Elevating Figures

This page features elevating life stories and biographies of some of the most inspiring figures I know. Reading these inspirational biographies is a great way, not only to get inspired but also to learn from others' mistakes and victories.

Steve Fossett  -  Steve Fossett is one of my greatest heroes. Holding more than 100 world records in aviation, sailing and ballooning, Steve Fossett is probably one of the greatest [...]
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Sylvester Stallone  -  Sylvester Stallone Biography Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, writer, and director, best known for his roles in the Rocky and Rambo franchises. In the early [...]
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Winston Churchill -  Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, said Thomas Alva Edison. Genius is buried beneath multiple layers that need to be peeled off for a person to shine with [...]
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Nelson Mandela -  Nelson Mandela Biography Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa [...]
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Jeff Bezos -  The impact of a single stroke of genius can be immeasurable. Take the case of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, who started an online bookstore in his garage and [...]
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Ernest Shackleton -  In the early 20th century, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton gave new meaning to the word “endurance.” On his third expedition to Antarctica, Shackleton lost his ship [...]
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J.K. Rowling -  Almost everybody heard about the Harry Potter books series, but almost no one heard the incredible zero to hero story of the author, J.K. Rowling. I personally haven't [...]
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Oprah Winfrey -  To me it seems Oprah Winfrey is everywhere. On a recent flight I happened to pick up a random magazine and realized Oprah even publishes her own magazine. There is [...]
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Bill Gates -  Going by materialistic standards of wealth being directly proportional to “success”, Bill Gates is the most successful person the world ever saw. Going by [...]
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Mahatma Gandhi -  It is an unimpressive boulder that is transformed into a stunning monolith with the inspired consistent effort of a man. And the same stands true for the development of [...]
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Steve Irwin  -  The section of the world’s population that actualizes its dreams and pursues its passions is a startlingly small one. And unsurprisingly, the world’s most successful [...]
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Amelia Earhart -  Segregation of populations along the lines of gender, religion, socio-economic conditions or any other factor creates a divide that the unprivileged must battle against. [...]
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Emil Zatopek -  Not every person immediately recognizes their innate abilities, and among the most important task to be carried out by any person in the world is to be alert to his [...]
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Helen Keller -  Often, one aims too low and celebrates the achievement of the goal set. To be able to muster courage to work around your blind spots and progress is worthy of [...]
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Mother Teresa -  With the world meting out criticism and discouragement faster than you can say “charity”, those truly seeking to serve the destitute find themselves pitched against [...]
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David Copperfield  -  The lives of the successful are increasing over dramatized and people like to believe that one has to undergo a great tragedy or survive pitiful childhood experiences to [...]
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Jim Carrey -  Come across the name Jim Carrey and you are instantly reminded of a comic face with amazingly flexible facial muscles, a loud cheerful voice that can jerk a clinically [...]
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Muhammad Ali -  There is always more to a person that what meets the eye, and it is this veiled part of a man that truly defines his character. Muhammad Ali is a name that no discourse, [...]
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Martin Luther King -  “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity,” stated [...]
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Anthony Robbins  -  A man’s life is a saga of struggle for achievement of various goals. However, a man is known, at a basic level, only by his victories. The barrels of midnight oil [...]
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Dalai Lama  -  In a world whose populations are increasingly aware of the gruesome struggles of their fellow beings, and common life is buffeted by power lusty beings of all hues, [...]
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Seth Godin -  Versatility is a characteristic that is seldom found in people, and fewer still have gone down the hall of legends for being role models who lead by example in more than [...]
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Lance Armstrong -  People go through similar experiences during their lifetime. What differentiates those experiences is the manner in which the people respond to those experiences. [...]
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Steve Jobs -  I've just finished Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, A very long (656 pages) and fascinating story about a creative genius whose vision transformed the computer [...]
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Richard Branson -  Richard Branson, a name and face a recognized in almost every corner of the world, is a source of great inspiration for all those who have been dispirited by the [...]
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Elie Wiesel -  I recently finished the book Night by Elie Wiesel and it offered some powerful inspiration that I want to share with you today. Jewish-American author, professor, and [...]
