Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art

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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art

2/2, 2/9, 2/16, & 2/23 @ 3:00 PM/ CH

Instructor: Stuart Liss 


In the 1970s, Charles Bronson was the most famous man in Hollywood. While this iconic action star has gone down in cinema history for his devil-may-care quips and awe-inspiring stunts, his steely-eyed stare concealed an utterly brutal past. From his tragic roots to his chilling scandals, Bronson was action’s toughest star both on and off screen.


History did silent film starlet Marion Davies dirty. During her heyday, her peers and contemporaries thought of her as a skilled artist. However, as the years went on, her legacy became more twisted. By the time that she died, the media portrayed her as an untalented sham who had used her connections to get to the top. So, what happened in the meantime? From the passionate decades-long affair with one of the most important men in the world to the bloody scandal that nearly derailed her career, Davies’ life was never ordinary.


One of the most famous stars in Hollywood, Paul Newman’s career spanned across several decades. Whether he was viewed as a Hollywood hunk or a seasoned thespian, Newman appeared classic film after classic film. It wasn’t just that he was a talented or successful actor, however. Newman was a highly respected figure within his circle and across the world for his activism and his philanthropy.


Sylvia Plath was an American poet and author, most famous for her novel The Bell Jar and for her style of ‘confessional poetry,’ in which she focused on her own personal experience and traumaAfter suffering from depression for the majority of her life, she died by suicide in 1963. Today, she is remembered alongside other influential and important female authors such as Virginia Woolf, and has become a cultural icon.