Famous American Editors

Editors are basically masters of correction. An error or flaw cannot go past an editor without being either revised or completely erased. Skilled at the art of rectification, editors primarily work in the field of media, including print and publication, visual media and audio media. While in print, they revise an article or story for publication, in visual media, they edit shoots and footage to form a particular scene. In audio, editors mostly edit musical tapes and dialogues. And then there are photo editors who edit photos to give them the refined look that we crave for. In America, there have been numerous editors who have earned a name for themselves for exceling in chopping, an art they best do. Right from Stan Lee to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Oliver Stone to Hugh Hefner, Kathy Ireland to Rosie O’Donnell, America has given the world some of the most notable editors of all time. Rebekha Brooks, Maxwell Perkins and Chapman Pincher, Horace Greeley and Piers Morgan are some other names who have gained worldwide recognition. With this section, explore in details the life and works of famous American editors.

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 1 William F. Buckley, Jr.

William F. Buckley, Jr.
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: November 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 27, 2008

 2 L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum
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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.

 3 Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: September 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Childress County, Texas, United States

Lou Dobbs is an American author, political commentator, and former TV host. He is best known for hosting the popular political and financial talk program Lou Dobbs Tonight. For his immense contribution to television journalism, Dobbs has won major awards including an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the George Foster Peabody Award and Eugene Katz Award.

 4 Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Robert Kirkman is an American writer who is credited with co-creating several comic book series, such as The Walking Dead, Ultimate X-Men, Marvel Zombies, Irredeemable Ant-Man, and Invincible. In 2020, Kirkman's overall achievement earned him a special award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

 5 H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 29, 1956

H. L. Mencken was an American journalist, cultural critic, essayist, satirist, and scholar of American English. His reporting on the Scopes Trial earned him national recognition. The trial came to be known as the Scopes Monkey Trial as Mencken had nicknamed it Monkey Trial in accordance with his satirical reporting of the trial.

 6 Dan Savage

Dan Savage
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dan Savage is an American author, journalist, media pundit, and LGBT community activist. He is credited with founding the It Gets Better Project which aims at preventing suicide amongst LGBT youth. In 2013, he was honored by the American Humanist Association with the prestigious Humanist of the Year award.  

 7 Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Roxane Gay is an American writer, editor, professor, and social commentator. She is credited with founding an Illinois-based small press called Tiny Hardcore Press as well as the now-defunct Gay Magazine, which was founded in association with Medium. Roxane Gay is the recipient of a couple of Lambda Literary Awards and an Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

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 8 Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers
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Birthdate: March 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dave Eggers is an American writer, publisher, and editor. He is credited with founding a non-profit publishing house named McSweeney's Publishing and a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization called ScholarMatch. Eggers is also credited with co-founding other non-profit organizations like 826 Valencia and Voice of Witness. His novels A Hologram for the King and The Circle have been adapted into movies.

 9 Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1838
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Homer, Ohio, United States
Died: June 9, 1927

Victoria Woodhull was an American politician, suffragist, and writer who played an important role in the women's suffrage movement. She is credited with founding Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly, America's first newspaper to be founded by a woman. Her life and career inspired the Broadway musical Onward Victoria. In 2001, she was posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 10 Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Tavi Gevinson is an American writer, actress, and magazine editor. Gevinson discusses topics such as feminism and pop culture through her works. The now-defunct online magazine Rookie, which focused on the problems faced by teenage girls, was founded by Tavi Gevinson who also served as its editor-in-chief. Gevinson has also appeared in popular TV series like Gossip Girl.

 11 Ted Koppel

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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: February 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lancashire, England, UK

Ted Koppel is an American broadcast journalist who contributed immensely to the success of the popular late-night television news program Nightline, working as its anchor from 1980 to 2005. Considered one of the most remarkable among the serious-minded interviewers on TV, Ted Koppel has won several prestigious awards, including 42 Emmy Awards and nine Overseas Press Club awards.

 12 Anna Roosevelt Halsted

Anna Roosevelt Halsted
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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 Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.

Lee Strobel is a Christian author and TV host. The recipient of four ECPA Christian Book Awards, Strobel propagates and supports Christian apologetics through his works. One of his books inspired the 2017 Christian drama film The Case for Christ in which Lee Strobel was portrayed by American actor Mike Vogel.

 14 Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee
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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.

 15 Joe Weider

Joe Weider
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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.

