Famous autobiographer, Celebrity Birthdays

  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass broke away from the shackles of slavery to become one of the leaders of the abolitionist movement in 19th century U.S. He strongly believed in the principle of equality and was of the view that all human beings, irrespective of race, gender, and nationality, are created equal. It is interesting to note that this great orator and social reformer was not even aware of his exact date of birth or the name of his father. Born a slave, he was shuttled from one owner to another until he finally reached the house of Hugh and Sophia Auld. Sophia was a kind hearted woman who treated the boy with love and taught him to read and write”a crime in those days. Douglass made it a point to teach other slaves whatever he had learned. In a great display of courage, he successfully escaped from his master and joined the abolitionist movement. He became involved with the American Anti-Slavery Society and published his autobiography which became a bestseller. He extensively toured Europe and published some abolitionist newspapers. He campaigned in favour of the black's and women's right to vote, and eloquently defended his stance at various conventions.

    Frederick Douglass

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Laura Ingalls Wilder was an American writer who became famous with the ˜Little House' series of children's novels based on the childhood memories of her life in the Midwest region of the U.S. When she was a child, her family, consisting of her parents and several sisters, moved frequently, often disrupting the girls' formal education. She, once, lived with her family in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, the place which provided the settings for the first book in her famous series of children's novels. Her early life was a bit unconventional”her father changed his jobs often and moved his family to different interesting locations which ensured that the would-be writer had rich and diverse experiences which she would later recollect in her books. She began working at a young age as she wanted to help her family financially. She accepted a teaching position when she was only 16 though she was not really interested in the profession. She also supplemented her income by working for a dressmaker. As a young woman the thought of being a writer never crossed her mind, it was only when her grownup daughter became a writer that the mother too was inspired to write.

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

    American and tech entrepreneur who has gained fame as the founder and editor of MuslimGirl.com. She was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in media at the age of 23 years old.

    Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

  • Alex Haley

    Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was a Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American author best known for the book ˜Roots: The Saga of an American Family'. The book, which chronicled his ancestors' origins in Africa and their journey from slavery to freedom in America, played a major role in creating awareness about African-American history in the United States. His seminal work also kindled an interest in genealogy among Americans of many ethnic heritages. The son of a professor in New York, he grew up learning about how his father had bravely overcome the obstacles of racism. Alex Haley dropped out of college and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard when he was 18. It was while working there that he realized his love for writing and was paid by his fellow soldiers to write love-letters to their girlfriends. After the World War II, he transferred to the field of journalism in the US Coast Guard. He embarked into a career as a senior editor in a well-known magazine following his retirement. He also started writing in earnest and produced several critically acclaimed works like ˜The Autobiography of Malcolm X' and ˜Roots: The Saga of an American Family', and won a special Pulitzer Prize for the latter.

    Alex Haley

  • Fitz Ludlow

    An avid traveler and outdoors man, Ludlow was most famous for his semi-autobiographical novel, The Hasheesh Eater, which depicted states of altered consciousness. His other works include The Music Essence and The Household Angel.

    Fitz Ludlow

  • Rick Ross

    Famous drug dealer and Amazon bestselling author of Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography, co-written by Cathy Scott. He is also an advocate speaker for the youth, detention centers, prison inmates, and schools. In 2018, he was released after serving over 20 years in federal prison for the sales and distribution of drugs.

    Rick Ross

  • Jim Carroll

    An American author, spoken-word poet and musician, he is best known for his autobiographical work, The Basketball Diaries. He published a second memoir, Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973, in 1987.

    Jim Carroll

  • Ishmael Beah

    Famous for his autobiographical work A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, this writer and activist is also notable for his novel Radiance of Tomorrow.

    Ishmael Beah

  • Boris Pahor

    Notable Slovene writer best known for his autobiographical novel, Necropolis, which is narrated by a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. Pahor received the prestigious Preseren Award in 1992.

    Boris Pahor

  • Henry Miller

    American author whose semi-autobiographical style broke new literary ground. His best-known works include Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and The Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy.

    Henry Miller

  • Aiden Shaw

    British author and musician best known for his autobiographical works, My Undoing and Sordid Truths. As of 2014, he has also released two albums of his own music.

