Will Eisner Biography

Born William Erwin Eisner, March 6, 1917, in New York, NY; died on January 3, 2005, in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. Graphic novelist.

Mohamed ElBaradei Biography

Born June 17, 1942, in Cairo, Egypt; son of Mostafa ElBaradei (an attorney); married Aida Elkachef (a preschool teacher); children: Laila, Mostafa. Education: University of Cairo, bachelor's degree, 1962; New York University School of Law, doctorate, 1974.

Enrico Fabris Biography

Addresses: Contact—Italian National Olympic Committee, Foro Italico 00194, Rome, Lazio, Italy. Home—Roana, Italy.

King of Saudi Arabia Fahd Biography

Born c. 1923, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; died after a long illness, August 1, 2005, in Riyadh.

Niall Ferguson Biography

Born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow, Scotland; son of Campbell (a physician) and Molly (a physicist) Ferguson; married Sue Douglas (a media executive), 1994; children: three. Education: Earned degree (first-class) in history from Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1985.

America Ferrera Biography

Born America Georgina Ferrera, April 18, 1984, in Los Angeles, CA. Education: Theater and international-relations major at the University of Southern California, 2003—.

Jasper Fforde Biography

Born January 11, 1961, in London, England; companion of Mari Roberts; children: twin daughters, two sons.

Patrick J. Fitzgerald Biography

Born December 22, 1960, in New York, NY; son of Patrick Sr. (a doorman) and Tillie Fitzgerald.

Foo Fighters Biography

Group formed in 1995; members include William Goldsmith (left band, March, 1997), drums; David Grohl (born January 14, 1969, in Warren, OH; son of James and Virginia Grohl; married Jennifer Youngblood, c. 1994 [divorced, 1997]; married Jordyn Blum, 2003), guitar, vocals; Taylor Hawkins (born Oliver Taylor Hawkins, February 17, 1972, in Laguna Beach, CA; joined band, 1997), drums; Nate Mendel (born December 2, 1968; children: one son), bass; Chris Shiflett (born Christopher Shiflett, May 6, 1971, in Santa Barbara, CA; married; children: Liam; joined band, 1999), guitar; Pat Smear (born Georg Ruthenberg, August 5, 1959, in Los Angeles, CA; left band, 1997), guitar; Franz Stahl (joined band, 1997; left band, 1999), guitar.

Matthew Fox Biography

Born July 14, 1966, in Crowheart, WY; son of Francis (a rancher) and Loretta (a teacher) Fox; married Margherita Ronchi, August, 1992; children: Kyle Allison, Byron. Education: Columbia University, B.A.

Ian Ginsberg Biography

Born c. 1962; son of a pharmacist, Jerry.

Temple Grandin Biography

Born August 29, 1947, in Boston, MA; daughter of Richard Grandin (a real estate agent) and Eustacia Cutler (a writer, singer, and actress; maiden name, Purves). Education: Franklin Pierce College, B.A.

Brian Grazer Biography

Born Brian Thomas Grazer, July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, CA; married Corki Corman (divorced); married Gigi Levangie, 1997 (separated, April, 2006); children: Sage (daughter; from first marriage), Riley (son; from first marriage), Thomas, Patrick (from second marriage). Education: Attended the University of Southern California; studied law, early 1980s.

Ismail Omar Guelleh Biography

Born November 27, 1947, in Ethiopia; son of Omar Guelleh and Moumina Rirache; married; children: four.

Paul Haggis Biography

Born Paul Edward Haggis, March 10, 1953, in London, ON; son of Edward H. (a road-construction company executive) and Mary Yvonne (Metcalf) Haggis; married Diane Christine Gattas, April 9, 1977 (divorced, 1994); married Deborah Rennard (an actress and singer), June 21, 1997; children: three daughters (from first marriage), one son (from second marriage).

Tarja Halonen Biography

Born Tarja Kaarina Halonen, December 24, 1943, in Helsinki, Finland; daughter of Vieno Olavi and Lyyli Elina Loimola Halonen; married Pentti Arajärvi (an attorney), August, 2000; children: (with Kari Pekkonen) Anna. Education: Earned master of laws degree from the University of Helsinki, 1968.

Mariska Hargitay Biography

Born Mariska Magdolina Hargitay, January 23, 1964, in Los Angeles, CA; daughter of Mickey Hargitay (a bodybuilder) and Jayne Mansfield (an actress); married Peter Hermann (an actor), August 28, 2004. Education: Studied theater at the University of California—Los Angeles.

Carey Hart Biography

Born July 17, 1975, in Las Vegas, NV; son of Tom Hart (a construction company owner); married Pink (aka Alecia Moore; a singer), January 7, 2006.

Reed Hastings Biography

Born Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr., c. 1961; married; children: two.

Lene Vestergaard Hau Biography

Born November 13, 1959, in Vejle, Denmark. Education: Received B.S.

Al Held Biography

Born Alvin Jacob Held, October 12, 1928, in New York, NY; died of natural causes, July 26, 2005, in Camerata, Umbria, Italy. Artist.

Sally Hershberger Biography

Born c. 1961, in Wichita, KS; daughter of an oilcompany executive.

J. Edward Hill Biography

Born February 2, 1938, in Omaha, NE; married Jean Ware, November, 1963; children: twodaughters. Education: University of Mississippi, B.S.; M.D., 1964.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Biography

Born July 23, 1967, in Fairport, NY; companion of Mimi O'Donnell (a costume designer); children: Cooper (with O'Donnell). Education: New York University, B.F.A., 1989.

Joel Hollander Biography

Born c. 1956, in New York, NY; married Susan; children: two.

Chad Holliday Biography

Born Charles O. Holliday, Jr., in 1948, in Nashville, TN; married; children: two sons.

Alan Hollinghurst Biography

Born May 26, 1954, in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. Education: Magdalen College, Oxford University, B.A., 1975, M.Litt.

Felicity Huffman Biography

Born December 9, 1962, in Bedford, NY; married William H. Macy (an actor, writer, and producer), September 6, 1997; children: Sofia Grace, Georgia Grace.

Evan Hunter Biography

Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, October 15, 1926, in New York, NY; died of cancer, July 6, 2005, in Weston, CT. Author.

Bob Iger Biography

Born Robert A. Iger, February 10, 1951, in Ocean-side, NY; son of Arthur (a professor and business executive) and Mimi (a teaching assistant) Iger; married first wife (divorced); married Willow Bay (a television journalist and model), October 7, 1995; children: Katie, Amanda (from first marriage), Robert Maxwell, Will (from second marriage).

Jimmy Iovine Biography

Born March 11, 1953, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Jimmy Iovine, Sr. (a longshoreman); married; children: one son, one daughter.

John Irving Biography

Born John Wallace Blunt, Jr., March 2, 1942, in Exeter, NH; son of John, Sr. (an executive recruiter and writer) and Frances Blunt; stepson of Colin F.

Jay-Z Biography

Born Shawn Corey Carter, December 4, 1970, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Adnis Reeves and Gloria Carter.

Bobby Jindal Biography

Born Piyush Jindal, June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, LA; married Supriya Jolly, 1997; children: Selia, Shaan. Education: Brown University, B.A.; Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University.

Jack Johnson Biography

Born in May, 1975, in Oahu, HI; son of Jeff (a surf pro) and Patti Johnson; married Kim (a teacher); children: Moe. Education: Graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, c.

John H. Johnson Biography

Born John Harold Johnson, January 19, 1918, in Arkansas City, AR; died after a long illness, August 8, 2005, in Chicago, IL. Publisher.

Wendy Evans Joseph Biography

Born c. 1955; daughter of Melvin and Fran Evans; first marriage ended in divorce; married Peter Joseph (a merchant banker; died c.

William Joyce Biography

Born William Edward Joyce, December 11, 1957, in Shreveport, LA; son of George Edward and Mary Katherine (Hargrove) Joyce; married Frances Elizabeth Baucum, December 28, 1985; children: Mary Katherine and Jackson Edward. Education: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, B.A., 1981.

Islam Karimov Biography

Born Islam Abdughanievich Karimov, January 30, 1938 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan; married Tatiana Akbarovna; children: two daughters. Education: Central Asian Politechnical Institute, mechanical engineering degree; Tashkent Institute of National Economy, doctorate in economics.

Mel Karmazin Biography

Born Melvin Alan Karmazin, August 24, 1943, in New York, NY; married Sharon (a librarian and theatrical producer), 1971 (divorced, 1994); children: Dina, Craig. Education: Earned business administration degree from Pace College, 1967.

Charles Keeling Biography

Born Charles David Keeling, April 20, 1928, in Scranton, PA; died of a heart attack, June 20, 2005, at his summer home, in Hamilton, MT. Climate scientist.

George Kennan Biography

Born George Frost Kennan, February 16, 1904, in Milwaukee, WI; died March 17, 2005, in Princeton, NJ. Diplomat and historian.

Marian Keyes Biography

Born in September, 1963, in Limerick, Ireland; daughter of Ted and Mary (Cotter) Keyes; married Tony Baines (a computer analyst), December 29, 1995. Education: University College, Dublin, Ireland, BCL.

Alicia Keys Biography

Born Alicia Augello Cook, January 25, 1981, in New York, NY; daughter of Craig Cook (a flight attendant) and Terri Augello (a paralegal and actress). Education: Attended Columbia University, voice major.

Marcia Kilgore Biography

Born October 16, 1968, in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada; daughter of Monty (a real estate agent) and Lorene Kilgore; married Thierry Boué (an executive); children: Louis. Education: Attended New York University, c.

Eugenia Kim Biography

Born c. 1974 in Pennsylvania.

Ruud Kleinpaste Biography

Born in 1952 in Indonesia; immigrated to Holland, then New Zealand, 1978; married Julie (a teacher); children: Tristan, another son, two step-children. Education: Wageningen University, MSc (honours).

Heidi Klum Biography

Born June 1, 1973, in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany; daughter of Gunther (a cosmetics company executive) and Erna (a hairdresser) Klum; married Ric Pipino (a hairdresser), 1997 (divorced, c. 2002); married Seal (a British pop star), May 10, 2005; children: Leni (with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore), Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel (with Seal).

Elizabeth Kostova Biography

Born Elizabeth Johnson in 1964 in New London, CT; daughter of David (a professor of urban planning) and Eleanor (a university employee) Johnson; married Gyorgi Kostov (a computer systems administrator), 1990. Education: Yale University, B.A., 1988; did post-graduate work in Slavonic music; University of Michigan, M.F.A.

Diane Lane Biography

Born January 22, 1965, in New York, NY; daughter of Burt Lane (an acting coach) and Colleen Farrington (a cabaret singer); married Christopher Lambert (an actor), October, 1988 (divorced, March, 1994); married Josh Brolin (an actor), August 15, 2004; children: Eleanor Jasmine (from first marriage). Education: Attended University of California, Los Angeles, 2000.