Lionel Richie’s backup career plan was to be an interior designer.
The legendary singer first made a name for himself with soul group the Commodores in the late '60s, before branching out on his own with a successful solo career.
However if music hadn’t worked out for him, 66-year-old Lionel would have indulged his creative side to make a living.
“If I didn’t spend my career singing, I would have been a landscape architect or interior designer,” he told Us Weekly magazine as part of its 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me feature. “I’m addicted to design magazines. And I’m a collector of fireplaces.”
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British comedian Eddie Izzard is celebrating after successfully completing 27 marathons in 27 days.
The Ocean's Thirteen star set himself the mammoth challenge last month (Feb16), vowing to run more than 700 miles (1,100 kilometres) across South Africa to raise money for Britain's Sport Relief charity, in honour of the nation's late president and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela.
He kicked off the Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man race on 23 February (16), starting in Mandela's birthplace, before moving on to where he went to school, and then taking in famous spots including Robben Island prison, where the politician was jailed for 27 years. The funnyman chose to run a marathon a day as part of the feat to mark each year of Mandela's imprisonment.
Izzard wrapped up his final two marathons on Sunday (20Mar16), arriving to great applause outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where a statue of Mandela stands to mark the place where he delivered his inaugural speech as President in 1994. The double challenge left the Brit exhausted and out of breath after an unexpected rest day earlier on in the challenge meant the 54-year-old had to complete two marathons on Sunday.
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Sting's wife Trudie Styler is developing a film about late South African political icon Nelson Mandela.
The movie, produced through Styler's Maven Pictures, will be based on Zelda la Grange's book Good Morning, Mr. Mandela, which centres on the author's friendship with the late political leader in the years following his release from prison until his death in 2013.
It is unclear when the movie will start filming, but the news comes days after Styler announced she is teaming with Jessica Chastain's newly formed production company, Freckle Films, to make films focused on women.
Styler is also set to make her feature film directorial debut with the big screen adaptation of James St. James' bestseller Freak Show, starring Bette Midler and AnnaSophia Robb.
British comedian Eddie Izzard is taking on 27 marathons in as many days to raise money for charity in honour of late South African activist Nelson Mandela.
The funnyman will race more than 700 miles (1,100 kilometres) across South Africa, stopping at important Mandela landmarks, over the 27-day challenge in aid of Sport Relief.
Izzard is set to begin the journey in Mandela's birthplace, before moving on to where he went to school, and famous spots including Robben Island prison, where he was jailed for 27 years, and finishing up outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria where Mandela gave his inaugural speech as President in 1994.
Izzard had previously tried to take on the challenge in 2012 but had to pull out due to health reasons. He also completed 43 marathons over 51 days across the U.K. for Sport Relief in 2009.
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A 700 mile trek across South Africa awaits the British comedian.
Everyone's been vowing to get fit this year; whether it's going for that extra run, hitting the gym more often or walking to the store instead of driving. But we're willing to bet no-one's taking to an extreme like Eddie Izzard, who has claimed to embark on 27 marathons in 27 days.
Eddie Izzard gets his running shoes back on
One marathon in one day is enough for us; we'd even be impressed with two in a year. But 27 marathons in 27 days?! That's not all either, because Izzard will be taking to the sweltering climate of South Africa for this challenge, a far cry from UK temperatures and probably not the most comfortable to exercise non-stop in.
Actor Laurence Fishburne Has Been Cast To Portray Late South African Political Icon Nelson Mandela In A New Mini-series.
Madiba will be based on two of Mandela's books, Conversations With Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself, and will centre on the leader's early days as he dealt with the political unrest which led to his 27-year prison detainment, release and subsequent rise to power as South African President in 1994.
Production is slated to begin in South Africa next year (16). The project will air on America's BET network.
Stephen Hill, President of Programming at BET Networks, says, "Nelson Mandela's journey of political activism and leadership is deeply inspirational and we are proud to have the talented and award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne join Madiba to tell this triumphant story."
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Late South African Leader And Human Rights Icon Nelson Mandela's Grandson Has Been Accused Of Raping A 15-Year-old Girl.
Mbuso Mandela, 24, is behind bars in Johannesburg after appearing in court on Monday (17Aug15), and will remain in custody until another hearing on Friday (21Aug15).
A spokesman for the victim's family claims the alleged incident took place on 7 August (15), when Mandela followed the girl into a public restroom and raped her inside a toilet cubicle.
Sources tell local newspaper the Daily Sun that Mandela's grandmother, Winnie Mandela, sent her bodyguard to the alleged victim's home after the incident in an attempt to talk them out of pursuing a case against Mbuso.
Lionel Richie has revealed he is a ''big believer'' in collecting autographs and despite his own international fame, he isn't afraid to ask other celebrities for their signatures.
Lionel Richie is a ''big believer'' in getting autographs.
Despite his own global fame, the 'Easy' hitmaker can't resist getting a lasting reminder of his encounters with other famous faces.
He said: ''I bought a guitar just like Bb King's Lucille and I asked him to sign it. He died about four months later.
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Kendrick Lamar Pulled Himself Out Of Depression On A Life-changing Trip To South Africa Where He Visited The Prison Which Once Held Nelson Mandela.
The rapper battled mental health issues after first shooting to fame, and even detailed a meltdown on tour in a song called These Walls, which appears on his acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly.
Lamar sank into a deep depression and reveals he could not even talk to his closest friends about it, telling Britain's Observer, "It was something that just accumulated. You know when you get bad news after bad news after bad news? And you can't express this to nobody but you got to relieve it in some type of way (sic)?... You can tell them (friends) all day that it (fame) has its downside but if they're doing bad financially they don't want to hear that s**t (sic)! They don't understand that s**t until they're in it (sic)."
However, Lamar was able to beat his demons after taking a break in South Africa to visit the jail on Robben Island where civil rights icon Mandela spent 18 years in captivity. He adds, "It just snapped me back to reality. It gave me a whole other perspective."
Madonna's PR team just got weird on us.
Let’s talk about the Madonna thing. Not because Madonna still has any cultural relevance per se , but because a little bit of media buzz may or may not have been the only thing her publicity team was after with the “controversial” Rebel Heart images.
If you’ve somehow managed to stay out of the loop on this one, here’s the brief. On January 2, Madonna (or a PR assistant or something) instagrammed some photo manips, depicting cultural icons like Nelson Mandela, MLK and Bob Marley (also Marilyn Monroe, but that’s not the one people are getting angry about) tied up in the same black string (“ribbon”) Madge can be seen wearing on the album cover.
Oops! Madonna didn't mean to be racist, you guys!
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Date of birth
18th July, 1918
Date of death
5th December, 2013