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Hernando Cortes

Hernando Cortes

“I love to travel, but hate to arrive” – Hernando Cortes Hernando Cortes Biography Hernándo Cortés, the famous, or perhaps more accurately, the infamous explorer was born in 1485 in Medellin, Spain. The son of an upper class, yet not very wealthy family, he began life as a skinny, sickly problem child. By the age of 14, his parents had ...

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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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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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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

“Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?” – Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette Biography “S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” – translated, “If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!” These words came to symbolize an individual’s, and a government’s, ...

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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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Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday

“Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.” – Michael Faraday Michael Faraday Biography When reading about Michael Faraday’s early life, it’s hard to believe that he would eventually become one of the most significant scientific minds in history. He was one of the fathers of modern electricity and went on to ...

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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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Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

“I don’t like it when a woman looks like a fashion victim” – Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren Biography Ralph Lauren’s clothing brands are marketed on the iconography of luxury and privilege, a completely different world from where the fashion designer started out in life. The youngest of four children born to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants Frank and Fraydl Lifshitz, Ralph Lifshitz ...

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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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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

“I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over” – Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter Biography Naval officer, senator, governor, president… and the only peanut farmer to ever win the Nobel Prize. Jimmy Carter served only one term as President of the United States, but his competent and compassionate approach to government left behind a long ...

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