Biographers

A biographer is a writer who composes and produces an account of a person’s life. The ones who write their own biographies are called autobiographers. There have been innumerable famous people from all fields of life who have walked on this earth from the past several centuries. The credit of documenting the information about these great personalities and preserving such knowledge for the future generations goes to the biographers. Plutarch of ancient Greek was one of the earliest biographers and his work ‘Parallel Lives’, one of the earliest known biographies. During the Middle Ages the task of writing biographies was usually performed by the hermits and monks and priests who wrote about church fathers, popes and saints in a bid to inspire people. The art of writing biography as a distinct genre of writing began emerging in 18th century and evolved into its contemporary form in the 20th century. Richard David Ellmann was a prominent biographer who wrote about James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. The life stories of Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, and Ernest Hemmingway were authored by another famous biographer Kenneth Schuyler Lynn. Walter Isaacson recently rose to glory with Steve Jobs’ biography. Read on to learn more about famous biographers from all over the world.

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 1 Jane Hawking

Jane Hawking
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 2 Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 3 Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 18, 1709
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: December 13, 1784

Essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and literary critic Samuel Johnson, or Dr. Johnson, is remembered for his A Dictionary of the English Language and Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. He was also a poet, a playwright, and a staunch Tory. His mannerisms indicated he had Tourette syndrome.

 4 Dorothy Bush Koch

Dorothy Bush Koch
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 5 Randolph Churchill

Randolph Churchill
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician
Birthdate: May 28, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: June 6, 1968

Randolph Churchill was a British journalist and writer. The only son of Sir Winston Churchill, Randolph Churchill followed in the footsteps of his father and became a prominent politician, serving as a member of parliament for Preston. Randolph Churchill was portrayed by famous actors in several TV series and films like Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and Darkest Hour.

 6 Paul Feig

Paul Feig
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 7 David Irving

David Irving
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
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 8 Nick Mason

Nick Mason
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
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 9 Lee Israel

Lee Israel
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 24, 2014

 10 William McGuire Bryson

William McGuire  Bryson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 11 Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 12 Karrine Steffans

Karrine Steffans
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American, U.S. Virgin Islander

 13 Sumner Redstone

Sumner Redstone
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 11, 2020

 14 Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: April 10, 1966
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 15 Washington Irving

Washington Irwing
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Famous As: Author, Historian, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 3, 1783
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 28, 1859

 16 Al-Ghazālī

Al-Ghazālī
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 1058 AD
Nationality: Iranian
Died: December 19, 1111

 17 Felicia Pearson

Felicia Pearson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 18 Julie Adams

Julie Adams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 19 Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley
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Famous As: Radio personality, Biographer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Biographer, Film actor, Historian, Journalist, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer
Birthdate: May 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 2017

 21 Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: May 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 22 Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer
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Famous As: Autobiographer
Birthdate: December 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 23 Richard Donner

Richard Donner
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 24 Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: May 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 25 Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian, British

 26 Jennifer O'Neill

Jennifer O'Neill
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Brazilian, American

 27 Mary Soames

Mary Soames
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Famous As: Youngest Child of Winston Churchill
Birthdate: September 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: May 31, 2014

Mary Soames was a British author and the youngest child of Winston Churchill and Clementine. From 1939 to 1941, Soames worked for several public organizations, such as the Women's Voluntary Service and Red Cross. She then joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1945, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), in recognition of meritorious military services.

 28 Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 11, 2009

 29 Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow
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Famous As: Writer, Historian, Journalist, Biographer
Birthdate: March 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 30 Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 31 Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: August 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 32 Sylvia Kristel

Sylvia Kristel
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Famous As: Singer, Film actor, Film director, Actor, Model, Painter, Adult Film Star, Autobiographer, Biographer
Birthdate: September 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch
Died: October 17, 2012

 33 Frank Zane

Frank Zane
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: June 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 34 Margot Frank

Margot Frank
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Famous As: Second World War victim
Birthdate: February 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: March 9, 1945

 35 David McCullough

David McCullough
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Famous As: Author, Historian
Birthdate: July 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 36 Robert Peston

Robert Peston
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 37 George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood

George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: July 11, 2011

 38 Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson
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Famous As: Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: October 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 39 James Meredith

James Meredith
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 40 Christopher Lawford

Christopher Lawford
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 4, 2018

 41 William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: August 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Malawian

 42 Ann Rule

Ann Rule
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 2015

 43 Howard Marks

Howard Marks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: April 10, 2016

 44 Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 45 Karl Ove Knausgard

Karl Ove Knausgard
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Norwegian

 46 John Eisenhower

John Eisenhower
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Famous As: Diplomat, Military historian, Author, Writer, Biographer
Birthdate: August 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 21, 2013

 47 Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 48 David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson
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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: May 19, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 2011

 49 Essie Mae Washington-Williams

Essie Mae Washington-Williams
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 2013

 50 Barbara Barrie

Barbara Barrie
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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