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A Jewish Russian poet, novelist, and translator, Pasternak is best known for authoring the book “Dr.… [More] Zhivago.” He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 but had to decline the prize because of the reaction of the Communist Party. The book was banned in the USSR and had to be smuggled to Milan in order to be published. [Less]
1929: Jerry Goldsmith
A Jewish-American composer and conductor, Goldsmith is known for his work in film and TV scoring. He… [More] composed scores for several films including “Planet of the Apes,” “Basic Instinct,” “Mulan,” several “Star Trek” films, and “The Omen.” Although he received 17 Oscar nominations, he only won once for “The Omen” in 1977. [Less]
1950: Mark Spitz
The famous Jewish American swimmer is known for winning seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.… [More] This record was beaten in 2008 when Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Spitz was born to a Jewish family in California. [Less]