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Arnold Schwarzenegger -  Just a glance at Arnold Schwarzenegger in his peak performances, his body chiseled into almost superhuman form, will strike you as strength embodied. But what we learn [...]
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Pele -  Pele is a name no soccer fan can do without, and the man is touted to be the best soccer player the world ever saw. Pele did not have the world handed over to him on a [...]
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Albert Einstein -  "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." said a man whose life was steered by his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Albert Einstein is a name that [...]
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José Mujica -  He may be “the poorest president in the world” by income, but Uruguay President José Mujica may also be the most popular world leader by virtue of his humility. [...]
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Eckhart Tolle -  On the cusp of the new millennium, Eckhart Tolle ushered in a new era of spirituality in America with his bestselling book, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual [...]
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Benjamin Franklin -  Benjamin Franklin is best known for being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. But this man also wears a host of other hats – that of a [...]
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Team Hoyt -  During my Ironman triathlon journey, I used to watch inspiring videos to get myself even more motivated. There was one story that kept coming up on Youtube. It was an [...]
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Barack Obama -  Before he became the first African-American president in history, then-senator Barack Obama wrote the story of his improbable journey in the best-selling book, The [...]
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Bob Marley -  "Though the road's been rocky, it sure feels good to me." -- Bob Marley The soul-stirring music of Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob Marley comes from a place [...]
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Bruce Lee -  Fighting his way from the gang-infested streets of Hong Kong to the big screen of Hollywood, Bruce Lee formed his own style with every move. Bruce Lee Life Story Bruce [...]
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Elon Musk -  Elon Musk is an important figure in our times, impacting a variety of industries from online banking to space exploration. At times controversial, Musk is no stranger to [...]
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Azim Premji -  Azim Premji Biography Azim Premji is an Indian billionaire businessman and philanthropist. Born in 1945 in Mumbai, Premji inherited his father's business, Wipro Limited, [...]
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Azealia Banks -  Azealia Banks Biography Azealia Banks is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter known for her unique style and controversial behavior. Born in 1991 in New York City, [...]
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Ayushmann Khurrana -  Ayushmann Khurrana Biography Ayushmann Khurrana is an Indian actor, singer, and television host, known for his work in Hindi films. Khurrana began his career as a [...]
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Ayrton Senna -  Ayrton Senna Biography Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver, widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One. During his career, which [...]
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Ayn Rand -  Ayn Rand Biography Ayn Rand was a Russian-American philosopher, novelist, and screenwriter, known for her philosophy of Objectivism and her influential novels, such as [...]
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali -  Ayaan Hirsi Ali Biography Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born Dutch-American activist, writer, and politician, known for her advocacy of women's rights and opposition to [...]
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Axl Rose -  Axl Rose Biography Axl Rose is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead vocalist and founding member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. [...]
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Avril Lavigne -  Avril Lavigne Biography Avril Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter who burst onto the music scene in the early 2000s with her punk-infused pop-rock sound. Known for [...]
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Avicii -  Avicii Biography Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was a Swedish DJ and producer known for his infectious dance hits, such as "Levels" and "Wake Me Up". He rose to fame in the [...]
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Avicenna -  Avicenna Biography Avicenna, also known as Ibn Sina, was a Persian polymath who lived from 980 to 1037. He was a philosopher, scientist, physician, and mathematician, [...]
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Ava Max -  Ava Max Biography Ava Max is a pop singer-songwriter known for her empowering and catchy anthems, such as "Sweet but Psycho" and "Kings & Queens". Born Amanda Koci in [...]
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Ava Gardner -  Ava Gardner Biography Ava Gardner was an American actress and Hollywood icon known for her beauty, talent, and turbulent personal life. She appeared in a number of [...]
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Ava DuVernay -  Ava DuVernay Biography Ava DuVernay is an American filmmaker, director, and screenwriter known for her powerful and socially conscious films and television series. She [...]
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Auston Matthews -  Auston Matthews Biography Auston Matthews is a professional ice hockey player from the United States who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National [...]
