Considered one of the most important musicians in history, Dave Brubeck fundamentally changed the way jazz is played, and helped establish California as a center of jazz in America.
Over Jane Fonda’s long and versatile career, the Oscar-winning actress has enthralled audiences in a variety of roles. She has been an inspiration for health and fitness and has tirelessly advocated for social and political change.
A pioneer of children’s literature, Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to the world as “Dr. Seuss,” charmed generations of youngsters and parents with his memorable rhymes, fanciful illustrations and unique characters while inspiring them to love reading and the English language.
Award-winning artist Robert Graham is internationally renowned for his civic monuments, public art installations and awards.
Graham’s work has been the subject of over eighty solo exhibitions and three retrospective exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico, and is included in many national and international museum collections.
An impresario in the broadest sense, Quincy Jones is a composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder, best-selling author, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian.
Often referred to as the “Godfather of Fitness,” Jack LaLanne is America’s original exercise and nutrition guru. As a television celebrity, lecturer, businessman and motivational speaker, LaLanne brought the gospel of fitness into American homes for more than fifty years.
Dorothea Lange’s photographs have etched the faces of the poor and forgotten into the American memory. Her compassionate images of disadvantaged Native Americans, displaced families of the Great Depression, and interned Japanese Americans during World War II helped develop documentary photography as we know it today.
As California’s first woman architect, Julia Morgan surmounted gender barriers at home and abroad, inspiring generations of young women to follow their dreams.
While attending UC Berkeley as one of its first female civil engineering students, Morgan became interested in architecture. On the advice of a professor, architect Bernard Maybeck, she moved to Paris to try to gain admission to the all-male Ecole des Beaux-Arts. It took two years, but her perseverance paid off, and in 1898 she became the first woman admitted to the prestigious school.
During a career that has spanned five decades and encompassed more than sixty feature films, Jack Nicholson has become both one of film’s most renowned actors and a Hollywood icon.
One of the greatest thinkers of the millennium, scientist, peace activist and educator, Linus Pauling is the only person to have won two unshared Nobel Prizes.
As governor, senator, university founder, and especially as a driving force behind the building of the transcontinental railroad, Leland Stanford helped shape California’s history for more than three decades.
Founder of the Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, Alice Waters is considered by many to be the originator of “California Cuisine.” Her philosophy of using only fresh, locally grown organic ingredients and her advocacy of sustainable agriculture has made her one of America’s most influential chefs.