100 Notable alumni of
Columbia University

Columbia University is 3rd in the world, 2nd in North America, and 2nd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Columbia University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff. 96 individuals affiliated with Columbia University won Nobel Prizes for Peace, in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economics.

  1. Barack Obama

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    Barack Obama
    Awards
    Nobel Peace Prize in 2009
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    1981-1983 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations
    Occupations
    politicianstatesperson
    Biography

    Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

  2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1882-1945 (aged 63)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    Studied in 1904-1907
    Occupations
    politicianstatesperson
    Biography

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the Democratic Party, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which defined modern liberalism in the United States throughout the middle third of the 20th century. His third and fourth terms were dominated by World War II, which ended shortly after he died in office.

  3. Alexander Hamilton

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    Alexander Hamilton
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    Years
    1757-1804 (aged 47)
    Occupations
    economistphilosophermilitary personnellawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper. As the first secretary of the treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of George Washington's administration. He took the lead in the federal government's funding of the states' debts, as well as establishing the nation's first two de facto central banks, the Bank of North America and the First Bank of the United States, a system of tariffs, and friendly trade relations with Britain. His vision included a strong central government led by a vigorous executive branch, a strong commercial economy, support for manufacturing, and a strong military.

  4. Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    film actorstage actortelevision actorvoice actor
    Biography

    Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal is an American actor and producer. Born into the Gyllenhaal family, he is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner; his older sister is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. He began acting as a child, making his acting debut in City Slickers (1991), followed by roles in his father's films A Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998). His breakthrough roles were as Homer Hickam in October Sky (1999) and as a psychologically troubled teenager in Donnie Darko (2001).

  5. Warren Buffett

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    Warren Buffett
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-.. (age 91)
    Occupations
    investorentrepreneurshareholderfinancier
    Biography

    Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of over $100.6 billion as of April 2021, making him the world's seventh-wealthiest person.

  6. James Franco

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    James Franco
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actorfilm directorfilm producer
    Biography

    James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, painter, and writer. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his roles in films, such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Milk (2008), Eat, Pray, Love (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). He is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him, examples being Pineapple Express (2008), This Is the End (2013), Sausage Party (2016), and The Disaster Artist (2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

  7. Theodore Roosevelt

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    Theodore Roosevelt
    Awards
    Nobel Peace Prize in 1906
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1858-1919 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    politicianstatesperson
    Biography

    Theodore Roosevelt Jr., often referred to as Teddy or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He previously served as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900 and the 25th vice president of the United States from March to September 1901. Roosevelt emerged as a leader of the Republican Party and became a driving force for anti-trust and Progressive policies.

  8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-2020 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton, replacing retiring justice Byron White, and at the time was generally viewed as a moderate consensus-builder. She eventually became part of the liberal wing of the Court as the Court shifted to the right over time. Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court, after Sandra Day O'Connor. During her tenure, Ginsburg wrote notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000), and City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York (2005).

  9. Katie Holmes

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    Katie Holmes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actorstage actorfilm directorfilm producer
    Biography

    Kate Noelle Holmes is an American actress and producer. She first achieved fame as Joey Potter on the television series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003).

  10. Casey Affleck

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    Casey Affleck
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    film producerscreenwriterfilm actorstage actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and director. He began his career as a child actor, appearing in the PBS television film Lemon Sky (1988) and the miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990). He later appeared in three Gus Van Sant films – To Die For (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997), and Gerry (2002) – and in Steven Soderbergh's comedy heist trilogy Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). His first leading role was in Steve Buscemi's independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim (2006).

  11. Leonard Cohen

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    Leonard Cohen
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1934-2016 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    singer-songwriterpoetstreet artistnovelistwriter
    Biography

    Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

  12. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    actorfilm directorfilm producerscreenwritercharacter actor
    Biography

    Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur. He has received various accolades, including nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his leading performances in 500 Days of Summer (2009) and 50/50 (2011). He is the founder of the online media platform HitRecord whose projects such as HitRecord on TV (2014–15) and Create Together (2020) won him two Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Interactive Program.

  13. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

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    Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
    Years
    1891-1956 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    economistpoliticianessayistbarristerjurist
    Biography

    Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, also known as Babasaheb Ambedkar ([bʌbəsɑheb ɑmbɛdkɑə]), was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits). He was British India's Minister of Labour in Viceroy's Executive Council, Chairman of the Constituent Drafting committee, independent India's first Minister of Law and Justice, and considered the chief architect of the Constitution of India.

  14. Julia Stiles

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    Julia Stiles
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    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actorstage actormodel
    Biography

    Julia O'Hara Stiles is an American actress. Born and raised in New York City, Stiles started acting at the age of 11 performing with New York's La Mama Experimental Theater Club. Her first film role was in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996), followed by a leading role in the thriller Wicked (1998) for which she was awarded the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She gained prominence for her lead roles in teen films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), for which she won the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards; Down to You (2000) for which she was nominated for another two Teen Choice Awards; and Save the Last Dance (2001), winning the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress and receiving a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.

