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Comedian Yakov Smirnoff Pursues American Dream at University of Pennsylvania

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff was the 1980s embodiment of the American dream. After escaping the communist Soviet Union in 1977, Yakov arrived in the U.S. unable to speak English. But this didn’t stop him from becoming a household name by the mid-1980s, when he was performing his standup comedy on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and countless other TV programs, including his very own show, named after his famous catch-phrase.

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Gloria Allred Turns Bumpy UPenn Experience Into Trailblazing Career

Described by Time magazine as “one of the nation’s most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes,” Gloria Allred is the most famous woman attorney practicing law in the nation today. With a legal career that started more than forty years ago, she is perhaps best known for her involvement in high-profile cases such as the O.J. Simpson trial…

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TV’s Murphy Brown Becomes A Doctor

Winner of five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes, actress Candice Bergen was destined for stardom from an early age. Born in Beverly Hills, her father was the famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, and her mother was a former model who’d been the face of Chesterfield cigarettes…

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Elizabeth Banks: Ivy League To Hollywood Elite

Far from Hollywood’s bright lights, Elizabeth Banks grew up in a working-class town with no idea of how exciting her life would turn out when she became one of her generation’s highest-paid actresses. In fact, it took a freak injury during a high school softball game to steer Banks away from competitive athletics and onto a theatre stage, where she became especially known for her comedic performances as an actress…

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Billionaire Investor Josh Harris Learns How To Grapple With Business, Life At UPenn

Born in 1965, billionaire Josh Harris has spent most of his life at the helm of Apollo Global Management, an alternative investment management company serving institutional investors worldwide. Under his leadership, Apollo has become the second-largest alternatives and largest alternative credit manager today, with over $460 billion in assets under management…

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