• Zach Sobiech

    1995 - 2013

    Zach Sobiech (1995 - 2013)

    At age 14, Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which mostly strikes children. CBS reported that during his treatment he underwent 10 surgeries and 20 rounds of chemotherapy. He started writing music after his diagnosis.  In May 2012 his doctors informed him that he had up to a year to live. Sobiech recorded […]

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  • Zachary Taylor

    1784 - 1850

    Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850)

    Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor, a general and national hero in the United States Army from the time of the Mexican-American War and the the War of 1812, was later elected the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Northerners and Southerners disputed sharply whether the territories […]

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  • Zakes Mokae

    1934 - 2009

    Zakes Mokae (1934 - 2009)

    Mokae was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, moved to Great Britain in 1961, and to the United States in 1969. He turned to acting at the same time as playwright Athol Fugard was emerging. The two worked together on Fugard’s first international success, The Blood Knot, from 1961, a two-hander set in South Africa about […]

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  • Zao Wou-Ki

    1920 - 2013

    Zao Wou-Ki (1920 - 2013)

    Zao was born in Beijing with family roots in Dantu, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. In his childhood he was brought back to his hometown Dantu where he studied calligraphy. From 1935 to 1941, he studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. In 1948, he went with his wife Lan-lan, a composer, […]

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  • Zara Cully

    1892 - 1978

    Zara Cully (1892 - 1978)

    Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on January 26, 1892, Zara Cully was one of ten siblings. She graduated from the Worcester School of Speech and Music, and was one of the oldest performers active in television at the time of her death. In 1940, after an appearance in New York City she became known as “one […]

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  • Zelda Kaplan

    1916 - 2012

    Zelda Kaplan (1916 - 2012)

    Zelda Kaplan (June 20, 1916 – February 15, 2012) was a fixture in New York’s art, nightclub, and fashion worlds. She was often seen at popular New York nightclubs until closing. Her trademark nightclub outfit was a matching African-print dress, handbag, and shoes, and a tall cloth hat.  She made numerous philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, […]

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  • Zig Ziglar

    1926 - 2012

    Zig Ziglar (1926 - 2012)

    Zig Ziglar was born in Coffee County in southeastern Alabama to John Silas Ziglar and Lila Wescott Ziglar. He was the tenth of twelve children.  In 1931, when Ziglar was five years old, his father took a management position at a Mississippi farm, and his family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he spent most […]

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  • Zina Bethune

    1945 - 2012

    Zina Bethune (1945 - 2012)

    Zina Bethune was born in New York City, the daughter of Ivy (née Vigder), an actress (born June 1, 1918, Sevastopol, Russia) and William Charles Bethune, a sculptor and painter who died in 1950 when Zina was five years old. Zina began her formal ballet training aged six at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. […]

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  • Zoltan Fabri

    1917 - 1994

    Zoltan Fabri (1917 - 1994)

    Zoltán Fábri (15 October 1917 – 23 August 1994) was a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. His films The Boys of Paul Street (1969) and Hungarians (1978) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His 1965 film Twenty Hours shared the Grand Prix with War and Peace at the 4th Moscow […]

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