  15. Amelia Earhart

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    Amelia Earhart
    Born in
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    Years
    1897-1937 (aged 40)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    Studied in 1919
    Occupations
    aircraft pilotmemoiristtravel writerwriterjournalist
    Biography

    Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

  16. Emmy Rossum

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    Emmy Rossum
    Born in
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    Years
    1986-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actorsingeractoropera singer
    Biography

    Emmanuelle Grey "Emmy" Rossum is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her portrayal of Fiona Gallagher in the television series Shameless. Her role in Mystic River (2003) initially brought her recognition. She starred in the science-fiction film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and received critical acclaim for her performance in the leading role of Christine Daaé in the film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera (2004). In 2007, Rossum released her debut album, Inside Out. She also released a Christmas EP the same year, titled Carol of the Bells. In 2013, she released a follow-up album called Sentimental Journey.

  17. Kate McKinnon

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    Kate McKinnon
    Born in
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    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    film actortelevision actorcomedianvoice actor
    Biography

    Kate McKinnon Berthold is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is known for her character work and celebrity impressions on the sketch comedy series The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010) and Saturday Night Live (2012–present). McKinnon has appeared in films such as Balls Out (2014), Ghostbusters (2016), Office Christmas Party (2016), Rough Night (2017), The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018), Yesterday (2019), and Bombshell (2019).

  18. Famke Janssen

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    Famke Janssen
    Born in
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    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    film actormodelfilm directorfilm producerscreenwriter
    Biography

    Famke Beumer Janssen is a Dutch actress and former fashion model. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995), Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000–2014), Ava Moore on Nip/Tuck, and Lenore Mills in the Taken film trilogy (2008–2014). In 2008, she was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity by the United Nations. She made her directorial debut with Bringing Up Bobby in 2011. She is also known for her role in the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove and for her role in ABC's How to Get Away with Murder. Janssen starred in the 2017 NBC crime thriller The Blacklist: Redemption.

  19. Isaac Asimov

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    Isaac Asimov
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    Years
    1920-1992 (aged 72)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    Studied in 1939
    Occupations
    biochemistnovelistprosaistautobiographerscience fiction writer
    Biography

    Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than 500 books. He also wrote an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.

  20. David Rockefeller

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    David Rockefeller
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1915-2017 (aged 102)
    Occupations
    art collectorbankerautobiographerstatespersonbusinessperson
    Biography

    David Rockefeller was an American banker who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the oldest living member of the third generation of the Rockefeller family, and family patriarch from August 2004 until his death in March 2017. Rockefeller was the youngest child of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and a grandson of John D. Rockefeller and Laura Spelman Rockefeller.

  21. Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    film actorstage actortelevision actorvoice actor
    Biography

    Margalit "Maggie" Ruth Gyllenhaal is an American actress and film producer. Part of the Gyllenhaal family, she is the daughter of filmmakers Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Achs, and the older sister of fellow actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

  22. Lauren Graham

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    Lauren Graham
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    actorfilm producernovelistfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Lauren Helen Graham is an American actress and author. She is best known for her roles as Lorelai Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls (2000–2007 and 2016), for which she received nominations for Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Satellite Awards, and as Sarah Braverman on the NBC television drama Parenthood (2010–2015).

  23. Anna Paquin

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    Anna Paquin
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    stage actorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Anna Hélène Paquin is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She made her acting debut portraying Flora McGrath in the romantic drama film The Piano (1993), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11, making her the second-youngest winner in Oscar history. She was a successful child actress, receiving multiple Young Artist Award nominations for her roles in Fly Away Home (1996), The Member of the Wedding (1997), and A Walk on the Moon (1999), and a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for appearing in Cameron Crowe's comedy-drama film Almost Famous (2000). She also starred in the films Jane Eyre (1996) and Amistad (1997).

  24. Ed Harris

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    Ed Harris
    Born in
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    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    film actorfilm directorcharacter actorscreenwriterfilm producer
    Biography

    Edward Allen Harris is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. His performances in Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), Pollock (2000) and The Hours (2002) earned him critical acclaim in addition to Academy Award nominations. Harris has appeared in several leading and supporting roles, such as in Knightriders (1981), Creepshow (1982), The Right Stuff (1983), The Abyss (1989), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Firm (1993), Nixon (1995), Apollo 13 (1995), The Rock (1996), Stepmom (1998), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Enemy at the Gates (2001), A History of Violence (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), Snowpiercer (2013), Pain & Gain (2013), Run All Night (2015) and Mother! (2017). In addition to directing Pollock, Harris also directed the western Appaloosa (2008).

  25. Caroline Kennedy

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    Caroline Kennedy
    Born in
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    Years
    1957-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    lawyerdiplomatwritersocialitejournalist
    Biography

    Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an American author, attorney, and diplomat who served as the United States ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. She is the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

  26. Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Born in
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    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1991 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in astrophysics
    Occupations
    astrophysicistscience writerteacherscience communicatorcosmologist
    Biography

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Tyson studied at Harvard University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Columbia University. From 1991 to 1994, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. In 1994, he joined the Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist and the Princeton faculty as a visiting research scientist and lecturer. In 1996, he became director of the planetarium and oversaw its $210 million reconstruction project, which was completed in 2000. Since 1996, he has been the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.

