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1. Dwight D. Eisenhower – Dwight David Ike Eisenhower was an American politician and Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a general in the United States Army during World War II. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43, in 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO. Eisenhower was of mostly Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and was raised in a family in Kansas by parents with a strong religious background. He graduated from West Point in 1915 and later married Mamie Doud, after World War II, Eisenhower served as Army Chief of Staff under President Harry S. Truman and then accepted the post of President at Columbia University. Eisenhower entered the 1952 presidential race as a Republican to counter the non-interventionism of Senator Robert A. Taft, campaigning against communism, Korea and he won in a landslide, defeating Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson and temporarily upending the New Deal Coalition. Eisenhower was the first U. S. president to be constitutionally term-limited under the 22nd Amendment, Eisenhowers main goals in office were to keep pressure on the Soviet Union and reduce federal deficits. He ordered coups in Iran and Guatemala, Eisenhower gave major aid to help the French in the First Indochina War, and after the French were defeated he gave strong financial support to the new state of South Vietnam. Congress agreed to his request in 1955 for the Formosa Resolution, after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, Eisenhower authorized the establishment of NASA, which led to the space race. During the Suez Crisis of 1956, Eisenhower condemned the Israeli, British and French invasion of Egypt and he also condemned the Soviet invasion during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 but took no action. Eisenhower sent 15,000 U. S. troops to Lebanon to prevent the government from falling to a Nasser-inspired revolution during the 1958 Lebanon crisis. Near the end of his term, his efforts to set up a meeting with the Soviets collapsed because of the U-2 incident. On the domestic front, he covertly opposed Joseph McCarthy and contributed to the end of McCarthyism by openly invoking executive privilege and he otherwise left most political activity to his Vice President, Richard Nixon. Eisenhower was a conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security. Eisenhowers two terms saw considerable economic prosperity except for a decline in 1958. Voted Gallups most admired man twelve times, he achieved widespread popular esteem both in and out of office, since the late 20th century, consensus among Western scholars has consistently held Eisenhower as one of the greatest U. S. Presidents. The Eisenhauer family migrated from Karlsbrunn in the Saarland, to North America, first settling in York, Pennsylvania, in 1741, accounts vary as to how and when the German name Eisenhauer was anglicized to Eisenhower. Eisenhowers Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors, who were farmers, included Hans Nikolaus Eisenhauer of Karlsbrunn
2. Clark Gable – William Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as The King of Hollywood or just simply as The King. Gable began his career as an actor and appeared as an extra in silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for MGM in 1931. The next year, he landed his first leading Hollywood role and he also starred with Lana Turner in four features, and with Norma Shearer and Ava Gardner in three each. Gables final film, The Misfits, united him with Marilyn Monroe, Gable is considered one of the most consistent box-office performers in history, appearing on Quigley Publishings annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll 16 times. He was named the seventh-greatest male star of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute, William Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio, to William Henry Will Gable, an oil-well driller, and his wife, Adeline. Gable was named William after his father, but even in childhood and he was mistakenly listed as a female on his birth certificate. Among Gables ancestors were Pennsylvania Dutch, Rhinelanders, and Bavarians, when he was six months old, his mother had him baptized as a Roman Catholic. She died when he was ten months old, possibly from a brain tumor, will Gable refused to raise his son Catholic, provoking criticism from Adelines side of the family. The dispute was resolved when Will Gable agreed to allow his son to spend time with his uncle, Charles Hershelman. In April 1903, Gables father married Jennie Dunlap, whose family came from the neighboring town of Hopedale. Gable was a tall, shy child with a loud voice and his stepmother raised him to be well-dressed and well-groomed. Jennie played the piano and gave her lessons at home. Later he took up brass instruments, at 13, he was the only boy in the mens town band. He was very mechanically inclined and loved to strip down and repair cars with his father, though his father insisted on Gable doing manly things, like hunting and hard physical work, Gable loved language. Among trusted company, he would recite Shakespeare, particularly the sonnets, will Gable agreed to buy a 72-volume set of The Worlds Greatest Literature to improve his sons education, but claimed he never saw his son use it. In 1917, when Gable was in school, his father had financial difficulties. Will decided to settle his debts and try his hand at farming, despite his fathers insistence that he work the farm, Gable soon left to work in Akron for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. At 17, Clark Gable was inspired to be an actor after seeing the play The Bird of Paradise, by then, his stepmother had died, and his father moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to go back to the oil business
