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  1. Barry Gifford - Wikipedia › wiki › Barry_Gifford
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    Gifford was born in a Chicago hotel room in 1946. His father was Jewish and his mother was of Irish Catholic background. Gifford's father was in organized crime, and he spent his childhood largely in Chicago and New Orleans living in hotels. His childhood, as recounted in his long-running series of autobiographical tales known collectively as the Roy stories, is explored in the 2020 documentary Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago. After college he joined the Air Force Reserves. After a short stint pursuing a possible career in baseball,Gifford focused on writing, both as a journalist and a poet. Gifford's fourth novel, Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula, caught the eye of director David Lynch, who adapted it into the screenplay and movie Wild at Heart. The movie won the Palme d'Or, the highest honor, at the Cannes Film Festivalin 1990. The success of this film boosted interest in Gifford's novels.


    1. The Blood of the Parade(1967) 2. Coyote Tantras(1973) 3. Persimmons: Poems for Paintings(1976) 4. The Boy You Have Always Loved(1976) 5. A Quinzaine in Return for a Portrait of Mary Sun(1977) 6. Lives of the French Impressionist Painters(1978) 7. Horse Hauling Timber out of Hokkaido Forest(1979) 8. Beautiful Phantoms: Selected Poems 1968–1980(1981) 9. Giotto's Circle(1987) 10. Ghosts No Horse Can Carry: Collected Poems 1967–1987(1989) 11. Flaubert at Key West(1994) 12. Replies to Wang Wei...

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    1. A Boy's Novel(1973) 2. Kerouac's Town, photographs by Marshall Clements(1973) 3. Francis Goes to the Seashore(1982) 4. The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Other Unforgettable Films(1988) 5. New Mysteries of Paris(1991) 6. Night People(1992) 7. American Falls: The Collected Short Stories 8. Do the Blind Dream?(2005) 9. The Roy Stories(2013) 10. The Cuban Club(2017) 11. Roy's World(2020)


    1. Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac, with Lawrence Lee (1978) 2. Saroyan: A Biography, with Lawrence Lee (1984) 3. Day at the Races: The Education of a Racetracker 4. The Devil Thumbs a Ride & Other Unforgettable Films 5. The Neighborhood of Baseball: A Personal History of the Chicago Cubs 6. Really the Blues (introduction) 7. The Phantom Father: A Memoir 8. Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir

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    • October 18, 1946 (age 74), Chicago, Illinois, United States
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    Barry Gifford, Writer: Lost Highway. Barry Gifford was born on October 18, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Lost Highway (1997), Wild at Heart (1990) and Black Wings Has My Angel.

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    • October 18, 1946
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  5. Kathie Lee Gifford - Wikipedia › wiki › Cody_Gifford

    Her final Today Show appearance was on April 5, 2019 with a party, including a video by her children Cody and Cassidy Gifford. In 2019, they won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host. Other media appearances and projects. Gifford's career took off in the 1970s as a vocalist on the game show Name That Tune with Tom ...

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  6. Frank Gifford - Wikipedia › wiki › Frank_Gifford

    Francis Newton Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player, actor, and television sports commentator.After a 12-year playing career as a halfback and flanker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL), he was a play-by-play announcer and commentator for 27 years on ABC's Monday Night Football.

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  9. Gabby Giffords - Wikipedia › wiki › Gabby_Giffords
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    Gabrielle Dee Giffords was born in and grew up in Tucson, Arizona; her parents were Gloria Kay (née Fraser) and Spencer J. Giffords. She was raised in a mixed religious environment, as her mother was a Christian Scientist and her father was Jewish. Her paternal grandfather, Akiba Hornstein, was a Jewish emigrant from Lithuania who changed his name to Giffords to avoid anti-Semitism in the United States. Through her father, Giffords is a second cousin of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow. Giffords graduated from Tucson's University High School. She is a former Girl Scout. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Latin American History from Scripps College in California in 1993; and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Chihuahua, Mexico. She returned to graduate school, earning a Master's degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1996. She focused her studies on Mexican-American relations. Giffords worked as an associate for regional econo...


    Giffords switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democratic in 2000 and was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 to 2003. She was elected to the Arizona Senatein the fall of 2002, and at the time was the youngest woman elected to that body. She took office in January 2003 and was re-elected in 2004. She resigned from the Arizona Senate on December 1, 2005, in preparation for her congressional campaign.


    In early 2005, Giffords observed that "the 2004 election took its toll on our bipartisan coalition" and that as a result "a number of significant problems will receive far less attention than they deserve." She highlighted among these, the lack of high-paying jobs or necessary infrastructure, rapid growth, and inward migration that threatened the environment and "strain[ed] […] education, health care, and transportation," and unresolved problems such as Students First; Arnold v. Sarn; repayme...