  27. Beto O'Rourke

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    Beto O'Rourke
    Born in
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    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1995 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianbusiness executivemusicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke is an American politician who represented Texas's 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. O'Rourke is best known for his 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, which he lost to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. He sought the 2020 Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

  28. Jenny Slate

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    Jenny Slate
    Born in
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    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    stand-up comedianactorfilm producerwriterscreenwriter
    Biography

    Jenny Sarah Slate is an American actress, comedian, and author. Born and raised in Milton, Massachusetts, Slate was educated at Milton Academy and studied literature at Columbia University, where she became involved in the improv and comedy scene. Following early acting and stand-up roles on television, Slate gained recognition for her live variety shows in New York City and for co-creating, writing, and producing the children's short film and book series Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2010–present), and became known to a mainstream audience after featuring as a cast member on the 35th season of Saturday Night Live (2009–2010). Her distinctive voice landed her the role of Tammy Larsen on the critically acclaimed animated sitcom Bob's Burgers (2012–present) and she gained further recognition for her recurring roles as Mona-Lisa Saperstein on the NBC comedy televisions series Parks and Recreation (2013–2015), Sarah Guggenheim on the Showtime comedy series House of Lies (2013–2015), and the sketch comedy series Kroll Show (2013–2015).

  29. Hunter S. Thompson

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    Hunter S. Thompson
    Born in
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    Years
    1937-2005 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    journalistnovelistreporteressayistwriter
    Biography

    Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. He first rose to prominence with the publication of Hell's Angels (1967), a book for which he spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle club to write a first-hand account of the lives and experiences of its members.

  30. J. D. Salinger

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    J. D. Salinger
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    1919-2010 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    writernovelistauthor
    Biography

    Jerome David Salinger was an American writer best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. Before its publication, Salinger published several short stories in Story magazine and served in World War II. In 1948, his critically acclaimed story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" appeared in The New Yorker, which published much of his later work.

  31. Sean Lennon

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    Sean Lennon
    Born in
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    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    singercomposerpoetactorguitarist
    Biography

    Sean Taro Ono Lennon is a British-American musician, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and half-brother to Julian Lennon. Over the course of his career, he has been a member of the bands Cibo Matto, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the Claypool Lennon Delirium and his parents' group the Plastic Ono Band. He has released two solo albums: Into the Sun (1998) and Friendly Fire (2006). He has produced numerous albums for various artists, including Black Lips, and the Plastic Ono Band.

  32. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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    Jonathan Taylor Thomas
    Born in
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    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actorvoice actorfilm producer
    Biography

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas is an American actor and director. He is known for portraying Randy Taylor on Home Improvement and voicing young Simba in Disney's 1994 film The Lion King and Pinocchio in New Line Cinema's 1996 film The Adventures of Pinocchio.

  33. Milton Friedman

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    Milton Friedman
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976
    Born in
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    Years
    1912-2006 (aged 94)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in economics
    Occupations
    economistwriterstatisticianuniversity teacheressayist
    Biography

    Milton Friedman was an American economist and statistician who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and the complexity of stabilization policy. With George Stigler and others, Friedman was among the intellectual leaders of the Chicago school of economics, a neoclassical school of economic thought associated with the work of the faculty at the University of Chicago that rejected Keynesianism in favor of monetarism until the mid-1970s, when it turned to new classical macroeconomics heavily based on the concept of rational expectations. Several students, young professors and academics who were recruited or mentored by Friedman at Chicago went on to become leading economists, including Gary Becker, Robert Fogel, Thomas Sowell and Robert Lucas Jr.

  34. Amanda Peet

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    Amanda Peet
    Born in
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    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actorwriterplaywrightstage actor
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    Amanda Peet is an American actress. She began her career with small parts on television, and made her feature film debut in Animal Room (1995). Her portrayal of Jill St. Claire in The Whole Nine Yards (2000) brought her wider recognition, and she has since appeared in a variety of films, such as Saving Silverman (2001), High Crimes; Changing Lanes; Igby Goes Down (all 2002), Something's Gotta Give (2003), Identity (2003), Melinda and Melinda (2004), A Lot Like Love (2005), Syriana (2005), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008), 2012 (2009), Please Give (2010), Gulliver's Travels (2010), The Way, Way Back (2013), and Identity Thief (2013).

  35. Anthony Perkins

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    Anthony Perkins
    Born in
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    Years
    1932-1992 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    film actorfilm directorsingerscreenwriterstage actor
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    Anthony Perkins was an American actor, director, and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion (1956), but is best remembered for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and its three sequels. His other films include Fear Strikes Out (1957), The Matchmaker (1958), On the Beach (1959), Tall Story (1960), The Trial (1962), Phaedra (1962), Five Miles to Midnight (1962), Pretty Poison (1968), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Mahogany (1975), The Black Hole (1979), North Sea Hijack (1980), and Crimes of Passion (1984).

  36. Bill de Blasio

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    Bill de Blasio
    Born in
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    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Bill de Blasio is an American politician serving as the 109th mayor of New York City since 2014. A member of the Democratic Party, he held the office of New York City Public Advocate from 2010 to 2013.