 16 Lucien Carr

Lucien Carr
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 28, 2005

For many years a key member of the Beat Generation, Lucien Carr is probably better remembered for murdering a man who had been stalking him since his adolescence. Sentenced to one to twenty years in prison, he came out after two years and started his career first as a copy boy and eventually became an editor of the United Press International.

 17 Rob Liefeld

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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.

 18 Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
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Famous As: Writer & Editor
Birthdate: January 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: July 22, 1967

Carl Sandburg had begun working since age 11 and been employed in various odd jobs, such as a truck driver, a harvester, and a brickyard hand, before being part of the Illinois Infantry. The two-time Pulitzer-winning poet and biographer late also won a Grammy for his recording of Lincoln Portrait.

 19 John Avlon

John Avlon
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States of America

John Avlon is an American political commentator and journalist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential personalities in news media, John Avlon served as the managing director and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast for five years. John Avlon’s reputation earned him the responsibility of being the chief speechwriter for American politician and erstwhile New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

 20 Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland
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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.

 21 Alison Tyler

Alison Tyler
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, USA

Alison Tyler is the pen name of an American writer, editor, and publisher. The publisher of erotica, Tyler is credited with writing over 20 explicit novels. She has also edited over 60 erotic anthologies and is credited with founding her own publishing company called Pretty Things Press. Her work, which focuses on erotic themes, has been translated into many languages.

 22 Henry Beard

Henry Beard
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

A prominent member of The Harvard Lampoon during his college years, humor writer Henry Nichols Beard decided to become writer after reading Catch-22,  a satirical war novel by Joseph Heller. Eventually he cofounded The National Lampoon; but shortly sold his stake for US$2.8 million and began writing books on humor, five of which reached New York Times Best Seller List.

 23 Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann

Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann
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Famous As: Model, Socialite, Food editor
Birthdate: July 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 24 Noah Webster

Noah Webster
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Famous As: Lexicographer
Birthdate: October 16, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 28, 1843

Noah Webster was an American textbook pioneer, lexicographer, political writer, English-language spelling reformer, author, and editor. Dubbed the Father of American Scholarship and Education, Webster's books have been credited with teaching the art of spelling and reading to five generations of American children. Thanks to his work as a spelling reformer, his name became synonymous with dictionary in the US.

 25 iO Tillett Wright

iO Tillett Wright
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York

iO Tillett Wright is an American photographer, author, activist, TV and podcast host. He is credited with founding the now-defunct international street art magazine Overspray for which he served as the editor-in-chief until 2009. His podcast The Ballad Of Billy Balls was counted among the best of 2019 and was considered for television development.

 26 Jann Wenner

Jann Wenner
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: January 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Jann Wenner is an American magazine mogul best known as the co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. He is also credited with co-founding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other popular publications like Outside. During the 1970s and 1980s, Wenner played a key role in popularizing several writers like Greil Marcus, Hunter S. Thompson, and Cameron Crowe.

 27 Charles Van Doren

Charles Van Doren
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 9, 2019

Charles Van Doren was an American editor and writer. Van Doren played a major role in exposing the quiz show scandal of the 1950s when he confirmed that the producers of the quiz show Twenty-One had given him the correct answers. The quiz show scandal and Charles Van Doren's participation in it inspired the 1994 detective docudrama Quiz Show.

 28 Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Charlaine Harris is an American author best known for writing the popular book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Apart from being translated into several languages, the series was also adapted into a successful HBO TV series titled True Blood. The success of True Blood prompted NBC to adapt Harris' Midnight, Texas Trilogy into a TV series of the same name.

 29 Willow Bay

Willow Bay
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Willow Bay is an American author, editor, television journalist, and former model. She has worked with popular TV networks like NBC, CNN, and ABC. She has also contributed to major sites like Huffington Post, where she served as a senior editor. She interviewed Bill Clinton and Warren Buffett as part of the site's Newsmaker series in collaboration with Yahoo! News.

 30 Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman
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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.

 31 Roy William Thomas Jr.

Roy William Thomas Jr.
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Famous As: Comic Book Writer
Birthdate: November 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jackson, Missouri, United States

 32 Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: November 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: America

Mark Hyman is an American physician and writer. He is credited with founding The UltraWellness Center where he also serves as the medical director. Hyman has contributed as a columnist for The Huffington Post and has co-authored a New York Times best-selling book titled The Daniel Plan. Since 2004, he has been serving as Bill and Hillary Clinton's medical adviser.

