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Marianne Bradley
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Jack Dempsey
Jack Dempsey (real name William Harrison Dempsey) was a famous heavyweight
boxer. He is supposedly the boxer used to measure all other boxers up against, a
"yardstick" because of his success and fighting techniques.
He was born in Manassa, Colorado on June 24, 1895, and was a nomadic traveller
from 1911 to 1916. He came from a poor Irish family, and left home at the age of
16 with the aim to start a better life for himself.
He soon discovered he had a talent for fighting, and, struggling for money, would
enter saloons and claim that he could beat any man in there at a fight. He rarely lost,
and would win the money that had been bet against him.
He first appeared as Jack Dempsey in 1914, and won many fights ­ his fighting style
rules by a notorious hook.
In 1919, he won the world title, and defended this title 6 times over 7 years.
He was important to the world of boxing because of his notoriety ­ many people
had heard of him and wanted to see him fight. He brought in huge crowds and a
higher interest to the world of boxing ­ he is still widely recoginsed today as a
brilliant boxer and is recognised in the boxing hall of fame.
He died in May 1983 of natural causes, at the age of 87.

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Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth was a famous
baseball player in the 1920's, and is
often still ranked today as the greatest
baseball player that ever lived. Even
though he died 60 years ago he is still
remembered in baseball today.
Babe Ruth (real name George
Herman Ruth jr) was born on
February 6, 1895 in Baltimore,
Maryland. At the age of 7 his parents
sent him to a Catholic orphanage,
where he was taught the game of
baseball.…read more

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Clara Bow
Clara Bow was a
Hollywood film actress and icon
during the 1920s and 1930s.
She was renowned for her sex
appeal, and was commonly
known as the "It" girl. The
character Betty Boop was
loosely based around Bow.
Clara Bow was
born on July 29, 1907 in
Brooklyn, New York. She was
the only surviving child in her
family ­ a family with a history
of mental illness and troubles.…read more

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Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor most well known for his sex appeal and
Mediterranean good looks. He was a challenge to the AllAmerican blonde haired
and blueeyed Douglas Fairbanks, and many men saw him as a "threat" to
masculinity. He became known as the "Latin Lover".
Valentino ( real name Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Piero Filiberto Guglielmi) was born
on May 6, 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy. He did poorly at school, and unable to get a
job, moved to NYC.…read more

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Edward began to take lessons. Because of his noble manner and elegance, his
friends nicknamed him "Duke"
He never thought he had a talent at piano, until he began to listen to ragtime pianists
­ and found a deep love for music and playing the piano. Therefore in 19171919,
he launched his musical career.
He married in 1918, and his wife Edna gave birth to their only son, Mercer, in 1919.…read more

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He dropped out of school at 11, and joined a quartet of boys who sang for money.
He was given his first cornet, and was taught to play by ear by cornet player Bunk
Johnson. After getting into trouble, he improved his cornet playing greatly, and
began a small career in music ­ travelling with his mentor Joe "King" Oliver.
In 1922, Armstrong moved to Chicago where he lived well, and became second
cornet in Oliver's band.…read more


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