  37. Jack Kerouac

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    Jack Kerouac
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    Years
    1922-1969 (aged 47)
    Occupations
    writerpoetnovelistscreenwriter
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    Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac, known as Jack Kerouac, was an American novelist of French Canadian ancestry, who, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, was a pioneer of the Beat Generation.

  38. Utada Hikaru

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    Utada Hikaru
    Born in
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    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    singer-songwriterrecord producercomposerpianistblogger
    Biography

    Utada Hikaru, who is also known as Hikaru Utada and the mononym Utada, is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter and producer. Born in the United States to Japanese parents, record producer Utada Teruzane and enka singer Keiko Fuji, Utada began to write music and lyrics at an early age and often traveled to Tokyo as a result of their father's job. Eventually, a recording contract with Toshiba-EMI was signed and, under the stage name Cubic U, Utada released their English-language debut album Precious in early 1998, but it was a commercial failure. In the following year, heavily influenced by R&B and dance-pop, their Japanese-language debut First Love was released and became an instant success. Backed by the massive success of singles "Automatic", "Time Will Tell", and "Movin' On Without You", the album sold two million copies in its first week in Japan, topped the Oricon charts for six non-consecutive weeks and went on to sell six million more throughout the rest of 1999. First Love eventually became the country's best-selling album of all time.

  39. Neil Gorsuch

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    Neil Gorsuch
    Born in
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    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1988 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    lawyerUnited States federal judge
    Biography

    Neil McGill Gorsuch is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President Donald Trump on January 31, 2017 and has served since April 10, 2017.

  40. James Gunn

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    James Gunn
    Born in
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    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    actorfilm directorscreenwriternovelistfilm producer
    Biography

    James Francis Gunn Jr. is an American film director, actor, producer, and screenwriter. He began his career as a screenwriter in the mid-1990s. He then began working as a director, starting with the horror-comedy film Slither (2006), and eventually moving to the superhero genre with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and The Suicide Squad (2021). He also wrote and directed the web series James Gunn's PG Porn (2008–2009), and the superhero film Super (2010).

  41. Sara Ali Khan

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    Sara Ali Khan
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1995-.. (age 26)
    Occupations
    actor
    Biography

    Sara Ali Khan is an Indian actress who works in Hindi-language films. Born into the Pataudi family, she is the daughter of actors Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan. She is the paternal granddaughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, and the maternal granddaughter of Shivinder Singh Virk and Rukhsana Sultana.

  42. Robert Kraft

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    Robert Kraft
    Born in
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    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    financierchief executive officer
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    Robert Kenneth Kraft is an American billionaire businessman. He is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Kraft Group, a diversified holding company with assets in paper and packaging, sports and entertainment, real estate development and a private equity portfolio. He is the owner of the National Football League's New England Patriots, Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, and Gillette Stadium, where both teams play. He also owns the Boston Uprising, the first esports team in New England.

  43. Brian Dennehy

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    1938-2020 (aged 82)
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    actormilitary personnelscreenwriterfilm producer
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    Brian Manion Dennehy was an American actor of stage, television, and film. He won two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, and a Golden Globe, and received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Dennehy had roles in over 180 films and in many television and stage productions. His film roles included First Blood (1982), Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), Cocoon (1985), F/X (1986), Presumed Innocent (1990), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Knight of Cups (2015). Dennehy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Willy Loman in the television film Death of a Salesman (2000).

  44. Andrew Yang

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    1975-.. (age 46)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    Graduated with Juris Doctor
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    entrepreneur
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    Andrew Yang is an American businessman, politician, and author. The son of immigrants from Taiwan, Yang was born and raised in New York State. He attended Brown University and Columbia Law School. Originally a lawyer, Yang began working in startups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. In 2011, he founded Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization focused on creating jobs in cities struggling to recover from the Great Recession.

  45. Art Garfunkel

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    1941-.. (age 80)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1961 studied architecture
    In 1965 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in art history
    Occupations
    singer-songwriterstreet artistpoetactorsongwriter
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    Arthur Ira Garfunkel is an American singer, poet, and actor. He is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.

  46. Telly Savalas

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    1922-1994 (aged 72)
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    television actorfilm actorsingertelevision directorpoker player
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    Aristotelis Savalas was an American actor and singer whose career spanned four decades. Noted for his bald head and deep, resonant voice, he is perhaps best known for portraying Lt. Theo Kojak on the crime drama series Kojak (1973–1978) and James Bond archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

  47. Brian De Palma

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    1940-.. (age 81)
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    film directorscreenwriterfilm producerfilm editor
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    Brian Russell De Palma is an American film director and screenwriter. With a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his work in the suspense, crime and psychological thriller genres. His prominent films include mainstream box office hits such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996), as well as cult favorites such as Sisters (1972), Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Casualties of War (1989), Carlito's Way (1993), and Femme Fatale (2002).

