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Recounting the Memories of the Past
Edward Harrison Norton is quite an exceptional guy considering that he is not only an actor but also a screenwriter, film director and producer. Some of his notable films include Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist and The Incredible Hulk (however according to Wikipedia he won’t be back for the role of hulk in the 2012 film The Avengers).
Apart from his commitment in the glittery Hollywood scene, Norton also engaged in an environmental and social activities. In July 2010, Norton designated as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity by United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
He was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland near Baltimore. He graduated from Columbia’s Wilde Lake High School in 1987. He attended Yale University, where he was a competitive rower and acted in university productions, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Norton is such a class act and down-to-earth guy who has said, “If i ever have to stop taking the subway, I’m gonna have a heart attack.” I’m sure he tries to live as normal as he can even though its hard to live life as a celebrity especially all the attention from the media he gets.
Shakira a world renowned singer from Colombia in 2007 spent her summer time attending classes in History of Civilisation at the University of California, Los Angeles. A source said: ” while everyone else has been at the beach, the MTV Awards and the Emmys, Shakira’s been studying History of Western Civilisation all summer at UCLA.” The professor who taught her in the class had no idea who Shakira was and asked her why she was doing this, she responded for “my own enlightenment and enjoyment.”
It is quite inspiring to know that no matter how famous you are (as Shakira is), education is very important in life. Possibly, she chooses History and not other subject because she wanted to become a better person by learning from the past. I bet her investment in studying History will pay her off in the future and inspire her to produce more touching yet record-breaking songs.
Who doesn’t know this man – JACKIE CHAN? A talented and hardworking actor yet humble. I read in his diary recently and found that he repeatedly said ‘History’ exactly 4 times (not in the same sentence of course) to describe his thoughts on his visit to the White House. Click here to read his diary: http://jackiechan.com/blog/1154189–My-Visit-to-the-White-House
He seems fond of History knowing that his latest film soon to be released is 1911 (a story of the founding of the Republic of China when Sun Yat-Sen’s forces overthrew the Qing Dynasty) and in fact in his interview the reason why he choose to produce the film as he quoted ‘Young people will be able to easily Forget history, many of them only know that Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, we take this historical theme is to remind young people to want to repeat history.’ Good words from a great man!