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Jules Verne

Jules Verne was a French novelist whose many popular novels include the classics A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). While studying law, Verne wrot…

Jules Dassin

American directorDied: March 31, 2008Best Known as: American director, screenwriter, and actor who was blacklisted in the United States Deathplace: Athens…

Floyd Verne HICKS

HICKS, Floyd Verne, a Representative from Washington; born in Prosser, Benton County, Wash., May 29, 1915; attended the public schools; served in the United States Army Air Corps, April 1942 to…

Jules Roy 2000 Deaths

Jules RoyAge: 92 Algerian-born French writer who based his novels on his childhood experiences in Algeria and on his French air force career. His books included The Happy Valley and The Death …

Cyrano de Bergerac

Name at birth: Savinien Cyrano de BergeracDe Bergerac was a real person but is still better known as the hero of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. Rostand depicts Cyrano as a brilliant a…

David Niven

For four decades David Niven was the very image of the urbane British gentleman in films like Raffles (1940), Around the World in 80 Days (1956, based on the book by Jules Verne) and The Pink Panther …

Nellie Bly

Name at birth: Elizabeth Jane CochranNellie Bly was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, a New York journalist whose muckraking made her a 19th century celebrity. A victim of personal hardship…

Pat Boone

Name at birth: Charles Eugene BooneDuring the 1950s singer Pat Boone rivalled Elvis Presley for success on the charts, most famously with subdued covers of hit songs by black artists. Boone's first b…

S.J. Perelman

S.J. "Sid" Perelman was a writer of short comic pieces, many of which appeared in The New Yorker magazine between the 1930s and 1970s. Perelman was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where he attend…

Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser is the square-jawed, fresh-faced star of the 1999 action film The Mummy and its sequels, The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). Brendan Fraser first …