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Ginsberg was a Jewish New York City book editor who worked at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Harper & Row… [More] and William Morrow & Company. He has lasting relationships with two great American novelists: John Irving and Saul Bellow. The New York Times wrote this about Ginsberg: “His relationship with Mr. Bellow began at Harper & Row with Mr. Bellow’s book “The Dean’s December,” published in 1981. Mr. Ginsberg subsequently left Harper for Morrow, and for his next novel, “More Die of Heartbreak,” Mr. Bellow followed him… Mr. Ginsberg began his long partnership with Mr. Irving on the novel “The Cider House Rules,” published by Morrow in 1985, and he edited five other novels by Mr. Irving as well; they continued to work together through 2005 on a freelance basis even after Mr. Irving moved to another publishing house.” [Less]
1943: James Levine
Levine is a Jewish-American conductor and pianist. He was until recently the Music Director of the… [More] Metropolitan Opera in New York City; he is currently on hiatus due to health problems. Levine’s first performance conducting the Metropolitan Opera was on June 5, 1971, and, as of June 2011, he had conducted 2,442 Met performances — a record number.The conductor has held music director positions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. In 1997, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. [Less]
1972: Selma Blair
Blair is a Jewish-American film, television and stage actress. Her career has included both commercial… [More] and critical successes; she has starred in feature films including “Cruel Intentions,” “Legally Blonde,” “The Sweetest Thing,” “The Fog,” “Purple Violets,” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” She is currently playing opposite Charlie Sheen in a new comedy series “Anger Management” which premieres June 28, 2012. Blair’s Hebrew name is Batsheva. [Less]