1903 - 1959
US film costume designer.
Aleksandr Alexandrovich Alyokhin
1892 - 1946
Russian chess player.
Florence Lewis (nee Graham)
1884 - 1966
Financier and rogue. Made his first fortune in
diamonds in South Africa, returning to England to become king of
the market in gold shares. His visiting card bore the inscription
"I'll stand you a drink, but I won't lend you a fiver". Committed
suicide by throwing himself overboard ship en route to England.
Lyricist and composer.
William Berkeley Enos
Born: 29 November 1895
Died: 14 March 1976
Choreographer of musicals. Began his career in the
military conducting and directing parades. His first big break was
with "42nd Street", he later directed Gene Kelly in his first
Israel Isidore Baline
Born: 11 May 1888
Died: 22 September 1989
Producer of "White Christmas", "Always", "Anything
You Can Do I Can Do Better", "There's No Business Like Show
Business", "Puttin' On The Ritz" and "God Bless America". Won an
Academy Award for Best Song of the Year for "White Christmas" in
Born: 25 August 1918
Died: 14 October 1990
Greatest Triumph: Composer of West Side Story.
1855 - 1965
1715 - 1783
Legendary English Landscape Gardener. Earned the
nickname "Capability" from his habit of telling clients that their
gardens had "great capabilities".
Illich Ramiraz Sanchez
Venezuelan terrorist, anti-Israeli killer.
Metuchen, New Jersey
One of the richest entertainers in the world, earning
USD$20 million per year. Engaged for 6 years to supermodel Claudia
Schiffer, the couple split in 1999. Knighted by the French
government and the only living illusionist to receive a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Born: 22 November
Babylon, New York
Died: 5 October 2004
Nightclub, television and movie comedian. Star of "Caddyshack"
(1980). Best known for his catch-cry "I don't get no respect".
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria
Born: 1 December 1949
Died: 2 December 1993
The billionaire "Mr Big" of Cocaine Trafficking in
Colombia. Sometimes referred to as the greatest outlaw in history.
In the mid-80s he owned 19 residences, each with a helipad. In
August 1989 he had a presidential candidate assassinated. Then, in
an attempt to assassinate his successor, Pablo's men planted a bomb
on a plane, killing everyone on board, including two Americans. He
was shot and killed by Colombian Government troops on 2nd December
|Dame Margot Fonteyn
1919 - 1991
Ballet dancer who's most famous role was Aurora in
"The Sleeping Beauty".
Born: 26 September 1898
Brooklyn, New York
Died: 11 July 1937
Orginally Gershovitz, was probably changed to
Gershvin by an immigration official. Gershwin's song "Swanee" was
performed by Al Jolson and became one of the first phonograph
records every made. Gershwin produced "Rhapsody in Blue" in one
month. Some of his most memorable work includes "I Got Rhythm" and
"Let's Call The Whole Thing Off".
Painter. His works were largely ignored until the
beginning of the 20th century, now he is considered to be one of
the inspired geniuses of Western Art.
|Richard James Hart
||James Vincenzo Capone
Died: 1 October 1952
A lawman who turned out to be the oldest brother of one Al Capone.
Alfred Hawthorne Hill
Born: 25 January 1925
Died: 18 April 1992
Best known for his baudy antics in "The Benny Hill
Show" and "Ernie, (the fastest milkman in the west)".
||Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.
Born: 23 March 1978
Miami, Florida US
Creator or the hugely successful celebrity and gossip blog perezhilton.com.
Born: 24 March 1874
Died: 31 October 1926
The world's most famous magician, escape artist, and
stuntman, of all time. Even starred in 5 silent films.
Born: 13 April 1963
Baku, Soviet Union
Russian and World Chess Champion. Changed to his
mother's maiden name (Kasparova) in 1970s.
Born: 19 November 1933
New York, USA
Born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger, changed his name on a whim during his first day on the job as a radio DJ.
Robert Craig Knievel
Born: 17 October 1938
Stuntman and motocycle daredevil. More than USD$300
million has been generated through Evel Knievel toys and
Vernon Wayne Howell
Died: 19 April 1993
Leader of the Branch Davidians, changing his name for
"publicity and business reasons". Responsible for the 51 day seige
at Waco in which dozens of his followers and himself perished on
April 19, 1993. Son of a 15 year old mother, he never knew his
father and was raised by his grandparents. Dyslexic and a bad
student, he dropped out of high school, but had musical ability and
a strong interest in the Bible.
