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Natalie Portman
(American Actress Known for Her Films: 'Closer', 'Black Swan' and as 'Jane Foster' in 'Thor' Movies)
Natalie Portman
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Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Debuting at the age of thirteen, Israeli American actress Natalie Portman is today one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. Her movie list is impressive with successful projects like Black SwanJackie, Star Wars, Closer and Thor. While pursuing her passion for acting, the Academy award winning actress also ensured to complete her studies and graduated from Harvard University.

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Natasha Lyonne
(Known for Her Role of ‘Nicky Nichols’ on the Comedy Series ‘Orange Is the New Black’)
Natasha Lyonne
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Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Best known as Nicky Nichols from Orange Is the New Black and Nadia Vulvokov from Russian Doll, Emmy-nominated actor Natasha Lyonne began her career at age 6, with Pee-wee's Playhouse. Fans loved her as Jessica in the teen-comedy franchise American Pie. Natasha has struggled with legal issues and heroin addiction.
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Sue Bird
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players in WNBA History)
Sue Bird
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Syosset, New York, United States
Sue Bird has won four WNBA championships with the Seattle Storm, four Olympic gold medals, two NCAA Championships with UConn, and four FIBA World Cups, thus becoming one of 11 women to win all four honors. Sue was voted one of the Top 15 Players of All Time by WNBA.
 4 
Gene Simmons
(Bassist and Co-lead Singer of Hard Rock Band 'Kiss')
Gene Simmons
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

 5 
Julia Garner
(Actress)
Julia Garner
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Birthdate: February 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riverdale, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Marcia Clark
(American Author and Lead Prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson Murder Trial)
Marcia Clark
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 31, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alameda, California, United States

Marcia Clark is best known as the lead prosecutor of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She has also written several books, including novels from the Rachel Knight series and the Samantha Brinkman series and a non-fiction about the Simpson case. She has also written crime articles for The Daily Beast.

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 7 
Lorne Michaels
(Creator and Producer of 'Saturday Night Live')
Lorne Michaels
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Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Lorne Michaels is a Canadian-American television producer, comedian, and screenwriter. He is credited with creating and producing one of the most popular American TV sketch comedy and variety shows, Saturday Night Live. With 91 nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards under his belt, Lorne Michaels holds the record for having the most nominations by an individual in the award show's history.

 8 
Daniel Kahneman
(Winner of 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for His Work on the Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making)
Daniel Kahneman
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Birthdate: March 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli economist and psychologist. He was honored with the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on behavioral economics. In 2011, Kahneman was named among the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In 2015, Daniel Kahneman was ranked seventh in the most influential economist in the world list published by The Economist.

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Jemima Kirke
(Actress Known Her Role as 'Jessa Johansson' on the HBO Series 'Girls')
Jemima Kirke
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Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

Jemima Kirke is an English-American artist, actress, and director best known for her role as Jessa Johansson in the HBO series Girls. She is the daughter of Simon Kirke and was introduced to show business at a young age. After acting for a few years, she made her directorial debut in 2019. She is a reproductive rights activist as well.   

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Odeya Rush
(Actress & Model)
Odeya Rush
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Odeya Rush is an Israeli model and actress best known for playing lead roles in American films like The Giver, The Bachelors, and Let It Snow. In 2016, Rush was honored at the Young Artist Awards with the Best Performance in a Feature Film award. In 2017, she received the Awards Circuit Community Award for her performance in Lady Bird.

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Domino Kirke
(Pop Singer & Co-founder of the Indie Pop Band, 'Domino')
Domino Kirke
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England

Domino Kirke was scouted by producer Andres Levin while performing at a pub and later released her own music. She is also the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, better known as Joe Goldberg from the Netflix series You. She is a doula, too, and co-owns the doula agency Carriage House Birth.

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Daniel Pearl
(American Journalist Who Was Kidnapped and Later Decapitated by Terrorists in Pakistan)
Daniel Pearl
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Birthdate: October 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 1, 2002

Daniel Pearl was an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan. He was kidnapped when he visited Pakistan to investigate the alleged links between Al-Qaeda and British citizen Richard Reid. Since his death, several institutions and schools have been named after him. His parents formed the Daniel Pearl Foundation in 2002 to continue his mission.

 13 
Hillel Slovak
(Musician)
Hillel Slovak
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Died: June 25, 1988
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Benny Hinn
(Israeli Christian Televangelist and Host of the TV Show ‘This Is Your Day’)
Benny Hinn
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn gained fame with his Miracle Crusades held in stadiums across major cities and broadcast worldwide on his show This Is Your Day. He incorrectly predicted twice that the world would end. He has also authored several books, such as Lord, I Need a Miracle.

 15 
David Draiman
(Singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Disturbed since 1996)
David Draiman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Itzhak Perlman
(Israeli-American Violinist, Conductor, and Music Teacher)
Itzhak Perlman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
A bout of polio at age 4 left Itzhak Perlman’s legs paralyzed but could not deter his spirit. The Juilliard alumnus has won 16 Grammys and the coveted Leventritt Prize for his phenomenal compositions. He has also served as a conductor for Detroit Symphony and orchestras. 
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Ronen Rubinstein
(best known for his roles as Nathan in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black)
Ronen Rubinstein
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rehovot, Israel
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Rahm Emanuel
(31st United States Ambassador to Japan)
Rahm Emanuel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Rahm Emanuel served as the Chicago mayor from 2011 to 2019 and as the White House chief of staff, under Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2010. He has also been a U.S. representative from Chicago earlier. His aggressive and no-nonsense style has earned him the nickname "Rahmbo.”

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Ari Melber
(American Attorney, Chief Legal Correspondent for 'MSNBC' and Host of the News Show 'The Beat with Ari Melber')
Ari Melber
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Attorney Ari Melber has gained fame as a journalist on NBC News. MSNBC's Emmy-nominated show The Beat with Ari Melber has garnered an immense viewership on YouTube, too, and is now the most-watched liberal show online. Melber also won an Emmy for his coverage of the Supreme Court on MSNBC.
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Shiri Appleby
(Actress)
Shiri Appleby
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Birthdate: December 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Lola Kirke
(Film actress)
Lola Kirke
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Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Omri Katz
(Best Known for His Role in the Film ‘Hocus Pocus’ and TV Series 'Dallas')
Omri Katz
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Birthdate: May 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Omri Katz is best known for his award-winning performance as John Ross Ewing in the iconic soap Dallas. He became a teen sensation with his roles in the Disney film Hocus Pocus and the series Eerie, Indiana. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a hairdresser.
 23 
Naftali Bennett
(13th Prime Minister of Israel)
Naftali Bennett
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
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Ari Emanuel
(Businessperson)
Ari Emanuel
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Avi Arad
(CEO and founder of Marvel Studios)
Avi Arad
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israelr

Avi Arad is an Israeli-American businessman and film producer. He became a prominent business figure as the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s. He then proceeded to become the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment and founded Marvel Studios. In 2006, he resigned from his Marvel positions and formed his own production company, Arad Productions. 

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Neil Druckmann
(Best known for his work on the Uncharted and The Last of Us video game franchises)
Neil Druckmann
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Israel
 27 
Vince Offer
(Infomercial Pitchman, Director, Writer & Comedian)
Vince Offer
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Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Be'er Sheva, Israel

Vince Offer is an Israeli-American writer, director, infomercial pitchman, and comedian. He is credited with directing the 1999 comedy film The Underground Comedy Movie, which is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever. Vince Offer owns and produces several household products like kitchen utensils and liquid cleaners. He also appears in commercials, promoting his products.

