Gyorgy Ligeti Biography

Born Gyorgy Sandor Ligeti, May 28, 1923, in Tir-naveni, Hungary; died after a long illness, June 12, 2006, in Vienna, Austria. Composer.

Doug Liman Biography

Born July 24, 1965, in New York, NY; son of Arthur L. (an attorney) and Ellen (an artist) Liman.

Richard Linklater Biography

Born Richard Stuart Linklater, July 30, 1960, in Houston, TX; children: three daughters. Education: Attended Sam Houston State University, c.

Penelope Lively Biography

Born Penelope Low, March 17, 1933, in Cairo, Egypt; daughter of Roger Low (a bank manager) and Vera Greer; immigrated to England, 1945; married Jack Lively (a university teacher; died, 1998), June 27, 1957; children: Josephine, Adam. Education: St.

Ron Livingston Biography

Born June 5, 1968, in Cedar Rapids, IA; son of Kurt (an aerospace engineer) and Linda (a Lutheran minister) Livingston. Education: Yale University, B.A., 1989.

Ludacris Biography

Born Christopher Bridges, September 11, 1977, in Illinois; son of Roberta Shields; children: Karma (daughter).

Jack Ma Biography

Born in November, 1964, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Education: Earned degree from Hangzhou Teachers Institute, 1988.

Steve Madden Biography

Born in 1958 in Lawrence, NY; married Wendy Ballew (a footwear executive), 2005. Education: Attended the University of Miami, c.

Naguib Mahfouz Biography

Born Naguib Mahfouz Abdelaziz, December 11, 1911, in Cairo, Egypt; died August 30, 2006, in Cairo, Egypt. Author.

Mako Biography

Born Makoto Iwamatsu, December 10, 1933, in Kobe, Japan; died of esophageal cancer, July 21, 2006, in Somis, CA. Actor.

Rob Malda Biography

Born May 10, 1976, in Holland, Michigan; son of Bob and Nancy Malda; married Kathleen Fent, c. 2002.

Peyton Manning Biography

Born Peyton Williams Manning, March 24, 1976, in New Orleans, LA; son of Archie (a former professional football player) and Olivia Manning; married Ashley Thompson. Education: University of Tennessee, B.A., 1997, graduate studies, 1997–98.

Patrick Marber Biography

Born September 19, 1964, in London, England; son of Brian and Angela Marber; married Debra Gillett (an actress), 2002; children: three sons. Education: Earned degree in English from Wadham College of Oxford University, c.

Marisa Acocella Marchetto Biography

Born c. 1962, in New Jersey; daughter of Violetta Acocella (a shoe designer); married Silvano Marchetto (a restaurateur), 2004.

Brice Marden Biography

Born Nicholas Brice Marden Jr., October 15, 1938, in Bronxville, New York; son of Nicholas Brice (a mortgage servicer) and Kathryn Fox Marden; married Pauline Baez, 1960 (divorced, 1964); married Helen Harrington, 1968; children: Nicholas (from first marriage), Mirabelle, Melia (from second marriage). Education: Attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, 1957–58; Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, B.F.A., 1961; attended Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut, 1961; Yale University School of Art and Architecture, M.F.A., 1963.

Bobby Margolis Biography

Born c. 1948; two marriages ended in divorce; children: one son, one daughter.

Vinoodh Matadin and Inez van Lamsweerde Biography

Matadin: Born September 29, 1961, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; married Inez Van Lamsweerde, 1999. Van Lamsweerde: Born September 25, 1963, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; married Vinoodh Matadin, 1999.

Bob Mathias Biography

Born Robert Bruce Mathias, November 11, 1930, in Tulare, CA; died of cancer, September 2, 2006, in Fresno, CA. Olympic athlete and politician.

Hideki Matsui Biography

Born June 12, 1974, in Neagar, Ishikawa, Japan; son of Masao Matsui (a reverend).

Amelie Mauresmo Biography

Born July 5, 1979, in St. Germain en Laye, France; daughter of Francis (an engineer) and Françoise Mauresmo.

John Mayer Biography

Born October 16, 1977; son of Richard (a high school principal) and Margaret (a middle school teacher) Mayer. Education: Attended the Berklee College of Music.

Martin McDonagh Biography

Born March 26, 1970, in London, England; son of a construction worker and a housekeeper.

John McGahern Biography

Born November 12, 1934, in Dublin, Ireland; died of cancer, March 30, 2006, in Dublin, Ireland. Author.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Biography

Born Jonathan O'Keeffe, July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland; son of John and Mary-Geraldine (Myers) O'Keeffe.

Cesar Millan Biography

Born August 27, 1969, in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; son of Felipe (a photographer) and Maria Teresa Favela (a seamstress) Millan; married Ilusion, c. 1994; children: Cesar, Calvin.

Lakshmi Mittal Biography

Born Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, June 15, 1950, in Sadulpur, Rajasthan, India; son of Mohan (a steel company manager) Mittal; married Usha; children: Aditya (son), Vanisha (daughter). Education: Earned degree from St.

Evo Morales Biography

Born Juan Evo Morales Aima, October 26, 1959, in Isavalli, Orinoca, Sud Caranas, Bolivia; son of Dionisto Morales Choque (a herder and farmer) and Maria Mamani.

Henry M. Morris Biography

Born Henry Madison Morris, October 6, 1918, in Dallas, TX; died after a series of strokes, February 25, 2006, in Santee, CA. Creationism theorist and author.

Ray Nagin Biography

Born Clarence Ray Nagin Jr., June 11, 1956, in New Orleans, LA; married Seletha Smith, 1982; children: Jeremy, Jarin (son), Tianna. Education: Tuskegee Institute, B.S., 1978; Tulane University, M.B.A., 1994.

Mira Nair Biography

Born October 15, 1957, in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India; daughter of Amrit (a civil servant) and Praveen (a social worker) Nair; married Mitch Epstein (a photographer), 1981 (divorced); married Mahmood Mamdani (a professor), 1991; children: Zohran (son, from second marriage). Education: Attended University of Delhi, 1975–76; Harvard University, B.A., 1979.

Byron Nelson Biography

Born John Byron Nelson, February 4, 1912, in Waxahachie, TX; died of natural causes, September 26, 2006, in Roanoke, TX. Professional golfer.

Nickelback Biography

Group formed mid-1990s in Hanna, Alberta; members include Daniel Adair (born February 19, 1975, in Toronto, Ontario), drums; Brandon Kroeger, drums (member c. 1995–99): Chad Kroeger (born 1974), vocals, guitar; Mike Kroeger, bass; Ryan Peake, guitar, vocals; Ryan Vikedal, drums (member 1999–2005).

Birgit Nilsson Biography

Born Merta Birgit Svensson, May 17, 1918, in Västra Karup, Sweden; died December 25, 2005, in Västra Karup, Sweden. Opera singer.

Dirk Nowitzki Biography

Born Dirk Werner Nowitzki, June 19, 1978, in Wurzburg, Germany; son of Joerg and Helen Nowitzki.

Catherine O'Hara Biography

Born March 4, 1954, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; naturalized U.S. citizen; married Bo Welch (a production designer and art director), 1992; children: two sons.

Buck O'Neil Biography

Born John Jordan O'Neil, Jr., November 13, 1911, in Carrabelle, FL; died October 6, 2006, in Kansas City, MO. Professional baseball player, coach, and scout.

Barack Obama Biography

Born August 4, 1961, in Hawaii; son of Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham; married Michelle Robinson, 1992; children: Malia, Sasha.

Lorena Ochoa Biography

Born Lorena Ochoa, November 15, 1981, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Sigrid Olsen Biography

Born in 1953, in Connecticut; daughter of a painter; married first husband, 1974 (divorced); married Curtis Sanders (a textile company executive), July, 2000; children: Brita (from first marriage). Education: Earned degree from Montserrat College of Art, 1974.

Buck Owens Biography

Born Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., August 12, 1929, in Sherman, TX; died of a heart attack, March 25, 2006, in Bakersfield, CA. Singer.

Mehmet Oz Biography

Born June 11, 1960, in Cleveland, OH; son of Mustafa (a cardiothoracic surgeon) and Suna Atabay (a physician and director of a pharmaceutical company) Oz; married Lisa Lemole (an actress and film and television producer); children: Daphne, Arabella, Zoe, Oliver. Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1982; University of Pennsylvania, M.D., M.B.A., 1986.

Orhan Pamuk Biography

Born June 7, 1952, in Istanbul, Turkey; married Aylin Tofajjal Turegen, 1982 (divorced, 2001); children: Ruya (daughter). Education: Earned degree in journalism from Robert College; studied architecture at Istanbul Technical College; received degree from University of Istanbul, Institute of Journalism, 1976.

Gordon Parks Biography

Born Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks, November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, KS; died of complications from high blood pressure and prostate cancer, March 7, 2006, in New York, NY. Photographer and director.

Rosa Parks Biography

Born Rosa Louise McCauley, February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, AL; died of natural causes, October 24, 2005, in Detroit, MI. Civil rights activist.

Michelle Peluso Biography

Born c. 1971; daughter of an environmental engineering executive.

Elizabeth Peyton Biography

Born Elizabeth Joy Peyton in 1965 in Danbury, CT; daughter of candlemakers; married Rirkrit Tiravenija (an artist), early 1990s (divorced). Education: Earned degree from the School of Visual Arts, 1987.

Wilson Pickett Biography

Born March 18, 1941, in Prattville, AL; died of a heart attack, January 19, 2006, in Reston, VA. Singer and songwriter.

Jeremy Piven Biography

Born July 26, 1965, in New York, NY; son of Byrne (a drama teacher) and Joyce (a drama teacher; maiden name, Hiller) Piven. Education: Graduated from Drake University, c.

Anna Politkovskaya Biography

Born Anna Mazepa, August 30, 1958, in New York; died of gunshot wounds, October 7, 2006, in Moscow, Russia. Journalist.

Billy Preston Biography

Born William Everett Preston, September 9, 1946, in Houston, TX; died of kidney failure, June 6, 2006, in Scottsdale, AZ. Musician.