Jim Henson was an American animator, puppeteer, cartoonist, inventor, actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and composer. He is credited with creating The Muppets, an ensemble cast of puppet characters, for which he achieved worldwide popularity. He is also credited with co-founding Muppets, Inc. in 1958, which eventually became The Jim Henson Company. In 2011, Jim Henson was named a Disney Legend.
Novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short-story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. However, he wasn’t much popular during his lifetime. His works gained international acclaim only in the years following his untimely death at 44. Many of his works have been adapted into films.
Phil Hartman was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He is credited with helping Paul Reubens develop his famous character, Pee-wee Herman, as part of his contribution to the popular comedy group The Groundlings. After he was murdered in 1998, Hartman was honored with several awards. In 2015, Rolling Stone named him one of the greatest Saturday Night Live cast members.
Pia Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German beauty queen who participated in the 64th Miss Universe pageant where she was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach is also a model, actress, and TV personality; she had to quit her showbusiness career temporarily to participate in the beauty pageant. She is also an advocate for gender equality and works towards raising awareness of HIV.
Stephanie McMahon is an American businesswoman. As the chief brand officer of WWE, McMahon contributes immensely to the development of the entertainment company. Also a popular wrestling personality, she often appears on WWE's SmackDown and Raw brands. She is considered one of the most powerful women in wrestling business around the world.
Ryan Paevey is an American actor who achieved popularity after playing Nathan West on the popular daytime soap opera General Hospital. Also a model, Ryan Paevey has worked alongside famous personalities like Cher, Katy Perry, and Christina Aguilera. A self-proclaimed nature boy, Paevey loves traveling; he has launched a brand named Fortunate Wanderer, which sells photography from his travels.
Nia Vardalos is a Canadian actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter. She is best known for her portrayal of Fotoula Toula Portokalos in the 2002 romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which she also wrote. For her work in the film, Vardalos received several award nominations. Nia Vardalos is also part of the non-profit collaborative art project, 1 Second Film.
Popular actor and singer, Ben Platt was passionate about theatre and music since his early childhood. He made his stage debut at the age of nine and later earned recognition and awards for his work in The Book of Mormon and Dear Evan Hansen. Onscreen, he has earned appreciation for film Pitch Perfect and the Netflix comedy-drama The Politician.
John Young was an American naval officer, astronaut, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot. In 1972, he commanded the Apollo 16 mission and became only the ninth person to walk on the Moon. John Young was the recipient of several awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. In 1982, he was made an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame.
South African supermodel, actor, and make-up artist Tanit Phoenix had begun her career at 14. A sensation in the fashion world, she has graced magazines such as GQ and Maxim, and has also been featured on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions. She loves ballet, yoga, and martial arts.
John Marshall was an American lawyer and politician. From 1801 to 1835, Marshall worked as the fourth Chief Justice of the US. He remains the longest-serving chief justice in Supreme Court history and is considered one of the most influential Supreme Court justices of all time. In 2005, a commemorative dollar was minted in his honor.
Lou Dobbs is an American author, political commentator, and former TV host. He is best known for hosting the popular political and financial talk program Lou Dobbs Tonight. For his immense contribution to television journalism, Dobbs has won major awards including an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the George Foster Peabody Award and Eugene Katz Award.
Cast in the short, Some Boys Don't Leave, during her college days, Eloise Mumford built her career as an actress starring in television series like The Lone Star and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels. Born in Olympia, Washington state, she is a graduate from Tisch School of the Arts and studied at Atlantic Acting School.
One of the first-known Westerner to gain the title of samurai, William Adams, also known as Anjin Miura, was an English navigator who explored uncharted territories for his country. Apart from being the first Englishman to travel to Thailand and Japan, he was also the third from his country to travel to Vietnam.
Niece of British actor, Sir Christopher Lee, of the Dracula fame, Harriet Walter is a prominent theatre actress who featured in numerous popular plays of the Royal Shakespeare Company such Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. The Olivier Award-winning Londoner, who also acted in feature films and television drama series, is involved in charity activities to promote theatre art.
Howard Florey was an Australian pathologist and pharmacologist. He is best remembered for his role in the formation of penicillin, for which he shared the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain in the year 1945. Florey is credited with carrying out the first clinical trial of penicillin at the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1941.
Swedish actor Britt-Inger Johansson, better known as Kristina Wayborn, initially gained fame after being crowned Miss Sweden 1970. She then made it to the semi-finals of the Miss Universe pageant that year. He role in Octopussy established her as one of the few action heroines of her era.
Jack Dee is an English stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is best known for writing and starring in the sitcom Lead Balloon. He is famous for his sarcasm, irony, and deadpan humor. He began a career in the entertainment industry despite his mother’s protests. He performs live comedy and also appears in TV shows and films.
Coyote Shivers is a Canadian actor and musician best known for his association with bands like Sharkskin and The Dave Rave Conspiracy. Over the years, Shivers' trouble with relationships has overshadowed his professional achievements; his ex-wives and ex-girlfriend have claimed that he has troubled them with a pattern of sexual, psychological, and physical abuse.