Famous Turkish Media Personalities

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Cenk Uygur
(Political Commentator & Creator and Host of 'The Young Turks')
Cenk Uygur
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Birthdate: March 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey

Cenk Uygur is a Turkish-American journalist, attorney, media host, and political commentator. He is credited with creating a commentary and sociopolitical news program titled The Young Turks (TYT). He is also credited with co-founding Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee in the United States.

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Ali Kemal
(Minister of the Interior of the Ottoman Empire in 1919)
Ali Kemal
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Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fatih, Turkey
Died: November 6, 1922

Ali Kemal was a Turkish journalist, poet, newspaper editor, government official, and liberal-leaning politician. He is best remembered for his brief service as the Minister of the Interior of the Ottoman Empire in 1919. During the Turkish War of Independence, Ali Kemal was assassinated by paramilitary officers.

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Tariq Aziz
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq)
Tariq Aziz
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Birthdate: April 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Keppe
Died: June 5, 2015

Tariq Aziz was an Iraqi politician best remembered for his service as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 11 November 1983 to 19 December 1991. An influential political leader, Tariq Aziz also served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq from 16 July 1979 to 9 April 2003.

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 4 
Seçkin Özdemir
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Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Uraz Kaygılaroğlu
(Actor, TV presenter)
Uraz Kaygılaroğlu
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Birthdate: June 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Bülent Ecevit
(Turkey's 16th Prime Minister)
Bülent Ecevit
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Birthdate: May 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul
Died: November 5, 2006

The 16th prime minister of Turkey, Bülent Ecevit had held the post for 4 terms. He had led both the Democratic Left Party and the Republican People's Party and is remembered as the only left-wing prime minister that Turkey ever had. He was also a journalist and a talented poet and author.

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Acun Ilicali
(Entrepreneur)
Acun Ilicali
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Birthdate: May 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edirne, Turkey
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Cansu Dere
(Actress)
Cansu Dere
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Birthdate: October 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
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Nur Fettahoğlu
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Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duisburg, Germany

Turkish-German actor Nur Fettahoğlu is best known for her performance as Mahidevran Sultan in the series Muhtesem Yüzyil, which has earned her several awards, such as the Beirut International Award for Best International Actress. She also holds a fashion design degree. She has also been a Sky Türk anchor.

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Cem Yılmaz
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor)
Cem Yılmaz
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Birthdate: April 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Hrant Dink
(Journalist)
Hrant Dink
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Birthdate: September 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malatya
Died: January 19, 2007
 12 
Serhat
(Singer, Television presenter)
Serhat
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Birthdate: October 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Sinem Öztürk
(Television presenter, Actress)
Sinem Öztürk
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Birthdate: January 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Defne Joy Foster
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Birthdate: September 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: İncirlik, Turkey
Died: February 2, 2011
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Aziz Nesin
(Turkish Writer and Humorist)
Aziz Nesin
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Birthdate: December 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Heybeliada
Died: July 6, 1995
Turkish author and humorist Aziz Nesin was also a prominent political activist and a critic of Islamic fundamentalism. While he was translating Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, he was targeted by Islamic organizations. Though Nesin escaped the Sivas massacre, he regretted the loss of lives in the fundamentalist attack till his death.
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Danilo Zanna
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Birthdate: April 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prato, Italy
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Sabahattin Ali
(Turkish Social Realist Author Known for His Short Stories)
Sabahattin Ali
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Birthdate: February 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ardino, Bulgaria
Died: April 2, 1948

One of the most influential Turkish short-story writers of the 20th century, Sabahattin Ali was born in a region of the Ottoman Empire that is now in northern Greece. A journalist and a high-school German teacher, he was imprisoned for libel and later assassinated. His best-known works include Madonna in a Fur Coat.

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Yaşar Kemal
(Nobel Prize-Nominated Turkish Novelist)
Yaşar Kemal
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Birthdate: October 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gökçedam
Died: February 28, 2015

Turkish author Yaşar Kemal was blinded in one eye since childhood and took up political activism after his father’s murder. He later worked as a journalist, before finding fame with novels such as İnce Memed. He also joined the Turkish Workers Party but was arrested and charged with sedition against the Turkish government.

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Defne Samyeli
(TV presenter)
Defne Samyeli
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Birthdate: March 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Leyla Zana
(Politician)
Leyla Zana
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Birthdate: May 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silvan, Diyarbakır
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Selçuk Yöntem
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Birthdate: July 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Mehmet Ali Erbil
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Birthdate: February 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Ivana Sert
(Serbian-Turkish Socialite, Television Personality, Fashion Designer, Model and Businesswoman.)
Ivana Sert
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Birthdate: October 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zaječar, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia

Ivana Sert is a Serbian-Turkish socialite, television personality, presenter, fashion designer, model, businesswoman, entrepreneur, and author. She is credited with founding the Ivana Sert brand, which sells beauty products. Ivana Sert is also a former beauty pageant titleholder and has competed in the Miss Globe International and Miss Yugoslavia pageants.

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Ali Sunal
(Actor)
Ali Sunal
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Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Nevşin Mengü
(Television presenter)
Nevşin Mengü
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Birthdate: May 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
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Okan Bayülgen
(Talk show host, Actor)
Okan Bayülgen
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Birthdate: March 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu
(Turkish Journalist, Novelist, Diplomat, and Political Figure)
Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu
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Birthdate: March 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: December 13, 1974

Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu was a Turkish journalist, novelist, diplomat, and political figure. He is best remembered for his association with a Turkish newspaper called Tan, where he served as the founding editor-in-chief. He also contributed to another newspaper called İkdam during the Turkish War of Independence. Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu is also credited with co-founding the Kadro magazine.

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Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil
(Turkish Poet, Playwright, and Author)
Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil
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Birthdate: 1866 AD
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: March 27, 1945

Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil was a Turkish poet, playwright, and author. He is best remembered for his 1899 novel Aşk-ı Memnu, which has been adapted into a TV series of the same name. Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil is credited with founding numerous literary movements and institutions, including his avant-garde journal Servet-i Fünun.

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Asena Tuğal
(Journalist, Actress)
Asena Tuğal
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Birthdate: August 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Duygu Asena
(Journalist)
Duygu Asena
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Birthdate: April 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: July 30, 2006
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İlhan Erdost
(Publisher)
İlhan Erdost
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Birthdate: December 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokat
Died: November 7, 1980