Famous 20th Century Editors

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 1 Brian Williams

Brian Williams.
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Brian Williams is best known for his 10-year stint as the host of NBC Nightly News. In 2015, he was suspended for his controversial coverage of the Iraq War back in 2003. The Walter Cronkite Award-winning jorunalist was later demoted and worked as a breaking news anchor on MSNBC.

 2 Douglas Kenney

Douglas Kenney.
Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Died: August 27, 1980
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 3 Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan.
Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: September 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 1974
Sports reporter and TV personality Ed Sullivan is best remembered as the host and creator of the variety show named The Toast of the Town, later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. One of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time, he was also a skilled columnist.

 4 L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum.
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chittenango, New York, United States
Died: May 6, 1919

L. Frank Baum was an author remembered for writing children's books including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which inspired the 1902 Broadway musical and the 1939 live-action film of the same name. His works anticipated the invention of gadgets like TV that would be invented later. In 2013, Baum was made an inductee of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

 5 Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Julie Nixon Eisenhower.
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Youngest daughter of the 37th President of United States, Richard Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower is an author who wrote Pat Nixon: The Untold Story, which became a New York Times best-seller. She is also one of the board of directors of the Richard Nixon Foundation. 

 6 Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh.
Famous As: Novelist, Lawyer, Journalist & Politician
Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hadali, British India (now in Khushab District, Punjab, Pakistan)
Died: March 20, 1999

 7 Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee.
Famous As: Newspaper Editor & Journalist
Birthdate: August 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston
Died: October 21, 2014

Ben Bradlee was one of the most important journalists in the United States of America in the post-World War II era. From 1965 to 1991, Bradlee was associated with The Washington Post, serving as managing editor and then as executive editor. In 1988, Ben Bradlee was honored by the American Academy of Achievement with the prestigious Golden Plate Award.

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 8 Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop
Famous As: Screenwriter, Journalist, Editor, Writer
Birthdate: July 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea

 9 Ali Kemal

Ali Kemal
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fatih, Turkey
Died: November 6, 1922

 10 Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan.
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godstone

 11 Nigel Lawson

Nigel Lawson
Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Editor
Birthdate: March 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampstead

 12 Anna Roosevelt Halsted

Anna Roosevelt Halsted.
Famous As: Writer, Editor
Birthdate: May 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 1, 1975

Anna Roosevelt Halsted was an American writer and newspaper editor. The daughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anna played an important role during World War II, serving as her father's key advisor. After her marriage, Anna moved into the White House and served as First Lady of the USA as per her parents' request.

 13 Joe Weider

Joe Weider
Famous As: Functionary, Editor
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: March 23, 2013

Joe Weider was a Canadian entrepreneur and bodybuilder. He is credited with co-founding the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness which oversees several of the sport's international events, such as the Continental and World Championships. Weider is also credited with creating prominent bodybuilding contests like Mr. Olympia, Masters Olympia, and Ms. Olympia.

 14 Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow
Famous As: Journalist, Editor, Model
Birthdate: November 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marylebone
Died: May 7, 2007

 15 Rob Liefeld

Rob Liefeld
Famous As: Editor, Comics writer, Draughtsperson, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anaheim

Rob Liefeld is a comic book creator best known for co-creating characters like Deadpool and Cable. In the 1990s, he achieved popularity for his work on Marvel Comics' X-Force and The New Mutants. Rob Liefeld is credited with co-creating Image Comics which went on to become the third-largest comic book publisher.

 16 Phil Bronstein

Phil Bronstein.
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Currently serving as the Executive Chair, Center for Investigative Reporting, Phil Bronstein is perhaps best known for his work as a war correspondent in the revolution-era Philippines and El Salvador, holding important positions in numerous organizations throughout his career.  On personal level, he is equally known for his marriage to his first wife, actress Sharon Stone.

 17 André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley
Famous As: Journalist, Autobiographer
Birthdate: October 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

With Master’s degree in French literature, fashion designer André Leon Talley’s initial aspiration was to become a teacher. Instead he was drawn to fashion and beginning his career as unpaid apprentice for Diana Vreeland, he went to become fashion news director for Vogue magazine and then its creative director. Also an author, he has written three books, including two memoirs.

 18 Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland.
Famous As: Magazine editor, fashion journalist and special consultant
Birthdate: July 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 22, 1989

Diana Vreeland was a French-American editor and columnist who worked for popular fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. From 1963 to 1971, she served as the editor-in-chief of Vogue. In 1964, she was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Diana Vreeland’s life and career inspired the 2011 documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

 19 Alan Coren

Alan Coren.
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paddington
Died: October 18, 2007

 20 Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman
Famous As: Cartoonist, Writer, Editor, Educator
Birthdate: February 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

Art Spiegelman is an American cartoonist, comics advocate, and editor. His graphic novel Maus earned a special Pulitzer Prize for popularizing the comics medium among scholars. Over the years Spiegelman has helped promote a better understanding of comics. In 2005, he was named in Time's Top 100 Most Influential People list. He has also won many awards like Inkpot Award.

