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Diana Ross
(Lead Singer of 'the Supremes', the Best-Charting Female Group in History)
Diana Ross
67
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

 2 
Alice Cooper
(Singer)
Alice Cooper
75
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Alice Cooper is a singer-songwriter. In his career, spanning more than five decades, Alice Cooper has earned the nickname The Godfather of Shock Rock for his ability to produce a theatrical brand of rock aimed at shocking audiences. He is also credited with helping to shape the look and sound of heavy metal. Cooper has influenced musicians like Rob Zombie.

 3 
Francis Ford Coppola
(One of the Best and Most Infulential Filmmakers of the 20th-Century)
Francis Ford Coppola
20
Birthdate: April 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries

Francis Ford Coppola is an American filmmaker. Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers ever, Francis Ford Coppola was a prominent figure in the Hollywood Renaissance filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A much revered and celebrated filmmaker, he is credited with directing some of the greatest films of all time, including The Godfather movie series.

 4 
Glenn Frey
(Singer-songwriter)
Glenn Frey
43
Birthdate: November 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 18, 2016

American singer, songwriter and vocalist, Glen Frey was the co-founder of the extremely famous rock band of the 1970s—Eagles. The band delivered hit albums like Hotel California before disbanding after a decade. The six time Grammy award winner then enjoyed a successful solo career with hit songs like Smuggler’s Blues and The Heat Is On before re-joining his band.

 5 
Smokey Robinson
(Ffounder and Front Man of the Motown Vocal Group 'The Miracles')
Smokey Robinson
18
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces

Singer, songwriter, and record producer, Smokey Robinson, first gained fame as the founder and frontman of the vocal group, The Miracles, in the 1950s. He embarked on an equally successful solo career after leaving the group. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.

 6 
Bob Seger
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Bob Seger
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Bob Seger, first gained fame in the 1960s as a heartland rock artist. Known for his classic raspy and powerful voice, he recorded many songs that dealt with themes like love and women. With worldwide sales of more than 75 million records, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

 7 
Tom Selleck
(Best Known for His Role of 'Thomas Magnum' in the TV Series 'Magnum, P.I.')
Tom Selleck
52
Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius

An actor famous for his rugged good looks, Tom Selleck is best known for playing tough police officers and investigators in TV shows and films. Even though he has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1960s, he finally gained stardom only in the 1980s and continues to be a popular actor to date.

 8 
Ken Jeong
(Stand-Up Comedian and Actor Best Known for His Role in 'The Hangover' Film Series)
Ken Jeong
68
Birthdate: July 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer

From being a licensed physician, Korean-American actor Ken Jeong went on to do stand-up comedy and eventually ventured into acting. He got his breakthrough role with film Knocked Up but he garnered widespread fame with The Hangover film franchise and the acclaimed sitcom Community. His other notable films include Pineapple Express, Crazy Rich Asian and a recent Netflix stand-up special.

 9 
Ben Carson
(U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development (2017 – 2021))
Ben Carson
100
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

 10 
Casey Kasem
(First Actor to Voice Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the 'Scooby-Doo' Franchise )
Casey Kasem
12
Birthdate: April 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 15, 2014
Legendary RJ and voice actor Casey Kasem is remembered as the host of several hit radio countdown shows, most notably American Top 40. He had also voiced countless characters in animated children’s programs, such as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He was a vegan and took interest in American politics.
 11 
Lizzo
(Rapper Know for Her Hit Songs "Good as Hell" "Truth Hurts" & "Juice")
Lizzo
128
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.
 12 
Jack White
(Lead Singer and Guitarist of the Duo 'The White Stripes')
Jack White
29
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer

The White Stripes guitarist and vocalist Jack White had begun playing drums at 6. He made it to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. With 12 Grammys, he is now considered one of the main forces in the revival of the garage rock genre in the 2000s.

 13 
Ellen Burstyn
(American Actress, Known for Her Portrayals of Complicated Women in Dramas)
Ellen Burstyn
18
Birthdate: December 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Ellen Burstyn is an American actress who is renowned for portraying complicated women on films, TV series, and stage plays, Burstyn has won various awards and achievements, including the Triple Crown of Acting. An inspiration to aspiring actresses, Burstyn was made a Michigan Women's Hall of Fame inductee in 1997. In 2013, she was made an American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

 14 
Judy Greer
(Actress, Model)
Judy Greer
28
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer

Judy Greer is an American actress and director who established herself in the film industry through sheer hard work and determination. A self-made woman, Judy Greer has received several honors for her work in films and TV. Judy Greer is also credited with popularizing meditation, especially Transcendental Meditation.

