American Autobiographers

American autobiographers

  • Aagot Raaen
    Aagot Raaen was an American author and educator.
  • Adam Darius Adam Darius
    Adam Darius is an American dancer, mime artist, writer and choreographer. As a performer, he has appeared in over 85 countries across six continents. As a writer, he has published 19 books and written 22 plays. Adam Darius currently lives in Espoo, Finland.
  • Adeline Yen Mah Adeline Yen Mah
    Adeline Yen Mah is a Chinese-American author and physician. She grew up in Tianjin, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and is known for her autobiography Falling Leaves. She is married to Professor Robert A. Mah with whom she has a daughter, and a son from a previous marriage.
  • A. J. Benza
    Alfred Joseph "A.J." Benza is an American gossip columnist and television host.
  • Albert Jay Nock
    Albert Jay Nock was an American libertarian author, editor first of The Freeman and then The Nation, educational theorist, Georgist, and social critic of the early and middle 20th century.
  • Alex Roy Alex Roy
    Alexander Roy is an American rally race driver who has won the Spirit of Gumball trophy and has set multiple endurance driving records, including the Transcontinental "Cannonball" driving record across the United States in 2006, in 31 hours, 4 minutes.
  • Al Goldstein Al Goldstein
    Alvin "Al" Goldstein was an American pornographer.
  • Alice B. Toklas Alice B. Toklas
    Alice B. Toklas was an American-born member of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century, and the life partner of American writer Gertrude Stein.
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth
    Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth was an American writer and prominent socialite. She was the eldest child of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee.
  • Ali MacGraw Ali MacGraw
    Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw is an American actress, model, author, and animal rights activist. She first gained attention with her role in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
  • Alison Arngrim Alison Arngrim
    Alison Margaret Arngrim is a Canadian-American actress, comedian and author.
  • Althea Gibson Althea Gibson
    Althea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title.
  • Ammon Hennacy Ammon Hennacy
    Ammon Ashford Hennacy was an Irish-American pacifist, Christian anarchist, social activist, member of the Catholic Worker Movement and a Wobbly. He established the "Joe Hill House of Hospitality" in Salt Lake City, Utah and practiced tax resistance.
  • Amy Fisher Amy Fisher
    Amy Elizabeth Fisher is an American woman who became known as "the Long Island Lolita" by the media in 1992, when, at the age of 17, she shot and severely wounded Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her illicit lover, Joey Buttafuoco.
  • Andre Agassi Andre Agassi
    Andre Kirk Agassi is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No. 1 who was one of the sport's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s.
  • André Leon Talley André Leon Talley
    André Leon Talley is the former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, listed as Contributing Editor in the April 2010 masthead. Talley has been a front-row regular at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London and Milan for more than 25 years.
  • Angela Davis Angela Davis
    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Angie Bowie
    Angela Bowie is an American model, actress and journalist who, along with her ex-husband David Bowie, influenced the glam rock culture and fashion of the 1970s, in part by demonstrating openness about personal bisexuality.
  • Angna Enters Angna Enters
    Anita "Angna" Enters was a dancer, mime, painter, writer, novelist and playwright.
  • Anita Hill
    Anita Faye Hill is an American attorney and academic. She is a University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University and a faculty member of Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
  • Anna Howard Shaw Anna Howard Shaw
    Anna Howard Shaw was a leader of the women's suffrage movement in the United States. She was also a physician and one of the first ordained female Methodist ministers in the United States.
  • Anna Kendrick
    Anna Cooke Kendrick is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actor in theater productions. Her first prominent role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
  • Ann Eliza Young Ann Eliza Young
    Ann Eliza Young also known as Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning was one of Brigham Young's fifty-five wives and later a critic of polygamy. She spoke out against the suppression of women and was an advocate for women's rights during the 19th century.
  • Annette Funicello Annette Funicello
    Annette Joanne Funicello was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club.
  • Annie Turner Wittenmyer Annie Turner Wittenmyer
    Sarah "Annie" Turner Wittenmyer was an American social reformer and relief worker. She served as the first President of the Women's Christian Temperance Union from 1874 to 1879. The Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home was renamed the Annie Wittenmyer Home in 1949 in her honor.
  • Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis
    Anthony Kiedis is an American musician best known as lead singer, lyricist and songwriter of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.
  • Arlene Francis Arlene Francis
    Arlene Francis was an American actress, radio and television talk show host, and game show panelist.
  • Armine von Tempski
    Armine von Tempski was an American writer and one of Hawaii's best known authors. She was a granddaughter of Gustavus von Tempsky.
  • Arnie Kantrowitz
    Arnie Kantrowitz is an American gay activist, college professor emeritus, and writer.
  • Arnold Denker Arnold Denker
    Arnold Sheldon Denker was an American chess player, Grandmaster, and chess author. He was U.S. Chess Champion in 1944 and 1946.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder who holds both Austrian and American citizenship. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
  • Aron Ralston Aron Ralston
    Aron Lee Ralston is an American outdoorsman, mechanical engineer and motivational speaker known for having survived a canyoneering accident in southeastern Utah in 2003 during which he amputated his own right forearm with a dull pocketknife in order to extricate himself from a dislodged boulder...
