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Bonnie Cashin Biography

Bonnie Cashinfashion designerBorn: 9/28/1908Birthplace: Oakland, California fashion designer whose casual designs helped popularize sportswear and the layered look. Her designs included the “…

Joaquin Miller

Name at birth: Cincinnatus Hiner MillerCincinattus "Joaquin" Miller was a writer known for his descriptions of the American West during the late 19th century. A raconteur and frontiersman, Miller was…

Jack LaLanne

Name at birth: Francois Henri LaLanneJack LaLanne hosted a nationally-syndicated TV exercise show from 1951 until 1985. The show made him a popular pioneer of vigor in the 1950s, preaching good…

Mark Hamill Biography

Mark Hamill actorBorn: 9/25/1951Birthplace: Oakland, California Answers the question, What do you do after you save the universe from the forces of evil? Apparently, nothing. Hamill was the…

George Stevens Biography

George Stevens directorBorn: 12/18/1904Birthplace: Oakland, California Leading film director of the 1930s and 1940s known for movie standards such as Swing Time (1936), Gunga Din (1939), and…

Huey Newton Biography

Huey NewtonBlack activist Born: 1942Birthplace: Monroe, La. Newton, with Bobby Seale, founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Illiterate when he graduated from high school, Newton taught…

Bobby Seale

Name at birth: Robert George SealeBobby Seale co-founded the Black Panthers in 1966 with Huey P. Newton, in Oakland, California. Seale was originally from Texas, but had been living in Oakland since…

Jerry Brown

Name at birth: Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr.Jerry Brown was elected governor of California in 2010, an achievement made more remarkable by the fact that he had already been the state's governor in the…

Zendaya

Name at birth: Zendaya Maree Stoermer ColemanZendaya is the one-named star who turned her beginnings as a Disney Channel actress into success as a pop singer, social media juggernaut, and Emmy-…

Mahershala Ali

Name at birth: Mahershalalhashbaz GilmoreMahershala Ali received rave reviews -- and then won an Oscar -- for his performance in the 2016 film Moonlight. Two years later he won another Oscar as best…