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Release Date: 03/10/2022

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After winning Miss USA, Ali Landry was featured in the Doritos commercial which is still to this day the most memorable Super Bowl commercial of all time. This commercial launched her into a successful career as an actress, model, television host and brand ambassador being touted as one of People’s, ‘Most Beautiful’! With great business success, Ali is most proud, however, of her 16-year marriage and 3 beautiful children. Not long ago, Ali was experiencing exhaustion, brain fog, hair thinning, slow digestion and sleep issues, so she decided to take back her health and figure it...

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Linda Spellman grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago. She earned her MBA and spent years as a successful marketing executive for high-profile national retailers from Southern California to Atlanta. She was known throughout the Direct Marketing Industry, as a well-respected industry event speaker, and was on the advisory board for several industry conferences. She was enjoying a thriving career when a sexual assault changed everything.  A silent survivor of sexual abuse since childhood, Linda’s life began to take a series of unexpected, sometimes devastating, other times remarkable...

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Highly decorated Air Force veteran Wayne O. Smith was born in 1943 in Richmond, Kentucky. He entered the U.S. Air Force Academy on June 26, 1961, and graduated with a commission as a 2d Lt. on June 9, 1965.  Lt. Smith next attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Moody AFB, Georgia, where he was awarded his pilot wings in September 1966. He served with the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, from October 1966 to July 1967, when he deployed with his unit to Southeast Asia. He then flew with the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon Royal...

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Erin Brockovich is an environmental activist, consumer advocate, renowned crusader, and champion fighter whose courageous case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film that earned Julia Roberts an Oscar in 2001.  Julia's Brockovich may be frozen in time in the late 20th century, but Erin's Brockovich is fixated on the issues of today. She is older and wiser, yet wickedly funny and refreshing. Nonetheless, like her cinematic Ghost of Brockovich Past, she is still a force of nature and FOR nature. Erin is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting and...

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Since the 1980’s, Brian Edwards — multi-award-winning celebrity talent executive, producer, writer and occasional performer — has worked with many of the biggest names in the history of show business.  A brief sampling includes:  Donna Summer, Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Susan Sarandon, Melissa Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Farrah Fawcett, Shirley Jones, Naomi Judd and Vanessa Williams. In 2013, with the publication of his debut book, “Enter Miss Thang,” another title attached to Edwards is “gay icon.” His unabashedly honest and side-splitting memoir became a national best...

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Rich Specht and his wife, Samantha, are the co-founders of the ReesSpecht Life Foundation. The foundation formed in the wake of the drowning death of their only son, Richard Edwin-Ehmer (Rees) Specht, at 22 months old. The acts of kindness that his family received after Rees’ passing inspired them to “pay it forward” with the worldwide distribution of over 750,000 ReesSpecht Life “pay it forward” cards and counting. The foundation also provides school assemblies called “Cultivate Kindness” and “ReesSpecht the Water,” which have reached over 350,000 students nationwide in the...

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A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rita Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. Over the course of a multi-year run she sold almost two million tickets, grossed over a hundred million dollars and become the longest-running solo female comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. She was named Las Vegas’s Comedian of The Year nine years in a row and in 2006 received The Nevada Ballet’s Woman Of The Year Award. In October 2017 she was given the Casino Entertainment Legend Award.

Rita’s first solo HBO special, “Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand”, was nominated for several awards, as was her eponymous English BBC television show that later appeared in the USA on A&E. Rudner’s two one-hour specials for HBO, “Born to Be Mild” and “Married Without Children,” were ratings standouts and she performed all over the country, filling Carnegie Hall in New York three times. In 2008 Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegas was PBS’s first ever stand-up comedy special.

Rita Rudner has written five books; her bestselling non-fiction titles, Naked Beneath My Clothes Rita Rudner’s Guide to Men  and I Still Have It…I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It, plus the novels Tickled Pink and Turning the Tables.  The audio version of Naked Beneath My Clothes received a Grammy nomination. She is currently working on her autobiography, My Life in Dog Years.

Rudner is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband of thirty years, Martin Bergman. The couple’s first produced film script was “Peter’s Friends.” The film, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Fry, and Rita, won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Best British Film and was nominated for the Goya Award for Best European Film of 1994. The script was nominated for a WGA Best Screenplay Award and Rita won Best Supporting Actress at the American Comedy Awards.

Rita Rudner moved to New York at the age of fifteen to become a dancer on Broadway. She appeared in several shows, including the original productions of “Follies” and “Mack and Mabel.” It was while in “Annie” on Broadway that she began exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan. In the early ‘80s, Rudner took a full-time leap from chorus lines to punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both Late Night With David Letterman and The Tonight Show. 

In June 2016 Rita was invited and honored to speak about her career and technique in comedy at Cambridge University, England. In 2017 she was invited by Oprah Winfrey to appear on a cruise to Alaska that Oprah did in partnership with Holland America.

In 2018, Rita’s tenth TV special was released – A Tale Of Two Dresses. The special also featured Rita and Martin’s singer/songwriter daughter Molly Bergman.

In September 2018, Rita appeared at the Laguna Playhouse in the new musical comedy “Two’s A Crowd.”The show was staged off-Broadway in New York in 2019, and plans were in the works to transfer it to a larger New York theater in 2020 when the Covid pandemic forced those plans to be abandoned.

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