  • Arthur Garfield Hays
    Arthur Garfield Hays was an American lawyer who became prominent in civil liberties issues; he was a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and served as general counsel beginning in 1920.
  • Arthur Treadwell Walden
    Arthur Treadwell Walden was a Klondike Gold Rush adventurer, dog driver and participant in the first Byrd Antarctic Expedition. He is also known as an author and developer of the Chinook sled dog breed.
  • Assata Shakur Assata Shakur
    Assata Olugbala Shakur, is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, a black nationalist urban guerrilla group, who was convicted in 1977 of the first-degree murder, under New Jersey's "aiding and abetting" statute, of State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike...
  • Aurora Estrada Orozco
    Aurora Estrada Orozco was a Mexican American community leader and writer.
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who achieved a great deal of success in golf, basketball, baseball and track and field. She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships.
  • Barbara Hammer Barbara Hammer
    Barbara Hammer is an American feminist filmmaker known for being one of the pioneers of lesbian film whose career has spanned over 40 years. Hammer is known for creating experimental films dealing with women's issues such as gender roles, lesbian relationships and coping with aging and family.
  • Barbara Payton Barbara Payton
    Barbara Lee Payton was an American film actress best known for her stormy social life and eventual battles with alcohol and drug addiction.
  • Bathsheba Bowers Bathsheba Bowers
    Bathsheba Bowers was an American Quaker author and preacher.
  • Beirne Lay, Jr. Beirne Lay, Jr.
    Beirne Lay, Jr., was an American author, aviation writer, Hollywood screenwriter, and combat veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army Air Forces. He is best known for his collaboration with Sy Bartlett in authoring the novel Twelve O'Clock High and adapting it into a major film.
  • Belva Davis Belva Davis
    Belva Davis is an American television and radio journalist. She is the first African-American woman to become a television reporter on the U.S. West Coast. She has won eight Emmy Awards and been recognized by the American Women in Radio and Television and National Association of Black Journalists.
  • Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin FRS, FRSE was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
  • Benjamin Tatar
    Benjamin "Ben" Tatar was an American film, television, theater, and voice actor. Where the lines between professional and personal life blur, Tatar was also a former live-in personal assistant and companion of actress Ava Gardner.
  • Bernice Steadman
    Bernice Steadman was an American professional aviator and businesswoman. Steadman was one of thirteen women chosen to train as astronauts during the early 1960s. The group later became known as the Mercury 13.
  • Berry Gordy Berry Gordy
    Berry Gordy III is an American record producer and songwriter. He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label and its subsidiaries, which was the highest-earning African-American business for decades.
  • Bethany Hamilton Bethany Hamilton
    Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off but who ultimately returned to—and was victorious in—professional surfing.
  • Beth Holloway Beth Holloway
    Elizabeth Ann "Beth" Holloway, later named Beth Twitty and Beth Holloway-Twitty, is an American speech pathologist and motivational speaker who became widely known after her teenage daughter, Natalee, who went missing during a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005.
  • Beverly Donofrio Beverly Donofrio
    Beverly Ann Donofrio is an American memoirist, children's author and creative writing teacher most noted for her 1992 best selling memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys.
  • Beverly Sills Beverly Sills
    Beverly Sills was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s. Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings.
  • Bill Ayers Bill Ayers
    William Charles "Bill" Ayers is an American elementary education theorist and a leader in the counterculture movement who opposed US involvement in the Vietnam War. He is known for his 1960s radical activism and his current work in education reform, curriculum and instruction.
  • Bill Clinton Bill Clinton
    William Jefferson Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to the presidency he was the 40th Governor of Arkansas, from 1979 to 1981, and the state's 42nd governor, from 1983 to 1992.
  • Bill Murray Bill Murray
    William James Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer.
  • Billy Graham Billy Graham
    William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. KBE is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants.
  • B. J. Thomas B. J. Thomas
    Billy Joe "B.J." Thomas is an American popular singer. He is particularly known for his hit songs of the 1960s and 1970s, which appeared on the pop, country, and Christian music charts.
  • Bob Avakian
    Robert Bruce Avakian is an American political activist and Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
  • Bobbie Brown
    Bobbie Jean Brown, sometimes credited as Bobbie Brown-Lane, is an American actress, model and former beauty pageant contestant. She is best known for her appearance in the video for Warrant's glam metal anthem "Cherry Pie" and the cover of the album of the same name.
  • Bobby Seale Bobby Seale
    Robert George "Bobby" Seale is an American political activist. He and fellow activist Huey P. Newton co-founded the Black Panther Party.
  • Bode Miller Bode Miller
    Samuel Bode Miller is a World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States.
  • Bonnie Tiburzi
    Bonnie Tiburzi, is an American aviator. In 1973, at age 24, she became the first female pilot for American Airlines and the first female pilot for a major American commercial airline.
  • Boone Guyton Boone Guyton
    Boone Tarleton Guyton United States Navy, was a Naval Aviation Cadet, experimental test pilot, author and businessman.
  • Brander Matthews Brander Matthews
    James Brander Matthews was an American writer and educator. He was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university and played a significant role in establishing theater as a subject worthy of formal study in the academic world.
