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Marilyn & Alan Bergman

Two of the most respected names in the Great American Songbook are lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. For over 50 years their collaboration has produced 3 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 3 Grammys and 4 Emmys. They were inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1980 and in 2012 into The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. Their most important songs include: “The Way We Were”, “The Windmills of Your Mind”, “Papa, Can You Hear Me?”, “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?”, “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”, “Nice ‘n’ Easy”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “Where Do You Start?”

Edgar Bronfmon

Originally from Canada, Edgar Bronfman is one of the world's most successful businessmen, having served as president, treasurer, and director of Distillers Corporation-Seagrams Ltd.

Andy Cohen

As a successful and hilarious talk show host and network executive, Andy Cohen is one of the television industry's most prominent figures. Not only is he the host of Watch What Happens Live, but he is also the executive vice president of development and talent at the Bravo cable television network.

Kenneth Cole

Founder of the famous American Fashion house of the same name, Kenneth Cole is one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry not only because of his shoes, but also for his strong public support of AIDS awareness.

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher is a film and television actress, comedian, producer, and activist who has brought us joy and laughter through her crazy adventures on The Nanny. She’s also an avid advocate for LGBT rights, as well as cancer research and awareness, as seen in her book and coordinating movement, Cancer Schmancer.

Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first Jewish female to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. She took the oath of office on August 10, 1993.

Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner is an American playwright and screenwriter who received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He's also known for Caroline, or Change, A Bright Room Called Day, and the award-winning motion picture, Lincoln.

Norman Lear

All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, and The Jeffersons are among the many sitcoms produced by Norman Lear. As a political activist, he founded the advocacy organization, People for the American Way and has supported the First Amendment rights and progressive causes.

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy is most recognized as Spock from one of television's all-time most successful series, Star Trek. His creation of this iconic character won him 3 Emmy nominations and led him to write and direct Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Gwyneth Paltrow

With over 45 film credits to her name, Gwyneth Paltrow is one of today's most successful actresses. Included in her extensive list of work are Shakespeare in Love, Shallow Hal, the Iron Man trilogy, and Se7en.

Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is an American food writer, co-producer of Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, host of Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth, and the last editor-and-chief of Gourmet magazine. She has also written several critically acclaimed memoirs and cookbooks.

Joan Rivers

With five decades of her ribald and depreciative humor, Joan Rivers has become a comedy legend and icon, often referred to as "The Queen of Comedy.” In addition to her work as a comedienne, she has written several books and starred in many films and television shows.

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin broke into the spotlight as a successful playwright in 1989 with his play, A Few Good Men, receiving the prestigious Outer Critics award as Outstanding American Playwright for his work. He has gone on to write for many movies and TV shows, including The West Wing, The Newsroom, and The Social Network.

Gloria Steinem

A writer, activist and feminist, Gloria Steinem has been making her voice and opinions heard for over 40 years. She has written numerous best-selling books and is the founder of a number of organizations promoting issues on equality, gender roles and child abuse.

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace was a journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality best known as one of the original correspondents for CBS’ 60 Minutes.