NICKNAME: Leonardo Retardo, Leo D
BIRTHDAY: November 11, 1974
PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
FAMILY: Parents, Irmelin and George DiCaprio
SCHOOL: Centre for Enriched Studies,LA
HEIGHT:182cm (5ft 11)
SHOE SIZE: 11
LIVES: Santa Monica, California
HANGS OUTS: Sky Bar, LA Lakers basketball games, Asia DeCuba
PET: Bllizz, a bearded lizard
FAVOURITE ACTORS: Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, River Phoenix
FAVOURITE ACTRESS: Meg Ryan
FAVOURIT MOVIE: 3 Godfather Movies
FAVOURITE COLORS: Black, dark green and purple
FAVOURITE FOOD: Pasta and Burritos
FAVOURITE BOOK: The Old Man And The Sea
FAVOURITE CLOTHES: Baggy jeans, thrift shop clothes, Doc Martins and flannel shirts
FAVOURITE MUSIC: Rock, Rap and Reggae
FAVOURITE BANDS: Pink Floyed, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Twilight Zone re-runs
FAVOURITE BASKETBALL TEAM: LA Lakers
HOBBIES: Making home videos, doing impressions of people and skiing.
1998: The Man In The Iron Mask
1996: Marvin's Room
1996: Don's Plum
1995: The Quick and The Dead
1995: The Basketball Diaries
1994: The Foot Shooting Party
1993: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
1993: This Boy's Life
1992: Pioson Ivy
1991-1992: Growing Pains
1 Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974, (sun in Scorpio, moon in Libra) in Los Angeles.
2 He was named Leonardo after his pregnant mom paid a visit to an Italian museum. While admiring a da Vinci painting at the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence, she felt a big kick from the baby--and little Leo was thus monikered.
3 His parents, George and Irmelin DiCaprio, are '60s hippies who separated before Leo was born.
4 As a teenager, he appeared in an educational film titled How to Deal with a Parent Who Takes Drugs.
5 As a youth, he was nicknamed "Leonardo Retardo" because, as he says, he got through school by cheating off his classmates' papers and break-dancing in the cafeteria.
6 Heidi Fleiss' father, Paul, was Leonardo's pediatrician.
7 His first taste of show biz came at age five, when he was asked to leave the set of Romper Room for being too disruptive.
8 His first "break" came at age 14 when he appeared in a commercial for Matchbox cars.
9 His first feature film was Critters 3--but he doesn't like to talk about it.
10 His first $1 million-plus paycheck: Titanic. 11 His first car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which he bought for himself when he turned 18.
12 He now drives a black Chevy Tahoe.
13 The first time he went skydiving, his parachute didn't open and he had to freefall until the backup chute deployed.
14 He credits Growing Pains star Alan Thicke with teaching him "how to put the moves on women."
15 During one of his frequent nights out while filming The Basketball Diaries in New York, he took a date to the trendy Bowery Bar, spotted a Russian model he liked better, dumped his date and hurried back to his hotel, model in tow. The next morning, the model would say only that Leonardo "was not very romantic."
16 His favorite movie: all three Godfather films.
17 Favorite new hobby: looking for art in trendy Soho galleries. (Both Jack Nicholson and Madonna have told Leo that art is a wise investment for the piles o' cash he's earning.)
18 The Leonardo movie you probably won't get to see is Don's Plum, about a group of friends who spend an evening riffing about life at an L.A. diner.
19 In the flick Total Eclipse, Leo appears totally in the buff and gets his first onscreen kiss from a guy--actor David Thewlis.
20 His favorite places to shop: in New York, Prada, Mossimo and Barneys; in L.A., Fred Segal. 1 Before devoting her time to managing Leonardo's career, his mom was a secretary and his dad was a distributor of underground comic books.
22 Favorite shoes: black Doc Martens. (Okay, before you ask...size 11.)
23 He shared a house (decorated with leopard-skin prints and black leather) in Los Feliz, California, with his mother until he turned 22, when he moved into a small bungalow bachelor pad in Santa Monica.
24 At age 10, he was working with an agent who told him he had the wrong haircut and wanted him to change his name to Lenny Williams. His first date was with a junior-high classmate named Cessi. Leonardo wore a light blue turtleneck he says he bought at K-Mart, and he took his date to see When Harry Met Sally. But his fine taste in sportswear apparently didn't impress Cessi, who thought he was weird and decided not to go out with him again.
26 He has been romantically linked with actresses Sara Gilbert, Kate Winslet, Liv Tyler, Juliette Lewis,
27 He spent New Year's Eve with Sara Gilbert and other friends at the trendy South Beach nightclub Bash, which is owned by Sean Penn.
28 His dates for last year's Cannes Film Festival were his mom and grandma.
29 Favorite hangouts: Bash in Miami, Tunnel and Life in New York and Sky Bar, Barfly and Millenium in L.A.
30 He's known for his dead-on impressions of Michael Jackson, former Growing Pains costar Kirk Cameron, Romeo + Juliet costar John Leguizamo and Titanic director James Cameron. 31
32 Favorite actors: Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Meg Ryan.
33 When he found out De Niro had chosen him to play Tobias Wolfe in the film version of Wolfe's autobiography, This Boy's Life, DiCaprio became so excited he punched a hole in the ceiling. (He turned down a role in Hocus Pocus to take the role.)
34 When the Basketball Diaries script called for his character to snort cocaine, he sniffed Ovaltine and would later have to scrape his nose clean with Q-Tips.
35 Although he went on to receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as retarded brother Arnie in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Leonardo was originally passed over for the role because he was thought to be too handsome.
36 He lost the role of Robin in Batman & Robin to Chris O'Donnell but beat out O'Donnell and Matthew McConaughey, among others, for the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic.
37 He is six feet tall and weighs 140 pounds.
38 He gets his hair colored at Privé salon in L.A.
39 Leo likes to work out on Pilates machines at Gold's Gym in Hollywood, where his pal Mark (don't call him Marky Mark) Wahlberg also likes to pump up.
40 Favorite music groups: Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin. 41 Besides Growing Pains, he has appeared in TV episodes of Parenthood, The Outsiders, Santa Barbara and The
42 He once had a pet Rottweiler named Baby and now has a bearded dragon lizard named Blizz.
43 He has said that when he needs to find the emotion to play a sad scene, he imagines coming home one day to "find his mother horribly charred in a fire."
44 Although he denies it was a dating relationship, he and Alicia Silverstone attended a series of self-help workshops called the Forum in Los Angeles.
45 He is a fan of infomercial self-help guru Anthony Robbins.
46 Favorite food and drink: pasta and lemonade.
47 Underground cartoonists Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb were close friends and frequent visitors of Leonardo's parents.
48 Currently on bookstore shelves: Leonardo DiCaprio: A Modern-Day Romeo by Grace Catalano, The Leonardo DiCaprio Album by Brian J. Robb and Leonardo DiCaprio: A Biography by Nancy Krulik.
49 The Official Leonardo DiCaprio Homepage is maintained with the help of Leo's family and friends.
50 The best LD homepage is Leonardo DiCaprio Online, a one-stop shopping trip for the straight dope on the actor. The site features pictures, bio, Leo news, a newsletter, contact info, filmography, links, reviews and quotes--and it's pretty nifty to look at.