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 U.S. Ambassador David H. Thorne’s statement on Lady Gaga’s participation to the 2011 EuroPride

I am delighted to hear that Lady Gaga has agreed to participate in EuroPride Roma 2011.  Lady Gaga has been a public advocate for LGBT issues, which are very important to  us.

As Secretary Clinton says regularly: “human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights.”  I am very proud to have an Italian-American artist of her stature visit  Rome and we look forward to the concert.

SOURCE:  US Embassy in Italy

Posted in Italian Americans|Tagged David Thorne, Lady  Gaga|

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Robert De Niro, in presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes, to Martin Scorses, his longtime friend and collaborator said: “Marty sleeps, drinks and eats film. I hear there are videos on the Internet of Marty having sex with film.” “We’re like an old married couple,” said De Niro. “We built a life together, we have great memories — we just don’t sleep together anymore.”

The Cecil B. DeMille award winners are chosen by the HFPA board of directors and presented each year (except for 1976). The first woman to receive the award was Judy Garland in 1962 (following Fred Astaire which delighted her no end), the next was Joan Crawford in 1970. The list of winners provides a spectrum of talented human beings who have had a definite impact on the world of entertainment, be it Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery, Barbra Streisand or any one of those thoughtfully selected for the honor.

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Italian Americans Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen are among the five performers to be honored tonight at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center will also be honoring Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, and Grace Bumbry.

Robert De Niro won an Academy Award for best actor for the 1980 movie “Raging Bull,” but he is probably best known for his performance in “Godfather II,” in which he played the young Vito Corleone.  De Niro has appeared in more than 70 films and has also produced and directed several movies, including “Everybody’s Fine,” released this year.

De Niro was born in 1943 and grew up in the Little Italy section of New York City. He acquired the nickname “Bobby Milk” because he was so thin and as pale as milk.  De Niro was close to his Italian paternal grandfather, whom he visited frequently in Syracuse, N.Y.  The actor, who once stated that he identifies with his “Italian side,” was inducted into the Italian-American Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bruce Springsteen’s songs tell stories of everyday American life and of growing up in New Jersey. Springsteen was born in Long Branch, N.J. in 1949. U2 lead singer Bono has said that Springsteen’s role as an interpreter of the American identity cannot be overemphasized. He is “the greatest ambassador for the idea that is America,” said Bono.

Springsteen’s 1984 album “Born in the U.S.A.” has sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. alone and is considered among the greatest rock and roll albums of all time.  Known for his live performances, Springsteen and his E Street Band remain one of the top acts in the world.

Springsteen’s Italian-American mother, Adele Zirilli, a former legal secretary, was born in Puerto Rico. Her parents were born in Italy.

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