Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone , known as Sophia Loren, Dama di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian film actress and singer. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15. She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade, until her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time include The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, and It Started in Naples.
Darius Carlos Rucker is an American singer and songwriter. He first gained fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, and Dean Felber. The band has released five studio albums with him as a member, and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Rucker co-wrote the majority of the band's songs with the other three members.
Mariah Carey is an American singer and songwriter. After signing to Columbia Records, she released her debut album, Mariah Carey , which spawned four number-one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday," and "I Don't Wanna Cry." Following her marriage to Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey became the label's highest-selling act with the albums Music Box , Merry Christmas , and Daydream . These albums spawned a string of successful singles including the international number-one "Without You," holiday track "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and "One Sweet Day," which became the longest-running U.S. number-one single in history with a total of 16 weeks. After divorcing Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and incorporated more elements of hip hop into her music with the release of Butterfly . Billboard named her the most successful artist of the 1990s in the United States, while World Music Awards honored her as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s.