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J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

“A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.” – J.R.R. Tolkien. J. R. R. Tolkien Biography John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, known as J.R.R. Tolkien, was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein in what was then called the Orange Free State but which is now part of South Africa. He is best known for his high ...

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Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” – Gustave Eiffel. Gustave Eiffel Biography Gustave Eiffel was born on 15 December 1832 in the city of Dijon, the historical capital of the Burgundy region of France. His family name is Bönickhausen and that is the name under which his birth was registered, but ...

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Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’” – Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov Biography Isaac Asimov is an American author who is perhaps best known for his works in the science fiction genre, particularly relating to works about robots. However, he also dabbled in other genres, such as ...

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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people” – Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson Biography Woodrow Wilson is perhaps best remembered as being the 28th president of the United States, serving two terms in office during which he guided America through World War 1 and played a large part in the creation of the Treaty of ...

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Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors” – Jim Morrison Jim Morrison Biography “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” William Blake 1793 Was it the peripatetic childhood of a military brat, the nature of a reader and dreamer, the dazzling highs and lows of ...

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Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio

“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.” – Joe DiMaggio Joe DiMaggio Biography There are some names that are almost synonymous with baseball.  Names like Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Joe DiMaggio.  The eleven-time all star DiMaggio is truly one of the greatest players ever, but ...

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Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff

“The monster was the best friend I ever had” – Boris Karloff Boris Karloff Biography 75-year-old Boris summed it up: ‘It is not true that I was born a monster – Hollywood made me one. That was thirty-one years ago, and I have lived accordingly ever since. You could say his fame is sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas.   At Halloween, ...

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Claude Monet

Claude Monet

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” – Claude Monet Claude Monet Biography Claude Monet is one of the most famous artists of all time. Born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, France, he was artistic even as a young child. Instead of focusing on his studies, he was prone to doodling caricatures of his classmates, teachers and anyone else ...

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” – Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso Biography Pablo Picasso was born in Malága, Spain, on 25th October, 1881. The Picasso part of his name comes from his mother, Doña Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father Don José Ruiz Blasco, earned a modest living as an art teacher and ...

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Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline

“Carnegie Hall was real fabulous, but you know, it ain’t as big as the Grand Ole Opry.” – Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Biography One of the most iconic female solo music artists of all time was raised in a small, square house in Winchester, Virginia. Covered in white sideboard with two rows of three perfectly rectangular windows, the home could ...

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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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Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that” – Bill Shankly Bill Shankly Biography First things first. Whenever I mention football in this episode, and especially for those of you outside Europe, I am talking about soccer, not American Football, and it is the football which has always ...

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Fay Wray

Fay Wray

“There were shots of Kong pulling at my clothes, but only in horizontal and never from above. Never from above.” – Fay Wray Fay Wray Biography Even if they haven’t watched the 1933 classic movie “King Kong” from start to finish, almost every person has seen black and white clips and is familiar with the piercing shrieks of the young ...

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water” – Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt Biography In her unprecedented 12 years as First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt accumulated a surprising number of “firsts”.  She became the first First Lady to travel by air, first to hold press conferences, first to be a radio commentator, and ...

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Richard Harris

Richard Harris

“I often sit back and think, I wish I’d done that, and find out later that I already have” – Richard Harris Richard Harris Biography Richard Harris only accepted one of his most famous roles under threat from an 11-year old. The veteran actor had no interest in taking on a role in a series like Harry Potter as he ...

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H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells

“Our true nationality is mankind” – H. G. Wells H. G. Wells Biography H.G. Wells was an English author whose literary career began in the late 19th century and lasted nearly until his death in 1946.  He was considered one of the most prescient of thinkers and writers and his list of hits and misses is impressive. Consider some of these ...

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