 15 
Kevin Nash
(Retired Professional Wrestler)
Kevin Nash
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
WWE legend Kevin Nash has also been part of the WCW and the TNA, winning 21 championships, including six world championships. He has won the world tag-team title 12 times. He was also part of the backstage group The Kliq and a co-founder of the New World Order.
 16 
Lily Tomlin
(Comedienne & Actress)
Lily Tomlin
54
Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo

Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Tomlin has earned several award nominations for her performance in films and TV series, such as Nashville and Grace and Frankie. An openly lesbian actress, Lily Tomlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 17 
Charles Lindbergh
(Remembered for Making the First Nonstop Solo Flight Across the Atlantic)
Charles Lindbergh
36
Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 26, 1974
Charles Lindbergh shot to fame after completing the first solo, and the longest, trans-Atlantic flight, in 1927. In his later years, his son’s highly publicized kidnapping and murder broke him completely. He also participated in World War II and worked on inventions that made flight navigation and heart surgeries easier.
 18 
Sonny Bono
(One-half of the Popular Singing Duo 'Sonny & Cher')
Sonny Bono
35
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 5, 1998
Sonny Bono formed the musical duo Sonny & Cher, with his second wife, Cher. They also starred in The Sonny and Cher Show. He also served as the mayor of Palm Springs and a congressman for California's 44th district. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act was named after him.
 19 
Berry Gordy
(Record Executive)
Berry Gordy
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 20 
Jerry Bruckheimer
(Film and Television Producer Best Known for His TV Series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and ‘CSI: Miami’)
Jerry Bruckheimer
6
Birthdate: September 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is best known for his blockbuster films such as Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, and Enemy of the State, and the Beverly Hills Cop, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Bad Boys franchises. He has also produced TV series such as CSI and co-owns the ice-hockey team Seattle Kraken.
 21 
Marlo Thomas
(Actress)
Marlo Thomas
13
Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 22 
Sherilyn Fenn
(Actress and Author Best Known for Her Role as ‘Audrey Horne’ on the TV Series ‘Twin Peaks’)
Sherilyn Fenn
16
Birthdate: February 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Sherilyn Fenn is an American actress best known for playing Audrey Horne on the mystery horror drama TV series, Twin Peaks. Over the years, Fenn's acting skills have been overshadowed by her good looks with several publications including her on their lists like the most beautiful women in the world, sexiest women in the world, and 50 hottest babes ever.

 23 
Steve Ballmer
(Former CEO of Microsoft (2000 - 2014))
Steve Ballmer
24
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
The world’s ninth-richest person as of 2020, Steve Ballmer has served as the CEO of Microsoft. He dropped out of the MBA program at Stanford when Bill Gates invited him to join Microsoft in 1980. Ballmer owns the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers. The USAFacts.org founder donates to educational causes. 
 24 
Chris Webber
(Basketball player Power Forward, Businessperson)
Chris Webber
19
Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 25 
George Peppard
(Actor)
George Peppard
7
Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 8, 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 26 
Robert Wagner
(Best Known For His Role in the TV Series ‘It Takes a Thief’, ‘Switch’ and ‘Hart to Hart’)
Robert Wagner
28
Birthdate: February 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Best known as Jonathan Hart from the series Hart to Hart, Robert Wagner was scouted while dining at a restaurant. He played memorable roles in projects such as the Austin Powers trilogy and Two and a Half Men. He had multiple affairs, too, which he revealed later, in his autobiography.
 27 
John DeLorean
(Engineer Known for His Work at 'General Motors' & Founder of the 'DeLorean Motor Company')
John DeLorean
18
Birthdate: January 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 19, 2005

John DeLorean was an American inventor and engineer. Highly regarded for his work at General Motors, John DeLorean was an influential figure in the US automobile industry. He is credited with founding the popular American automobile manufacturer, The DeLorean Motor Company. DeLorean’s life inspired a couple of documentary films, including Framing John DeLorean where he was played by Alec Baldwin.

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Pam Dawber
(Actress)
Pam Dawber
18
Birthdate: October 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra

Pam Dawber is an American actress known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Mork & Mindy and My Sister Sam. Apart from being an actress, Dawber serves as a national spokeswoman for a non-profit organization called Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which is one of the largest and oldest youth mentoring organizations in the country.

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Tom Skerritt
6
Birthdate: August 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo

Veteran actor Tom Skerritt has been professionally active for almost six decades. He has appeared in over 40 movies and 200 TV episodes. He is best known for his role in the TV series Picket Fences, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. Besides acting, he is the founder of Heyou Media, a Seattle-based digital media company. 

