Famous Celebrities Who Are Child Prodigies

Many people believe that everybody is talented or rather blessed with some ability. However, not everybody hogs the limelight at a young age. Many famous personalities we know today are late bloomers, who became celebrities in their 20s and 30s. And then there are a few incredibly talented ones who stunned the world at a tender age. The words which best describe these talented kids are ‘child prodigies’. Hollywood actors Haley Joel Osment and MaCaulay Culkin are two famous child prodigies from the glorious 90’s who became heartthrobs after their stellar performances in the blockbusters ‘Sixth Sense’ and ‘Home Alone’ respectively. Apart from actors, there are several other kids who became world renowned celebrities for various other reasons. During recent times, Priyanshi Somani, Gregory R Smith and Aelita Andre have been in the news for their talent, which has taken the world completely by surprise. Priyanshi Somani, from India, has been hailed as the ‘human calculator’. She won the ‘Mental Calculation World Cup’ held in 2010 and has even earned a place in the ‘Limca Book Of Records’ and ‘Guinness Book Of World Records’ books for her outstanding accomplishments. Gregory R Smith won a Nobel Prize for Peace at the tender age of 12, making him one of the youngest recipients of the award. You would be surprised to know that Smith could remember chapters of books when he was barely 14 months old. Here are a few child prodigies who astonished the world with their remarkable abilities.
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Ice Cube
(Rapper - Contributed Significantly to the Development of 'Gangsta Rap')
Ice Cube
97
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Crenshaw, California, United States

Ice Cube played an important role in contributing to gangsta rap's popularity. His lyrics for N.W.A's album Straight Outta Compton redrew boundaries and shaped West Coast rap's identity. Because of his lyrics, that explain black nationalism and black struggle, Ice Cube went on to influence a host of rappers and is considered one of the greatest rappers ever.

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Stevie Wonder
(Singer-Songwriter and Musician)
Stevie Wonder
61
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder, is one of most influential and the best-selling musicians of all time. That Girl, Gotta Have You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and Happy Birthday are some of his chartbuster songs. He has won many awards and accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards.

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Brian May
(Lead Guitarist of the Rock Band 'Queen')
Brian May
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Birthdate: July 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton, London, England

Queen guitarist and singer-songwriter Brian May is also a PhD in astrophysics. One of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and Guitar World’s second-greatest guitarist, he received a CBE. He was a Chancellor of Liverpool at John Moores University, has worked with NASA, and fights for animal rights.

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Ada Lovelace
(Countess of Lovelace)
Ada Lovelace
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 10, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: November 27, 1852

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician known for her work on the Analytical Engine, a mechanical general-purpose computer proposed by Charles Babbage. Many believe that Lovelace was the first to recognize the potential of computers. It is also believed that she published the first algorithm after realizing that the algorithm could be carried out by a machine like the Analytical Engine.

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Bobby Fischer
(American Chess Grandmaster and the Eleventh World Chess Champion)
Bobby Fischer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 17, 2008

Bobby Fischer began as a chess prodigy in his teens and went on to become the youngest "grandmaster," at 15. His participation in a politically controversial match in Yugoslavia led to the revocation of his U.S. passport and his arrest. He spent the final years of his life in Iceland.

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Blaise Pascal
(One of the Greatest Mathematicians of All Time Who Invented the Mechanical Calculator)
Blaise Pascal
14
Birthdate: June 19, 1623
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died: August 19, 1662

Blaise Pascal was a French physicist, mathematician, philosopher, and inventor. A child prodigy, Pascal's work on projective geometry, at the age of 16 is commendable. He is one of the earliest inventors of the mechanical calculator, which he did when he was still a teenager. His work on probability theory influenced the development of social science and modern economics.

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Flavor Flav
(Rapper)
Flavor Flav
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Roosevelt, New York, United States
Rapper and hip-hop “hype man” Flavor Flav co-founded the rap group Public Enemy. Known for his signature style of wearing clocks as ornaments and for his screams of "Yeah, boyeeeeee!” in his songs, he has also starred in several reality shows. He owned two restaurants, which closed down unceremoniously.
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Charles M. Schulz
(Cartoonist)
Charles M. Schulz
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000

Charles M. Schulz was an American cartoonist. He is credited with creating the popular comic strip, Peanuts, which featured world-renowned characters like Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Considered one of the most influential cartoonists ever, Schulz's works have influenced other cartoonists like Dav Pilkey, Matt Groening, and Jim Davis. In 1996, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Hikaru Nakamura
(American Chess Grandmaster and Five-Time U.S. Chess Champion)
Hikaru Nakamura
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
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Alexander von Humboldt
8
Birthdate: September 14, 1769
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: May 6, 1859

As a child, Alexander von Humboldt was sickly and a bad student. After failing to shine in economics and engineering, he grew up to revolutionize the domain of geography. He is remembered for his research on magnetic storms and his treatise on nature, Kosmos. He also spoke about climate change.

