William Shatner, who turned 81 in March, still seems possessed of boundless energy and bluster.

What William Shatner Would Put on His Gravestone

The modern-day Renaissance man, known for his work on the stage and the screen, provides insights from the Tao of Captain Kirk

There are few soccer players better suited to play goalie than the perfectly named Hope Solo. A self-described loner, she is the best player on the U.S. women's soccer team, and its most outspoken.

Hope Solo Drops Her Guard

As her controversial new memoir will show, the leader of the U.S. women’s soccer team has always defended her turf

Betty White’s new book details her life of loving animals and working with zoos to help endangered species around the world.

Betty White on Her Love for Animals

Everyone knows the "Golden Girls" actress for her long television career, but she is just as proud of her work with zoos

Marco Fidel Torres has been portraying Juan Valdez in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle for nearly a decade.

Will the Real Juan Valdez Please Stand Up?

Being Colombia’s most famous folk figure has its perks, even if you're an impersonator


Remembering AIDS: The 30th Anniversary of the Epidemic

A collection of trading cards was an odd way to promote AIDS Awareness, but somehow, they worked

The library in the Ava Gardner Museum is filled with portraits painted by Bert Pfeiffer, who vowed to paint one of Ava every year.

The Ava Gardner Museum

What started as a childhood friend's collection has grown into a full-fledged museum just miles from the movie star's hometown

The Lindberghs had to anticipate any emergency on their epic flights.

In Case of Emergency, Pack Snowshoes

In 1933, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh prepared for the worst by packing winter gear before flying over the Arctic

"I'm on your side, " Elvis told Nixon. Then the singer asked if he could have a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

When Elvis Met Nixon

An Oval Office photograph captured the bizarre encounter between the king of rock and roll and the president

Kirk Savage was recently awarded the 2010 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Kirk Savage on the National Mall

Author Kirk Savage talks about the history and aesthetic beauty of our nation’s monumental core

Born Phoebe Ann Moses in Darke County, Ohio, on August 13, 1860, Annie Oakley was not exactly a product of the Wild West.

How Annie Oakley, "Princess of the West," Preserved Her Ladylike Reputation

Born in 1860, the famed female sharpshooter skillfully cultivated an image of a daredevil performer with proper Victorian morals

Richard Branson, shown here in a replica spaceship, wants to place CO2-intensive activities above Earth.

Richard Branson on Space Travel

The billionaire entertainment mogul talks about the future of transportation and clean energy

"I see it [comedy] changing by having the comedy club come to your house," says comedian George Lopez.

George Lopez on Comedy and Race

The late-night talk show host discusses how America's changing demographics will affect what makes people laugh

James Cameron, with Sigourney Weaver, Joel Moore and Sam Worthington, is in command on the set of Avatar.

James Cameron on the Future of Cinema

The director of Avatar and Terminator talks about future sequels, 3-D television and Hollywood in 2050

Photographer Martin Schoeller's work was recently on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

Martin Schoeller's Signature Style

Known for his photographs of celebrities and politicians, the artist doesn't put his portrait subjects on a pedestal

Artist Mark Newport replaces the flashy capes and skin-tight garments of comic book superheroes with soft, hand-knit costumes.

Q and A: Mark Newport

Costume designer Mark Newport talks about knitting outfits for superheroes, both famous (Batman) and unknown (Sweaterman)

With a degree in English, biology and education, actor Tom Cavanagh holds his own on Smithsonian Channel's award-winning series, "Stories from the Vaults."

Q and A: Smithsonian Channel Host Tom Cavanagh

Actor Tom Cavanagh discusses what it is like to go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian museums

Charles Atlas playing tug of war with the Rockettes atop Radio City Music Hall

Charles Atlas: Muscle Man

How the original 97-pound-weakling transformed himself and brought physical fitness to the masses

The Soviet leader makes his entrance at 20th Century Fox on September 19, 1959.  He would call Can-Can exploitive and pornographic.

Nikita Khrushchev Goes to Hollywood

Lunch with the Soviet leader was Tinseltown's hottest ticket, with famous celebrities including Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin

Gerard Malanga, c. 1970s.

Celebrity Portraitist Gerard Malanga

An associate of Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga reflects on his subjects and his career as a photographer

U.S. Marine Band on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

After an Inauguration, the Stars Come out to Play

Ever since George Washington danced after his inauguration, the ceremony has brought big names in the arts to the capital city

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