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Marx was a Jewish-American comedian and film and television star. He is known as a master of quick wit and… [More] widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers (he was the youngest of the three). He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life. His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, glasses, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache and eyebrows, which resulted in the creation of one of the world’s most ubiquitous and recognizable novelty disguises, known as “Groucho glasses,” a one-piece mask consisting of horn-rimmed glasses, large plastic nose, bushy eyebrows and mustache. [Less]
1948: Donna Karan
Karan is a Jewish-American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing… [More] labels. She started selling clothing on Cedarhurst, New York’s Central Avenue, at age 14. After leaving college, Karan worked for Anne Klein, eventually becoming head of the Anne Klein design-team, where she remained until 1985, when she launched her eponymous Donna Karan label. She was born in Forest Hills, Queens and currently lives in East Hampton, Long Island. [Less]
1949: Annie Leibovitz
Anna-Lou “Annie” Liebovitz is a Jewish-American portrait photographer. Photographers… [More] such as Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson influenced her during her time as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has photographed a plethora of famous icons — from Mick Jagger to John Lennon — and her work has been featured in numerous retrospective and solo shows. Her romantic partner was the feminist essayist/intellectual, Susan Sontag, until she passed away. Interesting fact: She worked on a kibbutz in Israel for a stint before starting as a staff photographer at Rolling Stone magazine. [Less]