3. Gene Hackman – Eugene Allen Gene Hackman is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career spanning five decades, Hackman was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best Actor in The French Connection and he won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde, in which he gained his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His film roles during the 1990s featured, Unforgiven, The Firm, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Birdcage, and Enemy of the State Later roles included, Behind Enemy Lines, and The Royal Tenenbaums. Hackmans final film appearance to date was the romantic comedy Welcome to Mooseport in 2004, Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Eugene Ezra Hackman and Anna Lyda Elizabeth. He has Pennsylvania Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry, his mother was born in Lambton, according to a plaque in a city park, he worked for a time as a dog catcher for the local animal shelter. His family moved frequently, finally settling in Danville, Illinois, hackmans father operated the printing press for the Commercial-News, a local paper. As a teenager, Hackman knew Dick Van Dyke, who was friends with his older brother Richard and his parents divorced in 1943 and his father subsequently left the family. Hackman lived briefly in Storm Lake, Iowa and spent his year at Storm Lake High School. However, he left home at age 16 and lied about his age to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and he served four and a half years as a field radio operator. When the Communist Revolution conquered the mainland in 1949, Hackman was assigned to Hawaii, following his discharge, he moved to New York and worked in several jobs. His mother died in 1962 as a result of a fire she accidentally set while smoking, in 1956, he began pursuing an acting career, he joined the Pasadena Playhouse in California. It was there that he forged a friendship with another aspiring actor, already seen as outsiders by their classmates, they were later voted The Least Likely To Succeed. Determined to prove them wrong, Hackman moved to New York City, reinforcing The Least Likely To Succeed vote, the man said to him, See, Hackman, I told you you wouldnt amount to anything. From then on, Hackman was determined to become the finest actor he possibly could, the three former roommates have since earned 19 Academy Award nominations for acting, with five wins. Hackman got various bit roles, for example on the TV series Route 66 in 1963, in 1964, he had an offer to co-star in the play Any Wednesday with actress Sandy Dennis. This opened the door to film work and his first role was in Lilith, with Warren Beatty in the leading role. In 1967, he appeared in an episode of the television series The Invaders entitled The Spores, another supporting role, Buck Barrow in 1967s Bonnie and Clyde, earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor
4. Van Johnson – Charles Van Dell Johnson was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II. Johnson made occasional World War II movies through the end of the 1960s, at the time of his death in December 2008, he was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywoods golden age. Charles Van Dell Johnson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the child of Loretta, a housewife, and Charles E. Johnson. His father was born in Sweden and came to the United States as a young child and his mother, an alcoholic, left the family when her son was a child, Johnsons relationship with his father was chilly. Johnson performed at clubs in Newport while in high school. He moved to New York City after graduating high school in 1935 and joined an off-Broadway revue. After touring New England in a troupe as a substitute dancer. Johnson returned to the chorus after that, and worked in summer resorts near New York City, in 1939, director and playwright George Abbott cast him in Rodgers and Harts Too Many Girls in the role of a college boy and as understudy for all three male leads. After an uncredited role in the adaptation of Too Many Girls, Abbott hired him as a chorus boy. Johnson was about to back to New York when Lucille Ball took him to Chasens Restaurant, where she introduced him to MGM casting director Billy Grady. This led to tests by Hollywood studios. His test at Columbia Pictures was unsuccessful, but Warner Brothers put him on contract at $300 a week and his all-American good looks and easy demeanor were ill-suited to the gritty movies Warner made at the time, and the studio dropped him at the expiration of his six-month contract. Shortly before leaving Warner, he was cast as a cub reporter opposite Faye Emerson in the 1942 film Murder in the Big House and his eyebrows and hair were dyed black for the role. As with other players at MGM, Johnson was provided with classes in acting, speech. Johnson subsequently appeared in Pilot No.5 and in William Saroyans The Human Comedy, which was produced in 1943, and in the role in Two Girls. Johnsons big break was in A Guy Named Joe, starring Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne, when the crash happened, Johnsons scalp was nearly sheared off. The closest rescue units responded, but because the accident happened just over the county line. Johnson had to slap his scalp into place and literally crawl nearly 50 yards to get to the workers for aid
5. Jack Nicholson – John Joseph Jack Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes. In many of his films, he has played the eternal outsider, Nicholsons 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academys history. Nicholson has won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice, one for the drama One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and he also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment. Nicholson is one of three actors to win three Academy Awards. Nicholson is one of two actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. He has won six Golden Globe Awards, and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2001, in 1994, he became one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institutes Life Achievement Award. He played Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubricks horror film The Shining, the Joker in Tim Burtons superhero film Batman, other films include the legal drama A Few Good Men, the Sean Penn-directed mystery film The Pledge, and the comedy-drama About Schmidt. Nicholson was born on April 22,1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey, Nicholsons mother was of Irish, English, and German descent. She married Italian-American showman Donald Furcillo in 1936, before realizing that he was already married, biographer Patrick McGilligan stated in his book Jacks Life that Latvian-born Eddie King, Junes manager, may have been Nicholsons biological father, rather than Furcillo. Other sources suggest June Nicholson was unsure of who the father was, in 1974, Time magazine researchers learned, and informed Nicholson, that his sister, June, was actually his mother, and his other sister, Lorraine, was really his aunt. By this time, both his mother and grandmother had died, on finding out, Nicholson said it was a pretty dramatic event, but it wasnt what Id call traumatizing. I was pretty well psychologically formed. Nicholson grew up in Neptune City, New Jersey and he was raised in his mothers Roman Catholic religion. Before starting high school, his family moved to an apartment in Spring Lake, nick, as he was known to his high school friends, attended nearby Manasquan High School, where he was voted class clown by the Class of 1954. He was in every day for a whole school year. A theatre and an award at the school are named in his honor. In 2004, Nicholson attended his 50-year high school reunion accompanied by his aunt Lorraine and he served a tour of duty in the Air National Guard. Nicholson first came to Hollywood in 1954, when he was 17 and he took a job as an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the MGM cartoon studio
6. Gwyneth Paltrow – Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, singer, comedienne and food writer. She gained early notice for her work in such as the thriller Seven. Paltrow has portrayed supporting, as well as roles, in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal. Since 2008, Paltrow has portrayed Pepper Potts, the lead of the Iron Man franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers. She reprised the role several times throughout the series run. Paltrow has been the face of Estée Lauders Pleasures perfume since 2005 and she is also the face of American fashion brand Coach, owner of a lifestyle company, and author of two cookbooks. Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner, Paltrows father is Jewish, while her mother is from a Christian background. She was raised celebrating both Jewish and Christian holidays and her brother had a traditional Bar Mitzvah when he turned 13. Her fathers Ashkenazi Jewish family immigrated from Belarus and Poland, while her mother has Pennsylvania Dutch, Paltrows younger brother is director and screenwriter Jake Paltrow. Her half-cousin is actress Katherine Moennig and she is a second cousin of former U. S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Her uncle is opera singer and actor Harry Danner, Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, where she attended Crossroads School before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls school in New York City. Later, she studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a daughter of Talavera de la Reina, where at 15 she spent a year as an exchange student. Her film debut followed with Shout, starring John Travolta, Paltrows next roles were in the made-for-television movies Cruel Doubt and Deadly Relations. Her first plum feature film role was in the noir drama Flesh, in 1995, she played Brad Pitts wife in the hit thriller Se7en. Her performance earned her a Satellite Award nomination, also in 1995, she appeared in Moonlight and Valentino and Jefferson in Paris. In 1996, Paltrow played the character in Emma to critical acclaim, particularly in the United Kingdom. She also appeared in two thrillers, Hush, opposite Jessica Lange, and A Perfect Murder, inspired by Alfred Hitchcocks 1954 film, Dial M for Murder
7. James P. Hoffa – James Phillip Hoffa is an attorney and labor leader and the General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Hoffa was first elected during December 1998 and took office on March 19,1999 and he was subsequently re-elected in 2001,2006 and 2011 to five-year terms. Hoffa is the son of Jimmy Hoffa, who was also a president of the Teamsters. He is the brother of Judge Barbara Ann Crancer, Hoffa has a wife, Virginia, and two sons, David and Geoffrey. Born in Detroit, Michigan on May 19,1941, Hoffa attended Cooley High School, there, he became a member of the National Honor Society, and an all-city and all-state football player. During the summer months, the Hoffa family visited their cottage in rural Orion Township outside Detroit, Hoffa often accompanied his father to Teamster meetings and events, and became a Teamster in 1959 on his 18th birthday. Hoffa holds a degree in economics from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, Hoffa was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship to work in the Michigan State Senate as an aide to senate and house members doing constituent relations and research. Hoffa is a member of Alpha Tau Omega and he was an attorney for the Teamsters from 1968 to 1993. Hoffa campaigned against the Teamsters incumbent president, Ron Carey, at the Teamsters international convention of June 1996 in Philadelphia, after nearly 500,000 votes were cast in early November,1996, Ron Carey had won the election with 52 percent of the vote. At the time Carey characterized the victory as one for reformers in the American labor movement, the union has been supervised by a court-appointed administrator ever since a consent decree with the Justice Department in 1989. Quindel found that the Carey campaign had received more than $220,000 in illegal contributions, ultimately, the Independent Review Board found that more than $750,000 in union assets had been used in Careys 1996 reelection campaign. During the 1998 election Tom Leedham, then-director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division, campaigning to unite the union, Hoffa won the election. After having lost narrowly in 1996 to Ron Carey, Hoffas new role as president was considered by Teamster members as a chance to rebuild the union, Hoffa was re-elected in 2001,2006,2011 and 2016 to five-year terms. Solidarity rallies in Detroit, Los Angeles and Nashville attracted more than 6,000 carhaulers, family members, the new contract averted a national strike and included pension gains, job security language and significant wage increases. “The new union leader is being watched in part because he has pledged to restore unity in Teamsters ranks in the wake of a divisive campaign finance scandal. Two-thousand full-time jobs were created after Teamster pressure on United Parcel Service as part of the commitment made by the 1997 contract and my administration sent UPS management a very clear message. We expect UPS to meet their obligations under the 1997 agreement, more than 8,000 flight attendants at Northwest Airlines voted to ratify a new contract with improvements in compensation and retirement packages and ending a 3½ year labor dispute. Casino workers in Detroit saw an end to biased wages and a disregard for seniority with their new collective bargaining agreement ratified in 2001, the new agreement initiated immediate wage parity between casinos in addition to wage increases in each year of the three-year contract
8. Hedda Hopper – Hedda Hopper was an American actress and gossip columnist, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a successful actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column Hedda Hoppers Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times in 1938. In the McCarthy era she named suspected Communists, Hopper continued to write gossip till the end, her work appearing in many magazines and later on radio. Hopper was born Elda Furry in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Margaret and David Furry and her siblings included Dora, Sherman, Cameron, Edgar, Frank and Margaret. Her family was of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, the family moved to Altoona when Elda was three. She eventually ran away to New York City and began her career in the chorus on the Broadway stage, Hopper was not successful in this venture, even getting the axe by the renowned Shubert Brothers. Florenz Ziegfeld called the aspiring starlet a clumsy cow and brushed off her pleas for a slot in his lavish Follies, after a few years, she joined the theater company of matinee idol DeWolf Hopper, whom she called Wolfie and would later marry. She remained in the chorus and they toured the country, while in the Hopper company, she realized that chorus and understudy jobs were not acting. She wanted to act, and she knew she would have to prove herself before she could hope to get anywhere in the theater. Hearing that Edgar Selwyn was casting his play The Country Boy for a tour, she went to his office. She was given the role and that show toured for thirty-five weeks through forty-eight states and she studied singing during the summer and, in the fall, toured with The Quaker Girl in the second lead, the prima donna role. In 1913, she became the wife of DeWolf Hopper, whose previous wives were named Ella, Ida, Edna. The similarity in names caused some friction, as he would sometimes call Elda by the name of one of his former wives, consequently, Elda Hopper paid a numerologist $10 to tell her what name she should use, and the answer was Hedda. She began acting in silent movies in 1915 and her motion picture debut was in The Battle of Hearts with William Farnum. She appeared in more than 120 movies over the following twenty-three years, as her movie career waned in the mid-1930s, Hopper looked for other sources of income. In 1937, she was offered the chance of a lifetime and embarked on a career doing something she was adept at. Her gossip column called Hedda Hoppers Hollywood debuted in the Los Angeles Times on February 14,1938, after years of struggling as an actress, she had finally found her niche. She christened the home she purchased in Beverly Hills The House That Fear Built and she maintained a notorious if self-serving rivalry with the longer-established and better-liked Louella Parsons, who had formerly been friendly, sometimes even passing Hopper information
