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Thomas Hardy

English writer Thomas Hardy is best known for his novels Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1896). He spent most of his life in rural Dorset, wh…

Endangered Species Criteria

The Question: What qualifies an animal to be listed as "endangered"? The Answer: An endangered species is one in danger of becoming extinct. For…

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver was a short-story writer credited with revitalizing the form in the United States during the 1970s and '80s. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Carver spent most of his childhoo…

Famous People Born in Berlin

The Question: I was wondering if you know any famous people who were born in Berlin, Germany? The Answer: Well, we don't know these people perso…

Nastassja Kinski

Nastassja Kinski(Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski)actressBorn: 1/24/1960Birthplace: Berlin, Germany Best known for her title role in Tess (1979), this aloof, sultry actress made her film debut in F…

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaineactressBorn: 4/24/1934Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia Academy Award-winning actress whose screen talents range from dancing the can-can to playing the part of an aging eccentri…

Shirley MacLaine Biography

Shirley MacLaineactressBorn: 4/24/1934Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia Academy Award-winning actress whose screen talents range from dancing the can-can to playing the part of an aging eccentri…

Roman Polanski Biography

Roman Polanskidirector, screenwriter, actorBorn: 8/18/1933Birthplace: Paris, France A survivor of war-torn Nazi Poland, Polanski first came to prominence as a director of Polish films before m…