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Alona Tal
(Israeli Actress and Singer)
Alona Tal
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Birthdate: October 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Herzliya, Israel

Alona Tal is an Israeli actress known for playing supporting roles in popular American TV series like Veronica Mars and Supernatural. Tal is also known for her singing skills; she has recorded a song with popular Haitian rapper and musician Wyclef Jean. She has also appeared in several American films like Half Past Dead 2, Broken City, and Opening Night.

 29 
Dan Avidan
(Musician)
Dan Avidan
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, New Jersey, United States
 30 
Judith Resnik
(Engineer)
Judith Resnik
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

Judith Resnik was an American software engineer, electrical engineer, pilot, biomedical engineer, and NASA astronaut. She was the fourth woman and the first Jewish woman in space, logging 145 hours in orbit. Resnik, who died during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, received several posthumous honors. Judith Resnik’s life and career inspired the 1990 TV movie Challenger.

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Alana Haim
(Grammy Award for Album of the Year nomination for Women in Music Part III.)
Alana Haim
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Leigh Bardugo
(Young adult author known for her New York Times Bestseller Six of Crows)
Leigh Bardugo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
 33 
Haim Saban
(Investor and Founder of Saban Entertainment Which Produced the X-Men and Power Rangers)
Haim Saban
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Haim Saban is an Israeli-American investor, media proprietor, and film producer. He is credited with founding Saban Entertainment which produces children's television programs like Power Rangers. For his achievements in the TV industry, Saban was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also a philanthropist, Haim Saban donated $14 million for the completion of a children's hospital.

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The Alchemist
(Rapper and Record producer)
The Alchemist
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States
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Amir Arison
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Birthdate: March 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 36 
Ryan Braun
(Baseball player)
Ryan Braun
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 37 
Brian George
(British Actor Best Known for His Roles as Pakistani Restaurateur Babu Bhatt in TV Sitcom 'Seinfeld')
Brian George
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Birthdate: July 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Brian George is an Israeli-British actor who gained much fame for playing the role of Pakistani restaurateur Babu Bhatt in the TV series Seinfeld. He is of mixed descent and often plays characters from India and Pakistan. As a young man, he joined the improvisational comedy enterprise, The Second City, and soon made his foray into TV and cinema as well. 

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Carmit Bachar
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 39 
Nick Simmons
(Writer)
Nick Simmons
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Sophie Simmons
(Singer, TV Personality and Daughter of Musician Gene Simmons)
Sophie Simmons
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Sophie Simmons is a singer, model, and TV personality. The daughter of an actress and a musician, she was introduced to show business at an early age. She began her career as a teenager. As a model, she promotes body positivity and launched a body-positive clothing line. She has released many singles, including the super hit Black Mirror. 

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Zecharia Sitchin
(Science fiction writer)
Zecharia Sitchin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: October 9, 2010
 42 
Etan Cohen
(Screenwriter and Film Director Known for Writing for Shows Such as ‘American Dad’, ‘Family Guy’)
Etan Cohen
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Birthdate: March 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Israel

Etan Cohen is an American film director and screenwriter. He is credited with writing scripts for many popular films like Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Tropic Thunder, and Men in Black 3. In 2007, his short film My Wife Is Retarded won the Comedy Festival Award for Best Short Film at the US Comedy Arts Festival.

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Adam Mosseri
(Head of Instagram)
Adam Mosseri
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 44 
Raviv Ullman
(Best Known for Playing Phil Diffy in the Disney Channel Series 'Phil of the Future')
Raviv Ullman
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Birthdate: January 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eilat, Israel

The Phil of the Future star Raviv Ullman irked netizens when, in 2017, he posted an old picture of him kissing Kim Kardashian, from an unsold pilot, adding the hashtag #kanyegotmysloppyseconds. Ullman is also a skilled musician, has been part of several bands, and hosts a podcast, too.

 45 
Michael Green
(American Writer and Producer)
Michael Green
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Mamaroneck, New York, United States
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Joanna Angel
(Adult Film Star)
Joanna Angel
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Birthdate: December 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)