Gemini (Sorted by Death Date Ascending)
Writer | The Trophy Case: Judgement
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 into the lower nobility of Florence, to Alighiero di Bellincione d'Alighiero, a moneylender. A precocious student, Dante's education focused on rhetoric and grammar. He also became enamored with a young girl, Beatrice Portinari, whose death in 1290 threw a grieving ...
3. Ben Jonson
Soundtrack | Sense and Sensibility
Benjamin Jonson was born 1571 as the posthumous son of a Protestant minister. His mother then moved him to Westminster, where she married a bricklayer. He attended a free parish school as a boy, and thanks to the sponsorship of the headmaster, was able to attend Westminster Grammar School. ...
David Ives and his play, "The Liar," at the Writers' Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2013 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Large Play Production.
Soundtrack | Casanova
Albinoni was a prolific composer, although little of his music has remained well known today. He was influential in the development of the instrumental concerto, especially for solo violin. He was the son of a wealthy paper merchant in Venice, and chose to lead life as a dilettante rather than seek...
10. Marquis de Sade
Writer | Sinfonía erótica
Born a rich nobleman, Marquis being his title rather than his birth name, De Sade gradually became a decadent libertine among the French society of Louis XVI. A liberally educated iconoclast, he wrote prose and verse, and specialized in testing the limits of decency, breaking tabboos and shocking ...
Soundtrack | Florence Foster Jenkins
Born to noble parents (his father Sergei was a retired major, and his mother, Nadezhda, was the granddaughter of an ennobled Ethiopian general) on the 26th of May, 1799 in Moscow, Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin became involved with a liberal underground revolutionary group that saw him exiled to the ...
John Quincy Adams was born on June 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts, USA. He was married to Louisa Adams. He died on February 23, 1848 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
26. Robert Schumann
Soundtrack | Wasabi
Schumann studied Law and at the same time attended piano lessons. He ignored all musical theory because in his mind the romantic music had only to be inspired by fantasy. Publishing the "Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik" he supported young composers of his time like Frédéric Chopin or Johannes Brahms. ...
27. Mikhail Glinka
Music Department | Ruslan and Lyudmila
Mikhail Glinka, the author of the first Russian Opera who suffered from abuse in his early childhood and barely survived the Napoleon's invasion of 1812, had lived most of his adult life outside of Russia and fused Spanish, Italian, French, and other influences in his own music.
He was born Mikhail ...
Cornelius Vanderbilt was born on May 27, 1794 in Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA. He was married to Francis Crawford and Sophia Johnson. He died on January 4, 1877 in New York City.
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Jacques Offenbach, the son of a synagogue cantor, was born in Cologne, Germany, June 20, 1819. So strong were his musical talents that the Paris Conservatory waived the rule forbidding foreigners and enrolled him. At the completion of his studies he began playing the cello in the orchestra of the ...
42. Richard Wagner
Soundtrack | Watchmen
Richard Wagner was a German composer best known for his operas, primarily the monumental four-opera cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen". He was born Wilhelm Richard Wagner on May 22, 1813, in Leipzig, Germany. He was the ninth child in the family of Carl Wagner, a police clerk. Richard was only six ...
46. Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808 in Christian County, Kentucky, USA as Jefferson Finis Davis. He died on December 6, 1889 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
47. Ion Creanga
Writer | Povestea dragostei
Ion Creanga was born on June 10, 1839 in Humulesti, Moldavia, Ottoman Empire. He was a writer, known for Povestea dragostei (1976), Tusea si junghiul (1992) and Danila Prepeleac (1996). He was married to Ileana Grigoriu. He died on December 31, 1889 in Iasi, Moldova, Romania.
Writer | Cetatea Neamtului
Vasile Alecsandri (spelled Alecsandri not Alexandri , according to his choice!) is one of the great Romanian lyric poets and dramatists. Born in Bacau, Moldova on 14 June 1821, studied in Iasi Moldova and Paris France. In 1848 he was active in the liberal revolution, which stormed all over Europe ...
49. Ivan Goncharov
Writer | Obryv
Ivan Goncharov was a classic Russian writer whose novel 'Oblomov' was adapted to film by director Nikita Mikhalkov.
He was born Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov on June 18, 1812, in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (now Ulyanovsk, Russia). His father, a wealthy merchant, died when Goncharov was only seven, and...