 21 Becky Quick

Becky Quick.
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

Becky Quick is an American TV news presenter best known for co-anchoring CNBC's financial news shows On the Money and Squawk Box. Prior to working for CNBC, Quick worked for The Wall Street Journal where she played an important role in launching the publication's website in 1996. As part of her job, Quick has interviewed influential personalities including Bill Gates.

 22 Ben Domenech

Ben Domenech
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Charleston

Ben Domenech is an American writer, television commentator, blogger, and editor. He is credited with co-founding an American conservative online magazine called The Federalist as well as the conservative political blog RedState. A controversial figure, Domenech has been accused of plagiarism among other charges, such as labor law violation.

 23 Tina Brown

Tina Brown
Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: November 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maidenhead

 24 Wayne Allwine

Wayne Allwine
Famous As: Actor, Dub actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glendale
Died: May 18, 2009

Wayne Allwine was an American sound effects editor, voice actor, and foley artist who worked for The Walt Disney Company. He became the third person to voice Mickey Mouse. By voicing the legendary character for 32 years, Allwine became the longest-tenured actor to voice Mickey Mouse. Allwine won several awards including the Disney Legend Award and Primetime Emmy Award.

 25 Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 11, 1964

Alma Mahler, remembered as the wife of composer Gustav Mahler and the daughter of landscape painter Emil Schindler, initially studied art but later acquired skills as a pianist. However, Mahler discouraged her from composing after marriage. She later had other affairs and married architect Walter Gropius and author Franz Werfel.

 26 Alfred Douglas

Alfred Douglas.
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 22, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Powick, Worcestershire, England
Died: March 20, 1945

 27 Grace Coddington

Grace Coddington
Famous As: Model, Wardrobe stylist, Fashion editor, Journalist
Birthdate: April 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Anglesey

 28 Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Merton, Surrey, England
Died: June 26, 1939

 29 Hugo Gernsback

Hugo Gernsback
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: August 16, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Died: August 19, 1967

 30 Jean-Dominique Bauby

Jean-Dominique Bauby
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 9, 1997

 31 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: December 2, 1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was an Italian poet, art theorist, and editor. He is credited with founding the Futurist movement and is remembered for his work Manifesto of Futurism. In 1918, he founded a political party called Futurist Political Party as an extension of the social and futurist artistic movement. The party merged with the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919.

 32 John W. Campbell

John W. Campbell.
Famous As: Science Fiction Writer
Birthdate: June 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: July 11, 1971

 33 Dominic Lawson

Dominic Lawson
Famous As: Columnist, Journalist, Editor
Birthdate: December 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wandsworth

 34 Marv Wolfman

Marv Wolfman
Famous As: Comics artist, Editor, Writer
Birthdate: May 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 35 Arthur Griffith

Arthur Griffith
Famous As: Former President of Dáil Éireann
Birthdate: March 31, 1871
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 12, 1922

 36 Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta
Famous As: Journalist, Editor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Poplar

 37 Graydon Carter

Graydon Carter
Famous As: Journalist, Editor, Actor, Writer
Birthdate: July 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto

 38 Fabian Nicieza

Fabian Nicieza
Famous As: Comics artist, Editor, Writer
Birthdate: December 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 39 Anna Dello Russo

Anna Dello Russo
Famous As: Journalist, Fashion editor, Model
Birthdate: April 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bari

Anna Dello Russo is an Italian author, fashion journalist, and editor. She is best known for her unconventional Street fashion. Since 2006, Dello Russo has been serving as editor-at-large and a creative consultant for Vogue Japan. An icon in the fashion industry, Anna Dello Russo has used her popularity to establish herself as an internet personality.  

 40 Joe Ruby

Joe Ruby
Famous As: screenwriter
Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: California

 41 J. Christopher Burch

J. Christopher Burch
Birthdate: March 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr

 42 Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta
Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor, Children's writer
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yaba Department
Died: January 25, 2017

 43 Tabatha Cash

Tabatha Cash
Famous As: Adult film actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Denis, France

 44 Grace Mirabella

Grace Mirabella
Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: June 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

 45 Charles Wintour

Charles Wintour
Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: May 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pamphill, England
Died: November 4, 1999

 46 Tariq Anwar

Tariq Anwar
Famous As: film editor
Birthdate: September 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Delhi

 47 Lee Smith

Lee Smith
Famous As: Film editor
Birthdate: June 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 48 Charlotta Spears Bass

Charlotta Spears Bass
Famous As: Editor and activist
Birthdate: February 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina
Died: April 12, 1969

 49 René Goscinny

René Goscinny
Famous As: Editor, Film director, Comics writer, Film producer, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: November 5, 1977

 50 Emily Gould

Emily Gould
Famous As: Writer, Essayist, Children's writer
Birthdate: October 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Silver Spring