KC Concepcion (born Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion on April 7, 1985) is a Filipina actress and singer from the Philippines who is currently a National Ambassador Against Hunger of the United Nations' World Food Programme.
Tina Arena (born Filippina Lydia Arena; 1 November 1967) is an Australian singer-songwriter, actress and record producer. Arena splits her time between Australia, France and the UK, but has been based in Melbourne since 2011. Arena is one of Australia's highest selling female artists and has won several awards, most notably six ARIA Awards and the World Music Award for best-selling Australian artist, which she received in both 1996 and 2000. In 2009, Arena was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of National Merit by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy for her contributions to French culture. She is the first Australian to have received that order of state.
Marcos Baghdatis (Greek: Μάρκος Παγδατής, born 17 June 1985) is a Cypriot professional tennis player. He was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open and a semifinalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships and reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 8 in August 2006.
Khaled Hosseini (Persian: خالد حسینی /ˈhɑːlɛd hoʊˈseɪni/; born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, an occupation that he likened to "an arranged marriage". He has published three novels, most notably his 2003 debut The Kite Runner, all of which are at least partially set in Afghanistan and feature an Afghan as the protagonist. Following the success of The Kite Runner he retired from medicine to write full-time.
Iannis Xenakis (Greek: Γιάννης (Ιάννης) Ξενάκης 29 May 1922 – 4 February 2001) was a Greek composer, music theorist, and architect-engineer. After 1947, he fled Greece, becoming a naturalized citizen of France. He is commonly recognized as one of the most important post-war avant-garde composers. Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances.
Princess Ashraf Pahlavi (Persian: Aŝraf Pahlawi, born 26 October 1919), is the twin sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran and a member of the Pahlavi Dynasty. She currently resides in Paris, France. Princess Ashraf is the oldest living member of her family. Since the Iranian Revolution, she has kept an extremely low profile and, with the exception of a memoir published in the mid-1990s, has not made any public appearances or granted interviews since 1981.
Amin Maalouf (Arabic: أمين معلوف, born 25 February 1949 in Beirut) is a Lebanese-born French author. Has lived in France since 1976. Although his native language is Arabic, he writes in French, and his works have been translated into many languages. He received the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for his novel Le rocher de Tanios (English: The Rock of Tanios). He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in 2010. He was elected a member of the Académie française on 23 June 2011 to fill seat 29, left vacant by the death of anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. Maalouf is the first person of Lebanese heritage to receive that honor.
Michèle Bennett (born 1950) is the former First Lady of Haiti and the ex-wife of former President for Life of Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier. She currently lives in France after her husband was exiled from Haiti. She was divorced from Duvalier in 1990.
Garth McArthur Fitzgerald Joseph (born August 8, 1973, in Roseau, Dominica) is a Dominican basketball player who played in the NBA.
Jean-Claude Duvalier nicknamed "Bébé Doc" or "Baby Doc" (3 July 1951 – 4 October 2014), was the President of Haiti from 1971 until his overthrow by a popular uprising in 1986. He succeeded his father François "Papa Doc" Duvalier as the ruler of Haiti after the latter's death in 1971. After assuming power, he introduced cosmetic changes to his father's regime and delegated much authority to his advisors, though thousands of Haitians were killed or tortured, and hundreds of thousands fled the country. He maintained a notoriously lavish lifestyle (including a state-sponsored US$2 million wedding in 1980), and made millions from involvement in the drug trade and from selling body parts from dead Haitians while poverty among his people remained the most widespread of any country in the Western Hemisphere.
Sviatlana Volnaya (en: Svetlana Volnaya) (born April 4, 1979 in Minsk, Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR) is a Belarusian women's basketball player. She plays for Dynamo Moscow as guard and forward position. She is 187 cm tall and 72 kg weights. She played with 12,3 points, 4,4 rebounds and 1,2 assists per game with Dynamo Moscow last year in Women Euroleague competition.
Neagu Djuvara (born August 18, 1916) is a Romanian historian, essayist, philosopher, journalist, novelist and diplomat.
Viktor Sanikidze (born April 1, 1986) is a Georgian professional basketball player who plays for TED Ankara Kolejliler of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He plays at both the small forward and power forward positions.
Bảo Đại (lit. "keeper of greatness", 22 October 1913 – 30 July 1997), born Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy, was the 13th and final emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty, which was the last dynasty of Vietnam. From 1926 to 1945, he was king of Annam. During this period, Annam was a protectorate within French Indochina, covering the central two-thirds of the present-day Vietnam. Bảo Đại ascended the throne in 1932.
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Simone Gomes Jatobá, or simply Simone (born on February 10, 1981 in Maringá, Paraná) is a Brazilian women's soccer player. She is a defensive midfielder, but she can also play as a defender.
Ung Thị (14 October 1913 - 10 February 2001) was a prominent Vietnamese businessman who, together with his wife Nguyen Thi Nguyet Nga, built and operated the Rex Hotel and Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City. After the Fall of Saigon, Ung Thị sought refuge in France where he lived until his death.
Olli-Pekka "Lelu" Ojansivu (born December 31, 1987 in Vammala) is Finland professional volleyball player who for the Romanian club CVM Tomis Constanţa. He is also a member of the Finland men's national volleyball team.
Elizabeth Boyle, Countess of Guilford (née Feilding; died c. 3 September 1667) was an English peeress. She was created 1st Countess of Guildford for life at the Restoration on 14 July 1660, which became extinct upon her death c. 3 September 1667. She held the office of Groom of the Stole and Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Dowager, Henrietta Maria.
Carla Maree Boyd (m. Porter) (born 31 October 1975 in Wynyard, Tasmania) is an Australian former professional basketball player in the WNBA as a forward for the Detroit Shock. She won a bronze (1996) and a silver (2000) medal with the Australian Women's Team at the Summer Olympics.
Artur London (1 February 1915 – 8 November 1986) was a Czechoslovak communist politician and co-defendant in the Slánský Trial. He was born in Ostrava, Margraviate of Moravia, Austria-Hungary to a Jewish family.
Monica Lovinescu (19 November 1923 – 20 April 2008) was a Romanian essayist, short story writer, literary critic, translator, and journalist, noted for her activities as an opponent of the Romanian Communist regime. She published several works under the pseudonyms Monique Saint-Come and Claude Pascal. She is the daughter of literary figure Eugen Lovinescu. She was married to the literary critic Virgil Ierunca.
Sidimane "Sidy" Sagna (born 4 February 1990 in Dakar) is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Aris F.C. (Thessaloniki) in the Football League 2 (Greece), as a Defensive midfielder.
Oleksiy Pecherov (Ukrainian: Олексій Печеров; born December 8, 1985) is a Ukrainian professional basketball player who last played for Kalev/Cramo of the Estonian Korvpalli Meistriliiga.
Virgil Ierunca (born Virgil Untaru; August 16, 1920, Lădești, Vâlcea County – September 28, 2006, Paris) was a Romanian literary critic, journalist and poet. He was married to Monica Lovinescu.