Aagot Raaen Aagot Raaen was an American author and educator.
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 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 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 Alvin "Al" Goldstein was an American pornographer.
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 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 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 Margaret Arngrim is a Canadian-American actress, comedian and author.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Sheldon Denker was an American chess player, Grandmaster, and chess author. He was U.S. Chess Champion in 1944 and 1946.
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 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 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...
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 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 Lee Payton was an American film actress best known for her stormy social life and eventual battles with alcohol and drug addiction.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 William James Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer.
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 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 Robert George "Bobby" Seale is an American political activist. He and fellow activist Huey P. Newton co-founded the Black Panther Party.
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 Tarleton Guyton United States Navy, was a Naval Aviation Cadet, experimental test pilot, author and businessman.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Pearre Cabell was a United States Air Force General and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Richard Claxton Gregory was an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor.
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 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 was an American aviator born in Galveston, Texas. He was nicknamed "Wrong Way" in 1938.
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 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 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, born Edward Israel Itzkowitz, was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter.
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 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 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 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 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 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 Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor.
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 was an American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1880, and the president of several universities.
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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 was an infamous 18th-century thief who committed various crimes in northern New England.
Herman Bodson Herman Bodson was a Belgian scientist, mineralogist and member of the Belgian resistance during the Second World War. After the war he emigrated to the United States, where he published a numerous books about his experiences during the conflict.
Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the...
H. L. Mencken Henry Louis Mencken was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century.
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 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 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 Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show The Howard Stern Show, which gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lee Earle "James" Ellroy is an American crime fiction writer and essayist.
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 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 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 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 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 James Bernard West, known as J. B. West, was the 6th Chief Usher of the White House serving from 1957 to 1969.
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 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 is an American businessman and sports executive who currently serves as a special adviser to the Philadelphia 76ers.
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 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 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 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) 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 Coolidge Adams is an American composer of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism.
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, was an American actor and son of James William Wallack.
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 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 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 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, 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 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 was an international financier who divided his life between the United States and the United Kingdom.
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 Judith Ortiz Cofer was a Puerto Rican American author. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning work spans a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, and young-adult fiction.
Juliana Hatfield Juliana Hatfield is an American musician and singer-songwriter from the Boston area. She was formerly of the indie rock bands Blake Babies, Some Girls, and The Lemonheads and now performs as a solo artist and as one half of Minor Alps alongside Matthew Caws of Nada Surf.
J. Vance Lewis Joseph Vance Lewis, was a slave who was freed through emancipation and who came "out of the ditch" to become a lawyer and was admitted to the US Supreme Court. Lewis wrote an autobiographical narrative entitled Out of the Ditch. A True Story of an Ex-Slave.
Karl Hess Karl Hess was an American speechwriter and author. He was also a political philosopher, editor, welder, motorcycle racer, tax resister, atheist, and libertarian activist. His career included stints on the Republican right and the New Left before embracing free-market anarchism.
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".
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 Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
Kelly Flinn Kelly Flinn was the first female B-52 pilot in the United States Air Force.
Kendall Hailey Kendall Hailey is an American writer and autodidact. She graduated from high school a year early, at age 16, to pursue unschooling and wrote about her experiences in the book, The Day I Became an Autodidact and the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies that Befell Me Thereafter.
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 is an American stage, film, and television actress. She is most famous for her role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also starred as Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and as Holly Franklin in the sitcom The Exes.
LaDonna Harris LaDonna Vita Tabbytite Harris is a Comanche Native American social activist and politician from Oklahoma. She is the founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity.
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 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 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 is an author, motivational speaker, TV personality, honorary police officer and the founder and President of the Reality Check Program, Robbery Prevention, Inc., and non-profit organization the Reality Check Foundation.
LaShun Pace Tarrian LaShun Pace is an American gospel singer, Stellar Award winner, and evangelist.
Laurie Bembenek Lawrencia Ann "Bambi" Bembenek, known as Laurie Bembenek, was an American former police officer convicted of murdering her husband's ex-wife.