Robert John Lange
Belfast, New Zealand
One of rock's most popular yet media-reclusive record producers of
the last 20 years, and ex-husband of country star Shania Twain. Has produced
for: Shania Twain, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, AC/DC, The Cars, Britney Spears,
Backstreet Boys, Foreigner, Billy Ocean, Brian White, The Corrs,
Céline Dion, Michael Bolton, Tina Turner, Graham Parker,
Boomtown Rats, XTC, The Records, The Outlaws, Savoy Brown, and The
Motors, among others. In addition, he has written/co-written songs
for many of these artists, and others, including Huey Lewis and the News,
Warwick, Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus, Blackhawk, Lari White (with
Toby Keith), and Diamond Rio.
Josephine Esther Mentzer
Reponsible for transforming beauty into big business
by cultivating classy sales methods and giving away samples.
Born: October 14, 1939
Bronx, New York
Ralph Lauren has become the epitome of classic
fashion. With product lines such as Polo/Ralph Lauren for Men,
Ralph Lauren for Women, Double RL, Ralph Lauren Home, and even
Ralph Lauren paint. One would think that Lauren attended fashion
design school, but he actually studied business at City College in
Manhattan, and dropped out short of receiving his business degree.
Student by night, Lauren would work by day at two glove companies
as a salesman. He then worked for a tie manufacturer named A.
Rivetz & Co., which ultimately led to the fashion empire he
leads today. While working at A. Rivetz & Co., Lauren began
designing wide ties, which spawned his first entrepreneurial
career. With his tie designs and a USD$50,000 loan, Lauren founded
the company Polo Fashions in 1968. Along with his older brother, he
chose the name Polo because of the power, style and intrigue that
the brand has always been associated with.
Charles Edouard Jeanneret
Influential architect, artist, and urban planner of
the 20th century. Born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
He left school at age 13 to learn the trade of
engraving watch faces. Encouraged by a local art teacher he taught
himself architecture, travelling throughout Europe to observe
architectural styles. Settling in Paris in 1917, he met Ozenfant,
who introduced him to Purism, and with whom he collaborated in
writing several articles under his pseudonym (the name of a
relative on his father's side). His main interest was large urban
projects and city-planning. Many of his designs were rejected, but
they influenced other architects throughout the world. Examples of
his work are the Unité d'habitation, Marseille (1945--50);
Chandigarh, the new capital of the Punjab; the Swiss Dormitory in
the Cité Universitaire in Paris; Exposition Pavilion in
Zürich, Villa Savoye, Poissy, France; and Notre-Dame-du-Haut,
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Died: May 1 1988
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Australian yachtsman and marine architect who
designed Australia II, the first non-American yacht to win (1983)
the prestigious America's Cup in the 132-year history of the race.
When he decided to abandon his manufacturing enterprise, he left
his real name with it, and had a friend's computer create a new
six-letter surname for him.
Born: 24 November 1897
Died: 26 January 1962
Mafia figure, responsible for the death of Dutch Schultz, died of a heart
attack in Naples, Italy airport.
IT guru in Australia, having adapted "PC For Dummies"
Nikolay Aleksandrovich Romanov
The Russian Tsar of the Romanov family that ruled
Russia for 304 years until 1917.
Born: 25 May 1944
Puppeteer and director. Spotted by Jim Henson of "The
Muppets" fame. He also worked on the final two movies of the
(original) Star Wars Trilogy, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return
of the Jedi". He controlled the puppet "Yoda" and also provided the
voice. He brought to life "Miss Piggy", "Fozzy Bear" and "Cookie
Monster". He also made a cameo appearance as a Prison Warden in the
|(Colonel) Tom Parker
Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk
Born: 26 January 1909
Died: 21 January 1997
Best known as Elvis Presley's manager. A cigar
chewing carnival huckster who was an illegal immigrant to the
Harold Adrian Russell Philby
Born: 1 January 1921
Died: 11 May 1988 in Moscow.
British intelligence officer until 1951 and the most
successful Soviet double agent of the Cold War period.
