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Biography Specials brings together the Emmy® Award-winning series’ most watched, most requested and most loved episodes, covering the headline-making people who continue to captivate us today, from George Clooney and Teri Hatcher to Paul Newman and Raquel Welch. Initially a major contributor to the growth of A&E, the Biography series became the centerpiece of The Biography Channel (now BIO) when the network was launched in 1998. Over a decade later, Biography is still the best of any and all series devoted to telling the stories about fascinating people and their real lives: up close and personal, unpredictable and provocative.

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Biography Specials brings together the Emmy® Award-winning series’ most watched, most requested and most loved episodes, covering the headline-making people who continue to captivate us today, from George Clooney and Teri Hatcher to Paul Newman and Raquel Welch. Initially a major contributor to the growth of A&E, the Biography series became the centerpiece of The Biography Channel (now BIO) when the network was launched in 1998. Over a decade later, Biography is still the best of any and all series devoted to telling the stories about fascinating people and their real lives: up close and personal, unpredictable and provocative.

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    Rob Lowe

    He's had a meteoric rise to fame in the '80s, co-starring with fellow Brat Packers Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, and Charlie Sheen in a series of popular teen movies. After scandals and controversies threatened to derail his career, Lowe got back on track and officially took his career off life support when he joined the cast of The West Wing. His role in the TV hit earned him his third and fourth Golden Globe nominations, two SAG awards, and an Emmy nomination. And his guest appearances in Brothers & Sisters was an immediate hit with viewers, helped boost ratings, and landed him a permanent cast position.

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    • 44 Minutes

    He's had a meteoric rise to fame in the '80s, co-starring with fellow Brat Packers Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, and Charlie Sheen in a series of popular teen movies. After scandals and controversies threatened to derail his career, Lowe got back on track and officially took his career off life support when he joined the cast of The West Wing. His role in the TV hit earned him his third and fourth Golden Globe nominations, two SAG awards, and an Emmy nomination. And his guest appearances in Brothers & Sisters was an immediate hit with viewers, helped boost ratings, and landed him a permanent cast position.

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    • 44 Minutes
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    Ashton Kutcher

    Iowa native Kutcher seems like the kind of guy who's always led a charmed life, but he's had his share of heartbreaks. His fraternal twin has cerebral palsy, he lived through a stormy home life growing up, and he was busted for burglary in high school. But things started looking up after Kutcher moved to L.A. and was cast in the sitcom, That 70s Show. He moved on to film roles like Dude, Where's My Car?, and he has produced and starred in MTV's prankfest Punk'd. His marriage to Demi Moore, 15 years older, has produced much hand wringing among his female fans, but that hasn't stopped them from flocking to his flicks.

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    • 44 Minutes

    Iowa native Kutcher seems like the kind of guy who's always led a charmed life, but he's had his share of heartbreaks. His fraternal twin has cerebral palsy, he lived through a stormy home life growing up, and he was busted for burglary in high school. But things started looking up after Kutcher moved to L.A. and was cast in the sitcom, That 70s Show. He moved on to film roles like Dude, Where's My Car?, and he has produced and starred in MTV's prankfest Punk'd. His marriage to Demi Moore, 15 years older, has produced much hand wringing among his female fans, but that hasn't stopped them from flocking to his flicks.

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    • 44 Minutes
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    Rick Springfield

    Rick Springfield has sold fifteen million records and after nearly thirty years in show business, he still performs with the reckless abandon of a twenty-something rock star. Springfield's hit song, "Jesse's Girl" became the anthem of the 1980's-- a time when his feathered hair, tightly-suited body and boyish face became hallmarks of the era. Concert footage, photos and interviews chronicle his early life in Australia and his career-- a path that has taken him from teen idol to TV soap star to serious rocker.

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    Rick Springfield has sold fifteen million records and after nearly thirty years in show business, he still performs with the reckless abandon of a twenty-something rock star. Springfield's hit song, "Jesse's Girl" became the anthem of the 1980's-- a time when his feathered hair, tightly-suited body and boyish face became hallmarks of the era. Concert footage, photos and interviews chronicle his early life in Australia and his career-- a path that has taken him from teen idol to TV soap star to serious rocker.

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    Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy On the Edge

    Charlie Sheen has been partying since 1980, and according to the actor, he's tired of pretending he's not great at it. This special will track Sheen's 30 plus years of wild behavior--from using stolen credit cards to buy merchandise over the phone at age 15 to no less than five domestic violence arrests and at least a half dozen stays in rehab (three in the past twelve months) to his current status as a living media circus, gleefully self-destructing in front of America.

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    Charlie Sheen has been partying since 1980, and according to the actor, he's tired of pretending he's not great at it. This special will track Sheen's 30 plus years of wild behavior--from using stolen credit cards to buy merchandise over the phone at age 15 to no less than five domestic violence arrests and at least a half dozen stays in rehab (three in the past twelve months) to his current status as a living media circus, gleefully self-destructing in front of America.

