When They Were 22: 100 Famous People at the Turning Point in Their Lives

When They Were 22: 100 Famous People at the Turning Point in Their Lives

by Brad Dunn

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Most of us can point to one or two moments in our lives when everything changed, when a stroke of fate forever altered the future, or a single decision sparked a lifetime of consequences. Across the broadest spectrum of famous people, that moment happens more often at 22 than any other age. 

Brad Dunn's When They Were 22 tells the stories of famous people and the fateful events and choices they faced at the all-important age of 22. From writers, actors, and musicians to politicians, hip-hop moguls, criminals, and porn stars, When They Were 22 chronicles some of the most legendary, influential, and controversial celebrities during the most pivotal year of their lives. Just a few examples:

* Oprah Winfrey dropped out of college to become a newsreader in Nashville, and at 22 moved to Baltimore to work at another station where she landed her own talk show.

* Jack White had his own upholstery business at age 22, but while practicing the guitar he asked his wife, Meg, to try the drums--he liked her playing so much they began performing as a two-piece band, the White Stripes.

* When Karl Rove was 22, he was accused of espionage and deceitful campaign tactics by the College Republicans and wound up meeting future president George W. Bush.

With an eclectic lineup that includes Bill Murray, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Marilyn Monroe, Stephen Hawking, Pamela Anderson, Malcolm X, Stanley Kubrick, Andy Warhol, Larry Flynt, Jane Goodall, Harvey Weinstein, and many more, When They Were 22 is perfect for graduates, job searchers, celebrity watchers, biography lovers, or anyone who doubts that in life anything is possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740786815
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Brad Dunn has been a writer and editor for the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and Court TV, as well as a speechwriter for the NYC Police Department. He also wrote a travel guide, New York: The Unknown City, and the introduction to Above Hallowed Ground, a photography book on 9/11 that reached No. 4 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Table of Contents

Ansel Adams1
Muhammad Ali2
Robert Altman4
Pamela Anderson6
Giorgio Armani8
Desi Arnaz9
Jim Bakker11
Roseanne Barr12
John Belushi13
David Bowie14
Richard Branson16
Christie Brinkley17
Garth Brooks18
Raymond Carver19
Johnny Cash20
Coco Chanel23
Tracy Chapman24
Sean "Diddy" Combs25
Sean Connery28
Patricia Cornwell30
Robert Crumb31
Matt Drudge33
Jerry Falwell35
Philo Farnsworth36
F. Scott Fitzgerald38
Larry Flynt40
Harrison Ford42
Jamie Foxx44
Jerry Garcia45
Jennifer Garner48
Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel49
Jane Goodall51
Woody Guthrie53
David Hasselhoff54
Stephen Hawking55
Ernest Hemingway58
Audrey Hepburn60
J. Edgar Hoover62
Wayne Huizenga63
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson64
"Shoeless Joe" Jackson66
Billy Joel68
Pope John Paul II70
Norah Jones72
Janis Joplin73
Franz Kafka75
Andy Kaufman77
Helen Keller79
Jack Kerouac81
Stanley Kubrick83
Estee Lauder85
Lucy Lawless86
Monica Lewinsky87
Linda Lovelace89
Malcolm X91
Cheech Marin94
Bob Marley96
Steve Martin98
Margaret Mitchell100
Marilyn Monroe101
Bill Murray103
Ralph Nader106
Eliot Ness107
Mike Nichols108
Sandra Day O'Connor109
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis110
Dorothy Parker112
Brad Pitt114
Ronald Reagan115
Robert Redford117
Condoleezza Rice119
Chris Rock121
Norman Rockwell122
Karl Rove124
J. D. Salinger128
Susan Sarandon130
Diane Sawyer132
Rod Serling134
Richard Simmons135
B. F. Skinner137
Zadie Smith138
Sissy Spacek140
Steven Spielberg141
Ringo Starr142
Howard Stern145
Sharon Stone147
Tom Stoppard149
Mr. T150
Hunter S. Thompson152
Linus Torvalds154
Bill W.156
Alice Walker158
Andy Warhol160
Harvey Weinstein163
Raquel Welch165
Jack White166
Oprah Winfrey168
Ed Wood Jr.170
Frank Zappa172
Sources of Quotations175

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