Do You Know What These Famous People Are Best Known For?

By: Kennita Leon
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Over the years, some celebrities have built up quite the reputation and are known for certain things. More often than not, it isn't something very good. Can you guess what these people are best known for?

With a net worth totaling $89.2 million, Bill Gates has been listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the wealthiest people in the world. He gained his wealth by being one of the co-founders of Microsoft, during which he held the position of chairman, CEO and Chief Software Architect until January 2000 when he stepped down as CEO. Gates is well known for his philanthropic measures that he took on later on in his career. Charitable efforts were made to many charitable organization and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

His rise to fame came from being a judge on the hit English reality shows "Pop Idol," "The X Factor" and "Britain’s Got Talent." However, he is most famous for his critique of contestants on the hit American reality show, "American Idol." He was known for his blunt style of criticism and outlandish witty comments.

British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor, known also for her humanitarianism and business savvy, reached the height of her popularity in the 1950s acting in major films like "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A place in the Sun." Throughout her adult life, a major focus surrounded her love life. In part, due to her religious upbringing, Taylor associated love with marriage and throughout her lifetime she was married eight times.

This American singer, songwriter, and actress is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus and starred in her hit television series, "Hannah Montana." The Disney star also produced albums and songs that made the Billboard 200 list. Her wholesome teenage image was ruined with her explicit lyrical content and sexually charged behavior, coupled with her drug use. One notable incident occurred when Cyrus smoked what appeared to be joint while appearing on stage during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Known for his golfing prowess, this American born professional athlete with four PGA titles under his belt and four Masters Tournament wins took the world by storm by breaking numerous golfing records. Tiger Woods has been awarded PGA Player of the year 11 times. Despite these accolades, the golfer is most famous for being caught cheating on his wife numerous times. His extramarital affairs have caused him to lose many sponsorships, namely Accenture, AT&T, and Gatorade.

The quintessential playboy Hugh Hefner was an American businessman and magazine publisher who was also an advocate for sexual freedom. After being denied a $5 raise from Esquire Magazine, Hugh Hefner left the company to start his own magazine, Playboy. The first issue of the magazine was published in 1953 and featured a nude calendar shoot and Marilyn Monroe. Hugh Hefner lived the exact life that he portrayed in his magazine. He was a man of the town having several women in his life romantically.

Famous for being an American reality television personality, socialite, and actress who first gained recognition for being the stylist to Paris Hilton. Kim Kardashian is currently married to singer Kanye West and has grown an incredible following on social media, whiles starring in the family reality show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." A sex tape featuring Kim and Ray J that surfaced in 2003 became the catalyst that would launch her into stardom.

South African activist that protested against apartheid and fought to end the movement in South Africa. Nelson Mandela would become the first black head of state for South Africa. Serving 27 years in prison for conspiring to overthrow the state, after receiving much international pressure due to racial issues and the racial civil war Mandela was released in 1990 by President F. W. de Klerk. Together with President Klerk, Mandela was able to end apartheid and organize the multiracial general elections in 1994 in which he was victorious.

Hayden Christensen is a Canadian actor who began his career at the tender age of 13, diving into American television in the 1990s, acting as Sam in the "Life as a House." His international recognition came when he starred in "Star Wars: Episode II" as Anakin Skywalker as well as "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith." For his portrayal, Christensen was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor and Cannes Film Festival Revelation Award.

Starting his career as a child actor in the PBS television movie, "Lemon Sky," Ben Affleck would later appear in "Good Will Hunting," "Ocean’s Eleven" and "Ocean’s Twelve" and Thirteen. He won more than 40 awards, including a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Awards as well as a Screen Actor Guild Award for his portrayal of a grief-stricken man, Lee Chandler. However, this acclaimed actor has come under speculation for alleged unwanted sexual advances. These allegations were made by his former co-worker producer, Amanda White, who gave detailed instances of the unwanted sexual advances by Affleck and the invasion of her personal space.

Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, this American actress and model was famous for playing the dumb blonde character and she catapulted herself into fame by becoming a sex symbol. Her life was short-lived, with her unexpected death coming in 1962. Marilyn Monroe left a legacy behind with her sex appeal. Her troubled life and struggle with substance abuse and depression led her to commit suicide. Rumors circulated that Marilyn was having an alleged affair with President John F. Kennedy, these rumors were sparked by her sultry performance of Happy Birthday to the President for his 45th birthday celebration.

Former quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick was chosen as the first pick in the 2001 NFL Draft after having played college football at Virginia Tech. Vick was seen as a true force in his position as a quarterback, having transformed the position with his rushing abilities. His career came to a crashing halt when he pleaded guilty to involvement in a dog fighting ring in 2007. Vick would spend 21 months in prison and would be released from his contract by the Falcons after his release from prison.

American comedian and actor who got his start from becoming a member of Saturday Live Night, Adam Sandler would go on to star in a number of movies. Sandler is best known for his comedic portrayals in films like "Billy Madison," "The Waterboy" and "The Wedding Singer." Most of his films have come under criticism for being horrible. Gaining recognition from the Golden Raspberry Awards, which give out awards to the worst in film, Sandler has gained three awards and one nomination.

American celebrity chef and host of her own cooking show, Paula Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns “The Lady & Sons restaurant,” together with her sons. Deen is also known for publishing fifteen cookbooks. The celebrity chef has come under criticism for her unhealthy recipes which feature high amounts of fats, salt and sugar. In 2013, she became embroiled in a lawsuit for sexual and racial discrimination filed by Lisa Jackson. It was alleged that Deen made derogatory remarks about African-Americans. While planning her brother's wedding, she focused on having a “true Southern plantation-style theme," equipped with black male servers.

Kristin Stewart was listed as the highest paid female actress in 2010 by Vanity Fair. She had an estimated earning of $28.5 million. The starlet gained widespread fame for her portrayal of Bella Thorne in The Twilight Saga movies. While dating her "Twilight" co-star, Robert Pattison, she was caught up in controversy for having an affair with her 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders. This led to the split with her then-boyfriend Pattison.

English poet, actor and playwright William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. His body of work consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two narrative poems. Shakespeare's work has been translated into every major language. Primarily his works were comedies and histories and later he focused on tragedies such as "King Lear," "Hamlet" and "Othello."

Former National Football running back, actor and advertising spokesman O.J. Simpson attended the University of Southern California and won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. Simpson is also notable for holding the record for the single season yards-per-game average at 143.1 and he is the only player to rush over 2,000 yards in the 14-game regular season. However, his football career will be forever marred by allegations of murdering his ex-wife. After his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found stabbed outside Nicole’s condominium, Simpson became a person of interest and after not turning himself in for questioning, he led police on a low-speed chase on live television.

Lindsay Lohan gained commercial success with the release of "Mean Girls" in 2004 and Disney’s "Herbie: Fully Loaded in 2005." Her struggle with substance abuse, theft and violating her probation led her to be admitted to rehab a total of six times. Lohan has said her addiction to chaos stemmed from her dysfunctional childhood.

American Television personality Kris Jenner was married to Robert Kardashian and retired Olympic champion, Bruce Jenner. Kris has four children who she stars alongside in the hit reality television show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." She is credited with the creation of the reality show that focuses on her family’s everyday life.

American dancer, singer and songwriter Michael Jackson was one of the most prolific entertainers in the world and the best-selling music artist at the time of his untimely death. Jackson has been an object of speculation in pop culture for his lifestyle, family and antics. He came from a musically inclined family and made his debut in 1964 as part of the Jackson 5 in which he performed alongside his brothers and sisters. Michael Jackson left a legacy behind when he died and he will forever be known as the King of Pop with great like ‘Thriller,’ ‘Beat it’ and ‘Billie Jean’.

