George Herbert Walker was the former President of the United States, who was in the office from 1989 to 1993. He was born in Massachusetts into a political and affluent family. His father, Prescott Sheldon Bush, was a Senator from Connecticut and his mother, Dorothy Bush, hailed from a prominent family. George H.W. Bush joined the US Navy during the Second World War and after coming back he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. degree in economics. He rejected the offer of joining his father's firm and instead shifted to Texas and worked as an oil field supplies salesman. Within a decade he became a millionaire and then entered politics. George H.W. Bush occupied a number of important positions during his political career. He was elected to the House of Representatives from the 7th District of Texas, was appointed as Ambassador to the United Nations, became the Director of Central Intelligence and served as the Vice President of United States during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. In 1988, he was elected as the Republican Party's candidate for the office of U.S President. He defeated Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis and became the 41st President of the United States. Although he became quite popular as a President for his stand against international terrorism and for portraying a strong picture of the nation to the world, he lost the next election in 1993.
Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of America and aspired to establish a government which was both, competent and compassionate. He won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002. This farmer-turned-politician was determined to make a difference to the country which was suffering from energy costs, mounting inflation, and continuing tensions. Though he found it immensely difficult to keep up with the rising expectations, he tried his best to restore the faith of his citizens in the government. Furthermore, he also tried to make United States a symbol of peace and promoted human rights as a centrepiece of foreign policy. Following his term as the president, he remained publicly active and was involved in several humanitarian efforts. His post presidency period was extremely productive - he worked for a charitable organization, ˜Habitat for Humanity' and also participated in diplomatic talks to forge an agreement with North Korea. He was further involved in resolving international disputes. For his humanitarian efforts and for being a travelling ambassador of peace, he was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, which is a testimony to his reputation as one of the most active ex-presidents in the history of the US.
Marlon Brando was an American actor, considered to be one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. The main male sex symbol in Hollywood during the mid-1950s, Brando was more than a film personality”he was a cultural icon and the heartthrob of generations of women across the globe. Strikingly handsome and talented, he almost became synonymous with the character of Stanley Kowalski which he portrayed in the much acclaimed movie, ˜A Streetcar Named Desire'. This role earned him an Academy Award nomination and established him as one of the foremost leading men in Hollywood. Later on he won an Academy Award for playing Terry Malloy in ˜On the Waterfront', a performance regarded as one of his finest. Over the years, he appeared in several more films which were critical as well as commercial successes and cemented his reputation as one of the greatest ever stars in Hollywood. Brando was also an activist who supported many causes, including the African-American Civil Rights Movement and various American Indian Movements. Over the course of his career he had earned the reputation of being a Bad Boy due to his over-indulgence, excessive womanizing, and public outbursts. But nothing could dampen the affection the audiences had for this charming and good-looking actor
Don Knotts was an American comedic actor in films and television, best known for his character Barney Fife on the television show ˜The Andy Griffith Show' for which he received five Emmy Awards. He also had memorable roles in ˜The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,' and ˜The Incredible Mr. Limpet.' The son of a mentally disturbed farmer, Knotts overcame some terrible childhood experiences to emerge as a successful professional in the entertainment industry. He started performing in numerous church and school functions as a ventriloquist and comedian during his school years. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and served in the World War II. He then proceeded to earn a bachelor's degree in education with a minor in speech from West Virginia University. He debuted in films with ˜No Time for Sergeants' and got his major break on television with a soap opera ˜Search for Tomorrow'. Another one of his identifiable and popular roles was in the show ˜Three's Company' as Ralph Furley. Knotts was married three times and had a daughter and a son from his first marriage. During his later years, he suffered from intense hypochondria, cancer, and a degenerative eye disease called macular degeneration. Knotts died due to complications arising from pneumonia related to lung cancer.
Cicely Tyson is a celebrated American actress who is best known for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in the film ˜Sounder'. A high-profile actress, Tyson, through her endurance and excellence created a platform for herself in the field of entertainment that made her an iconic African American figure to reckon with. Despite coming from a society that ridiculed black women as ˜worthless', Tyson not just proved it otherwise but also raised the bar for the role of women and their involvement in the entertainment industry. Unlike other actresses who accepted whatever roles came their way, Tyson was extremely choosy about her work. More than often, she flatly refused to do films, or take parts solely for the pay check. She was extremely selective about the roles she chose as she wanted them to have depth and meaning. As such, Tyson's career trajectory wasn't always a smooth one. Often she struggled to find meaningful work. However, looking back, Tyson's career has been adorned with a string of successful acting projects including ˜The Help', ˜The Trip to Bountiful', ˜The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman', ˜Sounder', and ˜Roots.' A Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, she also has many other awards in her kitty.
