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Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani was an Italian-born artist who spent his career in France, where he first became known for his distinctive portraits featuring elongated figures. From a Jewish family in Livorno, Mod…

James Frey,

best-selling author, acknowledged in January that he had fabricated and embellished parts of his 2003 memoir, A Million Little Pieces, a story of personal redemption that has sold about 3.5 m…

Caroline Paul

Caroline Paul is the author of Fighting Fire, a 1998 memoir about becoming one of San Francisco's first woman firefighters. A 1986 Stanford graduate and aspiring filmmaker, Paul took the firefighter'…

Julia Grant

Julia Boggs Dent Grant was the wife of President Ulysses S. Grant of the United States of America. She was raised on a plantation outside of St. Louis and met Ulysses Grant in 1843. He had been a clas…

Edmund Morris,

59, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, wove together fact and fiction and inserted himself as a character in his authorized biography of Ronald Reagan, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. Morr…

Jack Welch,

CEO of General Electric, agreed to write a memoir for an unprecedented $7.1 million advance from Time Warner Trade Publishing. He'll write the book, about his career and business philosophy, …

Hillary Rodham Clinton,

U.S. senator and former first lady, increased her already high profile with the immensely publicized June release of her not-so-revealing memoir, Living History. Clinton made the rounds on th…

Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, making the trip on September 4-5, 1936. (Charles Lindbergh made the very first cross-Atlantic solo flight in…

Beverly Cleary

Name at birth: Beverly Atlee BunnBeverly Cleary published Henry Huggins, her first book, in 1950. The adventures of Henry and his neighborhood pals continued in a series of books featuring a spunky l…

Sir Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay were the first humans to reach Earth's highest point: the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. They reached the top at 11:30 am on 29 May 1953.…