Top 10 Famous People Mentioned in Billy Joel's Song We Didn't Start the Fire
Lyrics are pretty unusual as you can see from this list - I don't know any other song with so many names of real persons in it (he mentioned over 30 famous people).
The Top Ten
1 Albert Einstein
2 John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the ...read more.
3 Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking. ...read more.
A magnificent actress, who unfortunately wasn't offered the roles she hoped for. She always wanted to play demanding and dramatic roles, and she stunningly performed the few she got, but also her comic roles offered a very unique charm. Of course, her legacy as a legendary icon will live on, but how many actually bothered to watch her filmography?
Top 5 movies:
5. The Prince and the Showgirl
4. Don't Bother to Knock
2. The Misfits (her greatest performance)
1. Some Like It Hot
She also had a cameo in "O. Henry's Full House", one of my favorite movie of all time. But I don't count that. She's only in it for a few seconds (she's on the cover of my DVD though). - Martin_Canine
4 Harry Truman
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.
5 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.
6 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.
7 Ronald Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader .
8 James Dean
James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.
9 Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.
10 Joseph Stalin
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.
11 Tommaso Campanella
Italian philosopher, theologian, astrologer, and poet of the 16th century - Metal_Treasure
12 Richard Nixon
Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S.
13 Charles de Gaulle
Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general and statesman. He was the leader of Free France (1940–44) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944–46). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the 18th ...read more.
14 Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.
15 Winthrop Rockefeller
16 Ernest Hemingway
17 Fidel Castro
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro, was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of ...read more.
18 Pope Paul VI
19 Nikita Khrushchev
Former Premier of the Soviet Union - Metal_Treasure
20 Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist.