Amazing facts about 7 great personalities of all time
Charlie Chaplin once lost a look-alike contest on himself, where other people were dressed as Charlie Chaplin
A funny incident in Charlie Chaplin’s life is that he once participated in a ‘Charlie Chaplin Look-Alike Contest’ but he himself could not win. He participated among different people who had dressed exactly to match Charlie’s appearance.
Charlie Chaplin was also the first actor to be featured on the front cover of the TIME magazine. He won one Oscar award for the movie ‘Limelight’, but in the best music category.
Sir Alfred Nobel once read his own obituary, titled ‘The merchant of death’ is dead, after which he donated all his wealth for Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite. In 1888, Nobel was astonished to read his own obituary, titled ‘The merchant of death’ is dead, in a French newspaper. It was Alfred’s brother Ludvig who had died. This incident inspired him to change his will, since after his death he did not want to be remembered as a propagator of violence. His last will specified that his fortune to be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the greatest benefit on mankind, and this is how the Nobel Prize started.
Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time
Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t just an incredible artist; he was an inventor, scientist, mathematician, engineer, writer, musician and much more. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. He used to write backwards, one require a mirror to read his writings. He did this intentionally as he wanted to keep his thoughts secret from the others.
Leonardo da Vinci worked on painting Mona Lisa for 15 years. When he died in the year 1519, he still did not consider it to be finished. He never signed or put date on this painting.
Napoleon Bonaparte was also an artist and a writer
The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon also penned a romantic novel titled ‘Clisson et Eugenie’. The story was about a soldier and his lover, which is a clear parallel to his own relationship with Desiree.
Walt Disney was nominated 59 times for the Oscars
Walt Disney holds the record for receiving the most Academy Awards and for most Academy Awards nominations, than any other person in history. In his career, Walt Disney was nominated 59 times for the Oscars, from which he won 22 times. He also earned four honorary Oscars. One of them was for creating Mickey Mouse, another for advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia. He also received 7 Emmy Awards.
A minor planet, 4017 Disneya, discovered in 1980 by Lyudmila Karachkina, is also named after Walt Disney.
Albert Einstein was offered the Presidency of Israel which he declined
Einstein couldn’t speak fluently when he was a child. His parents thought he might be retarded. Albert Einstein was once offered the Presidency of Israel. He declined saying ‘I know a little of science, but nothing about men’. Einstein would not only play violin to relax when he became stuck in his thinking process, he would also play socially at local recitals or join in with groups such as Christmas carollers who stopped at his home.
George Bernad Shaw is the only person to win both Nobel Prize and an Oscar
George Bernad Shaw is the only person to win both – a Nobel Prize and an Oscar.He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contribution to literature and for his work on the film ‘Pygmalion’.
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