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Austin Butler -  Austin Butler Biography Austin Butler is an American actor known for his work in film, television, and theater. He first gained recognition for his role as James "Wilke" [...]
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Aurora -  Aurora Biography Aurora is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, and record producer known for her ethereal vocals and dreamy synth-pop sound. Her music often deals with [...]
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Augusten Burroughs -  Augusten Burroughs Biography Augusten Burroughs is an American writer and memoirist known for his candid and often humorous accounts of his personal struggles. His [...]
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Auguste Rodin -  Auguste Rodin Biography Auguste Rodin is one of the most famous sculptors in history, known for his expressive and emotive works. He is best known for his bronze statue [...]
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Auguste Escoffier -  Auguste Escoffier Biography Auguste Escoffier is a legendary French chef who revolutionized the culinary world in the late 19th and early 20th century. He is credited [...]
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Auguste Comte -  Auguste Comte Biography Auguste Comte was a French philosopher known for his development of the positivist philosophy. He believed that the scientific method should be [...]
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Who is August Wilson -  August Wilson Biography August Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright known for his powerful and nuanced portrayals of the African American experience. He wrote [...]
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August Alsina -  August Alsina Biography August Alsina is a singer-songwriter known for his emotional and introspective music. He began his career as a teenager, gaining popularity with [...]
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Audrey Hepburn -  Audrey Hepburn Biography Audrey Hepburn is an iconic actress and humanitarian known for her timeless elegance, grace, and talent. She starred in numerous classic films, [...]
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Audre Lorde -  Audre Lorde Biography Audre Lorde is a self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" who wrote extensively about social issues such as racism, sexism, and [...]
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Audie Murphy -  Audie Murphy Biography Audie Murphy was an American soldier, actor, and songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most decorated combat soldiers of World War II. [...]
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Aubrey Plaza -  Aubrey Plaza Biography Aubrey Plaza is an American actress and comedian who is best known for her deadpan and sarcastic humor. She rose to fame for her role as April [...]
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Atul Gawande -  Atul Gawande Biography Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher who has made significant contributions to improving healthcare and [...]
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Atif Aslam -  Atif Aslam Biography Atif Aslam is a Pakistani singer-songwriter and actor who has become one of the most popular and successful musicians in South Asia. He gained [...]
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Athanasius -  Athanasius Biography Athanasius is a prominent figure in the early Christian Church, known for his defense of orthodox Christianity against the Arian heresy. He served [...]
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee -  Atal Bihari Vajpayee Biography Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an Indian politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 1998 to 2004. Vajpayee was a member of the [...]
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Astro -  Astro Biography Astro, also known as Cha Eun-woo, is a South Korean singer, actor, and model who is best known as a member of the K-pop group Astro. He has also acted in [...]
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Astrid Lindgren -  Astrid Lindgren Biography Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish author who is best known for her children's books, including the beloved "Pippi Longstocking" series. Lindgren's [...]
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Ashton Kutcher -  Ashton Kutcher Biography Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur who is known for his roles in television shows such as "That '70s Show" and "Two [...]
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Ashnikko -  Ashnikko Biography Ashnikko is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter who first gained popularity with her hit song "Stupid" in 2019. Her music is known for its [...]
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Ashley Montagu -  Ashley Montagu Biography Ashley Montagu was a British-American anthropologist and author who was known for his work in the fields of human sexuality and race. He wrote [...]
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Ashley Graham -  Ashley Graham Biography Ashley Graham is an American model who is known for promoting body positivity and inclusivity in the fashion industry. She first gained attention [...]
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Ashanti -  Ashanti Biography Ashanti is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who first gained fame in the early 2000s with her hit singles "Foolish" and "Always on Time." [...]
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ASAP Rocky -  ASAP Rocky Biography ASAP Rocky is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor who is known for his unique style and fashion sense. He first gained attention with [...]
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Arvind Kejriwal -  Arvind Kejriwal Biography Arvind Kejriwal is an Indian politician and social activist who is the current Chief Minister of Delhi. He is known for his anti-corruption [...]
