"Years later, in the Kremlin," Karsh would recall, "[Leonid] Brezhnev agreed to sit for me only if I made him as beautiful as Audrey Hepburn."

From Castro to Warhol to Mother Teresa, He Photographed Them All

Yousuf Karsh took a singular approach to fame and the famous

John Hodgman, the author of "More Information Than You Require," is a preeminent authority on fake trivia.

John Hodgman Gives “More Information Than You Require”

John Hodgman, best recognized as the "PC" in the Apple advertising campaign, discusses how humans distinguish fact from falsehood

Andy Warhol, Founding Collection, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Warhol's Pop Politics

Andy Warhol's political portraits anticipated today's blurred boundaries between public office and stardom

Channing (as Lorelei Lee, 1974) recalls taking her first bow in a dress encrusted with 40 pounds of bling: “I fell over forward and almost broke my teeth.”

All That Glitters

Carol Channing can't forget the night her gown got ransomed


Q&A: Chris Carter of "The X Files"

The creator and writer behind "The X-Files" reveals his inspiration for the sci-fi series and motivation behind the upcoming film


Model Arrangement

In Milton Greene, Marilyn Monroe found a friend as well as a photographer who captured the range of her vibrant personality


Q&A - Ed Begley, Jr.

Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. talks about living green

Jones is currently on the council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Q at the Castle

Why the Smithsonian Institution can't get enough of American music's top artist-entrepreneur, Quincy Jones

Jones (sporting Frank Sinatra's ring) has a hand in the Beijing Olympics as well as ongoing music and movies

The Arranger

From bebop to hip-hop, nobody alive has done more for American music than Quincy Jones

Evel Knievel


Evel Knievel took risky behavior (and showboating) to new heights


Being Funny

How the pathbreaking comedian got his act together


Cheech Marin

The Smithsonian Latino Center recently honored Cheech Marin with a Legacy Award for his commitment to Chicano artists

Bruce Willis donates John McClane's undershirt to the National Museum of American History, as museum director Brent Glass looks on.

Die Hard Donation

Bruce Willis gives John McClane's blood-smeared undershirt to the Smithsonian. Yippee-ki-yay...

A relentless self-promoter, Houdini appeared in several films. Performing his daring escapes for the screen, he had hoped that he could slow down his packed schedule. His showmanship did not translate in film, and his movies proved to be failures. (Library of Congress)

Houdini Revealed

Some 80 years after his death, Harry Houdini is back in the public spotlight. This photo essay sheds light on the escape artist's life


Comic Phyllis Diller's Cabinet Keeps the Jokes Coming

The stand up comic's archive holds a lifetime of proven punch lines


Last Page: Going Up?

Some brushes with fame are more uplifting than others


Q&A: Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless, star of Xena: Warrior Princess, which aired from 1995 to 2001, has given her signature costume to the Museum of American History

Steve Fossett is the first person to fly alone around the world nonstop.

Steve Fossett

On March 3, 2005, after 67 hours aboard his Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, he became the first person to fly alone around the world nonstop


Q&A: Cheryl Henson

Cheryl Henson, Henson's daughter and a muppet designer, spoke with Smithsonian's Jennifer Drapkin


35 Who Made a Difference: Steven Spielberg

A renowned director contemplates the lessons of history

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