 30 
Courtney B. Vance
(American Actor)
Courtney B. Vance
10
Birthdate: March 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
 31 
Jalen Rose
(Basketball player)
Jalen Rose
14
Birthdate: January 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 32 
Richard Kiel
(Best Known for His Role in the Movie 'Happy Gilmore')
Richard Kiel
13
Birthdate: September 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 10, 2014
Richard Kiel is best remembered for his towering frame of 7 feet 2 inches, which led him to play villainous roles such as Jaws in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Fans also loved him for his iconic role of Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore.
 33 
Crystal Reed
(Best Known for Her Performance in the TV Series 'Teen Wolf')
Crystal Reed
11
Birthdate: February 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Crystal Reed soared to fame with her role of Allison Argent in the series Teen Wolf. She also played Sofia Falcone in Gotham and Abby Arcane in Swamp Thing. Some of her notable films are Crush and Skyline. She campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
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Tom Sizemore
(Actor)
Tom Sizemore
8
Birthdate: November 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 35 
Harry Morgan
(Prolific Character Actor Who Starred in More Than 100 Films)
Harry Morgan
21
Birthdate: April 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 7, 2011

Harry Morgan was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films in a career that spanned six decades. Apart from contributing to the success of several films, Morgan also appeared in many TV series; for his performance in the series M*A*S*H, Morgan received an Emmy. In 2006, he was made an inductee of the Hall of Great Western Performers.

 36 
Katherine Timpf
(TV Presenter)
Katherine Timpf
18
Birthdate: October 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 37 
Michael Flatley
(Irish-American Dancer and Choreographer Known for His Work in Shows: 'Lord of the Dance' and 'Riverdance')
Michael Flatley
4
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: July 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer

Born in Chicago, Irish-origin entertainer Michael Flatley took to dancing inspired by his step dancer mother and music-loving father. Initially a gambler and stockbroker, he later performed with The Chieftains and then choreographed the globally renowned show Riverdance. He later launched shows such as Lord of the Dance and Celtic Tiger.

 38 
Edsel Ford
(Business Executive, Philanthropist and President of ‘Ford Motor Company’)
Edsel Ford
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 26, 1943
Edsel Ford, the son of automobile magnate Henry Ford, served as the president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 to 1943. He developed a modern model of cars and established the Mercury division. He also introduced features such as hydraulic brakes. He was an art connoisseur, too. 
 39 
Billy West
(Voice actor)
Billy West
6
Birthdate: April 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 40 
Mike Posner
(Singer-songwriter, Record Producer)
Mike Posner
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Meg White
(photographer, musician, actor, percussionist)
Meg White
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 42 
Suzi Quatro
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Suzi Quatro
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 43 
Henry Ford II
(Business Person)
Henry Ford II
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 29, 1987
 44 
Mitt Romney
(United States Senator from Utah)
Mitt Romney
39
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces

Mitt Romney is currently the United States senator from Utah. He was the Massachusetts Governor from 2003-2007 and was also the Republican Party's candidate for the 2012 Presidential elections, but eventually lost to Barack Obama. He created history when he voted to convict US President Donald Trump—from his own party—for abuse of power in the January 2020 impeachment trial.

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Piper Laurie
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘The Hustler’, ‘Carrie’ and ‘Children of a Lesser God’)
Piper Laurie
8
Birthdate: January 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Actress Piper Laurie is best known for her role in the film The Hustler, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. In a career spanning seven decades, she has appeared in numerous award-winning films and TV shows. She is also a sculptor working in marble and clay. She is a recipient of  “The Spirit of Hope Award.”

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Tee Grizzley
(Rapper, Songwriter)
Tee Grizzley
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Jackie Wilson
(Singer)
Jackie Wilson
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 21, 1984
 48 
Martin Milner
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series ‘Route 66’ and ‘Adam-12’)
Martin Milner
6
Birthdate: December 28, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 6, 2015
Martin Milner is best remembered for his roles as Tod Stiles in Route 66 and Officer Pete Malloy in Adam-12. Fans also loved him as Karl Robinson in The Swiss Family Robinson. He was a polio survivor and has begun acting at local children’s theater at the age of 9.
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Sgt. Slaughter
(American Voice Actor and Retired Professional Wrestler)
Sgt. Slaughter
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Sufjan Stevens
(Singer-songwriter most famous for his Illinois album, which includes the hit Chicago)
Sufjan Stevens
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer