Don Isaac Abravanel 1437-1508

Don Isaac Abravanel, was a Jewish theologian, biblical commentator, and financier, b. Lisbon. He served as treasurer to Alfonso V of Portugal but fled that country when he was implicated (1483) in a plot. Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain then employed him, until they expelled the Jews from their kingdom. The governments of Naples and…

Mildred Bailey

An early jazz singer with a sweet voice that belied her plump physique, Mildred Bailey balanced a good deal of popular success with a hot jazz-slanted career that saw her billed as Mrs. Swing (her husband, Red Norvo, was Mr. Swing). Born Mildred Rinker in Washington State in 1907, Bailey began performing at an early…

George Balanchine

Dancer Choreographer Russia, USA Born 22 Jan 1904 Died 30 Apr 1983 216 Portrait of George Balanchine Originally Georgi Balanchivadze, was a Russian born, American choreographer and ballet dancer, one of the foremost contemporary choreographers in the world of ballet? Balanchine made his dancing debut at the age of ten, as a cupid in the…