Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.
Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian former boxer. Widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight champions ever, Wladimir Klitschko was renowned for his great footwork and extraordinary knockout power. He won a gold medal for his country in the super-heavyweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has often been named among Ukraine's most influential people.
Jadon Sancho is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. He is known for his technical skills as a winger and formidable pace. He started playing as a young boy and was part of the England youth team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
A six-time NBA All-Star, Kyle Lowry has been an important player for the Canadian professional basketball team Toronto Raptors since 2012; he helped the team win their first NBA championship in 2019. Also a prominent player for the US national team, Kyle Lowry was part of the US team that won the Olympic gold in 2016.
Jeff Healey was a Canadian blues-rock and jazz vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. Apart from establishing his own career, Jeff Healey also helped develop the careers of several other musicians, including Philip Sayce, Terra Hazelton, and Amanda Meta Marshall. For his contribution to music, Jeff Healey was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.
Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.
Sarah Jessica Parker's name is synonymous with the TV series, Sex and the City TV. Apart from being an actress, she is also known for her work in the fashion industry; she has become the face of several popular fashion brands, such as Garnier and Gap. Not surprisingly, she has launched her own fashion line, featuring accessories and clothing items.
Retired American astronaut Jim Lovell commanded the iconic Apollo 13 mission and was one of the first three human beings to fly to the Moon, orbit it, and get back to Earth. He had also been a US Navy captain. Following his retirement, Lovell launched a restaurant in Lake Forest.
The seed for Katharine McPhee's career as actress, singer, and songwriter was sown during her time in the fifth season of American Idol; not only was she able to overcome her eating disorders while competing at the singing reality series, her experience in the show also helped her establish a career in the entertainment field.
An American rapper and songwriter, Big Sean has worked with reputed record labels, such as Def Jam Recordings, GOOD Music, and Roc Nation. Known for living a luxurious life, he acquired an 11,000 square foot home in Beverly Hills for $8.7 million. Also known for his good fashion sense, he launched a clothing company called Aura Gold in 2013.
Matthew Adam Garber was a British child actor who achieved popularity after playing Michael Banks in the 1964 musical fantasy film, Mary Poppins. Garber appeared in two other movies before retiring from acting. Regarded as a spirited and bright boy, Garber enjoyed playing sports and reading books. He died at the age of 21 due to pancreatitis.
Marcia Cross is an American actress best known for playing Bree Van de Kamp in the popular TV series, Desperate Housewives, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award and nominations for Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award.
Norman Borlaug was an American agronomist who played a key role in the Green Revolution, a set of research technology transfer initiatives that increased agricultural production, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Nicknamed the Father of the Green Revolution, Borlaug was also honored with the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.
Bela Bartok was a Hungarian pianist, composer, and ethnomusicologist. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent composers, Bartok is also counted among Hungary's greatest composers of all time. He is credited with co-founding comparative musicology, which came to be known as ethnomusicology.
Ben Mankiewicz started as a WCSC-TV journalist for. He initially hosted shows such as The Times and At the Movies, and later gained fame for hosting the TCM podcast The Plot Thickens and The Young Turks show What the Flick?! He has also appeared in a few movies.
David Lean was an English film producer, director, editor, and screenwriter. He is best remembered for directing large-scale epics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Passage to India, and Lawrence of Arabia. David Lean is widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in British cinema. He won many prestigious awards, including two Academy Awards.
Simone Signoret was a German-born French actress best known for her role in the film Room at the Top, for which she won several awards, including an Academy Award. Growing up during the Nazi occupation, she started acting in the early 1940s. She was professionally active for over 40 years, until her death in 1985.
Patrick Troughton was an English actor best known for his portrayal of Second Doctor in the popular science fiction television series, Doctor Who. Before starting his acting career, Troughton joined the Royal Navy where he served throughout the Second World War. After the war, he achieved popularity as a TV and film actor, although he was trained for the stage.
New Zealand motorcyclist Burt Munro made three world records, traveling in his Indian motorcycle from New Zealand to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the U.S., and the one made in 1967 still remains unbroken. The 2005 film The World's Fastest Indian, based on his life, featured Anthony Hopkins as Munro.
Jean-Marie Loret learned he was Adolf Hitler’s illegitimate child when his mother, a French lady named Charlotte revealed it to him on her deathbed. Though Loret died before finding any concrete evidence to prove the same, following his death, proof of cash sent to Charlotte by Hitler proved Loret's claim.
YouTuber Casey Neistat co-founded the multimedia company Beme, which was acquired by CNN. He also owned 368, a platform for collaboration for online content creators. He later wrote, directed, and appeared in the series The Neistat Brothers. He has won honors such as the Streamy and Shorty awards, too.
Darko Perić is a Serbian actor best known for his portrayal of Helsinki in the popular Spanish crime thriller series, Money Heist. He was seen in the series from 2017 to 2021, during which he appeared in 41 episodes. In addition to being an actor, Darko Perić also teaches Qigong around the world.