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Lady Gaga
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists & Only Female to Achieve 4 Singles that Sold 10 Million Copies Globally)
Lady Gaga
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Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries

Popular singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga has been active in the music industry since her teens. One of the world's best-selling music artists, she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. A versatile performer, she is known for her consistent image reinventions in music. She is actively involved in philanthropy and social activism.

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Tupac Shakur
( 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone)
Tupac Shakur
293
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 13, 1996

Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known as 2Pac or Makaveli, is considered as one of the greatest American rappers of all time. Talent and trouble went hand in hand in Shakur’s journey to fame; the higher Shakur rose in his iconic status, the deeper he became entangled in gang violence and an infamous rivalry, which sadly led to his untimely demise.

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Theodore Roosevelt
(26th President of the United States (1901-1909))
Theodore Roosevelt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 6, 1919

The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is generally ranked as one of the five best presidents of the country. A man of many talents, he was a politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer. He supported  Progressive Era policies in the early 20th century and championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies.

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Jordan Peele
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Comedy Sketch Series 'Key & Peele' and 'Mad TV')
Jordan Peele
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Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Martin Scorsese
(Director, Producer and One of the Major Figures of the 'New Hollywood' Era)
Martin Scorsese
31
Birthdate: November 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Martin Scorsese is widely considered one of the most influential and significant film directors in the history of the American film industry. One of the most decorated film directors, Scorsese has nine Oscar nominations, the most for any living director. He has also founded many non-profit organizations like The Film Foundation and World Cinema Foundation.

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Eleanor Roosevelt
(Longest-Serving First Lady of The United States)
Eleanor Roosevelt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

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Carole King
(Composer)
Carole King
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Carole King is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, King has contributed immensely to the success of other singers and is widely regarded as one of the most successful female songwriters of the 20th century. In 2013, she became the first woman to be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Caroline Kennedy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Caroline Kennedy is an American author, diplomat, and attorney. The only surviving child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Caroline served as the US Ambassador to Japan between 2013 and 2017. A prolific author who writes about civil liberties, Caroline Kennedy has also served as a spokesperson for the Kennedy family's legacy.

 9 
Regis Philbin
(Actor)
Regis Philbin
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Birthdate: August 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Luther Vandross
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 1, 2005

Luther Vandross was an American record producer and singer-songwriter. As a background vocalist, Vandross contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Judy Collins. Regarded as a singer with one of the greatest voices in recorded history, Luther Vandross' works have influenced many artists like D'Angelo, Jaheim, Ne-Yo, John Legend, and Usher.

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Burt Lancaster
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Burt Lancaster
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Birthdate: November 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 20, 1994
Burt Lancaster, one of the most prominent actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, began as an acrobat and also fought in World War II. He is remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance in Elmer Gantry, and other films such as The Rainmaker, Birdman of Alcatraz, and Atlantic City.
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Tracy Morgan
(Actor)
Tracy Morgan
17
Birthdate: November 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lee Marvin
(American Actor Best Known for His Antogonist's Roles)
Lee Marvin
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Birthdate: February 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 29, 1987
Lee Marvin is best remembered as the “tough guy” in movies such as The Killers and The Dirty Dozen, and series such as M Squad. Known for his signature gray hair, he won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and the Silver Bear for his work in Cat Ballou.
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Liv Tyler
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Arwen Undómiel' in the 'Lord of the Rings' Film Trilogy)
Liv Tyler
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Birthdate: July 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer

Liv Tyler is one of the most popular American actresses. Apart from acting, she is also known for her activism; she is an ardent supporter of the United Nations Children's Fund. She also donates to the Women's Cancer Research Fund. Tyler practices transcendental meditation as she believes it helps her make better decisions.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1993 - 2020))
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
86
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 18, 2020

The first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An advocate for gender equality and women's rights, she spent the majority of her legal career championing these causes. She remained professionally active until her death in 2020.

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Rosario Dawson
(Best Known for Portraying the 'Star Wars' Character 'Ahsoka Tano')
Rosario Dawson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus

A popular actress, producer, and activist, Rosario Dawson is known as much for her involvement in politics and philanthropy as for her work in films and television. A strong supporter of various charitable organizations, such as One Campaign and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rosario came out as member of the LGBT community in 2020.

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David Harbour
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Birthdate: April 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries

David Harbour is a successful actor popular for playing important roles in superhero films, such as Suicide Squad and Hellboy. Despite struggling with bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction in his 20s, David Harbour fought against all odds to become a well-established actor in the American film industry.

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Lou Reed
(Lead Guitarist, Vocalist & Principal Songwriter of the Rock Band “The Velvet Underground”)
Lou Reed
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 27, 2013
Lou Reed redefined the glam rock genre with his album Transformer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee initially wrote sings for Pickwick Records and performed with the Velvet Underground. He then released 20 solo albums. His parents had made him go through electro-shock therapy to “cure” his bisexuality.
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Sarah Hyland
(Actress)
Sarah Hyland
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Birthdate: November 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Best known for portraying Haley Dunphy in the sitcom Modern Family, Sarah Hyland is a celebrated Hollywood actress. Despite undergoing 16 surgeries, including several kidney surgeries, Sarah went on to become a critically acclaimed actress. In 2018, she revealed that she had contemplated suicide because of her health issues. She has had two kidney transplants in the past.