  • Brandon Stickney
    Brandon M. Stickney is an American journalist and author. He was a newspaper reporter at the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal from 1990–1995. He is also the author of All-American Monster: The Unauthorized Biography of Timothy McVeigh. Stickney has written about the Seven Sutherland Sisters.
  • Bruce Olson Bruce Olson
    Bruce Olson is a Scandinavian American Christian missionary who is best known for his pioneering work in bringing Christianity to the Motilone Indians of Colombia and Venezuela. His story is told in his autobiographies Bruchko and Bruchko and the Motilone Miracle.
  • Buwei Yang Chao
    Buwei Yang Chao was an American Chinese physician and writer of recipes and was married to linguist Yuen Ren Chao. She was one of the first women to practice Western medicine in China.
  • Buzz Aldrin Buzz Aldrin
    Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, he was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon, and the second person to walk on it. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong.
  • Carole Simpson
    Carole Simpson is an American broadcast journalist, news anchor, and author.
  • Caroline Nichols Churchill
    Caroline Nichols Churchill was a Canadian-born writer and newspaper editor in the United States, best known as the editor of the Queen Bee, a feminist publication prominent during the Colorado Suffrage movement.
  • Carrie White (hairdresser)
    Carrie White is an American hairdresser, author, and spokesperson. She is known as the "First Lady of Hairdressing," who has styled Jennifer Jones, Betsy Bloomingdale, Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Camille Cosby, Ann-Margret, Elvis Presley, Sharon Tate, Brad Pitt, and Sandra Bullock, among others.
  • Carter Revard Carter Revard
    Carter Curtis Revard is an American poet, scholar, and writer. He is French Canadian on his father's side and also has European-American ancestry; he grew up on the tribal reservation in Oklahoma.
  • Cary Grant Cary Grant
    Cary Grant was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and light-hearted approach to acting and sense of comic timing.
  • Charles Henry Parkhurst Charles Henry Parkhurst
    Charles Henry Parkhurst was an American clergyman and social reformer, born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Although scholarly and reserved, he preached two sermons in 1892 in which he attacked the political corruption of New York City government.
  • Charles Joseph Fletcher Charles Joseph Fletcher
    Charles Joseph Fletcher was an American inventor and the owner and chief executive of an aeronautical equipment manufacturing and engineering company, Technology General Corporation, in Franklin, New Jersey.
  • Charles P. Cabell Charles P. Cabell
    Charles Pearre Cabell was a United States Air Force General and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Charlton Heston Charlton Heston
    Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist.
  • Cheryl B
    Cheryl Burke, known professionally as Cheryl B, was an American journalist, spoken word poet, performance artist and playwright, associated with the East Village arts scene in New York City.
  • Chris Costner Sizemore Chris Costner Sizemore
    Christine "Chris" Costner Sizemore was an American woman who, in the 1950s, was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, now known as dissociative identity disorder.
  • Chris Haw
    Chris Haw is an important figure in New Monasticism.
  • Chris Kyle Chris Kyle
    Christopher Scott Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL veteran and sniper. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat.
  • Christine Howser
    Christine Howser is an author from Indiana, United States. After a prolonged hospitalization, she gave birth prematurely to twin sons named Steven and Timothy in October 1999, after 26 weeks of pregnancy. Both infants died shortly after.
  • Clea Koff Clea Koff
    Clea Koff is a British-born American forensic anthropologist and author who worked several years for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and in 2000 in Kosovo.
  • Colleen Moore Colleen Moore
    Colleen Moore was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era. Moore became one of the most fashionable stars of the era and helped popularize the bobbed haircut.
  • Craig Claiborne Craig Claiborne
    Craig Claiborne was an American restaurant critic, food journalist and book author. A long-time food editor and restaurant critic for The New York Times, he was also the author of numerous cookbooks and an autobiography.
  • Cupcake Brown Cupcake Brown
    Cupcake Brown is an American author and a lawyer.
  • Cybill Shepherd Cybill Shepherd
    Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model.
  • Cy Feuer
    Cy Feuer was an American theatre producer, director, composer, musician, and half of the celebrated, legendary producing duo Feuer and Martin. He was the winner of three competitive Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.
  • Danielle Staub Danielle Staub
    Danielle Staub is an American television personality. In May 2009, she came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which documents the lives of several women residing in New Jersey.
  • Daniel Richter (actor) Daniel Richter (actor)
    Daniel Richter is an American mime and actor. He is remembered as playing the leader of a tribe of ape-men in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Danny Yamashiro Danny Yamashiro
    Daniel Keauhou Matsu "Danny" Yamashiro survived a 400-foot fall from the famed ridge of the historic Nuʻuanu Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii at 18.
  • Dan O'Brien (author)
    Daniel Hosler "Danv O'Brien is an American author, wildlife biologist, and rancher.
  • Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine
    David Scott Mustaine is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, lead singer, and primary songwriter of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and the original lead guitarist of the American thrash metal band Metallica.
  • David Amram David Amram
    David Amram is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author.
  • David Blaine David Blaine
    David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records.
  • David Brown (producer) David Brown (producer)
    David Brown was an American film and theatre producer and writer who was best known for coproducing the 1975 film Jaws based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley.
  • David Henry Sterry
    David Henry Sterry is an American author, actor/comic, activist and former sex worker.