This American dancer, costume designer and model has helped popularize the performance of burlesque dancing. Her fascination with 1940s cinema, together with classic vintage style, has shaped her fashion choices as well as her overall aesthetic. Her career as a burlesque dancer has led Dita Von Teese to write her first book, "Burlesque and the Art of the Teese," which was published in 2006 by HarperCollins.

English actor who made his acting debut at the age of 10, starring in "David Copperfield" in 1999. He was later cast as the iconic Harry Potter at the age of 11 for the Harry Potter film. He would go on to star in the film series for 10 years until its culmination in 2011. Initially, his family had a problem with Daniel Radcliffe signing on for a six-picture deal that would involve him filming primarily in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. would eventually offer Radcliffe a two-movie contract with shooting in the UK. For his first Harry Potter film Radcliffe would earn a seven-figure salary.

Turkish American cardiothoracic surgeon and Columbia University professor Dr. Oz came to prominence with his appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live" and eventually having his own show: "The Dr. Oz Show," which focused on personal health, medical issues and solutions. Dr. Oz has been critiqued by big-name magazines, like Popular Science, The New Yorker and Forbes for giving ‘non-scientific’ advice and in April 2015, a group of physicians sent a letter to Columbia University accusing the doctor of having a lack of integrity and promoting quack treatments in return for personal growth financially.

Alec Baldwin is an American-born writer, actor, and comedian, who is the eldest of the Baldwin Brothers, who are all actors. The actor gained recognition for his role as Joshua Rush in seasons 6 and 7 of “Knots Landing,” a CBS television drama. He would go on to star in "Beetlejuice," "The Aviator," "The Departed" and "The Hunt for Red October." Later on, in his career, he would take on the role of Jack Donaghy in the sitcom 30 rock. The actor received rave reviews for his impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, where critics found that the impersonation even captured the intricacies of the President to perfection.

American reality tv personality and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner rose to fame on the E! cable network series, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," which focused on the life and times of her family. Time Magazine named the Jenner sisters as the most influential teens of 2014. After speculation by fans that she had enhancements done to her lips, Kylie stated that she merely over lines her lips. Kylie took this opportunity to launch her brand of lip-glosses and liners as part of her Kylie cosmetics makeup line.

American rapper and songwriter Chance the Rapper gained recognition after the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rain. After releasing his third mixtape, Coloring Book, he would again receive critical acclaim. This time, his releases would earn him three Grammy awards. Having been part of the Chicago public school system, Chance the Rapper understood the difficulties that the school system faced and has taken it upon himself to give selflessly to schools in his neighborhood. One such show of charitable contribution came when he donated $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation.

American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, Dr. Dre, can be credited with building the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. He is also credited with popularizing West Coast G-funk. He is the third-richest person in hip-hop. According to findings by Forbes, he has a net worth of $740 million. Releasing his first branded headphones in 2008 to successful acclaim, Beats by Dr. Dre would later be purchased by Apple for a reported $3 billion.

Robert Downey Jr. made his debut at the age of 5. This American actor and singer boasts some critical and successful roles that have led to Downey topping the Forbes list of highest paid actors with him earning $80 million between 2014 and 2015. However, his film career has been tarnished by his substance abuse and the subsequent admittance into rehabilitation centers to curb his addictions.

Her debut album was released to critical acclaim launching British singer Adele into superstardom. Her second released album also received critical acclaim and surpassed the accolades of her first album. She received six Grammy awards, including Album of the Year in 2012. Her second album “21”, has been certified sixteen times platinum in the United Kingdom and certified diamond in the United States. Her album has sold over 31 million copies worldwide and Adele became the first woman in history to have three songs top the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. The song, Skyfall, which was written for the James Bond film of the same name, also won Adele a Golden Globe award, an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.

