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Georgia is a country with a rich cultural history and Georgians over the past several centuries have made major contributions to the world in different fields. King David IV and Queen Tamar are among the most significant historical figures in Georgia as the Kingdom of Georgia saw its Golden Age during their reign. In the ensuing centuries, the kingdom saw numerous major political conquests before finally becoming a unitary semi-presidential republic. Social revolutionary and journalist Noe Zhordania created history by becoming the 1st President of Democratic Republic of Georgia. Besides having a vibrant political history, the nation is also famous for having produced famous religious and academic figures like Grigol Peradze, Elie Melia, Ilia II, Grigol Tsereteli, and Mikheil Tsereteli. Talking of its cultural figures, famous Georgian artist Iago Dekanozishvili is renowned worldwide for reviving the prized art form Georgian cloisonne enamelwork. Musically rich and diverse, the country has been home to revered composers like Bidzina Kvernadze, Zurab Nadarejshvili, and Zakaria Paliashvili who have enriched the world of music with their rare talent. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous Georgians hailing from diverse fields and occupations.
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Joseph Stalin
(Soviet Political Leader & Dictator Who Led the Soviet Union from 1922 Until His Death in 1953)
Joseph Stalin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gori, Georgia
Died: March 5, 1953

Controversial Russian dictator, Joseph Stalin, ruled the Soviet Union for around 25 years from 1929 to 1953 and is credited for making it a prominent industrial and military power of the world. During the Second World War, his army defeated the Nazis too. However, his regime was also one of terror and brutality where numerous Soviet citizens lost their lives.

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Katie Melua
(British-Georgian singer-songwriter)
Katie Melua
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kutaisi
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Kato Svanidze
(First Wife of Joseph Stalin)
Kato Svanidze
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: November 22, 1907

Ekaterine "Kato" Svanidze, a shy girl from a poor Georgian family, was the first of Joseph Stalin’s two wives. Stalin, then 24, fell in love with a 16-year-old Kato while studying together at the Tiflis Spiritual Seminary. She died a year after the birth of their son, Yakov.

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Lasha Talakhadze
(Weightlifter)
Lasha Talakhadze
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sachkhere, Georgia
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Khatia Buniatishvili
(Georgian-French Concert Pianist)
Khatia Buniatishvili
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Batumi, Georgia

Khatia Buniatishvili is a Georgian-French pianist. Buniatishvili has been playing since the age of three and gave her first concert when she was just six years old. She then went on to play at an international stage at the age of 10. Buniatishvili is known for her association with Sony Classical, which has produced many of her solo piano albums.

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Aram Khachaturian
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Died: May 1, 1978
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Demna Gvasalia
(The creative director of Balenciaga and the co-founder of Vetements)
Demna Gvasalia
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sokhumi, Georgia
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Tamar of Georgia
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Birthdate: 1160 AD
Birthplace: Mtskheta, Georgia
Died: January 18, 1213
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Merab Dvalishvili
(Mixed martial artist)
Merab Dvalishvili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Yakov Dzhugashvili
(Joseph Stalin's Son)
Yakov Dzhugashvili
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baji, Kutais Governorate
Died: April 14, 1943
Yakov Dzhugashvili was the eldest child of Joseph Stalin. His mother, Stalin’s first wife, Kato Svanidze, passed away within months of his birth. He was a shy child and had attempted suicide several times. He was forced to join the army and eventually died in a German concentration camp.
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Kakha Kaladze
(Politician, Footballer)
Kakha Kaladze
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Samtredia
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Nikoloz Basilashvili
(Tennis player)
Nikoloz Basilashvili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Goga Bitadze
(Basketball player)
Goga Bitadze
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sagarejo, Georgia
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Eduard Shevardnadze
(Former President of Georgia)
Eduard Shevardnadze
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mamati, Georgia
Died: July 7, 2014
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Sandro Mamukelashvili
(Basketball player)
Sandro Mamukelashvili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Nona Gaprindashvili
(Chess player)
Nona Gaprindashvili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zugdidi, Georgia
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Merab Ninidze
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Birthdate: November 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian
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Zaza Pachulia
(Basketball player)
Zaza Pachulia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Arn Anderson
(Wrestler)
Arn Anderson
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Birthdate: September 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Georgia, United States
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Sopiko Guramishvili
(Chess player)
Sopiko Guramishvili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
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Giga Chikadze
(Mixed martial artist)
Giga Chikadze
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgian
David IV of Georgia
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Birthdate: 1073 AD
Birthplace: Kutaisi, Georgia
Died: January 24, 1125
Maximus the Confessor
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0580 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: August 13, 0662
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Lavrentiy Beria
(1st Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers)
Lavrentiy Beria
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Merkheuli, Russia
Died: December 23, 1953
Lavrentiy Beria was a Soviet politician and a Bolshevik. He became a premier under Stalin and played a major role during World War II. He later served as the minister of internal affairs and the first deputy chairman of the council of ministers, and oversaw his country’s atomic bomb project. 
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Tornike Shengelia
(Basketball player)
Tornike Shengelia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Sergei Parajanov
(Soviet Film Director, Artist, and Screenwriter)
Sergei Parajanov
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Birthdate: January 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: July 20, 1990

