Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.
Clinton has been a major figure in American politics since the 1990s. She was First lady of the United States when her husband, Bill Clinton, was President between 1993-2001. After being a Senator in the 2000s, she became Secretary of State under Barack Obama from 2009-2013. Clinton ran for President in 2016 but lost to Donald Trump.
Rexroth was an influential poet and activist from the 1930s through the 1960s. Part of the counterculture, he was known as the ‘Father of the Beats’, and befriended those such as Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Kennan was an influential diplomat during the Cold War. His ideas influenced the Truman Doctrine and the containment of the Soviet Union. He became the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952, and later, Ambassador to Yugoslavia between 1961-1963.
Caldwell was known as being both the Chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Company during the 1980s. He oversaw the production of the Ford Taurus, and in 1990 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Walska was an opera singer who became famous for her numerous marriages to wealthy men, and for her Lotusland garden in California. With her wealth she purchased the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and the Duchess of Marlborough Faberge Egg. She is considered to be the source for the character Susan Alexander in the film Citizen Kane.