    Aiden Shaw

  • Marsha Hunt

    American singer, actress, and author who released an autobiography entitled Real Life: The Story of a Survivor in 1985. She was also the first black model to appear on the cover of the British fashion magazine, Queen.

    Marsha Hunt

  • Spalding Gray

    American actor and writer whose autobiographical monologue, "Swimming to Cambodia," received widespread acclaim and was adapted into a 1987 film. He also wrote and performed several one-man shows, including "Monster in a Box" and "Gray's Anatomy."

    Spalding Gray

  • Amber Frey

    Former girlfriend of convicted murderer Scott Peterson. She called in the tip that led to his arrest. She wrote the autobiography Witness: For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson in 2009.

    Amber Frey

  • Frank O'Connor

    A 20th-century Irish author of short fiction, he is best known for "The Man of the House" and other autobiographical stories. The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award was named in his honor.

    Frank O'Connor

  • Christine Hamilton

    English author and media personality who has appeared on television shows such as GMTV. She is also known for her defense of her husband, former Member of Parliament Neil Hamilton, against allegations of corruption.

    Christine Hamilton

  • Howard Marks

    A one-time drug smuggler, he became the author of the bestselling autobiography, Mr. Nice (1996). Also an actor, he appeared in films such as I Know You Know (2009) and Human Traffic (1999).

    Howard Marks

  • Karen Blixen-Finecke

    Danish writer who penned the autobiographical work, Out of Africa, under the male pseudonym of Isak Dinesen. She is also famous for Babette's Feast, a popular short story that was later adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

    Karen Blixen-Finecke

  • Cass Pennant

    Carol Cass Pennant is an English writer and former football hooligan. Founder of the independent film production and marketing company, Urban Edge Films, Cass has established his reputation in the TV as well as the film industry, and has authored and co-authored some of UK's top sellers. His former street life and background in football hooliganism has inspired many of his media projects. His autobiography ˜Cass', which details his violent early life, was filmed into the critically acclaimed British feature film ˜Cass' directed by Jon S. Baird. 'Cass' was exclusively aired on London Live TV. His award-winning documentary ˜Casuals', which was a nominee for the British Urban Film Festival Best Documentary Award, was broadcast on Community Channel TV. Pennant also regularly visits prisons and schools where he interacts with the inmates and students and encourages them to stay away from hooliganism and street violence.

    Cass Pennant

  • Kathryn Harrison

    Perhaps most famous for her autobiographical works The Kiss and The Mother Knot, Harrison is also known for her acclaimed novels, which include The Seal Wife; A Thousand Orange Trees; Thicker Than Water; and Envy.

    Kathryn Harrison

  • Andre Gide

    Andre Gide was a French writer and moralist popular for his fiction and autobiographical works. He was a controversial figure and his life and views on moral, political and religious matters were better known than his literary works. As a young man emerging from the Mallarme circle of Symbolist poets, he wrote majorly for a small, discerning group of initiates. He presented to the public, the variance as well as the mergence between the two sides of his own personality ripped apart by the education and the constricted level of ethics on which the society runs. He also portrayed social justice in much of his works. Gide's literary works are inseparable from human's life as they reveal man's true form, the one which is usually hidden behind the societal mask. While confining himself to prose, he derived much life and form from its substance and expressed his underlying thoughts indirectly with artistic discretion. Gide is modern as well as contemporary in his approach, providing lucidity and discursiveness to his writings. His definitions of art are shrewd yet still relevant and they always remain intact, lively and permanent. In politics, he impeded pursuing communism after a veil was lifted up from his eyes on his visit to USSR in 1936.

    Andre Gide

  • Bo Bergman

    Swedish author influenced by the Decadent Movement and known for Marionetterna and other deterministic works. He also worked as a literary critic and newspaper writer for such publications as Ord och Bild and Dagens Nyheter.

    Bo Bergman

  • Frank Slaughter

    An American fiction author and doctor, he is best known for his semi-autobiographical novel, That None Should Die. Two of his other novels, Sangaree and Doctors' Wives, were adapted into films (in 1953 and 1971, respectively). His books sold upwards of sixty million copies during his lifetime.

    Frank Slaughter

  • Theodore Winthrop

    An American writer and lawyer, he is known for such posthumously-published works as John Brent and Edwin Brothertof. His autobiographical novel, Cecil Dreeme, is considered his masterpiece.

    Theodore Winthrop