MELISSA MCCARTHY
Who: Melissa McCarthy
What: Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer
When: Born August 26, 1970
Where: McCarthy grew up on a farm in Illinois and is now based out of Los Angeles.
Why: She is an Emmy Award winner and is currently nominated for an Oscar for her role in Bridesmaids.
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MELISSA MCCARTHY

Who: Melissa McCarthy

What: Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer

When: Born August 26, 1970

Where: McCarthy grew up on a farm in Illinois and is now based out of Los Angeles.

Why: She is an Emmy Award winner and is currently nominated for an Oscar for her role in Bridesmaids.

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GABRIELLE GIFFORDS
Who: Gabrielle Giffords
What: Elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007.
When: Born June 8, 1970
Where: She resides in Arizona.
Why: Giffords was the third woman in Arizona’s history to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
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GABRIELLE GIFFORDS

Who: Gabrielle Giffords

What: Elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007.

When: Born June 8, 1970

Where: She resides in Arizona.

Why: Giffords was the third woman in Arizona’s history to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

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Nancy Clarke, the White House ‘flower czar,’ dies at 66
The “flower czar’’ who created floral decorations and beautiful arrangements at the White House across the span of six presidencies, died Saturday at 66.
“Pleasing the first lady was more important to me than anything else,’’ Clarke wrote in her memoir.
In the book she notes that Michelle Obama enjoys forsythia, Hillary Rodham Clinton liked tropical flowers such as birds of paradise, Nancy Reagan adored peonies and bright colors, Barbara Bush was fond of lavender and Laura Bush liked traditional flowers.
Nancy Clarke has her own website and a recently published book.

Nancy Clarke, the White House ‘flower czar,’ dies at 66

The “flower czar’’ who created floral decorations and beautiful arrangements at the White House across the span of six presidencies, died Saturday at 66.

“Pleasing the first lady was more important to me than anything else,’’ Clarke wrote in her memoir.

In the book she notes that Michelle Obama enjoys forsythia, Hillary Rodham Clinton liked tropical flowers such as birds of paradise, Nancy Reagan adored peonies and bright colors, Barbara Bush was fond of lavender and Laura Bush liked traditional flowers.

Nancy Clarke has her own website and a recently published book.

SARAH BURKE
Who: Sarah Burke
What: Freestyle Skier
When: Born September 3, 1982. Died January 19, 2012.
Where: She was from Canada.
Why: Burke was a four-time gold medalist at the Winter X Games and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005. She successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee to have halfpipe skiing added to the program for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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SARAH BURKE

Who: Sarah Burke

What: Freestyle Skier

When: Born September 3, 1982. Died January 19, 2012.

Where: She was from Canada.

Why: Burke was a four-time gold medalist at the Winter X Games and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005. She successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee to have halfpipe skiing added to the program for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Margaret Leech (Mrs. Ralph Pulitzer)
Margaret Leech (1893-1974) was a writer and occasional member of the Algonquin Round Table.  She won two Pulitzer Prizes in history for her books Reveille in Washington (1942) and In the Days of McKinley (1960).*
There is a website devoted to Margaret’s life and work.
*The Pulitzer Prize was established by Margaret’s father in law as part of his will in 1917.  It is administered by Columbia University and voted on by a panel of newspaper editors and academics.

Margaret Leech (Mrs. Ralph Pulitzer)

Margaret Leech (1893-1974) was a writer and occasional member of the Algonquin Round Table.  She won two Pulitzer Prizes in history for her books Reveille in Washington (1942) and In the Days of McKinley (1960).*

There is a website devoted to Margaret’s life and work.

*The Pulitzer Prize was established by Margaret’s father in law as part of his will in 1917.  It is administered by Columbia University and voted on by a panel of newspaper editors and academics.

Athlete Aimee Mullins
“Born without fibulae in both legs, Aimee’s medical prognosis was discouraging; she was told she would never walk, and would likely spend the rest of her life using a wheelchair. In an attempt for an outside chance at independent mobility, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee on her first birthday. The decision paid off. By age two, she had learned to walk on prosthetic legs, and spent her childhood doing the usual athletic activities of her peers: swimming, biking, softball, soccer, and skiing, always alongside “able-bodies” kids.”

Athlete Aimee Mullins

“Born without fibulae in both legs, Aimee’s medical prognosis was discouraging; she was told she would never walk, and would likely spend the rest of her life using a wheelchair. In an attempt for an outside chance at independent mobility, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee on her first birthday. The decision paid off. By age two, she had learned to walk on prosthetic legs, and spent her childhood doing the usual athletic activities of her peers: swimming, biking, softball, soccer, and skiing, always alongside “able-bodies” kids.”

PHOEBE PHILO
Who: Phoebe Philo
What: Fashion Designer
When: She was born in Paris in 1973.
Where: She lives in London.
Why: Philo, who worked for Chloe for a number of years, is now creative director of Celine.
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Photo credit: The New York Times T Magazine

PHOEBE PHILO

Who: Phoebe Philo

What: Fashion Designer

When: She was born in Paris in 1973.

Where: She lives in London.

Why: Philo, who worked for Chloe for a number of years, is now creative director of Celine.

