It is not every other day that a ˜People's Princess' is born. She may have left for the heavenly abode quite early than anticipated, but she continues to reign in the minds and hearts of millions across the globe. Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most eminent royal bloods of the 20th century. Coming from an aristocratic patrician family, nobility and kingly spirit came naturally to her. Ever since her birth, Diana held several titles, the most important was the Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales which she acquired after her marriage to Prince <a title='Charles' href='/famous/prince-charles.htm'>Charles</a>, Prince of Wales. Throughout her life, Diana had been actively involved in philanthropic and humanitarian work. She supported organizations that worked for the betterment of people with serious illness and those that assisted homeless people, drug addicts and elderly. Her charming mannerism and contagiously amicable demeanour earned her quite a few nicknames like, ˜People's Princess˜, ˜Princess Di', ˜Queen/ Lady of Hearts' and ˜Lady Di'. Despite her last held title being Diana, Princess of Wales, she was popularly known as ˜Princess Diana' during her days alive and posthumously. Legacy states the power and the prominence of Diana, Princess of Wales at the world forum. She was the ˜world's most photographed woman' during her time and was noted the world over for her compassionate disposition, empathetic temperament, charismatic appeal and unrestrained benevolence. Not to forget, she was a fashionista in the truest sense of the word and known for her impeccable sense of style!
Any follower of country music would have heard the name of Billy Ray Cyrus. This talent from Tennessee struck gold with his very first album. However, he had to go through a fair share of struggles and rejections before making it to the top. Initially interested in baseball, he started learning the guitar at the age of twenty and he was confident enough to drop out of college in order to pursue a career in music. After refining his skills and furthering his reputation by performing in local clubs, his opening act for the iconic country singer Reba McEntire got him his first recording contract. Soon, his debut album followed, which propelled him into instant stardom. His intermingling of country music with rock, coupled with his singing, his on-stage charisma and his good looks made him the toast of the nation. However, the album's success also led to sky-high expectations from his subsequent albums, which he couldn't live up to. With his music career on a downward spiral, Cyrus smartly turned his focus to acting and was cast in a TV show, ˜Doc'. He has been alternating between making music and acting ever since. In an industry where excesses are the order of the day, Cyrus has retained his humility and morals and continues to be an inspiration to several aspiring musicians.
Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States. Born to a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, he is the first African-American to hold the office. Prior to becoming the president, he served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate and received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, he was a successful civil rights attorney before he ventured into politics. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he began his presidential campaign in 2007. After winning sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination, he went on to defeat Republican nominee John McCain in the general election. He assumed office as the President of the United States in January 2009, a time when the country was reeling under the global economic recession. Expectations were high from the new president and the responsibilities on his shoulders, tremendous. Within the first few months he implemented several reforms in order to stabilize the economy and to boost its growth. He also completely overhauled America's foreign policy. Obama was re-elected to a second term as president in November 2012.
George Clooney is an American actor, producer, writer, director and activist. Since making his acting debut in 1978 he has gone on to become one of Hollywood's hottest A-list leading men. Twice named The Sexiest Man Alive by ˜People' magazine, his looks and charm have also led to ˜Time' magazine dubbing him the last movie star. He once declared he would be a permanent bachelor; however, fate had different plans in mind and he is now happily married. He has earned numerous award nominations and award wins for his exceptional acting, producing and directing skills. With all of his success, he has never forgotten about the oppressed of the world. He continuously uses his status to raise awareness for gay rights and to help those in political and environmental crises. Alongside his father, Clooney has worked tirelessly to bring global attention to the conflict in Darfur, Sudan going as far as speaking not only to the United Nations, but also the European Union. One of the many humanitarian organizations he works with is ˜Not on Our Watch Project.' They work to bring global attention to stopping mass atrocities. He is truly one of a kind and an authentic living legend
Edward Regan Eddie Murphy is an American comedian and actor, known for his witty sense of humor and inspiring characters. He was a gifted artist since his childhood and used to perform stand-up acts in front of his friends. He was a creative and ambitious child with an amusing personality. His dream was to become a comedian and entertain the world with his clever and smart sense of humor. He first stepped on the ladder of success when he got the role of comedian in a television show. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and succeeded in creating a name for himself in the entertainment world and built his own fan base. It led to his first major motion picture release which was succeeded by one after another. His personal life has also been very much talked about because of his multiple relationships and his children from various women. But his real success lies in winning the hearts of people through his award winning roles and inspiring portrayal of characters in movies. He has been accepted and appreciated throughout the world by the audiences for his delightful performances.
George Lopez is an American actor and comedian best known for starring in his own TV shows ˜George Lopez', ˜Lopez ˜ and ˜Lopez Tonight' and for appearing as George in the series ˜Saint George'. The actor has also appeared in a number of other TV programs including ˜The Brothers GarcÃa', 'Freddie', 'The Naked Brothers Band', 'Shake It Up' and 'America's Got Talent' as well as in several movies including 'The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl', 'Shannon's Rainbow', and 'The Spy Next Door.' He is of Latin American descent and has actively promoted Hispanic culture and heritage through his works. The talented and socially conscious comedian has earned various honors for his contributions to the Latino community, such as the Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television, the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award, and the Imagen Vision Award. He has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Besides acting, the American star has a deep interest in philanthropy and is involved with various charitable causes. He received the Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award from the Harvard Foundation in 2004 for his artistic works and charitable activities.
Animal rights activist known for being the chief executive officer of the non-profit animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue. In 2020, she appeared in the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King.
Michael J. Fox is a Canadian-American actor, author, and producer. Afflicted with Parkinson's disease at the peak of his career, he is also active in advocating a cure for the disease. Belonging to a small Canadian city, he realized his passion for acting at a very young age. He dropped out of college at the age of 18, moved to Los Angeles, USA, and very soon became a teen icon. He established himself not only as a teen icon but also as a full-fledged adult actor as the years went by. With a career spanning over 30 years, he has become a well-known face in primetime television and also on the big screen. He has many accolades and awards to his name, including Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actor Guild awards. When he got diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, it was not the end of Fox's career; rather it spurred him to work even more and eventually he also turned into an activist and advocate for research towards finding a cure. He created the renowned Michael J. Fox Foundation to help people fighting Parkinson's disease; the foundation is today hailed as "the most credible voice on Parkinson's research in the world". Fox was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.
Wayne Gretzky is a former Canadian ice hockey player known as one of the best hockey players the game of Ice Hockey has ever produced. Also nicknamed as ˜the Great One', his NHL career lasted close to two decades from 1979 to 1999 for four separate teams. He is the player with the most number of goals and assists in the NHL history and held 61 NHL records at the time of his retirement in 1999. Playing in his very first NHL season for Edmonton Oilers, he was named the ˜Most Valuable Player of the Season'. And almost immediately after announcing his retirement, he was included in the hockey Hall of Fame, marking an end to a glorious career. He attributes most of his magnificent hockey skills to the fact that he started very early in his life and by the age of 2, he was already skating on ice and as he turned 6, he was playing with the teenage boys. To this date, Wayne holds 60 of the 61 records that he made during his career at the National Hockey League and served as the head coach of team Phoenix Coyotes for several years.
Boy George, born as George Alan O'Dowd, is internationally known for emerging as a creative artist from England during the English New Romanticism movement in the 1980s where artists used to wear bizarre clothing and outrageous make-up to express themselves. George became one of the pioneers of the movement and received acclaim with his rhythm, blues and reggae style singing and preposterous cross-dressing. He was discovered by the former producer of ˜Sex Pistols' and was made a part of the already existing group ˜Bow Wow Wow' but his talent and unique style compelled him to form his own band called ˜Culture Club'. It was during his ˜Culture Club' days that George was recognized world over with hit singles like ˜Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?' and ˜Karma Chameleon' and started to be known as ˜blue-eyed soul'. George worked on his solo career as well for years and experimented with dance and electronic music, collaborating with DJ and producers like Kinky Roland. For a good part of his life, George has been involved with drugs like cannabis and heroin and many a times was put behind the bars for possessing these drugs. He has served a lot of time in jail and rehabilitation centers to straighten up his life. George is also a writer, he not only writes song lyrics but has also written two autobiographical books called ˜Take It Like a Man' and ˜Straight'.
Ralph Macchio is an American actor who shot to fame as Daniel LaRussoo in ˜The Karate Kid' series. Although initially hesitant about the idea of becoming an actor, he became one of the most popular teen stars of the 1980s with the television show ˜Eight Is Enough'. After that, ˜The Karate Kid' happened. Macchio later portrayed several diversified characters and is known for his versatile acting skills. In addition to being an actor, Ralph is also a producer and director. Macchio has appeared in a number of films like ˜Crossroads', ˜My Cousin Vinny', ˜The Outsiders', apart from sequels to ˜The Karate Kid'. He has also appeared in television series like ˜Eight is Enough' and has made guest appearances of many television series like ˜How I Met Your Mother'. He has played himself in television shows such as ˜Beer League' and ˜A Good Night to Die'. He has been one of the most influential and successful teen artists of his time. He also participated in ABC's dance show, ˜Dancing with the Stars'. Machhio married Phyllis Fierro in 1987 and the couple has two children together, Julia and Daniel.
Marine biologist, writer, and director who created the Nickelodeon animated series Spongebob SquarePants.