Stanley Martin Lieber, popularly known as Stan Lee, was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and voice actor. He started out his career working as an office boy for the Marvel Comics““which meant fetching lunch, proof reading and refilling artist's ink jars, eventually proving his creative talent, escalated from the position of interim editor to the president of the entire company. He is known for creating superheroes like ˜Spider-Man', ˜The Hulk', ˜X-men', ˜Iron Man', ˜Thor', ˜Doctor Strange', etc. and gained nationwide popularity when he created the superhero series ˜The Fantastic Four' in which he made his superheroes imperfect rather than selling the idea of a perfectly capable superhero. He created these superheroes in collaboration with his colleagues, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. He is said to have brought in revolution in the comic world through his satirical writing and bringing in the elements of the real world into the world of these superheroes, which is how he used to make these superheroes viable and responsible. It was Lee who made Marvel Comics a multimedia corporation from just a small division of a publishing house. Apart from creating superheroes and writing story plots for the comics, he also wrote weekly columns and produced many superhero based ventures through his production company.
Betty White is an American, actress, author, animal rights activist and comedienne. She was also a producer, a television personality and an animal rights activist. She was one of the pioneer American women who played a role both behind and in front of a camera during the early days of television shows in the country. She received the honorary title of ˜Mayor of Hollywood' for producing a sitcom as she was the first ever female to do so. She has received a large number of awards for her performances in sitcoms, game shows and television shows based on comedy. She became famous for her role in game shows and was dubbed as the ˜First Lady of Game Shows. Her career as singer, actor, host, and producer was spread over a period of more than 75 years making her the longest serving female personality in the world of entertainment. Her interest in acting developed during her school days though she started out to be a writer. From reading commercials on the radio channels, she went on to become an important entertainment personality in America.
Judy Garland “ the name instantly invokes a theatrical nostalgia in the collective American memory. She was one of the most iconic actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age, lighting up movie screens with her talent and charm. Mention the name ˜Dorothy' anywhere in America and the image of a 16 year-old Judy in a blue and white gingham dress comes to mind - 75 years after the original theatrical release into American movie houses. Her talent was not limited to the silver screen, however, as she crossed into Broadway, music, and television. But, most importantly, Judy Garland was more than her screen persona. She was a daughter, sister, wife, lover, and mother. Sadly, for as much joy as she gave theatre goers, her life did not reflect the same. Troubled and haunted, the American icon battled personal demons throughout her career. Judy Garland was and is an American treasure. Her talent was a gift that she shared with the world, and her impact can still be felt today. But, her life also illustrates the struggles of working in a fantasy world while still living in the real world. Ultimately, she succumbed to those demons, and the world lost an amazing gift.
Doris Day is an American actress, singer and renowned animal rights activist. Best known for her performance in the romantic comedy, ˜Pillow Talk' which earned her an Academy Award nomination for the Best Actress in a Leading Role, she was one of the most popular actresses in the 1950s and 1960s. Also a talented singer, she began her career in show business as a singer and became popular following the release of her first hit recording ˜Sentimental Journey'. In a singing career that spanned two decades, she made more than 650 recordings, cementing her reputation as one of the most successful female singers of her era. Impressed by her singing talents and her natural flair for the performance arts, songwriters Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn requested her to audition for film roles to which she agreed. This led to her first movie, ˜Romance on the High Seas', which introduced a hitherto unknown side of her persona to her fans who were delighted to watch their favorite singer in a starring role in a movie. Blessed with flawless beauty and a charming personality in addition to her golden voice, Doris Day soon became a much sought after Hollywood star. An animal lover from the very beginning, she is also actively involved in animal rights causes and animal welfare
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was a famous English actor and singer, and was best known for his work in horror films produced by Hammer Studios. He collaborated in ˜Star Wars' with his good friend Peter Cushing who played Grand Moff Tarkin. He himself portrayed Count Dooku, a character with superhuman powers who had once been on the side of good but had fallen evil. Sir Christopher appeared as the primary villain Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film, ˜The man with the golden gun'. He also worked with George Lucas on Lucas's 1992 television series, ˜The young Indiana Jones chronicles', in which he portrayed Count Ottokar Graf Czerin in the episode ˜Austria, March 1917'. Sir Christopher played the wizard Saruman in the ˜Lord of the rings trilogy' which won him high accolades. He tried his hands at music too and came out with his CD ˜Revelation'. He also worked with the Italian power metal band ˜Rhapsody of Fire', singing in few of their songs along with the lead singer. He was honored with the ˜Spirit of Metal' award in the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards.
