Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was an Academy Award-winning Swedish film director, writer and producer whose work has influenced many other filmmakers. Amongst his greatest films are The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and Fanny and Alexander.
In his career he made over sixty films for cinema and television, writing most of them himself. He also worked in the theatre, directing more than 170 plays.
He was noted for his distinctive camera work and narrative style. His work can be a little bleak, and dealt with such issues as death and illness, faith and betrayal, and human loneliness. [Read all the quotes here…]
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. The American Film Institute ranks him as the greatest male American screen legend of all time. His performances in such films as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon helped turn him into a cultural icon. He appeared in more than 70 films.
He was married several times, most famously to the love of his life Lauren Bacall, who he met during the filming of To Have and Have Not.
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a Canadian-born American economist, public servant, diplomat and author. He was a leading proponent of American liberalism.
He was an advisor to John F Kennedy, and served as US ambassador to India (1961-3), after which he returned to academic life.
Galbraith was one of the most widely read economists of his time. He made his name with the wider public with the publication of The Affluent Society in 1958. His popularity as an author can largely be attributed to his clear and concise style, which helped to make the usually dry and technical subject of economics accessible to the general reader. [Read all the quotes here…]
Garrison Keillor (b.1942), is an award-winning American author, humorist, poet and radio personality. He is best known as the host of the public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, and for his stories about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. He is the author of many magazine articles and stories, and of more than a dozen books for adults and children. Keillor wrote and appeared in the 2006 movie A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman.
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an American short-story writer, poet, critic and satirist best known for her rapier-like wit and wisecracks.
Along with Robert Benchley and Robert Sherwood she was a founder member of the Algonquin Round Table. She moved to Hollywood in 1933 where her successes as a screenwriter included two Academy Award nominations. Her leftwing sympathies led to her being placed on the Hollywood blacklist during the McCarthy era.
She died in the New York hotel that had become her home. A supporter of civil rights, she left her estate to Martin Luther King, Jr. After his assassination it was turned over to the NAACP, a move which her executor, Lillian Hellman, unsuccessfully contested. [Read all the quotes here…]
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is one of the greatest American basketball players of all time. According to his great rival Larry Bird, he was the best of his time: “Magic is head-and-shoulders above everybody else. I’ve never seen [anybody] as good as him.” He played 13 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, and also won an Olympic gold medal as part of the 1992 United States’ ‘Dream Team’.
In November 1991 Johnson publicly announced that he had HIV, a difficult decision that helped raise awareness of the disease.
In his retirement he has written several books, as well as developing a successful career as a businessman. [Read all the quotes here…]