Lee Iacocca Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca is an American automobile executive best known for spearheading the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for reviving the Chrysler Corporation as its CEO during the 1980s.
Lester Wallack John Johnstone Wallack, was an American actor and son of James William Wallack. He used the stage name John Lester until October 5, 1858, when he first acted under the name Lester Wallack, which he retained the rest of his career.
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 Lewis "Lew" Wallace was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana.
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 Diana Gish was an American actress of the screen and stage, as well as a director and writer. Her film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 in silent film shorts to 1987.
Lincoln Steffens Lincoln Joseph Steffens was a New York reporter who launched a series of articles in McClure's, called Tweed Days in St. Louis, that would later be published together in a book titled The Shame of the Cities.
Lizzie Velásquez Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie" Velásquez is an American motivational speaker, author, and YouTuber. She was born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight.
Lois Mark Stalvey Lois Mark Stalvey was an American author, educator and civil rights activist. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and died in Sedona, Arizona.
Lorrie Morgan Loretta Lynn "Lorrie" Morgan is an American country music singer. She is the daughter of George Morgan, a country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in 1975.
Louis Renner Louis Lawrence Renner, S.J., was an American Jesuit priest, historian, writer and academic. Renner, a professor of German who founded the Latin language program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, specialized in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Alaska.
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 was an American stage and film actress who was a popular leading lady in the 1920s and early 1930s. Her career declined in the sound era, and ended following a romantic scandal in the 1940s.
Magnificent Montague Nathaniel "Magnificent" Montague, is an American R&B disc jockey notable not only for the soul music records he helped promote on KGFJ Los Angeles and WWRL New York City, but whose trademark catch-phrase, "Burn, baby! Burn!" became the rallying cry of the 1965 Watts riots.
Man Ray Man Ray was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all.
Marella Agnelli Marella Agnelli, born Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto is an Italian noblewoman, art collector, socialite, style icon and widow of former Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli. She has often appeared in the fashion magazine Vogue.
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 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 Brian Hugh Warner, known professionally as Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, actor, painter, author and former music journalist.
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 was an American poet, writer and critic, apart from being a scholar and a professor of English at Columbia University for nearly 40 years, where he inspired a generation of influential writers and thinkers including Thomas Merton, Robert Lax, John Berryman, Whittaker Chambers, and...
Marlee Matlin Marlee Beth Matlin is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God and to date is the only deaf performer to have won the award.
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 was an American actress, dancer, choreographer and painter. She performed for more than four decades at her own theater, the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, California.
Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova was previously a Czech and later American retired tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005 and is considered one of the best, if not the best, female tennis players of all time.
Marvelyn Brown Marvelyn Brown is an African-American author and AIDS activist. She is the founder of Marvelous Connections, an HIV/AIDS organization founded in 2006.
Mary Brave Bird Mary Brave Bird, also known as Mary Brave Woman Olguin, Mary Crow Dog was a Sicangu Lakota writer and activist who was a member of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s and participated in some of their most publicized events, including the Wounded Knee Incident when she was 18 years old.
Mary Wilson (singer) Mary Wilson is an American vocalist, best known as a founding member of the Supremes. Wilson remained with the group following the departures of other original members, Florence Ballard in 1967 and Diana Ross in 1970. Following Wilson's own departure in 1977, the group disbanded.
Maureen Howard Maureen Howard is an American writer, editor, and lecturer known for her award-winning autobiography Facts of Life.
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 was an American poet, playwright, and novelist. de Acosta wrote almost a dozen plays, only four of which were produced, and she published a novel and three volumes of poetry.
Merrill Reese Merrill Alan Reese is an American sports radio announcer best known for his role as the play-by-play radio announcer for the Philadelphia Eagles on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP-FM. He has been the voice of the Eagles since 1977.
Mia Farrow María de Lourdes "Mia" Villiers Farrow is an American actress, activist and former fashion model. She first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place and gained further recognition for her subsequent short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra.
