he has been a guest on Good Morning America and The View multiple times and has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2014 & 2015. He was also named one of TIME Magazine’s most influential teens. Grier was later invited to the White House Correspondents dinner by Arianna Huffington after being named and featured in HuffPost as the most popular kid in the world. Speaking to his worldwide fame, Nash was nominated for “Choice Web Star: Comedy” at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards, “Favorite Social Media Star” at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards, and “Choice Web Star: Male” at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards – awards that didn’t exist when his career began.
In 2015, Nash starred in his first film The Outfield, which jumped to #1 on the iTunes Drama chart in 15 countries only two days after its release, beating out the highly anticipated Jurassic World. In spring of 2016 he wrapped filming on the thriller film “You Get Me” starring opposite Bella Thorne. Nash is drawn to the innovative story telling of video and film, as evidenced by the fact that he writes, directs, and edits every video he makes on social media. Nash has proven his production skills on a larger scale as well, directing a music video for the artist Bera, which now has more than 3 million views on Nash’s YouTube channel.
In addition to film and video, Nash is currently writing a book and has a partnership with Awesomeness TV to promote his massive YouTube channel following. He is also signed with STATE Management for both domestic and foreign campaigns. In both 2017 and 2018, Nash walked in the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show in Milan in the #DGMillenials Campaign, as well as the Dolce & Gabbana Men’s 2019 Spring/Summer Campaign in 2018. He created his “Nash Grier” app which skyrocketed to 6.3 million views within its first week and took over 78% of total traffic across all apps, eclipsing the Star Wars app on the day of the launch. He also has his own emojis for Apple and Android, dubbed “NashMoji”. Nash uses his voice for good, bringing attention to causes he is passionate about, including climate change and global warming and encourages his generation to be more environmentally responsible.
What makes Nash different from any other young talent? – his drive to succeed, his knowledge of this unique space, and the close relationship he has with his fans. Nash understands and appreciates that his fans helped create him, so his supporters see his journey as their journey. He is accessible to his fans and only promotes brands/companies he believes in, which builds trust with his fan base. One time in Iceland, a single tweet about Nash’s whereabouts brought 5,000 girls to a shopping center in search of him. The mayor of Reykjavik [Iceland] was quoted saying they’d never seen that before, “even when The Beatles came 30 years ago.”
Jim CantoreTV Personality/Meteorologist/Storm Tracker
Arguably the most well-known meteorologist on television, Jim Cantore is the face of America’s weather authority, The Weather Channel.
Though he is best known for his live field coverage of major weather events (such as Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Isabel, Rita, Andrew, Floyd, Mitch, Bonnie, Irene and Sandy), his contributions span well beyond severe weather field reporting. He has reported from events such as the Space Shuttle Discovery launch, the “Winter X Games,” PGA tournaments, and NFL games. Cantore was in London hosting weather segments for NBC during the 2012 Summer Olympics and is a frequent contributor to NBC programs such as “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “TODAY,” and multiple MSNBC shows. Cantore also serves as host to many original productions on The Weather Channel, including the award-winning “Storm Stories,” the network’s first signature long-form series, as well as “Cantore Stories.”
A sought after speaker, Cantore serves as a celebrity ambassador for the American Red Cross, enabling him to further spread the message of preparedness, an issue of vital importance to him that carries over from his work. He has also appeared in a series of public service announcements for FEMA on the importance of preparing your home and family for severe weather. Through The Weather Channel, Cantore lends his famous face to L.L. Bean, as a celebrity endorser.
Cantore has been praised for his ability to “break down” complicated weather events into terms that the average viewer can understand, making him a household name and fan favorite. When not in the field, he covers the latest forecast and weather news on “Weather Center Live” weeknights, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.