• Henny Porten

    1890 - 1960

    Henny Porten (1890 - 1960)

    Actress. She had one of the longest careers of any German actress. As popular in the 1910s as Mary Pickford was in the U.S. Her best known film outside Germany is “Backstairs” (1921). Her first big hit, written by her sister, was “Das Liebesglucke der Blinden” (The Happy Love of a Blind Girl). Porten was […]

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  • Henny Youngman

    1906 - 1998

    Henny Youngman (1906 - 1998)

    Youngman was born to a Jewish family in London, England. His family moved to Brooklyn, New York, when he was a child. He grew up in New York City, and began as a comedian after he had worked for years at a print shop, where he wrote “comedy cards” containing one-line gags. The comedy cards […]

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  • Henri Alekan

    1909 - 2001

    Henri Alekan (1909 - 2001)

    Henri Alekan (10 February 1909, Paris – 15 June 2001, Auxerre, Bourgogne) was a French cinematographer. Alekan was born in Montmartre in 1909. At the age of sixteen he and his brother became travelling puppeteers. A little later he started work as third assistant cameraman at the Billancourt Studios. He then spent a short time […]

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  • Henri Barbusse

    1873 - 1935

    Henri Barbusse (1873 - 1935)

    Author. His novel of the First World War (‘Le Feu’ – ‘Under Fire’) won the Prix Goncourt and has remained a classic. (bio by: David Conway)

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  • Henri Bendel

    1868 - 1936

    Henri Bendel (1868 - 1936)

    Businessman. He was America’s foremost clothes designer during his time.  Family links:  Parents:  William Louis Bendel (1837 – 1874)  Mary Plonsky Bendel Falk (1839 – 1915)  Spouses:  Blanche Lehman Bendel (1862 – 1895)*  Abraham Beekman Bastedo (1877 – 1953)*  Siblings:  Samuel Bendel (1864 – 1935)*  Isaac Bendel (1867 – 1952)*  Henri Bendel (1868 – 1936) […]

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  • Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre

    1737 - 1814

    Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre (1737 - 1814)

    Author. His most famous work is “Paul et Virginie”.

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  • Henri Cartier-Bresson

    1908 - 2004

    Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 - 2004)

    Acclaimed French Photographer. He was the founder with Robert Capa and David Seymour of Magnum Agency and he is considered one of the most importants photographers in the world. His photos reflected the History of 20th Century. He was captured by the nazis in II World War, but he escaped and he was witness of […]

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  • Henri Charrière

    1906 - 1973

    Henri Charrière (1906 - 1973)

    Writer and Folk Figure. He was born in Ardèche (France) and died in Madrid (Spain). He is best known as the author of Papillon, that details his numerous escapes from his imprisonment in 1932 to his escape to Venezuela. His nickname is Papillon (Butterfly in french language), from a butterfly tattoo in his chest). He […]

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  • Henri De Braekeleer

    1840 - 1888

    Henri De Braekeleer (1840 - 1888)

    Artist.

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  • Henri Decoin

    1890 - 1969

    Henri Decoin (1890 - 1969)

    Henri Decoin (18 March 1890 – 4 July 1969) was a French film director and screenwriter, who directed more than 50 films between 1933 and 1964. He was also a swimmer who won the national title in 1911 and held the national record in the 500 m freestyle. He competed in the 400 m freestyle […]

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  • Henri Deyglun

    1903 - 1971

    Henri Deyglun (1903 - 1971)

    French-Canadian actor. He appeared in the films, “L’Esprit du mal” (1954), “Coeur de maman” (1953) and “La Corde au cou” (1965).

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  • Henri Dutilleux

    1916 - 2013

    Henri Dutilleux (1916 - 2013)

    Henri Dutilleux was born on 22 January 1916 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire. He was the great-grandson of the painter Constant Dutilleux and of the composer Julien Koszul. He was also a cousin of the mathematician Jean-Louis Koszul. As a young man he studied harmony, counterpoint and piano with Victor Gallois at the Douai Conservatory before leaving […]

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  • Henri Fantin-Latour

    1836 - 1904

    Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 - 1904)

    Painter. Born at Grenoble on the 14th of January 1836. He studied first with his father, a pastel painter, and then at the drawing school of [Horace] Lecoq de Boisbaudran, and later under Couture. He was the friend of Ingres, Delacroix, Corot, Courbet and others. He exhibited in the Salon of 1861, and many of […]

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  • Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

    1891 - 1915

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891 - 1915)

    French Sculptor and Draughtsman. He became a sculptor in Paris without any training. In 1911, he moved to London with his partner, Sophie Brzeska, and there, he associated with figures such as Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound. He became a founder member of the London Group and the following year signed the Vorticist Manifesto. Later, […]

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  • Henri Laurens

    1885 - 1954

    Henri Laurens (1885 - 1954)

    Sculptor.  Family links:  Spouse:  Marthe Laurens (1886 – 1957)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Henri Louis Bergson

    1859 - 1941

    Henri Louis Bergson (1859 - 1941)

    Philosopher. Nobel prize in Literature, 1927.

