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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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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself” – Charlie Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin Biography Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, known to the world as Charlie, was born on 16 April 1889 to music hall entertainers Charles Chaplin Sr, a singer and son of a butcher and Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill, who had a brief career under the ...

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Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

“I’m not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing.” – Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen Biography The King of Cool as he became known, was born Terence Steven McQueen on 24 March 1930, in a suburb of Indianapolis called Beech Grove. He grew up on his uncle Claude’s farm during the great depression with his grandparents. ...

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Biography Archduke Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria was born on 20 November, 1875 in Graz, Austria. It is his assassination that is credited with triggering World War I, though this was really just the tipping point in a complex geo-political web that led to the greatest loss of life in human history. Franz Ferdinand ...

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Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

“What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.” – Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. Biography Samuel George Davis Junior, who will forever be known as Sammy, was born in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA on 8 December 1925. As his name suggests, he is the son of Sammy Davis Senior, who was also ...

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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Biography Lee Jun-fan (Bruce Lee was his professional name) was born on 27 November 1940 in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, USA. He was the fourth of five children born to father Lee Hoi-chuen who was a leading actor in Cantonese opera and his mother wealthy mother Grace Ho. His siblings were two sisters called Phoebe and ...

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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony Biography When people think of the rights of women, of the protection of those rights, and of those who fought most vigorously to secure them, few names come to mind swifter, in the United States at least, than that of the passionate women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony holds a special place of honour ...

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John Dillinger

John Dillinger

John Dillinger Biography The Depression-era has become a somewhat romanticised time in American history, especially as the memory of it fades from the collective consciousness. It was a time when people used to think that outlaws still had a certain amount of nobility or chivalry about them. And during this period, there was no outlaw who was more famous to ...

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Biography Norma Jeane Mortensen, better known to the rest of the world as legendary Hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe, was born on 1 June 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She could be considered to be born into the film industry as her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, worked at Consolidated Film Industries as a negative cutter. She was also ...

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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin Biography Born Israel Isidore Baline, Irving Berlin was a man born into a world of discrimination, hatred, and incredible poverty. However, from these ashes, Irving Berlin would rise like a phoenix in a new country to become perhaps the greatest American musician of all time. His work influenced generations of people and continues its powerful march through history ...

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Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

“I believe in the dollar. Everything I earn, I spend.” – Joan Crawford Joan Crawford Biography Lucille Fay LeSueur was the birth name of Hollywood actress Joan Crawford when she was born in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She was born on 23 March, although the year is somewhat contested. She claimed herself that she was born in 1908, but according ...

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Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones

“The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two.” – Bobby Jones Bobby Jones Biography Robert Tyre Jones Jr. was born on 17 March 1902 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to parents Clara Thomas and Robert Purmedus Jones. The Jones family spent their summer vacation time at the East Lake Country Club in Atlanta where Bobby became interested in ...

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Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

“I see Earth! It is so beautiful!” – Yuri Gagarin Yuri Gagarin Biography Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on 9 March 1934 in a small village called Klushino which is about 190km from Moscow, Russia. His parents, Alexey Ivanovich and Anna Timofeyevna worked on a collective farm which is where a number of farmers work a farm together for the ...

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David Niven

David Niven

“You can count on Errol Flynn, he’ll always let you down.” – David Niven David Niven Biography James David Graham Niven was born on 1 March 1910 in Belgrave Mansions, London and was given the second name David because he was born on St. David’s Day. His father, William Niven was Scottish and served in the Berkshire Yeomanry during the ...

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie Marie Curie Biography Maria Sklodowska Curie was born in Warsaw, which was then known as the Russian partition of Poland, on 7 November 1867. Maria was the youngest of five children ...

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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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