Famous Swiss Media Personalities

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Luca Hanni
(Singer, Songwriter)
Luca Hanni
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Birthdate: October 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Swiss pop sensation Luca Hanni created history by becoming the youngest and the first non-German winner of the German talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar. Though he had mastered the guitar and the piano at an early age, his first job was that of a bricklayer.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach
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Birthdate: May 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: November 15, 1942

A Swiss cultural icon, journalist and photographer Annemarie Schwarzenbach was raised by a bisexual mother, who was an Olympic equestrian. Known for her signature androgynous style of dressing up, Annemarie was herself openly lesbian. She traveled the world, clicking major events but died in a bicycle accident at 34.

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Alejo Carpentier
(Writer, Journalist, Essayist, Musicologist, Literary critic)
Alejo Carpentier
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Birthdate: December 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: April 24, 1980

Swiss-born Cuban author Alejo Carpentier is regarded as one of the greatest Latin American literary personalities. The Cervantes Prize-winning writer was one of the pioneers of magic realism. Known for novels such as The Lost Steps, he also contributed to the Afro-Cuban movement and was the Cuban ambassador to France.

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Joanna Harcourt-Smith
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Birthdate: January 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Moritz, Switzerland
Died: October 11, 2020
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Hazel Brugger
(Slam poet, Comedian)
Hazel Brugger
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Birthdate: December 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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Rodolphe Topffer
(Author, Painter)
Rodolphe Topffer
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Birthdate: January 31, 1799
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: June 8, 1846

Swiss cartoonist Rodolphe Topffer is remembered as the pioneer of comic strips. The son of a caricaturist, he initially taught at and ran a boarding school, where he first began drawing caricatures to attract his students’ attention. He also taught literature at the University of Geneva.

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Darius Sinathrya
(Indonesian Actor Best Known for His Role in the Movie 'Nagabonar 2')
Darius Sinathrya
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Birthdate: May 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kloten, Switzerland

Darius Sinathrya is a Swiss-born Indonesian actor, model, and TV performer. He is best known for playing the supporting role of Pomo in the 2007 comedy film Nagabonar 2. Sinathrya has also hosted popular programs like the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Super Family Quiz. Darius Sinathrya is also a futsal manager and sport presenter.

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René Burri
(Photographer)
René Burri
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Birthdate: April 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: October 20, 2014
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Werner Bischof
(Photographer)
Werner Bischof
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Birthdate: April 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: May 16, 1954
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Peter Bichsel
(Journalist, Writer)
Peter Bichsel
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Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
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Françoise Giroud
(Journalist)
Françoise Giroud
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Birthdate: September 21, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 19, 2003
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Johann Froben
(Publisher)
Johann Froben
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Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Hammelburg, Germany
Died: October 27, 1527
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Joseph Victor Widmann
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Birthdate: February 20, 1842
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moravia, Czechia
Died: November 6, 1911
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Joachim Vadianus
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Birthdate: November 29, 1484
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died: April 6, 1551
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Johann Jakob Bodmer
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Birthdate: July 19, 1698
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greifensee, Switzerland
Died: January 2, 1783
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Heinrich Federer
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Birthdate: October 6, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brienz, Switzerland
Died: April 29, 1928

Initially a priest, Heinrich Federer decided to switch to journalism when his church career came to halt due to his asthma attacks. He later took to writing on religious themes. Saint Francis of Assisi and Mountains and Men remain two of his most notable works.

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Willy Bretscher
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Birthdate: October 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: January 12, 1992