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  Elvis Presley

  Since his death, he’s been spotted at grocery stores, gas stations and diners; irrefutable evidence that his fans will love him eternally and still can’t seem to accept his passing. On January 8, 1935, Elvis was lucky enough to survive his birth, which his twin brother regrettably failed to do. Growing up in a poor and religious home in Tupelo, Mississippi, he taught himself how to play the guitar。

  After graduating from high school, he recorded a song for his mother, which attracted the attention of a small-time producer. Elvis then recorded a couple of rockabilly singles, which became local hits. After he signed with a national label and did a few television appearances, he finally shocked the nation in 1956 as a performer on The Ed Sullivan Show — the nation had never heard, or seen, anything like it before. Although he also became a star on the silver screen with roles in Blue Hawaii and Roustabout, he will always be known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He was found dead on August 16, 1977, at his Memphis estate, known as Graceland。

  Best quote: “I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to。”

  John Wayne

  Born Marion Michael Morrison, the “Duke” was forced to leave college after an injury put an end to his football playing days. He had been working odd jobs at Fox Studios when he was finally noticed by executives. After a lead role in a major production failed to make him a star, he began to appear in low-budget films。

  The movie that put him on the map was 1939’s Stagecoach, directed by John Ford, with whom Wayne would have a long professional relationship. The Duke became famous for playing tough guys in westerns and war pictures. He is the personification of the American of those days, a private and honest man of action。

  Best quote: “I never trust a man that doesn’t drink。”

  Frank Sinatra

  The single most popular crooner of all time, Frank Sinatra had early ambitions of becoming a journalist. By the time he was working as a sports reporter, a second career in singing was taking off. Before long, he was touring with a big band orchestra and embarking on a solo career in 1942. He was a bona fide sensation, selling records faster than they could be printed。

  In the late 50s, Ol’ Blue Eyes formed the “Rat Pack,” an unofficial entertainment group, with Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. A suave charmer, he had a reputation for living fast. Regarded as the greatest entertainer of the 20th century, Sinatra deserves his status as American icon。

  Best quote: “A friend is never an imposition。”

  Ernest Hemingway

  Born July 21, 1899, Hemingway is considered the greatest American fiction writer of the 20th century. He was an ambulance driver during World War I and a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. He wrote about his experiences as an American expatriate in Paris during the 1920s, hunting in Africa, and fishing off Cuba。

  His direct and sparse way of writing became his trademark, which has often been imitated and parodied. His works have earned him both the Pulitzer and the Nobel Prize. He is regarded as one of the most prominent literary ambassadors America has ever had。

  Best quote: “All things truly wicked start from an innocence。”

  Ronald Reagan

  Best known for his role as the 40th President of the United States, Reagan started out as a radio announcer and Hollywood actor, having made over 50 films. Some experts claim that it was Reagan’s extreme military expenditures that bankrupted the Soviet Union and put an end to the Cold War. As leader of the Free World during those years when his country turned to obstinate commercialism, he showed the world what America is all about。

  Best quote: “America is too great to dream small dreams。”





















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