In 2006, at the peak of the housing boom, a three-bedroom house in a well-established middle class area of south Los Angeles, sold for $550,000. The same property is currently in foreclosure and Rudy offers the bank $170,000 cash--offer accepted. Rudy can handle the shoddy roof and crooked foundation, but when the US Marshals show up at the house across the street to investigate a possible foreclosure scam, it doesn't bode well for the neighborhood. Add to that a misplaced gas meter that requires several weeks to negotiate city permits, late nights working at his restaurant and Rudy wonders whether the big profit potential is worth the trouble.
Scott purchases a hoarder's house that should be the easiest flip of his career, but his plan to simply clean out the junk then immediately relist the property gets foiled when Amie insists on elaborate upgrades.
Winter is approaching and Dave doesn't want to spend it flipping an old lady house with a leaky roof so he persuades Pete to take on a quick condo flip instead. Pete's jaw hits the floor when he see the tiny space--it's only 350 square feet! But once the creative juices start to flow Pete has visions of turning the boxy studio into a sleek bachelor pad with all mod cons. The boys set the clock for one week but the tight quarters prove challenging for the big personalities on Pete and Dave's crew. While Dave is busy scheming to off-load the old lady house tempers start to fray at the condo and soon the sparks are flying. Can Pete and Dave hold the crew together long enough to get their bachelor pad on the market?
The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held in 1959, after Walk of Fame recording executives compiled a list of industry leaders who they realized would never get a star on Hollywood Boulevard, but deserved recognition. The group helped found the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and named their award the "Grammy" as a nod to Edison's gramophone. Since then, hundreds of music industry members have received Grammys for their notable accomplishments in the field of music and recording. Here are the many winners of this now-prestigious award.
Left-handed people are a rare breed—only 10 percent of the general population is a lefty. There isn't a definite scientific explanation of why people are left-handed, and although it might be an inconvenience for some, it's actually an advantage in sports. Legendary lefty athletes include baseball player Babe Ruth and basketball star Larry Bird. They're in good company with a wide variety of famous faces from President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey to composer Wolfgang Mozart and entrepreneur Bill Gates.
The Olympic opening ceremony has long marked the official commencement of the Olympic Games. The celebration, with traditions including the declaration of the Olympic Oath and the running of the torch, signifies a gathering of nations to celebrate the best in sports. The Olympic opening ceremony has also provided an opportunity for host cities to showcase their cultures, often featuring native performers and superstars. From Celine Dion to R. Kelly to Björk, Biography.com looks at the many gifted performers who have graced the stage of the opening ceremony, igniting the excitement and spirit that is the Olympic Games.
The American Dream is the notion that, with hard work, any individual can emerge from poor circumstances to a life of wealth and security. Despite the economic ups and downs of modern times, the notion of lifting one's self up is still ingrained in our mindset. Some of our most famous celebrities are, in fact, people who came from nothing. Talent, hard work, and good fortune aligned to make these individuals successful business leaders, actors, athletes and more.
They make music with instruments they were born with - their voices. Gifted vocalists have entertained audiences across musical genres from the tour de force arias of Luciano Pavarotti to the classic crooning of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the soulful vocals of artists like Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. With their powerful lyricism, singers like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen became poet laureates of American music while artists including Joan Baez and Joe Strummer used their voices to prompt social change while they entertained. Rockers from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Kurt Cobain helped define their generations through their songs while icons like Michael Jackson, Cher and Whitney Houston shaped pop culture with their larger-than-life voices and personas. See these and more famous singers who have struck a chord in musical history.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals who volunteer to highlight important areas of the U.N.'s work. Actors, athletes, authors and musicians use their celebrity to raise awareness of the issues faced by victims of poverty, famine, and violence worldwide. Goodwill ambassadors make widely publicized visits to the world's most troubled locales, and make appeals on behalf of their people. Here are some of the stars who use their famous names to promote causes close to their hearts.