  48. Allen Ginsberg

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    1926-1997 (aged 71)
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    playwrightpoetwriterautobiographerscreenwriter
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    Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and writer. As a student at Columbia University in the 1940s, he began friendships with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, forming the core of the Beat Generation. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, and he embodied various aspects of this counterculture with his views on drugs, sex, multiculturalism, hostility to bureaucracy, and openness to Eastern religions.

  49. Madeleine Albright

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    1937-.. (age 84)
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    diplomatpoliticianwriter
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    Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is an American politician and diplomat who served as the first-ever female United States Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

  50. Joan Rivers

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    1933-2014 (aged 81)
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    comediantelevision presenterfilm directorscreenwriterwriter
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    Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating and sharply acerbic, especially towards celebrities and politicians. She is considered a pioneer of women in comedy by many critics.

  51. Jim Jarmusch

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    1953-.. (age 68)
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    film directoractorscreenwriterfilm producerwriter
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    James Robert Jarmusch is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s, directing films such as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Paterson (2016), and The Dead Don't Die (2019). Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002. As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released three albums with Jozef van Wissem.

  52. Soon-Yi Previn

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    1970-.. (age 51)
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    film actor
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    Soon-Yi Previn is the adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and musician André Previn, and the wife of filmmaker Woody Allen. Soon-Yi Previn is notable for her relationship with Allen, who was her adoptive mother's boyfriend for over 10 years. Previn's relationship with Allen became national news in 1992.

  53. Lou Gehrig

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    1903-1941 (aged 38)
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    baseball player
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    Henry Louis Gehrig was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees (1923–1939). Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname "The Iron Horse". He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams. He had a career.340 batting average,.632 slugging average, and a.447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in (RBI). He still has the highest ratio of runs scored plus runs batted in per 100 plate appearances (35.08) and per 100 games (156.7) among Hall of Fame players. In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number (4) retired by a team.

  54. Maryanne Trump Barry

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    1937-.. (age 84)
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    magistratelawyerjudge
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    Maryanne Trump Barry is an American attorney and a retired United States federal judge. She became an Assistant United States Attorney in 1974, and was first appointed to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. In 1999, she was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, by President Bill Clinton.

  55. Elaine Chao

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    1953-.. (age 68)
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    politicianeconomist
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    Elaine Lan Chao is an American businesswoman and politician. A member of the Republican Party, Chao served as Secretary of Transportation in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2021, and as Secretary of Labor in the Bush administration from 2001 to 2009.

  56. Rachel Nichols

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    1980-.. (age 41)
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    actortelevision actorfilm producermodelfilm actor
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    Rachel Emily Nichols is an American actress and model. Nichols began modeling while attending Columbia University in New York City in the late 1990s, and transitioned into acting by the early 2000s; she had a part in the romantic drama Autumn in New York (2000) and a one-episode role in the fourth season of Sex and the City (2002). Her first major role was in the comedy Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), and she went on to achieve wider recognition playing Rachel Gibson in the final season of the action television series Alias (2005–2006) and for her role in the horror film The Amityville Horror (2005).

  57. Shinjirō Koizumi

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    1981-.. (age 40)
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    politician
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    Shinjirō Koizumi is a Japanese politician who has been Minister of the Environment since 2019 and a Member of the House of Representatives for the Liberal Democratic Party. He is the second son of former Prime Minister Junichirō Koizumi and the younger brother of actor Kotaro Koizumi.

  58. Kathryn Bigelow

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    1951-.. (age 70)
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    screenwriterfilm directorfilm producerwriterexecutive producer
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    Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and Detroit (2017).

  59. Max Minghella

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    1985-.. (age 36)
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    stage actorfilm actorfilm directorscreenwritertelevision actor
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    Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English actor and filmmaker. He has appeared in several American films, making his debut in Bee Season (2005) before starring in Art School Confidential (2006), The Social Network (2010) and The Internship (2013). Minghella currently stars as Nick Blaine in the Hulu drama series The Handmaid's Tale.

  60. Roy Cohn

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    1927-1986 (aged 59)
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    lawyerwriterbiographerbusinessperson
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    Roy Marcus Cohn was an American lawyer who came to prominence for his role as Senator Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel during the Army–McCarthy hearings in 1954, when he assisted McCarthy's investigations of suspected communists. Modern historians view his approach during those hearings as dependent on demagogic, reckless and unsubstantiated accusations against political opponents. In the late 1970s and during the 1980s, he became a prominent political fixer in New York City. He represented and mentored the real estate developer and later President of the United States Donald Trump during his early business career.

  61. Cara Buono

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    1974-.. (age 47)
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    screenwriterfilm producertelevision actorfilm actorfilm director
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    Cara Buono is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Faye Miller in the fourth season of the AMC drama series Mad Men; Kelli Moltisanti in the sixth season of The Sopranos; Linda Salvo in the 2006 comedy Artie Lange's Beer League; and Karen Wheeler in the horror sci-fi Netflix series Stranger Things. She has appeared in films including Hulk (2003) and Let Me In (2010).

  62. Laurie Holden

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    1969-.. (age 52)
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    television actorfilm actorfilm producerhuman rights activiststage actor
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    Heather Laurie Holden is an American-Canadian actress, producer, model, and human rights activist. She is known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files (1996–2002), Adele Stanton in The Majestic (2001), Cybil Bennett in Silent Hill (2006), Amanda Dumfries in The Mist (2007), Olivia Murray in The Shield (2008), Andrea in The Walking Dead (2010–2013; 2020), Renee in The Americans (2017–2018) and Crimson Countess in The Boys (2021).

  63. Raymond Burr

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    1917-1993 (aged 76)
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    stage actorfilm actoractortelevision actor
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    William Raymond Stacy Burr was a Canadian-American actor known for his lengthy Hollywood film career and his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside.

  64. Ursula K. Le Guin

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    1929-2018 (aged 89)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1952 graduated with Master of Arts
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    writerscreenwritertranslatornovelistpoet
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    Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, producing more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters". Le Guin herself said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".

  65. Matthew Fox

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    1966-.. (age 55)
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    actortelevision actormodelfilm actor
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    Matthew Chandler Fox is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Charlie Salinger on Party of Five (1994–2000) and Jack Shephard on the drama series Lost (2004–2010), the latter of which earned him Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Fox has also performed in ten feature films, including We Are Marshall (2006), Vantage Point (2008), Alex Cross (2012), Emperor (2012) and Bone Tomahawk (2015).

  66. Georgia O'Keeffe

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    1887-1986 (aged 99)
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    painterdrawergraphic artistdraftsperson
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    Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was an American artist. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism".

  67. Richard Thomas

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    1951-.. (age 70)
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    film actorstage actortelevision actorscreenwriterfilm producer
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    Richard Earl Thomas is an American actor. He is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, for which he won an Emmy Award, received a nomination for another and two Golden Globe Awards. He also starred in the miniseries adaption of Stephen King's It and played Special Agent Frank Gaad on FX's spy thriller series The Americans.

  68. William Barr

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    1950-.. (age 71)
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    politicianlawyerpolitical scientist
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    William Pelham "Bill" Barr is an American attorney who served as the 77th and 85th United States Attorney General in the administrations of Presidents George H. W. Bush and Donald Trump.

  69. George Stephanopoulos

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    1961-.. (age 60)
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    journalistwriterbloggernews presenterpolitician
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    George Robert Stephanopoulos is an American television host, political commentator, and former Democratic advisor. Stephanopoulos currently is a coanchor with Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan on Good Morning America, and host of This Week, ABC's Sunday morning current events news program. From 2014-2020 Stephanopoulos held the title as "Chief Anchor" of ABC News, demoted in 2021 to mornings only as David Muir began new duties covering breaking news in the evening hours and prime time.

  70. Yo-Yo Ma

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    1955-.. (age 66)
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    cellistmusiciancomposermusic pedagogueactor
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    Yo-Yo Ma is an American cellist. Born in Paris to Chinese parents and educated in New York City, Ma was a child prodigy, performing from the age of four and a half. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world. He has recorded more than 90 albums and received 18 Grammy Awards.

  71. Robert Sean Leonard

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    1969-.. (age 52)
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    television actorstage actorfilm actor
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    Robert Lawrence Leonard, known by his stage name Robert Sean Leonard, is an American actor. He is best known for playing Dr. James Wilson in the television series House (2004–2012) and Neil Perry in the film Dead Poets Society. Leonard won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in The Invention of Love in 2001. His other theater credits include Candida, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Breaking the Code, The Speed of Darkness, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Arcadia, The Music Man, Born Yesterday, and To Kill a Mockingbird. From 2013 to 2014, Leonard had a recurring role as Dr. Roger Kadar on the television series Falling Skies. He also starred as the leading role in Swing Kids playing Peter Muller.

  72. James Cagney

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    1899-1986 (aged 87)
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    film actorcharacter actorstage actortelevision actortrade unionist
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    James Francis Cagney Jr. was an American actor and dancer. On stage and in film, Cagney was known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing. He won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances. He is remembered for playing multifaceted tough guys in films such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), City for Conquest (1940) and White Heat (1949), finding himself typecast or limited by this reputation earlier in his career. He was able to negotiate dancing opportunities in his films and ended up winning the Academy Award for his role in the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its list of greatest male stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Orson Welles described Cagney as "maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera".

  73. Anson Mount

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    1973-.. (age 48)
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    television actorfilm actoractorfilm producer
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    Anson Adams Mount IV is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as fictional character Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels, as Jim Steele on the short-lived NBC series Conviction, as the Marvel Comics superhero Black Bolt in Marvel's Inhumans, and as Captain Christopher Pike in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. He also appeared in the film Crossroads (2002). He is a member of the Board of Directors of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

  74. Ezra Koenig

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    1984-.. (age 37)
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    guitaristsingermusiciansongwriterteacher
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    Ezra Michael Koenig is an American musician, singer-songwriter, television producer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, playwright, YouTuber, and radio personality. He is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of indie rock band Vampire Weekend. Additionally, Koenig is the creator of the Netflix animated comedy series Neo Yokio and also hosts the Apple Music radio talk show Time Crisis with Ezra Koenig. Time Crisis is airing its seventh season, as of 2021.

  75. Gene Roddenberry

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    1921-1991 (aged 70)
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    screenwritertelevision producerfilm produceraircraft pilotscience fiction writer
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    Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer and creator of Star Trek: The Original Series, and its sequel spin-off series Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, where his father was a police officer. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked as a commercial pilot after the war. Later, he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he also began to write scripts for television.

  76. Alan Greenspan

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    1926-.. (age 95)
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    economistbankerpoliticianentrepreneurjazz musician
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    Alan Greenspan is an American economist who served five terms as the 13th chair of the Federal Reserve in the United States from 1987 to 2006. He works as a private adviser and provides consulting for firms through his company, Greenspan Associates LLC. First appointed Federal Reserve chairman by President Ronald Reagan in August 1987, he was reappointed at successive four-year intervals until retiring on January 31, 2006, after the second-longest tenure in the position (behind William McChesney Martin).

  77. Joseph Campbell

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    1904-1987 (aged 83)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1925 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English literature
    1925-1927 graduated with Master of Arts in medieval literature
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    mythologisttranslatoruniversity teacherwriteranthropologist
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    Joseph John Campbell was an American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. Campbell's best-known work is his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), in which he discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero shared by world mythologies, termed the monomyth.

  78. Geraldo Rivera

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    1943-.. (age 78)
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    journalisttelevision presenterlawyerwriterradio personality
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    Geraldo Rivera is an American journalist, attorney, author, political commentator, and former television host. He hosted the tabloid talk show Geraldo from 1987 to 1998. He gained publicity with the live TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults. Rivera hosted the news magazine program Geraldo at Large, hosts the occasional broadcast of Geraldo Rivera Reports (in lieu of hosting At Large), and appears regularly on Fox News programs such as The Five.

  79. Thomas Sowell

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    1930-.. (age 91)
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    economistuniversity teacher
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    Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

  80. Sidney Lumet

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    1924-2011 (aged 87)
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    film directorscreenwriterfilm producerwriterstage actor
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    Sidney Arthur Lumet was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award: four for Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Verdict (1982) and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Prince of the City (1981). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but did receive an Academy Honorary Award, and 14 of his films were nominated for Oscars.

  81. Philip Hamilton

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    1782-1801 (aged 19)
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    poetstudent
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    Philip Hamilton was the eldest child of Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. He died at age 19, fatally shot in a duel with George Eacker at Weehawken, New Jersey.

  82. Mona Simpson

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    1957-.. (age 64)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1983 graduated with Master of Fine Arts in writing
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    essayistnovelistwriter
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    Mona Simpson is an American novelist. She has written six novels and studied English at the University of California, Berkeley and Languages and Literature at Columbia University. She won a Whiting Award for her first novel, Anywhere but Here (1986). It was a popular success and adapted as a film by the same name, released in 1999. She wrote a sequel, The Lost Father (1992). Critical recognition has included the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and making the shortlist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel Off Keck Road (2000). Simpson is the younger sister of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Simpson was born after her parents had married and did not meet Jobs, who was placed for adoption after he was born, until she was 25 years old.

  83. Kelsey Asbille

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    1991-.. (age 30)
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    actorstage actortelevision actorfilm actor
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    Kelsey Asbille Chow is an American actress. She is known for her role as Mikayla in the Disney XD sitcom Pair of Kings. From 2005 to 2009, she had a recurring role as Gigi Silveri on the drama One Tree Hill. She portrayed Tracy Stewart in MTV's Teen Wolf from 2015–2016.

  84. Shirley Chisholm

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    1924-2005 (aged 81)
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    politician
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    Shirley Anita Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York's 12th congressional district, a district centered on Bedford-Stuyvesant, for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In the 1972 United States presidential election, she became the first African-American candidate to run for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

  85. Paul Auster

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    1947-.. (age 74)
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    screenwriterfilm directorlinguisttranslatornovelist
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    Paul Benjamin Auster is an American writer and film director. His notable works include The New York Trilogy (1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), The Book of Illusions (2002), The Brooklyn Follies (2005), Invisible (2009), Sunset Park (2010), Winter Journal (2012), and 4 3 2 1 (2017). His books have been translated into more than forty languages.

  86. George Segal

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    1934-2021 (aged 87)
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    banjoiststage actortelevision actorfilm actorvoice actor
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    George Segal Jr. was an American actor and musician. He became popular in the 1960s and 1970s for playing both dramatic and comedic roles. Some of his most acclaimed performances are in films such as Ship of Fools (1965), King Rat (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), No Way to Treat a Lady (1968), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), Where's Poppa? (1970), The Hot Rock (1972), Blume in Love (1973), A Touch of Class (1973), California Split (1974), For the Boys (1991), and Flirting with Disaster (1996). He was one of the first American film actors to rise to leading man status with an unchanged Jewish surname, helping pave the way for other major actors of his generation.

