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Old 09-24-2010, 12:43 PM   #1
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Who is your favourite Baha'i celebrity?

:tongue Mine has to be Omid Djalili. He is the FUNNIEST man on earth. I watched his comedy show one night and just could not stop laughing. lollol:lol Wot about you?
 
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Old 09-24-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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Does anyone have a list of Baha'i celebrities? I don't know of that many...
 
Old 09-24-2010, 03:11 PM   #3
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:tongue Mine has to be Omid Djalili. He is the FUNNIEST man on earth. I watched his comedy show one night and just could not stop laughing. lollol:lol Wot about you?
I totally agree Yeshua - I just love the guy! But I'm not too sure what celebrities are Baha'is either so I hope someone can answer Jafar's post.
 
Old 09-24-2010, 03:37 PM   #4
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Here is a list of some Baha'i celebs:

Rulers and Politicians:
- Queen Marie of Romania - first crowned ruler to embrace Baha'i Faith (not officially enrolled, but a Baha'i at heart, whose devotion is expressed in her letters published in Priceless Pearl)
- King Malietoa Tanumafili II - king of Western Samoa
- Cynthia Shepard Perry - US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, West Africa and Burundi during Bush administration
- David Kelly - British Ministry of Defence (MoD); expert in biological warfare; former UN weapons inspector in Iraq; uncovered Iraq's former biological weapons program; Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Music:
- Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz musician (trumpet player)
- Jim Seals and Dash Crofts - "Seals & Crofts" songwriting/musician duo (soft rock); best known for "Summer Breeze" and "Get Closer"; Also: "We May Never Pass This Way Again"
- Charles Wolcott - film composer; former MGM and Disney Studios Music Director; 3 Academy Awards
- Dan Seals - country and western singer
- Affe Adel - singer/songwriter with chart-topping hits in the U.S. and U.K.
- James Moody - Jazz saxophonist
- Vic Damone - jazz singer
- Tierney Sutton - jazz singer
- Flora Purim - leading Brazilian jazz singer
- Fayard Nicholas - singer (of the Nicholas Brothers)
- Red Grammer - Grammy Award-winning singer
- Jamie Findlay - guitarist
- Francin Astani - French pianist
- Marc Ochu - classical pianist
- Lasse Thoresen - Norwegian classical music composer
- Russell Garcia - film composer whose credits include The Time Machine (1960); orchestrator
- Carol Bernhardt - classical oboist

Film and Television:
- Omid Djalili - ethnic Iranian stand-up comedian and actor in England; has done major U.S.-based acting also, incl. co-starring as "Nasim" on Whoopie (network TV sitcom) and movie roles such as in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
- Earl Cameron - Bermudan born veteran TV/film actor; The Interpreter (2005); Thunderball (1965); The Message (1976); etc.
- O. Z. Whitehead - film and television actor; The Grapes of Wrath (1940), etc.
- Alex Rocco - actor ("The Godfather"; "The Wedding Planner", etc.)
- David Hofman - actor, "Voice of the BBC"
- Carole Lombard - actress, movie star
- Lois Hall - actress
- Eva La Rue - actress
- Oscar DeGruy - actor
- Anthony Azizi - actor (FOX TV series "24", etc.)
- Lloyd Haynes - actor, star of TV series Room 222
- Justin Baldoni - actor; CBS TV movie Spring Break Shark Attack; etc.
- Phillip Hinton - Australian actor; American exposure includes guest roles in The Flood, The Thornbirds - the Missing Years, Tanker Incident, Time Trax and Flipper
- Beverley Evans - Australian actor; has had regular roles in Australian series A Country Practice, Blue Heelers, Janus, Phoenix and Mercury
- Rainn Wilson - actor: Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006); Almost Famous (2000); Galaxy Quest (1999); America's Sweethearts (2001); Sahara (2005); received Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series from Screen Actors Guild Award for Six Feet Under in 2001) [see American Baha'i 23 November 2005]