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Arundhati Roy -  Arundhati Roy Biography Arundhati Roy is an Indian author and political activist who is known for her novels "The God of Small Things" and "The Ministry of Utmost [...]
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Arthur Schopenhauer -  Arthur Schopenhauer Biography Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher who lived from 1788 to 1860. He is known for his pessimistic views on human existence and his [...]
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Arthur Rubinstein -  Arthur Rubinstein Biography Arthur Rubinstein was a Polish-American classical pianist who is considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He performed [...]
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Arthur Rimbaud -  Arthur Rimbaud Biography Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet who lived from 1854 to 1891. He is considered one of the most influential poets of the 19th century and his [...]
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Arthur Rankin, Jr. -  Arthur Rankin, Jr. Biography Arthur Rankin, Jr. was an American animator and filmmaker who lived from 1924 to 2014. He was best known for his work on television specials [...]
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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger -  Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Biography Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was an American publisher who lived from 1926 to 2012. He served as the publisher of The New York Times from 1963 [...]
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Arthur Miller -  Arthur Miller Biography Arthur Miller was an American playwright who lived from 1915 to 2005. He is best known for his plays "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible," [...]
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Arthur M. Schlesinger -  Arthur M. Schlesinger Biography Arthur M. Schlesinger was an American historian and political commentator who lived from 1917 to 2007. He was a prolific author and wrote [...]
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Arthur Koestler -  Arthur Koestler Biography Arthur Koestler was a Hungarian-British author and journalist who lived from 1905 to 1983. He is best known for his novel "Darkness at Noon," [...]
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Arthur Conan Doyle -  Arthur Conan Doyle Biography Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician who lived from 1859 to 1930. He is best known for his creation of the detective [...]
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Arthur C. Clarke -  Arthur C. Clarke Biography Arthur C. Clarke was a British science fiction writer who lived from 1917 to 2008. He was known for his visionary writing and his ability to [...]
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Artemisia Gentileschi -  Artemisia Gentileschi Biography Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter who lived from 1593 to 1653. She was one of the few women artists of her time to [...]
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Art Buchwald -  Art Buchwald Biography Art Buchwald was an American humorist and journalist who lived from 1925 to 2007. He was known for his witty and satirical writing, and he won a [...]
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Arsene Wenger -  Arsene Wenger Biography Arsene Wenger is a French former professional football player and manager who is best known for his time as the manager of Arsenal Football Club [...]
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Arnold Rothstein -  Arnold Rothstein Biography Arnold Rothstein was an American gambler and businessman who was a key figure in organized crime during the early 20th century. He was known [...]
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Arnold Palmer -  Arnold Palmer Biography Arnold Palmer was an American professional golfer who is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He won 62 PGA Tour titles, including [...]
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Arnold Bennett -  Arnold Bennett Biography Arnold Bennett was an English novelist and journalist who lived from 1867 to 1931. He wrote over 30 novels, including "The Old Wives' Tale" and [...]
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Armaan Malik -  Armaan Malik Biography Armaan Malik is a young Indian playback singer and songwriter who has made a name for himself in the music industry with his versatile voice and [...]
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Aristotle Onassis -  Aristotle Onassis Biography Aristotle Onassis was a Greek shipping magnate who lived in the 20th century. He was one of the wealthiest men in the world and was known for [...]
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Aristophanes -  Aristophanes Biography Aristophanes was a Greek playwright who lived in the 5th century BCE. He is considered to be one of the greatest comedic writers of all time and [...]
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Arijit Singh -  Arijit Singh Biography Arijit Singh is a renowned Indian singer and music composer who has won numerous awards for his soulful and melodious voice. He first gained [...]
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Ariel Sharon -  Ariel Sharon Biography Ariel Sharon was an Israeli general and politician who served as the Prime Minister of Israel from 2001 until 2006. He was a prominent figure in [...]
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Arianna Huffington -  Arianna Huffington Biography Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman who is best known as the founder of The Huffington [...]
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Ariana Grande -  Ariana Grande Biography Ariana Grande is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who first gained fame as a cast member on the Nickelodeon television series [...]
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