Neil Diamond's Interesting Facts

1 Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on August 10, 2012.
3 In an interview in 2009, he revealed that his inspiration for his 1969 song "Sweet Caroline" was Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy.
4 Winner of the inaugural Billboard Icon Award, from Billboard magazine (2011).
5 Recipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Barbara Cook, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins and Meryl Streep.
6 Ran away from his home in Brooklyn at age 13 and went to the Midwest where he formed a musical group called The Roadrunners. They performed in coffeehouses for two years, after which Neil went home.
7 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011. The other inductees were Darlene Love, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell, Tom Waits and Dr. John.
8 Father of musician-turned-photographer Jesse Diamond.
9 Inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.
10 Originally denied Quentin Tarantino permission to use his hit song "Girl, You'll Be a Woman, Soon" for the famous scene in Pulp Fiction (1994) in which Uma Thurman lip syncs the words to the song. Diamond eventually relented after his agent assured him that Tarantino was an up and coming director.
11 His 1982 Burt Bacharach/Carole Bayer Sager-penned hit "Heartlight" was inspired by the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
12 Suggested for the lead role in Taxi Driver (1976), which went to Robert De Niro.
13 Was forced to pay $150,000,000 to former wife Marcia Murphey in their divorce settlement. This holds the record as the most expensive divorce in history.
14 In 1981, his screen "acting" debut in The Jazz Singer (1980) beat out Kirk Douglas (Saturn 3 (1980)), Anthony Hopkins (A Change of Seasons (1980)), Richard Dreyfuss (The Competition (1980)), Michael Caine (The Island (1980)), Robert Blake (Coast to Coast (1980)) and four others to "win" the first-ever Worst Actor Razzie Award for 1980.
15 Was a top fencer during his time at New York University.
16 Father-in-law of actress Sheryl Lee.
17 For his role in The Jazz Singer (1980), Diamond became the first ever "Winner" of a Worst Actor Razzie Award.
18 Penned hits for other pop groups before making it on his own, including The Monkees' "I'm a Believer".
19 His soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) grossed more than the movie itself.
20 Was a pre-med student, interested in Biology, at New York University, but left with less than a year left, due to his dislike of organic chemistry. He was at New York University on a fencing scholarship.
21 When he and Barbra Streisand had a smash hit in 1978 with "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", it was not the first time that the Brooklyn-born superstars had sung together. While students at New York City's Erasmus High School, they both sang in the school choir.
22 Screen-tested for the lead in the movie Lenny (1974), based on the life of famed comedian Lenny Bruce, but turned it down.
23 Seriously considered "Eyce Charry" and "Noah Kaminsky" for his professional name.
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