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Maya Hawke
(Actress)
Maya Hawke
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Birthdate: July 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Barron Trump
(Youngest Son of Donald Trump)
Barron Trump
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 20, 2006
Sun Sign: Pisces

Barron Trump is the youngest of the five children of American President Donald Trump. He was born to Trump’s third wife Melania. Barron is of mixed race as Melania is a Slovenian and Donald Trump is of German and Scottish descent. Barron is fluent in both English and Slovene language and is known to be a soccer fan.

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Jon Stewart
(Best Known for Hosting The Satiric Television News Program 'The Daily Show')
Jon Stewart
38
Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jon Stewart is an American actor, writer, political commentator, television host, and filmmaker. He is credited with popularizing Comedy Central's satirical news program The Daily Show. Also a prominent comedian, Jon Stewart has influenced and inspired several other comedians like Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Hasan Minhaj, Jordan Klepper, Samantha Bee, and Bassem Youssef.

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Donald Trump
(45th President of the United States (2017 - 2021))
Donald Trump
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump was arguably the most controversial president in the American history. He has been characterised as racist and his actions and policies divided America like never before. He lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in a bitterly fought election .

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Claire Danes
(Known for Her Performance in TV Series 'Homeland')
Claire Danes
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Birthdate: April 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries

Claire Danes is best known for playing the role of a CIA agent in the popular television series Homeland, which ran from 2011 to 2020. However, her breakthrough role was as a 15-year-old in 1994-95 critically acclaimed television series, My So Called Life. She’s also acted in films like Terminator 3, The Hours, Les Miserables, Brokedown Palace and The Rainmaker.

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Jennifer Grey
(American Actress Known for Her Film ‘Dirty Dancing’)
Jennifer Grey
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Birthdate: March 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries

American actress, Jennifer Grey, is best known for the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the 1987 film Dirty Dancing. Bloodhounds of Broadway, Bounce, The Wind Rises and In Your Eyes are some of her other notable films. She has also acted in several television series. A rhinoplasty procedure in the 1990s is said to have affected her career for sometime.

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Rob Reiner
(Actor)
Rob Reiner
23
Birthdate: March 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Harry Belafonte
(Singer, Actor)
Harry Belafonte
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Tony Bennett
(American Popular Retired Singer Best Known for His Album ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco')
Tony Bennett
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo

Tony Bennett is an American painter and singer. He is credited with founding the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, popular performing arts high school. A famous and critically praised concert performer and recording artist, Tony Bennett has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

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Cicely Tyson
(Actress and Model Best Known for Her Films: 'Sounder' and ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’)
Cicely Tyson
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Birthdate: December 18, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 28, 2021
Cicely Tyson is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Rebecca Morgan in Sounder and her Emmy-winning performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She is also a Tony- and Drama Desk-winning theater actor. Fans also loved her as Ophelia Harkness in How to Get Away with Murder.
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Patty Duke
(Actress and the-then Youngest Person to Receive an Oscar in a Competitive Category)
Patty Duke
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Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 29, 2016

Best known for her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Patty Duke was born to a cashier mother and a cab driver father. As a child actor, she was abused by her talent managers. Suffering from bipolar disorder, she later became a mental-health advocate.

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Penny Marshall
(Actress)
Penny Marshall
17
Birthdate: October 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 17, 2018
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Nancy Reagan
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Nancy Reagan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 6, 2016

Nancy Reagan was an American actress who also served as the first lady of the US between 1981 and 1989. One of her major initiatives as the first lady was her role in founding a drug awareness campaign called Just Say No. She had a strong influence on President Ronald Reagan, having an impact on many of his diplomatic decisions.

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Leslie Odom Jr.
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Birthdate: August 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo

A passion for acting and singing since his early life, made Leslie Odom Jr an accomplished artist of stage, television, films and music industry. Debuting at the age of seventeen, his best performance came with the role of Aaron Burr in Broadway musical Hamilton. The talented artist also has three solo jazz albums and a published book in his resume.

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William Zabka
(Known for His Role as Johnny Lawrence in the Karate Kid)
William Zabka
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Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra

William Zabka is an actor best known for his role as Johnny Lawrence in the film The Karate Kid. He started attending California State University but quit before completing his degree. He began his acting career in the mid-1980s and established himself in Hollywood within a few years. He turned a producer with the short film Most in 2003.  

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Stacey Dash
(Actress)
Stacey Dash
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Birthdate: January 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Harvey Keitel
(American Actor Best Known For Playing Morally Ambiguous Characters)
Harvey Keitel
9
Birthdate: May 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus

Harvey Keitel is an American actor best known for playing morally ambiguous characters. He is also known for his association with director Martin Scorsese, appearing in six of his movies since 1967. Harvey Keitel has played important roles in popular movies like Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, Pulp Fiction, and National Treasure.  

