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Brewer's: Encomium

The Greek komos is a revel in honour of [Bacchus], in which the procession marches from komi to it kome: i.e. village to village. En-komion is the hymn sung in these processions in honour o…

Helen Jacobs

Helen JacobsBorn: Aug. 6, 1908Tennis 4-time winner of U.S. Championship (1932-35); Wimbledon winner in 1936; lost 4 Wimbledon finals to arch-rival Helen Wills Moody.Died: June 2, 1997Dr. Rober…

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was, during the first half of the 20th century, the most famous handicapped person in the world. A severe fever at age 19 months left Keller blind and deaf and barely able to communicate…

Helen Hayes

Name at birth: Helen Hayes BrownHelen Hayes had a career on the stage that spanned nearly the entire 20th century, from her New York debut at the age of 9 to TV appearances when she was in her eightie…

Helen Hokinson

Helen Hokinson's cartoons were a staple in The New Yorker magazine for nearly 25 years. She specialized in plump and befuddled society matrons: club women, theatergoers and other polite and amusing so…

Helen Mirren

Name at birth: Ilyena Vasilievna MironovHelen Mirren is the sophisticated star of stage and screen who also became an international TV star as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the British se…

Helen Fielding

English writer Helen Fielding is the author of the novel Bridget Jones's Diary, a late 1990s U.K. and U.S. sensation that ushered in a new wave of "chick lit" novels and spawned two movies starring Re…

Helen Reddy

Australian singer Helen Reddy had a string of top 40 hits in the 1970s, the most famous of which was the chart-topping feminist anthem, "I Am Woman." Reddy grew up in a show business family and toured…

Helen Stephens

Helen StephensBorn: Feb. 3, 1918Track & Field set 3 world records in 100-yard dash and 4 more in 100 meters in 1935-36; won gold medals in 100 meters and 4x100-meter relay in 1936 Olympics…

Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt made her splash in the mid-1990s with the NBC series Mad About You, a kind of homage to late-baby-boom couplehood. After appearing in several TV roles in the '80s, she moved into feature fi…