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Title:
Random House famous name finder : concise biographies of over 10,000 legendary people
Author:
Amende, Coral.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 1999.
Physical Description:
viii, 383 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Indexed four ways: last name, first name, nickname, spouses name."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780375706028
Format :
Book

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Summary

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Identifies thousands of famous people in various walks of life, indexed by last name, first name, nickname, and spouse's name.


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Library Journal Review

This revised and updated edition of Legends in Their Own Time (LJ 7/94) covers 10,000 eminent names in the areas of arts and entertainment, business, government, military, exploration, religion, science, and sports. Comparable to World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (World Almanac, 1990), which is currently out of print, it emphasizes "contemporary popular figures not found in standard biographical dictionaries." Biographical information includes real name, pseudonyms, aliases, birth and death years, nationality, occupation, major works or creations, and awards. The names, listed alphabetically in boldface in a two-column format, are easily located. A first-name index helps identify forgotten surnames, e.g., Gershwin, Levin, Louvin, and Remsen are listed under "Ira." Nicknames are indicated in both the second specialized index and main biographies. Because celebrities often marry other celebrities, there is also an Index of Spouses' Names listing present or (usually) former celebrity spouses. Comparison with the 1994 edition indicates that few names were added or deleted but confirms that biographical information was updated. However, the useful subject index and bibliography were omitted in the current edition. The biographical information found here is about as abbreviated as it can get to remain useful as a quick reference source.ÄStanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

From Last Name Index: Powers, Stefanie (Stefania Zofia Federkiewicz) (1942-) Am. actress ("Hart to Hart" TV series) Powhatan (c. 1550-1618) Am. Indian chief (father of Pocahontas) Powter, Susan (1958-) Am. weight-loss specialist/author (Stop the Insanity!) Prado, Perez (Damaso Perez Prado; "The King of Mambo") (1916-1989) Cub,bandleader/organist ("Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White") Prater, Dave (David Prater) (1937-1988) Am. soul singer (with Sam & Dave; "Soul Man") Praxiteles (fl. 370-330 b.c.) Ath. sculptor (Dionysius) Preminger, Otto (Otto Ludwig Preminger) (1905-1986) Aus.-Am. film producer/director (Laura; Anatomy of a Murder; Exodus; Advise and Consent) Prendergast, Maurice (Maurice Brazil Prendergast) (1859-1924) Am. pointillist painter (Umbrellas in the Rain) Prentiss, Paula (Paula Ragusa) (1939-) Am. actress ("He and She" TV series; The World of Henry Orient) Presley, Elvis (Elvis Aron Presley; "Elvis the Pelvis"; "The King"; "King of Rock 'n' Roll") (1935-1977) Am. rock singer ("Heartbreak Hotel"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Hound Dog"; "Love Me Tender")/actor (Viva Las Vegas; Jailhouse Rock) From Index by First Name Calvin Coolidge (govt./mil.) Klein (arts/ent.) Murphy (sports) Peete (sports) Trillin (arts/ent.) Cameron Crowe (arts/ent.) Diaz (arts/ent.) Mitchell (arts/ent.) Camilla Parker-Bowles (misc.) Camille Paglia (arts/ent.) Pissarro (arts/ent.) Saint-Saëns (arts/ent.) Camilo Cela (arts/ent.) Camryn Manheim (arts/ent.) Canada Lee (arts/ent.) Candice Bergen (arts/ent.) Candy Clark (arts/ent.) Cummings (sports) Cannonball Adderley (arts/ent.) From Index by Nickname Singing Rage, The Patti Page Sir Larry Laurence Olivier Sir Timothy Tim Keefe Sister Aimee Aimee Semple McPherson Skeeter Wilma Rudolph Skoonj Carl Furillo Slammin' Sam Sam Snead Slingin' Sam Sammy Baugh Slug Harry Heilmann Sly Sylvester Stallone Smack Fletcher Henderson Smiling Whirlwind, The Hoot Gibson Smokin' Joe Joe Frazier Smoky Mountain Boy, The Roy Acuff Snake, The Ken Stabler Son of Sam David Berkowitz Soul Brother Number One James Brown Southern Gentleman, The Sonny James From Index by Spouse's Name Penn, Sean Madonna Peppard, George Elizabeth Ashley Perlman, Rhea Danny DeVito Perón, Evita Juan Perón Peters, Jean Howard Hughes Pfeiffer, Michelle Peter Horton David Kelley Phillips, John Michelle Phillips Phillips, Julianne Bruce Springsteen Phillips, Michelle Dennis Hopper John Phillips Phillips, Sam T-Bone Burnet Phillips, Sian Peter O'Toole Pickford, Mary Douglas Fairbanks Buddy Rogers Pileggi, Nicholas Nora Ephron Pinkett, Jada Will Smith Pinter, Harold Antonia Fraser Vivien Merchant Plath, Sylvia Ted Hughes Excerpted from Famous Name Finder: Concise Biographies of over 10,000 Legendary People Indexed Four Ways: Last Name, First Name, Nickname, Spouse's Name by Coral Amende All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.