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Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the 20th century. His name is nearly synonymous with existentialism, a branch of philosophy whose tenets include the idea that …

Jean-Paul Riopelle 2002 Deaths

Jean-Paul RiopelleAge: 78 Canadian abstract expressionist painter who produced most of his work in postwar France. His works appear in New York City's Museum of Modern Art and London's Tate Ga…

Gisèle Freund 2000 Deaths

Gisèle FreundAge: 91 German-born photographer best known for her portraits of France's literati. Her subjects included James Joyce, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, and President Fran&…

Albert Camus

Albert Camus was one of the most highly-regarded French writers while he was alive, and today his books continue to be bestsellers in France and staples of university courses in Western literature and…

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir(Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie-Bertrand de Beauvoir)writer, feministBorn: 1/9/1908 Birthplace: Paris, France Best known for the classic feminist treatise, Le Deuxième Sex…

Iris Murdoch

Irish-English writer Iris Murdoch's long career as a novelist, playwright, critic and philosophy professor came to an end in the 1990s because of Alzheimer's disease. Murdoch was made a fellow in 1948…

Polly Riley 2002 Deaths

Polly RileyAge: 75 renowned amateur golfer from Ft. Worth, Texas, who won the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour's first sanctioned event in 1950 (Tampa Open); finished tied for second …

Herb Ritts 2002 Deaths

Herb RittsAge: 50 celebrity photographer whose works helped to define the narcisssim and excess of the 1980s and early 90s. His subjects included Madonna, Cindy Crawford, the Dalai Lama, Eliza…

Breathless (1959)

Director: Jean-Luc GodardCast: Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg In the hands of Godard, this typical tale of an on-the-lam gangster with a weakness for an American girl became a cornerstone …

Ian Richardson

actorBorn: April 7, 1934Birthplace: EdinburghDied: Feb. 9, 2007 (London) A versatile actor and a founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 196…