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In this Philippine name for married women, the birth middle name or maternal family name is Aspillera, the birth surname or paternal family name is Diaz, and the marital name is Daza.
Gloria Maria Aspillera Daza[Note 1] (nee Diaz, born 5 April 1951), better known as Gloria Diaz, is a Filipino actress, TV host and beauty queen who is the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown in 1969 in Miami Beach, Florida.
Early life and family
Often cited as being part of the Díaz clan in newspapers, she is one of twelve children (10 girls and 2 boys). Her sister, Rio Díaz, was also an actress and beauty titlist.
While studying in college, Díaz was scouted by a pageant aficionado and was convinced to join the sixth edition of Binibining Pilipinas. Her looks and, more importantly, her wit captivated the audience and she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas - Universe 1969 at 18 years old.
Díaz was then sent to Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. to compete in Miss Universe 1969. Arriving at the pageant as an early favorite, Díaz did not disappoint and sailed throughout all the pageant's event that led up to the final at the Miami Beach Auditorium. Making it to the Top 5, she participated in the final question round and her answer to the question regarding "men in the moon" charmed the audience and the judges. She was crowned Miss Universe on 19 July 1969 and becoming the very first Filipino to win the Miss Universe crown. News of her victory (and her measurements) were communicated to the crew members of the Apollo 11 during their mission.
During her reign, Díaz travelled to several countries to promote the advocacies supported by the Miss Universe Organization as well as appeared in many public and television events in the United States.
For several decades now, Díaz has been considered a brilliant actress within the world of Philippine cinema and television.
Shortly after her reign as Miss Universe ended, she pursued an acting career in the Philippines and in 1975, she was cast in her breakthrough performance as Isabel in the critically acclaimed Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa.
Her performance in the film was met with praise by film critics and was considered one of the most promising breakthroughs of any actress in Philippine cinema. Later that year, she was nominated for a FAMAS Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role.
Díaz continued acting in film for many years before trying out starring in television. It was in 1996 when she starred in her first television series Anna Karenina. She garnered popularity after appearing in the sitcom Kool Ka Lang on GMA in 1998. That same year, she appeared in the biopic Jose Rizal, where she played Rizal's mother Dona Teodora Alonzo. Her portrayal of Rizal's mother won her Best Supporting Actress at the 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival.
In 2006, Díaz was cast in the psychological thriller Nasaan Ka Man, alongside award-winning actress Hilda Koronel and Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo and Jericho Rosales. For her role as Lilia, a woman trying to suppress her distraught as she tries to keep her family together, she was once again nominated and eventually awarded the FAMAS for Best Supporting Actress.
Díaz once again won a FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the highly acclaimed Sagrada Familia. On television, she has appeared in Glamorosa, May Isang Pangarap, Mirabella and Dream Dad. Recently, she has been part of blockbuster comedies such as 2012's Sisterakas and 2013's Kung Fu Divas.
After 8 years from ABS-CBN Diaz returned to the rival network GMA Network for the comedy-drama series Pamilya Roces.
Díaz obtained her high school diploma from the basic education department of St. Scholastica's College Manila. She is separated from businessman Gabriel "Bong" Daza, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava and son Raphael.
In a TV Patrol interview shortly after the Miss Universe 2010 pageant on 23 August, Díaz commented on Binibining Pilipinas contestant Venus Raj becoming 4th runner-up. She suggested in the interview that perhaps Raj and other Filipinas would benefit from answering pageant questions via the use of an interpreter rather than in English. Díaz further said that:
"Because when you think about a Cebuana can hardly speak English and of course Tagalog. Maybe she should answer in Bisaya."
