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Tiger Woods Biography

Posted On April 6th, 2008 By Celebrity Biographies

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Eldrick Woods, also known as “Tiger Woods” was born on the 30th of December,1975. He happens to be a professional golfer from America whose achievements until today place him amongst the most successful athletes of all times. He is currently the world’s best golfer and is also considered as one of the highest earning sportsman of the world. His estimated worth, which includes his endorsements and winnings come up to $100 million. According to the Golf Digest, Woods is on his way on becoming the world’s first billionaire athlete by the year 2010.

Early Days

Eldrick Woods was born in Cypress, California. His father’s name was Earl Woods and mother was Kutilda Woods. His mother was from the Thai origin and his dad was a retired US army lieutenant colonel. He often calls himself as an ethnic make up of the Caucasian, Black, American-Indian and Asian origins. Woods is a thorough Buddhist. He has confirmed that his faith in Buddhism was acquired from his mother and also that it helps him control rigidity and anxiety.

A Vietnamese soldier friend of his father was the first one to give him the name “Tiger”. Thereafter, Woods usually was referred by that name and by the time he won the national popularity in amateur golf was simply called “Tiger Woods”. On his 21st birthday, he officially changed his name from Eldrick Woods to “Tiger Woods”. He grew up in Orange City, California and attended the high school at Western High in Anaheim.

Personal Life

Woods was engaged to a Swedish model called “Elin Nordegren” in November, 2003. They were formerly introduced by the Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. Elin was working as a nanny for Jesper Parnevik, prior to meeting Tiger Woods during an Open Championship in 2001. On October 5th, 2004, they got married at the Sandy Lane resort on the Caribbean island of Barbados. They currently reside at the Isleworth, a community in Windermere also in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. Besides, they also possess homes in Jackson, California, Sweden and Wyoming. In January 2006, the couple purchased a $39 million property in Jupiter Island, Florida. They intend to make this as their permanent residence. This island also has homes of famous golf stars Gary Player, Greg Norman and Nick Price. Celebrities like Celine Dion and Alan Jackson also reside here.

In June, 2007, Elin gave birth to their first biological child, a daughter named Sam Alexis Woods, in Orlando, Florida. Ironically, the birth happened on the day after Woods tied second in the 2007 US Open Championship. Tiger personally named his daughter because of his late father who thought he looked like Sam.

Amateur Career

Eldrick Woods was a child prodigy who started playing golf at the age of 2. Hence in the year 1978, he starred in the famous Mike Douglas show against the comedian Bob Hope. At a very young age of 3 years, Woods shot a 48 over 9 holes at the Navy Club in his hometown Cypress, California. After that at the age of 5 he appeared in the Golf Digest and in the ABC’s “That’s Incredible”. In 1984, he made his first appearance at the Junior World Golf Championships. He played this tournament six times which include his four consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991. At the age of 15, he became he became the youngest ever US Junior Amateur Champion, was voted Southern California Amateur Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, and Golf Digest Junior Amateur Player of the Year 1991 while he was still at the Western High School in Anaheim.

Professional Career

Tiger Woods became the professional golf sportsman in the year 1996 and thereafter signed several endorsements from Nike to Titleist. He was on his way to making millions out of these endorsements and also collecting the winnings. He played his first round of professional golf tying for 60th place, but went on to win the other two events in the next three months to be selected for the Tour Championship. For his efforts, Tiger Woods was pronounced the Sports Illustrated 1996 Sportsman of the Year and PGA Rookie of the Year. It was then that he began his well-known tradition of wearing a red shirt during the final round of tournaments, which is a link to his college days at Stanford and a color he firmly believes symbolizes aggression and assertiveness.

During the same time next year, Tiger Woods won his first golf major. He became the youngest Masters winner by a record margin of 12 strokes. He happened to be one the first winners of the Masters from an African-American or Asian-American descent. There a total of 20 Masters records on his name and he has tied six of them. He also won another PGA tour during the same time that year. In June, close to 42 weeks of him playing professional golf, he rose from the 42nd rank to the World’s number one spot. This is one of the fastest ascents to the World’s number one ranking. Thus, due to all this he was named the PGA player of the year and by far the first golfer to win that award.

Rough Patches

It is pretty obvious that the expectations from such a player is always going to be high, however, Woods seemed to lose his form in the year 1997. This form gave him only one win in the PGA tour. The critics slammed him with their comments but his fine strokes in the very famous Memorial tournament were an answer to them. Woods, along with his coach Butch Harmon assured that they were working and hoping to do better in the future. In 1999, Memorial tournament happened and it marked the beginning of his dominance in the golfing world. In 1999, he won the PGA tour event and also finished the season successfully with eight wins. This was a feat which was never achieved in the past 25 century.

