Authors

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Yann Martel

Yann Martel (born 25 June 1963) is a Spanish-born Canadian author best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, a #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories. It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and spent more than a year on the Bestseller Lists of the New York Times and The Globe and Mail, among many other best-selling lists. It was adapted to the screen and directed by Ang Lee, garnering four Oscars (the most for the event) including Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.Martel is also the author of the novels The High Mountains of Portugal, Beatrice and Virgil and Self, the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. He has won a number of literary prizes, including the 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the 2002 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.Although his first language is French, Yann Martel writes in English: "English is the language in which I best express the subtlety of life. But I must say that French is the language closest to my heart. And for this same reason, English gives me a sufficient distance to write."

Type: screenwriter,writer,novelistNationality: Canada

Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a French musician and composer. His musical career is split between studio albums, collaborations and film soundtracks. His music involves a large variety of instruments; primarily the guitar, piano, synthesizer or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, harpsichord, accordion and typewriter.

Type: composer,singer,pianist,film score composerNationality: France

Yanni

Yanni is a Greek self-taught pianist, keyboardist, and composer who has spent his adult life in the United States.

Type: Composer, pianistNationality:

Yannick Noah

Yannick Noah is a former professional tennis player from France. He is best remembered for winning the French Open in 1983, and as a highly-successful captain of France's Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams.

Type: Athlete, singerNationality: French

Yao Ming

Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m.

Type: AthleteNationality: Chinese

Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Frederick Kotto is an American actor, known for numerous film roles including the science-fictionaction film The Running Man and as the main villain in the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die, and his starring role in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street. He is also a music producer who is a part of Legendary Inc., founded by Young L of The Pack.

Type: ActorNationality: American

Yara Shahidi

Yara Sayeh Shahidi (Persian: یارا سایه شهیدی‎; Persian pronunciation: [jɒːɾɒː sɒːje ʃæhiːdiː];born February 10, 2000) is an American and Iranian actress, model and activist. She gained recognition for her starring role as Zoey Johnson on the sitcom Black-ish (2014–present) and its spin-off series Grown-ish (2018–present). Her film credits include Imagine That (2009) and Smallfoot (2018). A student at Harvard University, Shahidi has been noted for her activism advocating for female and racial equality and political awareness.

Type: actor,television actor,film actorNationality: United States of America

Yash Chopra

Yash Raj Chopra (27 September 1932 – 21 October 2012) was an Indian film director and film producer, predominantly working in Hindi cinema. Yash Chopra began his career as an assistant director to I. S. Johar and elder brother, B.R. Chopra. He made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy, and followed it with the social drama Dharmputra (1961).

Type: screenwriter,artist,film director,film producerNationality: India,British Raj

Yasmeen Ghauri

Yasmeen Ghauri is a Canadian model.

Type: ModelNationality: Canadian

Yasmine Al Masri

Yasmine Al Massri is an International Actress, dancer, Video artist and Human rights advocate. She was born in Lebanon to a Palestinian Father and an Egyptian Mother. She is a French and American citizen. She made her film debut in the 2007 film Caramel. In 2015, Massri starred as Nimah Amin and Reina Amin, identical twins in the ABC thriller series Quantico.

Type: actorNationality: Palestine,State of Palestine

Yasmine Bleeth

Yasmine Amanda Bleeth is an American actress. Her television roles include Caroline Holden in the long-running series Baywatch and Lee Anne Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.

Type: ActressNationality: American

Yasser Arafat

Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, popularly known as Yasser Arafat or by his kunya Abu Ammar was a Palestinian leader. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, President of the Palestinian National Authority, and leader of the Fatah political party and former paramilitary group, which he founded in 1959.

Type: LeaderNationality: Israeli

Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.

Type: Novelist, writerNationality: Japanese

Yaya DaCosta

Camara DaCosta Johnson (born November 15, 1982), better known as Yaya DaCosta, is an American actress and model. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model. Dacosta eventually went to star in TV series including ABC daytime drama All My Children (2008), Ugly Betty (2009), and since 2015 stars in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med. Also in 2015, DaCosta starred in the Lifetime television film Whitney as singer Whitney Houston which she received high praise for her performance.

Type: actor,model,television actor,film actorNationality: United States of America

Yaya Han

Yaya Han is a Chinese–American cosplayer, model and costume designer based in the United States. She is a regular judge at cosplay competitions. Han was featured on the Syfy channel's Heroes of Cosplay, and has appeared as a guest judge on the TBS reality show King of the Nerds multiple times. Yaya was named one of the top ten most popular Cosplayers in 2014.

Type: costume designer,model,cosplayerNationality: United States of America,People's Republic of China

Yaya Toure

Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983) is an Ivorian professional footballer who most recently played as a midfielder for Superleague Greece club Olympiacos. He played for and captained the Ivory Coast national team.

Type: association football playerNationality: Ivory Coast

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生, Kusama Yayoi, born 22 March 1929) is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan.Raised in Matsumoto, Kusama trained at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts in a traditional Japanese painting style called nihonga. Kusama was inspired, however, by American Abstract Impressionism. She moved to New York City in 1958 and was a part of the New York avant-garde scene throughout the 1960s, especially in the pop-art movement. Embracing the rise of the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s, she came to public attention when she organized a series of happenings in which naked participants were painted with brightly colored polka dots. Since the 1970s, Kusama has continued to create art, most notably installations in various museums around the world.

Type: writer,artist,painter,sculptor,novelistNationality: Japan

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith is a French-born American actress, voice actress, writer and painter. She is best known for her long-running role as Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons.

Type: Actress, authorNationality: American

Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai (Hebrew: יהודה עמיחי‎;born Ludwig Pfeuffer ‎3 May 1924 – 22 September 2000) was an Israeli poet. Amichai is considered by many, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet. He was also one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew.

Type: writer,poet,playwright,educator,soldier,novelistNationality: Germany,Israel

Yehuda Bauer

Yehuda Bauer is an Israeli historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is a Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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