Michael Chaplin (actor) Michael John Chaplin is an American actor born in Santa Monica, California. He is the second child and eldest son from Charlie Chaplin's fourth and final marriage, to Oona O'Neill.
Michael Collins (astronaut) Michael Collins, is an American former astronaut and test pilot. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice.
Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist at the time of his death.
Michael Moore Michael Francis Moore is an American documentary filmmaker and author.
Michele Bachmann Michele Marie Bachmann is an American politician. A Republican, she is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, who represented Minnesota's 6th congressional district, a post she held from 2007 to 2015.
Michelle Ye Michelle Ye or Ye Xuan is a Chinese actress and producer. In 1999, she won the Miss Chinese International competition. Ye then signed a contract with TVB from 1999 to 2005. After she left TVB, She signed with Rich & Famous Talent Management Group Limited to pursue a movie career.
Mike Warnke Michael Alfred "Mike" Warnke is an American Christian evangelist and comedian.
Miriam Linna Miriam Linna has run the Brooklyn-based independent record label Norton Records since 1986 with her husband, the late producer and singer-songwriter Billy Miller. Her skill as a drummer earned her a "May I recommend?" nod from Bob Dylan on his XM Theme Time Radio Hour program in January 2007.
Monica Sone Monica Sone, born Kazuko Itoi, was a Japanese American writer, best known for her 1953 autobiographical memoir Nisei Daughter, which tells of the Japanese American experience in Seattle during the 1920s and 1930s, and in the World War II internment camps and which is an important text in Asian...
Morris Frank Morris Frank was a founder of the first guide-dog school in the United States. He was the first person to be partnered with a seeing eye dog and the co-founder of The Seeing Eye, a guide-dog school.
Moxley Sorrel Gilbert Moxley Sorrel was a staff officer and Brigadier-General in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States.
Nancy Reagan Nancy Davis Reagan was an American film actress, and the wife of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. She served as the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Neal Dow Neal Dow was an American Prohibition advocate and politician. Nicknamed the "Napoleon of Temperance" and the "Father of Prohibition", Dow was born to a Quaker family in Portland, Maine.
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, comedian, magician, and singer, known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and musical stage roles.
Nicholas Irving Nicholas Irving is a former special operations direct action sniper in the 3rd Ranger Battalion for the U.S. Military. He is now working as a reality TV personality.
Nicky Cruz Nicky Cruz is a Christian evangelist, the founder of Nicky Cruz Outreach, an evangelistic Christian ministry. He was also once the director of Teen Challenge, serving under David Wilkerson before founding another ministry home himself in California.
Nonna Bannister Nonna Bannister was a Soviet-born American author and Holocaust survivor.
Norma McCorvey Norma Leah McCorvey Nelson;, better known by the legal pseudonym "Jane Roe", was the plaintiff in the landmark American lawsuit Roe v. Wade in 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individual state laws banning abortion are unconstitutional.
Omar ibn Said Omar ibn Said was a writer and Islamic scholar, born and educated in what is now Senegal, who was enslaved and transported to the United States in 1807.
Orrin Henry Ingram Orrin Henry Ingram was an American lumber baron and philanthropist from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Orphaned at age 11, he established sawmills in Ontario, Canada, and the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin.
Orson Bean Orson Bean is an American film, television, and stage actor. He appeared frequently on televised game shows in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and was a long-time panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth.
Orval Faubus Orval Eugene Faubus was an American politician who served as 36th Governor of Arkansas from 1955 to 1967.
Otto Fuerbringer Otto Fuerbringer was an editor for the American news magazine Time.
Pappy Boyington Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was an American combat pilot who was a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II. He received both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.
Parley P. Pratt Parley Parker Pratt Sr. was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement whose writings became a significant early nineteenth-century exposition of the Latter Day Saint faith.
Pat Crowe Patrick Thomas Crowe, also known as Frank Roberts, was an American criminal who was implicated in the 1900 kidnapping of Edward Cudahy, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. He later became a lecturer and writer.