9. Robert Bork – Robert Heron Bork was an American judge and legal scholar who advocated the judicial philosophy of originalism. Bork served as a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, in 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court, but the U. S. Senate rejected his nomination. Bork was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and his father was Harry Philip Bork, Jr. a steel company purchasing agent, and his mother was Elisabeth, a schoolteacher. His father was of German and Irish ancestry, while his mother was of Pennsylvania Dutch descent and he was married to Claire Davidson from 1952 until 1980, when she died of cancer. They had a daughter, Ellen, and two sons, Robert and Charles, in 1982 he married Mary Ellen Pohl, a Catholic religious sister turned activist. Bork attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut and earned bachelors, while pursuing his bachelors degree he became a brother of the international social fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. While pursuing his law degree he served on Law Review, at Chicago he was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa key with his law degree in 1953 and passed the bar in Illinois that same year. Among his students during this time were Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill, Robert Reich, Jerry Brown, John R. Bolton, Samuel Issacharoff, conservative scholar Harry Jaffa criticized Bork for failing to adhere to natural law principles. Bork served as general in the U. S. Department of Justice from March 1973 to 1977. Chief Justice Warren Burger called Bork the most effective counsel to appear before the court during his tenure, Nixon initially ordered U. S. Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire Cox. Richardson resigned rather than carry out the order, richardsons top deputy, Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, also considered the order fundamentally wrong and also resigned, making Bork the Acting Attorney General. When Nixon reiterated his order, Bork complied and fired Cox, the Justice Department did not appeal the ruling, and because Cox indicated that he did not want his job back, the issue was considered resolved. Bork remained Acting Attorney General until the appointment of William B, in his posthumously published memoirs, Bork stated that following the firings, Nixon promised him the next seat on the Supreme Court. Nixon was unable to carry out the promise after resigning in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Bork was a circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit between 1982 and 1988. He was nominated by President Reagan on December 7,1981, was confirmed with a unanimous consent voice vote by the Senate on February 8,1982, and received his commission on February 9,1982. One of his opinions while on the D. C. Circuit was Dronenburg v. Zech,741 F. 2d 1388 and this case involved James L. Dronenburg, a sailor who had been administratively discharged from the Navy for engaging in homosexual conduct. Dronenburg argued that his discharge violated his right to privacy and this argument was rejected in an opinion written by Bork and joined by Antonin Scalia, in which Bork critiqued the line of Supreme Court cases upholding a right to privacy. In rejecting Dronenburgs suggestion for an en banc, the D. C
10. Ellen Burstyn – Ellen Burstyn is an American actress. Her career began in theatre during the late 1950s, and over the decade included several films. Burstyn is one of the few performers to have won the Triple Crown of Acting, in 2013, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Burstyn was born Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Correine Marie and she has described her ancestry as Irish, French, Pennsylvania Dutch, a little Canadian Indian. Burstyn has a brother, Jack, and a younger brother. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her brothers and she attended Cass Technical High School, a university-preparatory school which allowed students to choose a specific field of study. In high school, she was a cheerleader, a member of the student council and she dropped out of high school during her senior year after failing her classes. After dropping out of school, Burstyn got a job as a model in a Detroit department store and she later relocated to Dallas, where she continued modeling before traveling to New York City. From 1955 to 1956, Burstyn appeared as an away we go dancing girl on The Jackie Gleason Show under the name Erica Dean. Burstyn then decided to become an actress and chose the name Ellen McRae as her professional name, Burstyn debuted on Broadway in 1957 and joined Lee Strasbergs The Actors Studio in New York City in 1967. In 1975, she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in the comedy Same Time, during 1964-1965, she had a recurring role as Dr. Kate Bartok on the NBC daytime television soap opera The Doctors. In 1967-1968, she co-starred as Julie Parsons opposite Dale Robertson in the ABC Western The Iron Horse and she was credited as Ellen McRae until 1967, when she and her then-husband Neil Nephew both changed their surname to Burstyn and she began to be credited as Ellen Burstyn. In 1971, Burstyn received Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the drama film The Last Picture Show, during the filming of The Exorcist, she injured her coccyx, which led to permanent injury to her spine. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1974 for her performance in the drama Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese. She also received Best Actress nominations in 1978 for Same Time, Next Year, in 1980 for the drama Resurrection, and for the drama Requiem for a Dream in 2000. In 1977, she was a member of the jury at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival, Burstyn hosted NBCs Saturday Night Live, a late-night sketch comedy and variety show, in December 1980. In 1990, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre, from 2000 to 2002, Burstyn appeared in the CBS television drama Thats Life. In January 2006, she starred as an Episcopal bishop in the NBC comedy-drama series The Book of Daniel, conservative groups including American Family Association and Focus on the Family urged supporters to complain to NBC affiliates that carried the show
