George Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham and later went solo. His first solo single Careless Whisper reached number one in over 20 countries. He came out as gay in 1998. He was often in news for his personal life and legal troubles.
Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef. He was also a renowned author, media personality and travel documentarian. His shows about the exploration of international culture and cuisine were very popular. Apart from writing several books on food and cooking and travel explorations, Bourdain also wrote fiction and historical non-fiction. In June 8, 2018, he died by suicide in France.
The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.
Mckenna Grace is an American actress who began her professional acting career at the age of six. Having won several awards for her work so far, Grace is considered one of the most talented child actresses of her generation. A vegetarian, Mckenna Grace has worked with organizations, such as PETA and Farm Sanctuary.
Ricky Gervais is one of the best known comedians in the world. He attained fame after starring in the British television series The Office. Later, he ventured into a successful stand-up comedy career. He has performed at many shows and has also acted in several films. However, his dark comedy has often been called insensitive and offensive by several critics.
The last Viceroy of India and the first governor-general of independent India, Lord Mountbatten was a British Royal Navy officer and statesman. Born to a prominent aristocratic family in England, he had a successful military career and was made the NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean in his later career. He was assassinated in 1979.
June Lockhart is best known for playing screen mothers Ruth Martin in Lassie and Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space. She also won a Tony for her role in the Broadway play For Love or Money. The two-time Emmy nominee was also popular as Dr. Janet Craig in Petticoat Junction.
Rising to fame with her role in the sitcom The Office, actress Angela Kinsey began her career as an intern on the NBC talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She received many acting offers and soon made a foray into TV dramas. She has also appeared in many films. She loves cats and supports Alley Cat Allies.
Karisma Kapoor is an Indian film actress best known for her association with the Hindi film industry. Born into the famous Kapoor family, Karisma achieved popularity during the 1990s when she played important roles in successful films like Jigar. She then established herself as the leading actress of Bollywood by winning prestigious awards like National Film Award and Filmfare Awards.
James Meredith created history by becoming the first Black student at the University of Mississippi. A civil rights activist and an author, he had also been part of the U.S. Air Force. He was shot at while on his March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson, but survived.
B. J. Habibie was an Indonesian politician best remembered for his service as the President of Indonesia from 21 May 1998 to 20 October 1999. An important political figure, Habibie also served as the Vice President of Indonesia in 1998. From 1978 to 1998, he served as the Minister of Research and Technology.
Lola Ponce is an Argentine-Italian composer, singer-songwriter, and actress. She achieved popularity after playing Esméralda in a musical titled Notre-Dame de Paris, which was staged in Italy and Spain. She is known among music lovers around the world as she performs in English, Spanish, and Italian.
V. P. Singh served as the Indian prime minister briefly between 1989 and 1990. The Raja Bahadur of Manda, he was the only Indian prime minister who was also a former king. Initially a Congress member, he later established the Janata Dal. He was married to the Raja of Deogarh’s daughter.
Peyo was a Belgian artist and comic book writer best remembered for creating popular comics series like Johan and Peewit and The Smurfs. He is also credited with creating several other comics series like Jacky and Célestin and Steven Strong. Peyo also founded his own publishing house called Cartoon Creation.
Craig Johnston is a former football player who played in the English Football League. He is best known for representing Liverpool with which he won five league titles, European Cup, and an FA Cup. Johnston scored 40 goals for Liverpool while appearing in 271 games. Also an innovator, Craig Johnston is credited with designing the prototype for Adidas' Predator boot.
Tim Finn is a New Zealand musician and singer. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band Split Enz, which achieved popularity during the 1970s and 1980s. Over the course of his illustrious career, Tim Finn has won several prestigious awards, such as the RIANZ Awards, Countdown Australian Music Awards, and Helpmann Award.
Robert Venturi was an American architect who founded the successful architectural firm, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. One of the 20th century's leading architectural figures, Venturi helped shape the way that students, planners, and architects think about architecture. Renowned for designing buildings like the Vanna Venturi House, Robert Venturi was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts in 1992.