Pat O'Brien (radio and television personality) Patrick John "Pat" O'Brien is an American author and radio host, best known for his work as a sportscaster with CBS Sports from 1981 to 1997, as well as his work as the anchor and host of Access Hollywood from 1997 to 2004, and The Insider from 2004 to 2008.
Paul Elliott Martin Paul Elliott Martin was an American Bishop of The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church, elected in 1944. He also distinguished himself as a Methodist Pastor and District Superintendent, as well as by notable service to his denomination.
Paul Elmer More Paul Elmer More was an American journalist, critic, essayist and Christian apologist.
Paul Watkins (Manson Family) Paul Alan Watkins was a member of Charles Manson's "Family." In the period leading up to Manson's trial for the Tate-LaBianca murders, Watkins provided the prosecution with information that clarified the Helter Skelter motive.
Pearl S. Buck Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.
Peggy Lee Norma Deloris Egstrom, better known as Peggy Lee, was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, in a career spanning six decades.
Peter Cartwright (revivalist) Born Peter Cartwright, Jr., or better known as Peter Cartwright, and also known as "Uncle Peter", "Backwoods Preacher", "Lord's Plowman", "Lord's Breaking-Plow", and "The Kentucky Boy", was an American Methodist, revivalist, preacher, in the Midwest, as well as twice an elected legislator in...
Philip G. Hubbard Philip Gamaliel Hubbard, was a university professor and administrator who was the first African-American faculty member at the University of Iowa, the first African-American administrator at any of Iowa's state universities and the first African-American vice president at a Big 10 university.
Ping Fu Ping Fu is a Chinese-American entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of 3D software development company Geomagic, and was its chief executive officer until February 2013 when the company was acquired by 3D Systems Inc., she is the Vice President and Chief Entrepreneur Officer at 3D Systems.
Polly Adler Pearl "Polly" Adler was an American madam and author of Russian-Jewish origin.
Portia de Rossi Portia Lee James DeGeneres, also known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is an Australian and American actress, model, and philanthropist. She appeared as a regular cast member on the American political thriller television series Scandal in the role of Elizabeth North from 2014 to 2017.
Preston Sturges Preston Sturges was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. In 1941, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category.
Pretty Shield Pretty Shield was a medicine woman of the Crow Nation. Her biography, perhaps the first record of female Native American life, was written by Frank B. Linderman, who interviewed her using an interpreter and sign language.
Prince Albert Taylor, Jr. Prince Albert Taylor Jr. was an American Bishop of The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church, elected in 1956. When he died he held the distinction of the longest tenure of all living United Methodist Bishops at that time.
Qais Akbar Omar Qais Akbar Omar is an Afghan-American writer. Omar is the author of A Fort of Nine Towers, an autobiography of his childhood in Afghanistan during the years of the civil war and the Taliban from 1992–2001. To date, A Fort of Nine Towers has been published in over twenty languages.
Quincy Jones Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., also known as "Q," is an American record producer, actor, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian.
Ralph Edward Dodge Ralph Edward Dodge was an American Bishop of The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church, elected in 1956. He was the youngest of four children of Ernest and Lizzie Longshore Dodge of Dickinson County, Iowa.
Rashida Jones Rashida Leah Jones is an American actress, producer, singer, screenwriter, and occasional comic book author. She is widely known for playing Ann Perkins on NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation, for which she received acclaim.
Ray Singleton Raynoma "Ray" Mayberry Liles Gordy Singleton was an American R&B producer, songwriter, and vocalist perhaps best known for her association with ex-husband, Berry Gordy during the early days of Motown when she was often known as Miss Ray.
Reginald Arvizu Reginald Quincy "Fieldy" Arvizu is an American musician. He is best known as the bassist for the nu metal band Korn, and guitarist for the hard rock band StillWell.
Renée Richards Renée Richards is an American ophthalmologist and former tennis player who had some success on the professional circuit in the 1970s. In 1975 Richards underwent male-to-female sex reassignment surgery.