Australian born actress and producer Margot Robbie started her career starring in Australian independent films during the late 2000s. Robbie moved to the U.S where she eventually starred in the ABC drama “Pan Am” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Her portrayal of Harley Quinn in the DC Comics superhero film, "Suicide Squad," would put Robbie next to big names Will Smith, Jared Leto and Viola Davis.

Portuguese professional football Cristiano Ronaldo is often considered as the best player in the world. He represents the Portugal national team and plays as a forward for Spanish club, Real Madrid. Ronaldo has claimed four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, making him the European player with the most Ballon d’Or’s and he is the first player to win four European Golden Boots. Throughout his career as a professional footballer, Cristiano has won 24 trophies, inclusive of five league titles, one UEFA European Championship and four UEFA Champions League titles.

Jennifer Hudson is an American actress, singer and spokesperson who rose to fame as a finalist in the third season of "American Idol" in 2004, placing seventh overall on the show. Hudson made her film debut acting as Effe White in "Dreamgirls," which won her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the spokesperson for popular weight loss program, Weight Watchers, in 2010, having lost a total of 80 pounds.

American singer Britney Spears is regarded as a pop icon, an accolade she worked hard to achieve in the late 1990s. Spears became the best-selling teenage artist of all time and her work has gathered her numerous accolades and awards inclusive of Grammy Awards, Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Britney’s fame has also earned her a prestigious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, constant scrutiny by paparazzi and the general public led to her breakdown in 2007, where the 25-year-old shaved her head one day after checking out of rehab.

English actress Emilia Clarke got her love for acting after seeing the musical, Snow Boat. She studied at the Drama Centre in London. Her first television performance came when she appeared in the British soap opera, "Doctors." Emilia’s rise to fame came from staring in the hit HBO series, "Game of Thrones," in which she plays the prolific role of Daenerys of the House Targaryen, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. Clarke has been nominated for three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and two Critics Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

American songwriter, actor and singer Chris Brown rose to fame after the release of his self-named debut album that peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 list. His second album “Exclusive,” went certified double platinum with his Hot 100 #1 track, ‘Kiss Kiss.’ Brown’s professional career took a significant hit after attention was placed on his guilty plea to felony assault charges on his girlfriend at the time, singer Rihanna. Brown was sentenced to 5 years of probation and he had to complete six months of community service.

American singer, dancer and actress Beyoncé, whose claim to fame came from being a part of the girl group Destiny’s Child, has become one of the most prolific singers of our time. She also acted in such films as "Austin Powers: Goldmember." This was also the same time that Beyoncé released her debut album, Dangerously in Love, that earned her five Grammy Awards. Her dominance in the music industry, coupled with her successful role portrayal in film and breaking into the fashion industry with her brand, House of Deron, has made her follows refer to her as Queen Bee.

American television personality Kendall Jenner, recognized for her part in the E! Network series, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," is the daughter of retired Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner (Bruce Jenner) and Kris Jenner (Kardashian). She began her modeling career in 2009, at the age of 14, for Wilhelmina Models. Kendall has endorsed many products and also has walked the runway for countless designers, including Chanel, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta. Controversy ensued after Kendall appeared in an ad for Pepsi that was accused of appropriating civil rights movements of protest to sell soda.

American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift was the youngest artist ever signed by Sony/ATV Music publishing house. She released her self-titled debut album which peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 in 2006. "Fearless" became the best-selling album of 2009. It would go on to win four Grammy Awards and Swift would become the youngest winner of the Album of the Year award. Whiles collecting her award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video for ‘You Belong to Me,’ Swift was rudely interrupted by Kanye West who went on to make the declaration ‘Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’m a let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” He was referring to Beyoncé’s song, ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).’

American stand up comedian, musician, actor and author, Bill Cosby, developed his stand-up routines creating Fat Albert. In the 1990s, Cosby would go on to create and star in the television series, "The Cosby Show," which was rated as the #1 show in America for a total of five years. In recent years, Cosby has been the object of scrutiny for sexual assault allegations that date back decades, with more than 60 women accusing him of drugging and raping them, as well as allegations of sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct.

