Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, she earned an Olympic gold medal in the 1976 decathlon at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. She regained fame on one of the most successful reality TV shows of all-time, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In 2015, she announced her gender change in an interview with <a title='Diane Sawyer' href='/famous/diane-sawyer.htm'>Diane Sawyer</a>.
An iconic figure in the Hollywood film industry, Meryl Streep requires no introduction of sorts. The most classic example of beauty with talent, Streep is by far the most prolific and greatest living film actress. Ever since her debut in the 1970s, she has been ruling the stage and big screen alike with her tremendous performance and top-class acting capability. Her ability to bring to life the characters and the panache with which she deals with each of them is commendable. Streep's outstanding ability is profoundly visible from the fact that she has 17 nominations at Academy Awards (winning three) and 27 nominations at Golden Globe Awards (winning eight), which is the highest ever recorded nominations by an actor in the history of both the awards. Over her five decades long career, Streep has played a wide variety of roles, which has earned her the title of a ˜chameleon', much unlike other actors who have preferred a singular identity in their films. What is interesting to note is that Streep has managed to play each of the roles convincingly and with perfection; her meticulous and painstaking preparation, zealous nature and attention to minute detailing aiding in the effort! More than fifty films old and still going strong, Streep has garnered commercial and critical success all through her career.
William Martin Billy Joel is a famous American pianist, singer, song-writer and composer. He began his music career with ˜Echoes', which later became well known as the ˜Lost Souls'. He is branded as one of the most popular recording artists and the biggest entertainers in the world. He earned many Grammy awards for his album and was presented with one of the highest honors, ˜Grammy Legend Award', in 1990 for ˜Glass House'. He gained the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award for his album, ˜Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II' that have sold more than 10 million copies till now. Joel has explored the diverse field of music, incorporating and merging different elements in it, including romantic ballads, hard-rock element, jazz combined with pop and soul. Throughout his career till now, his songs have been a personal and cultural milestone for millions of his fans, and have transcended the time in having a big impact over them. Joel's signature song, ˜Piano Man', took him to the peak of superstardom and became a big radio hit of its time. Today too, it remains popular and is ranked as one of his best songs ever, taking him to the heights of glory and eminence.
Popularly known by the moniker ˜The Nature Boy', Ric Flair is a retired professional wrestler most famous for his extravagant lifestyle with an addiction to alcohol and women. He was once the face of National Wrestling Alliance (NWA ) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and is regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. The first ever WCW champion, Flair has held the World Championship for a record 16 times. His tumultuous life involves strained relationship with his adoptive parents, multiple injuries, four failed marriages, and the heart-breaking loss of a son. In a career spanning over 40 decades, he has broken several records and created new records by winning numerous championships. Flair has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in a wrestlers' career but is still unwilling to ˜retire' from this sport as he considers wrestling to be his first love. It is his sheer passion for wrestling that prompted him to wrestle for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) even years after officially retiring from wrestling. However, he later admitted that wrestling for TNA was his ˜number one' regret of his career. Flair is now often seen in WWE in support of his daughter Charlotte.
Lionel Richie's honeyed tones have festooned the radiofrequencies of millions of soul and R&B music stations around the globe. His famous songs, ˜Hello', ˜Truly', ˜Three Times A Lady' and ˜Say You, Say Me' have been conferred with the ˜evergreen' status and have promoted him to celebrity status. He initially forged a successful career with the ˜Commodores' and then went on to have a successful solo career. A Grammy Award-recipient, Richie is considered one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the 20th century, with most of his songs peaking on important music charts. After a long and successful spell with the ˜Commodores', he began writing and producing country hits and ended up becoming one of the most popular artists of his time. This singer-songwriter, record producer and actor has sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and is single-handedly known for his solo-career success, not banking on the earlier success he had with the ˜Commodores'. In his music career, he has collaborated with a number of musicians and singers including Diana Ross, Enrique Iglesias, Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney. Apart from his career in the music industry, he has also appeared in films such as ˜Pariah' and the documentary series, ˜Who Do You Think You Are?'.
Singer, keyboard player, and voice actor who is most well known as the original voice of Apple's virtual assistant Siri.
