Susie Boyt picks Judy Garland, the child star who became one of the most famous entertainers of the twentieth century. June 2022 will be the centenary of her birth. "All people ever said to me was, ‘You have got to toughen up,'" Susie told us. "You cannot go round nursing these wild cascades of feelings, or you’re never going to have a happy life. Then one day my mother took me to see The Wizard of Oz. It was the first film I ever saw at the cinema, and when I heard Dorothy singing Over the Rainbow, I thought, here …
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Anna Maxwell Martin proposes Joan Rhodes, variety artiste and strongwoman
Comedian Rob Newman nominates one of his heroes, President Franklin D Roosevelt.
Terry Christian from The Word on Tony Wilson of Factory Records and The Hacienda.
Joe Swift on Gil Scott-Heron
Lolita Chakrabarti on actor Ira Aldridge.
Blue Peter's Janet Ellis champions a children's publishing sensation.
Donald Macintyre on Tom Hopkinson, editor of Picture Post and Drum.
Brian Cox on Lindsay Anderson
Henry Normal picks his comedy hero Spike Milligan.
The engineer and author Roma Agrawal on Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai.
Lady Hale on Lady Rhondda.
The mighty soap manufacturer, William Lever, chosen by the boss of Iceland
The muslim princess who became a WW2 Special Agent
Nina Sosanya picks Jeanne Baret, first woman round the globe.
The advertising guru Rory Sutherland on the founder of the New York punk band, the Ramones
JRR Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Ruth Rogers chooses the life of writer James Baldwin.
The life and brutal death of a gifted mathematician and philosopher from the ancient world
The president of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge champions the life of the Italian saint