Cast of Characters – Notes

The Geniuses, from the 1997 ‘Think Different’ TV commercial

Maria Callas 2 Dec 1923 – 16 Sep 1977
Maria Callas, one of the most revered opera singers of all time, died in Paris at age 53. Here she is singing the Seguidilla from the opera Carmen, composed in 1875 by Georges Bizet, based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. Maria portrays the title role of the seductive Spanish gypsy, singing of a night of dancing and passion with her lover.
Seguidilla from Carmen

Maria Callas

Martha Graham 11 May 1894 – 1 Apr 1991

People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose. I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life.

Martha Graham lived to age 96, choreographing until her last days. Here is a 10 minute film narrated by Gregory Peck and produced by Madoff Productions in honor of her 100th birthday.
A Tribute to Martha Graham

Martha Graham

Richard Branson 18 Jul 1950 –
Visit The Virgin Group to find out what Branson is up to now.

A list of business ventures launched by Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, author of Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography.

    Virgin 1, Virgin Active, Virgin Airship and Balloon Company, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Australia, Virgin Blue, Virgin Brides, Virgin Broadcasting, Virgin Cargo, Virgin Cars, Virgin Classics, Virgin Cola, Virgin Communications, Virgin Cosmetics, Virgin Direct Personal Financial Services, Virgin Energy, Virgin Express, Virgin Fuel, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Games, Virgin Gaming, Virgin Health Bank, Virgin Healthcare, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Media, Virgin Megastores, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Money, Virgin Money Giving, Virgin.Net, Virgin Produced, Virgin Publishing, Virgin Racing Formula One Team, Virgin Radio, Virgin Radio Italia, Virgin Recording Studio, Virgin Records, Virgin Trains, Virgin Vision, Virgin Vodka

Pablo Picasso 25 Oct 1881-8 Apr 1973
Full name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

Pablo Picasso

L’Accordéoniste (The Accordionist)

L’Accordéoniste from 1911 shows a man sitting in a chair with his accordion drawn out in a descending diagonal.



Amelia Earhart 24 Jul 1897 – 2 Jul 1937

Amelia Earhart

75 years after her plane lost radio contact, efforts continue to find the wreckage and the truth about what happened to Amelia Earhart on her last flight. Here’s a video aired by Reuters News Service in Aug 2012.
Dr. Berry’s Freckle Ointment




Alfred Hitchcock 13 Aug 1899 – 29 Apr 1980

Movie director Sir Alfred Hitchcock made a cameo appearance in every one of his films. He is called The Master of Suspense, and was known for his trademark black suit, deadpan expression, and haughty demeanor.

Receiving the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968, he gave the shortest acceptance speech in history: “Thank you”, walked away, turned back, whispered “very much, indeed”, and exited the stage.
Watch it here: Irving Thalberg Memorial Award

Receiving the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 1979, he thanked four people who had given him the most affection, appreciation, encouragement, and constant collaboration: a film editor, a scriptwriter, the mother of his daughter, and a fine cook. “And their names are Alma Reville. I share my award, as I have my life, with her.”
Watch it here:  AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock