Ivan Allen Jr. Biography

Born Ivan Earnest Allen Jr., March 15, 1911, in Atlanta, GA; died July 2, 2003, in Atlanta, GA. Mayor and business owner.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo Biography

Born February 4, 1902, in Mexico City, Mexico; died of natural causes, October 19, 2002, in Mexico City, Mexico. Photographer.

Idi Amin Biography

Born c. 1925, in Koboko, Uganda; died from multiple organ failure, August 16, 2003, in Jidda, Saudi Arabia.

Ashanti Biography

Born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, NY; daughter of Ken–Kaid (aka Thomas; Ashanti's road manager) and Tina (Ashanti's manager) Douglas.

Rachel Ashwell Biography

Interior designer and entrepreneur. Left school at 16; set designer and wardrobe stylist, 1977–87; founded Shabby Chic, c.

Robert C. Atkins Biography

Born Robert Coleman Atkins, October 17, 1930, in Columbus, OH; died after suffering a severe head injury, April 17, 2003, in New York, NY. Doctor and author.

Rowan Atkinson Biography

Born Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, January 6, 1955, in Newcastle–Upon–Tyne, England; son of Eric and Ella May Atkinson; married Sunetra Sastry (a makeup artist), 1990; children: Benjamin, Lily. Education: University of Newcastle, BS; the Queen's College at Oxford University, MS.

Mark Badgley and James Mischka Biography

Born Mark Badgley, January 12, 1961, in East St. Louis, MO; son of Paul (a department–store executive) and Marjorie (a homemaker) Badgley.

Brian Becker Biography

Born c. 1957, in Texas; son of Allen Becker (an insurance salesman and event promoter); married Stacy; children: four.

Oscar Berger Biography

Born Oscar Berger Perdomo, November 8, 1946, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Education: Earned law degree from Universidad Rafael Landivar.

Luciano Berio Biography

Berio was born in 1925 in Oneglia, a town on Italy's northwest Ligurian coast. Both his father and grandfather were accomplished musicians, and Berio was initially trained by the latter as a youngster.

Orlando Bloom Biography

Born January 13, 1977, in Canterbury, Kent, England; son of Harry Bloom (an activist) and Sonia Copeland–Bloom (a language instructor). Education: National Youth Theatre of London; British American Drama Academy; Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1996–99.

Michele Bohbot Biography

Born c. 1959, in Morocco; married Marc Bohbot, c.

Lee Bontecou Biography

Born in 1931, in Providence, RI; daughter of Russell Bontecou (a salesman); married William Giles (an artist), 1965; children: Valerie. Education: Graduated from Bedford Junior College, 1952; studied art at Arts Students League of New York; studied metal welding at Skowhegan Art School.

Sandra Boynton Biography

Born Sandra K. Boynton, April 3, 1953, in Orange, NJ; married Jamie McEwan (an author); children: Caitlin, Keith, Devin, Darcy.

L. Paul Bremer Biography

Born Lewis Paul Bremer III, September 30, 1941, in Hartford, CT; married Frances Winfield, 1966; children: two. Education: Graduated from Yale University, 1963; studied political science in Paris, France; earned graduate business degree from Harvard University, 1966.

David Brinkley Biography

Born David McClure Brinkley, July 10, 1920, in Wilmington, NC; died after complications from a fall, June 11, 2003, in Houston, TX. Broadcast journalist.

Charles Bronson Biography

Born Charles Buchinsky, November 3, 1921, in Ehrenfeld, PA; died from pneumonia, August 30, 2003, in Los Angeles, CA. Actor.

Dan Brown Biography

Born June 22, 1964, in Exeter, NH; married Blythe (an art historian and painter). Education: Amherst College, B.A., 1986; studied art history at University of Seville, Spain.

Dee Brown Biography

Born February 28, 1908, in Alberta, LA; died of congenital heart failure, December 12, 2002, Little Rock, AR. Author.

John Seely Brown Biography

Born in 1940 in Utica, NY; married. Education: Brown University, B.S., 1962; University of Michigan, M.S., 1964, Ph.D., 1970.

Linda Buck Biography

Born Linda B. Buck, c.

Martha Burk Biography

Born Martha Gertrude Burk, October 18, 1941, in Tyler, TX; daughter of Ivan Lee Burk (an oil company engineer) and Dorothy May Dean (a dress–business owner); married Eddie C. Talley (a pharmacist), September 2, 1960 (divorced, 1985); married Ralph Estes (a professor), 1986; children: (first marriage) Edward, Mark.

Candace Bushnell Biography

Born c. 1959, in Connecticut; daughter of Calvin (a scientist) and Camille (a travel–agency owner) Bushnell; married Charles Askegard (a ballet dancer), July 4, 2002.

James Caan Biography

Born March 26, 1939, in Bronx, NY; son of Arthur (a meat dealer) and Sophie Caan; married Dee-Jay Mathis (a dancer), 1961 (divorced, 1966); married Sheila Ryan (a model and actress), 1976 (divorced, 1977); married Ingrid Hajek (a pastry chef), September 9, 1990 (divorced, 1995); married Linda Stokes, October 7, 1995; children: Tara (from first marriage), Scott Andrew (an actor; from second marriage), Alexander James (from third marriage), James Arthur, Jacob Nicholas (from fourth marriage). Education: Studied economics at Michigan State University; studied theater at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY; studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, New York, NY, and with Wynn Handman.

Benny Carter Biography

Born Bennett Lester Carter, August 8, 1907, in New York, NY; died of bronchitis and other ailments, July 12, 2003, in Los Angeles, CA. Musician and arranger.

Nell Carter Biography

Born Nell Ruth Hardy, September 13, 1948, in Birmingham, AL; died of natural causes likely caused by heart disease and complications from diabetes, January 23, 2003, in Beverly Hills, CA. Actress and singer.

June Carter Cash Biography

Born Valerie June Carter, June 23, 1929, in Maces Springs, VA; died of complications following open–heart surgery, May 15, 2003, in Nashville, TN. Singer and songwriter.

Keisha Castle-Hughes Biography

Born March 24, 1990, in Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia; daughter of Tim Castle and Desrae Hughes.

Edwin E. Catmull Biography

Born March 31, 1945, in Parkersburg, WV; married Susan; children: five. Education: University of Utah, B.S.

Roberto Cavalli Biography

Born November 15, 1940, in Florence, Italy; son of Giorgio (a mine surveyor) and Marcella (a tailor; maiden name, Rossi) Cavalli; married Silvanella Giannoni, 1964 (divorced, 1974); married Eva Duringer; children: Christiana, Tommaso (from first marriage), Rachele, Daniele (son), Robin (son) (from second marriage). Education: Attended the Academy of Art of Florence, Italy, after 1957.

Paul Charron Biography

Born Paul Richard Charron, August 24, 1942, in Schenectady, NY; son of Richard Armand and Helen Marie (Barringer) Charron; married Kathy Lyn Herdt (an interior designer), June 29, 1974; children: Bradley, Ashley. Education: Notre Dame University, B.A, 1964; Harvard University, M.B.A., 1971.

Bruce Chizen Biography

Born c. 1955, in New York, NY.

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Biography

Born December 9, 1920, in Livorno, Italy; married; children: one son, one daughter. Education: Earned diploma from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa; received B.A.

James Coburn Biography

Coburn grew up in Compton, California, where his family had moved after leaving Laurel, Nebraska. His first acting role came early, when he was four years old, playing Herod in a school play.

J. M. Coetzee Biography

Born John Maxwell Coetzee, February 9, 1940, in Cape Town, South Africa; married, 1963 (divorced, 1980); children: Nicholas, Gisela. Education: University of Cape Town, B.A., 1960, M.A., 1963; University of Texas, Austin, Ph.D., 1969.

Coldplay Biography

Members include Guy Berryman (born April 12, 1978, in Fife, Scotland), bass; Jonny Buckland (born September 11, 1977, in London, England), guitar; Will Champion (born July 31, 1978, in Hampshire, England), drums; Chris Martin (born March 2, 1977, in Devon, England; married Gwyneth Paltrow, 2003; children: Apple), vocals, piano. Education: All attended University College, London, England.

Jackie Collins Biography

Born Jacqueline Jill Collins in 1941, in London, England; daughter of Joseph (a theatrical agent) and Elsa (a dancer) Collins; married Wallace Austin (a businessman), 1959 (divorced, 1963); married Oscar Lerman (a nightclub owner and art dealer), 1966 (died, 1992); children: Tracy (from first marriage), Tiffany, Rory.

Chris Cooper Biography

Born Christopher W. Cooper, July 9, 1951, in Kansas City, MO; son of Charles (a military doctor and cattle rancher) and Mary Ann (a homemaker) Cooper; married Marianne Leone (a screenwriter and actress), July, 1983; children: Jesse (son).

Sofia Coppola Biography

Born May 14, 1971, in New York, NY; daughter of Francis Ford (a filmmaker) and Eleanor (a photographer and documentary filmmaker) Coppola; married Spike Jonze (a director), 1999 (divorced, 2004). Education: Attended California Institute of the Arts, early 1990s.

John Corbett Biography

Born May 9, 1962 (some sources say 1961), in Wheeling, WV. Education: Attended cosmetology school and Cerritos Community College.

Richard Crenna Biography

Born November 30, 1926, in Los Angeles, CA; died of heart failure, January 17, 2003, in Los Angeles, CA. Actor.

Hume Cronyn Biography

Born July 18, 1911, in London, Ontario, Canada; died of prostate cancer, Fairfield, CT, on June 15, 2003. Actor, writer, and director.

Celia Cruz Biography

Born October 21, 1925, in Havana, Cuba; died of brain cancer, July 16, 2003, in Fort Lee, NJ. Singer.

Nilo Cruz Biography

Born c. 1961, in Matanzas, Cuba; son of Nilo and Tina Cruz; married (divorced); children: Chloe Garcia–Cruz.

Ben Curtis Biography

Born May 26, 1977, in Ostrander, OH; son of Bob and Janice Curtis; married Candace Beatty, August, 2003. Education: Graduated from Kent State University (recreation management degree), 2000.

Crispin Davis Biography

Born March 19, 1949, in England; married; children: three daughters. Education: Oriel College, Oxford University, M.A.

Paige Davis Biography

Born Mindy Paige Davis, October 15, 1969, in Philadelphia, PA; married Patrick Page (a stage actor), 2001. Education: Attended Meadow School of Arts at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

Dido Biography

Born Dido Armstrong, December 25, 1971, in London, England; daughter of William (a book publisher) and Claire Armstrong. Education: Attended Guildhall School of Music, London, England; attended law school.

Vin Diesel Biography

Born Mark Vincent, July 18, 1967, in New York, NY; son of Delora (an astrologer) and stepson of Irving (a theater director and teacher) Vincent. Education: Attended Hunter College, New York, NY.