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Billie Holiday - About the Singer

Considered by many to be the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Billie Holiday lived a tempestuous and difficult life.

Jun 8th, 2006 | 148 comments

George Gershwin - About the Composer

During his short life, George Gershwin penned a number of America's most recognizable pieces of music.

Jun 7th, 2006 | 100 comments

John Hammond - About John Hammond

An early inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John Hammond was one of the most important figures in 20th century popular music.

Dec 30th, 2005 | 9 comments

Martha Graham - About the Dancer

Martha Graham's impact on dance has been compared to that of Picasso's on painting, Stravinsky's on music, and Frank Lloyd Wright's on architecture.

Sep 16th, 2005 | 135 comments

Ernest Hemingway - Reflections on Ernest Hemingway

When Joseph Conrad died, Ernest Hemingway, by way of an obituary notice, wrote a little piece in the TRANSATLANTIC REVIEW, in October 1924, and what he said was that if it could be shown that by grinding T. S. Eliot down to a fine powder, and by sprinkling the powder upon Conrad's grave, then Conrad would immediately jump out of his grave and commence to write, then he, Hemingway, would leave for London immediately with a sausage grinder in his luggage.

Sep 14th, 2005 | 2 comments

Sam Goldwyn - About Sam Goldwyn

Sam Goldwyn's name is synonymous with the American movie from its beginnings through its golden age.

Jul 17th, 2005 | 2 comments

George Balanchine - Master of the Dance

George Balanchine, the Russian born artistic director and primary choreographer of the New York City Ballet, had created over 400 works and was recognized as a 20th-century master.

Jan 14th, 2004 | 9 comments

Dashiell Hammett - About Dashiell Hammett

Though his output was limited to only five novels, Dashiell Hammett remains one of the most influential writers of his time.

Dec 30th, 2003 | 7 comments

Harold Clurman - About Harold Clurman

Harold Clurman has been called the most influential figure in the history of the American theater.

Dec 2nd, 2003 | 5 comments
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