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Old 09-24-2010, 01:43 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, 04:08 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, 04:11 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, 04:37 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, 07:20 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, 06:22 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
 
Old 10-03-2014, 12:43 PM   #7
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It has to be , Kevin Locke, for me. He is the most inspirational speaker I have ever heard. And I was spellbound watching him perform the hoop dance. Am reading, Compassionate Woman, right now, which is a biography about his mother. Dale so kindly recommended this book.
 
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It has to be , Kevin Locke, for me. He is the most inspirational speaker I have ever heard. And I was spellbound watching him perform the hoop dance. Am reading, Compassionate Woman, right now, which is a biography about his mother. Dale so kindly recommended this book.
Dear Becky I so wanted to see Kevin when he visited Australia, but I just could not afford to travel the distance and of course working, time was a factor. Sigh

I have missed many wonderful things in my life because of distance, time and lack of money, but no complaints I feel God has rewarded me in other ways, I am content.
 
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Dear Becky I so wanted to see Kevin when he visited Australia, but I just could not afford to travel the distance and of course working, time was a factor. Sigh

I have missed many wonderful things in my life because of distance, time and lack of money, but no complaints I feel God has rewarded me in other ways, I am content.
Dear Bill,
I was so fortunate to have Kevin come to speak and perform at my school. He was incredibly amazing and you could just see how he empowered our Native American students. Truly one of the more special events in my life, of which there have been many. God is so wonderful, all you have to do is look around and see how many blessings he has bestowed upon us. Certainly we all are grateful every day of our lives!

Warm regards,
Becky
 
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Two years ago at our little summer school in NI,we were blessed with the presence of Moojan and Wendy Momen who spoke to us throughout the school But as so many others have said, Adding That find Omid Djalili hilarious and am so proud when I see him on tv��

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Old 10-04-2014, 06:49 AM   #11
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Who is your favourite Baha'i celebrity?

I just feel I would like to say that for me there is a Baha'i in my old community of La Florida, suburb of Santiago who I look upon as a celebrity of great importance.

No one would know him, possibly even in Santiago he is overlooked, but his spiritual qualities and actions speak to me. I am proud to call him friend.
 
Old 10-04-2014, 07:07 AM   #12
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mark tobey was a founder of the "northwest school"
 
Old 10-04-2014, 07:09 AM   #13
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but my favorite (living) would have to be the amazing tierney sutton, and my favorite (passed on) would be diz.
 
Old 10-04-2014, 10:56 PM   #14
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Dan Seals ranks quite Baha'i on my list

Danny touches my heart many times in his songs. He shows so much soul in his song: "We are One"

Here is a very good version:

 
Old 10-05-2014, 10:11 AM   #15
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To the list of Baha'i musicians I would add JB Eckl, singer-songwriter and producer, who won a Grammy for his work on Santana's album Supernatural, also played with Santana on tour and the next album Shaman, previously played with the reconstituted 70's band War, and now is pursuing a solo career. Quite a talented individual.

Also Cynthia Blackman, a well regarded jazz drummer with several albums, whom I learned about because she is now married to Carlos Santana. (Seems like Baha'u'llah has His eye on Santana, not too surprisingly).

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Old 10-05-2014, 10:57 AM   #16
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I think Mishkín-Qalam would have been a great person to meet - if we don't consider Bah'a'u'lláh, Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi, of course.
 
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