This page will contain additional articles about Venus Williams, as they become available.
|Residence:||Palm Beach, Florida, USA|
|Height:||6'1" (185 cm)|
|Weight:||160 lbs. (72.5 kg)|
|Turned pro:||October 1994|
|Highest singles ranking:||1 (February 25, 2002)|
|Career Prize Money:||$14,815,188|
|Grand Slam Record
|Australian Open||F (2003)|
|French Open||F (2002)|
|Wimbledon||W (2000, '01)|
|U.S. Open||W (2000, '01)|
Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. 1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams.
When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place.
Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time.
Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena.
When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century.
In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.
Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003.
Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16.
Grand slam events in boldface.
Grand slam events in boldface. Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.
Doubles partner sister Serena
After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. Later they created Orgazmo, a comedy about a Mormon starring in a pornographic movie, which found distribution thanks to the success of South Park later that same year. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. While in college, Stone and Parker collaborated on the movie Cannibal! The Musical, a Western satire with humorous musical numbers (the "Braniff" tune that plays at the end of many South Park episodes is an excerpt from the Cannibal! song, "Shpadoinkle"). Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003. Stone and Parker later claimed that their episode prevented any alterations from happening when they appeared on a VH1 special, Inside South Park. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. Soon after "Free Hat" aired, the real Lucas and Spielberg announced that they would not be altering Raiders of the Lost Ark for DVD release (contrary to rumors surrounding it).
In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. In this episode, prompted by Kyle's comment on Ted Koppel's Nightline that changing E.T. would be like changing Raiders of the Lost Ark, the South Park depictions of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg decide to alter the first Indiana Jones film. When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century. In 2002 the episode "Free Hat" was aired. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. In the audio commentary on the season 4 DVD set, Parker and Stone remarked that beginning with episode 408, "Chef Goes Nanners," they began to consistently make episodes centering on a single issue, rather than having different sub-plots going on. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. In the case of this and the Elian Gonzalez episode, they stopped and changed production of an episode to focus on these events.
In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. forces, even referring to the "spider hole" where he was found. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. For instance, the December 17, 2003 episode depicted the capture of Saddam Hussein a mere three days after his capture by U.S. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. This allows for a short production schedule which enables the creators to respond quickly to current events. Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time. The pilot episode was produced using construction paper and traditional stop-motion animation techniques, but current episodes duplicate the original, amateurish look using modern computer animation tools (first Power Animator, then Maya).
Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina," which incorporated uncensored footage of sex reassignment surgery. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Season 9 premiered with the episode "Mr. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. This was very evident in the first half of season 8: events in its episodes include Michael Jackson visiting South Park, the boys seeing The Passion of the Christ, blue-collar workers in South Park losing their jobs to immigrants from the future, and an episode featuring a "Paris Hilton" toy video camera. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. South Park's early episodes tended to be shock value-oriented, but the more recent episodes are often oriented more toward poking fun at current events.
1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. In fact, a recent ad ran on Comedy Central listing many categories of people South Park has made fun of (including blacks, gays, politicians, transsexuals, Jews and the disabled) and stated afterward "We apologize if South Park has left you out.". Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. At any rate, the show has consistently made fun of all sides of the political spectrum. 2003: Australian Open. In other interviews Trey Parker and Matt Stone described themselves as being (small 'l') libertarian-Republicans. 2002: Wimbledon. Trey Parker stated in an interview that he was a "registered Libertarian".
2001: Australian Open. This has in turn prompted the use of the phrase South Park Republican to describe the attitudes of some of the show's viewers. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. However, unlike many other satirical shows, South Park's political humor is often seen as mocking liberal celebrities and pet causes. 2000: Wimbledon. The show has drawn widespread criticism from both conservatives and liberals for its themes and its offensive language. Open. The political leaning of South Park has been open to some debate.
1999: U.S. But another high point of the series is its dramatic score, for it dramatizes common and deep parts with a very heartwarming, melancholic or mysterious soundtrack. 1999: French Open. Additional musical contributions to the show come from themselves and from Isaac Hayes, who voices the character Chef, and from the band Primus, which performed the original opening and ending themes for the show. 1999: Hannover. In The Death of Eric Cartman he sings "Make it Right" with Butters in a weak attempt to reconcile his sins. 1998: Zurich. Hankey and Santa Claus that he is worthy of Christmas presents.
1998: Oklahoma City. In Red Sleigh Down, he sings "Poo-Choo Train", an unnervingly cheery Christmas carol, in an obvious attempt to convince Mr. The character of Eric Cartman will often burst into song to convey a false altruism or optimism that belies his baser motivations. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have, on occasion, performed these and other songs (some unrelated to the show, such as "Dead Dead Dead"), under the band name DVDA. The film's soundtrack featured songs like "Mountain Town", "Uncle Fucka", "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" (a song to which Brian Boitano has been known to figure skate), "I'm Super", and "Blame Canada" (nominated for an Oscar, see below).
