Thursday, May 7, 2009

Leonardo Dicaprio rare childhood image...

Full Name: Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio
Birth Date: November 11, 1974.
Nationality: American
Birth Place: Hollywood, CA, USA
Education: Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA
Center for Enriched Studies in Los Angeles, CA, John Marshall High School in L.A., CA
Religion: Catholic
Occupation: Actor
Claim to fame: as Toby in This Boy's Life (1993)

This Hollywood superstar with Italian and German roots has really amazing list of roles in numerous blockbusters like "Titanic", "The Aviator", "Catch me if you can", "Gangs of the New York", "The Beach" etc. I am sure that most of you watched mentioned movies, but do you know how Leonardo became movie superstar? Where did he come from and what did he do before it was revealed that he is talented actor? I tried to collect most interesting facts about his life, and I am sure that his childhood pictures are the most attractive from all celebrity pictures on this site until now.

* Leonardo was born in Los Angeles, California, as the only child of Irmelin (nee Indenbirken), who is a former legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an underground comic artist and producer of comic books.
* DiCaprio's parents met while attending college together and subsequently moved to Los Angeles.
* His mother moved from Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany, to the U.S. during her childhood, while his father is a fourth-generation American of half Italian and half German descent.
* He was named after artist Leonardo da Vinci, as his pregnant mother was standing in front of a da Vinci painting at a museum in Italy when Leo first kicked.
* His parents divorced when he was one. He lived mostly with his mother, although his father was around intermittently.
* His height is 6' 1" (1.85 m), and his nicknames are Leo and Lenny D
* During his childhood, he attended Seeds Elementary School. At that tim he was mostly interested in baseball cards, comic books and frequently visited museums, with his father.
* DiCaprio and his mother lived in several neighborhoods, such as Echo Park, then a particularly seedy, drug-dominated area of Los Angeles.
* During his teen years, he lived at 1874 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz district of Los Angeles, California (which was later converted into a local public library) and his mother worked several jobs to support them.
* Leonardo graduated from John Marshall High School a few blocks away, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years.
* After his divorce, his father married Peggy Ann Farrar, who had a son called Adam Farrar, another actor/producer who became Leo's stepbrother and who inspired DiCaprio to become an actor.
* At the age of five he appeared on his favorite TV show "Romper Room" and was nearly thrown off for misbehaving.

* DiCaprio began looking for an agent at the age of twelve, but was initially turned down several times; one agent suggested that he anglicize his name to “Lenny Williams”, which DiCaprio rejected.
* Leo Attended the same high school as Bo Barrett, Heidi Fleiss, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Julie Newmar.
* Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson are his favorite actors, and Martin Scorsese is his favorite director.
* After a string of commercials, educational films ("Mickey's Safety Club"), occasional parts in TV series, a debut film role as Josh in Critters 3 (1991), a continuing role as the homeless boy Luke in the TV series "Growing Pains" (1985), he got his break-through part as Toby in This Boy's Life (1993), co-starring with Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin.
* His good friends are Mark Wahlberg., Lukas Haas, Kevin Connolly and Vincent Gallo.
* His favorite food is pasta. His favorite drink is lemonade.
* He purchased a 104-acre island off the coast of Belize in 2005 and plans to develop a resort with renewable energy sources. Purchase price for the island, Blackadore Caye, was estimated to be $1.75 million.
* Originally offered the role of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights (1997), but turned it down to do Titanic.


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