Sergey Yosifovich Paradzhanov was a Soviet film director, artist, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for making important contributions to world cinema with films like The Color of Pomegranates and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Sergei Parajanov is widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest filmmakers in cinema history.

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Mikheil Saakashvili
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi
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Zviad Gamsakhurdia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Died: December 31, 1993
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Tamta
(Singer)
Tamta
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia

Tamta is a Georgian-Greek singer who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 where she represented Cyprus with the song Replay; Tamta finished 13th in the contest. Over the years, Tamta has become a household name in Greece and Georgia, having appeared in popular TV shows like Super Idol Greece, X Factor Georgia, and The X Factor Greece.

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Stand Watie
(General)
Stand Watie
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calhoun, Georgia
Died: September 9, 1871
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Nodar Kumaritashvili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Borjomi, Georgia
Died: February 12, 2010
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Johnny Isakson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Sam Nunn
(Politician)
Sam Nunn
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
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Nikoloz Tskitishvili
(Basketball player)
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Sophie Shevardnadze
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Birthdate: September 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Nazi Paikidze
(Chess player)
Nazi Paikidze
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia

Georgia-born Nazi Paikidze had earned four European Youth Chess Championships by the time she was 16. She is also a six-time World Youth Chess Championship winner. The Woman Grandmaster and International Master later moved to Moscow and then to the US, where she is currently studying information systems.

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Shota Rustaveli
(Pre-eminent poet of the Georgian Golden Age and one of the greatest contributors to Georgian literature)
Shota Rustaveli
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1160 AD
Birthplace: Rustavi, Georgia
Died: 1220 AD
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Petre Mshvenieradze
(Water polo player)
Petre Mshvenieradze
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: June 3, 2003
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Liana Jojua
(Mixed martial artist)
Liana Jojua
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Jacob Pullen
(Basketball player)
Jacob Pullen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
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Salome Zourabichvili
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Nebahat Çehre
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Birthdate: March 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Samsun, Turkey
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Bera Ivanishvili
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Boris Akunin
(Writer of detective and historical fiction)
Boris Akunin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zestafoni, Georgia
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Niko Pirosmanashvili
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Birthdate: May 5, 1862
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kakheti
Died: April 9, 1918
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Rouben Mamoulian
(Film director)
Rouben Mamoulian
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Birthdate: October 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: December 4, 1987
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Sandra Roelofs
(Former First Lady)
Sandra Roelofs
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terneuzen, Netherlands
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Tamara Toumanova
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Birthdate: March 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tyumen, Russia
Died: May 29, 1996

Tamara Toumanova was a Georgian-American ballet dancer and actress. She achieved international recognition at a young age when she came to be known as one of the Original Ballet Russe's Baby Ballerinas along with Irina Baronova and Tatiana Riabouchinska. She then performed across Europe and went on to establish herself as an actress, appearing as a dancer in several films. 

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George Finn
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Birthdate: January 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Jordan Adams
(Basketball player)
Jordan Adams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia