Sarah Hughes

An overnight success who won Olympic gold, Sarah Hughes sparkled at the perfect moment to achieve figure skating immortality. Born May 2, 1985 in Great Neck, NY, Sarah Elizabeth Hughes followed in her older siblings' footsteps when she began figure skating at the age of three, demonstrating a talent far beyond her years. After winning the junior title at the 1998 U.S. Championships, she placed...

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray, India's only internationally renowned filmmaker, was born into a family prominent in Bengali arts and letters for fifteen generations. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics, he attended Rabindranath Tagore's "world university" in rural Santiniketan. Tagore, the dominant figure in India's cultural renaissance, had a strong influence on Ray, whose humanist films...

Stephen Daldry

Stephen Daldry
Along with contemporaries Sam Mendes and Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry established himself as a renowned director on some of England's most prestigious stages before making a successful transition to award-winning filmmaker. After spending time honing his craft and amassing numerous accolades for more than a decade, Daldry stepped behind the cameras to helm the feature "Billy Elliot" (2000), a drama...