Tim Ott has written for Biography and other A+E sites since 2012.
The Theranos founder and self-made billionaire used her charm and uncompromising determination to keep her blood testing company afloat for more than a decade.
These nominees are looking to become Commander in Chief.
Marilyn Monroe’s sultry song to President John F. Kennedy in May 1962 marked one final hurrah before her life came to a sudden end less than three months later.
Remembered for her audacious act against the artist, Valerie Solanas had ideas that were too extreme even for the avant-garde circles of the turbulent 1960s.
Even before his unlikely run to the White House, Trump showcased a flair for outsized successes, dramatic falls and tabloid attention as a real-estate mogul and reality TV star.
From New York City nightclubs to the White House, the first couple has survived the scrutiny of a union lived out in the tabloids.
The politician and the entertainer had a strong but short-lived bond that helped JFK win the White House.
Hawking was equally known for his wit as he was for his theories.
Primarily remembered as a “fanatic” or “extremist,” Gandhi's killer was influenced by an unusual upbringing and the turbulent politics of his time, which ultimately led to him murdering the activist.
Physical strength and courage made him a battlefield hero, but the Founding Father also impressed with his moral convictions and political instincts.
Although his name is forever intertwined with polio, the 32nd President successfully made his physical limitations a non-issue for most of his historic tenure in the White House.
A career as a professional basketball player wasn't always Jordan's destiny, though a few key factors propelled him to become the "greatest basketball player of all time."
The African-American track star hardly derailed Nazi plans for global disruption, but he did emerge as the standout figure of the Fuhrer's signature Olympic Games.
The religious reformer and civil rights icon were born a half-millennium and thousands of miles apart, but shared many similarities, besides their name.
The King of Pop was one-of-a-kind in his music, dancing — and clothing choices.
The Supreme Court judge's rise to the top was aided by a fellow brilliant legal mind and inseparable companion of more than 50 years.
From Newt Gingrich and John Kerry to Abraham Lincoln, these men made a name for themselves thanks to their prominence during midterms.