5 Minute Biographies

Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed was a force of nature on screen, a British actor whose booming voice, imposing stature, and talent for…

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Gus March-Phillipps

Gustavus Henry March-Phillipps, known affectionately as Gus, was a British military officer whose life, though tragically short, was marked by…

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Cleopatra

Have you ever pondered the life of Cleopatra, the last active ruler of Egypt’s Ptolemaic Kingdom? Born in 69 BC,…

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Bing Crosby

Did you know that Bing Crosby, the legendary crooner, was originally named Harry Lillis Crosby Jr. when he was born…

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Benjamin Franklin

Did you know one of the founding fathers of the United States was born into a family of 17 children?…

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James Dean

Did you know that James Dean, an iconic Hollywood star, only starred in three movies before his untimely death? Yet,…

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Lord Horatio Nelson

Have you ever wondered how a small boy from Norfolk became one of Britain’s most celebrated naval heroes?” From humble…

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Carrie Fisher

Did you know that Carrie Fisher, the beloved Princess Leia from Star Wars, was a prolific and uncredited script doctor…

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Emmeline Pankhurst

Have you ever considered how one woman’s determination could forever change the course of history? Meet Emmeline Pankhurst, a beacon…

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Oliver Cromwell

In the heart of the 17th century, England was a nation at war with itself, a stage ripe for the…

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Michael Jackson

Have you ever wondered how one of the most iconic pop stars, Michael Jackson, began his journey into stardom? Born…

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Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo, born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was an actress who began her career in her home country of Sweden before…

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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was born on 10 July 1856 in the village of Smiljan which is now part of Croatia but…

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire on 30 November 1874.  He grew up as part of Great…

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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on 12 May 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Her father, Thomas was a urologist at…

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Jacques Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on 11 June 1910 in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, which is not too far from Bordeaux in South-Western…

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