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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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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom” – Roald Dahl Roald Dahl Biography Children of all ages from every point on the globe know at least one story by Roald Dahl. Over the course of three decades, he wrote 19 children’s books and earned a reputation as one of the greatest storytellers ...

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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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