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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

“What’s the point? My face, shall we say, looks lived in.” – Ava Gardner. Ava Gardner Biography When Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on 24 December 1922, her family were cotton and tobacco farmers in Smithfield, North Carolina. Mary Elizabeth, who everyone knew as Mollie and Jonas Bailey Gardner had seven children with, two boys, and five girls, with Ava ...

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Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici Biography Catherine de Medici was a formidable woman. She was the daughter of nobility, the mother of kings, and the wife of King Henry II of France. The times through which she lived demanded not a subservient queen but a powerful right hand to those in charge and although there is contention about the way in which ...

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King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII Biography King Henry VIII is probably the most well-known and most studied of English monarchs. His reign is often seen as a prelude to and the forerunner of the British empire. Certainly, without the institutional changes he brought, the wars he fought, and the religious differences he ushered into his country, England, and therefore Britain likely would ...

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Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes

A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.” – Guy Fawkes Guy Fawkes Biography Guy Fawkes was born on 13 April 1570 in Stonegate, which is in York, in the North of England. His parents were a proctor called Edward Fawkes and Edith, a recusant Catholic. His great-grandfather on his father’s side of the family was Lord Mayor of York in ...

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Theodore Roosevelt

 “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” – Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Biography The man who would become the 26th president of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt, Teddy or TR to his friends, was born on October 27, 1858. He was the second of four children to arrive at the four-story brownstone house ...

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David Bowie

David Bowie

“I feel confident imposing change on myself. It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back. That’s why I need to throw curve balls.” – David Bowie. David Bowie Biography David Bowie was an actor, songwriter, singer, and master of the stage, but more than any of these things, the thing that set his musical career apart from all others ...

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Louis Braille

Louis Braille

“Live without seeing, but be what you are.” – Louis Braille Louis Braille Biography Born on 4 January 1809, Louis Braille was from a small town called Coupvray, which is about twenty miles to the East of Paris, France. He was the youngest of four children born to Simon-René, who was a leatherer and maker of horse tack and Monique ...

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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.” – Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling Biography Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Mumbai, then called Bombay, in India. John Lockwood Kipling, his father, was a sculptor and pottery designer whereas his mother, Alice, was the daughter of a Wesleyan Methodist minister. After the couple met ...

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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid” – Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr Biography The next time you place a call on your smartphone, use Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi, you might pause and whisper a word of appreciation to Hedwig Kiesler Markey.  She was one of the pioneers of frequency hopping spread spectrum ...

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Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

“Relax Georgie, I’m just making my collar and cuffs match” – Carole Lombard Carole Lombard Biography Born Jane Alice Peters, Hollywood starlet Carole Lombard would go on to be called many names, including “The Profane Angel” and “The Hoosier Tornado.” The blonde beauty would eventually become one the highest paid actresses in Hollywood in the 1930s and the darling of ...

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Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd

“I never fail to feel let down when I see myself on the screen” – Alan Ladd Alan Ladd Biography By 1964, Alan Ladd was an American institution. The definition of icy-cool stoicism packed into a slight 5’7” frame, Ladd personified the archetypal movie tough guy. Not bad for a malnourished kid from Arkansas. The only child of Ina Raleigh ...

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Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche

“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself” – Ferdinand Porsche Ferdinand Porsche Biography Roads all over the world would look very different if not for an engineer from Germany. Ferdinand Porsche was a visionary in his time, with an active hand in developing the Mercedes compressor car, the first designs of the Volkswagen, ...

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