Thursday 7 November 2013

Paragons, Influences & Exemplars (PIEs!)

Below are listed the one-hundred-and-ten folk who have had a profound effect on my life, either for a short period or long term. Many have or had multiple roles; however, I have only listed descriptors that are important to myself. I have not included most musicians and sports folk, as I intend to produce separate lists in the fullness of time. I have tracked down a link for all (bar Mrs. Kelly): for the most part from the English-language version of Wikipedia, but occasionally other languages or links.

I am more than happy to get into conversation about individual choices, should anyone be particularly interested or especially nosey! Just ask… %)

Isabel Allende   novelist, literary; political activist
Pedro Almodóvar film-maker
Fred Astaire dancer; actor
Babydaddy musician; bear
Zeinab Badawi journalist; news-anchor
Pina Bausch choreographer; dancer
Chris Beardshaw garden-designer
M.C. Beaton novelist, popular crime
E.F. Benson novelist, literary & popular
John Betjeman poet; campaigner
Enid Blyton story-writer, children’s
Professor John Boswell religious academic; writer
Matthew Bourne choreographer
Bertolt Brecht playwright
Michael Chabon novelist, literary
Agatha Christie novelist, popular crime; script-writer
Paolo Coelho novelist, literary; philosopher
Douglas Coupland novelist, literary
Noël Coward                      singer; actor; screen-writer; script-writer
Achille-Claude Debussy composer
Edgar Degas painter; sculptor
Judi Dench  actress
Jenny Diski novelist, literary
Ron Ely actor
Estrid Ericson                     entrepreneuse - Svenskt Tenn; pewter designer
E.M. Forster novelist, literary
Josef Frank                       textile designer
Robert Frost poet
Lucien Gaillard jeweller
George Gershwin composer
Peter Greenaway film-maker
Chris Griffith                     my History master for five years
Dr. Michael Grimmitt educationist; writer
Walter Gropius architect
Zaha Hadid architect
Gina M. Hall my German mistress for six years
Dr. David Hay religious researcher; writer
Rita Hayworth actress; dancer
Audrey Hepburn actress; fashionista; humanitarian;UN ambassadress
Alfred Hitchcock                director; TV presenter; screen-writer; actor
David Hockney painter
Sherlock Holmes fictional character of Arthur Conan Doyle
Alan Hollinghurst novelist, literary
J.A.D. Ingres painter
Christopher Isherwood novelist, literary
Derek Jarman film-maker
Jesus philosopher; social revolutionary; religious figure
Denis Johnson novelist, literary
Mrs. Kelly my 1st year junior-school (age 7-8) teacher
Søren Kierkegaard philosopher; writer
Gustav Klimt painter
Milan Kundera novelist, literary
David Leavitt novelist, literary
Grace Lodge illustrator
Edwin Lutyens architect
Anna Madrigal fictional character of Armistead Maupin
Gustav Mahler composer
Miss Jane Marple fictional character of Agatha Christie
Armistead Maupin novelist, popular
Ian McEwan novelist, literary; screen-writer
Bette Midler singer; actress; comedienne
Claude Monet painter
William Morris textile designer
Michael Nyman composer; musician
Lee Pace actor
John Pilger journalist; documentary-maker
Terry Pratchett novelist, fantasy
Auguste Rodin sculptor
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry writer; illustrator; adventurer; aviator
Erik Satie composer
Egon Schiele painter
Franz Schubert composer
Delia Smith cookery-book writer; TV chef
Jon Snow journalist; news-anchor
Debra Stroud painter
John Michael Talbot singer; musician; composer; monk
Tintin fictional character of Hergé
Michael Tolliver fictional character of Armistead Maupin
Paolo Uccello painter
Vicente Vallés political commentator; news-anchor
Evelyn Waugh novelist, literary
Kurt Weil composer
Johnny Weismuller actor; athlete
Edmund White novelist, literary
Rachel Whiteread sculptress
Jeanette Winterson novelist, literary
Greg Wise actor
P.G. Wodehouse novelist, popular comic
Victoria Wood actress; comedienne; script-writer; screen-writer
John Wyndham novelist, science-fiction

[Image description: Renaissance-man, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
courtesy & © Agence France-Press]

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