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Kate Chopin

Name at birth: Katherine O'FlahertyKate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling 1899 novel, The Awakening. Born in St. Louis, she moved to New Orleans afte…

Buddha

Name at birth: Siddhartha GautamaBuddha ("the awakened") was the title given to Siddhartha Gautama, the son of a Nepalese rajah. According to tradition, Guatama left a life of luxury at age 30 and de…

Henrik Ibsen

Norwegian Henrik Ibsen is among the most famous modern playwrights, the author of such dramas as Peer Gynt (1867), A Doll's House (1879) and When We Dead Awaken (1899). His first play was published an…

2007 Tony (Antoinette Perry) Awards

The Tony Awards, honoring distinguished achievement in Broadway theater, were presented on June 10, 2007.Play: The Coast of UtopiaMusical: Spring AwakeningRevival—Play: Journey's EndRev…

Daisy Ridley

Daisy Ridley was a little-known 21-year-old actress when she landed the career-making role of Rey, the plucky heroine of the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley was born in London an…

John Boyega

John Boyega is the rising young actor who was cast as one of the heroes of the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. John Boyega was born to Nigerian parents in the Peckham neighborhood of London, w…

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks was a neurologist and lecturer who wrote about the peculiarities of the brain, in books such as Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. With a medical degree from Queen's C…

Chuck Colson

Charles "Chuck" Colson is the Watergate conspirator who pled guilty to obstructing justice, went to jail, and then had a religious awakening that led him to found the outreach group known as Prison Fe…