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    • 44 Minutes
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    Kate Middleton: Uncommon Bride

    Although she's set to marry England's Prince William in "the wedding of the century," Kate Middleton is an unlikely choice for royal bride since a commoner hasn't married an heir to the throne for 350 years. But while she may lack royal blood, she has another advantage -- a family history of ambition and determination that has propelled the Middletons from the depths of a British coal mine to Windsor Castle. We look at how Kate's drive has helped her to survive paparazzi hounding, nasty media nicknames, and a humiliating public break-up.

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    Although she's set to marry England's Prince William in "the wedding of the century," Kate Middleton is an unlikely choice for royal bride since a commoner hasn't married an heir to the throne for 350 years. But while she may lack royal blood, she has another advantage -- a family history of ambition and determination that has propelled the Middletons from the depths of a British coal mine to Windsor Castle. We look at how Kate's drive has helped her to survive paparazzi hounding, nasty media nicknames, and a humiliating public break-up.

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    Rat Pack, Pt. 2

    Their films were box office gold. Their performances were magic. And when they went out on the town, they were legends. At a time when everything was cool and style was king, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were the ultimate playboys. The Rat Pack goes where no other documentary has been: to the exact moment when Sinatra, the leader of the pack, met every other member, and the dynamics behind his relationship with each of them. Then, the BIO profile takes an intimate look at the carnivorous alpha-males who, on the outside, were simply the hippest guys in America, but privately struggled with love, loss, = jealousy, racism and the mob. With the help of insiders like Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis and Milton Berle, The Rat Pack explores the lives and legacies of five men who once capitvated an entire generation of Americans, and continue to fascinate an entirely new generation today.

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    Their films were box office gold. Their performances were magic. And when they went out on the town, they were legends. At a time when everything was cool and style was king, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were the ultimate playboys. The Rat Pack goes where no other documentary has been: to the exact moment when Sinatra, the leader of the pack, met every other member, and the dynamics behind his relationship with each of them. Then, the BIO profile takes an intimate look at the carnivorous alpha-males who, on the outside, were simply the hippest guys in America, but privately struggled with love, loss, = jealousy, racism and the mob. With the help of insiders like Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis and Milton Berle, The Rat Pack explores the lives and legacies of five men who once capitvated an entire generation of Americans, and continue to fascinate an entirely new generation today.

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    Steve-O

    Profile of the wild daredevil who became a star with the "Jackass" franchise, famously introducing himself to TV viewers when he swallowed and regurgitated a live goldfish on air. But fame came at a heavy price as Steve-O's craving for drugs, crazy stunts, and the rock star lifestyle put him on a downward spiral and led to a threatened suicide in 2008. Now three years sober and with his biography, "Professional Idiot," coming out, Steve-O is hopefully a new man.

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    Profile of the wild daredevil who became a star with the "Jackass" franchise, famously introducing himself to TV viewers when he swallowed and regurgitated a live goldfish on air. But fame came at a heavy price as Steve-O's craving for drugs, crazy stunts, and the rock star lifestyle put him on a downward spiral and led to a threatened suicide in 2008. Now three years sober and with his biography, "Professional Idiot," coming out, Steve-O is hopefully a new man.

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    Tawny Kitaen

    A high-school dropout and self-proclaimed surfer chick from San Diego, Tawny Kitaen made her way to Hollywood in 1980 with dreams of becoming an actress. She landed her first starring role in the 1983 erotic-adventure The Perils of Gwendoline, and followed that up in 1984 with a starring role opposite Tom Hanks in the mainstream Hollywood comedy, Bachelor Party. But it was Tawny's appearance on MTV in the Whitesnake videos that really catapulted her, and the band, Whitesnake, to fame. The most famous of those videos, Here I Go Again, featured Tawny writhing across the hoods of two jaguars in a flowing white negligee. The video had heavy rotation on MTV, the single hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and Tawny married the lead singer of the band, David Coverdale.

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    A high-school dropout and self-proclaimed surfer chick from San Diego, Tawny Kitaen made her way to Hollywood in 1980 with dreams of becoming an actress. She landed her first starring role in the 1983 erotic-adventure The Perils of Gwendoline, and followed that up in 1984 with a starring role opposite Tom Hanks in the mainstream Hollywood comedy, Bachelor Party. But it was Tawny's appearance on MTV in the Whitesnake videos that really catapulted her, and the band, Whitesnake, to fame. The most famous of those videos, Here I Go Again, featured Tawny writhing across the hoods of two jaguars in a flowing white negligee. The video had heavy rotation on MTV, the single hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and Tawny married the lead singer of the band, David Coverdale.

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