 33 Jeff Vandermeer

Jeff Vandermeer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, United States

Jeff Vandermeer is an American author, literary critic, and editor. Dubbed the King of Weird Fiction by The New Yorker, VanderMeer's works are renowned for eluding genre classifications as he often incorporates elements of postmodernism, New Weird, eco-fiction, and post-apocalyptic fiction into his writing. He has won many prestigious awards like World Fantasy Awards, Locus Award, and Nebula Award.

 34 Bari Weiss

Bari Weiss
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Bari Weiss is an American editor and opinion writer. Weiss has worked for publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In 2019, she was honored with the prestigious National Jewish Book Award for her book How to Fight Anti-Semitism. Weiss is also the recipient of the Bastiat Prize, a journalism award presented by the Reason Foundation.

 35 E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York (state) New York, United States U.S.
Died: July 21, 2015

 36 Dwayne Glenn McDuffie

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie
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Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 21, 2011

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie was an American writer best remembered for writing and producing popular animated series like Ben 10, Justice League Unlimited, and Static Shock. He is credited with co-founding Milestone Media, which is renowned for creating Milestone Comics. Over the course of his illustrious career, Dwayne Glenn McDuffie won many prestigious awards like the Humanitas Prize and Inkpot Award.

 37 George DiCaprio

George DiCaprio
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States

Writer, editor, and publisher, George DiCaprio, is known for his work in the underground comix world. He was a popular figure in the 1970s and published comics like Greaser Comics and Forbidden Knowledge. His son, Leonardo DiCaprio, is a famous actor. George played a significant role in his son’s early career and used to screen scripts for him.

 38 Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler
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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.

 39 Piers Anthony

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oxford, England

Best known for his Xanth novels, such as Well-Tempered Clavicle and Esrever Doom, bestselling science fiction and fantasy author Piers Anthony was born to Quaker parents in Britain, who later settled in the U.S. He lives with his wife in a remote forest area in Central Florida.

 40 Michael O'Donoghue

Michael O'Donoghue
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, New York Sauquoit, New York (state) New York, United States
Died: November 8, 1994

 41 Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Daniel Mallory Ortberg
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: November 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: U S

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is an American author, podcast host, and editor. He is credited with co-founding a website called The Toast for which he also serves as writer and co-editor. In 2015, he was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work in the media.

 42 Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: January 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Mark Halperin is an American journalist who has worked for major broadcast networks like ABC News and MSNBC. His career was affected when he was accused of workplace sexual harassment during his tenure at ABC News. He was subsequently fired by NBC News and Showtime Networks and is currently appearing on Newsmax TV as a contributor.

 43 Jared Taylor

Jared Taylor
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: September 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kobe, Japan

Jared Taylor is a white supremacist who is credited with founding an online magazine named American Renaissance for which he serves as the editor. He also serves as the president of New Century Foundation, the magazine's parent organization, through which he has published many of his books. Over the years Jared Taylor has been accused of propagating racist ideologies.

 44 Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City New York, New York, US

Known for his science-fiction novels such as Dhalgren, Babel-17, and the Nèverÿon series, author Samuel R. Delany often touches upon themes of sex, race, and language. A descendant of civil rights activists, he dropped out of college to write. Though gay, he was once married to lesbian poet Marilyn Hacker.

 45 Matt Drudge

Matt Drudge
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Famous As: Political commentator
Birthdate: October 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Matt Drudge is an American author, political commentator, and former television and radio show host. Drudge is credited with creating an American news aggregator called The Drudge Report for which he also serves as an editor. The Drudge Report is considered an influential news aggregation website and Matt Drudge was named in Time's 100 most influential people list in 2006.

 46 André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley
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Famous As: Fashion journalist, stylist and the former creative director and American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine
Birthdate: October 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: January 18, 2022

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.

 47 Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 5, 2020

 48 Joe Simon

Joe Simon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: December 14, 2011

 49 Allegra Huston

Allegra Huston
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Born in London, to ballerina Enrica Soma and the 2nd Viscount Norwich, Allegra Huston was raised by her mother’s estranged husband, filmmaker John Huston, after her mother’s death. An Oxford alumna, she later penned the critically acclaimed memoir Love Child. She has also written numerous screenplays.

 50 Stan Lee

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Famous As: Comic book writer
Birthdate: December 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: November 12, 2018

Stan Lee was one of the most popular comic book writers, thanks to his appearances in several Marvel movies. He is well-known as the co-creator of many famous superheroes, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk. He pioneered a naturalistic method to writing superhero comics and challenged the Comics Code Authority, which ultimately led to changes in its policies.