Ava Lavinia Gardner was an famous actress who was among the leading heroines in Hollywood during the 1950s and 1960s. Considered to be one of the most beautiful women of her day, she rose to prominence with her portrayal of the glamorous beauty, Kitty Collins, in ˜The Killers'. Born into a large family, she lost her father at a young age. Growing up during the Great Depression, her poor family could barely manage to survive. Ava became an actress purely by chance”her brother-in-law, a photographer had taken a beautiful picture of hers which was sent to MGM studio. The dark haired beauty with the bewitching smile was called for an audition and soon found herself signing a contract with the famous studio. During her initial years she landed only small roles, however, her fortunes changed when she was chosen to play the femme fatale Kitty Collins in ˜The Killers' which established her as a leading lady. Propelled by the success of the movie, she went to play substantial roles in high-profile films from 1950s onwards. The film ˜The Barefoot Contessa' in which she starred with Humphrey Bogart is considered to be her signature film as she had a habit of going barefoot in real-life too.
Peanuts cartoonist who created characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy. In 1962, he won the Humor Comic Strip Award from the National Cartoonist's Society.
African-American comedian who played a role on TV's Sanford and Son but best is remembered for his vulgar comedy records.
Bea Arthur was an American actress, comedian, singer, and animal rights activist, famous for her 'Emmy Award' winning television roles. She served in the US Marine during the Second World War and then trained to be a professional stage actor. She earned a 'Tony Award' for her portrayal of Vera Charles, her most remembered stage character, in the play 'Mame'. She went on to feature on the television series 'All in the Family', portraying Maude Findlay as a guest artist, and earned her own separate show 'Maude'. With her portrayal of the strong female character, Maude, she tackled a number of sociopolitical issues of the time. It was one of the first television characters that didn't shy away from talking about a vast range of sensitive topics like Vietnam War, domestic abuse, gay rights and abortion. She continued to provide exposure to a number of social taboos in her next hit show 'The Golden Girls', through the portrayal of Dorothy Zbornak. She soon became a symbol for the independent woman and a spokesperson of LGBT rights. She also worked with PETA in order to eradicate animal cruelty.
Jacob Joachim Klugman, popularly known as Jack Klugman, was an American film, television, and stage actor. He was best known for his role in the Broadway play ˜The Odd Couple' and the TV series of the same name. He received three Emmy Awards for his roles in the TV series ˜The Defenders' and ˜The Odd Couple' and was also nominated for a Tony Award for the musical ˜Gypsy'. Interested in acting from a young age, he made his Broadway debut in 1952 and was soon featured on television shows like ˜Actors Studio' and ˜The Philco Television Playhouse'. On the big screen, he was seen in ˜Grubstake', ˜Time Table', and ˜Cry Terror!' For seven years he starred in the title role in ˜Quincy, M.E.' and his strong performance was recognized with four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. After the show ended, he was seen in some television series and also in some stage roles including ˜I'm Not Rappaport'. In 1974, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and a part of his vocal cord was cut out in a surgery in 1988. Despite his health issues, he continued to act on stage and television even though his voice had become raspy. His struggles with cancer endured and he died in 2012 from prostate cancer.
Creator of unique fashion and furniture designs for over 50 years, especially his Space Age designs and bubble dress.
One of Hollywood's first horror glamour girls, best known for starring in <a title='Ed Wood' href='/famous/edward-d-wood.htm'>Ed Wood</a> cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space.