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Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” – Douglas Adams Douglas Adams Biography Douglas Noel Adams was born on 11 March 1952 in Cambridge, England, but was brought up in East London as he and his parents, Janet and Christopher moved there when Douglas was only a few months old. Three years after Douglas was born, his mother gave ...

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching” – Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Biography Born on 13 April 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia in what would later become the United States of America, few people could imagine all that would be accomplished by Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson had no true ties to nobility although he was ...

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Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin

“I only make movies to finance my fishing.” – Lee Marvin Lee Marvin was born on 19 February 1924 in New York City, USA to parents Lamont Waltman Marvin who was an advertising executive and Courtenay Washington who was a beauty consultant and fashion writer. One of his earliest ancestors was Matthew Marvin Sr who had emigrated to America from ...

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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.” – Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling Biography Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Mumbai, then called Bombay, in India. John Lockwood Kipling, his father, was a sculptor and pottery designer whereas his mother, Alice, was the daughter of a Wesleyan Methodist minister. After the couple met ...

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

“Each person must live their life as a model for others” – Rosa Parks Rosa Parks Biography Although the Civil War had officially ended over 60 years before she was born, Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist, at a very tense time in US history when equality had not been fully achieved. She was born Rosa Louise McCauley ...

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Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes

A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.” – Guy Fawkes Guy Fawkes Biography Guy Fawkes was born on 13 April 1570 in Stonegate, which is in York, in the North of England. His parents were a proctor called Edward Fawkes and Edith, a recusant Catholic. His great-grandfather on his father’s side of the family was Lord Mayor of York in ...

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Ulysses S Grant

Ulysses S Grant

“I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.” – Ulysses S Grant Ulysses S. Grant Biography Born on 27 April 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio, Hiram Ulysses Grant was a United States general and commander during the American Civil War for the Union armies and later became the 18th president of the United States. His father was ...

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J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

“We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.” – J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover Biography John Edgar Hoover was born on 1 January 1895, in Washington D.C. in the United States. His mother, Anna Marie was from a Swiss-German background. There was also German, mixed with English ancestry in his father’s background too. ...

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Paul Newman

Paul Newman

“Newman’s first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside-down.” – Paul Newman. Paul Newman Biography Paul Leonard Newman was born on 26 January 1925 in Shaker Heights, which is on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio. He was the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman who was a Jewish descendant of Hungarian and Polish immigrants. His ...

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Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh

“Flying a good airplane doesn’t require near as much attention as a motor car” – Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh Biography Charles Lindbergh was born on 4 February 1902 in Detroit, Michigan, USA but grew up in the Little Falls area of Minnesota and in Washington D.C. His father was Charles August Lindbergh, a Swedish immigrant who had arrived in the ...

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Oliver Hardy

Oliver Hardy

“That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.” – Oliver Hardy. Oliver Hardy Biography Norvell Hardy was born on 18 January 1892 in Harlem, Georgia, USA. He was the son of a revolutionary war veteran called Oliver, who had fought and been wounded fighting for the Confederates at the Battle of Antietam. His mother was Emily Norvell who was descended ...

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Clark Gable

Clark Gable

“Hell, if I’d jumped on all the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have had no time to go fishing.” – Clark Gable Clark Gable Biography William Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio, USA on 1 February 1901. His father, William Henry Gable, worked in the oil industry as a driller. His mother Adeline had William baptised ...

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Judy Garland

Judy Garland

“If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?” – Judy Garland Judy Garland Biography Frances Ethel Gumm, better known to the rest of the World as Judy Garland, was born on 10 June 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA. She was born into the entertainment industry as her parents, Francis Avent Gumm, known as Frank, and Ethel ...

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Bugsy Siegel

Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel

“Las Vegas turns women into men and men into idiots.” – Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel Biography Benjamin Siegel, known to the world as Bugsy, was born on 28 February 1906 in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. His parents were poor Jewish immigrants from the town of Letychiv in what is now Western Ukraine, ...

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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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