• Alexander Schmorell

    1917 - 1943

    Alexander Schmorell (1917 - 1943)

    Alexander Schmorell’s father, a medical doctor, was German-born and raised in Russia. Schmorell’s mother was Russian, the daughter of a Russian Orthodox priest. Schmorell was baptised in the Russian Orthodox Church. His mother died of typhus during the Russian Civil War when he was two years old. In 1920 his widowed father married a German […]

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  • Alexander Stirling Calder

    1870 - 1945

    Alexander Stirling Calder (1870 - 1945)

    Sculptor.  Alexander Stirling Calder was the son of the renowned artist Alexander Milne Calder, who influenced his work and taught him most of what he applied in his later works.  A. Stirling Calder was taught by Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as well as at the Académie Julian in Paris […]

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  • Alexander Turney Stewart

    1803 - 1876

    Alexander Turney Stewart (1803 - 1876)

    Business Magnate.  Born in Lisburn,  Ireland,  he emigrated to New York in 1823. In 1825 he opened a dry goods store,  A. T. Stewart & Company;  by the 1860s it had grown into the largest retail store in the world.  He also had international branches of his company and owned several mills and factories. During […]

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  • Alexander Young

    1938 - 1997

    Alexander Young (1938 - 1997)

    Alexander Young was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland. When his family emigrated to Sydney, Australia, in 1963, he chose to remain in Britain to pursue musical interests. At that time he was in a band called the Bobby Patrick Big Six and spent some time in Germany. Later, in 1967, Alexander formed and played bass […]

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  • Alexandra Bastedo

    1946 - 2014

    Alexandra Bastedo (1946 - 2014)

    Actress. A glamorous blonde who earned numerous credits over a long career, she shall be remembered as Sharron Macready, a secret agent on the late 1960s science fiction series “The Champions”. Raised in Brighton, she wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was three but while still in her teens was ‘discovered’ and […]

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  • Alexandra Khokhlova

    1897 - 1985

    Alexandra Khokhlova (1897 - 1985)

    Actress, Director. The wife of pioneer Soviet filmaker Lev Kuleshov, she was a key collaborator on all his important films. Born Alexandra Sergeyevna Botkin in Berlin, Germany, into a distinguished Russian family, she made her performing debut in 1916 and was briefly married to Moscow Art Theatre actor Konstantin Khokhlov. In 1919 she joined Kuleshov’s […]

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  • Alexandre Falguière

    1831 - 1900

    Alexandre Falguière (1831 - 1900)

    Sculptor.  Born in Toulouse. A pupil of the École des Beaux-Arts,  he won the Prix de Rome in 1859; he was awarded the medal of honor at the Salon in 1868 and was appointed officer of the Legion of Honour in 1878. His first bronze statue of importance was the Victor of the Cock-Fight (1864), […]

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  • Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart

    1739 - 1813

    Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart (1739 - 1813)

    Architect.  His austere style,  combining classical Greek and Roman elements,  had a significant influence on late 18th and early 19th Century French architecture.  Brongniart was born in Paris and studied at the Lycee Condorcet.  He was much in demand for public buildings (hotels,  churches) and private residences,  and after 1782 oversaw new construction at the […]

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  • Alexei Nikolaevich Olenin

    1763 - 1843

    Alexei Nikolaevich Olenin (1763 - 1843)

    First director of St. Petersburg Public Library.  Family links:  Spouse:  Yelizaveta Markovna Poltoratsky Olenina (1768 – 1838)*  Children:  Anna Alexeevna Olenina Andrault (1808 – 1888)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Alexei Petrovich Antropov

    1716 - 1795

    Alexei Petrovich Antropov (1716 - 1795)

    Artist. One of the most influential Russian painters of the 18th Century, best remembered for the sincerity and directness of his portraits. He was also an accomplished icon painter, miniaturist, and metal worker. Antropov was born in St. Petersburg, to the family of a military carpenter. When he was 15, he started his art schooling […]

