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Sting (1951): Singer/songwriter/musician/actor and erstwhile leader of the punk-reggae pioneers, The Police. Born Gordon Sumner, in Wallsend, England, Sting was a teacher before forming The Police with drummer Stewart Copeland in 1977. Popular songs by the band include “Roxanne”, “King of Pain”, “Every Breath You Take” and “Don’t Stand so Close to Me.” In 1985, Sting disbanded The Police to embark on a solo career with the jazz-influenced album, “Dream of the Blue Turtles”, which went platinum. Sting has since established himself as one of the world’s most consistent and popular adult contemporary stars, winning Grammy awards for his albums, Soul Cages and Ten Summoner’s Tales. His 1999 album, Brand New Day went triple platinum. Sting's latest album Sacred Love was released in September 2003 to rave reviews.

Annie Leibovitz (1949): American photographer who started her career by giving her photographs to Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, before being named chief photographer for the pop-culture bible in 1973. Considered by many to be one of the best portraitists in the world, Leibovitz has won the American Society of Magazine Photographers' awards both for Best Photograph and Photographer of the Year from the American Society of Magazine Photographers, in addition to Grammy, Kelly, and Clio awards. Leibovitz is perhaps best known for her photograph “John and Yoko in a hug”, which was taken only hours before John Lennon was shot tragically in September 1980. Leibovitz currently contributes to Vanity Fair.

Donna Karan (1948): Born in Forest Hills, NY, Donna was exposed to fashion at a young age as the daughter of a model mother and tailor father. Young Donna went on to study at the Parsons School of Design under the tutelage of Anne Klein before going to work as her assistant in 1968. After her mentor passed away in 1974, Karan was named head of the AK design firm. In 1984, she started her own fashion empire, and her first collection was shown in New York City in 1984. Karan’s designs can best be described as accessible with a stylish flair. Some of Donna’s more popular current lines include the Donna Karan collection, DKNY Essentials, DKNY, DKNY Jeans, and DKNY Tech.

Groucho Marx (1890): Actor, author and comedian born Julius Marx in New York City. With his ever-present cigar and trademark moustache, Groucho was the ringleader of one of America’s most famous comedy teams, “The Marx Brothers,” which included Zeppo, Harpo, Chico and Gummo. After nearly 20 years in Vaudeville, the brothers got their big break in May 1924, when they performed on Broadway in “I’ll Say She Is,” a play they wrote themselves. They turned one of their plays, Cocoanuts, into their first feature film in 1929. Groucho appeared in 26 films in all, 15 with his brothers Chico and Harpo. Some of the more popular include Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? He later went on to host the highly successful game show, “You bet your life.” Groucho passed away in August of 1977.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869): World leader who led India in its struggle for independence from the UK. Born Mohandas Gandhi, he was later called Mahatma, which means “Great Soul”, by his followers. Gandhi practiced law in India before traveling to South Africa, where he witnessed the mistreatment of Indian immigrants at the hands of the British. Appalled, Gandhi returned to India to begin the first of many non-violent protests that landed him in prison on several occasions. Gandhi went on to lead India’s primary political party, The Indian National Congress, where he fought to end the oppressive “caste” or class system that dominated Indian society and excluded certain citizens. In 1948, Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist during a religious ceremony.

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