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What's new: November 2021

The November update of the American National Biography features seven new essays, including legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor; football broadcaster Keith Jackson; Jack Kevorkian, who became famous for his support of assisted suicide; influential Puerto Rican mycologist Carlos E. Chardón; Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause; sports columnist Dave Anderson; and Robert Leslie Wharton, a Presbyterian missionary and teacher in Cuba.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was one of the country’s biggest film and popular culture stars, both for her work on-screen and for her eight marriages, which were covered extensively in the media. Taylor won two Academy Awards for best actress, for her performances in Butterfield 8 (1961) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1967). Taylor was also the first major celebrity to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research. In 1985, she co-founded the Foundation for AIDS Research (AMfar), and in 1991 she launched the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

 

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NOVEMBER 25, 2021

What's New: November 2021

The November update of the American National Biography features seven new essays, including legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor; football broadcaster Keith Jackson; Jack Kevorkian, who became famous for his support of assisted suicide; influential Puerto Rican mycologist Carlos E. Chardón; Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause; sports columnist Dave Anderson; and Robert Leslie Wharton, a Presbyterian missionary and teacher in Cuba.

OCTOBER 28, 2021

What's New: October 2021

The October update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including influential filmmaker Miloš Forman; astronaut and artist Alan Bean; David L. Bazelon, the Chief Justice of the D. C. Circuit Court for two decades; computer teaching pioneer Terry Giffel; and Gerald Phillips, speech communication teacher and researcher.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

What's New: September 2021

The September update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including legendary rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B. I. G.; influential country music star Buck Owens; gay and transgender rights activist Sylvia Rivera; and Alan Berkman, a doctor and radical activist involved with the Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground.