MISS KAY star of A&E's DUCK DYNASTY
Miss Kay is the revered matriarch of the family. What she says goes. She was 16 when she married Phil and since then she's been keeping him and the boys from spending too much time in the woods, bringing them back to civilization each night with a home cooked meal. Miss Kay believes her cooking talents are a gift which she must share, so she often ends up feeding all of the family and most of the neighborhood. Her most famous dishes are banana pudding, fried deer steak, crawfish pie, and sticky frog legs. Miss Kay's favorite family member is Jesse, the family dog. But here's the secret, every time he dies, Miss Kay quickly get a new puppy that looks just like the one that passed and even gives it the same name. As Miss Kay puts it, "this way, you never have to grieve."
KATHERINE & SOPHIE, stars of DC CUPCAKES
Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are the co-founders of Georgetown Cupcake, stars of the hit series DC Cupcakes on TLC, and best-selling authors of The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake. Their new book, Sweet Celebrations: Our Favorite Cupcake Recipes, Memories, and Decorating Secrets that Add Sparkle to any Occasion comes out in Fall 2012.
Inspired by their grandmother, in 2008, Katherine and Sophie traded careers in fashion and venture capital to follow their passion for baking and opened Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, DC. Since 2008, Katherine and Sophie have expanded Georgetown Cupcake with locations in Bethesda, MD, New York City/SoHo, and Boston/Newbury St. with an additional location planned for Los Angeles (Fall 2012). Georgetown Cupcake ships its cupcakes nationwide and currently employs over 400 employees.
Sophie and Katherine and their cupcakes have been featured in, among other media outlets, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire, Food & Wine, TV Guide, the Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live! With Kelly, CBS News, Access Hollywood, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, The Talk, People, InStyle, Town & Country, US Weekly, Redbook, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan and In Touch Weekly.
Caroline Manzo, star of Bravo's REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY
Caroline Manzo is the epitome of a strong New Jersey woman. Always putting family first, she is a devoted wife and mother of three children, Albie, 25; Lauren, 23; and Christopher, 22. Caroline has been married for more than 28 years to her husband Albert who runs The Brownstone, a very successful catering facility in Paterson, NJ. The business has been with the family for over 30 years and is one of the premiere event spaces in the state. Although Caroline spends the majority of her time managing the household, her family has been known to run her ragged as she supports BLK Water, Brownstone Sauce and Cafface. Caroline is affiliated with several charities including SCTNOW, a foundation dedicated to stopping child trafficking within our own borders, CROC, a foundation dedicated to helping cancer survivors, Best Friends Animal Society, Wounded Warriors Project and The PG Chambers School, a NJ facility dedicated to educating children with physical and mental disabilities. Often described as a feisty spitfire, Caroline manages to have it all – family, friends and a career. In her opinion, that is what makes her a "Real Housewife" of New Jersey.
Deidre Hall, star of DAYS OF OUR LIVES
A role model since the early 1970’s for working women in the entertainment industry and a leader in charity work in her private life, Deidre Hall is one of the most recognized and “filmed” faces in television history. Loved by millions of fans for generations as “Dr. Marlena Evans”, Hall has been a driving force in the success of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, the longest running, scripted drama on NBC.
Hall, a twin in a family of four children, was born to working-class parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The family relocated to Lake Worth, Florida when Deidre was 6. The children attended the local public schools where in high school Deidre played in the concert and marching band. (Deidre: “And you haven't lived until you're marched in the Orange Bowl parade in 85 degrees wearing a wool uniform”.)
At 13, she was crowned the Junior Orange Bowl Queen, which really began her career in front of an audience. One of the first young women to host her own radio show, Deidre’s passion for interacting with people was given a platform at WLIZ-Radio. Between courses she covered news, interviews, editing and sign-on/sign-off duties at the station, working 3 hours a day, 5 days a week.During a summer with friends in California in 1966, Deidre helped her household by booking modeling jobs and commercials. Her natural talent to connect with people helped lead to a promising acting career. Her transfer to LA Community College got her closer to the action and after many successful modeling gigs and bit-parts in commercials and popular television shows of the day, her break came in 1976 when she got the call that changed her life.
NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES needed a beautiful, strong minded and passionate actor for their lead. It was a role that needed a woman who fit the empowering social movement of the mid 1970’s and Deidre Hall was the perfect candidate. She was brought on as Dr. Marlena Evans, and the rest is television history. As such, Deidre will be included amongst other Hollywood elite in 2014 when she is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
From her well-grounded, working-class roots, Deidre always believed in making time for community service. She produced the Days of Our Lives Calendars and cookbooks with 100% of the proceeds going to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital. She more recently has created water color paintings with all proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project, and when her own children entered school, she joined the school board in order to improve school lunches. She spoke to members of Congress encouraging them to renew the Child Nutrition
Act, even hosting a press conference at the White House. In 2009, she traveled with her son David to Brazil to work with disfigured children as an Ambassador for Operation Smile.
Deidre is an advocate of healthy living and positive attitude, and to that end, she co-wrote the information-packed and humorous book: Deidre Hall's Kitchen Close-up, targeting nutrition tips for those suffering with heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Her desire to help people goes deep… and it has put her in the driver seat on several television projects over the years that have promoted the awareness of special needs children and women’s issues. She was one of the first actresses to publicly speak about her fertility struggles and surrogate parenting, which helped open doors for women everywhere to talk about the fertility problems which many faced every day but was seldom discussed. Always with a smile and wink of an eye, like in her latest book, How Does She Do It?, A Beauty Book, where she poked fun at her career of being made up, dressed up and photographed from every angle. Her original working title had been: "Does This Mascara Make My Ass Look Big?"
Dr. Travis Stork, star of THE DOCTORS
Dr. Travis Stork is an ER physician and host of the Emmy® award-winning talk show, The Doctors. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned his M.D. with honors from the University of Virginia, being elected into the prestigious honor society of Alpha Omega Alpha for outstanding academic achievement. A fervent believer in helping patients feel empowered when it comes to their health, Dr. Stork is passionate about enlightening individuals on simple ways to attain and maintain good health based on their own life and circumstances. He recognizes that oftentimes, when people come to the E.R., it’s already too late. That’s why he takes such pride in teaching people how to prevent illness before it happens. Most people don’t realize that they make 200-plus health-related decisions every day that dictate how well and how long they live. Dr. Stork believes good health is achieved by focusing on those seemingly inconsequential 200- plus decisions people make throughout the day. In addition to being a motivational speaker on matters of health, Dr. Stork is on the Medical Advisory Board for Men’s Health magazine, in addition to having a monthly column in the magazine. He is The New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Belly Prescription and The Doctor Is In: A 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness.