Heath Ledger Biography

Born Heathcliff Andrew Ledger, April 4, 1979, in Perth, Western Australia, Australia; son of Kim Ledger (an engineer and auto racer) and Sally Bell (a teacher); stepson of Roger Bell; companion of Michelle Williams (an actress); children: Matilda (with Williams).

Jason Lee Biography

Born April 25, 1970, in Orange, CA; son of Greg (a car dealership manager) and Carol (a homemaker) Lee; married Carmen Llywellyn (an actress and photographer), 1995 (divorced, 2001); children: Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf-Lee (son; with Beth Riesgraf).

Nanette Lepore Biography

Born c. 1964, in Youngstown, OH; married Robert Savage (a company president); children: Violet.

Beth Lisick Biography

Born c. 1969; married Eli Crews (a musician and music producer); children: Gus.

Benilde Little Biography

Born c. 1959, in Newark, NJ; married Cliff Virgin; children: Baldwin, Ford.

Christian Louboutin Biography

Born in 1963 in Paris, France; son of Roger (a cabinetmaker) and Irene (a homemaker) Louboutin; partner of Louis Benech (a landscape architect) since 1997. Education: Attended the Academie Roederer, late 1970s.

Richard Louv Biography

Born in February of 1949 in New York, NY; married Kathy Frederick (a nurse practitioner), c. 1979; children: Jason, Matthew.

Alexander Lukashenko Biography

Born August 30, 1954, in Kopys, Vitebsk, Belarus. Education: Earned degrees from the Mogilev Teaching Institute, 1975, and Belarusian Agricultural Academy, 1985.

Pony Ma Biography

Born Ma Huateng, c. 1971, in Hainan, China.

Seth MacFarlane Biography

Born October 26, 1973, in Kent, CT. Education: Earned degree from Rhode Island School of Design, 1995.

John J. Mack Biography

Born November 17, 1944, in Mooresville, NC; son of Charles (a wholesale grocery business owner) and Alice Azouri Mack; married Christy Rose; children: John, Stephen, Jenna. Education: Duke University, B.A., 1968.

Chris Madden Biography

Born Annchristine Casson, June 1, 1948, in Rockville Centre, NY; married Kevin Madden (a publisher), 1974; children: Patrick, Nick. Education: Attended Fashion Institute of Technology.

Joe Manchin Biography

Born Joseph Manchin III, August 24, 1947, in Farmington, WV; married Gayle Conelly, c. 1968; children: Heather, Joseph IV, Brooke.

Mary Ellen Mark Biography

Born March 20, 1940, in Philadelphia, PA; married Martin Bell (a documentary filmmaker). Education: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, B.A., 1962; Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1964.

Agnes Martin Biography

Born Agnes Bernice Martin, March 22, 1912, in Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada; died of complications from pneumonia, December 16, 2004, in Taos, NM. Artist.

Judy McGrath Biography

Born in 1953; married Michael Corbett (a systems analyst); children: Anna Maeve. Education: Cedar Crest College, B.A.

Julian McMahon Biography

Born Julian Dana William McMahon, July 27, 1968, in Sydney, Australia; son of Sir William (prime minister) and Lady Sonia McMahon; married Dannii Minogue (a singer and actress), January 2, 1994 (divorced, 1995); married Brooke Burns (an actress), December 22, 1999 (divorced, 2001); children: Madison (from second marriage). Education: Attended University of Sydney, studied law.

Larry McMurtry Biography

Born Larry Jeff McMurtry, June 3, 1936, in Wichita Falls, TX; son of William Jefferson (a rancher) and Hazel Ruth McMurtry; married Josephine Ballard, July 15, 1959 (divorced, August, 1966); children: James Lawrence (a singer). Education: University of North Texas, B.A., 1958; Rice University, M.A., 1960; also attended Rice, c.

W. James McNerney Biography

Born Walter James McNerney, Jr., August 22, 1949, in Providence, RI; son of Walter James Mc-Nerney, Sr. (a professor and executive); married first wife (divorced); married Haity; children: two from first marriage, three from second marriage.

Ismail Merchant Biography

Born Ismail Noormohammed Abdul Rehman, December 25, 1936, in Bombay, India; died of complications after surgery, May 25, 2005, in London, England. Film producer.

S. Epatha Merkerson Biography

Born Sharon Epatha Merkerson, November 28, 1952, in Saginaw, MI; daughter of Ann (a postal worker); married Toussaint L. Jones Jr.

Dale Messick Biography

Born Dalia Messick, April 11, 1906, in South Bend, IN; died April 5, 2005, in Sonoma County, CA. Comic-strip artist.

Nancy Meyers Biography

Born Nancy Jane Meyers, December 8, 1949, in Philadelphia, PA; daughter of Irving (a businessman) and Patricia (an interior designer; maiden name, Lemisch) Meyers; married Charles Shyer (a screenwriter, producer, and director), July 28, 1995 (divorced); children: Annie, Hallie. Religion: Jewish.

