Born in Recife, Brazil, supermodel-turned-actress Rebecca Da Costa studied at the Rui Barbosa School where she pursued her love of theater by writing, directing and starring in a number of plays. At the age of 14, Rebecca was discovered during a model search, and she debuted at Milan Fashion Week a couple of years later en route to gracing runways all over the world for Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Escada and Hugo Boss, to name a few.
2014 OSCAR RECAP: "12 Years a Slave" lands best picture
"12 Years a Slave" walked away with the big prize, Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The historical drama was directed by Steve McQueen and also netted accolades in the Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) categories. "Dallas Buyers Club" also won a trio of Oscars, although "Gravity" landed the most overall, at seven.
Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.
"I hated the fact that my mother was crazy. I wanted her to be normal. Even when she acted normal... I was always walking on eggshells, waiting for the insanity to hit. And when it hit, it hit hard and fast—leaving deep emotional and physical scars...
"I didn't really want to write about this story of mine... It so hard to go there... And more important, I was concerned that people would pity me, and I don't want anyone's pity. That is not the point...
The point is to get it out, to validate my feelings, to communicate how good it feels to no longer live in fear of what others may think, and to share my journey and move on. I have survived."
'Idol' winner Candice Glover debuts new album, 'Music Speaks'
Santa Monica, Calif., Inspired by the outpouring of love from her fans, Season 12 "American Idol" winner, Candice Glover released her love-themed debut album, "Music Speaks," on Feb. 18 on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records.