Popular songs such as "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch" originated on the show, but the creators' musical abilities were not frequently used until the release of South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut. The fact that the lines are unintelligible helped them slip past network censors. Kenny always wears a parka over his head and most of his face. It should be noted that Kenny's lines in the song, as well as all but one of his lines throughout the show (episode 807, "The Jeffersons") and one in the movie, are muffled.
The show's opening theme song is:. Although South Park is well known for its humor and controversial plots, viewers are also treated to an original musical score. According to the episode "Red Hot Catholic Love", virtually all the major and recurring characters in South Park are Roman Catholic, except:. See list of celebrities on South Park for more persons who have appeared on the show in one way or another.
Examples include:. Celebrities often appear (usually "impersonated.....poorly"). And also Towelie the towel who always gets, or wants to get high (off cannabis). Hankey "the Christmas poo", who adds to the holiday festivities in much the same spirit as the 1960s Rankin-Bass cartoons.
Notable appearances include God, who appears as a small creature resembling a hippo-rodent hybrid; Jesus, a recurring character, who owns a home and hosts a public-access television show in South Park (Jesus and Pals); Satan and his lover Saddam Hussein; Moses, who appears exactly as the Master Control Program (MCP) does in the Disney film Tron and demands macaroni pictures; the alien Marklar race; the jakovasaur; Death; and Mr. Part of the show's surrealist nature derives from the minor characters who appear in the series. There are many other frequently recurring characters, besides the boys and their families. Main article: Recurring South Park characters.
Jefferson," an alias of Michael Jackson, in the episode "The Jeffersons", and in the ninth season, he was killed by the Chinese mafia in the episode "Wing," as well as the following episode, "Best Friends Forever" (in fact, he dies twice in the latter). He was also killed once during the eighth season, unmasked, by "Mr. Kenny was killed by Saddam Hussein in "It's Christmas in Canada," the final episode of season seven. He came back to life for an unexplained reason in "Red Sleigh Down" and is now the same regular kid he was before, except his deaths are much rarer now.
For some time (after the 5th season episode "Kenny Dies"), Kenny had actually died "permanently." In the 6th season episode "A Ladder to Heaven," Kenny's soul became entrapped inside of Cartman's body, but an exorcism performed by Chef's mama in "The Biggest Douche in the Universe" undid this. After this Stan would say, "Oh my god, they killed Kenny!" and Kyle would add, "You bastards!" Kenny would be back in the next episode, the incident forgotten. The show's earliest well-known gimmick was that in every episode, Kenny would die in some horrible, unexpected way. In recent seasons, two other characters have gained prominence:.
The main characters of the show are four elementary school students:. Craig" and "Cat Orgy"). Some episodes have sections of regular film edited in (e.g., "Tweek vs. To put the efficiency of this process in perspective, consider that the average episode of The Simpsons takes 8 months to create while episodes of South Park have been completed in as little as 3 days.
Paper cutouts were indeed used in the original pilot Parker/Stone animation and in the very first Comedy Central episode, but every subsequent episode aired on TV has been produced by computer animation that provides the same crude look. The characters and backgrounds of South Park are made to appear deliberately crude, as if they are simply made of cut-out pieces of paper. Her husband, Dino Andrade, founded the Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Fund at the Suicide Prevention Center of Greater Los Angeles in an effort to help and educate people with the same type of depression that his wife suffered from. After her death it was revealed that she suffered from a severe form of clinical depression.
theatrical release of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, actress Mary Kay Bergman, who had provided all of the female voices on the South Park television series and in the full-length movie, committed suicide using a gun in her suburban Los Angeles, California home. On November 11, 1999 shortly after the U.S. It's more likely that "Blame Canada" was chosen because it plainly expresses the movie's main theme. It has often been said that "Blame Canada" was chosen from other Oscar-worthy songs in the movie on the basis that it was the only one that could be performed on live TV with its lyrics relatively intact; however, this is somewhat unlikely, as "Blame Canada" contains a swear word, whereas "Up There," a sentimental and inoffensive song sung by Satan, does not.
It also presented a twisted but seemingly sincere tribute to the film musical with a number of songs, including "Uncle Fucka" and "Blame Canada." The latter was nominated for an Oscar and was performed by Robin Williams during the awards show. The film managed to satirize both itself and the anticipated reaction that it engendered from moral conservatives. The following year, the full-length animated feature film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was released to generally enthusiastic reviews. It was apparently a well-planted April Fools Day gag, meant to poke fun at season-ending cliffhangers.
