Martin Luther King Junior was a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. While fighting against injustice meted to the African-Americans, he carefully shunned violence. His ideas were based on Christian doctrines but for operational techniques he looked towards Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent movement. His first major campaign was Montgomery Bus Boycott. It not only led to the abolition of racial segregation on Montgomery public transport system, but also turned King Jr. into a national figure and the fiercest spokesperson of civil rights movement. Subsequently, he led many other nonviolent campaigns and gave many inspiring speeches. Later, he expanded the ambit of his movement and started fighting for equal employment opportunity. His ˜March to Washington for Jobs and Freedom' was one such campaign. In his short life, he was arrested twenty-nine times. He dreamt that one day every human being would be judged by his ability, not by the color of his skin. He died from a white fanatic's bullet at the age of thirty-nine.
Anne Frank was one of the thousands of Jewish children who were killed in the Holocaust. She became a well-known name and one of the most discussed victims of the holocaust after her diary ˜The Diary of a Young Girl' was published by her father a couple of years after her death. The diary is today one of the world's best known books and has been translated into several languages. It has also been adapted into many plays and films all over the world. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, during a highly tumultuous period in the nation's history, she moved from Germany to Amsterdam with her family in the early 1930s after the rise of Nazis in her homeland. At the height of the World War II the Germans occupied Netherlands and the Jews were no longer safe in Amsterdam as well. As the persecution of the Jewish population continued to increase, the Frank family was forced to move into hiding. A young teenager who hoped to become a writer on growing up, Anne dutifully wrote in her dairy, documenting her daily life in hiding. She remained hopeful that one day her life would return to normalcy but her hopes were unfounded; she, her mother and sister were killed along with thousands of other Jews in the concentration camps. Only her father survived the war.
Audrey Hepburn was one of the most graceful actresses of the film industry. She has been an eye-witness to World War II, and faced numerous struggles through it. This talented actress had an affinity to dance and did all it took to get trained in ballet dancing. Her first significant role was as a ballerina where she choreographed her own moves which were highly praised. She lived with her mother and did modelling to earn a livelihood. This actress was engaged with the theatre and this got her noticed as an actress which eventually ushered her into the film industry. Her debut film was a huge success and she even received the ˜Academy Award for Best Actress' for that particular film. Hepburn herself did not know that she could act but she did work hard and rehearsed passionately to prepare herself for the roles she played. This arduous practice helped her rise into fame and became one of the best known actresses of Hollywood. This skilful actress has been through several upheavals throughout her life like divorces and miscarriages but she faced them all very bravely and overcame her grief. She had a philanthropic side and was engaged in many humanitarian works were recognized by many organizations even posthumously
Gangsta Grandma is an American internet sensation. She is known for her extremely hilarious 'musical.ly' (now TikTok) videos. The term young at heart holds true for Grandma, as she boldly flaunts quirky outfits and outlandish accessories in her videos. She has gained popularity for her lip-sync performances on hit hip-hop and pop songs. She has also taken up scores of 'musical.ly' challenges, which have boosted her social-media fame. Grandma is a retired librarian and has now become a 'musical.ly' sensation with millions of fans. She has six children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All her social-media accounts are managed by her grandchildren.
