Role Model Entertainers

Today's youth love to read about contemporary celebrities and popular sports figures. These colorful "cross-currents" biographies will appeal to even the most reluctant readers. Each book in the set details each individual's history, and path to stardom. The books have an inviting format, with large engaging pictures, a colorful design, and numerous quotations from primary sources.


ISBN 978-1-4222-
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 10 out of 11 volumes available.
11 volumes
2013, 2009,
12 & up
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Adam Sandler
by Michael V. Uschan

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-2715-2 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
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Adam Sandler is one of the world's most popular actors, and is known for his wildly creative sense of humor, which launched him to television and film stardom. He first became famous as a cast member on Saturday Night Live during the early 1990s. Fans loved the wacky characters Sandler created on the show, such as Cajun Man and Operaman. They were also impressed with the bravery he showed by being willing to do anything to make people laugh. Sandler used that same comedic genius to become a star in movies such as The Waterboy, Big Daddy, and Click. He has also made films like Reign Over Me, which show he is a fine dramatic actor. And Sandler not only acts in movies but also makes them. He started Happy Madison Productions so he could create films that reflect his unique sense of what is funny.

American Idol Judges
by Jim Whiting

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American Idol is the most-watched prime-time television show in the United States. It is also seen around the world, and more than 40 countries have their own version. One of the main reasons for American Idol's success is the show's panel of three judges. Randy Jackson has many years of experience as a performer and music producer. Paula Abdul is a singer and dancer who was an American pop sensation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And then there's "Mr. Nasty," Simon Cowell, whose harsh opinions-and his frequent disagreements with Paula and Randy-are always entertaining. But Paula, Randy, and Simon are not just focused on their hit television show. All three have tried to help others through a variety of charitable works. Most recently, the "Idol Gives Back" episodes have raised nearly $150 million for children's organizations in the United States and Africa.

Angelina Jolie
by Lydia Bjornlund

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Angelina Jolie is a woman of contradictions. A natural beauty who covers her skin with tattoos, she fuels the tabloids with her unconventional behavior-from her controversial relationships to jumping into the hotel pool in a designer gown. From the beginning, Angelina Jolie showed that she was a supremely talented actress. She has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. But Angelina's best work has been as a humanitarian. In 2001, she became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and since then has worked tirelessly for the organization. She has traveled to forgotten corners of the earth, visiting refugee camps. She has talked to thousands of refugees fleeing war and persecution and spoken out for them in Washington, D.C. Never one to avoid the media, Angelina has used her fame to help ease the plight of refugees throughout the world.

Chris Rock
by Diane Cook

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For more than 20 years, comedian Chris Rock has skewered America's sacred cows with abandon. With foul-mouthed wit and a talent for being outrageous, Chris has forged a hugely successful career on stage and in the movies. His HBO specials Bring the Pain and Bigger and Blacker set new standards for 21st-century comedy; blockbusters like Madagascar and its sequel have proved him to be a consistent draw and have earned him millions of dollars. But Chris Rock's rise to fame has not been without setbacks: Box-office bombs and an Oscar-night controversy are stumbles in a varied career that continues to draw the attention of fans around the world. Through it all, Chris has remained committed to the charitable and political causes in which he believes. This new biography offers an in-depth look at a comedy legend in the making-what makes him tick and where his extraordinary career will go next.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson     
by James A. Corrick

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During his career as a professional wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson thrilled wrestling fans everywhere. Known as the People's Champion, the Rock was a wrestling superstar whose dynamic and colorful personality attracted attention both inside and outside the ring. His feuds with other wrestling greats resulted in some of the most talked-about matches in wrestling history. He became the first African American to hold the World Wrestling Entertainment World Championship title, one he went on to capture six more times. This book describes how Dwayne Johnson, the son and grandson of professional wrestlers, became the Rock and, in his own words, "the most electrifying man in sports entertainment." It details his failed ambition to become a professional football player and how that failure led him into the family business of wrestling. Eventually, the Rock built a successful wrestling career, and ultimately became a movie star as well.

