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​Ross’ (David Schwimmer) girlfriend on “Friends.” During seven episodes on the show, Tom was kind of a lightning rod for fans of the show, some who didn’t like the fact that she had taken Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) place in Ross’ heart. “Fans still get angry about that,” she says. “There was a live audience [during filming of the show], and they would boo me when I came on because they really wanted Ross to be with Rachel.”
   Not to be discouraged, Tom moved on and exhibited even more of her talents, using her voice in popular animated series such as "Futurama," "The Simpsons," "King of the Hill," "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness," "Pound Puppies," "Teacher’s Pet," "Batman Beyond" and "Mulan 2." 
   Now, it’s all about Andi Mack, the much talked-about series, where Andi, played by 13-year-old Peyton Elizabeth Lee, was abandoned by her teenaged mother. Enter Lauren Tom as Celia Mack, Andi’s grandmother who made her believe that she and Andi’s grandfather were her parents––and her real mom was her sister.
   There will be more to this continuing story when Andi Mack returns to the Disney Channel on Mondays in June.
Photography courtesy of Disney Channel
–– Walter Leavy
Photograph by Liz Lauren
    ONE of Chicago’s most anticipated, family-friendly, annual events is back! The UniverSoul Circus has returned to showcase a variety of thrilling and entertaining acts through November 6 at Washington Park.
    Described as “a new kind of circus,” the UniverSoul Circus, now in its 26th year, is hailed for its unique brand of high-energy audience interaction. Whether its dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster, displaying your best moves in the "UniverSoul Circus Soul Train Line," singing in harmony with the kids to Sponge Bob Square Pants, or enjoying a memorable musical finale with the entire cast line-dancing to the King of Pop Michael Jackson's "Thriller,” there's something for everyone to enjoy.
   In UniverSoul’s 26 years, more then 25 million people have attended the more than 14,000 shows performed. Founded by Cedric Walker, the UniverSoul Circus is a mesmerizing production that can have you in awe of the performers one minute and dancing in the aisles the next. It’s an unparalleled spectacle that thrills young and old alike, with all of the artistry and unbelievable acts that continue to set it aside as one of the city’s most favorite annual events.
   With the departure of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, UniverSoul, the only African-American-owned-and-operated circus in the U.S., is now considered to be the country’s top-ranked circus. It continues to feature acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, martial artists, dancers, comedians, clowns and other entertaining acts performed by artists from around the world, including Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, France, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, Brazil, Gabon, Guinea and Ethiopia.
   “At UniverSoul Circus, we’re one big happy family––and that includes our fans,” says Cedric Walker, the circus’ founder and president. “Without you, there is no US. [Everything] comes together to create an unforgettable global experience.”

"We get to share our culture with everyone, and each member of the audience leaves with a message––that everyone belongs. The UniverSoul Circus is for the people . . . it's their show."
                            ––Cedric Walker
                                Founder and CEO
The UniverSoul Circus is celebrating its 26th year as "the most interactive circus in the world."
Longtime ringmaster assistant Zeke.
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