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Photo credit: The New York Times T Magazine

JESSICA QUIRK
Who: Jessica Quirk
What: Fashion Blogger
When: Quirk began her successful fashion blog, What I Wore, in March 2008.
Where: She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Why: Quirk’s What I Wore blog led to her first published book, What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style.
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JESSICA QUIRK

Who: Jessica Quirk

What: Fashion Blogger

When: Quirk began her successful fashion blog, What I Wore, in March 2008.

Where: She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Why: Quirk’s What I Wore blog led to her first published book, What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style.

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MICHELLE OBAMA
Who: Michelle Obama
What: First Lady of the United States
When: Born January 17, 1964
Where: She currently lives in Washington, D.C. but is from Chicago, Illinois.
Why: As FLOTUS, she created the Let’s Move campaign to combat childhood obesity. Along with Dr. Jill Biden, she created Joining Forces, which supports military families nationwide.
Want to learn more?
View her White House profile and follow her sartorial choices. 

MICHELLE OBAMA

Who: Michelle Obama

What: First Lady of the United States

When: Born January 17, 1964

Where: She currently lives in Washington, D.C. but is from Chicago, Illinois.

Why: As FLOTUS, she created the Let’s Move campaign to combat childhood obesity. Along with Dr. Jill Biden, she created Joining Forces, which supports military families nationwide.

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MILA KUNIS
Who: Mila Kunis
What: Actress
When: Born August 14, 1983
Where: She was born in the Ukrainian SSR.
Why: She starred in the television program That 70’s Show and in numerous films including Black Swan and Friends With Benefits. In November 2011, she attended the U.S. Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina with Sgt. Scott More after he posted an invitation to the actress on YouTube.
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MILA KUNIS

Who: Mila Kunis

What: Actress

When: Born August 14, 1983

Where: She was born in the Ukrainian SSR.

Why: She starred in the television program That 70’s Show and in numerous films including Black Swan and Friends With Benefits. In November 2011, she attended the U.S. Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina with Sgt. Scott More after he posted an invitation to the actress on YouTube.

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NANCY CARROLL
Who: Nancy Carroll
What: Actress
When: Born November 19, 1903. Died August 6, 1965.
Where: She grew up in New York City.
Why: Carroll, who film debut was in Ladies Must Dress, in 1927, performed in movie musicals in the 1930s. She made eight films in 1928, including Easy Come, Easy Go.
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NANCY CARROLL

Who: Nancy Carroll

What: Actress

When: Born November 19, 1903. Died August 6, 1965.

Where: She grew up in New York City.

Why: Carroll, who film debut was in Ladies Must Dress, in 1927, performed in movie musicals in the 1930s. She made eight films in 1928, including Easy Come, Easy Go.

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LADY GAGA
Who: Lady Gaga
What: Singer & Songwriter
When: Born March 28, 1986.
Where: She was born and raised in New York and travels worldwide to perform.
Why: Lady Gaga is one of the best selling music artists of all time. In 2011, she launched the nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on youth empowerment.
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Visit Lady Gaga’s official website, find her on Facebook, follower her on Twitter, and watch her videos on YouTube.

LADY GAGA

Who: Lady Gaga

What: Singer & Songwriter

When: Born March 28, 1986.

Where: She was born and raised in New York and travels worldwide to perform.

Why: Lady Gaga is one of the best selling music artists of all time. In 2011, she launched the nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on youth empowerment.

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Visit Lady Gaga’s official website, find her on Facebook, follower her on Twitter, and watch her videos on YouTube.

KAYE STEVENS
Who: Kaye Stevens
What: Singer & Actress
When: Born July 21, 1932. Died December 28, 2011
Where: She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and performed all over the country, in including Las Vegas, where she got her big break.
Why: Stevens released six albums, starred in numerous television shows and movies, and started her own Christian ministry.
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KAYE STEVENS

Who: Kaye Stevens

What: Singer & Actress

When: Born July 21, 1932. Died December 28, 2011

Where: She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and performed all over the country, in including Las Vegas, where she got her big break.

Why: Stevens released six albums, starred in numerous television shows and movies, and started her own Christian ministry.

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KRISTEN WIIG
Who: Kristen Wiig
What: Comedienne, Actress & Writer
When: Born August 22, 1973
Where: Wiig lives in New York.
Why: She works as a full-time cast member at Saturday Night Live and proved that women can carry Hollywood movies with her role as leading funny lady in Bridesmaids.
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Photo credit: Terry Richardson

KRISTEN WIIG

Who: Kristen Wiig

What: Comedienne, Actress & Writer

When: Born August 22, 1973

Where: Wiig lives in New York.

Why: She works as a full-time cast member at Saturday Night Live and proved that women can carry Hollywood movies with her role as leading funny lady in Bridesmaids.

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Photo credit: Terry Richardson

HELEN FRANKENTHALER
Who: Helen Frankenthaler 
What: Abstract Expressionist Painter
When: Born December 12, 1928. Died December 27, 2011.
Where: She had a home and studio in Darien, Connecticut.
Why: Her work spanned six decades and was part of several retrospective exhibitions.
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Photo credit: The New York Times

HELEN FRANKENTHALER

Who: Helen Frankenthaler 

What: Abstract Expressionist Painter

When: Born December 12, 1928. Died December 27, 2011.

Where: She had a home and studio in Darien, Connecticut.

Why: Her work spanned six decades and was part of several retrospective exhibitions.

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Photo credit: The New York Times