Gwen Stefani
by Stuart A. Kallen

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One of the most popular rock stars of the 21st century, Gwen Stefani excels in all she does. As the defiant lead singer of No Doubt, she helped the Orange County band sell tens of millions of records with her unique music and fabulous fashion sense. As a solo artist, she has received the adulation of countless new fans. All the while, she has won Grammies, MTV Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and more. And if achieving international supercelebrity is not enough, Gwen is also in charge of her own self-designed L.A.M.B. fashion line. Gwen has worked hard to eclipse the competition on the red carpet, the stage, and the record charts. Among her albums with No Doubt are the platinum-selling Tragic Kingdom, Return of Saturn, and Rock Steady. Her solo projects include the widely popular Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and The Sweet Escape.

John Cena
by Robert Grayson

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He was just a boy with a dream from a small, rural Massachusetts town. He loved wrestling and rap music, and studied and idolized the biggest stars in both fields. Little did he know that one day he would get a chance to combine both his passions. Today John Cena is one of the biggest stars the WWE ever had. He also writes and records freestyle rap music, appears on TV commercials, stars in movies, and always has time to help children, lift the spirits of American military troops at home and abroad, and work for worthy causes all over the country. He taunts his opponents, loves his fans, never forgets his roots, and has an exemplary work ethic that reflects the values of hardworking people everywhere.

Matt Damon
by Pamela Toler

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In 1993, when two young, unknown actors named Matt Damon and Ben Affleck couldn't get the movie parts they wanted, the lifelong friends decided to write their own screenplay. To their surprise, Good Will Hunting-a story about a blue-collar math whiz-became a box office hit after it premiered in 1997. It won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and Matt became one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood. In the years since Good Will Hunting, Matt has become an A-list actor, starring in many memorable films such as Saving Private Ryan and The Talented Mr. Ripley. One of his most successful roles is that of amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, who has featured in a trilogy of films beginning with The Bourne Identity in 2002. Matt likes to keep his personal life private. However, he doesn't hesitate to use his celebrity to help others. Among the groups he supports are the ONE Campaign and H2O Africa Foundation, which are charitable organizations working to improve living conditions in Africa.

Miley Cyrus
by David Robson

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Like a southern whirlwind, teen sensation Miley Cyrus has swept in and captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Her unique and inspirational story is one of natural talent and never-say-die persistence. From humble beginnings in Nashville, Tennessee, to bit parts on television shows, Miley knew from an early age that she wanted to make the most of her many talents. Using interviews, fan sites, and the most current information available on the pop star, Modern Role Models: Miley Cyrus is the ultimate insiders' guide to all things Miley. Find out the name of the show on which Miley made her television debut; read about Miley's thoughts on family and friends; and get swept up in the story of Miley's sometimes bumpy road to fame.

by Terri Dougherty

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There's no stopping Raven-Symone. The former Cosby kid gained fame as psychic teenager Raven Baxter on the Disney Channel hit That's So Raven, and as a singing sensation in the Cheetah Girls films. The actress and singer has made her mark in the entertainment world. While she's gained fame, Raven-Symone has not lost sight of who she is and what's important. She has not been caught up in the pitfalls that trap many young stars. Raven-Symone loves her career and makes it a point to help others. If she really could see into her future, it would surely be a bright one. She is interested in everything from cooking to crafts and has plenty of ideas for things she'd like to do next.

Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
by Karen Schweitzer

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Using nothing more than a computer, a video recorder, and an Internet connection, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em managed to launch a hugely successful hip-hop career when he was 16 years old. He pioneered a new trend in music promotion and grew a worldwide fan base with Web sites like YouTube, MySpace, and SoundClick. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em was famous by the time the record companies came calling. Although he is best known for his hit singles and the dance craze he inspired, this young rapper is also a mogul in the making. He is constantly working to promote his name and take his brand to the next level. This book details the many successes Soulja Boy Tell 'Em has enjoyed so far and explores the impact that he has had on hip-hop and modern culture.

Tobey McGuire
by Terri Dougherty

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When he is swinging from building to building and fighting evil as Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire looks like a superhero. However, he did not always feel like he was on top of the world. Tobey endured a difficult childhood and a great deal of rejection before being noticed for his acting talent. By going through difficult times, the young actor learned what was important. It was not becoming rich and famous; rather, it was doing the best he could and enjoying what he did. Once he realized that, his talent came through and he found himself swinging to new heights. In addition to Spider-Man, Tobey has starred in such hit films as The Cider House Rules, Pleasantville, and Seabiscuit.

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