Ellis Island's Famous Immigrants

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
Since 1776, millions of immigrants have landed at America's shores. To this day, their practical contributions are still felt in every field of endeavor, including agriculture, industry, and the service trades. But within the great immigrant waves there also came plucky and talented individualists, artists, and dreamers. Many of these exceptional folk went on to win worldly renown, and their names live on in history. Ellis Island's Famous Immigrants tells the story of some of the best known of these legendary characters and highlights their actual immigration experience at Ellis Island. Celebrities featured within its pages include such entrepreneurs as Max Factor, Charles Atlas, and "Chef Boyardee"; Hollywood icons Pola Negri, Bela Lugosi, and Bob Hope; spiritual figures Father Flanagan and Krishnamurti; authors Isaac Asimov and Kahlil Gibran; painters Arshile Gorky and Max Ernst; and sports figures Knute Rockne and Johnny Weissmuller.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Entrepreneurs and Professionals
31
Athletes and Adventurers
51
Hollywood Stars and Celebrities
75
Figures of Controversy
107
Bibliography
126
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About the author (2008)

By means of archival records and biographies, author Barry Moreno has been researching the lives of Ellis Island's legendary immigrants for several years. He is also the author of a number of publications, including Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty, Children of Ellis Island, Manhattan Street Scenes, and Castle Garden and Battery Park.