  • David Rockefeller David Rockefeller
    David Rockefeller was an American banker who was chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family and family patriarch from August 2004 until his death in March 2017.
  • David Starr Jordan
    David Starr Jordan was an American ichthyologist, educator, eugenicist, and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and the founding president of Stanford University.
  • Davy Crockett Davy Crockett
    David "Davy" Crockett was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Texas Revolution.
  • Debbie Reynolds Debbie Reynolds
    Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher.
  • Deborah Feldman
    Deborah Feldman is an American writer currently based in Berlin, Germany. She is best known for her 2012 bestselling autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.
  • Deke Slayton Deke Slayton
    Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton, was an American World War II pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and became NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office.
  • Denny Miller Denny Miller
    Denny Scott Miller was an American actor, perhaps best known for his regular role as Duke Shannon on Wagon Train, his guest-starring appearances on Gilligan's Island, and his 1959 film role as Tarzan.
  • Dick Gregory Dick Gregory
    Richard Claxton Gregory was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor.
  • Dolores Fuller Dolores Fuller
    Dolores Agnes Fuller was an American actress and songwriter best known as the one-time girlfriend of the low-budget film director Ed Wood. She played the protagonist's girlfriend in Glen or Glenda, co-starred in Wood's Jail Bait, and had a minor role in his Bride of the Monster.
  • Don C. Talayesva
    Don C. Talayesva was a Hopi who is noted for his autobiography, which was written in conjunction with Leo Simmons. Talayesva had begun life in a traditional Hopi manner, but had spent ten years largely in white culture before making a full return to the Hopi way.
  • Doris Hart Doris Hart
    Doris Hart was a World No. 1 American tennis player who was active in the 1940s and first half of the 1950s and was ranked No. 1 in 1951.
  • Dorothy Allred Solomon
    Dorothy Allred Solomon is an American author and educator committed to informing people about the pros and cons of polygamous lifestyles.
  • Douglas Corrigan Douglas Corrigan
    Douglas Corrigan was an American aviator born in Galveston, Texas. He was nicknamed "Wrong Way" in 1938.
  • Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore
    Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, author, director, model and producer. She is a member of the Barrymore family of American stage and film actors, and a granddaughter of actor John Barrymore.
  • Duff McKagan Duff McKagan
    Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan is an American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure with the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
    Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years.
  • Earl Gladstone Hunt Jr.
    Earl Gladstone Hunt Jr. was an American who distinguished himself as a Methodist Pastor and Evangelist, as the President of Emory and Henry College, as an author and theologian, as a Bishop of The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church, and as a leader in World Methodism.
  • Earl Lind
    Jennie June was one of the earliest transgender individuals to publish her own autobiography in the United States.
  • Eddie Cantor Eddie Cantor
    Eddie Cantor, born Edward Israel Itzkowitz, was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter.
  • Edward Arnold (actor) Edward Arnold (actor)
    Edward Arnold was an American actor.
  • Elijah Nicholas Wilson
    Elijah Nicholas Wilson was known as "Yagaiki" when among the Shoshones, and in his later years as "Uncle Nick" when entertaining young children with his adventurous exploits.
  • Eli Wallach Eli Wallach
    Eli Herschel Wallach was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s.
  • Elizabeth Ashley Elizabeth Ashley
    Elizabeth Ashley is an American actress of theatre, film, and television. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards, winning once in 1962 for Take Her, She's Mine.
  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
    Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a labor leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World. Flynn was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a visible proponent of women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.
  • Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor
    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s.
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel Elizabeth Wurtzel
    Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel is an American writer and journalist, known for publishing her best-selling memoir Prozac Nation, at the age of 26. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Harvard College and a JD from Yale Law School.
  • Eliza Potter
    Eliza Potter was an African-American hairdresser in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1859 she published her autobiography, A Hairdresser's Experience In High Life.
  • Eminem Eminem
    Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor.
  • E. O. Wilson E. O. Wilson
    Edward Osborne Wilson, usually cited as E. O. Wilson, is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is the world's leading expert.
  • Erastus Otis Haven Erastus Otis Haven
    Erastus Otis Haven was an American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1880, and the president of several universities.
  • Esther Williams Esther Williams
    Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer and actress.
  • Etterlene DeBarge
    Etterlene Louise DeBarge–Rodriguez is an American gospel singer, songwriter, and matriarch of the American R&B/Soul vocal group DeBarge.
  • Eugene Cernan Eugene Cernan
    Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and fighter pilot.
  • Eugene O'Kelly
    Eugene O'Kelly was a former Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of the largest U. S. accounting firms and one of the Big Four auditors.
  • Fanya Heller
    Fanya Gottesfeld Heller is a noted Holocaust survivor, author and philanthropist. Born into a traditional Jewish family in a small village in the Ukraine in 1924, she and her family hid from the Nazi death squads with the help of two Christian rescuers.
  • Farrah Abraham
    Farrah Lynn Abraham is an American reality television personality.
  • Fitz Hugh Ludlow Fitz Hugh Ludlow
    Fitz Hugh Ludlow, sometimes seen as Fitzhugh Ludlow, was an American author, journalist, and explorer; best known for his autobiographical book The Hasheesh Eater.