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  • Alexis Argüello

    1952 - 2009

    Alexis Argüello (1952 - 2009)

    Alexis Argüello found dead July 1, 2009, Managua), Nicaraguan professional boxer who was world featherweight, junior lightweight, and lightweight champion between 1974 and 1982. Arguello, who became a professional fighter in 1968, fought only in his homeland until 1974, when he went to Panama to seek the World Boxing Association’s featherweight title. Arguello lost this match in […]

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  • Alexis Arquette

    1969 - 2016

    Alexis Arquette (1969 - 2016)

    Alexis Arquette was born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles, California, the fourth of five children of Brenda Olivia “Mardi” (née Nowak), an actress, poet, theater operator, activist, acting teacher, and therapist, and Lewis Arquette, an actor and director. Mardi Nowak was Jewish of Russian and Polish descent. Lewis Arquette was a convert to Islam from […]

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  • Alexis Davidoff

    1893 - 1972

    Alexis Davidoff (1893 - 1972)

    Stage and screen actor of the 1920s and 30s. Appeared in the 1939 musical “Balalaika.” (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Alexis Smith

    1921 - 1993

    Alexis Smith (1921 - 1993)

    Born in Penticton, British Columbia, to Gladys and Alexander Smith, her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was about a year old. Smith grew up in Southern California, attending Hollywood High School. When she was 13 she made her professional debut, performing ballet at the Hollywood Bowl. She was discovered in 1940 at Los […]

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  • Alfieri Maserati

    1887 - 1932

    Alfieri Maserati (1887 - 1932)

    Italian Entrepreneur. A racing driver and designer of racing cars, founder of Maserati Automobile Company. In 1930, a racing car of his own design, won the Grand Prix of Tripoli. (bio by: Lucy Caldarelli)

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  • Alfonso De Grazia

    1932 - 2000

    Alfonso De Grazia (1932 - 2000)

    Actor. He made his debut in 1958 and performed in theater, TV, and cinema (19 movies). (bio by: 380W)

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  • Alfonso Del Real

    1916 - 2002

    Alfonso Del Real (1916 - 2002)

    Screen, stage and television spanish character actor. He was born on board the trasatlantic Alfonso XIII in a trip of his parents to La Habana. He often played comedies. Among his films: “Ninette y un Señor de Murcia” (1965), “Don Erre Que Erre” (1970) and “La Llamaban la Madrina” (1973). On stage he appeared in […]

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  • Alfonso Reyes

    1889 - 1959

    Alfonso Reyes (1889 - 1959)

    Alfonso Reyes’ parents were Bernardo Reyes and Aurelia Ochoa. His father was in important government positions during the government of Porfirio Díaz, such as the governorship of Nuevo León and the Secretary of War and Navy. Alfonso Reyes was educated primarily in Mexico City. In 1909, he and other like-minded young intellectuals such as Martín Luis Guzmán […]

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  • Alfred “Fred” Parent

    1875 - 1972

    Alfred “Fred” Parent (1875 - 1972)

    Major League Baseball Player. He was an infielder and outfielder making his debut for the St. Louis Perfectos on July 14, 1899. For twelve seasons, he played with the St. Louis Perfectos in 1899, Boston Americans (1901-07) and Chicago White Sox (1908-11). He lead the American League in bats in 1902 and was a member […]

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  • Alfred Ainger

    1837 - 1904

    Alfred Ainger (1837 - 1904)

    Author, Religious Leader.  Born in London, England in the family of an architect, he was educated , at King’s College, where he experienced the influence of John Frederick Denison Maurice, one of the principal theologians of his time.  The sudden death of his father made it imperative that he enter a profession in which he […]

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  • Alfred Ainger

    1837 - 1904

    Alfred Ainger (1837 - 1904)

