5 Minute Biographies



Biographies to read or listen to in about 5 minutes


  • Jacques Cousteau

    07/11/2021 Duración: 08min

    “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” – Jacques Yves Cousteau Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on 11 June 1910 in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, which is not too far from Bordeaux in South-Western France. He initially attended preparatory school at the exclusive Collège Stanislas in Paris before entering France’s … The post Jacques Cousteau appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Spencer Tracy

    17/10/2021 Duración: 08min

    “Know your lines and don’t bump into the furniture” – Spencer Tracy Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was born on April 5, 1900, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA to John Edward Tracy who was a truck salesman and Caroline Tracy who was from a wealthy Presbyterian family.  He also had a brother called Carroll who was four years … The post Spencer Tracy appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Niki Lauda

    10/10/2021 Duración: 08min

    “My life is worth more than a title” – Niki Lauda Andreas Nikolaus Lauda, known to the world as Niki Lauda was born in Vienna on 22 Feb 1949 into a prosperous paper manufacturing family.  However, the family was not supportive of his interest in racing, and this ultimately led to a family feud and … The post Niki Lauda appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    03/10/2021 Duración: 10min

    “If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read ‘President can’t swim’.” – Lyndon B. Johnson. Lyndon Baines Johnson, known to most as LBJ, was born on 27 August 1908 in Gillespie County, Texas, USA.  He was the eldest of five children born to … The post Lyndon B. Johnson appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Jimmy Stewart

    26/09/2021 Duración: 11min

    “It’s well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show” – Jimmy Stewart. James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA.  His Presbyterian father, Alexander Maitland Stewart owned a hardware store and was deeply religious, raising Jimmy and his two sisters, Mary who was born … The post Jimmy Stewart appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Kurt Cobain

    19/09/2021 Duración: 11min

    “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not” – Kurt Cobain Kurt Donald Cobain was born on 20 February 1967 at Grays Harbor Hospital, in Aberdeen, Washington, USA.  His younger sister, Kimberly, was born on 24 April 1970.  The Cobain’s ancestors were shoemakers who emigrated to the USA … The post Kurt Cobain appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • George Orwell

    12/09/2021 Duración: 11min

    “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.” – George Orwell. Eric Arthur Blair who would be later known as George Orwell was born on 15 June 1903 in Motihari which was at that time part of British India.  When Eric was not quite one year … The post George Orwell appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte

    11/04/2021 Duración: 10min

    “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake” – Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio on the Mediterranean island of Corsica on 15 August 1769 which came under French rule the same year.  After completing his education in France, he joined the military and became an artillery officer in 1785 at … The post Napoleon Bonaparte appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Muhammad Ali

    04/04/2021 Duración: 12min

    “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, later to be known to the whole world as Muhammad Ali, was born on 17 January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. His father was a sign painter who was named after one of the founding … The post Muhammad Ali appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    28/03/2021 Duración: 13min

    “Big girls need big diamonds.” – Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on 27 February 1932 at the family home in the Hampstead Garden Suburb of London. Her parents were Francis Lenn Taylor who was an art dealer and the retired actress Sara Sothern who were both from Arkansas City, in Kansas, USA. Elizabeth … The post Elizabeth Taylor appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.