  • Florence Littauer
    Florence Littauer is a Christian self-help author and public speaker. Littauer is best known for her series of books based upon the Personality Plus personality system.
  • Florynce Kennedy Florynce Kennedy
    Florynce Rae "Flo" Kennedy was an American lawyer, feminist, civil rights advocate, lecturer and activist.
  • Francis John McConnell
    Francis John McConnell was an American social reformer and a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1912.
  • Frank A. Montgomery Frank A. Montgomery
    Frank A. Montgomery was an American politician best known for his memoir of life as a Confederate cavalry officer in the Western Theater of the American Civil War called Reminiscences of a Mississippian in Peace and War.
  • Frank Borman Frank Borman
    Frank Frederick Borman II, is a retired United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, making him, along with crew mates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the first of only 24...
  • Franklin Benjamin Sanborn Franklin Benjamin Sanborn
    Franklin Benjamin Sanborn was an American journalist, author, and reformer. Sanborn was a social scientist, and a memorialist of American transcendentalism who wrote early biographies of many of the movement's key figures.
  • Frank McCourt Frank McCourt
    Francis "Frank" McCourt was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood.
  • Frank Wilkeson
    Frank Wilkeson was an American journalist, soldier, farmer and explorer. He wrote several books, including an autobiography of his service in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was among the first white men to explore and map the Cascade Pass in the state of Washington.
  • Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
  • Frederick Palmer (journalist) Frederick Palmer (journalist)
    Frederick Palmer was an American journalist and writer.
  • Frederick Vanderbilt Field
    Frederick Vanderbilt Field was an American leftist political activist and a great-great-grandson of railroad tycoon Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, disinherited by his wealthy relatives for his radical political views.
  • Fred Foy
    Frederick William Foy was an American radio and television announcer and actor, who used Fred Foy as his professional name. He is best known for his narration of The Lone Ranger.
  • Gabby Douglas Gabby Douglas
    Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. She was a member of the United States women's national gymnastics team, dubbed the Fierce Five by the media, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she won gold medals in the individual all-around and team competitions.
  • Gary M. Green
    Gary M. Green is a musician, author, gaming consultant and entrepreneur.
  • Gene Espy
    Gene Espy is recognized as the second person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
  • George Abbott George Abbott
    George Francis Abbott was an American theater producer and director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director and producer whose career spanned nine decades.
  • George Bridgman
    George Brant Bridgman was a Canadian-American painter, writer, and teacher in the fields of anatomy and figure drawing. Bridgman taught anatomy for artists at the Art Students League of New York for some 45 years.
  • George Crile Jr.
    George Washington "Barney" Crile Jr. was an American surgeon. He was a significant influence on how breast cancer is treated and was a visible and controversial advocate for alternative procedures.
  • George Crile, Jr.
    George Washington "Barney" Crile, Jr. was an American surgeon. He was a significant influence on how breast cancer is treated and was a visible and controversial advocate for alternative procedures.
  • George Jackson (activist)
    George Lester Jackson was an African-American activist, Marxist, author, a member of the Black Panther Party, and co-founder of the Black Guerrilla Family while incarcerated.
  • George Jackson (Black Panther) George Jackson (Black Panther)
    George Lester Jackson was an African-American left-wing activist, Marxist, author, a member of the Black Panther Party, and co-founder of the Black Guerrilla Family while incarcerated.
  • George Jacobs (valet)
    George Jacobs was an American memoirist and valet. Jacobs was the valet of the Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar in the 1950s, before being poached from Lazar by the singer and actor Frank Sinatra.
  • George L. Fox (clown) George L. Fox (clown)
    George L. Fox was an American actor and dancer who became known for his clown roles and who based the characterisations on his inspiration Joseph Grimaldi.
  • George McGovern George McGovern
    George Stanley McGovern was an American historian, author, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.
  • George P. Lee George P. Lee
    George Patrick Lee was the first Native American to become a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a member of the church's First Quorum of Seventy from 1975 to 1989, when he was excommunicated from the church.
  • Geraldine Ferraro Geraldine Ferraro
    Geraldine Anne "Gerry" Ferraro was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. In 1984, she was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party.
  • Gerald Vizenor Gerald Vizenor
    Gerald Robert Vizenor is an Anishinaabe writer and scholar, and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. Vizenor also taught for many years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Director of Native American Studies.
  • Gerard Menuhin
    Gerard Menuhin is a writer and Holocaust denier, whose book Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil was published in 2015.
  • Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life.
  • Gisella Perl
    Gisella Perl was a Romanian Jewish gynecologist deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, where she helped hundreds of women as inmate gynecologist without the bare necessities to perform her work.
  • Gladys Waddingham Gladys Waddingham
    Gladys Waddingham, a Spanish teacher at Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California, for 45 years, was the author of many books about her adopted city.
  • Greg Louganis Greg Louganis
    Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver, LGBT activist, and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and platform.
  • Gretchen Quie
    Gretchen Marie Quie was an American artist, painter, potter, writer, and advocate for the arts. Quie served as the First Lady of Minnesota from 1979 until 1983 during the administration of her husband, Governor Al Quie.