Rock star Bruce Springsteen is a popular American singer, prolific songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. He became popular because of his unique and creative songwriting ability; his songs are meatier, encompassing more stories, views and passion in them. This skill caught the attention of a lot of people, regular fans and music professionals alike. Most of his songs reflect his political opinions, his working-class roots in New Jersey, where he grew up. He is a positive thinker; he sees greatness in the labors of daily American life; he is stimulated by stories of ordinary life, like embellishing teenage street life. He is not a religious person, but he doesn't deny that his Catholic upbringing guided his music most. He is one of America's most admired musicians. His greatest song ˜Born in the USA' is a best-selling album, which charmed audiences of all ages. Meanwhile, his ˜Born to Run' album is regarded to be among the best rock and roll albums and Springsteen's finest work. The title track was an analysis of the undeserved treatment of Vietnam veterans, some of whom were his friends. Both of his songs ˜Born in the USA' and ˜Born to Run' made Springsteen into the bright rock star that he is today
Ivana Trump is a former fashion model, socialite and the first wife of American President <a title='Donald Trump' href='/famous/donald-trump.htm'>Donald Trump</a>. She is the founder of Ivana Haute Couture, a company that markets her products that include fragrances, wines, and accessories which are sold over the internet. Her success today is not surprising given that she has always been ambitious and hardworking. Even as a young girl she displayed a great will to succeed and was a competitive skier in her teen years. Born in Czechoslovakia, she moved to Canada to work as a ski instructor and eventually her interest turned towards modeling. Blessed with good looks, poise and grace, she became a successful model and migrated to America for better career prospects. A chance meeting with <a title='Donald Trump' href='/famous/donald-trump.htm'>Donald Trump</a>, the son of a wealthy New York City real-estate developer led to a whirlwind romance that culminated in a fairytale wedding. Soon the couple rose to the top of the society as Donald went on to become a business magnate in his own right, and Ivana became the president of New York's Plaza Hotel which Donald had acquired. However, years later the marriage ended in a much publicized divorce. Ever the resilient soul, Ivana bounced back from this heartbreak to start her own businesses and continue her streak of success.
Gene Simmons, the lead singer and co-founder of the hard rock band Kiss was born as Chaim Witz in Israel and later migrated to the U.S. He had an inherent interest in music and decided to become a rock star after watching a scintillating performance by the legendary Beatles. His mother gifted him his first guitar and he started practicing hard to achieve his goal. He has led quite an inspiring life; rising from the poverty and hardships he faced as a boy to become a successful musician, actor and entrepreneur. As a teenager he played in a garage band called Lynx and then went on to play for several other bands, but never found the success he craved for. Deciding to form his own band, he collaborated with Paul Stanley to form the rock band Wicked Lester. But again he met with disappointment as the only album they recorded was never released, and the group was disbanded. Not the ones to be disheartened, the duo recruited drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley and formed a band that would later be known as Kiss. The band was characterized by the members' flamboyant make-up and costumes as they portrayed comic book style characters on stage; Simmons's persona was ˜The Demon'. The band became one of the best known bands in the 1970's.
Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress who has earned worldwide acclaim for her work in theater, cinema, and television. She began her career as a model and was discovered by film producer Dino De Laurentiis while modeling for Wilhelmina modeling agency. Lange made her film debut in the 1976 flick ˜King Kong,' for which she won her first Golden Globe Award. She went on to act in many other movies including ˜Tootsie', ˜Country', ˜Music Box', ˜Sweet Dreams', ˜Frances', ˜Grey Gardens', and ˜Blue Sky', to name a few. Over the course of her extensive career, she has won several prestigious awards including the Academy Award. In fact, she is one of the 26 actresses to earn an Academy Award for a comedic role. In addition to being an actress, Lange is also a professional photographer who has her artwork displayed in numerous galleries like Howard Greenberg Gallery, Butler Institute of American Art, Rosegallery, Polk Museum of Art, Centro Cultural de Cascais and A Gallery for Fine Photography. Currently, she is a UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador who specializes in HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia. A less known fact about the American artiste is that she has also contributed to a number of songs as a singer.
French soccer coach who began his long tenure at the helm of Arsenal FC in 1996. He led Arsenal to FA Premier League titles in 1998, 2002 and 2004. In April 2018, he announced his resignation as Arsenal manager after almost 22 years.