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Richard Gere's beginnings

Born in Philadelphia, Richard Gere comes from a rural environment since his parents, Home and Doris, were dairy farmers like the rest of a majority of the family. Born into a five children's family, Richard Gere studied philosophy and drama at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, which he quickly left to pursue his career as an actor. A great trumpet player, an instrument he mastered perfectly, he nevertheless favoured his acting career by going to London to play Danny Zuko in the musical Grease in 1973, a role he kept and would continue to play on Broadway. His performances for A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lincoln Center in New York and The Taming of the Shrew will serve as a springboard for the big screen. He then began his career and appeared in a few lesser-known films such as Report to the Commissioner and then other feature films that experienced commercial disappointments: Breathless, Made in USA, Cotton Club, King David, No Mercy or Miles from Home.

 

Richard Gere in the 1990s

Richard Gere's career expanded in the 1990s. In Internal Affairs first, in which he plays the unassailable sergeant Dennis Peck. And his role with Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman will be an international success, generating $463.4 millions worldwide. Richard Gere is then very much solicited. He plays in two remakes, Sommersby and Intersection, and alternates between thrillers like Red Corner and romantic comedies like Runaway Bride. In the early 2000s, he returned to his early passion by playing in the musical Chicago alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger. In 2011 he received the Marcus Aurelius Prize of Honour at the 6th International Film Festival in Rome. And Debra Winger gave it to him, as she was a member of the jury.

Pretty Woman

 

Richard Gere and the Tibetan cause

It was after a trip to Asia in the 1970s that Richard Gere became aware of China's brutal control over Tibet. In 1982, he thus converted to Tibetan Buddhism. Since 1983, the actor has been a friend of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, whom he considers to be a spiritual leader. The actor promotes his help to the Tibetan people through his notoriety. Involved in many causes and organizations to preserve Tibetain's cultural and spiritual heritage, the actor also continues his struggle for the respect of the human rights of indigenous peoples in Central America. He will make several trips to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. In June 2008, an advertisement for the Lancia Delta car was launched, with the slogan: "The power to be different". He donated the fee to his foundation for Tibet (The Gere Foundation). 

  

Announcement of the future birth by Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva

In this context of struggle for Tibet, we understand better Alejandra Silva's announcement of pregnancy on Instagram and social networks. The 35-year-old activist published a photo in which the Dalai Lama blessed her baby bump while she was in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The couple made official the arrival of the unborn baby with this publication of last September 16th.

If the baby is the couple's first child, they both already have one on their side. The star of Pretty Woman is the father of an 18-year-old son, Homer, born from his previous marriage to actress Carey Lowell. The Spanish Alejandra Silva is the mother of a little Albert (soon 8 years old) from her union with the geologist Govind Friedland.

It is not yet known when the birth is expected, nor whether the baby will be born in Spain or the United States.

Richard Gere et Alejandra Silva

 

Births in Tibet

This subject then brings up the question of births in Tibet. Under Chinese law, the one-child policy does not apply to ethnic minorities, but only to the Han, the majority ethnic group. It should be noted that Tibetan families of shepherds and farmers often have two or more children. In the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), birth control was introduced in 1985 and strengthened in 1992. Due to birth control, between 1971 and 2010, and according to official figures provided by the Ministry of Health, approximately 330 million abortions were performed in China. In 1983, a family planning policy for Tibetans was introduced, limiting the number of children per couple to 2, first in urban areas and then in 1984 in rural areas, with the exception of border areas.

 

How many births in Asia ?

Asia has a relatively low birth rate, due to a declining fertility rate (2.29 children per woman in Asia and, for example, 1.6 children per woman in China, 1.4 in Japan or 1.2 in South Korea). These fertility rates are unevenly distributed, with for example 5.3 children per woman in Afghanistan. There are 2.8 births per second in Asia.

Asia remains the most populated as well as most densely populated continent. With 4.3 billion inhabitants, Asia represents more than half of the world's population (about 60%). To limit these births, some countries such as China practice the one-child policy (abolished in 2015). In India, small families receive support (valued allowances).