  • Hakim Jamal Hakim Jamal
    Hakim Abdullah Jamal was the name adopted by African-American activist Allen Donaldson, who was a cousin of Malcolm X and later became an associate of Michael X. Jamal wrote From the Dead Level, a memoir of his life and memories of Malcolm X.
  • Haldor Lillenas
    Haldor Lillenas was "one of the most important twentieth-century gospel hymn writers and publishers" and is regarded as "the most influential Wesleyan / Holiness songwriter and publisher in the 20th century".
  • Hans Schmidt (Waffen-SS)
    Hans Schmidt was a German-born naturalized American citizen, member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, and founder of the German-American National Political Action Committee. He was primarily known for his promotion of White separatism, National Socialism, antisemitism, and Holocaust denial.
  • Harmony Dust
    Harmony Star Dust is an American social activist for women who worked in the sex industry.
  • Harvey Pekar Harvey Pekar
    Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. In 2003, the series inspired a well-received film adaptation of the same name.
  • H. Brett Melendy
    Howard Brett Melendy was a prominent American historian, writer, researcher, publisher, autobiographer, dean, history professor, and filipinologist. Melendy was a professor and administrator at the San José State University in California and the University of Hawai'i.
  • Helen Wills Helen Wills
    Helen Newington Wills, also known as Helen Wills Moody and Helen Wills Roark, was an American tennis player. She became famous around the world for holding the top position in women's tennis for a total of nine years: 1927–33, 1935 and 1938.
  • Henry Box Brown Henry Box Brown
    Henry "Box" Brown was a 19th-century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom at the age of 33 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate in 1849 to abolitionists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Henry Slaughter
    Henry Thaxton Slaughter is an American southern gospel pianist, singer and songwriter. He has won five Dove Awards.
  • Henry Tufts Henry Tufts
    Henry Tufts was an infamous 18th-century thief who committed various crimes in northern New England.
  • Herman Bodson
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  • Hillary Clinton
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  • H. L. Mencken H. L. Mencken
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  • Homer Croy
    Homer Croy, was an American author and occasional screenwriter who wrote fiction and non-fiction books about life in the Midwestern United States. He also wrote several popular biographies, including books on outlaw Jesse James, humorist Will Rogers and film director D.W. Griffith.
  • Hope Cooke Hope Cooke
    Hope Cooke is an American woman who was the "Gyalmo" of the 12th Chogyal of Sikkim, Palden Thondup Namgyal. Their wedding took place in March 1963. She was termed Her Highness The Crown Princess of Sikkim and became the Gyalmo of Sikkim at Palden Thondup Namgyal's coronation in 1965.
  • Hosea Hudson
    Hosea Hudson was an African-American labor leader in the Southern United States.
  • Howard E. Wasdin Howard E. Wasdin
    Dr. Howard E. Wasdin is a former member of the United States Navy who served as a sailor in the Atlantic Fleet as well as a Navy SEAL. Following his honorable discharge, he co-wrote the autobiographical memoir SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper.
  • Howard Stern Howard Stern
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  • Hugh Boyle Ewing Hugh Boyle Ewing
    Hugh Boyle Ewing, was a diplomat, author, attorney, and Union Army general during the American Civil War. He was a member of the prestigious Ewing family, son of Thomas Ewing, the eldest brother of Thomas Ewing, Jr. and Charles Ewing, and the foster brother and brother-in-law of William T. Sherman.
  • Hulk Hogan Hulk Hogan
    Terry Gene Bollea, better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and rock bassist.
  • Ida Pruitt
    Ida Pruitt, bi-cultural social worker, author, speaker, interpreter and 20th century contributor to Sino-American understanding.
  • Inge Auerbacher
    Inge Auerbacher is an American chemist of German origin. She is a survivor of the Holocaust and has published many books about her experiences in the Second World War.
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer Isaac Bashevis Singer
    Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish writer in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. The Polish form of his birth name was Icek Hersz Zynger. He used his mother's first name in an initial literary pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, which he later expanded.
  • Isadora Duncan Isadora Duncan
    Angela Isadora Duncan was an American dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 49 or 50, when her scarf became entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding.
  • Jack Black (author) Jack Black (author)
    Jack Black was a late-19th-century/early-20th-century hobo and professional burglar, author, and librarian for the San Francisco Call. Born in 1871 near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he was raised from infancy in the U.S. state of Missouri.
  • James Blake (tennis) James Blake (tennis)
    James Riley Blake is an American retired professional tennis player. Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. During his career, Blake had amassed 24 singles finals appearances, while his career-high singles ranking was World No. 4.
  • James Branch Cabell James Branch Cabell
    James Branch Cabell was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres. Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken, Edmund Wilson, and Sinclair Lewis. His works were considered escapist and fit well in the culture of the 1920s, when they were most popular.
  • James Ellroy James Ellroy
    Lee Earle "James" Ellroy is an American crime fiction writer and essayist.
  • James Farley James Farley
    James Aloysius "Jim" Farley was one of the first Irish Catholic politicians in American history to achieve success on a national level.
  • James Jeremiah Wadsworth James Jeremiah Wadsworth
    James Jeremiah "Jerry" Wadsworth was an American politician and diplomat from New York City.
  • James Norman Hall James Norman Hall
    James Norman Hall was an American author best known for the novel Mutiny on the Bounty with co-author Charles Nordhoff.