Sports:
- Cathy Freeman - Olympic gold medal-winning runner; star of 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; an Aboriginal Australian and advocate of Aboriginal rights
- Khalil Greene - professional baseball player; shortstop for the San Diego Padres
- Bill Sears - sports announcer and TV personality
- Nelson Evora - Portuguese Olympic triple jumper
- Miles Kasiri - English tennis player

Literature:
- Robert Hayden - poet; first black American to be appointed as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (later called the Poet Laureate)
- Ogden Nash - poet
- Roger White - poet (Another Song, Another Season: Poems and Portrayals; Occasions of Grace: More Poems and Portrayals and The Witness of Pebbles )
- Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff - fantasy novelist
- Juliet Thompson - American playwright and author; wrote I, Magdalene

Art:
- Mark Tobey - renowned abstract painter; founder of the "New York School" of abstract painting (according to Woodman)
- Duffy Sheridan - painter
- Roger Bansemer - artist
- Bernard Leach - preeminent British potter
- Ashraf Geibatov - Azerbaijani painter
- Sara Hatch - artist
- William Sutherland Maxwell - one of Canada's premier architects and a leading figure in the arts societies of Montreal
- Kevin Locke - Native Amerian hoop dancer

Academics and Non-Fiction Authors:
- Alain Locke - American philosopher; multiculturalist; listed in The Black 100 as the 36th most influential African American in history
- Guy Murchie - writer of science and philosophy books, incl: The Seven Mysteries of Life; Music of the Spheres; Song of the Sky
- Dorothy Marcic - author of Managing with the Wisdom of Love
- Thomas Kelly Cheyne - Biblical scholar; important English language pioneer of the "higher criticism" of the Bible
- August Forel - scientist; b. 1848; remembered primarily for studies of social behavior of ants and other insects; published studies in legal psychiatry, mental health
- Dwight Allen - Professor of Educational Reform at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; co-author with Bill Cosby of American Schools: The 100 Billion Dollar Challenge
- Linda Kavelin Popov - co-author of The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves, about teaching spiritual qualities to children, and other books

Activism:
- Suheil Bushrui - scholar; peace activist; holds Baha'i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland
- Layli Miller-Muro - founder of The Tahirih Justice Center; helped Fauziya Kassindja gain assylum in U.S.; co-wrote Fauziya's book Do They Hear You When You Cry?
- Patricia Locke - (1928-2001) inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2003, worked for decades to preserve American Indian languages
- Richard St. Barbe-Baker - world-famous environmentalist; founder of "The Men of the Trees"

Notable Promoters of the Baha'i Faith:
- Lydia Zamenhof - daughter of Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof, the originator of Esperanto; promoter and user of Esperanto and translator of many Baha'i writings; a.k.a. Lidia Zamenhof
- Martha Root - celebrated Baha'i speaker, world traveller, and Esperantist
- Louis Gregory - lawyer and influential early Baha'i; first African-American to be named a Hand of the Cause of God. His childhood home in Charleston, SC is now a public museum devoted to his memory and his dedication to the cause of race unity.
 
Old 09-24-2010, 06:20 PM   #5
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Omid Djalili is hilarious.
I want to see The Infidel but I don't think it was released in America. I'll have to order it.
 
Old 09-30-2010, 05:22 AM   #6
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Omid Djalili is hilarious.
I want to see The Infidel but I don't think it was released in America. I'll have to order it.
I'd like to BE Omid Djalili! I've always had a latent desire to be a comedian.

But my favorite 'celebrity' has to be Prof. Soheil Bushrui. About 10 years ago, he spent a whole afternoon at my little 'individual teaching initiative cafe' and totally charmed me into a smiling submissive silence ... not a bona fide miracle perhaps, but those who know me (off-line) personally would definitely mark it down as a 'red-letter day' on their calendars!lol :lol
 
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