American Masters (2014 Season) – The Boomer List

Film Interviewee Biographies

Air date: 09/23/2014

American Masters: The Boomer List

 

Premieres nationally Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

 

Film Interviewee Biographies

 

Tim O’Brien (b. 1946) is a veteran of the Vietnam War and an award-winning author whose works include The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato.

 

Deepak Chopra, M.D., (b. 1947) is a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine and the author of more than 80 books.

 

Samuel L. Jackson (b. 1948) is an Oscar-nominated actor and producer who has appeared in film classics ranging from Jungle Fever to Pulp Fiction.

 

Billy Joel (b. 1949) is a six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has sold more than 150 million records and had 33 Top 40 hits.

 

Steve Wozniak (b. 1950) is an inventor, engineer and philanthropist who co-founded Apple Computer.

 

Tommy Hilfiger (b. 1951) is an American fashion designer whose eponymous apparel and accessories brand is known worldwide.

 

Amy Tan (b. 1952) is an award-winning writer whose best-known novel, The Joy Luck Club, was translated into 35 languages and adapted into a successful feature film.

 

Eve Ensler (b. 1953) is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, author and activist whose play The Vagina Monologues has been performed in more than 140 countries.

 

Julieanna Richardson (b. 1954) is the founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest collection of African American video oral histories.

 

Maria Shriver (b. 1955) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, as well as a New York Times best-selling author.

 

Kim Cattrall (b. 1956) is an actor and producer whose career spans film, stage and television, including the role of Samantha Jones on HBO’s Sex and the City.

 

Virginia Rometty (b. 1957) is chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM, where she began her career in 1981.

 

Ellen Ochoa (b. 1958) is the director of the Johnson Space Center. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space and is a veteran of four space flights.

 

Ronnie Lott (b. 1959) is an NFL Hall of Famer and winner of four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.

 

Erin Brockovich (b. 1960) is an environmental activist who was portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in the award-winning feature film Erin Brockovich.

 

Peter Staley (b. 1961) is an AIDS and gay rights activist and early leader of the advocacy group ACT UP.

 

Rosie O’Donnell (b. 1962) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning entertainer whose longtime philanthropic efforts have raised awareness for children’s causes and LGBT equality.

 

David LaChapelle (b. 1963) is an artist whose work includes fine art and commercial photography, music video and documentary film.

 

John Leguizamo (b. 1964) is the Emmy Award-winning entertainer and comedian known for his film, television and theater performances.

 

 

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