Six degrees

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 August, 2010, 12:00am

Former screen siren and serial bride Zsa Zsa Gabor (above) has been released from hospital following a fall at the 93-year-old's California home. The dethroned Miss Hungary 1936 - she was stripped of the title for being underage - once quipped that she was a good housekeeper 'because every time I got divorced, I kept the house', one of which was purchased in 1974 from Elvis Presley. The two-storey Bel-Air villa was built by Howard Hughes ...

One of the most prominent men of 20th-century America, aeronautical engineer and movie mogul Hughes ended his life in delusional seclusion. The eccentric entrepreneur is the inspiration behind many fictional characters, including Iron Man. 'Hughes was one of the most colourful men of our time. He was an inventor, an adventurer, a multibillionaire, a ladies' man and, finally, a nutcase,' said creator of the superhero, cartoonist Stan Lee ...

The former head of Marvel Comics has bequeathed to the world Spider-Man, The Hulk and the X-Men, among other memorable characters. As Lee's fame grew, so did his influence, allowing him to make the first successful challenge to the industry's censorship organisation - which involved the depiction of drugs in comics - forcing it to reform its policies. The artist lists among his favourite authors Stephen King and Charles Dickens ...

The most popular writer of his day, Dickens' social conscience permeated his work. He was the first to introduce a sympathetic view of prostitutes to an uptight Victorian society and the popularity of his work resulted in the closure of a London slum. But Dickens wasn't without his demons and suffered from agoraphobia, earning him a place on a Facebook page titled 'Raving Lunatics Make the World a Better Place (Global Chapter)', alongside the likes of Jack Kerouac and Karen Carpenter ...

One of the biggest stars of the 1970s, Carpenter once said she thought she would kill herself if she hadn't had a hit song by the time she was 20 - the need to end it all passed six weeks later, when the single (They Long to Be) Close to You hit No1 in the United States. The singer, who succumbed to heart failure resulting from anorexia nervosa at the age of 32, had a film made about her life. The entire cast of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story are Barbie dolls ...

It is estimated that more than a billion Barbies have been sold worldwide, with toymaker Mattel claiming three are sold every second. If Barbie, who turned 50 last year, were real, she would stand five feet, six inches tall, weigh 50kg and have an 18-inch waist. The doll was designed by Jack Ryan, an eccentric engineer and husband No 6 of Zsa Zsa Gabor.

 
 
 
 

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