Her remark sparked outrage amongst many Cebuanos, who felt that Díaz insulted their English proficiency. Cebuano politicians such as Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Congresswoman Rachel del Mar called on her to apologise. In response to the controversy, Díaz saw no need to apologize and instead clarified her remarks:
Let me clarify it once and for all. People should have the right to say or to answer (questions) in whatever language they want to say it in. If they're Cebuanos, they can say it in Cebuano. I did not say that they did not speak English. If you're Ilocano, say it in Ilocano. But if you're Ilocano who speaks good English, say it in English. If you're Cebuano who can speak Spanish, if you're comfortable with Spanish, say it in Spanish. That's what I said and that's what I meant.
— Gloria Díaz, De Los Angeles, Edison (2010-09-01). "Apologize to Cebuanos, Diaz told". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer Global Nation. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
On 1 September 2010, the Vice Mayors' League of the Philippines-Cebu passed a resolution declaring Díaz a persona non grata within Cebu City.
|2013||Kung Fu Divas||Charlotte's Adopted Mother||
|The Mommy Returns||Mabel||Regal Films|
|2008||Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat||Pres. Hillary Dafalong||Star Cinema|
|2007||Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo||Charito|
|2006||Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo|
|2005||Nasaan Ka Man||Lilia|
|2004||So Happy Together||Daisy||Regal Films|
|Milagro's Calling||Milagro||Chardonnay Films|
|2001||Bakit 'Di Totohanin||Isabel||Star Cinema|
|2000||Bob, Verushka and the Pursuit of Happiness||Botanica Vendor||Angelina Productions|
|1999||Dahil May Isang Ikaw||Nanay Ruby||Viva Films|
|1998||Jose Rizal||Teodora Alonzo||GMA Films|
|1997||Kirot sa Puso|
|Love at First Sight|
|Island of Desire||Regal Films|
|Sagot ng Puso||Seiko Films|
|1989||My Pretty Baby||Chiara/Biata||Regal Films|
|1988||Sa Likod ng Kasalanan|
|1987||Working Girls 2||Viva Films|
|1986||Ang Daigdig ay Isang Butil na Luha|
|Anomalya ni Andres de Saya||Matilde||
Golden Lions Films
|1985||Menudo't Pandesal||Essex Films|
|Sa Totoo Lang!||Amy||Viva Films|
|Lalakwe||Bea Vergo||Essex Films|
|May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga||Ellen Rivas||Essex Films|
|May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo|
|1982||Andres de Saya Mabagsik na Daw||Matilde||
Golden Lions Films
|Cinq et la Peau||
Les Films de l'Alma
|1981||Palabra de Honor||Victoria||Viva Films|
|Uhaw na Dagat||Magda||Bancom Audiovision|
|1979||Andres de Saya||Matilde||
Golden Lions Films
|Ikaw ang Miss Universe Nang Buhay Ko|
|1977||Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping?||Hemisphere Pictures|
|1976||Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon||Diding|
|1975||Sa Pag-ikot ng Mundo||Roma Films|
|Ang Nobya Kong Sexy||Lea Productions|
|1974||Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa||Isabel||Gemini Films|
Nominations and awardsYear Film/TV Show Category Organization Results
|2010||Sagrada Familia||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)||Golden Screen Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|Best Actress for a Supporting Role||FAMAS Awards||Won|
|Movie Supporting Actress of the Year||PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Won|
|2008||Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo||Nominated|
|2007||Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo||Best Supporting Actress||Gawad Urian Awards||Nominated|
|2006||Nasaan Ka Man||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)||Golden Screen Awards for Movies||Nominated|
|Movie Supporting Actress of the Year||PMPC Star Awards for Movie||Won|
|Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role||Young Critics Circle||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||FAMAS Awards||Won|
|Gawad Urian Awards||Nominated|
|2002||Batang West Side||Won|
|1999||Miguel/Michelle||Best Actress||FAMAS Awards||Nominated|
|Jose Rizal||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1998||Best Supporting Actress||Metro Manila Film Festival||Won|
|1975||Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa||Best Actress||FAMAS Awards||Nominated|
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The Headbangers were a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Mosh (Charles Warrington) and Thrasher (Glenn Ruth). As the name of the team implied, their gimmick was that they were a pair of metalheads, complete with heavy metal related T-shirts, kilts, piercings, goatees, shaved heads, and black face paint.
They were both trained by Larry Sharpe in New Jersey in the early 1990s. Warrington and Ruth teamed up in 1994 as the Spiders in their home state, New Jersey, for the National Wrestling Alliance. They made an Eastern Championship Wrestling appearance in June 1994, losing to The Bad Breed (Axl and Ian Rotten). The Spiders had a brief stint in Dallas for the NWA in 1995. Later that year they moved down to Tennessee in Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW). It was there that they changed their gimmicks to the Headbangers. Their slogan was "Real men wear skirts." During their time in SMW, they feuded with The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) and The Thugs (Tracy Smothers and Tony Anthony), and later sided with Jim Cornette and Terry Gordy in their feud with Brad Armstrong over the SMW Heavyweight Championship. By the end of the year, SMW folded and they joined the United States Wrestling Association (USWA). In December 1995, they debuted as jobbers in the WWF as the Spiders, the Arachnoids, and even used their real names. On an episode of Monday Night Raw they got a World Tag Team Title shot against the Smoking Gunns. They returned to the USWA.
World Wrestling Federation (1996-2000)
WWF Tag Team Champions
The team debuted on WWF television on the November 24, 1996 episode of Superstars under their Headbangers gimmick defeating Alex Porteau and Aldo Montoya. Shortly after that, they began wearing nuns' clothing and billed as the Flying Nuns (a play on the television show of the same name), Sister Angelica and Mother Smucker. They were also humorously billed as hailing from a monastery in the Himalayas. On an episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, Brother Love showed up to manage the Nuns. After the Nuns defeated The Godwinns, Love renamed them the Sisters of Love. The gimmick was short-lived, but they kept the skirts when they returned to being The Headbangers in January 1997. They later had T-shirts with the phrase "Real men wear skirts" and occasionally wore sports bras over their shirts. The duo often carried a boombox to the ring, and on one occasion, Mosh vomited during an interview.
Throughout 1997, The Headbangers (who were Tweeners), feuded with The Godwinns, as well as Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon, often finding themselves on the losing end. They faced Legion of Doom during their surprise return match on February 24 to a double countout. At WrestleMania 13, The Headbangers won a four-way elimination match for a shot at the WWF Tag Team Championship. The team was seen on New York's WABC-TV in June, which re-aired on WWF programming.
The Headbangers won the vacant Tag Team title at Ground Zero: In Your House after Mosh pinned Owen Hart, thanks to run-in interference by Steve Austin. Mosh and Thrasher would lose the titles to the Godwinns at Badd Blood: In Your House in October. They faced the New Age Outlaws in their debut match as a team on October 20 and frequently challenged them into the following the year for the Tag Team title.
The two are seen backstage playing with Bret Hart's son, Blade, in the 1998 documentary film Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows. The footage depicts events from the previous year.
Both Mosh and Thrasher entered the 1998 Royal Rumble and both lasted over 10 minutes before Mosh was eliminated by Kurrgan and Thrasher by Steve Austin. On February 17, 1998, The Headbangers won the NWA World Tag Team Championship from The Rock 'n' Roll Express, which aired on the February 23 edition of Raw Is War. They feuded with The Quebecers and the Oddities throughout the year and become the first Maryland Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions on August 18 defeating Jimmy Cicero and Julio Sanchez in the finals of a tournament.
