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Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters.
She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence.
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On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. The two have been a couple since 2000.
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The two have been a couple since 2000. There are also some local formats that in one or other way are pretty similar with Endemol's Big Brother:. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. It also had its own version in USA for the latin market airing in Telemundo. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. It's a mixture among Big Brother and Star Academy and has had a huge success in different latin countries, as Chile, Spain, Brazil (formerly known as Casa dos Artistas), Venezuela, Colombia or Mexico. On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. Protagonistas..., a format from the Spanish producer house GloboMedia, developed by its subsidiary in America, Promofilm.
. The Bar, another format from Strix. She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence. It's the third biggest 'people-living-together' reality show on Earth, only defeated by Star Academy/Operación Triunfo (France/Spain, 2001, Endemol) broadcasted in 50 countries and Big Brother (Holland, 1999, Endemol) emitted or planned to be emitted in 68. She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. The Farm, created by the Swedish producer house Strix, creators of Survivor. She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. There are three specially important formats around the globe that attach to rules kind of similar with Big Brother:.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters. Indeed, in the second Polish edition, one of the housemates was taken to a psychiatric hospital, and the winner of the first season in Portugal tried to kill himself several times. Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist. One interesting development is that German scientists have discovered that former Big Brother contestants may be at risk from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition sometimes suffered by those who leave the armed forces. ISBN 0060591676. The amount of sex shown on the televised versions varies from country to country depending on censorship rules, with some countries editing out all sex and nudity, and others allowing the show to border on the pornographic. Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. With the passing of time, it has been demonstrated that the most successful versions were the ones that emulated a soap opera, whereas the versions where the principal attraction was sex have been eliminated, as in Hungary or Poland.
Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003. Some versions have been filled with sex-crazed housemates, whereas others decided to base the conflict within their programs around difficult or romantic personalities, as in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines or Spain. 84 March 2002. On the other hand, other versions have involved plotting in the vein of the most cruel soap opera. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. This only happened once, as afterwards, Big Brother modified its rules to prohibit this type of agreement. 78 March 2001. While any pretences to be a cultural experiment are dubious, reports of the different results of the show around the world have been mildly interesting from a pop-anthropology standpoint; i.e., in Spain, the competitors designed an agreement to achieve they all were nominated automatically and annul then their power of decision inside the process of elimination in the contest.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. More generally, the voyeuristic nature of the show, where contestants volunteer to surrender their privacy in return for minor celebrity status and a comparatively small cash prize, has attracted much scorn. 75 September 2000. Criticisms typically are based on the ironic aspects of George Orwell's dystopic vision of Nineteen Eighty-Four being consciously aped by producers for public entertainment. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Despite derision from many intellectuals and other critics, the show has been a commercial success around the world. 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69). The house is even shown live on satellite television (with a 10-15 minute delay to permit muting of unacceptable content in the UK).
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. In some countries, the Internet broadcasting was supplemented by updates via email, WAP and SMS. 72 March 2000. These websites were highly successful, even after some national series started charging for access to the video stream. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Although the main show, typically broadcast daily with a weekly roundup, is by necessity heavily edited, viewers can also watch a continuous, 24-hour feed from multiple cameras on the web. 70 November 1999. The series is notable for involving the Internet.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The last remaining housemate is declared the winner and receives a substantial sum in prize money, the amount of which has varied widely around the world. Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81). After the votes are tallied, the "evictee" leaves the house and is interviewed on-camera by the host of the show, usually in front of a live studio audience. 69 September 1999. The ones with the most nominations are then named on the television show, and viewers can vote for whom they want to be evicted. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Each week, the housemates each privately nominate a number of people who they wish to see removed from the house more than the other residents.
67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29). Of course, their allowance is lessened if they fail to complete the weekly task. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. To obtain a greater allowance, they may gamble some of their initial amount on the success of the completion of tasks. 66 March 1999. The housemates have a weekly allowance with which they can buy food and other essentials. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The tasks are designed to test their team-working abilities and community spirit.
64 November 1998 (pages 84-85). To fill in time, the residents have various chores to maintain the house, and are set apparently random tasks by the producers of the show, who communicate with the housemates through one (unseen) individual issuing commands, termed "Big Brother". Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. in contraposition to other zones, or characteristics, of the house, more common, even precarious. Playboy's Body Language October 1998. Now almost every country has a modern house for the contest, with jacuzzi, sauna, VIP suite, etc. 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15). This added an element of survival into the show, thus increasing the potential for tensions within the house.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Although essential amenities such as running water, furniture and a limited ration of food were provided, luxury items were forbidden. Playboy's Real Sex February 1998. Initially, the hostel in which they had to reside for the duration of the competition was very basic. 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9). Besides the same living together, which is the principal axis and major attraction of the contest, this one turns concerning 4 basic props: the stripped-bare back to basics environment in which they live, the evictions system, the weekly tasks set by Big Brother, and the "diary room", in which the housemates individually convey their thoughts, feelings, frustrations and their eviction nominees. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The last remaining is the winner.
Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997. At weekly intervals, the public is invited to vote to evict one of the contestants. Private chats with a psychologist are a special exception. Originally shown in the Netherlands in September 1999, and subsequently cloned across the world, the "housemates" are confined inside a specially designed house where every single point in the house is within view of a video camera, and not permitted any contact with the outside world (although some versions, like the ones from Philippines, Mexico, Germany or Spain have introduced in some seasons precise changes, allowing the contact with the outside in certain situations): no TV, radio, telephone, Internet or other media are available to the housemates, not even writing materials. .
The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopia in which Big Brother is the all-seeing leader. It has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 different countries, earning Endemol large sums. The show, a kind of 'real life soap', was invented by John de Mol of the Netherlands and developed by his production company, Endemol. Big Brother is a popular reality television format, where, over 15 weeks or so, a number of contestants (typically 12) try to avoid periodic publicly-voted evictions from a communal house and hence win a cash prize.
Ukraine, Dom. UK, Back To Reality. Turkey, Biri Bizi Gözetliyor. Spain, La Casa De Tu Vida.
Spain, El Bus. Slovenia, To Sam Ja. Slovakia VyVolení. Serbia, To Sam Ja.
Russia, Za Steklom. Russia, Golod. Russia, Dom. Russia, 12 Negrityat.
FYR Macedonia, Tom Sam Ja. Puerto Rico, 360 Estudio. Peru, La Casa De Gisela. Norway, Singel 24-7.
Netherlands, De Bus. Latvia, Barbarossa. Latvia, Fabrika. Israel, The Yacht.
Israel, Project Y. Ireland, Cabin Fever. Indonesia, Penghuni Terakhir. Hungary, Való Világ.
France, Nice People. France, Les Colocataires. Czech Republic VyVolení. Croatia, To Sam Ja.
Bosnia, To Sam Ja. Bosnia, 60 Sati. Bolivia, Uno Busca. Austria, Taxi Orange.
Albania, To Sam Ja. Albania, Syri Magjik. Albania, Kafazi i Arte. Countries: Argentina, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.
Countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, Yemen.. Big Brother winner with the highest percentage: 87.2%, Pepe Herrero, GH7 Spain. Most housemates left on the final night: 6, Celebrity BB4 UK. First non-celebrity winning Big Brother VIP/Celebrity: Chantelle Houghton, Celebrity BB4 UK.
First non-celebrity on Big Brother VIP/Celebrity: Chantelle Houghton, Celebrity BB4 UK. 2006
Longest gap between 2 BB seasons: 966 days, BB4 > BB5 Netherlands. First Big Brother 7: Spain. First Big Brother ~ Big Mother season: BB4 Greece. First Big brother house to have an altar: BB1 Philippines.
First Big Brother with twins winning: Greg and David Matthews, BB5 Australia. Youngest Big Brother winner: Anastacia Yagalova, 19 years old, BB1 Russia. Shortest Big Brother: 60 days, BB3 Mexico. First Big Brother village: BB6 Germany.
Shortest gap between 2 Big Brother seasons: 0 minutes, BB5 > BB6 Germany. Longest time in Big Brother house: Sascha Sirtl and Franziska Lewandrowski, 365 days, BB5 Germany. Seasons with most contestants: 59, BB5 Germany & BB6 Germany. Longest Big Brother: 365 days, BB5 Germany.
First transsexual winner: Nadia Almada, BB5 UK. First Evil Big Brother: BB5 UK. Only contestant to win 2 Big Brothers: Jill Liv Nielsen, BB1 & BB Reality All Stars Denmark. First Big Brother Reality All Stars: Denmark.
First Big Brother suspended: Big Brother Arabia. First Big Brother with a praying room: Big Brother Arabia. First Big Brother in Asia: Big Brother Arabia. First blood related housemates: Domenico and Ilaria, father and daughter, GF4 Italy.
First Big Brother Teen: UK. First winner of Asian descent: Jun Song, BB4 USA. First Big Brother with ex-couple housemates: Alison & Justin, Amanda & Scott, David & Michelle, Erika & Robert, Jee & Jun, BB4 USA. First black winner: Cherise Makubale, BB1 Africa.
First international version: Big Brother Africa. Oldest Big Brother housemate: Mihalis Apostolides, 63 years old, BB3 Greece. First Big Brother with a couple competing: Pasquale and Victoria, GF3 Italy. 2003
Natalia 50,06%, Natalia evicted, GH3 Argentina. Least eviction difference: 0.12%, Viviana 49,94% vs. First Big Brother host to spend 24 hours in the house: Martijn Krabbé, BB4 Netherlands. First Big Brother 4: Netherlands.
First pregnant housemate: Michelle, BB2 South Africa. First Big Brother with Power Of Veto: BB3 USA. First Big Brother double eviction: Alex and Nathan, BB2 Australia. First Big Brother to have BB nominating all housemates: BB2 Australia.
First housemates swap: GH3 Spain - BB1 Mexico. 2002
First Big Brother 100 Days Later: Norway. First Big Brother in Africa: BB1 South Africa. First Big Brother with Head Of House: BB2 USA. Oldest Big Brother winner: Janusz Dzięcioł, 47, BB1 Poland.