Thence, he was then awarded the prestigious PGA Tour player of the Year award and also received the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the second time in the span of 3 years.

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Elvis Presley Biography

Posted On March 14th, 2008 By Celebrity Biographies

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was officially known as Elvis Aaron Presley. He was born on January 8, 1935 to Vernon Presley and Gladys Love Presley (nee Smith) in a humble house in Tupelo, Mississippi. He had a twin brother named Jessie Garon was a stillborn. Such circumstance left Elvis as an only child. Born during the Depression Period, Elvis was no stranger to life’s hardship. In 1948, his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where Elvis finished his secondary schooling at Humes High School in 1953.

Elvis’s contribution to the music industry is legendary. John Lennon was reportedly quoted as saying: “Before Elvis, there was nothing!” His musical influence was a rich tapestry of pop, country music, gospel music and the black R&B which he heard on historic Beale Street, Memphis. It was in 1954 when Elvis he began his singing career. His records where produced by the Sun Records label in Memphis. However, in the late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor.

Elvis Presley was not only the symbol of the American Idol Dream; he lived the American Idol Dream. He was popular, sensational, scandalous and revolutionary. He rose to international fame in 1956. Elvis displayed his uniqueness by producing a sound and style that showcased his diverse musical influence. The way he danced on stage caused a furor among the moralists of society. Elvis’s gyrations on stage earned him the moniker “Elvis the Pelvis.” His danced steps were immortalized on his version of the songs “Hound Dog” and “Heart Break Hotel.” As the protectors of morality expressed their disapproval of Elvis’s dance steps, his audience loved it. The more controversial he became, the more he became famous and adulated by his teenage fans. Without any doubt, the combined effect of Elvis’s unique sound and style was considered revolutionary. His style broke the social and racial barriers prevalent during his time. His songs broke not only the record charts but international barriers, as well.

Elvis did a lot of concert tours which were often record-breaking. Due to the technological upheaval of the time, Elvis’s fame was fueled by his television appearances and TV specials. His fame did not stop from being a singer. He starred in 33 films considered successful not only in the USA but and in any other country as well. His first movie was, Love Me Tender, which was initially shown at the Paramount Theater in New York City. The movie was originally titled The Reno Brothers, but was re-named to bank on the soon-to-be-released single from the soundtrack. Surprisingly for a rookie, the movie critics rated his acting “not bad” for a melodrama.

On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army and was assigned serial number 53310761. The Army draft did not post a hindrance from his career nor his popularity. On September 19, 1958, Elvis found himself on a train bound to New York, where he boarded the USS. Randall on his way to Germany. He was stationed in Friedberg for 18 months. While in Europe, Elvis discovered that his European fans accepted him as much as his American fans did. While the army, Elvis’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, worked to ensure that Elvis’s career be kept alive via promotions and sure-hit record releases.

In November, 1959, Elvis met Priscilla Ann – then a fourteen and a half year old teenager – the step-daughter of Captain Joseph Beaulieu. He was with his wife – Ann Beaulieu. Priscilla Ann was an only child from Ann Beaulieu’s first marriage to James Wagner – a Navy pilot killed in a plane crash when Priscilla was an infant. Through a mutual friend, Priscilla was invited to Elvis’s party at his home after her arrival in Germany.

While serving the army, Elvis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on January 20, 1960. He was officially discharged from active duty on March 5, 1960. After his official discharge, the public was treated to a more mature Elvis Presley. Besides the series of movies and concerts he did during this period, Elvis’s involvement in giving back to society was highly notable. He supported about 50 charities in the Memphis, Tenessee alone.

On December, 1966, Elvis proposed marriage to Priscilla. On May 1, 1967, they got married at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in a very private ceremony attended only by family members and a highly select group of friends. Priscilla gave birth on February 1, 1968 and presented Elvis a daughter – nine months to the day after their her marriage. The named the baby Lisa Marie Presley. The marriage lasted until late 1971. Sometime early 1972, Elvis and Priscilla separated and Priscilla . She moved out on her own with daughter – Lisa Marie.

The 60’s and early 70’s saw Elvis performing as a movie actor and doing live concerts and charitable works. Come 1973, Elvis was hospitalized in Memphis. At this time, he was battling health problems which included increased dependency on prescription drugs. On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died of heart failure.

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