Richard Simonton Richard Simonton, also known under the pseudonym Doug Malloy, was a Hollywood businessman and entrepreneur, known for his involvement in the Hollywood community, his rescue of the Steamboat Delta Queen, his work in preserving the work of musicians in the Welte-Mignon piano rolls and for founding...
Richard Wright (author) Richard Nathaniel Wright was an American author of sometimes controversial novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction.
Richie Havens Richard Pierce "Richie" Havens was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues.
Robert B. Sherman Robert Bernard Sherman was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman.
Robert Elliott Burns Robert Elliott Burns was a World War I veteran who gained notoriety after escaping from a Georgia chain gang and writing his memoirs, I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!, exposing the cruelty and injustice of the chain gang system.
Robert F. Williams Robert Franklin Williams was an American civil rights leader and author best known for serving as president of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the NAACP in the 1950s and into 1961. He succeeded in integrating the local public library and swimming pool in Monroe.
Robin Crow Robin Z. Crow is an American author, recording artist, and public speaker. Crow is best known for his 2002 autobiographical book entitled Jump and the Net Will Appear.
Rocco Silano Rocco Silano is an American magician, author, and lecturer.
Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician and actor who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Before his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California, from 1967 to 1975, after a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader.
Ron Kovic Ronald Lawrence "Ron" Kovic is an American anti-war activist, writer, and former United States Marine Corps sergeant, who was wounded and paralyzed in the Vietnam War.
Rose Eytinge Rose Eytinge was a Jewish American actress and author. She is thought to be the first American actor to earn a three figure salary.
Rose Marie Rose Marie Mazetta, known professionally as Rose Marie, is an American actress. As a child performer she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. A veteran of vaudeville and one of its last surviving stars, her career includes film, radio, records, theater, night clubs and television.
Russell Means Russell Charles Means was an Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of Native American people, libertarian political activist, actor, writer, and musician.
Russell Reeder Russell Potter "Red" Reeder, Jr. was a United States Army officer and author.
Ruth Leach Amonette Ruth Leach Amonette was an American businesswoman, author, and educator. She was appointed as the first female executive and vice president at IBM in 1943, at age 27, becoming one of only a few women in high-ranking corporate positions in the US at the time.
Ruth Warrick Ruth Elizabeth Warrick, DM, was an American singer, actress and political activist, best known for her role as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children, which she played regularly from 1970 until her death in 2005.
Salom Rizk Salom Rizk was a Syrian-American author, best known for his 1943 immigrant autobiography, Syrian Yankee, perhaps the best-known piece of Arab American literature in the middle part of the century.
Sam Aleckson Samuel Williams, better known by his pen name Sam Aleckson, was an American slave and author of Before the War and After the Union: An Autobiography.
Samuel I. Prime Samuel Irenæus Prime was an American clergyman, traveler, and writer.
Samuel Noah Kramer Samuel Noah Kramer was one of the world's leading Assyriologists and a world-renowned expert in Sumerian history and Sumerian language.
Sam Watkins Samuel Rush "Sam" Watkins was an American writer and humorist. He fought through the entire Civil War and saw action in many major battles. Today, he is best known for his enduring memoir, "Co. Aytch", which recounts his life as a soldier in the Confederate States Army.
Sarah Parker Remond Sarah Parker Remond was an African-American lecturer, abolitionist, and agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society. She made her first speech against slavery when she was only sixteen years old. Late in life she became a physician in Italy.
Scott Carpenter Malcolm Scott Carpenter, was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, astronaut, and aquanaut. He was one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959.
Scott Hamilton (figure skater) Scott Scovell Hamilton is a retired American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships, four consecutive World Championships and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.
Sela Ward Sela Ann Ward is an American actress, author and producer, best known for her roles on television beginning in the early '80s.
Selman Waksman Selman Abraham Waksman was a Ukrainian-born, Jewish-American inventor, biochemist and microbiologist whose research into organic substances—largely into organisms that live in soil—and their decomposition promoted the discovery of Streptomycin, and several other antibiotics.
Serena Williams Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight occasions, from 2002 to 2017. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002.