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Liberace
(Pianist, Actor, Singer and the Highest-Paid Entertainer in the World From the 1950s to 1970s)
Liberace
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Birthdate: May 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 4, 1987
Known as “Mr. Showmanship,” pianist, singer, and actor Liberace shot to fame with The Liberace Show, which he ended regularly with his theme song I'll Be Seeing You. The highest-paid entertainer from the 1950s-1970s, he performed in concerts and tours frequently. He also released several autobiographies and cookbooks.
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Julian Lennon
(English Musician and Son of the 'Beatles' Member John Lennon)
Julian Lennon
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

John Lennon’s son Julian Lennon, who spent his childhood in oblivion, inspired Beatles tracks such as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. He has dabbled in photography, won a Grammy for his album Valotte, written a best-selling trilogy, produced documentaries, and founded a charity for environmental and humanitarian causes.

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Ashlee Simpson
(Singer & Actress)
Ashlee Simpson
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Birthdate: October 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, U.S.

The younger sister of Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson followed in the footsteps of her sister to become an actress and singer-songwriter. Also known for her fashion sense and good looks, Ashlee Simpson has appeared on the cover of several international magazines, such as Shape, CosmoGirl, and Women's Health. She was named among the Richest Young Celebrities by Forbes magazine.

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Beatrix Potter
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 28, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kensington
Died: December 22, 1943
Born into an affluent English family, Beatrix Potter grew up amidst nature and developed a love for animals. She grew up to be a natural scientist, conservationist, and illustrator, and is best remembered for her children's books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which featured animals.
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Veselin Topalov
(Bulgarian Chess Grandmaster and Former FIDE World Chess Champion)
Veselin Topalov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ruse, Bulgaria

Bulgarian chess Grandmaster Veselin Topalov is a former world number 1 and a FIDE World Chess Champion. Starting to play chess at age 8, he became a prodigy soon after. He has been part of 9 Chess Olympiads and also bagged the Chess Oscar in 2005.

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Keith Sweat
(American Singer who was an Early Figure in the New Jack Swing Musical Movement)
Keith Sweat
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, United States
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Fabiano Caruana
(American Chess Grandmaster)
Fabiano Caruana
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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Andre Weil
(Mathematician)
Andre Weil
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 6, 1998

French mathematician Andre Weil, who was also the brother of philosopher Simone Weil, is best known for his contribution to algebraic geometry. He also co-founded the Bourbaki group, consisting of mathematicians who collectively wrote using the pseudonym Nicolas Bourbaki. Weil took a keen interest in Hinduism and also learned Sanskrit.

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Sergey Karjakin
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Sergey Karjakin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Simferopol, Ukraine

Elite Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin was 5 years of age when he began playing chess and a little over 12 when he made history by becoming the world’s youngest grandmaster. His skills have also earned him the nickname Minister of Defense. He is best known for his defenses against Magnus Carlsen.

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Nino Rota
(Composer)
Nino Rota
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10, 1979
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Isaac Albeniz
(Spanish Catalan Virtuoso Pianist & One of the Foremost Composers of the Post-Romantic Era)
Isaac Albeniz
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 29, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camprodon, Spain
Died: May 18, 1909

Isaac Albeniz was a Spanish composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist. Widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the Post-Romantic era, Albeniz had a strong influence on younger composers as well as his contemporaries. Many of his personal papers are preserved in several prominent institutions, such as the Library of Catalonia.

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Robert M. Pirsig
(Writer, Philosopher)
Robert M. Pirsig
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Birthdate: September 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, U.S.
Died: April 24, 2017
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John Stewart Bell
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: October 1, 1990

Northern Irish physicist John Stewart Bell is remembered for his contribution to quantum physics with his Bell's theorem. His ability to read voraciously earned him the nickname The Prof in childhood. At 16, he joined Queen’s as a technician since he was too young to be admitted to a course.

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Virginia Satir
(American author)
Virginia Satir
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Died: September 10, 1988
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Jeffery Xiong
(Fourth Youngest American to Qualify for the Title of Grandmaster)
Jeffery Xiong
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States
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Josef Hofmann
(Polish-American Pianist, Composer and Inventor Known For His Invention of 'Pneumatic Shock Absorbers' for Cars and Airplanes)
Josef Hofmann
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Birthdate: January 20, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: February 16, 1957

Josef Hofmann was a Polish-American composer, pianist, inventor, and music teacher. From 1927 to 1938, he served as the director of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, USA. As the director of the institute, Hofmann was instrumental in recruiting musicians like Efrem Zimbalist, Marcella Sembrich, Fritz Reiner, and Isabella Vengerova. Among his pupils were Abbey Simon and Shura Cherkassky.