Andreas Ludwig Priwin
Born: 6 April 1929
Conductor/composer, once married to actress Mia Farrow (with whom he had
twins). His most recent major work is "A Streetcar Named Desire",
which is based on the play be Tennessee Williams, the film
version of which starred Vivien Leigh, directed by
|Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
21 April 1926
Best known as the Queen of England.
American surrealist painter and photograper and one
of the first artists to explore abstract photography. Changed his
name in art school to avoid the taunts of his fellow students.
(The) Red Baron
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von
Born: 2 May 1892
Died: 21 April 1918
Credited with 80 planes and 127 air personnel either
killed or captured. Died in the skies over Vaux sur Somme,
||Harry van der Sluys
One of Australia's greatest and best-loved comedians. A comic singer and dancer in surburban halls around Melbourne, adopting his Jewish characterisation while working for Fuller's vaudeville circuit.
|Brian Blaine Reynolds
Hyman (Hy) Peskin
Born: 5 November 1915
Brooklyn, New York
Died: 2 June 2005
One of the world's greatest sports photographers between the 1940s and 1960s. Known for his revolutionary images of baseball, golf, basketball and boxing. Became one of Sports Illustrated's first photographers in 1954.
Born: 21 September 1981
TV personality, fashion designer. First claim to fame was as the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie. Starred in the reality TV series "The Simple Life" with
best friend Paris Hilton. Nicole is also a successful fashion designer.
Born: 25 December 1890
Santa Rosa, California
Died: 27 May 1949
Cartoonist/Adventurer. Best known as the founder of
"Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" a cartoon panel that featured
true-life oddities from around the globe. He became famous as a
globe trotting adventurer.
Born: 8 June 1933
Brooklyn, New York
Writer, comedienne, and talk-show host with the
catch-phrase "Can we talk?".
||Ned Abel Smith
Most famous for being married to Kate Winslet, and being the nephew of Sir Richard Branson.
||Ruby Rose Langenheim
Born: 20 March 1986
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
Born: 23 May 1910
Enigmatic, daring and adventurous swing-era
bandleader. An intellectual, he hated public life, and the music
industry. He formed ten orchestras, and was married eight times,
his wives including movie stars Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner. Billie Holiday was a
featured singer in one of his big-bands.
Born: 6 August 1902
Died: 24 October 1935
The notorious 1920s and '30s New York gangster.
Supposedly responsible for up to 135 murders and considered one of
the most vicious gangsters of all time. A hit was put on his life
by Members of the Syndicate, Lucky Luciano's gang shot him.
He survived for two days in hospital where he babbled and raved
like a lunatic before dying of internal bleeding about his $7
million fortune buried in upstate New York. Find it and a fortune
said to be worth more than $50 million could be yours.
|Te Rangi Hiroa
Also known as Sir Peter Buck
1877 - 1951
Taranaki, New Zealand
Anthropoligist, medical doctor, politician. He was
the first Maori medical student, and went on to become an
internationally honoured anthropologist, ending his career as
director of the Biship Museum in Hawaii. He was also a successful
doctor, politician, soldier and leader of the Maori people.
Born: March 10, 1971
Extremely popular producer of acts such as: Aaliyah,
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Ginuwine, Jodeci, SWV, Busta Rhymes,
Jay-Z, June Elliot, and All Saints. He has also released a solo
album and a joint effort with Magoo.
|Justin de Villeneuve
Nigel John Davies
Discoverer and mentor of Twiggy.
|Dita Von Teese
Heather Renée Sweet
Born: 28 September 1972
Burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, author, actress. Once married to Marilyn Manson.
Born: 6 August 1928
Died: 22 February 1987 (complications from gallbladder surgery)
Artist/Filmmaker. Best known as the Campbell's Soup
can artist and for his statement: "In the future everyone will be
world-famous for fifteen minutes." Just recently 10 of his 250
"Marilyn" series (see Marilyn Monroe) sold at
auction for USD$700,000.
|Frank Lloyd Wright
||Frank Lincoln Wright
Born: 8 June 1867
Richland Center, Wisconsin
Died: 9 April 1959
Architect. Considered to be the most influential
architect of the 20th century. Designed The Johnson Wax Museum and
the Guggenheim Museum.
|Dr James Wright
Dr John Knight
Original "TV Doctor" in Australia