John Raitt Biography

Born John Emmet Raitt, January 20, 1917, in Santa Ana, CA; died of complications from pneumonia, February 20, 2005, in Pacific Palisades, CA. Actor.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen Biography

Born on January 26, 1953, in Ginnerup, Nørre Djurs, Denmark; son of Knud (a farmer) and Martha Rasmussen; married to Anne-Mette; children: three.Education:Earned degree in economics from the University of Århus, 1978.

Harry Reid Biography

Born December 2, 1939, in Searchlight, NV; son of Harry Sr. (a gold miner) and Inez (a laundry worker) Reid; married Landra Gould, 1959; children: Lana, Rory, Leif, Josh, Key.

Judith Rossner Biography

Born Judith Perelman, March 31, 1935, in New York, NY; died of complications from diabetes and leukemia, August 9, 2005, in New York, NY. Author.

Karl Rove Biography

Born December 25, 1950, in Denver, CO; married Valerie Wainwright, 1977 (divorced, 1979), married Darby Hickson, 1986; children: Andrew (from second marriage). Education: Attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin, and George Mason University.

Marjane Satrapi Biography

Born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran; married, c. 1994.Education: Graduated from L'Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Tehran, Iran; studied at Arts Deco in Strasbourg, France.

Kyra Sedgwick Biography

Born August 19, 1965, in New York, NY; married Kevin Bacon (an actor), September 3, 1988; children: Travis, Sosie. Education: Attended Sarah Lawrence College, New York, NY; attended University of Southern California, c.

John Sentamu Biography

Born June 10, 1949, in Kampala, Uganda; son of Rev. John (a preacher) and Ruth Walakira; married Margaret; children: Grace, Geoffrey.

Gyanendra Shah Biography

Born Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, July 7, 1947, in Kathmandu, Nepal; son of Mahendra (a king) and Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi; married Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi, 1970; children: Paras (a son), one daughter. Education: Earned degree from Tribhuvan University, 1969.

John Patrick Shanley Biography

Born October 13, 1950, in New York, NY; son of a meatpacker; married and divorced first wife; married Jayne Haynes (an actress; divorced); children: Nick, Frank. Education: New York University, B.S., 1977.

Artie Shaw Biography

Born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, May 23, 1910, in New York, NY; died December 30, 2004, at his home in Newbury Park, CA. Clarinetist and bandleader.

Jaime Sin Biography

Born Jaime Lachica Sin, August 3, 1928, in New Washington, the Philippines; died of multiple organ failure, June 21, 2005, in the Philippines. Cardinal.

Harry Slatkin Biography

Born c. 1961; married Laura; children: David, Ali (twins).

Jimmy Smith Biography

Born James Oscar Smith, December 8, 1928, in Norristown, PA; died February 8, 2005, in Scottsdale, AZ. Jazz musician.

John W. Snow Biography

Born August 2, 1939, in Toledo, OH; married Carolyn; children: three. Education: University of Toledo, B.A., 1962; University of Virginia, Ph.D.

Susan Sontag Biography

Born Susan Rosenblatt, January 16, 1933, in New York, NY; died of leukemia, December 28, 2004, in New York, NY. Author.

Anne Stevens Biography

Born c. 1949 in Reading; PA; married Bill Stevens (a retired auto supplier manager), c.

Jens Stoltenberg Biography

Born March 16, 1959, in Oslo, Norway; son of Thorvald (a politician) and Karin (a politician) Stoltenberg; married Ingrid Schulerud (a diplomat); children: two. Education: Earned advance degree in economics from the University of Oslo.

Joss Stone Biography

Born Joscelyn Eve Stoker, April 11, 1987, in Ashill, Devon, England; daughter of Richard (a business owner) and Wendy Stoker.

System of a Down Biography

Members include John Dolmayan (born July 15, 1973, in Lebanon), drums; Daron Malakian (born July 18, 1975, in Hollywood, CA; son of artists), singer, guitar; Shavo Odadjian (born April 22, 1974, in Yerevan, Armenia), bass; Serj Tankian (born August 21, 1967, in Beirut, Lebanon), keyboards, singer.

Kenzo Tange Biography

Born September 4, 1913, Imabari, Shikoku Island, Japan; died of a heart ailment, March 22, 2005, in Tokyo, Japan. Architect.

Hannah Teter Biography

Born January 27, 1987, in Belmont, VT; daughter of Jeff (a foreman) and Pat (a nurse) Teter.

The White Stripes Biography

Group formed in 1997 in Detroit, MI; members include Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis, July 9, 1975, in Detroit, MI; married Meg White, 1996 [divorced, 2000]; married Karen Elson, 2005), vocals, guitar; Meg White (born Megan Martha White, December 10, 1974; married Jack White, 1996 [divorced, 2000]), drums, vocals.

Lily Tuck Biography

Born in France in 1938; married and divorced first husband; married second husband (died, 2002); children: three sons. Education: Received degrees from Radcliffe College and the Sorbonne.

Keith Urban Biography

Born Keith Lionel Urban, October 26, 1967, in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand; son of Bob (a convenience store operator) and Marienne (a convenience store operator) Urban.

Tabaré Vázquez Biography

Born Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas, January 17, 1940; married to Maria Auxiliadora Delgado; children: four. Education: Received medical degree from the University of the Republic (Uruguay) as an oncology and radiology specialist, 1972.

Jay Van Andel Biography

Born June 3, 1924, in Grand Rapids, MI; died of Parkinson's disease, December 7, 2004, in Ada, MI. Entrepreneur.

Luther Vandross Biography

Born Luther Ronzoni Vandross, April 20, 1951, in New York, NY; died July 1, 2005, in Edison, NJ. Singer and songwriter.

John Varvatos Biography

Born c. 1955; children: two.

Guy Verhosfstadt Biography

Born Guy Maurice Marie-Louise Verhofstadt, April 11, 1953, in Dendermonde, Belgium; married to a professional opera singer; children: two.Education: Earned law degree from Rijksuniversiteit, Ghent, Belgium, 1975.

Sophie Von Hellermann Biography

Born in 1975, in Munich, Germany. Education: Studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany, 1993-98; earned graduate fine-arts degree from the Royal College of Art, London, 2001.

Jeannette Walls Biography

Born c. 1960, in Phoenix, AZ; daughter of Rex (an electrician) and Rose Mary (an artist) Walls; married Eric Goldberg, 1988 (divorced, 1996); married John Taylor (a journalist), 2002.Education:Received degree from Barnard College, 1984.

Jeremy Wariner Biography

Born January 31, 1984, in Irving, TX. Education: Attended Baylor University.

Alice Waters Biography

Born April 28, 1944, in Chatham, NJ; daughter of Charles (a business psychologist and management consultant) and Margaret (a homemaker) Waters; married to Stephen Singer (a wine consultant); children: Fanny. Education: Attended University of California—Santa Barbara; received degree from the University of California—Berkeley, 1967; did postgraduate work at the Montessori School, London, England.

Sam Waterston Biography

Born November 15, 1940, in Cambridge, MA; son of George Chychele (a teacher) and Alice Tucker (a painter) Waterston; married Barbara Rutledge Johns (a photographer and writer; divorced); married Lynn Louisa Woodruff, January 26, 1976; children: James (from first marriage), Graham, Elisabeth, Katherine (from second marriage). Education: Yale, B.A., 1962; studied acting at the Sorbonne, Paris, France; studied with the American Actor's Workshop, Frank Corsaro, and Herbert Berghoff.

Naomi Watts Biography

Born September 28, 1968, in Shoreham, Sussex, England; daughter of Peter (a sound engineer) and Myffanwy (a store owner) Watts.

Jennifer Weiner Biography

Born Jennifer Agnes Weiner, March 28, 1970, in De Ridder, LA; daughter of Lawrence (a psychiatrist) and Fran (a teacher) Weiner; married Adam Bonin (an attorney), October 27, 2001; children: Lucy Jane. Education: Princeton University, bachelor's degree (summa cum laude), 1991; trained in journalism at Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Rachel Weisz Biography

Born March 7, 1971, in London, England; daughter of Georg (an inventor) and Edith (a psychoanalyst) Weisz; children: a son (with Darren Aronofsky, a director). Education: Earned degree from Cambridge University, c.

Ezer Weizman Biography

Born Ezer Weizmann, June 15, 1924, in Tel Aviv, Israel; died of respiratory infections, April 24, 2005, in Caesarea, Israel. Politician.

Seth Wescott Biography

Born June 28, 1976, in Durham, NC; son of Jim Wescott (a college professor and coach) and Margaret Gould-Wescott (a college professor). Education: Attended Western State College, Gunnison, CO.

Kanye West Biography

Born Kayne Omari West, June 8, 1977; son of Ray (a marriage counselor) and Donda (a professor) West. Education: Attended The American Academy of Art and Chicago State University.

William C. Westmoreland Biography

Born William Childs Westmoreland, March 26, 1914, in Spartanburg, SC; died July 18, 2005, in Charleston, SC. Military general.

Joss Whedon Biography

Born Joseph Hill Whedon, June 23, 1964, in New York, NY; son of Tom Whedon (a television scriptwriter) and Lee Stearns (a teacher); married Kai Cole (an architect), late 1980s; children: two. Education: Wesleyan University, Connecticut, film studies degree, 1987.

Patrick Whitney Biography

Born Patrick Foster Whitney, c. 1952; married Cheryl Kent (an author).

Simon Wiesenthal Biography

Born Szymon Wiesenthal, December 31, 1908, in Buczacz, Galicia (now part of Ukraine); died of kidney disease, September 20, 2005, in Vienna, Austria. Nazi war crimes investigator and human-rights activist.

Gretchen Wilson Biography

Born June 16, 1973; children: Grace.

Robert Wise Biography

Born Robert Earl Wise, September 10, 1914, in Winchester, IN; died of heart failure, September 14, 2005, in Los Angeles, CA. Director.

Edward Witten Biography

Born August 26, 1951, in Baltimore, MD; son of Louis W. Witten (a physicist); married Chiara Nappi (a physicist); children: Daniela, Ilana, Rafael.

Viktor Yushchenko Biography

Born Viktor Andriyovich Yushchenko, February 23, 1954, in Khoruzhivka, Sums'ka Oblast, Ukraine; son of Andriy Andriyovych (a teacher) and Varvara Tymofiyovna (a teacher) Yushchenko; married and divorced first wife; married Kateryna Chumachenko (a former U.S. State Department official), 1998; children: a son and a daughter (from first marriage), a son and two daughters (from second marriage).

Ziyi Zhang Biography

Born Zhang Ziyi, February 9, 1979, in Beijing, China; daughter of Zhang Yuan Xiao (a government economist) and Li Zhou Sheng (a kindergarten schoolteacher). Education: Attended China Central Drama Academy.