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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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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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Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano

“Why waltz with a guy for ten rounds if you can knock him out in one?” – Rocky Marciano Rocky Marciano Biography The eye of the tiger burned brighter in the body of the 190lb heavyweight prizefighter from Brockton, Massachusetts than almost any other fighter in history. Born on September 1, 1923, Rocky Marciano was thought to be too short ...

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