Biographies to read or listen to in about 5 minutes


  • Mary Pickford

    Mary Pickford

    08/10/2020 Duración: 10min

    The actress and movie producer known to everyone as Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith on 8 April 1892 in Toronto, Canada to parents John, who worked various jobs, including as a purser on board steamships and Charlotte who was a seamstress. She had a younger sister called Charlotte and a younger brother called … The post Mary Pickford appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix

    01/10/2020 Duración: 10min

    Johnny Allen Hendrix was born on 27 November 1942 in Seattle, Washington, USA, and was the first of five children born to Lucille Jeter and James Allen Hendrix, who everyone knew as Al and who had married Lucille on 31 March 1942, only three days before he started his basic training after being drafted to … The post Jimi Hendrix appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • King Charles I

    King Charles I

    24/09/2020 Duración: 09min

    On 19 November 1600, Anne of Denmark, the wife of King James VI of Scotland gave birth to their second son at Dunfermline Palace in Fife. He was named Charles and was baptised at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh on 23 December the same year. Charles was a sickly child and so, when Queen Elizabeth of … The post King Charles I appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Jane Austen

    Jane Austen

    17/09/2020 Duración: 11min

    Jane Austen was born during one of the harshest winters on record, on 16 December 1775 in the small rural village of Steventon, Hampshire, England, which is about seven miles from the town of Basingstoke and due to the treacherous weather conditions it wouldn’t be until April the following year that she would be baptised … The post Jane Austen appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Vivien Leigh

    Vivien Leigh

    10/09/2020 Duración: 11min

    The British Actress known as Vivien Leigh was born in Darjeeling, in what was then British India on 5 November 1913. She was the only child of Ernest Richard Hadley, a Scottish born broker and his wife Gertrude Mary Frances, a devout Roman Catholic who was born in Darjeeling. When Vivian was nearly four years … The post Vivien Leigh appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Jules Verne

    Jules Verne

    03/09/2020 Duración: 11min

    Jules Gabriel Verne was born on 8 February 1828 on Île Feydeau, which was a small man-made island which sits within the boundaries of the town of Nantes on the River Loire in France. It no longer exists as an island as the river was re-filled in the 1930s, but the area has retained the … The post Jules Verne appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Al Capone

    Al Capone

    27/08/2020 Duración: 10min

    Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born on 17 January 1899 in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents Gabriele who was a barber and Teresa who was a seamstress, both of whom were from just outside Naples, Italy and had moved to the USA in 1893. He had eight siblings and most went on to join their … The post Al Capone appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Martin Luther King Jr

    Martin Luther King Jr

    20/08/2020 Duración: 09min

    Martin Luther King Jr was a minister and civil rights activist who spoke out against racial segregation in the United States of America. He led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and became a champion of civil rights through his charismatic personality and inspirational speeches. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, four years … The post Martin Luther King Jr appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan

    13/08/2020 Duración: 10min

    Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on 6 February 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, USA to parents Jack, a salesman whose grandparents had emigrated from Ireland to the USA and Nelle who was of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry and who was very active and influential within the Disciples of Christ church that she attended. Ronald also … The post Ronald Reagan appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse

    16/07/2020 Duración: 10min

    Amy Jade Winehouse was born to Jewish parents, a window panel installer called Mitchell Winehouse and a pharmacist called Janis on 14 September 1983 at Chase Farm Hospital in North London. She lived with her parents and her older brother Alex in the Southgate area of London where she also attended the Osidge Primary School … The post Amy Winehouse appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Ted Bundy

    Ted Bundy

    09/07/2020 Duración: 12min

    Ted Bundy was a serial killer who was executed in 1989 for the rape and murder of young women and girls during the 1970s. Before he was put to death in the electric chair at Florida State Prison, he confessed to 30 murders but the true number will likely never be known. Theodore Robert Cowell, … The post Ted Bundy appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Jane Russell

    Jane Russell

    02/07/2020 Duración: 08min

    Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell, known to everyone simply as Jane Russell was born on 21 June 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA to parents Roy William Russell, who was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and Geraldine Jacobi who was an actress in a road troupe. She had four younger brothers called Thomas, Kenneth, Jamie … The post Jane Russell appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Humphrey Bogart

    Humphrey Bogart

    25/06/2020 Duración: 10min

    “I can’t say I ever loved my mother; I admired her. ” – Humphrey Bogart. Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on Christmas Day 1899 in New York City, USA. His actual birth date is somewhat disputed but Bogart always celebrated it on Christmas Day, joking that he had always considered that he had been cheated … The post Humphrey Bogart appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Boneheads and Brainiacs

    Boneheads and Brainiacs

    21/06/2020 Duración: 39min

    Boneheads and Brainiacs – Dr Moira Dolan In this special episode of 5 Minute Biographies, we interview the author of the book Boneheads and Brainiacs, Dr Moira Dolan, within which she takes a look at the backstory and culture of the winners of the Nobel prize for medicine during its first 50 years, some of … The post Boneheads and Brainiacs appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Juan Manuel Fangio

    Juan Manuel Fangio

    18/06/2020 Duración: 14min

    “A crazy man finishes in the cemetery.” – Juan Manuel Fangio Although motor racing in its various forms has been around since very soon after the invention of the motor car, for most motorsport enthusiasts if you were to ask them what the pinnacle of the sport is on the world stage, it is likely … The post Juan Manuel Fangio appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Alexander the Great

    Alexander the Great

    11/06/2020 Duración: 09min

    “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep, led by a lion.” – Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great was a member of the Argead dynasty and was the third king of the ancient kingdom of Macedon to bear that name. He … The post Alexander the Great appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Anne Boleyn

    Anne Boleyn

    04/06/2020 Duración: 08min

    “And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, to pray for me.” – Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn was a pivotal English historical figure with a legacy that far outweighs the fact that she was one of King Henry VIII’s six wives and one of two that he had executed, even … The post Anne Boleyn appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor

    Zsa Zsa Gabor

    28/05/2020 Duración: 07min

    “I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor. Zsa Zsa Gabor Biography Sári Gábor, later known as Zsa Zsa was born on 6 February 1917 in Budapest, Hungary. She was the daughter of a soldier called Vilmos Gábor and Janka Tilleman, known as Jolie … The post Zsa Zsa Gabor appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • James Madison

    James Madison

    21/05/2020 Duración: 09min

    “If men were angels, no government would be necessary” – James Madison. James Madison was a pivotal political figure during the formation of the United States. Although by far the shortest president at just over 5 feet tall, James Madison was a giant among the Founding Fathers.  He saw the United States through its first … The post James Madison appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

  • Che Guevara

    Che Guevara

    14/05/2020 Duración: 08min

    Listen to the podcast episode Che Guevara Biography Possibly one of the most famous of all communist revolutionaries has, in modern times with America’s youth, come to symbolize rebelliousness against oppression. However, is this legacy warranted and who was the real Che Guevara before he was the popular t-shirt icon? Ernesto Guevara was born on … The post Che Guevara appeared first on 5 Minute Biographies.

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