    Author, Religious Leader.  Born in London, England in the family of an architect, he was educated , at King’s College, where he experienced the influence of John Frederick Denison Maurice, one of the principal theologians of his time.  The sudden death of his father made it imperative that he enter a profession in which he […]

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  • Alfred Blalock

    1899 - 1964

    Alfred Blalock (1899 - 1964)

    Born in Culloden, Georgia, Blalock entered Georgia Military Academy, a preparatory school for the University of Georgia, at the age of 14. Blalock attended Georgia as an undergraduate and was a member of the Delta Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduating with an A.B. in 1918 at the age of 19, Blalock entered […]

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  • Alfred Cooke

    1970 - 1970

    Alfred Cooke (1970 - 1970)

    Theatrical Actor. He was the “eminent equestrian.”  When, in the summer of 1843, William Cooke advertised his “Royal Circus” to the people of Greenock, Scotland, one of the featured performers was his son Alfred. Standing on a horse’s back and circling the ring at a slow canter, Alfred entered costumed as Shakespeare’s Falstaff leading his […]

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  • Alfred Dawson

    1843 - 1931

    Alfred Dawson (1843 - 1931)

    Landscape Painter and Etcher. He studied art under his father, a marine and landscape painter, before establishing himself as a successful etcher and landscape painter in Chertsey, Surrey. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, London, between 1860 and 1889, showing works including “A Page from Gray’s Elegy” and “Leaving the Plough”. He also showed […]

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  • Alfred Drake

    1914 - 1992

    Alfred Drake (1914 - 1992)

    Born as Alfred Capurro in New York City, the son of parents emigrated from Recco, Genoa, Drake began his Broadway career while still a student at Brooklyn College. He is best known for his leading roles in the original Broadway productions of Oklahoma!; Kiss Me, Kate; Kismet; and for playing Marshall Blackstone in the original […]

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  • Alfred Edmeades Bestall

    1892 - 1985

    Alfred Edmeades Bestall (1892 - 1985)

    Artist. He was the Illustrator of the “Rupert Bear” stories in the Daily Express for 30 years. Invited to take over the “Rupert Bear” strip in 1935 when its originator, Mary Tourtel, had to retire due to failing eyesight, he developed and wrote over 270 Rupert adventures, and remained the regular artist and author until […]

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  • Alfred Edward Chalon

    1780 - 1860

    Alfred Edward Chalon (1780 - 1860)

    Artist. Born in Geneva to French parents. His father became a professor at the Royal Military College in Sandhurst, and the family moved to England. He joined the Associated Artists in Water-Colours in 1797. In the Academy, he was elected an associat (ARA) in 1812, then academician (RA) in 1816. His work became highly fashionable. […]

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  • Alfred Eisenstaedt

    1898 - 1995

    Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898 - 1995)

    Photojournalist. Renown for his photos that appeared on the cover of “Life Magazine”, his most famous photo became the shot of a United States Navy sailor kissing a woman in a white dress  in New York City, New York’s Times Square during the celebration sparked by V-J Day on August 14, 1945.  Family links:  Spouse: […]

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  • Alfred Hall

    1881 - 1943

    Alfred Hall (1881 - 1943)

    Actor. Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, he was a veteran performer who appeared in over 21 feature films from 1940 to 1943. His credits include “Men Without Souls” (1940), “Meet John Doe” (1941), “Mr. Celebrity” (1941), “Pretty Doll” (1942) and “Heaven Can wait” (1943). He died at age 61 in Los Angeles, California. (bio by: John […]

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  • Alfred Hitchcock

    1899 - 1980

    Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

    Born on 13 August 1899 in Leytonstone, (then part of Essex, now part of London), England, Hitchcock was the second son and the youngest of three children of William Hitchcock (1862–1914), a greengrocer and poulterer, and Emma Jane Hitchcock (née Whelan; 1863–1942). Named Alfred after his father’s brother, Hitchcock was brought up as a Roman […]

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