Grace Kelly was a renowned actress who later on went onto become the Princess of Monaco. She was born in Philadelphia, to parents who were self-made and earned recognition in their respective professions. Grace had an innate interest for acting and from her early childhood she dreamt of becoming an actress. However, her family did not approve of acting and modelling as a career, and she had to embark on this journey all by herself. She managed to enrol at the ˜American Academy of Dramatic Arts' and after completing her course at the institute, she joined the Broadway. She had acting skills but she did not succeed at the Broadway. Soon she realised her true calling and made a shift in career by opting for roles in television. Her talent did not go unnoticed and she was soon offered roles in movies. Her first lead role was in the film ˜High Noon' where she was cast alongside Gary Cooper. Eventually, she climbed the ladder of success and marked her position in the film industry. However, when she was at the zenith of her career, she entered the wedlock with Prince Rainier III of Monaco. She then became the Princess of Monaco and with the title came many responsibilities and obligations, owing to which she had to forgo her acting career
Christopher Plummer is a Canadian actor who acquired global recognition following his portrayal of Baron von Trapp in the superhit musical film ˜The Sound of Music'. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Canadian actors, Plummer acquired a reputation for bringing several historical characters to life on celluloid, including authors Leo Tolstoy and Rudyard Kipling. He started his career on Broadway and worked in several musicals. Besides his powerful screen presence, it was Plummer's deep and sonorous baritone that helped him bag critically acclaimed and award- winning roles. He is frequently associated with reputed theatre productions, including The Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. In the later stage of his career, Plummer found more success as his films became mainstream hits and received rave reviews. With an illustrious career spanning over five decades, Plummer has won numerous awards, including an Oscar, several Tony awards, and a BAFTA award. He was also honored with as the Companion of the Order of Canada and later inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Chespirito, born as Roberto GÃ³mez BolaÃ±os, was a Mexican screenwriter, comedian, actor, songwriter and director. He was internationally famous for writing, directing, and starring in the TV series ˜Chespirito', ˜El Chavo del Ocho' and ˜El ChapulÃn Colorado'. He was also known as a writer of the movies 'Los legionarios', 'Angelitos del trapecio', 'Los tigres del desierto', 'El dolor de pagar la renta', 'Pegando con tubo' and 'El camino de los espantos'. Chespirito has been widely regarded as one of the most recognized Latin and Spanish-language comedians of the 20th century. He was popular in all of Latin America. Till date, the Mexican humorist is revered for his creative writing, comedic pick-up lines, characterization, and clean comedy style. His TV shows have been broadcast all across the globe and have been translated into 50+ languages. The great Mexican artiste Chespirito died in 2014 from heart failure at the age of 85. On a personal note, he married twice in his lifetime and fathered six children.
Former First Lady of the United States and widow of President <a title='John F. Kennedy' href='/famous/john-f-kennedy.htm'>John F. Kennedy</a>, who was seen throughout the world as a symbol of American style, elegance, and grace. The image of her in a pink Chanel suit and matching pillbox hat in the aftermath of her husband's assassination is one of the most iconic images in American history.
June Carter Cash was a prominent American singer, songwriter, actress and author. She was born to Maybelle Addington Carter and Ezra Carter into the renowned Carter Family (a traditional American folk music group). She came into spotlight after her performances with her sisters Helena and Anita. At that time, she expressed her talent through comic acts. She was so popular for her humorous comments that her comic act became an indispensable part of her show. She used to play the comic character of Aunt Polly in most of her road shows. Later, along with her mother and sisters, she became a part of Grand Ole Opry. After studying acting from The Actor's Studio in New York City, she acted in several films and television series. After pursuing acting career for some years, she started her career in music again and worked with Johnny Cash, an American singer and song writer. Their combined effort resulted in several hits like It Ain't Me Babe, If I Were a Carpenter and Jackson. She has received the Grammy Award for her solo album Press On.
Arnold Palmer turned the status of the game of golf from being a mere game to a compelling sports activity. Fondly nicknamed The King, he was associated with the tremendous golf boom that the sporting activity witnessed in the latter half of the twentieth century that none ever anticipated. One of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf, he, with his charismatic looks, not just made the game popular but successfully broke the jinx of golf as being the pastime of the elite and upper class only. He widened the accessibility of the game to the middle and working class, thus establishing a new found reputation to golf. A trailblazer of the golfing world, he, in his lifetime won 92 tournaments and became the highest earner of the sport. What's more, even after ceasing to win tournaments, he remained as one of the highest earners in golf due to his appeal to sponsors and the public. It was due to his sheer sportsmanship and excellence at playing the games that he became the first golfer ever to be bestowed with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Honor. Even after retirement, Palmer contributed to the sports in a big way by turning into an acute businessman and golf course designer.
Television and radio spokesman who won a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 for hosting American Bandstand.