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Maria Gaetana Agnesi
(First Woman to Write a Mathematics Handbook and the First Woman Appointed as a University Mathematics Professor)
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
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Birthdate: May 16, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 9, 1799

Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, daughter of an affluent silk trader, was well-versed in a number of languages as a child. Most of her work was regarding algebra, calculus, and the Witch of Agnesi. She was also the first female academic to write a math book and to teach math.

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Samuel Sevian
(American Chess Grandmaster)
Samuel Sevian
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corning, New York, United States
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Krisztina Egerszegi
(Hungarian Former Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Krisztina Egerszegi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Ferruccio Busoni
(Italian Composer, Pianist and Conductor Known for His Works ‘Arlecchino’ and ‘Doktor Faust’)
Ferruccio Busoni
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Empoli, Italy
Died: July 27, 1924

Born to musician parents in Italy, Ferruccio Busoni was a child prodigy, having begun composing at the age of 7. He grew up to be a piano professor in Finland, and his work later took him to Moscow and the U.S. He is remembered for his opera and chamber pieces.

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Alicia de Larrocha
(Spanish Composer and Pianist)
Alicia de Larrocha
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: September 25, 2009
 32 
William James Sidis
(American Child Prodigy Who Had Exceptional Mathematical and Linguistic Skills)
William James Sidis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, United States
Died: July 17, 1944
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Noam Elkies
(American Mathematician)
Noam Elkies
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Awonder Liang
(Third Youngest American to Qualify for the Title of Grandmaster)
Awonder Liang
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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Rudolf Serkin
(Bohemian-Born Austrian-American Pianist Regarded as One of the Greatest Beethoven Interpreters)
Rudolf Serkin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cheb, Czechia
Died: May 8, 1991

Rudolf Serkin was a Bohemian-born Austrian-American pianist who won a number of prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 and National Medal of Arts in 1988. Rudolf Serkin is considered one of the 20th century's greatest Beethoven interpreters.

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Javokhir Sindarov
(Chess player)
Javokhir Sindarov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 2005
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uzbekistan
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Cyril Meir Scott
(Composer)
Cyril Meir Scott
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 27, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxton, Birkenhead, England
Died: December 31, 1970
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Tathagat Avatar Tulsi
(Indian Physicist and a Former Child Prodigy)
Tathagat Avatar Tulsi
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India

Considered as a child prodigy, Tathagat Avatar Tulsi is an Indian physicist, who finished high school at the age nine, earned his B.Sc. at eleven and M.Sc. at twelve. At twenty-one, he earned his PhD and in the following year joined IIT Mumbai as Assistant Professor on contract, where he worked until he lost his job due to bad health.  

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Alexander Tcherepnin
(Composer)
Alexander Tcherepnin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 29, 1977
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Albrecht von Haller
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 16, 1708
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bern
Died: December 12, 1777

Swiss biologist Albrecht von Haller, who is hailed as the father of experimental physiology, grew up as a sickly child and thus often avoided sports and mastered Greek, Hebrew, and the Bible instead. Associated with the University of Göttingen, he later penned Physiological Elements of the Human Body, which revolutionized medical science.

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Anne Brown
(American Soprano Who Created the Role of Bess in George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess)
Anne Brown
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 13, 2009

American opera legend Anne Brown is remembered for being the first to play the role of Bess in George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. She was the first African-American to bag the Margaret McGill Scholarship. She later settled in Norway and married Norwegian Olympian ski jumper Thorleif Schjelderup.

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Giovanni Bononcini
(Composer)
Giovanni Bononcini
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 18, 1670
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: July 9, 1747
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Juan Soriano
(Mexican Artist Known for His Paintings, Sculptures and Theater Work)
Juan Soriano
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Birthdate: August 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: February 10, 2006

A child prodigy, Mexican artist Juan Soriano began exhibiting his art at age 14. Inspired by several schools of art, he introduced his signature style of romantic realism. Apart from being a fine painter and sculptor, the National Art Prize winner also designed sets and costumes for theater.

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William Steinberg
(German-American Conductor Who Directed the Pittsburgh Symphony From 1952 to 1976)
William Steinberg
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: May 16, 1978

William Steinberg was a German-American conductor best remembered for directing the Pittsburgh Symphony between 1952 and 1976. He is also remembered for his association with the Cologne Opera where he became the principal conductor in 1924. William Steinberg is also credited with co-founding the Palestine Symphony, which was later renamed the Israel Philharmonic.