  • Jane Lynch Jane Lynch
    Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best known as Sue Sylvester on Glee. She also gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show.
  • Janis Ian Janis Ian
    Janis Ian is an American singer-songwriter who was most commercially successful in the 1960s and 1970s; her most widely recognized song, "At Seventeen", was released as a single from her 1975 album Between the Lines which reached number 1 on the Billboard chart.
  • Jayne County Jayne County
    Jayne County is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer whose career has spanned five decades. She was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band Wayne County & the Electric Chairs and has been known for her outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.
  • Jayson Williams
    Jayson Williams is an American former professional basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. In 2010, Williams pleaded guilty to assault in the accidental shooting death of a limousine driver.
  • J. B. West J. B. West
    James Bernard West, known as J. B. West, was the 6th Chief Usher of the White House serving from 1957 to 1969.
  • Jean Shepard Jean Shepard
    Ollie Imogene "Jean" Shepard was an American honky tonk singer-songwriter who pioneered for women in country music. Shepard released a total of 73 singles to the Hot Country Songs chart, one of which reached the No. 1 spot.
  • Jeffrey Stone
    Jeffrey Stone was an American actor and voice-over artist. Stone was the model and inspiration for Prince Charming in the 1950 Walt Disney animated feature film, Cinderella. While he did not voice the character in the film, Stone did provide some of the movie's additional voices.
  • Jennie June (autobiographer)
    Jennie June was one of the earliest transgender individuals to publish her own autobiography in the United States.
  • Jennifer Finney Boylan
    Jennifer Finney Boylan is an American author and political activist. In 2014 she joined the faculty of Barnard College of Columbia University as the Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence, having previously been professor of English at Colby College in Maine. She is a trans woman.
  • Jermain Wesley Loguen Jermain Wesley Loguen
    Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen, born Jarm Logue, in slavery, was an African-American abolitionist and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and an author of a slave narrative.
  • Jerry Colangelo Jerry Colangelo
    Jerry Colangelo is an American businessman and sports executive who currently serves as a special adviser to the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Jerry Hall Jerry Hall
    Jerry Faye Hall is an American model and actress, also known for her former common law relationship with Mick Jagger with whom she has four children.
  • Jerry Sandusky
    Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky is an American convicted serial rapist, child molester and retired college football coach. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under Joe Paterno, from 1969 to 1999.
  • Jesse L. Lasky Jr.
    Jesse L. Lasky Jr. was an American screenwriter, novelist, playwright and poet.
  • J. H. Hamblen J. H. Hamblen
    Dr. James Henry Hamblen was a lifelong Texan, a pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Texas, an evangelist and revivalist preacher, and subsequent to 1946, was the founder of the Evangelical Methodist Church. He was the father of performer and songwriter Stuart Hamblen.
  • Jimmy Buffett Jimmy Buffett
    James William Buffett is an American musician, songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded hit songs including "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday".
  • Jim Northrup (writer) Jim Northrup (writer)
    Jim Northrup was an Anishinaabe newspaper columnist, poet, performer, and political commentator from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota. His Anishinaabe name was "Chibenashi".
  • Joe Jackson (manager) Joe Jackson (manager)
    Joseph Walter Jackson Jnr is an American talent manager, and is the patriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers which includes the artists Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson.
  • John Adams (composer) John Adams (composer)
    John Coolidge Adams is an American composer of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism.
  • John Gould Fletcher John Gould Fletcher
    John Gould Fletcher was an Imagist poet, author and authority on modern painting. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a socially prominent family.
  • John Lester Wallack John Lester Wallack
    John Lester Wallack, was an American actor and son of James William Wallack.
  • John L. Spivak John L. Spivak
    John Louis Spivak was an American socialist and later communist reporter and author, who wrote about the problems of the working class, racism, and the spread of fascism in Europe and the United States. Most of his writings date from the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Johnny Cash Johnny Cash
    John R. Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is widely considered one of the most influential popular musicians of the 20th century and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.
  • John Reynolds (U.S. politician) John Reynolds (U.S. politician)
    John Reynolds was a United States politician from the state of Illinois. He was one of the original four justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1818–1825, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1826–1830, 1846–1848, and 1852–1854, and the 4th Illinois Governor from 1830–1834.
  • John Rocker
    John Loy Rocker is a retired American Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as well as the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
  • John S. Palmore
    John S. Palmore was a Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1959 until it became the Supreme Court of Kentucky in 1975, and on the latter court until his retirement, in 1982. He served as Chief Justice in 1966, in 1973, and from 1977 to 1982.
  • John S. Stamm
    John Samuel Stamm was an American bishop of the Evangelical Church, elected in 1926.
  • John S. Watts Jr
    John S. Watts, Jr., also known as John Boy, is an American author and former drug dealer who is best known for his autobiography The Rollin 80's and Power of the V.
  • John Young (astronaut) John Young (astronaut)
    John Watts Young is an American former astronaut, naval officer and aviator, test pilot, and aeronautical engineer, who became the ninth person to walk on the Moon as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972.
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
    Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a Christian writer and preacher who has graduated both from Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. He associates himself with New Monasticism.