  87. Herbert Marcuse

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    1898-1979 (aged 81)
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    philosophersociologistpolitical theoristuniversity teacher
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    Herbert Marcuse was a German-American philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist, associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Born in Berlin, Marcuse studied at the Humboldt University of Berlin and then at Freiburg, where he received his PhD. He was a prominent figure in the Frankfurt-based Institute for Social Research – what later became known as the Frankfurt School. He was married to Sophie Wertheim (1924–1951), Inge Neumann (1955–1973), and Erica Sherover (1976–1979). In his written works, he criticized capitalism, modern technology, Soviet Communism and entertainment culture, arguing that they represent new forms of social control.

  88. Spencer Treat Clark

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    1987-.. (age 34)
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    actortelevision actorfilm actor
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    Spencer Treat Clark is an American actor. He rose to prominence for his roles in the films Gladiator (2000) and Unbreakable (2000). He has since appeared in the films Mystic River (2003), The Last House on the Left (2009), Much Ado About Nothing (2012) and Glass (2019).

  89. Vanessa Carlton

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    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    pianistsinger-songwritersingermusiciancomposer
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    Vanessa Lee Carlton is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Upon completion of her education at the School of American Ballet, Carlton chose to pursue singing instead, performing in New York City bars and clubs while attending college. Three months after recording a demo with producer Peter Zizzo, she signed with A&M Records. She began recording her album, which was initially unsuccessful until Ron Fair took over.

  90. Cenk Uygur

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    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    radio personalitylawyerYouTuberjournalistpolitician
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    Cenk Kadir Uygur is a Turkish American progressive political commentator, media host, attorney, and journalist. Uygur is the creator of The Young Turks, an American left-wing sociopolitical news and commentary program. Before beginning his career as a political commentator, he worked briefly as an associate attorney in Washington, D.C. and New York City. As a young man, Uygur supported social conservative positions but as his views evolved he began to identify as a progressive. He is also a co-founder of Justice Democrats.

  91. Margaret Mead

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    Years
    1901-1978 (aged 77)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    In 1929 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    curatoranthropologistwriter
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    Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College in New York City and her MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University. Mead served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1975.

  92. Mikheil Saakashvili

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    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    juristpoliticianlawyertelevision presenter
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    Mikheil Saakashvili is a Georgian and Ukrainian politician and jurist. He was the third President of Georgia for two consecutive terms from 25 January 2004 to 17 November 2013. From May 2015 until November 2016, Saakashvili was the Governor of Ukraine's Odessa Oblast. He is the founder and former chairman of the United National Movement party. Saakashvili heads the Executive Committee of Ukraine's National Reform Council since 7 May 2020.

  93. Julia Jones

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    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actormodelfilm actor
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    Julia Jones is an American actress, known for playing Leah Clearwater in The Twilight Saga films and Kohana in the HBO series Westworld.

  94. Tinsley Mortimer

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    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    socialitetelevision actorfashion designer
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    Tinsley Randolph Mortimer is an American socialite and television personality. She is known for starring in reality television series High Society and The Real Housewives of New York City.

  95. Upton Sinclair

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    Years
    1878-1968 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    journalistnovelistfilm producerwriteropinion journalist
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    Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. was an American writer, political activist and the 1934 Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California who wrote nearly 100 books and other works in several genres. Sinclair's work was well known and popular in the first half of the 20th century, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943.

  96. Paul Robeson

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    Years
    1898-1976 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    singerlawyerwritermusicianbasketball player
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    Paul Leroy Robeson was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism. Educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University, he was a star athlete in his youth. His political activities began with his involvement with unemployed workers and anti-imperialist students whom he met in Britain and continued with support for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War and his opposition to fascism. In the United States he became active in the civil rights movement and other social justice campaigns. His sympathies for the Soviet Union and for communism, and his criticism of the United States government and its foreign policies, caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

  97. Eric Holder

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    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
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    Eric Himpton Holder Jr. is an American lawyer who served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, was the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.

  98. Eric Garcetti

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    Born in
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    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    politicianactortelevision actorprofessornaval officer
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    Eric Michael Garcetti is an American politician serving as the 42nd and current mayor of Los Angeles since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected in the 2013 election, and reelected in 2017. A former member of the Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti served as City Council President from 2006 to 2012. He is the city's first elected Jewish mayor, and its second consecutive Mexican American mayor. He was elected as the youngest mayor in over 100 years, having been 42 at the time of his inauguration. It is reported that President Biden intends to nominate Garcetti to the position of United States Ambassador to India.

  99. Preet Bharara

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    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    lawyerpodcaster
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    Preetinder Singh Bharara is an American lawyer, author, and former federal prosecutor who served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for five years prior to leading the Southern District. According to The New York Times, Bharara was one of the "nation's most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors of public corruption and Wall Street crime during his tenure.

  100. Konrad Lorenz

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    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973
    Born in
    Austria Flag Austria
    Years
    1903-1989 (aged 86)
    Enrolled in Columbia University
    1922-1923 graduated with undergraduate education in medicine
    Occupations
    ethologistzoologistbiologistuniversity teacherwriter
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    Konrad Zacharias Lorenz was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist. He shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch. He is often regarded as one of the founders of modern ethology, the study of animal behavior. He developed an approach that began with an earlier generation, including his teacher Oskar Heinroth.