American actress and model Dakota Johnson who appeared in movies like "21 Jump Street," "Need for Speed" and "Beastly," received international recognition when she landed the role of Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Her adaptation of the role earned her a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress and also a BAFTA Rising Star nomination. Dakota also followed with her role as Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shade Darker" and critics are looking forward to her portrayal in the upcoming, "Fifty Shades Freed."

English singer and songwriter Zayn Malik is known for being a part One Direction. The group signed to Simon Cowell's record company after finishing third in the seventh season of "The X Factor" in 2010. The group garnered international success and One Direction released five albums before Malik's departure from the band. Malik would go ton to start his solo career releasing the single, “Pillowtalk.” He would become the first male artist to debut a #1 single and album in both the UK and US.

Scottish producer, DJ and singer Calvin Harris is known for his second studio album, “Ready for the Weekend,” that went certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry two months after its release. From March 2015 to June 2016 the singer dated Taylor Swift. He would later become tangled up in controversy with Swift over his song, “This is What You Came For."

American actor, filmmaker, writer and comedian Tyler Perry was named Forbes' highest paid man in entertainment with a total $130 million earned between May 2010 to 2011. Perry is credited for his portrayal as Madea, a fictional character representational of an elderly black woman with a tough personality. He has also created successful television shows like "Tyler Perry’s House of Payne," and he is credited with bringing scripted television to the Own Network, owned by Oprah Winfrey.

Starring in many noteworthy roles, is the American actress and producer Jennifer Aniston. In 2012, she earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her portrayal as Rachel on the hit television sitcom, "Friends," gave Aniston her worldwide recognition. The character, Rachel, would go to become one of the 100 greatest female characters on television in the United States.

American actor who rose to fame after a string of films, "The Three Musketeers," "Platoon," "Young Guns," and Major League," Charlie Sheen has earned himself a Golden Globe along with other awards and accolades. His work in "Two and a Half Men," would earn him numerous Emmy Awards as well as Golden Globes. His personal life has been a point of scrutiny due to his reported alcohol and drug abuse as well as allegations of domestic violence. In 2015, Sheen publicly revealed that he tested positive for HIV and had been diagnosed four years earlier.

American singer, actress and fashion designer Jennifer Lopez first appeared as a Fly Girl dancer on the television program, "In Living Color." She would land her first leading role in the 1997 biopic about the life of singer Selena, for which she would receive a Golden Globe. Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a part in a film. Gaining a tremendous amount of attention for her personal life, Lopez has been connected romantically to a number of names, including Sean Diddy Combs, Ojani Noa, Cris Judd, Ben Affleck, Marc Anthony, Casper Smart and most recently, Alex Rodriguez.

The 44th President of the United States, American politician Barack Obama, served from 2009 to 2017. A graduate of Columbia University, Obama would then enroll in Harvard Law School where he would become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He was nominated for the U.S. presidency in 2008 and was elected over Republican John McCain. He would become the first black President of the United States in January 2009, and four years later, would win re-election.

Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur and producer Kanye West is notable for being the bestselling artist of all time, after having sold more than 32 million albums coupled with 100 million digital downloads worldwide. This notable character is also famous for his outspoken nature after his 2005 off-script announcements about President George Bush and his conduct onstage at the 2009 Video Music Awards where he publicly embarrassed Taylor Swift. However, the most notable trait of Mr. West is the love that he has for himself, nobody loves Kanye as much as Kanye loves Kanye.

Jesus is the central figure of the religion of Christianity. He was arrested by the Jewish authorities for his teachings and he was crucified as a result. The Christian doctrine state that Jesus Christ was born of the Holy Spirit, conceived by the Virgin Mary and his life ended as a sacrifice to cleanse the sins of the world.

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