14 October: today's birthdays

  • Hannah Arendt (D) - German-born American political philosopher, author and historian, born Johanna Arendt. She wrote Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
    Listen to the pronunciation of her name in American Hannah Arendt
  • Hannah Arendt (US) - German-born American political philosopher, author and historian, born Johanna Arendt. She wrote Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
    Listen to the correct pronunciation of her name in German Hannah Arendt
  • Sergio Atzeni - Italian journalist and writer. He wrote the book Il Figlio di Bakunin. The two novels Passavamo sulla Terra Leggeri and Bellas Mariposas were published after his death
  • Éamon de Valera - Irish politician, born George de Valero. He was the 3rd President of Ireland
  • Lillian Gish - American actress, star of silent films. She was nicknamed the First Lady of American Cinema
  • Thomas Keller - American chef and cookbook author
  • Udo Kier - German actor. He has performed in more than 200 films
  • Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer, fashion company and brand. Ralph Lauren produces products that cover the mid-range and luxury market segments. They mainly produce clothing, fragrances and accessories.
    Ralph Lauren founded his company in 1967 and produced his first and most emblematic clothing line, "Polo", which featured the typical Ralph Lauren logo with a polo player on it.
    Ralph Lauren's birthname was actually Ralph Lifshitz, but he decided to change his name in his late teens because of the bullying he had endured due to his actual last name.
    Due to the fact that Ralph Lauren operates in the fashion industry and because of the sound of his new last name, many people in European countries are often confused as to how to pronounce Ralph Lauren, mistaking it for a French name. Others simply don't know where to place the stress in his last name. So, is it LAUR-en or Lau-REN?
    First of all, Ralph Lauren is not a French name, but an English name. Second, the stress is on the first syllable. Therefore, the correct pronunciation of Ralph Lauren is ralf LOR-en.
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    Fashion quotes by the most famous fashion designers worldwide and the pronunciation of their names
  • Katherine Mansfield - New Zealand writer, born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp. She wrote a collection of short stories The Garden Party: and Other Stories
  • Roger Moore - English actor, born Roger George Moore. He played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985
  • Usher - American singer, dancer, and actor, born Usher Terry Raymond IV
  • Mia Wasikowska - Australian actress. She starred in Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, an adaptation into film of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll
  • Ben Whishaw - English actor. He starred in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, based on Perfume, Patrick Süskind's novel 
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