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ANNA HALPRIN’s diverse career has spanned the field of dance since the late 1930s, creating revolutionary directions for the art form and inspiring fellow choreographers to take modern dance to new dimensions. James Roose-Evans, author of “Experimental Theatre,” called Anna one of the most important theatre artists of the 20th century. Halprin is also an early pioneer in the expressive arts healing movement. She has created 150 full-length dance theater works, which are extensively documented in photographs, books, and on film. At the age of 94, she performs, travels and teaches with fervor. www.annahalprin.org (4/17/15, Alicia Sedwick ETOnline)
HARRY HAMLIN has been working steadily as an actor for three decades, and was a regular on AMC’s hit show “Mad Men.” Harry also recently appeared in “Army Wives,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Veronica Mars,” and Hallmark’s film, “You Lucky Dog.” Married to the beautiful Lisa Rinna, the duo starred in the TV Land reality series, “Harry Loves Lisa,” that coincided with the launch of Harry’s memoir, “Full Frontal Nudity.” Many will remember Harry for his memorable role as attorney Michael Kuzak on Steven Bochco’s “L.A. Law” for which he garnered three consecutive Emmy nominations. No stranger to film, Hamlin played against Adam Sandler in “Strange Wilderness,” starred as Perseus in the cult favorite “Clash of the Titans,” and was the lead in the ground-breaking, gay-themed “Making Love.” Harry has been named “People” Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, and when not honing his craft, is an active environmentalist. He discusses his role in the feature film, "The Fourth Noble Truth." (1/31/16, Dr. Connie Corley)
STEVEN HANCOFF is a self-taught guitarist, writer, and arranger who has recorded traditional American music, from Ragtime to Tin Pan Alley to New Orleans Jazz to Duke Ellington. For fifteen years, he toured the world – about 50 countries – as an official Artistic Ambassador representing the United States of America for the State Department. But he considers his life’s work to be "Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for Cello Solo," a project that includes a stage presentation, his CD and digital recordings of the music as transcribed for acoustic guitar, and a massive four-volume interactive iBook, which includes 25 embedded videos, more than 1,000 historical pictures, and the largest collection of Bach inspired Art – Bachiana – ever compiled. More info here. (6/11/17 Cynthia Friedlob)
The HARLEM RENAISSANCE WEST concept was created and developed by Yvonne Beatty to reaffirm the cultural importance of African-American artwork to America and the world. The first annual event includes art by 8 contemporary black artists, including curator/artist Yvonne Beatty (in photo), and artists Buena Johnson and Karien Zachery. More here. (1/10/15 Cynthia Friedlob)
MICHAEL HARRINGTON is an award-winning political scientist and former lecturer of political economy at UCLA. Harrington’s history-fiction eBook trilogy on Savonarola and Machiavelli, titled The City of Man: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, has been an Amazon bestseller for more than four years now. His most recent novel is In God We Trust. As an author and economist, Michael has found the advantages of self-publishing eBooks makes the most sense artistically and financially. More here. (11/30/13, Tim Carpenter)
Award-winning photographer STEVEN A. HELLER’s commercial and advertising work ranges from precise studio product and portraiture to editorial reportage and documentary. It has garnered numerous awards and has been published in Time, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Metropolis and many other publications. See his portfolio here. (2/9/13, and 5/19/12 ET Online, Cynthia Friedlob)
Entrepreneur LIA HIRTZ moved from the miniscule town in Mexico where she was born, to the East L.A. projects where she grew up with "a wonderful storytelling grandmother, a bohemian father, and a strong and dedicated mother, in a house full of love, music, and food." She went on to become a successful entrepreneur whose current venture, with one of her sons, is World Empanadas, a take-out only, specialty restaurant in Burbank, CA. More information here. (2/9/13, and 5/19/12 ET Online, Cynthia Friedlob)
JAN HIVELY is a social entrepreneur who transforms how communities view aging and lifelong work. Coming from prior careers in community planning and education, Jan earned her PhD at age 69 in 2001, focusing on productive aging in rural communities. Now 84, she’s co-leading the Pass It On Network, a grassroots network that cultivates and connects advocacy leaders for positive, active aging around the world. She is also helping organize “The Wiser Together Café,” a pioneering dialogue among 40 invited older and younger leaders at the 8th International Positive Aging Conference in Washington, DC. A role model for what she believes in, Jan Hively’s mantra is, “Meaningful work, paid or unpaid, through the last breath.” (8/7/16 Dr. Connie Corley)
Ninety-five-year-old author DOROTHY HOM spent half a lifetime working on her massive book of 800+ pages. Peacock Alley is called a novel, however, it’s based on the true story of her grandmother, who was instrumental in the founding of Chinatown in Los Angeles. (8/16/14, 5/29/16 Cynthia Friedlob)
MARCY COTTRELL HOULE is a biologist and award-winning author of four books and numerous articles for national magazines. Her work has received the Christopher Award, New York City Library Best Books, Oregon Book Award, and has been selected as New York Times Notable Reading. Following the death of her parents, she sought to share the insights she learned to help others going through similar experiences, culminating in The Gift of Caring. (1/3/16, Dr. Connie Corley)
PETER HOWARD is an actor, writer, and founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company. He and Michael John Garces, Artistic Director of the theater company, discuss their latest production, "Lunch Lady Courage," the third play in Cornerstone’s "Hunger Cycle." Get more information at the Cornerstone Theater website. (4/6/13, Tim Carpenter)
GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of 15 thrillers, including the upcoming ORPHAN X. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 26 languages. He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks.Visit his website for more information. (1/17/16, 10/30/16, 7/2/17 Tim Carpenter)