First gay winner: Brian Dowling, BB2 UK. First Big Brother to have more than one winner: Christophe Mercy & Loana Petrucciani, LS1 France. First Loft Story season: LS1 France. First replacement housemate to win Big Brother: Marcelo Corazza, GH1 Argentina.
First Big Brother in Oceania: BB1 Australia. First Celebrity/VIP winner: Jack Dee, Celebrity BB1 UK. First Big Brother 3: Germany. Most Big Brothers to start in a year: 21.
First Big Brother 2: Netherlands. First contestant to be removed by BB: Nicholas Bateman, BB1 UK. Season with least contestants: 10, BB1 USA, BB1 Sweden and GF1 Italy. First Big Brother in America: Big Brother USA.
First Big Brother VIP: Netherlands. 2000
First contestant to voluntarily leave: Tara van den Bergh, BB1 Netherlands. First contestant to be evicted: Martin Jonkman, BB1 Netherlands. First Big Brother: Netherlands. 1999
Country with most days with BB on air: Germany, 1.102 days. Country with most VIP/Celebrity seasons: Mexico, 5 finished seasons. Country with most seasons in total: UK, 11 finished seasons (6 main, 4 Celebrity & 1 Teen). Country with most seasons: Spain, 7 finished seasons.
Winners: 62 males and 40 females. General
Big Brother, 100 Days Later (Norway). Contestants from different reality shows living together at the BB house. Big Brother, Reality All Star (Denmark). Housemates from the different BB Belgium seasons living together.
Big Brother, All Star (Belgium). Teenage houseguests not competing, just living together. Teen Big Brother (United Kingdom). Other special versions:
Seven B-celebrity hoteliers and a Big Boss run a hotel, collecting money for charity. In 2006 a new variant appeared in the Netherlands: "Hotel Big Brother". Celebrity Big Brother does not attach the time length of the Big Brother VIP series (it only lasts a few days), which last even for months. Also in different countries, there is a spin-off called Big Brother VIP (Mexico, Hungary, Argentina, Bulgaria -called VIP Brother-, Spain, Denmark and Portugal) / Celebrity Big Brother (UK, South Africa, Netherlands, Philippines, Peru, Belgium and Australia).
Scandinavia: Sweden and Norway. Pacific: Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Middle East: United Arab Emirates, Arabia, Bahrein, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, Somalia and Tunisia. Central America (planned for the end of the year): Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
Africa: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All these follow the normal Big Brother rules with the exception that contestants come from different countries in the region where it airs:
The "mamas" would not be able to win the prize but they would stay with their children until their eviction. In Big Mother nine houseguest take place in the game with their mothers, with whom they must coexist during the contest. The fourth Greek season introduced a new element: the mother. The sixth version (currently airing in RTL II) is running in a small artificial town denominated "Das Dorf".
The fifth German edition, running for a full year, separated the contestants into three teams (rich, regular, survivor) and equivalent living areas. This was also seen in Australia, Spain, Bulgaria and Mexico. He was establishing punishments and was proposing hard tasks and secret tricks. The fifth UK edition introduced the "Evil" touch, where the Big Brother voice became almost a villain.
Italy and Mexico added punishment zones to their houses. Separated houses have also been used in Spain, Australia, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Slovakia, Greece, UK, Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway and Germany. The third Dutch edition introduced the notion of "The Battle", in which the house is separated into a luxurious half and a poor half, with two teams of housemates constantly fighting for time in the luxurious half. It's been adapted in Brazil and since then some countries modified their nominations rules.
The US version also introduced the Power of Veto, with a houseguest having power to save a housemate from the nominations. Also, the nominations are done by one houseguest, the HOH (Head of Household). Big Brother USA currently uses different rules than other countries' versions of the show, as it has starting with its second season (the first season followed the traditional format) In the US version, viewers do not vote for eviction; all voting is done by houseguests. Twelve single people stay in the same house until only the winning couple are left.
In France and Canada, the format has been developed using couples.  Co-produced version with Norway and Sweden taking part. Its name came because all of the participating countries are in the border of the Pacific.  Made in Colombia, this is a panregional version with contestants from Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
. Discontinued after 10 days because of religious protests.  Filmed in Amwaj Island in Bahrain. The 7th season will start in autumn 2006.
The season ends in February 2006. The set includes a church, a market place, four houses, etc. "Big Brother: The Village". 200The show is called "Big Brother: Das Dorf", lit.
The producers of the show said that when the ratings are too low, the show will be cancelled. This is the first show in television history which has no time limit. Immediately after, Big Brother VI started. The ultimate winner got a prize of 1,000,000 €.
 In 2004 edition, this was the first version to run for 365 days consecutively. Countries taking part: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.  Planned for the end of the year.  Versions from Canada and France have two winners, a male and a female.
 Greg Mathew had to split his prize with his twin, David, because they entered the house as one person, called Logan and they agreed to share it if they won.  Panregional version with housemates from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.