Four weeks later, the airing of an episode about Terrance and Phillip (two Canadian comedians the main characters idolize) prompted outrage, and also prompted Comedy Central to push the true season premiere up earlier than expected. The episode ended with the announcement that it would be revealed in four weeks' time. In February 1998, one episode of South Park posed the question of who Eric Cartman's father was. Comedy Central defended South Park by noting that the show is given a "Mature Audiences" TV rating (TV-MA) and that it only airs the show during nighttime hours and never during the day when children may be more likely to see the show.
The show's provocative, frequently offensive, and unquestionably adult-oriented material quickly drew howls of protests from various conservative spokespersons, and South Park merchandise (especially T-shirts) were banned from a number of public schools, day care centers, and other public places in a manner similar to the prohibition of Bart Simpson T-shirts in the early 1990s after The Simpsons was accused of contributing to juvenile delinquency. This led to talks to create a series, first with Fox, then with Comedy Central, where the series premiered on August 13, 1997. The video was a hit and was quickly shared, both by underground duplication and over the then-burgeoning Internet. Entitled The Spirit of Christmas, it closely resembled the style of the later series, and featured a martial arts duel (and subsequent truce) between Jesus and Santa Claus over the true meaning of Christmas.
Executives at the Fox network saw the film, and in 1995 executive Brian Graden commissioned Parker and Stone to create a second short film to send to friends as a video Christmas card. The baby Jesus then saves the day by decapitating the monster with a halo. The crudely made film featured prototypical versions of the kids of South Park, including a character resembling Cartman but called "Kenny", bringing a murderous snowman to life with a magic hat. South Park got its start in 1991 when Parker and Stone, then film students at the University of Colorado, created an animated short called Jesus vs Frosty (also known as The Spirit of Christmas).
An episode that aired after the September 11, 2001 attacks had the boys stow away on a military transport to Afghanistan, where they encounter Osama bin Laden, and more recently the 2005 Terri Schiavo case was parodied in an episode in which the town is at odds over the removal of a feeding tube from Kenny McCormick. Attorney General, as a murderous Easter Bunny. For example, an episode involving the repatriation of Romanian quintuplets aired during the Elián González issue, and depicted Janet Reno, then U.S. The show is noted for its characteristically blunt handling of current events while they are still current.
Recent seasons have aired in two parts; for example, half of the episodes from the eighth season were put on hiatus for Team America: World Police, another Stone and Parker production. New episodes in the show's ninth season began airing March 9, 2005. South Park satirizes many aspects of American culture and current events, and challenges deepset convictions and taboos, usually using parody and black humor. Distributed by and airing on Comedy Central (and its current owner, Viacom) since 1997, it follows the surreal adventures of four young boys who live in the small town of South Park, Colorado.
South Park is a comedy animated series created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Parker animated a South Park version of a joke called The Aristocrats for the documentary of that name. Eventually an ending showing crude cut outs of Terry Gilliam, Venus de Milo, and the Monty Python foot appear. A short tribute sketch was shown for the 30th anniversary of Monty Python which parodied the "Dead Parrot sketch." The parody takes part in a friends store, where Eric Cartman walks in and complains that this friend (Kenny) that he bought is dead.
In fact, Cartman says the expert (introduced as "Geoffrey Mainard") played the lead in a production of Les Misérables. Characters on The Simpsons, perhaps not coincidencially, often have the number 24601 as well. Les Misérables has had several cameo roles throughout the series, including Cosette's appearance, Cartman's prison number, 24601 (Jean Valjean's number), and an entire song in South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut that is based on a song from the musical named "One Day More." Also, in episode 414 "Helen Keller! The Musical," the "musical theater expert" sounds similar to Colm Wilkinson, who played the original Jean Valjean on Broadway. They have said the appearance of Moore as a suicide bomber in their 2004 film Team America: World Police is their sardonic response to this incident. It became a point of contention between them and the filmmaker, Michael Moore, as they believed Moore meant to imply they had contributed to his film.
Stone's appearance was followed by an uncredited cartoon in a style strongly reminiscent of South Park that was not the work of either Stone or Parker. Stone presents a vision of Littleton as painfully normal, and highly intolerant of non-conformist behavior. The film Bowling for Columbine includes a brief interview with Matt Stone that suggests South Park was largely inspired by Stone's childhood experiences in Littleton, Colorado. The Harrisons, who are Mormon.
