Ted Bundy was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped and murdered a number of women and girls during the mid and late 1970s. He ultimately confessed to his crimes and was sentenced to death by electric chair. Later, the life of one of the most notorious criminals of the late 20th century inspired a number of books and movies.
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.
Beginning her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models, Katherine Heigl made her film debut with That Night. However, the role that catapulted her to stardom was that of Dr. Isobel Stevens on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The talented actress subsequently appeared in movies like Knocked Up and Life As We Know It and TV series Suits.
An Italian-born gangster, Lucky Luciano is regarded as the father of modern organized crime in the US; he served as the first boss of the Genovese crime family. He also played a key role in the rise of the National Crime Syndicate. His life and style inspired several films, television series, and books. His eponymous biopic was released in 1973.
The oldest son of Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks followed in his father's footsteps to become an actor and filmmaker. Although he left Loyola Marymount University without earning a degree, he went on to establish himself in the American film and TV industry. Also a sports enthusiast, he supports American football team, Los Angeles Kings.
Billy Connolly is a retired stand-up comedian, actor, and musician. Known for his observational and idiosyncratic comedy, Connolly is widely considered one of the most influential and greatest stand-up comedians of all time. He has also worked with the British charity, Comic Relief and has appeared in a documentary and a live stage show for the charity.
Known for co-writing The Office, British comedian Stephen Merchant was born to a nurse mother and a plumber father. He began his career with the radio and then stepped into stand-up comedy. Over the years, he has used his 6’7” frame to the best in his performances.
Pete Best is an English musician and drummer. Sometimes referred to as the Fifth Beatle, Best worked with the Beatles during the band's early years but was dismissed from the band in 1962. Pete Best has been depicted in many movies about the Beatles. In the 1979 film, Birth of the Beatles, Best was portrayed by Ryan Michael.
Denise Crosby is an American model and actress best known for playing Tasha Yar in the popular sci-fi TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Before establishing herself as a prominent actress, Denise Crosby worked as a model and turned heads when she posed nude for one of the issues of Playboy magazine in 1979.
Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic priest who is credited with founding the Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda. He is also credited with founding nine of the 21 Spanish missions in California. On 25 September 1988, Junípero Serra was beatified in the Vatican City by Pope John Paul II. On 23 September 2015, he was canonized by Pope Francis.
Garret Dillahunt is best known as Dr. Jody Kimball-Kinney from The Mindy Project and as Burt Chance from Raising Hope. He has also appeared in major roles in Fear the Walking Dead, Hand of God, and Deadwood, and has been part of films such as 12 Years a Slave.
Irish actor Conleth Hill is best known for playing Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he made his Broadway debut in the play Stones in His Pockets. An accomplished stage actor, he is the recipient of two Laurence Olivier Awards. He also acts in TV shows and films.
Apart from her bestselling books such as The God of Small Things, Man Booker Prize-winning Indian author Arundhati Roy is also known for her left-wing political activism. Born to a Syrian Christian mother and an Indian Hindu father, Roy had initially studied architecture and worked as a script writer.
Elena Satine is a Georgian-American singer and actress known for playing important roles in American TV series, such as Magic City, Revenge, and The Gifted. She is also known for playing superhero characters, such as Mera and Lorelei in Smallville and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. respectively.
Liu Shaoqi was a Chinese politician, revolutionary, and theorist. He served as the vice-chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from 1956 to 1966. From 1959 to 1968, he served as the Chairman of the People's Republic of China, implementing several policies of economic reconstruction in the country. For 15 long years, Liu was the third most influential man in China.
Lola Glaudini is an American actress best known for playing Elle Greenaway in the popular police procedural crime drama TV series, Criminal Minds. Glaudini started her acting career by playing interesting roles at the Mark Taper Forum, where she also won a Drama-Logue Award. She then went on to establish herself as a film and TV actress.
Emir Kusturica is a Serbian actor, screenwriter, film director, producer, and musician. Counted among the most famous European filmmakers of his generation, Kusturica is renowned for his naturalistic and surreal films. Over the course of his illustrious career, Emir Kusturica has won several prestigious awards including a Silver Bear and two Palme d'Or awards.
Aleksandr Vasilyevich Suvorov was a distinguished Russian General, remembered for winning every battle that he had commanded. Known for his thumping victories at the Battle of Rymnik and Siege of Izmail during the Russo-Turkish War and for his contributions during the French Revolutionary Wars, he won many awards and tittles and wrote several military manuals, including The Science of Victory.
Carlo Collodi was an Italian journalist, author, and humorist. He is best remembered for his popular children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. The novel and its title character Pinocchio achieved international recognition when Disney adapted it into an animated musical fantasy film titled Pinocchio; the film went on to become one of the greatest films ever produced by Disney.
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was initially a lawyer who had worked with Covington & Burling. He is also part of the board of directors of Georgetown University and the Latin American retailer Netshoes. Apart from investing in business and higher education, he also participates in global public policy discussions.