Gaining fame as a member of the rock band Nirvana, singer-songwriter and musician Kurt Cobain was often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock. He enjoyed tremendous professional success, but his personal life was troubled. He died of suicide at just 27.
For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.
American professional basketball player Charles Barkley was a prolific scorer and played for Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rocket teams of the National Basketball Association. He was part of the US men’s team that won the gold medal in 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He was also controversial and was known for his confrontational attitude and physical aggression.
Trevor Noah is a writer, political commentator, comedian and television host and hosts the American satirical news programme, The Daily Show. He has also hosted several other shows, including the late-night talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah. He is an actor too. He has written an autobiographical book, Born A Crime, and has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Emmy Award.
Miles Teller is an American actor best known for his impressive performance as Andrew Neiman in the 2014 award-winning film Whiplash. A self-made man, Teller pursued acting out of his own interest; he even studied method acting before starting his acting career. Apart from acting, he can also play musical instruments, such as the piano, guitar, drums, and alto saxophone.
Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. Best known for capturing the beauty of the American West, Adams helped found the Group f/64. He also formulated a photographic technique called the Zone System, which helped photographers come up with clearer images. For his photographic work and advocacy for environmental conservation, Ansel Adams was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.
A charming socialite, Angelica Schuyler Church was the daughter of Continental Army General, Philip Schuyler, and wife of British MP, John Barker Church. During her lifetime, she interacted with and created lasting friendship with numerous personalities, from revolutionaries to artists and politicians, like Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. She has been portrayed in the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton.
Jay Hernandez is an American actor who achieved national recognition for his portrayal of Carlos Nuñez in the 2001 romantic drama film, Crazy/Beautiful. He went on to play lead roles in films like Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Hostel, and World Trade Center. He received nominations at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and Teen Choice Awards for his performance in Hostel.
Brenda Blethyn is best known for her Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning role in Secrets & Lies. She was also appreciated for her performances in the films Little Voice and Saving Grace, and the mini-series Anne Frank: The Whole Story. She has also performed on stage in Manchester.
Sandy Duncan is an American comedian, actress, dancer, and singer. After starting her career at the age of 12, Duncan went on to establish herself as a prominent entertainer. Over the course of her career, Duncan has earned nominations for prestigious awards, such as Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.
Justin Verlander is an American baseball player who has played for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. An eight-time MLB All-Star, Verlander has won prestigious awards like the Babe Ruth Award. He has also been an important member of the US national team, helping his side win the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.
Cheyenne Brando was a French model and daughter of legendary American actor, Marlon Brando. Troubled by drug addiction and bouts of depression throughout her teenage and adult life, Cheyenne also struggled to cope with personal losses, such as the death of her partner Dag Drollet, who was fatally shot by her half-brother Christian. Brando committed suicide at age 25.
Born to a music producer father, Cameron McVey, and a singer mother, Neneh Cherry, Mabel McVey was destined to make a career in music. The English singer-songwriter debuted on SoundCloud with her track Know Me Better. It is believed she had initially used music as a therapy for her anxiety.
Gloria Vanderbilt was an American fashion designer, actress, author, and socialite. As a child, she was subjected to a child custody trial, which the press named trial of the century due to its high-profile nature. As a designer, Vanderbilt is credited with developing and popularizing designer blue jeans. She also launched a line of household goods and perfumes.
Born to an English mother and a Brazilian father, actor Jennifer O'Neill had begun modeling at 15. She later became part of films such as Summer of '42. She had attempted suicide at 14 and had later got married nine times to eight men. She was also a promising equestrienne.
Majandra Delfino is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Maria DeLuca in a science fiction TV series titled Roswell. Also known for her skills as a singer, Delfino has released a couple of albums through Red Velvet Cake Records, her own record company.
Ciro Immobile is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker. He is currently affiliated with Serie A club Lazio and the Italian national team. He began playing football as a young boy and made his professional debut in his late teens. He has played with several teams, including Juventus, Genoa, Torino, and Sevilla in the past.
Known for her music that showcases the issues of Native Americans, Canadian-American singer Buffy Sainte-Marie became the first person from any indigenous community to win an Oscar, with the song Up Where We Belong. She had also been blacklisted by many radio stations earlier due to her activism.