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The People

Pierre Balmain

Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain was a French fashion designer and founder of leading post-war fashion house Balmain. Known for sophistication and elegance, he described the art of dressmaking as "the architecture of movement."

Valerian Zorin

Valerian Alexandrovich Zorin was a Soviet diplomat best remembered for his famous confrontation with Adlai Stevenson on 25 October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Zorin was the Soviet Ambassador to France from 1965-1971.

Jacqueline de Ribes

Jacqueline, comtesse de Ribes, is a French aristocrat, designer, fashion icon, businesswoman, producer, and philanthropist. She has been a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962.

Yves Montand

Ivo Livi, better known as Yves Montand was an Italian-French actor and singer.

Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor, and director.

France Gall

Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne "France" Gall was a French yé-yé singer. In 1965, aged 17, she won the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jean-Jacques Marcel

Jean-Jacques Marcel was a French international footballer who played midfielder. He was an integral part of the French national teams of the 1950s.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France.

The Aga Kahn IV

The Aga Khan is a business magnate with British citizenship, as well as a racehorse owner and breeder.

Sacha Distel

Alexandre "Sacha" Distel was a French singer, guitarist, and actor who had hits with a cover version of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", "Scoubidou", and "The Good Life".

Yves Klein

Yves Klein was a French artist and an important figure in post-war European art. He was a leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany.

Ekaterina Maximova

Ekaterina Sergeevna Maximova was a Soviet and Russian ballerina of international renown. She was born on 1 February 1939 in Moscow. She performed with the Bolshoi Ballet from 1958 until 1980.

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve is a French actress as well as an occasional singer, model and producer. She gained recognition for her portrayal of icy, aloof and mysterious beauties for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and François Truffaut.

Alexandre de Paris

Louis Alexandre Raimon, better known as Alexandre de Paris, was a famous French hairdresser. He was responsible for creating Elizabeth Taylor's coiffure in the 1963 Hollywood epic Cleopatra. He also styled Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Lauren Bacall, among others.

Juliette Gréco

Juliette Gréco, born 7 February 1927) is a French actress and popular chanson singer. In 1949, she began working with composer Miles Davis. That same year, she began a new singing career with a number of well-known French lyric writers. Raymond Queneau's "Si tu t’imagines" was one of her earliest songs to become popular. In the late 1960s she featured in the TV serial Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre.

Emilio Aragonés

Emilio Aragonés Navarro was a Cuban revolutionary and diplomat. He was one of the original members of the July 26 Movement and a personal friend of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. After the triumph of the Revolution, he was chief of Organization and Mobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, being key in the episode of the Bay of Pigs invasion. He dealt with several of the most important leaders of the twentieth century: Fidel Castro, Che, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Juan Domingo Peron. He met Khrushchev when he traveled to meet Yalta with Che aGuevera about the Cuban missile crisis. In 1965, when he was the Secretary of Organization of the Communist Party of Cuba, he traveled to meet Che Guevara who was developing the guerrillas in solidarity with the revolutionaries of the Congo.