Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-)
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is a renowned American actor and producer known for his good looks and exceptional acting skills. Marking his entry through television in 1991 with ‘Santa Barbara’, he went on to become an international star. He ventured into the film world through a horror flick ‘Critters 3’ and continued with many more like ‘This Boy’s Life’, ‘Titanic’, ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ and others. His participation in dramas like ‘Romeo + Juliet’, ‘The Basket ball Dairies’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can’ brought him tremendous acclaim. It was ‘Titanic’ that served as a milestone in turning around his overall image as an actor. He received his first Golden Globe Award post ‘Titanic’.
Demi Moore (1962-)
Hollywood actress, Demi Moore, had very humble beginnings and she once worked as a pin-up-girl after she dropped out of high school. She had a very disturbed childhood, her birth father left her mother even before she was born and her stepfather committed suicide when she was sixteen. After the incident, young Demi’s life was full of hardships and her mother embarrassed her with a record of drunken driving crimes and arson. With an unstable family, still determined to pave her way in the world of entertainment, she did many odd jobs and finally made her debut with the film, ‘Choices’. She later gained fame and recognition with her breakthrough role in the film, ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’.
Stanley Tucci (1960-)
Stanley Tucci is an actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and author from America. After graduating with an acting degree from SUNY Purchase like many of his contemporary colleagues, Tucci starred in the Broadway play ‘The Queen and the Rebels’ in 1982. He made his screen debut three years later in the black comedy ‘Prizzi’s Honor’. In the early phase of his career, he appeared in a series of small yet memorable roles in both films and television shows, effectively gathering experience as well as getting better at his craft. He starred as the titular character in his breakthrough television film ‘Winchell’, which earned him both Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awards.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
Fyodor Dostoevsky was a philosopher and novelist whose works portrayed human turmoil in the midst of a politically and socially troubled atmosphere of the 19th century Russia. His works were characterized by an intensity that led him to be labeled one of the most significant psychologists of the literary world. He was exposed to literature from an early age and had already published a novel by the time he was 25 years of age. A brilliant young man, he also boasted of a great academic record, graduating at third position from engineering college. He was of delicate health but his health problems could not keep him away from writing and he went on to produce classics like ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘The Brothers Karamazov’.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)
Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential American novelists of the 20th century who brought about a phenomenal distinction in literature. Instead of sticking to a particular genre, he diversified his work blending unthinkable categories such as science fiction with humor, social commentary with absurdity and so on. His work was filled with unusual characters that had a feel of realism in them such as the Tralfamadorians in ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’. It was due to his unique writing style that he became a literary icon and had a huge fan following. During his lifetime, he came up with various works including, ‘Cat’s Cradle’, ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ and ‘Breakfast of Champions’.
Teri Garr (1947-)
Terry Ann Garr, popularly known as Teri Garr, is a renowned American actress, dancer and singer who is best known for her role in the 1982 American comedy ‘Tootsie’ for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Garr, who began her career working as a background dancer in movies, made her first significant appearance in the 1974 award winning American psychological thriller ‘The Conversation’. After doing roles in several films such as ‘Young Frankenstein,’ and ‘Oh God!,’ her popularity rose to new heights after she played a neurotic girlfriend in the 1982 film ‘Tootsie’.
Dick Cavett (1936-)
Dick Cavett is a famous American TV personality, best known for his talk show, ‘The Dick Cavett Show.’ He has interviewed several famous personalities, such as Marlon Brando and John Lennon, and has discussed controversial issues, which has earned him wide viewership. As a youngster, he was a good gymnast and had learnt magic to entertain his friends. He discovered his acting talent while in ‘Yale University’ and changed his major from English to drama. He started his career as a stand-up comedian in Manhattan, doing minor roles, till he impressed Jack Paar and became a member of the team that produced ‘The Tonight Show.’ He appeared as himself in the award-winning movies ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Forrest Gump.’