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Carly Simon
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Songs: ‘You're So Vain’, ‘Nobody Does It Better’ & ‘Let the River Run’)
Carly Simon
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Carly Simon began as part of the Simon Sisters, with her sister Lucy. She won a Grammy with her first album and has since delivered many chartbusting tracks, including Nobody Does It Better from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. She has also written several children’s books.
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Ghostface Killah
(Musician, Rapper, Singer)
Ghostface Killah
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Ving Rhames
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Birthdate: May 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Ving Rhames, mostly seen as the villain in films such as Con Air and Pulp Fiction, won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of real-life boxing promoter Don King in Don King: Only in America. He is also known as Luther Stickell from the Mission: Impossible franchise.
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Jonas Salk
(Medical researcher)
Jonas Salk
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 23, 1995

If the world is successful in its fight against polio, the credit goes to American virologist Jonas Salk who developed a vaccine for the disease. Described as a “miracle worker”, his concerns for humanity were reflected in the fact that he did not claim a patent for the vaccine. He founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, based in California.

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Nile Rodgers
(Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer, Film score composer)
Nile Rodgers
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Tony Curtis
25
Birthdate: June 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 29, 2010

Tony Curtis was an American actor who achieved the height of his fame in the 1950s and 1960s in a career spanning six decades. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tony Curtis helped fund the rebuilding of the Great Synagogue in Hungary. In 1998, he founded a non-profit organization called Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture, which works towards the restoration of synagogues.

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Sophia Lillis
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Beverly Marsh' in the Films 'It' and 'It: Chapter Two')
Sophia Lillis
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Birthdate: February 13, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Sophia Lillis is best known as Beverly Marsh from the iconic horror movie It and its sequel. Fans also loved her as Nancy Drew in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, as Gretel in Gretel and Hansel, and as Sydney in the series I Am Not Okay with This
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Tom Morello
(American Guitarist Best Known for His Tenure with the Rock Band 'Rage Against the Machine')
Tom Morello
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini

Tom Morello is an American musician, rapper, singer, actor, songwriter, and political activist. Morello is best known for his association with Rage Against the Machine, which he co-founded with Zack de la Rocha. Renowned for his creative and unique guitar playing style, Tom Morello was ranked among the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

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Martin D. Ginsburg
(Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Husband)
Martin D. Ginsburg
17
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 27, 2010

Martin D. Ginsburg was one of the most successful tax attorneys and the husband of U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Apart from serving as a lawyer, Martin also taught at several prestigious law schools, such as New York University Law School, Columbia Law School, and Harvard Law School. After representing business magnate Ross Perot in a case, the two became good friends.

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Billy Crystal
(Actor, Comedian & Directed Who Has Hosted the Academy Awards Nine Times)
Billy Crystal
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Birthdate: March 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces

Billy Crystal is an American actor, filmmaker, television host, comedian, and singer. He is credited with hosting the Academy Awards nine times. In recognition of his contribution to the American entertainment industry, Crystal has been honored with six Primetime Emmys, a Mark Twain Prize, and a Tony Award. Also a philanthropist, Crystal has worked with non-profit organizations like Comic Relief.

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Josh Peck
(Actor & Stand-up Comedian)
Josh Peck
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Birthdate: November 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Josh Peck is a comedian, actor, and YouTuber. After starting his career as a child artist, Peck went on to establish himself in the film and TV industry. His performance in the sitcom Drake & Josh earned him the Favorite Male TV Star award at the 2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards. As a social media influencer, he also inspires children and youngsters.

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William James
(Philosopher, Psychologist)
William James
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Birthdate: January 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 26, 1910

William James was an American psychologist and philosopher. Widely regarded as the father of American psychology and one of the most influential American philosophers, James was the first educator in the United States to offer a course in psychology. He is also credited with co-founding a psychological school of thought called functional psychology and establishing a philosophical school called pragmatism.

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Sofia Coppola
(Director and Actress Best Known for Her Films: ‘The Virgin Suicides’, ‘Lost in Translation’ and 'Marie Antoinette')
Sofia Coppola
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Birthdate: May 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus

The daughter of the popular filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola followed in her father's footsteps to become a screenwriter and filmmaker. Sofia became only the second woman to win the Best Director award in the history of Cannes Film Festival when she won the award at the 2017 Festival.

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Bernadette Peters
(Actress, Singer and Children's Book Author)
Bernadette Peters
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Birthdate: February 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces

Bernadette Peters is an American actress, children's book author, and singer. She is known for contributing immensely to all three major acting mediums in an illustrious career spanning more than 60 years. Credited with co-founding an annual animal adopt-a-thon named Broadway Barks, Bernadette Peters was honored with the 2019 Prince Rainier III Award for her philanthropic activities.