    2006 Giffords launched her first candidacy for the U.S. Congress on January 24, 2006. The campaign received national attention early on as a likely pick-up for the Democratic Party. Prominent Democrats, including Tom Daschle, Robert Reich, Janet Napolitano, and Bill Clinton, endorsed Giffords. EMILY's List endorsed Giffords early in the campaign cycle. The Sierra Club and the Arizona Education Association also endorsed her.On September 12, 2006, Giffords won her party's nomination in the prim...


    Following the November 2006 election, Giffords was sworn in as a congresswoman on January 3, 2007. She was the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to serve in the U.S. Congress. In her inaugural speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Giffords advocated a comprehensive immigration reform package, including modern technology to secure the border, more border patrol agents, tough employer sanctions for businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and a guest-worker...

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    1. Committee on Armed Services 1.1. Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces 1.2. Subcommittee on Readiness 2. Committee on Science, Space and Technology 2.1. Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics(Ranking Member) 2.2. Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation

    On January 8, 2011, Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway grocery store in Casas Adobes, Arizona, a suburban area northwest of Tucson, during her first "Congress on Your Corner" (a public opportunity for constituents to speak directly with their representatives) gathering of the year. A man ran up to the crowd and began firing a 9mm pistol with a 33-round magazine, hitting 19 people, and killing six, among them federal judge John Roll and a 9-year-old child, Christina-Taylor Green.A 20th person was injured at the scene, but not by gunfire. The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was detained by bystanders until he was taken into police custody. Federal officials charged Loughner on the next day with killing federal government employees, attempting to assassinate a member of Congress, and attempting to kill federal employees. After eventually facing more than 50 federal criminal charges, Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 of them in a plea bargain to avoid a death sentence. Giffords's...

    A joint memoir by Giffords and her husband, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, with co-author Jeffrey Zaslow, was published on November 15, 2011. Giffords and Kelly were interviewed by ABC's Diane Sawyer in their first joint interview since the shooting, which aired on a special edition of 20/20on November 14, 2011, in conjunction with the book's publication. Giffords has made appearances at the three Democratic National Conventions held since she left congress. On September 6, 2012, Giffords led the Pledge of Allegiance at that evening's meeting of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Giffords delivered a speech in support of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. For the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Giffords delivered a speech supporting presidential nominee Joe Bidenand urging action on gun control. After her shooting, Giffords became an advocate for anti-gun-violence causes. In 2013, shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary...

    Giffords married U.S. Navy Captain, NASA astronaut and US Senator Mark Kelly on November 10, 2007. Kelly was the Space Shuttle's pilot on the STS-108 and STS-121 missions, was the commander of STS-124 and STS-134,and became a U.S. Senator for Arizona in 2020. Giffords is a former member of the Arizona regional board of the Anti-Defamation League. After Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, Giffords spent time as a volunteer in Houston, Texas, in relief efforts for hurricane victims. She wrote about her experience in the Tucson Citizen. Giffords is an avid reader, and was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition on July 9, 2006, talking about her love of books. She was periodically interviewed in 2007 together with Illinois Republican Peter Roskam on NPR's All Things Considered.The series focused on their experiences as freshman members of the 110th Congress.


    Giffords voted against President Bush's Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. Giffords was one of 60 lawmakers who voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 during its first House vote before switching to a yes vote in its second House vote, and she voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In August 2011, she voted in favor of raising the debt ceiling.


    Giffords argues that Americans are competing on a global level and that this competition starts in the classroom. She is a critic of the No Child Left Behindlaw, viewing it as an unfunded federal mandate. She supports public schools and their improved efficiency.


    Giffords strongly supports renewable energy, in particular solar energy, as a top public policy priority. In September 2007, she published a report titled: The Community Solar Energy Initiative, Solar Energy in Southern Arizona, observing that Arizona has enough sunshine to power the entire United States. It reviews current energy usage and discusses how to increase the production of solar electricity. On August 1, 2008, she wrote to congressional leaders regarding tax creditsthat were set to...

    It was announced by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, on February 10, 2012, that the next U.S. Navy littoral combat ship would be named USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10). Rep. Giffords, still recovering from injuries sustained in the 2011 assassination attempt, attended the ship's keel-laying ceremony and etched her initials into a plate welded into the ship. USS Gabrielle Giffords was christened at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, on June 13, 2015. Rep. Giffords attended the christening ceremony, along with Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden, who served as the ship's sponsor. The ship was commissionedon June 12, 2017, at Port of Galveston, Texas. Some commentators have noted that several ships in the U.S. Navy, including Henry M. Jackson, Carl Vinson, John C. Stennis, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush were named for prominent politicians who were still alive at the time of the naming. A subsequent Navy report on the naming noted that Secretary Mabus cons...

    "U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords". Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2007. official U.S. House website (archive 2011)
  10. Wild at Heart (film) - Wikipedia › wiki › Wild_at_Heart_(film)

    Budget. $10 million. Box office. $14.6 million (North America) Wild at Heart is a 1990 American black comedy romantic crime film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, and Isabella Rossellini. Based on the 1989 novel of the same name by Barry Gifford, it tells the ...

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