11. Blythe Danner – Blythe Katherine Danner is an American actress of film, television and stage. She is known for her role as Marilyn Truman, mother of Will, on the sitcom Will & Grace and she is the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow. In 1970 she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Butterflies Are Free and she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Izzy Huffstodt on Huff. Her other film work includes roles in 1776, The Great Santini, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Prince of Tides, Husbands and Wives, Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Katharine and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has a brother, opera singer/actor Harry Danner, a sister-in-law, performer-turned-director Dorothy Danner, Danner has Pennsylvania Dutch, and some English and Irish, ancestry, her maternal grandmother was a German immigrant, and one of her paternal great-grandmothers was born in Barbados. Danner graduated from George School, a Quaker high school located near Newtown, Bucks County and she began her Friends School experience in Kindergarten at Media-Providence Friends School, then known as Media Friends in Media, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Bard College, Danners first roles included the 1967 musical Mata Hari, and her early Broadway appearances included roles in Cyrano de Bergerac and The Miser. She won a Best Supporting Actress Tony playing a free-spirited divorcee in Butterflies Are Free, in 1972, Danner portrayed Martha Jefferson opposite Ken Howards Thomas Jefferson in the movie version of 1776. That same year, she played a wife whose husband has been unfaithful opposite Peter Falk and her earliest starring film role was opposite Alan Alda in To Kill a Clown. Danner appeared in the episode of M*A*S*H entitled The More I See You and she played lawyer Amanda Bonner in televisions Adams Rib, also opposite Ken Howard as Adam Bonner. She played Zelda Fitzgerald in F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles and she was the eponymous heroine in the film Lovin Molly. She appeared in Futureworld, playing Tracy Ballard with co-star Peter Fonda, in the 1982 TV movie Inside the Third Reich, she played the wife of Albert Speer. In the film version of Neil Simons semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs, Danner appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the 2000 comedy hit Meet the Parents, and its sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers. From 2001 to 2006, she appeared on Will & Grace as Will Trumans mother Marilyn. From 2004 to 2006, she starred in the TV series Huff, in 2005, she was nominated for three Emmy Awards, for her work on Will & Grace, Huff, and Back When We Were Grownups. Emmy host Ellen DeGeneres poked fun at Danner during the ceremony, saying that Danner should not be nervous because she was almost certain to win at least one Emmy. In July 2006, she won a second consecutive Emmy award for Huff, for 25 years, she has been a regular performer at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. In 2006, Danner was awarded an inaugural Katharine Hepburn Medal by Bryn Mawr Colleges Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, in 2015, Danner was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame
12. Joseph Funk – Joseph Funk was a pioneer American music teacher, publisher, and an early American composer. He invented a shape note system in 1851 for the Harmonia Sacra, Funk was born April 6,1778, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry and Barbara Funk, and a grandson of Bishop Heinrich Funck, a German Palatine settler of Bernese Swiss descent. Bishop Funck came to America in 1719, and was the first Mennonite bishop in America, as a boy, Joseph moved with his parents to Rockingham County, Virginia, and spent the rest of his life there. In 1804, Funk married Elizabeth Rhodes, and they had five children, after her death, he married Rachel Britton, and they raised nine children. He was a member of the Mennonite Church, in 1847, he established the first Mennonite printing house in the United States, at Mountain Valley, Virginia. Funk and his sons were active in organizing and teaching singing schools in Virginia. The name was changed to Harmonia Sacra in 1851, the book is still is in use by Mennonites today. The Southern Musical Advocate and Singers Friend was a 16-page monthly periodical published by Funk from 1859 to 1861 and it was a forerunner of The Musical Million and Fireside Friend, a periodical published by Funks grandson, Aldine S. Kieffer. Joseph Funks sons continued the business after his death. The Ruebush-Kieffer Company purchased the press in 1878, the Joseph Funk House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Joseph Funk at Find a Grave