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  • Henri Nannen

    1913 - 1996

    Henri Nannen (1913 - 1996)

    Publisher. Born in Emden, Germany, during World War II, he was a propaganda writer then became one of the most prominent journalists and magazine publishers in Germany. In the 1930s, he started working as a journalist for the propaganda unit in Italy and then was a speaker of the Olympic Oath for the 1936 games […]

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  • Henri Nestlé-Ehmant

    1814 - 1890

    Henri Nestlé-Ehmant (1814 - 1890)

    Business Magnate. Founder of Nestlé S.A., the world’s biggest food and beverage company, as well as one of the main creators of milk chocolate. He had sold his company by the end of 1874 and moved with his wife into Villa Nestlé, where they helped people with small loans and publicly contributed towards improving the […]

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  • Henri Torres

    1891 - 1966

    Henri Torres (1891 - 1966)

    Great french lawyer.

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  • Henri Verneuil

    1920 - 2002

    Henri Verneuil (1920 - 2002)

    Henri Verneuil was born Ashot Malakian (Armenian: Աշոտ Մալաքեան) to Armenian parents in Rodosto, East Thrace, Turkey. In 1924, when Ashot was a little child his family fled to Marseille in France, to escape persecution after the Armenian Genocide. He later recounted his childhood experience in the novel Mayrig, which he dedicated to his mother […]

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  • Henrietta Barnett

    1851 - 1936

    Henrietta Barnett (1851 - 1936)

    Social reformer and author.  Along with her husband, Samuel Augustus Barnett, they founded the at Toynbee Hall in 1884, as well as the Henrietta Barnett School in the Hampstead Garden Suburb.  She was awarded the CBE in 1917 and made a  Dame Commander of the OBE in 1924.  She and her husband were buried in […]

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  • Henrietta Crosman

    1861 - 1944

    Henrietta Crosman (1861 - 1944)

    Actress. Born n Wheeling, West Virginia, she began her career as a stage performer at the Windsor Theatre, New York, in 1883. She went on to be one of Broadway’s top leading ladies, when she signed with Universal Studios and her big screen debut in the silent film “The Unwelcome Mrs. Hatch” (1914), followed by […]

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  • Henrietta Howland “Hetty” Robinson Green

    1834 - 1916

    Henrietta Howland “Hetty” Robinson Green (1834 - 1916)

    Businesswoman. She inherited $10 million dollars, which she parlayed into a vastly greater sum through shrewd stock investments. She was the richest woman in the world during the early 20th Century. An incredibly miserly woman (her nickname was the “Witch of Wall Street”), her eccentricies became legendary in her time.  Family links:  Parents:  Edward Mott […]

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  • Henry “Hurricane Hank” Armstrong

    1912 - 1988

    Henry “Hurricane Hank” Armstrong (1912 - 1988)

    Professional Boxer. Featherweight, Lightweight, and Welterweight Champion of the World. One of the greatest fighters in history, “Hurricane Hank” is the only fighter to hold 3 world Championships simultaneously. His first title came in 1937 when he wrested the Featherweight Championship from Petey Sarron via 6th round ko. His second title came on May 31, […]

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  • Henry Ainley

    1879 - 1945

    Henry Ainley (1879 - 1945)

    Actor. Born to Richard and Ada Ainley in Morley, West Yorkshire, England. He made his professional stage debut for F.R. Benson’s company of actors and later joined Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s company. His first stage role was as a messenger in “Macbeth”. He also appeared as Glo’ster in “Henry V” at the Lyceum in London and […]

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  • Henry Alden Sherwin

    1842 - 1916

    Henry Alden Sherwin (1842 - 1916)

    Business Magnate. Founder of Sherwin-Williams paint company.  Family links:  Parents:  Alden Wheelock Sherwin (1816 – 1889)  Rachel Batchelder Sherwin (1818 – 1895)  Spouse:  Frances Mary Smith Sherwin (1843 – 1920)*  Children:  Belle Sherwin (1868 – 1955)*  Katherine Sherwin (1870 – 1873)*  William Alden Sherwin (1872 – 1897)*  Prudence Sherwin (1874 – 1938)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Henry Andrew “Heck” Thomas

    1850 - 1912

    Henry Andrew “Heck” Thomas (1850 - 1912)

    Deputy US Marshal and Folk Figure. He was the youngest of 12 children born to Lovick Pierce and Martha Ann Fullwood Bedell Thomas. When he was only 12 years old he joined his father and his uncle and went off to the Civil War. They were officers in the 35th Georgia Infantry and Heck was […]

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  • Henry Armetta

    1888 - 1945

    Henry Armetta (1888 - 1945)

    Actor. At the age of 14, he stowed away on a boat to America, performed menial tasks to get by and eventually got a part in a chorus for a New York City stage show. In 1920, he moved to Hollywood and easily found work performing as stereotypical Italian in silent films. He went on […]

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  • Henry Armstrong

    1912 - 1988

    Henry Armstrong (1912 - 1988)

    Henry Armstrong Born Henry Jackson, Jr., on December 12, 1912, in Columbus, Mississippi, Armstrong was the eleventh of the family’s 15 children. His father, Henry Jackson, Sr., was a sharecropper and a butcher. His mother, America Jackson was an Iroquois Indian. When Armstrong was four years old, his father moved the family to St. Louis, […]

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  • Henry Austin

    1804 - 1891

    Henry Austin (1804 - 1891)

    Henry Austin (December 4, 1804 – December 17, 1891) was a prominent and prolific American architect based in New Haven, Connecticut. He practiced for more than fifty years and designed many public buildings and homes primarily in the New Haven area. His most significant years of production seem to be the 1840s and 1850s.  The […]

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