Robert Mugabe is a former revolutionary and Zimbabwean politician best known for his struggles against the British, when Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia. He was greatly inspired by Marxist and nationalist views from a young age, and became the publicity secretary of the National Democratic Party or the ˜NDP'. Once he established a strong political foothold, he founded the socialist-nationalist movement, ˜ZANU' which resolved to drive the British out of their homeland. Soon after their independence, Mugabe became the prime minister and thereafter the president of the country - the post he held till November 21, 2017. During his tenure as president, he managed to unite the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) with the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), challenging all those who threatened to colonize independent Zimbabwe. Though he ruled Zimbabwe for long, opposition to his rule began to grow due to his policies. His electoral campaigns were said to be dominated by electoral fraud, and violence. Following a coup in November 2017, Mugabe was forced to resign the presidency.
Lauren Bacall was an American actress known for her peculiar voice and sensual looks. She rubbed shoulders with Hollywood greats like Frank Sinatra, and <a title='Humphrey Bogart' href='/famous/humphrey-bogart.htm'>Humphrey Bogart</a> who she later married. Born into a working class family in New York, she went on to create a name for herself in Hollywood. Before making her debut as an actress, she began her career as a model. She made her debut as a leading lady with the film ˜To Have and Have Not' in 1944. It was directed by <a title='Humphrey Bogart' href='/famous/humphrey-bogart.htm'>Humphrey Bogart</a>. She starred in stylish Hollywood crime dramas and romantic comedies. Apart from films, she also worked on Broadway in musicals and earned two Tony Awards (1970 & 1981). She won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for her performance in 'The Mirror Has Two Faces'. The American Film Institute named her the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored her with an Academy Honorary Award in 2009.
Former Saudi Arabian King who took the throne in August of 2005. He was one of the richest royals in the world, according to Forbes in 2011, worth an estimated $20 billion.
Famous for his narration and announcing work on such television series as Mystery Detectives, Forensic Files, and Nova, this American voice actor also contributed to commercials for such high-profile brands as IBM, Burger King, and Coca-Cola.
Wars connote bloodshed, despair and devastation. However, the soldiers who survive these wars signify pride, honour and courage. Not to mention, there are fewer soldiers who fight with such conviction for their country that they are remembered even after their death. Audie Murphy was one such U.S. soldier who is remembered for his courage and selflessness during World War II. He went through a tough childhood and after the loss of his parents, found solace in the armed services which gave him an income to run his family and also gave him an opportunity to serve his country. A young Murphy showed extreme courage after he was selected into the U.S. Armed forces. Though very young, he was fearless and proved his mettle by vanquishing German soldiers and escaping death nearly three times during the war. Throughout his career, he earned numerous awards and medals, including the prestigious ˜Medal of Honor'. After retiring from the army, he chose films as a medium to share his experiences and appeared in the autobiographical film, ˜To Hell and Back'. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and died in plane crash, after serving as an epitome of courage and patriotism throughout his life, inspiring many of his countrymen.
Rodman E. ˜Rod' Serling was an American scriptwriter, television producer, radio host and narrator. He was most popularly known for his television programs, especially for his science fiction anthology TV series, ˜Twilight Zone', which was also produced by him so that he could control the creative quality of the series. Other famous writings by Serling are, ˜Requiem for a Heavyweight', ˜Patterns', ˜Night Gallery', etc. He was awarded with many prestigious awards for his writings, like, Emmy, Golden Globe, Writers Guild of America Award, etc. Serling was always the flamboyant one in his family, with tales and stories to tell and his talent only developed as he grew up and once he achieved his military aspirations, he got into freelance writing for the radio and television. He was recognized for the first time, after he moved to New York, when ˜Patterns' was aired. Serling was a man of principles, whose writing was purposeful and projected his ideas on anti-war activism and racial equality. He was the kind of artist who could not stand creative dissection of his work due to corporate policies, which is why he produced a show of his own and also a reason why he turned from radio to television as a medium of communication.