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Olivia de Havilland Biography

Olivia de Havilland was born on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan. She signed with Warner Brothers in 1935 as well as in 1939 appeared as Melanie in Gone with the Wind. The character got her acknowledgement and she went to win Academy Awards for the movies To Each His ...

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Dorothy Dandridge Biography

Many years passed before the mainstream entertainment industry recognized Dandridge’s heritage. Her power to break new ground for African American girls in movie has drawn comparisons between her and baseball great Jackie Robinson. In her youth, Dandridge experienced some problems. She never knew her dad. Her mom, actress Ruby Dandridge, left ...

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Meriwether Lewis Biography

Produced on August 18, 1774, near Ivy, Virginia, Meriwether Lewis, in 1801, was requested by President Thomas Jefferson to become his private secretary. Together with assistance from Sacagawea, the team successfully achieved the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805. The following year he served with William Clark, a guy who ...

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Edgar Degas Biography

Produced on July 19, 1834, in Paris, France, Edgar Degas went to study in the cole des Beaux Arts (previously the Acadmie des Beaux-Arts) in Paris and became well-known as a leading portraitist, fusing Impressionistic sensibilities with conventional strategies. Both a painter and sculptor, Degas loved capturing female dancers and ...

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Nadine Gordimer Biography

She released her first story at age 15. Her fiction has tended to learn more about the impact of apartheid on the lives of South Africans, with a few of her work being prohibited in her home country on account of its criticisms of the system. Her novels and short ...

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Peter the Cruel Biography

Produced in Burgos, Castile, Spain, on August 30, 1334, Peter the Cruel was the Spanish king of Castile and Len, son and successor of Alfonso XI. He was charged by his contemporaries with unbelievable cruelty, but afterwards got the nickname “Peter the Lawful” when he was seen by historians as ...

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Al Jardine Biography

The Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine was born in Lima, Ohio, on September 3, 1942. The group was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. He’s got an older brother, Neal. The family moved to California, where Al attended Hawthorne High School. It was there, ...

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Elie Wiesel Biography

Wiesel lived, and afterwards composed the globally acclaimed memoir Night. He’s also written many novels and be an activist, orator and teacher, speaking out against persecution and injustice around the world. Wiesel, who grew up with three sisters and pursued religious studies in a closeby yeshiva, was affected by the ...

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