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Tim Allen
Tim Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953. Early on, he found a sense of humor vital to dealing with his unfortunate last name. It also came in handy later on when he served...


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Woody Allen
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 1, 1935, Woody Allen is an American film director, screenwriter, actor and author who is best known for his romantic comedy films...


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Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende is a Chilean journalist and author born on August 2, 1942, in Lima, Peru. Her best-known works, which include the novels The House of the Spirits and City of...


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Salvador Allende
Born on July 26, 1908, in Valparaíso, Chile, Salvador Allende co-founded Chile's Socialist Party and ran for the Chilean presidency several times before winning the 1970...


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Allen Allensworth
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 7, 1842, Allen Allensworth escaped from slavery to work with Union forces in the Civil War. He later worked as a restaurateur,...


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Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley was born on January 12, 1951, in Wichita, Kansas. Her career breakthrough came when she landed her feature-film debut in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan...


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Beverley Allitt
In 1991, nurse Beverley Allitt claimed her first victim, 7-month-old Liam Taylor. Her next victim was Timothy Hardwick, an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy. No suspicions...


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Duane Allman
Synopsis Howard Duane Allman (born November 20, 1946) and his brother Gregg were avid guitarists, forming the band The Allman Joys, later The...


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Gregg Allman
Born in 1947, Gregg Allman started out performing as a teenager. He had several groups with his older brother Duane before the pair helped create the Allman Brothers Band...


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Pedro Almodóvar
Born on September 25, 1949, in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain, Pedro Almodóvar went on to become an internationally recognized filmmaker who's directed more than a dozen...


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Roberto Alomar
Roberto Alomar is an American baseball player who was born on February 5, 1968, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In 1988, Alomar started his career in Major League Baseball with the...


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Alicia Alonso
Alicia Alonso was born on December 21, 1921 in Havana, Cuba. She attended the School of American Ballet in New York City and later danced with...


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Herb Alpert
Born on March 31, 1935, in Los Angeles, California, Herb Alpert began his career in the music industry as a songwriter. He formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss in 1962, and...


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Ralph Alpher
American cosmologist Ralph Asher Alpher is now credited with laying the foundations for the big-bang model, a widely held theory of the...


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Carol Alt
Actress. Born Carol Alt on December 1, 1960, in College Point, New York. Alt's father, Anthony, was a New York City fire chief. Her mother, Muriel, was an airline...


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Robert Altman
Robert Altman's first hit as a director was M*A*S*H. He went on to direct a series of highly individualistic films, noted especially for their simultaneous layers of...


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Sidney Altman
Sidney Altman was born on May 7, 1939, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The son of immigrant grocers, he grew up relatively poor, but graduated with a B.A. in physics from the...


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Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez was born on March 27, 1950, in New York City. The theme of being caught between two cultures can be found throughout Alvarez's work. She explored this in her...


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Luis W. Alvarez
Luis Alvarez worked on microwave radar research at MIT and participated in the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, suggesting the...


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Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Manuel Álvarez Bravo was a photographer who was part of the artistic renaissance that occurred after the Mexican Revolution. Although he was...


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Alois Alzheimer
Alois Alzheimer was born in Marktbreit, Germany, in 1864, and showed an early aptitude for science. After obtaining his medical degree, he worked in hospitals in Frankfurt,...


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Jorge Amado
Jorge Amado was born August 10, 1912, in Ferradas, Brazil. He published his first novel at age 20. Despite imprisonment and exile for leftist...


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Christiane Amanpour
Television news reporter, journalist. Born on January 12, 1958, in London, England. Considered one of today's leading news correspondents, Christiane Amanpour has covered...


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Don Ameche
During the 1950s, Don Ameche had a successful radio career and then turned to TV direction in the 1960s and 1970s. Ameche made his film comeback in 1983 in the comedic hit...


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Kay Amin
Kay Amin was the fourth wife of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. She met Idi Amin while she was studying at Makerere University in Kampala in the early 1960s, and they wed in...


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Tori Amos
Little Earthquakes (1992) was the first Tori Amos album that featured her signature style, and the album went gold in both the U.S. and U.K. Her next few albums established...


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Wally Amos
Wally Amos was born on July 1, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida. He started in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency and in 1962 became the first black talent agent in...


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André Marie Ampère
Mostly self-educated, André Marie Ampère's father was guillotined during the French Revolution. After witnessing an experiment by Ørsted,...


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Anthony "Tough Tony" Anastasio
Born in 1906, Anthony "Tough Tony" Anastasio was an Italian-born American mobster who ruled the Brooklyn waterfront for several decades. Aligned with his brother, Albert...


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Albert Anastasia
Albert Anastasia was born on September 26, 1902, in Tropea, Italy. After becoming a hitman at a young age, he became one of the most powerful crime bosses of the 20th...


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Rudolfo A. Anaya
Rodolfo Anaya is a Mexican-American writer and educator who was born on October 30, 1937, in Pastura, New Mexico. Anaya taught high school and college courses while writing...


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Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on April 2, 1805. Andersen achieved worldwide fame for writing innovative and influential fairy tales. Many of his...


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