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For Famed Rock Climber, A 'Big Break' That Thankfully Wasn't Literal
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Project Runway host Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn at the Project Runway Spring 2013 fashion show in New York City. Today, Gunn is comfortable before an audience — but it wasn't always that way. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hide caption

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From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work
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Lea Salonga realized what it takes to be a leading lady at age 9, during a chaotic production of Annie. Raymund Isaac/Raymund Isaac hide caption

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Lea Salonga's Big Break(out): An Allergy Attack At The Audition
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'I Can Do This': How Robert Patrick Became A Terminator
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Singer/songwriter Jewel has a new memoir titled Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story, and a new album called Picking Up the Pieces. Matthew Rolston/Courtesy of Jewel hide caption

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In Lumberjack Bars And Coffee Shops, Jewel Found Her Voice
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Sam Elliott played The Stranger in the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski. "That was great fun," he says. "The Coen brothers are such brilliant guys." The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Typecast As A Cowboy, Sam Elliott Came To Embrace That 'Western Box'
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Patty Wagstaff is a fixture at air shows. She became the first woman to win the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship in 1991, and her winning plane (not pictured) is on display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. Doug Gardner/Patty Wagstaff Airshows, Inc. hide caption

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An Aerobatics Pilot Spins (And Rolls, And Loops) A Career From A Crash
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Alison Brie stars in the romantic comedy Sleeping with Other People, out in September. Victoria Will/Invision/AP hide caption

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Alison Brie's Breakout Role On 'Mad Men' Looked Like A Bit Part
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Danson starred in Cheers as bar owner Sam Malone. "Cheers was like being shot out of a cannon as far as celebrity, or attention from the public," he says. Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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Coffee Dates And Dropped Cue Cards: Ted Danson's Path To 'Cheers'
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Reggie Watts calls his form of entertainment "disinformationist." He disorients his audience, sometimes talking non-sense and switching seamlessly between accents — all improvised on the spot. Kyle Christy hide caption

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Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success
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National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, shown in Kuwait in 1991, says his big break came at a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, after he heard the sound of children laughing. Courtesy of Steve McCurry hide caption

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How One Photographer Captured A Piercing Gaze That Shook The World
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Jim Gaffigan spent years in stand-up before, finally, someone took a chance on him: that someone just happened to be David Letterman. "The weird thing is, because Letterman thought I was good, everyone changed their mind," he says. "It changed the narrative surrounding me, completely." Courtesy of TV Land hide caption

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From Adman To Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan's Transition Took A Few Good Naps
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Amid Devastation, Tig Notaro Searched For A Sense Of Humor
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Before 'I See Dead People,' Haley Joel Osment Saw Casting Agents At Ikea
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A Bar, Blackjack And Best-Sellers: One Author's Big Break
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Jonathan Goldsmith plays "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in beer company Dos Equis' ad campaign. Bobby Quillard/Anderson Group Public Relations hide caption

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The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too
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Bankrolling A Dinosaur Dig And Unearthing A Giant: The Giganotosaurus
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Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll prepare for Nyad's swim to Florida in 2012. She failed that attempt, but returned a year later to complete the 110-mile-long journey. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim
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Kenneth Choi plays the role of Chester Ming in The Wolf Of Wall Street. He gained 20 pounds for the role. Red Granite Pictures/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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How Running Away From Home Opened Doors In Hollywood
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Hailee Steinfeld played Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers' 2010 version of True Grit. Wilson Webb/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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A 13-Year-Old, A Burlap Dress And A Career Launch That Took 'Grit'
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Capt. Roger Moseley sits on the wing of an A-37 attack aircraft at Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam in 1971. His call sign in Vietnam was Ramjet — "because I don't have a lot of patience," Moseley says. Courtesy Roger Moseley hide caption

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After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert
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From Bond Girl To Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour's Big Break
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