Split and Reunion
The Headbangers were both meant to compete in the 1999 Royal Rumble, but Thrasher suffered a (legitimate) knee injury and was shelved while Mosh was (kayfabe) attacked backstage by Mabel as a way to write both men off television. While Thrasher was injured, Mosh would be repackaged as Beaver Cleavage and then Chaz, performed in singles competition and began having problems with his on-screen girlfriend, Marianna Komlos. He was kayfabe arrested on an episode of Sunday Night Heat in September after Komlos claimed he hit her. After Chaz's match on October 5, Glenn Ruth (Thrasher) showed GTV footage of Mariana applying makeup to create the effect of wounds. This proved her accusations false, and The Headbangers subsequently reunited. They then took on a gimmick where they dressed as the opponents that they feuded with, such as the Dudley Boyz and Mean Street Posse. The duo later turned heel and began to dress in drag, which included wearing breast cones.
Mosh entered in the 2000 Royal Rumble alone eliminated by Rikishi; however, The Headbangers continued performing in tag team and singles matches. Both men participated in the Hardcore battle royal at WrestleMania 2000 where Thrasher held the title for 43 seconds defeating Joey Abs. The team continued battling the likes of Too Cool and T & A until July 2000. After being together for six long years, they separated, and Mosh joined D'Lo Brown as Chaz to form Lo Down.Thrasher focused on his singles career and was taken off WWF TV and the main roster later that month.
Glenn Ruth was released from the WWF in December 2000, after working several months in their developmental territory Power Pro Wrestling in Memphis, and Charles Warrington was released from the WWF in August 2001.
Criticism by WWE
Years after their departure from the company, The Headbangers have borne the brunt of criticism by WWE media. One example can be found in a 2007 article in WWE Magazine about the history of WWE champions. The article criticized wrestlers who are considered not worthy of winning a belt they held. The Headbangers were included in this article for their supposedly poor Tag Team Championship reign. The article suggested that the team had the titles by default since it was "in between the eras of The Smoking Gunns and the New Age Outlaws."
WWE's Raw 15th Anniversary magazine also includes a list of 15 superstars who "overstayed" their welcomes in the company. This has The Headbangers at #2, behind only Scott Steiner. However, in 2010 WWE added the team to their "Where Are They Now?" section of WWE.com.
Independent circuit (2011–present)
Mosh and Thrasher reunited on the independent circuit in 2011. They are members of the NWA Ring Warriors roster. They wrestled for Juggalo Championship Wrestling multiple times. On August 12, 2011, The Headbangers were in the battle royal won by Zach Gowen. On December 17, 2011, The Headbangers defeated Necro Butcher and Mad Man Pondo. December 31, 2011, The Headbangers lost to Shockwave The Robot and 2 Tuff Tony. The Headbangers then lost two ten-man tag team matches while teaming with Bull Pain, Jake Manning and Colt Cabana.
Mosh and Thrasher appeared on the Ring of Honor pay-per-view Best in the World on June 24, 2012 as the masked tag team Guardians of Truth, managed by the Truth Martini. They lost to the Briscoe Brothers. Later on, the two would unmask themselves and go on to compete as The Headbangers. They then competed on the Independent Circuit. In March 2013, both Headbangers were present during a WWE Smackdown taping. On June 18, 2013, The Headbangers defeated The South Side Playaz Club (Craig Steele and Joe Hardway) at PWS Dream on 6th Anniversary iPPV.
The Headbangers made their debut for Championship Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) competing in a triple threat match at Wrestlefest 2015. In 2016 they made their debut for Fighting Evolution Wrestling. On March 31, 2017 they defeated Cryme Tyme at Fighting Evolution Wrestling in Orlando, Florida. Later that same year they went Australia to wrestle for World Series Wrestling and feuded with The Basso Brothers.
Return to WWE (2016)
The duo made their first appearance as a team in WWE since 2000 on the August 30, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live as heels and participants of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship tournament, losing against Heath Slater and Rhyno in the first round. They returned on the November 1 episode of SmackDown, losing to The Usos in a Survivor Series qualifying match. Then they were seen again on the 15 November 900th SmackDown episode, teaming with other heel tag teams.
Championships and accomplishments
- Costal Championship Wrestling
- CCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
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