  • Jon Vincent Jon Vincent
    Jon Vincent, real name: Jeffrey James Vickers was an American pornographic actor who appeared in gay and bisexual pornography. Though he performed in fewer than 40 films, he is considered a porn legend.
  • Joseph Cotten Joseph Cotten
    Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was an American film, stage, radio and television actor. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original stage productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair.
  • Joshua Bates (financier) Joshua Bates (financier)
    Joshua Bates was an international financier who divided his life between the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • J. Paul Getty J. Paul Getty
    Jean Paul Getty was an American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune magazine named him the richest living American, while the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world's richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion.
  • Juanita Harrison
    Juanita Harrison was an African-American writer known only for her autobiography, My Great, Wide, Beautiful World, which narrates her extensive travel abroad. No record exists of her life after the publication of her book. Hence, her date of death cannot be determined.
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer
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  • Juliana Hatfield Juliana Hatfield
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  • J. Vance Lewis
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  • Karl Hess Karl Hess
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  • Kate Smith Kate Smith
    Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".
  • Katherine Jackson
    Katherine Esther Jackson is the matriarch of the Jackson family.
  • Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin
    Kathleen Mary Griffin is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She has starred in several comedy specials for cable TV and has released several comedy albums. In 2007 and 2008, Griffin won Primetime Emmy Awards for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
  • Katy Perry Katy Perry
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  • Kelly Flinn
    Kelly Flinn was the first female B-52 pilot in the United States Air Force.
  • Kendall Hailey
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  • Ken Murray (entertainer) Ken Murray (entertainer)
    Ken Murray was an American comedian, actor, radio and television personality and author.
  • Kevin Asano Kevin Asano
    Kevin Yoshimi Asano is a retired judoka from the United States, who won the silver medal in the men's extra-lightweight competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics. On his way to capturing the medal he beat Shinji Hosokawa, who was the reigning world champion and 1984 Gold Medalist.
  • Kevin Weeks
    Kevin Weeks is an American former mobster and a longtime friend and confidant to Whitey Bulger, the infamous boss of the Winter Hill Gang, a crime family based out of the Winter Hill neighborhood in Somerville, Massachusetts.
  • Kristen Johnston Kristen Johnston
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  • LaDonna Harris
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  • Lady Randolph Churchill Lady Randolph Churchill
    Lady Randolph Spencer-Churchill, was an American-born British socialite, the wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
  • Larry Flynt Larry Flynt
    Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr. is an American publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications. LFP mainly produces sexually graphic videos and magazines, most notably Hustler.
  • Larry Hagman Larry Hagman
    Larry Martin Hagman was an American film and television actor, director and producer best known for playing ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1960s sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie.
  • Larry Lawton Larry Lawton
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  • LaShun Pace
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  • Laurie Bembenek
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  • Lee Iacocca Lee Iacocca
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  • Lester Wallack
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  • Levon Helm Levon Helm
    Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for the Band.
  • Lew Wallace Lew Wallace
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  • Liberace Liberace
    Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist, singer, and actor. A child prodigy and the son of working-class immigrants, Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements.
  • Lillian Dickson
    Lillian Dickson was an independent missionary, author, and public speaker. She used her maternal identity to develop her vocation in the middle of the twentieth century. Originally, she and her husband, James Dickson, were sent by the Presbyterian Church of Canada, to Taiwan in 1927.
  • Lillian Gish Lillian Gish
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  • Lincoln Steffens Lincoln Steffens
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  • Lizzie Velásquez Lizzie Velásquez
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  • Lois Mark Stalvey
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  • Lorrie Morgan Lorrie Morgan
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  • Louis Renner
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  • Lucy Grealy Lucy Grealy
    Lucinda Margaret Grealy was an American poet and memoirist who wrote Autobiography of a Face in 1994. This critically acclaimed book describes her childhood and early adolescent experience with cancer of the jaw, which left her with some facial disfigurement.
  • Madge Bellamy Madge Bellamy
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  • Magnificent Montague Magnificent Montague
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  • Man Ray Man Ray
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  • Marella Agnelli
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  • Margaret C. Anderson
    Margaret Caroline Anderson was the American founder, editor and publisher of the art and literary magazine The Little Review, which published a collection of modern American, English and Irish writers between 1914 and 1929.
  • Margaret Deland Margaret Deland
    Margaret Deland was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She also wrote an autobiography in two volumes. She is generally considered part of the literary realism movement.
  • Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson
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  • Mark Twain Mark Twain
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often called "The Great American Novel".
  • Mark Van Doren Mark Van Doren
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  • Marlee Matlin Marlee Matlin
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  • Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich
    Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship. Throughout her unusually long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she maintained popularity by continually reinventing herself.
  • Marta Becket Marta Becket
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  • Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova
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  • Marvelyn Brown Marvelyn Brown
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  • Mary Brave Bird
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  • Mary Hunter Austin Mary Hunter Austin
    Mary Hunter Austin was an American writer.
  • Mary Wilson (singer) Mary Wilson (singer)
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  • Maureen Howard
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  • Mel Tormé Mel Tormé
    Melvin Howard Tormé, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, best known as a singer of jazz standards. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books.
  • Mercedes de Acosta Mercedes de Acosta
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  • Merrill Reese Merrill Reese
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