Tim Ott has written for Biography and other A+E sites since 2012.
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How Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward Became Hollywood's Golden Couple
A mutual attraction ignited during an early career production survived stardom, parenthood, alleged infidelity and tragedy for more than 50 years of marriage.
How Lou Gehrig Fought the Deadly Disease Named After Him
The baseball great exhibited an optimistic outlook as he sought to beat back the illness that robbed him of his livelihood and threatened his life.
Elvis Presley's Musical Talents Took Root During a Lonely Childhood
The shy singer-guitarist was bullied and often treated as an outcast by peers in rural Mississippi and Memphis.
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Cast: Where Are They Now?
Find out what the cast of the hit series has been up to since their days of staking vampires.
How Althea Gibson Broke the Color Barrier in Tennis
The Harlem-raised trailblazer learned to control her emotions and ride out the hostilities to become one of the sport’s transcendent champions.
Major Taylor: The Story Behind America's First Black Sports Superstar
The largely forgotten bicycle racing champion took center stage at a time when the sport was all the rage in a still-segregated nation.
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Eunice Hunton Carter: The Woman Who Reeled in Lucky Luciano
The trailblazing Black lawyer uncovered the evidence that tied the Mafia boss to a prostitution operation and led to his conviction.
How Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Changed TV With Desilu Productions
The legendary husband-and-wife team used ‘I Love Lucy’ to break new ground in the business and launch a production empire.
Jesse Owens: 5 Facts About the Groundbreaking Olympic Athlete
Here are five lesser-known but important facts from the life of the iconic sportsman.
Michael Jordan: 7 Facts About the Basketball Legend
To celebrate the sports superstar, here are seven facts about his life and iconic career.
Serena and Venus Williams: Inside Their Close Bond and Competitive History
The siblings forged a tight bond as tennis prodigies that only strengthened as they achieved their wildest dreams of fame and fortune.
Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X: Inside Their Brief But Impactful Relationship
The up-and-coming boxer relished the tutelage and friendship of the influential Nation of Islam minister before a power struggle drove them apart.
BTK Killer: A Timeline of His Murders, Reappearance and Capture
Dennis Rader tormented his Kansas community with a string of murders and taunted the police who couldn't solve his crimes, but blew his own cover through an insatiable desire for attention.
Ted Bundy Killings: A Timeline of His Twisted Reign of Terror
The intelligent, engaging law student murdered at least 20 women in a spree that spanned the country until his arrest in 1979.
John Wayne Gacy: A Timeline of the 'Killer Clown' Murders, Trial and Execution
From Gacy's first sexual assault conviction to his eventual execution, here are the key moments from one of the most notorious murder sprees in U.S. history.
Team USA ‘Magnificent Seven’ Gymnasts: Where Are They Now?
The members of the gold-medal-winning 1996 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team have moved on to successful lives as coaches, authors, media personalities and mothers.
How 'Space Jam' Became a Winning Career Shift for Michael Jordan
The basketball icon helped revitalize a classic franchise, worked himself into championship shape and opened up the door for future athletes to follow in his footsteps.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas' Enduring Love Story
The larger-than-life writer found unyielding companionship and support from her fellow American expatriate in Paris.
Mick Foley: The Many Characters of the WWE Superstar
The pro wrestling legend became a singular figure in his sport for his ability to engage audiences through the characters of Cactus Jack, Mankind, Dude Love and, eventually, himself.