Woody Allen, real name Allan Stewart Konigsberg, was born in New York in 1935. His showbiz career has spanned more than 50 years and, on November 30, Chi Sun College, in Kennedy Town, will stage a performance of Allen’s 2003 play, Riverside Drive. Allen has appeared in more than 30 of the movies he’s directed but claims to have never watched any of them after their release. Jewish by heritage, Allen is outspoken on the subject of religion, describing himself as a “militant Freudian atheist”, referencing the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud …

At the age of 17, Freud enrolled at Austria’s University of Vienna to study zoology. On a research trip to Trieste, in Italy, his professor asked him to find the gonads (reproductive glands) of the male eel: a discovery that had eluded scientists for centuries – and, indeed, did so for Freud; his great findings were to be made in the field of psychology. A key figure in pop culture, the scientist inspired the term “a Freudian slip” – an error in speech due to a subconscious thought – and is often referred to in movies and songs, including the 1977 track Dirty Ass Rock ‘n’ Roll by John Cale …

In 1965, Welsh-born Cale co-founded experimental rock band the Velvet Underground, of which he is the last surviving original member. After being fired from the group in 1968, his on-stage antics became notorious: during one solo gig in Croydon, London, he chopped off the head of a dead chicken with a meat cleaver; his band – including the vegetarian drummer – left the stage in protest. In 1994, Cale performed a spoken-word duet with Suzanne Vega on the song The Long Voyage, which appeared on French composer Hector Zazou’s album Chansons des Mers Froides. The lyrics were based on the poem Les Silhouettes by Oscar Wilde …

“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go,” were the last words Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde uttered, before he died in 1900 from cerebral meningitis. In 2005, Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), was reinterpreted as a photo book – A Portrait of Dorian Gray – with models Larry Scott and Eva Herzigova posing for portraits shot by Pierre-François Letue and then digitally aged to look Victorian. The book was produced by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld …

Born in 1933, Lagerfeld is instantly recognisable by his trademark white hair, black glasses and high starched collars. His cat, Choupette Lagerfeld – who the designer in 2013 indicated he would marry if it were legal – has more than 48,000 Twitter followers and earned £2.18 million (HK$25 million) last year from starring in two advertisements. The cat’s earnings outstripped those of supermodel Cara Delevingne. Karl Lagerfeld’s campaigns often recruit celebrities and, in 2003, the face of Chanel, where the German is creative director, was Nicole Kidman …

Considered one of Hollywood’s top Australian imports, Kidman was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the United States. Known for appearing in films such as Moulin Rouge and The Hours, and for being a former Mrs Cruise (she and Tom divorced in 2001), what Kidman is less well known for is her Lepidopterophobia: an acute fear of butterflies. In 2009, she dropped out of the star-studded film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (the cast included Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and her best pal, Naomi Watts). The director she disappointed was Woody Allen.