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Turning points : pivotal moments in the careers of 83 famous figures
Baldwin, Louis.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
vi, 210 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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This book contains biographical sketches of 83 people, with particular attention paid to moments that changed their lives. In different ways, they all overcame an obstacle or adapted to an outside force or turned discouragement into hope. Included are actors (Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Katharine Hepburn), comics (Woody Allen, Bob Hope), entrepreneurs (Bill Gates), presidents (Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter), and seemingly ordinary people whose lives have inspired countless others (Grandma Moses, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa). News anchor Oprah Winfrey had been described as too emotional, too nice, too unprofessional, and too unattractive to succeed at her Baltimore television station. After her perceptive station manager transformed her from news anchor to talk show host, Oprah was in her element and on her way. Young Louis Armstrong didn't let a stay in reform school keep him down. He determined he would learn to play the cornet. This led "Satchmo" to world fame as an always affable trumpet virtuoso loved by millions. Some of the 83 knew exactly what they wanted and where they were going; others had no idea. But they all experienced major turning points that took them to greater things.

Author Notes

Louis Baldwin of San Diego, California, worked as a technical writer for twenty years before retiring to freelance writing.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Muhammad Alip. 3
Woody Allenp. 5
Maya Angeloup. 7
Yasir Arafatp. 10
Louis Armstrongp. 13
Fred Astairep. 15
Lauren Bacallp. 17
Lucille Ballp. 20
Mikhail Baryshnikovp. 22
Leonard Bernsteinp. 24
Humphrey Bogartp. 26
Ben Bradleep. 28
David Brinkleyp. 31
Tom Brokawp. 33
George Burnsp. 35
George Bushp. 38
Michael Cainep. 40
Jimmy Carterp. 43
Ray Charlesp. 45
Bill Clintonp. 47
Hillary Rodham Clintonp. 50
Sean Conneryp. 53
Marlene Dietrichp. 56
Bob Dolep. 58
Clint Eastwoodp. 61
Ella Fitzgeraldp. 63
Henry Fondap. 66
Jane Fondap. 69
Clark Gablep. 72
Bill Gatesp. 75
George Gershwinp. 77
Newt Gingrichp. 80
Whoopi Goldbergp. 82
Cary Grantp. 84
Katharine Hepburnp. 87
Bob Hopep. 89
Edward Hopperp. 91
Lena Hornep. 93
John Hustonp. 95
Jesse Jacksonp. 97
Michael Jacksonp. 100
Peter Jenningsp. 102
John Paul IIp. 104
James Earl Jonesp. 107
Barbara Jordanp. 109
Gene Kellyp. 112
John F. Kennedyp. 115
Larry Kingp. 117
Martin Luther King, Jr.p. 119
Spike Leep. 122
Maya Linp. 124
Madonnap. 126
Nelson Mandelap. 128
Thurgood Marshallp. 131
Grandma Mosesp. 133
Rupert Murdochp. 136
Ralph Naderp. 139
Laurence Olivierp. 141
Rosa Parksp. 144
Luciano Pavarottip. 147
I. M. Peip. 149
Ross Perotp. 151
Pablo Picassop. 153
Colin Powellp. 155
Elvis Presleyp. 158
Leontyne Pricep. 160
Yitzhak Rabinp. 163
Dan Ratherp. 166
Ronald Reaganp. 168
Janet Renop. 170
Pat Robertsonp. 173
Paul Robesonp. 176
Jackie Robinsonp. 179
Ginger Rogersp. 181
John Steinbeckp. 183
Mother Teresap. 186
Margaret Thatcherp. 188
Spencer Tracyp. 190
Harry Trumanp. 192
Lech Walesap. 195
Barbara Waltersp. 197
Oprah Winfreyp. 200
Malcolm Xp. 202
Boris Yeltsinp. 204
Indexp. 207