Highlights of the latest update


The March 2018 update of the American National Biography sees the addition of more than twenty new entries, featuring those from the worlds of politics and civil rights, to actors and writers. As well as a full list of subjects there's a guide to the new update, which you can read in full here.

Nora Ephron's career as a screenwriter, journalist, and humourist saw her nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle.

President Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, survived being shot in the head in an attack on the presidential entourage, and went on to become a prominent gun control advocate.

From the world of sports, baseball player Ernie Banks is regarded by some as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and was conducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

The director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1967-1977) also features in this update. Thomas Hoving, museum director, art connoisseur, and author, was renowned for his showmanship and his championing of the ‘blockbuster exhibition’.

One of Hollywood’s most enduring icons appears in this update, actress Lauren Bacall whose career spans six decades with more than sixty films, including The Big Sleep and The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Ben Kuroki, aerial gunner, public speaker, and journalist, was the only American of Japanese descent in the United States Air Force to service in combat operations in the Pacific theatre in WWII.


These are just six of the 25 new biographies added this update, of subjects who have helped to shape the history of the United States. Browse all biographies added in this update >

Read more in the Editor's introduction.

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