George Mikan Biography

Born June 18, 1924, in Joliet, IL; died of kidney failure, June 1, 2005, in Scottsdale, AZ. Professional basketball player.

Benjamin Millepied Biography

Born c. 1977, in Bordeaux, France; son of a decathlete and a dance teacher.

Denise Mina Biography

Born in 1966, in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland; children: Fergus (with partner, Steve [a forensic psychologist]).Education:Received law degree from Glasgow University; graduate student at Strathclyde University.

Hayao Miyazaki Biography

Born January 5, 1941, in Tokyo, Japan; son of Katsuji Miyazaki (an aeronautical engineer); married Akemi Ota (an animator); children: two sons. Education: Gakushuin University, degree in political science and economics, 1963.

Robert Moog Biography

Born Robert Arthur Moog, May 23, 1934, in New York, NY; died of brain cancer, August 21, 2005, in Asheville, NC. Engineer and inventor.

Kathryn Morris Biography

Born January 29, 1969, in Cincinnati, OH; daughter of Stanley (a Bible scholar) and Joyce (an insurance agent) Morris. Education: Attended Temple University, early 1990s.

Rob Morrow Biography

Born Robert Alan Morrow, September 21, 1962, in New Rochelle, NY; son of Murray (an industrial lighting manufacturer) and Diane Francis (a dental hygienist; maiden name, Markowitz) Morrow; married Debbon Ayer (an actress), 1998; children: Tu Simone Ayer Morrow.

Kim Mulkey-Robertson Biography

Born Kim Mulkey, May 17, 1962, in Hammond, LA; daughter of Les and Dru (a medical assistant) Mulkey; married Randy Robertson (a public relations firm owner), 1987; children: Mackenzie, Kramer. Education: Louisiana Tech University, bachelor's degree (summa cum laude), 1984.

Yoshitomo Nara Biography

Born December 5, 1959, in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Education: Studied at Musashino Art University, 1979-81; Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Nagoya, Japan, B.F.A., 1985, M.F.A., 1987; graduated from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (German State Academy of Arts), Düsseldorf, Germany, 1993.

Nursultan Nazarbayev Biography

Born Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev, in July, 1940, in Kazakhstan; married Sara Alpysovna; children: Dariga, Dinara, Aliya. Education: Earned degree in metallurgy, 1967.

Gaylord A. Nelson Biography

Born Gaylord Anton Nelson, June 4, 1916, in Clear Lake, WI; died of cardiovascular failure, July 3, 2005, in Kensington, MD. Politician and environmentalist.

Angela Nissel Biography

Born in 1974 in Philadelphia, PA; daughter of Jack and Gwen (a nurse) Nissel. Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1998.

Bob Nixon Biography

Born Robert Henry Nixon, c. 1954; son of Robert H.A.

Christopher Nolan Biography

Born Christopher Johnathan James Nolan, July 30, 1970, in London, England; married Emma Thomas (a producer); children: Flora.Education:Attended University College, London, England.

Andre Norton Biography

Born Alice Mary Norton, February 17, 1912, in Cleveland, OH; died of congestive heart failure, March 17, 2005, in Murfreesboro, TN. Author.

Olufunmilayo Olopade Biography

Born c. 1957 in Nigeria; married Christopher Sola Olopade (a physician); children: two daughters, one son.

Jerry Orbach Biography

Born Jerome Bernard Orbach, October 20, 1935, in New York, NY; died of prostate cancer, December 28, 2004, in New York, NY. Actor.

Joel Osteen Biography

Born Joel Scott Osteen, March 5, 1963, in Houston, Texas; son of John (a minister) and Dodie (a church official; maiden name, Pilgrim) Osteen; married Victoria Iloff, 1987; children: Jonathan; Alexandra. Education: Attended Oral Roberts University, c.

Dawn Ostroff Biography

Born in 1960, in Brooklyn, NY; married Mark; children: two.

Clive Owen Biography

Born October 3, 1964, in Keresley, Warwickshire, Coventry, England; married Sarah-Jane Fenton (an actress), 1995; children: Hannah, Eve. Education: Earned degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, 1988.

Eduardo Paolozzi Biography

Born Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi, March 7, 1924, in Edinburgh, Scotland; died April 22, 2005, in London, England. Artist.

Gary Parsons Biography

Born Gary M. Parsons, c.

Frank Perdue Biography

Born Franklin Parsons Perdue, in 1920, in Salisbury, MD; died after a brief illness, March 31, 2005, in Salisbury, MD. Chief Executive Officer of Perdue Farms.

Tyler Perry Biography

Born Emmitt Perry, Jr., September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, LA; son of Emmitt Perry Sr.

Barry Prevor and Steven Shore Biography

Born Barry Prevor, c. 1963.

Deborah Pryce Biography

Born Deborah D. Pryce; July 29, 1951, in Warren, Ohio; married Randy Walker (divorced, 2001); children: Caroline, Mia.

Prince of Monaco Rainier III Biography

Born Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi, May 31, 1923, in Monte Carlo, Monaco; died of heart, lung, and kidney failure, April 6, 2005, in Monte Carlo. Prince of Monaco.