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Things You Didn’t Know about Your Favorite Artists

Contrary to her typecast image of a dumb blonde, Marilyn Monroe was extremely intelligent with an IQ of 168 (According to the Stanford-Binet test, a normal IQ ranges from 85 to 115).

Jackie Chan’s dream role is to play Genghis Khan.

Jackie Chan is a trained opera singer.

Oprah Winfrey’s opinions and endorsements have such powerful impact to influence consumer purchasing choices that it has been dubbed as ‘The Oprah Effect’.

Amitabh Bachchan is the first Asian actor to have his wax statue installed at Madame Tussaud in London.

Van Gogh had painted 37 self-portraits.

Van Gogh painted most of his paintings with the broken back of his paint brush – sometimes he spread the paint on the canvas directly from the tube.

Van Gogh became famous 11 years after his death – His brother’s wife collected his paintings after his death and dedicated herself to get his work the recognition it deserved. During his lifetime, he sold only one painting: ‘The Red Vineyard’.

Apart from being an admired painter, sculptor and architect, Michelangelo was also a poet and wrote over 300 poems.

Michael Jackson invented (and has also patented) special boots that allowed the wearer to lean forward so much that it seems to defy gravity. He used these in the “Smooth Criminal” music video.

In a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest, he himself once won third prize (mind you, not the first!)

Leonardo Da Vinci was obsessed with Anatomy. He created almost 240 drawings on anatomy and worked on documenting human anatomy through his dissections on corpses.

Apart from being a great composer, Mozart was also a good billiards player.

Mozart started writing his own compositions when he was 6 – he wrote his first opera when he was 14 years old. The opera was titled ‘Mitridate Re di Ponto’

Although Lata Mangeshkar attended school only for a day, she has been awarded Honorary Doctorate by six universities including the NY University

Georges Braque was the first living person whose art was displayed in Louvre museum.

Virginia Woolf wrote all her books standing.

Elvis, known for his thick black hair was a natural blond – He began dying his hair black in high school.

Famous Artists and Art Shows Around the World

In the era of Internet, TV shows and mobile entertainment, there are still few shows which manage the pull the audiences to theaters. Here we attempt to list few such popular shows which have defined a new category of entertainment and have created history.

Cirque du Soleil

A “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment” – that’s how Canada-based Cirque du Soleil describes itself. Founded in 1984, it is the largest producer in the world today. Each show is a beautiful fusion of a central theme, storyline and circus styles from around the world. There is continuous live music and performers. These shows have won many prizes including a three Drama Desk Awards, three Gemini Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The shows employ around 4,000 people from 40+ countries. The estimated annual revenue of the company exceeds US$900 million.

Lido Show

The Lido is a famous cabaret and burlesque show on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. This show is a nice mix of circus, magic and elegant cabaret.  With extravagant performances and 70 artists on the stage, the show has 23 different sets and 600 costumes. The theater where the show happens is a panoramic theatre with 1,150 seats. It is designed without columns: a single, 45-meter-long prestressed concrete beam supports the entire structure.

The Lido show was produced in 1958, at the Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas. The original contract was for 6 months which extended for thirty-two years!

Alcazar Show

A fine combination of music, costume and dance, Alcazar is the greatest show in Asia. The show is performed in a state-of-the-art theater with a seating capacity of around 1,200 people. Extensive use of computer technology and computerized makes it a stunning show.

The unique feature of Alcazar’s entertainment is that all the girls are boys! This show is globally famous as one of the best transvestite cabaret shows in Thailand.

Russell Peters Show

If you are a fan of standup comedies, then you must watch a Russell Peters show before you die! Russell Peters is a famous Canadian comedian who began performing in Canada in 1989 and went on to win a Gemini Award in 2008. Russell Peters’ performances feature observational comedy, where he highlight racial, ethnic, class and cultural stereotypes through humor.

He is one of the very few comedians who have set multiple sales and attendance records like – The first comedian to sell out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (in 2007) with selling over 30,000 tickets nationally, and attracting the largest audience in Australia for a stand-up comedy show (in 2010) attended by an audience of 13,880.

He was ranked as the third-highest-paid comedian by Forbes – according to Forbes, Peters earned an estimated $15 million between June 2009 and June 2010.

Penn & Teller Show

Penn Jillette and Teller are American illusionists and entertainers who are known for their ongoing act which combines elements of magic and comedy. The duo currently headline a show in Las Vegas at The Rio. The pair performs a nice coordinated act where Penn serves as the act’s orator and raconteur and Teller generally communicates through mime and nonverbals.

In the year 2013 they were honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their achievement in the ‘Live Performance’ category.