Gerard Butler (1969-)
Gerard Butler is a Scottish actor and film producer. He dedicated seven years of his life studying law, before choosing to become an actor. Butler was passionate about movies from his younger days, and was an enthusiastic moviegoer. He was also a member of the ‘Scottish Youth Theatre.’ After graduating in law, he was not sure about pursuing a career in law. Thus, he relocated to London to pursue his dream of becoming famous. He made his stage appearance in the Shakespeare tragedy ‘Coriolanus,’ while hunting for movie roles. He became popular after playing the role of ‘The Phantom’ in the Academy Award-nominated film ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ His popularity increased when he played ‘King Leonidas of Sparta’ in the fantasy war film ‘300.’
Whoopi Goldberg (1955-)
Not many black actresses can claim to have as flamboyant and successful a career as Whoopi Goldberg. A star in her own right, she is one of the 14 entertainers ever to have an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in her kitty, a feat that select few can boast of. What differentiates Goldberg from her contemporaries is the excellence that she portrayed in all the mediums of entertainment, be it television, theatre, films or radio. She created history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for best supporting actress in nearly 50 years. Furthermore, she is only the second African-American actress to win an Academy Award for acting.
Jean Seberg (1938-1979)
Jean Dorothy Seberg was an American actress best known for her performance in films, such as ‘Breathless’, ‘Paint Your Wagon’, and ‘Gang War in Naples’. Born in Marshalltown, Iowa, US, she began her film career when she was nineteen. Her first role was in the British American film ‘Saint Joan’. The film was an adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s play of the same name, based on the life of the famous French warrior Joan of Arc. Seberg portrayed the title role of Joan. The film received a lot of criticism due to historical inaccuraracies. Over the next few years, she appeared in films such as ‘Breathless’ and ‘In the French Style’. She played the lead role in the film ‘Moment to Moment’, where she portrayed an adulterous married woman.
Jimmy Kimmel (1967-)
Quick-witted, amusing and down to earth, Jimmy Kimmel is one of the wealthiest and most successful American talk show hosts. With an estimated net worth of $35 million, he earns an aggregate of $8 million a year for his talk-show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ alone. He started out as a radio jockey and appeared as the popular ‘Jimmy the Sports Guy’ in the Los Angles based radio show ‘The Kevin and Bean Show’. Soon after, he bagged the Daytime Emmy Award for his sharp-edged humour as the co-host of the game show ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money’. He reached the highpoint of his career and achieved great success in the field of late-night talk shows with his hit show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
Moon Chae-won (1986-)
Moon Chae-won is a popular South Korean actress, who made her acting debut in television drama ‘Mackerel Run’ in 2007. Her breakout role came in 2008 drama, ‘Painter of the Wind’. The movie was a departure in its theme due to its homoerotic connotation. The movie was well received by the industry, and its two actresses even won the ‘Best Couple’ award at the ‘2008 SBS Drama Awards’—something that had happened first time in the history of Korean drama. She continued raising her profile by giving impressive performances in dramas like ‘Brilliant Legacy’, ‘The Princess’ Man’,’ War of the Arrows’ (which became her biggest break out role ever) , ‘The Innocent Man’ and ‘Good Doctor’.
Edward III of England (1312-1377)
Edward III served as the King of England from 1327 until 1377. He came to power at the time when England was going through a difficult phase, with an inactive King who was keener on bestowing favours to his exclusive patronage rather than improving the condition of the country. King Edward III was charismatic and dominant. He transformed the Kingdom of England from the disastrous reign of his father into one of the most formidable military powers. He was commended for his military shrewdness and warfare aptitude. It was under his rule that the Hundred Years’ War commenced as his claim for being the rightful heir to the French throne was denied.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
A neo-Romanticist, Robert Louis Stevenson was a prominent Scottish author and poet, who contributed immensely to English literature in his lifetime. Many modernist writers canned his ideas and works and it is only lately that critics have started to gauge his popularity and have allowed him an ineffaceable place in the world of western literature. Today, he is one of the ‘26 most translated authors in the world’ and has served as an inspiration for writers like Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling and Jorge Luis Borges. Some of his most notable works include ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ and ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’.