Sheilah Graham Sheilah Graham was a British-born, nationally syndicated American gossip columnist during Hollywood's "Golden Age". Along with Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, Graham came to wield sufficient power to make or break Hollywood careers—prompting her to describe herself as "the last of the unholy trio.
Shelley Winters Shelley Winters was an American actress whose career spanned five decades.
Shirlee Taylor Haizlip Shirlee Taylor Haizlip is an American non-fiction author. She has written three books: The Sweeter the Juice, A Memoir in Black and White, In the Garden of Our Dreams, co-authored with her husband, Harold C. Haizlip, and Finding Grace.
Sid Caesar Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar was an American comic actor and writer, best known for two pioneering 1950s live television series: Your Show of Shows, which was a 90-minute weekly show watched by 60 million people, and its successor, Caesar's Hour, both of which influenced later generations of comedians.
Sidney Poitier Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author and diplomat.
Si Robertson Silas Merritt Robertson, known as Si Robertson and often referred to as "Uncle Si", is an American television personality, preacher, hunter, outdoorsman, retired U.S. Army soldier, and duck-call maker at Duck Commander.
Slash (musician) Saul Hudson, better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Smokey Yunick Henry "Smokey" Yunick was an American mechanic and car designer associated with motorsports. Yunick was deeply involved in the early years of NASCAR, and he is probably most associated with that racing genre.
Sondra Locke Sandra Louise "Sondra" Anderson, professionally known as Sondra Locke, is an American actress and director. She made her film debut in 1968 in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Spalding Gray Spalding Rockwell Gray was an American actor and writer. He is best known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as for his film adaptations of these works, beginning in 1987.
Stanley Kramer Stanley Earl Kramer was an American film director and producer, responsible for making many of Hollywood's most famous "message films". As an independent producer and director, he brought attention to topical social issues that most studios avoided.
Sterling Hayden Sterling Walter Hayden was an American actor and author. For most of his career as a leading man, he specialized in westerns and film noir, such as Johnny Guitar, The Asphalt Jungle, and The Killing. Later on he became noted for appearing in supporting roles such as Gen.
Steve Cuozzo Steve Cuozzo is an American writer and newspaper editor who writes as a restaurant critic, real estate columnist, and op-ed contributor at the New York Post, a daily newspaper primarily distributed in New York City and its surrounding area.
Suketu Mehta Suketu Mehta is a writer based in New York City. He was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Mumbai where he lived until his family moved to the New York area in 1977. He has attended New York University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Susanna Sonnenberg Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of the best-selling memoirs, Her Last Death and She Matters. Her Last Death reached #11 and She Matters reached #32 on The New York Times Best Seller list. Both memoirs received wide critical praise.
Susan Paul Susan Paul was an African-American abolitionist from Boston, Massachusetts. A primary school teacher and member of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, Paul also wrote the first biography of an African American published in the United States.
Suzanne Somers Suzanne Somers is an American actress, author, singer, businesswoman and health spokesperson; best known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company and as Carol Foster Lambert on Step by Step.
Sybil Shearer Sybil Shearer was a Canadian-American choreographer, dancer and writer. She was hailed as a "maverick" or "mystic" of modern dance.
Sylvia Beach Sylvia Beach, born Nancy Woodbridge Beach, was an American-born bookseller and publisher who lived most of her life in Paris, where she was one of the leading expatriate figures between World War I and II.
Tallulah Bankhead Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was an American actress of the stage and screen. Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit.
Tammy Faye Messner Tamara Faye LaValley Bakker "Tammy" Messner was an American Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. She was married from 1961 to 1992 to televangelist, and later convicted felon, Jim Bakker. She co-hosted with him on The PTL Club.
Taya Kyle Taya Renae Kyle is an American author, political commentator, and military veteran's family activist. Known as the widow of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, she was portrayed by Sienna Miller in the 2014 film American Sniper about her husband's life.
Ted Kennedy Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy was an American politician and lawyer who served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts for over forty years from 1962 until his death in 2009.
