Michael Douglas (Michael Kirk Douglas) was born on September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Diana Dill. Michael Douglas landed his first leading man role in Romancing the Stone (1984), portraying Jack Colton, an Indiana Jones-type adventurer. This successful teaming of Douglas with Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner led to a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile (1985). The three worked again in The War of the Roses (1989), a dark comedy about an ugly divorce. Here’s Michael Douglas Biography and Profile.
Kirk Douglas, Hollywood actor and father of Michael Douglas was born on 9 December 1916. Kirk Douglas rose to prominence during Hollywood’s “golden age”, earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 film Champion. Douglas was himself nominated for an Oscar three times – for Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), and Lust for Life (1956). Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch, a ragman’s son. He died Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood king. Here’s Kirk Douglas Biography and Profile.
Gloria Vanderbilt was born into wealth on February 20, 1924, in New York City. Her father, Reginald Vanderbilt, was the great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Her mother, Gloria Morgan, was a young woman who loved parties more than parenthood. Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was only 10 when she became an unwilling tabloid sensation. Gloria Laura Vanderbilt Biography and Profile.
Sarah Palin was born February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Palin is the author of The New York Times best-selling books Going Rogue: An American Life (November 2009), America by Heart (November 2010), and Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas (November 2013). Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006, when she was sworn in as the first female and youngest governor of Alaska. Sarah Louise Heath was tapped as Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate. She is married to Todd Palin. Sarah Palin biography and profile.
Kate Chopin was born on February 8, 1850, in St. Louis, Missouri. Among her more than 100 short stories are “Désirée’s Baby” and “Madame Celestin’s Divorce.” The Awakening (1899), a realistic novel about the sexual and artistic awakening of a young mother who abandons her family, was initially condemned for its sexual frankness but was later acclaimed. Much of Chopin’s life was defined by the deaths of those close to her. Kate Chopin biography and profile.
Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, in New York City. Bourdain eventually attended Vassar College for two years and then graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in 1978. In 2002, Bourdain started his two-season run on the Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour, a series featuring Bourdain traveling the world seeking culinary adventures. Anthony Bourdain Biography and Profile.
Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, to Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Stephen is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. Stephen Edwin King Biography and Profile.
Gayle King born on December 28, 1954, was to Scott and Peggy King. She spent several years as a child in Ankara, Turkey. The Connecticut newscaster has been close pals with Oprah Winfrey since their humble beginnings at a Baltimore television station. Gayle also Editor at Large of O, The Oprah Magazine. Gayle King a co-host of “CBS This Morning.” Gayle King Biography and Profile.
Gore Vidal, 3 October 1925, American writer, known for many popular screenplays, plays and novels, as well as other literary works. In 1958, his play The Death of Billy the Kid was adapted for the screenplay of The Left Handed Gun. Two years later, Vidal wrote the popular play The Best Man (1960). Among Vidal’s most famous works are his 1960s books Julian and Myra Breckinridge. He won the National Book Award; and 1995 memoir, Palimpsest. Gore Vidal Biography and Profile.