The Broflovskis (Kyle's family), who are Jewish. Clooney also appeared as a voice actor for Sparky, Stan's homosexual dog, in the episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride". George Clooney, who appears in "Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" as himself, portraying an emergency room doctor similar to his character Doug Ross in the TV series ER. Patrick Duffy, who appears upside-down as one of the legs of a mountain creature called Scuzzlebutt.
Christina Aguilera, who is portrayed as a hideous creature. Paris Hilton as spokeswoman for the "Stupid Spoiled Whore" clothing store chain. Jefferson comes to South Park to hide out because he is being accused of child molestation; such accusations were made against Jackson in late 2003. Mr.
Jefferson" who moves to South Park with his young son, Blanket. Michael Jackson as a new neighbor named "Mr. Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks as a goat in the Afghanistan episode. Radiohead, playing themselves, with the band telling lead singer Thom Yorke to stop reading fan mail and mocking Scott Tenorman for crying.
Sally Struthers, portrayed as a Hutt (as in "Jabba the Hutt" from Star Wars) saving "Starvin' Marvin" and his people in Africa. David Blaine, founder of the fictional "Blainetology" religion. Madonna, who is ridiculed. Russell Crowe, star of the TV show "Russell Crowe: Fightin' Around the World," in which he travels the world in a cartoon tugboat and picks fights with random strangers based on perceived insults.
Brian Boitano, who is a superhero. the band Toto (an 80s band). the band Korn, who played themselves and solved a Scooby Doo-type mystery. Simpson, part of a support group for relatives of murder victims.
J. O. Bill Clinton, who slept with Cartman's mom. Garrison tried to assassinate.
Kathie Lee Gifford, whom Mr. Robert Smith of the '80s band The Cure, who transformed into a moth-like creature (a parody of Mothra) to battle Mecha-Streisand; Smith provided his own voice. Barbra Streisand, who was transformed after a mystical artifact Kyle found while digging and became Mecha-Streisand, a mechanized Godzilla-like creature. Scott has appeared in minor roles in at least two subsequent episodes.
Cartman later takes revenge on Scott by feeding him Scott's own parents at Cartman's chili con carnival. Scott Tenorman, a much older schoolmate, originally introduced when he cons Cartman out of his allowance money in the episode Scott Tenorman Must Die. The goth kids, originally featured in episode 714 (Raisins). Token is also a frequent target of Cartman's racism.
Token Williams, a schoolmate of black descent who often accompanies the boys on their adventures. He is afraid of getting an erection and took steroids to win the Special Olympics. Often performs stand-up comedy. Jimmy, a handicapped schoolmate with crutches and a speech impediment.
He has a limited vocabulary, usually only consisting of his own name, Jimmy's name, and his usual babble that sounds like "Livin' a lie!", though, on occasion, has managed a few other words. Timmy, a schoolmate confined by handicap to a wheelchair. Wendy Testaburger, a schoolmate and Stan's sometimes girlfriend. Officer Barbrady, the incompetent town police officer.
kay?" to the end of his sentences. Mackey, the school counselor who often appends "Mmmm.. Mr. Jesus and Santa Claus, who are frequently depicted as gun-toting heroes.
Satan, portrayed as the insecure and overly sensitive gay lover of Saddam Hussein. Jerome "Chef" McElroy (voiced by Isaac Hayes), the school cafeteria chef whom the boys seek out for advice. Hat). Garrison's gay live-in lover until his sex change in episode 901 (replacement for Garrison's beloved puppet companion, Mr.
Slave, Mr. Mr. Choksondik (pronounced "chokes-on-dick") who dies in season 6. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina), and Ms.
Herbert Garrison (currently Mrs. Garrison after receiving a sex change in episode 901, Mr. the boys' teachers Mr. Tweek (replaced Kenny during the second part of the 6th season, though Kenny was brought back for the 7th season): like Butters he is very nervous; he is constantly given caffeine by his coffee-shop-owning parents, he is visited nightly by the "underpants gnomes" and his eyes "tweek." Since Kenny returned, he has returned to playing a minor role. His birthday is September 11.
He is now one of the most important characters, having featured prominently in several episodes, particularly as a foil to Cartman's schemes. Leopold "Butters" Stotch (replaced Kenny as a main character during the first part of the 6th season, though Kenny was brought back for the 7th season; has been prominent ever since): intelligent and sometimes insightful, but nervous and easily manipulated, thanks to his overbearing parents. Eric Cartman: aggressive, spoiled, overweight and rude, antagonistic, often the catalyst for the plot, frequently insults Kyle for being Jewish and Kenny for being poor. Kenny McCormick: poor lower class, obsessed with sex and bathroom humor, victim of many deaths.
Kyle Broflovski: skeptical, critical of authority, Jewish. Stan Marsh: kind and nervous, with a strong sense of right and wrong.