Tennie Rogers Tennie Beatrice Thomas Rogers was a perennial candidate for national office, having run in Republican primaries for United States President three times, and one time for United States Congress. In 1992 she was on more state ballots than any previous female Republican candidate for president.
Theodore Dreiser Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school.
Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States and as the 33rd Governor of New York.
Thomas Merton Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. was an American Catholic writer, theologian and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis.
Thomas R. St. George Thomas R. St. George was an American author, World War II veteran, reporter, editor, columnist and screenwriter. He was born in Simpson, Minnesota.
Tina Turner Tina Turner, is an American-born Swiss recording singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, Turner relinquished her American citizenship after obtaining Swiss citizenship in 2013.
Tonya Harding Tonya Maxene Harding is a former American figure skater. She was a two-time Olympian and a two-time Skate America Champion. In 1991, she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World Championships. Harding was the second woman to complete a triple axel jump in competition.
Tony Bennett Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions.
Tony Meléndez José Antonio Meléndez Rodríguez is a Nicaraguan American guitar player, composer, singer, and songwriter who was born without arms. His mother took Thalidomide while pregnant, which caused his disability. Meléndez has learned to play the guitar with his feet.
Tori Spelling Victoria Davey Spelling is the real life American Horror Story cautionary tale. Her face was mauled by a demon and processed through the womb of a deep sea creature before erupting into the world. Her birth was so terrifying the doctor burned out his own eyes to unsee her.
Una Hunt Una Hunt, daughter of prominent geologist Frank Wigglesworth Clarke, was an American author famed in her time for publishing Una Mary, an autobiographical reconstruction of the inner and outer world of her childhood.
Verita Bouvaire-Thompson Verita Bouvaire-Thompson was an American actress turned hairdresser best known for her 14-year reputed affair with actor Humphrey Bogart.
Vikki LaMotta Vikki LaMotta, born Beverly Thailer, was an American model known as the second wife of champion boxer Jake LaMotta, during his peak years of success, during which time Vikki became a celebrity.
Vincent Price Vincent Leonard Price Jr. was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films. His career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, radio, and more than one hundred films.
Waldo McBurney Ralph Waldo McBurney, usually known as Waldo, was said to be the oldest worker in the United States. Until a relatively short time before his death at age 106, he lived and worked as a beekeeper in the city of Quinter, Kansas.
Wally Schirra Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, United States first effort to put humans in space.
Walter Anderson (editor) Walter Anderson was the Chairman and CEO of Parade Publications and he was the Editor of Parade magazine for 20 years before being named CEO.
W. C. Handy William Christopher Handy was an American composer and musician, known as the "Father of the Blues".
Wendy Williams Wendy Joan Williams Hunter is an American television host, actress, author, fashion designer, and former radio personality. She has hosted the nationally syndicated television talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, since 2008.
William Grimes (ex-slave) William Grimes was the author of what is considered the first narrative of an American ex-slave, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave, published in 1825, with a second edition published in 1855. Another revised edition was published in 2008.
William Mandel William Marx "Bill" Mandel, was an American broadcast journalist, left-wing political activist, and author, best known as a Soviet affairs analyst. He was born in New York City.
William Moraley William Moraley was an Englishman who emigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729 as an indentured servant.
William R. Pogue William Reid "Bill" Pogue, was an American astronaut, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and test pilot who was also an accomplished teacher, public speaker and author.
William S. Patout III William Schwing Patout, III, also known as Billy Patout, was a sugar baron from New Iberia, Louisiana.
William Taylor (bishop) William Taylor was an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1884. Taylor University, a Christian college in Indiana, carries his name.
Wilson A. Head Wilson A. Head was an American/Canadian sociologist and community planner known for his work in race relations, human rights and peace in the United States, Canada and other parts of the world.
Woody Guthrie Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter who is regarded as one of the most significant figures in American folk music; his songs, including social justice songs, such as "This Land Is Your Land", have inspired several generations both politically and musically.
Yehudi Menuhin Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, was an American-born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in Britain. He is widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.